fall picnics + mountainfilm fesitval

The weather has been absolutely amazing here and we been outside as much as possible lately.  I’m writing this post sitting on our front porch swing while the dog and chicken chill out under the trees.  There’s a cool breeze and all of our doors and windows are open in the house.

These magical autumn days are such treasures for all of us.  Not too hot or too cold…just right.  This is perfect picnic weather!

Here are two picnic baskets I like in different styles.  This traditional picnic basket is cute with its classic flatware and dishes.  Very Downton-esque. 

And this insulated metro basket from Seaside Style is chic and modern.  Great for picnicking, a concert in the park, or even tailgating with friends.  Also a fabulous Christmas gift.

Speaking of picnics, we’re hosting good friends from Atlanta this weekend to join us at Mountainfilm Festival in our town – one of our favorite events of the year.  Mountainfilm is a documentary film festival featuring nonfiction stories about environmental, cultural, and social topics that truly inspire.  It’s an outdoor event, so we pack up our blankets and chairs and enjoy gourmet food and fireside s’mores under the stars while watching these award-winning films. Each film is 7-10 minutes in length, so you get a great variety of fun categories from all over the world.

This four day festival tours all over the world and is something you don’t want to miss if it comes to your area.  Check out their tour schedule hereLooks like they’re headed to Washington, Vermont, Cali, and Georgia next!  A sneak peek of their 2017 films are over here.

On a random note, the FedEx guy just delivered a package while I was typing and was quite surprised to be greeted by a dog and fluffy chicken.  You never know what you’re going to get around here.  I’ll try to post a pic of our two on instagram today.

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wednesday white

What a gorgeous home – I love painted brick.  One of these days I’m going to live in a painted brick home next to some rolling green hills.  Throwin’ it out there.

I’m learning to not be afraid of proclaiming a dream.

Thinking about how important it is for us to chase a dream, eliminate worry, and simply be who we are meant to be…at our own pace.  Forget timelines, ideas on age, or any other thoughts that limit the possibilities of MORE in your life.

Happy Wednesday!

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a little fun + fall beauty

I scored a quiet moment this morning, so here is a dash of fall beauty and something fun to inspire your day.

THIS outdoor space makes my knees buckle.  Full tour here.  Yes to everything – especially the fireplace.  I could sit by a crackling fire for hours.  I have vivid childhood memories of doing just that in my grandmother’s tiny white cottage when I was a child.

This off the shoulder top looks so comfy for fall.  The description references it as “80’s style” so maybe I was subconsciously drawn to it??   Comes in many colors.  Thinking about grabbing one in grey…

 

And for a little fun, I took this quiz which tells you your perfect Southern Belle name.  The questions were surprisingly specific!  My name was Cordelia.  I’d love to know your answer!

  “You live for manners, and you are polite to a fault (do you sometimes apologize to waiters for not wanting dessert?). You hate confrontation and unease. You like everyone to get along and to behave well, and you don’t hang around with troublemakers. Your belle name would be Cordelia!”

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Yep.  That’s about right.  Although I mostly apologize for ordering dessert.

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the beauty of change

The temps finally dropped below 70 and fall is upon us!  The air is crisp and humidity-free, and we are grateful for a break in the heat.  Our youngest has been asking when will we decorate our front porch for Halloween and I’ve been stalling (mainly because of our crazy schedule) but now that it’s cooler I feel more inspired to decorate.  This white porch is cozy for fall.

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Even though it’s been boiling hot here, it’s interesting because the leaves still fall from many of our trees.  So many brilliant colors.  I was looking at pics from New England this time of year and admired how majestic the fall colors are up there.

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Strange to say, but all of their brilliant colors are actually their last moments of life.  Who would think dying leaves could be beautiful?  I thought about how this is similar in life – when something is ending, it can seem strange, scary, or uncomfortable.  But it doesn’t have to be.  There is beauty in the change if you really look:  beauty in building strength, learning a valuable lesson, or opening a whole new chapter in that part of our journey.  Anytime I look back at a difficult time in my life where something ended or died, I see a whole new set of skills and growth in myself.  There is beauty in this change.

Fall is a season of turning over a new leaf.

Is something coming to a close in your life right now?  Is there something you need to let go?  The close of one thing means growth and a brand new chapter for something else.  What grows or develops is up to you.  I’m applying this to a challenge I have right now, and I’ll tell you it’s a refreshing way to look at things.  When a situation changes or ends, it can be fairly uncomfortable, but new growth is inevitable.  That part of your life will have new beauty and progress.

Fall leaves are such a great example of the beauty in change.  I believe we can learn from nature.  So many answers are right there in front of us, from the waves of the ocean to the changing of seasons.  When you think about it, change really is what makes nature beautiful.  This can be the same for us.

Looking forward to this new season.

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