Feel Good Friday 48
Hello friend, how was your week? We were very fortunate to have a beautiful fall week here, but we’re heading into a wet weekend thanks to Delta. We had planned to go apple picking, and I was so looking forward to that, but the orchard decided to close because of the weather. Instead, we’ll be filling up our weekend ours with fun indoor activities like games, Halloween movies, baking, maybe even some candle making, and more! What will you be getting into this weekend? If you’re not sure, I’ve got some fun ideas for you today that will surely inspire you, and encourage you to get outside a bit. (I am an Amazon associate and earn a small commission through qualifying links. I also use other affiliate links. I appreciate your support.)
Neighborhood Halloween Tour
Many mornings when my older two kids are attending live classes at home, Wilder and I head out for mini adventures. This past week we took many walks throughout our own neighborhood to see all of the Halloween decorations. He absolutely loves seeing all of the pumpkins, ghosts, spiders, skeletons, and more. To be perfectly honest, I do, too! Halloween is my favorite time of the year. It’s so fun and inspiring to see how everyone has added a little bit of that spooky spirit to their houses. Here is one of my favorite scenes. What’s not to love about disco-dancing 70s inspired skeletons?
We also added a couple of ghosts to our big magnolia tree in the front yard.
If you can get out in your area, I highly recommend taking a little self guided tour to check out what your neighbors are doing for Halloween decorating.
A Favorite Game
Once a week at our house, we do game night and we alternate whose choice it is. This past weekend it was Chris’ pick, and he selected Sequence which we have not played in a while. When playing with 4 players, you are paired up with a teammate who sits diagonally from you. Sawyer was mine, and Emmy had Chris, who was irritated that she couldn’t read her mind, which then irritated her so much that she said she didn’t like him and wanted a new partner. I looked at her and asked who around the table she actually liked…. She looked right at me and said, “Well, I like you.” We had been butting heads a little, so I scoffed a bit but appreciated it. 😉 Anyhow, this game is SO much fun and one of our favorites, and if you’ve never played it, you MUST check it out! There’s also a kids version which was actually the first we ever played years ago, and we even loved that one, too.
A New True Crime Podcast
Last week I was heading out for a run and decided to tune into some music instead of a podcast, so I opened my Amazon music app. After it opened I saw that they now had podcasts available, and happened to see one that caught my eye called Paper Ghosts. I listened to the trailer and decided to tune in, because nothing says “I’m insane” like running in the dark at 5:30 am listening to the true story of missing and murdered girls. Honestly though, it grabbed me and I binged it all weekend and am now caught up! The girls that the story revolves around all disappeared in the late 60s and early 70s in a small rural town in Connecticut about a half hour from where I grew up in Massachusetts. If you are into true crime, I highly recommend checking this one out.
Healthy Vegan Fall Chowder
I know I’ve mentioned it before, but we love soups in our family! (Well, Chris and I do.) We are constantly searching for healthy vegan recipes that we will both enjoy and decided to try this sweet potato and corn chowder. Full disclosure: Chris was not a big fan of this soup so it’s not something I will make again for both of us, but I personally loved it and will make it for myself in the future.
Safe Intimate Outdoor Entertaining
This past weekend I had a few girlfriends (Susel, Christi, and Erienne) over to celebrate one of their birthdays as well as the season. We spent the evening on the patio sipping wine, chatting, and not touching or getting too close to one another. This was the first time since the pandemic hit that I had entertained in the slightest, and I honestly forgot just how much I love hosting gatherings. Because I was so thrilled to have people over, I decided to have a little fun with the decorating. I’m considering a separate blog post about it, but for now, here are a couple of peeks into the evening, photos courtesy of Susel. (Would you want to know more about it?) By the way, I received so mamy comments on the “tablecloth” which is actually a $5 rug from Five Below. Can you believe it?
My favorite scene from the entire night is the pumpkins and candles coming down our stairs. I splurged on getting a lot of extra pumpkins just to create that, and it made the entrance feel magical since my friends couldn’t go through the house and instead came down those stairs. Below I am pouring Christi her first glass of wine.
Just Get Outside
Lastly, I want to encourage you to just take some time to get outside and get some fresh air and sunshine while you still can. The days are starting to get shorter, and a little Vitamin D does wonders for your mood. As much as I take Wilder out of the house most mornings, I try to encourage the rest of my family as well. My older kids are often tired from staring at a screen to do schoolwork all day, but that’s why they need it more than ever. Sunday afternoon we made them join us on a walk down to the field in our neighborhood. We brought the dogs, and we brought a couple of balls, and everyone just ran around and played. It changed the entire mood of the family and when we returned to make dinner, everyone was happy and we worked together to get dinner and Wilder’s bath time complete with no arguments. I am looking forward to more magical evenings like this one. What do you do to get your kids outside and moving? I’d love to hear any other tips here!
Well, friend, I hope you have a wonderful weekend. FYI, I may not be here next Friday as Chris and I are off to the mountains for a long weekend by ourselves. The mountains are calling, and I must go because otherwise I might go crazy. 😉 Much love, Cassie