Oct 31, 2014

Halloween A to Z

A- Apple Bobbing. I don't know that I'll be doing that this year, but I remember as a kid I was pretty darn awesome at it.

B- Black cats. I had a black cat named Cocoa growing up and even though I was super allergic to her I loved that cat so much- I haven't had a pet since!

C- Candy would be too obvious of an answer. So how about a clue.... my costume this year starts with C! ;)

D-  Dead Ringer. One of my favorite classic movies. It's from 1964 and Bette Davis stars in it. Watch it, trust me.

E- Evil laugh. Just saying, I can do a pretty good one of these.

F- Face paint. Kinda' happy that my costume this year will not require a this. Especially since I have to work bright and early the next day- don't want to risk having a funny tint still.

G- Graveyard. The party we're going to tomorrow goes ALL out with their decor and their front yard usually gets turned into an awesome, creepy graveyard.

H- Haunted Houses. I'm really not a big fan of them, to be honest. Jared begs me to go every year but I can't remember the last time he won that argument ;)

I- It's Alive! Famous quote from Frankenstein.

J- Jack Skellington. Jared and I almost went as Jack and Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas this year. There's always next year ;)

K- KitKats. A favorite candy for me. I think they're underrated.

L- Lunatics. Be careful, they all come out tonight!

M- Munchies! There will be plenty of delicious things to be eaten this weekend. Yum!

N- Nightmares. The result of Jared making me watch scary movies with him ;)

O- Oh, Great Pumpkin. Where are you?!

P- Pumpkins, of course! Ours look awesome this year, if I do say so myself ;) 

Q- Quaking. Quaking, quivering, shaking, shivering. Don't get too scared!

R- Rear Window. Now this is my kinda' "scary" movie. An Alfred Hitchcock classic!

S- Spiders! I wish I had a picture of it, but there's a house near us that has GIANT spiders all over their house for decoration. I'm talking at least 3 or 4 feet wide and dozens of them! Here's an example of what I mean, but even this doesn't do their house justice.

T- Thriller. I'm a big Michael Jackson fan (don't judge!) so of course Thriller gets played on repeat a few dozen times around Halloween. 
Yep, I went as MJ for Halloween one year.
U- Undead. Enough said.

V- Vampire teeth. No Halloween is complete without these and a few photo opp's ;)

W-  Witches. This is the prettiest one I know! Hi Natalie!

X- X-Citing stuff? Okay, I fail on X.

Y- Yells. You'll hear them all night long from haunted houses, neighborhood kids and pranksters up enjoying this spooky night.

Z- Zombies. Does anyone else watch Walking Dead and constantly discuss what you will do if this ever happens in real life?

Oct 29, 2014

Saying YES

A lot of times I feel like people struggle to say "no" to things in their lives. I hear that a lot from various friends and family that they aren't good at turning down fun events, commitments or obligations. I realized I kindof have the opposite problem and that I typically say no too much, instead of yes.

It's no secret that my job is incredibly demanding and I put in a ton of hours, especially at this time of year. I go days and weeks without a day off and often log 60-hour work weeks without batting an eye. I let my job consume me to the point where I find myself saying no to everything because I'm far too busy, right? Wrong.

We only get this one life and I don't want to look back and see that I missed out on a lot of fun or certain opportunities because I let my job rule my life. I don't want to be a workaholic! I don't want to let my job consume me! My boss works even longer hours than me and I often find myself wondering if/when he ever has free time away from the office or if he only says yes to his job. I can't live that way anymore, I just can't.

I said yes to a midweek dinner with my mom last night and even though I'm in the midst of football madness, eating out and having good conversation was just what I needed. I find myself saying yes to staying up way too late with Jared more often simply because we're having too much fun to make ourselves go to bed before a long work day. Heck, I said yes to ice cream a few nights ago and I never say yes to ice cream! I committed to a few social outings and obligations within the next couple weeks and although my hours at work will be in full force? I'm ready for some fun! Saying yes to fun and friends shouldn't be hard to do, but sadly it's something I struggle with at this point in life.

So here's to saying YES more often. It might mean less sleep and more dirty laundry that gets put off another day- but I know it also means good-for-the-soul fun and friendship. What will you say yes to this week?

Oct 27, 2014

You'd Think...

