Fall Activities – Date Night or Family

I am sure by now you are tired of hearing that Fall is my favorite season but it really is! There is just something about it that makes my heart happy (and even more so with a little one!) Even though this time of year until the new year our calendar really fills up I still try to pack as many fun Fall activities in before the weather turns too cold. Here are a few of my favorites…

Family

– Visit a Pumpkin Patch : usually pumpkin patches have games and activities as well as a very wide verity of pumpkins so it is definitely a few hours of entertainment for the family

– Carve a Pumpkin : a tradition that most people have but still fun to do as a family especially when the kids can start to design their own faces (I remember this from when I was little)

– Pick Seasonal Fruit then cook with it : I have never actually done this but I have always wanted too! Maybe next year (When Rosie is bigger) we can go apple picking and then make homemade apple pie with grandma! (She makes the best pie crusts!)

– Explore your local events – This year we went to Pumpkin Nights and it was awesome! And they even encourage costumes so all the kids were having a blast -definitely recommended

– Take a hay ride : supper cliche but still fun!

Date Nights

– Make a Bonfire and have Spiked cider (or a drink of your choice) – I love to sit outside in the fall. The world is changing and it seems to be quieting down for winter. What is better than nature, your BOO thang 😝 and a delicious beverage!

– Watch a black and white horror film : I love old movies and they are even better when they are seasonal. If you have never seen Young Frankenstein with Gene Wilder you have got to watch it! One of the best movies ever!

^Rosie is all about holding mugs 😝

– Go For a Drive : if you are in Colorado like me then this best time to do this has passed as the leaves in the mountains turn really quickly, but it town they are still stunning and definitely worth a drive

– Plan a Game Night : Sometimes enjoying a night without technology is just what you need. We love to plan game nights with hot toddy’s or coco; it really sets the mood for fall and is a great way to spread quality time with your spouse.

What are some of the things you like to do in the Fall with your family or SO?

Talk to you soon!

-Allison

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Life Update

 

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I honestly have no idea where to begin, the past few months have been so crazy and it has honestly felt like I have not had a moment to breathe let alone blog! So in order for me to organize my life here is my “to-do” / life update…

On top of working full time, and being a full time mom and wife I have also really been reflecting on my career path and what I want for my future (and my families) I have felt a ton of anxiety about my career lately and I am really trying to decide on what to do next. I have always wanted to do something on my own that will allow me to be creative everyday, but when I start to think about it I would compare it to a browser with 14,543 tabs open – so many ideas that I overwhelm myself! I am just trying to take it day by day now, but this has really been a huge source of stress for me…

Secondly, we have had some health issues with family members over the pay few weeks and days and it has honestly been terrifying. Not only is this stressful and scary, but it can often cause other tensions within the family if people don’t see eye to eye. In all honesty it sucks, and although death, loss and grief are apart of life it does not make them any easier.

Sadly my updates here on BabyFaceBetty have been close to zero as I have had no inspiration for anything currently and not only has it affected my blog, but also my (usually) awesome Halloween decorations and costumes. I have been listening to a ton of Podcast in hopes to rediscover my creativity and inspiration.

On a lighter note, Rosie is almost walking (she is really taking her sweet time!) Every day is such a adventure with her and she honestly makes the world a better place. I can’t wait to share her Halloween costume! it will be one to remember!

I hope you all are having a creative and stress free week thus far 🙂 talk to you soon!

-Allison

 

 

 

October First : My Checklist

It seems like every Fall season I have a million things I want to do but I always seem to loose track of time and can never complete them all (I think this is just adult life, right!?) Well I am going to start a experiment this month for my fun “to do’s” and see if that helps me accomplish them. At the end of the month I will do another post and own up to the things I was not able to accomplish. See below for my handful of fun things to do in October…

I am curious to know if any of you use a productivity planner or how you keep your to do’s in order – let me know in the comments

Have a great start to the week!

-Allison

Great Questions to Ask Your Interviewer

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We have all been there, the dreaded moment in a interview where the interviewer asks, “Do you have any questions for me?” and you sit there stumped, having no idea what to say, and in the end you are more than likely not offered the job. Well I am sure that you now know that this question is one of the many tests they give you during a interview and the more questions you have the better.Below are my top five questions I ask during every interview even if it is a position in a company I already work for…

#1. What made you come to work here and why do you stay?

