7 Tips for Getting Grown-Ups Out in the Rain

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It’s not quite officially fall yet but here in Vancouver it’s definitely felt like it. The mornings are crisp, the leaves are turning colors… we’ve had a little rain but September is generally LOVELY. Then October hits and it rains. And rains. And rains. I actually love the rain, mostly from inside. It takes a bit of coaxing from Stephen to get me out in it but once I am, if I’m dressed appropriately (which I struggle with… you’d think after 31 years of Vancouver living I’d know how to dress for rain) I LOVE it. And I so want to get my kid to love being outdoors no matter what the weather.

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How to Keep Your Home Ready for Company: Fall Edition

DSC05850Loving this fall weather! Are you? And that lunar eclipse on Sunday evening was amazing!

As I mentioned last week one of my very favorite things about fall is that people naturally tend to gather more often, as the days are shorter and holidays abound (and in our family almost everyone’s birthdays happen within these next few months). I know there is a lot of pressure to host the perfect party (thanks, Pinterest) but, let’s be honest, most of the pressure is put on us by ourselves. I’d wager that most of our guests just want to cozy up inside and feel at home, to feel seen, feel heard, feel connected.

And so, here is my list of things that I like to have on hand for when friends or family stop by:

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Hello Fall

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My heart is full in the fall. I find joy in the gatherings that happen so often as it begins to cool outside and the days get shorter, ushering people indoors and into closer proximity to one another. I love talking about life one on one over hot cups of tea wrapped up in blankets on the porch swing and listening to the rain as much as I do having the house full of people where laughter and helping hands abound.

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