20 Cheap/Free Fall Date Night Ideas

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The fall season has some of the best and most thematic things to do. If you’re looking for some great date ideas or even some cheap friend activities, look no further! I made a fall bucket list for you to enjoy this season. You’ll notice that there aren’t any Halloween related activities on this list. Don’t worry, I have a Things To Do This Halloween Season post coming shortly (don’t think I forgot!). Enjoy and let me know down below what else you’ll be doing this fall season.

 

Corn Maze

Outdoor Movie Night

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Apple Orchard

Local Farmer’s Market

Pumpkin Patch

Tailgate

Scenic Walk/Drive

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Toast Pumpkin Seeds

Hay Ride

Night Drive to Stargaze

Find the Best Caramel Apple

Visit an Arboretum

Make the Best Apple Cider

Host a Friendsgiving Together

Bonfire

Baking Day – pie, cookies, etc.

Visit a Petting Zoo

Do a Fall Themed DIY

Leave a comment below and let me know what your favorite fall activity is!

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How To Manage Stress

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It’s a stressful time we are living in right now. With everything being broadcasted 24/7 about what is happening in the world and the normal stressors in everyday life, sometimes it all can become a little much. In my personal life, 2017 has definitely taken a stressful toll on my health. Earlier this year I became crippled by it until I found a few extremely helpful tips for conquering any stressful situation thrown my way. Everyone gets stressed, it’s unavoidable, so let’s all learn how to properly deal with stress and come out the other side a more positive calm person.

Breathe

The first thing I try to do when faced with a stressful situation is breathe. I’m easily worked up and prone to anxiety so breathing is crucial to focusing my mind. When breathing is not helping, try focusing on your breathing by using meditation. I love meditating before bed every night to calm my mind and prevent stress. Calmer heads will always prevail; so, take the time to breathe before stressing yourself out.

Detox

Depending on where you are with your life and what is stressing you out, this will mean different things to you. Whether you need a detox from technology, toxic people/situations, or even food (No, this isn’t a diet post. The food we eat has a large effect on our mental health.). In my case, a good technology detox helps me immensely. It is so easy to become overstimulated in the culture we live in. A detox from technology now requires conscience thought. I always feel better when I lock myself in my room with nothing but a book and have a relaxing night without a screen being shoved in my face.

Take Things in Stride

I’m a big believer in a clean and healthy mindset so you know I had to mention this. When encountered with a stressful situation, it’s so important to take things in stride. Don’t let stressful or unpleasant situations get you down. Keep your mind positive and try to find the best in every situation. Everything happens for a reason and finding the positive in everything will help you realize that. If you have searched through your mind for a positive aspect of a current stressor in your life and cannot think of one, just think that this may be teaching you a lesson or guiding you in a different path. Take everything in stride and you’ll live a much better life!

Leave me a comment below and tell me your go-to stress management tip!

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Favorite Posts This September

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Ugh, I’m beginning to see that the months go by faster and faster as the year goes on. I cannot believe this month is already gone! October is going to be a VERY busy but VERY fun month. I have so many exciting things to share with you so be sure to stay tuned. As for this month, take a look at my favorite posts from September!

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DIY Air Freshening Bouquet

I feel like fall and DIY’s go hand in hand. Tackle this easy and cute DIY this season!

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5 Helpful Tips For Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes

A chore no one likes to do; but, oh so important!

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Everyday Makeup Look Under $20

Check out this super simple and fresh makeup look. And yes, you read that right, it’s all under $20!

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Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Lifting Neck Cream Review

Skincare is my absolute favorite and this product deserves to be shared again!

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3 Tips To Stay Organized During The Busy Months

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School just got back into session. The holidays are coming up. We are starting to get less hours of sunlight. Needless to say, it’s a busy time of year! I can’t stress enough how a well maintained organizational routine is key, especially this time of year. Here are three major components on how I stay organized throughout the year.

Google Calendar

My saving grace! I love planners and journals for the occasional desire to physically write things down. However, most of the time, I love using a digital planner. I love the ability to switch things around and mess up an entry without having to erase or cross something out. It keeps my whole thoughts together and gives me the ability to move things around. Love! I plug everything into my calendar from what blogs to write, pictures to take, and when to actually post my blogs. However, I use my calendar for much more than just blogging. I use it to keep track of personal appointments, bills, and even planning out larger projects. You can color code, assign times, set up alarms, and so much more. I’m so glad I switched over to Google Calendar! They even have an easy to use app so I can get notifications on my laptop and phone. I highly recommend!

Carefully Scheduled Timers

Having an iPhone spoils me. It’s as easy as, “Siri, set a timer for….” I like to set timers for reminders of when I need to start working on things; as well as, using the timers to tell me when I need to stop doing a task. It can be tedious at first but once you really start getting into this habit, it will really start to boost your productivity. It will start to show you how long tasks actually take and how quickly you can get them done! It’s a great self-accountability habit to get into. It’s important to work and get things done but it’s equally as important to rest. Having an alarm to tell you when to quit will help act as an outside voice to really tell your brain to stop.

