October is for…


What I’m up to this month and a heads-up on some of the giveaways coming your way! 

Starting / To paint the dining room, since I didn’t get to it again last month. (This is getting embarrassing.) And I’d love to get going on a simple wall hanging from this book, but there’s the kids’ Halloween costumes to figure out too. (Have you seen Studio DIY’s new costume shop?)

Eating / Allison Day’s morning glory pumpkin muffins (can’t get enough of them!) and roasted butternut squash (can’t get enough of it!).

Reading / In The Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and EntrepreneursSolutions for Cold Feet and Other Little Problems, Cabin Porn: Inspiration For Your Quiet Place Somewhere, Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing, Sweet! Celebrations: A My Cupcake Addiction Cookbook; Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South and the October issue of Today’s Parent, which has so many cute ideas for Halloween. Watch for chances to win this month!

Trying / Bounce Canada’s new Bites, The Taste Box (a new Canadian subscription box launching this month), and Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day household cleaners and hand soap (coming to Canada in January) and sharing giveaways for all three!

Wearing / Living in running gear (yes I’m running again!): these super comfy pants, this tee, and a cozy hoodie.

Watching / On Netflix: Under the Tuscan Sun, Joy (out today) and Russell Peters: Almost Famous (October 7). Oh and I’m gonna finish Suits.

Wanting / These chairs (yes pink!), this cookbook (I love Molly Yeh!), this throw (damn you Anthropologie and your ridiculously good-looking everything!) and this soup and sandwich set, which is even cuter in person.

What are you starting/reading/wearing/watching this month?

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  1. aly3360

    We just finished watching Luke Cage on netflix. I didn’t realize Joy was on there already. i’ll have to watch it this week!

  2. nashvillewifestyles

    I have so much to do this month. Painting is definitely on my list too.

    1. try small things

      I’ve got everything I need, except the motivation LOL. But one of these days… 🙂

  3. Lindsay

    I’m down for anything pumpkin, so I have to try those muffins! and we are butternut squash obsessed over here too!

    1. try small things

      I hope you’ll try them — I’ve been making batch after batch. They’re so good!

  4. Fiona Tapp

    I love October! and those chairs are so cute

    1. try small things

      I’ve had my heart set on white chairs forever but the pink is so fun! 🙂

  5. Kerry

    What a fun post! I just finished Shameless on Netflix so I’m in between shows. I’m looking forward to curling up with a book this fall. Sounds like you’ve got a busy month ahead!

  6. Amber Starr

    I can’t wait to wear fall clothes: jeans, boots, hoodies! And I’m hoping too balky watching the newest season of OITNB!

    1. try small things

      Hurray for Fall cozies! 🙂

  7. thelittlestfunk

    I am still on vacation and I can’t wait to get home and decorate for the Fall!

    1. try small things

      Every week I go to the grocery store and think, “Why don’t I pick up a pot of mums?” Five dollars and such an impact! Add a pumpkin or two and you’re golden!

  8. Soozle

    Happy October! while I am missing the summer laziness and ease – I am also loving the changing season! Pumpkin everything, cozy sweaters, bonfires 🙂

    1. try small things

      Yay for embracing Fall! I’m living in my joggers — stretchy waist for all the pumpkin everything 🙂

  9. mamasewcrafty

    I have to get back into a good workout routine. Currently I need to break my Cheez-It routine i have going while working late at night haha I LOVE Under the Tuscan Sun! I lived in Italy for a few years and that movie is my cure to my occasional homesickness.

  10. everydaywithbay

    Such a fun post!!! I am so in the fall mood!!!

    1. try small things

      The leaves aren’t even off the trees and already I’m itching to rake piles of them and see the kids leap in and throw them around like confetti. 🙂

  11. lespetitsclarks

    I am starting to get more organized, and a new diet plan. 😀 Those things are always scary to start… lol Love hearing about your October. And I love the show Suits.

    1. try small things

      LOL You got this! I just know it! 🙂

  12. Samantha Kuzyk

    Taste box sounds like such a neat idea! and I can’t wait to watch Joy!!! Great list!

