September 28, 2013

a new autumn tradition...

Inspired by Gretchen Rubin's tradition of putting up framed photos of her daughters in their Halloween costumes each year. Only 2 so far, but I think this is such a sweet idea. :) #cornersofmyhome #happinessproject
It's no secret that I absolutely loved Gretchen Rubin's book, The Happiness Project. (Her second book, Happier at Home, is also one of my favorites!) And one thing that has stuck with me since I first picked it up, is her love of creating new traditions. It doesn't necessarily have to be something expensive, fancy, or impressive to anyone-but-you. It's more about giving your family something to look forward to…something that is special to your own heart.

These days, I'm trying to think simpler and smaller when it comes to traditions. Which is a good thing, for sure—especially because if I don't think simple and small, I end up feeling too much pressure and do nothing at all.

One of Gretchen's little family traditions is to frame a photo of her daughters in their Halloween costumes each year. Instead of putting these photos away in an album that is rarely seen, every October she brings them out for everyone to look at and enjoy. I thought that it was such a sweet idea—and this year I decided to do it myself! Granted, I only have two photos of Eisley thus far (and last year we didn't even technically go out for Halloween, but I'm sure glad I thought to snap a photo of Eisley in her Queen of Hearts outfit!), but I already know how much I'm going to love taking these frames out each year and admiring costumes of Octobers past.

I'm so excited for the upcoming holiday season, I can hardly handle it. October is right around the corner, and I feel like the rest of this year is going to be quite wonderful.


  1. Ah, great idea. I need to read that book again!

  2. What a great idea! Time to dig out a photo of our bawling cowboy from last year - here's hoping Halloween 2013 is a happier occasion :)

  3. aw what a sweet idea & such a cute way to decorate.


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