5 October, 2011  |   386 Comments

Epiphanie Bag Giveaway

Take advantage of my wee, beady traffic.
Take advantage of it.
Get an Epiphanie bag from me.
I have one to give away.


It’s only because I like you that I will wrap this thing in a box, add some special notes and treats and mail it to your house. It’s only because I like you that I think you should have it.

My friend and twinsie and Mighty Summit roommate Maile Wilson makes these bags. She’s wise in the ways of production and business.

She’s also really smart about beauty.
And how to be kind to people.
She’s a kindness savant.

I do ask something of you, though.
To win, I need you to comment with your favorite autumn memory.
And your email address.
But I won’t use your email address for anything unscrupulous. Promise.

Do that, and you super awesome chance of getting a free camera bag.
With treats and notes.

UPDATE: Entries closed! Choosing now and will let the winner know and announce tomorrow.

Comments Closed

386 thoughts on “Epiphanie Bag Giveaway

  1. 1
    Erika says:

    My favorite autumn memory is when I was 15 and my friend, Sarah, and I created pumpkin head masks (giant balloons, paper mache, paint, etc.) and won the Halloween costume contest at school.

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    meagan says:

    My favorite autumn memory is playing in the leaves with my best friend while were suppose to be raking.

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    nakedjen says:

    the smell and the crunch of crisp fall leaves under my feet as i wander, cocktail in hand, always cocktail in hand, towards the saturday afternoon football game. my sweater is wool, my jeans are tight, my boots are doc martens and my team is Trinity. xox

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    Rebecca says:

    Three years ago, it was the first time I had taken my daughter out trick-or-treating. She was 4 at the time, we went to 4 or 5 houses on out street and then she looked in her bag and said “ok, I’ve got enough can we go home now?”

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    Erica Lucci says:

    In Texas, fall smells like oak leaves falling off the trees and sweaters pulled from the back of the closet.

    In Arizona, fall starts on Halloween when the air is finally cool at night. I love that I only need a long sleeve t-shirt and a scarf to keep warm.

    In Arizona on Halloween, we have a BBQ in the driveway with all our neighbors. The kids go trick-or-treating with the dads while the moms sit in the driveway, drink wine, and give out candy.

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    alison says:

    I loved Halloween, because my mom would make my costume every year.

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    Holly says:

    My favorite autumn memories are the season my sweetie and I started dating/working together at Peet’s Coffee a million years ago. The best times! A good pumpkin spice latte can take me back… πŸ˜‰

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    elaine says:

    big colorful piles of leaves with my kids jumping in them. we get tons and tons and tons of leaves in our yard from a huge maple and my 2 girls LOVE to jump in the piles!
    also love any season in which i can wear tights and boots with a skirt. heh.

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    Kaitlyn says:

    Going to the pumpkin farm with my dad, brother and cousins when I was about 6. We got to ride a tractor and go to the petting zoo. We also have an amazing picture where we’re all lined up holding pumpkins and we look more like siblings than cousins.

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    Lee says:

    Fall is my favorite season, so I have lots of great memories. I think watching my kids playing in the leaves for the first time after we moved to the country would be my favorite.

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    Danielle says:

    Walking to school on crunchy red leaves, my brother convincing me that leaf pods were actually dried up worms.

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    MLE says:

    The smell of the crush will always bring me back to childhood autumns. I’m also particularly fond of the day my baby sister was born.

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    Beth says:

    My favorite autumn memory is going to the fabric store with my Mom every October and picking out my Halloween costume from the pattern books and looking for just the right fabric. No matter what elaborate idea I landed on, she never said no.

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    Lindsay says:

    Seeing the midwest afternoon sunlight shine through the maples lining my parents street… that is autumn to me.

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    Adrienne says:

    I love the fall- I’m not sure if it’s because I was born in the season but it has always been when I feel most inspired and rejuvenated. I can’t pick just one favorite memory so I’ll pick my earliest favorite memory- I was about four and I was wearing blue jean overalls and it started to get cold outside. I went inside and my mom put me in a white long-sleeve cardigan that had flowers for buttons. I remember going back outside and walking around the side of the house and feeling so energized by the crisp air and happy to be wearing such a soft, pretty sweater.

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    Cynthia says:

    As much as I hate raking, my fav Autumn memory is raking leaves on a lazy Sunday afternoon and then letting all the block children jump in the massive piles.

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    Helen Jane says:

    I like these comments so much I’m thinking of closing early so you guys have an even better chance of winning.

    Yes. Executive decision made.

    Closing comments tomorrow morning at 10:00am.
    I like you guys too much.

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    Jennifer says:

    My favorite autumn memory has to be my son’s first trip to the pumpkin patch. He was loving the apple cider donuts so much that he wasn’t at all interested in choosing a pumpkin!

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    Amy says:

    Ahhh I’ve been coveting these. My favorite autumn memories are now, taking my kids to the pumpkin farm and watching Atticus get so excited about goats and riding tractors and eating apple donuts.

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    Carla S says:

    Oh so many! I call this month “Octoween” because I celebrate all month long and it’s the first month that hits me as being Autumnal. One of my recent favorite recalls is my annual pumpkin carving party, where I make pumpkin tirimisu, we drink spiked warm ciders and toast all the pumpkin seeds. My husband gets loopy on cider and forgets the seeds usually get burned, but they still taste good. We all sit on pillows on the floor and watch Halloween, make jokes throughout the whole thing. Everyone goes home happy, with a Octoween grab bag.

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    kat says:

    My favorite autumn memory is apple picking when I was about 12. I remember I wore my favorite outfit at the time (black jeans and a long sleeved teal shirt) and the whole place just smelled like apples and the weather was crisp. It was quintessential autumn.

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    My favorite autumn memory is of walking in the woods with my kids when they all were small. They were endlessly fascinated with the colors and the leaves and the sounds they made crunching underfoot. Fall is my favorite season by far!

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    AnnJ says:

    My favorite memories of fall would have to be playing in the piles of leaves with my dog.

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    maile says:

    This is so sweet. I adore you. xo

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    Ahh, I’ve been wanting one of these bags for ages. My favorite autumn memory is Halloween as a kid. My mom always made us really awesome costumes, and one year sewed hundreds of red sequins on to a pair of red shoes so that I could be an authentic looking Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz for Halloween! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    April says:

    My favorite autumn memory is always Thanksgiving because every year my mother pulls out the table cloth, everyone there signs it and then she later embroiders it in different fall colors. Each year has new signatures and dates on it. It’s really neat.

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    Caitlyn says:

    Running around my grandparent’s land full of changing colors and fallen leaves with my sister, making “forts” and eating snacks in the crisp air.

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    Aurora says:

    My favorite Autumn memory is from 2008 when I found out I was pregnant with my beautiful daughter.

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    martha wright says:

    my favorite autumn memory is taking my sons to the farm. we drive way away from the city. twist and turn thru country roads. seeing all the beautiful autumnal colors. then we go to a farm. we check out all the animals, and pick out pumpkins. eat kettle corn while riding on a horse drawn wagon. the scents. the sounds. the colors. the smiles. the memories.

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    Michele T says:

    In my hometown in Illinois, we were allowed to burn leaves during October. The whole town smelled AMAZING!

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    kerrie says:

    My birthday is at the end of October and my favourite autumn memory also involves Halloween. I somehow managed to convince all of my friends to dress themselves up as zombies for a night out. Everyone made such a huge effort and all of us walking together en mass around our local town from bar to bar was such a fun sight. We even scared people out of the bathrooms! Best birthday I ever had and definitely a prominent memory of autumn!

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    Mare A. says:

    My favorite fall memory is when my two oldest girls were 4 and 2. We were living in Las Vegas but my family is in Wisconsin. We came back for a visit and the girls were enthralled with the fallen leaves. Their cousins had tons of fun burying them in the leaves and they loved jumping in them. I have the best pictures of just their faces peeking out of big piles of leaves.

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    Mine is probably fall about four years ago. I took my kids home to MA we spent the week with my mom and then my husband flew up and we spent the weekend with friends and my family and my kids going on hayrides to pumpkin patches and playing in the leaves. My mom died the next summer and that was the last time I was able to be home with her having fun!!

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    shannon says:

    My favorite autumn memory is fairly recent. Last fall I took my then three-year old to the pumpkin patch for some one-on-one time and we had so much fun together. We posed in the character cutouts for pictures, got into a hay-throwing fight, fed some goats, picked out some tiny pumpkins to take home, played chase in a hay bale maze… It was a good day!

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    Richelle says:

    Pumpkin Spice Latte … It was just yesterday, but what a great memory it is πŸ™‚

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    Melanie L says:

    My favorite autumn memory is the first year my daughter was born. We would put her in the carrier and go on long walks talking to her about everything we saw.

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    Adriane Long says:

    My favorite fall memory goes way back…I was about 8 or 9 and my sister was a toddler just beginning to speak…she use to walk around the house and outside saying “akins ballin'” all the time…we could NEVER figure out what she was saying. For all of fall she would say this then one day it hit us….she was actually saying “acorns falling” ha ha ha We lived in an older country style house at the time and had a tin roof…she was hearing the acorns falling and hitting the roof…it’s definitely a priceless fall memory…Thanks for letting me share!

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    Favorite Autumn Memory – walking to football games at the university of iowa – melrose ave was FILLED with vendors and cookouts – it was a smell and sound you’ll never forget!


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    Casie says:

    My birthday is in October, so that’s part of why I love fall! But truly, it’s because I love the glorious colors of autumn and the crisp change in weather! Oh, and being able to get out the sweaters and drink pumpkin spice lattes helps too! ; )

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    Kathy says:

    My favorite fall memory is when my mom used to rake the leaves and we would jump in them.
    I wouldn’t be caught dead doing yard work now. Isn’t that what a husband is for? And jumping in them? Ew!

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    Marla says:

    I can remember my mom purchasing the caramel sheets to wrap apples as a kid. We didn’t get many treats, so this was always a wonderful treat to get a caramel apple. I still crave them this time of year. πŸ™‚

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    Lauri B. says:

    My favorite autumn memory is taking my grandmother across the state to visit her sister. The trees were always so beautiful and we spent most of the trip commenting about all the beautiful scenery we saw.

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    Dina Avila says:

    Growing up in northern California fall meant crisp nights. Every year, after making my costume by hand, my mom would pull out our old plastic orange, white and black cookie cutters and we would make Halloween cookies. She always let us nibble on the raw dough scraps from the bowl. I still have that habit πŸ™‚

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    Lacey says:

    My favorite autumn memory is when it finally gets cold enough to light the firepit and make s’mores with my family. Some of our best conversations happen out there, under the stars and warmed by the flames.

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    Ari says:

    My favorite autumn memory is walking through a forest colorful with foliage, listening to music and writing poems in my head. There’s something poetic about the month of October.

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    My favourite Fall memory is picking all our home-grown pumpkins from the field, and then selling them at the end of our driveway. We had hundreds! We made little signs out of cardboard and waved them around, hoping all the Dad’s would stop on their way home from work! We had so much fun, and always sold out!

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    Ruthiey says:

    One of my favorite autumn memories is a beautiful pink, purple and orange sunrise just above orange-leaved trees.

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    Michelle Smith says:

    My favorite autumn memory is the day my husband returned home from his first deployement (October 2003) and met our son for the first time. He was only 6 months old but knew that was his daddy and that day will be one of my proudest days, the chance to watch them bond for the first time was priceless! Now here we are 8 years later and next autumn (Sep 2012) brings us to the end of our military duty and a whole new chapter for us, autumn has always been good to us!

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    Sarah says:

    Growing up in Texas, you don’t really ever experience Autumn. You kind of just skip straight from Summer to sometimes Winter or just Summer and then a few cold fronts and then there is Spring. So when I arrived in Seattle for my first quarter of college, Autumn was like a magical wonderland. I’d never seen multicolored trees like that EVERYWHERE before. Just walking around and experiencing Autumn for the first time… the smells, the crisp air, pumpkin lattes, my friends treating me to spiced caramel apple cider, walks without sweating. That’s my favorite Autumn memory: experiencing the magic of Autumn for the first time and realizing it will always be my favorite season.

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    Dana N B says:

    Hmm… I don’t think I have any specific memory… It’s more the coziness fall. πŸ™‚ Warm hadnknit wool socks and scarfs, beautiful coats and the colours of the leaves. Evenings spent with a good book in front of the fire, music playing in the background and a warm cup of hot chocolate or tea in hand… <3

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    In autumn we go to the Cider Mill for fall festivities and wagon rides to get our pumpkin. I love the brilliant colors and hues that embrace the golden light. I love the pumpkins of orange and white the caramel apples and smell of cider presses and crisp leaves beneath my boots. The Harvest is abundant!!!

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    Helen Murphy says:

    My favorite Halloween memory is from the last time as a child that I went trick-or-treating with my siblings. My mother would load all of us up in the car as soon as the sun went down and off we’d go to town to start our adventures! Jumping over ditches filled with crunchy leaves, dodging barking dogs and soft toilet paper billowing in the faint wind, trying desperately to keep up with my brothers who had longer legs and always outran us girls. Victory when we got back to the car and took our masks off to sneak a piece of candy from our container or sack. Oh, the memory of just being with my siblings… my childhood friends and confidants for life.

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    My favorite Autumn memory was the day I first became a mommy. He was early and we had no idea we would be having him that night. It was a rush of every emotion you could ever have, all at once. He just celebrated his 6th birthday.

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    Nailah says:

    High School football games. I was a majorette in highschool, so I was at every home and away game with my band friends. The first few games in early fall were the best because the weather was cool and crisp but not too cold yet. Such good fun cheering and performing and joking around with friends.

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    Abbi says:

    I love fall for the amazing weather, fall festivals, college football and friends getting together for cookouts. My husband loves to grill and smoke foods, so our fall days are spent on our porch with our dogs and friends enjoying the crisp evenings.

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    Kristy says:

    My favorite autumn memory is lying in my hospital bed six years ago in late September, staring at my newborn daughter, Micky, eating my favorite ice cream giving to me by my husband, pumpkin. For some reason that year it just tasted better!!