Finally! A Monday morning that, while I am exhausted, I'm a happy camper because my Bengals got a big win yesterday. Between an early bye week, two losses and a tie- my guys hadn't won in over a month so it was due time. Another on-the-edge-of-your-seat kinda' win, but I'll take it! You'd think I'd be used to these nail-biter games by now but I'm not. I'm emotionally drained each and every Sunday no matter the outcome.

You'd think when I had a busy working weekend I'd try to get as much sleep as I can, or not put anything else on my to-list for the time being. But with my backwards way of thinking I always tend to do more, accomplish more and squeeze in more when I'm busiest. It's like my way of telling my job, "Too bad! You aren't going to suck all the life out of me!" Even though sometimes I feel like it is! So I cranked the tunes and lit a favorite candle and got to work.
Jared and I had an awesome productive Saturday of errands and MORE decluttering. You'd think we'd be done by now. We live in a pretty small tri-level and I just can't get over how much junk we've accumulated. It truly disgusts me!! We've been making almost a weekly trip to donate stuff and I just feel a little better each time. Things are just things, not items that I need to always stuff in a closet or under a bed. If we're not using them- I want rid of them! 
That night we tried out our brand new Just Dance 2015 game and loved it! You'd think with all the working out I've been doing that it would come easily to me. I will unashamedly admit that I borderline needed an inhaler after boogying to a few songs. The game is intense!! I'm looking forward to having a group of friends over soon so we can all play.
After sweating it out Jared and I carved our pumpkins together which was a blast. I decided to try a template for the first time which you'd think would make things easier. And while overall my pumpkin looks cute and definitely isn't something I could freehand, it wasn't that easy!

Keeping the template on the pumpkin took just as much work as the actual carving. Our end results were pretty awesome, I'd say. Who knows what Jared's is?? :)



And what night of pumpkin carving could be complete without propping up our pumpkins inside for a little bit and watching a Halloween classic?! You'd think Jared and I would be sick of the Great Pumpkin by now (I can't count how many times I've watched it) but nope- I'll love it forever!

Oct 23, 2014

Taking Care of Hair


Before I chopped all my hair off this summer, I could get away with a lot more. Get away with a lot more hair options, I mean. My hair is straight, but does have some natural wave to it so I had no problem letting it air-dry on the way to work most days. By the time I got into the office it would be dry and have a nice wave to it without having to use much of anything on it. Maybe a spritz of scrunch-type of spray, but that was it. No-heat waves was the way to go, I tell ya!

Now that my hair is short, there is no option but to use my hair-dryer AND flat-iron each and every morning. It takes a lot more work to have a short haircut, and while I love the results once it's fixed, I've been concerned about how much more heat I've been using on my hair. 

I feel like it's been drying out and looking a bit more damaged lately. I'm sure that's partially due to the fact that I used to buy cheap, low-quality shampoo. Okay, sue me! I guess I never noticed the difference a shampoo makes until I actually started using a higher-quality product. I kid you not, after using Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Shampoo my hair felt silkier and healthier. My hair felt soft all day long and less greasy at the end of a long work day.


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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Oct 21, 2014

Imagination Has No Age

Yesterday was my half-birthday making me officially 27.5 years old. I jokingly told Jared we had to celebrate such a milestone (really I was just hoping he'd treat me to Chipotle). He replied with, "Well, of course we have to celebrate. Starting tomorrow you are now closer to 30 than you are to 25."

WHAT?! Closer to 30?! What is it about that number that sounds so terrifying sometimes? Just the initial thought of being "close" to 30 was weird. Back when I was a teenager, maybe even twenty, 30 sounded so old to me, like 30 means you're an adult and boring and life's about over. But now? 30 kinda' sounds fun. I'm 27.5 and have never felt better! I can tell you this, I'm no where close to old. I love the statement that age is just a state of mind and that you're only as old as you feel. I feel young, very young! Jared's comment got me thinking about all the things I'm NOT too old for:

- Watching animated Disney/Pixar movies regularly. With our movie collection you'd think we had kids or ran a daycare or something- but no, I just love them! 

- Or watching ridiculous YouTube videos and getting sucked in for hours watching the dumbest things. I should be embarrassed at how late I've stayed up doing this, but I'm not!

- Eating any form of a holiday Reese cup. Pumpkins, Christmas trees, Easter eggs... you name it, if I see one while I'm out I'm going to grab a few. They are more fun to eat, I swear.

