‘Tis the season for throwing on a scarf, ordering the pumpkin spice latte, and consuming your weight in chili while tailgating at the football game on Saturday. Despite how cliche it is, I don’t hate it one bit. Fall is my absolute favorite season. (And not just because my birthday is in September.)

Isn’t it funny how we dread winter and beg for summer? No matter what we want, the outcome is always the same. It’s inevitable. Seasons change, ready or not.

I’m convinced that among the many obvious reasons for loving this time of year so fiercely, the shift in our pace has got to be my favorite. Kids go back to school, routine is in place, and aside from football-watching parties there doesn’t seem to be something going on each weekend. I enjoy pool parties, wearing flip-flops, and bonfires (s’mores are a must!) as much as the next girl, but there comes a time when it’s just time to rest.

When the air turns cool and the beach grows isolated it reminds me of how I feel when I come to the end of a really good book. While you’ve been devouring every bit and enjoying it, there’s a slight sense of relief and you need a minute to reflect on it. The minute of reflection, that’s fall. The pause of deep reflections and change that needs to take place; it’s lovely and it’s quick, so don’t miss it by rushing ahead or clinging to what was.

Here’s what I’m doing and what I think you ought to do for yourself this fall:

Treat yourself to an H&M flannel for $24.99. I wear mine multiple times a week. Cute, comfy, and easy to style? Sold.

Try this Crock-pot Chili recipe. My very own & one you can’t mess up! 🙂

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  1. Brown turkey (or beef, whichever you prefer) in a large skillet on medium-high heat
  2. Chop up as many veggies as you’d like (I included carrots, yellow onions, zucchini, squash, green onions, kale)
  3. Toss in the turkey (or beef), chopped veggies, 1 can of beans, 1 can of diced tomatoes, and 1 can of tomato sauce into the crock pot
  4. Spice it up with some chili powder & lime juice
  5. Stir it up realllll good
  6. Let it cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 3 hours
  7. When you’re ready to serve, top it off with cheese and cilantro for a taste of fall that literally melts in your mouth!

Give your home a new scent. Time to put away the ocean tide and sea salt candles and enjoy a new scent that brings warmth and coziness to your pad. This candle makes our #teenytinyapartmentfortwo smell divine!


Read Falling Free by Shannan Martin. (Seriously, on September 20th when it releases, do yourself a favor and go snag this off the shelves at Barnes & Noble before it sells out. You’ll thank me later.)

I texted Shannan once I was halfway through this book and said, “I don’t like your book…” The truth is, I loved her book. (Don’t worry I clarified that for her, as well 😉 ) I didn’t always like the way it made me feel, but I knew it was for the best. It made me both uncomfortable and relieved at times. Without giving too much away, I’ll tell you this: it’s an interesting, thought-provoking, soul-searching, lump-in-your-throat, gentle nudge and you will not be able to go back to your life as it was before once you finish reading it. So, just be prepared.

Well, my turn’s up! But I’d love to hear from you in the comments below 🙂 Tell me your fall favorites, share the deep reflections you’re coming to grips with…know that you are so deeply loved.

XO, Manda


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