October 2018 - Della Devoted

Fight Off The Fall Slump

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Lack of motivation. Laziness. And the sudden desire to isolate yourself – preferably with your favorite show on the TV
and a ginormous pack of buttery popcorn. That might sound like your ideal Sunday – and nobody can blame you for it –
but in reality, if these feelings are a regular occurrence, you’re probably suffering from a mild case of seasonal affective
disorder – SAD for short.
Generally speaking, SAD means that your body clock and metabolism get affected by the short days in Fall and Winter. When the sun exposure is on the decline, you can feel a little cranky, depressed, and tired. SAD can only get worse as Winter is coming near. So, right now is the perfect time to kickstart positive habits and rediscover your SAD-free joie de vivre.

Be kind to yourself
Everyone deserves a little bit of attention to feel better in their skin. But surprisingly, when Fall arrives, most people
are too busy preparing for the celebrations to come – Halloween night is always a big party when you’ve got
children. Consequently, when you take less time to look after yourself, you’re already giving seasonal affective
disorder an opportunity to bring you down. So put the Halloween preps away for a moment and think about yourself.
What is your go-to ritual for instant mood lift? For some people, enjoying a homemade cup of cocoa on the porch is
all it takes to let go of the daily stress. Others love nothing better than trying out new nail designs. Whatever takes
your fancy: Give yourself a little bit of your time.

Every season is dress season
Can anything get more exciting than trying on a new dress? If you thought that dresses are only good for Summer,
it’s time to change your mind. You can pair a cozy trendy dress with a pair of tights and boots, add a cardi to feel
warm, and ta-da, you’re ready to tackle a new day! But what’s the trend, you ask. Keep it casual; you can
find a floral dress in autumnal tones for instance. Animal prints are quite popular too.

It’s not too cold to go outside
The sky is gray, and you can see muddy patches in the garden when it’s been raining earlier. But that doesn’t mean
it’s too cold to leave the house. On the contrary, you need to recharge your body with positive energy –
aka, you need plenty of vitamin D from the sun. Put a jumper on and enjoy the crisp cool air on your leisurely day out.
If you live in the countryside, you can take your family apple picking – the best ingredient for a yummy Fall pie.
And if you haven’t already, now’s still time to visit a pumpkin patch and pick your perfect Jack-O-Lantern.

Find exciting projects
Last, but not least, your home needs to evolve with the season. Keeping vibrant Summer colors indoors only reminds
you that the hot weather is gone. Instead, spend an evening preparing new seasonal craft items.
It’s not only hugely relaxing, but it also brings a playful touch of fun to your decor. And when you make something beautiful, it makes you happy!

Don’t give SAD any chance. On the contrary, take the time to look after yourself, find projects and items that excite you and enjoy a day out in nature.

3 Romantic Date Night Ideas For Fall

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This post contains affiliate links.While some associate fall with gray clouds and rainy
mornings, it’s actually one of the most romantic seasons we have. Neither winter, summer or
spring is able to display such an explosion of warm colors all around us - and those rainy days
are, of course, perfectly combined with cozy evenings in front of the fireplace.

If you need a bit of extra inspiration for what to treat your SO with on date nights, look no
further. Here is a handful of ideas on how you can take your romance to the next level
and enjoy all the advantages of a dark and chilly season.

#1 Make apple cider

If you have an entire Sunday to yourself one of these days, it’s highly recommended that you
head out together and fill your baskets with apples. They should be nice and ripe by now
and needs to be picked before the frost sets in, in any way.

When you have filled two large baskets with apples, you may be wondering what to do with
them. You can, after all, only eat a certain amount of apple pie before you get tired of them.

Making apple cider or apple juice is actually not that hard at all so save at least one of your
baskets for this purpose, remove the cores, and let them boil until soft. Have a look at this article
for a step-by-step guide, by the way, and enjoy the wonderful scent in the kitchen after your date night.

#2 Make a cozy fort

If the rain is pouring down and you have the house to yourself, you simply can’t go wrong with
a good old-fashioned fort. Bring some snacks in there with you or create a fancy cheese platter,
fill it with soft blankets, and cuddle up together.

If you’ve been planning on proposing to your SO anytime this fall, a romantic fort will definitely be
the right setting; have a look at Verragio, to begin with, and work your way through all the options.

#3 Go to a haunted house

While scary movies are great and all that, a haunted house gives you more than enough
reason to stay close to your SO for comfort. You should be able to find more than enough
haunted houses this close to Halloween so check out your local area for some of the best ones.

Since scary things certainly can be romantic and romance can be equally scary, this is perhaps
one of the best date nights you’ll treat yourself to this season.

Fall is the perfect season for spending more time together since both of you are looking for
warmth and comfort when the weather takes a turn. Taking advantage of it will,
in other words, benefit both of you.

