Picking out Pumpkins & Produce in Northern Virginia

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Fall is in the air in Northern Virginia! The foliage is just starting to get really good and I want to be outside all the time. Last weekend, we ventured down the road to an awesome local produce and garden center. What we thought was going to be an afternoon of picking out pumpkins and some produce turned out to be a pumpkin overload at one of the most charming local produce and garden centers I have ever visited! Here are the highlights.

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Shop my Cozy Fall Style

This is a pretty cozy and classic fall look for me because it involves all the layers! When I shared this sweater in my random Q&A post, I said I’ve been wearing it on repeat, and now you know I wasn’t lying. It is seriously soft. Hopefully this cozy look gives you another idea for how to style sweater vests this fall. I also love layering a silk cami under my sweaters in cooler months. This more affordable ruffled hem cami will look super cute under a more fitted sweater. You can pick a neutral one for a touch of femininity or pick a different color for a fun pop of color or contrast.

Picking out Pumpkins

Nalls Produce in Alexandria, VA began in the 1960s, with produce sold off a roadside wagon. Today, it has an old-school charm with amazing quality produce. Their produce and goodies like apple butter, flavored popcorn, jam come from local farmers or from the Nalls grounds. You can subscribe for milk from local farmers, Thanksgiving produce baskets, Thanksgiving turkeys and other seasonal services.

There are tons of seasonal flowers and trees as well. My thumb is not truly green, but I was impressed with the variety of plants, and the sizes and colors. The pumpkin selection did not disappoint either. There were fairytale pumpkins, casperita pumpkins, pie pumpkins, Lil’ Pumpkemon pumpkins, Pink Porcelain Doll pumpkins, Jack-Be-Little pumpkins, Big Mac pumpkins – and the list goes on!

Almost as entertaining as the pumpkins were the chickens. Did you spy them in the pics!? There were pigs as well. Nalls also has a “pumpkin hill” which is like a giant manmade hill. For kids, it would be considered a fort, complete with tunnels and spooky underpasses. We came home with lots of pumpkins, apples, some mums and Nalls’ apple butter – soo deliciousIf you are in Northern Virginia or ever visit, I highly recommend visiting this local, family run spot. I know I’ll be back soon.

Have you visited any fun local spots this fall? When it comes to picking out pumpkins, where do you go? I would love to hear what the fall season looks like for you and what your Halloween plans are.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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Four Warning Signs You Need to Unplugging

In the final weeks leading up to our wedding, life was pretty crazy. While this was to be expected, I was surprised just how attached to my phone I felt like I needed to be. Plans were constantly changing and there were people to update and new details to figure out. Having my phone close by made me feel like I was keeping things under control. I realized just before the wedding that my relationship with my phone was getting a little out of hand. By the time our honeymoon came, I was beyond ready to break-up with my phone and unplug. So today I am sharing the warning signs that I have experienced and signs that you too may need to unplug from the technology in your life.

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” – Anne Lamote

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Signs You Need to Unplug

#1 – You feel the need to check your phone every 5 minutes or less! Whether this is an anxiety based action or just a habit, it is not normal to check your phone five times while you watch a movie or eat dinner.

#2 – You let your phone rule the present. If a Twitter or Facebook notification frequently leads you to cut a conversation off with a person you are spending time with, you need to unplug.

#3 – You have a panic attack when you leave your phone at home .. for fifteen minutes!  I once had a mild panic attack when I went to the grocery store to get milk. I have also turned the car around to get my phone, even though it made me late to my destination and I had no real use for my phone. This may seem silly, but you will be ok without your phone while you grocery shop!

#4 – You imagine hearing phone noises or seeing notifications pop up on your phone. If you have ever think your phone is ringing or vibrating when it’s really not, this is a big sign you need to unplug.

What does it mean to unplug?

Personally, I think of unplugging like a spectrum. You can unplug for 30 minutes while you workout or for a whole day. Some days I’ll put my phone down in my bedroom for a couple of hours while I clean or do laundry. Other times, like on our honeymoon, my phone was in airplane mode for a whole week and I checked my inbox or social media accounts a couple of times.

For me, my 9 to 5 job and blogging require frequent social media, emails galore and phone calls. Sometimes my relationship with my phone can feel like a love-hate relationship. It enables me to accomplish so much and connect with so many people. But, it can also feel like too much at times — hello wedding planning — ha!

Technology certainly offers valuable ways for us to connect with each other, but it is possible to take it too far. Doesn’t it seem ironic to watch a group of friends or family members at dinner pick up their cell phones or tablets and proceed to sit together while they stare at these devices? Don’t get me wrong – I am guilty of this! And sometimes it is necessary. Sometimes there are emergencies and deadlines in life. But other times, on a normal day, I think it is important to unplug regularly.

Give yourself permission to put the phone down and enjoy exactly where you are and who you are with right now.

Looking out for signs that you need to unplug is key to ensuring your relationship with your phone, tablet, laptop or television doesn’t take away from the human relationships in your life. Technology should enhance those relationships, not take away from them. Lastly, I will add that everyone is different. You may need to consciously unplug every day, while others may be fine with unplugging every week or two. Test out the waters and see what works best for you.

