Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Apple Picking in Gays Mills, Wisconsin

Toby and I have started a tradition of traveling up to Gays Mills, Wisconsin to see the beautiful fall foliage and pick some delicious apples. On our route, we like to stop at antique shops and local wineries. First, we start in Marquette, Iowa where we stop at the Schoolhouse Mall and Barr House Antiques & Gifts (this place is in the midst of selling their store, so I'm not sure how much longer they will stay open). A great winery to stop at is Eagles Landing Winery. I enjoyed their "Campfire Hootch."
We then make our way over the beautiful Mississippi River to Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin. This year we stopped at multiple shops that we will remember for next year! Check's Antique Shop was a quaint little shop that has been open for almost 50 years; the people were very friendly and let us know what their plans were for next year! The Planted Tree Gallery & Gifts was a great little shop filled with items from (most) local vendors around the area. The Cannery was another great little gift shop filled with home decor items, candles, and much much more! They also had sweet treats like fudge! Yummy, I almost couldn't resist! 
After Prairie Du Chien, it was apple picking time! We were disappointed that we didn't do more research last year because when we went, we didn't get to pick apples... Isn't that the whole point of going to an apple orchard? 
Anyways, this year I researched and called to be sure. There are so many orchards in the area but the one that I know you can pick apples at is James Fleming Jr Orchard. There were rows upon rows of apple trees and the workers were overly nice. They do have prepicked apples for those who don't want to pick! They also have a little area where you can feed and pet goats. This was definitely one of my favorite parts of the trip! Don't judge... :)
After picking our apples we went to Sunrise Orchards, which I call the "Apple Warehouse." I'm not kidding, this building is full of everything apple related. We, of course, bought Apple Cider Donuts, Apple Cider, and Caramel Apples! The views outside are beautiful and they do have benches where you can sit and enjoy the scenery. 
After buying WAY too many donuts, we headed back home and went back through Prairie Du Chien. We stopped at Huckleberry's Family Restaurant. It was delicious!! The people were very nice and the food was amazing. I definitely recommend this place and we will be sure to go back!

My fall inspired top is from Dixie Magnolia Boutique.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Macy's 40% off Shoe Sale

Macy's is having a GREAT shoe sale going on right now until October 9th! Most shoes are 40% off, no code necessary. There are other styles other than boots but since it's October, it only felt right to include boots and booties! Many of the boots have a variety of colors so if you don't need another black pair of booties, don't worry there are other options! This sale is big and there are a lot of people taking advantage so hurry before your size is gone!!

I bought the Lucky Brand Basel Booties last year and I absolutely love them! They are comfortable and are a great style AND they are originally $129 on sale for $77.40!!!

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Hobby Lobby Fall Decor

I had so much fun putting this arrangement together! Fall is one of my favorite seasons, so I love decorating with leaf garland and pumpkins. Of course, I had to include my favorite fall candle, Autumn in as well. I honestly have bought THREE of those candles... I can't get enough!

If I had an entry way, this is how I would envision it to be around this time of year. Everything is tagged below the picture! All the fall items are 40% off right now at Hobby Lobby and the lamp is 50% off. This post is not sponsored,  but y'all that follow me know my obsession with Hobby Lobby. Enjoy! :)

Monday, September 4, 2017

Labor Day Sales 2017

There are so many sales going on for Labor Day! I put together a post showing some popular sales that are going on. Enjoy!! 

Bauble Bar- extra 20% off sale items
Express- 40% off everything
H&M- up to 60% off select styles
J Crew Factory- 50% off EVERYTHING, extra 50% off clearance with code DELISH
Joss & Main- extra 20% off select sale items with code HOORAY
Kate Spade- 30% off sale items with code GOLDEN
Kendra Scott- Spend $200, get 25% off; spend $150, get 20% off; spend $100, get 15% off
Loft- 40% off everything, extra 50% off sale items
Macy's- select items 20% or 15% off with code LBDAY
Michael Kors- extra 25% off sale items
Nike- extra 25% off sale items with code SEPT25
Nordstrom- up to 40% off clearance
Nordstrom Rack- extra 20% off clearance items
Old Navy- 50% off all jeans, dresses, and tees
Pier 1- 20% off regular-priced purchase with code SAVE20
Saks Off 5th- extra 25% off select items with code LABORDAY
Target- up to 30% off home items and extra 15% off with code LABORDAY
Tobi- 50% off EVERYTHING with code SV50
Wayfair- up to 70% off clearance


Friday, September 1, 2017

2017 Fall Must-Haves

Is it already September?? Where has this year gone?! I'm not complaining, though. I put together some fall must-haves that will get you excited for warm, comfy sweaters and nights by a campfire!

