Hello and happy Friday!
Can you feel it? It’s here. The warmth of the sun as it slants and shadows earlier in the afternoon. The final days of the best garden tomatoes. Pumpkin flavored everything. Fuzzy sweaters and sun-kissed chilly cheeks. Boots. Warm straw, oranges, and yellows that dot the landscape everywhere you look. Football. The natural slow down that coaxes us into cozy-ing up.
These are the days of autumn. And because we all got gypped on summer, I’m 100% here for fall.
And I’m not the only one.
This author reports why there’s a psychological reason we are obsessed with fall, quoting Amy Jane Griffiths, Ph.D, N.C.S.P., a licensed psychologist and professor at Chapman University, who notes, “We all crave the comfort and security that comes with traditions and predictability…They may relate to joyful experiences with friends and family and provide something to look forward to.” And with 2020 droning on as it has, I think we can all relate.
With every season I think about making a bucket list. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. But this week I discovered a few lists that have given me inspo to take some time to think about what will fill me up, give me joy, and share my gratitude before the leaves all fall from the trees.
- The ultimate Fall to-do list (no apple picking or pumpkin spice lattes necessary)
- Elsie’s autumn bucket list
- Your ultimate fall bucket list is here.
But first, let’s starts with gearing up for THIS weekend, and dig into this week’s list of Friday Faves.
Less than 50 days to the November elections. No matter which side you’re on, make sure your voice Is heard. Register to vote here.
This is such a sweet example of the amazing teachers working so hard to keep littles engaged. I want her as my teacher! Handclaps up and down and down and up again!
Such an eye-opening read: Climate change will force a new American migration, but where will everyone go?
World Clean-Up Day is this Saturday. Here’s how to participate and do your part.
I am obsessed with these storage bins for kitchen, bath, and beyond.
I’m tired of my brown sugar turning rock hard, or digging around the piece of bread I keep in the container to keep it soft, so I’ve ordered this brown sugar container instead.
8 genius meal prep hacks this cook learned in culinary school. I’m a huge fan of #2 and #7.
This total time-saver, sheet pan dinner is SO EASY, and 100% family friendly.
This sticky honey chicken chicken is for sure finger-lickin’ good.
I’ve been making frittatas on repeat (they’re so easy!) and this spinach and cheese baked egg wonder is looking f-i-n-e.
This veg-forward meal gets a creamy leg up with grilled haloumi. Yummers.
Cloudy with a chance of Mediterranean meatballs.
Pumpkin recipe alert !! :
- My favorite chocolate chip pumpkin cookies
- Pumpkin cheesecake brownies
- Pumpkin bread with a shot of chai + maple
I can already taste the crispy sugar in these churro pancakes.
I’m always up for bulgogi bowls and even more with a shot of healthy quinoa.
This lemon olive oil cake is guaranteed to be extra moist.
This peanutty butternut squash curry is an awesome excuse to eat more veg.
Last week I told you Taco Bell was getting rid of their Mexican Pizzas. SAD! Here’s how to make them at home.
Move over tacos, this delish torta is about to take over your Tuesday (and every other day of the week.)
31 nights of free Halloween movies you can watch on TV. What? Yes! TV!!!
7 BIPOC clean beauty brands to try right now.
These bath bombs are part autumn part spooky and ready to tub.
7 things that happen to your body when you quit drinking. For me, #3 was the best reason.
but if you’re imbibing…
Franzia is selling a backpack that fits a whole box of wine. Now THAT could get you in trouble—or make you super popular, ha!
Need: Your boyfriend’s sweats.
My favorite thing to layer in the in-between weather right now.
This leather pouf is a bargain and looks so much more expensive than it is.
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