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That it was finally time to share more of my depression story. I’ve talked about my struggles with depression and anxiety on the blog with the hopes of helping others also struggling, but I never have shared some of the more painful details, so I posted this week about the lowest point in my depression story.
All things pumpkin and spice. I did a blog post in conjunction with Krusteaz, which has led to a house full of pumpkin spice goodies.
I also whipped up some of these mummy dogs for an at-home Halloween date night that also included The Nightmare Before Christmas and caramel apples.
Spending time with my hubby. Unfortunately this was definitely a fail month for date nights. Between not feeling well and some other weekend commitments we only ended up having one official date night. We went to a beautiful Japanese garden and house in Fairmount Park. It’s hard to believe that this beauty can be found within walking distance from our rough inner city neighborhood. There was a little festival there that included a scavenger hunt and dumplings and rolls from a food truck.
All the ins and outs of opening an Etsy shop. I will be opening my Etsy shop later this month with printables related to marriage, mental health and self-love. I can’t wait to share it with all of you!
Some of my favorite bloggers lives. I was especially excited to see Elyse’s (of Just Murrayed) official announcement that baby Murray will be arriving next year. Two other blog posts that resonated with me this month were:
Blair Blogs “The Most Awkward Years of My Life: My 20s”
The New Wifestyle “Is Your Life Normal?”
I finally got around to getting my library card for the Philly library system and stocked up on some chick lit for some relaxing reading. My favorite reads this month were:
My (not so) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
You may have gathered by now that I love anything set in England. This book was split between busy London and the English countryside, featuring a twenty-something woman who is trying to live out her big city dream and well, failing. She tries to keep up the illusion of a perfect life on her Instagram account until everything simply falls apart. It turns out that having the perfect life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, which she discovers when she ends up back in her hometown.
The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side by Agatha Christie
So, confession time, I realized at the library that I’ve never read an Agatha Christie novel. I’ve watched television adaptations (thank you, Masterpiece Theatre), but never actually read one. This Miss Marple mystery features the glamour of the film world. It all begins when an actress moves into the neighborhood and then a local dies at a fundraiser she hosts. If you put aside a very antiquated perspective on mental illness that is reflective of the time period it was written in, the mystery part of the story is intriguing as Miss Marple and the Scotland Yard try to catch the killer as the bodies begin to pile up. Christie dropped enough red herrings that I was surprised by the killer and their motive when they were finally revealed.
All manner of things that help me get through the season change. As soon as the weather started getting colder, my body began to rebel. A stuffy nose, dry skin, sinus headaches, and a really bad cold have plagued me in the last few weeks. My favorites have been Puffs tissues with lotion for my poor nose and vitamin c drops for my throat. We also have broken out my favorite winter accessory: our Crane Cool Mist humidifier. This is a great help for my eczema, which gets worse during cooler weather.
What were you up to in October?