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Tuesday, November 5

Welcome to the Fall Fancy Follower Fest
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Hello! I'm so glad you've come to join us for the biggest blog party of the Fall!  I don't know about you, but I love this time of year.  There is something special about the cooling off of the weather, the sipping of warm drinks and the right to wear big chunky sweaters that I just love.  
In case we haven't met, let me introduce myself.  I'm the red-lipped lady on the left and that cutie pie on the right is my 3.5 year old daughter Zion.  The two of us along with the world's best daddy (pictured with his princess), live in the concrete jungle.  Also known as Manhattan.
Funny that I say we live there, because we have actually spent less than half of the year there.  My husband travels for work, and we are fortunate to get to travel with him.  In fact, I'm writing up this post from a hotel room in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  This year we also spent time in Anchorage, Alaska, Seattle and Hawaii.  Looks like we will be making a couple more trips before the end of the year.
My blog is a family friendly lifestyle blog - and well, that pretty means I write about whatever is going on in life.  I write about things I love, people I love and places I love.  I'm a wife, mama and a Christian, so my writing is influenced by those roles.  If you'd like to explore, I encourage you to click on the topical tabs above.  

And now onto some of my favorite things about FALL.  After all, this is a FALL Link party right!?
1. Baking! I love making goodies (and eating them).  This year after having spent most of the year converting to a paleo lifestyle, I am looking forward to creating new paleo friendly treats.  The picture above is my grain free carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.  You have to try this one, so yummy!  Of course if you are not grain free, you can check out this list of 11 Leftover Halloween Candy Recipes.
2. Ohio State Football (and Seattle Seahawks  Okay, so I wasn't always a football fan in general, but my husband of 5 years is an Ohio State alumni and football fanatic, so by marriage I have joined in on the fun.  I actually really enjoy watching the games.  I am from Seattle originally, so the Seahawks have always been default NFL team of choice, though I didn't really start watching the games regularly until this year.  
 3. Fall Foilage - I never really experienced the colorful changing of the leaves when I lived in Seattle, so I have come to really appreciate the Northeast's Autumn trees.  So many beautiful colors on display, like one last show before the cold of Winter strips them all to the bone.  I also love the storms in the Fall and the way the humidity finally leaves the city.
4. Coffee Okay, so this one is pretty much year round for me, however; the best coffee flavors come out in the Fall.  Pumpkin Spice Latte, check.  Salted Caramel Mocha, check.  Peppermint Mocha.  Yes!  I am sort of a coffee addict, okay, not sort of, I probably have more coffee than blood in my veins.  I go on coffee-fasts a few times a year determined to "kick it" but somehow my love for this rich brown drink just keeps me from giving it up entirely.
5. Fall Fashion - Chunky Sweaters & Boots and even scarves and hats.  Fall is proof that you can still look sexy without being immodest!  Don't believe me? Throw on that red sweater on the bottom right, some cute tuxedo stripe skinny jeans and a pair of high heeled boots.  You will look HOT!

Also I can't forget to mention the HOLIDAYS - right now I'm looking forward to annual trip to Columbus, Ohio to spend time with my in-laws.  We always have a blast while we are there!

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  1. Post done and all linked up! Can't wait to meet many other bloggers through your link party!

  2. Oh! And I absolutely love to take walks with my fiance to look at all the leaves changing colors! And making apple sauce with my mother!

  3. Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese frosting are the best! And nothing beats chunky sweaters in Fall!

  4. You and your daughter are so cute! Love all of your fall favorites -but I'd have to pick foliage as my preferred (right now). Soon it will be coffee because I'll be freezing and need something warm to drink all day :)
    xo ~kim & chloe

  5. Thanks for visiting and linking up today ladies!

  6. Right!? I was just checking out your blog - so you are home in Houston now? Plans to head back to Scotland?

  7. Love it! I made crockpot applesauce for the first time this year - it made the house smell amazing and was so ridiculously easy! Yum. Thanks for linking up Katy!

  8. Sorry for the mixup Yuen! I've been visiting so many different blogs this morning! I love the sweater post you linked up - especially the leopard print sleeved sweater - rawr! And I'm loving your other posts as well! Thank you for linking up!

  9. Joining the linkup! Great giveaway :) My favorite thing about fall is apple picking and the ensuing apple baking!

    <3 Vicki

  10. Talya Tate BoernerNovember 06, 2013

    Yum that coffee looks delish!

  11. Jessica Elizabeth HamiltonNovember 06, 2013

    I love going apple and pumpkin picking and hay rides.

  12. Lovely fall favorites! Although I'm a Texas A&M football fan myself :)

  13. Heather Celina FackelmanNovember 06, 2013

    You're not the only one obsessed with coffee and chunky sweaters!!!

  14. Your family is so adorable Courtney! You and your hubby sure did create a gorgeous little diva!! And those cupcakes look sooooooooooooo good!

    I wish Florida got cold enough so I could buy a bunch of sweaters! BOO!

  15. Lauren LoeffelNovember 06, 2013

    These are all my favorite fall things, too! Football, doesn't get much better!

  16. Pary MoppinsNovember 07, 2013

    What a fabulous experience for your family to be able to travel with your husband all over the country! Lots of memories to be made!

  17. Heather Celina FackelmanNovember 07, 2013

    This is brilliant!!!

  18. Heather Celina FackelmanNovember 07, 2013

    Awesome opportunity!!

  19. Chunky sweaters, opaque tights and boots. Fall is my favorite-ist season of the year!

  20. I love New York and I love a baked good. It's a good thing I don't have a working oven at the moment or I'd weigh in at about 415 lbs!! 'Step away from the cupcakes' is what I whisper to myself every time I pass a Crumbs.

  21. I would definitely love to win the Etsy card ;) Fav fall activity - horse riding in the woods , woohoo ;)

  22. Shane PratherNovember 11, 2013

    Thanks for hosting such a fabulous party :)

  23. Woo hoo I just entered this!! Super exciting TY!! Happy Fall everyone :)

  24. Jessica SimmonsNovember 12, 2013

    I guess I am most excited to win the Starbucks gift card, because this Grad student runs on coffee!


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