Top Things to do in North GA

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I am absolutely convinced there is something truly magical about north Georgia in November. I am pretty convinced that the fall foliage of changing leaves is just about as close to what heaven will look like as we can find here on earth. Don't you agree?

If you are looking for something fun to do in the mountains for an afternoon I would encourage you to head toward the Hiwassee area of north Georgia. Not only are there tons of local shops to explore in town but I have included a list below of my top three recommendations for getting out and exploring in this beautiful area of the smokey mountains.

1. Brasstown Bald

Brasstown offers some amazing view's and allows you on a clear day to see 7 states. You can hike or take a trolley to the top tower to get a truly remarkable view. The fee is $5 a person but so very worth it. There is also a pretty neat museum and video of the history behind the area that you can view from the top of the mountain. 

2. Helton Creek Falls 

If you are looking for two AMAZING waterfalls with a view simple hike Helton Creek Falls is the place to visit - the first waterfall is about 50 feet off the road and the second is a short walk further. The Helton Creek Falls trail is an easy 0.2 mile total hike for both falls and easy to do with kids. To get there from Blairsville take US 19/129 south 11 miles. Turn left on Helton Creek Road on the left just past the entrance to Vogel State Park. Go 2.2 to a small pullout parking area. Trail head will be on the right. Note: it is best if you have a truck or jeep to get to this falls as you cross 2 creeks on the road bed. It is a beautiful, fun drive but we were thankful we were in my husband's truck. 

If you look closely you will see me with my baby bump on the side of the waterfall

3. Alexander's 

Alexander's is a fun hidden jewel of a store in the middle of nowhere on a mountain. Is offers adorable boutique style clothing for men and woman, jewelry, home decor, furniture, guns, and sporting goods and is very affordably priced. We always have a blast when we visit this store and find something for every member of our family.

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Halloween 2017

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I have some Halloween pics for you today!!
Halloween 2017 went down with a bang - quite literally as it sadly ended with a sick little boy who tried his best to be a trooper but was diagnosed yesterday with a double ear infection and strep throat. leaving me feeling like a terrible Mommy for encouraging him to push through... Poor thing! None the less between family, friends, food, chocolate, and fun we had a blast!
Here is a little peek at our Halloween…
The Halloween costume is a little bit of a funny story as originally he was going to be Marshall but outgrow his costume in the three weeks it had been since I bought it for him so we switched to Batman last week. Little miss is making quite her appearance as a pumpkin this Halloween.

 Our new precious niece joined us for trick or treating

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20 Weeks - Halfway There

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Today marks the halfway mark of my pregnancy, and I can hardly believe it. I’m officially five months pregnant, and it’s been quite the whirlwind. While on some days, I can’t remember ever not being pregnant, it also feels like just yesterday that I was getting that absolute miracle news that after being told we would never have another child we were expecting again. For my post today, I wanted to give you an overall update on how I’m feeling and what’s been going on for the last few months. 
While I feel insanely blessed to be carrying this little one inside of me, not everything about pregnancy is pretty. Sometimes it's hard and exhausting. The first trimester I was very sick and have only gained 4 lbs to date because of how often I was throwing up. Combine that with super early days and super late nights due to my job training and full days and it was a tough season but **knock on wood** the morning sickness seems to be letting up some and I am feeling a LOT better! Now if my energy would just pick up...
Cravings: El Fudge cookies and Taco Bell...I weird and so unhealthy but I could literally eat a pack of those cookies and a taco everyday
Feeling: REALLY tired but sickness is starting to get a little better although I still can't attempt pre-natals before 5pm
Movement: While I have felt her for a few weeks my husband was able to feel her move for the first time this morning which was super special there is nothing quite like it - it is so cool and so amazing all at the same time 
Excited about: decorating her nursery and seeing her in an ultrasound on Monday - we have all her bedding picked out and I am really starting to get that urge to "nest" 

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30 hours in Chattanooga

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This past weekend we made a fun little family getaway trip to Chattanooga. I think this town is easily looked over and I am not sure is very close to Atlanta (only 2 hours), offers lots of fun for kids and adults alike, and has great food. I would go as far as to say it is a little hidden gem. 

We drove up Friday night and stayed in a Marriott property that offered complimentary breakfast and an indoor pool (because let's be honest - to a 3 year old you are winning with those two amenities alone).

We started off our day by making the trip to Rock City for their Oktoberfest event. It was SO much fun! Our little guy loved exploring all Rock City has to offer and meeting the characters that were there special for the Oktoberfest event while my husband enjoyed the Oktoberfest beverages. ;)

We stayed at Rock City until a little after lunch time exploring and having fun and then headed to Ruby Falls. Ruby Falls was in the process of renovation and the lines were long but well worth the wait. E thought the caves and "HUGE" waterfall were so awesome. 

After Rock City were drove just about a mile up the road to watch the incline railway come down the mountain and check out the cute country store on the side of the road. After watching that we headed to downtown Chattanooga to enjoy a delicious dinner and live bluegrass music by the river. 

We concluded our trip Sunday morning with a little indoor hotel pool time and drove the two hours back to Atlanta. 

I highly encourage you to consider Chattanooga as a fun family weekend getaway. If you go during the month of October they have a ton of family friendly (and even adult haunted houses) that I think would be a blast to participate in...

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Secrets from a Traveling Mommy: Dressing the Kids

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This is my second in a series of hacks I have discovered as a working, traveling mommy. If case you missed my first post you can view it here

While I can't take the credit for this idea (a fellow traveling, working mommy shared this one with me) it has been a lifesaver and time saver for our family so I wanted to pass it along to others. 

One thing I noticed as I started to travel more was that my husband would often put our son in the same outfits over and over again and it was not always exactly what I would have chosen he wear that day. When I asked my husband why he rotated between the same couple of outfits his answer was simple. He choose whatever was at the top of the drawer as mornings are very pressed to get out he door and he does not have time to sit there and shift through clothes to find a new outfit. 

Upon this discovery and a suggestion from a friend I purchased a hanging 10 shoe organizer off of Amazon (for like $8) and now I pre-pick out outfits on Sundays while I am home for our son to wear for the next 10 days. This makes life so much easier on all of us. For one I know my son matches and will be appropriate for the day, for two it makes life a lot easier on my sweet husband who has 10 outfits all picked out, matched, and ready to go, and for three in case our three year old son is having a picky day and does not want to wear the outfit I selected for him he has 9 other options to pick from. Below are some photos of this tip in has truly been a lifesaver for our family and I hope it helps you too! 

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