Favorite Blog Posts of October

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October being my favorite month, mostly due to Halloween, so I’m particularly sad that this month is over. It was a hell of a busy month! We moved into our first house and I swear that alone ate up our whole month with planning, packing, moving, cleaning, projects. Ugh! I could seriously use another week or two of October. But, sadly, November is upon us and I’m sure this month will fly by just as fast! Take a look at my four favorite posts from this past month and be sure to tell me down below what your favorite was!


Unique Wedding Color Schemes For Every Season


20 Cheap/Free Fall Date Night Ideas


We Are Officially Homeowners

New Home Inspiration

New Home Mood Board

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Things To Do This Halloween Season

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Halloween is my favorite holiday BY FAR! I go crazy for this holiday, as you’ll see in posts later this month. (Yes, I’ve already planned out my Halloween posts.) Today I wanted to talk about a few fun things to do this month in preparation for Halloween. I already posted a fall bucket list so be sure to hop over there if you’re looking for some of the less spooky aspects of fall! I just wanted to dedicate a full post for Halloween activities. So, without further ado, let’s do this!

Haunted House

Obviously. By far the most popular Halloween activity. It’s a staple in everyone’s Halloween to-do list.

Scary Movie Marathon

I live for the scares! Pack all your friends into your living room and run through all your scary Netflix movies. Grab the popcorn, a cozy blanket, and keep your friends close. And maybe schedule a sleepover for that night? J

Decorate to Scare

Get in the Halloween spirit by decking out your room, house, yard, etc. with all things scary! Don’t have any décor? Invite some friends out with you and hit up your local Target, Dollar Store, and Hobby Lobby. I love this idea for a fun and unique day to spend with friends!

See the Newest Scary Movie

Because no one does Halloween better than the movies. Go see the newest thriller in theaters with some of your friends!

Go To Local Haunt Spots

No matter where you live, there is always a nearby town with some weird history and a spooky background. Find some haunts around your area for some cheap fun and a few thrills. Maybe it’s a forest, abandoned building, an old house. Get to Google and find the craziest haunts in your area!

Leave me a comment below and tell me how you like to celebrate Halloween!

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20 Cheap/Free Fall Date Night Ideas

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The fall season has some of the best and most thematic things to do. If you’re looking for some great date ideas or even some cheap friend activities, look no further! I made a fall bucket list for you to enjoy this season. You’ll notice that there aren’t any Halloween related activities on this list. Don’t worry, I have a Things To Do This Halloween Season post coming shortly (don’t think I forgot!). Enjoy and let me know down below what else you’ll be doing this fall season.


Corn Maze

Outdoor Movie Night

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Apple Orchard

Local Farmer’s Market

Pumpkin Patch


Scenic Walk/Drive


Toast Pumpkin Seeds

Hay Ride

Night Drive to Stargaze

Find the Best Caramel Apple

Visit an Arboretum

Make the Best Apple Cider

Host a Friendsgiving Together


Baking Day – pie, cookies, etc.

Visit a Petting Zoo

Do a Fall Themed DIY

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Clothes I Can’t Wait To Break Out This Fall

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I’m a summer baby all the way; but, I have to say, I really do love the fall time. The weather is a gorgeous relief from the heat, the landscape really starts to change, and fall is home to my favorite holiday – Halloween. Although, one of my favorite things about fall is the fashion! Nothing beats the cozy sweaters and oversized accessories. Ugh! Just talking about the fall fashion is taking all my willpower to keep myself seated and not running straight to my closet. My fall clothes are screaming to be worn again this year; so, come take a peek at what favorites I’m dying to bust out again this year!


Beanies, oversized knitted caps, and oversized sun hats. I can’t get enough!

Mixed Textures & Patterns

Some of my favorite pieces to wear in the fall don’t actually have a specific name or piece. I just love mixing and matching all the fall textures and patterns together to make a beautifully layered look.

Knee High Boots

Knee high boots are the perfect pair to a pair of leggings or even a dress to keep covered up and still look chic!

