Friday, September 2, 2016

Fall Fun Series: Introduction

Hello there friends! This will be a new post series that myself, and a bunch of old and new blogging friends will be engaging in this autumn season. We will be covering our fall wax melts, candles, recipes, decorations, and more. Please feel free to join us in the comments when we post by telling us what you are melting or creating or loving this fall. If you are a blogger and would like to join us please let us know and we will send you the schedule of posts. Please welcome the following bloggers and check out their posts as well which will generally post Monday and Friday starting September and ending the day after Thanksgiving (some may post on different days or times):

 Amanda at ThriftyPolished 
Jessica at The Meltdown Blog 
Lauren at LoloLovesScents 
Lindsey at Little Bit of Lindsey 
Liz at Furianne 
Sandra at Finger Candy 
Stephanie at Imperfectly Painted 
Sunnee at Our Sunny Life 

 1. What is your favorite thing about fall?
If I had to pick just one thing to love about fall, it would absolutely be witnessing the leaves transition into the glorious reds, oranges & yellows. It always seems magical to me.

 2. Do you get fall colors where you live?
Yes! Japan has the most beautiful fall! I love watching the Japanese maples turn ruby red. After living in Florida & then Turkey, it is such a treat to experience a true fall again! I have a few travel spots in mind for nature walks & playing with my camera this year!

 3. Favorite fall scent (wax, or anything)? 
I am a cinnamon addict,,,the stronger the better! I would probably bathe in the scent if possible. I patiently wait every year for it to be "acceptable" to fill the air with the enticing aroma!

 4. Favorite fall food or drink?
I love to have homemade soup in the fall.. brunswick stew, chicken noodle, taco soup, lasagna soup... fall is always a soup season in my house. Bonus points if it can be put in a crockpot!

5. Football.....yay or nay?
YES YES YES!!! How Bout Dem Cowboys!!! I love football season even though watching the games is a little trickier while living overseas. Those pesky time zones... but sometimes you just have to get up at 4am to root for your team, right??

6. Do you rake, jump in, or burn piles of leaves?
I used to love jumping in the leaves! Currently, we live in an upstairs apartment, so we dont have a yard. & the maintenance service comes out once a week to collect all the leaves.. they take their job of keeping the streets & lawns clean very seriously!

7. Haunted house or corn maze? 
I am not a huge fan of haunted houses.. however, I have a fear of corn fields. One too many horror movies involve death & other horrible things happening in cornfields. So, if I cant see over it, or through it.. i'm not going in it!

8. Have you ever gone on a hayride? 
Of course! A hayride just screams fall! My last hayride was at a church "fall fest" while visiting my family before we moved to Japan!

9. Cider or hot chocolate?
Hot chocolate! There is something decadent about a cup of hot chocolate, an oversized hoodie, and a crisp day! On a side note, I've always felt like Cider is just warm apple juice & I cant stand apple juice.

10. Carve a pumpkin or eat pumpkin pie?
Carve a pumpkin! I am probably one of the few people who really does not enjoy pumpkin flavored anything! It wasn't something I ate growing up, and it hasn't had much appeal as an adult.

11. Do you dress up for Halloween? 
Yes! I love halloween! some years its just small accessories, other years its a full costume. It all depends on how the mood strikes me. Last year was probably my favorite! I was Darth Vader & my husband was Princess Leia! It, Was, EPIC!!

12. Candy corn.....yay or nay?
Nay!!... so gross! lol. I am not a huge fan of overly sweet things. I will, however, buy it for arts & crafts projects.

13. Favorite Halloween movie? 
Hocus Pocus! It is always the first halloween movie we watch! I remember seeing it in theaters with my Noni, and I can probably quote the entire thing.

14. Scariest movie? 
The original Exorcist... hands down THE scariest movie I have ever watched! Nightmares for weeks!

15. Halloween or Thanksgiving? 
Halloween!! I love getting dressed up, going over to a friends house for parties, & passing out candy to all the cute little kids!

