10/13: Yorktown Fall Festival

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Yorktown has a farmer’s market every Saturday called Market Days and it stays open much longer than most….8:00am-3:00pm. We had never been before but in the month of October they also have a fall festival every Saturday as well with pumpkins, hay mazes, tractors, hay rides and live music. We decided to take Hoke, check out the river and make a day of it.

We had such a great time! The River Landing area is absolutely beautiful and it’s just so much fun to find these cute little areas of town that you never knew about before.

Below are a few pictures from Yorktown and the River. There is a River cruise you can take, a beautiful beach area and the coolest bridge.

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Hoke got to meet some Alpacas, check out some tractors and listen to his favorite music….bluegrass!

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If you are planning a trip to Williamsburg in the near future of course do the typical touristy things….Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens and Great Wolf Lodge, but don’t forget this cute, historic town only 20 minutes up the road! You won’t be disappointed!!

 

10/11: Family Movie Night: Curious George Halloween Boo Fest

Last night we had our second fall movie night and we chose………Curious George Halloween Boo Fest! Hoke LOVES George, in fact it is pretty much the only show I can get a solid 15 minutes of silence and stillness out of him.

We had a picnic in the living room, all natural nitrate free hotdogs, organic sweet potato tots and roasted green beans and I am happy to report, he ate the whole meal!

Now he still woke at 4:30, that is a work in progress but we had a really fun low key evening at home. This is a great movie for anyone with a child 2 and under. It held his attention the full 50 minutes and it is instant on Netflix right now!

Please share any other, wholesome, fun family films you may know of…..that will keep a busy 19 month old happy!!!

10/10: Friday Fall Faves

 

The image above links to one of this weeks faves, homemade hot chocolate…..and this picture!

Have a side of Halloween Chex Mix with it.

How cute is this fox scarf?

I’m always up for trying a new soup

This doesn’t have me convinced, Pink is the best color, but since it’s fall I gave it a read.

Happy Weekend! What are your plans for fall fun?

10/9: Living in the Present

I didn’t have this post planned for today, and let me tell you, veering off the planned path is not something I do often. But I’ve been blogging about Fall Fun this month for the write 31 days challenge and it made me stop and think about living in the moment and embracing the present. I made this goal, that I wanted to experience October to it’s fullest…..get pumpkins, watch movies, go to fall festivals, have a party…….but then the stress starts, will I have time, will it be as great as I hoped, will I be able to budget for it all…..and good grief am I tired. For some reason I didn’t plan that Hoke would start waking at 4:00am this month or that I would just get a whim and want to start running again.

Cary and I have had so much change in our 8 years of marriage. We have lived in 5 different houses (that doesn’t include the 6 months we lived with my parents while gutting our first house) 4 different cities, had more jobs between the 2 of us than I can count, finished his PhD, had a child, got a dog, moved 3 times…..ok now I’m getting tired. But I was thinking the other day how every time we start a project, make a move, buy a house, it’s always “what do we do next, where do we go from here?” and we (well I, Cary seems to just go with the flow) never enjoy the moment we are in.

An example is my time in Florida. I was terrified, ok terrified doesn’t even come close to explaining how I felt, of moving to Florida. It was one of my biggest fears in life, leaving my parents (remember my little post a few weeks ago about making plans?) but there I was, faced with living 13 hours away from my parents and I hated every second of it for the first 3 months. I moped, I cried, I had a real live panic attack, but after living in Florida for almost 3 years, it was 3 of the best years of my life! While living there I did not feel this way, all I did was look for jobs at schools for Cary, dream of being back in NC and constantly book flights home. But I learned more about myself, grew a much stronger marriage and made life long friends in those 3 years.

I guess having a child can make you stop and think, and sometimes just wish time would stand still, how precious every single moment is. There are days I just wish would end, when I am up to my elbows in yogurt and spilled milk, haven’t showered and somehow forgot to wear shoes. There are days I just wish I had 2 minutes to myself, to do absolutely nothing. There are days I am so tired I can barely open my eyes. But I am trying very hard to grab hold of these moments, even the very hard ones, because one day I will long for them again. Just like there are nights I long to have nothing to do but walk to the local wine bar and have a glass of wine with Cary without having to find a sitter, have dinner ready, a baby bathed……just to get up and go, I will long for these days one day, sooner than I expect.

