Kate’s Fall {Un-Friday} Faves

CATEGORIES: Friday Faves, Kate

So a few weeks ago, Sara did the first of what we hope will become a semi-regular thing on the blog–a post of her favorite healthy snacks. I was planning on doing one this Friday (you know, in keeping with the whole “Friday Faves” thing), but let me tell you about my weekend and hopefully you’ll understand why I’m doing it today. Even if it means no recipe today.

Last Friday, Sara told you all about our adventures from the last few months. To say we’re exhausted is an understatement. We’re grateful for all of these crazy-amazing opportunities that have popped into our lives, but we are perpetually rotating things in and out of suitcases, getting WAY too little sleep, and trying to keep what’s most important at the forefront of everything: our families.

This past weekend was my last free weekend before Halloween, so if we were going to do something Halloweenie as a family, this was it. I had lots of intentions to photograph (and blog) what I was cooking over the weekend, but by the time we spent a day at the pumpkin patch…

and had burgers and hand-cut fries at a little old-fashioned diner in a little town an hour away, it wasn’t happening.

And then on Sunday, after church, I was rocking a sleeping baby. And I could have put him down to go whip something up, but you guys…he’s getting bigger. And it’s so bittersweet. And he was so soft and squishy and nuzzling into me and completely, totally content to let me hold him that I just couldn’t do it. Because I know these moments are fleeting and, when it comes down to it, when I can help it, I’m always going to take snuggling my babe over optimal food photography light.

So this past weekend was all about my family…I felt like it had to be in order for me to stay sane. I hope you guys understand. And that means I’m flip-flopping my plans and sharing some of my favorite things I’ve fallen in love with this fall. It’s a little smorgasbord of everything, from my favorite TV shows to the candles I’ve started hoarding. As always, our favorite things posts are nevereverever sponsored–all of our favorites are things that we’ve purchased and use and love and want to share with you guys.

Favorite New Music

I’m a huge fan of Mumford and Sons and I’ve been waiting for their new album for a long time.

And I wasn’t disappointed. I’ve pretty much listened to it non-stop since it was released last month.

This is my favorite song, “Below My Feet”:


and I seriously think it’s one of the most perfect songs ever written.

I really don’t think there are any songs that I don’t like, although some of my other favorites are “I Will Wait,” “Ghosts That We Knew,” and “Not With Haste.” As a warning, just like on their other album, while all the other songs are completely free of anything offensive, there’s one f-bomb-dropping song (“Broken Crown.”) Just so you’re not riding along in the car, blasting British folk-rock in your minivan (you know you’re cool when you have banjos going at full volume) and are suddenly blindsided.

Favorite Fall Candles

I’ve talked before about my tendency to hoard Bath and Body Works candles. I know, I know, Scentsy is what all the cool kids use, but I’ll let you in on a little secret: I have about 3 Scentsy scents that I like, but I love so many Bath and Body Works candles that I have had to forbid myself from buying any more candles this fall and winter.

Now…scents are a totally personal thing, so there’s a very good chance that people are going to hate what I love (and love what I’m not so keen on). I’m not crazy about overly sweet scents like straight-up vanilla or coconut. I like citrus-y scents, but I’m not crazy about other fruity scents. I like kind of “manly” scents, but I don’t like things that are musky or smell like incense. Yes, I do get that that makes me sound like an overly-picky freak and that it’s unlikely that I’d like anything, let alone have the desire to compulsively hoard on-sale candles.

So…drumroll please…here are my favorite candles from Bath and Body Works this fall:

Fresh Balsam smells like Christmas trees, only not as heavy as straight-up pine.

Leaves has been my favorite for a few years now. It’s fresh and fall-y and spicy and I wish I could burn it all year long and not be judged.

Twisted Peppermint is pretty straightforward–it smells like sweet peppermint and reminds me of our last snowy winter in Utah before we moved to Louisiana.

Autumn smells a lot like Leaves, only with a little bit of apple and pine. It’s like heaven in a candle.

Vanilla Snowflake is very subtle. It smells like vanilla and peppermint and coconut, and I know that sounds weird and unsubtle, but it’s light and fun and not overwhelming at all.

Marshmallow Fireside smells just like that–a little smoky, like a wood-burning fireplace, and marshmallows. It’s very cozy. I will say that the small candles have a VERY light fragrance, so I’d go for the big candle here.

White Barn No. 2 Chestnut & Clove smells like heaven. Christmas and fires and coziness. I kind of turn my air conditioner way down and pretend like it’s freezing outside.

