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We invited some of next-door and across-the-street neighbors over for a little casual fall soiree last weekend and had a ton of fun out on our deck with our newly installed mega outdoor heater (you know, the ones that restaurants have on the patios–love this thing!). In summary of the party: Jazz. Kids laughing and mingling. Babies playing. Wine. Appetizer munching. Crisp, but not cold (thanks to the heater), fall breeze blowing. Pumpkin gazing. Tons of fun. More photos…

My parents had this old couch in our living room when I was growing up. It wasn't nearly as fancy or tufted as this one, but I remember thinking it was. I loved to sleep on it and at one point I bought myself blanket from fur source blankets, I just loved to sleep on this old couch with my blanket. At some point the old thing, which I think was a castoff from an elderly family member, got really threadbare and was hidden away under a slip cover. A few years after that it was relegated to the basement. And then, well, I'm not really sure what happened to it. Funny, I can still remember the way it smelled! Anyway, this photo, over at byrdiegraphics' cute Etsy shop, reminded me of the old couch of my childhood. (Don't you just love the bold pattern behind it?)

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Guys, I don’t often write about beauty products. Maybe because I tend to buy my face wash at (wait for this) Trader Joe’s, and I feel borderline sick when I have to veer out of the drugstore for a makeup product (then again, I did spend a small fortune at Sephora recently, but that’s another story), I always try to use products from http://orogoldschool.com/, because honestly, nothing else has convinced me before. My beauty product style seems to be: as all-natural as possible and cheap. Anywho, so on a blog I read, Iowa Girl Eats, run by the adorable Kristin–I came across a photo of her with the most glowing skin! I had to email her to ask her what her secret was (other than eating healthfully, of course) she had such beautiful skin, I couldn’t help it. She told me about this product, which I promptly bought that day…

We made the decision, this weekend, to take our house off the real estate market. The "dream house" on Bainbridge Island will always be in our hearts (our contingency period on that home expired today, before we could find a buyer for our house), but for now, we're settling back into our city home: The home I brought my boys home from the hospital to. The home that we got the keys to on my 27th birthday. The home where we remodeled a kitchen (while living in it). And a bathroom. And the entire backyard. The home where Carson took his first steps. The home where Russell first said mama. The home we love. And, as disappointed as I am, it's funny, I also feel a great sense of relief. Is this weird? Has a big-fat-no ever brought you a sense of relief or unexpected peace? [Photo: Maco@SkyWalker]