Do you feel like you need to unplug? Have you unplugged recently? Do you unplug when you travel or when you do certain daily activities? I would love to hear all about the unplugging habits that work for you.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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Annual Reflections: Navigating Life’s Challenges and Embracing Celebrations

Quote about change - "The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance." - Alan W. Watts

Life continues to be busy for me as I juggle the wedding planning, training for a marathon, work and my blogging hobby. We also just got a kitten from the animal shelter (pictured below)! Her name is Maple and she’s super friendly and getting along quite well with our dog Maddie. Recently, I have been overwhelmed with several time sensitive things on my plate, and have been thinking about how I have been navigating life’s challenges. There has been a lot for me to process in the past year. So, I’d like to take a little time today to share some reflections.

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Reflecting on the past seems automatic to me during the Fall. I’m not sure if it has to do with October being my birthday month, the changing weather or the approaching holidays signaling the upcoming year’s end. Whatever it is, I have been doing a lot of reflecting! The past year was characterized by major downs, major ups, a lot of change and a lot of lessons. I would like to open up and share this time in my life with you. I think it is important to not just share all the great things going on in one’s life. So, my hope is that you may relate to some of the highlights, the struggles, the changes or the lessons I have learned. Here we go!

Navigating Life’s Challenges

I am not one to dwell too much on negative things, so I think it’s best to get this part done first. One major challenge I faced earlier this year was watching my fiance Will injure himself doing something he loves — racing his motorcycle. Of course, I did not have the physical pain that Will had to deal with. But, it was very scary and difficult to see someone you love get hurt and not knowing if he was ok. Will broke his collarbone in multiple pieces, which required surgery. I was quickly consumed with trying to help him get better and heal. Will’s recovery has been longer than we expected. I also did not realize just how connected your collarbone is to everything else. It’s been difficult to see him unable to be his active self throughout the past few months.

Now to the other big challenge I faced, which was surfacing this time last year. I was struggling in a unfulfilling job, feeling undervalued at work, applying for new positions and looking for an exit. I was also still holding on to a hope that maybe, just maybe, the internal problems in my work environment would work themselves out.

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I was wrong. Days before Thanksgiving, I was let go from my job of five years. It was a major blow to my confidence. It was hard to turn around from that and tell job seekers why I would be a great employee for them. I was able to get a new job pretty quickly, but unfortunately it did not turn out to be the right fit. In hindsight, I wonder if I would have accepted that job if I was still employed. I’ll never know. What I do know is that I knew I had made the wrong job choice about one month into the new job. Simply put, the work was not exciting and I did not have the ability to do the type of work I thought I would.

During this time, I had a couple breakdowns, which Will graciously helped me recover from. I don’t know how I would have been able to keep going without him. I questioned my career path. I questioned my capabilities. Eventually, I came to the realization that we spend SO MUCH of our waking hours at work, and I (we all!) deserve to be happy during those hours. With support from family and friends (and some validation that I was not crazy), I began looking for new jobs.

Originally, I jumped into a job at the beginning of the year that was not quite the right fit for me. The day-to-day work was not fulfilling and not what I had envisioned doing in my career. I felt crazy at first for feeling this way, and I wondered if I was just being too picky with my career. I gathered the courage to try for something else, and pretty quickly the stars aligned.

Embracing Celebrations

It felt like the universe was affirming my decision to fight for what I wanted in a job. Someone saw the value I could add to their team and appreciated my skills. Now, my new(ish) job gives me the ability to truly showcase my communications skills and be part of a wide range of projects and goals. While it challenges me daily, it also gives me confidence and reaffirms a lot of the things about myself that I questioned at the beginning of the year. I am so grateful that my career challenges turned into something I can now celebrate. They gave me a better perspective on what matters in a job, and how change can be not only normal, but healthy.

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Now, the most defining and exciting day of the past year is an easy one to choose. It was April 2. On that day, Will and I got engaged. It was a perfect surprise and a truly wonderful way to kickoff our shared desire to build a life together. The happiness that I have experienced with Will remains unparalleled. His steadfast support and encouragement, especially through the low parts of my career changes have been invaluable and reassuring. I feel so lucky and often so undeserving of his love.

Throughout this past year, it has been so exciting to dream about our future together and think about what kind of life we want to have in five, ten and twenty years from now. Knowing he will be there with me through all difficult days, the boring days and the happy days to come makes my heart feel so full. There is a lot to plan still in terms of the wedding, but this is truly an exciting time for us. It has been a lot of fun to share it with our family and friends, too. I am just trying to soak it all up!

Hold it!

I have more to say, but will continue my reflections in another post.  In a few days, I will share the changes I have encountered. I’ll also share the lessons I have learned from all the challenges and positive things going on.

Stay tuned and let me know if you have had similar ups and downs in your life. What’s been the most exciting or most difficult part of the past year for you? I would love to hear all about it!

Cheers,

Sarah Camille

P.S. Here are outfit details for my look in this post.

Vest | Cardigan |Plaid Shirt (Similar) | Pants | Booties | Watch 

Navigating Life's Challenges

 

 

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