Anthropologie Under $35

I have a complicated relationship with Anthropologie. My husband hates going into their stores with me. Some stuff I think is ridiculous (hello,  nearly $100 headband). But they also have some really cute, unique gifty ideas that are fairly reasonably priced. Here are some of my faves:

Spade Measuring Cups, $32
Milk Bottle Measuring Cups, $24
Inside Out Bowls, $8
Tea and Crumpets Apron, $32

Favorite TV Shows

Y’all know (or maybe you don’t) how much Sara and I love our TV shows. I think I stopped going to movies when my oldest was born (at least stopped going to a lot of movies, and stopped going to movies that weren’t animated).

My favorite non-kid-friendly dramas (at least in shows that are currently still on TV) are Mad Men and The Walking Dead. (Yes, I do know that Mad Men isn’t on this fall, but I love it so much that I had to include it.) Once Upon a Time, on the other hand, has become something we can watch as a family. Actually, probably the only show we can really watch as a family on a regular basis.

My favorite comedies are Parks & RecreationModern Family (although…I kind of don’t think it’s been as funny since the second half of last season. Am I off here?), Happy Endings, and Suburgatory. Of course, there’s also the obligatory The Office and 30 Rock, but I feel kind of like they’ve been off their games for awhile now…

I really wanted to post some clips of Suburgatory because I swear, there are so many people who haven’t even heard of it, but it’s so weird and off-beat that out of context, most of the clips were just ridiculous. But it’s like a little 30 minutes of Mean Girls every Wednesday, which is like 30 minutes of greatness.

Favorite Quick Breakfast & Snack

To say mornings are hectic at my house would be a major understatement, but if I don’t eat within an hour or so of getting up, I get really grumpy and mean. These have been my go-to breakfast of choice, as well as a snack when I need something a little more substantial:

They come in all sorts of yummy flavors like berry, banana nut, granola, chocolate cherry, and s’mores. And I love all of them.

I have other little miscellaneous tricks and treats, like the stack of books I’ve been trying to read since Will was born in June, but I think I’ll save them for another day. Like a real Friday for real Friday faves…

I hope this gets your Monday off to a fun start! Stay tuned this week when we post some actual food. Promise.


  1. Good for you for taking some time to enjoy what matters most! I share your love of BBW scents, but we buy the oils and use those instead of the candles. In fact, Leaves is burning right now and doing a great job of hiding the stinky trash smell in my kitchen! Maybe I should quit trying to plan my weekly menu and just go take out the trash!

    1. I love the oils, too! It seems like they went through a phase where they were only stocking a few scents, so I got out of the habit of buying them, but I think they’re a much better deal than the candles.

  2. Kate, I would actually feel GUILTY if I knew that you had stopped rocking your baby so that I (and all your other regulars) would have a recipe to read today. Have you ever read this poem?


    Since I’m on my fifth (and last) baby, it’s become something of a motto for me.
    Go read it and then frame it or something. 🙂 Thanks for the non-Friday faves!

  3. Snuggling a baby is always most important. Mine is 10 months old and the other night my husband asked me if I was going to try to put her down for the night and I said no because she’s growing so fast and she was snuggling into my neck and so content and precious and all too soon it will be over. Thanks for being an inspiration and a great example to others in all areas of your life.

  4. Kate, good for you for snuggling and having a Halloweenie weekend with your kids. That’s why I love both you and Sarah, because you remind us that your family does come first :). Plus…holy cow, those milk bottle measuring cups…hello! Those are awesome! Plus (okay, I use that word too much), I love Suburgatory too. I love Tessa and George and Dahlia and even though I don’t like her per-se, the name Kamantha…so funny.

  5. I just have to say that I am totally on board with your taste in candle scents. I don’t want to burn a candle that smells like something I’d want to eat or that my grandmother or 12 year-old neighbor would wear as perfume. I burn a lot of PartyLite candles and find that they have a lot of scents that I enjoy. The only downside is that you have to go to a party to test them all out.

  6. I am so with you on the baby thing. Mine turns 1 next Sunday and it is killing me! Thanks for the candle overview. I am always trying to find ones that aren’t over the top smelly, but are lovely blend of heaven.

  7. I love that you took time to snuggle your baby this weekend. It made me tear up. These are the tiny moments you will remember. Thank you for the reminder of how important family is.

  8. I can’t wait to expand my music collection! Time stops for no one….you must make time! So glad you did that for yourself! I blinked and my sleeping baby is in kindergarten. One day at a time!

  9. Good for you taking a weekend off! No need to be apologetic. This is your blog! You can do or not do whatever you want!

    I LOVE Leaves. It smells amazing burned with Creamy Pumpkin. I am going to have to try the White Barn No. 2. I also am a BBW candle hoarder. I buy them when they go on sale and then have trouble actually burning them because I don’t want them to be gone! Issues much? 🙂

    Love your blog. You girls are great!

  10. I’m glad you got some ‘normal’ time with your family! We’ve got a whole cookbook of new, fun recipes to experiment with–go snuggle that cute baby again:)

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