5 Fall Road trips Everyone Should Take

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Although I have always been a “homebody” in a sense and have always wanted to put down roots in one place for my kids, there is a huge part of me that loves to road trip, and I’m mean full-on, stop-at-every-kitschy-diner-and-national-park kind of trip. I don’t think my husband realized what he had gotten into when we got married and a week later hopped in our truck and drive across the country from Georgia to Utah. When we got to Kentucky, there was the first, big, beautiful, 1970’s brown sign heralding some kind of road-side tourist spot that we knew nothing about but I insisted we pull over. That one wasn’t the most fun, but ya win some you lose some, and I was ready to pull off at another one four miles later. He wouldn’t let me pull over at all of them, if I had, our trip would have taken weeks, but you get the point. I love everything about road-tripping. In fact, in college I really wanted to go on tour with a band just working the merchandise table or something so that I could live out on the road for awhile. That’s my kind of scene.246953_1830577080467_3017374_n

When I road-trip, I don’t like having a schedule, I don’t like having a set anything. The whole fun of a road trip is being able to pull over and take pictures with a giant sombrero left out in the desert, or get boiled peanuts from a little stand on the side of the road, or drive down a dusty back-road just to see what is there and not worry about being in a hurry. I make the drive to and from my parents lake property at least 30 times a year and I still like turning off the roads I know sometimes just to see what’s there. You see the coolest things and meeting the nicest people when you’re just having fun and not worried about hurrying from point A to point B.DSC_6651DSC_6944

When you hear the word “road-trip” isn’t that exactly what comes into your mind? The windows down, friends in the car, rolling down an old highway with the radio turned up? Me too. I’ve been so, so lucky to get to do some amazing road trips with friends and family and have seen a lot of the USA, although I still have so much more to see, and our truck has been our means of finding all those amazing places. In a few weeks we’re going to road-trip to the beach, and I’ve been getting the truck ready, cleaning it out and getting the oil changed to get it ready to roll. The last thing you want to happen is for your car to get worn out or break down. I took the truck to our Walmart Auto Center and got the Quaker State ® Do-It-For-Me oil change for just $19.88. It was super quick while I shopped for snacks, and I’m ready for another 3,000 miles of open road. Quaker State ® Advanced Durability Motor Oil gives you more durability so your car will be ready for this road trip, and all the ones you take in the future. Quaker State gives your twice the protection, so you can travel twice as many cool places!
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Getting ready for the beach had me thinking about all the great road-trips I’ve taken, or want to take in the fall, so I thought I’d share my 5 fall road trips that everyone should take:Fall Road trips

1. Hit the beach. Fall is the best time to go to the beach because all the kids go back to school, the fraternities and sororities are back at college, and it’s not quite as hot. Crab and Lobster fishing is at it’s peak in the fall (at least here in GA), and for most hotels the fall is not considered a peak time, so their prices are cheaper but the air is plenty warm to have fun. My favorite beaches to visit in the fall are St. Simons Island, or nearby Jekyll. They both have white sandy beaches and neat communities. St. Simons is very small and so most of the businesses on the island are run by locals. Jekyll is mostly un-developed and is probably the prettiest beach I’ve ever been to, with miles of beach with low, sprawling, Southern Oaks on the edge of the sand and Spanish Moss hanging down as shade. It’s beautiful. St Simons

The road-trip out to St. Simons is gorgeous too, imagine hours of cotton fields and low oaks. It’s scenery straight out of “Gone With the Wind.”dsc_4633

2. The Mountains When the Leaves Change. Yes, here in the South we’ve got leaves turning beautiful oranges and yellows all over the place, but there’s something special about driving those narrow, winding mountain roads surrounded by beautiful leaves and waterfalls coming out of the side of mountains. I’ve been lucky to have driven through the Smoky Mountains twice during fall, but it’s been far too long. One of my favorite spots to roadtrip to in the fall is Mentone, Alabama. It’s got a cute little hippie town with amazing mom and pop restaurants and then right on Lookout Mountain is the most amazing waterfall, DeSoto Falls. Imagine a 100 foot waterfall surrounded by fall leaves; it is well worth the drive.DSC_8190

3. Apple Picking. Now, for some people, Apple Picking might not require a road-trip, but we live far enough South that it’s a good 6 hour round-trip drive to the closest apple orchard, so it’s definitely a road-trip. Find some cute farmer’s stands on the side of the road to grab snacks for the drive and hit the open road! Apple’s are ripe early enough that you can have those windows rolled down and not get cold, win win!DSC_0657

