Get Ready for AUTUMN + Giveaway

By Kate Riley August 17, 2011

G’day all, it’s almost fall!  Well, we’re still experiencing high temps around here, and we’re all still in summer attire, but I saw a few leaves fall from the trees and float through the breeze at a local park yesterday, and just then I began to feel ready for autumn.  *sigh*

Of course you know I’m a huge fan of Matthew Mead and recently worked with him on a holiday photo shoot in my home.  Look for that issue in October.  While we wait, there’s yet another source of inspiration that’s solely dedicated to the beauty of fall.  Matthew has another bookazine on sale now: it’s Autumn with Matthew Mead

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Autumn is drawing near, with its warm flavors, colors and cozy traditions.  September will soon bring those changing leaves and cooling temperatures.  I’ll be craving pumpkin spice lattes, dressing in scarves and boots, and bringing out those chenille throws, fragrant fall candles, and roasting butternut squash in the oven, can’t wait !  The kids are already planning their Halloween costumes too.

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Matthew’s Autumn bookazine is sure to inspire you and it’s available for purchase right now to have it shipped in early September to your home.

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Buy your copy HERE !


Good news though, I have a free copy to giveaway to one of you too!

Eligibility to win the free bookazine: Autumn with Matthew Mead:

1) Leave a comment naming one of your favorite things about fall, that’s all.

2) For additional chances to win, link to this giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter, then leave additional comments telling where you linked. 

One winner chosen by  Giveaway ends Sunday August 21st at 8 p.m. PST.


Congratulations to #94, Megan P. I sent you an email!




  1. Oh the weather. In south Florida it’s just perfect at mid 70s. We don’t get the changing of the leaves, but I’ll take that over snow.

  2. My favorite thing about fall is that the Texas heat is almost over. And I adore orange, pumpkins, and falling leaves. And apple cider.

  3. What I DON’T love about fall would take up less time! To name a few things, I love football season, pumpkin anything, beautiful leaves, and cooler weather!

  4. Thanks Kate… you are the best and I had the best time working with you… your story in HOLIDAY shines!… I can’t thank you enough for an amazing visit and all the inspiration… Best Always, Matthew

  5. I love the smell in the air, bon fires, apple cider and pumpkin picking with my kids :)

  6. Hi Kate,
    My favorites in Fall are the beautiful colors, apple cider and pumpkin pie! I have to say, Costco makes the BEST pumpkin pie! I don’t even make it anymore, it’s that good. : )

  7. My favorite thing about fall are the breezes and hearing the rustling of the leaves….not sure I’ll be hearing any of those rustlings now that we’re in the desert :(
    Kate @

  8. I love the cool breezes, tights and leggings, boots, #2 pencils, apple and pumpkin spices, and back-to-back holidays approaching.

  9. The image of Snoopy skipping through the fall leaves…that’s how I feel about Fall!! Oooh, and pumpkin spice muffins! Yum :)

  10. Love fall because decorating with the rich autumn colors make our home feel so warm and welcoming. Start in Sept. and leave it out until I decorate for Christmas!

  11. Favorite thing? I have loads! My absolute favorite is probably cooler temperatures. I live in NorCal too and it is hot! (Ok, granted this year has been much cooler than normal.) And visiting pumpkin patches and Apple Hill. And the leaves. I could go on but I won’t. :)

  12. I love county fairs, cooler temps, pumpkins, scarecrows, sweet potato pies, and sitting out by the chiminea at night. Due to the extreme Texas drought, our leaves are already falling as trees are dying.

  13. I love pumpkin pie any time of year, but it’s that much better when the skies are clear, and the air is getting crisp.

  14. Love getting to wear all those cozy sweaters during the fall … and who doesn’t love Thanksgiving being just around the corner!

  15. I love it when the weather cools down just enough to pull out the jeans and lightweight cute jackets.

  16. Being a transport from So Cal to New England….it’s the leaves…..they are magical…….as you drive around, you just get enveloped into the technicolor trees…..nothing like it on the West Coast!

  17. I love Fall. It’s the slipping back in to routine… the excitement of a new school year… the seasonal colour… apple and pumpkin treats.

  18. My favorite thing about the fall is the shore. The water is still warm and the beaches are empty!

  19. I love the changing colors of the leaves, pumpkin pie, and seeing family at Thanksgiving!

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    Thanks :)

  20. I love the colors of fall the best!! Also love apple cider, fall craft shows, the start of football season, & the warm days & the cool evenings!! Thanks for a chance to win!!

  21. Since I live in San Diego CA, I am not able to enjoy the “changing of the seasons” that other parts of the country can. I love anything to do with fall and I cannot wait until I can bring out the storage boxes of my autumn goodies. I fill my house with the colors, smells and textures of the season.. even if it doesn’t feel like fall outside. I am anxiously awaiting my first pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks and the smell of applesauce simmering on my stove. Ah yes.. the joys of the season!

  22. The color Orange is my favorite thing about fall…even thought it signifies the end of summer…I just love the colors.

  23. I live in Texas so we don’t get the leaves changing colors and don’t really get cool weather until October or November. I love the first cool day though. It’s refreshing and makes me want to cuddle under the blankets with a cup of tea. Plus fall has the best decorations! I love fall, it’s my favorite season :)

  24. Hello Kate,

    Here in Virginia, the leaf colors are spectacular! Crisp mornings with a cup of hot coffee on the back deck, while I breakfast on leftover homemade apple pie (fruit that we picked of course) and listen to the birds chirp…..HEAVEN or should I say HAVEN ;->

    janet xox

    PS…so excited to finally meet you!!

