Neon Colors in The Fall and Black Friday Event

Thank you PinkBlush for sponsoring this post. All opinions remain my own.

I'm sure we are all wondering how this time of year snuck up on us so quickly, but seriously, how is it Thanksgiving week already?! This is one of my favorite weeks for so many reasons and we are looking forward to all of the fun and memories to come. As much as I love this time of year, it's also becomes so dreary, gets dark so early, and leaves me feeling less than accomplished in my days.

For some reason, this season just didn't really feel like fall to me. Our leaves never really peaked around here and most of them ended up turning brown or are already completely bare. The weather was so up and down that it couldn't figure out if it was still summer or if winter was making an early appearance. 

Of course we still indulged in all the fall things and had a great time doing it, but once the height of those events are over, my longing for spring comes into play. I still love Christmas though, so if we could find a way to still have Christmas but skip over the cold and dreary months that would be fine with me. 

I'm not so sure wearing neon colors in the fall is something I would have typically thought to do because I always tend to gravitate towards those typical fall colors and patterns. When I saw this hooded top with the bright floral print, it got me thinking, even though this time of year can change with the scenery from pretty flowers and lush green hues (if you live in an area that experiences this) then why not add some color to brighten your mood. 

I love that this top has a hood and the fabric is so soft and forgiving that it makes for a great casual piece to wear on those days when we've probably all eaten way too much over the holidays. I love that I can just throw this on with a pair of leggings or jeans and can chase around after the boys. PinkBlush is currently having their Black Friday sale with 40% off when you use code BLACKFRIDAY. I'll also be hosting a fun giveaway over on my instagram (@beautifully_candid) later on today for a chance for one lucky winner to receive a $75 gift card to their site. Be sure to stop on over for more details and to enter for your chance to win!

Hiking in the Bohemian Switzerland National Park and Bastei Bridge

Last month when Eric and I were in Prague we tossed around the idea of trying to also visit another country. We loved everything about the city but it's not overwhelmingly large and after spending several days there we felt like we accomplished all that we wanted to see. The great thing about Europe is, a lot of the countries are so close together that it's like driving from NJ to PA or NY.

We thought about making a day trip to Austria but by the time we would have caught a train and logistically got there, we would have spent more time commuting than actually being able to enjoy it. I jumped on google and typed in attractions near Prague and the site for Northern Hikes came up. Their video immediately drew me in and after finding out it was only two hours from the city, they provided transportation, and part of the trip was spent in Germany—we decided it was the perfect thing for us to explore. 

The funny part is the name is so confusing because this park doesn't haven't much to do with Switzerland, at all. The park is located in the north-west part of Czech with picturesque scenery and the Elbe River running through it. It also serves as a place where The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe was filmed. 
Elbe Sandstone Mountains
Unfortunately the day we went it was a bit dreary and damp out, but we made the best of it. After we explored the park we headed over to the Elbe Sandstone Mountains of Germany to walk the Bastei bridge and see all of the rock formations. I loved being down in the park and close to everything but there is something about being elevated and having a view from above. 

Because of the weather there was a smoky effect around the bridge and stone areas that were really cool sights to see. The foliage was just starting to change here but I could have imagined this being amazing a few weeks later. This part of Germany (which is the only part I've ever been to) reminded me of something out of a fairy tail. There were smaller tudor style houses and some of them were painted bright colors. It was extremely clean and very well manicured. On the way back we got to drive on the the Autobahn highway, and surprisingly, cars were not going as fast as I would have imagined. We love being outdoors and exploring nature so this adventure ticked off so many things for us, but boy did I sleep good that night.

For The Love of Stripes

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You all know me and my love for stripes, so it's probably no surprise I'm sharing yet another find. I realized I have a few things from Prague that I forgot to share (what kind of blogger am I) and one of them was this look that I wore out to eat one night. 

It felt like ages since I shopped at Forever21, I don't know if it's my old age setting in ;) but I just don't seem to have the patience anymore for rifling through racks, and that place is one that overwhelms me. I got sucked into a promotional email from them and ended up clicking on it which brought me to stumble upon this top (no longer available). 

Of course the stripes drew me in and the trend with the dramatic sleeves made it even more appealing to me. I really liked the big pearl button detail on the cuff of the sleeve, and after finding out that this was a web exclusive, I was enticed a little more. The free shipping is what did it for me and I decided to go for it, because if a website offers free shipping, 9 times out of 10 I will find something to purchase from them just to take advantage of it. 

You probably know another love of mine which is mirrored sunglasses (we all have our weakness, right?). So when I came across this pair I knew I was packing them for our trip. They felt like the perfect compromise to my over the top colors of bright blue, purple, and pink, and the grayish/silver tone to them felt suitable for the fall and winter. 

