Pumpkin Patch

Every fall we make our way to Burt’s Farm in Dawsonville, Georgia. This farm has it all, from hay rides to the biggest pumpkins you’ve ever seen. A visit to this fantastic pumpkin patch is a family tradition.

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Ryan and I even brought Snoopy with us this year so that he could help us find our very own ‘Great Pumpkin’. The pumpkins are huge!

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The hay ride really gets you in the mood, and we could not have had better weather this year. It was just the right temperature with a nice breeze. After the ride, we walked around selecting our favorites. Burt’s offers a variety of pumpkins and even décor in their store. It really is a must visit.

Not only are pumpkins great for fall decorating, but I also enjoy carving my own work of art. Did you know that “jack-o’-lanterns” originated in Ireland? Irish immigrants brought the tradition with them to America. They actually used turnips and potatoes until they discovered pumpkins. The belief was that the lighted “jack-o’-lanterns” would ward off evil spirits. Evil spirits or not, I think it’s a fun way to celebrate the season. I typically carve one or two of our pumpkins the weekend before Halloween. Do you have a fall tradition? Share your traditions, fall favorites, and memories in the comments section below.

 

 

 

 

Fall is Coming

“Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.” -Unknown

Can you feel it? Autumn is in the air. I just love the changing of seasons, and autumn is my absolute favorite. It sparks something deep inside my soul. I think it’s about letting things go and finding pure joy. I find the purest of joy sipping cider with my husband, hunting for the perfect pumpkin, and walking along fallen leaves in the park. It’s almost that time of year for a warm and gooey s’more by the fire too. Autumn is simply perfect.

In preparation for the season, we’ve added a touch of fall around the house. We keep the inside pretty simple, but I love to add a bit more magic to the exterior. Nothing says ‘Welcome Fall’ like mums, hay bales, pumpkins, and freshly pruned landscaping. We spent most of our Sunday cleaning our flowerbeds and adding mulch. We’ll finish getting everything manicured next weekend before we visit the pumpkin patch.

I found a couple of beautiful ideas for inspiration on Pinterest.

Here’s a look at what we did in the yard and a glimpse inside.

Last but not least, here’s our Harry Potter themed tree. I’ve always been a huge fan, and I was so excited to get this tree started last year. Little by little, I add more magic to this tree. Several of the ornaments are from Hallmark, including my new Gringotts ornament pictured below. I actually made the framed wizard ornaments and found the picks at Hobby Lobby.

Stay tuned. We’ll have more fall coming your way in a couple of weeks.

 

 

 

Weekly Favorite Finds

I am ready for fall, especially with the cooler temperatures in Georgia this week. I thought I’d highlight a few of my favorite fall items.

Ryan and I love garden flags. We actually have an entire Peanuts collection of flags that we rotate throughout the year. I recently purchased this new flag, because I thought it was adorable. It’s bright and perfect for welcoming fall. We purchase a majority of our flags from Seasons Flags. Not only are the flags reasonably price, but this retailer offers free shipping. If you are looking for a way to add some color to your garden, I highly recommend adding a flag or two.

Nothing says fall like a pumpkin. Michaels has a great selection of craft pumpkins for decorating around the house, creating centerpieces, and more. I have over a dozen of these pumpkins around our house. Cream, black, orange, and even blue are just a few colors options. They also come in a variety of sizes. These pumpkins are super easy to work with if you decide to carve a message or design on the front. You can also stop by your local store, and they offer such services. Lastly, these are super affordable, and you can probably find a coupon on the Michaels app.

I just purchased the Ronan throw from Pottery Barn over the weekend. These are very soft and affordable. I compared the price to one similar at Home Goods, and it was only a $5 difference. The one at Home Goods was also scratchy, which I didn’t like. The throw is also reversible. I bought the gray one to match our living room and existing fall pillows. It was exactly what I was looking for.

You can find all of these great products online at Pottery Barn, Seasonsflags.com, and Michaels. Happy shopping!