  25. Well, I moved to Arizona from Michigan 4 years ago and one of the things I miss most is fall. I can’t choose one thing about it though, it’s everything: going to the cider mill, leaves changing, crisp, cool air, football games (yes we have those here but it’s NOT the same in 80 degrees!), apple picking, pumpkin patches, sweaters!, etc. etc. etc. I MISS FALL!

  26. The air. That it’s cool, crisp, smells amazing, breezy- all of it re-energizes me like nothing else. I feel more alive and whole and happy in the fall. It’s my favorite season and always has been- I can’t imagine living somewhere without this season. I pity the southerners a bit as they miss out :)

  27. Fall clothes, cooking stews and cool weather food, school supplies, cooler weather, the sound of the local high school football game, I could go on.

  28. I love the smell of cinnamon, the crisp air, and the leaves! Living on the East Coast, I see the most beautiful foliage in the fall!

  29. I don’t think I am quite ready for summer to be over because it is my favorite time of year, but my favorite thing about autumn cooking food in the oven and making soup! Fall comfort foods! Yum!

  30. i just love fall all together. the warm colors, falling leaves, cool evenings… man i can’t wait.

  31. My favorite thing about fall is the pumpkin muffins with cream cheese frosting at Starbucks.

  32. I love everything about fall! Cooler temps, planting pansies, a pumpkin on every porch!

  33. I love all the awesome cooking in the fall. There is still fresh produce at the farmer’s market, but I am inspired to make things other than salads and burgers!

  34. What’s not to love?! Jeans and sweaters and pumpkins and foliage and nights by the fire…sigh. I can’t wait!

  35. Halloween AND Thanksgiving in the fall, the cool air and wonderful sweaters, I know its more than one thing to love about fall, but fall is fabulocity in many more ways than one :)

  36. My favorite thing about fall is the warm decor, candles, and cool weather. I can’t wait!

  37. I love the leaves… watching them change to gorgeous colors of red, yellow, orange, purple…raking them up and then watching my little one jump in the pile of crisp leaves. Just writing about it has me anxiously awaiting one of my favorite seasons!!!

  38. I love to go for a walk in the autumn crispness. I love hot apple cider. I love picking apples. I love going to a football game and the tailgating before and afterwards.

  39. I live in Phoenix so I enjoy decorating the house to feel cozy and autumn like and I definitely love the temperatures dropping below 100!

  40. I live in a touristy area and love fall because there are not as many visitors and the traffic settles back down some!

  41. So many things I love about the fall, wearing sweaters and jeans along with football season!

  42. My favorite thing about autumn is the cool air because it opens up a world of things to do, but baking is one of my favorites.

  43. Pick just one? Too hard…I love fall! Family birthdays (including mine) and my anniversary. But I do love sweaters (and sweater weather) and boots!

  44. My favorite thing about fall is the autumn foliage – I get lost in their beauty. One of God’s beautiful pieces of nature. Thanks for a chance to win!

  45. The cool crisp air!! It energizes me after the hot sweltering malaise of summer!!! i can’t wait!!!

  46. I love the fact that it is bonfire season which means the smell of burning wood! Lovely!

  47. the cooler weather and leaves changing colors…however I live in Fl so these are the things I picture in my head during fall wishing it was fall here!

  48. Autumn speaks to me because I was born in October. The weeks leading up to my birthday was always a happy, celebratory time, especially as a kid.

  49. My fav thing about Fall is the weather!! I also love the colors. It just makes me HAPPY!

  50. I love that I get to burn my pumpkin spice candles and make pumpkin bread. I bake several loaves at a time and use them as gifts throughout the season.

  51. I love that I get to burn my pumpkin spice candles and make pumpkin bread. I bake several loaves at a time and use them as gifts throughout the season.

  52. I love pumpkin flavored everything! Plus, they’re pretty cute for decorating!

  53. I can’t WAIT for fall to show up. The cool temps, the crisp smell, Halloween… I love all of it!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  54. The smells…. pumpkin, apple, leaves, baking of all sorts, fall rain, fires, smores….I can go on and on and on. Love it!

  55. The beautiful, round, illuminating moon as she sparkles so lovely in the dark, inky sky. I adore
    walking in the glow of the moonlight and the cool, swirling air that encompasses me like a
    fall scented hug. Fabulous!

  56. I really love everything about Autumn! Changing leaves, cooler temps, pumpkin spice scents, Halloween and Fall Festivals. Such a beautiful time of year!

  57. My favorites…..cozy sweaters, fall scented candles, comforting casseroles and crockpot specialties, pumpkin patch visits with the kids, and putting out all my festive fall decorations.

  58. I love the cool, crisp air that invites bundling up in comfy clothes and sipping on hot cider!

  59. I love everything about fall, pumpkins, cider, pumpkin spice lattes, cool nights, colorful leaves, cuddly sweatshirts and walks.

  60. the fallen leaves are enough for me… except when I have to sweep them away from the driveway!

