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15 Fall Family Activities

Oh my goodness! I still cannot believe that it is finally fall. Although I am super sad to say good-bye to pool days and the warm sunshine, I cannot wait for fall season and all of the fun events that come with it. I have been spending my days dreaming about the cool crisp air, pumpkins, crunchy leaves, Halloween, chili… all this fall. Not to mention, around the corner is my favorite holiday: Christmas!

This fall, I am strapping on my Women’s Nike Zoom Winflo 3 Running Shoes, because I know it is going to be a busy season. With a baby in the oven and a semi-toddler all over the place, we are in for lots of fun. I really want to do a lot of fall activities this year since Ollie is older. He is at such an exploratory age right now and I love watching him learn. Here are 15 fall family activities I am looking forward to:

Pumpkin Patch
If you don’t have a pumpkin patch near you, you can even just all go pick out your own pumpkins.

Family Walks
This is one of my favorites. The weather is so nice in fall and I just love having evening family walks around the neighborhood. We did this with Ollie last year and he loves it!

Pumpkin Painting
I am looking forward to letting Ollie paint on a pumpkin. I’m sure it will be a big mess, but he will have a blast.

Trick Or Treating
We are honestly probably doing more than Ollie cares for this year, but heck, you can’t just wear those cute costumes just once. We are headed this weekend to a local trunk-or-treat at the YMCA that our church plant hosts out of. Next week, we are off to Disney for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and then we will be passing out candy in our costumes on our front porch for our neighborhood this Halloween night. So much fun!

Fall Craft
Think out of the box, maybe a craft with leaves or something of that nature!

Hayride or Festival
There are so many great festivals and events going on during this season, find one near you. We love anything with food… so chili or bbq will be in our future.

Fall Family Pictures
We are doing ours later this year to help incorporate the new baby belly, but I love doing this every year.

Jump in Leaves
There is nothing better than playing in a big pile of leaves when you are little.

Make Candy Apples
I think Ollie will love this as well. Let’s face it, he loves anything that involves food. I am thinking I will cut the apple into pieces and then make candy apple pieces just his size.

Visit Farm Animals
Think petting zoo. It will be such a fun day!

Visit a new playground
Find a new playground in your area and spend some time exploring and swinging!

Make Pumpkin Pie or Muffins or Cake
Really, pumpkin anything.

Cook S’mores
Fire. Blanket. S’mores.

Read outside
Ollie loves to read all of his books right now, so I think this will be a really fun outside activity.

Movie Night with a fall or Halloween theme
I love movie nights and halloween movies are awesome! Nothing scary but definitely seasonal.

We are in for a busy fall, but I am so excited for all the fun family activities. I left it off the “list”, but finding out the gender of our little babe and announcing it to everyone will be a fall activity for sure! With such a busy season in front of us, I am going to soak in every moment of these new beginnings!

Shop Small :: Ahmelie

Thank you, Ahmelie, for sponsoring this post, part of the 2017 Shop Small Spring series. I was selected for this opportunity by Ahmelie; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


The Bahorich household is in full spring swing. Although we have had some busy, busy months, summertime is quite possibly always our busiest. We cannot get enough of community, sunshine, summer travels, and the pool. This summer is already packed to the max and I am working on ways to honestly keep my #OLW (one little word), Savor, into the mix. I just do not want for the summer to be gone in a flash. We just love it too much.

One thing we love about the spring, summer, and fall months is being outdoors. Winter is just filled with moments of folks rushing home after work and closing theirselves into their own homes. But these months that are full of nicer weather allows us to see more people, have more parties, and enjoy each other more.

We have tons of get-togethers at our house. People over for church, for birthdays, and for no reason at all. We love having our friends over to grill on the weekends and joke about chasing the ice cream truck down a bit too much. I honestly am most excited about yard games. I was the girl that grew up with a pool in the middle of the country. There was tons to do, so now that we live in suburban life, yard games are my jam. We mastered corn hole last year (or bags), and now this year we get to dominate Yard Yahtzee!!

