4 Things I Love About Fall

Hey yall!

Happy October! My favorite season is finally upon us! The hint of a cool breeze has me ready to pull out my sweaters and cook s’mores around a fire. If you have been staying up to date on Instagram, you know that (1) The Simple Joy of Being has some super fun stuff going on, and (2) that everyone and their dog are going apple picking, going to pumpkin patches, and drinking lots of pumpkin spice lattes ( I still haven’t had a PSL yet this year… is it even fall?). Well…I’m here to add to that overabundance of fall and tell you a few of my favorite things about this season! 🙂 

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Fall clothes

Y’all already know I’m a huge fan of breezy summer dresses, but by now I’m ready to stash those in my closet and bring out the fall clothing. Sweaters, scarves, and boots look fantastic paired together and are oh-so-comfortable. Sweatshirts are 100% acceptable, especially when paired with leggings. Personally, my go-to fall outfit is cozy flannel, jeans, and black booties. Cozy, comfy, and stylish… yes, please! The flannel that im wearing in the picture above is from Old Navy, the jeans are from Gap, and my boots are from Target!

Fall colors

The leaves change, pumpkins are everywhere, and suddenly everything looks like it could go on Instagram. That tree in the middle of a field? …photographed, uploaded, posted, #nofilter. Between the leaves changing, everything being yellow and orange, and all of the fall-themed coffees… what’s not to love?

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Crisp Air

There’s nothing better than being outside as the air starts to get colder! Add roasted marshmallows, hot chocolate, and you’ve got yourself the perfect fall night. (bonus points if there’s a pumpkin nearby). Cooler air makes me so happy and feels like such a fresh start. 

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Candles!!!

What’s better than your entire house smelling like a pumpkin? Nothing. I have way too many fall candles (if that’s even possible), and love to light them and make any space instantly more cozy. My favorite fall candles come from Bath and Body Works, and all smell soo good! My favorite candle from Bath & Body Works is called Gather and is the perfect fall candle. Going out and getting fall candles is such a fun event for me: it always involves coffee, flannels, driving with the windows down, and the perfect fall playlist. AKA, total fall overload. and I love it. So much.

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And that’s a wrap! I would LOVE to hear all of your fav things about fall, so comment and let me know! I hope you enjoyed this post, and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and subscribe to my blog to get blog posts sent straight to your inbox! Also, if you want to keep up with the styles & looks im loving, follow me on Pinterest!

Much love,

Chloe

Strawberry Picking + A Really Happy Day

 Hey y’all!

For today’s blog post, I’m going to share with y’all my day of strawberry picking, seeing Avengers: Infinity war (no spoilers, I promise), and just having an all-around good day. I usually don’t do blog posts like this, but it was such a happy day that I wanted to share it with you all!

I started out my day by going to mass with my best friend before driving an hour to a strawberry farm in the absolute middle of nowhere. We ate SO many strawberries and had an amazing time. The sun was shining and I could feel the glory and presence of God in those happy moments. It was beautiful!img_0427

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P.s.: My best friend moves to Hawaii in less than a month! Pray that she and her family have safe travels and that she finds peace and comfort in her new home♥

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Later in the day, I went to dinner at Oshi, a local Poké bowl restaurant.  (& psst … it’s pronounced “POH-keh.”). If you haven’t heard of poké, it’s a Hawaiian dish has chunks of tofu (my fav), fish, or other protein tossed over rice and topped with vegetables and delicious sauces. My personal favorite is rice topped with tofu, edamame, mango, pineapple, & avocado topped with a spicy sauce. I have yet to perfect making poké at home, but as soon as I perfect it I will post a recipe here! I meant to get a picture of what this delicious food looks like, but it was so yummy and I ate it too quickly. oops 🙂

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After dinner, we went and saw Avengers: Infinity War. I won’t spoil anything for those who haven’t seen it, other than I seriously debated going again the next day to watch it again. 

All in all, it was just an amazing day and I wanted to share my happiness with all of you♥

Much love + too many strawberries,

Chloe♥

My Top 5 Places to Eat Along 30A

Hey yall! I’m going to share my absolute favorite places to eat along 30A in South Walton, Florida. Located in Northwest Florida, South Walton is continuously recognized as a premier destination that has 26 miles of sugar-white sand beaches, turquoise water, and 16 beachside neighborhoods, each with its own personality and style. It was so hard to pick my favorites because I’ve loved every restaurant I’ve been to along 30A.

ONE.

Bud & Alley’s Taco Bar. Located in Seaside, this taco bar probably has the best burrito I’ve ever eaten. I always get the veggie burrito, which has rice, pinto beans, shaved cabbage, pico de gallo, cilantro, and queso. I order it without the cabbage, and it is incredible.

TWO.

LaCocina Mexican Grill. In Seacrest Beach, Florida, is this fantastic Mexican restaurant. Their chips and queso are delicious along with the Veggie Burrito, which has onions, peppers, black beans, and cheese. So delicious! 

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Amavida Coffee and Tea. This is my absolute favorite coffee shop I’ve been to. Their iced coffees are fantastic, as well as their food. They have super yummy muffins, breakfast sandwiches, as well as rice and beans in select stores. I’ve been to a lot of coffee shops around the country, and this one is definitely my favorite.  

