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Just when you thought that I couldn’t talk about fall any more than I already do, I bust out another fall post for this November.I can’t help it–I just arrived back to Mississippi from my home state of Missouri.

It was a gorgeous trip (pictures to come once I’m done editing) filled with changing leaves, meeting my new 2 year old brother adopted from China, and celebrating my mom’s birthday by her side which has not happened in years. We collected fall leaves, ate homemade pies, watched scary movies and just had a great time all around. Missouri? I heart you and everything that you have.

So with so much fall, I want to share a couple of things that I’m currently crushing on:

1) This candle from Bath and Body Works. It? Is amazingness with three wicks. I love it and promise you will, too.

2) My yummy banana bread recipe. Try it. Love it. Try it some more.

3) Scary movies. Halloween, The Strangers, Gothika. So fall, so fun.

4) LMN’s scary movie weekend coming up. My DVR will probably be full come Monday, but that’s okay with me!

5) Mums of all colors. I want to overflow my porch with fall loveliness. Hoping to slip away this weekend to go and buy some fall pretties for my front porch.

6) Warm recipes. I’ve been cooking, baking, you name it. Leo’s in heaven, the girls are so happy. Fall is definitely a good time over here to eat.

7) And last, but not least, pumpkin spice coffee creamer. It’s back and I bought some today–I almost did a happy dance right there–I was ecstatic.

What’s making fall amazing for you this week? Share below and I’ll have to check it out.

A lot of car brands don’t like to favour one audience over another, taking extra care to sidestep sticky gender politics by creating exclusively asexual models that appeal to both males and females. However, data reveals that there are some noteworthy female car buying habits are developing in the modern era. Archaic and inaccurate gender clichés aside, some distinct differences are beginning to emerge between women and men when it comes to purchasing cars. Here, we take a look at the buying trends we can expect to see during 2019 among women drivers.

Practicality and efficiency will be big buying factors for women

Statistics have shown that price is often the major factor for everyone when it comes to purchasing a car. However, the second biggest influence appears to be different for men and women. According to the data available for 2016, males often find themselves swayed by appearance when shopping for a new set of wheels, but women typically opt for practicality and fuel efficiency. As a result, it is unsurprising to see the likes of the Chevrolet Trax, Buick Encore, and Infiniti QX70 on MarketWatch’s list of cars women are most likely to buy. These three vehicles are all particularly roomy, and don’t require frequent fuel top-ups like other big cars on the market.

Classic cars are a growing female fashion

Modern-day female drivers may adopt a more “sensible” approach towards carbuying than men, but that doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate great style when they see it. Footman James revealed last year that the sales of classic cars are rising among females, and are set to escalate even further during the course of 2017. As many as one in four women now consider purchasing a classic car, which represents a staggering 40% increase over the past two years.

 

The same study also revealed that women were extremely knowledgeable about which classic cars had experienced an increase in retail value, whereas men were less sure.

This data suggests modern female carbuyers are smart and savvy when it comes to buying vehicles, and many are beginning to develop a taste for some of the finer, more traditional motors on the market.

Expect more female business car ownership in the age of women entrepreneurs

With the number of female entrepreneurs in Britain rising, there is set to be an increase in the amount of women buying business vehicles during 2017.

The corporate-like Chevrolet Volt is one particular model that may see significant sales from women entrepreneurs in the coming year. This electric vehicle sports a fine professional image whilst offering a great deal of space and efficiency – two factors that female drivers are frequently drawn to according to the most recent gender-based carbuying data.

The Scion iA is another car that may do well with women buyers over the next 12 months. Stylish on the inside and out, this model is perfect for many female entrepreneurs seeking a car with a professional look, and also offers terrific value for money with a fuel-economic 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine.

Getting married, starting your family, moving into your first home — these are hallmarks of the American dream for many people who only want to do what they love while raising their families in a safe, welcoming environment. Finding a home you love is the fun part, but in addition to considering the square footage, the size of the backyard, and how many bedrooms it has, you also need to think about the neighborhood that it’s in. Safety is paramount, so here are some things to consider before you move into a new neighborhood.

Educate Yourself on the School District

Image via Flickr by Phillip Pessar

Needless to say, if you’re looking for a neighborhood that’s ideal for children, the school district is one of your first priorities. A simple Google search reveals almost everything you need to know, including quality of education, teacher-to-student ratios, as well as the triumphs or issues of the district and particular schools. You also should think about proximity, bus routes, and whether your child has to take public transportation.

In addition to researching the local schools online, talk to your potential neighbors, particularly those with children who are the same age as yours or older. In other words, speak frankly with people whose kids attend the schools in question. Ask about the teachers, academic programs, extracurricular activities, and graduation rates, for starters.

Research Your Neighbors

It’s essential to know who your neighbors are. Maybe you can’t study all of them by name, but you can discover who’s living in your area. Look up sex offender registries and similar services that reveal the presence of offenders in the vicinity. Uncovering such information about the people in the area may push you in another direction, but that’s all right; your family’s safety is your priority.

Brush up on Crime Stats

It’s critical to look into the crime statistics of any area before you move there. Not only does it affect your family’s safety, but a crime-ridden neighborhood also impacts your homeowner’s and automobile insurance. More to the point, you don’t want to live in an area with a high percentage of break-ins or violent crime. Even if your potential neighborhood has low crime, you should still research the local police departments and other emergency services to learn about their quality, quickness, and reputations.

Check Out the Water Quality

Water is the drink of life. It’s essential. You can buy all the bottled water you want, but you don’t want your spouse or children bathing in or brushing their teeth with sub-par water. You don’t even want the kids playing under the sprinklers if the water’s no good. At the same time, take a look at any information regarding sewage, as well as any past issues with water or other utilities.

A lot of considerations go into the purchase of a new home or the big move to a new neighborhood. Only you know what’s right for your family, but keeping them safe, secure, and happy is paramount. How will you decide on your next move?