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    Erin says:

    Autumn is one of my FAVORITE times of they year! I love the crisp weather, the leaves changing colors, the sound of the fallen leaves crunching under my feet, warm snuggly sweaters and blankets, all the yummy pumpkin spice drinks and desserts… I love going for walks with my family and seeing all of the beautiful colors Autumn brings with it. This year, I taught my 2 1/2 yr old to seek out the fallen leaves when we go for a walk… I love seeing his face light up every time he hears the crunch coming from beneath his feet!

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    Nicole says:

    my favorite memory of fall- was as a kid- after we went apple picking… we always picked way too many apples so i remember “helping” my mom bake away in the kitchen. no one makes apple pie like her!

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    dreadpiraterach says:

    My favourite autumn memories are kicking through piles of leaves in the park, doing crayon rubbings of leaves at the art table, and wearing a scarf for the first time each autumn..

    Yay for Epiphanie bags and your lovely self πŸ™‚

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    Tinachicky says:

    My favorite autumn memory is when I lived in Tennessee and my daughter was 14 months old. I went and did a mini photoshoot with her in the neighbor’s yard, as they had this tree that was full of colored leaves that had fallen. Watching her sit under that tree and play with those brightly colored leaves was one of the happy times when I was back there.

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    BTW the teal bag is just sooooo luscious. I love it!!!

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    My favorite memorie is my first Fall, Halloween and apple picking when I first move to the US. Growing up in the Caribbean I was marble at the beauty of the season changing, the smells, and everything that entitled.

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    Sarah W says:

    My favorite fall memory is sitting outside with my family on chilly nights by the firepit. Sharing stories from the past or talking about what is going on in our lives. It’s still one of the best things in the world to me!

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    Madolyn says:

    My favorite autumn memory is the way I feel alive every year when the weather turns colder. Here in GA, we *swelter* all summer, so the first few days when the air is crisp & cool are like a rebirth. The season brings all my favorite holidays, celebrations, foods & clothes… It’s the best time of the year!

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    KariAnn says:

    Halloween is my favorite holiday so I have to say that decorating, carving pumpkins and dressing in costume are my favorite autumn memories.

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    Stephanie says:

    End of September, two years ago my three best friends from high school and I got together for a Girly Get-Away Weekend. 25 years after we graduated, we’re still friends and in some ways closer now than we were then. That weekend, with those women, was the perfect fall weekend: complete with foggy mornings on the lake, afternoons at the spa and bottles of wine by the fireplace.

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    Alecia says:

    My favorite autumn memory? Hmm. That’s really tough. But, I might have to say that it’s the old homecoming bonfires at the all-boy’s high school that was brother to my all-girl’s high school. Those homecoming bonfire nights were amazing. The smell, the sounds, the crisp autumn air. Takes me back just thinking about it.

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    My favorite autumn memory generously repeats itself annually. You know that first leaf you see on a maple tree that burns a brilliant, fiery red? Maybe it’s an oak, or even a sweetgum leaf that catches the eye, but it always provides the same thrill! To me it signifies fall weddings, family gatherings and children at play in a pumpkin patch. How can that not leave you smiling?

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    Gabriella G says:

    A walk in a wood picking chestnuts with my mother and my father, when I was a small child. They’re no longer with me but this memory will always be.

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    Misti says:

    This is my favorite time of year, when the leaves change colors and the weather cools a bit. When I was little my Mom used to make holidays super fun for my brother and sister and me, and Halloween was no different! She would make a special monster dinner, complete with mummies (hot dogs), bloody fingers (fries & ketchup), and eyeballs (olives). And, while dinner was in the oven, my Dad would take us all out trick-or-treating. Now every time autumn rolls around I’m reminded of those fun holidays with my family.

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    sherry says:

    My best memory is going horseback riding through the woods with a family friend. The colors on the trees were beautiful and the air was so fresh. Those horses are long gone and the friend has passed away so I often think of that day this time of year.

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    Stasha says:

    Favorite as a child was jumping in piles of leaves and kicking them around. But even better is doing it with my almost four year old these days. I really like the rules of this giveaway. You are a girl after my heart. It is nice to sometimes give something just because you want to and you believe in the product. For that I will heart Epiphanie bags and your blog.

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    Dee-Ann says:

    I love Autumn, by far my favourite time of year. The beauty of the leaves, the chill in the air allowing me to wear my knitted scarfs, the wasps getting dopey so they are no longer a threat to me, roasted fall vegetables and of course the arrival of pumpkin pie!

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    Glennen says:

    I fall in love every Autumn. In high school it was with boys (long hair and a little bit bad boy), in my twenties with clothes (tights, skirts, boots, the textures and materials- oh my!), in my thirties I keep falling in love with one little boy and my husband. Just something about the cooler temps and fall colors. My very favorite memory is pumpkin picking with my son, husband and some very good friends.

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    Sheena Williams says:

    My favourite autumn memory I believe will happen this weekend. I am flying to the East Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) to visit my college roommate. It will be my first time flying and my first time seeing the ocean! Unforgettable already!

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    Autumn is one of my most favorite times of the year. I love all of the smells and colors. The fresh air that you can breath in deep and feel like each day is a new. One of my favorite memories happened several years ago when my husband and I went to our first corn maze. We first had hot chocolate and then went through the corn maze…..which we got lost..heehee!! But after the maze we took a hay ride in the pitch black dark with some of our great friends to a field where we had a great camp fire and with an acoustic guitar playing, we sang praises to our GREAT GOD!! Crisp cool air with the sound of strings playing and everyone’s voice lifted up to worship. A time in my life I will NEVER forget!!!

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    Gayle Shrader says:

    My favorite fall memory is my watching my kids last fall jump in a huge pile of leaves that their grandfather had meticusously raked and made sure that there was no big sticks in with the leaves. The smiles on their faces was perfect. We can’t wait to do it again this year. I love fall!!

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    How I love to share this story and how it inspires me to be the best parent a child could have.
    As I was just recovering from the typical cold I get every year when summer turns to fall I, unexpectedly, got hit harder then ever with this round of sickness. It mad me hurt from my head to my toe. The best things are always going on when your sick. In this case, it was fall…. and i was sick. I felt so bad for myself (typical sick person). I though ‘how great would it be if i woke up and felt fine.’ So i prayed “Dear Lord, if you love me…. i mean truly love me like you say you love everyone, then there is no way i’m going to be sick when my eyes open from this nap.”

    I snoozed for a good four hours. I woke at 4 p.m. and had the worst stuffy nose. I quick gave a blow or two…. and…. yes….. that was the last blowing of my nose for the SEASON…. okay, let me back up. I blew my nose and went down stairs and felt FINE. So i put on my coat and ran outside just as my little brother had finished raking up a big pile of leaves. So i bolted and jumped and ruined his fun, but i felt like i was on top of the world. I went inside and my mom so happened to have made my FAVORITE tea eVEr: Chai tea (try it and fall in love, please and thank you). as i was drinking a mug of Chai feeling the warmth of the tea go down my throat, my mom said “If you’re feeling up to it we’re going to grandma’s house to make ginger snaps.” Okay i mean seriously I woke up from a nap and just experienced all of my favorite memories fall has to offer in less then an hour….. So I basically love fall and it’s what keeps me stable.

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    DesirΓ©e D says:

    My favourite autumn memory was 2 years ago when I just bought my Canon DSLR and went to FortWhyte Alive to watch the sunset flight, an ancient migration ritual. Thousands of geese land about half an hour after the sun dips below the horizon.

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    My favorite autumn memory is the day I met my husband. It was just starting to get cold out & while carrying something heavy to my store I dropped my jacket in a puddle. He worked next door to me & saw the whole thing. We had never met before this & why he decided to rush out side take he heavy item I was carrying & give me his jacket I still don’t know. When I went to give him is jacket back he asked me out on a date. 1 date turned into many and now 4 kids later here we are. That day we met was the best fall day ever <3

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    Elizabeth says:

    I’m not going to lie, I’m new here as a result from reading a FB post from Epiphanie. But! I’ve read a bunch of old posts and will be backβ€”always a treat to add a new blog : )

    Favorite memory: when we lived in Colorado Springs we used to drive out to the Happy Apple Farm to pick apples and get a pumpkin. My oldest (now 9) was an only back then, and she had this adorable pumpkin hat and sweater we dressed her up in and sigh…memories of my once baby in the fall golden light = lovely.

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    Cara L says:

    My favorite autumn memory is taking my two young girls to the local petting farm. They do a great hay ride and then let the kids pick out a pumpkin. Watching the girls run around petting animals, picking hay off their clothes and hair and then watching them pick out the “perfect” pumpkin make for a priceless day!:)

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    Jennifer says:

    Dressed up for no reason, driving in the country with the windows down, smelling autumn and feeling alive.

    Yep, that’s probably my best memory.

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    Cindy says:

    My favorite autumn memory was playing soccer on a very rainy day when I was 8. The field, which had part of a dirt baseball diamond going through it, was a total mud pit. The adults let us play, run, slide and throw mud to our heart’s content. Our Moms simply hosed us off when we got home πŸ™‚

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    michelle says:

    hmmm…Can I choose two? I love going to the pumpkin patch and pick pumpkins for cooking. Yep. That’s right’s cooking. I don’t use that canned stuff. I make pumpkin cookies, pumpkin bread and soup. Yum.

    So, on Halloween, I like to freak the kiddies out a little. When the kiddies knock on my door, I say, “Look kids, vegetables!” and present them with a platter of carrots, broccoli and cauliflower. The expression on their faces is priceless. Of course, I don’t allow them to take the vegetables. I’ll then say, “That’s my Halloween trick kids! Of course I have chocolate for you!” I always have a bowl of candy on the side.

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    A little unconventional, but my favorite memory involves the horse track. Growing up in Kentucky, horses were a big part of our state. Every fall, my dad would pull my sister and I out of school and take us to the beautiful horse race track. We would eat yummy track food like hot burgoo and dad would give us $2 a race to bet however we wanted. (Usually we chose our horse by the colors the jockey was wearing!) I love the memories we made doing this every fall!

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    When my daughter was 1 i decided to take her to the pumpkin patch to try and get some good pictures since her birthday is October 19, the whole time we were there she did not want to leave my arms. When i sat her down on the hay with the pumpkins she screamed and would not stop crying. I gave her a little break and played with her on the bouncy house they had there, she was laughing and having a blast.

    She was finally done bouncing and getting pretty tired so i decided to give it one last try to get a good picture of her. I sat her on the hay with the pumpkins all around her again and finally she gave me a look as if she knew i just wanted one good picture and gave me a big sweet smile, i swear she is the cutest lil thing and that memory always comes to mind when i think of the fall. πŸ™‚

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    Beverly B. says:

    My favorite autumn memory is very recent…..as recent as this past weekend. My husband, my two teenage sons, and I went to North Shore, Minnesota, along the banks of Lake Superior. Spent four beautiful days hiking, skipping rocks, sleeping in, admiring the changing of the leaves, and just being a family together. No internet, no TV, no cell service. It was amazing!

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    My favorite Autumn memory is Halloween three years ago. We were still dealing with the newness of finding out our third child is autistic. We were unsure how trick or treating would go. All the people, the noises, the excitement. Would he throw a tantrum in the middle of the street? Would he refuse to go up to the houses? Would he be terrified and overwhelmed by the decorations?

    The moment of reckoning came, and . . .he loved it. I still remember how it looked to see him running after his brother and sisters from house to house, his Superman cape flying in the wind.

    The best moment though, that really clinched it as a favorite memory for me, was walking up behind him at one house, and seeing him push forward with the other kids and saying “trekortwee!” And then, THEN he said “Thank you” after receiving his candy. All by himself with no prompting.

    I almost cried right there on that stranger’s lawn.

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    Andie Zimmerman says:

    I remember going to a friend’s house late one evening baking Halloween cookies with her and her family. I found a glow-in-the-dark Scream mask laying over to the side and decided to put it on for kicks. My friend’s Stepmother was peeking out the window to see what her neighbors were doing, and not thinking anything of it I joined her, forgetting that I still had the glow-in-the-dark mask on. Oops. I love that memory. We still laugh about it today – almost 20 years later.

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    Amanda says:

    One of my favorite autumn memories is going to football games when I was in college. Our team was not that great, but we would go and cheer them on and then go out for drinks afterwards with friends.

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    Dawn says:

    My favorite thing about fall is bonfires and s’mores. I love the crunch of leaves and the cool crisp air.

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    jill o says:

    Helping my grandma make homemade apples pies πŸ™‚

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    Te says:

    My favourite autumn memory is always coming home for Thanksgiving. I am a huge family person and have been able to make it home every year. That is the best part of autumn, traveling home and visiting with family.

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    Yolanda says:

    My favorite autumn memory is my wedding day, which is November 2nd. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Martha says:

    My most fondest autumn memory is when we took a drudgery such as raking leaves and turned it into a memorable event. My brothers and I had the task of clearing out our backyard forest of all the fallen leaves. We were given rakes, large black garbage bags and the afternoon to get the job done. Well two of three items were utilized. We decided to create a mountain…note mountain and not mound or hill…beside the garage of our house. It was grand and oh so inviting. We each took turns jumping off the garage roof and landing on the crunchy leaves. The thrilling and rambunctious cycle repeated itself for almost 20 minutes until our mom caught glimpses of our bodies dropping in front of her kitchen window. She ran outside screaming as we surely added to the already large crop of silver hair on her head. Yet it was so much fun while it lasted.

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    Dawn Beirnes says:

    oh wow, I have so many, but one of my very favorites is making carmel apples….the old fashioned way! Opening all the carmel pieces (and sneaking a few to eat), and all the popsicle sticks! They are the best!!!

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    CharlieSue says:

    My favorite autumn memory: driving to school one morning in NH (a few months after leaving CA) and feeling like all the bright orange trees were lining the streets just to welcome me home.

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    Renee Pfeifer says:

    My favorite autumn memory from when i was a child was raking up the leaves and then being buired in them.