Thick Scarves

With all the static and frizz that comes along with this time of year, I like to throw my hair up in a bun and pair it with a big chunky scarf. Top it off with some dramatic earrings – killer.

Knitted Sweaters

Yes! Fall means it’s officially sweater weather time and you bet this is one of the first things to come out of my closet this year!

Leave me a comment below and tell me what you’re most looking forward to wearing this fall season!

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Sweater Weather OOTD

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Sweater : Forever 21  |  Leggings : Forever 21  |  Shoes  : Boscovs (similar)  |

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This is actually the outfit I wore on Thanksgiving (because you know I had to dress for comfort and style). My go-to fall/winter piece is always an over sized sweater. I love sweaters with turtlenecks because then you don’t have to worry about accessorizing it with a necklace. The best thing about this particular sweater is that there are no sleeves so you don’t have to worry about being too warm. Our Thanksgiving was a three hour drive (one way) so I made sure to dress in something extremely comfy and tolerable in the car. So, instead of opting for jeans, I threw on these adorable faux leather leggings. I live for these! I love playing with texture when it comes to fashion and leather is my absolute favorite. The leather helped dress up the outfit and give it the much needed ‘wow factor’ that jeans couldn’t. To complete the outfit I paired it with these gray leather boots. I loved how this outfit came together and it was absolutely perfect for the occasion!

What did you guys wear for Thanksgiving this year? I would love to see your posts!
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Playing With Pattern & Texture – OOTD




Shirt : Target  |  Pants : Charlotte Russe  |  Heels  : Charlotte Russe  |

Hat : Nordstrom Rack  |  Flannel : Forever 21

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This weekend I wanted to play around with fall looks that incorporate lots of pattern and texture. I loved this super comfy outfit. It looks well put together and fashion forward while still allowing yourself to wear leggings and a big comfy tee. I love looks like this and they are normally my go-to outfits. I picked up this hat at Nordstrom Rack this past week and needed to find an outfit to wear it with immediately. Super cute! I’m very glad I purchased it and I think I’ll get lots of use out of it! (And I think the little one likes it too!)


Sweater Weather Fall Tag


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Today’s weather is hitting me in the fall feels and I came across this tag that I thought sounded fun and totally worked with my mood. I found this on An Endless Weekend’s page (what a great name right?!) so you can hop on over to her page after this to read her tag! Without further ado, let’s do this.

Favorite Candle Scent?

Honestly, I prefer the apple and cinnamon scents over the pumpkin spice. Any candle with either of those scents has my vote!

Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate?

Tea all the way. I love tea and find I flock towards it more often than not. I normally have a green tea everyday and have been trying to incorporate lavender tea into my nightly routine for a better night’s sleep.

What is the best fall memory you have?

Yikes…I guess I don’t have a favorite. Blame it on the bad memory!

Best fragrance for fall?

Best fragrance year round, Dolce. I’m not super into switching up my scents for the seasons.

Favorite Thanksgiving food?


What is Autumn weather like where you live?

The weather is just like every other season in Iowa. 70 one day, 40 the next, little rain here, little sunshine there. You never know!

Most worn sweater?

The sweater I featured in this post (New York and Company for those wondering).

Football games or jumping in a pile of leaves?

If by football you mean tailgating and then following that up by watching the game in a bar, then football for sure.

Skinny jeans or leggings?

Leggings, jeggings if I must. I’ll always opt for leggings.

Combat boots or Uggs?

Uggs are so much more comfy, but I found myself not touching them since college. Ugh. Maybe I’ll go break out a pair now!

Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?

Plain and simple. No.

Favorite fall TV show?

I’m a sucker for the CW shows. Netflix just uploaded all of the newest seasons of everything and I’m finding it difficult deciding what to watch!

What song really gets you into the fall spirit?

Spooky Scary Skeletons Remix. You’re welcome. 🙂

What do you want to be for Halloween?

Couple costume with my fiance, Janet Snakehole and Bert Macklin from Parks and Recreation. It’s too perfect for us haha!

Hats or scarves?

Scarves, scarves, scarves

What is you #1 favorite thing about fall?

If I had to pick one, Halloween. Favorite holiday ever!