A”maize”ing Weekend

That’s right, it was corn maize maze weekend!!! [I love a good pun]

This year we headed back to Belvedere Plantation, and it was the first year that the entire sisterwife clan was able to attend. Jamie always has “something else to do” the weekend that we go, but luckily this year she was able to fit us into her busy schedule. It was a perfect Fall weekend, prime for all the Fall activities we had planned.

Most importantly though was the Pumpkin Mountain Slide. This is no ordinary kiddie slide [of years past]…

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First Annual Corn Maze Adventure

… This is a legit slide. It goes underground, ok! We made the hike up the “Mountain”…

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… And then it was do or die. I’m not going to lie, it’s slightly intimidating standing on top of said “mountain”, looking down into the dark tube that you’re voluntarily getting ready to plunge in to. But then the 5 year old in front of you throws them self down the slide with pure excitement and you realize that you’re being overly dramatic. It’s the best 10 seconds you’ll have all day!

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After we explored some of the other activities [pumpkin cannon, farm animals, and a mock paintball game] we headed over to the main attraction, and the real reason behind our visit, the Corn Maze.

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We were extremely optimistic going in. But this year’s maze proved quite challenging for us veterans. One wrong turn and you’re all sorts of turned around…

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We did make it out though [without having to wave the HELP flag], but it certainly wasn’t our best time. I guess there’s always next year.

It’s Fall Y’all

This time last year, I had just moved into my house, and I still had tons of unpacking to do. I was living out of boxes and the last thing on my mind was decorating for the Season. I wanted to, but I just didn’t have it in me. So this year, I figured I had to make up for last year, and go a little above and beyond my typical “1 centerpiece on the table” decoration. I knew I didn’t want to spend a ton on things that would only be seen for 2-3 months out of the year. So Dollar Tree & Walmart were the places I knew I had to go. Walmart was alright, I got a few necessities. But Dollar Tree… JACKPOT!

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I repurposed some things I had laying around the house [gold spray paint does wonders!!] and I added in some of my amazing Dollar Tree finds. And for probably $5 – $8 I had a coffee table centerpiece that even I was impressed with. And, extra bonus, those pine cones smell like cinnamon!!

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The large pink buffet that sits in front of my living room window was just dying for a center piece of it’s own. More Dollar Tree goodies, a repurposed dinning table charger [again, gold spray paint for the win], and a burlap runner were all this needed to be ready for Fall.

Buffet CollageA few random glitter pumpkins adorn the shelves in the living, and add a little hint of fall in other places throughout the house. But I couldn’t forget about the dinning room.

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Colored and Chevron burlap [thanks Walmart] create a nice base for the simple center piece. More glitter pumpkins and some Dollar Tree candles finish off this super inexpensive tablescape.

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Now, what Fall decor would be complete without a wreath? None! You can find some gorgeous, fancy wreaths online [Etsy, duh!], but you’re going to pay a lot for them. If you’re not crafty, or hate DIY, go for it, more power to you. I, however, love a good craft project and was able to create a wreath for 1/3 of the price of those fancy, pre-made, Etsy creations.

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I was able to get everything in one stop [Walmart for the win] and it took only a couple hours to put everything together. Most of the time was spent waiting for the glitter / modpodge to dry.

Wreath Collage 2SIXTY DOLLAR? That’s a joke. Anyone who has half a brain needs to know that they’re being ripped off there. My Fall wreath cost $21 [and that included the hot glue gun I had to buy!!]. Come on people – DIY!

I’d love to hear about your Fall Decorations // DIY projects!!!!

Fall Yall

Only Half Crazy

Well folks, I survived my second half marathon – and despite my lack of training towards the end, I crossed the finish line with a smile on my face! It also helped that my amazing friend Kristin ran the race with me (her first half marathon).

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All smiles, pre race.

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All smiles, because we survived.

My training slacked towards the end, I cannot lie. And I definitely felt the effects of that around mile 10. My legs were DONE and there was no way around it. I had to do a little more walking that I wanted, but I pulled it together enough to finish the last mile strong. Crossing the finish line never felt so good! And the beer never tasted so good, either!!

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Earned every single drop!

The post race party is always my fave. Beer and soup in a bread bowl (CARBS) has never been as delicious as it is after 13.1 miles.

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After browsing the race pictures, I’ve come to the conclusion that I am an ugly runner! Last year I guess I was more conscious of the photographers? Maybe I tried a little harder to smile? Maybe I was just having more fun? But this year’s photos are horrid. Sorry MarathonFoto, I will NOT be purchasing any of these!!

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However awful most of these were, I can’t deny that fact that SOME are adorable. And in the end, a picture is still worth a thousand words. A thousand “YAY WE DID IT”s all around!!

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It’s been a year…

I cannot believe that’s it’s been ONE YEAR since I bought my very first house. It took a lot of sweat & tears (and an amazingly patient realtor), but it paid off, and I purchased the most perfect [first] house ever!!!

10653690_10100206229042522_6135386975761065903_nBesides this huge addition to my life, I also added something else this past year, that I love even more than having my very own home – my fur baby Oliver.

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It has been such an exciting year, lots of new additions, and lots of happy changes. This house (and my life for that matter) is still a work in progress, but it’s an exciting, ongoing project that I can’t wait to continue working on. It’s MINE, and I’m proud of it!