High Five For Friday

Welcome to the weekly High Five For Friday link-up hosted by Tif @ Bright On A Budget, Katie @ Cup of TeaBecky @ BYBMG   and myself. We're glad you're here! High Five for Friday is where we come together to share five highlights or five favorite things from the past week each Friday.

1) We carved and painted our pumpkins over the weekend. I love how they turned out! I always look forward to this activity every year with my favorite guys. The pumpkin on top of the banister is one that Raylan painted at school, but the one sitting next to the carved ones is the one he painted at home. I think he did an awesome job painting them. 

2) Even though my allergies were bad over the weekend, it was still a great weekend. Other than painting and carving pumpkins, we had a lazy weekend and watched several spooky Halloween movies. I can't believe that Raylan isn't afraid of scary movies and actually likes them. I love lazy weekends, don't you?

3) I finally have a Halloween Costume. I'm going to be a Vampiress and Raylan is going as a Vampire. I enjoy dressing up with him. I always try to make the holidays fun with my little guy.

4) The leaves are finally changing in our area and they are so gorgeous. I love going on scenic drives to see all of the Fall Foliage.

5) I was blessed with the opportunity to volunteer in Raylan's classroom yesterday and I am so thankful I did. I truly enjoyed being around the children and helping out in his classroom and getting to see what all they are doing and learning.

1) Walmart Haul & 5 Grocery Pickup Tips by Whitney from Polka Dotty Place

2) Ten Favorite Fall Recipes by Danielle from A Sprinkle of Joy

3) Favorite Halloween Movies from Jennifer Lambert

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Sanderson Sister Style

Are y'all excited for Halloween? I know I sure am! I can't wait to take my son Trick or Treating. I dress up with him and we always have such a fun time. All month long we have done fun things leading up to Halloween. In fact, we do tons of fun things to prepare for each holiday.  I just want to make his holidays fun and memorable. One of those things is our yearly tradition of watching Hocus Pocus together. After all, it's my favorite Halloween movie. So with that being said, I had to incorporate a little Sanderson Sister Style to bring in Halloween. I always have to dress for the occasion, so why not dress as my favorite witches. What Halloween styles have you worn already?

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Favorite Fall Traditions

If you know me at all, then you know that Fall is my favorite time of the year. The colors are so gorgeous and the temperatures are perfect for my hot-blooded self. I love the holidays that come with it and all of the fun things to do. It is such an enjoyable season and I always try to make the best of it. I make a bucket list every September and quickly begin to check  my list off. Today I am linking up with my friends from The Blended Blog to bring you Fall Traditions. Here is a list of all of my Favorite Fall Traditions.
  • Attending our Church Homecoming
  • Going to Fall Festivals
  • Going to the Pumpkin Patch
  • Carving Pumpkins
  • Painting Pumpkins
  • Going for Scenic Drives to see the Fall Foliage 
  • Watching Hocus Pocus
  • Making and Eating Pumpkin Rolls
  • Drinking Pumpkin Spice Cappuccinos 
  • Sitting around a warm campfire. 
  • Eating a Caramel Apple
  • Decorating for Fall
  • Taking Family Photos (My Favorite time of the year to take them)
  • Taking Raylan Trick or Treating
  • Enjoying Thanksgiving with my family
  • Going Black Friday Shopping with Tif from Bright on a Budget
  • Decorating for Christmas
What are your Favorite Fall Traditions?

High Five For Friday

Welcome to the weekly High Five For Friday link-up hosted by Tif @ Bright On A Budget, Katie @ Cup of TeaBecky @ BYBMG   and myself. We're glad you're here! High Five for Friday is where we come together to share five highlights or five favorite things from the past week each Friday.

1)  Raylan and his class had their first field trip to the Pumpkin Patch this week. It was so much fun! They all had a blast. If you are ever in Eastern, Ky, I highly recommend visiting the White Oak Pumpkin Patch. There is so much to see and do! The kids stayed busy the whole day!

2) Did you hear that Hocus Pocus now has a book sequel out? How exciting is that! I'm purchasing that today! You can order yours here.

3) It finally feels like Fall Weather outside, actually more like Winter. I made my first Veggie Soup for the Season this week. I love good comfort food when it's cold out.

4) I had the strong urge to redecorate the house and also add more Fall decor last weekend. I absolutely love how it turned out. I guess cold rainy days will do that to you during the Fall.

5) I've started planning and making a list for my Christmas Shopping. Have you started planning or shopping yet? I started a layaway back in September for Raylan, but now I'm planning for everyone else.

1) Optimism Challenge by Shelly from The Queen in Between.
2) Fall Trends: Corduroy by Chery from Cheryl Shops
3) Easy Grilled Hawaiian BBQ Pizza by Danielle from A Sprinkle of Joy

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