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10 Fall Guilty Pleasures

October 30, 2014

Fall has always been my favorite season. When I was a little girl, it was my favorite because I got to celebrate my birthday and Thanksgiving (within a few weeks of each other). As I grew older, I realized that there is something magical about the season- the crisp air, and seeing trees and leaves change colors to where they look like they’re on fire.

Here are my guilty pleasures that I enjoy during the fall, and I hope you try some of these if you haven’t already.

1. Layers

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Even though this picture was taken during the winter, layers are so much fun in the fall too! These days, my go-to outfit has been a long cardigan, dress, scarf, tights, and my favorite boots (you’ll see those later on in this post). Since I just had a baby, I am loving layers because they cover up little areas that I am still insecure about. ;)

2. Fall Drinks


{My favorite drink of all time, a honey latte from Mylo in Hillcrest. And my huband’s black coffee made it in the picture, too}

I think I have only met 3 people in the world who don’t like a Pumpkin Spice Latte. I’m also a huge fan of Caramel Apple Cider and Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate. Yes, these are calorie-laden drinks. But hey, those extra calories are necessary to keep us warm for the next few months, am I right?! ;)

3. Candy Corn and Peanuts

I had never heard of this little trick before I met my husband, but it tastes just like a Pay Day! We used to ALWAYS have this around our house, until our dog (Luna) ate all of the peanuts out of the bowl and licked the candy corn.

4. Taking the scenic route

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There’s nothing like listening to relaxing music while you drive on a highway that creates a “tree tunnel”. Extra bonus if the windows are down so you can feel the crisp air.

5. Hiking

I love hiking Petit Jean, and the colors during the fall are absolutely stunning! I haven’t been in a while, but I’m hoping to find the time to go before all of the leaves fall to the ground.

6. Camping out in the living room

My husband and I love moving the guest bed mattress in to our living room and having a movie marathon. We eat popcorn (covered with tons of butter, of course), and bundle up with quilts and pillows and watch movies. It’s even better if we’re using our fireplace and it’s raining outside.

7. Soup, soup, and then some more soup

I don’t think that there is a soup that I don’t like. One of my favorites is Panera’s Autumn Squash Soup (run, don’t walk, to your nearest Panera to try this if you haven’t already). A few other favorites include this Food Network Broccoli Cheddar Soup and Chili Stew. Give these recipes a try and let me know if you like them!

8. Wearing Boots


I am a boot girl… I love the way they look, I love that I don’t have to get a pedicure, and I think that every fall outfit is complete with a fabulous pair of boots.

9. Dark Nail Polish

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I used to be one of those gals who would shy away from dark nail polish out of fear to look too “goth”. It turns out that there is something fabulous about the perfect dark shade. This is OPI’s Russian Navy with a matte top coat.

10. Thanksgiving

There’s nothing like being surrounded by the people you love, delicious food, and football. I am always reminded of how blessed I am around this time of year.

I hope that this post makes you as excited for fall as I am!

leslyn jacksLeslyn has been blogging at Leslyn’s Lovely Life for about 3 years, and she calls it her free therapy. She is married to her college sweetheart, DJ, and they just had baby Emmett this summer. Leslyn is a lover of all things social media, and would love to connect with you! Here’s where you can find her:
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By Elizabeth Michael

After you are sure you are up and running, you should go ahead and make three views: the master, sandbox, and unfiltered. The master is what you will look at every day and has all of the customization built in. The sandbox is where you will test the customization before you implement in the master. The unfiltered view is your fail-safe. This is your back up that you have not messed with at all. There is no going back once you have made changes in Google Analytics, so it is best to make these three views so you never ruin your data sets.


From the admin panel, click the drop down menu under “view.” Then, click “Create new view.”


Name your new view and then click “Create View.” Repeat this process until you have established all of the views you want.

From the drop down menu, choose the view in which you wish to view your data.

Now that you have Google Analytics working on your blog and have set up the different views of data, lets move forward with implementing some goals that will help you measure you business objectives.


Google Goals track user actions and answer questions like “how often do they start the action?” and “do they complete the action?” You will want to set up your goal in the sandbox view first to test and make sure it is working properly. Once you know it is good to go, then implement in your master. Leave the unfiltered version untouched.


To set up a goal, first click on the “Admin” tab and then click on “Goals.”


Then click on “New Goal.”


#AWBU 2014 Recap Google Analytics Part 1
#AWBU 2014 Recap Google Analytics Part 2 Scheduled for Nov. 1, 2014




By Georgeanne Yehling of Eggshells Kitchen Co.

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150 headshot Georgeanne Yehling is not a Southern belle but a Southern bramble. An Arkansas transplant, Georgeanne spreads the gospel of Southern food and hospitality at Eggshells Kitchen Co. in Little Rock. She is an emerging operatic soprano, gardener, crossword puzzle lover, and Oklahoma City Thunder fanatic. She’d like to think she keeps it #arkansassy no matter where she is.

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