Happy Halloween! It's amazing how fast this year has gone by! In honor of "Pumpkin Patch" season coming to an end, I am sharing my favorite patch picking outfit plus some of the treats I have put together for my favorite family! I hope everyone has a safe and fun halloween!
I made fun Halloween gifts for the family that I babysit for! One of the boys has a terrible dairy allergy, so he has special treats in his bag. Learn more about allergies at my post about The Teal Pumpkin Project.
I'd love to hear about everyone's Halloween!
I've been babysitting the same two boys for almost five years now! I've seen them grow into amazing young boys and I can't wait to see what the future holds for them. One challenge that I have faced with the youngest boy is his severe allergy to dairy. It's been really hard (and scary at times) making sure I haven't had any close contact with dairy before I go to be with him. Every now and then he will have a breakout, but I've been extremely lucky over the last few years. I wanted to make my readers aware of the many kids that have allergies, especially with trick-or-treating happening tomorrow! There is this "thing" called The Teal Pumpkin Project which asks families giving out candy to consider another option besides candy filled with chocolate and nuts. What is this other option you may ask? Non-food treats! The Food Allergy Research & Education website has more information and ideas for non-candy treats! Please consider purchasing non-food treats and handing them out instead of candy tomorrow night. Plus, you can paint this cute little pumpkin to let families know that you are taking part in The Teal Pumpkin Project!
Three cheers for spreading allergy awareness! Who's going to participate?
An outfit is never ever complete without a hint of jewels! These are the pieces that I usually wear everyday to school, dinner, out with friends, and even to church. Each piece is pretty simple and goes with almost every outfit. Although I am sometimes hesitant to match silver and gold (I like to play it safe) the little bracelet is very subtle and is a definite in my book! The ring was my great-grandmothers and is one of my most prized possessions. Honestly, I probably shouldn't be wearing it every day, but I just love sapphires and the family history behind this ring! The bracelet was a gift from my brother who lived in St. Thomas! Apparently they are the thing to have in the Islands.
Watch (Michael Kors, similar) | Hoops (Sheila Fajl) | Bracelet (similar) | Ring (not similar, but one that's on my list)
What are you go to jewelry pieces?
Although the Carolina Coast is still having weather that is sunny and 75°, October is almost over and I have accepted the fact that in order to dress in fall attire, I may get a little toasty. This olive sweater is a tad bit long, but it is extremely comfortable and is perfect paired with jeans...or jeggings! I've got my go-to jewerly (Michael Kors Watch and Sheila Fajl Earring) on but have added a little sparkle with my white House of Harlow Necklace.
Sweater: Bevello (similar) | Jeans: Nordstrom | Shoes: Tory Burch
Necklace: House of Harlow | Watch: Michael Kors | Earrings: Sheila Fajl
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Somehow, my field hockey team made it to playoffs! Although we were the 11th seed (out of 12 ranked teams) we were very proud that all of our hard work from the season had paid off. We had to travel to Carolina Day School all the way in Asheville, NC- that’s right, another mountain trip! At first, no one was happy about this- a weekend away from friends in which we would just get creamed by a higher rank team did not sound like the best way to spend most of our weekend. But, this past weekend turned out to be a blast!
Just a little lesson that I learned over the past few weeks of senior year: don't wish away the time...last Friday, before we left, I was really sad I would't be able to hang out with all of my friends because I would be driving 6 hours to get beat by a team that was ranked higher than us. On my way up there, I decided to change my attitude- as this would most likely be my last field hockey game. We played our hearts out and although the outcome may not have been in our favor, I wouldn't have wanted to spend 12 hours stuck in a non-air conditioned minivan with anyone else but my team. So live in the moments that you are given, as they are flying by and before you know it, you'll be looking back at memories.
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Going to the NC Outward Bound school for a week with the senior class has been a tradition with my school for over 30 years. I was finally able to experience this awesome opportunity along with 53 other seniors and 6 of our teachers. We drove up to the OB base camp near Asheville, NC and were split into groups, I of course, thought I had the best group- we were Federico's Fighting Feathers. Here is a recap of my week in the wilderness:
Once we broke into our groups we would not see any seniors or teachers for a week- how scary, right?! We said our goodbyes and began to drive to our starting point where we packed our backbags. The girls were all hoping that the boys would step up and carry the heavier group gear items like the ropes, tarp, etc. We were all in charge of carrying one or two meals of food. Yes, we were actually going in the wilderness for a week and yes, we would only have what we were carrying.
The first day was spent climbing uphill, and by uphill I mean really uphill. Like at an extreme angle uphill. After the first hour, I realized what I had gotten myself into and I was very scared for what was to come. Of course, we were all out of our element and a few breakdowns happened the first day, but we came together as a group and eventually made it to our campsite for the night. We had mac and cheese and settled down for a chilly night under the trees- no stars in sight.
The second day was so fun! We hiked mostly level ground and some down hill places- this was a huge relief. In the afternoon, after lunch with a view, we went to climb at Chimney Rock! I'm not a terrible climber, but real rock is completely different than the rock at your local climbing wall. The picture to the left is mostly of David, but if you look closely, you can see me in the background! David brought his GoPro and took some awesome pictures, selfies were a definite favorite of our group.
The photo above was taken on the morning of the third day. After climbing on day two, we hiked up to a really special place called the Attic Window. Our OB instructors had only been here once before and it was beautiful to see the sun set and rise. Our last full day was known as "team challenge day." Before leaving the Attic Window we were given a map, compass, and a destination. The goal for the Fighting Feathers was to find our way from the Attic Window to the Starry Night campground without the help of our instructors. We did it in record time! Although it pushed our buttons and caused some tension within the group, we made it! Pasta was on the menu for dinner that night and then it was time for the dreaded solo night. We had to use all of the skills that we had learned to survive one night alone. And by alone, I only mean 30 feet from a team member. My spot on solo night was perfect, I was right by a stream, so I fell asleep to the sounds of rushing water which was extremely peaceful.
The last day was emotional as we left our groups but headed to warm food and showers. We stopped at a mall in Winston-Salem and all took mini showers in the bathrooms because it is safe to say after a week in the woods, we were not smelly too fresh.
Yay for surviving on mountain time! Way to go Federico's Fighting Feathers!
It's one of my absolute favorite times of the year: pumpkin time (also known as October)! For as long as I can remember I have been volunteering in my church's Pumpkin Patch to help raise money for missions that we do throughout the year. It's safe to say pumpkins hold a special place in my heart.
One super sweet gift that has become a favorite of mine during the fall months is this little pumpkin present shown above. The "wee-bee little" pumpkin is only $0.75 and can be spruced up with ribbons and a simple note! I encourage you to give a simple fall gift to a neighbor, friend, or even a stranger- it's a simple way to make someones day.
What are your fall traditions?
A lover of the Carolina Coast with hopes of sharing her southern heart and charm with the rest of the world.