I also love my denim distressed so when I came across these black jeans (currently on sale and 40% off with code STYLE) with those fun rips, it felt like the perfect thing to wear with this top. I've also worn this top to the office with black dress pants, and no, those do not have rips in them.


Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! I hope everyone had a great week. It's definitely feeling like fall around here and our temperatures are supposed to go below freezing this weekend. Being cold is one of my least favorite things but getting cozy and snuggling up with nuggets makes it worth it. It's crazy how other areas are already getting snow and some are still hanging out on the beach. It's funny to see everyone's experiences and take on the weather. And seriously, daylight savings is not helping anything. It's so sad, by the time I get out of work it is pitch black. Oh spring how I'm already longing for you.

Here's a look at some of my favorites from the week...

Crayola Experience: we finally got to visit the Crayola Experience and had such a good time. It was only about an hour from us in PA and it was the perfect activity to do indoors while the temperature is getting cooler. They had a lot of things for the kids to see and do there. Some of the boys favorite activities were melting crayons, making their own crayon mold, coloring and making their own puzzle, and of course letting off some steam in the play area.

2. Birthdays: we also got to celebrate my sister and Eric's birthday this week. Their birthdays are only 4 days apart and we had a good time spoiling them and having them feel special. My brother and I were there with my sister to celebrate but we were missing our two other brothers. Eric and I got to sneak away for a birthday dinner for him, and if you caught my insta stories, you might have seen the boys singing the cutest version of happy birthday to him. I have to share my favorite picture of them because I just can't get enough.

3. New camera: after years with my beloved dslr, it decided that the shutter was just not going to work anymore. I had a minor panic attack for a second but also realize I am an avid picture taker and use it a lot which puts wear and tear on it. Of course when I took it to our local camera shop to get looked at, they said that a shutter will usually last about three years or so, and wouldn't you know, that's where mine was at. I really think these manufactures know what they're doing when they make these things. Just like cell phones, they magically stop working around two years. 

Anyway, I knew I wanted to upgrade my camera and break away from the rebel family so I went with the EOS 77D. It was between that and the EOS 80D. After some research and a lot of thought, the 77D being newer and having a higher ISO, a smaller body style so I can still carry it around in my bag, and better price point ended up selling me. I already have several different lenses so thankfully I only needed the body. I'm still a big believer that it's not necessarily the gear you have but the person behind the camera and how you edit your pictures that makes the difference. I am really excited to see all of the adventures we'll be capturing with it. 

4. Favorite fall activities: I know a lot of us are in the holiday spirit but it's still November and we have a another great holiday coming up and still fun activities to do. In case you missed our girl chat link up yesterday, it's a monthly link up where we share a post related to a topic. If you haven't guessed it, this month was our favorite fall activity/activities. We'd love for you to join us next month when we share more about the greatest gift we ever received.

5. Christmas PJs (Affiliate links listed): this year we'll be taking the boys on the Polar Express with a few of our friends and their kids. One of the things we are excited about is wearing our PJs on the train ride. Last year we did these matching family PJs that we used for our Christmas cards. This year both boys have out grown theirs and I was hoping to just order a similar pattern so Eric and I could wear ours again. I ended up looking online and came across these cute buffalo plaid polar bear ones and decided to change my mind. A bit cheesy, of course, kind of genius to wear a polar bear on the polar express, maybe. Even though the story doesn't have much to do with bears, I at least thought it was kind of clever ;)
I hope everyone has a great weekend! Here's where you can find me linking for all of the link up fun.

Favorite Fall Activities-Girl Chat Link Up

I think a lot of us can agree that fall is one of the best times to enjoy all of the fun activities that come along with it. We try to enjoy everyone season as much as we can but there is something about this time of year that just makes everything feel right. 

Last year I shared 15 Family Friendly Activities that we like to do, and looking back, they are still our favorites and then some. Although, I did realize after re-reading this that we haven't made our bird feeders yet or our candy apples. We should probably get on that soon.

Our top favorites that we've turned into a tradition now are hands down, going apple picking, visiting the pumpkin patch, and going through a corn maze. We have a lot of fun places within an hour distance from us to checkout that we could seriously do something different every weekend of fall.

Since these have become a tradition for us, one of the things we make sure we do while we are enjoying these activities, is taking the time to just be in the moment.  Phones away, cameras off, and just be. You really get a different perspective of the joy and excitement of your children enjoying things when you are right there with them having the same fun. Sure some people might think we are goofy and act like big kids ourselves, but so what. These are our moments and what we make of them.

I shared in my Friday favorites last week that we started a thankful pumpkin tradition with the boys. This is quickly becoming a top favorite of mine because it's so nice to take a few moments each night to hear what we are all thankful for, and I especially enjoy hearing what the boys come up with. Of course they've said some silly things like hotdogs, dinosaurs, their paw patrol characters, and a cow (a cow?), but the sweetest melt my heart moment had to be when they said they were both thankful for each other.

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