A Lovely Autumn Day

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Ben and I decided to take a walk and look at all the lovely fall leaves today. Isn’t it gorgeous? 🙂 I recently went through surgery, and I’m recovering well. It’s nice to be up and about, even if I can’t walk very far at the moment. There’s something restorative about the autumn season to me. It’s a reminder to slow down, to shed what I no longer need, and that change can be a very beautiful process.

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Ben took some pictures of the fall leaves for me. He’s such a sweetheart. 🙂 This vine was growing over the side of this fence, and it looked so beautiful. I love how they are slowly changing from green to red. Sometimes slow change is the best kind, even if it’s a bit hard to be patient.

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Here’s me posing against a tree. I’m not wearing any makeup, and I look tired, but that’s okay. The trees are pretty, and life is good. 🙂

In case you were wondering…

My Outfit Deconstructed: 

  • T-Shirt: $3, from my Down East Haul
  • Jean Shorts: $5 (Old Navy)
  • Sneakers: $40 (Columbia)
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Down East Haul!

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For making my weight loss goal of losing 35 pounds, I had a bunch of money set aside for buying new clothes. And when my awesome sister Heather told me about a Down East Warehouse sale going on, I had to jump on it! Once a year in Rexburg, the Down East store opens up shop in a different location with really low prices. This year, layering t-shirts and accessories are $3, and everything else from sweaters to coats to dresses to pants are $5. I came out of there with lots of treasures! In total, I bought 3 dresses, 1 scarf, 2 sweaters, 4 skirts, and 8 layering tees. I paid a total of $77, which for 18 items is pretty crazy. And the original value retailed at about $339! So, I got everything for about 77% off! How cool is that?

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I am really excited about all of these shirts. I love Down East shirts, but am a cheap skate and don’t like paying $10 a shirt. At $3 a shirt -basically thrift store price -I had to get a whole bunch. If you noticed, I didn’t buy any teal or turquoise in the is entire haul. I’m pretty proud of myself for that. 🙂

I love all four skirts that I got, but my favorite is a pleated synthetic leather skirt. I have wanted to own a pair of leather pants or a leather skirt for quite some time now, but didn’t know how to find a modest fit. Well, this full a-line pleated skirt does the job nicely. 🙂

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I love the eggplant and black striped sweater. It’s so cute and comfy. I also like the brown cardigan -it has a capelet silhouette, which is fun to wear, and almost like a blanket. 🙂 And I love the three dresses I got! The green one is the perfect color, and looks fantastic on me! It’s almost as if I got it tailored to fit just right!

That, my friends, is the end of my haul. I promise to have to outfit posts off soon, so you can see what they look like in me. Yay for modest fashion!

Oh, and if you are in the Rexburg area and want to check out the sale, it is next to the Dollar Tree on S. 2nd E. 🙂

The Autumn Equinox

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(This picture was taken by my husband Ben Buchmiller during fall 2008 in Palmyra, New York. Please do not use this image without written consent.)

Fall is one of my favorite times of year. I love seeing the trees transform into colorful collages, and feel the wind on my face. I love being able to cozy up, and enjoy this fun time of year. And well, fall colors look great with my red hair! I realized that today is the Autumn Equinox, marking the first day of fall. Boy, was I excited! I plan on having a fall-filled night tonight!

So, here are some fun activities to bring in the autumn spirit into your life.

If you like meditation music, the album Fall Meditation by Bellaudia. It has the sounds of winds, leaves hitting the ground, and wind chimes. I love it! (You can listen to it on Spotify.)

Break out your autumn colors! Pumpkin orange, mustard yellow, eggplant, dusty brown, cream, forest green… all of these colors are great for celebrating fall!

Fall desserts are another fun way to celebrate. Some of my personal favorites are pumpkin bread, apple pie, pecan pie, caramel apples, sugar cookies in leaf shapes, and spiced cheesecake. And of course, it’s finally time to break out the hot chocolate!

Of course, non-sweet fall treats are great too! I love roasted corn, non-candied yams, and anything with squash. 🙂 Here in Idaho, it’s also potato harvest time, so lots of mashed, diced and baked potatoes will make their way into my dinner prep.

Apple orchards are open, if you want to try picking your own, and maybe even canning. I’ve had fun with this already! Also, it’s a great time of year to start volunteer work, and participating in food drives.

If you have a wax melt warmer, break out the fall scents like pumpkin spice, apple cinnamon, and balsam fir. Candles are wonderful too. 🙂

However you decide to welcome in fall, be sure to make it lots of fun!