My Fall Favorites!

To me, I consider October to be the core of the fall season.

I’m excited for the coming winter months, and all that they bring, but at the same time it’s bittersweet because I really love fall-time!

As this month’s October recap, I’m going to be compiling a list of my favorite fall activities! Technically fall goes until mid-December, but after Thanksgiving I consider it winter. Anyone else agree with me?

So let’s cue the cozy drinks and fuzzy socks, shall we?

Apple Cider

Every year my family buys a huge jug of apple cider from our local pumpkin patch/farm, and it is fantastic! I usually add a little sprinkle of cinnamon to the apple cider, which I would definitely recommend trying! It’s like all things fall in a mug!

Knit Sweaters

Knit sweaters are universal for fall and winter, but I included them in this list because I’m OBSESSED with sweaters! Give me a chunky sweater, a pair of leggings, some boots, and a scarf, and I’ll wear it all season!

Hot Caramel Macchiatos

I’ve never been too keen on Pumpkin Spice drinks, so instead I substitute with Caramel Macchiatos! I don’t go to Starbucks very often, but if you do go, I recommend trying their Caramel Macchiato!

Corn Mazes

My local farm has the COOLEST corn mazes! They have different levels of maze difficulty depending on how long each maze takes. Within each maze there are different “keys” you need to find , and if you get them all you can get a free treat like a cup of warm apple cider!

Leaf piles

I will probably always be a kid at heart. My sister and I try to make different “settings” out of the leaf piles. One year we made a leaf pile swimming pool and tried to swim through them. Another year we made a campfire scene, which turned into quite an interesting role-play game. Let’s just say we were creative children…

Pumpkin Decorating

Something about picking pumpkins and decorating them with my family has always been one of my favorite fall traditions. My sister and I watched an old home video not too long ago where I REFUSED to stick my hand into the pumpkin to pull out the goop and seeds. What can I say? I was a very sassy 1-year-old.

Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

If you ever roast pumpkin seeds, try seasoning them with butter and ranch powder. It sounds kinda strange, but it’s really quite delicious!

Halloween Costumes

My family “half-celebrates” Halloween, as I call it. We don’t celebrate the Satanic aspect of Halloween, but we still dress up in cute costumes and go Trick-or-Treating with my cousins. Our rule for costumes is, “If it’s not God-honoring, don’t wear it”. This year my sister and I are going to do a partner costume together! 😀

Homemade Chili

Every Halloween my mom makes the best Crockpot chili when we go Trick-or-Treating with our cousins! We call it the “Crockpot holiday” because everyone who comes to my cousin’s Halloween party usually brings a Crockpot soup or treat to share!

Cozy Reading

My ideal fall afternoon would include a big chunky blanket, a good book or Bible study, and a mug of hot apple cider!

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know some of your favorite things about fall in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!

Until next time!

How I Plan My Blog Posts

Every blogger has their own process for creating blog posts.

Today I’m going to be showing you how I plan my blog posts! Whether you’re here for some motivation to write, or you’re just curious about my process, I hope this post will in some way help you to make the most of your time when blogging!

During this post I’m going to be planning and working on the post that’ll be up next week, so definitely continue reading if you want a sneak peek for next week’s post!

Step 1: Concept

The first step in my process is coming up with the post concept. First, I come up with inspiration for the post. I keep a log of all the potential posts I want to do in my bullet journal so I never forget a post idea.

For the post I’ll be writing today, the concept is “Day in the Life:Fall Edition”. I’ve really been loving “Day in the Life” posts recently and I figured since fall is finally upon us, why not?

Step 2: Make a Post Outline

Being the super organizer I am, I always have to write out an outline for my posts. I’ve found that it really helps me think clearly and work efficiently when I’m planning.

For this post’s outline, I’ve listed what I want to include in the post, as well as listed what photos I will need to take throughout the day. I made my notes very vague and basic, but with enough detail that I remember what I was talking about when I go to start writing.

For this outline I basically just wrote down a bunch of the fall inspired activities I wanted to do in the day. I also wrote down some extra activities to do just in case the post becomes too short or I run out of things to do!