When I found Ahmelie’s shop, named after her perfectly, I just knew that it would be a perfect addition to our lifestyle. Her life-sized set of Yard Yahtzee can also double as a Farkle game as well. The dice are constructed of premium douglas fir + wood burned dots for long lasting usage and the quality is so nice! The set comes with (6) 3.5″ dice, a galvanized bucket for tossing and storing, a laminated score sheet for Yahtzee + Farkle, dry erase marker and clipboard! It truly is going to be hours of endless fun right in our backyard.

Yard games are perfect to keep the busy moments of summer down to those times that we can savor. Savoring our afternoon with our friends, making memories that will last a lifetime. They are also great because Ollie can stack them, knock them over, and sit on them — all things that this momma has to think about now!

The best part is that they make a perfect gift. I cannot wait to gift these this year for maybe Father’s Day or for an upcoming wedding. How perfect would that be?! Good news is that you really need to have one of your own sets for yourself too. Use the code “JOY10” and it will get you 10% off one item! Ahmelie’s shop is full of other items as well from bibs to blankets and scarves so make sure to check her shop out. She is one talented gal!

Also, be sure to check her out on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to keep up with all of her new products!


Here is a little bit more about Ahmelie, the owner of Ahmelie:

How did you get your shop started?
I’ve always loved making things with my hands. Whether its a meal, a creative project or a pinterest fail, I mean, come on, who hasn’t had one of these?! I always enjoy getting my hands dirty and being a maker.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
Marketing. My husband on the other hand is wonderful at this. 🙂

What is one thing unique about you?
I have a creative design + sewing shop and I also own an accounting practice and work with businesses who run on QuickBooks. This clear line between creative and black and white helps keep me balanced.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
I love being my own boss and the flexibility and freedom it provides. My husband and I are 100% self employed and it fits our personalities and schedules well. We live off the beaten path out at the lake so we do a fair amount of driving to “civilization”, but its worth every minute of the nature and ambience we get to experience at home. We are true homebodies.

How did you get your shop name?
It’s my name and it means industrious one. I’m well named, I have a hard time sitting still and love to be productive. Whether it’s making handmade treasures or cranking out financial statements, my mom nailed it when she named me.

What is one way that you keep organized?
I use Google Calendar and Evernote to keep me on schedule and keep all my necessary notes at my fingertips. One of my favorite ways to organize fabric is on hanging files, I fold the fabric over the hanging file edges and I have a quick glance of all my fabrics. And the best part, no wrinkles!

How do you balance family life and work life?
I don’t balance. Is this ok to admit? I work hard a both and succeed and fail at both from time to time. I don’t beat myself up when I fail, I get back up and take another run at it. I have a fabulous husband who takes on more of the household duties to keep us running smoothly when its necessary. The key to making it all work is choosing joy no matter what life serves up and having a partner who is in it for the long haul. I have both. I’m a lucky girl.

Ollie’s First Christmas

Each Christmas since Dusty and I have been together, we have traveled down to Southern Illinois to my parents house for Christmas. Although I don’t know what this looks like in a few years once Ollie understands who Santa is on Christmas morning, we woke up at my parent’s house and waited for my sister and brother-in-law to arrive. We opened stockings from Santa and then presents from each other.

It was so fun watching Ollie be so excited. He reacted a lot more than we thought he would this year. We really didn’t expect him to get into presents or really know what was going on, but he had a blast! He loved all of his toys and wanted to eat the bows on his packages. I believe I became “mom of the year” after having to dig some wrapping paper out of his mouth… but I assume we only live once!

After presents, Ollie fell asleep for a long morning nap. Honestly, he has had so much energy this past week after being in the hospital all of last week, the nap was overdue. We stayed at my parent’s house for Christmas breakfast and lunch! It was super yummy. After lunch and some napping ourselves, we hit the road to return home. It is only about a two hour drive from our house to our parent’s and we had to get home to do a little Christmas hosting of our own! It was so nice seeing everyone and celebrating Jesus’ Birthday!

