November To-Do List

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My to-do list this month has a very distinct theme. We moved last month so a lot of my list this month will be taken over by the house; but, from what I hear, that’s normal. Everyone wishes us luck now that we are homeowners and I’m starting to understand why we need the luck (haha). I hope you enjoy getting a peek into my everyday life!

Unpack Everything

We have been in the house for about two weeks now and we have done a pretty good job moving in and making the house a home. However, I still have more boxes than I’d like to admit just laying around half empty. My goal is to be completely unpacked by the end of the month!

Get Back Into A Schedule

With everything everywhere, it’s been a fun process trying to figure out how my routines work in this new house. I’m definitely still out of wack and struggling to get into a stable routine. I’m hoping that fully unpacking and organizing will help me get into a good schedule for day to day life and blogging as well! We’ve been so incredibly busy that my blogging schedule is definitely all over the place. I apologize! I promise, this month, I’ll get back on track.

Discover New Things In Our Area

We moved to a completely different town then we were in before and I’m so unfamiliar with the area. My goal is to just drive around the area and discover all the cute restaurants and secret places to go!

Painting Party

Before we moved all of our stuff into the house, we spent a solid 3 days painting. The house was very brown and very dark colors everywhere. If you know me, you know that is not my style at all. I’m so excited to show you guys before and after’s! But, before I can do that, I need to finish up all the painting!

Plan & Order Christmas Presents

With all this moving business, I’m tired of being behind and playing catchup on everything. I want to get Christmas completely done this month so all I have to do is wrap in the month of December! It’s awfully ambitious but I think it can be done (especially with Amazon one click hehe).

Leave me a comment below and tell me what you’re looking to do this month!

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Things To Do This Halloween Season

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Halloween is my favorite holiday BY FAR! I go crazy for this holiday, as you’ll see in posts later this month. (Yes, I’ve already planned out my Halloween posts.) Today I wanted to talk about a few fun things to do this month in preparation for Halloween. I already posted a fall bucket list so be sure to hop over there if you’re looking for some of the less spooky aspects of fall! I just wanted to dedicate a full post for Halloween activities. So, without further ado, let’s do this!

Haunted House

Obviously. By far the most popular Halloween activity. It’s a staple in everyone’s Halloween to-do list.

Scary Movie Marathon

I live for the scares! Pack all your friends into your living room and run through all your scary Netflix movies. Grab the popcorn, a cozy blanket, and keep your friends close. And maybe schedule a sleepover for that night? J

Decorate to Scare

Get in the Halloween spirit by decking out your room, house, yard, etc. with all things scary! Don’t have any décor? Invite some friends out with you and hit up your local Target, Dollar Store, and Hobby Lobby. I love this idea for a fun and unique day to spend with friends!

See the Newest Scary Movie

Because no one does Halloween better than the movies. Go see the newest thriller in theaters with some of your friends!

Go To Local Haunt Spots

No matter where you live, there is always a nearby town with some weird history and a spooky background. Find some haunts around your area for some cheap fun and a few thrills. Maybe it’s a forest, abandoned building, an old house. Get to Google and find the craziest haunts in your area!

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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

Photoshoot

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 Make Realistic New Year’s Resolutions

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Most New Year’s resolutions are abandoned before January is even over! Isn’t that crazy!? I know I’ve made my fair share of resolutions that I didn’t follow through on. That fact is why I’ve stopped making resolutions and started making goals. You might be asking, “What’s the difference between resolutions and goals?” Really, not much besides the fact that goals are often more loosely structured and less intimidating than resolutions. I want to share with you today how exactly to make your resolutions achievable this coming year. Let’s make 2017 the best year yet!

Don’t be too specific

Most of the time, people get a little too specific with their goals. This often makes them less achievable. If your resolution is to weigh a certain amount by the summer, or get a certain amount of a raise this year, or to move to a certain destination then your resolutions may be too far out of reach. Strive to set goals instead. Make a goal just to lose weight, to just get a raise this year, or to not be afraid to take the chance of moving if the opportunity presents itself.

Don’t choose resolutions that are life changing

Stray away from resolutions that are so out of reach that you have to change the way you live your life. Don’t make resolutions that involve a large life milestone (finding a husband, purchasing a home, having a baby) before the end of the year. Let life take you on the path you were meant to be on. Making large resolutions that disrupt how you live your everyday life never end well. Make sure you are prepared and have a well thought out plan to these events.

Don’t be unrealistic

Of course, we all want to be the best self we can be; but, don’t make resolutions that are seemingly unrealistic. Don’t make resolutions to eat at a new restaurant every week to broaden your horizons if you don’t have the funds, don’t make a resolution to lose twenty pounds when you don’t already work out or eat clean, don’t make resolutions to travel the world when you’ve never traveled before. Everything in moderation.

These tips seem ridiculously easy but they often are forgotten when people are making their New Year’s resolutions. I hope you all keep these tips in mind and get good use out of them. You’ll be much happier with yourself at the end of the year once you’ve accomplished your realistic resolutions/goals. What are your resolutions for 2017? Leave a comment below!

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Wedding Planning Essentials

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For those who may not know, I LOVE planning. Planning big events, or even just a small get together, gives me life. Event management was always my back up career if design hadn’t panned out. So, planning my wedding is very exciting to me and I love every single moment. Planning – I love. The stress that comes along with planning? Not so much. Which is why my fiancé have been engaged for a year already and our wedding date is still over a year away. We’re an oddball couple for today’s standards it seems with a 2+ year engagement. However, my fiancé and I both wanted a long engagement. We were living together prior to our engagement so marriage really isn’t going to do anything different for us besides make it “official”. Why rush it? I’d much rather take my time and enjoy the planning without the stress of an impending deadline. So that is exactly what we are doing! Being a perfectionist isn’t exactly a great trait for planning such a big event; however, I’ve found a few tools that have been making the process a breeze!

Until I got engaged, I had never seen The Knot anywhere but now that I have been planning, I see it EVERYWHERE (and thank goodness for it). The Knot has simplified so much for me and really helped me open my eyes to how many little details need to be decided. I went ahead and purchased one of their books, The Knot Book of Wedding Lists, and a planner of theirs called The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner. These two items have helped so much. First of all, how great are lists? This book of lists is a life saver and helps me prioritize both with scheduling and budgets. They bring up lists of questions to ask vendors and venues that I never would have thought of. Asking these questions saved me so many headaches and hidden fees along the way. It definitely helps me make my decisions much faster. I’m a big advocate for planners and this wedding planner is great. They provide numerous pages to fill in with your thoughts and desires from your vendors and your big day in general. They even help with colors and inspiration. (Which was not needed for a designer with thousands of wedding Pinterest boards in the make.) This planner is huge and allows plenty of room to add more material. When I was interviewing venues I kept all of the brochures and pamphlets they gave me in here along with my annoyingly diligent notes. This way I can keep all of my vendor’s information in one safe place.

Both of these books have been a GREAT help and definitely help me keep my OCD in check. 😉 I can’t wait to keep using these throughout this planning process. I’ll post the links to where you can buy these books down below if you’re interested. If you have a wedding coming up, I highly recommend!

The Knot Book of Wedding Lists : http://www.amazon.com/Knot-Book-Wedding-Lists/dp/0307341933?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0

 

The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner : http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Wedding-Planner-Organizer-binder/dp/0770433367?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0