Last Weekend of the Parade

This past weekend, we headed out for the last weekend of Parade of Homes! It's crazy to think that the next time that we go to POH, it will be spring! 

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After our apple orchard adventure on Saturday, we headed out to a few homes on the way to grab a quick lunch.

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I loved the colors and design of this kitchen -- that tiled backsplash in the background was so pretty against the white cabinetry.

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These particular homes were really unique and it was so fun to see all of the thought and detail that was put into each one. Those are little storage lockers in the photo above and this area served as a little entryway from the walkout patio doors (to the left of this photo).

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We especially loved the curved walls of this home -- it was so unique and really made a difference!

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We really loved the kitchen in this particular home -- those lights hanging above the island were so perfect! 

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In between homes, we stopped for lunch since it was nearly 2pm by this point and we were starving!

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Oak Eatery was on the route to the next batch of homes and it did not disappoint! I opted for a side salad and the hummus plate while Andy enjoyed a French dip sandwich.

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Once we finished eating, we headed back out to hit some more homes before calling it a day.

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I loved the floors in this house! This was actually tile that looked like wood! 

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This bathroom floor was so pretty -- such a fun color palette and design! 

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We both loved the white and bright feel of this bathroom -- wouldn't it be so fun to get ready in the mornings if your bathroom looked like this?

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This basement had lots of special features such as brick walls, barn doors, and lots of built-ins and cut-outs in the walls and ceilings.

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This huge island in the kitchen was so pretty -- this would be the perfect place to cook or entertain guests! 

Another season, another Parade of Homes! I feel like this one flew by so quickly but we saw so many great homes! 

Favorite place to grab lunch?
What's one event in your area that you look forward to each year?

September Books

Another month, another stack of books! You may check out my other book reviews here. This month was a bit of a dud when it came to books — the ones that I picked up just weren’t my favorite. If you want to read up on some of my recent favorites, I'd recommend checking out this post about the books I read in August.

Never Tell // Alafair Burke
Description from Amazon: 
Sixteen-year-old Julia Whitmire appeared to have everything: a famous father, a luxurious Manhattan townhouse, a coveted spot at the elite Casden prep school.  When she is found dead in her bathtub, a handwritten suicide note left on her bed, her parents insists that their daughter would never take her own life.

Detective Ellie Hatcher will be forced to uncover the truth behind this apparent suicide, navigating Julia's intriguing connections to both New York’s wealthiest—and its most dispossessed.

My Thoughts:
This started off really good, but then it just ended up feeling dragged out and a little boring. Wasn't a huge fan of this one and felt a little disappointed because I had high hopes for it after reading another book by this same author.

Watching Edie // Camilla Way
Description from Amazon: 
Beautiful, creative, a little wild… Edie was the kind of girl who immediately caused a stir when she walked into your life. And she had dreams back then—but it didn’t take long for her to learn that things don’t always turn out the way you want them to. 
 
Now, at thirty-three, Edie is working as a waitress, pregnant and alone. And when she becomes overwhelmed by the needs of her new baby and sinks into a bleak despair, she thinks that there’s no one to turn to…
 
But someone’s been watching Edie, waiting for the chance to prove once again what a perfect friend she can be. It’s no coincidence that Heather shows up on Edie’s doorstep, just when Edie needs her the most. So much has passed between them—so much envy, longing, and betrayal. And Edie’s about to learn a new lesson: those who have hurt us deeply—or who we have hurt—never let us go, not entirely…

My Thoughts:
Again, I had high hopes for this one after reading the description but it ended up feeling too dragged out without enough suspense for my linking.

Balancing It All // Candace Cameron Bure
Description from Amazon: 
“How do you do it all?” That’s the question that wife, mom, actress, and best-selling author Candace Cameron Bure is often asked. And it’s a question that women everywhere are asking themselves as we seek to balance all of our roles, responsibilities, and opportunities.

So, how do we do it? Working since the age of 5, Candace has been in a balancing act for nearly her entire life. She is the first to tell you that there is no miracle formula for perfect execution in every area of your life, but there definitely are some lessons to be learned, lessons that come to life in Candace's story. 