Breaking Christmas Busy

Breaking Christmas Busy

I’m a doer and a dreamer. Holiday season loves me. I love the holiday season. However, each year I set expectations for myself that positions me in a such a way that I fail. I fail every time. Not really to other people’s expectations, but to my own; and I beat myself up.

I was listening The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey the other day on the way to a work meeting. I love The Happy Hour. It’s real people speaking about real life, even if their lives seem fancy and admirable. It’s an hour a week… or more where I sit and listen to these folks and repeatedly say “yes! that’s exactly right!” more times than not. Well, this day I was listening to Alli Worthington, and this girl is the coolest. She’s wrote a book and leads a company on women finding their passion, purpose, and potential in the world, linking business and Jesus together. How cool is that?! She’s right up my alley.

Anyways, she recently wrote a book about the impact busyness has on your everyday life and I want to tell you that I have read it, but I haven’t and that would be lying. I just want to. Alli and Jamie were discussing her new book and started talking about Christmas expectations. Work parties. Friends’ parties. Cookie exchanges. Pictures with Santa. Breakfast with Santa. Elf on the Shelf. Hand-stamped craft paper wrapped presents. Christmas family photos. Christmas cards. New Year’s recap email. Presents for the sitter, and the coaches, and the teachers, and mailman, and your favorite barista. Black Friday shopping. Christmas shopping with the girls. Stringing popcorn. Constructing gingerbread houses. Driving around looking at Christmas lights. Decorating everything — your exterior, your interior, your wardrobe, whatever. Ugly Christmas sweater parties. Ugly Christmas sweater hunting. Hot cocoa. Christmas movies. Writing a letter to Santa. Making reindeer food. Volunteering. Donating…

Geez I’m exhausted already.

Breaking Christmas Busy

It’s easy to exhaust ourselves over the holidays. Sure enough, you can open up Pinterest and search “Christmas bucket list” and see how you are not living up to expectations. We tell ourselves that we have to do all of these things, or at the very least, we want to do all of these things. But in all honesty, I make a promise each year to just be “present” during the holidays, “enjoy” them, and “experience” them.

So with that I am making a promise to you not too expect much this year. I am breaking my Christmas busy. I am closing my eyes and picturing what a successful Christmas looks like for me and my family, and not including any assumptions from others in that. It means we might not be able to attend your party this year. It means that my presents may be wrapped in mismatched left overs from our previous Christmases. It means that we will not string popcorn, write a letter to Santa, or buy miniature presents for everyone on our list because we are suppose to. We value you, I promise, but you surely do not want that value pack of mini lotions anyways. Mini lotions do not equal love and honestly, if you think they do, you don’t know us too well. And we will NOT do Elf on the Shelf. Ever.

When I close my eyes and picture the present, relaxed, anti-chaotic holiday season for my family… this is what I see:

  • Baby Ollie rolling around in the floor staring at the bright Christmas tree.
  • Filling our house with people that we love over cookies and wine.
  • Cuddling on the couch with Christmas Ale and The Santa Clause… maybe with some Christmas-themed ice cream, or just Sam’s Choice cookie butter because it is delicious.
  • Pictures with Santa.
  • Packing up the car to visit family.
  • Ending our Christmas night with a drive through the local lights.

That’s it. If it is not listed above, it is optional and although parts of me wants to apologize for that, I am not going to. The “feeling bad” part of all of this is what drives us to an insanely busy holiday season with high expectations and the feel of failure. I don’t want that for me. I don’t want that for my family. And I don’t want that for you.

So what does your Christmas season look like? How is the picture painted in your hear when you close your eyes? If you need some inspiration, I highly suggest listening to Alli Worthington right now and then intentionally imagining your holidays. Make a point to not to set high expectations that lead to that feeling of failure and regret and despair. Break your Christmas busy.