  61. I love everything about fall, but I love the way fall gives me energy and makes me feel creative. Also, all things pumpkin!

  62. I am giddy for ALL things fall…..and I live in Florida! LOL. chunky sweaters, suede and boots call my name (and it’s 98 in FL still). warm, autumnal colors, falling leaves & bare branches, gourds, yankee candle’s “fall festival” and Starbucks pumpkin spice latte!

  63. I love the crispness you can feel in the air. Also, the excellent fall wear that I can’t wait to put on!

  64. I LOVE everything Halloween – not scary stuff but the cute pumpkins, bats, ghosts…I love it all! Plus that means it is my birthday!

  65. I’ve always always always loved Autumn; the smells, the food, and the outfits (boots <3), but this October I'm getting married! We've decided to have pumpkin pie instead of cake. So if I must narrow it down to one thing… it's gotta be pumpkin pie!!!

  66. Fall is my favorite season! So many wonderful memories, of returning to school, High School and College Football. Tailgating with friends, and all of those wonderful times! The cooler weather is a blessing after the scorching South Carolina Summer. Most of all I love the togetherness of fall, the family is all together again and in our normal routine! Trips to the pumpkin patch will always be a favorite fall routine! Love it!!!!

  67. Here in the seared heart of Texas, Fall seems impossibly far away. Just the dream of cool, crisp days will have to sustain me. One of my choicest “Fall” memories is the vision of a long row of Bartlett pears near my home, blazing with russet leaves and adorned near dusk with early lit white Christmas lights. I’ve never forgiven myself for not turning my car around to go get the camera.

  68. The feel of cool & crisp autumn air in the morning.
    The taste of corn dogs, funnel cakes & cotton candy at the fair.
    The sound of stepping on crunchy leaves that lay themselves gently across the Earth.
    The smell of a bonfire blazing in the twilight of late evening.

    I love fall. I can’t hardly wait either! : )

  69. I love fall for nice sweater weather, fall colors (red, yellow, orange) back to school, (even when the kids are in college) Halloween, my Birthday, football and Thanksgiving…….

  70. ooh- I think I will have to say that I love fall for the clothes- I have always loved layers, and dressing for fall brings me no end of delight!

  71. I love the cooler temperatures and the colored leaves. And the flocks of geese heading south. And the cozy feeling of getting ready for winter. And any dessert with apples. And, and, and . . . it’s my favorite season. :)

  72. Absolutely everything about fall, I love! Low humidity, cooler temps, beautiful mums, the beautiful leaves, football, Halloween, jackets, jeans, candy corn, the North Carolina State Fair. I really love it when we get to take a little trip up to the mountains around Boone, Blowing Rock or Ashville for some fall color watching.

  73. Football!! Not huge university drunkfests, but at my alma mater…small liberal arts college, elaborate tailgate spreads, precious outfits (the “rule” is that you get more gussied up for football games than you do for on-campus church services!), seeing good friends…ahh! Can’t wait!

  74. Living in Florida I miss fall so very much. I remember taking my daughter to the pumpkin patch in the country when she was 2 months old and “sitting” her up next to pumpkins. She is 25 and I still love to look at those pictures.

  75. Fall is our break from the heat that we have 8 months out of the year. I miss NY falls…the color, apple picking, pumpkin picking…warm cider and donuts, weekends out with the family. Fall is my absolute favorite time of year, regardless of where I am living.

  76. Don’t have autumn (live in the tropics) but I certainly like reading about it from all the blogs.
    Sounds a nice fuzzy, cozy period.

  77. Halloween is my absolute favorite thing about fall!! I love decorating for trick or treat!

  78. We usually have a fabulous autumn here in the pacific northwest. I am really looking forward to so much: the beautiful leaves that cover the ground, scarves, boots, apple cider, and beef stew! I know that’s more than one thing but it’s just too hard to decide.

  79. Ahhhh fall. It’s so hard to choose! Would it be the pumpkins or the chill in the air? I’ll have to chose the changing leaves. So gorgeous! Lisa~

  80. I love the color of the changing leaves, and how they crunch below your feet.

  81. I love the fact that I can start thinking about wearing all of the wool items I’ve knitted over the summer….hats, scarves, fingerless mittens…

  82. I love love love fall, favorite season with winter right behind. Being a California girl I surprise people when I tell them how much I enjoy fall weather but most of all about fall, I love apple cider :)

  83. I love love love fall, favorite season with winter right behind. Being a California girl I surprise people when I tell them how much I enjoy fall weather but most of all about fall, I love carame; apple cider :)

  84. I love Fall because both our children were born during its season. So I get to plan fun birthday parties, and most of our favorite things to do happen in this season. Camping, costume parties (but not Halloween), Thanksgiving, and yummy fall food, we love pumpkins!

  85. I LOVE the extra free time i have because things at work slow down so much. It gives me time to make a cozy Autumn home and prepare for holiday season! Halloween is only the beginning, but it sure is a good place to start! I’m really looking forward to all the projects I get to start in September :-)

  86. I LOVE fall colors. Where i live there isn’t much temperature change associated with Fall, so the decor and colors put me in the mood.

  87. I have to choose just one?! Well it would have to be the beautiful fall foilage. God is such a good artist isnt he? My family loves to go to a certain area and look at the aspen tree leaves amazing colors!