16. Do you watch the Macy's parade? 
We always try to, but once again... time zones. :(

17. Apple pie or pumpkin pie? 
Apple Pie all the way!! top it with a little ice cream while warm.. ohhh yes! I dont even go near pumpkin pie, I have tried to like pumpkin, but its just 'eh'... yes yes, i'm sure that's blasphemy to some! lol

18. White or dark meat? 
WAFFLES!! ok, so we dont eat turkey at thanksgiving! *gasp!* it is a family tradition (from my side), that on thanksgiving you go to Waffle House. It started 17 years ago? My family was on vacation in Florida & after spending Thanksgiving Day at Disney we were starving. We ended up at Waffle House & a tradition was born! Here's the best part.. ya know, if waffles just isn't a good enough reason.. nobody has to slave away on a dinner, nobody has to clean up said dinner, and no leftovers til you hope to never see another turkey! lol.
We were invited to a potluck dinner last year & we took.. you guessed it!.. waffles!! & a smithfield ham, because that is like THE ham to have! but i am slowly converting everyone to the waffle bandwagon! :-)

19. Jellied or real cranberry sauce?
neither.. there is something just.. wrong about a gelatinous blob that drops out of a can & is then sliced... I'm not sure i've ever been at a dinner with real cranberry sauce..

20. Will you host or travel for Thanksgiving this year? 
We issue an invitation every year on Thanksgiving (& Christmas) that if any of the airmen in my husband's shop need a meal & a place to come hang out, then our door is always open. Surprisingly, we have had quite a few people take us up on our Thanksgiving Waffle Brunch. Living in such a small community, and away from family, we all really try to look out for each other.

How about you? Join us by giving some of your fall tag answers! Next post we will feature our fall melting stash.


  1. Hi Ashley! So glad you joined in the fun! I enjoyed reading your answers and would love to hear more about Japan!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Amanda! I will be sure to share lots of Japan! :)

  2. Thanksgiving waffles!!! I love that you open your home to anyone who wants to join in on your family tradition. I can't wait to see your fall Japanese photos. I would love to check out the foliage in the Smoky Mountains. Maybe Adam and I can find a long weekend to drive up there and enjoy the colors.

    1. Oh man,, the Smokies are gorgeous!! I am so excited about fall! but also a little bittersweet, as it will be our last fall in Japan.. I'm totally dreaming of fall in England! ;)

  3. I can't wait to follow your fall adventures here! I know the pictures are going to be insanely gorgeous!
    I laughed out loud when I first read waffles as your answer. It was even better after reading why :)
    ...I heard our friend Julie makes a mean cranberry sauce, you'll have to try it one day and let us know ;)

    1. Waffles are the best! lol.
      If anyone could change my mind on cranberry sauce, I'm sure it would be Julie! She just convinced me to eat brussel sprouts for the first time ever & i loved them!! i swear she's magical! :)

  4. I am completely with you on the candy corn and soup thing (just, you know, separately!) I make a cheddar-apple soup (with lots of brandy) pretty well exclusively in the fall, and this bacon and beer one as well. Ooh, and beef stew. Aw, cripes, it's too early in the day to be craving stew!

    And candy corn is adorable, but so awful-tasting! There should be, like, crafting corn or something for art projects!

    1. HA! i googled 'candy corn soup'.. just to see if someone had gotten a wild hair... thankfully i didnt find anything!
      Bacon & Beer sounds delicious!! i hope you'll share your recipe on your blog!

      I adore all the candy corns & candy pumpkins.. & we craft with them, or decorate desserts.. but bleh! they definitely dont get eaten around here! Which is funny, because ALL of my little sisters absolutely LOVE them! lol

  5. Hi Ashley! Don't mind my late comment, but I'm so excited to see your Fall Fun Series posts!

    I love your Thanksgiving tradition! Waffles are a perfect reason not to slave over a turkey and various foods for Thanksgiving!

    That's awesome that you guys open your house up to your husband's coworkers (would you call them coworkers? I never know what to call my hubby's work buddies LOL). We will likely do that this year since we have no plans to travel.

    1. Hi Liz! its never too late! :)
      Most days he says "the office".. haha. We love opening our home & helping build our little 'family'. It is definitely one thing we never regret doing! I hope you all enjoy doing the same!

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