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    Kellie Dowdy says:

    My favorite autumn memory is watching my son play soccer for the first time last fall. He was so excited and nervous at the same time. Of course mommy was too! His 9 month old little sister was mesmerized with all that was going on. After a great game, we all spent the day at the park. Such a simple ordinary event turned out to be magical. πŸ™‚

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    Cindy L says:

    My favorite memory as a kid was going for a walk at Grandmas farm, now that the farm is gone and I have two kids .. we take a ride out to the country, find a field and I let the kids play like we did .. running from bale to bale.

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    Lisa Bentrim says:

    Who didn’t love raking up the leaves in a big ol’ pile and jump in it!? except for when i realized there were slugs in them…ewwww πŸ™‚

    Love the colors of Fall!

    Lisa – westcoastscrapper@yahoo.com

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    CharlieSue says:

    And also: (clicked post too soon on that last comment, I’m so sorry!) BEST GIVEAWAY EVER. πŸ™‚

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    Jennifer says:

    Fall memories to are layers of memories brillant colors warm sweaters, walking through crunchy leaves with my daughtes and most of all fall seems to bring us back inside for baking and a slower paced evenings.
    Ohhh how i love fall

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    Becky says:

    My favorite autumn memory is spending my October honeymoon at a state park, sitting in such quiet that we could hear the leaves falling from the trees.

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    Dori Aldinger says:

    My fondest memory is when my children took all the leave we get in our yard from our 30+ year maple tree plus the ones that blow in our yard from our neighbors 30+ year maple tree, and made beds out of them. They even took some of the leave and covered themselves to look like blankets.

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    Ashley Shively says:

    There is nothing that says autumn like slipping into your favorite pajama pants (from last year? no, worries, I won’t tell), throwing on an oversized hoodie, grabbing a plush blanket and cup o’hot coco, and sitting as close as you can to a fireplace. The warmth, smell, and crackling can lead anyone to a past memory so true to their hearts. It’s a time to be close to loved ones, to share traditions, and enjoy life for what it is. It’s a time to see the beauty of mother nature and all the colors she can be. I hope you have a fabulous autumn!

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    kristen says:

    my husband and i went to wine country when i was 7 months pregnant…i couldn’t have any alcohol but we went around and toured all the apple orchards in Napa. not exactly the same, but being in cold weather while pregnant (i live in hawaii) and hearing the crunch of fall leaves under my feet were awesome. it was such a special little babymoon before the arrival of our first son and the only “autumn” we’ve had in the past couple of years!

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    Tracy says:

    My favourite autumn memory was the first time I saw yellow leaves. I was backpacking with a friend in Germany and because we kept raving about the color my friend had me sit in the middle of the leaves and throw them in the air. Needless to say although they looked pretty they were really muddy up close! But it made for a great photo and 10+ yes later I still remember it!

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    Stasha says:

    Y favorite as a child was jumping in piles of leaves. Even better is jumping these days with my almost four year old son. I really like the rules of this giveaway. It is so nice to give something away just cause you can, just cause you believe in a product and the creator. See for that I heart your blog and Epiphanie bags.

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    Christina says:

    My first college football game….there was literally nothing like it! Amazing autumn experience.

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    Autumn always brings a wave of nostalgia. Every.Single.Year. It starts in September with memories of back to school, then the cool crisp mornings of October bring memories of crunching leaves on my walk to school as a child. That memory is now laced with thoughts of my own children one day starting school.
    I also often reminisce about past loves, first rains, new friends, and how much I love living. Autumn is my favorite season and every new memory I create in the Autumn adds to that. I would have to say my favorite memory is when I think about how I felt that first Autumn after my wedding… that same autumn is also when I found out I was pregnant with my first child. Its a memory I could dwell on forever.

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    It’s been so many years since I lived somewhere with an autumn that it’s hard to remember, but I think I’d have to go with Thanksgiving dinners that were actually held on Thanksgiving (it’s a work day here so we do ours on the Saturday each year), complete with parades, football and the works.

    PS I’ve got a US mailing address, just in case I’m so lucky as to win ;).

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    Chris says:

    My favorite autumn memory is taking my now 4 yr old on her first hayride a ta pumpkin farm 2 years ago. I helped chaperone her childcare class and in the middle of the hayride, the wagon stopped and the kids were each supposed to get down and pick a small pumpkin to take home. She walks over to the biggest pumpkin she can find and attempts to pick it up. She couldn’t lift it herself so she sat down and calmly waited till I came and “helped” her lift the one she wanted. She didn’t fuss, but she wasn’t going to leave without the one she wanted! It was way cute and made all the parents and teachers laugh!

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    ML says:

    When I was in high school and some college, I was a band geek. We had so much fun cheering at football games!

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    My best autum memory….I cant say! I love this time of year. I love the colours. Maby when I just bought my Nikon and was out with my best friend and her daughter Molly taking pictures of Molly. It was a beautiful day with colours in red, orange, green against a blue sky.
    I colud need a bag for my Nikon πŸ™‚

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    Sarah Ridgley says:

    My favorite autumn memories are visiting the pumpkin patch and running through the corn mazes each year. The best part was always the warm apple cider!

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    My favorite autumn memory was one day in October 31 in 2000…when it all the sudden warmed up in Chicago while I was in college. It had been like 30 degrees prior to that day….and it was 70 degrees that day. We were invited to go a friends house to have a little fun and work….meaning raking leaves of all

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    carlac says:

    My autumn memory is when I was child and with my brother we play together because it was raining and we couldn’t go out. We have a lot of pictures of these moments. I miss him so much! <3

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    Laura says:

    My favorite memory is less sentimental and more funny.

    In college, my best friend and I decided to carve a pumpkin. We lived in the dorm, so we carved it outside with a pocket knife. After it was carved, we set it up in my room and enjoyed it lighting the candle in it at nights.

    After a couple of days, we noticed a strange odor that we attributed to being located over the dorms’ kitchen. After a few more days, the odor was stronger and becoming unbearable. Eventually, we discovered that the stench was the pumpkin–rotting away because it was too warm in the dorm room. Since then, I’ve been very careful to leave my carved pumpkins OUTSIDE where the air is cooler and where any stench will be blown away with the wind.

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    ginger watson says:

    My favorite Autumn memory was a trip to the Shenandoah mountains when I was 4. My dad and I took the most wonderful walk through the beautiful park, ending up looking out over the valley – fantastic. One of the cherished memories of childhood for me.

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    Julie Sanchez says:

    I guess you can say Autumn/October has always been my favorite time of year. This month I will celebrate my 12 wedding anniversary (this would be a great gift regardless if I won or not). Autumn has always been special, but its magic really happened when I became a mother. Its the memories and traditions we have for my daughters that make it so special. We love going to a local pumpkin farm, our Zoo Boo, pumpkin patches, buying our Halloween costumes and most importantly … just being together as a family.

    Thanks for the chance at this awesome giveaway! πŸ™‚

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    Y says:

    At our old house we had a huge Sugar Gum tree in the front yard. Every fall the leaves would drop to the ground and cover good chunk of our yard. Those leaves provided endless frustration for my husband who would have to clean them up. On the flip side, they provided endless entertainment to our little, adventurous boys. I remember one day in particular. It was a cool, crisp but sunny day. The boys worked for what seemed like hours building the most perfect pile of leaves. When they were satisfied that they had built the pile tall enough, the both ran and jumped in. They laughed so hard while they rolled around in the leaves, throwing them into the air. I ended up joining in the fun. Not the most profound moment in my life, but definitely one of my most favorite of Autumn memories.

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    Hard to narrow since Fall is the best time of year. I would say every Monday during the Fall in Michigan, me and my sister would meet at Panera for breakfast, walk to Michaels to buy craft supplies, then hit Starbucks. We would sit outside Barnes and Noble, with sweaters on, and read while drinking coffee or tea. She now lives in Arizona and I in Texas. I miss those cool mornings with her.

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    This is a generous contest giveaway! Thank you! My favorite fall memories are traditions. First cool day of autumn to throw open the windows and wear jeans, put on an apple caramel or pumpkin spice candle, pot of coffee, and breathe deeply! Fall is the first chilly night my husband builds a crackling fire and we have a sweet long chat over cider and later I can sit there and edit photos by its warm coziness! Fall is family hikes to the Peaks of Otter or Crabtree Waterfalls, bike riding, yard work and rewarding leaf jumping, bread baking, apple orchard visits and hayrides and bonfires! Fall is the best time of the year always!

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    Brooke M. says:

    Fall is by far my all time favorite season! I have so many favorite moments every fall, but I guess if I had to choose one it would be the evening after spending the day at the pumpkin patch, we came home lit a fire and roasted marshmallows while visiting with family and enjoying the crisp fall night!

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    Charmaine says:

    Ooooh, treats and notes too!! Thanks for the chance to win πŸ™‚ Hmm my favorite autumn memory? Probably the family photos we take every year at a local park. The leaves are just incredibly gorgeous and I have this amazing collection of annual photos of my family playing in the park amongst the leaves. I love that yearly trip to that park!

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    Sherry Sims says:

    My favorite autumn memory was the day my youngest daughter was born. It had just started to get cold here in Alabama and my c-section was scheduled for the following Monday. As stubborn as me though she decided to start my labor Friday night and was here very early Saturday morning πŸ™‚

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    Aubrey S says:

    Favorite Autumn memory: pumpkin patch with my precious 2.5 yr old niece. Wandering around, watching her ooh and aah and change her mind a million times – laughing at the odd ones – “so sillly, aunt aubby!”. In her little hand-knit scarf, hand in mine, giggling and laughing and running around carrying on. Nothing like a child’s wonder at the world and that enchanting laughter!

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    My favorite autumn memory was one day in October 31 in 2000…when it all the sudden warmed up in Chicago while I was in college. It had been like 30 degrees prior to that day….and it was 70 degrees that day. We were invited to go a friends house to have a little fun and work….meaning raking leaves of all red, brown, yellow and orange colors…and after pilling them soooo high and jumping in them! Never had that experience while living in Southern California….and that was the first and last. :0)

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    Suzette says:

    Running around under trees, catching leaves as they fell off the trees with my children when they were very small, a leaf for each day of the month. It was a beautiful, crisp afternoon, with much laughter and falling over. Afterwards, they took turns to throw a leaf in the air every day for a month, and make a wish.

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    Nadya F. says:

    Oh how cool! …..My favorite autumn memory is going to haunted houses and hay rides with friends and family, i am always up for a good scare and we have had some great ones!

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    How does one pick a favorite autumn memory? It is such a magical time. Perhaps this year on my birthday, taking my baby girl and husband to the Rocky Mountains. The mountains are always majestic but with the colors in full bloom, it was one step above perfection. The company was perfect too.

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    Chelsea says:

    My favorite fall memory is when I begged my parents to bob for apples with me because I had seen it on TV and it looked like fun. I was an only child and it was just the three of us bobbing apples out of a dutch oven pot on the kitchen table. Originally my grandparents, they saved me from a sure to be horrible life and spent every day of my childhood showing me how much I mattered to them and how much I was loved. This was just one of those days! Oh how I adore them!

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    Kim Piwo says:

    My favorite autumn memory was when my husband (then fiance) surprised me with a trip to NY and Connecticut. While driving into CT we stopped by the side of the road to play in the leaves and took the most amazing photos of the changing seasons! We don’t get to see those colors in California so it made it even more special…

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    Jackie Sinclair says:

    My favorite autumn memory is when my kids were in elementary school and they got to bring their Halloween costumes to school for the Halloween parade. They would all line up and march up and down the boulevard in front of the school. Parents and grandparents would line up to see them. They were so proud!

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    Rebekah Lyn says:

    My fave autumn memory: jumping in freshly raked leaves with my siblings when I was about 7 yrs old πŸ™‚

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    Robyn says:

    How can I pick just one? My favorite autumn memory was a couple years ago when my daughters and I were heading to New Hampshire for apple picking (wait for it, that’s not the best part!)
    While in the car, my 11 y/o comments at the striking colors of the trees, saying that she has never seen such amazing things in nature.
    I pause, and realize she now understands, appreciates and truly can see, pure beauty.

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    DeeDee V. says:

    my favorite fall memory is taking my boys (then 3 and almost 1) to the local PYO pumpkin farm. The big one was fascintated with the goats and they both loved daddy pushing them (and our pumpkins) around in the wheelbarrow. We go every year and love it!

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    Lea says:

    As a kid, I think my favorite memory of Autumn would be jumping in the leaves with my brother and my friends. As an adult, I just love the cooler, crisp air and all the beautiful colors on the trees.

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    Kristy Court says:

    Autumn in the UK is made of soft lighting, misty mornings as the sun tries to peep through exposed branches, crisp leaves underfoot (and in the sky as we kick or throw them in the air!), shiny brown conkers, the awesomeness of the morning dew on spiders webs hidden in bushes, and of course halloween! >:o)

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    my favorite autumn memory is a hike with llamas that my family took about 20 years ago! i was just a little girl and i was wearing a big, floppy purple hat. the leaves were yellow and orange and covered the ground. it was beautiful and i will treasure the memory forever!

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    Leslie says:

    I have so many, as a kid starting school with new clothes and my birthday always made September wonderful. I loved playing in the leaves and Halloween. Now, living in New York State, it’s so much fun to take the kids apple picking and to the pumpkin patch. I love fall weather, apple cider donuts, boots and warm sweaters! It’s certainly my favorite season. Crunching leaves, the smell of fall and the beautiful colors in the trees also just make me so happy.

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    Larissa says:

    My favorite memory I would have to say is the smell of apple and pumpkin pies baking in the oven. And of course all the colors on the trees.

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    Rachel says:

    My favorite Autumn memory was last year while visiting my boyfriend(middle school sweetheart,yes middle school. ha) during his senior year in college at Magnolia, Arkansas. We went to Logoly State Park, which was a very small and quiet place. We were both in cozy clothes and just spent the afternoon walking trails, fishing, laughing and me taking pictures. Made me realize how lucky I was and how important it is to step back from life and really appreciate the little things.. Perfect autumn day. =)

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    Elizabeth says:

    My autumn, is my favorite season, because, the weather is so perfect, not to hot, not to freezing. The colors in the leaves, make in me a sensation like someone paint them with a perfect mix combination of reds, yellow, orange, an a soft green.
    I remember my mother making some desserts with pumpkins , that are so delicious, and when you come in to the house the smell of them transport you to a soft and sweet sensation, like you are in the perfect place.
    And of course the most fun thing, it was to me, to use costumes and have a lot of fun with our friends. Love it, i want to be child again ;D

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    Carrie says:

    My favorite fall memory is watching college football with my dad. Just the mention of college football in the fall reminds me of him.

