Monday, September 29, 2014

5 of My Favorite Fall Traditions

The beginning of a new season is always exciting--but there's something special about when the weather begins to cool, the leaves start to change colors, and I can replace my flip-flops with knee-high boots. 

The hustle and bustle of life begins to slow as autumn approaches. This season seems to give us permission to relax a bit more: to cuddle underneath fuzzy blankets, sip on apple cider, and curl up with a good book. 

See? I've always been a fan of this season.
I even insisted on holding this leaf when the picture was being taken, lol =)

And since there are countless of reasons as to why autumn is my favorite season, I have decided to instead list my top five favorite fall traditions:

1) Pumpkin spiced lattes.
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The taste of a PSL brings back so many autumn memories: visiting family during this time of year, going to the mountains to watch the leaves change colors, sharing coffee with a friend, and even those early days of writing Purple Moon. Although I still adore mochas far more than any other latte, PSL's are more special to me since they only come around once a year. 

2) Reading.
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Of course, I am always reading a book or two, no matter what time of year it is. But again, autumn seems to be more suited for relaxing and reading. I'm not sure if it's because of the blankets, the fireplace, the hot coffee, or the candles that lure me into picking up a book--but whatever the case, fall is my absolute favorite time of year to curl up with a good book. 

3) Going to the mountains.
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Since I live only an hour away from the Blue Ridge Mountains, my family goes there almost every year towards the end of October. The view at that time of year is breathtaking. So if you haven't visited, I highly recommend that you do! We usually either find a spot to have a picnic, or we eat at The Dillard House

4) Burning Bath & Body Works fall-scented candles. 
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If you are ever hoping to get "more in the mood" for fall, I suggest going to Bath & Body works and looking at (or sniffing) their selection of fall products, especially their candles. They come in a variety of different autumn-related fragrances: pumpkin, toasted marshmallow, apple orchard, caramel pie, etc. {Click here for more!} 

5) Halloween. 

I don't necessarily celebrate Halloween, so instead I go to my cousins' house every year and celebrate fall by participating in pumpkin-carving contests, drinking lattes, playing games, and eating pumpkin chili. 

(Although, honestly, I don't enjoy pumpkin-carving as much as I should ... which you can probably tell by the lack of creativity I put into my pumpkin last year (the one at the top of the picture) -- lol!) 
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I would love to hear some of your favorite fall traditions! Also, what do you love most about this season? Let me know in the comments!
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  1. What I love most is carving pumpkins! I've done it every year since I was 5 years old :D

    1. That's awesome! I only started when I was about 14. I always love the finished product, I just sometimes get too impatient while trying to carve it ... =) That's good you enjoy it though!


  2. Aww yes... I agree with all of them!:)
    Except... here in Australia, it's spring! I can't wait for the arrival of fall:)
    The Journeys' of my beating heart

    1. I've always wanted to visit Australia. =) Enjoy the warm weather while you can! Once winter comes around, it sometimes seems almost never-ending. (Although I do prefer the cold seasons over the warm ones!)

  3. Fall, I think, is my favorite season too. Since the weather has started getting cooler I've been wanting to write-- more than usual. I'm a sweater kind of person-- and boots! I'll wear them even in the summer-- so that helps me like fall even more... :)

    1. Haha, I think I would do that too if it wasn't so humid here in SC during the summer. But I loveee sweaters too! Especially the over-sized ones. =)


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    1. That's strange! I'm not sure why that is. I'll be sure to let you know if I can figure out how to fix it! Thanks for letting me know. =)



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