So that is what I want to leave you with today, not the DIY project I had planned. I want to share with you what I am trying to work on for me this month, to embrace the present, not to long for the past or be anxious for the future, but to enjoy and be satisfied with right now!

10/8: Fall Fashion Spotlight: Anna and Alice

I’ve loved Anna and Alice since they opened their doors in Raleigh a few years ago. Every time I get home for a visit I try to stop in and see what they have new, it gets harder and harder with a little one but I do try! When Anna and Alice started carrying Sift with Style’s jewelry I was thrilled to say the least! They are always on top of the latest trends and have the best lines, it is truly and honor to be part of this store! I wanted to share some cute ways they are pairing my jewelry with their amazing pieces right now.

Love the pop of purple with this creamy top and Rag and Bone jeans.

How great does the tassel necklace look with this simple T?!?!

Love my bracelet with the python Lavender Brown tank, great fall jewel tones.

 

And of course, don’t forget your game day look!!! GO State!

And here is my latest shipment! From what they tell me, they don’t last long!! Working on more as we speak and shipping them out this week so stop in soon if you are in Cameron Village!!

10/7: Tasty Tuesday: Apple, Bacon and Cheddar Grilled Cheese

{Via: Simmer and Shoot}

Serves: 2

1 tart granny smith apple

4 slices of bacon

8 slices of sharp cheddar cheese

4 slices of bread

2 tbsp. butter

2 tbsp. raspberry jam (or any jam of your choice)

Cook the bacon until crispy (I prefer turkey bacon with this recipe but the choice is up to you). Once the bacon is cooked cut in half and set aside. Slice the apple and cheese very thin. Spread butter on one side of each piece of bread and your jam on 1 side of only 2 of the slices, you only want jam on one side of your sandwich. Layer your sandwhiches with the apples on top of the jam, then the cheddar and then the bacon so the cheese melts through all the layers and they stay together. Cook the sandwich on medium high heat, flip once and serve!

Cary and I originally had this sandwich at The Rockford in Raleigh when we were in college. If you are every in Raleigh, or happen to be one of my Raleigh readers GO EAT AT THE ROCKFORD!!! It is amazing! Once we had it we made it over and over again on quick dinner nights and it just became a favorite. I really love it on chilly nights! The sharp cheddar with the tart apple is perfect, and we decided on the raspberry jam, just adds another layer of flavor.

Enjoy!!

10/6: Pumpkinville!

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One of our fall plans this month was a trip to Pumpkinville in Toano, VA. Toano is only about 20 minutes from our house. It is a sweet little town with farms and a lot of land and every year this little pop up comes to town. We picked out all our pumpkins for our fall front porch along with some hay. They had tractor rides for the kids, a bounce house and wagons. Other than the major meltdown we had for having to tell the wagon “night night” I’d say Pumpkinville was a hit!

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    So make sure to check this out if you are ever in Williamsburg and looking for something festive to do in the fall!

10/4: Movie Night: The Goonies

I started this post last night and started to feel like it was cop out because, come on, who hasn’t seen the Goonies? (Ok, if you haven’t stop reading and go watch it!) But I want this section of my 31 days of fall fun to be all about family movie choices that are still a bit “halloween-y” but not super scary, gory, or just gross.

I do have my favorite scary movies of all time, but honestly, they leave you feeling awful after watching them. I always have to turn on Food TV or HGTV for about 15 minutes just to get the images out of my head. But not with the Goonies!

I’m going to be honest, I had never seen this movie all the way through until I married Cary. We watched it together a few years ago and it was one of those things I wish I could have gone back in my childhood and changed. It’s such a cute story of friendship, adventure and fun. This movie is really great for the younger kids in the family because it has enough action to keep the screen moving (all important things for my son) but great for older kids too because it even has a little romance!

So, if you have a family movie night and you want to switch things up a little this month let me suggest pulling out this old classic!

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