Welcome! I’m Catherine. For me, it's important to stretch my mind, travel far, and always have a stash of dark chocolate.

Weekend Links / / Welcome to Fall!

Weekend Links / / Fall Welcome Hi Friends! Phoenix's birthday cake is currently baking in the oven and I'm praying it turns out alright. I enjoy baking (and eating baked goods), but I don't pay attention to details enough to bake many things that involve layers and icing. I followed Smitten Kitchen's recipe. Deb never disappoints. The icing is Kate's recipe. Keeping it simple. I'll share photos next week!

We are excited to celebrate Phoenix with our friends, but come Sunday evening I am ready to buckle down and prep for our NYC vacation. There are still a lot of details to solidify, but I'm confident I can get a good grip on everything before next weekend. My ultimate goal is to finish the logistical details so next Sunday I can pack!

Onto the links!

The Vietnam War, a Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick | I realize I should have actually included this plug in last week's Weekend Links, but I'm sure PBS will continue to re-air the episodes. Jordan and I rarely watch live television anymore (besides sports), but we sat down and watched every episode this week. It's riveting, challenging, and puts a lot into perspective.

We both have family members who fought in the Vietnam War and this documentary enlightened us even more to the tragedies they endured.

A Seasonal Closet: Fall Wardrobe Essentials | I am using Megan's checklist to round out my fall and winter wardrobe. Nashville doesn't get cold enough (for me at least) to need a separate winter wardrobe. My main objectives is to buy an anorak jacket. It rains here quite a bit and umbrellas and wrangling a toddler simply don't mix.

Nut Bars | I love the simple ingredients. Do you make your own bars? I made this recipe with oats a few weeks ago, but I'm always willing to try new ones!

Astleigh shared a fall house tour and her fall decor is so darling. I love the use of natural elements such as dried flowers and berries. It's still hot here in Nashville, but in the next few weeks, as the temperatures cool, I want to purchase pumpkins to put on our porch.

Do you decorate for the seasons? Our house actually lends itself to decorating with our banister and front porch, but I want to be strategic and mindful of cluttering the space (kitchen + living room are one in the same).

Happy Weekend, all!

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Weekend Links / / New York City Bound

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