  88. What I love the most about fall is the cozy feeling I experience within my home.

  89. Sad, but true, my favorite thing about fall is candy corn! I love the colors and the taste!

  90. My favorite things about autumn are everything pumpkin spice, the cool, crisp air, pulling out my fall boots and sweaters, apple cider and most of all my little guys 2nd birthday:)

  91. I love the beauty of the folliage in the fall. Taking a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway to admire the leaves is a tradition that I love.

  92. I love the changing colors of the leaves. I live in Mass and on a sunny Oct day it is a beautiful feeling.

  93. Beef stew and delicious bread. As soon as that crisp cool breeze blows in all I want to do is start cooking. I also love the leaves changing colors. Boy, it really is hard to choose just one.

  94. I love apples and pumpkins and every creative thing you can do with them.

  95. I love our annual Barbeque Festival in October. It’s the largest festival in North Carolina. It’s fun to enjoy local food with old friends while there’s a cool chill in the air and a backdrop of blazing fall colors! :)

  96. Hands down the best part of fall the colors and the smell of cinnamon and pumpkin.

  97. I love everything about fall…the crips air…apple picking…apple baking…football! I live in the midwest and let me tell you…there is nothing like the midwest in the fall! The colors are AMAZING! Keeping all that in mind…I am an eternal child and my favorite part of fall is my birthday! Yep! My birthday is at the end of October and it was always fun as a kid to have halloween themed birthday parties! My sisters (gotta love em) even decorated my front yard as a grave yard last year for my 40th! Having a fall birthday is the BEST!

  98. Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the fall colors, the crispness in the air. My 78 yr. old Mom’s apple pies. Long bike rides on fallen leaves. And anything with pumpkin in it.l My family says I am like Forest Gump, pumpkiin cookies, pumpklin pie, pumpkincake, pumpkin waffles….its goes on and on.

  99. Just posted on Facebook! Also…I meant “crisp” air…not sure what crips might be :) typo!

  100. The colors, the cool crisp air on our face and start of the meal in a bowl season like my husband calls it …. very comforting.

  101. How can you pick just one favorite thing about fall?! I’d have to say my favorite thing about fall are the fall festivals. Apple picking and fresh apple cider are the best!

  102. I adore Fall!!! I love decorating my dining room table with gourds, pumpkins, grapevine, and fall leaves. And I can hardly wait for our annual pumpkin decorating contest and a crackling fire in our austin stone fireplace.

  103. I love the way Fall smells – the air, with the smell of fallen leaves, campfires or backyard firepits, and the wonderful spicy, comforting fragrances of ciders, soups, chilis and things baked with apples and cinnamon or pumpkin spices.

  104. My favourite thing about fall? Hard to choose just one thing but I love kicking up the leaves as I walk. Don’t they smell so wonderful?!

  105. Cozy Saturdays watching college football, hot cocoa with huge marshmallows and the smell of autumn air. I wish we could use our fireplace but in Florida it’s not cold enough.

  106. I fall!! One of my favorite things to do when the air gets a lil nip in it is to visit a pumpkin patch and get a cup of warm apple cider. Yum!

  107. Fall! Oh that means it is time for football, all day saturday and sunday, that first chilly morning, and a big pot of hot chili! Can’t be beat! We love it!

  108. I love everything, everything about fall. . .the pumpkin patch with kids, fall clothes, cinnamon scented candles, pretty leaves, come on, fall, come on!

  109. I love everything about fall! The smells, the cool air, the food, the colors! My birthday and anniversary are also in the fall and now I’m expecting a baby girl due this fall. I’ve never wanted fall to get here more than this year!!!!

  110. Molasses cookies! I just made some this week because I was craving fall so much. I hate to admit it but I ate almost the entire plate of cookies…by myself! Oops!

  111. My favorite thing about fall is driving through the woods, taking in the crisp air and beautiful colors.

  112. The colors and flavors of fall are my favorites! Mmmm….pumpkin spice latte sounds really good right now!

  113. I love the SMELL of fall! There’s always that smell of leaves in the air that just pulls at my heartstrings!

  114. I have lots of fall favorites – football, Thanksgiving, no humidity (I live in the sweltering South), jeans tucked into tall boots, and the changing leaves!

  115. I love bringing my sweaters out of storage – it’s like reuniting with long-lost, warm friends. But my FAVORITE thing is our fire pit in the fall when we actually need the heat from the fire to stay outside a bit longer.

  116. One of my favourite things about fall is the the leaves changing on all of the trees. I love the reds and oranges and my husband usually end up having a lot of fun and laughs with the raking!

  117. As much fun as fall decorating is, I just love the beautiful fall leaves! It’s my favorite part. I can’t wait for my Japanese Maple to turn!

  118. The best thing about fall is chili in the crockpot, homemade bread, cinnamon apple candles and football on tv!

  119. Living here in New England, the best thing has got to be the colors of fall. I’m also partial to the cooler air that brings about the smell of fall.

  120. As an artist and photographer, what I appreciate most about autumn is its natural beauty – I love long walks, crisp air and gorgeous photos. It’s always tinged with a little sadness for me, because I dread the coming of winter.

