Things We Loved: October

I would say that we’re basic witches when it comes to Fall, but we just really like Halloween. Unfortunately, it’s also when we are the busiest. So here is a recap of our September/October loves so far.

Mary’s Loves

For my family, October is the kickoff to the holiday season and doesn’t officially end until the kids go back to school following winter break. So when October 1st hit, our lawn transformed into a haunted cemetery, complete with tombstones, ghosts, zombie parts, and our newest edition: this 12 ft. Giant-Sized Skeleton. It’s huge and is a big hit with the neighbors.

I’m also participating in not one, but two parent-teacher organizations, and I’m swamped. I’ve added an afternoon and evening tea to my routine to mellow out, using this Loose Leaf Tea Maker.

After going down a TikTok rabbit hole, I also stumbled upon Kibbe, a style system to help understand my body type and seasonal color palette; mainly because I haven’t been feeling great in my clothes lately. I’ve found that I’m a dark autumn theatrical romantic (sounds pretty cool actually).

For the kids, they’ve been into Magnetic Tile Building Blocks, creating an elaborate garden with their Flower Garden Building Set, and playing cafe with their Tea and Coffee Set.

Our son A also gets to go the library once a week at his school. His favorites so far have been Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Elephant & Piggie: We Are in a Book!, both by Mo Willems. Love to see him excited about reading, especially when he brings home a new book.

Patti’s Loves

Our big Fall project has been redecorating the girls bedrooms. This was their main birthday gift. Their grandparents covered the paint, we purchased new Company Store comforters (similar here) and we set aside a weekend to get both rooms painted. Since they are four and can’t stick to a theme, we got these wall butterflies and a big rainbow wall decal. For the finishing touch, we got them two paint canvases and let them create their own masterpiece, so that they could also contribute to their new rooms.

The weather in Atlanta hasn’t hit that perfect Autumn yet, but the girls have been asking for a hayride for the past month. In our limited weekend time, we’ve planned our usual pumpkin patch field trip as well as some new local fall festivals; looking for face painting, petting zoos, hot chocolate, the whole nine yards. Now that the girls are a little older, they can actually participate and keep up with a bigger crowd. In the past, we’ve visited Alpaca farms, flower fields, and local art events to keep them outside. Still looking for a friend to go with me to the Stranger Things Experience

I’m currently reading The Ten Thousand Doors of January for my book club. I love it so far. It has the same feel as The Golden Compass and The Starless Sea. For the rest of Halloween-themed TBR pile is Just Like Home by Sarah Gailey and The Sentence by Louise Erdich.

I’ve also been listening to the new Blackpink album on repeat, and paid entirely too much for a ticket to their show next month. That at least warrants a spot on this list.

My self-care always seems like homework. I downloaded this new Create Your Own 30-Day Challenge from Passion Planner. Last winter, I got into a bit of an exercise slump around the holidays. TBH, I could really just spend entire days in bed. This time around, I’m hoping I can keep to my mini-goals and actually find a bit of motivation once things get cold.

Hope everyone is having a great start of the season. Happy Witching!

~Mary & Patti


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