Finally Friday.



Nothing like a four-month hiatus. Let’s call it summer break and then some. Mmmmk?

All I have to say for this week is that thank goodness it’s Friday. There was a spider in my car (which is NOT ok on so many levels), I spilled nail polish all over my comforter and duvet, Eleanor has been fighting a stomach bug and simultaneously fighting sleep… which means we’re ALL fighting sleep.

With that said, this weekend should be pretty low-key (which I’m very thankful for). The only real thing on the agenda is a birthday dinner which will be delicious. I’m hoping we’ll get out for some walks in this wonderful fall weather and just get caught up on life (re: dishes and basement organization, #adulting). I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Here are my finds from around the interwebs:

Can I just tell you that it’s not often that I find myself totally enamored with something. In this case, that something is Real Talk Radio. I’ve enjoyed every. single. episode I’ve listened to and can’t recommend it highly enough. Its long form format digs deep and keeps things real ¬†(hence the name). Download it. You won’t be sorry.

I’m not sure I would have categorized myself as a “highly sensitive person”… but after reading this list of things a highly sensitive person needs it must be true. I really resonated with #4, 6 and 10!

Have you heard of the 16 Personalities personality test? It is hands-down the most accurate personality test I’ve ever taken. When I was reading the description I had to really consider if someone had taken up post inside my mind. Take it and let me know if it’s as accurate for you as it was for me.

Being a Mom is hard and wonderful and the best thing that’s ever happened to me. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in how motherhood is affecting me that I forget that it’s hard for them too.

Chrome is my browser of choice… Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari are {mostly} dead to me. With that said, it would be hard to make me love it more, but these Chrome life hacks may have done the trick.

A couple of months ago I had an EPIC craving for something¬†asian. We were at the height of Eleanor’s food allergies which meant I couldn’t eat anything delicious. I stumbled across this pad thai recipe and we’ve been making it a couple of times per month since. It’s easy, delicious and just so happens to be gluten, dairy and soy free!

In the blink of an eye.

Oh, hi, fall. You’re here already? Pretty sure I just blinked my left eye and it was the 4th of July, so where the heck did you come from? Maybe if I blink my right eye tomorrow will be Christmas? I’m guessing this will probably happen regardless of whether I blink an eye, take a nap or click my ruby shoes together. Time flies when you’re having fun, er, are busy.

I love fall and I’m saying my pretty prayers that the leaves keep them selves stuck to tree branches around here for another week to make for a lovely fall wedding, and so I can enjoy it afterwards! The details, final touches and everything else feels like they might finally be falling into place for the big day. And, I’m just going to say it… I’M GETTING MARRIED THIS WEEK! And, I couldn’t be happier.

There’s a hint of winter in the air.

Fall is my very favorite season. There is something so warm and lovely about it. I think it also seems to be the shortest of the seasons here in Colorado… Spring starts in mid-April and last through the end of may, Summer ranges from June to mid september and fall gets the short span of mid-September to mid-October before the crazy Colorado weather gods dump snow all over the state with blizzards starting in October and lasting for what seems like forever.

This fall, though, has been longer. We’ve had 75 degree temperatures up until a few days ago. I was actually starting to long for sweaters, boots and snowy days. Those days have arrived. There was a touch of snow on Tuesday, but we got “official” snow today. It coated the ground and the streets. Winter is actually here.

I forgot to take pictures, assuming that the snow would linger long enough for me to grab a few shots after work — it’s just like Colorado to snow all morning and have it melted by the time I drive home (dry roads and all). To celebrate the welcoming of winter, Christian and I are headed to the Nuggets game when they are going to break the Lakers winning streak (a girl can dream can’t she?). I gave him tickets for our anniversary and it just so happens to coincide with the first snow!

I’m off to dinner and to cheer on the Nuggs!

On Monday, it’s all about the little things.

If you take the weather of the last two weeks into consideration, then I’d say we have a pattern with dreary Mondays. Today being 1 out of the 2. Here’s what my dashboard had to say about it:

After such dreary days last week I was determined to spice things up and add a little fall cheer to my office. Fall is my most favorite season after all. Enter the cinnamon candle.

With all my heart

I’m thinking of making a seasonal candle a staple of my office — just to make things that much better! With that candle burning I want to wrap myself in a blanket, grab some hot apple cider and snuggle up for an afternoon with my favorite book. Maybe after work?

Like this cinnamon candle.

Anything you use — at home or at work — to make your day better?

Well hello, Monday.

Perfect night for snuggling

I’ve been a little few and far between with my posting lately. Part of me thinks it’s because I’m gearing up for Nablopomo yet again and can’t waste it all in October and the other part of me is feeling entirely uninspired. It’s a cloudy day here in Colorado and it’s going to start raining in the next couple hours. I love rain. I love fall.

Christian’s out of town all week… that coupled with the cloudy weather and fogginess of Monday have me feeling a bit melancholy. I’ve got hot plans to roast a chicken with some veggies and whip up a pot of steamy mashed potatoes tonight for dinner. I can’t think of anything better.

I’ve got an exciting evening tomorrow with the Nuggets pre-season game, so I’m more than excited to slip into some sweats, snuggle up with Charles and the roomie and call it a night. Hope you have an equally perfect evening!

*Photo Credit: Visualpanic

Fall the very best season of them all.

The changing tree at my aunts house in Iowa

I took Charles for a walk tonight, right at dusk. I hate that the sun drops so early these days. The passing of summer with its sense of adventure and warm weather always brings a mixture of emotions for me. I love fall with all my heart. The feeling of coming home, being centered and knowing that it will all be alright. The changing leaves, soup season, start of a new school year, temperatures that call for a sweatshirt at night, Halloween, Thanksgiving, they all do it for me. One by one and as a whole.

It just hit me tonight that it’s really fall despite my best attempts to hold it off. Walking by sprinklers and wet grass through piles of dropped leaves really sealed the deal. This is my favorite time of year (though Christmas holds a special place in my heart as well) and all I want to do is make some potato soup and go wrap myself in a sweater and spend the last few nights I can outside.

Here’s to fall, the very best season.