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Thanksgiving Outfit

What would you do if you woke up and only had the things you were thankful for the day before? 

This past Sunday I visited my sister's church with her and the pastor asked that question, and it really hit me. I usually think of myself as pretty thankful person, and am usually conscious that I am fortunate in a lot of ways, but if I stop and image myself only having what I've taken time to be specifically thankful for, well, I wouldn't have much. It may be cheesy and cliche this time of year to talk about being thankful, but I do think it's an important tradition. Things get crazy, and it's easy for even good things to feel like burdens sometimes, but maybe if we stop to take the time to be thankful for them, even when they do feel heavy, it will make them feel just a little bit lighter. 

Free People Shirt // Vintage Skirt (thrifted) // Old Navy Shoes // DIY Necklace

Fall Outfit Details
Fall Outfit with Dog

I'm especially thankful for puppies, even when they insist on being in all of your photos. 

3 Easy Thanksgiving DIYs to do this Weekend

Pumpkin Puree

If you haven't made your own pumpkin puree from scratch before, you have to try! It's super easy, and so tasty. Don't have a food processor? No problem, I use my little ninja blender and just do it in smaller batches. The best part is how pumpkin-y your whole house smells, and also the bragging rights when you can say you made the whole pumpkin pie completely from scratch! Gotta love bragging rights. 

Autumn Leaf Coasters

Looking to spruce up your table? (Spruce! Leaves! Get it? yeah, sorry) These adorable little coasters only take a couple minutes to cut out, and they are a super adorable addition to any table.   

Simple Burlap Table Runner

Got 5 minutes? that's all it takes to put together this super easy burlap table runner!    

Refocus

Fall Sweater Dress Outfit

F21 Sweater / Vintage Gap Denim Jacket / Nine West Boots / Free People Socks / UO Necklace / Thrifted Bag

Isn't it funny how fall has a way of making you slow down and think about things. I find myself thinking more even about silly little things, like what to wear. Summer is all about throwing on cut offs and a tank and getting to work (or fun!), but come fall I take the time to consider what I'm wearing. Will I be warm enough? Will I be happy in what I'm wearing?

In a lot of ways it feels good to refocus my brain and think a lot of things over more in-depthly. Blogging has been this faint whisper in the back of my brain most of the summer. Maybe I'll come back to it, maybe not. Then it became more distinct. A conversation I had with myself, saying it may be time. 

Honey Peach Iced Tea

Honey Peach Tea

Ahhhhhhhgust. That's kind of how August always makes me feel. I totally freak out when I flip the calendar and see that page. We're already near the end of summer, how can that possibly be? All the sudden every weekend is spent trying to pack in as much "summering" as possible. Quick trips to the beach, hiking, hanging out with friends, and eating as much fresh produce as I can get my hands on. 

Right now our farmer's market is all about peaches. Peach iced tea is actually one of my favorite summer drinks, so I couldn't resist throwing together my own. I love being able to control how sweet it is when you make it yourself, as well swapping out sugar with honey. Major bonus is that using local honey helps my allergies, which have been awful lately.

HONEY PEACH ICED TEA

8 Cups of water

8 Earl Grey Tea Bags

2 Tablespoons of honey

1 Large peach

Bring water to a simmer and remove from heat. Steep all tea bags in water for at least 5 minutes, remove, and stir in honey. While tea cools, skin peach and cut into slices. Add peaches to jar or container, and add in cooled tea. Chill in fridge for 1-2 hours and enjoy with ice.