Need a good recommendation on where to go for your next vacation? Well let me help you with that. Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina should be moved to the top of your list. It is absolutely gorgeous. Myself and two of my closest friends went about a week and a half ago for a quick, fun, little getaway weekend.
A young man named George Vanderbilt found a perfect spot to build a magnificent house on the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. The house was built by his dear friend Richard Morris Hunt. The house consists of 250 rooms and 65 fireplaces. The Estate is open to tourist daily. Tickets to get into the house cost between $65 and $75. Once you get in, you can pay more to do more things. We did the simple audio tour which only added $12 to our payment. I highly recommend you get some type of tour, whether that be a guided tour with a tour guide, a private tour or like I mentioned earlier, the audio tour. You won’t get the full experience unless you are informed on all the unique things that make the Estate so spectacular.
You could spend days on the Estate alone. They have a village, a winery, a farm, an Inn and multiple stores and restaurants. We crammed in as many things as we could in one day. It is truly a beautiful place with history that is so intriguing. I hope you all get the opportunity to experience the Biltmore Estate at some point in your lifetime, because it is for sure a sight to see.
My best friend’s 20th birthday was about a week and a half ago. So, to celebrate we got a small group of girls together and went to the pumpkin patch for a little photoshoot fun. There were 4 of us girls. One of them happened to be a photographer so she brought her camera. She was renting a really nice lens because she had a wedding to photograph that weekend. So you could say we felt like we were the real deal. We spent hours just laughing and enjoying the beautiful weather and of course each others company. I loved seeing all the fall colors and the bright orange, white and green pumpkins. The pumpkin patch is right next to a field of sunflowers. We couldn’t resist but to take some pictures in it. It was nice to escape reality for just a little while.
After it got dark we left and went out to eat to continue the celebration. We ate and chatted about ya know… girl stuff! It was awesome getting to spend an evening celebrating my best friend. She deserved a day all about her because she always focuses on making everyone else in her life feel special, so it was nice to do the same for her. I am extremely blessed, and thankful for awesome, godly friendships, beautiful fall weather and evenings like that one.
Ladies and gentlemen, the time has come!!! It’s that time of year when the leaves start to change, the humidity goes away, and for us Arkansans, we pray that we can officially say “peace out” to 90 degree weather.
Fall is for sure one of my favorite seasons. I love the smell of the crisp air and the clothes I get to wear. I love the pumpkin flavored coffee, creamer, candy,muffins, cakes and so much more. I love walking into stores and seeing all the fall decor and festive items out for display. I feel like I am in a better mood during the months of October, November and December. I can’t quite pin point why, but if I had to guess it’s because of the holidays and the meaning behind those holidays. I mean let’s face it, there are lots to be thankful for and sometimes we tend to not recognize those things as often as we should.
If you didn’t know, I am a big crafter. My favorite thing to do is make homemade cards for people. This past weekend I did some shopping and bought some really cute fall paper and adorable fall stickers. In fact I spent most of my Saturday using what I bought. I made a total of 10 cards and enjoyed every second of it while drinking my pumpkin coffee.
I don’t know if you guys love fall as much as I do, but I challenge you to find something that you enjoy and then find time to do it. Happy Fall Y’all!!!
3. Start saving money now!!!
College has shown me that living life is NOT cheap. You have expenses and bills and payments that you have to start making on your own. If you go into college with no money of your own, you will without a doubt be stressed. I am not saying don’t buy things you want. I’m just saying make sure you have that money to spend.
Also when you are in college you may want to think about creating a budget for yourself. If you have a job, figure out on average about how much you make a month, and then figure out how much of that you are going to give, save and spend. (That is the order I recommend).
For me personally, I give about 12% of my income which isn’t that much due to how much I make. Of what’s left I try to put back at least half into my saving account. The rest is fair game for the movies, dinner with friends, ice cream, gas, and of course my favorite thing… shopping. Not everyone’s plan will be the same. For some, It’s not possible to save half of their paycheck. For me it is because I am still living at home, so I don’t have to pay rent, which is a BIG save. Everyone’s life is different, just find a plan that is going to work for you, stick with it and hopefully it will help you in the financial world.