As much as I tend to complain about the retreat of Summer and the onset of the cold and rain Seattle is most known for, I do really love Fall activities. I often say that I love the idea of Fall, and if the weather could just stay about 20 degrees warmer until it's time for maybe 2 weeks of snow and cocoa I would extremely happy.
Luckily this year we had a few extra days of sunshine, which provided the perfect excuse to engage in some of the Fall traditions I love so much! A couple Saturdays ago I ventured out with a couple of my sorority sisters, crossing the 520 bridge into the quiet city of Carnation to visit Jubilee Farms. You could probably argue that the hour drive disqualifies this trip from being a Seattle Spotlight, but I'm a fan of alliteration and Washington Spotlight doesn't have the same ring to it. If you can make a day trip from the city, (or in our case a morning trip) then I say it counts!
Jubilee farms is worth the drive. Getting further outside of the city meant it was less crowded, with more activities, and a scenic route to enjoy on the way. I turned on Taylor Swift's Red album, which in my opinion is the only thing worth listening to while driving backroads surrounded by colorfully leaved trees. Once we arrived, there was a vintage truck-turned-coffee shop stocked with pumpkin spice and eggnog, followed by roasted corn and a hayride. The actual patch was pretty big, with more gourd and pumpkin options than I thought possible!
Our attempts to carry all our pumpkins left us laughing and covered in mud before finally finding a wheelbarrow. Everything about our trip to Jubilee felt so perfect, and I can't wait to return next year!
To say I'm behind on blog posts is an understatement! Tyler and I went to Disneyland at the beginning of July to celebrate Pixar Fest and I ended up really behind on editing. After realizing just how unhappy I was at my last job, I sat down and focused all my spare time towards finding a company I would love. Now I'm settled into my new role and ready to go! Unfortunately that means releasing a bunch of summer content as Seattle starts to get rainy and dark at 5 pm but I really don't want any of these photos to go to waste. I thrive in summer anyway so if I end up skipping fall and winter all together I don't think I'll end up disappointed.
Disneyland has got to be one of the most photogenic places on the planet, which is why I always love to look back on the colorful scenes from my trips. I especially love the aesthetic of historic Main Street USA, but its placement at the entrance of the park leading up to the castle makes it difficult to take photos without tons of other people popping in and out. However, if you know where to look you can find some cute little corners that end up being a little quieter and perfect for a photo op.
Some of the shops for instance have gorgeous wallpaper and tiled floors. If you don't want to zigzag through them all, I recommend the candy shop as your starting point. The Jolly Holiday has lovely little yellow floral tables and sweet baked goods for a seated / food shoot. Though my absolute favorite quiet spot on busy Main Street has to be this little florist's cart parked in an alleyway between shops! There are several tables for resting and eating, but with a "dead end" leading to a cast entrance and locker area there usually isn't a ton of foot traffic. Plus the flowers are artificial, so you can celebrate spring regardless of the season!
Do you have a favorite photo spot along Main Street? Shoot me a DM on Instagram, I'd love to hear your recommendations before I head back for Christmas at the parks!
Did you know October 11th is a national holiday? Spread Joy Day!
We can all use a little extra joy, which is why Knack, a Seattle-based gift giving company, created the holiday! They understand that positivity is extra important in 2018, so this year they're celebrating by giving 1,000 free gifts.
Each gift ships in a gorgeous box with a personalized note, and includes high quality products. My favorite was the pack of greeting cards, which I've been passing along to spread the joy even further! Tyler was a big fan of the chocolates (as I knew he would be) and I can't wait to wake up with some hot tea this weekend.
Overall I was super impressed with my Knack box, especially with the presentation! Everything was so pretty, and the unboxing experience was so fun. If you want to spread the joy, click here to head to Knack to send a free box!
When I'm considering a new product, I try to choose companies that share my values whenever possible. As a woman it's extra important to me that I support female run businesses, which is why I'm teaming up with Billie!
Billie is a "female first" razor company that makes products specifically for all who identify as a woman! The starter kit includes a handle, 2 razor cartridges, and a magnetic shower holder for just $9. Each refill pack after that is $9 for 4 replacement cartridges and the frequency can be adjusted to match how frequently you shave.
Billie understands that shaving is a personal preference, and whether you like to shave every where everyday or prefer to grow it out is left up to you. They started Project Body Hair in order to change how our hair is shown in the media saying, "Commercials show women 'shaving' perfectly smooth, airbrushed legs. Strange, huh? But everyone has short stubble, long strands, or something in between. What you do with yours is up to you - grow it, get rid of it, or comb it. It's your hair, after all." And if shaving isn't your thing, you can still stock up on their other body care products (like the Sudsy Body Wash and Dry-Bye Body Lotion) which are vegan and cruelty free!
Billie is also addressing the Pink Tax, where women are charged more for everyday products than men are. The old tradition of "pink it and shrink it" comes with a cost that results in the average woman spending an extra $1,351 per year. Whether it's the actual tax we pay on feminine hygiene, or just the increased prices we pay, it's estimated that each purchase costs an average of 7% more. While major changes to our society and legislation need to happen before this problem can be solved, Billie is working hard to do their part. The Billie subscription is cheaper than Dollar Shave Club, which charges $26 for a 4 pack of razors and a 6 ounce tube of shave butter.
If you're interested in learning more about the Pink Tax, I definitely recommend you check out AxThePinkTax.com where you can calculate your estimated spend, and read studies about gendered pricing.
To sign up for a subscription with Billie, click here
Thank you to the Billie team for collaborating on this post! The starter kit and lotion were provided to me at no cost. Promoting products that not only support women, but actively seek change is something I care deeply about and I am excited to try my Billie kit and spread the word about ending the Pink Tax!
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