1. My simple, chic DIY pumpkin decoration . . . I bought the faux pumpkin at Michael’s, very lightly drew our family monogram on it, and then used a black sharpie to color in the design. For the final touch, I tied a little black ribbon around the top. To me, this is a much better autumn decoration than a lot of the cheesy Halloween stuff that circulates this time of year. Plus, it costs less than $10 to make and lasts for years.
2. Autumn inspired aromatherapy. . . I recently won a bottle of Thieves essential oil from Elyse in a giveaway. I’ve been using it in my diffuser regularly. My husband loves the smell, and it reminds me of mulled cider simmering on the stove, except without the effort of simmering cider on the stove (wink). It does lean heavily on the clove scent, so maybe it would be too strong for some people, but we think it’s perfect for fall. Young Life recommends to diffuse it for 15 minutes every three to four hours; it is believed to kill airborne bacteria.
3. Combining aromatherapy and technology . . . Did you know that USB diffusers are a thing? I didn’t until I won the giveaway by Elyse. Just put the essential oil into the little USB as directed, and it works great, powered by your laptop. Oils like lavender are recommended rather than Thieves blend, which apparently isn’t the best for this type of diffusing. The USB diffuser comes with directions that will clue you in. I think this works pretty well, especially when you want some aromatherapy on the go. To me, it’s kind of mind-blowing that someone thought of combining a USB and diffuser. That person deserves to be rich. At home, I still prefer my regular diffuser because it puts out more scent, but the USB diffuser has a certain wow factor.
4. Ah, these boots . . . Pamela from Boots by Pamela sent me a pair of Hillary boots from her collection to wear earlier this year. Summer weather was approaching, so I didn’t get to wear them very much. Well, this past rainy, chilly weekend was the perfect time to bring them out of the closet. Now that I’m wearing them more, I’m also noticing cute little touches like Pamela’s monogram logo (BBP) on the zipper of the boots. These boots are comfortable and look great. They are my favorite fall accessory. I just really love the boots and think they deserve another shout out.
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6. Making freezer jam . . . A couple weeks ago, I went to a farmer’s market, bought a bunch of peaches, a package of Sure-Jell Premium Fruit Pectin, and some canning jars that I sterilized by boiling them on the stove, then followed the directions inside the box of pectin to make homemade freezer jam for the first time. I paired the jam with homemade bread last week, and it was so perfect for fall. The jars of jam will last in the freezer for one year, and I can take a jar out throughout the winter to give my family homemade jam! If you want to try this, I recommend buying the box of Sure-Jell (sold at most grocery stores) first to get the directions and proportions for the fruit you want to use. The jam is not actually canned, so that’s why it has to go in the freezer.
7. Reading “The Raven” Aloud . . . If you haven’t read “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe since you were in school, read it aloud, preferably on a dark, stormy night. I did this last week. The sound is so musical, and the melancholy tone is perfect for an autumn night.
8. My first Chanel lip gloss . . . My hubby wanted to do something special for me, so I told him he could order a Chanel lip gloss. I picked Levres Scintillantes Glossimer Sonate (178). I’d never worn a Chanel lip gloss before because my budget is more Burt’s Bees than Burberry. This gloss is a beautiful color, and it stays put for awhile. It does not last through eating or drinking, but I think it would take a miracle lip gloss to do that. I really love the Coco Before Chanel film (with subtitles), so the lip gloss makes me think of the film when I wear it.
Right now, my early autumn is mostly being consumed with studying for my master’s degree class and standardized teaching tests that I will need to pass. I already have a Halloween costume picked out for my son (Chase from Paw Patrol, of course), and my family took little road trip to a carriage museum, the Thrasher Carriage Museum, in Frostburg, Maryland. As a great surprise, a huge steam train comes to its turn table right beside the museum, and my son went nuts for that.
What is on your list for autumn?