14 Days of Fall, A Photo Challenge

One of my favorite ways to document our life and the fun we have is with photos. And one of my favorite seasons is fall. So it only makes sense to combine those two things and do something special.

Once again I am teaming up with Stephanie for another Instagram mini photo challenge. Mini challenges feel more practical and realistic to accomplish. Committing to two weeks is SO much easier than committing to a whole month. And to those of you who struggle to complete challenges, I would recommend taking advantage of the IG drafts. Confession: Very few of my photos are taken on the same day they are posted. 

Starting October 1st we are inviting you to join us for 2 weeks of all things fall.

Here are the prompts!

So save the graphic, share the graphic, invite your friends, or anything else you’d like! We are excited to kick off this challenge and we always roll with the idea of the more that join us, the merrier. 

Don’t forget to tag your photos #14DaysofFall17 so we can find them and give them some IG love!

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Five Things Friday, September 2017

Last month we kicked off and announced the first ever 5 Things Friday! I am so thankful to those of you who didn’t hesitate to jump on board and join the fun. Today kicks off round two and we are hoping that even more of you will play along.

If you aren’t familiar with how it works, let me break it down. Pick five things that are bringing joy to your life, write a post and link up with us on the fourth Friday of every month.

Here are my September 5!

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Five Things I’ve Learned About Blogging

Some of my best post ideas come to me when I’m not even trying to scheme up posts. Todays was no different. I was lying in bed, trying to sleep, when I had the overwhelming urge to share a little more info about where I am as a blogger. If you’ve been following me along, for the past year, I hope you’ve noticed some changes.

Changes like… 

#1 I do way less sponsored content. All of the content I do now is because it shows up in my inbox. I no longer look for work.

#2 I went from posting 5-6 days a week to 3 MAYBE 4.

#3 I no longer co-host 85 (kidding) link-ups. I’m less and less stretched and have taken a lot off my plate.

Changes like this came from having some pretty amazing realizations. Ones that I have intensely thought about, AKA wrestled with, for days and weeks on end. Some of the changes have been hard but the others have been really easy. In fact, some of the changes have made me want to change even more!

But the one thing that has been consistent through the whole process is the peace I have felt. I have been way less stressed out & way more content. Those two things make me a MUCH nicer person to be around. Let me share the details on what has worked for me. 

5 Things I've Learned About Blogging. Ways I've changed and learned to embrace a less is more mentality.

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$10 at Target, September 2017

Another month, another trip… or 10 to Target. If I was keeping score I would have to say that Target won this month. In fact when I went to write this post up, I had a bit of a dilemma. Which items was I going to use for this post? So pretty much I am confessing that I didn’t really make one $10 trip to Target, I made like 3 🙄 . Let me break it down.

My first trip was by myself. I was hoping to find some fall decorations. I found none and left with two very inexpensive maxi dresses (How does that even happen.) I bought them, intending to take one back later, with some leftover Christmas money. However I later decided to keep both of them since they were only 8.50 each.

On the second trip Emily found some Halloween costume inspiration that she HAD to have. Think Minnie Mouse meets a nice witch. I went ahead and bought the items to put them away for later. I have learned, through experience, to buy the dollar spot items when I can. 

During the third trip I finally found some fall decorations and a cheap jewelry find that I couldn’t pass up. I bought both of these with “my” money. 

So it isn’t like I wasted a wad of cash at Target this month, but I did spend a little more than usual since I found the maxi dresses. One of which I will totally be sharing in an upcoming fashion post! Yup, another. There must be something about fall that does that to me.

Now that I have justified my actions, let’s move on. 

Here are a few things that we found at Target recently…

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Friday Favorites 9.15.17

Hello Friday!

Another week of school is over and we are now only one week away from the official start of fall! Although, I wish my weather would get a clue. We had like 3 days of fall weather before things warmed back up. Now it feels like the cooler weather will never get here. It’s the same exact story every single September. Anyone else?

The past week was full of exciting events. Including a 15K run, buying a tractor, a very busy schedule & more. And starting next weekend, we will be busy, busy, busy as we start cleaning up the mess from clearing a house site on the land… a job that is too overwhelming to think about. So this weekend we are going to unwind a bit and enjoy ourselves before we get all wrapped up in work mode, for heaven knows how long  🙄  😆 .


JOY!

Don’t forget that next week is the second edition of our 5 Things Friday, What’s bringing me joy link-up. How it works is simple: pick five things that are bringing joy to your life, write a post, and link up with us on the fourth Friday of ever month, NEXT WEEK!!!

We have TWO guest hosts to joining us and can’t wait to hear about what is currently making you smile!

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The Kids Behind The Blog, The Final Link-Up

For the past 18 months I have been sharing monthly interviews with my girls in a series called ‘The Kids Girls Behind The Blog. I have loved doing these posts and sharing more about my ladies with my readers. However, today will be the final link-up of this series.
 
Some of you may be wondering why, so I wanted to be real and give you an honest answer. It really isn’t one reason, it’s several different thing. The biggest of which is a desire, of the hosts, to have one less thing to be committed to. So in an effort to cut some stuff out and scale back, some things just have to go.
 
This has always been a very small link-up and I have so much appreciation for bloggers like Sarah, Dara and Stefanie who have consistently joined us for the long haul. Thank you ladies.
 
Even though the link-up will be over, don’t be surprised one bit if I still post the occasional interview with my girls and continue this series in a more sporadic & laid back way. 
 

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