A Day at Jonamac Apple Orchard

img_0425fullsizerender-editimg_0402A couple of weekends ago, I joined close family friends of ours and their three boys for a fun-filled day of apple picking, hard cider and wine tasting, freshly baked apple donuts and kids’ activities at Jonamac Orchard in Malta, IL, a new fall tradition in the making.

Jonamac Orchard is 90 minutes west of Chicago and fairly easy to get to.  The orchard has been in business for 32 years with over 105 acres of land and over 10,000 apple trees consisting of more than two dozen varieties to choose from.  There are a variety of kids’ activities including the Barn Yard Play Area with a jumping pillow, petting zoo and an Apple Train, as well as a corn maze, campfire and a 12 acre pumpkin patch. If walking through a 12 acre pumpkin patch doesn’t entice you, the Pumpkin Corrall by the Kettle Corn Building near the play area already has hand-picked pumpkins ready for purchase to take home.fullsizerender-1img_0357 fullsizerenderedit4 fullsizerender3pumpkinsWhile my friend Dave and the boys spent some time in the play area, my girlfriend Gwen and I decided to partake in the $5 a person tasting of different blends of apple wine in the Cider House, giving us a head start over Dave until he was able to join us. Our samples of choice included the Orchard Blend (the bottle Dave and Gwen purchased to take home), Orchard Reserve, Autumn Harvest (served warm), Pomme Nouveau and Pumpkin flavored (our least favorite).img_0424img_0409We then headed over to Jonamac’s 20 acre apple orchard where we were able to hand-pick our own apples for $13 a bag, filling each of our bags with a variety of Fuji and large, bright red, tasty Pazzaz apples, a first year harvest at the Orchard. This was our first time trying Pazzaz apples and they were absolutely delicious, a crispy and juicy alternative to Honeycrisp.

fullsizerender-3img_0408fullsizerender-edit2callenimg_0415img_0407fullsizerender4We concluded our day in the kids’ play area where the boys ran around in the haystack, bounced on the jumping pillow, petted goats and slid down the slide, which of course, this big kid right here had to partake in as well. On our way out, Dave and I stopped in the bakery to purchase a homemade apple pie and some fudge, barely making our way through the long line of people waiting to get their hands on those warm, freshly baked, cinnamon coated apple donuts that we got our fix of when we first arrived, a definite must when visiting Jonamac Orchard. Until next year…img_0406fullsizerender-7dgcarsonimg_0375fullsizerender-5img_0625big-chairShop my look:

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Instagram Roundup: Touring Belgrade

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA3/4 Sleeve Black Dress: Marshalls (similar, similar, similar) \ Converse Sneakers: Nordstrom (here) \ Sologne Monogram Crossbody (vintage): Louis Vuitton (similar, similar \ Bangle Cuff Bracelet: Charming Charlie (similar, similar)

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0870461580106new_01_0311864542_310812 1958372_338652 _9881946_11625258_12186779100390181_2_1 _13096851imageserviceimg_9565Ribbed Tank Dress in Cobalt: Forever 21 (similar, similar, similar) \ Sologne Monogram Cross Body (vintage): Louis Vuitton (similar, similar) \ Report Flat Sandals: TJ Maxx (similar) \ Silver Bangles: Kate Spade (here, here)

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A Flirty Fit & Flare Dress

dsc_0190-1-1-1dsc_0219-1-1dsc_0232-1-1dsc_0245-1dsc_0258-copyHey guys! For those of you who actually read my blog, I apologize for slacking on my blog posts. My initial intent was to publish a post every two weeks, but I’ve had a busy past couple of months with engagement parties, birthdays, bridal showers, upcoming weddings and travels which has contributed to my lack of content (as well as not being sure in which direction this blog was going), so thank you for bearing with me!! Also, since I have been uploading my outfits on Instagram more frequently, I’m going to start publishing a roundup of my Instagram outfits on the blog.

Even though we’re a week away from the fall season, today I’m sharing this white sleeveless fit and flare dress that I purchased for an “all-white” themed engagement party back in August. (I guess you can say I’m holding onto those last summer days just a tad bit longer!) On the plus side of me procrastinating, this dress and a similar one are on sale so hopefully you can snag one to add to your spring and summer wardrobe for next year.

This fun and flirty dress has a flattering shape and is super comfortable making it your go-to everywhere dress (I also wore it to my goddaughter’s 3rd birthday party and I plan on bringing it to Mexico with me next month). It has a hidden side zipper, buttons in front, pockets and is made of stretch cotton-blend fabric.  I can definitely say I’ve been able to get wear out of it. Since this dress is on clearance and more than half off, there aren’t many sizes left, but as usual, I’ve linked similar options and a black one that is currently in stock-a great option for a day in the office transitioning into a night out.

White Fit & Flare Dress: Express (Here, Similar, Similar, In Black) \ Vince Camuto Platform Sandals: Nordstrom (Here, Similar, Similar) \ Suede Handbag: Banana Republic (Here) \ Arrow Necklace Set: Forever 21 (Here) \ Multi-Crystal Bangles: Bebe (Similar) \ Earrings: Akira (Similar)

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[Photography Credit]: Jennafer Ashley of Fresh and Fit

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