Happy Friday, friends!
The autumnal equinox was just a few days ago and I am fully embracing the autumn season. It’s actually been proper Seattle autumn weather lately too! Cool and rainy. If you’ve been here for a while, you know that fall is my favorite season, so I’ll be enjoying pumpkin spice everything until it’s time to switch to gingerbread or peppermint mocha. 😜 We’ve had some cooler temperatures (combined with rain!) on the forecast recently so I’m hopeful that we’re fully into autumn weather!
We have a few fun seasonal activities planned with Sophie, including visiting an apple orchard, a pumpkin patch and hopefully our first trick-or-treating excursion next month, and possibly a harvest festival in November! We can’t wait to share all of these fun experiences with her, especially now that she’s old enough to actually understand what’s going on around her.
I’ve also been enjoying my fair share of Starbucks’ Pumpkin Cream Cold Brews! 😅
Absolute heaven in a glass!
We recently enrolled Sophie in dance classes and she had her first class earlier this week — it started out a little rocky, but ended pretty well. I hope that things continue to get smoother (and thus, more fun) as she attends more and more classes. I never want to force her into anything, but I also want to encourage her to give something a fair chance before deciding that you don’t like it.
Today’s Five Things are items that have piqued my interest or things that have been on my mind / going on in my life recently!
I recently ordered two new-to-me styles of jeans during the Abercrombie & Fitch Semi-Annual Denim Event and I was a little anxious about how they would fit me. As you know, good jeans (that fit well!) are hard to find and my Millennial tendencies always show when I pull out my super skinny jeans so I thought I would try two alternative styles. I’m not ready for the trendy wide leg jeans — I personally don’t think they’re great for my body type because they make me look even wider (which is not my favorite feeling) so I chose two variations of a straight leg jean: A&F’s Mid-Rise Straight style, as well as their Ultra High Rise 90’s Slim Straight style.
I was REALLY going out of my comfort zone with those Mid-Rise jeans… not only are the straight legs way more relaxed than I am used to, but the rise was so much lower than what I normally wear! As a mama who still has her “pooch” I was anxious that these were going to give me a major muffin top and the try-on was going to end in tears. I’m delighted to tell you that IT DID NOT! I actually love the Mid-Rise!! I don’t think I’ll be switching permanently, but it’s a fun option to have in my closet! I ordered them in the Long length to get this look.
The Ultra High Rise 90’s Slim Straights are so much more similar to what I would normally wear and I felt so good in them right away. I ordered these in the Regular length to achieve this look.
Both pairs were ordered in my usual size and I feel they fit true to size! If you’re also having a hard time leaving your skinny jeans behind, I definitely recommend giving the Abercrombie Straights and Slim Straights a try, and don’t be afraid to go for a Mid-Rise — you may be surprised by the results!
I think I’ve mentioned these before, but never got around to ordering some for myself. I finally pulled the trigger on them and OMG they’re life changing, especially for someone that suffers from flushed face (due to rosacea).
The way it works: you just gently swish a wand around in a 6oz glass of wine and let it “steep” for 3 minutes. The wand contents are completely odorless and tasteless so they won’t affect the flavor of your wine. They’re disposable, which is great, but they’re single-use, so plan for your evening accordingly.
I highly recommend these wands if you’re sensitive to wine, regardless of type — red, white, or sparkling!
*if you’re interested in more rosacea info, I have an upcoming post with alllll of the details of my experience, but I’m doing a ton of research to make it thorough so it’s going to be a little bit before I publish it. I’ll be sure to share here once it’s complete.
SOPHIE’S HALLOWEEN COSTUME
I ordered Sophie’s Halloween costume a couple of days ago and I can’t wait for it to arrive! I bought a dress-up dress from Little Adventures because I love to support women-owned businesses, but also because of their thoughtful products — these dress-up clothes are not itchy and are also washable(!!!).
If you missed my recent post, Sophie and I are following Busy Toddler’s Playing Preschool program this year (and loving it!). Without giving too much away about the curriculum, I’ve been sharing the additional activities that we’ve been doing to make the program even more robust! The program is amazing all on its own, but I love using each unit’s theme as guidance for our additional playtime activities.
Feel free to follow along if it interests you! I plan to share these posts every two weeks (but will be late to share posts around the holidays while we’re focusing on spending time with family).
Upgraded my FitBit Inspire HR — I’ve loved it, but the battery life wasn’t great anymore. Saw a deal during Prime Day and snagged it! The thing I loved about my first FitBit was how slim it was (love the idea of having an Apple Watch so that it syncs with all of my other devices, but don’t want that huge screen on my wrist). The FitBit Luxe is great because it looks more like a timepiece and can easily blend with other jewelry on your arm.
I hope that you have a wonderful weekend, friends!
Sending hugs —