- Speaking of Christmas, I don't know about you- but "Santa" still delivers one gift to me on Christmas morning each year. He always seems to know exactly what Jared and I would want, but I'm always still surprised ;)

- Kiddy rides at an amusement park. I love a good rollercoaster, sure, but there's just something I still love about getting on the slow-moving train ride or the swing carousel.

- Cleaning my house to any random boy band Pandora station. When Jared's gone, you better believe those jams are cranked up and I sing and dance right along with every 90s song I can.

- Eating cereal for dinner. Hey, sometimes it happens.

- You know what else happens? Having $1 lunchable for your work lunch when you forgot to pack anything and running into Target is your closest/cheapest option.

- Making ridiculous videos on your computer. Lip-syncing, karaoke, dance parties- you name it, they're on my computer. Life is way too short to not act a little silly, don't you think?

- Taking pictures and/or giving high-fives to mascots and characters. Theme parks, high school sporting events, festivals- I don't care! I'm not too cool or too old to enjoy a hug from someone in a furry suit!

- Dressing up for Halloween. It's not just for the kids- everyone should participate! I love an excuse to put together a costume every year and just have fun!

So how old do I feel? I'm not sure, but at this point I don't care! And because a blog post isn't complete without a good quote/picture, I'll leave you with one of my favorites :) 

Oct 20, 2014

Bengals vs. Colts = Ouch

Perhaps sometime in the near future I'll be able to actually start a post with something other than, "Oh, the Bengals... they broke my heart this weekend." Today will not be that day. If any of you caught the Bengals v. Colts game yesterday, and for your sake I hope you didn't, you'll know my guys got completely shut down. 27-0. Do you know how miserable it is to watch your team not be able to get on the board for an entire game?! Ouch, guys, ouch!
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The good news (sorta) is that Jared and I got to see the game live. We made the quick drive over to Indianapolis with some friends- some of which were Colts fans- to visit my 4th NFL stadium. I'd really love to see them all one day so I'm just aiming for a new one every couple of years. It's on my list to see at least one more before I'm 30!
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Lucas Oil Stadium was awesome, though. Easy to get to, and completely hassle-free parking which was very unexpected. I thought we'd be parking miles away but Indianapolis had no shortage of good parking locations at reasonable game-day prices too. Thumbs up to you, Indy! You're a great city to visit.
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It was cool to be in a huge indoor stadium for the first time. The retractable roof was open so it was actually pretty chilly in there, but it was great football-weather! Despite our seats being in the 600 level, we had a great view! People always call the upper-decks the nosebleeds, which drives me nuts. There's nothing wrong with being up top! You see everything from there. Sadly, there wasn't much for us to see Sunday- but we still made the best of it and had a great time.
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Maybe now since our record is 3-2-1 (silly tie!) I can lower my expectations a little. I mean, if we were 6-0 right now, surely I'd have my Super Bowl dreams crushed come December, right? Now, I can just keep hoping for the best, and I absolutely still think we can make a run for the playoffs- but I've lowered the bar just a little bit for the coming weeks. Don't get me wrong, I'll be losing my voice week-in and week-out cheering on my guys, but any future loss probably won't hurt quite as bad for the rest of the season.
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On the way home we got over the loss pretty quickly. We pouted for a few minutes, because any loss stinks- but then made the best of our drive home with some snacks and much needed caffeine.
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We weren't the better team yesterday and that's all there is to it. I'll remember visiting an awesome stadium with Jared + friends and just hope our guys are getting ready for next week.  I know I am! #BeatBaltimore

Oct 16, 2014

Dear Friday

Dear Friday Letters, I still think you're cool even if I'm not sure the link-up/prompt still exists. 

Dear Saturday, you are open and plan-free. Enjoy yourself, because every Saturday after that is booked for the rest of 2014. (I wish I was exaggerating, but I'm not.) See you guys next year.

Dear Jared, I'm glad you like entering silly contests as much as me. This week we won a $25 gift card to our local grocery store by guessing how many donuts were in a jar.

Dear Sallie & Perkins, I hope you're proud of that gift card. ;) Free food is always a good thing.

Dear Bengals, After an ugly loss and then a tie, I hope you plan on coming out ready to dominate the Colts this Sunday. We need a big win, boys!
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Dear Gym, I am OWNING you the past 2 weeks. I love feeling like I actually BELONG there and know what I'm doing.

