Our October Finale


Halloween is in three days! It's hard to believe October is already coming to an end. Our last weekend of the month was full of all the autumn goodness. Magnolia wore her pink poodle costume to music class, we watercolor painted her white pumpkin, we took a hayride with the Smith side of the family, & on Sunday she twirled around in the falling leaves at my sister's house! 
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Vanilla Honey Iced Coffee


The first time I had honey coffee was in Santa Barbara & I haven't had it again since yesterday! When I think about that trip to California I always think about the little coffee shop that made the best coffee using honey instead of sugar.

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An Autumn Saturday at the Pumpkin Farm


About 75% of our October bucket list was checked off this Saturday!!! We spent the cool sunshiny day at Johnson Farms, a 40 acre pumpkin & flower farm about twenty minutes from our house, doing all the October stuff. A country band was setup by the barnyard grill where the apple cider donuts were made & the songs were swept away in the air that smelled of cinnamon + sugar. We arrived just in time to watch the pig race & cheer on our pick as they ran around the muddy track. Magnolia was smiling from ear-to-ear the entire day as she skipped from the silo play yard to the corn maze to the play truck! Ryan was brave enough to take her inside the big kid fort barn & they found their way through the maze of tunnels. Lucky for her she has a cool & brave daddy because I wasn't going in!

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Ten Adorable Toddler Rain Boots


Fall is here & that means lots of rainy + cold days ahead!!! We are still going for walks on the trails by our house & we have plenty of outdoor adventures on our calendar, like the pumpkin patch & hayrides. Rain boots are a must!

We got Magnolia her first pair of Hunter boots for her birthday in February & this season they finally fit & she gets to wear them (over & over again!). They keep her little feet warm & dry, and better yet, she can put them on all by herself. 
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Mom Jeans + Other Favorites



I finally got some mom jeans -- ten inch high waisted!!! Everyone has told me how great Madewell jeans are & they really are that great. The girls at the store were so helpful, even when I said "I have no idea what size I wear" they helped me find several pairs that fit just right. Did you know if you take in a pair of old jeans to donate they'll take $20 off your new pair? This is the pair I'll be wearing over & over this winter. I also added to my Christmas wishlist a pair of button up + drop hem.

'tis the season for hot chocolates & lattes & Starbucks!!! Can someone please tell me why I just now added the Starbuck's app to my phone? I could have had over 74 free lattes by this point in my life. Three pink drinks for Breast Cancer Awareness month & I really want to try the Iced Pink Macchiato.

Boots, let's talk about boots. First, I have a serious love of rain boots for Magnolia (&me!). They are easy to slip on her & darling at the same. If you sign-up for emails with Hunter you'll get a discount code. Magnolia & I will have a matching red set under the Christmas tree. Nordstrom Rack is the place to look for discounted rain boots, like this glitter pair for less than twenty bucks! Also, for me, I've got my eye on these warm & cozy Ugg boots.

On Alexa we've been listening to Look Up Child by Lauren Daigle. Her voice will give you the chills.

A few weekends ago my niece wore this dress, with black tights, to Papa's birthday party. I really wish it came in Magnolia's size. All the little girls need a bit of sequins in their life this holiday season & you cannot beat that price!

Over the weekend we took Valentine to Petco for a self-service bath & blow dry. It was ten bucks & worth every single penny to save a huge clean-up at home. They provide towels, shampoo + conditioner, & even brushes. We brought her stuff to use, but it was really nice to have their towels available & no mess to clean up afterwards.

33 Halloween Movies to watch with a big bowl of Bewitched Halloween Popcorn.

Lastly, have you heard of Rocksbox? If you love jewelry, but hate clutter, this is for you! They send me three pieces of jewelry from my Wishlist, I wear them as long as I'd like (one day or for months), I send them back (free postage), & they send me three new pieces. You can get your first month for free to try it out with code: WENDYSBFF32  

XOXO
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A Funeral, Birthday, & Wedding Kind of Weekend


This weekend we had a funeral, a birthday party, & a wedding. Talk about action packed whirlwind kind of days! We had family from both sides in town for all the gatherings & it was so nice to get to see loved ones that we don't get to see on a regular. In between all the events, I managed to get our home ready for fall, we drank coffee in bed while watching Tinkerbell as the rain pounded our windows, we ate way too much candy corn + peanuts, and we also baked & ate way too many pumpkin spice cookies, Magnolia did dance performances on the fireplace hearth, we cuddled with a wet doggy because the rainstorms never stopped, we regretfully Googled Valentine's favorite treat the Bully Stick (don't do it!), & Magnolia now takes our face in her chubby hands before giving us the tiniest + sweetest kisses.

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A Modern Farmhouse - Parade of Homes


This weekend with Pumpkin Spice Lattes in hand we twirled around beautiful new construction homes --- well Magnolia did most the twirling! And Ryan & I did the latte drinking. All three of us were oohing & awwing!!! We did the Parade of Homes, first time for me, and something Ryan grew up doing. I have no idea why I never went on the tours before because it was so-much-fun. The entire weekend was all Ryan's idea & I'm really grateful he encouraged us to do them. Now we will probably go every year. We have been seriously talking about selling our home next year & building a custom home, which made the tours even more exciting for us. So for the most part we looked at homes in our price range, with the exception of the one I'm sharing today. Sunday morning we toured a modern farmhouse that you'd think Chip & Joanna Gaines flew to Kansas City to do for Summit Homes! It was way out of our price range, but let me tell you I took hundreds of photos because I want to be copycat & incorporate many of the elements into our next home. I told one of the realtors we met with, to tell his builder to make a smaller version of this house, because I really need a slice of this pie! I'd be happy with 1/3 of this house. They didn't miss a detail.

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