Middleton’s Fall Festival, worth the hype?

This past weekend, we took a little trip out to the Middleton’s Fall Festival. We’ve been to just about every pumpkin patch within an hour of our house and this one was so much different than all the others.  I’m 100% that mom who is super pumped for a family fun day and then wants to leave 45 minutes after we get there. Every. Single. Time. I don’t love big crowds, I’m not super into carnival-type stuff and I hate feeling claustrophobic. I expected this event to make me feel the same way as all the others. But that wan’t the case. We were there for FIVE hours and I was actually bummed when we had to leave because they were shutting down for the night. I wanted to stay and do more, which is so unlike me. I’ll share most of our day here and a few quick tips at the end!

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First thing we did when we got inside the gate was head for the corn maze. As we approached, a bunch of people tried to steer us away because they had gotten lost and were frustrated. (lol) But we went ahead anyway. There’s a picture of the maze at the front so you can take a photo and use it as a map. We did that and had no problem getting back out within 5 minutes of starting. No problem. So definitely take the picture if you decide to try out the corn maze!

We decided to just go ahead and eat right away because none of us are fun to be around when we’re hungry. There were so many options to choose from, most of them local food vendors. Tamales, Pizza, Corn dogs, Tuscan food, a taco truck & more. The girls had cheese pizza ( big surprise, I know), I had fresh pork tamales & Marty got his favorite, taco truck tacos. We were all pleasantly surprised by the large portions and delicious food. I might even have to hunt down Molly’s Tamales so I can get more. No shame.

The girls were more excited about the horse rides than anything else, so that’s where we went next. $5 a ride or you can choose to pay with Midd Bucks. Paisley rode a horse all by herself and Hallie & I rode doubles on a horse. It was so worth it and my girls loved it more than anything they’ve gotten to do at any other fall fest. The horses took us out into a freshly-mowed field, down a hill & looped around. Such an awesome memory to have with my horse-loving, city-living babes.

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Right next to the horse rides, there are two kiddie trains that the girls wanted to check out. One made of old barrels turned sideways, the other with wooden carts to ride in, both pulled by tractor. They chose the barrel train so they could pick which “color” they got to ride in. Kids. Lol. They rode it twice, once together and once separately. Both trains are free with admission and you can come back as many times as you’d like.

There were all kinds of other kid-friendly fun activities that were also free, that our girls loved. A giant slide down the hillside with silk pillows to ride down on, a hamster-wheel type game, a ball toss, a haystack to climb, pillow trampolines, a kid’s maze and a corn pit for digging. We rotated back and forth between them all for several hours and our kids didn’t fuss ONCE. No one got hurt, we didn’t have to fuss with tickets or tokens or long lines. Just good, easy fun that we all enjoyed.

 Toward the end of the evening, we checked out our private fire pit where we roasted some marshmallows and had a chance to rest and regroup before we headed back out to jump on the jump pillows one more time.

The Middleton’s have truly made a fun place to hangout with family this season. All the good fun, none of the stress or craziness. A couple tips I can share – 1. Don’t wear shoes that are difficult to get on/off or require tying. You have to remove your shoes for a lot of the activities and by the end of the evening I was pretty sick of putting P’s converse back on. 2. Dress cool. No matter how chilly it is outside, you will get warm running around with your kids. 3. GO EARLY. You will want to be there for several hours. 5 hours wasn’t even enough for us. 4. Eat the tamales. Always.

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Thanks for the memories, Middleton family! We’ll be back . ❤

 

XO, B.

 

Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day weekend is your last chance to get some good deals before the black friday / cyber monday madness comes around. Haven’t bought any fall clothes yet? Now’s a good time, even if it’s still 90 degrees outside. *cough* I’m going to list a few things I already own that are on major sale first, followed by other goodies and great sales worth checking out.

If you want to shop my recent outfits (most of which are entirely on sale this weekend) you can click here, and “heart” the items you want to shop for later or shop them now while they’re on sale.

