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Apples and Pumpkins Oh My!

  • October 20, 2013
  • By Brittany
Apples and Pumpkins Oh My!

Hi there!  How was your weekend?  I don’t know about you but mine seem to fly by.  I have no idea how one minute it’s 6pm on Friday and the next minute I’m going to bed on Sunday night preparing for the week ahead!  This weekend was particularly relaxing.  I started Saturday with an advanced class at Physique 57, which was incredibly challenging, and then mellowed out with their half hour stretch class in an attempt to meet some of my Awesome October goals. This week was one of my favorite weeks of the whole year . . . SPA WEEK!  After my class I headed over to Sothys Spa for a facial.  I love spa week because participating spas offer $50 treatments and the normally $120 facial at Sothys only cost me about $70 with tip.  How awesome is that!?  And so relaxing.

This weekend the Hubs and I *finally* went apple picking.  The drive up to Westchester was unbelievable!  I forget how much we miss living in the urban jungle but the trees were so vibrant with oranges, reds, yellows intermixed with the greens.  A few trees looked as though they were on fire they were so colorful!  

The drive was so relaxing and enjoyable looking at all the trees, but unfortunately when we got to the orchard, we learned that all of the apples had been picked off the trees!  We did our best to find some located way at the top of the trees, but this was the best we could do:

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Ahhh well.  We filled out a large bag out of the bins of apples they had.  We’ll know for next year to go a bit earlier.  But it was worth the drive for the views.  The orchard was located up on big hill overlooking corn fields.  Nothing says fall more than this view! ๐Ÿ™‚

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The orchard also had the most adorable pumpkin patch full of not just the orange variety but white ones as well!

pumpkin patch

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I think our 700 sq ft apartment is a litle bit more suited for the smaller kinds, so we stocked up on some of those.

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After we we left the orchard, we drove around looking for a place to eat the picnic we had packed.  Westchester is an incredibly swanky area!  Lots of horse farms and mansions.  It was fun to window shop! ๐Ÿ™‚  We actually stumbled upon this park with the most amazing views and unpacked our picnic right there!

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As if I need an excuse for cheese!

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Once we got home, I couldn’t wait to display my new fall decorations around our house!  So cute.

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And because I just can’t help myself, here are a few more photos from the day!


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Large Pumpkin 1



Readers, what do you prefer: a facial or a massage?  Have you been apple or pumpkin picking this season?  Do you decorate for fall?

By Brittany, October 20, 2013
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  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven
    October 20, 2013

    Such gorgeous views!! I went apple picking a few weeks ago and it was fabulous. I was hoping to go again but was told it’s pretty much the end of the season and hard to get to them now but with your resourcefulness I might have been able to pull it off ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Cassandre
    October 20, 2013

    the fall foliage pictures are amazing.. i love massages over facial. i am so particular with what i put on my face so i always opt for a massage. i went apple and pumpkin last week in Long Island with some friends and family. we had a blast. i actually want to go back ๐Ÿ™‚ there’s something so peaceful about being on a farm..

  • Kimberly
    October 21, 2013

    I love going to the spa in General…but if I had to choose, I would go with a massage.

    I am from the sticks of CT, so I have gone apple and pumpkin picking more times than I would like to admit. My parents also have apple, peach, pear, and cherry trees in the yard too….but going to an apple farm is always more fun.

  • Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    October 21, 2013

    Your pictures are so pretty! Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to go to apple picking this year. I am super excited for spa week, I hope I can get one in this week. I am a sucker for a great massage.

  • Nicole
    October 21, 2013

    Ha, we both went apple picking (too late!) last weekend! I feel like I always wind up being late. I think it’s because I correlate pumpkin picking and October with apple picking, but I suppose the best time to go apple picking is in September.

    Also, you and I are destined for a picnic meet-up at some point since we both love them (and cheese of course)!

  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    October 21, 2013

    What a beautiful weekend. I love that picnic spot- gorgeous! It was worth the drive, even if you didn’t get to pick your apples.

    I definitely prefer a massage to a facial but if I had my way, I’d get both!

  • Jillienne @ ChasingRaspberries
    October 21, 2013

    Beautiful views, fabulous food and pumpkins?! Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend.

    I just had my first massage last year and found it a little awkward. I have never had a facial but I really want to try it one day!

  • Tara
    October 21, 2013

    $50 facials?! Sign me up. The place I go to charges $100 but I love my esthetician so much I just cry every time I swipe my card.

    Fall on the East Coast is so beautiful, we don’t have the color change like you guys do! We’re going to the pumpkin patch on Wednesday and I can not wait to carve them!

  • Carla
    October 21, 2013

    That pumpkin is the same size as you! It is beautiful this time of year. I’ve not been apple picking that I can remember but we do have orchards around here. T

  • Carla
    October 21, 2013

    That pumpkin is the same size as you! It is beautiful this time of year. I’ve not been apple picking that I can remember but we do have orchards around here.

  • Melissa Burton
    October 22, 2013

    Holy crap! How big was that giant pumpkin?!? I bet it weighed more than you did! How do you manage to look so chic all of the time, lady?

  • Elyse @ Lizzie Fit
    October 23, 2013

    Looks like an amazing fall day with your hubs ๐Ÿ™‚ You are meeting your Oct goals no problem – “embrace the season”. I’ve never been apple picking but its on my bucket list. I also usually decorate for fall but my kitchen is undergoing mad renovations and my apt is a mess ๐Ÿ™

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