Kate’s 5 Fun Things {Fall 2014}


So last week, I shared some of my big-ticket wish list items, the things I just can’t quite bring myself to buy but that I would love to have.


This week, I’m sharing the 5 things that I’ve fallen in love with in the last week. And the good news? They’re not $500 blenders. One of them is even free! Granted, movies aren’t particularly wallet-friendly, especially when you throw paying a babysitter into the mix, but the movies I’m excited about this week are both so good that they’re definitely worth it!

1. Interstellar.


Last weekend was the weekend of movies for our family. Before we had kids, my husband and I saw movies all.the.time. Since reproducing (and the more kids we have), we see fewer and fewer movies. Except for last weekend, apparently, when we saw two.

On Friday night, we got a babysitter and went to see Interstellar. I had zero hopes or expectations–in fact, when our babysitter asked what we were going to see, I said, “The Space Movie!” Space travel movies are generally not my genre of choice, and after a steady diet of animated features for the past almost-10 years, movies that are longer than 90 minutes are also generally not my first choice.

Well, I was wrong on every level. It blew me away. I sat on the edge of my seat, I had a good cathartic cry (or, like, 10…), and I never once felt like falling asleep. It was seriously the best movie I’ve seen in I can’t remember how long.

2. Big Hero 6.

big hero 6

The next day, we took our kids to see Big Hero 6. This was the first time we’ve taken 2-year-old Will to a movie since Oz the Great and Powerful when he was 9 months old and I paced up and down the steps of the theater for the second half of the movie. We all loved it. The animation was fantastic, the story was funny and touching, and Will not only sat for the whole thing, but he also left the movie saying, “Hairy baby!”, which made the entire experience worth it. Definitely a fun movie for the whole family.

3. Envy Apples.

envy apples

Envy apples are my favorite, but they’re rarely in season. Except for now! For the next few weeks, I’m stashing up on these crispy, sweet (but not too sweet), juicy apples that don’t brown when you cut them. Honeycrisps, move on over…

4. TrashHand Font.


I love this font–bold, easy-to-read, has a hand-written look. Plus, it’s free! Can’t beat that, right??

5. Mad Love Loafers.

Mad Love

If you think Toms are cute (or kind of cute), but you’re not prepared to pay high prices for mediocre shoes (even if they do go to a good cause), these shoes are a good compromise (they also filled the void when my Toms mysteriously disappeared…I’m pretty sure my husband was behind it.) Comfy, casual, great for fall, and not bank-breaking. Target, I can’t live without you.

So those are the little things I’m excited about this week! What about you guys?



  1. My oldest is dying to see Big Hero 6. I’m glad to hear your whole crew loved it! I was nervous about taking my 3 year old, but maybe it will keep her attention. =)
    I know it is too early, but I am excited about Christmas scented candles coming out at Bath & Body Works and Yankee Candle – I think I could burn those year around…although, it would be a little weird to have a house smelling like Christmas in the heat of the summer…anyway…

  2. Not really what you’re asking for, but what I’m excited about this week is a recipe. Your recipe. Specifically your BBQ Bacon Sliders recipe. Oh.My.Goodness. I made them on Tuesday and I can’t stop thinking about them, and how soon I can make them again, and all of the things I can feasibly put that blue cheese spread on. I must go wipe the drool now. Thank you.

    1. Totally what we’re asking for!! It’s all the little things, right? There’s actually a recipe I’m REALLY excited about this week, but I’m waiting to share it in December…as a blog post, hahaha.

      ANYWAY. It’s been WAY too long since I’ve made those sliders!!! Soooo good!!

  3. We hardly went to movies before kids! But some of us, at least, went to two this week, too. We all went to Meet the Mormons last night, which was pretty cool. Saturday, I took the younger boys to Big Hero 6 for a birthday party, and I loved it! I know the others will like it too, but I’m not sure how to persuade my husband to buy tickets after his jaw dropped last night…

  4. I am like you and have not been to a movie in, how long has it been now? Big Hero 6 is on our to do list though. I will have to try those envy apples. And those shoes! I need some:)

  5. We saw Big Hero 6 and loved it too! I love when Disney does a great animated feature for boys. I saw envy apples at the store and had never heard of them. Now I know to try them! I was disappointed with the honey crisp ones I bought the same day. Who’d a thought that would ever happen!? Also, I got some of those slip ons from Target on clearance for $6! Awesome!

  6. Ooh- I’ve been looking for shoes for my 14-year old for Christmas, and didn’t know about those Mad Love shoes. I really need to branch out when I’m at Target. Anyway, she will love those!

  7. My daughter saw Interstellar and can’t stop talking about it. The younger kids and I saw Big Hero 6 and LOVED it!! I was so happy to see that those were the movies you loved, too. 🙂

  8. I’ve seen envy apples at our store, but have such a love affair with Honey Crisp, I haven’t even considered them. Maybe it’s time.

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