I’m Loving…September 2016 Edition

It’s no secret that the best way to cultivate joy is to think about the simple gifts that make our lives happy. Once a month I’m going to take a few minutes to think about the things I’m loving, write them down, and share them with you. I’d love for you to do the same!
1. Beautiful Fall Weather (finally!)

My last post was all about how I am longing for fall to begin (among other things) and just like that it’s here! We’ve had a string of cooler days and I am absolutely loving it! Leaves are starting to change, pumpkin patches are opening, and playing in the backyard in the afternoons is absolutely delightful. It’s been such fun to pull on a cardigan in the morning or my jean jacket for our evening walk. I think I’ve worn my new riding boots every day this week! Which brings me to me to the next item on the list…
2. My fall uniform

I take my inspiration from my 4 year old’s wardrobe. She dresses better than I do. I paid her twenty-seven cents to be my model for this pic. She’s saving up for a trip to Disney World. 

Since I’m a stay at home mom and my days mostly consist of playtime, reading books, and domestic chores, I keep my clothes pretty casual. My summer uniform was a pair of shorts and t-shirt or tank top layered over a camisole. I dressed it up or down with jewelry and shoes, but that’s pretty much what I wore every single day. With the busier fall season comes a few more reasons to “dress up,” like community group, my morning Bible study, and MOPS meetings. But I still wanted my clothes to be super comfy and practical, so I could go from a park play date to a mom’s night out and not even have to change (my version of “day to night” dressing). The solution? Pair a short dress or tunic with leggings or skinny jeans and a pair of boots, booties, or cute flats. Boom. Done. Apparently my favorite clothing retailers caught on to this easy yet classy clothing trend, because tunics and long shirts are everywhere this fall! I found my favorite pieces at Old Navy and LOFT. I’ll share them with you if I ever find time to write my capsule wardrobe post…(it’s really hard to figure out how/when to photograph every item of clothing I own.)
3. Podcasts

I’m probably late to the game with this one, but I am absolutely loving podcasts right now. When I am cooking dinner, washing dishes, folding laundry, or out and about in the car it’s so nice to have some fun, meaningful conversation going on in my earbuds. I really should do a round-up of my favorite programs, but at the top of my list would be Sorta Awesome (hosted by Megan Tietz), Read Aloud Revival (hosted by Sarah Mackenzie), and The Simple Show (hosted by Tsh Oxenrider). I’m subscribed to all my favorites so when a new show airs it automatically shows up in the podcast app on my phone (I just use the default iPhone app, but I’m sure there are some good alternatives). Of course I love listening to music too, but there’s something about a funny, informative, or challenging podcast that just makes chore time fly by. In fact I’m even sort of looking forward to scrubbing out my tub! 😉
4. Autumn meal planning

I posted here about how I organizing my weekly meal planning, but I just tweaked my dinner list for the new season. I dropped some of the more “summery” meals (grilled burgers, salads, etc.) and swapped in my favorite soup and stew recipes. I now have three crock-pot meals planned every week, which makes dinner prep so much easier! With busier evenings it’s so nice to have dinner done early in the day (I usually start it during nap time and leave my slow cooker on high for the rest of the afternoon.) Yesterday I made a tomato sausage bisque that was absolutely delicious!
5. Our new pediatric dentist

Ok this is a strange one, but hear me out. Charlotte has a lot of anxiety when it comes to doctors. She doesn’t like to be poked and prodded (who does) and getting her to open her mouth wide enough for me to check the back of her throat is almost impossible. (I also can’t get her to figure out how to blow her nose, but that’s another issue). Anyway, last year I took her with me to my dentist appointment, and then had her teeth checked afterwards. It was a disaster. She barely let them brush her teeth with a regular toothbrush. This year I decided we needed to try a pediatric dentist with all the bells and whistles. When we drove by a new office that had a fake tractor and farm animals outside C was so excited and kept asking “Can we go there?” I pounced on her enthusiasm and made her an appointment. The office was absolutely adorable, decorated to look like a silly farm with statues of animals, books, video games, even a movie room! Honestly it was like something from Disneyland. C was so thrilled at the decorations she had no anxiety when they called us back. She let them check and clean her teeth, do a fluoride treatment, and even take x-rays! (Of course the TV in the ceiling was a helpful distraction). She still talks about her “fun dentist” all the time, and keeps asking when we can go back! I wish I was as eager to visit my dentist! 🙂
What are you loving this month? I’d love to know! 🙂

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