  121. What a great giveaway! I love the colors of Autumn: oranges, reds, browns, greens and all of the fantastic Fall decorations that go with the season. It’s a wonderful time of year. Thank you for hosting the giveaway! XO Laura

  122. Visiting the apple orchards on a beautiful fall day and drinking hot apple cider and fresh apple donuts. Yum!

  123. The crisp, cool air. Man, what we wouldn’t do for some relief from 110 degree temps! Thanks for the giveaway.

  124. Hmm. One of my favorite things about fall…I would say being outside on a crisp, cool day wearing jeans and a sweatshirt, hearing the leaves rustle along the ground and in the trees and looking up at those trees and seeing shades of orange, red, and yellow leaves contrasting against the autumn blue sky.

  125. I love EVERYTHING about Autumn! Who can name one thing? :D I love adding Autumn Decor to my home, the brilliant colors God paints New England, pumpkins & baking, the crisp cool air and the smell of leaves. The list of Autumn details that I love, is so very long, but the season is all too short!

  126. Apple pie, University of Michigan football, changing colors, crisp cool air….everything!

  127. One of my favorite things about fall is the way the leaves change and there are so vibrant colors on the trees. For me this is also one of the best parts about living in New England, even if it means that eventually all of those beautiful leaves fall and need to be raked up for what seem like days. The blisters are worth it!

  128. My favorite thing about fall is drinking hot apple cider while sitting around our fire pit in jeans and a comfy sweater. Oh- and football! Go Steelers!

  129. Taking walks with my babies daddy, aka – my husband :-), and 2 boys in the woods enjoying all the changing leaves and crisp air and fishing. We spend so much more time outside in the fall and we love it!!! Good luck to all!

  130. By far my favorite thing is being outside with the whole family–raking leaves (and jumping in them), picking out pumpkins, hay-rides, I love it all!

  131. I love so many things about fall but my new favorite is to see my 3 year old son dress up for Halloween and go out to “tricky tricky” (what he calls trick-or-treating). It is definitely my favorite time of the year!

  132. Football.
    Around these parts, leaves are already falling from the trees, but it’s because of the heat and drought!!

  133. I love the cool weather and the first fire in the fireplace,halloween to many things to mention!!!!!!!!!

  134. Since I grew up in Michigan and now live in Texas, I love the cooler weather and I miss the fall color. I’m ready for soup and baking, especially pies. School starts next week, so decorating for fall can begin, even though it’s still over 100 every day here. Ick!

  135. My favorite thing about fall is the Pumpkin Spice Lattes at Starbucks! MMMMMM!

  136. I LOVE fall and just about everything it fills our senses with. If I had to pick one favorite thing it would be sitting on my patio with the outdoor fireplace warming me up, fall leaves flittering down around me, and a good book in my lap.

  137. What I love most about fall is the smell. I love the smell of the crisp, cool air. The smell of apple spice, cinnamon, and pumpkins. The smell of fresh chocolate as the Halloween candy is opened. The smell of the fall mums, bursting with color.

  138. Fall is my favorite season!!! I crave the crisp mornings, making homemade soup and football with my boys!

  139. I’m looking forward to that morning in October when I step outside, the temps are in the 60’s and the humidity is gone!

  140. Easy! The weather. Cool mornings and just enough sunshine in the afternoon to take off your jacket. Perfection.

  141. I LOVE Fall! I love the colors, the smells, football, the temperatures, wearing jeans and hoodies, leaving the windows open, and did I mention football!!!

  142. Here in the deep south, fall brings us the welcomed opportunity to sip coffee on the patio without breaking a sweat! I love fall in Louisiana!

  143. I LOVE fall – everything about it!!! A few of my favourite things would be hiking in the woods, eating pumpkin pie, decorating for Halloween and curling up with a blanket and some hot chocolate on a cold, rainy November day.

  144. Fall is my favorite season! I love the colors and the cooler temperatures the most!

  145. Ahhhh, I just LOVE fall! My favorite thing about it is the leaves….their beautiful colors and them crunching under my feet. I can’t wait!

  146. I love the changing colors of the leaves as I drive down the road that was filled with green to reds,yellow and orange. Who doesn’t love the short fall that we have in the east coast. Blink for a minute and fall has already passed.

  147. My most favorite thing about fall is making Pumpkin Pie at home with Frank Sinatra on full blast!

  148. What’s not to love? The colors, the clothes, pumpkin everything (especially muffins and lattes), the weather, football, and of course-the smell of burning wood from bonfires!

  149. My favorite thing about fall is the leaves changing…..getting to wear cozier outfits… heartier meals….oh, just about everything. It’s my favorite season!

  150. My favorite thing about Autumn is spending the day at the pumpkin patch/apple orchard, and eating fresh apple donuts, and frozen cider. Yummy, I can’t wait!

  151. It’s so hard to choose-there is nothing that I don’t like about Fall. I guess it’s the cool, crisp, breathable air that I love the best. But then again, those apple cider donuts, and pumpkins, and………………………

  152. I love the leaves changing color and the crispness in the air. Halloween, Pumpkin pie round out my top faves.

  153. I love early fall when the sun is still out, but there is a definite smell and change to the feel in the air. Chilly mornings, tailgating at football games (Go Ducks!) and porch decorating. Long sleeve shirts and boots…you said just one thing, right? :) I ♥ Matthew Mead!

