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Cuppa Cozy & Other Fall Favorites


I'm collaborating today with my childhood friend, Rachel, and her lovely new blog over at The Coziness Curator. We're two old friends sharing our favorite ways to celebrate and enjoy fall. Please share your favorite in the comments!

If you're a mother or love little people in your life, use the Five Senses section of this post to help little hearts lean into the season. Keep a record in a nature notebook, scavenger-hunt-style!

Please enjoy browsing and remember – everyone’s seasons look different. I barely decorated for fall one year when we had a lot going on. I want to encourage you to embrace that challenge and don’t put pressure on yourself for an aesthetic that creates more stress than joy. Do what brings you joy in this season of change, and let the rest go!


From Rachel:

Fall is a season of change, and for me, how I embrace it looks different every year. This year, I’m in the middle of a changing life season, and my fall activities are reflecting it. I’ve been doing more of the old and familiar, grounding rhythms that have beat in the background throughout my life. Remember, sometimes the simplest things are the ones that make the biggest memories. Don’t try to live up to someone else’s traditions (or that adorable bucket list you found on Pinterest). What is best for them is likely not what’s best for you. You’re allowed to take it slow, one step at a time, and make your own memories along the way.

Books for the Mood-Reader


Rachel's Recs:
  • Trixie Belden #5 - Mystery off Glen Road

  • Persuasion - Jane Austen

  • Bleak House - Charles Dickens

  • Wives and Daughters - Elizabeth Gaskell

  • Who Gets the Drumstick? - Helen Beardsley

Children's Books:

  • Bear Feels Sick - Karma Wilson

  • Bear Says Thanks - Karma Wilson

  • Little Blue Truck - Alice Schertle

  • Counting Blessings - Eileen Spinelli

Caroline's Recs:
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

  • The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

  • Books by Katherine Reay


Movies and TV Shows for Chilly Nights


Rachel's Recs:
  • Hallmark All of My Heart trilogy

  • Little House on the Prairie (season 5 especially has a lot of fall foliage)

  • vintage Chip & Dale (Food for Feudin’, Winter Storage)

  • Winnie the Pooh

  • You’ve Got Mail


Caroline's Recs:
  • Sound of Music

  • Downton Abbey

  • Gilmore Girls

  • Pumpkin Pie Wars if you’re a Hallmark movie person!

  • Victoria

  • The Crown


Quality-Time Activities


Rachel's Recs:
  • opening the windows

  • visiting a local coffee shop and curling up with a book

  • decorating the house for fall (see list below)

Decor Tips:

  • old books

  • unscented taper candles

  • layers and layers of throw blankets

  • this welcome mat

Caroline's Recs:
  • Borrow a small person if you have one handy and take them to a corn maze, apple or pumpkin patch, or some other seasonal activity.

  • Bake something! Joanna Gaines' Magnolia magazine and Southern Living are great resources or the Half Baked Harvest blog.

  • Pick up heirloom pumpkins + mums at your local nursery. Bonus points if you bring a friend along!

  • Find a local fall festival!

The Five Senses of Fall

For more tips on embracing the five senses of each season, check out Welcome Home by Myquillyn Smith!

Sight


Rachel's Recs:
  • leaves swirling down onto the road

  • long walks in the fall colors

Caroline's Recs:
  • Fall foliage: bring it inside if you can! Kids can create leaf-rubbings to decorate with.

  • Heirloom pumpkins


Sound


Rachel's Recs:
Caroline's Recs:

Smell


Rachel's Recs:
Caroline's Recs:
  • Candles

  • Simmer pot with cloves, cinnamon sticks, oranges

  • Diffuser


Touch


Rachel's Recs:
  • crocheting an afghan

  • jigsaw puzzles (especially fall-themed)

Caroline's Recs:
  • Bath accessories if you love unwinding in a hot bath on chilly nights

  • Fuzzy blankets

  • A new cardigan, because cardigans solve all problems. Especially these from H&M.

Taste


Rachel's Recs:
  • local apple cider

  • pumpkin bread (with cream cheese icing)

  • pumpkin pie with whipped cream

Caroline's Recs:

P.S. from Rachel: Want more hygge in your life? I’ve got just the thing for you! With idea lists and plenty of space for you to create your own, this little booklet will inspire you to incorporate cozy into every season of the year. You’ll find ideas for activities, getting your home ready for the season, journal prompts, and more! All I want in return is a chance to share more coziness with you. When you invite me into your inbox, I’ll share new blog posts, simple recipes, and encouragement to slow down and give yourself grace to live in a rhythm that’s natural for you. Click here and I'll send it to you!