I love autumn

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

When I get a few moments to myself, when the beans are in school/napping or in bed, I love nothing more than to read blogs and watch Youtube videos. 

With the change of season I've started to notice some autumn 'tag' posts and videos popping up and thought it would be a nice idea to create one for family lifestyle bloggers. 

So, I give you the 'I love autumn' tag.

Favourite thing about autumn?
Sunny days that are cold. There's nothing better than a walk in the bright sunshine on a crisp and chilly autumn day. I love it! Then going home to curl up in front of the wood burner and watch a movie under a blanket. 

I love getting out all the chunky knits and my favourite boots. Browsing online for my new winter coat and wrapping the beans up in their hats and mittens. Love love love it all!

Favourite family autumn activity?

Apart from the walks I've already mentioned, there's something really exciting about the build up to Halloween. I think its because Bonfire Night and Christmas follow so quickly behind it. We like to really milk a festive occasion in our household (!) - think Halloween-themed movie nights for a few weeks before, pumpkin pies, crafts, you name it. 

I discovered an amazing (and super easy) pumpkin cake recipe last year that I can't wait to dig out again. I'll share it here once we're in to October :)

Favourite drink?
Last year, after spending way more time than advisable browsing Pinterest and reading posts by American bloggers, I came across a drink that ticked every possible autumn box for me - spiced... check, buttery caramel... check, hot.... check, whipped cream... you betcha'!

Starbucks in the USA sells what can only be described as perfection in a cup - Caramel Apple Spiced Cider. Described as hot apple (non-alcoholic) cider blended with the fall spice of cinnamon, topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce. Be still my beating heart.

After a bit of research, I created my own version and it was pretty good if I say so myself; but I'd love to try the real thing. Come on Starbucks. Do the right thing! 

But until then, I'll pray for the return of the Pumpkin Spice latte, which rocked my world last autumn.

Favourite scent/candle?
I need very little excuse to invest in new seasonal candle. I'm a bit of a floozy like that! It gets dark earlier anyway... so I need the extra light.

Last year I bought myself a little pre-Christmas gift after a particularly successful Christmas shopping spree (does anyone else do that?), in the form of the Laura Mercier Warm Roasted Chestnuts signature candle. Wow. Just, wow. 

It sums up autumn/winter scents for me. Sweet, but not too sweet, just the right amount of warm spice and a hint of oaky wood fires. And it smells amazing even when its not lit. 

Its not stocked anywhere at the moment, but they bring it back every year as far as I know, so keep your eyes peeled from next month on.

Favourite item of clothing to wear?
My Ugg boots. Hands down. 

They may not be the most stylish of items, but they're too comfy, warm and familiar for me to care.

Favourite place to be?
I'm repeating myself a bit now, but nothing feels better than cuddling up on the sofa with my husband and beanies, thawing out after a walk on the beach. Wood burner on. The smell of a chilli cooking on the hob, wafting in from the kitchen. Blanket stretched over us all, popcorn and a movie. Perfection.

If you didn't gather from my waffle above, I'm pretty keen on autumn. How about you?

I'd love to know what your favourite things about autumn are, so I tag everyone to complete this on their blog - please comment below so I can read your posts. Of the bloggers I read on a regular basis, I'd particularly love to see these lovely ladies' responses :)

Now where are my Ugg boots...?


  1. I already have my ugg boots out ha! I love nothing better than snuggling up on the sofa in front of the fire. Thank you for the tag I will do it soon :) xx


  2. Hi Kerry - thanks for commenting. Look forward to reading it xx

  3. I love Autumn too! I have been drinking hot choc with cream every night and I love wearing jumpers, boots and snuggling up in front of a radiator. Then there is Halloween, bonfire night and Christmas! Thanks for the tag x