Dear FleurtyBands, you are by far the best non-slip headbands out there- seriously. I'll take one in every color/pattern/design. Thanks ;)

Dear Body/Self, stick with it!! Those results that you're finally starting to see? They'll only get better, just don't lose motivation, no matter how sore your legs are.

Dear Niece, I am counting down the days until Thanksgiving when I get to see you again. It's been over 3 months, which is about 3 months too many! Please remember who I am!

Dear Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving, I'm already drooling over all the food I'm going to make and eat even though you're still weeks away.

Dear Blog Readers, You all are awesome. Thanks for always reading, commenting, emailing and encouraging me when I need it!

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!! 

Oct 14, 2014

A Blog Tour

My bloggy friend Sarah (and fellow NFL fan!) tagged me for this fun post last week. I've seen quite a few versions of this floating around the blogworld and I'll admit, I've read just about every one! It's a virtual blog tour and with each one I've read, I've felt like I got just a tiny peek into the blogger's brain. And hello?! We're bloggers-- we're nosey!  We want to know all we can- which is why I'm doing my own little tour around here today.

What am I working on?
I feel like I'm always working on a dozen posts all at once. I'm the person that has drafts upon drafts upon drafts in my blogger dashboard because every time I get a quick idea, I throw it into a draft so I can come back to it when I'm ready. Right now I'm working on a couple things from my 30 before 30 list and hoping to post about them soon. And as always, Sallie & Perkins are up to their usual shenanigans so I'm working on their feature as well :)

How does my work differ from others of it's type/genre?
Most lifestyle bloggers talk a LOT about what they've bought recently... clothes, home decor, a car, you name it! While I love a splurge every now and then, shopping is just not something I do a lot of at this point in my life. I'd love to, don't get me wrong- but my debt is more important than any material thing. Sometimes I think the fact that I'm frugal and not Instagramming me at Target every other day leaves people bored with my blog but if that's the case? So be it! 

Why do I write what I do?
I love that my blog is a mix of all the things I love and/or love to talk about. I get to keep a virtual diary of Jared and I's life, our adventures, our vacations. I wish I'd started this blog during our engagement days but I do love seeing all we've done in our few years of marriage here on this blog, in one place. I love to share a great recipe that I've nailed, a fun craft that took no time at all or just write a silly, creative piece about my love for football. This place is mine and I think my writing reflects whatever is on my heart that day.

How does my writing process work?
Like I said earlier, I am constantly putting down ideas into drafts, so I can revisit them later. I do attempt to do SOME planning ahead for my posts, but it's definitely nothing I have set in stone. Each month I sit down and try to plan a loose calendar of topics for the few weeks ahead. I fill in the days where I know I'll have a personal "recap" type of post, I aim to have at least 1, if not 2 debt-related posts, one recipe, a few creative ideas I've been working on, a favorite link up, etc. Then I can fill in the gaps easier with other posts along the way.

Now, I'm nominating a couple of my favorite gals to join in and share a tour of their own blog!

The lovely Sarah from Life of Love. Her life is SERIOUSLY full of love right now, so if you don't know her I suggest you click on over to swoon over her recent Hawaii wedding pictures. PS- they eloped! And PSS- she sent me the sweetest card out of the blue a couple months ago just proving AGAIN how awesome she is.

And Amanda from The Lady Okie. Just an all-around, genuine person who happens to be a heckuva' writer. Seriously... I absolutely love reading anything she posts because it's just always so darn entertaining. Plus, she's an incredible runner and motivates me all the time, perhaps without even realizing it! 


Oct 13, 2014

It's a Tie

Football games are one thing I know for sure aren't supposed to end in a tie. There's always a better team! One team should walk away at the end of that hard-fought game a WINNER. Another mark in their "W" column. And there should be a loser... a team that just couldn't pull it together enough to score the most points. Sadly, in pro football- there is such a thing as a tie and it feels just as crappy as a loss. My Bengals battled it out in a crazy game yesterday- man, they play with your emotions. Never have I felt so elated and so upset within such a short period of time. 

Sometimes I wish I didn't love football as much, 'cuz boy it hurts when you lose. Or tie. However, I can't let myself get all tied up (see what I did there?) in a football game- because the rest of my weekend was pretty fantastic. Especially Saturday; I'm pretty sure I said to Jared a thousand times, "I love this day!" Here are a few things in life that are okay when they tie:

Steak + Asparagus
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Jared and I were craving a good steak dinner and while we were tempted to go out, we knew we could make something pretty tasty at home for probably half the cost. This delicious - so delicious! - dinner only cost us $14 total! 

