Fall Favorites

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Every now and then, I like to do a fun post that is completely unrelated to infertility. Why?

Because we all need an occasional break from infertility. Even infertility bloggers need a chance to blog about something fun and frivolous!

So, I thought I’d do a “favorites” post so you can get to know me better and maybe even find some fun new favorites for yourself. Here are some of my favorite things as we head into fall. (By the way, this totally is not my idea. I’m taking a cue from Caroline at In Due Time. Be sure to check out her recent favorites, too).

Favorite Book: Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to Be Noticed by Sara Hagerty. I read this book a few weeks ago and it was so inspiring and potentially life-changing that I’m starting a book club so I can read it again. Sara offers a message of hope and purpose for those of us who often feel unseen. She also experienced infertility and mentions that throughout the book. Ladies, she GETS IT, and the message she shares is very powerful.

Favorite podcast: The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey. This podcast is so much fun. It lives up to it’s name and really does feel like two girlfriends just getting together and chatting at Happy Hour. She has a wide variety of guests, but the main theme is loving Jesus no matter where we are in life. I like that she’s not focused on moms or women in a particular stage, but just women in general. I’m bingeing on all her old episodes to get caught up.

Favorite Christmas decor: DaySpring Hurricane Candle Trio & Christmas Countdown. What??? Christmas? It’s only September. I know, I know. But we are moving to a new house at the end of October so I will be ready to decorate for the holidays as soon as we move in. I really don’t like the red-and-green-decor-explosion that you often see at Christmas, so I’m loving the Nativity Hurricane Candle trio and Christmas Countdown Nativity Plaque from DaySpring’s Christmas Preview. Their metal finishes are more neutral, so they can totally mesh with all your fall decorations and then still work for Christmas, too!

Favorite drink: Tazo Pumpkin Spice Chai tea bags.  I don’t drink coffee, so I can’t really partake in all the pumpkin spice latte mania that happens every autumn.  But…. I just found out about Tazo pumpkin spice chai tea.  I’m a big tea drinker and this is my new favorite.  It’s not overwhelmingly pumpkin, which I like.  There’s just a hint of spice that’s not too sweet.  I’ve been drinking a cup of this every morning for the past week and will be running back to Target to buy more soon.  I think I paid $3.50 for a box of 20 tea bags.  Much cheaper than those expensive lattes!

Currently saving for: Plum Paper ME planner.  My husband and I each have our own “fun money.”  This is money we take from our budget each month and put in two separate checking accounts.  One for me and one for him.  We can use this money for anything we want, no questions asked.  This has really cut down on our money arguments since we can each buy fun things for ourselves without feeling guilt or worry about blowing the budget.  I’ve already saving up for my next big “fun money” purchase: a Plum Paper ME planner.  I’m absolutely IN LOVE with how pretty and functional it is.

Can’t-Wait-For TV: Designated Survivor.  I binged-watched the first and second seasons last spring on Netflix and on the ABC app.  I love that the shows has action and drama without excessive violence, language or sexual situations.  Kiefer Sutherland is fantastic as the unlikely president.  I can’t wait for the new season to start soon!

What are your current fall favorites?  Share them in the comments below!