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    Adrienne says:

    Oh man. I love that color!

    Well, my favorite Autumn memory would be a couple of years back at Thanksgiving. It may be something little to someone else, but… My dad was NOT drunk at Thanksgiving for the first time… in… ever?? And it was amazing! I loved it.

    Thanks for hosting. I found out about your give away through Ephiphanie’s FB page! I am off to check out the rest of your blog! πŸ™‚

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    Lillian says:

    My favorite fall memory is starting college at UNC in NC walking through the thick autumn leaves in my favorite sweater on campus. It was the start of my independence and the beginning of Fall-my favorite time of year.

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    Elizabeth Laufer says:

    My favorite autumn memory is crunching through the leaves that practically came up to her bellybutton with my now almost 17 year old daughter and her father on her 2nd birthday. It was a perfectly beautiful midwestern fall day and we were all happy and carefree.

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    Donelle says:

    My favorite autumn memory has to be walking to the subway from school through the tree lined streets of Brooklyn. All the yellow and red leaves against the brick houses was so serene before hopping onto the busy train.

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    kellie says:

    my favorite autumn memory was only last year. i bought 2 giant pumpkins and had my sons (13 and 22) and their girlffriends carve the pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns. it was hugely messy, but they (and i ) had a GREAT time. then they wanted to know who won (so competitive!) i couldn’t choose which they didn’t like LOL but i have great memories of it and some fun pictures too!

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    Laura Flores says:

    My favorite autumn memory is when my children were young, we went to the park & they dove into the fallen leaves…. ofcourse as a photographer I seized the moment & captured the memories! Everytime I look at these photos I smile!

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    Brenda says:

    My favorite fall memory is taking my kids to the local pumpkin farm where we go on a hayride, pick out the perfect pumpkin, have apple cider and cider donuts. We started this tradition when my daughter was just 10 months old- this year will be my 23rd year!

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    There are tons but I have to say that my favorite Halloween memory was last year, when all 3 of my boys were together (rare these days), and my youngest was old enough to announce to every house his full name and who he was supposed to be, not to mention the essential “Trick or Treat”s and “Thank you”s! So cute. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the opportunity!!!! I have been LUSTING over one of these bags!!!! (ok that sounds disturbing – I just really want one!)

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    Christina says:

    My favorite autumn memory is with my family. We would all get together one day to carve pumpkins and decorate my mom’s house. I was always in charge of painting a big autumn tree on her sliding glass door. πŸ™‚

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    katie says:

    Fall is my favorite season. Probably because I grew up in Florida where we don’t really have fall weather. My favorite thing is to drink my coffee outside on the first cool mornings. And pumpkin doughnuts. Definitely pumpkin doughnuts.

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    Brie says:

    My favorite memory was of last fall when we took my then 10 month old daughter to a pumpkin patch and then saw her look of utter and complete wonder at them. This year we are blessed with our second daughter and I can’t wait to make more memories with our little family.

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    Rachael B says:

    As my brother, at age 9, famously (and randomly) said, “There’s nothing like a good hike on Thanksgiving!” So that has become our family tradition. I look forward to it every year.

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    Anna Weaver says:

    My favorite memory from Fall is my mom baking her amazing apple pie from scratch with me. Now, I’m married and carrying on the autumn tradition with my children.

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    Helen Smith says:

    As a child climbing trees for conkers… seemed to be the higher you went the bigger they were. Soaking them in vinegar to make them super hard & hoping the smell wouldn’t give it away! I miss those days… health & safety gone mad, kids no longer allowed to climb trees for conkers… sadly the conker games of the play ground no longer exist!

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    Lauren says:

    my favorite autumn memory has to be driving out to marble falls with my family to go pick out pumpkins and making it a yearly tradition (:

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    Linda L says:

    My favorite autumn memory is of my high school marching band years (many years ago). Some kind of smell in the air brings back the memory of all the football games and marching festivals – what I was wearing, who I was with. Even after 30+ years (yikes! did I write that out loud?) that crisp smell in the air does that to me.

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    Barb Pechous says:

    My favorite autumn memory. I always enjoyed surprising my mom, pulling up in her driveway and call her on my cell phone to say, “are you ready to have an outing day”, she’d say okay, where are you, and I’d respond in your driveway, let’s go. And off we would go. One special autumn day we traveled about 100 miles to a state park where we found the most beautiful trees. The colors were amazing and the photos we took turned out great. One tree had these huge yellow leaves, they were beautiful, my mom just had to have one, so she jumped out and quickly picked some from the trees, ran back, like she was thinking she was going to get caught by someone for taking these leaves. It was so funny and it was a great memory I now treasure since mom’s now gone and these trips are now done solo. Thanks for making me think and remember this good memory today.

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    Kimberly says:

    My favorite autumn memory is eating my first caramel apple, which was the most delicious, magical food I’d seen to that point. An apple? YUM. Wrapped in caramel? Jesus really does love me!

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    barb says:

    My favorite autumn memories are celebrating mine and my grandmother’s birthdays in October every year. She used to make me a doll cake where the cake was a beautiful ruffled skirt and a blonde doll had a matching top. Now I make her my famous chocolate banana cake with chocolate buttercream for a special treat!

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    Heather says:

    For me, it was the Halloween party my parents put together for me in middle school. Complete with a haunted house. Since my birthday is so close to Christmas, I never really had a party. I guess that is why it stands out that much more!

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    Amanda W says:

    My favorite memory is going to football games in college in the crisp fall air. I really miss fall now that I live in Florida. I just hope and pray for cooler weather.

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    Shanon L. says:

    My favorite Autumn memory is the epic festive fall weekend we had as kids with our grandparents every year: an apple picking, pumpkin carving, and scarecrow making extravaganza! We’d even have a campfire on Saturday night and roast marshmallows. So simple and so special to have that time with them.

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    Kaitlin McDuffie says:

    My favorite autumn memory is my mom taking me to to the Renaissance Fair for my 17th birthday (October 16th). We had just moved to Annapolis, MD & I didn’t have any friends my age but I had my mom & we had a grand time. Cool weather, colorful leaves, Shakespeare play, costumes, good food.

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    Sheila G. says:

    It took me awhile, but I convinced my godson and goddaughter that pumpkin pie is delicious, not disgusting. Their pleasantly surprised facial expressions is something I won’t forget soon.

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    Ashley says:

    My favorite fall memory would have to be watching my almost one year old son playing in the fallen leaves and experiencing Autumn for the very first time. We never thought we would see this day come and are thanking god everyday for it.

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    Katie Todd says:

    My favorite autumn memory is when my three brothers and I had to rake the leaves in our yard (raking was not the fun memory) First, my oldest brother would rake lines to form a maze in the leaves and then we would play all sorts of games in them from tag, to relay races, to whatever a youngsters brain can think of, then we would rake all the leaves into a giant pile and jump to our hearts content along with all the little bugs that I am sure were lingering in the debris.

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    Sue says:

    My son’s birthday – October 23rd, 21 years ago this year. He was a month early because he was breech, the dr. tried to turn him and broke my water. No matter how many years go by, fall is always “his” time and all the memories from the last 21 years! Thanks so much for this contest – you are amazing.

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    Maggie Ann says:

    My favorite autumn memory: walking through the woods, silent except for the music of nature, reveling at the brilliant blue sky and bright autumn colors as the leaves played in the sunlight.

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    Lauren E. E. says:

    I’m going to give you two memories for the price of one! I have to separate memories into before and after having kids.

    Before kids: Practicing rugby with my college team in New England, looking out at the beautiful foliage, and hearing a lone bag piper walking around the lake nearby.

    After kids: going trick-or-treating for the first time with my adorable son dressed up in his Superman costume. With each house that we went to, he just couldn’t believe his luck.

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    Smedette says:

    My favorite autumn memory is just enjoying autumn. It’s my favorite time of year – I love the food, the holidays, the smells, the clothes, the weather…not to mention my birthday and wedding anniversary.

    But, if I had to pick just one thing, it would be the food. Oh yes, the food.

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    Brittany Johnson says:

    When I think of Fall I think of the grandest holiday ever, Halloween!! First off let me start by saying I don’t condone any of these actions that I am about to share and I believe you should always wear a seat belt!;)
    One Halloween when I was around 12, my Mom and I went with her friend Anna and two kids to a Carnival. The guest list that evening included Spider man, a Flapper, Anna as” A Lady of the Night” (Keeping it classy like Pretty Woman did);) myself as magical Genie and my Mom as an old women wearing a house coat , face mask and carrying a fly swatter to keep the children in line at McDonalds! We drove around in a huge boat like Lincoln Continental car. But when the moment came when all of us kids were in the back seat and Anna took that big boat of a car around in a circle about 10 times in a dead end neighborhood, as we were sliding back and forth, laughing hysterically, I knew that was the best Fall and Halloween ever!

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    Sarah says:

    My favorite part of fall is when you wake up in the morning for a run, and its just barely too cold, but feels perfect when you start running. No one is up, and that sort of fog hangs over everything until the sun starts to rise over the hills is Virginia. Then while walking to class in the morning, I go out of my was to step on exceptionally crunchy leaves. Its sweatshirt and jean weather – the perfect kind of weather. And getting to wear BOOTS! Boots make everything better. So does a grand non fat latte with cinnamon sprinkled on top. Then in the evening I’ll sit on the outdoor patio of my favorite beer/burger hangout with my boyfriend while people watching in little historic downtown and sneak taking picture of him and families walking around. Its also when grocery stores start putting out halloween and thanksgiving decorations, so they have Cinnamon Brooms!

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    Erica Z says:

    My favorite Autumn memory…..decorating the house and pumpkin carving with my son. β™₯

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    Kaia Cross says:

    My favorite fall memory is picking apples up north in the orchards and then sipping hot apple cider while looking at all the fall colors and preparing for Halloween fun!!

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    Jen Krambeck says:

    My favorite autumn memory has got to be my trip I took my youngest daughter to Disney World for her 13th birthday (she turned 16 yesterday yikes!) We went to the Mickey’s not so spooky halloween party at Magic Kingdom and dressed up with my former boss as the Sanderson sisters from Hocus Pocus. I went with camera in hand hoping to get some great shots of fabulous costumes and decor and it turns out….we were the star of the show…even the employees at Disney were stopping us and asking to have their pics taken with us! Was the best time in the world!!!

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    Jilly says:

    When I was in my early 20’s, it seemed with every new fall, there was a new romance. A new sense of being wooed. Hanging out with a background of beautiful colorful leaves, warm hand holding was the best.

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    Jamie B says:

    My favorite autumn memory is 13 years ago when my sweet, sweet husband proposed to me on Sweetest Day! Thank you so much for the chance to win one of those FABULOUS bags!!

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    Jen G says:

    Ah let’s see… my favorite autumn memory… there are so many memories but I’ll say my favorite is how the air smells – cool and crisp, and oh so clean! Even now, it reminds me of waiting at the school bus stop with freshly sharpened pencils wrapped in a nice cozy sweater!

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    Echo Dannelle says:

    My favorite Autumn memory was last year. My son was 18 months old and dressed as a chicken for Halloween. We tried to take him trick-or-treating, but he was more interested in chasing leaves across the yard. So, rather than toting him around town, we just let him play in the yard and hand out candy to the neighborhood kids. I think he had more fun doing that than he would have had walking everywhere.


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    Kristi says:

    My favorite memory of autumn would be the smell of my grandmas cookies and her homemade hot chocolate. It seemed like that was always the time of year she would start baking goodies. Sure miss grandma

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    Maddie says:

    So many autumn memories…
    I remember carving pumpkins when I was younger with my dad and sister in the garage. Since he graduated from Clemson (it’s where he met my mom!), there was always a Tiger Paw on our front porch πŸ™‚

    Beeeautiful blog, by the way!

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    Deb LaPoint says:

    My favorite autumn memory involves everything marching band in high school. Yes I was a band geek!:) From early morning marching practice, great friends, and of course Friday night lights and pigskin jubilee competitions. Such wonderful life lessons learned then and still used today!

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    Autumn/fall is my favorite season. I love the fall colors, the smell of fireplaces burning, scarves & sweaters, I could go on & on.

    Growing up in California, I use to love raking the leaves from our maple tree & then jumping into the giant pile.

    In Alaska, the birch trees are my FAVORITE! Watching them change colors & drop their lives is so symbolic of a changing of the times & seasons. πŸ™‚

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    Jami Jeffcoat says:

    My Fav Autumn memory is from October 2007. I married my best friend. In the wedding process, I also found my love of photography. I’ve always loved to take pictures, but I really started to learn and love the art of it. I entered my first photo in our state fair. I didnt win a prize, but just making it in was an honor, since a lot of peoples work got sent home. A stylish bag would be great to carry my gear!!

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    Lisa says:

    I love everything about Autumn, especially mums and Indian Summer but my favorite memory has to be covering our milk cartons in orange and green construction paper in elementary school and taking them trick-or-treating for pennies to give to UNICEF as a kid.

    Second favorite would be my then 2-year old (now 8!) dressed as Yoda for his first trick or treat experience.

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    Gabby says:

    My favorite autumn memories are the ones we are going to build when our first baby joins us early dec. Can hardly wait.

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    Jules says:

    One of my favorite autumn memories was seeing the Aspen leaves changing in Taos, NM for the first time. It’s like the landscape is on fire with color. Amazing.

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    I have so many wonderful autumn memories it’s hard to pick one. I guess my favorite thing was when I was young going on hikes with my parents and enjoying all the beautiful foliage and just being together. Life was so simple then!

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    Kristen says:

    My favorite fall memory is going to a pumpkin walk in our valley with my husband right after we were married. I loved it so much I make sure we do it every year even though we don’t live there any longer!