Fall Decor + Fall Candles
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Both are vital to this time of year! With our free day Saturday we let ourselves take our "annual" trip to Hobby Lobby and buy one new thing for our fall collection. While I wanted everything that store sells, we settled on a cute table runner with a fun pattern! It looks perfect with our other decorations and the fall candles that are burning constantly in our home.

Pinecones + Pumpkins
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Again- vital items to the fall season. You can never have enough of either! I've got them in multiple vases throughout the house and they just add a touch of seasonal fun to every room they're in.

Being Silly + Being Sweet

I'm so thankful I've got a fun husband who loves to have a good time and isn't ashamed to act like a big kid with me sometimes. We totally spent Saturday night playing Mario Kart Wii and I wouldn't have it any other way. Except maybe I wish I would have beat Jared more than once- I've got some practice to do! ;) And at the same time, Jared is such a romantic and does the little things that always mean the most to me. Packing my lunch before a long day at work, making sure my car has gas in it so I wouldn't have to fill it up myself at 7am and sending me sweet texts to get me through my days. I'm one lucky girl, that's for sure. He treats me like gold, even when I don't deserve it.

So just to summarize what we've learned today. Football should never, ever end in a tie...  but I'm definitely okay when the good things in life tie. What about you?

Linking up here today!!*
Weekend Recap

Oct 10, 2014

Need a Boost?

It's really easy to let the mind wander to the negative things, and I genuinely have to make an effort most days to remember all the good that's going on in my life. Since I got my new paper journal, I've been taking more time to write down a few happy thoughts/things multiple times a week. Any time I catch myself complaining too much, I'll whip out my notebook and force myself to change my attitude! I thought I'd share a few of the happy things going through my brain right now in hopes that it might boost your spirits or mood today, too!

The rare, nice customer. I deal with so many meanies at my job that a kind, appreciative customer can make my week.

An understanding boss. I had a really intense headache all day long yesterday and my boss could tell I felt crummy. He didn't mind me coming in a little late AND he offered to grab lunch for me if needed.

Friends becoming Aunts! I know how awesome is it to be an Aunt and it's just as exciting when I see a friend getting to experience the same thing. Yay for nieces!

Orange. My favorite color just so happens to be orange, so it's fun that everywhere I look this time of year I see it!

Debt payments. Sure, they hurt a little bit every time we send our money to student loans, but shortly after the hurt, I feel a little bit less stressed. Every payment gets us closer and closer to financial freedom.

Low energy bills. I love this time of year when I don't have to use the AC or heat consistently yet!

Getting a day off tomorrow. Sure, I have to work Sunday, but I will gladly take the rare Saturday off and enjoy it with Jared!

@earthpix My new favorite Instagram account to follow. So many gorgeous pictures of places, animals and people all over the world. Prepare for the travel bug to hit you hard.

Vacation planning. Speaking of travel, Jared and I still can't decide where to go and what to do for vacation next year- but right now we're having fun obsessing over travel sites. So many options!!

Friendship. I may not have a lot of close friends, but the few I've got are incredible. It's so nice to have people you can talk to about ANYTHING and never feel judged, only supported and loved.
Those are my ten good things for this Friday. What's on your happy list today??

Oct 9, 2014

Sallie & Perkins: An Update and Some Advice



Hi, all! We're back! I know it's been awhile (almost a month?! yikes!) but we've been so busy paying down our debt that we haven't been able to put together a post. Truly, all we've done is send our hard-earned money to this final student loan, so there haven't been a ton of updates along the way. We do always try to post our monthly progress though to hopefully motivate and inspire you all, so here's the latest scoop:

Sallie & Perkins paid off: $2,506 in September!!!

Not our biggest month but not our smallest month either in regards to payments. We're still trucking along, tweaking our budget and stalking our bank account daily it seems. One thing that has been really tempting to do is to dip into our emergency fund for things here and there, but we've been able to keep our hands off of it. If you're newer to our series, we committed to putting $1,000 in our savings account at the start of this journey to be used ONLY for emergencies. We've had to get into it for car repairs and for a broken furnace last winter- but we replenish it as soon as possible. Our emergency fund + a great insurance policy has saved us more than once.

