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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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

Tips for shopping at the Goodwill Outlet

We are taking thrifting to a while other level today – I am talking about Goodwill outlets. Now if you have no idea what I am talking about, worry not my friend, I am here to guide the way. The outlets look like the photo above and are just bins full of items. Some products have set prices, like books are $.58 a piece, then clothing shoes and bags are sold by the pound (I am not sure the exact price, but my guess is around $1.15 a pound) I know what you are thinking after reading that – “where is a outlet near me!?” Well, be sure to continuing reading for my tips before rushing out the door! 😜

first and foremost wear gloves! This sounds overly dramatic but a little bit of everything is in those bins (sometimes including broken items that can cut you) safely first, and don’t worry, most people do this so you won’t stick out

Get a cart even if you don’t think you will need it. Listen, at a place where you pay for things by the pound it is easy to get carried away and your arms will thank you for the forethought.

Grab it when you see it. This applies to anything you are even remotely interested in (especially lone shoes) you can always assess your finds and put things back, but good luck ever finding the exact item again!

Listen to the people that work there. Again, a obvious thing to mention, but it gets serious when they are changing out the bins, they move fast and are heavy so be alert.

Keep your -negative- opinions to yourself. Some people shop there for necessity and others for enjoyment so regardless of what your personal opinion is on items keep it to yourself.

Have fun! Shopping at the Goodwill outlet can be a inexpensive and fun thing to do with your time if you don’t take it or yourself too seriously – it’s just stuff after all!

Would you guys be interested in seeing a haul of the items I have found at the outlet? And have you ever been?

-Allison

My Favorite Low Maintenance Houseplants

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The more and more I change our decor and redecorate our house the more plants I add and the more “things” I get rid of. I am still working on becoming a green thumb and have definitely killed a few plants in my day; but that being said I feel like I am on an upswing and all my green friends are doing great! Because I am in a good place with all my plants, I thought I would share a few of my favorite, low-maintenance house plants.

 

  1. succulents – They are hands down my favorite, so easy (since they are a part of the cactus family) and so dang cute. Just make sure to have acquit drainage, if not they will drown and die.
  2. Vinca Vine – I love these vines in hanging baskets – they just look so chic! We have them in our bathroom and they love the humidity and grow super quickly
  3. Snake Plant aka Mother-In-Laws Tongue – That name is enough to sell me on these! They can go up to a month without water and consistently look great throughout the year.
  4. Yucca Plant – These are perfect if you want a more tropical look. Mine has been growing like crazy and I just water it once a week, and keep it in a sunny area.
  5. Pathos Plant – We have several pots of these around the house and I love them. They look great all the time and since it is a vine like plant the are wonderful for decorating. ( I have seen a lot of people put them on top of their cabinets)
  6. Palm Plant – there are many variations of these guys and I love all of them. As you would assume they love the sun but need to be watered weekly on average.

I think my next plant purchase will be a rubber plant. Do you have any plant favorites?

-Allison

Healthy Changes…

After becoming a mom, and also getting close to turning 30 I am trying to make some better choices for myself and my family. This means improved eating habits, staying active, and also taking care of my mind. Today, I wanted to share some of the healthy changes I have been making, and I few I hope to start doing.

