2019 Fall Must-Haves

2019 Fall Must-Haves

Fall is here! And with it, here are my fall must-haves for 2019. These are some of the products I swear by and some of the things I love during the fall.

A candle that makes you feel cozy

I love candles, but I especially love candles in the fall and winter, because the ever-so-slight smell of a tiny fire is the epitome of coziness to me. Typically, I love fresh, clean, slightly floral scents – the kind that conjure bright late spring mornings in a dewy field of flowers, while laundry snaps in a breeze on the line above. Though lighting candles with such scents can be uplifting during the colder, darker months, I can branch out to darker scents as well. 

This one, from Target, intrigues me: Fall Day, which is described as having “bergamot, apple, and pear” notes. The second, also from Target, is a tried-and-true favorite of mine: Cozy Flannel, which has “citrus, lavender, and violet” notes. With price tags like $4.99 for 4.1oz and $9.99 for 15.1oz, they’re definitely affordable, and the scent lasts throughout the whole burn time (around 20 and 50 hours, respectively). 

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A signature fall scent

If you know me, you know that I love perfume. I’ve always been a little bit of a perfume hound, though I’ve gotten better as of late. My collection now only has three perfumes: one for spring and summer, one that is no longer made that I refuse to use except sparingly, and one for fall and winter. My fall and winter scent has been Coach by Coach for about two years now. I believe the scent is too heavy for the warmer months, but it’s just right for the cooler ones. Its notes are, from top to bottom, raspberry leaves, Turkish roses, and suede musks (stay tuned till springtime for my spring/summer perfume.).


Hand Food

In the last few months, I have fallen in love with Hand Food by Soap & Glory. This moisturizer promises to moisturize without that greasy feeling, and it delivers on that promise. With shea butter and macadamia oil, it moisturizes my dry cuticles and knuckles, and there’s no greasiness once it’s on my hands. Plus, it smells amazing, but not overwhelming. With the drier weather, it’s important to keep your hands moisturized, especially if you’re trying to preserve your manicure. Make sure to massage it into your cuticles and nails to promote nail and cuticle health.



One of my favorite things to do during the fall is read. There’s something about the lessened warmth and light that encourages curling up with a book. It’s great to cuddle up in a blanket and read while the wind howls or rain falls outside. It’s even better to spread a blanket or sit on a bench outside and read in the still-warm sunshine, feeling the cool air blowing the pages and your hair. If you’d like to see my to-be-read (TBR) list, comment below!


July Goals and Update on Past Ones

July Goals and Update on Past Ones

Well all, it’s a new month, and you know what that can sometimes mean: it’s time for my monthly goals! I know I didn’t do a June goals post, so I thought I’d update you about how the last month I posted my goals, April, went. 

If you’re a regular reader, you probably know that I did, in fact, go to Portland, OR to meet the boyfriend, and that we had an absolutely wonderful time. I had a birthday, so I am now twenty-three. I have read more books, though plenty of them have been ebooks I’ve read on my phone. My Goodreads challenge for the year is to read twenty books, and I’ve completed twelve so far. It sounds sad, given how much free time I’ve had lately, but it’s pretty impressive when you consider how many of them were read in the last month, and the fact that all of them had around four hundred pages. I have been trying to use my phone and laptop less, and it’s been freeing, though I could decrease my usage even more. 

Now for July’s new goals. My first goal is to continue with the morning routine I began two weeks ago. I can write a post on it – leave a comment if you’d like to know my productive morning habits. 

My second goal is to get a “big-girl job” and move out of my parents’ house. After I finish the two classes I’m currently taking, I’ll need two more to graduate. It’ll be SUCH a relief to finally have done with school! I’d love to be in a new place before next month.

My third goal is to travel – not air travel, but road trips. This weekend I’ll be heading down to North Carolina to see my best friend in the entire world and her boyfriend, and another friend from college. I’d like to visit more people – maybe a friend in Chicago, or anyplace else. 