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    Darcy says:

    Today is my 39th birthday. I woke up on this gorgeous golden Colorado morning with a strong memory of my mom and the home in which I grew up, remembering how she would always decorate our breakfast bar with sweet handmade garlands on my birthday and have all of the presents from our family lovingly arrayed for a morning of ripping and tearing. My mom passed away last year, so today I’m remembering her and other October joys, like our weekend outings in the mountains, the golden and copper-colored leaves all around us and the crisp, softly smoke-scented air hinting winter. I’ll always love this season.

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    Patricia says:

    Having been born in October, my favorite autumn memories are my childhood birthday parties πŸ™‚

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    Thanks for doing a giveaway! My favorite autum memory- hard to pick just one! I think it’s this: in 2002 my daughter was 3 and we moved to Michigan in with my in-laws (stay with me here-it gets better) and their backyard was enormous! They had tons of trees and we raked the leaves into huge piles. I spent several days jumping, playing, throwing, raking back into piles- with our then toddler. Was so much fun and such a great memory.

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    Lisa says:

    Gosh, I love those bags. My favorite autumn memory is when my husband (then boyfriend) and I drove up to New Hampshire to visit my college roommate and her family and we went apple-picking. I don’t know why autumn always makes me remember this day, but I never fail to smile when I think of it. The weather was beautiful, I was a careless art student, and I accidentally backhanded a nice lady at the orchard with an arm-flinging “it’s over there” movement when I pointed without looking. It was a good day.

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    Cynthia Baute says:

    My favorite Autumn memory was going camping. It was a Friday night and we were hiking to the camp spot, and it started POURING rain (I mean, the skies opened up in a “the gods are angry with you” sort of way – this was not my favorite part). It was a Friday evening (after work). As is the case with this season, nightfall sneaks in earlier and earlier. With the rain slowing us down we found ourselves still walking, in the dark, in the rain, and not yet at our camp spot. Drenched, we finally decided to stop only partway there, just to set up the tent and get out of the rain.

    The next morning we woke up and continued on the path, and all along the way were huge swaths of color where the rain had helped hurry autumn’s falling leaves to the ground. Every step we took was into a river of leaves in differing fall hues. First a swath of sugar maple red, then sweetgum yellow, then oak’s dusky brown. I’ve never forgotten that day.

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    My favorite fall memory is raking leaves with my brothers and sister then jumping in the piles. We would spend all day outside in the leaves. I especially enjoyed making “leaf angles”. So Fun!

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    Brooke says:

    I always look forward to Thanksgiving once the weather cools down. The idea of spending the day with family, telling old stories, teasing each other and stuffing ourselves like a turkey just make me smile.

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    Elizabeth says:

    My favorite memory is a video – my husband is raking leaves into a pile, I am bagging the leaves, and my 2-year-old daughter is taking armloads of the leaves off of the pile and putting them on our dog. I’m glad it’s a video, because otherwise I would have forgotten it. She’s 8 now.

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    Heidi says:

    My favorite Autumn memory is starting right now… the hubby is back from over a year deployment and we can finally enjoy beautiful CO as a family….We missed him so very much… Let the memories begin!

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    Cassie says:

    Fall in Boston as a kid meant trees that glowed like fire but resulted in the thousand and one piles of raked leaves in our yard – but we could jump in those. It also meant my birthday, Halloween costumed themed shared with my brother and 40 first cousins. It meant apple picking and warm apple pies covered with vanilla ice cream. It meant the scent of the air of winter chill but the surprise of an Indian Summer day.

    In San Francisco, it means sun, my kids and my husband and telling them all of these memories and creating our own.

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    I enjoy the fall season with my children picking out their pumpkin at a farm near by. Always look forward to the pumpkin spice latte available once again at Starbucks πŸ™‚ and it’s a beautiful time to take photos with all the pretty colored leaves. But I would have to say my favorite fall memory is watching Peanut’s “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” with my family every year as a child. Now I keep the tradition going with my children πŸ™‚ can’t wait to watch it again πŸ™‚

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    wendy says:

    Last year, on a perfect October day, we packed up the kids and drove up into the mountains. We parked on the side of a service road, and hiked, under a cobalt-blue sky, along the side of a rushing creek. At the top of the trail was a lake, icy turquoise, ringed with yellow-orange maple trees. It was glorious.

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    ashley says:

    Favorite Autumn memory? That’s tough… we don’t really get “autumn” in central texas. I joke that we have Summer and Not Summer. πŸ™‚ i’m enjoying the “autumn” that we have going right now… my son is 4 months old and its so nice to be able to go outside and just watch him take in the sounds and the sights. love it!

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    Melissa says:

    My favorite fall memory right now is of last Halloween. My toddler and my niece holding hands as they walked down the sidewalk trick-or-treating. One adorable butterfly and a sweet princess, holding hands on the hunt for candy. I have a picture, if that increases my odds πŸ™‚

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    Rebecca says:

    My favorite autumn memory is going to the chrysanthemum festival in Tokyo and explaining to two sweet Japanese grandmothers how to pronounce it in English. πŸ™‚

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    Nicole Newby says:

    My favorite memory has to be trick or treating in a little ghost town called Bowring, OK. It’s where my grandmother lives. The town is so small I could go by myself. I can still hear the echo of kids laughing and my scuffling feet inside my mask. I would always save the best for last and I could smell it a block before I reached it, Mrs. Chin’s bright pink popcorn balls. I was always able to talk her into giving me at least two!

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    Kate says:

    I always loved going pumpkin and apple pickin gin the fall and then doing the corn maze. Ah to be a child again!

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    Lelia says:

    My Favorite fall memory is taking my husband apple picking for the first time in his life. It was such a huge part of my life growing up that I couldn’t believe he had never been. it was wonderful day!

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    Wedge says:

    my favorite fall memory might be more winter, but since I’m in CA, fall is pretty extended. We have a gingko tree in our condo complex, and it turns a beautiful shade of yellow. Last December, we were returning from lunch out, and I saw that the leaves were piling up under the tree. My husband took our 2 year old and showed him how to romp in the leaves, and it was amazingly cute and fun.

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    Gina says:

    My favorite fall memory is rolling around in the leaves when my sons were little boys. We would bury each other in the leaves and then jump out. They loved it as did I. Then there were trips to the apple orchard…….I love fall!

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    amy says:

    my favorite memories of fall involve auctions. growing up in the midwest, this time of year reminds me of wagons with coffee and chili dogs, auctioneering, and being in the yard of a big home, its belongings emptied onto hay racks and ready to be sold. i hated this as a child (boooorrrinnnggg) and now seek it out. yum!

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    I have so many memories of going to the pumpkin patch, picking apples, and attending harvest festivals. They’re all sort of one long memory in my mind – none really stand out from the rest.

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    sue stirling says:

    my fave autumn memory is taking my kids to pick the biggest pumpkins (yes, PLURAL!) to carve! What a mess our kitchen was, since we had multiple pumpkins to carve and set out on our porch in the autumn…. My kids are grown adults now…. but we still carve pumpkins together πŸ™‚

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    Kristen says:

    I love autumn for several reasons, but my one favorite memory is picking the wild blueberries with my younger brother and storing them in our upturned shirts as we ran all the way home to share with our parents. We had a blast and may parents loved the blueberries, but looking back, I am not sure if my mom enjoyed the havoc it created when doing laundry. πŸ™‚

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    msdarkstar says:

    My daughter has an October birthday… so my favorite autumn memories are of her birthday parties and trying to make a nice cake every year that somehow ALWAYS failed (cake wouldn’t rise or frosting would be too soupy, etc.) and she never got upset about it nor lamented that she would rather have a store-bought cake.

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    Grace says:

    My favorite autumn memory is from the first year I was in college. I have this really strong, visceral memory of the smell of the rubber floors in my door hall during the first fall rain. I’m coming in from class, exhausted, and about to take a nap. It’s a tiny, perfect moment.

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    Holly says:

    My favorite autumn memory is making a huge pot of chili and watching SEC football with a housefull of my closest friends. Nothing like good food, awesome friends, and football!

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    Meredith Neesvig says:

    I adore autumn because of the weather, the colors, and the pumpkins! Combine all of these things together and you get the first visit to the pumpkin patch with my then 1 16 month old daughter! We had just moved to central AR from South Texas and I discovered pumpkin patches. That first visit was so much fun watching her toddle around trying to pick up the pumpkins in her fall outfit–made me want to eat her up! The weather was crisp and the sky was a brilliant blue–also made for some gorgeous photos. The only thing missing was a cute bag to carry my camera in!! Thanks so much for offering this give away and for bringing my memories of my daughter to the forefront πŸ™‚ Happy Day!

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    favorite autumn memory??!?!! oh my. considering fall is my favorite season this is quite a difficult task! fortunately the potential prize is so very worth it.

    i’d have to say horseback riding in the changing leaves.

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    Suzanne says:

    My favorite fall feeling is the chill in the air. In Houston it is so hot and humid and summer lasts forever. But when I feel that first chilly breezy of the fall, it brings such a good feeling. It reminds me of carving pumpkins and finally being able to enjoy being outdoors without sweating through your clothes. Fall signals the start of hot stews, cuddling, hot cocoa, watching movies by the fire and lots and lots of family gatherings. Those great memories of family always make me feel at home and safe. Its amazing that chilly air can make me feel so many things.

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    Victoria says:

    My favorite autumn memory is when I was little and my sister and I would go up to Old Main hill near where we lived and jumped into piles of fall leaves. I sure miss the seasons now that we live in Arizona πŸ™

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    shawna says:

    i’m not sure i could pick a favorite memory! i grew up in new england, and the smell of dried leaves has always been my favorite part. i particularly loved those first cold mornings when the dew freezes in beautiful frost patterns on the dried red leaves.

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    Susan says:

    I love the change of colors in the leaves. my favorite memory is jumping in them when i was a kid. Thanks.

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    BethHB says:

    My favorite fall memory is the year I was 8, when I dressed up as…something…for Halloween – I’m not exactly sure what I was supposed to be. But I remember the dress. It was an old, vintage, red dress with red polka dots, that my mother found at some costume shop. And it was flowy and swirly and oh so much fun. I could spin and the dress would swirl around me and I thought it was just the prettiest thing in the world. I wore it almost every day in anticipation of Halloween. Of course, Halloween dawned cold and snowy, and I had to put on tights and snow boots and a scarf and big puffy jacket…all covering up my beloved dress. But I made sure nothing touched the skirt. I wanted to still be able to spin. And spin I did, until I was dizzy. It was glorious.

    To this day, I sometimes give skirts the “spin test” before purchasing. They don’t always make the cut.

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    Emilee says:

    My favorite autumn memory is every year, my family and I go to the Fruit Loop (its a group of orchards that sell fresh produce, wine, baked goods, etc.) We pick apples, pears, pumpkins and drink seasonal hot beverages. We visit the animals and ride hay rides. Its so much fun and its the favorite thing we do as a family in autumn.

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    Melody says:

    My favorite autumn memory is the annual field trip to some sort of historical farm, with hayrides and candy-apples, and pumpkins. The weather was perfect, the leaves were changing. The whole thing was magic.

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    KyAnn says:

    I can’t say that I can define one moment as my favorite autumn memory. I love fall so much that all of my faves of the season couldn’t fit into one memory. I love the essence of fall itself-and little pieces of that fit into every moment of fall. I love to hear the crunch and snap of vibrant and colorful leaves beneath my feet. I love to cuddle up in a cozy chair at Starbucks on a chilly afternoon with a good book and a pumpkin spice latte {although, to be honest, I prefer mocha frappes…but they’re icy drinks!}. I love long mid-day strolls along winding roads to admire the beautiful creation that God so artistically created. I love pumpkin patches and roaring fireplaces and chilly-weather clothing and fingerless gloves. I love making huge piles of leaves with my friends and jumping out of them. I especially love photographing each and every gorgeous setting that fall brings about with its vibrant hues and fun-loving nature. I love the memories that spring from fall that I’m able to capture through my lens and savor forever. I love fall!

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    Lisa Coleman says:

    My favorite fall memory is taking my daughter apple picking for the very first time. She was about 7 months old and she loved looking at the apples and the pumpkins. We got great pictures of her sitting in the pumpkin patch and a few good ones of her in our carrier holding on to an apple and trying to eat it. I don’t think I will ever forget that first trip to the Orchard.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Beth says:

    My favorite memory is a Halloween with my parents and my baby boy dressed as a pumpkin. Sharing that new experience as a family

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    jd Steele says:

    For me the fall is a time of reflection. I live in the Pacific Northwest and this is the time of year my husband (this is new since August + I like to say it! πŸ™‚ ) and I have our ANNUAL date. Oh and Yes, we go on more than one a year. But this date…is pretty amazing… Our wedding season has slowed down and we get to have some much needed time together.
    We get up early stop at our favorite coffee shop and hit the road to the Columbia River Gorge. We take our cameras and we take pictures for the day. But, the one thing that makes this so special are the Salmon that are spawning.
    It’s amazing to know how far along they’ve come and how hard they have fought, only to spawn and pass away, to keep the CYCLE OF LIFE in balance. I sit on a rock and watch these fish splash. I sit there and I cry. It moves me to my SOUL. I am a Pisces..not sure if that is connected in any way. But it is a beautiful experience that I look forward to each year. We take pictures of each other and us together…”long arm reach” shots. Then we make our way to the best hole in the wall, greasy burger shack on the West Coast. Then we make the long drive home. Reflecting on what we can do better in the year ahead.
    It’s the cool weather, the leaves dancing, Halloween candy, warm soup, coffee, a glass of red wine + a bubble bath. Its the Salmon spawning, scarves, + much anticipated trips to see FAMILY for the holidays…those are memories…memories meant to be captured. I LOVE THE FALL!
    *love always*
    Rainy in Oregon

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    Cassie says:

    My favorite autumn memory was back when I was younger. During the fall my family, Aunt, Uncle, and cousins would go over to our grandmothers house every fall and rake her entire yard. All of my cousins and siblings are very close in age together so we were all so little so it was a lot of fun! We would play all sorts of games with each other as we collected the leaves in the piles. We’d make the biggest piles and jump into them at the end, then we would just lay there and stare up at the clouds and tell each other the different things we saw as the clouds formed shapes.