4. See a historic sight. There’s a small window of time each year where visiting historical sights like Revolutionary War forts, old bridges, and Dinosaur tracks are actually enjoyable to go see. Most really old sights have no heat or a/c, and so in the summer it is way too hot, and in the winter it’s cold and they’re covered in snow. Fall is a great time to go see some really great history, and if it is outside, it’s usually free. Side note: While fall is also a great time to do genealogy and find family graves (since they are easier to find without all the leaves on the trees), keep in mind that hunting season has started, and it’s not the best idea to go wandering around in the woods during hunting season. Just sayin’. You’d be surprised how many people do that without thinking about it.)DSC_8209

5.  Go to a Concert in Another City. While summer is peak season for music festivals and fairs, most artist tour through the fall as well. Find a singer you like who’s playing at a town four or five hours away, grab your best friend, and road-trip it! No rules, you don’t have to stay overnight, and you should leave early enough that you can stop at any fun looking restaurant or shop on the way. We live about five hours from Nashville and four or five times we’ve done day trips to go see concerts and it has been a blast. Bonus points if you play their music and sing along the whole way there too.DSC_6652

Before you head out on the road, don’t forget to grab your favorite people (or go solo- if you’ve never done it, try it! It’s freeing!), get your car ready to go with Quaker State, and take lots of pictures you can share! I’d love to see your pictures from your travels or how you’re getting your car ready to go!

The New Magnolia Home Kids Line

Where was I when the Magnolia Kids Line was released? Here I’ve been drooling over the whole Magnolia Line and somehow I missed that Joanna designed an entire line of kids furniture! I’ve been swooning over it all week and now I’m ready to re-decorate all my kids rooms (which is great since I haven’t even posted their current room design yet), now if only she made a few cribs to go with it or some bunk beds! I linked straight to each piece on the picture so you can just click right on the item to take you to it’s site, or check below the picture to get the links too.

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Top Image: Galvanized Envelopes, Cubby Bookcase / Schoolhouse Desk / Wishing Well Bucket / Metal Tool Caddy (would be perfect for pens, pencils, and scissors!) / Cubby Bookcase

Middle Image: Cameo Dressers / Metal Bed / Blue and White Wishing Well Buckets / Galvanized Bookshelf / Shattered Glass Chair / Side Table

Bottom Image: French Twin Bed / Cameo Dresser in blue / Cameo Armoire / Children’s Table / Kids Bench / Scalloped Mirror / Magnolia Clock / Schoolhouse Rack of Coat Hooks

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Labor Day Adventures

 

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This years Labor Day was beautiful. We went to the lake as usual, did all the boating, swimming, and hot dog eating that we could take, but my favorite morning was Monday. Sawyer had been asking to go to the waterfall, which is a series of small waterfalls in a creek that we get to on the fourwheeler. We hadn’t been in a long time since it’s hard to go with the baby, but my Mom offered to watch him and so while the guys were still out fishing, Sawyer, Rhett and I headed out into the crisp morning to go explore.

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We headed down gravel roads, paved roads, dirt roads, and trails in the woods over to the waterfall.

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A beautiful swimming hole on one side, and sloping waterfalls on the other. The boys were free to climb, swim, dig, do what ever they wanted. I just followed around and joined in on whatever they invited me to.

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Rhett carried around this old flashlight all day and used it like a telescope all day. One time when we were down there an entire family of otters came to play on the rocks. They slid down the waterfalls, wrestled each other, and were the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. So I kept telling Rhett to keep an eye out for them, but we didn’t get to see them that day.

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Once they got their fill of finding clam shells, sliding and just exploring, we took a ride around the farm country in that area. We saw old farms, barns, cows, donkeys, and made friends with this friendly horse who kept chasing us up and down the road.

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I love looking past this old store as we go by too. Its surrounded by all kinds of neat things, I just wish I could go inside and see what else is inside!

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It was so good for my soul to just be outside, exploring with my boys in the fresh air. I needed that morning. We had a lot of fun boating and being crazy that weekend, but that morning is one of those days that just stay in your mind forever. I hope they remember it forever too.aa

A Print Giveaway!

So I have a confession. I am a print hoarder. I screenshot ones I love and want to buy, I buy ones I love when they go on sale, and I have stacks of them around the house just waiting for the perfect frame and perfect place to hang.
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While I was gathering ideas for the boys room (you can see my inspiration board I made here), I kept coming across lots of cool adventure prints but couldn’t find any that were just the right fit. I just knew I wanted something that sounded fun and outdoorsy. I really want my boys to have a desire to be outside and to have fun and explore the world.

