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WEEKEND READS | VOL. 3

Hi guys! It’s been a while since I posted a “Weekend Reads” so I thought this would be a perfect time because it’s freezing outside and if you’re anything like me, you will be staying in cozy PJs and sipping hot beverages for the rest of the day.  This time of year is always bittersweet to me as fall slowly comes to an end.  This year I felt like my favorite month of October was ruined by hurricane Michael and I’ve been trying to pick back up to where I left off ever since.  I’ve put together a few things that I’m going to miss about fall and also some inspiration for the upcoming holidays for you below.

1.| Pumpkins, pumpkins, and everything pumpkin flavored is something I just can’t get enough of during the fall and I’m gonna miss it when it’s gone.  You can find my favorite pumpkin scented candle here.  I’m obsessed with this pumpkin treat.

2.| I can’t begin to tell you how much I love looking at these fall accounts on Instagram: autumn_ilove , autumn.winter.season, and seasonall_vibes.  They really get you in the autumnal mood.

3.| Are you counting down the days until Thanksgiving or stressing about the holiday?  Well not to fret friend cause Martha has you covered.  Check out Martha Stewart’s countdown to Thanksgiving here.

3.| I’ll be in the kitchen cooking up a storm for Thanksgiving next week!  If yourself doing the same, be sure to check out my top 12 Cooking Essentials for Thanksgiving post here.

4.| Need a little Thanksgiving table setting inspiration?  You can see my Thanksgiving tablescape from last year here.

5.| Usually by Thanksgiving I’m pretty much ready to dive into the holidays.  I’ve been doing a little pinning and planning my Christmas decor theme lately that I’d be glad to share with you here.

6.| I usually like to turn off distractions like the TV and have music playing when I’m entertaining dinner guests.  I’ve put together a playlist for these special moments below. 

WEEKEND READING FOR FALL

 


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Happy reading and stay warm friends!  I hope you liked my list of weekend reads and the new playlist.  I love sharing these things with you and I’d love to hear your feedback!  Please feel free to comment below if you are enjoying these or share some of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions.  Either way, I’d be happy to hear from you!

Cheers –  Ashley Nicole

 

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  • Girl put your records on and play your favorite song 🎶 Just picked up a new record the other day! Have you heard of Cotton Jones? They sound so dreamy with a vintage kind of vibe that I can’t help but sway to! Swipe through to have a listen and let me know what you think! 💫
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(1) 10-15 of Brach's Candy Corn
Sprinkles of Your Choice
(1) Cookie Sheet Covered with Parchment Paper

After the chocolate has been melted, carefully spread the warm chocolate out on the pan and smooth over into one layer.  Add candy corn/sprinkles and allow to cool in the fridge.  Once cooled, break the chocolate apart into large chunks/shards and disperse as you please.

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  • Most of the time my days off consist of me running errands, cleaning and working on stuff for the blog, not to mention, all the other things that come up in life. 
Today, I managed to wake up early and check out the local farmer’s market (they had 🎃 check out my stories if you wanna sneak a peek), catch up with some good friends that I haven’t seen in awhile, and even squeezed in a little DIY project that I’ve been wanting to try for quite some time (also in stories)... This was a rare day indeed, but a really good one and it pains me that I have to remind myself to do more things that bring me joy as it seems like I’m always busy these days. That being said,  I just thought I’d check in with you because I know first hand how easy it is to run yourself ragged. So here it goes, what have you done to feed your soul/bring you joy lately? ✨
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Lately I’ve been cranking up the AC to pretend it’s cool out, lighting pumpkin candles, flipping through autumnal books/magazines, and watching Harry Potter because I’m determined to get in the mood for fall one way or another! 🤣 What are you guys doing to get your fall on? .
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  • Weekends are magic! There’s nothing like a relaxing weekend to hit the reset button, am I right?  What were you up to this weekend, was it relaxing or did you have a weekend project? Projects can be magic too when they’re all said and done! Swipe through to see my weekend mood in action✨
#weekendsaremagic #weekendmemories

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