7 captivating books to read this fall

Last Summer I started a book list to get through before fall came. I enjoyed hunting down great titles and having a pile of books to get me through days at home or by the pool – so THIS year I decided to come up with another book list full of captivating reads (most with with strong female leads) that I would not be able to put down. If you’re like me and love falling deep into the magic of books, then this list will be all you’ll need this fall!

rising strong by brene brown

If you are striving to learn to live a full and wholehearted life after you’ve experienced hurt,ย  then you NEED to pick up a copy of Rising Strong. This one is a road map for how to get back up after experiencing suffering in your life. It’s about owning your story, the process that made you you, and learning to love yourself for who you are now after overcoming fears, struggles, shames and hurts. It’s about learning to trust again, learning to love yourself, diving deeper into community and learning how best to communicate and understand your story.

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The fluffiest and yummiest Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

I don’t think I’ve ever actually had a snickerdoodle before. Honestly! John loves them, so I felt inclined to throw together a couple batches to see what the fuss was all about. In one batch I made Pumpkin Snickerdoodles, and the other batch I made regular snickerdoodles just for John. I’ve been experimenting with using pumpkin puree in things I bake this month, and so far it’s been a huge success and a hit with my friends and husband ๐Ÿ™‚ So here’s my fourth and final “fall favorites” pumpkin recipe for October – I hope you all have enjoyed making these with me! I was trying to think whichh recipe was my favorite one, and I seriously loved all of them.ย  The pumpkin muffins though, now those were MOUTH WATERING! And I heard lots of great reviews from you all who tried my donut hole recipe too, saying they were gobbled up in 1 day!! Now, what ingredient should I focus on baking with for the month of November?!

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DIY fall goody bag with banana oatmeal walnut muffins

When I was planning a pumpkin patch meetup the other day for a group of my mom friends and our babies, I wanted to gift each of them something festive and fun to say thanks for coming out. And what better way to do so than with food! โค So I whipped up a batch of these Banana Oatmeal Muffins and added in walnuts. I made each girl a goody bag with one muffin in it, and tied it off with twine and a simple note – a yummy, quick, and easy treat to celebrate the fall season. Here’s how to make your own fall-themed goody bag to give to your girlfriends at your next get together!

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Healthy pumpkin spice donut holes

It’s been so nice to finally get back into the swing of baking all the time! Now that we have more of a routine with baby izzy, I have more freedom to spend time in the kitchen again. This month, I wanted to try and work with pumpkin puree – something I’ve never baked with before – and so far, it has given me some super yummy recipes! Last week, I made these skinny pumpkin muffins (if you haven’t tried them yourself, stop right now and go bake em…you will love them!) and this week I decided to try some healthy pumpkin spice donut holes. Next week and just in time for Halloween, I’ll be posting a recipe for easy Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles! Make sure to enter your email under “follow” on the sidebar to get the recipe straight to your inbox ๐Ÿ™‚

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Skinny Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins with Chocolate Chips

Even though it’s sunny and 85 most days here in San Diego during October, I’m completely mentally immersed in Fall โค I brought out my decorations the last weekend of September, got some yummy scented soaps and candles for the house, and have already gone to the pumpkin patch three times now. There’s just something magical about the changing of seasons, blustery days, and golden hues slowly blanketing the trees. Speaking of magical, I had this pumpkin muffin recipe that I’ve been dying to try (it’s my first time baking with pumpkin puree!!!) but wanted to alter it so it’s healthy and full of good, clean ingredients.

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