Fall favorites

From cozy sweaters and perfect autumn shades of nail polish to masala chai lattes, fall sparks joy in every area of life. Below I share with you some of my favorite things so far for fall! ( just so you know, I’m not being paid to advertise any brands or items. I simply just love them and want to share them with you!)

Cozy sweaters: feeling warm and comfy and embraced in a cozy knit sweater is one of the best fall feelings. Especially while taking a walk through a colorful autumn forest and breathing in the fresh crisp air. Here are some of my favorite cozy knit sweaters!

This pull over knit sweater screams fall. Super comfy and cozy and perfect with jeans and sneakers. To find this sweater click here!
This sweater is super comfy and a little baggy, perfect for wearing with leggings or tucked into skinny jeans. To find this sweater click here!
I love flowy open front sweaters like this. They are perfect for layering and this color definitely gives autumn vibes. To find this sweater click here!

Non-Toxic nail polish is super important to me. Why? Did you know that nail polish actually goes into your bloodstream? Have you ever wondered what makes it smell so terrible that it gives you headaches? Well it sure isn’t stuff that’s good for you. And if it’s going to go into my blood stream I definitely want good stuff in it! We shouldn’t have to compromise our health for beauty. So here are some non-toxic, vegan, and cruelty free nail polishes in beautiful fall shades.

SOPHi nail polish is the healthiest nail polish I’ve ever used. It is almost completely odorless and has pretty good staying power when used with their Prime+Shine+Seal System. This gorgeous sheer Pink nude color is called French Latte. How perfect is that?

This color, Skinny Dip+Chips, is a pure nude color. I love nude because it is so simple and fresh and goes well with almost everything.

Mi Amore is a super pretty burnt rose color. Almost like a deep blush!

This masala chai mix is sooo good. Like so good. It smells like a gingerbread cookie and is perfectly sweet, spicy, and creamy all at once. I love to make mine with two scoops of the chai blend ( I like it spicy), steamed cashew milk, and a drizzle of raw honey. Talk about autumn in a cup.

For this chai mix, click here


And of course with me, I always need a new face mask. And what’s better than a honey and spice face mask to bring a little warmth and glow into you? (And on your face).

I hope that you enjoy these favorites of mine for fall and try them out yourself! – Hope Leilani

Our huge apple harvest!!

A couple weeks ago, we picked as many apples as we could reach with our ladder off of our apple trees. And let me tell ya, we got roughly 200 apples. And there was a lot more on the trees that we couldn’t even reach with the ladder!

I never knew how dangerous it was to pick apples… until you’re balancing ut on a ladder, and you look up and pick an apple, and then all the other apples next to it falls on you. We screamed like every time it happened😂.


My little brother Charlie would pick out the best looking apples and watch us while he ate them😂.

As we were standing on the ladders and collecting the rosy apples in the crisp air, we talked about all the things that we would make with this abundant harvest: Apple pie ( of course ), apple crisp, apple butter, apple sauce, apple cider, apple cider vinegar, apple turkey sausage, apple chips… and the list goes on! We’ve made almost all of the above so far plus baked apple cinnamon oatmeal. After making all these things, we still had half of a box left, so we brought it to a family fall day our church put on and they made fresh apple cider from everyones own apples! Below are more pictures of our apple picking, plus some of what we made. If you have any recipes that uses lots of apples, please comment and tell me! We still have a big bowl of them on our counter and it would be much appreciated!

Fall diffuser blends🍁🍂

I love using essential oils to enhance my mood, attitude, and atmosphere, and its so awesome how I can bring fall and its cozy familiar smells into my home! From spicy, warm, and pumpkin spice, to faint sweet scents, the perfect diffuser blends for autumn are here! And of course, these recipes are made with Young Living Essential Oils, so I can’t be sure if they would work for any other kind. 😉

I hope you enjoy, and happy fall wishes!

Fall screen savers🍁🍂

One of my favorite ways to remind me of a season, promise, encouraging word, or reminder is to put it as my screen saver, so that every time I open my phone, its right there! These fall screen savers bring me such warm fuzzy feelings of the beautiful season that we’re in. I hope that you enjoy them too!

Happy first day of fall!🍂🍁☁️🥞☕️ ( fall playlist, life update, and more)

As much as I love summer, autumn is probably my favorite season… cozy sweaters, pumpkin spice and chai lattes, crazy colorful trees, leaves falling, crisp air, fruit and vegetable harvest, tons of baking, and the list goes on!

Up here is Northern Idaho it is the perfect sweater weather right now and our apple, plum, and pear trees are bending over with ripening fruit. Our cucumber vine is also producing a ton of huge cucumbers. Like we have two big bowls of them and more growing every day. The tips of the trees are also turning yellow and orange and we have a light scattering of leaves on the lush green ground. Our 19 hens have also been producing over a dozen eggs a day – they love the weather too! In fact, we went on a two week trip to Texas to visit family and friends, and when we came back there was a huge pile of eggs in a corner of our pole barn… One of the hens has been sitting on it every day, all day. We might have some baby chicks soon!🐣

I’m so excited for this beautiful season and all the wonderful things that it brings. But, I’m even more excited for what the Creator of this beautiful season has in store! Seeing so much beauty and abundance in each season of the year, and of my life, leaves me in awe and gratefulness to Him.

Here are some beautiful bible verse for fall that if found!