    1. try small things

      Thanks Samantha. 🙂 The Taste Box is shipping next week — can’t wait to try everything in it! (Like the truffle oil. Have you ever used any?)

  13. Nicole Banuelos

    Happy October! This is such a wonderful list!

    1. try small things

      Thanks Nicole! Happy October! 🙂

  14. Gladys

    Happy October!! Such a great idea!

    1. try small things

      Happy October, Gladys! 🙂

  15. lifeofaministermom

    Great list! We’ll be heading to the pumpkin patch and I’m looking forward to getting back I. The swing of things with kickboxing.

    1. try small things

      Kickboxing! You go, girl! I can’t get over how good it feels to get moving again after putting it on the back burner for so long. I wish I’d gotten back to running sooner!

  16. Jennifer

    I haven’t figured out our Halloween costumes yet, either. There are so many good ones! It’s so hard to choose! I haven’t heard of Studio DIY. From the website, it looks really cool! Checking it out now!

    1. try small things

      Today’s Parent (todaysparent.com) has all kinds of great ideas too! 🙂

  17. Sheila Jo

    That In The Company of Other Women book looks interesting! Congrats on getting the painting happening! Hope you love the space when it is finished!

    1. try small things

      I haven’t started it yet, but I think I’m going to take it to the sack with me tonight and read a few pages before lights out. I know it’s going to be so inspiring! Our dining room is in the middle of the house and we’re in a row house so it doesn’t get much light, but I’m hoping a couple coats of white paint (Benjamin Moore’s Cloud White) over the current light grey with brighten it up! (And hopefully not make it feel cold. I’m a bit worried about that.)

  18. Savvy Every Day (@SavvyEveryDay)

    I’m basically packing and trying to sell our house this month but I hope to get to pumpkins soon!

    1. try small things

      There will always be pumpkins next year. 🙂 What a busy time for you!! Good luck!!

  19. ashley p

    I hear you on the painting. I started getting my kitchen ready to paint |TWO years ago (when my youngest started school). I got the border the previous owners had up taken down (well, not quite. I got most of it down, but there is still some glue left to come off)….2 years ago…THAT is embarassing

    1. try small things

      Two years ago ha ha ha. I shouldn’t laugh but you just made me feel so much better, Ashley! What are they chances you’ll tackle it before the snow flies?

  20. Denise Hrehoruk

    Happy October1st! The Sun is shining, the birds are singing and all the leaves are such beautiful colors…it’s my favorite time of the year. The new giveaways sound terrific as usual, sitting outside in my PJ’s at the moment, drinking coffee just started to read “Vendetta” by Bryan Burrough picked it up at a yard sale. I love that Soup & Sammie Set, where are you putting pink chairs?
    Have a great weekend everyone & get outside!

    1. try small things

      Happy October 1, Denise! I’m with you — it’s the most won-der-ful tiiiiiiime of the year! Hope you’ve had loads of time to read this weekend and you’re enjoying the book! I’d love the pink chairs for the dining room but hubby would never go for it. *sigh* But maybe one for the bedroom? I could make a cute little vignette stacking books on the seat and hanging a couple prints above and around it. Now you’ve got me thinking! 🙂

  21. Angel

    Love the joggers. We are in full fall festival mode with our new baby boy!

    1. try small things

      Our fest was rained out today 😦 but we’re planning a trip to a great pumpkin patch that has wagon rides and all kinds of festive fun. Happy October!

  22. cassidl

    love the chair and the soup set. The taste box looks pretty amazing

    1. try small things

      We’re birds of a feather. 🙂 Can’t wait to try The Taste Box. Supposed to ship next week!

  23. Kristeena

    So many great recommendations, Julie! Those joggers are so cute 🙂 I definitely need to get a pair!

    1. try small things

      Thanks Kristeena! I’ve been wearing them every day for the past week — they’re sooo comfy! 🙂

  24. StephJ

    Happy October to you! Come on over to the Fall Feeling Blog Party happening now! https://scaleitsimple.com/2016/10/01/now-live-fall-feeling-blog-party/

    Hope to see you there 🙂

    1. try small things

      What a great idea, Steph! I’ll be over in a little bit 🙂

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