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Ultimate Coffee Chat: September

ultimate coffee

Like that picture? It’s from last year! I have been sharing my coffee-chats for over a year now and you have been telling me how much you like the general-style updates. So I am keeping it up- maybe late and maybe boring, but I am also keeping it real!

Here’s what I would tell you if you and I were sitting on my porch sipping our hot bevvies!

If we were having coffee I’d tell you: It’s freaking cold out here!

I love Fall!

Fall came fast huh? I am so glad since I LOVE fall. All things fall. The weather, the running weather, the smells, the decrease in bugs, the increase in routine, school starting, football stuff, soccer stuff, cozy things all around me like sweatshirts and blankets…I can go on! It goes without too much emphasis then, that I love pumpkin and apple everything! YES. Fall is my guy. I know it’s not quite leaf-jumping weather yet, but I couldn’t resist this picture- the boys were so little! Time is a-flying! Welcome to Fall my friends!

If we were having coffee I’d tell you: I love Fall for running.

Rolling to run

Now, I spoke about running weather. It is p-e-r-f-e-c-t here right now. Cool enough so I don’t run out of steam just because I am baking in the sun, and warm enough that I am not even layering yet. Perfect! Remember last month, I said I needed new sneakers? Well I still don’t have them and I am going okay- I can only think how great it will feel once I actually have some cushion on these feet! I am squishing an 18 week training plan into just 8 weeks (yes, I have a sense that I will tweak my planned runs quite a bit!) I mostly just use a plan so I can have an idea of what I should be running to be ready, but I don’t stay to it hard and fast if I am reducing the time like this- not if I don’t want to be hurt anyway! Do you use a plan for your racing or running? I’d love to know so share- please!

If we were having coffee I’d tell you: I just finished a great book 

…which I will review in depth later this week on the blog, but it is so relevant for NOW. It’s this one:

In a quick snippet: It’s about four Russian late-thirty somethings who met in Russia but all live in NYC now. It revolves around a questions of our virtual lives- how we actually live in real life versus on Facebook or social media in general. Sounds boring, but to care about the book means to be invested in the characters- and I was. They are well thought out and interesting to me, as a window of what it is like for them as immigrants in the United States, but also how we share the commonality of the absurdity of online-lives. Pretty interesting, right? Stay tuned for a full review.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you: That’s all really.

Oh! Wait! I forgot too- I have been re-painting my upstairs bathroom!

Repainting this ugly thing!

Look at this beast! So ugly- but so useful. I will have to do a post on that too- I painted the cabinets (this times-two) and walls, and actually some of the hardware too- some of the paint they have now is awesome! It has awoken (waked?- what is the word for this?) in me both a love of painting and hate of it. I am not sure yet  how I feel. It is making the rest of my house look perfectly awful though, so I need to get cracka-lackin’ and paint the rest of it! Good thing I am STILL not working right?! Ha! Gotta look on the bright side my friends, keeping it sunny!

Have a wonderful holiday weekend and I loved sharing my porch with you this month!

I am linking up with my other bloggers this morning over at

Thanks for coming by to chat~

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Fun Contest from Personal Creations: Fall is in the Air!

As summer comes to an end, I am loving these first signs of fall: the scents of apples, spices, and pumpkins along with the beautiful leaves and fun family activities. It also means that Halloween is right around the corner, bringing with it its own assortment of fun treats and decorations for the kiddos.

To help capture and share this spirit, Personal Creations is hosting their first ever Pinterest “Falloween” contest with a $500 Personal Creations gift card to their first-place winner, as well as $100 gift cards for five runners-up. While I have never promoted a contest that someone else runs before, Personal Creations has some super cute items for my favorite season that is upon us, which they sent me a sample to show you all:

fall mantel and decor

FALL! Yipee! Isn’t this adorable?!

Personal creations fall board

I personalized my #PCFalloween decorations this year thanks to @pcgifts. Adorable! #ad https://www.pinterest.com/hardlyagoddess/pcfalloween/ (tweet this)

I just love it! Last year, I received a cute holiday canvas as a gift from a friend. It was so unique, and was personalized with our family name on it which made it so special and well…personalized!  And of course, upon checking out where I could make one of these great signs to GIVE someone else, I found that it was made from the Personal Creations site! So since then I have just loved this company for cute gifts. And now you have a chance to WIN gift cards with them! Here are the details:

To ENTER:
• Follow Personal Creations on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pcgifts/
• Create a Pinterest board named “PCFalloween”
• Add a creative description to your Pinterest board
• Add at least 10 fall or Halloween décor themed Pins to your board with descriptions for why you’ve added each

Feel free to check out the Personal Creations Falloween Pinterest Contest board for inspiration: https://www.pinterest.com/pcgifts/pcfalloween/

Or you can check out my own board that I have made over on the right of this page or here.

CRITERIA in the decision:

• Creativity (30%)
• Uniqueness of Descriptions on Pins (25%)
• Diversity of Pins to Board (23%)
• Attractiveness of Board as a whole (22%)

If you love to PIN, then this is a great opportunity. If you just want to check them out, their website has some great gift ideas, or ideas for your own home. Check them out!


I was compensated to promote this contest with a sample canvas as pictured above. As with all my content, you can trust that what you read is my opinion alone, and is in no way influenced by any compensation that I may receive.  You can read more of my disclosures here.

 

Top 6 Great Pumpkin Recipes from H.A.G.

The leaves are finally turning around here, and it couldn’t be more Fall-like in my opinion, which is a perfect time for all your fall baking that you haven’t done yet! I am rounding up some of the favorites on my site, that I love to make this time of year:

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Granola

protein granola

10 minute Pumpkin Mousse Mini-Pies

10 minute Pumpkin-Mousse Mini-Pies

DIY Pumpkin Spice Lattes

pumpkin spice latte

Nutella Stuffed Pumpkin Cookies

nutella stuffed cookies

Mom’s Original Pumpkin Bread

Best Pumpkin Bread

Pumppotchies

pumpotchies

That is it for now- But if you can believe it, I have lots more! Pumpkin could be a favorite ingredient for me, for sure. I made 3 out of 6 of these already this year at least once, and plan to make more soon! Enjoy your weekend~

*I am linking up with Life in Leggings for more favorites.