Here’s a post all about autumn and our recent seasonal activities!
All About Autumn
The boys and I went to Whole Foods to stock up on pumpkins. We are hoping to go to a pumpkin patch this weekend to get more! But this was a good start. I also was thrilled to find burnt orange mums. I am not crazy about yellow mums. Yellow makes me nervous. It’s alarming!
We all love the swan gourd!
We also got two carving pumpkins and I got some good practice for Halloween because we needed a carved pumpkin for our KiwiCo craft! Let me tell you after 39 years of using the wrong tools for pumpkin carving, we finally have everything we need to make it easy! This guy took me no time to carve. Get a punch-out kit like this.
As I mentioned in a previous post, KiwiCo sent us their Puking Pumpkin Kit. Needless to say, it was a HUGE hit!! (And it’s only $12.95 to order.)
We did at least 5 rounds of colors / puking episodes
And it was easy enough for both of them to participate in the mixing and pouring.
Had to share this croque madame we got as take-out from MarieBette for weekend brunch. On house-made sourdough with ham and gruyere and a few pastries on the side. Perfect fuel before a soccer game later in the day.
And on the lighter side, a juuuuuust done hard-boiled egg (my trick is a rapid boil for 8 minutes sharp) with grapes and half a cinnamon raisin bagel.
And also I shared this LOL moment on Instagram when I finished Birch’s half-eaten plum as part of my breakfast. Oh how times have changed.
Fall Solstice with Ferns
Another fall-fun activity was a fall solstice party at our friends’ house. They live on top of Wintergreen mountain so it was a hike to get there with beautiful views!
If you recall, Birch and Fern had the same due date! We miss seeing Fern everyday at school since she moved to another school last year. Luckily these two are still good friends whenever they reunite.
4 years of mom friends <3
That view! Right in our friends’ backyard.
Erica used my Thanksgiving Charcuterie Board as a template for this beautiful arrangement.
Trying Green Chef
Pluses: I like that they are a bit more health focused and are a USDA-certified organic company. I also really liked that a lot of the ingredients were one-step ahead of prep (the cabbage was already shopped; the sauce was already prepared) so the cooking time was super fast!
Downsides: the 4-person plan came in two separate boxes which was simply more to unpack. And it is a bit more expensive.
We loved the recipes!!
Chicken and Potato Soup
Sesame Shrimp Stir-Fry
And a really amazing pork tenderloin with roasted potatoes and a sun-dried tomato kale salad. Mazen actually said at the dinner table “This is really good pork.” (And he rarely compliments the chef.)
If you’d like to give it a try, my affiliate link should get you 50% off your first box and 22% off a few after that for a total of $135 off.
Date Night with Gary Clark Jr.
Thomas and I went to see Gary Clark Jr. at the Ting Pavilion. He was incredible!
Beforehand we had dinner at Petit Pois and enjoyed lobster and shrimp bisque, kale salad, mussels, and smoked salmon small plates.
Beautycounter’s Fall Gifts Sets Launched This Week!
The most wonderful time of the year is upon us because Beautycounter launched its limited-edition gift sets ahead of the holiday season. There are 16 new shades, 8 new scents, and 5 new product drops included. See them all here!
My top picks:
- The Best in Clean Sampler (from makeup to serums to moisturizer, try all the fan favs)
- Beyond Bright Minis (if you want brighter skin, this golden set is for you)
- Clean & Polished (a new exfoliating powder you can add to any cleanser to make it exfoliating!)
- Monoi Body Duo (a body polish and body butter in my favorite intoxicating monoi flower scent!)
- Overnight Peel for BODY! (ever wanted to swim in the Overnight Resurfacing Peel? Well now you can!)
You can join my BC x KERF Facebook group for more tutorials and info on how to use!
Even Gussie is in the fall spirit, as he found his pumpkin in the yard and started carrying it around!