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  • Hung out in a favorite tree today with my favorite little guy.
  • I'm sure gonna miss this view when the leaves are all gone! Forecast calls for snow tomorrow evening, on Halloween night. What the what?!
  • For today's #tbt, I'm sharing an image of the altar @shelterprotectsyou and @sheltercollective built on our property for their wedding here last month. Such a beautiful, memorable day that was, filling our little forested cove with happy juju for weeks. Love watching the scene shift as the foliage changes.
  • Felt a shift in the air today, this afternoon in particular. The veil is getting thin. You feeling it, too?
  • SO much love for @forvillagers and her heavenly homesteading/hearth-tending supply store in West Asheville. Stopped in today for a bag of organic chicken feed and to see what's new in the shop. I'll be teaching a
  • The hills are alive. Looking Glass Rock in the distance, as seen today from the #blueridgeparkway .
  • My favorite part of all of these photo shoots for my upcoming  picnic book has been eating the props! Enjoyed this pumpkin whoopie pie today on an impromptu picnic with @glennbenglish and Huxley on the #blueridgeparkway.
  • What it's all about.
  • Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina at suuuuunset. ?
  • They won't fess up for certain, but I'm fairly sure the flock finds autumn to be their favorite season, too.
  • To celebrate all the photo shoots that we completed this week (three in 8 days!!!), we took it easy this morning, and whipped up this challah French toast, stacked with my homemade peach lavender butter, Foothills bacon, rosemary candied pecan pieces, and sorghum molasses blended with maple syrup.
  • Thank you, @marissalippert and @thecuriouseye, for being the models at today's

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Skin Food (+ Giveaway!!!)

As far as beauty regimens go, mine is decidedly low-key. It goes something like this: take a shower, dry off, put pure coconut oil on my face and body. And that, friends, is it. I put lip balm on at night before going to bed, and always wear some natural lip gloss when I go out, but, otherwise, aside from the occasional face mask or body/foot scrub, this lady keeps it simple.

Lately, however, with the turn in weather and attendant drop in humidity, I’ve noticed that the coconut oil that keeps my face supple and smooth during the warmer months hasn’t been quite getting the job done. I’ve needed something more emollient and hydrating, but I wasn’t sure what. Until last week, that is, when my buddy Christa hooked me up with the perfect remedy.

Skin Food, created by Skin Fare, is a blend of certified organic coconut oil, palm fruit oil, beeswax, castor oil, palmrosa, rosemary, and helichrysum. Those 7 simple ingredients combine into a rich, thick salve that can be spread on your face, hands, feet, body-anywhere that you need it, really.

I’m seriously loving it. It’s got all the goodness my straight-up coconut oil offered, bolstered by the humectant properties of the castor oil and the emollient nature of the beeswax. It doesn’t leave my skin greasy, either, the one downside to pure coconut oil. Plus, it smells amazing! There is truly nothing I don’t like about Skin Food. The coolest part might even be that it’s made just down the road from me, right here in Candler!

And for you, you lucky small measure readers, there’s a treat, too! Christa graciously gifted me with some Skin Food to sample, as well as to share with one reader. That tube pictured above is your ticket to supple, happy skin. So, let’s have a giveaway, shall we (it’s been awhile, hasn’t it?)?!

To enter, just tell me a bit about how you care for your skin when the mercury dips. I’d also love to hear any tips on caring for children’s skin. Huxley is still crazy smooth, and I’d love to keep it that way. I’ll give him a bit of Skin Food if he seems to chaff.

The giveaway will run for one week, ending next Thursday, September 27th, at midnight EST. In your comment, please, please be sure to leave a means of contacting you, should you be the winner, via with a link back to your website/blog or by listing your email address. If you’re not comfortable leaving a public email, just send me a private message at ashleyadamsenglish(at)gmail(dot)com.

Here’s to cooler weather, seasonal shifts, and smooth, happy skin!