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Simply Stated – 40

Happy Halloween!

I can’t believe it’s the last day of October!!

This fall season is just flying by, although it’s starting to feel like fall around here…finally.

It was cooler in North Carolina…then it got hot again but now it’s a bit cool in the mornings and evenings.

Do you get the change of seasons in your neck of the woods?

I’m writing this on Friday (oh…it’s AnnMarie writing this week) because we are headed to the mountains this weekend.

You may know already that my middle son, Gavin attends Appalachian State University.

We’ve had this weekend planned since the beginning of summer!

If you want a decent place to stay in the NC mountains during the fall you have to book early.

Plus, it’s a home football game for App State on Saturday so places get booked up as soon as the schedule comes out.

Unfortunately, it’s looked like it was going to rain ALL weekend up there when I was obsessing over my weather app this week.

But now it looks like rain today and only a slight chance of rain tomorrow for the game. YAY!!!

Hoping we get to see some beautiful fall foliage!

I’ll share on social media if it’s pretty.

And speaking of social media…do you follow us on IG or Facebook?

If you do, you may have seen that both Anne and I were at different weddings last weekend.

Anne photographed our friend Jessica’s wedding here in North Carolina.

I got a sneak peak at the photos of her beautiful outdoor country wedding…it was amazing!

While Anne was busy working at the wedding she attended, I was in Florida at my youngest cousins wedding.

It was a gorgeous evening wedding held in Flagler Museum in Palm Beach…the bride was stunning, the food delicious, and the band was incredible.

But the best part for me was spending the weekend with family.

Do you live close to your extended family?

Tell me in comments how often you get to be together.

What’s New on the Blog

close up of thankful tree with chalkboard tag hanging from it

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Two small bowls of cranberry apple crumble on a piece of distressed burlap

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We’ve got you covered with our ultimate list of Trim Healthy Mama recipes.

round gourd with oblong gourd at end of tray next to two vintage glass jars on dining table with china hutch cabinet on back wall

You have to see how I created a beautiful tablescape using vintage amber bottles and dried gourds.

And while you’re there check out the other gorgeous Thanksgiving tablescapes from our friends.

Cooked autumn squash in an instant pot with broth and immersion blender

Wait until you see the delicious recipe Anne created this week!

Bowl of savory butternut squash soup on a wood board with a black iron spoon

And yesterday we shared our monthly virtual supper club menu including Anne’s healthy but savory recipe.

More Inspiration You’ll Love

One of my favorites in a cute new shape!

If you live somewhere warm why not move Thanksgiving dinner outdoors?

I’m definitely going to try this recipe! Cheers!

Wait until you see this room remodel.

Do this now for easy holiday celebrations!

Look at this gorgeous outdoor view.

This amazing trash to treasure transformation!

I’m adding this recipe to my Thanksgiving menu.

Before you start decorating for Christmas read this.

Love this idea using vintage windows.

This pretty furniture transformation.

A gorgeous modern farmhouse home tour.

Simple ways to show gratitude.

You have to check out this big news.

This healthy yummy recipe.

We hope you have an awesome week!

Rachel Harper

Monday 1st of November 2021

Hope you got to see some beautiful foliage! We still haven’t seen any really good yet.

AnnMarie

Tuesday 2nd of November 2021

It was gorgeous up there. Hope you had a great weekend too Rachel! :)