How abundant are the good things that You have stored up for those who fear You, that You bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in You. Psalm 31:19

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place,what is mankind that You are mindful of them, human beings that You care for them? Psalm 8:3-4

Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.Psalm 126:5-6

I also put together a song playlist for fall that I thought I would share: Fall playlist🍁🍂☕️

I’m so excited to share fall screen savers, baking recipes, cozy ideas, diffuser blends, and more with y’all! Stay in tune for more to come and please comment with any ideas that you would love for me to bake, make, or discover! Happy first day of fall!💛🍁

Honey clay face scrub 🍯🍋

Face masks are amazing. Period. And I love making new ones all the time… but we can’t forget about exfoliating! Imagine slathering your face with an amazing, nourishing, superfood face mask, and it not even doing much for your skin because of all the dead skin cell build up blocking it from actually getting into your skin. How sad. It’s always good to exfoliate before applying a face mask so that all those dead skin cells get scrubbed away and the good stuff can really do its magic for your skin. But, exfoliating isn’t only for pre-face mask prep. You should do it around 2-3 times a week. Doing it too much can harm your skin, but using a gentle exfoliator like sugar a couple times a week, will really help your skin to rejuvenate and get its glow on.

This honey clay face scrub has several awesome ingredients that you should totally check out before diving into the recipe:

🍯 Raw honey– healing, gently exfoliating, anti-bacterial, and glow enhancing.

🍯 Bentonite clay– draws out gunk from pores, soothes acne and fades blemishes, and tones and tightens skin.

🍯 Sugar- doesn’t do much good when you eat it, but like I said earlier, it’s a great exfoliator.

🍯 Young Living Lemon essential oil- helps reduce acne and oiliness, lightens blemishes, and is glow enhancing.

Now let’s make this!

Ingredients needed:

  1. 2 tbs raw organic honey
  2. 1 tbs bentonite clay
  3. 2 tbs sugar
  4. 2 drops YL lemon essential oil

Directions:

🍯 Mix all ingredients together until it makes a thick paste. Add a little more honey if it’s too thick. Store in a small glass jar.

🍯 After washing your face, pat it with water and take a little amount of the scrub on your finger and gently rub in circular motions over your whole face. My preferred way to use it is in the shower so that my face is already clean and wet and there is no mess.

🍯 Rinse your face afterward and finish your regular beauty routine!

I hope that you enjoyed this beauty DIY. Comment if you want more DIYs like this!

Raw and vegan carrot cake bites

This super easy dessert/snack/breakfast is: Raw. Vegan. Uses up leftovers. Low calorie. Guilt free. Good for you. Packed full of vitamins. Packed full of fiber, protein, nutrients, and healthy fats. Oh, and it tastes almost exactly like carrot cake with a cream cheese topping.

I found this amazing recipe from the Ferns and Peonies blog. I altered it by adding some leftover juicing pulp we had in the fridge, and leftover cashew milk pulp from making cashew milk! It used up leftovers, and cut down on the time by not having to grate carrots and soak cashew for hours. Honestly, this could be made into a raw carrot cake ice cream bars because the cashew coconut cream topping is like cream cheese frosting when at room temperature, but like ice cream when frozen. So making these into ice cream bars would be a delicious summer time treat!

So, since our food processor is broken, I decided to risk using our vita mix blender- obviously it worked because this recipe is on my blog right now, but I don’t necessarily recommend it unless your blender is a super hard core one. I had to hand chop into tiny bits the dates because the blender could take blending nuts, but not soft dates🤦🏼‍♀️. I also had to only do tiny bits at a time and then mix it all together in a bowl. So, if you don’t have a food processor, then it can be done, but if you do have one, then please use it. Even if it’s in the dish washer or filled with dirty cold water in the sink, pull it out, roll up your sleeves, and wash it. It’s worth it.

Oh, and put an actual lid on the pan/ container you keep these carrot cake bites in, because if you use plastic wrap, it will be broken into and they might get freezer burn.

Serves: 40ish bites About 94 calories per bite Prep time: 15 min Cook time: NONE! Freezing time: 2 hours

Ingredients:

Base layer/ crust ingredients:

  1. 1 cup almonds
  2. 1 cup walnuts
  3. 2 cups dates
  4. 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut shreds
  5. 2 cups juicing pulp- beet, carrot, and apple. (Or you can use grated carrots but it isn’t as awesome)
  6. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  7. 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  8. 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  9. 4 drops YL Orange Oil or zest from one orange

Creamy cashew coconut topping:

  1. 1 cup of cashew pulp from homemade cashew milk
  2. 2/3 cup coconut cream from top of full fat coconut milk can
  3. 1/4 cup coconut milk/water from bottom of coconut milk can
  4. 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  5. 1/4 cup maple syrup
  6. 2 drops YL Orange oil
  7. 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. In food processor, blend the walnuts and almonds until they turn into a coarse meal. Then add in the rest of the base layer ingredients.
  2. Line a large glass baking pan with wax or parchment paper and dump the ingredients into it. Press down and spread evenly with your hands and place in the freezer while you make the top layer.
  3. In a blender, add all of the top layer ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy.
  4. Take pan out of freezer and pour the cashew coconut cream on top and spread evenly with a spatula. Add a fancy design if you want.
  5. Cover pan and place back into the freezer for 2 or more hours. Once they are completely frozen, pull it out using the wax paper and place on a cutting board. Cut into small squares and let them defrost before serving. Enjoy!!