October Favorites

A Few Things We Are Loving in October

Fall is in full swing and although we are still enjoying some milder temperatures, we have definitely noticed a change in the season. The sun is setting earlier, the leaves are crunching beneath our feet and blowing all over the street on our walks, and the nights are much cooler. With that said, here are a few things we are loving in October.

What May Is Loving.  For May, fall means bringing out the soft, toasty throws for the sofa, chairs, and bed. There’s nothing like wrapping myself up in a favorite blanket to watch an episode of Younger, or relax in a favorite chair to read by the fire. Not only are they functional, but throws are also a nice statement to add to the end of a couch, or bed. They come in a variety of colors, textures, and styles and you can pay as little or as much as you like. As you can see, Sawyer enjoys them too and I always know where to find him napping on a cold day.

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I always have a basket of extra throws and blankets so we can all have one on movie night. HomeGoods  has a great selection at very reasonable prices.

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What June is Loving.  Now that we are firmly into October, it is acceptable to get out the Halloween decorations.  While June does not do a lot of decorating for Halloween she does love some Halloween lights.  In June’s mind, twinkle lights should be outdoors pretty much year-around.  If it was socially acceptable, she would probably display her Christmas lights all through the winter and into spring.  So, it is fun to see that twinkle lights both indoor and outdoor have become popular.  June will be hanging her little pumpkin lights up this weekend.  And last weekend the skeleton lights were hung in the kitchen window.  The skeleton lights are weird and quirky, June loves the different colors and in dance poses, that they make her laugh a little every time she sees them.

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What May and June Are Loving.  This week, one of our favorite HGTV shows, Fixer Upper, premiered their new magazine The Magnolia Journal. It’s a quarterly lifestyle magazine that gives great ideas on making your home more beautiful as well as tips for living a better life. You can pick up the magazine at most check out lines, at your favorite bookstore, or you can get a subscription online. We are so excited!

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Fall is the season of apples, and May and June are both fans. There are so many varieties out there, it’s hard to pick one favorite! May loves Honeycrisp apples for eating, and always uses Granny Smith when she bakes an apple pie or crumble. And of course, who doesn’t love taffy apples? June is a big Honeycrisp fan as well.  And while she doesn’t often get out there, a trip to the apple orchard to pick your own apples is a fun way to spend an October weekend, especially when the orchard sells cider and freshly made doughnuts.

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As much as we both love being barefoot all the time, our cold toes and feet have recently been begging for the snuggly warmth of our favorite pair of slippers. May loves her cute red moccasins by L.L. Bean. The fleecy inside keeps her feet nice and warm on the coldest of days, they have a non skid sole, plus they are stylish and don’t look like a traditional slipper.

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June is not a huge slipper fan because she would much rather be barefoot or wearing socks.  But cold feet are even more uncomfortable.  And having to step outside with Gatsby or to get the newspaper means that some type of foot covering must be worn.  After much trial and error, June has found that Ugg slippers work the best for her in the cold months.  Ye,s they are pricey but the shearling is not itchy, they are cushy and they do provide some foot support if you are cooking or doing other chores that require you to be standing or running up and down the stairs.  And while she herself is not a fan, some people wear them as shoes.  Just the day before, June saw a woman wearing Ugg slippers as her “commuter shoes” downtown.  But please do not wear the same pair on the dirty sidewalks and then as slippers in your house.  Yuck!  They are called house shoes for a reason.

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Have a wonderful weekend.  It looks like it is going to be lovely weekend weather-wise in Chicago.  So, we are going to make sure to sneak in some more outdoor time and hope you get to do the same.

~May and June

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things.” -Sound of Music

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