So this is two questions is one, but it really gets the interviewer talking about      themselves and gives you a idea of how the company attracts and attains employees. I also finds that it can give you a good amount of insight as to how happy your interviewer is in their position

#2. How would you define the company culture here?

Such a interview question right?! Well, as with anything in life everything is not for everyone and sometimes it is better to know if your potential employers style does not fit yours. For example, if there is a very strict office setting with little employee socialization and you are a social butterfly wanting to know all your co-workers on a personal level – Probably not the right fit for you!

#3. What traits do you think are most important for a person to posses in this role?

Not only will this question help you to further sell yourself for the position based on the interviewers response, but it will also give you insight into what a ideal employee might look like for the role.

#4. Can you explain to me what the standard career path would look like for someone starting out in this position?

Since I am a A type personality I want to have as much information upfront as possible, this includes wither or not there is a set career path for my next role once hired. Many a times if the interviewer cannot explain what the next steps would be that raises a red flag for me – especially in a larger company. After all, no one wants to feel stuck in a role with no direction for finding a new one!

#5. What does the company do to continue learning and development in my role once hired and throughout my career?

Although training can sometimes be repetitive and, can we be honest, boring, I really like to know upfront what kind of support I will be receiving from my leadership once hired. Is education a growth a consistent concern within the company or do they only offer training until you know how to do your job then you are thrown to the wolves?

 

I would love to hear some of your go-to interview questions, or if you are the one that interviews people what is a question that impresses you?

Happy Friday!

-Allison

Dill Pickle Dip

Sometimes you find a recipe that is unmatched and you literally never get tired of. This pickle dip is that for me. So simple to make and everyone loves it, and I mean everyone. So, that being said I thought I would spread the love with all of you to enjoy 😊

What you will need

4 ounces Cream Cheese [one package]

16 ounces Full Fat Sour Cream

A little less than 1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Fresh Dill –

or to your preference

1 teaspoon Garlic Powder

1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder

Pinch Salt/Pepper to taste

1 & 1/2 Cup Chopped Pickles – make sure they are

dill, any brand will do

Tablespoon of pickle juice – totally optional but I love it

How to make it

First take the cream cheese and sour cream and still until combined and not lumpy

Add in all spices until combined

Add in chopped pickles

Place in a serving dish and refrigerate for at least 1 hour

Enjoy with Lays classic chips

So simple! If you make this at home please let me know! I would love to hear your thoughts

Happy Wednesday!

Allison

DIY : pallets into baby gates

I will be the first to admit that before I had my own little one I dreaded baby gates. Once I opened them it seemed impossible to put them back the way they were; and most of them (in my opinion) were an eye sore. So once I knew our days were numbered of having a stationary baby I started thinking about what I wanted to make, and I landed on baby gates made out of pallets!

The pictures I included below are a few steps I took along the way and I ended up making two gates, one for the top of the stairs and one for the bottom.

This project was almost free as I scored the pallets at no cost from my brother in law and have most of the hardware, stains and tools needed except the latches, which are very affordable.

^ don’t mind my work shoes 😝

My biggest advice when making things is to always measure twice cute once!

When brain storming I just drew up the idea for my space and measured it to fit. I was able to make two gates out of one and a half pallets and I sanded everything extremely well in addition to staining and sealing it. I would definitely also suggest pre-drilling any holes as thinner wood has the tendency to crack and split

All and all I am happy with how they turned out, but they are still in need of some touch ups (whenever I have the time) One things I am excited for is to hang a wreath on the gate at the bottom of the stairs for Christmas – cheesy, I know 😅

What are your thoughts on this DIY? Hope you have a great Wednesday!

-Allison

Gender Neutral Nursery

When we found out we were expecting a little girl everyone jumped on the pink bandwagon, everyone except Jerrod and I! I had so many people give their opinions that the room should be pink, all the clothes should be pink, everything pink and it began to drive me nuts! So that being said, I went on the hunt for some nursery inspiration.

These photos of general neutral nurseries are amazing and for me was a refreshing reminder that the color wheel for babies is much larger than blue and pink! When Rosalie’s nursery was finally complete it turned out to be pretty neutral, but the curtains added the perfect amount of girly (hoping to have the nursery pics up this week) what is your opinion on nursery decor? Do you prefer classic pink or blue or love the neutral options that can be used for more than one child?

All images were sourced via my Pinterest

Happy Tuesday!

-Allison