Fall Activities: What a Difference a Year Makes

I love autumn. Around this time every year, we get together with friends for some seasonal fun. Last year, we were getting our Oktoberfest on at Revolution Brewing and picking apples at County Line Orchard. This year, we opted for chili, spiked hot cider, and pumpkin carving with the kiddos at our friends’ house yesterday. (There was still Oktoberfest beer…)

Here is a photo of our fall fun group from last year and this year, as well as some more photos from the carving session. 

What a difference a year makes! Last year, on this day, I found out I was pregnant. It changed my life forever. Fall fun will now be baby friendly, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Spotlight: Apple Picking at County Line Orchard

If you have Facebook friends who are:

  • In their late 20s/early 30s;
  • Have a child; and/or
  • Live in the Midwest

Chances are you’ve already seen a million apple picking photos. Well, this post will be one million and one!

Yes, I’m 31 years old, and this is the first time I’ve ever been apple picking! Nate, my brother Christopher and his wife Melissa, and our friends Clint and Gina joined me for a morning of apple picking and corn mazing. I chose County Line Orchard based on some feedback from my Facebook friends (thank you!) because it’s relatively close (about an hour) and has good activities (corn maze, pumpkin patch, U-Pick sunflower field, roasting marshmallows, bee hives…oh, yeah, and apple picking).

We drove to Hobart, Indiana, the Sunday after our Revolution Brewing Oktoberfest Party, and we couldn’t have picked a more perfect day. Blue sky + cool temperature = ideal apple picking weather.

We started our experience in the Timber Frame Barn, sampling apple cider, and tasting apple cinnamon and pumpkin-glazed donuts (holy amazing) while we browsed the gifts, food, and mementos for sale. Then, we headed outside to get our tickets for apple picking.

We were told the corn maze was muddy, but we wanted to do it anyway. For the Explorer Pass (access to the maze and apple picking), it cost $7 per person, in addition to the apples costing $1.89 a pound. Now, I understand apple picking is a novelty, so I didn’t think these prices were too outrageous.

We hopped on a tractor ride and made our way to the corn maze. An employee handed us a map of the maze that was designed to honor Frank Thomas and Greg Maddux, and had 10 checkpoints (you got a hole punch at each point). We successfully completed the task, although we did get a little dirty. There was also a beautiful sunflower field next to the maze, so we snapped a few photos there.

Next, we walked over to the apple orchards, which were partially picked over (it was early October), but there were still plenty of apples to pick. I opted for mostly Jubilee Fuji, which—according to my information guide—are good for eating, cooking, pies, and frying. We picked six pounds, and I actually ate most of them, giving a few to a friend. I’ll have to get more next year to bake and make some homemade applesauce!

Our trip to County Line was wonderful. I went home with my apples, as well as a mix of donuts for my co-workers, and some delicious kettle corn. My brother ordered a soft pretzel (his favorite!) from a vendor outside, and it was the best pretzel I’ve ever had. (They have many vendors and food trucks outside to visit before or after your pick.) There’s also a kid’s farm, and plenty of pumpkins and decorative items to purchase, and, I know I’m biased, but they also have weddings here! (See photos from our barn wedding)

Would I return to County Line? Definitely. Will apple picking be a tradition in our house? I sure hope so!

County Line Orchard
200 S. County Line Road
Hobart, Indiana










Fall Trends at Anthropologie’s Fashion Show (Chicago Avenue Store)

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the fall fashion show at Anthropologie’s Chicago Avenue store. How, you ask? My gorgeous friend, Jill, was chosen to walk the catwalk! (Read her post about it here.)

Now, I’ve been to an Anthro store opening before, so I knew the event would be thoughtful and beautiful. (Not to mention this location is probably my favorite in the city!)

Anna and I came straight from work, meeting Jill’s hubby, mother, aunt, and friend Amy at the store. After checking in, we were greeted by employees, as well as cranberry Bellinis and danty chocolate brownies and goat cheese bites–yum! Then we headed downstairs to snag the first row.

Shortly after, members of the Anthro team came out to intro the show, sharing some of this season’s trends that we would see on the runway.

We saw a lot of pieces that you’ve grown to know and love about Anthropologie: feminine dresses and skirts that are sweet and a little sassy at the same time (must be why I love them); rich, saturated colors; lots of chunky booties; and really interesting mixtures of texture.

Anthro also does an amazing job with accessorizing, so there were belts on just about everything (which I’m a fan of) and lots of neck adornment, whether it be with a statement necklace or patterned scarf (also a fan of).

Side note: In addition to the clothing, I couldn’t help but notice that braids are still very popular in the hair trends, and I loved the models who wore a bright and bold lip. (I actually tried this concept for a wedding over the weekend.)

What a fun, fashionable show! You know they’ve succeeded when you want to go home and fill your closet with all Anthro clothing and accessories! More than anything, I was so glad to be able to support Jill. If it wasn’t for work, school, her blog, or a successful online bridal accessories boutique, I’d tell this girl to model on the side. She’s a natural. Congrats, Jill!

111 East Chicago Avenue
Near North Side