It’s hard to believe fall is officially here! Despite the temperatures here in Dixie still being in the upper 80’s, I’m ready to go all in for the new season ahead! Despite the change in season, this month has been a particularly productive month for me. Lots of posts written. Lots of loose ends tied up. Lots of connections made. Needless to say, I’ve been making moves.
Despite all that’s gone on it wouldn’t be a proper end of the month without sharing what I’ve been loving around my home this September! So, here are the 5 things I have been loving this September:
My new slow cooker: I have always loved my slow cookers. Let’s be honest, what would fall and winter be without the down-home comfort food that only a slow cooker can provide? Whether it’s chili, soup, or stew there are so many great recipes made from real ingredients. You may also not be surprised that despite being a minimalist I actually own three slow cookers. I use them all the times. Especially to create make-ahead freezer meals and DIY yogurt.
This past week one of my old school crock-pot brand cookers bid our home farewell. While at my local Walmart I stumbled upon the new line of Pioneer Woman slow cookers from Hamilton Beach.
Folks, this slow cooker has worked really well for me. This unit heats quickly, cooks meals evenly, and the Country Garden pattern is too cute! My favorite feature? The lid clips. No more accidental sloshing sauce all over your car when you’re carting something to a potluck, chili cook-off, or friend’s house! If you’re in the market, this one is awesome.
Gilmore girls: It’s very important to me that if you haven’t seen this series, you make time to. I always make an annual pilgrimage through Stars Hollow each fall. It’s one of the most beautiful, charming, funny shows of ever. Plus, there’s, like, coffee consumed in the show. And cute dresses. And an amazing cast. Are you watching it yet? Start!
iPeak Sunrise Alarm Clock: I have a lot of trouble sleeping at night. Especially during the dark fall and winter mornings leave me without my natural early jolt of a light to start my new day! The iPeak sunrise alarm clock has a feature that mimics the suns natural sunrise each morning.
Within an hour of your desired time to get up each day, the clock will start to gently emanate light. It’s helped me to wake up each day without feeling groggy from oversleeping! There’s also a nightly function that will remind you it’s time to start winding down for bed with its sunset setting. I love this clock and cannot recommend it enough!
Kiva.org: As I long mentioned here on the blog, one of my favorite ways to spend my discretionary funds each month is my reinvesting in the lives of women around the world. Kiva.org, a non-profit charity grants women, and men, in developing nations start-up grants to bring themselves and their communities out of abstract poverty by becoming motivated business owners in their own right.
Each year to commemorate the date my Uncle Danny passed away in what was the largest LGBT hate crime in US history (until the Pulse Massacre of 2016), I give to Kiva.org. I believe it helps bring the gift of life, and love, to those who most in need the world over.
While dreams are universal, opportunities for social and wealth-building are often not. Especially for persons of color, indigenous populations, and for women and mothers the world over. Sometimes we all need a hand-up in life. Kiva.org is a way people can get that help. I encourage you to check them out today!
Keith Mansfield Radio: Lately I’ve really been loving the jazzy pop tunes of Keith Mansfield. A particular favorite? His 1968 hit, Funky Fanfare. His music is the perfect soundtrack to cleaning the house, working on fall DIY’s, or enjoying a fun date-night-in at home! Check him out on Pandora Radio today!
So, friends, those are the 5 things I have been loving this September. Now, I have to ask, what have you been loving in your own lives at home? I’d love to hear about it below!