Set Routines

I’m a creature of habit and a stickler for routines so you know I had to include this. I have certain things that I like to routinely do every day or every other day. Keeping to a schedule helps balance all the different events going on in my life. For those who are new, I have a full time job and also push to post four blogs a week. That’s a pretty full schedule and I like to make sure it all works into my routine! If you aren’t a routine person, using timers will actually help get you on a scheduled routine. Once your mind can settle on a routine throughout your day, you’ll rest a lot easier and be so much more productive.

Leave a comment below and tell me how you stay organized during these busy months. I’d love to hear!

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DIY Air Freshening Bouquet


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I absolutely love having fresh flowers around our house but I find that they die all too fast and our fur babies seem to think they make a good snack. Faux flowers on the other hand…success! I found this super cute DIY on Pinterest and decided to give it a go. I’m so pleased with the results and I can’t believe how easy this was. Let’s jump on into it!

Here’s What You’ll Need :

Mason Jar

Faux Flowers (of your choice)

Downy Unstoppables

Spray Paint (color of your choosing)

Here’s How Simple It Is :

Spray paint your mason jar in a well ventilated space, preferably outside.

Once dry, you can assemble by pouring the air freshener inside the jar.

Trim your faux flowers to the desired height and place inside.

Switch out your air freshener whenever you want a fresh scent or when they begin losing their potency.

I love the versatility of this DIY. Depending on the time of year or your décor tastes, you can change out the air fresheners, flowers, or re-paint your mason jars. You can stretch this cute DIY all year round by using thematic elements. I love that and I especially love the look of having beautiful flowers year round.

Leave me a comment below and let me know if you plan to do this DIY!

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Favorite Posts This August

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It’s been another spotty month of posts so I apologize. Life is getting way to busy but there are some super exciting things happening here soon that I cannot wait to share with you all! In the meantime, let’s take a look at my favorite posts from this last month.

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How To Keep Your Wedding Ring Pristine

Such an important article for everyone out there with a costly piece of jewelry. Lots of great tips to keep your prized possession looking pristine!

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How To Get Rid Of Oily Skin

Another great read for those out there looking to take control of your skin. I know, personally, I have always struggled to keep up with my skin instead of controlling it. I’m so much happier with my skin now than even a couple years ago. Crazy what a few changes can do!

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Welcoming Home Peanut

If you’re a fan of furry little friends, be sure to check out the newest member of the family!

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Easy Breezy Summer Look – OOTD

We still have a few weeks left to cherish these beautiful temperatures until fall comes knocking on our doors. Check out this extremely comfortable and cute summer look!

Leave me a comment below and tell me which your favorite was!

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Welcoming Home the Peanut

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Today I’ve got some fun (and furry) news to share! We have added to our family and recently welcomed home this little kitten, Beanie.

Getting To Know Beanie : We have had the little one for such a short amount of time but I feel we are getting to know her very well. Mostly because she follows us around constantly and is almost always touching us in one way or the other. She has little knowledge of personal space and would much rather lay up on your neck than on your lap. Beanie is a fan of 5 minute power naps then 15 minute play hard sessions. She’s constantly under our feet and demanding attention (with a cute little meow like hers, I can’t say no). And lastly, she is obsessed with her older sister, Leila.

Fitting In : This sweet little black and white beauty is fitting in great with our family and we are so excited to have her. We adopted her from a local shelter about a week or so ago and are just starting to get into a routine. For those who don’t know, we have an older kitty Leila who is just over 3 years old. Leila wasn’t too sure about something so small and rambunctious. However, we are finally getting to know each other and realizing that it’s kind of fun to have someone else to hang out with! We heard lots of little kitty-cat paws running around all of last night and even found them playing around with each other a bit. Beanie is watching her older sister day in and day out. She’s easily and rapidly becoming Leila’s little shadow. We have been searching for a little kitten for Leila to hang out with for a while now. (My husband and I both work full time jobs and feel that Leila’s personality needs a friend.) I’m so glad we found this little knucklehead! I think they’ll grow up great with each other!

The Name : My family has a bit of a tradition when it comes to animals. As I’m sure many of you agree, your pets really do become family. Whenever a beloved pet passes, we get a new animal and give them a name to honor the former. For those who may not know, I lost my sweetie a month ago. One of her many nicknames was Bean-head (LONG story haha). I felt that with this new little kitten, she exemplified many of the traits I found in my Bean-head when I adopted her. Thus, the name Beanie came to fruition. I think the name suits her well and we’ve already given her many other nicknames along the way – like “stop that”, “get away from there”, etc….just kidding! J

Be sure to keep stopping on by to see more pictures as we get to know this little peanut more. I’m sure there will be much more (as I can’t control my crazy cat-lady traits) and we can’t wait for all that’s to come!

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