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Falling For Fall

17 Sep

Fall is by far my most favorite time of the year! Don’t get me wrong, I love summer and everything that comes along with it; the beach, pool, cookouts, outdoor games, sun dresses and sandals but to me none of that even competes with fall! The fresh smell in the air, cool breezes, sleeping with the windows open, leaves changing color, the return of Football and of course, Starbucks, Pumpkin Spice Latte! Fall is so colorful, cool and fun and holds an even bigger special meaning to me now; since Joe and I’s anniversary is September 24. This year the first official day of fall is September 22, but fall has been in the air the last couple of weeks. I always look forward to fall not only because it means the end of summer humidity and bug bits (was it just me or were the mosquitos worse than ever this year?), but because Halloween, my birthday and Thanksgiving aren’t far away!

With the beginning of cooler weather comes the changing out of your wardrobe. I have been waiting probably since the beginning of August for the weather to cool, so I could break out my favorite boots, scarves and sweaters.

The cooler fall weather gets me excited for a visit to the pumpkin patch, apple picking, apple cider and Halloween activities.

Another fall activity MUST is camping. I have always L.O.V.E.D camping, if you have read this blog before you know I L.O.V.E a lot of things and camping is just another one of those things. There is just something about camping and being in nature that eases me. My parents used to take my sisters and I camping when we were little. Each morning my dad would heat a little tea pot of punch over the camp fire. Before he handed us our little mugs he would put a cinnamon stick in it. The smell and taste of the punch was comforting and warming. I would sit by the campfire and drink my little cup of cinnamon-y goodness. I haven’t had it since I was little, but I want to make it this year when we go on our family camping trip with my aunts, uncles, cousins and sisters. For the last couple years we have gone camping at Point Lookout State Park in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. The park is gorgeous! If you live in Maryland or if Southern Maryland is close enough to you to travel I highly recommend this campground! So many trails to explore and you are right on the water. Last year our camp site backed to the Chesapeake bay, so at night we crabbed off the pier and my cousins, sisters and I took tons of sunset pictures. I can’t wait for our camping trip this year, cool crisp nights sitting around a campfire with family, playing games, talking, laughing and eating s’mores until we feel sick. It’s those simple pleasures that make fall so special to me. The pictures below are from our camping trip last year.

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This last one is of my sisters, cousin and I.
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One last reason I am so glad that fall is here is because I can start running outside again without the presence of stifling humidity! Yey!

In honor of fall here are a few of the fall things that have caught my eye:

I can’t wait to try this Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate recipe! It looks so easy to make and delicious!

This Martha Stewart Chicken Pot Pie recipe will be perfect for a cool fall night.

I.Want.This.Outfit! Perfect for fall!

I’m loving these green accessories.

I am thinking about turning attempting to turn one of my old sweaters into these adorable mittens.

Last year I made the fall wreath below that I found here. I was really happy with how it turned out and am still searching for an idea for my wreath this year.

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I hope all of you are enjoying the cooler weather as much as I am! Are you trying any new fall recipes? Have you already brought out your fall wardrobe? I wore my favorite boots for the first time last week. Oh how I missed them! 🙂

Cheers!
Elise

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