Come along and dig into Candace’s story from her start in commercials, the balance-necessitating years on Full House, to adding on the roles of wife and mom while also returning to Hollywood. Insightful, funny, and poignant, Candace’s story will help you balance it all.

My Thoughts:
I originally got on this Candace Cameron Bure book train when I learned of her new book coming out later this fall, so of course I had to read her existing books in the meantime. :) This book was a little cheesy at times, but overall I really enjoyed learning more about CCB and what it was liking growing up on the set of Full House, how she met her husband, etc. I'd recommend this for a quick, light read if you're a fan of CCB!

Reshaping It All // Candace Cameron Bure
Description from Amazon: 
Bure’s healthy lifestyle has been featured in US Weekly and People magazines as well as national talk shows including The View and NBC’s Today. In Reshaping It All, she continues the story, inspiring women to embrace a healthier lifestyle by moving faith to the forefront, making wise choices, and finding their worth in the eyes of God. Candace shares a candid account of her struggle with food and ultimately her healthy outlook on weight despite the toothpick-thin expectations of Hollywood.

My Thoughts:
I didn't realize that this book is geared towards those looking to lose weight, but felt like it was still beneficial to read. I loved her balanced approach to fitness and nutrition and found myself approaching meals more mindfully after whizzing through this book.

The MindBody Code // Dr. Mario Martinez
Description from Amazon: 
With The MindBody Code, Dr. Mario Martinez shares the rewards of an investigation that has spanned generations and cultures to reveal the most effective methods for initiating deep and lasting change. Through fascinating case studies and practical training in the new science of biocognition, Dr. Martinez illuminates the pathways to healing the archetypal wounds of shame, abandonment, and betrayal; how to break through the ceilings of abundance that limit prosperity and create the “subcultures of wellness” that will help you reach your full potential; how to transform “aging consciousness” to continually increase your value and competence as you grow older; and much more.

My Thoughts:
This book had a lot of valid points about how our mind and body are very interconnected. It was a little out there at times, but overall a good read if you're new to the topic of the mind and body connection.

What's one book you're looking forward to reading?
What's the last book you read?

 

Apple Orchard Adventures

On Saturday morning, we headed out to visit an apple orchard before checking out the last weekend of the Parade of Homes. 

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Originally, we were planning on visiting the orchard we usually go to (I've been going there since I was a kid), but changed our minds at the last minute and wound up at a new (to us) orchard.

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We were so happy that we decided to go to LuceLine Orchard instead -- there were so many more activities at this location! Also, as a designer, I loved the lettering style that they used on all of their signage!

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It's definitely geared towards families since there were kiddie tractor rides, a corn pit, petting zoo, swing sets, apple slingshots, etc. but we enjoyed so many of the other activities during our visit! Also, how adorable is this hand painted map of the orchard?!

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There were huge pumpkins available for purchase, along with all kinds of mini pumpkins, gourds, and squash! 

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They had a little store where you could purchase candles, baked goods, apples, and all sorts of random crafts and decorations. It was so fun to look around inside! 

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After browsing through the little shop, we headed over to the food area and purchased a bag of mini apple fritters, which ended up being more like apple cider donuts with a little slice of apple in the middle. They were SO good and we polished them off while we walked around the orchard.

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The weather for our apple orchard adventure could not have been more perfect! After almost hitting record-breaking temps last weekend, 60 degrees and breezy was welcomed with open arms! 

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Side note: I'm definitely a "celebrator" in the sense that I have such a passion for celebrating everything -- no matter how big or small it is. I realized that this past week was the anniversary of our engagement, so I suggested that we use this day date as a celebration of that! We got engaged September 25, 2010 and started dating October 3rd, 2008! 

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They also had a beautiful trail that went around the back end of the orchard -- it was filled with flowers, swings, and all sorts of fun things to browse! PS this is the other version of that jacket that I found the other day! 