  154. Crisp mornings and colorful trees. And of course, fall food – apple pie, pumpkin bread, etc.

  155. I love the change of colors of the leavs on the trees. Especially when driving down a road and the trees come together above it is just beautiful.

  156. There’s no way to pick just one favorite. Apple cider, taking hikes in the fall colors, picking pumpkins, curling up in front of the fire!

  157. Cool fall evenings with the leaves changing color…that’s the best. I love fall decorating. Somehow I’m much more inspired in fall than any other time of the year.

  158. Favorite things about fall: pumpkin bread, hot tea in the afternoon, cooler weather, scarves and boots, the beautiful colors on the trees, decorating with pumpkins and gourds, cuddling up with a blanket, and on and on!

  159. Fall has always been my favorite time of year……pumpkins, picking apples, wearing sweatshirts and sweaters, football and my birthday!!

  160. Favorite things are: Pumpkin flavored everything =) Thanksgiving…. boots, scarves, cute sweaters. The fun, cozy atmosphere it creates! Love, love, love it!

  161. Football!! Being the mother of 3 boys, it pretty much consumes our lives from September-Mid November:)

  162. Living in Pennsylvania, it’s got to be our gorgeous fall foliage, pumpkin patches, and making apple crisp with my mom every year!

  163. Fall has become my favorite season and with the fall-like temperatures we’ve been having here in KY, it’s definitely on my mind. I love the smell of cinnamon and pumpkin, the crisp morning air, football, leaves turning, and pumpkin patches!

  164. There’s a lot to love about Fall. You’ve named a lot of my favorites, but one thing you didn’t mention is FOOTBALL! Oh how I love some Sooner Football! BOOMER!

  165. I love when the weather just starts to get cooler, the nights are just a little crisper and the mornings have a bit of a chill. I love that first day it’s cool enough to wear the super cute sweater you bought on end of season super sale the year before, and only got to wear once!

  166. I love being able to wear my cozy sweaters and cooking up great comfort food for family and friends.

  167. This books looks awesome… so many things to love about fall. While sad to see the end of the growing season, I love the crisp air, the colour of the leaves and fall decorating- my favourite season.

  168. Fall is always my favorite time of the year, because it means school starts (yes, I was that school nerd), the weather cools down, and football season starts. But this year fall is especially important to me, because I’m getting married next fall (2012)! We’re planning a very fall themed wedding, so I’d LOVE to get some ideas from this book!

  169. Boots, cinnamon, apple pie, that “it’s almost christmas” feeling, watching a movie at home with a warm blanket and at last, but not at least, my birthday!!! =)

  170. Going for a run in the new-fallen leaves is one of my favorite things about autumn.

  171. I love the crisp, clear mornings . . . and the smell. Fall has its own great smell. :)

  172. My absolute favorite thing about fall is going to the cider mill- on probably at least a weekly basis- for cider and donuts! Oh they are the BEST!

  173. I love when the weather starts to get just a little cooler, and of course the changing leaves.

  174. went to your facebook site, too. The colors….definitely the colors of autumn: deep, rich russets, orchers, earthy browns, sensational greens, flamboyant pumpkiny orange…and if they’re all bunched together in a autumny vignette…i can barely breathe.

  175. Everything ~ The smell in the air, fall foliage, warm days and cool nights, anything pumpkin

  176. My favorite thing about fall is all things pumpkin: pumpkin pie, jack-o-lanterns and pumpkin bread.

  177. Pumpkin bundt cake with buttermilk glaze, hot cinnamon tea with honey, fireplace crackling, cold days, a little rain, and a good library book to read or look at!

  178. As much as I hate the traffic that it causes, I really do look forward to the start of football season. We live in the same town as a top-ranked football team (Roll Tide) and it’s always fun to go to/watch the games in the Fall.

  179. I love the weather. Gives me an excuse to break out my boots, but not still not cold enough to freeze.

  180. My absolute favorite part of fall? Besides the cool crisp weather and the brilliant foliage on the trees, it would have to be the neighborhood trip to the pumpkin patch I organize each year where we can fill a whole car with pumpkins for $60! The kids have a blast, and I can get tons of pumpkins to carve and to decorate my porch! Love, love, LOVE!

  181. My favorite thing (ok, thingS): college football, cooler temps for enjoying the outdoors w/o the heat and planting mums and pansys!

  182. My favorite thing about fall is Halloween, my favorite holiday of all. I love seeing how creative people get.

  183. My favorite thing about fall is the changing colors, cooling weather, and the fun that brings. I can’t wait for my son who is now almost 16 months old to enjoy jumping in leave piles, going to the pumpkin patch, caving pumpkins, trick or treating. I am so excited. I am ready to redecorate the house for fall so I would love to see what Matthew has dreamed up for this fall season.

  184. I love the cool weather. Everyone comes out from their air conditioned homes. People are walking their dogs. Kids are running up and down the street. I get a chance to reconnect with my neighbors.

  185. I love the cool weather where everone comes out from hiding in their air conditioned homes. Kids are runnning up and down the street laughing and shouting. People are walking their dogs. I get to reconnect with my nieighbors.

  186. My favorite thing about fall is getting out those fun sweaters and boots for walking in the crisp air. The anticipation of things to come is all around you!

