Our Fall Bucket List

If you’ve hung out here for any length of time you know I’m a big fan of bucket lists. We always do them throughout the Christmas season, and I usually create one for the summer (and I always forget to actually post an update on that one!). Now that Jackson is getting older and starting to enjoy more of the activities and various seasonal things we do together, I want to start creating small lists for each season so we can make sure to really get the most out of all of the fun things that go along with them.

Last year we did a pretty good job of embracing fall (our adorable pumpkin patch photo below is still one of my all-time favorites!) but this year I want to do even more – Jackson is at a perfect age for so many fun fall activities, and I want to soak up one of my absolute favorite times of year. So, here’s our fall family bucket list – my goal is to cross ’em all off by December 1st!

  1. Go to the pumpkin patch
  2. Carve or paint a pumpkin
  3. Have a football-watching party (or just go to one!)
  4. Order Chinese food and watch a scary movie on Halloween
  5. Take a family photo decked out in our Aggie gear
  6. Go to some high school football games
  7. Go one at least one outdoor adventure to soak up the amazing weather
  8. Make some homemade soup!
  9. Go on a hayride
  10. Make some chili
  11. Visit a winery
  12. Soak up the fall foliage
  13. Burn fall-scented candles
  14. Go to a Halloween festival
  15. Go to the farmer’s market
  16. Go through a corn maze
  17. Get some fall-themed books from the library for Jackson
  18. Make a list of what we’re thankful for as a family
  19. Watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  20. Drink hot chocolate (crossing my fingers it gets cold enough for this one!)

What’s on your bucket list this fall?

Fall 2015 Capsule Wardrobe

Need to catch up on my capsule wardrobe journey? Find part one here and part two here.

It’s official! I’m starting my new capsule wardrobe today and I couldn’t be more excited! To be honest though, I’ve been doing a bit of a trial run with the capsule for about three weeks now. I’m glad I did, because there were at least 1 or 2 things that I decided I didn’t want to include after all and changed out at the last second. It’s been great to “practice” having a smaller closet before committing to it completely. But now? I’m all in – no more changing out pieces, no more pulling from the clothes I have set aside…and I’ve got two big bags of clothes ready to be donated to Goodwill! Ack!

Here’s what my closet is looking like now. That the first little section of shirts is all tank tops that I wear exclusively under things, so I’m not counting that. The back section is all work/college t-shirts that I wear to work for spirit days (plus a Piranha Joe shirt I got on the cruise and I’ve been wearing up until my fall capsule “officially” starts), and I’m also not counting those in my number. As a reminder, here’s what it looked like when this whole process got started (and this was only half of my side of the closet):

Such a big change! At this point, Corey has way more clothes than I do in the closet, so we swapped sides and I let him have the side with more hanging room. It’s awesome to have things so pared down, and I feel really good so far about what’s in my fall capsule.

The original plan for today was to take photos of everything in my capsule, but I quickly realized that 1) I am not a fashion photographer and the photos were awful and 2) ain’t nobody got time for that. So instead, I’ll chat a bit about what I chose and share a few photos of some of the outfits I’ve worn from my capsule so far.

So what’s in my capsule?

  • 9 bottoms
    • 1 pair of shorts
    • 1 skirt
    • 1 pair of leggings
    • 2 pairs of jeans
    • 4 other pants (that I mostly wear to work)
  • 19 tops
    • 4 sleeveless/tank tops
    • 4 plain tees
    • 5 dressier/patterned shirts
    • 2 graphic tees
    • 3 long-sleeved shirts
    • 1 chambray button down
  • 5 dresses
  • 7 cardigans/blazers
  • 6 shoes
    • 2 sandals
    • 2 boots
    • 2 flats

There’s a total of 46 pieces, and while that’s a pretty large number for a capsule, I’m very comfortable with it. It will be interesting to see how it works out in terms of matching the weather – Texas can be so unpredictable in the fall, so my low number of long sleeves with either be perfect, or I’ll be freezing come November!

I really do think this pared down wardrobe will encourage me to get more creative about how I pair things, and really stretch myself when it comes to creating new combinations. It’s been fun so far, and it’s been so much easier to get dressed every day! Here’s a quick peek at a few of the things in my capsule – I’m not taking daily photos, but I’m trying to take them every once in a while to encourage me to stay creative!

It’s definitely been easy to get dressed so far since I’m just starting my 3 months with this capsule, but soon I’m going to have to start mixing things up a bit – I’m excited to see how it goes!

Have you ever tried a capsule wardrobe?

Week in Review

Well, it’s official – I’m a high school teacher and I survived my first week of school! What a crazy change from elementary and middle school. It’s been a fun week, but I’m oh so glad it’s the weekend. I need sleep!

