As most of you know autumn is my favorite time of year! I love the crisp cool weather, wood burning fireplaces, being cozy on the couch, and the leaves changing colors (not so much in Southern California, but there are some). I love that it’s boots and sweater wearing season (so no one knows how many cookies you ate).
Enough about what I love, here are 10 fun things you can do…Right Now!
Apples! Did you know there are 7,500 varieties of apples? 2,500 varieties are grown right here in the United States. It’s apple picking season people! Go find yourself a tree and start picking. Once you get your apples here is a delicious recipe you should make. What is your favorite variety of apple?
If you’re lucky enough to live where the leaves change colors, grab your family and/or friends and do a fun casual photo shoot. Oh, and don’t forget your pets, they will love it, too!
Get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Gather some friends and take a brisk walk early in the morning. It’s a wonderful refreshing way to start the day.
Oktoberfest! Nothing is more fun than finding your local Oktoberfest and partake in this century old German tradition. Even if your don’t drink beer the festivities are so much fun. Here are my favorite at-home beer glasses.
Make a cozy fire, put a pot of this delicious soup on, and wrap yourself in this throw. Have date night in!
Gather your neighbors and have a fun night playing Ollie Ollie Oxen Free (also know as hide and seek)! End the evening games with some delicious Mulled Cider.
Jump in a pile of leaves!
Host a Friendsgiving! It’s a great way to reconnect with longtime friends and catch-up.
Do something nice for someone and don’t tell them it was you who did it!
While some people can’t wait for summer, I long for it to be fall all year long! The leaves are finally falling, there is a crisp chill in the air (not so much in Southern California, but hopefully soon), and I’m decoring my home for this glorious season! I love the ease of fall decorating; soft cozy blankets, faux pumpkins, and cute pillows make it simple to bring autumn into your home. Lately, I’ve been scouring the internet for some new decor and I’m so excited to show you what I have found. If you fall in love with any of these items like I did, you can buy them right from the affiliate links (FYI, I will receive a small commission).
Fall In The Kitchen
For The Home
What are your favorite items to decorate with for fall?
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Every year my family attends a huge reunion during the summer, and this year I’m one of the co-chairs. Everyone who is attending lives all across the United States, so I will be doing a ton of texting and making countless phone calls to get everything and everyone organized.
That is why I’m so happy I have the $49.88 PLUS Plan from Walmart Family Mobile, powered by T-Mobile with Unlimited Talk, Text, & Data which includes up to 15GB of 4G LTE† then 2G*. Remember when I switched back in January of 2016? I know I will never again receive those huge data overage charges like I did with my last mobile service plan. And best of all, there is no contract, no activation fees and more data on most of the plans with coverage on T-Mobile’s nationwide 4G LTE† network. I’m loving the plan, it gives me all I need and more! I’m looking forward to upgrading my phone to the new LG L59 – Grace phone.
I want to make sure the attendees have a great time so I used my phone to look up all the local hotels, best places to eat for a crowd, and fun things to do while everyone is in town. I have even set up a group text just for this reunion so we can all stay in touch and everyone knows all the happenings at the same time.
This year our reunion has a #hashtag so all the members attending and those who can’t make it will still be apart of the memories via social media.
I have saved so much money with my Walmart Family Mobile PLUS plan I am adding a raffle to the reunion activities this year, and the grand prize is a new LG L59 – Grace phone, along with 1 month of the $49.88 PLUS Plan. With the Walmart Family Mobile $49.88 PLUS plan, the winner of the raffle will receive a free VUDU◊ movie rental credit (valued at $7.00) each time they renew their monthly service. The lucky winner will be able to take some great photos with the 8MP camera and the 5MP front facing camera. I’m looking forward to seeing who wins and what moments they capture via the #hashtag!
I thought I would share a few tips I’ve learned along the way to make any reunion unforgettable.
Use Technology. Send invites via social media and create a #hashtag so everyone can be a part of every moment. Create a video of the heartfelt, silly, and blooper moments of the reunion weekend and have a viewing on the last night.
Play Games. It gets everyone involved from the toddlers to the seniors and it makes for some great laughter and memories!
†To get 4G LTE speed, you must have a 4G LTE capable device and 4G LTE SIM Card. Actual availability, coverage and speed may vary. LTE is a trademark of ETSI.
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The week started off great with a walk on the Huntington Beach Pier. The surfers were out and so were the hoards of people fishing off the pier. The mornings have been full of June gloom which makes for perfect walking weather.
As much as I try to stay away from bread I just can’t help myself! So when I saw this sign at my local coffee shop I knew it was a sign… Insert smile!
So happy when I saw these beauties at Trader Joe’s. I look forward to Peonies season every year, they bring a smile to my face (maybe even more than bread). They had some beautiful burgundy ones this year, but I’m such a traditionalist.
A little garden inspiration. I’m loving the vertical gardens at this home and I’m trying to figure out how and where I can incorporate a wall like this in my backyard. I like to make a vertical herb garden. Do any of you have one?