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There was a petting zoo up near the front, and towards the back, they had a large fenced in area with these adorable little donkeys and some cows! 

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They also had a hay ride and a corn maze, but we decided to save that for next time since we had afternoon plans and we wanted to grab some lunch beforehand, too! 

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We left with a big bag of "Sweet 16" apples and headed off to our next adventure -- Parade of Homes, which I'll recap on Wednesday of this week! 

PS I'm linking up with Biana today! 

Do you plan to visit an apple orchard this year?
What's your favorite variety of apple? 

Friday Favorites #14

Happy Friday! We've been enjoying the most perfect fall weather over here -- low 60s almost every day, which feels like absolute perfection. It's been a busy week for us and we are very much looking forward to a relaxing weekend! We're hoping to hit an apple orchard and tour a few more homes since it's the last weekend of Parade of Homes! I'm also linking up to share some of my favorites from the week! 

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While at the mall the other day, the Teavana store had this tea on tap for sampling. After one sip, I was immediately sold on it -- until I looked at the price. $45 for a canister of tea -- have I been living under a rock or is this the going rate for loose-leaf teas these days? I found it cheaper on Amazon, but you can only buy 2 oz at a time, which probably wouldn't last long!

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This candle is one of my new favorite scents -- I love that it's different than the typical cinnamon-apple or pumpkin spice candles that I usually pick up for the season.

A couple months back, my sister told me about the new show, The Good Doctor, which had recently been added to ABC's fall lineup. Andy and I watched it on Monday night and are already hooked! We're already looking forward to watching episode two next week! 

On that note, I watched the first episode of the new Law & Order show on Tuesday night and it was SO good! It follows a true crime case from 1989 and we were immediately intrigued just a few minutes into the show. 

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I tried the new Maple Pecan latte from Starbucks the other day and while I liked it, I'd have to say the gingerbread latte and PSL are still my absolute favorites. I was hoping to get one of the limited edition fall cups at Starbucks, but this popular location was all out! 

Also, the nail color in the photos above is my go-to polish for fall! It's a dark navy that almost looks black -- it's so chic looking! 

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Lately, I've been all about fresh veggies and hummus -- once in awhile, I'll make little snack plates like this for lunch and then pair it with a protein shake. I think it's the variety of flavors that I love most about this type of meal.

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While I was shopping the other day, I came across these tights -- they might be going on my wishlist very soon! How fun is this "serpent" print?! I think they'd be so cute paired with a blush colored top for winter! 

What do you have planned for this weekend?
What's your go-to nail color for fall?

Fall Fashion Finds

This past Friday, I woke up and did some work on the computer before heading off to the gym for a quick workout -- after working out outside for the majority of the summer, I'm trying to transition back to indoor workouts.

Afterwards, I showered at the gym and then headed home to make a shake, style my hair, and apply makeup before heading out again. I needed to run a couple of errands, and wanted to pop into J.Crew Mercantile since I saw this cute shirt online earlier that morning. 

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They didn't have my size, so I tried on an XS and am grabbing the extra fabric in the back. I think it'd be cute layered under a sweater, jacket, or vest, but I wasn't sure if I loved the material (it was really thin), so back on the shelf it went.

While I was there, I browsed around for a bit; they had the cutest items in their fall collection -- so many cozy sweaters, cute jackets, and tops! 

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Normally, I'm not a ruffles kind of girl, but I thought this sweater would be so perfect with a pretty statement necklace and flats. I also loved the striped version of this shirt! 

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This sweater was super cozy and I love the slits on the sides! 

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I loved the bell sleeves on this striped top -- this would be so fun to wear to a HH with girlfriends or on a date night out.

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Lastly, I came across my favorite field jacket (I own the military green version) in this pretty wine color! This will definitely be going on my wishlist once they add it online! This would be so cute with a navy striped tee underneath! 

In the photos above, I'm wearing these jeans, this basic tee, and these earrings (that match EVERYTHING).

What's one thing that's on your wishlist for fall?
What are your cold weather staples?
Jackets and vests are mine!