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Yay! Fall is here!

Sigh, I love fall.  L-O-V-E it.  Happy Fall Equinox everyone!

I loved it before Pinterest told me all the soups I should be cooking, how to decorate my house with pumpkins and leaves, and how to dress in jeans, sweaters and boots.  Thanks, but I got this.  About the only fall trend I shy away from is the PSL craze.

Living in the midwest I hate that this season is always the shortest between blistering hot temps (was it really 90 last week?!) and gray coverage that looms over us from November until March. I promise to do my best to savor each day/weekend for this short lived period of time.

However I'm excited to see the warm golden colors appear, have the kids rake the leaves and play in them, get all bundled up for chilly nights, eat comfort food until my heart is content, watch football and enjoy the sights and smells of all the festivals.

I hope you enjoy this season as much as I do! If summer is more of your thing, sorry for your loss for now.


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