I was doing a few errands in Laguna Beach when I came across this adorable little fairy garden tucked away on the side of a building.
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
Did you know when you smile you are throwing a party in your brain? This activity activates the release of neuropeptides which fights off stress. It also relaxes the body which can lower your heart rate and blood pressure. Studies have shown that those who smile are treated differently than those who do not. People who have a smile are thought of as attractive, sincere, reliable, and relaxed.
Here are just 10 of the millions of things that make me smile…
Swinging on a swing set.
Hearing someone speak Italian.
Eating coffee & donuts.
Sitting by a fire.
Playing with my puppy.
Coming home after a long day.
Hanging out with a friend.
When all my children are home for dinner.
Whenever I see a convertible Alfa Romero on the road.
Last but not least, Handsome. From that silly moment I caught him looking at me, I have not stopped smiling.
So next time you are out and about smile at the strangers you walk by, it just might make their day. You just never know what the power of a happy face can do to another person.
It does a body good.
It will make your day brighter and your brain will throw a party!
It’s that perfect time of year, the birds are chirping, the weather is warmer, the trees are blooming, and generally everyone is happy.
How cool are these elevator doors? I was at a business meeting in Pasadena and every floor in this building had a different word painted across the elevator doors.
Inspiration is everywhere you look…sometimes it is actually written out just so you notice it.
There are so many reasons I love Springtime, like the weather, people seem happier, and most of all wherever you look there are trees blooming with beautiful Spring flowers.
On a recent trip to the Orange County design center for Sunday breakfast (they have a delicious cafe hidden away there) I came upon this fantastic fountain. We had breakfast and then did a little design center window shopping.
Handsome just gets me. He know exactly what to do to bring me back to center. These pink roses did the trick, their scent is intoxicating.
A very special person surprised me with a Rainbow Roll Cake. The perfect mid-week sweet treat.
In just a few days is Memorial Day have fun, stay safe, and please, don’t drink and drive!
This is an App designed for your personal safety. Companion was designed by students at the University Of Michigan. All you need to do is enter your destination and select a few of your contacts to be your Companions (your contacts don’t even need to install the App on their phone). Companions will get a live map of your progress and will receive updates that you made it from Point A to Point B with no problems. If something happens along the way Companion will check on you to make sure everything is okay. If you don’t respond within 15 seconds, Companion will alert your contacts. There is also a “I Feel Nervous” button and that information will be passed along to your contacts, also. You can also call the police with just two taps. iOS & Android ~ Free
2. Untappd: For Beer Lovers
This App is to help you discover and keep track of every brew you drink with a network of fellow beer drinkers. You check in different beers and rate them. It finds you nearby venues, events, and beers that you will love. You can even send a virtual “cheers” to friends for their beer selection. iOS ~ Free
3. Prisma: Photo App
Turn your photos into incredible works of art using the styles of famous artists like Munk or Picasso! It also has a ton of special effects. Check out this unique photo App for yourself and create your unique art style.iOS~ Free
4. Magisto Video Editor & Movie Maker
Have you ever tried to edit a video? It a long pain staking process. Magisto make the process simple and makes your videos look as thought they were edited by a pro! The App takes your photos and videos and edits them together into videos you can share with your family and friends at places like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, even WhatsApp. iOS ~ Free
5. Pause: Learn to relax
In this crazy life that we all have sometimes it’s good to just take a moment and Pause. This App was made to help you relax. With a backdrop of soothing music, you move your finger slowly across your phone screen. Focusing on the slow and steady movement will help you to relax. iOS ~ $1.99
What are your favorite APPS you can’t live without?
There is no better feeling than when someone does something nice for you just because, and that same feeling goes for doing something nice for someone…just because! The world can be a very harsh place just one small act of random kindness from a fellow human can dramatically change someones life or at the very least make their day!
I have made a list of 25 little random acts of kindness, so just maybe we can all show a little more kindness and love towards each other.
One small random act of kindness can truly make someone’s day.
Say “Good Morning” to the person standing next to you.
Offer to return a shopping cart to the store after someone has loaded groceries in their car.
Purchase coffee for the person standing in line behind you.
Text someone just to say good morning or good night.
Leave an encouraging note on the mirror in a public restroom.
Hold the door open for others.
Give a genuine compliment to at least 1 person everyday.
Give a gift to someone, just because.
Compliment someone to their boss.
Let people merge-in during traffic.
Say “thank you” and “please”.
Send a care package to a solider.
Buy lemonade from a kid’s lemonade stand.
Put a coin in an expired meter.
Say “I love you” to someone you love.
Smile at people.
Surprise your friend with a CD of their favorite songs.
Introduce yourself to new and not so new neighbors.
Compliment a stranger.
Hold the elevator.
Write your husband/wife a list of all the things you love about them.
Check in on your elderly neighbor.
Purchase extra dog and cat food and drop it off at your local animal shelter.
Email or write to a teacher who made a difference in your life.