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    Ah, what is it about fall? Every year since I was in 7th grade we have been going to Door County, WI for a fall weekend. I have so many memories of that place. From being an angs y teenager embarrassed to be on vacation with my parents to celebrating my first wedding anniversary there to bringing my own children and showing them the sights. And even thought it is now a 6 hour drive, we still meet my parents and sister every fall.

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    Louise says:

    I am Australian, so didn’t really experience my first fall (autumn!) until I moved to Montreal in 2008. It was amazing to watch the leaves change colour, to feel the crispness in the air (I was also about to experience my first real winter too!) and marvel over the abundance of pumpkins and Halloween paraphernalia! But that is not my most favourite fall memory: skip forward to a year later, fall 2009, and I have just started dating my boyfriend. We are lying in the park under the trees, wrapped in cozy jackets and scarves (still a novelty to me!), holding hands and watching the leaves fall, talking and laughing and enjoying the flush of falling in love. It was a perfect moment for me, and is most definitely my favourite Fall memory!

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    My favorite Fall memory is when I moved from California to northern Minnesota and not having the colors like they do here in MN. We had lots of trees around the house which meant lots of leaves so my 3 kids took it upon themselves to make a huge pile of leaves then they hid inside and called for me…..they did such a good job covering up that I didn’t see them at first……..now it’s my favorite time of the year. Thank you Ashley, Lindsay & Anson for one of the best 1st memories of moving to MN!

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    Amber W says:

    My fav autumn memory is the changing of the leaves and the cooler weather.

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    Kinsey says:

    Last fall a friend convinced me to go to a corn maze right before it closed for the night. It was freezing cold, pitch black, and full of screaming teenagers–it was GREAT. Afterwards we got kettle corn and fudge, which are perfect fall foods.

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    Kathy says:

    I love the smells of autumn; woodsmoke and crunchy leaves. I love the warm days and cool, cool nights. I love going for a run in shorts and long sleeves, maybe adding thin gloves if it’s really cool. I love the sunrises and sunsets and a wide blue October sky. I love it over and over every autumn. It’s just so grand!

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    Launa says:

    We lived in a not so seasonal part of the country when I was growing up but even so my favorite part of the fall season is Thanksgiving… there is something so nice about having dinner together, cleaning up and then taking a nice, lazy walk around the neighborhood!! Good times!

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    Meredith says:

    Watching the leaves change colors and playing in the leaves.

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    Sara Mc. says:

    My favorite memory is going to my first OU football game with my 3 sisters. Fall brings my fave season – football season! The 4 of us riding to the stadium, laughing our heads off, face tattooed with OU stickers, and finding a good parking spot in someone’s yard. (that’s how we roll in OK) Going to the game was great and it was even better with my sister Lauren, who isn’t really into sports, screaming her head off and being so wrapped in what’s going on. It was great and a treasured memory.

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    Meg P says:

    My favorite Autumn memory? I could tell you it was the Halloween that I dressed up as a Gypsy; I could tell you it was my first Homecoming dance; I could tell you that I don’t have a ‘favorite’, but instead list everything that makes me embrace Autumn – the wind storms, the crispy air, the beautiful colors, cider, pumpkins, and everything else. But if I told you any of those things, I would be lying because my favorite Autumn memory was the day my amazing son was born. Since then (almost 4 years ago), nothing could possibly compare.

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    Ramona says:

    Fav Autumn memory is getting married on a gorgeous Oct day (my granny’s birthday . . miss you so much β™₯) and the honeymoon after! πŸ˜€

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    elsie t says:

    my favorite autumn memories are going to the pumpkin patch with my 2 kids to pick the best looking pumpkin to carve.

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    June says:

    Autumn for me brings back memories of the smoke from slow burning bonfires of smoldering leaves at the bottom of the garden. The drifting hazy from the fire making the russet and red leaves yet to fall, dance in the mist of the smoke. I love it!!!

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    Belinda says:

    My sons, Keith and Eric, were born in autumn. At home. On our living room couch. With family, siblings and midwife to assist and cheer me on. Although every memory of their childhood is precious to me, none compare to the beauty and wonder of seeing their sweet faces for the first time, and welcoming them into their new lives. During the bittersweet season of fall, when the life cycle of the natural world has reached its end, giving birth to new life was like holding the promise of spring in my arms πŸ™‚

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    Dyxie says:

    I love the smell of burning leaves, or fireplaces. When I smell this, I know it’s autumn. That smell brings back so many wonderful memories of my childhood.

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    Arenda says:

    my favourite fall memory – finding out last september that i was pregnant with our beautiful boy! πŸ™‚

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    Trina Raymond says:

    My Autumn memory isn’t really a memory but a full sensory of all things autumn, crisp autumn leaves shinning in the indian summer sun, the feel of crunching leaves under my boot as I am hiking through the woods, taking pictures of joyful kids as they throw leaves at me or at each other, the smell of good ol fashion pumpkin pie, the taste of juicy turkey for Thanksgiving. This is Autumn to me πŸ™‚

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    The lovely folks over at Epiphanie have just introduced me to your blog. Love it!

    My favorite autumn memories are the ones I’ve made since moving to Italy’s Amalfi Coast – learning to watch so closely to see how the seasons change all over again. I love to watch the leaves on the grape vines change colors and the vines grow heavy under the ripe grapes, and the scent of the wine fermenting in the air. The cool breezes that blow down the mountains at night and the annual chestnut festival. Sometimes it takes a change of place to really learn how to look.

    Thanks for the chance to win an Epiphanie bag!

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    Sarah says:

    Autumn is the season that can make anything memorable, but my favorite autumn memory was just created this fall. My third sweet little girl was born on September 6th. It is a wonderful season to bring home a newborn blessing!

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    Christine says:

    walking to school through knee-high drifts of colored leaves while biting into a freshly baked ginger snap from my neighbor

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    Sara T says:

    My favorite autumn memory is pilling all the leafs into huge piles and jumping and running around in them as a kid.

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    Doreen says:

    My husband and I fell madly in love in the fall… and to this day it remains our favourite season. My very best memories are the long, sunny afternoons that we spent hand in hand, walking and talking our way through the leaves. Sigh….

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    Elizabeth Rowley says:

    My favorite memory would have to be the first year I took my daughter to the Pumpkin walk in town. People get together and make themed vignettes with pumpkins. It’s so fun and she LOVED it!

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    ash says:

    my all-time favorite fall memory is when my grandmother came to visit us in new orleans. every last leaf had fallen off the trees in our backyard and we raked them into a “leaf house.” after we had used the leaves to make the outline of our house, we filled the rooms with toys and chairs and tables and played in it for 3 days. i don’t think i have many childhood memories happier than that one!

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    Chelsey says:

    I absolutely LOVE fall! My favorite season by far! Love the colors, the crisp air, wearing layers, uggs and scarves, and pumpkin spice lattes! Since I’m Canadian, one of my favorite fall memories is Thanksgiving as we celebrate it here in October. Family, food and fun!

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    Amy Perry says:

    Autumn, it’s a season that brings about warm events and is kept through wonderful memories.

    One of my favorite memories was from last Autumn. My significant other and the family decided to solve a corn maze! We arrived at what we thought was the location. As we drive into the farm, we realize it was a cherry orchard! We saw a sign flipped upside down that said “MAZE THIS WAY”. We thought we might as well continue down the dirt path. It was long and windy, and everyone was beginning to become a little creeped out. We saw a car come onto the path as well, most likely trying to find the maze we were looking for. We end up leaving as the farm was completely dark, but the car that was behind us was no where to be found. We all decided to wait until we saw the car exit safely. It took 5 minutes until the car came out. We drove around for a little bit until we finally saw lights (finally) and many signs pointing to that direction saying “corn maze up ahead!”

    We arrived, grabbed a map, and entered the corn maze. It was huge. We had to not only find the exit, but find the special places on the map and mark it to be one of the winning groups who completed the entire maze. It took about an hour. It was very fun, although the men were very competitive about it and always knew “the right way” haha. πŸ™‚ We were all very chilly afterward. So of course we went over to the outdoor dining area which was filled with smells of hot apple cider and cinnamon roasted nuts. We all got some hot apple cider and sat around to enjoy the beauty of the Autumn nature around us.

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    Courtney says:

    My favorite part about autumn is the changing of the temperature from high 90’s in the summer to a beautiful 70’s and lower. The atmosphere of the fall season just brings a calming and relaxing feel too.

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    kara abbey says:

    autumn is my least favorite and yet favorite time of year – least favorite because it means winter is right around the corner – favorite because my birthday falls smack dab in the middle of the season πŸ˜€ i have so many awesome birthday memories – but my favorite autumn memory has to be the yearly “Autumn Glory” weekend at my family’s lake house in MD. it’s always beautiful and crisp and cool and an amazing time to be together as a family. it’s easily one of my favorite weekends of the year!

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    Teressa H says:

    Going to the pumpkin patch with my boys. That was always a great time.

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    Em says:

    Weekly eclectic potluck dinner parties with a big group of beloveds. There was always wine… a great deal of wine. I remember fogged windows from the heat of our cooking and conversation; then walks home under streetlamps; linked wool-sweatered elbows; the scrape of boots through leaves on cold sidewalks; steamy breath of whisky and Gauloises.
    We called this “Movie Night.”

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    Kelly. Anderson says:

    I don’t just have a favorite memory of fall. I have a favorite moment. Its the very first time that you can smell fall. And it can happen out of the blue. Its the day you grab your sweater after months of it being in the closet. Its that day that you walk outside and you can just smell it. Probably that night you finally put the warm blankets back on your bed. Warm, cozy again.

    My favorite autumn moment though was last year when I went camping for the first time. I went with my husband and my best friends and we chose the worst weekend that fall! It was raining, and freezing, and we were right by the ocean. We.spent 99 percent of the time huddled together by the fire, warming our fingers, (and our butts) because we were soaked to the bone. But it was one of the best times I had ever had. Now camping just isn’t camping unless there is some survival to it. πŸ™‚

    It was so nice to read everyone elses memories. Fall is my favorite.

    Hearts! <3

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    Carolyn Helen says:

    My favorite memory is jumping in a huge pile of leaves as a 4 year old….not a care in the world! (sometimes I wish I could recapture that laissez-faire!)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    nursesweet at gmail dot com

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    Aarika says:

    Definitely favorite autumn memory is trick or treating with tons of my cousins and my brother and sister all around my grandparents’ neighborhood in a giant pack of wild, candy-fueled hellions.

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    cs white says:

    My favorite fall memory is my wedding. As of tomorrow, it will be 10 years ago!

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    Katie says:

    As a kid, my parents used to pack the car up once every autumn to take us to visit the apple orchards about a half hour away from where we lived. We had a farm and didn’t have much money, but my parents made it a point to go every year. We’d drink apple cider, pick out pumpkins, and stock up on apples. Oh, how I miss being a kid!!

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    gillian says:

    Autumn is my favorite season. Living on the west coast of Canada it has always been a rainy season, which for me means inspiration and an inner drive to be crafty. “Inspiration?!” you say. Why yes. The needles and bark of the evergreens, citrus coloured leaves on the ground and dangling by pure might from their branches, mistic greys and blues of the rocks, glowing golds and greens of the grass… they are all a bit deeper in colour beneath the coating of autumn rain. Like they are happier to be there.

    For a time I was lucky enough to live on the edge of the ocean in a cabin with no power, and a fireplace. That is where I found my drive and inspiration to be creative again. To let my heart sing in vivid clashing colour just like the world around me in the autumn. I am so very grateful for that time in that cabin with no distractions.

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    Kirsten says:

    My favorite fall memory (so far) is taking my daughter apple picking last year. She wasn’t even one yet and was still being toted around on my husband’s back but she loved the farm. She loved seeing the animals and sitting on the tractors. And I loved wandering through the trees and munching apples as we filled our bags with pounds and pounds of delicious fresh produce.

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    Terebene says:

    One fall we went to a giant corn maze. We lost the map and we ended up wandering around forever in costumes. Now we laugh about it but at the time, I thought we’d never get out. πŸ™‚

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    Sarah Andreotti says:

    My favorite autumn memory is playing out in our yard with my sister and neighbor when we were younger raking up “leaf houses” that we would then play in. I have no idea where we got that idea from, but we could do it for hours!

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    Wow! What a wonderful giveaway! Hmmmm…I miss picking apples in the orchard in Connecticut. Just thinking about the beautiful colors and yummy apples.

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    My grandmother’s homemade pumpkin pies. I can smell them now, just remembering. I miss her.

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    Jenn says:

    My favorite autumn memory is my first few days of first grade. My best friend (whose name was also Jenn) and I dressed exactly the same. We took pictures, modeling our outfits and new backpacks, and climbed on the school bus. I loved the first few days at school adjusting to classes, getting to know my teacher, using my fresh new school supplies, and feeling ever so much more grown up than those little kindergarteners : )

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    kayla says:

    hmmm… my favorite memory, well. growing up in SE TX. we didn’t really experience autumn. it is more like summer all year long. but since moving to WV I have loved autumn the most. being able to see the leaves change has been amazing.

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    Courtney Stevens says:

    Fall is my favorite season in Iowa – it’s the crisp air, the surprising color of the leaves on the trees and the sun that shines through it all. In fall, I see that change is imminent, and now more than ever in my shit-kicking life, I look forward to change. The fresh beauty outside leads me to believe that life keeps on, ever-changing.

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    Heather Fiedler says:

    My favorite autumn memory. Hummmm….. That is hard for me to pin point ONE thing because the fall is by FAR my favorite holiday. But if I have to pick one it would be going to the pumpkin patch when I was little and picking out my own pumpkin fresh from the vine and eating pumpkin ice cream.

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    Janet says:

    A fun autumn memory: homecoming night in high school. I’d always go with a group of girl friends and have a ridiculously fabulous time.

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    Abby says:

    Riding my horse one cool crisp morning, surrounded by mist so thick you could barely see the ground, leaves falling from the trees like an eerie sort of rain. Felt like we were the only creatures in existence. Have never forgotten it, to this day is one of my most beautiful and haunting memories.