  187. The weather. Perfect for sweaters and scarves. But why does it only seem to last for 2 weeks?

  188. Sigh… The growing up i lived close enough to my HS to hear the marching band practicing. we would walk to football games and had the most beautiful colors on our trees. I don’t live there anymore but I get all a nostalgic when I think about the warm coats and crisp air and that distinct aroma. Sadly I will only get a half fall possibly, becase we are moving from VA to SW texas in late October… :(
    I will do my best though to make it look like fall in my home…:)

    Favorite candle by far, Yankee, Spiced Pumpkin!!!!!!

  189. How can I pick one thing I love about autumn? As a Northern girl transplanted in the humid, hot south, I love that autumn means cool weather. It is also my favorite season to decorate for – autumn colors, halloween, thanksgiving!?

  190. I love the cool weather and wearing jeans and a sweatshirt. Fall is my favorite season.

  191. Oh, it’s hard to pick just one thing because fall is my favorite season. But right now I am dreaming of the first cool day full of brillant autumn sunshine with a sky 9000 miles high. And of course, I’ll enjoy this perfect day wearing a scarf, sipping hot chocolate and eating a pumpkin scone from Starbucks.

  192. my favorite thing about fall is the changing leaves. I never get tired of seeing all those amazing colors!

  193. I love Fall so much! My favorite thing? The changing weather/falling leaves! I actually enjoy raking in the Fall! =D

  194. My favorite thing about fall? Hands down – pumpkin. Pumpkin pie. Pumpkin spice coffee. Pumpkin candles. Pumpkin patch with my little family. Love it.

  195. My favorite thing about fall are the colors. They are everywhere and in everything. Leaves, pumpkins, sweaters, the crisp blue sky, LOVE them!

  196. The smell, that’s my favorite thing about fall. There’s just a special, different smell in the air. Perhaps the dried fallen leaves, bonfires and cooler air contribute to that unique wonderful smell.

  197. Oh, I love everything about Fall. Halloween, cooler weather, pumpkins, football, it’s all great!

  198. My daughter was born in the Fall on my Mom’s birthday so it’s a celebration for two!

  199. My favorite thing about fall is college football games and tailgate parties – yummy food!

  200. Choose a favorite thing about the fall? Psh…

    The change in the air, the color of the leaves, carving pumpkins, roasting pumpkin seeds, gathering pinecones, corn mazes, hot cider, butternut squash soup, cozy sweaters and cute boots, football season….

  201. I love the Autumn craft fair held in an old barn at an apple farm nearby, where they also have hayrides, pressed apple cider, and the air is so crisp. We can take a walk deeper into the property and see old homestead foundations from the 1600s. It’s a treat after the muggie of summer.

  202. I love the fall foliage, the crispness in the air, and I even like the early evening. It is my favorite time of year and I wish that it would last so much longer than it does.

  203. My favorite part of Fall is definately going to the pumpkin patch and orchards with my children! It is one of my favorite traditions!

  204. Warm cin/sugar doughnuts and fresh, cold apple cider at our local cider mill, on a crisp, sunny fall afternoon! One of the best things about Michigan!!!!

  205. Living in south Texas, the best thing about Fall here is warm days and evening cooldowns.

  206. There are SO MANY things I LOVE about Fall. It’s my favorite season. I love the cool and crisp air, pumpkin / apple picking, apple cider, Halloween, gearing up for the holidays, everything!!
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  207. I love that Fall has all the pretty colors and that it cools down somewhat here in the Sacto Valley.

    by the way, are you aware that you sometimes use “giveaway” and other times “giveaways” when tagging these kinds of posts? I couldn’t figure out why when I clicked on this post’s “Giveaways” tag (so I could go back and see who had the pleasure of winning) that only some of the previous giveaway posts came up. I had to search for the others and figured out you were using two different words for the same tag. Just thought you might want to fix it one way or the other for consistency and searching sake.

  208. Unfortunately, I live in Houston where we don’t really have Fall, but I long for it and dream of being somewhere where the weather actually does turn crisp and cool and leaves turn riotous colors before surrendering to the ground!
    My favorite thing about Fall is getting together with my sister for a chat and a cup of tea, while we burn harvest-scented candles and flip through decor magazines!

  209. I love fall! I love the fall weather, just perfect for walks, ballgames, creating and so much more. I love the fall scents and fall decor!!!

  210. Other than relief from our hot humid weather in South Georgia. I so love decorating my house for fall. As the day grow shorter I find myself burning more candles, trying new recipes for Thanksgiving & Christmas. It is just a wonderful time of year. Can’t wait to see the new Autumn with Matthew Mead.

  211. I love everything about Fall. If I had to pick 1 thing I love the most, it would be, the colors. I adore all of the Autumn colors.

  212. The changing of the leaves and Halloween. I like seeing the little kids in costume, but I also get dressed up in costume for work and to hand out treats at home. I’ve already started planning my costume for this year!

  213. the brisk weather, and the change of the leaves not to mention all the cute clothes & fun activities that take place outside

  214. My favorite thing about fall is snuggling up on my couch, with a warm blanket, my dogs at my feet, and a nice hot cup of apple cider. Always does the trick. :)

  215. My favourite thing about Fall is football! Some day when I have won the lottery I will spend every fall where you can actually experience it during the fall season, instead of in December like it is in Dallas. Hard to get excited about fall when you are running the AC and you are still working on your tan in November!