1. Camel Colored Handbag. I have loved this color of bag for a long time and it works perfectly for fall with whatever style of bag you choose. Other colors that are great for fall season are maroon, black, and brown.

2. Essie Nail Polish. Who doesn't love warm nail colors during this time?? I absolutely love the dark maroons and beige colors.

3. Fall Welcome Mat. A fall welcome mat is a must. Just a simple mat at your door step adds a lot to a boring old porch. To make your porch even more appealing, add some pumpkins and mums along with your welcome mat!

4. Salted Caramel Mocha. I have never had a Salted Caramel Mocha, so I am ready for Starbucks to bring out their fall menu so I can try it for myself. I've heard great things about it! I've also wanted to try their pumpkin cheesecake bar... :)

5. Hunter Boots. These have been on my wishlist for a while now, but the fall weather is the perfect time to pull these back out!

6. Autumn 3-Wick Candle. About a year ago, I bought this candle for the first time and fell in love with it! It is my FAVORITE fall candle, and I can't get enough of it!

7. Floral Top. There have been so many floral tops that I have seen and fallen in love with! I think a warm floral design would be a great addition to anybody's closet.

Friday, August 18, 2017

College Class Must-Haves

It's that time of year again and school is about to start. It is FINALLY my last semester of school and I thought I would put together a College Class Must-Haves list. Whether you are a freshman or a senior, these items will make your college life a whole lot easier!

1. Laptop - There are always computers on campus, but having your own personal laptop makes homework and projects easier and more convenient. I have always had PCs but last year I decided to invest in an Apple MacBook and I absolutely love it! I continue to google "how to's" but once you get used to it, you will love it!

2. Planner - This is a MUST!! I don't know what I would do without a planner... During this time, my planner is like a lifeline.

3. Waterbottle - Staying hydrated is important and as a college student, it is something that is easily forgotten. Having a water bottle that you carry with you every day is very important.

4. Highlighters - I mostly use highlighters to study, but during lectures, they are nice to have if your professor states a topic is very important and it will be on your next test.

5. Pens/ Pencils - In college, all you do is take notes so pens and pencils are a must have.

6. Bag/ Backpack - The only way to carry all those textbooks and notebooks is with a bag. I like to go the easy route with a backpack, but if you like style, then there are multiple cute totes out there to hold your books.

7. Notebooks - Just like writing utensils, notebooks are a necessity. To keep everything in one spot, I use a 5-subject notebook and use each section for a class.

8. Laptop Case - A laptop case is worth investing in because you want to keep that expensive computer that has all your files on it safe!

9. Calculator - If you are a business student like me, you know how important a financial calculator is... I don't know what I would have done without one! If you aren't a business student, I would just recommend getting a cheap calculator just in case you ever need it!


Sunday, August 6, 2017

DIY Wagon Wheel Chandelier


Items you will need: 
Edison String Lights--You can use any string of lights. I just chose this one for the style it added.
Wood Wagon Wheel--This is a seasonal item, so K-Mart doesn't always have it. I also found a similar Wagon Wheel at At Home, but that also is a seasonal item. I have seen a lot of rustic, old wheels at local antique stores. You can always google Wood Wagon Wheel and see what is available near you.
Ball Mason Jars
Crystal Bead Strands (I bought 3 strands, but didn't use all of the third.)
Crystal Teardrop Pendants
Bronze Hanging Chain

The following items can be found at your local hardware store:

Staple Gun/Staples


Screw Driver

Small Nails

Wire Cutters

Extension Cord

1)Prepare Mason Jar Lids

You need to make a hole in the lid so the light bulb can fit through. I used a screw driver to puncture a hole in the metal lid, then used wire cutters to make the hole bigger. You just need to make it big enough for the base of the light bulb to fit through it and screw onto the light strand.

2)Screw the Mason Jars on the Lights
Once you've made the holes on the lids, you will screw them onto the mason jars. When all 10 jars were attached to the lights, I plugged them in just to make sure they worked. (I would hate to get everything done and then find out the light strand doesn't work!)

3)Attach Lights to Wagon Wheel
This step takes a while, as you want the jars to be symmetrical. There are 10 lights on the strand; I strung 6 around the outside of the wheel, 3 in the middle, and 1 in the center (I used a larger mason jar in the center to make it stand out). When you think of a chandelier, you picture the middle one hanging the lowest; I didn't do that because you would see a lot of the chord, but if you find a way to hide it then I would make it hang the lowest! From here, you will staple the light strand to the wheel (be careful as you do not want to puncture a hole in the strand). The light closest to the plug-in is one of the 6 on the outside so it can go up the chain to be plugged into an extension cord.

4)Link the Chains to the Wheel
I made 3 chains that were the same length and placed them the same distance apart on the wheel. They will meet in the middle, where you will fasten them to a ceiling, pergola, etc.

