Happy Halloween Week!  We had so much fun with our little pumpkin at the Destin Fall Festival earlier this week and with her cousins on Halloween night.

As Chatham and I were watching Stranger Things (the perfect combination of creepy and campy) after CM’s bedtime on Halloween, I reflected back to a year ago when we were watching the first season of Stranger Things the very same night, but with a fresh, new, tiny human sleeping in the Rock N Play next to us.  That seems like so long ago and just yesterday at the same time.

We didn’t have a single trick or treater this year (thank you, cul de sac living), but I did spend twenty minutes trying to find a multipack of candy that tastes good but doesn’t contain peanuts!  Fellow mamas of children with allergies, my heart goes out to you!

Here are a few more things that brought me joy this week:

Dirty John Podcast

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CM and I went to Mentone, Alabama, last weekend for a childhood friend’s wedding and to see my family.  On the seven hour drive home, I binge-listened to Dirty John, a true crime podcast in the same vein as S-Town and Serial.  Dirty John, about an online dating romance gone seriously wrong, is made up of six episodes around forty minutes each, and I listened to the entire series straight through.

I try to listen to these types of podcast series knowing as little as possible going in, so I recommend you just take my word for it and start listening rather than try to find out more beforehand.

Fall/Winter Clothes!

Mentone was in the 30s and 40s when we were in town, which was so exciting for me after experiencing a way-hotter-than-usual October here in Destin.  After digging through last year’s winter clothes, I put together this look for my friend’s wedding.

I LOVE this classic navy sweater dress that I got from J. McLaughlin a few years ago.  It is so comfortable and feels like I piece I’ll keep going back to for years to come.  They have it stocked for this season, but in a gorgeous gray (linked below).

I bought these Jessica Simpson over-the-knee boots three years ago and have gotten so much wear out of them!  I love the look of over-the-knee boots with a sweater dress that hits right at the knee… You can keep warm in the cold without having to wear tights!  I found some knockoffs that look exactly the same for half the price linked below.

Carla May’s sweet gold star sweater dress with a tutu was a gift from one of her godmommies, and it was a perfect look with thick tights for the cold evening.  She had some adorable sweater-material Ugg boots on (linked below), but she kicked them off before we could snap a photo.  She has so many precious pairs of shoes, but she hates wearing them these days!


Lil Cactus Smocked Baby Outfits

Last year, I was finishing my MBA, had a baby with colic, and developed a case of shingles on my face at Christmastime, so I didn’t get to experience the magic that is holiday-themed smocked baby outfits (insert all the heart eyes here).

Yesterday, I stumbled upon a great sale on Zulily of Lil Cactus smocked baby outfits.  Lil Cactus is a brand I had never heard of before, but they offer cute inexpensive outfits, and the brand seems to have decent reviews online.  I ordered the white corduroy dress for CM, and I am hoping it arrives soon so that we can take photos for our Christmas card!  Here are a few of my favorites from their Holiday collection:

How was your week? What brought you joy?