  216. Fall is my all time FAVORITE time of year. I cant just name one there are soooo many. The crispness in the air, the smell of leaves, the casadas singing in the evening….my list can go on and on!

  217. Pumpkin EVERYTHING! Pumpkin Spice Latte, pumpkin pie, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins & pumpkin cupcakes (it mixes well with so many other flavors) – just to name a few! :)

  218. Luv luv luv the warmth of family and home and all the earthy colors of fall’s paint brush.. Such comfort in the simplicity of nature’s bounty

  219. I love the smell of cinnamon anf caramel apple candles all in my home, and adorable chunky sweaters and boots!!!!! I also love roasting smores with my girls!!!!

  220. I love EVERYTHING about autumn! My birthday in October, wearing a sweater – finally, making homemade soup – finally, the colors – oh the colors! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

  221. I love the leaving turning colors and as I’m from California, I love the start of shorter days, and wetter weather. It’s great sleeping to a nice thunder storm.

  222. Halloween, its the funnest time of the fall, the costumes, the pumpkins, the pies, the candy I could go on and on =)

  223. I love the weather in fall, which is often the nicest weather of the year. I love the leaves turning colors. I live in the midwest now, but grew up in CA. I think it’s worth the winters here to have real spring and fall.

  224. I love Fall because it’s when apples are in season and the leaves are changing. I love watching my daughter dress up for Halloween and decorating the house in an Autumn-theme

  225. Oooh, I love the changing of the leaves and the crisp smell outdoors. Can’t wait to see the new magazine!

  226. I love how I still get excited just like I did as a kid when Fall came around. This time of year makes me reminisce about the times playing in the falling leaves with my sisters and brothers, about getting the Halloween costumes out of the old box. About all the pumpkin bread we would make around Thanksgiving. I love all the memories and the good times still to come :)

  227. There are so, so many things to love about fall but I think my absolute favorite thing about fall are the wonderful, delicious APPLES! I adore apples and that is their season to shine. I especially appreciate the resurgence of antique varieties in my neck of the woods, it is so much fun to try so many different types.

  228. I live in the desert in Arizona, so fall weather won’t really hit until mid-October. By then, I am just soooo ready for getting outside with the kids to ride bikes, play at the park, go to the zoo, anything just to be outside after being cooped up all summer. Only two more months to go!

  229. I love the beautiful Autumn colors and that wonderful outdoor smell that seems only be in the Fall.

  230. My favorite thing about Fall is the colors that change, Halloween and like you, Pumpkin Spice lattes! :) Thanks for the opportunity!

  231. Cooler weather! I live in South Carolina, so it’s nice to walk outside and not melt. :)

  232. My favorite thing about fall is apples! Picking them, eating them, making them into cider, sauce or baked goods…

  233. I love the holidays….. halloween with all the colors, candies & spookiness…… Thanksgiving with wonderful food, family, etc.

  234. I love being able to wear jeans again and the fall colors. Don’t forget caramel apples, yum!

  235. Cooler weather! I’m ready to move back outside without melting in this south Georgia heat!

  236. My favorite things are the sweaters I can put on and the beautiful colors of trees!

  237. I love everything about Fall! The weather, beautiful colors of the trees, pumpkin patches, fresh apples, corn mazes, boots and scarves, Halloween! The best season by far..

  238. The best thing about fall.. Bright colors: golden, yellow, red… The way you appreciate sunshine, because you know it won’t last… Thanksgiving.. Thinking about upcoming Christmas…

  239. My favorite thing about fall is my babies’ birthdays!!!! They make me love everything about fall!

  240. In Southern California we don’t get a true change of seasons so I love to decorate with fall colors and objects to make it feel more like Autumn.

  241. Being from the Seattle area, I love how when the seasons just start to change, the sun shines, but the air is cool and crisp. It’s like a breath of fresh new beginnings. Fall has ALWAYS been my favorite season!!!

  242. My favorite thing about fall is going apple picking. Thanks for the chance!
    – Danielle
    ogther-option AT hotmail DOT com

  243. I love the smells of autumn: chili, dry leaves, pumpkin, cinnamon, and on and on… Autumn in Kentucky is beautiful!!

  244. Cooler weather! It’s supposed to hit 105* here in Texas today, so Fall can’t get here soon enough!!

  245. South Georgia is one of the hottest places, cannot wait for cooler weather and
    beautiful leaves!!!!

  246. Fall is my favorite thing about fall. Autumn is my season. I Love pumpkins and leaf changes and bark… I just adore fall. I can’t come up with one thing.

  247. My favorite things about fall are the season’s produce (squash, apples, etc.) and wearing boots and sweaters again. Thanks for the giveaway.

  248. What’s my favorite thing about fall? That’s easy. SEC football. War Eagle.

  249. Fall is my favorite time of year the weather here in the northeast is perfect and autumn colors are vibrant. Beautiful autumn weekend drives checking out the foliage and fall decor of pumpkins, hay bails, wreaths, cornstalks and mums. Oh ya, and apple, pumpkin and cranberry picking too :)

  250. The candles, it has to be the wonderful fall scented candles burning in the house!

  251. I love the changing leaves, and of course finally a break from the summer heat and humidity!

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