Breaking Christmas Busy

Ollie’s First Halloween

Ollie's First Halloween

Another milestone for our little boy over with in a flash, Ollie’s first halloween! I cannot be thankful enough for the community that we live in and how awesome our neighborhood is. From meeting new neighbors and passing out candy to roaming the streets to see the decorated houses and walking the local firehouse throw candy from the back of the truck, each moment was a bit of magic. Halloween has never really been a holiday that I look forward to; however, I cannot wait to experience it again next year!

Ollie's First Halloween

Ollie's First Halloween

Ollie's First Halloween

Ollie's First Halloween

Ollie's First Halloween

We’ve Been Booed!

We've Been Booed!

Keeping connected to our community is super important to us. We are always looking for ways to make new friendships with those in our neighborhood. Lately, I have also been thinking a lot about traditions that we start this year during the holidays for family now that baby Ollie is with us. Many of my favorite memories from when I was little was simple traditions that we could look forward to during special times of year.

I originally was only thinking about ‘what could we do this Christmas season’; however, my sister sent me this last week and isn’t it the cutest! I did not grow up in a neighborhood when I was little, but more in the middle of cornfields, so the idea of “boo-ing” our neighbor was new. Once I read through the directions on the Happiness is Homemade blog, I knew it was a great way to start the holiday traditions early.

We've Been Booed!

The rules are simple. First, you place a “We’ve Been Booed” sign in your front window so to alert your neighbors that you have already been booed. Next, pack up two baskets of goodies along with a copy of the sign and deliver them secretly to two other neighbors who hadn’t been booed yet. It’s that easy.

Dusty, Ollie, and I have been going on nightly walks this week with the gorgeous weather and since our neighborhood hasn’t “booed” before, we are spreading the candy cheer each night. It is simple especially with this great printable from Happiness is Homemade. I can’t wait to see her signs up on everyone’s windows and doors, and I thought I might share the fun with you too!

Does your neighborhood do anything like “We’ve Been Booed”? I would love to see some pictures!

We've Been Booed!

We've Been Booed!

Camping Adventure Themed Baby Shower

Camping Adventure Themed Baby Shower

Camping Adventure Themed Baby Shower

Camping Adventure Themed Baby Shower

Camping Adventure Themed Baby Shower

Camping Adventure Themed Baby Shower

Camping Adventure Themed Baby Shower

Camping Adventure Themed Baby Shower

Camping Adventure Themed Baby Shower

Camping Adventure Themed Baby Shower

Camping Adventure Themed Baby Shower

Camping Adventure Themed Baby Shower

Camping Adventure Themed Baby Shower

Camping Adventure Themed Baby Shower

Camping Adventure Themed Baby Shower

Camping Adventure Themed Baby Shower

Camping Adventure Themed Baby Shower

Camping Adventure Themed Baby Shower

Camping Adventure Themed Baby Shower

Camping Adventure Themed Baby Shower

Camping Adventure Themed Baby Shower

Camping Adventure Themed Baby Shower

Camping Adventure Themed Baby Shower

Camping Adventure Themed Baby Shower

Camping Adventure Themed Baby Shower

Camping Adventure Themed Baby Shower

Camping Adventure Themed Baby Shower

My second baby shower was absolutely adorable!! My mother wanted to be able to use things that she purchased for my shower in the nursery, so we started with a navy and mint theme (to match the bedding I had picked out) and her and my sister went from there! Baby B’s nursery is more travel/adventure and the shower was more camping/rustic; however, I am able to still use so much in the new baby’s room!

I was absolutely surprised and thrilled by the cutest tee-pee for the baby’s room! Ya’ll, I cannot tell you how much I have been eyeing these things since the beginning of my pregnancy; however, my mom found this one on a super great deal at Toys ‘R Us and just could not pass it up. I am so happy she purchased it!

