What’s going on?

Sorry I’ve been MIA this week. But I’m in Florida and have been doing what I can to be prepared for Hurricane Irma, who will be paying the state a visit soon. 

For those of you wondering, I’m on the west coast of the state (Tampa area). Right now things are looking a little better for us on my side of the state but east coast is likely to get hammered. The storm is still a few days out and there’s still that “cone of uncertainty” of where Irma is actually going to go.

As of this writing, Irma has been shifting east and is expected to make a turn to the north sometime in the next 48 hours. But even the weather experts don’t know when or where that will happen yet. You can track these storms and make predictions til the cows come home but you don’t know what they’re going to do until they do it. 

Case in point? Hurricane Charley in 2004. All the models & storm tracks had Tampa marked as where it would make landfall. This was the data until just just a few hours before it was supposed to hit, then Charley took an unexpected, sudden sharp turn and hit Cape Coral/Ft Myers, which is about 130 miles south of Tampa. And the storm blew up the I4 interstate coridoor and through Orlando (I had friends who evacuated to Orlando and the storm followed them up there). 

I got supplies, water, food, batteries. I’m just keeping an eye on things. If the track changes and I have to leave, I got a plan ready. But for now I’m staying where I am. 

I’ll try to keep you updated as best as I can. This isn’t my first storm. I’m not panicking. There’s no good in that. I’ll check in again on social media when I can. 😊

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Frugal Fall Fun Ideas

Hey guys! Happy Friday! Got anything fun planned this weekend? On Sunday I’ll be attending the annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday, which I won VIP tickets to. That should be a lot of fun.

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For today’s post we’re going to do something a little different. I thought I’d share with you some ideas on how to have fun this fall even if you’re on a budget.

So grab your favorite pumpkin treat and let’s get going!

Now I live in Florida, where we really don’t experience fall/autumn like a lot of the rest of the county. We’re still experiencing what feels like summer, with temperatures still in the 80s. It’s supposed to FINALLY cool down a little next week (as in temps going down into the upper 70s… still not really fall weather though).

BUT… I grew up in Michigan and lived there until I was 25. So I have experienced actual fall/autumn weather and more traditional activities for this time of year. so without further ado, here are some ideas.

See The Foliage

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Do you live where the leaves actually change color in the fall? Take a drive one afternoon to see an explosion of colors. You should be able to look up the best places in your area to see the fall foliage.

Apple Picking

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Do you live near any apple orchards or are any within a reasonable drive? Go check them out. Many offer the opportunity to pick your own apples. You might also have the opportunity to watch fresh apple cider being made (and maybe even get a free sample if you’re lucky). Some orchards also host various fall themed events, like hayrides or even corn mazes, so see what’s going on and make a plan!

Get Your Scare On

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Do you love Halloween, haunted houses and getting the pants scared off you? You can get your scare on without breaking the bank. Many local communities host Halloween haunt events/haunted houses for the public to enjoy for a nominal fee (usually no more than a $10 donation). It might not be as elaborate as a theme park event like Halloween Horror Nights at Universal or Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens, but it could still be a lot of fun.

Spend A Night In

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Is it already getting cold where you live? Don’t want to go outside? Pick a few of your favorite fall/Halloween themed movies and make a make a night in of it! Amp it up even more by snacking on your favorite fall treats while enjoying the movie-show. 

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And that should about do it! What are some of your favorite inexpensive fall activities? Tell me about them below in the comments.

As always, thank you all so much for reading and your support. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you again in Monday with a new post! 🙂