  1. water, water, water! I am a big water drinker and am currently  trying to get back to how much I drank each day before my pregnancy (I had bad morning sickness and some days could not even keep down water) Lately, the only way I drink water is with tons of lemon – this in itself has its own health benefits – but I think is it so refreshing and I love having lemons in the house all the time 🙂
  2. One treat a day – I will be the first one to admit that I can go a bit crazy with junk food and sweets so I have been trying for the past few years to limit myself to one treat a day. Now my definition of treat can vary from yours, but if I have coffee with sugar in the morning that is usually it for the day. I definitely still indulge on occasion, but everything in moderation
  3. Look at the food you are buying – This one is huge in our house! we always look at ingredients and try to find the most healthy, least processed food possible. We are really trying to stay away from packaged food (my withdrawal from chips has been rough) and we have recently decided to start only shopping at Sprouts (similar to Whole Foods but much more affordable)
  4. Be active and feel accomplished – this is a goal I am still working towards as I do have a 9-5 that requires me to sit at a desk each day, and this does not mean you need to go to the gym ( I loath the gym) For me this means I need to do something each day that makes me feel accomplished; whether that is working on a DIY project, mowing the lawn, actively playing with Rosie. Being active does not have to do with loosing weight or any of that BS, it is more about feeling good about the day when your head hits the pillow.
  5. Stop being your own worst critic – This one is the hardest for me because as the saying goes “doubt will kill more dreams that failure ever will” I get really excited about projects and once I encounter a roadblock I will start to loose steam. I am not one to give up on things, but I can easily feel discourage, but that is going to change! everyone starts somewhere and if other people can have success so can I 🙂
  6. remove yourself from negative situations – a healthy mind is SO important and negative people and situations will do nothing for you. I will fess up to the fact that on occasion I am a gossip, but lately I have really been trying to let things good and focus on the things that bring me happiness.

What are some healthy goals you have? Hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday.

-Allison

My Favorite Pinterest Recipes

Poor Man’s Stew– so simple to throw all the ingredients into a crock pot and at the end of the day have a delicious dinner – and the leftovers are even better!

Dill Pickle Dip – oh. my. god. this dip is so good! with some classic lays potato chips you will not be able to stop eating it

Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Sandwich a healthier version of one of my favorites. The grapes and almonds take it to the next level and it is a great easy meal once made.

Skinny Banana, Oatmeal and Chocolate cookies – love this for over ripe bananas, and the best part is all the ingredients are in the title! such a better alternative to regular cookies

Buffalo Chicken Dip – be warned! if you make this you will be addicted and people will never stop asking you for it. Tastes like a buffalo hot wing with ranch dressing turned into a dip. (i suggest breaking out the “fat pants” for this treat 😉 )

I would love to hear some of you favorite Pinterest discovered dishes – so much food, so little time! 🙂

you can also follow all my boards for Pinterest here.

-Allison

DIY Wall Art

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I was inspired to do my own version of this project by the queen of DIY herself, Mr.Kate. She did a more simplified version of this on her YouTube channel (if you are not already subscribed you should be! She is so awesome!) I could not stop thinking about it so I originally made one as a gift for a friends birthday, but I liked it so much I created my own. (pictured above)

First off you will need quite a few supplies and a few power tools

-24 x 24 piece of wood

-paint (I did white and tan mixed for the background, then golds, purples and grey for the circle but as with all DIY’s choose whatever fits you and your space best) 

-lights (found mine at target – they looked like mini Christmas lights)

-hot glue gun and lots of glue sticks

-drill 

-saw (if wood has not already been cut to size) 

-sand paper

-pencil

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I started out with my plain pieces of wood cut to the dimensions I wanted

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Next I painted each square white (i also added some tan so it would not be flat white) and let that dry.

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Once dry I used a string and pen / pencil to make my rough circle shape (You can also trace something or free hand it)

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Going off my sketch I did a quick outline of gold paint, marked my constellations and drilled my holes.

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Once this step is complete I would advise taking pictures to remember your constellations. Then you can paint the circle whatever color you like and let thoroughly dry.

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This step optional if you don’t like the look of the lines, but if you want to include them you will then connect your constellations with a paint pen (again, any color you like) let his dry until your a confident it will not smudge.

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Finally you can turn that bad boy over and start gluing in your lights. (Not pictured, but I also did a inch frame around the back of the piece to contain the lights and so it would rest flat on the wall once hung. This also hides the cords when looking at it from the side but you are welcome to skip this step if you like)

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Install a wire on the back to hang it and viola! what do you think? If you are inspired to make your own please tag me so I can see 🙂 @babyfacebetty on Instagram

-Allison