The last goal is to write more. I have been slacking in the writing department, between both this blog and my book. It’s beginning to really get to me. There are unfinished and inexpressible ideas rolling around inside me, and they would be more finished and more easily expressed were I to actually be in the habit of writing every day. 

I have a few paltry goals here. It’s difficult, between the classes and the laziness of summer, to think of too many. What are your goals for the heat of the summer? Let me know!

Monthly Goals for March

Monthly Goals for March

A new month has begun. How is it March already?! Here in the DC area March is practically spring, though yesterday and today have been bitterly cold. Next week should be better, and hopefully from there, as they said in the new Mary Poppins movie, there’s nowhere to go but up.

I have a few goals for the month of March. I hope to accomplish them in the next twenty-six days. It’s a reasonable request, but we’ll see. I’ll try not to beat myself up about it if I don’t accomplish them all.

This month, I’m going to try to blog five days a week. I’m shooting for Monday-Friday. I’ve noticed that when I sit down, determined to create, I typically do, almost prolifically. Writing leads to more writing, which leads to more content.

I’m also going to catch up on my journal entries. As a busy woman, I have a habit of typing my journal entries, promising myself to write them out in the paper-and-ink journal soon after. You can imagine how well this has gone lately, I’m sure. I just checked, and my last written entry is from September 14, 2018. I don’t journal daily, perhaps on average weekly, but it has been a few weeks since that one in mid-September.

I am going to finish the two library books that I checked out and mentioned in a previous post, and get more, and finish them too. Along that line, I am also going to read more blogs, a habit I have never truly had, but probably should begin.

Lastly, at least for this list, I’m going to begin working out at least three times a week again. I’ll work my way up to five days. I don’t care how long it takes. I need to exercise, for my physical, mental, and emotional health. I do exercise at work, where I regularly walk a few miles while lifting ten or more pounds over my head. But work doesn’t supply me with as many hours as I need to exercise.

These are some of my March goals. Do you have any monthly goals? Let me know how they’re going in the comments!


In addition to rewriting the book I started, I’ve been doing a lot of reading. Some of it, unfortunately, has been rereading. But, sometimes you just need the company of an old friend. Mine are Rilla Blythe and Harry Potter.

The new books I’ve been reading (or, at least, new to me) are Tony’s Wife by my favorite contemporary author, Adriana Trigiani; An American Marriage by Tayari Jones; and Georgia, by Dawn Tripp. So far I’m enjoying them all. I’m the furthest along in An American Marriage, but I imagine Tony’s Wife will soon catch up to it.

Another book I was previously reading and will soon pick up again is Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss, which interested me mostly because one of the three main characters has synesthesia. I cannot express how much I love to read about characters with synesthesia. It is one of the reasons I have realized that representation in general, whether based on gender, race, sexuality, religion, or anything else, is so important. I love to be represented, and others should experience the same joy.

But I digress. Like I said, I have been reading. Reading is good, but I feel it is a little bit of a cop-out for me. “But I’m reading! That counts for writing!” The truth is, writing counts for writing, and I can’t call myself a writer without doing that activity. Reading is essential to the process, but writing is more so.

What are you reading? Leave a comment down below!

General Update

*Slinks up to the microphone* Hello . . .

I have completed the first summer session of classes and am well into the second. I’ve been working as a nanny since April, as well. In between I’ve been reading, reading, reading.

I’ve been reading Delusions of Grandma by Carrie Fisher (I love you forever, Space Mom) and Ellen Herrick’s The Forbidden Garden. I’ve also been continuing with Stephen King’s On Writing, The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer, and rereading Rilla of Ingleside – I’m always somewhere in the Anne series at any given moment.
I’m going to pick up The Sun Also Rises, as well. I bought myself a handsome copy of it at my favorite used bookstore, Ed McKay’s. I hated The Sun Also Rises in high school, because I had read The Old Man and the Sea too young (seventh grade) and hated it, so I decided to hate Hemingway on principle. Honestly, this view of mine didn’t change until I read A Moveable Feast for the first time. How can one, upon reading about Paris in the 1920s, not fall in love with anyone writing about it when they’ve lived it? And so, I fell in love with Hemingway.