5)Add the BLING

This is where you can make it your own and my FAVORITE part. Who doesn't love bling?? You can add a lot of bling or a little; it's up to you!! During this step, you want the beads to be symmetrical. I hammered little nails where I wanted the beads to hang. After hanging the strands, you add the pendants however you like and you're done!

6) Enjoy it! 

I made my chandelier a while ago, but I am still in LOVE with it. I am so happy with how it turned out; everyone that has come over absolutely loves it!

TIP: One thing I encourage is to have an extra person to assist when needed, especially when hanging the chandelier.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Affordable Workout Apparel

I'm not going to lie, I wasn't a huge fan of the crazy, colored/patterned leggings that are everywhere but I've realized that they are for some reason a good motivator for hitting the gym. Having cute workout apparel is about the only thing that motivates me to get off my butt and workout, but everything is so dang expensive! I found 5 places that have workout apparel for a decent price so you can look cute while working out.

1. Forever 21

2. Old Navy

3. Target

4. H & M

5. Amazon

Another great place to look for great deals are clearance stores, such as a Nike Clearance Store. There are many Nike stores within outlet centers, but you have to be careful because the stores that have the good sales are the Nike Clearance Stores, not the Nike Factory Stores.

I also tried Fabletics for the first time! When you sign up for the VIP membership you can get 2 pairs of leggings for $24; that's only $12 a pair! You do have the option to cancel your VIP membership if you don't want a monthly subscription.

One other great place to look are apps, such as Poshmark and Mercari. These apps have a great selection of gently work clothing that are very affordable!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Branson, Missouri Trip Diary

I had a great week in Branson, Missouri and I'm creating a post to share it all. Branson is definitely a place to go if you have children; there were still a lot of things to do if you don't have children, but a lot of the attractions are "child" appropriate.
There are so many things to do in Branson that you could easily stay there for a few weeks. There were many things that we wanted to do, but we just didn't have the time or energy to deal with the blistering heat. It was in the high nineties all week long... We stayed at a vacation home that we booked off homeaway.com.

Sunday: We spent most of the day just relaxing and getting everything situated, but we did make it to Moonshine Beach which was about a 5-minute drive from our vacation home. Although it costs $5 to park, it is still worth going too.

Monday: We spent our morning at the Titanic Museum, which I highly recommend going to. This had been my second time going to this museum, and there was definitely stuff I didn't remember seeing the first time around. There were great deals on Groupon for single, double, and family tickets. Later that evening the girls and I took a free, mini tour at Curling Vine Winery. The winery wasn't all that big or that interesting, but the wine was good!

Tuesday: In the morning we took a tour around Branson with Ride the Ducks. Every person that I told that I would be spending my vacation in Branson mentioned Ride the Ducks, but I didn't find it that interesting. They say it's a tour on both land and water, but the only water part we experienced was maybe a 5-10 minute loop around a mini island; I was a little disappointed. If they would have had it be more of a water tour I would have found it to be more interesting. For lunch, we went to Red Barn Cafe and it was great! The buffet didn't look the greatest so we ordered off the reasonably priced lunch menu and enjoyed it. That evening we went to Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede; this was one of the highlights of the trip for most of us. The dinner was delicious and the show was entertaining.

Wednesday: During the day we spent some more time on Moonshine Beach. Wednesday wasn't as busy as it was on Sunday, so that was nice. That evening we went to Silver Dollar City, moonlight madness event. This event started at 5 pm and was only $30. Most of the shops were open till 7 pm and the park closed at 10 pm, so we still had plenty of time to do everything we wanted to. We went through the Marvel Cave tour which is included with admission into the park; it was unbelievable and definitely worth checking out. We ate at Crossroads Pizza, which I wasn't that impressed with, but other than that Silver Dollar City is definitely worth checking out.

Thursday: During the day we spent our time at Tanger Outlets. I have never been that impressed with their deals and it was displayed again on this day. That evening we went to Top of the Rock Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail. I highly recommend going here especially during the evening to see the sunset!! It was only $25 and was about a forty-five-minute golf ride. There are restaurants and a wine cellar you can experience as well.

Friday: We spent most of the day in Downtown Branson; there are so many shops to visit. We spent most of our time going to all the antique shops. If you make your way down there, I recommend checking out the Branson Landing Fountains; they start at noon and run every hour. For lunch, we went to McFarlain's Family Restaurant; the food was good as well as the service.

I definitely recommend going to a visitor center and picking up brochures to get a better idea of what you want to do during your trip and some have many coupons in them. A lot of the places that you go to will have a coupon on the back of the ticket for another place that you may be interested in going too. I also recommend checking Groupon to see what kind of deals they offer.