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