All through summer, everyone's listening to upbeat pop songs or blasting country music, but when fall comes around, everyone's searching for a new calmer playlist to transition into the chilly weather. This is my go-to playlist and it can be found on my Apple Music profile (@cambre_rae) under the title 'Fall Tunes'.
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Ah, how lovely autumn is. The changing winds, the colors, the crisp morning air... I love everything about it. Fall stands out so much to me for various reasons. It is not hectic, like spring, too hot, like summer, or too cold, like winter. Fall is a time for rebirth and new beginnings, and has a hotspot of activities for people of all caliber to enjoy. There are so many reasons why Fall is my favorite season, but they can be summed up, shortly, here.
The utter fun that is Halloween, the nice family time that is Thanksgiving, and all the other going ons that involve the harvest, all happen in Fall. All of America goes utterly bat**** when Halloween comes around, and everyone gets prepared to put on costumes, go to fun parties, and eat as much candy as they possibly can. And with Thanksgiving, I always enjoy seeing my relatives, eating homemade desserts, and catching up on other traditions, like watching the parade. There are also plenty of holidays where people get days off, like Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, and Election Day. Plus, my birthday, as well as my brother's and my mother's, are all in fall, and we always have a big party to celebrate. So many different things to enjoy!
Hayrides, visits to the farmer's market, pumpkin picking... the list goes on and on when it comes to the things to do when fall hits. Every year, I look forward to going to the local farmers market to get various fall decorations, apples, pumpkins, and homemade chocolate. There are also plenty of haunted attractions to visit for the Halloween season, may it be haunted houses featuring actors in makeup, or real ghost tours conducted to find spirits. Plus, I personally have many fun family gatherings in the fall, making me enjoy the season even more. It's a time for everything!
Though it can sometimes get a bit TOO cold, fall weather is like no other. So many colors are abound, and I like nothing better than seeing the hues of the trees pop out amongst the stormy gray skies so notable in fall. Just being able to see the leaves change is one of the most amazing sights that nature beholds. Additionally, I love the rain, and seeing a storm come in with all the colors is truly a sight to see. It is always a wonderful time when the harvest moon sets in. So many beautiful things about the earth come to fruition.
All the fall items you can buy.
May it be the specialty drinks at Starbucks, the various decorations you can find at any department store, or the loads of new fragrances at Bath and Body Works, fall is filled with special things to buy. Every time I go into a store during fall, I love looking to see what kind of fall things they are selling. And one fall item particularly stands out to me: fall fashion. I adore all of the new clothes and styles that come out during the back to school season. There is no better season to be stylish as you can be in fall.
Above all, I think fall is the best time that you can change yourself, and your world. It is the start of so many new things, and just like the leaves can change, you can too. When the night comes quicker and the weather gets colder, the lax nature of summer dies down to the hecticness of fall, allowing ample ways to change how the world sees you. New beginnings are abound in fall, and you too can begin anew. That is the beauty of change.
Fall trumps all the other seasons in so many ways. And as each summer comes to an end, I know that fall will be coming right up to sweep me off my feet. So cherish your autumn days, as they are so special compared to all others. Even with school.
Tempe residents searching for the perfect late night delivery are now taking advantage of the online delivery and social media business Dirty Dough.
Dirty Dough began selling and advertising its late-night cookies on Nov 1, 2018, online and on Instagram. The business is now delivering six times a week and is selling out every night.
The owner, Tyler Peery, was inspired to open Dirty Dough in an area that needed late night delivery. The business, however, is looking to expand.
"Tempe needed a late-night treat delivery, we created Dirty Dough to fill that gap," Peery said.
Dirty Dough now has a following close to 1,500 on Instagram and uses social media to its advantage. Dirty Dough reposts each of their customer's pictures and uses Instagram to announce its giveaways.
"Social media marketing is key. Cookies are fun. People want to appear as though they are always having fun, so they post for us. Our cookies have been all over social media for the past several weeks and that has snowballed into new orders," Peery said.
Dirty Dough sells one type of cookie, chocolate chip, but it is looking to expand. Customers can buy a box of four large and doughy cookies for $12.
"We very much dislike crunchy, over-baked cookies. So we make ours to perfection, a little doughy. We are keeping our expansion plans pretty close the chest, but we are thinking about additional cookies, milk, dough, and more," Peery said.
Haleigh Bartow, an avid Dirty Dough customer and Arizona State University student, is a fan of the new business because it is reasonably priced and delivers right at her door.
"I ordered Dirty Dough because I saw it all over Instagram. I think that it is a great idea for college students because its super easy to get delivered and they are super good! It is also very reasonably priced for how much food you are getting. I eat the batch of cookies I order for a couple of days after," Bartow said.
Dirty Dough delivers anywhere in Tempe but it does not have an in-store location.
Dirty Dough delivers straight to your door from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 6 p.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday.
"We deliver literally anywhere in Tempe. On campus, off campus, in dorms, houses, in a field, or in a ditch. Anywhere!" Peery said.
ASU students are one of Dirty Dough's most common customers as the cookies come straight to their dorms and apartments for late night snacks.
"Students need a yummy treat when they are studying late for an exam. We will gladly deliver on campus to these students," Peery said.
Zach Toney is an employee at Dirty Dough and he finds his job exciting because of the message the business proclaims.
"Everyone that receives our cookies is excited about them and wants to share them with their friends. It makes delivering the cookies a fun time," Toney said.
Dirty Dough is less than a month old but has already made a huge impact on the Tempe community. The demand for the cookies is higher each week and the use of social media has been beneficial to the companies success.
Dirty Dough hopes to have more cookies and potentially other products on the market for its customers. For now, anyone in Tempe can order from its website.
"Our business is unique because our cookies are unique. We wholeheartedly believe that our cookies are the bomb! I think and hope our customers agree," Peery said.