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Fall/Winter Reading List

Fall/Winter Reading List

If you're new around here, let me tell you a little bit about my book club. First, it's just me. Yep, a one member book club. Why? Well, mostly because I have a hard time making it to a normal book club meeting. But also this is my way to keep myself accountable and keep up with a hobby I actually enjoy. It's easy to just succumb to the scroll right before bedtime, but my "book club" is a self-imposed reading deadline that reminds me to put down my phone at night and pick up a book.

And just like last month, I'm selecting three books, one from each of these categories: parenting, politics or business, and fiction book. I'm sticking with this framework because I've recently been drawn more to non-fiction books, but I always enjoy losing myself in a great piece of fiction.

The Ultimate Pumpkin Patch Guide: 10 Pumpkin Patches in Yolo County and Beyond

The Ultimate Pumpkin Patch Guide: 10 Pumpkin Patches in Yolo County and Beyond

Living in Northern California, we are surrounded by farms and naturally, great local pumpkin patches. And these aren't just parking lots with pumpkins thrown on the ground. These are real working farms that grow the pumpkins. And also happen to have fun kid-friendly activities. 

Below I've listed 10 great local pumpkin patches in the Yolo County and the Sacramento Valley area, including some in Davis, Woodland, Dixon, Sacramento, Wilton, Elk Grove and Wheatland. The farthest one from Davis is only about 45 minutes away. You could go to a different pumpkin patch every weekend in October and still not hit every one!

Spice It Up: 5 Ways to Use Mulling Spices this Fall

Spice It Up: 5 Ways to Use Mulling Spices this Fall

There's nothing quite as festive in the fall as walking into a home that smells of apples and spices. You could achieve this feeling by making an apple pie. Or you could do what I do and put a pot of mulling spices on the stove!

Mulling spices are quite versatile in the kitchen and around the home. And in case you don't believe me, here are 5 ways to use mulling spices to spice up your life this fall.