Here are a few highlights:

– Jack has taken to asking to sit in our laps during breakfast and dinner. It’s probably not something we should allow but it’s so sweet that we usually just roll with it. I’m sure we’ll regret that decision eventually but when he shouts out “Me! Sit!” you just can’t say no.

– I fell asleep on the couch watching Survivor at 8:00 after our first day of school. Exhausted!

– Jackson is currently obsessed with some superhero figurines he has. There are two Batman toys, one Green Lantern, and one construction man Little People toy. He calls them all “Bat” and most nights lately they’ve had to sit on his windowsill all night long to watch over him – if we forget one of them, he lets us hear about it!

– Corey and I each ended up having to take a day off this week because Jackson got sick on Thursday morning. It wasn’t great to take off the first week of school but I can’t say I didn’t enjoy spending a day cuddling with my baby!

– We went out for dinner and karaoke with some friends on Friday for a birthday – it was so much fun and it felt great to have a date night together! Also, how did I not know private karaoke rooms were a thing? So awesome!


And a few favorites from around the web…

This article was fascinating. Definitely not something I necessarily agree 100% with, but there’s plenty to think about in there!

This is incredible…but I can’t imagine it tastes very good!

– I loved reading about this mom’s take on natural “boy” instincts in toddlers. We definitely take the same approach as her!

– What a fantastic take on the “terrible twos”.

What I Love About Being Back at Work

Last week was our first week back at work (boo!) and this is our first week of school (ack!). I’m so bummed that summer is over, but this is the time of year where I really like to remind myself about all of the things I DO like about being back at work. Because it’s not all bad!


1. I’m so much more productive/organized. When I’m on a schedule and back in my normal routine, I tend to be better about cleaning in the evenings, getting stuff done around the house, and just generally not being lazy. It feels good to be on top of things again and not letting myself be too terribly lazy.

2. I love being challenged. I’m definitely the type to want to push myself and flex my brain, and the challenges that pop up on the regular at work are a great way to get me thinking and keep myself mentally active. Summer is my favorite time of year, and I totally get burned out on how mentally taxing my job can be towards the end of the year, but when the year is fresh and new it feels so good to challenge myself again!

3. Jackson adores daycare. I hate being away from him all day, but it makes him so happy to go see his friends at school and he absolutely loves his teacher. He always gets so excited when I tell him it’s time to go to school, and it warms my heart to know that he’s so happy all day when I have to be away from him.

4. Fall is amazing. There’s just something about the fall season that makes me so incredibly happy. Changing leaves, pumpkins everywhere, cooler weather, and football just make me happy. I have boots in my capsule wardrobe which means I’m going to be WEARING boots soon which makes me a very happy girl!

5. Did I mention football? I LOVE FOOTBALL SEASON. That’s really all that needs to be said here.

6. I’m eternally a nerd and will always be excited about fresh school supplies, the “back to school” section of the grocery store, and all that comes along with the newness of a school year.

7. I love my job. It’s hard to remember this sometimes when I’m mourning the loss of spending all of my days with Jackson, but I truly do adore my job and I’m excited to be diving back into it.

School starts on Tuesday and while most of me is a little terrified to dive back in (I always am!), overall I’m excited to get going and see what this new school year brings!

What are your favorite things about your job?

Week in Review

I survived, y’all! It was our first week back at work/daycare and all of us got through the week with minimal stress. A few highlights:

– Jackson has jumped back into daycare totally seamlessly and seems thrilled to be back. Absolutely zero tears at drop-off (even the first day!) and he’s been happy basically all day every day. He’s also actually NAPPED at daycare, which is epic because he’s napping outside of a crib for the first time in his life (they use nap mats).

– It feels better than I thought it would to be back at work and back in the swing of things. I still miss summer, of course, but it feels good to flex my brain and push myself a little bit again (I can already tell it’s going to be a hectic year!).

– Jackson’s daycare teacher has been sending at least 2-3 photos of him every day. It’s awesome to see his face throughout the day and it totally makes my day. I’m hoping she keeps it up!

– I’ve been doing yoga all week (I’m doing the 30 days of yoga challenge from Yoga with Adriene) and I’m loving it! It’s not nearly as intense of a workout as I usually like to do, but I’m already seeing a huge difference in my posture throughout the day, and am finding myself more focused and attentive in general. It’s been amazing!

– At one of our professional developments this week we did a bunch of “minute to win it” games. One of them was to stack three golf balls and have them stay for at least 3 seconds, and I was the only one in our group of 16 who managed to do it (and I think I was one of maybe three people on our whole campus)! Can this go on my resume?


A few of my favorites…

Rosé lemonade? Yes, please!

– I adore Mindy Kalig and can’t wait to read her new book – here’s a fantastic excerpt.

– I’m seriously considering doing this in our kitchen. I just need to decide on a color! I’m thinking black.

– Another book I’m really interested in reading is this one.

– Oh, and this one. Her first book is quite literally changing my life. I adore it.