Hey there, pumpkin!
Happy Halloween. Honestly, I’m not a big fan of this holiday. I’m all for dressing up and free candy, but I’m such a scaredy cat! I do love that Halloween means we’re getting a bit closer to the holiday season. Bring on the sleigh bells! I hope Santa thinks I’ve been good this year. I can’t believe it’s nearly November already!
There are so many exciting things to look forward to until we kick off 2018. Hunter turns 20 on Saturday, and I’ve been so excited to celebrate the big 2-0 with him! I’m also super excited about his presents, but more on that another day. If you follow me on Instagram you are already in the know 😉
My froomie (friend + roommate) Liesl and I visited a pumpkin patch last week with our boyfriends. First off, I LOVE DOUBLE DATES. There is nothing more fun than being with all the people you love doing new things and taking cute pictures. It was such a nice night. In college, it can be hard to find time to spend with your friends or loved ones, but I’m so glad we took the time to be together with the people we love. We had “visit a pumpkin patch” on our fall to-do list forever. It took us a while to get around to it, but I’m so glad we did.
Our pumpkin patch of choice was Mother Nature’s Farm in Gilbert, Arizona. We went back and forth one which one to choose, but Mother Nature’s ended up being our cheapest and closest option at $5 for adults. We took tons of pictures, played with piggies, went on a hayride and roamed the farm. Is it weird the smell of horses is actually kind of nice? It’s so nice to be in a homey environment. The city can be so harsh sometimes. Getting into a community with families can be such a breath of fresh air. It was a romantic date too!
I was THRILLED to have the chance to wear my new dress from Bella Ella Boutique. It’s the perfect fall plaid with soft brown trim on the pockets and neckline. The pockets are so convenient and the dress is super soft. My only qualm is I don’t think the shapeless style suits me super well, BUT to be fair, I bought the dress a size larger because it was all they had in stock. The total? $12.99! What a steal! Bella Ella Boutique offers free shipping, but you can pay for expedited shipping for just $1.49. I bought a couple more products from their boutique, so expect to see those in upcoming blog posts. I love it when shopping small and local pays off! Be wary… I’ve had some bad small shop experiences before. Let’s just say, make sure the company is a legit business like Bella Ella Boutique.
After our pumpkin picking, we were getting chilly and a bit hungry. We all went out to Joe’s Real BBQ in Downtown Gilbert. It was a perfect way to cap off the evening.
Their barbecue is Texas good, and the people there are so sweet. I had a pulled pork sandwich and potato salad. We also tried the mac ‘n cheese. I heard they make it with crumbled Cheez-Its! We finished it off by splitting an ooey gooey cookie. It was the perfect way to end a fall night. Hunter was in BBQ heaven. It was like a little slice of our southern home.
This weekend, the pumpkin madness continued! It was Arizona State University Homecoming weekend! ASU’s Homecoming is the longest running homecoming parade in the United States. There were booths, floats and plenty of families participating in the activities. If you’re an Arizonian, and you didn’t come out to ASU Homecoming this year, I highly recommend you pencil it in for next year. The block party is a huge event that is perfect for kids and totally free! School set up booths and give away fun swag. Even Cinderella’s Carriage made an appearance at the ASU Gammage tent.
What did you do to celebrate fall? Are you waiting until the barely appropriate time to put up Christmas decorations like I am? Any more double date ideas you think we should try? Send them my way!
May your Halloween be happy, safe and scare-free…