happy halloween weekend!!!!!!

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I pulled out some of our old photo albums and stumbled upon this little photo. my mom was pretty cool to dress up with me. actually, she probably still would if I asked her to!

Halloween is so much fun! all of the pumpkins everywhere and the excuse to make everything pumpkin flavored is valid.
anyways, I will be dressing up this year…I think…for a Halloween party. thinking of going as Mary Poppins because I fell in love with Saving Mr. Banks this year and seriously, how cute would that outfit be?
but what makes me most excited about this time of year is that tomorrow, I can officially start listening to Christmas music without feeling guilty. I was made fun of at work {all in good fun} for listening to Christmas music and I get it. it was a little early. but I can’t help it! Christmas is just so magical.
but first comes thanksgiving and in our family, we have something super exciting happening this year! celebrating thanksgiving on my mom’s side a little early! I cannot wait, guys!
what do you love about this time of year?

it’s autumn. and it’s friday.

two of  my favorite things. the air has been crisp outside. the leaves have all officially turned and hot chocolate and plenty of coffee during the day have all been necessary. my sweaters have been moved out from the back of the closet, my scarves are hanging up and I found the best hat for when it gets a little chillier out. this girl is happy. fall is here.

{this is the latest we have ever gone to get pumpkins! our porch looks so much better with a little orange}
big pumpkins
pie pumpkins{these had me itching to make a pumpkin pie. or anything with pumpkin, really}
harvest{sadly, it was pretty gloomy out. but I think it added to the whole Halloween vibe}
broter{my brother got stuck with the heavy lifting}
ghost house{and this is the house on the property. can you imagine living here? I think it looks so creepy!!!}

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend ahead! mine will be spent with family and friends and babysitting the cutest kids.

a beautiful bracelet.

a few months ago I connected with a lovely girl on The Giving Keys Instagram page over something we have in common: going through melanoma. it felt so SO good to connect with someone who got what I had gone through and continue to deal with daily (scars, fear, the unknown). we chatted through Instagram and eventually on Twitter and got to know a little more about our journeys.

I noticed she was making such pretty bracelets and she offered to make me one and I was so excited! when I got it in the mail I fell in love with it.

the charm is so pretty and the color of the thread is a favorite of mine.


Connect with Sarah just to chat or to purchase one of these pretty bracelets. She is just lovely to talk to!

we came back smelling like campfire.

it was the perfect weekend for camping! sure, it was a bit chilly (I think the high was 55) but that’s what campfires are for which we had going all day long. it was fantastic! we spent time with family and enjoyed being outside all day. there were even some fall activities going on.

have I mentioned how much I love fall?

camping1{my new Diana came in the mail and I have been reading and reading about how to take the perfect picture. but what I have found out is it’s the not so perfect ones that are phenomenal. so I brought this lady out and snapped some shots}
camping3{one of my most favorite things about camping is getting up early in the morning and enjoying everything around me before everyone is awake}
{our view from one of our camp sites}

{the moment in the day I regretted only bringing one sweatshirt. it was a bit chilly. but then I looked around me and all was good again}
{even camping, zip has to be “proper” and cross his arms}

let’s go on a bear hunt…well, maybe not…

my family and I are going camping together this weekend!
well, minus my brother …. he has to work.

but I am super excited!!!! camping in the fall is one of the best things ever and I can’t wait to bring my Diana to take some amazing photos!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and do something fun!

see you on Monday!


so good.

this weekend was really good. it started off with the coolest of restaurants with the yummiest of endless {ENDLESS} fries and the best of people.
Saturday was spent running around vintage shopping and I was so disappointed, guys. I went all the way out to the Canton area {well past that, to be honest} to a place I had been told about and it was awful. luckily, my vintage hopes were restored at two local shops I didn’t know about. wish I would have started there.

I then spent way too much time in target and also in the craft store picking out yarn for various knitting projects. if you want one of these:

IMG_2576…let me know and I would be happy to !

I also received my DIANA CAMERA in the mail and I cannot wait to take some mind boggling photos with it.

the weather this weekend was pretty chilly, but I LOVED it. welcome, fall!
on sunday, I spent the day knitting and cleaning up around here. also, while I am catholic, I was intrigued about the general conference. many bloggers I follow talk about it, and I wanted to see what it was about. I am glad I listened in on it and it is certainly not for just one type of religion. you can gain so many beautiful insights to life by listening and I wrote a few down I will take with me. there were so many wonder, inspiring and enlightening talks that I just feel so good going into these winter months with an open mind and heart. my church is amazing and our priest gives beautiful and relatable sermons every week. life is good, guys.

have a WONDERFUL Monday and an even better week. it’s going to be a good one.


this past weekend.

I had goals this weekend. serious. goals.
one of them included finally buying a MacBook air.
since I used a mac when I interned a few years ago
in a marketing & communications department,
I had been wanting one for myself.

the problem?
they’re expensive.

for the last three years, I had known it was going to happen.
as a writer, the mac felt right and as someone who wanted
to learn about photoshop, the MacBook seemed perfect
for just that.

so Saturday, I got up, ran some errands which included the apple store.
I had it all picked out and after an hour or so of issues,
{apple store had problems that day…should have taken it as a sign},
my MacBook was in my hands and I was on my way home to obsess.

when it came time to open the box up {which is fancier than any packaging I’ve seen}
I opened it up and was sad to realize how little excitement I had.
I brushed the doubtful feelings aside and turned that baby on.
playing around with it, it felt familiar and I thought, “I could do this.”
then I opened iTunes. and that is when it hit me……

how can I copy a playlist to a CD when there is no place to insert one…?
oh, how I was disappointed, but happy in a way, too.
I had doubt for a reason and I should have listened to it.

so the next day, I took the walk of shame back into the apple store.
sucked up my frustration as the guy who processed my return gave me a look
and I walked out of there happy with my decision.

so now…now, I am on the hunt for a computer. but not a mac.
anyone else have to recently make some hard decisions?


enjoying the sights of autumn everywhere i go.

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 it’s been a bit warm around here ever since fall made its official debut. the sights scream fall, but the upper 70 degree weather shouts summer. not sure how I feel about that seeing I was pretty pumped for fall to finally be here. I guess I should take it as a good thing…we are getting a little bought of warm weather before winter starts. which, hello, is sooner than we think. The Hallmark Channel is already advertising for their Christmas season. not that I am not excited. I just want to be in the moment. it’s fall. not summer and not winter.

and while it’s sometimes frustrating, gosh I love living where I do. we get every season and I am going to live each of them to the fullest.

happy fall, everyone!