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I got an email one day from PastelTrail.com sharing with me some of their awesome prints they have for sale, and fell in love with their posters and throw pillows. They so nicely sent me on of my favorites, a poster that says “Not All Who Wandered Are Lost.” As a kid who spent a lot of time in the woods wandering, I loved it and knew it’d be perfect in the boys room.
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I love the pretty fonts and how it looks on this frame I had already put up but wasn’t sure what to put on that cute little clip. Hopefully as my boys grow, it will remind them to get out and explore!

Because I love you, and because PastelTrail is awesome, they are going to give one of my readers a free print! The giveaway runs through October 1st and is open to ALL my readers, both US and international. Enter in the Widget below, go check out their really cute pillows and posters, and good luck! Next week you can look forward to the reveal of my boys whole room, I think you’re going to love it!

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How To Make Giant Pumpkins From Tablecloths

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Don’t you love when you’re working on something and get a stroke of genius? I have been obsessing over everyone’s pretty fabric pumpkins I see them sharing on Instagram, and decided to try my hand at my own. We don’t have a craft store in town, and so I was using some fabric napkins I’d picked up in the Dollar Section at Target. While I was working on it, I had the thought- since I’m cutting these into circles anyways, why not just start with something that’s a circle? Like a tablecloth! How cute would giant fabric pumpkins be? And off to the store I went! I am obsessed with these, and I hope you guys will love them too. They were super easy and only took me about five minutes to make all three and that’s with my three boys running around me too!

Supplies:
Fabric- A round tablecloth if you want to make a giant one, or fabric napkins of even kitchen towels for smaller ones
You won’t be cutting the tablecloth at all so if you want to use one you already have a take it apart after Halloween/Fall, you totally can!
Twine
Scissors
Sticks that look like pumpkin stems
Filler (I used Target plastic bags in my little pumpkins and beach towels all in a trash bag in the big one)
Scotchgard™ Fabric & Upholstery Protector

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First- Once you’ve got all your cute supplies, lay out your tablecloth on the ground. If you are using a fabric napkin or kitchen towel, use two pencils tied together to draw a circle and cut it down to a circle OR trace a plate on the fabric and cut out the circle.DIY fabric pumpkin how to (2)

Step 2: Decide what you want to use as filling. Since I wasn’t cutting my tablecloth and plan on taking it apart after fall/Halloween, I filled mine with beach towels we won’t be using anytime soon. I put them all into a trash bag to avoid moisture/mold and turned it upside down to deter rain from getting in the bag even more. For my smaller pumpkins, I just bunched my Target shopping bags together and put them all inside one bag.
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Step 3: Chose a Pumpkin stem! Once you’ve picked out your stem, hold it on top of your filler and begin to bring the fabric up around the filler. I folded in the left and right sides and then gathered the top and bottom pieces.
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Step 4: While you hold the fabric around the stem, wrap twine around the top twice. From there, wrap it around the bottom of the pumpkin. You’re going to wrap it three times in the same place, and then move to a new area and wrap it again, so from the top it looks like pie slices. Once you’ve done three different “slices,” you can wrap the twine around the stem to secure the fabric at the top as many time as you want and tie it off. If you have any folds of fabric that are loose, tuck them in the twine that makes the “slices.” DSC_6267

Now you can smash it, move things around, and get it looking exactly the way you want!DIY fabric pumpkin how to (8)

Step 5: I didn’t want my pumpkins to get ruined being outside all fall, especially with all the rainfall we get, so I wanted to protect them with Scotchgard™ Fabric Protector. Scotchgard™ Fabric Protector repels liquids and blocks stains without changing the way the fabric feels or looks. I simply went over each pumpkin with two light coats, letting it dry in between. I love, love, love Scotchgard™; I even use it on my kids shoes to keep their feet from getting wet in the rain. It seriously works amazing, so now my cute little pumpkins will stay bright and dry all fall! You can get it at Target, which is awesome because you know you’re going to go there anyways, and here is a coupon for $2 off!DIY fabric pumpkin how to (17)

All done and ready to dress up your porch or shelf all fall! Once I put these outside, I was SO happy with how cute they look!DIY fabric pumpkin how to (15)DIY fabric pumpkin how to (12)
That little guy might be my favorite. He was once a kitchen towel, and now a happy pumpkin on my porch!
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I hope you love them as much as I do! I’d love to see any that y’all make and your cute Fall décor set-ups. Share them with me on Instagram! Also, Scotchgard™ has more awesome other project ideas on their website, check it out!, and don’t forget you can get it at Target in the laundry section!2016-09-15 01.07.22 2