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One of my favorite, super affordable makeup brands is having a major sale this weekend on their already bargain prices. I use their brow products and love some of their lip products as well. I’ll link all the things I use on a daily basis below. All of them are under $10 w/ free shipping over $30. In addition to these favs, I have several lipsticks that are already sold out & TONS of brushes from this brand. I’ve never been dissapointed.

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Next up – my all time favorite bracelets, ALL 40% off this weekend, but selling out quickly. The very first one is my all-time favorite, must-have, go-to accessory. I love it SO much and wear it ALL the time. I have several others but they’re currently sold out so I linked a few other beauties.

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I have posted about these several times lately and quite a few of you have bought them for yourselves! They are AMAZING for the price, especially when they’re on sale. They have different sales every once in a while, usually just for 20% off. This weekend my favorite bra is BOGO 50% off. And I *believe* you can stack the 20% new-email coupon on top of the sale. Just sign up for their emails and you’ll get the code within a few minutes. I seriously love these wireless bras, I haven’t worn a wire-bra since. These come in TONS of colors, which I looooove because #inclusionmatters

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A few recent outfits that are almost entirely on sale (just click the image to shop) —

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XO

Late Summer, Early Fall Must-Haves

I had originally planned to break this blog post down by price ranges, but according to my Instagram poll, most of you prefer things broken down by style. I already own some of these pieces but may not have shared them yet, so check my Instagram & my story highlights if you’d like to see them on a non-model!

For reference, I am 5’1 130 lbs. and I typically wear a size Small/4.

Tops

This boyfriend tee is amazing! SOOO soft and so oversized. I ordered the Raw Sienna color, size S and will definitely be wearing this a ton over the next few months.

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Bottoms

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Sweaters

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Activewear/Lounge Wear

I recently ordered these came leggings in the black color and as soon as I tried them on, I decided I should have ordered them in the other colors as well. So comfy, so breathable and flattering too! I ordered the ‘Small Short’ and they fit perfectly.

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I also recently ordered this cozy neon sweatshirt in yellow and am OBSESSED. It is soon soft on the inside, like the kind of sweatshirt you we as a shirt. SO GOOD. Also available in green & pink neon. I ordered the size S.

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Accessories

I’m super obsessed with bracelet stacks & arm wraps lately. I noticed these super awesome mix & match 3 for $30 bracelets the other day and couldn’t help but share! There are quite a few styles to choose from, but I just chose a couple pictures of my favs!

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Okay, honesty hour.. I’m dozing off trying to finish this post up. So it will double in size soon! I have dresses, kimonos, shoes & more basics to add. I’ll post on Instagram again when I update it! In the meantime, spoil yourselves! XO

 

Pre-Fall Styles!

Pre-Fall Style Round-Up!

Sharing a few pieces that you can add to your summer wardrobe that will transition perfectly into fall!

This pinafore dress can be worn now, by itself and in the fall with a slouchy cardigan and booties. A cute neon sweatshirt that can be thrown on with your fav. denim shorts for summer nights or worn with a pair of mom jeans this fall. Finding pieces that I can transition from season to season is my favorite! I included a few great ones here & most of them are available in several colors. Also linking some super cute workout/athleisure gear that I’m loving for this fall at the bottom of this post! Find more current pieces that I’m loving here. And if you aren’t already following me on Liketoknow.it but want to shop more of my outfits, inspo boards etc., head to my profile here and give me your follow!

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XO

New Arrivals!

A blog post dedicated to all things NOT Nordstrom Anniversary related.

There are lots of new releases (on sale) at my favorite retailers that are being lost among the Nsale madness. So I’m sharing them here and shouting from the rooftops that these will be fall staples this year!

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XO!

Graphic Tee Bonanza

A good friend of mine requested a graphic tee blog post, so here we are. I’ve found enough for you and 29 of your friends. I’m going to just link them all below. The prices range from $20 – $160. There’s a tee for everyone in this post.

If you aren’t already following me on liketoknow.it, please do! It will make both of our lives easier. All the links to all the things you could ever possibly want are there. Sharing links on IG is really difficult for me since I don’t have the “swipe up” feature yet. So this is the best way to get to all my links, all the time.

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 XO!