Most people we know DON'T have an emergency fund or any type of plan for when disaster strikes. You know what's really scary? 76% of Americans admit to living paycheck to paycheck! Many of those people are people our age... the "millennials" they like to call us. We may be at a greater financial disadvantage than other generations. Saddled with student loans and a tough job market ? That could easily be setting us up for additional debt by not making sound benefit choices during open enrollment. So many of us are just one emergency away from financial disaster- but it doesn't have to be that way! Check out these stats that Aflac made public-- and don't let this be you! 
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So lug out those files, the ones I hope you keep! ;) Open enrollment at Aflac is here and there is no better time to review your insurance policies and figure out a few things! Find out what's best for you and your family and look at your budget. Insurance policies might not seem important, but they are, no matter what stage of life you're in. I can't imagine not having coverage and being stuck with an unexpected hospital bill, facing a major home repair or a pricey car repair I couldn't avoid.

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Don't let this stress you out, it's worth your time! Yes, sometimes looking over big "adult" stuff like this can feel like you're reading an encyclopedia- but it doesn't have to! Aflac is here for you and makes it pretty darn easy, too. The company’s voluntary insurance policies, which are designed to supplement major medical plans, pay policyholders directly for unexpected costs associated with a covered serious illness, injury or loss. In addition, the cash benefits can be used to help pay rent, gas, groceries, child care or any other out-of-pocket expenses a worker may have. Aflac offers accident, dental, life, vision, cancer, hospital intensive care and more voluntary insurance policies.
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What are you waiting for? Benefits matter and you'll be glad you took the time to look over them-- so hop to it

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Oct 7, 2014

All the Fall Things

Sunday I was determined to squeeze in every ounce of fall fun I could and I think I succeeded. Sometimes it's a hard choice... do I let myself have some much-needed down time or do I say, "What the heck... Let's have fun!" and just make plans? Even though I was exhausted by the time I got done working Saturday night, I had concocted a day of fun for Jared and I that started bright and early Sunday morning. Sure, we'd be tired when those alarm clocks went off... but nothing that a little caffeine and a lot of fun couldn't fix!

After attending the early church service, we made our first stop at a local farm and garden center. We've passed this place a hundred times but we finally paid them a visit this go around! From the sweet older folks stamping hands at the gate, to the guy pulling the tractor for the hayride, everyone there was so kind and laid-back. That's my kind of people! 
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There were rides for kiddos and plenty of fun little games that Jared and I took part in. My favorite was launching mini-pumpkins and trying to hit a target, which Jared and I both did! Our prize? A jumbo bouncy-ball that I happen to think is pretty awesome. Try not to be jealous. ;)

We took a hayride through their property and out to the pumpkin patch which I never get tired of. I don't care if I'm 27 (or 77!) I love going and picking out the "perfect" carving pumpkin. Jared and I both got two good-sized ones and we plan on carving them one night this week. Any good sites with templates on them? Typically I just carve a face but I think it would be fun to try something new this year!
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Before we left we made sure to say hello to some of the furry creatures on the farm. They were all super friendly and very interested in my camera. I almost lost my lens cap to a llama at one point!

After we'd exhausted Burger Farm, we continue our trek up north to the most-talked about place in the area, I'm pretty sure. Iron's Fruit Farm. This place was brand new to us and even though it was a little bit out of our way it made for a fun afternoon. Two farms in one day?! Gorgeous weather and fun music blaring?! Nothing wrong with that!
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We immediately got in line for apple fritters once we got there. The lines were long and slightly intimidating but the staff was quick and prepared for the masses. Once we got our fritters, cider to-go and a couple cups of warm cider we found a picnic table to set up shop. Other than the bee that wanted to attack me and my food, it was a nice little atmosphere!
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We'd heard big things about these mouth-watering treats and they ended up being JUST that. Absolutely mouth-watering! I'm sure it helped that the ones we got had just come out warm and fresh, but trust me- the one I had the next day for breakfast was just as tasty ;) 

After this, we promptly went into a sugary food-coma for the next few hours. The rest of our evening involved an early dinner at my grandparent's house to celebrate my Uncle's birthday. Can we talk about my grandparents are in their late 70s and still can whip up steaks on the grill with dozens of side dishes and a homemade cake for a crowd?! I stress out if I'm having even two people over for dinner at our place!

I got a lot in early to make sure my job didn't ruin any fall fun :) You only get one chance at fall each year and I don't want it slipping by me! Have you gotten in your fall activities yet?? 

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