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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Currently Loving : Podcast

I never really took advantage of Podcast until this year and I have become obsessed. I find it to be so ironic because as a kid I would complain about talk radio all the time because my parents loved it! Now it is what I listen to all the time – it is true what they say, you become your parents… lol. Below are a few of my current favorites and why I am loving them

1. Girl Boss Radio – This was created by the same bad ass woman as Nasty Gal and it is all about success and what it means to have it all. She interviews all kinds of women and it is not only amazingly inspirational, but also funny and relatable.

2. Side Hustle School – I found this podcast randomly and love it. They are short episodes all about side hustles that turned into successful businesses. This really makes you brainstorm about all the ways money can be made – like having a chicken rental company?! Lol, you will have to listen to know what I am talking about

3. The Dollop – I love to learn about history and laugh so this is the perfect Podcast! Two friends read about a historical events, one has no idea what the event is and as they tell it jokes are shared and laughs are had.

What are your current favorite podcasts? I am always looking for new ones to try and also would love to hear your thoughts on the three I am currently loving

Happy Tuesday,

Allison

5 Easy Last Minute Halloween Costumes

Sometimes it can be so hard to decide what to be for Halloween, but then once you decide you have to get all the parts of your costume, or make things and it can become a pain. Especially when you work full time and have a family and the world is already going a million miles a minute! Well I am here to help with 5 simple costume ideas that will (hopefully) only needs items you already own – read on for some costume inspo!

  1. Rosie the Riveter

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Everyone knows this lady, with her determined expression and red bandanna she is ready to conquer the world. All you need for this costume is a navy blue or denim shirt with sleeves that can be rolled up and a red bandanna. and of course some red lipstick!

2. Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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This costume may require a little more work, but a black dress with some black gloves and up-do and some major jewelry there will be no mistaking who you are

3. Lucille Balllucille-ball-9196958-3-402

If you have longer hair I would suggest looking up a tutorial on how to do a poodle hair style, some red lips and any retro style clothing would do the trick – also yelling about Ricky a lot would be a dead giveaway, lol

4. Stevie Nicks00-tout-stevie-nicks-boho

The original white witch! The hardest part of this costume would be the top hat but luckily most costume stores carry them at a reasonable price.

5. Frida Kahlo

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Almost anything will do for this costume as the flowers, hairstyle and famous brows make it recognizable. Awesome costume and a way to pay tribute to a awesome woman!

What are you going to be for Halloween?

Happy Wednesday

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

MamaHood Monday : Self Support for Mom Guilt

As much as I wish I could say that mom guilt is not a thing it most definitely is and it sucks. Most everything in life becomes a double edged sword where you are always nagging yourself for something you could have done differently or just better. Well there is hope! The way today talk to yourself has a profound impact on all things you do including being a mom and how satisfied you are with your mom-ing at the end of the day. I wanted to share a few things I will tell myself when I need a little extra support that usually bring me back down to earth.

1. “Do a days work in a day” you night have heard this in a work setting, but I think it applies to all areas in life. There is no way in hell that I am going to get everything done in one day that I want to – I am only one person and the housework is not going anywhere (sadly) so make priorities and try to stay productive throughout the week – it is amazing what a few minutes here and there can do!

2. “Everyone struggles as a parent, don’t compare your beginning with someone else’s middle” in the world we live in is it so easy to start comparing your life to others and I am sure you have seen those parents that look like they have it all together. Well, newsflash! They don’t, some people are just better actors than others

3. “Quality time can sometimes be greater than quantity” As a working mom this is something I have to remind myself of a lot. 2-3 solid hours of being together at night and paying full attention to each other is what counts. (And this is also my favorite part of the day) this means I am not on my phone or a computer and I am usually down on the floor with her playing – unless we are eating dinner of course

4. “No one can love your baby like you can” I will be the first to admit that sometimes I do get envious of our daycare provider because she is able to be with Rosie so much. Although my rational mind reminds me that she is also with other children and I am sure she sometimes wants to pull out her hair my irrational mind feels guilty. But the truth is I am always going to be her mom, that no one will ever love her like I do and when we are together making that time count is what matters most

Do you have any tips or tricks for combating mom guilt?

Happy Monday

-Allison

Chic Skull Decor

Do you ever have those weeks on end when you feel like you have no extra time? The house is a disaster, work is stressful, family craziness – when does it end!? Well it has been like that for me for two weeks and BabyFaceBetty has been lacking because of it. That being said, I will do better! Any-who on to the post….

I am sure you saw that title and was like, girl what!? But I am totally into skull decor! For Halloween or not – I think the human body is fascinating so I love anatomy books, skulls and all sorts of that fun stuff! I am so excited for Halloween and have already been searching Pinterest for craft ideas to share (and before you say so I am fully aware it is still September, I won’t pop peoples Christmas bubble so please don’t pop my Halloween one, lol)

Have a great Wednesday!

-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