Why Target and I Are On A Break

Oh Target. I have a love/hate relationship with you. Something about this store sucks me in and I could lose an hour (or two!) in there.

In the past, I’ve made weekly trips to Target “just because” and come out $100 poorer and not know what the heck just happened!! I love their home decor, the One Spot, and the kids clothes! (Especially, have you seen the new Cat & Jack line?!) My Target also now sells food and beer/liquor! It’s like a one stop shop, the perfect combo for a busy mama who doesn’t want to drag her kid in and out of four different stores. But it’s also a death trap if you’re not careful!


A month ago, I decided to implement “no spend September”. Now I have not been the greatest at this so far this month, but the first rule I made for myself was “you are not allowed to set foot into Target”. There is nothing so important that I can’t buy from Amazon, or the grocery store. And if I don’t go at all, I won’t be tempted by candles, $5 t-shirts and cute fall decor. The point of “no spend September” was not to not spend money but to not spend money on crap we didn’t need.


And you know what, I actually don’t miss it. I thought I would! I thought I wouldn’t be able to stay away, but I’m doing just fine.

I’ll go back at some point I’m sure, but for now it feels good to have the extra money in the bank, and less crap to deal with in my house!

Talk to me about your Target habits! I know I’m not the only one who struggles with this store!! 🙂

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Weekend Favorites

Fall weekends are my absolute favorite. I love the warm sun, crisp air, blue skies. Blanket scarves, boots, pumpkin-everything and apple pies. But most of all, I love fall activities.

Here’s a peek into our weekend!


Gracie and I went to a local farm for their fall festival. We picked apples, checked out the pumpkins, stopped by the petting zoo, and went on a hayride!

Boston Hill Farm is just a few miles from us, and this was only the second time we stopped in – we will definitely be back!





What else do you wear apple picking but a tutu skirt?



She is o b s e s s e d with pumpkins and was so excited to go to the pumpkin patch!
Enjoying the fruits of her labor sans tutu
Finally a photo of her without her binky!! Love her cheesy little grin 🙂

Other favorites from the weekend:

I announced the launch of my new Facebook page “Adventures in Pink”! I would love for you to check it and follow me there! I’ll be sharing blog posts, recipes, fashion and health and wellness! Link can be found here.

I’m not a huge sweets person, but something about fall makes me want to bake things! I’ve been using the same apple pie recipe for ten years and I promise you that it is the best and easiest apple pie you will ever make!


And because I love pumpkin everything, we also made pumpkin bread!! (I did cheat though and used a mix from Trader Joe’s).

In three weeks we are doing our holiday photos – kind of crazy to be planning holiday stuff before Halloween, but we have an insanely busy November and I want to have it done ahead of time! This photo is my inspiration for both mine and Gracie’s outfits – seriously how cute is this??


Also, when you wake up on Sunday morning at its 47 degrees outside – you know it’s time for cozy sweatshirts and Uggs. Now if only I could find my fall clothes…..

I hope y’all had an amazing weekend!

xo, Gentel

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Summer Family Photos

A few weeks ago, at sunset on a gorgeous Friday night, we had our family photos taken. I just love how Gracie’s little personality shines so bright!

Thank you Kristi of Kristi Jean Photography for doing such an amazing job at capturing our family.










Our dresses are, of course, Lilly Pulitzer and the print is Too Much Bubbly — I pray that she never grows out of wanting to match with her mama!