How I love thee.
Not on those cloudy, raining-sideways kind of days. But on those crisp, clear, sunny days when you show your true colours.
Leaves fluttering down in a light breeze. The sun more subdued, somehow. And the day’s blue sky slowing fading into a peaceful twilight.
Can we please enjoy more of those this year?
Let’s just keep the bears away…
The perfect season to enjoy our outdoor fire pit just might be one of those gorgeous, calm, fall evenings.
The light is so pretty… the sun setting on the lake behind us sends a cast of perfect pink light over the water and the mountains.
And it’s definitely the perfect time of year for cozy snacks like S’Mores and hot chocolate.
But truth be told, the evenings can get a little more than crisp.
While the fire helps; keeping a stash of blankets nearby is definitely a fire pit priority. I found some amazing deals on accessories for our outdoor fire pit area at my local HomeSense store.
Thick, cozy, fur lined blankets; velvety and soft furry pillows; lanterns to help cast a glow around in the evening…
I love shopping accessories at HomeSense because I always find the cutest things for super reasonable prices. If you’re ever in HomeSense Nanaimo and see a crazed looking Mom dragging two boys in soccer cleats behind her; that’s me. But seriously, even they enjoy shopping there now; I think because it’s always different and there is so much to check out. I picked up that cozy, fur throw for under $30, and the lanterns were $12.99 and $9.99.
I also found some beautiful big trays at HomeSense; perfect picked up a big tray just for fire pit days and nights. This one is large enough to hold whatever we might be focusing on enjoying that evening. It was a great find at only $24.99.
The napkin holder, outdoor bowls, and kettle are also HomeSense finds. We’re set and ready for S’mores and hot chocolate (which my boys prefer to be “warm chocolate” rather than hot). And the bears aren’t picky; they like their s’mores cold.
I’m hoping we can enjoy many cozy, fall evenings out here this year. It’s been a long spring and summer of outdoor projects, and it’s so exciting to finally have one of our outdoor spaces “finished”!
We just hope our resident bear doesn’t stick around for long so we can finally use our updated outdoor spaces.
During the photographing of this post, I could hear him crunching around in the woods beside our house. When I left the fire pit area to take my boys to their soccer practice, I came back to find that we’d had a special guest come by to enjoy some of the S’mores ingredients as well.
Good thing my outdoor HomeSense bowls are plastic, as Mr. Bear had knocked them to the ground and gobbled up the remaining S’mores ingredients. And the next day he came back to poop on our lawn. Just to thank us for dessert, I suppose…
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I hope you enjoy some beautiful, crisp, clear fall evenings outdoors this year… minus the bears!
Disclosure: Thank you to HomeSense Canada for the opportunity to collaborate on this lovely post! All opinions are 100% my own.