Happy October! Bring on the apple picking, the cozy sweaters, new boots and scarves, and everything pumpkin. To welcome this new month, here are five things I'm loving this week:
ONE | Wedding weekend
This week started off on a celebratory note as I was a bridesmaid in my friend Alyssa's wedding (you may remember her Sparkle Bridal Shower and NYC Bachelorette Party). It was a beautiful day filled with epic dance moves, perfect weather, and lots of love - a full recap will be coming to the blog soon!
TWO | Book It Alumni Club!
I know I can't be the only nerdy bookworm who fondly remembers Book It - you remember, right? It was that Pizza Hut program where your class read a certain number of books in school (I'm a bit hazy on the exact details) and as a reward for your academic effort, you received a free personal pan pizza at Pizza Hut. Books AND pizza?! Sounds like a pretty outstanding combination to me! I still remember family outings to Pizza Hut where my brother and I would proudly "pay" for our own meals with our Book It vouchers - let's face it, it was a pretty good deal, and we certainly weren't about to turn down free pizza. I guess Pizza Hut realized how nostalgic people can get about Book It, because they're celebrating the 30th anniversary of Book It by bringing it back to adults who are alumni of the program! If you were Book It kid, you can sign up on Pizza Hut's alumni site to receive a personal pan pizza before October 10th. I mean, I may have earned a free pizza back in 7th grade when I actually read The Hobbit, but that was a ROUGH journey so I'm definitely happy to cash in on that nostalgia (and pizza) again as a "grown-up"!
THREE | Gone Girl
I know I'm not the only one who devoured this novel and has been not-so-patiently awaiting the movie release ever since - well, that day is finally upon us! Gone Girl is being released in theaters today, and I am eagerly anticipating seeing this twisty novel play out on the big screen (while munching on some popcorn, naturally). The only question now is...who wants to come with me?!
FOUR | Fall snacks
Now that the calendar has officially turned to October, I hereby officially sanction the consumption of all Halloween-themed snacks. I'm trying out some new sweet recipes this weekend along with some old favorites, such as my candy corn bark. Do you have any favorite easy fall desserts that I can whip up for a party?
FIVE | Murder mystery party