Wednesday, October 19, 2011

All Things Fall

Good afternoon, everyone!

Happy hump day! :)

If you know me, you know I love every little thing about fall.

The cooler-but-not-too-cold temps.

The pretty leaves.


The beginning of Chili-eating season.

Cute boots!

I mean really, I could go on & on!

So it's not surprising that it's kind of been an "all things fall" kind of week around here.

We finally got all of our fall decorations out (better late than never!), including these guys for our high-top table in the kitchen:

I picked these up on CRAZY sale at Michael's when I was out shopping with Justin's mom, Sherri, a couple of years ago. 

I'm pretty sure they were something like 50 to 75% off. 

Michael's is seriously the best place to go for seasonal decorations.  They have a great selection and always have sales/coupons to make things more affordable for us youngins! :)

I love the metallic detail on these pumpkins, and the "rustic" feel really goes with a lot of our other decor.

Also, I have been searching & searching for something decorative to fill a gigantor glass vase that sits on our dining room table. 

Finally, a bright, but probably not-so-creative idea came to my head:

Fill it with some fun & funky gourds! :) 

Ooooo...ahhh...Martha Stewart, watch out! ;)

Alright, I fully realize my amateur decor is not going to be found on Pintrest anytime soon, but it's a start for someone whose home decorating skills have pretty much consisted of picture frames and candles up until now.

I probably could have kept filling up the vase, but, hey, those gourds weren't cheap...

And I'd rather spend my hard-earned $$ on more important things, like:

An over-priced pumpkin exfoliating mask.  Smells just like pumpkin pie. 

Yes, please!! 

If you follow me on Twitter (if you don't you probably should, beyesbtales, holla!), you know that I had an insanely amazing facial on Monday night.  I picked up this mask to help me while I'm at home, and I am so excited to use it every week.

And finally, the most amazing fall thing of all:

Pumpkin Oats!


While you all know I am the queen of oats, I cannot take credit for this festive combo.

My wonderful friend Christina introduced me to the pumpkin oats, which go as follows:

Bowl of Oats (you all know I used my Quaker Weight Control Maple & Brown Sugar!)
Canned Pumpkin
Real Maple Syrup (Christina says you HAVE to use the real stuff - and I'm not going to argue, it's delicious!)

NUTS - I didn't have an walnuts, so I just used some granola with almonds on top.  I also added a spoonful of natural peanut butter for some more protein.

This combo was so yummy and warmed me right up on this dreary fall Chicago day.

**Something to talk about: What are your fall favorites?

Hope you all have a fantastic and happy and healthy day!




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