Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pies, pumpkin carvings, pumpkin facials? Yup, we said it. P U M P K I N. F A C I A L S. To us, Fall is all about living in anything that makes us warm and tingly. Todays post is going to be about our favorite things about fall and why the Summer being over, can be a good thing.
Check out these bomb soup recipes that are perfect for chilly nights with your cardigan or your 'Welcome Fall!' party. These are sure to impress any guest (or family) ever!
Yummy Vegetable Harvest soup
This is a great idea if you just want to throw things together in a crock pot. Harvest soups bring you nutritional value, and are perfect for very windy fall days. Not to mention, its a beautiful bowl of veggies!
Ridiculously beautiful Walnut Baked Sweet Potatoes
This is a perfect sweet and salty desert for nights where all you've got are sweet potatoes..or not. We've personally done these ourselves and folks, the sweetness just compliments the crunch and nothing feels more right than this recipe.
Screw a latte, you've got Pumpkin Spice Waffles
Breakfast just got a million times better. Sometimes you can't make it to Starbucks, and other times, you just don't want to. Why not bring the pumpkin spice into your own matters? What better combination than waffles and pumpkins?
2. Fall Wardrobe.
Fall is the perfect time to layer it up! Its the perfect cross between not needing a big puffy jacket, but still cold enough that you can't wear shorts. We love the fashion in fall because we can wear boots, to flats, to open toed boots and its all fair game. More importantly - the coziness of it all remains. Thanks to Pinterest, we were not only able to find looks we love, but found you all your essential staple pieces. Check them out!
3. All those Fall activities..
Pumpkin Picking, Apple Picking, wedding picking. Ok, maybe not wedding picking but definitely wedding attending. We've listed some places below where you can go get your apple and pumpkin picking on, along with hayrides and places to take gorgeous walks.
Blue Jay Orchards
25 Plumtrees Rd, Bethel, CT 06801
This is in a prime location to go right before or after you come see us! This is Bethel's most popular apple picking location and our prime time favorite.
160 Munger Lane, Bethlehem, CT, 06751 | (203) 266-7721
Apple picking, the Sunflower & Corn mazes all opened September 9th. Hayrides started the day after on September 10th. Apple picking prices are TBA, the Sunflower maze is free, the Corn maze is $3/person, and weekend hayrides from the Hayloft Playscape to the Hilltop Orchard are $2/person. Visit the Hayloft Playscape & Picnic Pavilion and Pondside Animal Yard!
32 Reeds Gap Road Middlefield, CT 06455 (860) 349-6010
Connecticut River Valley’s favorite farm, Lyman Orchards is a beautiful and sprawling farm with gorgeous scenery and a sense of history you can feel with each step you take. This year, Lyman Orchards celebrates their 275th (!) anniversary, and pride themselves on preserving the land and offering wholesome activities for the whole family!
The link below can give you more spots to visit in case you're curious to see what our beautiful CT offers.
4. Ok, ok, we said, so here is the signature pumpkin facial recipe!
This simple pumpkin mask packed with vitamins and enzymes that will keep your skin glowing and the best part is: We've listed all of the ingredients so you can make it your own! Everyone's skin is different so pick and choose!
1 cup canned pumpkin: Pumpkin puree contains enzymes that help to exfoliate the top dead layer of skin on our face, similar to the enzymes found in papaya and pineapple. Pumpkin also is very high in Vitamin A which helps to stimulate collagen production and cell regrowth. Make sure you use canned pumpkin NOT the canned pumpkin pie mix!
1/4 cup plain yogurt: Yogurt contains lactic acid which is a very gentle exfoliant that also provides hydration to the skin. I use Greek Yogurt as it contains more probiotics.
3 tbsp honey:Honey is wonderfully hydrating for your skin AND is a natural bacteria fighter which is wonderful if you are dealing with stubborn breakouts. If you can, use raw honey which is honey as it is found within a beehive. The honey we buy at the grocery sstore has been processed with heat which then kills off healing enzymes destroying much of the beneficial nutrients that raw honey contains.
3 tbsp oil of your choice:
-If your skin is oily and acne-prone: use virgin coconut oil as it has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties
-If your skin is dry or dehydrated: use jojoba oil as it is similiar to the sebum (oil) our skin naturally produces. Olive oil is also great for very dry skin.
-If you are concerned with anti-aging: use sweet almond oil as it contains Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 AND E!
Optional: pick and choose which add-ons may make the mask fit your skin’s needs
1 tsp Nutmeg: When applied topically to the skin nutmeg can help reduce inflammation from rosacea and acne due to its anti-septic/anti-infllamatory properties
1 tsp Cinnamon: Cinnamon promotes healthy blood flow to your face and visibly plumps your skin. It also helps with acne by bringing oxygen to the skins surface.
1/4 cup finely ground Oats (use a coffee grinder): Oatmeal is WONDERFUL for sensitive skin. If you want to add a little bit more exfoliation to the mask, don’t grind up the oatmeal too much.
Make sure to mix well, and apply to your gorgeous skin and leave on for 10-15 minutes. After that - you're golden!
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