It was so great to see another set of friends from my hometown that I do not have the chance to visit with often in addition to some family members! After making the adventure back to our house, the nursery floors are covered with baby gear. I cannot express to you how blessed Duston and I feel from the love of both of our showers!

World Travel Themed Baby Shower

World Travel Themed Baby Shower

World Travel Themed Baby Shower

World Travel Themed Baby Shower

World Travel Themed Baby Shower

World Travel Themed Baby Shower

World Travel Themed Baby Shower

World Travel Themed Baby Shower

World Travel Themed Baby Shower

Travel Themed Baby Shower

Travel Themed Baby Shower

Travel Themed Baby Shower

Travel Themed Baby Shower

Travel Themed Baby Shower

I hope your Wednesday is going good! Duston and I were so extremely blessed these past two weekends by family and friends at our baby showers! I just could not wait to share all of the details with you.

Two weekends ago, some of my closest friends through me a baby shower at my house. It was so perfect and wonderful since all I had to do was “show up” and then carry everything into the nursery. The pictures really don’t do the day justice in my mind. The decor was ideal! The shower had a world vintage travel theme and the photos just do not capture how cute the whole house was transformed!

We received so many great gifts for our little man and it was so joyful to hang out with all of my girl friends!

Firecracker Cookies

As we head into this holiday weekend, I wanted share one of the easiest holiday treats that I have in my cookbook!

Firecracker Cookies!

Here is a super fun way to pass out cookies around your upcoming party that will make everybody “ooh and ahh” when these wonderful cookies pop in their mouth!

Enjoy!

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Firecracker Cookies

My shopping list for this recipe includes:

  • your favorite sugar cookie recipe
  • butter cream or white frosting
  • 2 packs of pop rocks
  • sugar sprinkles (I used blue and red to coordinate)

Instructions

  1. Make your favorite sugar cookie recipe
  2. Frost with butter cream
  3. Sprinkle sugar sprinkles on frosting
  4. Sprinkle pop rocks on cookies (you will hear them crackle as they hit the frosting!)

When your friends and family bite in, they will “explode” in their mouths like a firecracker! Crazy!

firecracker cookies #4thofjuly

wedding :: printables

When it came to my wedding, I was a worrywart. The most concerning thing that I have observed in other weddings that I was in was that many details of the big day, and only the bride knows the information. She was the one that spoke with the caterer, the photographer, and the DJ. She was the one that determined the cake to arrive at a certain time, where the photos were going to be taken, and what music should or shouldn’t be played during the evening of dancing. The concerning part about it was that…as a bride, I did not want to have to play director of my wedding. I wanted it just to happen on its own so I could enjoy the day.

So I created two documents that made my day helpful. I noticed during my sister’s wedding, there was multiple questions fired at her throughout the day. Because of this easy creation paper, I had very few.

Call Anybody But the Bride Printable

My Call Anybody but the Bride was simple. Most of my bridesmaids had only met a handful of times, and none of them had met the caterer, photographer, or my parents. I distributed them to our entire wedding party and both sets of parents at the rehearsal dinner the night before. It was a great way to let everybody have the contact numbers of the key people.

On the evening of the rehearsal dinner, I also included a Wedding Day Timeline in each gift bag. As silly as it sounds, I have experienced multiple coordination issues with groomsmen, flower girls, etc. on a person’s wedding day just because they did not know what time to be where. In addition, almost my entire wedding party was not from the area. To avoid mass texting addresses the day of the big event, I provided to them addresses, times, everything. Sounds simple, right?

Wedding Timeline Printable

Although every wedding has their hiccups, as mine did as well, I truly wanted to make the day as easy for my wedding party (and myself) as possible. The day completely went as perfect as I imagined it, and I will never ask for more or better. It was a day written out of a story book, with each detail going as planned. There were ups and downs, without question, but at the end of the day, I had my best friend by my side and a whole new life to explore, marriage.