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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Things About Fall

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Like it or not, summer is nearly at a close. While we mourn the end of summer and scramble to fit in one more day at the pool, let’s also start getting excited about how awesome this upcoming season is!

Top Ten Best Things About Fall

 

1The crisp fall air. Granted, we’ve had an amazing summer weather-wise.  It was picture perfect! Nothing beats the chilly, fresh air in the Fall, though. Nothing.

2 Your favorite shows come back to TV!  We've been waiting on the edge of our seats for months now! It's finally time to immerse ourselves back into our favorite storylines and catch up with our favorite characters. So, throw open those windows (for the chilly fall air, of course), grab a snack and a blanket, and get ready to get sucked in all over again.

3Fall scents and flavors. We’re not talking about pumpkin spice everything, either. Fall soups and stews, steaming mugs of cider and chai lattes, and the smell of leaves and fireplaces are just a few of the awesome fall scents and flavors that we're looking forward to!

4The return of yoga pants. You know what we’re talking about. It's too hot to wear yoga pants in the summer. As soon as cooler weather hits, though, mamas everywhere fully embrace yoga pants whenever possible. So comfortable! So versatile! So flattering!

5 Football season. Whether you're tailgating at a big game, watching your kid play his heart out on the field, or just spending time as a family cheering on your team, football season is full of happy memories and memories waiting to be made.

6Kids going back to school. We love our kids, but we love having our normal routine back, too!

 

7Daylight savings time ending. Unless you have baby or toddler on your hands, the end of Daylight Savings Time is totally a day worth celebrating! One extra hour of sleep? Yes, please!

8Pumpkin picking with the kids. Such a sweet family moment that we look forward to every year. Remember to charge your camera and wear shoes you don't mind getting muddy!

9Octoberfest In Downtown Fredericksburg- It just gets bigger and better every year! Food, music, and now there are even kid's events. Who cares that it's technically not in October? It's a blast! Remember to check the weather report before you go. The weather is crazy in September. You may need to bring sunscreen or a poncho!

10 Adorable children and pets dressed up for Halloween- Come October, Facebook will be filled to the brim with pictures of people’s kids and pets dressed up in adorable costumes. It’s amazing and keeps us smiling through the work day.

 

What are you looking forward to the most this fall?

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Phone Apps

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If you’re anything like us, you never leave home without your smartphone! These days, it functions more more like a little pocket computer than a phone. There are a million different apps out there to keep you entertained, get you fit, organize you, and even help you save money! We decided to narrow down our favorites (aside from the obvious Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Spotify, etc...) to a top ten list. Let me tell you, it certainly wasn’t easy! 

Top Ten Favorite Phone Apps

 

1) Waze is a total game changer! It's one of the world's largest community-based traffic and navigation apps. Meaning: You share real-time traffic and road info with other drivers in your area. This is great for morning commutes or vacation traffic. Hellooooo I95!

 

2) Gas Buddy- Speaking of commuting and vacation traffic...The Gas Buddy app searches for all the gas stations closest to you, maps them out, and helps you find the cheapest fuel!

 

3) On Kid's Media (Common Sense Media) Helps parents get the full story about movies in the theater, and for rent. You get to see why a movie receved its specific rating since the criteria can range greatly. They also review games, apps, websites, and more!

 

4) Key Ring- Prepare for another game changer! This app scans and stores all of your rewards cards. No more fumbling with our wallet or overloaded key chain. Why didn't we think of this??

 

5) Cozi just makes life easier! It stores your grocery list,  to-do lists, and family calendar.  It's an easy way to keep track of everyone's schedules and activities, all in one place. The best part is that anyone in your family can access and update it!

 

6) Target’s Cartwheel app- Do you shop at Target? Then, you need this app. It allows you to browse for Target coupons and save them all in one place, or you can scan your items' barcodes as you're shopping. Just show your personal barcode at the register and watch the savings add up. Goodbye coupon clipping!

 

7) InstaCollage - Love all those photo collages you see on Instagram these days? Try InstaCollage! It's a super user friendly way to make collages, frames, and text to your Instagram photos.

 

8) Yelp- I mean, you can't go wrong with Yelp. Wheather you're in a new town or just want to try something different for date night, Yelp is the go-to for food reviews and menu comparisons.

 

9) Disney Jr Appisodes - Have to sit in a waiting room with a toddler? Have a long car ride ahead of you? Download a few appisodes, my friend. They're expensivse as far as apps go, but it's so worth it. You can thank me later.

 

10) RunKeeper- Everyone seems to have a favorite fittness app. We love RunKeeper! It's an awesome way to track all kinds of exercise and set fitness goals. It's very user friendly, too!

 

*Bonus* We couldn’t leave out The Handy Level app. It gets used far more than you would expect!  

What apps can you not live without?

 

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Pouches' Community Corner

Adoptive parents in Fredericksburg now have a new partner on their journey to a healthy family. In 2016, Children’s Home Society was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Social Services to extend their Richmond area post-adoptive services to the Fredericksburg area.

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Now CHS is looking to find adoptive families in the area who need support before they hit a crisis point. “It doesn’t matter which agency they adopted from, or when that happened,” said Buckheit. “We want to offer a lifetime of support to adoptive families in the Fredericksburg area, especially those who haven’t been aware of our services in the past.”

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