Thursday, November 3, 2016

Fall Festivities

Hi there! Long time no blog. We've been busy enjoying all the fall fun, I've had a cold (boo), and watching lots of baseball - go Cubs! Currently watching game 7 and I'm praying they can pull it off. Chicago might actually burn the city down if they win. Anyway, here's what we've been up to... busy, busy checking things off of our fall to do list.

Last weekend we hit up our favorite local cider mill/pumpkin patch. The two main goals were to get donuts and take pictures of Hadley with the pumpkins. Unfortunately, there were literally like two orange pumpkins left and a few of these gray-ish ones. So not quite what I was going for, but hey, the neutral pumpkins matched her outfit better anyway! The donuts, cider and apples did not disappoint either.

Sweater (similar, by same brand) // Jeans // Flats


I die, you guys. She is so freaking cute and just so happy all the time.

And then it was Halloween on Monday! That came fast. I decided to make spicy tomato soup, beer bread and homemade applesauce with our apples from the cider mill. I followed this crockpot recipe for the applesauce and YUM. Only thing I did differently was swap apple cider in place of the water.


After dinner, we threw on Haddie's costume and turned on our porch light for the trick-or-treaters. Despite having amazing weather for Halloween in Michigan, we didn't have a lot of kids so I have lots of leftover candy. Both good and bad. But now let's talk about this little pumpkin!!! I wasn't so sure if she was going to be crazy about the hat, but she loved her costume (probably used to it with all the bows she wears, ha). We went over and visited with our next door neighbors and they couldn't get enough either. Such a great first Halloween with this girl! Holidays are so much more fun with kids.


Side note: I have been trying to use my regular camera for more often and it takes great pictures outside in the daylight, but not so much inside or at night. You can see they're much blurrier. What settings do I need to change? Is this an ISO thing?

Anyway, hope you all had a great Halloween! I loved seeing everyones costumes on Insta. Back to the Cubs game and our delicious apple cider cocktails (apple cider, a splash of sparkling water and rum - try it)!

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  1. What a cute little peanut!

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  2. I'd say that little face just seems overjoyed by all things Fall! Proving that she's not only cute, but she's smart too ;)

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  3. I just love Hadley's wide eyed facial expressions. She seems like a very happy baby and is absolutely adorable in her costume!

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  4. You had me VERY worried this week that you were going private for real!! Anyways. Her face in that last picture of her as a pumpkin, I died. So freaking adorable. I've been buying organic, unsweetened applesauce for Camden and it's his favorite thing EVER but from that recipe it looks like I could easily do it myself, thanks for sharing!!

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  5. We had so much leftover candy too... definitely need to get rid of that before we eat it all! For your camera, check your shutter speed!

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  6. She is the cutest! Looks like a great Halloween weekend. For nighttime photos when I try and snap my 18-month old niece, who moves all over the place, I gave up on manual. I switched to Creative Auto, and turn the flash off. It catches her wiggly moves, so no more blur! Hope that helps

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  7. She is getting so big!!!! Nighttime pictures are so so so hard in manual. Crank up the ISO and open your shutter but for a moving little one that still may not work. I agree with Nichole, you may have to do creative auto and call it a day :)

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  8. I love her boots, well her whole outfit but those boots are adorable!!

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  9. Oh my goodness! I can't get over how stinkin' cute Hadley is! And you're right, she is so happy in every pic! I love it! I have a hard time with night photos too, getting the settings just right is so difficult! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  10. Oh my goodness - holidays are so much more fun with kiddos. How cute is your little pumpkin?! It looks to me like she enjoyed the costume!

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  11. YAYYY to the Cubbies!! Seriously still living on cloud 9 over that incredible win! Haddie is seriously the cutest pumpkin ever!! My sis dressed her dog up as a pumpkin and he wanted nothing to do with the hood, so glad that she liked hers! Also we barely got trick-o-treaters, I was pretty disappointed, but more candy for us :)! Give me all the apple cider and doughnuts!!!

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  12. It is totally an ISO thing. The shutter takes longer at night/when its darker & any movement will cause blur.
    Your girl is just SO DANG HAPPY!!! She's always got those eye brows up with a smile - LOVE IT!

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  13. Well isn't she just the cutest little pumpkin there ever was! Ahhh!!! And she looks SO HAPPY at the cider mill! Love it! Homemade apple sauce and cider sound so good right now. Yum!

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  14. She is just the cutest ever and so smiley!! Holidays with kids only gets better! Glad you guys are having fun. xo

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  15. oh i'm sorry i have no suggestions for the camera as i don't use a fancy one, but i hope you work it out. she is such a cute pumpkin and that second photo where she is like leaning towards you and looks so happy? seriously she is the cutest!

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  16. First of all, go Cubs!!! Can't believe they pulled it off (and how close the game got!) bummed we didn't stay up to watch it. What a fun trip to the mill and a fun Halloween! I've got to say, Haddie is soo stinking adorable and looks like the happiest baby ever!

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  17. Woohoo! Go Cubbies! :) Love the photos of Haddie-she is seriously so cute! I need to try that crockpot applesauce recipe sometime!

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  18. I mean - how stinking cute is she!! I love her halloween costume!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  19. She is such a sweetheart!! Love that pumpkin costume! So happy for the Cubs such a good game last night!

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  20. What a cute pumpkin! That recipe sounds delicious. I know what you mean about the candy! I was nervous I wasn't going to be able to get rid of what I bought so I was passing out generous handfuls to the kids that did come by, lol.

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  21. her facial expressions are the cutest!!!

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  22. How do you get her to always smile for the camera??? She's such a cutie and definitely the cutest little pumpkin I've ever seen!

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  23. How freaking adorable is she omg?! I die!! I cannot wait to dress up my baby next year! Xo

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  24. Stop with that picture in the pumpkin patch - she is just TOO CUTE!! Such a happy little lady :)

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  25. Oh my goodness. ALL THE SMILES. Girlfriend is the happiest! As far as your camera settings go, you need to bump your ISO up (800, 1600, etc.) You can adjust your f/stop up or down with the ISO, but the time that your shutter is open needs to be quick (1/200, 1/600, etc.), so you may need a smaller f/stop number to let more light in. Let me know if that doesn't make sense... lol

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  26. Cutest pumpkin ever! And camera settings: I tend to just put my camera down in the evenings because I never like how my photos turn out. But yeah, you need to crank that ISO. Also lower your f/stop to let in more light and use a slow shutter speed. But don't go lower than 1/125 unless you are using a tripod. Keep in mind your photos will be grainier with a higher ISO. And for indoors just try to let in as much natural light as possible and be near windows.

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