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    My favorite memory : going to a cemetery for a photo assignment with my husband and my 2 girls. The sun, the crispy air, the beautiful colors, and seing my 2 daughters playing in the leafs, earring their laughters, while reading the tombs and thinking how life is short, and how you should grab it, enjoy it before it’s too late. The contrast between the nature ready to go to sleep, the testament of all the lifes that were and past, and 2 children having everything to look forward.

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    Elaine L says:

    Returning to our little house on Lake Superior after our honeymoon, to find all the leaves had turned the most beautiful autumn colors while we had been gone. 19 years ago last Monday…..

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    Lisa Beard says:

    First of all – this is an awesome giveaway, so thank you! I have many fall memories as my birthday, my husband and I anniversary and Thanksgiving (my favorite holiday) are in the fall Time with family, crisp, clean air and some of my favorite foods, not to mention leaves changing, falling and then blowing in the wind, the crisp bite of the first Michigan apple, fall thunderstorms. Fall is my favorite time of year for all these reasons, but if I had to pick one memory it would be the day I married the love of my life on a beautiful fall day in 2003!

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    kari says:

    Favorite autumn memory…. Taking my daughter pumpkin shoppin’ at the pumpkin patch β™₯

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    Leslie Nyholm says:

    Oh my……that’s a long list of memories above me…wow!
    My favorite Autumn memory was the birth of my son, Hawkins! Never thought the day would arrive…….

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    Staci says:

    My favorite memory of fall has to be carving pumpkins with my sister, it has become our tradition. We started out carving one or two pumpkins each for Halloween and we now do anywhere from 15 to 20 pumpkins. Our house is always the highlight of the neighborhood with pumpkins everywhere.

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    Helen Jane says:

    These memories are amazing. I like you people.

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    Taking my boys to the park, letting them jump in huge piles of leaves—parked right next to the stream. Oh and bonus—I cleaned out the car while they played πŸ™‚

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    My favorite fall memory was the time I spent in New Hampshire many years ago. Getting to see the leaves change in such vast expanses of woods was a treat. So beautiful!

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    Regina says:

    Apple picking at the apple orchard! Candy apples and corn on the cob and hayrides! πŸ™‚

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    K says:

    My favorite fall memory is walking home from school every day crunching through all the leaves until we passed by the chestnut tree. We would stop and collect chestnuts and pods. To this day, I’ve never seen another chestnut tree but that tree has always been my favorite!!!

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    Lisa says:

    I have fond memories of picking out pumpkins with my children. We have beautiful fall weather and it is great to get our boots on and slosh through the mud.

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    Favoite memory is going to the local haunted houses with my aunts and cousins – boy did we have fun!! Also here in East Tennessee we get the amazing fall colors – WOW!!!

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    One of my favorite autumn memories is a specific hayride/bonfire that our youth group held, when I was about 16. Looking back, I don’t know why it’s a favorite; I’m not in close contact with the people I was hanging out with, anymore, and we didn’t do anything that special or fun. But I do remember really enjoying the moments, just really living in that experience, and the beautiful fall colors, and the heat of the bonfire… I sometimes wish I could go back to those days. πŸ™‚

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    My favorite autumn memory is from when I was little and we lived in Colorado. We were wondering in the woods collecting aspen leaves. My mother tells me that I had a huge bag of leave to take home and I always hide them in the top drawer of my dresser!

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    Jamie K says:

    Visiting my sister’s home for the first time after she moved to Boise, ID (we grew up in Seattle). She told me that she moved into a 120-year old home in a beautiful historic area of the city. We arrived in late October. Her huge wide street was literally snowing giant bright yellow, orange, and red oak leaves. We took our two year old son for a walk and he was AMAZED at all the colors falling around him. I can still see it so clearly to this day (12 years later!). Thanks so much for this amazing giveaway! I have a Canon T3i that would be much happier in an Epiphanie bag than shoved into my much too small and not nearly as stylish “mom-purse”. Crossing my fingers.

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    Melissa says:

    My favorite Autumn memory is driving down the Natchez Trace in Louisiana and Mississippi, camera in hand, and ready to photograph all the gorgeous foliage.

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    Jody Rollins says:

    My favorite memory of Autumn is going to my grandpa’s garden where he grows his pumpkins. Each year he would grow a special pumpkin for each of us grandkids (9 total) with our names formed onto the side. We would check on them as they grew. When they were finally big enough, we would go get our amazing pumpkin, feel the scarred area on the side of the pumpkin that formed our name, and wonder how grandpa made the pumpkin grow with our names…a little Fall magic and a special memory of my Grandpa.

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    cella lile says:

    I always plan a scavenger hunt for all our friends in the fall and it is so much fun! They all want to be the first car back so they can win and sing me a song!! After everyone gets back we have a fire and roast hotdogs…..good times!!

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    Mir says:

    My favorite Fall memory will forever be the first time we raked leaves into a pile and let my firstborn hurl herself into it, over and over. She was about 18 months old and clearly convinced we’d lost our minds, letting her make such a mess. She’s a teen, now. Think I can convince her to do it again? πŸ˜‰

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    amy j. says:

    i can’t think right off of a fav. fall memory, but i love seeing the change in color on the leaves.

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    Tammy Hunt says:

    I have several autumn memories,mostly with my family picking out pumpkins, eating pumpkin spice donuts and drinking cider. I love the hunt for the perfect pumpkin, once I was in Tennesee and found “the perfect pumpkin” and took it on the plane with me through Chicago O’hare airport and back home to Indiana πŸ™‚

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    Bec says:

    My favorite autumn memory- 8 years ago this month I married my best friend! Of course, I live in Southern California where the name “fall” doesn’t mean there are any leaves on the ground, though. My favorite leaves-on-the-ground memory is definitely from my oldest son’s first year when he and my husband and I went for a walk and my husband crunched every leaf along the way, much to the delight of my then-9-month-old, who laughed so hard at every crunch! But again, since this is Southern California the leaves-on-the-ground stuff doesn’t happen until January, so that’s not really fall at all! πŸ˜‰

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    Laura says:

    Autumn memory… about 5 or 6 yrs ago… we had a puppy and it was his first experience with fall leaves… add that mischievous puppy with my then-2 year old daughter… the two of them jumping in leaves, so so precious!
    Thanks for the giveaway!!
    hartmommy (at) gmail (dot) com

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    Chantel Robinson says:

    Oh my gosh!! If I had to pick one it would be taking my kids to the pumpkin patch to pick their pumpkins. I love everything about fall. The cooler weather, baking, the smells,and especially the time with family!!!!

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    Jana says:

    My favorite autumn memories when I was a kid is collecting leaves and pinecones πŸ™‚ and horse chestnuts in the park, walking in a leafy labyrinth and kicking leaves πŸ™‚

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    Hannah says:

    My favorite autumn memory would be something that happened on my not-so-sweet sixteenth birthday. The day I turned sixteen I was expecting so much, but instead I received a huge disappointment. My parents didn’t throw me an extravagant party or anything. Instead of a cake I was given a measly muffin-yes, a muffin, not even a cupcake. Despite being devastated, everything turned out ok when my family took me out to eat at a nice restaurant and on top of that I was given my first DSLR camera. I still have that camera and now that I look back on that day it makes me laugh at how horrible it was at first, but in the end I had a great day. πŸ™‚

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    Teresa Mibeck says:

    My favorite fall memory is of a trip to an amazing historic farm to pick apples ourselves, press our own apple cider, ride a hayride, picnic under trees of beautiful colors. This a peaceful breathtaking trip that surrounds us in cooler weather and warmer colors that signal the beginning of my favorite time of year.

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    Bridgette L says:

    My favorite autumn memory is watching my little boy frolic in the piles of leaves for the very first time. It was such a magical moment for him and the huge smile on his face and constant giggling made my heart sing!

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    Nancy says:

    Thank you soooooooo much! My favorite memory is raking leaves into piles, jumping in them and then roasting marshmallows over them when dad would set them on fire!

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    Brittany Johnson says:

    When I think of Fall I think of the grandest holiday ever, Halloween!! First off let me start by saying I don’t condone any of these actions that I am about to share and I believe you should always wear a seat belt!;)
    One Halloween when I was around 12, my Mom and I went with her friend Anna and two kids to a Carnival. The guest list that evening included Spider man, a Flapper, Anna as” A Lady of the Night” (Keeping it classy like Pretty Woman did);) myself as a magical Genie and my Mom as an old women wearing a house coat , face mask and carrying a fly swatter to keep the children in line at McDonalds! We drove around in a huge boat like Lincoln Continental car. But when the moment came when all of us kids were in the back seat and Anna took that big boat of a car around in a circle about 10 times in a dead end neighborhood, as we were sliding back and forth, laughing hysterically, I knew that was the best Fall and Halloween ever!

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    Corinna says:

    Hmmm… Autumn is my favorite time of year, so there’s so much to choose from. Birthday is next week, so every birthday memory ever counts. Incredible colors where I grew up on the east coast, and now yellow yellow yellow since I live in Colorado and fall turns everything gold here. Pumpkin carving parties with my bestie every year. Turtlenecks, boots, gloves. Dark morning runs with crisp (but not cold) air. Yeah, love autumn – and Epiphanie.

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    heathercoo says:

    My favourite Autumn memory happens every single year. That 1st day you step outside and you can see the leaves have changed and you can smell the crisp air. Gets me every time.

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    Cristy Jeter says:

    One of my favorite autumn memories are from our family camping trips that my dad took us on every year the day after Thanksgiving! We sang around the campfire & had a great time! He’s now taking my kids & I know they are making some great memories just like I did!!

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    Buffie Brown says:

    All my kids are grown now with kids of their own; but love the memories of decorating for fall, all four helping… tons of little hands… carving the pumpkins and then have to bake the seeds… making the pies… the kitchen in a complete WONDERFUL mess. And this “MAMAW” will make sure to do with her beautiful grandchildren…

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    MrsKraft says:

    My wedding three years ago!!!

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    Mindy says:

    I love everything about Fall, but the memories that stand out the strongest are Friday night high school football games watching my boyfriend (now husband) play and then cuddling up with hot chocolate and hanging out with friends.

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    I love her bags! So pretty! My favorite autumn memory is always the pumpkin patch. Something about seeing all those adorable pumpkins all lined up gets me in the mood for some hot apple cider!


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    Ally says:

    Walking through the autumn leaves,
    Wearing sweaters (with long sleeves),
    Drinking pumpkin flavoured chai,
    With the boy who caught my eye.

    (My boyfriend and I started dating in fall
    It has the fondest memories of all!)

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    Mikayla says:

    My favorite all memory is when my sister and I jumped through leaves in our neighbors yard and we thought it was the most dangerous thing we had ever done. (:
    I would DIE to win, seriously DIE (;

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    Debbie W says:

    going to my grandmother’s house and finding tins and tins of every single kind of cookie she knew how to make – the best part about Thanksgiving.

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    Nicole Cashen says:

    My favorite fall memory is getting married, 7 years ago! I absolutely LOVE October and it was so much fun to be so happy and in love to enjoy the weather, colors, pumpkins, etc. I also had a baby girl 5 years ago in October, so it’s a pretty good month at our house πŸ™‚

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    Sarah K says:

    I hired my neighbor to photograph my 3 little girls. As I stood and watched her pose them in the fall leaves I totally was in the moment, taking mental pictures, thinking of how fast they grow and the years come.

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    shannon Kennedy says:

    Autumn birng back memories with its amazing scents. Baking apple pie in the oven reminds me of annual apple picking trips and running through the orchards with family…. the scent of pumpkin spice latte reminds me of hanging out with my sister bundled up at the kids soccer games… pumkpin carving, raking leaves, bon fires, autumn is a warm season inside even if its a little chilly on the outside!!

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    Elizabeth Grace says:

    My favorite memory of Fall is in Maine, walking with my sister home from school, kicking and running and jumping and rolling in the leaves. It was one of the few carefree moments for us in what was a very turbulent time in our lives.

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    I love going out first thing in the morning and smelling the scent of fall. It is just a faint hint, but it is there and you know fall is truly coming. And that means sweaters. Which make me happy.

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    Elizabeth Mcleod says:

    I love autumn, cause the leaves fall off the trees and i watch my 2 girls play in them, they laugh and dance, its so beautiful, i can never get a great photo cause i am always laughing and smiling at them, oh and dancing in the leaves with them…

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    Charlene says:

    How can I choose a favorite fall memory!!! I started dating my hubby on this day (Oct. 5, 2003), Moved to California with him (October 7, 2004) and Married him (October 11, 2008). Fall is my favorite time of year! LOVE IT, and love the bag!!!

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    Emily says:

    Fall reminds me of growing up in Vermont – my mom was big into roasting pumpkin seeds. It also makes me remember running out in the dark to catch the school bus and the one time there were decorative gourds littering our driveway. Later my mom said she had been throwing them from the front door at a cat in heat. Awesome. A new use for those fall decorations!

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    Alyse says:

    Growing up in Florida, it was always a big deal when it became fall because it meant sub tripple-digit temperatures! One year, I must have been around 6 or 7 years old, it frosted on Halloween day. Frost! You can imagine the excitement of a kid who’s never seen snow to see frozen water at the least–and on a Holiday! Trick-o-treating was spent bundle up so you could barely see our costumes, but it didn’t matter–the frost was totally the best part.

    I’m 21 now and I still haven’t had a better Halloween πŸ™‚

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    Lauren Watson says:

    my favorite fall memory is making pumpkin chocolate chip cookies with my mom

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    Lauren says:

    my favorite fall memory is going to the pumpkin patches and making pumpkin pie

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    Tammy M says:

    I remember all of the traditional autumn things growing up that I loved to do and even as I grew older doing those same things with my friends and family but right now I have to say that my favorite memory would have to be the last few years having my boyfriend take me to a certain spot during peak foliage so I can photograph the beauty of the colors. I know that it’s not his favorite thing to do, but he does it for me.

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    Fall reminds me of going into the forest
    with my dad and our dogs to find chestnuts.
    After a long walk finding chestnuts we made a fire in our garden and threw in chestnuts and sweet potato.
    Just waiting around the fire for the chestnuts and sweet potato to get roasted was the most exciting thing for me.

