FALL Y’ALL! Ok, we know it’s technically been fall for a few weeks now, but it’s just now starting to feel like fall may be actually coming here in South Louisiana. Yesterday we even went outside without immediately breaking a sweat. Amazing!
For this week’s Friday Favorites, we are sharing some of the things we are loving for the fall season. You won’t find PSLs on our list (GASP), but we do have a few fun things to share with y’all.
Hannah: Last month, Jonathan got me the cutest white Converse for my birthday! I’ve had my eye on a pair of white sneakers for the past year or two, but was having trouble actually spending the money on myself. So I was so excited when I opened my present!! These are seriously so cute. I’ve never seen anyone else with the exact pair he got me, which makes me love them just a little bit more. I love that I can throw them on with leggings, jeans, or even a t-shirt dress. And when it’s inevitably still over 85 degrees in the afternoon, they’ll pair well with shorts, too. After having these for just a couple of weeks, I’m going to go ahead and say that a pair of casual sneakers is a must-have for your wardrobe.
Courtney: Y’all, I had every intention of getting a picture actually wearing this outfit, but instead I cuddled Atlee all day after his 18 month well visit wearing a stained maternity shirt. Glamorous? No. Worth it? Yes. So, since I don’t have a picture of me wearing it and since it’s still 85 degrees outside and probably won’t be cool enough to wear it for another couple of weeks, you get a flat lay. Since I am almost 30 weeks pregnant, my wardrobe is a bit limited (I didn’t want to buy a ton of maternity clothes for my last pregnancy and most of the clothes from my previous pregnancies are a bit worn), but one of my go to maternity outfits for fall is my favorite maternity leggings, a maternity tank (I love these), a flannel, and booties. Cute, comfy, stretchy waistband. Done and done.
(Photo via tablefortwoblog.com)
Hannah: I love when the weather cools off for SO many reasons. But a big one is because I love getting to eat chili, soup, stew, etc. etc. A big hot bowl of hearty food is my love language. I may not be a huge fan of a pumpkin spice latte, but I do love pumpkin in my food – especially this pumpkin chili! It’s delicious! And you make it in the crockpot, y’all. I don’t know what I’d do without that wonderful kitchen appliance.
(photo via Against All Grain)
Courtney: Yeah, it’s still feels like summer around here but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t started breaking out the soup recipes; we just crank the air while we eat to give it a fall feel #deepsouthproblems. I love a good, homemade soup and would much rather go through the steps of making it myself than using a canned soup; so much more healthy and tasty. This dairy free creamy tomato soup from Against All Grain is amazing and has already become one of my favorites this fall. I’ve had to give up gluten and a lot of dairy this pregnancy (I will spare you the why), so I have been turning to my Against All Grains cookbooks and the AAG blog for lots of recipes (they’re all amazing, btw). Danielle posted this recipe last week, I believe, and I have already made it twice. So so good!
Hannah: Fall clothes, fall food, and fall scents – they’re all so good! I gave up fall candles in an effort to reduce artificial fragrances in our home, so I have turned to my trusty oil diffuser to bring me all the fall scent goodness. Cedarwood and lavender are a great fall blend. The combination of the two gives a great woodsy and cozy aroma to your house. So even if the temps outside aren’t quite at “cozy” level, I can fake it inside when I turn the diffuser on.
Courtney: Fall diffuser blends help to get me in the fall spirit (especially when it comes to cooking and baking). These three oils have been running together in my diffuser constantly the last couple of weeks; orange, patchouli, and clove (lots of clove). I don’t sell EOs, but the brand that I love and buy most often is Mountain Rose Herbs.
Favorite Traditions & Activities
Hannah: There isn’t much I love more than having it finally be cool enough to go for a walk in the evenings with my little family. Some days we all walk, some days Evan takes off on his bike, Porter hops in the wagon, and of course Gibson hangs out in his stroller. It’s a sweet time to soak up fresh air as a family. No TV or phone distractions! Jonathan and I can almost always have an uninterrupted conversation. It’s a true miracle. I love walking in our neighborhood. It’s about 20 minutes total to the end of our street and back. There are also some great walking paths and parks nearby that we like to visit on the weekends.
Courtney: S’mores. We love making s’mores. They’re not necessarily just a fall thing, but they are for us. I always look forward to s’mores during the fall. I don’t know if it’s because it’s so hot here during the summer that I would rather wait until it’s not oppressively humid at night to make them, but I relate these delicious, messy treats to fall and (slightly) cooler temps. Sometimes we make a fire and other times we go the lazy route and use our gas stove, either way it works. Now that the boys are in on our tradition, I have to turn a blind eye to the gigantic mess that is imminent every time I hand over a warm s’more to them. It’s worth it though and bath time usually follows close behind them finishing.
For our non-local friends, is it actually feeling like fall for you yet?! We are soaking up every little bit we can. Let us know some things you are loving for fall in the comments below!