FOUR.

Cowgirl Kitchen. Located in Rosemary Beach, Cowgirl Kitchen has a casual & fun atmosphere for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Whenever I go, I love to get the Vegetarian Green Chile Tacos.  These tacos consist of black bean patties topped with hatch green chile creme, roasted corn salad, queso fresco, avocado. These. Are. So. Good. I haven’t been back to South Walton since I started eating gluten-free, so as soon as I go, I’ll update this post with my favorite gluten-free foods at these places!

FIVE.

Raw & Juicy. Located at the corner of County Highway 30A and Central Square in Seaside, Florida, Raw & Juicy is a retro airstream café that serves fresh organic salads, cold-pressed organic juices, protein shakes, freshly prepared foods, and healthy snacks prepared fresh daily. Their smoothies are incredible, and so is the food!

Alright y’all, that’s a wrap! I hope you get the chance to enjoy all of this yummy food one day soon!

Much love,

Chloe

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21 

 

 

How To Eat Clean On Roadtrips

Hey y’all! When I travel, I find it hard to not just go through a drive-through and get a large order of fries and a sweet tea. And, although I try to eat semi-healthily when I travel, somehow fries and sweet tea still magically end up next to me. In this post, I’m going to be telling you a little about how I eat clean while traveling. (there’s no shame in fries though. A Chick-fil-a is on my way home from class and you can bet your bottom dollar that those beautiful waffle fries end up in my cup holder with some Polynesian sauce at least once a week. it’s called balance. don’t judge.)  

ONE.  

Chick-fil-a. As much as I love their fries, I sometimes feel the need to get a salad or yogurt. For breakfast, I like getting their Greek yogurt parfait, and for lunch/dinner, I love their superfood side salad. This salad has kale, broccoli, raisins, and a yummy vinaigrette. Super healthy, tasty, and fast!

TWO.

Chipotle. Ok, I know, there aren’t many chipotles when you’re on a road trip. But this is my favorite place to go when I want a quick, healthy, filling meal. I get a veggie bowl with white rice, black beans, corn salsa, salsa verde, cheese, guac, and a side of hot salsa. (I really like salsa). This bowl is relatively healthy and packed with protein from the beans. You also get your carbs from the rice and healthy fats from the guac, so this bowl is the whole deal. It is also a TON of food and bowl usually lasts me two meals.

THREE.

Taco Bell. Ok, to be honest, taco bell isn’t high on my list. But when it’s been too many hours of driving through nothing but farms (this has happened many times, see the picture below) and you get to a little town with a taco bell and maybe a McDonald’s and you are HUNGRY,  go for the Taco Bell and get their Veggie Power bowl. It has rice, beans, lettuce, sour cream, guac, and pico, so it’s decently healthy, I just normally try go for better quality foods. But hey, its actually really good, and it fills you up on long road trips. 

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FOUR. 

Starbucks. They have some pretty good options regarding food, and my favorite is the Cheese & Fruit Protein Box. This box has brie, cheddar, and gouda with multigrain crackers and a full cup of fruit. They sell these in most Starbucks stores, so they’re pretty available on road trips. (also Starbucks has packets of sriracha hot sauce. If you know me, you know I eat hot sauce on almost everything, so I stock up on these little packets on road trips.)( also pt. 2 the one thing I don’t like about being up north is the lack of sweet tea. Therefore, southern girl here needs her sweet tea and tried to be clever by ordering a sweetened black tea at a Starbucks in Chicago. It was sub-par as far as southern sweet tea goes, and reminded me that there’s nothing quite like good old southern sweet tea)

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FIVE.

Publix / Target  / any grocery store with a deli. For when you have a little more time to spare, supermarket delis have a great selection of on-the-go salads, sandwiches, and other healthy snacks. You can even stock up on some bananas, veggie chips, and other healthy snacks while you’re there to avoid the “it’s been hours driving through farmland with no food and there’s only a taco bell and I’m tired of drive-thrus” scenario. 

Alright y’all, that’s a wrap!

Keep it classy.

Chloe

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Travel Bag Essentials

Hey y’all! I travel a lot, and so I have the contents of my little black backpack that I carry with me when I travel down to a science. In this post, I’m going to be sharing with y’all what all I keep in my bag and more tips and tricks I have based on my experiences.

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  • Headphones (for flights, family car rides, avoiding socializing)
  • A good book 
  • Gum (no explanation needed)
  • Hand sanitizer (again, do I need to explain this?) 
  • A hairbrush (a small one)
  • Mascara (travel size if possible)
  • Chapstick (of course)
  • A neutral lipstick
  • Makeup remover wipes
  • Portable phone charger (story time! When I was in New York, I ended up using the GPS on my phone to find the places I wanted to see. using my GPS so much ended up DRAINING my phone’s battery, and I’m happy I had a portable charger in my backpack. Moral of the story: keep a charger with you, especially in big cities!)
  • Last but not least, A water bottle. Stay hydrated!

Happy Travels!

Chloe

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”  -Josh. 1:9