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    Liz says:

    My best memory of autumn has got to be our family trips to the Renaissance Festival in Texas. The costumes, the accents, the mud beggars, the “Flaming Idiots” (jugglers), the washer women, the Scotsman who was selling insults for a dollar each, playing Red Rover with the royal princesses, eating giant turkey legs and drinking out of huge goblets, the jousting tournaments and fireworks – attended by the King and Queen – at the end of the day. It’s just gorgeous, silly, FUN.

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    Debbie says:

    My favorite fall memory is when I was around 5 and we lived at our old house. We had an acre of land and my dad spent the day making my sister and I “roads” in the leaves for us to drive our bikes around on. Plus the occasional leaf pile to jump into!

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    Jennie says:

    For the past seven years, my husband and I, along with two of our good friends (and their young sons), make a trek up to Apple Hill to pick pumpkins, eat apple pie, drink apple cider, and peruse the craft booths. It’s an annual fall tradition I look forward to each year.

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    Heidi Seyer says:

    As a kid in rural South Dakota, my favorite childhood autumn memory was going to β€œAunt Minnie’s Attic”, which was a lovely boutique owned by my neighbor and located on a farm out in the middle of nowhere. Despite the location, it was bustling with people every October and offered shoppers the most amazing sensory overload … sounds of a vintage player piano that β€œmysteriously” played old tunes, tastes of intricately decorated cut-out-cookies, smell of homemade cider with a perfect hint of cinnamon, sight of lovely antiques and fall-themed crafts that captivated young and old eyes alike. And, it was even my first business opportunity as I helped my mom grow and package pumpkins and gourds to sell there. It was the 1980’s version of Etsy in rural South Dakota! But, the best part was tip-toeing up the old, creaky stairs of the turn-of-the-century farm home the shop was in… to the attic! With each step, my heart would race – with excitement and perhaps fear – of the haunted house that awaited us. I can still hear my neighbor’s witch cackle laugh. There was something enchanting about this one-of-a-kind shop called Aunt Minnie’s Attic – the fragrant food, the colorful crafts, the mystical music, the crisp country air, the loving laughter, the amazing-ness that is autumn.

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      Heidi Seyer says:

      **And as I read your blog more and more Helen, I realize the owner of the shop was a lot like you — party planner, creative person extraordinaire! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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    Carrie says:

    Skipping through Hyde Park the first autumn I lived in London kicking the leaves with new boots and feeling happy and content for the first time in months. I love autumn.

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    Kelly W says:

    I love going to pick out our pumpkin(s) for the year. Carving them with family is always fun.

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    Erin says:

    My favorite Autumn memory was, is and will always be raking up the leaves just to jump in them πŸ™‚

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    Linda says:

    Favorite Autumn Memory: is always about how food changes with the weather, we start having chili, and soup of all kinds – butternut squash soup is a favorite. The appreciation of the family for the delicious food (if you are the chef!) and eating outside around a fire is even better!

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    Fall (autumn) in Australia is quite different, but it’s my most favourite time of the year as the relenting heat starts to dissipate, the sun gets up later and goes to bed earlier, the rain starts to fall and everything smells different, like life is returning to the earth.

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    Lori Acciavatti says:

    Taking the kids to the pumpkin farm, running through the corn maze and hay bale fortress, riding on the 55 gal drum train and finishing it all off with a hot spiced cider and carmel drizzled over cookie topped pumpkin brownies in the snack shop.

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    Natasha Nicholson says:

    My favorite autumn memory is of my son’s first autumn (2008). My friend and I took our babies out for some photos in the leaves. The babies were only 7 months and 3 months (my son). We bought mini pumpkins and set up a cute little scene for them. Then we took pics of each of us with our baby. The pic of me and my son is still one of my favorites – he gave one of his first big smiles for the camera as I held him. I LOVE it!!!

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    Natasha Nicholson
    Precious Expressions Photography

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    Karla Schroeder says:

    My favorite fall memory is of my children piling up leaves and jumping into them over and over again!

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    chaesq says:

    Every autumn, on my birthday, my mother writes me a beautiful note or poem in her native language (Korean), expressing all the things in writing that are difficult for her to say face-to-face. Her writing is so honest, lush, evocative and lovely, and I weep every October 31st, both from the weight of the depth of her love for me, and from the sheer sensitivity with which she handles language.

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    Lauren Plummer says:

    my favorite autumn memory has become halloween trick or treating with my twins… They love dressing up and I love the joy they have!

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    brooke says:

    my favourite autumn memory: raking up the leaves into a humongous pile and never tiring of playing in them!

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    Lori C says:

    My favorite fall memory is going on a hayride with my two young sons, drinking hot chocolate, and singing songs. We had so much fun that day, that we still talk about it years later.

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    Tina M says:

    My favorite autumn memory has to be my first trip to kyoto, Japan. We had fun!!

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    Meredith Meyer says:

    I love autumn, always have. My Birthday is the first day of Autumn so I have always felt that it is “my” season. I love the beautiful colors, the sights, sounds, feel and smell of Autumn, I savor it every year. I soak it in. But one of my favorite Autumn memores involves my 2 Autumn babies. I took my children to pay in the freshly fallen leaves at a local park with a giant marble slide. We had so much fun romping through the leaves – they were nearly knee high. My youngest – just a baby, had never laughed and giggled so hard. Going down that slide into a giant pile of leaves was priceless! I took some incredible pictures that truly captured our mood and the crisp beauty of that day, every time I see them I smile and chuckle a bit.

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    Claudia A says:

    One of my absolute favorite fall memories is of going to see my boyfriend play high school football, I loved bundling up and going out there to support him, and now to watch him coach! I also love all the scents fall brings..burning leaves, pumpkins,all the baking that goes on! And of course, pumpkin spice lattes! <3

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    Marilyn says:

    Thanksgiving at my grandmother’s…cliche, I know. But my job was always to pull up the potatoes my grandma had grown and wash/skin them for mashed potatoes. To this day, I consider myself a mashed-potato expert πŸ™‚ Looveeee southern cookin’!

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    Kendall says:

    Best memory of fall would definitely have to be getting GROUNDED for running my finger through the pumpkin pie at family thanksgiving one year. Not funny then, but hilarious now…and still totally worth it.

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    Kaylie says:

    When it got cool enough, my step-brother and I would make “umbrella pods” in the drive way. We’d gather all the umbrellas in the neighborhood and open them all up in a giant dome around us. Best part–when it actually rained, all the parents would be like, “Where the heck is my umbrella!?”

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    Lin Harris says:

    My favorite Autumn memory is taking our 3 kids to the local pumpkin patch. We found the biggest pumpkin we could, and the kids took turns pushing, pulling and rolling the pumpkin to the checkout stand. The kids were so proud of their BIG pumpkin, and my husband and I got a little trip down memory lane at the same pumpkin patch our parents took us to as kids.

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    Nicole Melton says:

    I have several great memories from the fall, but one of my favorites was three years ago. I had just started college and was feeling a little lonely. I wasn’t as into photography at the time as I am now, but it was a beautiful afternoon. There were fall leaves on the ground and it was the perfect weather. I decided to go to the park and take my camera along. I got on the swings by myself and swung for awhile by myself. It was so peaceful. I don’t remember ever feeling that peaceful alone before. After that, I got up and just started taking pictures everywhere. I got on the ground and took pictures and just got very creative. That was probably the most peaceful day or at least one of the most peaceful days. Also, after that day I was really inspired to take more and more pictures. Now I take them all the time. True story. It was a great memory, like I said lol. πŸ™‚

    Oh & I love Epiphanie bags!

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    Mary says:

    Go to the University of Texas, so fall means football and the Red River Shoot Out!!! Can’t wait to go and take lots of pictures and make memories πŸ™‚

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    Kirsten says:

    I love walking in the crunchy leaves, and jumping in big piles. I love cool Hallowe’en nights where you have to dress up in some bulky costume just to stay warm, your nose gets cold, and when you’re done you drink a big mug of hot chocolate. I love high school football games. I love the Major League Baseball playoffs and the World Series. Fall reminds me of home… and that’s the best of all.

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    Anna says:

    My favorite fall memory is watching my son play high school football. Wearing a sweater, the air is cool, the band is playing, the cheerleaders are cheering! The pride of watching the boys become young men. Melt my heart!

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    Amber says:

    Oh my, what a gorgeous bag, and my favorite color too! My favorite autumn memory as a child was trick-or-treating after a family trip to Disneyland on Halloween, it was all sorts of fun. My favorite autumn memory as an adult…when I first moved to NYC, where I lived for awhile, I was locked out of my new apartment accidentally for hours…so I walked around the city, in the rain, and made all sorts of interesting friends and conversation with various people. Definitely a memorable “welcome to new york” moment. Thank you for the lovely giveaway.

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    Sara Rosso says:

    My favorite autumn memory is leaving the house, dressed up in my Halloween costume, just as dusk is starting to settle in, and seeing regular houses and people on the street transform into scary monsters / funny pirates and welcoming sources of candy or potential dark haunted houses.

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    Ann Chaikin says:

    My favorite Autumn memory is carving pumpkins with my dad. He always did those toothy grins with lots of details. He always told us kids how great ours were. I miss him. It’s been 20 years since he passed away. I always think of him on Hallowween.

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    Rebecca McKenzie says:

    Autumn 2010… Sitting on freshly cut grass, gazing at the breathtaking beauty of the sunset over the Indian Ocean Here I sit with you… my camera, I love you xx

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    Marina R says:

    My most favorite autumn memory is going to the mountains with my parents and sisters and seeing the amazing autumn colours all around me. This was when I began to notice the “autumn quietness” – there is just so much peace and calmness in the air. I also started taking my first photos on one of those trips and never stopped πŸ™‚ Thank you for a wonderful giveaway!

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    Doris Bong says:

    My favorite autumn memory is taking pictures with my sister back in 2007. I had a 4 megapixel digital camera back then and was determined to take the perfect picture of the 2 of us laying on a pile of dead leaves. While laying down and smiling for the camera I took over 100 pictures. At the end, it was the very first shot that was printed and framed. I haven’t stopped taking pictures ever since.

    I posted a picture to show you πŸ™‚

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    Terry Faulk says:

    Every autumn our parents would take us for the “drive” to the mountains to look at the leaves. My sister and I would moan and grown about having to go, and sit in the back seat making those “eyes” only siblings can. We would stop on the way back somewhere at a little diner and have lunch. Which was the only time ever we went out to eat. We never admitted it to our parents, but we loved those rides. Both of our parents are gone now, and we would give anything to have the chance to tell them that. I only wish that I had taken pictures during those drives so I would have a lasting visual memory to show to my own children now.

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    Laura says:

    Dressing up in homemade Halloween costumes

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    Ann S says:

    Autumn has always been my favorite time of year. My favorite memories are of hayrides and bonfires on cold crisp nights. We’d bundle up and sip hot chocolate on the ride and roast hot dogs and marshmallows over the big warm fire. It always seemed like the moon and stars shined the brightest then.

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    Candice M says:

    I remember the fall that I was 9 years old…my 2 cousins and myself spent the weekend with our grandparents. We were tasked with raking all the leaves in the front yard. I’m sure it was just a way to get us out of the house, but we spent what seemed like all morning raking. Finally, when we called my grandfather outside to show him our good work he promptly ran and jumped into one of our piles. After that we all started running and jumping into the leaves. I think that’s all we wanted to do that afternoon. That day is one of my fondest childhood memories.

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    melody lopez says:

    EVERY fall we rake leaves as a family. Every fall I have the same memory of my kids working, playing, and laughing together. The only difference is every year they are a bit bigger than the last.

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    Louisa says:

    My neighbor had a great backyard – full of leaves. We’d rake them into mazes and create a little village of sorts. Fun!

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    Jill says:

    My mom sewed me a Tweety Bird costume for Halloween when I was about 4 that filled me with joy. Best costume ever.

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    Jaclyn says:

    Apple picking! It’s a tradition in my family that we go every fall. There are always tons of friends and family, a picnic after the picking and many apples to be eaten for months after. The best πŸ™‚

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    For many, spring is the time for renewal, but that’s what Autumn is for me – a time to embrace the “back-to-school” surge of curiousity and a desire to learn more about who i am, where I am, and setting goals for where I want to be. A time for re-connections with friends after a scattered summer. About watching my little family and my neighborhood at large “fall” back into daily routines and predictable after school get-togethers. The holidays are before us, but the stress of those haven’t started. The cozy clothes and fall fashion options are welcomed change (boots! sweaters! jeans! Oh my!), but the weather still encourages us to be outdoors.

    So, I guess my favorite memory of fall is really a feeling, but one I’ve come to count on and cherish from the first turn of color in the leaves when excitement abounds!

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    Kelly V says:

    My mom was the creative type who always made our Halloween costumes, usually just using the simple materials she had laying around the house. The most memorable costume (and autumn memory) was the scarecrow costume she made for me in the first grade — a burlap sack mask (itchy), oversized bibs stuffed with newspaper (awkward), hands tied to a stick (torture), and corn stalks tied to my pants (not kidding). Here’s a picture to prove it. http://thesfamilyoldies.shutterfly.com/pictures/12#11
    I won the costume contest and fortunately put on a more comfortable version of the costume for trick-or-treating. But, 21 years later, I think I deserve another prize for having to put up with this crazy uncomfortable, but super adorable costume! Thank goodness for cameras to catch these memories… and for Epiphinie Bags to do photograph in style!

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    Christy says:

    Going to the pumpkin patch with my kids and picking out their very own pumpkins. Best part of fall!

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    Patricia says:

    My favorite autumm memory is walking to and from school after picking my sister up and all along the way hopping around stomping on the crisp dry leaves to hear that crunch. Decades later and that little crunch still brings me so much satisfaction. I think about how much fun and how we used to laugh or “aww” when we stomped on a leaf that wasn’t quite at the crunching stage.


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    Lia says:

    The smell of the fallen leaves while my baby brother and I raked them up in HUGE piles just to jump in them and make a big ol mess again! That memory is in my heart forever! Absolutely STUNNING BAG BTW!!! SHEESH!