It’s hard to believe, but it’s already time for another edition of monthly favorites! Though, like usual, time is passing way too quickly, October has been a great month overall–my first full month of teaching, beautiful weather and fall color, and settling in to new life on the east coast–and I’m looking forward to kicking off the holiday season even more so than usual in a climate that actually feels festive.
I’m also excited to be hosting a Halloween party this weekend (details to come Monday!) and to start planning our 4 day Thanksgiving extravaganza in Washington D.C. with my father/sister/brother-in-law. It will be hard being away from home for the first time, but I really want to travel as much as possible while we’re on the east coast, just in case it’s not a permanent move ;).
Without further ado, here are a few of the things I’ve been loving this October!
1. Kettle Chips Sea Salt and Vinegar Chips. I love the mouth puckering sour taste of vinegar coupled with the tart sea salt. I have to limit myself to buying bags of these only every once and while, because otherwise, I would eat the entire bag in one sitting.
2. Running in the fall. I’ve fallen absolutely head over heels in love with running in the fall here. Really, what could be better than crisp air with leaves falling all over while you run down red, orange, and yellow colored tree lined streets. I may miss the ocean air, but this is pretty hard to beat.
3. Target Spider lights. While searching for Halloween party decorations, Jeff and I came across these hanging spider lights at Target. We were trying to stick to a strict decoration budget, but could not resist adding these to the cart. We strung them up on the ceiling dividing our kitchen and living room–a must have, no?
4. Pinterest Printables. I used to be a photoshop junkie and loved making fun designs/texts, but since I have no time anymore, Pinterest has come to the rescue yet again! There are so many amazing printables (seasonal posters/prints) that are FREE and absolutely gorgeous like these and these–thanks creative peeps!
5. NPR. Now that I have 2 hours of commuting each day, I have turned to NPR to be my sanity lifeline, and I have never felt so informed in my life. I love the book/movie reviews, sometimes even recipe/food talk, and even the crazy political discourse going on at the moment. And although I’d rather spend those 2 hours at the gym (or devouring those kettle chips…), I’m thankful for the additional hours of education I receive every morning/evening. Word.