Later on, I will go through my notes and edit them. I probably won’t end up doing everything on the list, but I like to over-figure just in case.

Step 3: Take photos

So for this post in particular, I went about my day following the basic outline in my notebook, and took pictures of pretty much everything I noted. I’m not going to be sharing any photos from my process because you’ll have to wait til’ next week to see!

Step 4: Write out post

Typically I write my post before taking pictures, but this post is an exception!

I like to write my post out in a notebook so I can make edits much easier. I’ve also found that I’m more productive in writing posts when I physically write them versus typing them for some odd reason. *shrugs*

Step 5: Make Edits

Once the post is completely written out, I go through and proof-read for any errors. Most times, I don’t have to make any major edits other than a subtle re-arranging here and there, and some grammatical corrections, so this step is fairly easy.

Step 6: Type up the post

Next, I type up the post into my WordPress Block Editor. During this step, I can really find any of the errors I’ve missed during editing and figure out if I need to move around anything around.

Step 7: Add graphics and photos

This is one of my favorite steps and probably the most difficult! For each post I make sure I have designed a featured image, and a divider image (for between paragraphs when needed). I use Befunky for all of my post designs.

This is also the step where I add any photos I’ve taken into their appropriate paragraph.

Step 8: Schedule

The final step in my post-making process is scheduling the post! I try to write my posts a few weeks in advance so I have plenty of time to get it edited and scheduled.

I schedule all of my posts on Saturdays, so check back every week for a new post! (Shameless plug, what can I say?)

And that’s how I plan my posts! I hope you enjoyed this post! Check back next Saturday to see the “Day in the Life:Fall Edition” post you saw me plan today!

Yours truly,

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My Travel Bucket List

Life is a crazy adventure.

I was thinking the other day, what if our lives were written as a story? What would you want written in your story? What would you want to have accomplished?

Deep, I know.

If I could choose the genre to my life, I’d want it to be adventure. In many ways, life takes us on crazy journeys, teaching things we never knew before. There are so many things I want to do in my life- so many things I want written in my story.

So in light of the whole adventure theme, I compiled a list of the places I want to travel to and explore. After all, an adventure story isn’t complete with a little exploration, is it?

First stop: Paris, France

  • The Eiffel Tower
  • French cafes and bakeries
  • Luxembourg Gardens (ahh they look absolutely gorgeous)
  • The Notre-Dame Cathedral
  • Macaroons
  • Croissants
  • French cheese

Canada

  • Niagara Falls
  • Banff National Park
  • Toronto
  • Old Montreal
  • Maple taffy (did you honestly think I wouldn’t mention something maple related?)
  • Butter tart
  • Poutine

Italy

  • Leaning Tower of Pizza Pisa
  • Venice
  • The Colosseum
  • Rome
  • The Pantheon
  • St. Mark’s Square
  • Pizza the authentic
  • Coffee (Okay this one sounds kinda odd, but I’ve heard that Italian coffee is really good!)
  • Gelato
  • Pastaaaaaa

Tokyo, Japan

  • Senso-ji
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Tokyo Disneyland
  • Japanese zoo
  • Sushi
  • Steamed buns
  • Tempura
  • Mochi
  • Rolled ice cream
  • Japanese candy
  • Buy stationary
  • Learn to make sushi
  • See some pandas
  • See the city lights at night

Hawaii

  • Honolulu
  • Oahu
  • The beach!!!
  • Pearl Harbor
  • Waikiki Beach
  • Shave ice
  • Hawaiian coconut
  • Poke
  • Go snorkeling
  • See some sea turtles
  • Visit the ocean

Germany

I’m currently taking German for my foreign language, so I think it would be really cool to get to visit Germany someday.

  • Dresden
  • Munich
  • Berlin
  • Berlin Wall Memorial
  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber
  • Schnitzel
  • Flammkuchen (It looks like the German version of pizza? Correct me if I’m wrong.)
  • Rote grutze (Red fruit pudding.)

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know what your travel bucket list is! I’d love to chat in the comments below!

Until next time!