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    THE OCTOBER LEDGER!

    Location: HALLOWEENTOWN

    Okay, so I skipped September, but I really loved doing the ledger in August so I’m back at it again! It was especially fun to look back on it mid month and see all that I actually did + accomplished from the list I compiled!  Here’s October for ya!

    October 1 Pull out and put up your Halloween decor! I’ll be doing a mini fall home tour soon!

    October 2 Start lighting all the fall candles! This year, these are my favorites: this one, this one, and this one. P.S. The Capri Blue candle will definitely burn the longest and give you the most scent/sq. footage, but if you are on a budget, I’ve been burning the Target one and have been really impressed! I linked the Diptyque one, and yes it is a splurge, but I have found these to be the best quality candles of all time–they may be little, but they pack a big punch, kinda like myself, ha!

    October 3  Hang a halloween felt garland. We bought ours from this Etsy shop.

    October 4  Celebrate world taco day! Have you tried my vegan avocado tacos yet?!

    October 5 Start to stalk up on dry skin remedies like chapstick, hand cream, and the holy grail of dry skin remedies, this stuff <– it may say hand cream, but you can use it everywhere.

    October 6 Get in the kitchen and get baking! I’m looking to try this recipe, as well as this one. If you can’t find the time or don’t care for the mess, you can buy these pre-made Halloween gingerbread houses!

    October 7 Read some Halloween books with the babies, I have a post of our favorites coming to you soon!

    October 8 Attend a Concert! We are going to see Coldplay downtown this month, and I cannot wait. I’ve been wanting to see them ever since I can remember! Every time I attend a concert I always think, I’m definitely going to make an effort to attend more concerts, but then life happens, so I’m really excited to have actually planned this one out so far in advance! I think I bought the tickets in May?

    October 9 This may seem so 7th grade, but I actually really like American Eagle lately! I think they are making a comeback?! If nothing else, definitely get yourself a few pairs of lounge socks from there, they have the very best. I’m going to get festive with these orange ones.

    October 10 Give in and finally get myself these slippers, and these boots. Read more

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    LIFE LATELY + FALL STYLE IDEAS

    Location: CURRENTLY IN A SWEATER

    fall style ideas

    How is it September, how are we approaching fall?! I have never had a year fly by so quickly as 2017 has. We had our big “heatwave” of the summer these last two weeks. I know, we live in San Diego, but guys, it does have one or two weeks in the year where the weather is miserable, I promise! The real issue isn’t so much the heat, it’s more so the lack of A.C. Many of the homes out here only have heat, simply because you really don’t need air conditioning about 95% of the year, but then that 5% happens and mixed with the humidity, you’ll find yourself putting your face in the freezer or making trips to places that do!

    I’m so excited about fall, that I ordered a PSL today (pumpkin spice latte for all you non-basics haha) but can all the stores collectively tone down the Halloween decorations? It’s giving me anxiety. I was at Michaels, and saw a wall of Christmas decor. Yikes! It seems to come out sooner and sooner every year. It makes everything feel so rushed! I want to enjoy the simplicity of Autumn, then Halloween, then Thanksgiving, then Christmas, etc., but I want to enjoy them presently and as the unique individuals they are, ha! Read more

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    HOW TO HANG OUTDOOR STRING LIGHTS

    Location: patio

    I have dreamt of having outdoor string lights in every home I’ve lived in but either was lacking the space or means to make it happen, until now! I had such a difficult time trying to sort out how to make this work, so I thought I would share with you a tutorial in case you happen to be stuck in the same boat. There are so many creative ways you could go about doing this–it really depends on the layout of your space, but I definitely found this particular way to be the most sensible for our space, and I know it will work for a vast majority of spaces, not to mention, it was really easy to do! Follow along below for step by step directions! Read more

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    THE LEDGER: AUGUST

    Location: in the heat of summer

    If I could use two words to describe this summer, I’d say coffee + wine. I am such a minimal drinker–as in one glass of red when out to dinner, mayyyybe…I drink coffee on the daily, but summer has me downing two cups–one for each kiddo, just kidding, but not really…I’m exhausted! Harlow sleeps from 8:30 at night to about 4:00 a.m. and then he’s up pretty much every half hour from there on. It’s been a struggle. I used the Ferber sleep training method to get him to sleep in his crib, and it has surprisingly worked really well, but if you could solve the 4 a.m. thing for me, that would be the absolute best!

    Anyway, all these 4 a.m. wake up calls and a full schedule has had me drinking way more wine than usual, but I’m not complaining. I’m actually thinking of it like a vacation, since I can’t  go on a real one right now. Anyhow, I thought it would be fun to come up with a ledger of all the things I’m thinking of doing in August, one thing for each day.

    Well, here goes a whole lotta nothin’…

    AUG 01   Sign up for a wine club. I love the branding of Winc, but the concept of Dry Farm Wines. Have you tried either of the two?

    AUG 02   Find a good dress to get me through to October. I really love the chambray options of this one shoulder dressthis belle sleeved dress.

    AUG 03   Have yourself a spoonful of organic peanut butter or almond butter in lieu of dessert.

    AUG 04    Schedule our yearly physicals, eye exams, and bi-annual dental exams before school starts back up again. Read more

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    A LITTLE KITCHEN UPDATE WITH SMART TILES!

    As I previously stated, we were going to be moving, and it all happened!!! Most of my absence here can be attributed to the move (which was so stressful) and all the growing pains that come along with big life change. We were able to secure the place we really wanted and spent an entire month moving so, so slowly. I have moved 8 times in the past 6 years. It has been a rollercoaster to say the least, and I am completely ready to stay somewhere for a good while. So cheers to being home sweet home, and I can’t wait to show you more photos! Read more

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