Why We Love Fall in Georgia

Fall in Georgia!

Ah, fall in North Georgia. It is an almost magical time of year when the season beings to come alive. People love the south, particularly for the fall season. The landscape becomes awash with vibrant hues of red, orange, and yellow as the leaves on the trees begin to change colors. By mid-November, just about any establishment you enter seduces you with Christmas music and nostalgia. And the smells. Oh, the smells of fall. There are few places on can go to escape the tantalizing scents of pumpkin, pecan, maple, and apple. Not to mention the scent of fire burning. A most comforting scent that drums up imagery of sipping hot cocoa in front of a roaring fireplace, whilst nestled under a cozy blanket and watching our cherished family favorite classics on the television set.

Mountain runs and car shows are a few favorite fall events for the car enthusiast. With the turning of the leaves, the scenery is beautiful, and many car groups gather up their members to take a stroll over the curvy mountainous roads of north Georgia. The scenery provides a most picturesque backdrop for both group and individual photos of their treasured cars. Generally, the rides will include lunch at some newly discovered local mom and pop eatery that is tucked away in the mountains and, often, only the locals know about. In addition to mountain drives, fall is also a popular time for car shows. While car shows can, and do, take place year-round, the cooler temperatures of fall tend to bring out more people, both participating with their own vehicles as well as more spectators out enjoying browsing the collection of classic beauties on a crisp cool day.

The highlight of fall can be the kickoff to sweater weather, scarfs, flannels, and boots. Fall fashion is one thing that most people in the fall, particularly females, look forward to all year long. Shopping is a favored hobby for all people in the fall, between the holidays and trendy fall fashion, building up to  Black Friday shopping will remain a top shopping day of the fall season.

Another particularly revered and time-honored tradition in the fall for Georgia natives is to enjoy a taste of warm liquor for those chilly nights. Whether it be a shot of spiced rum in your coca cola, warm apple brandy in your coffee, or just a plain old shot of Fireball straight out of the bottle, there is not doubt the warm liquor will heat you up a few degrees. For those daring enough to try it, there is also the occasional opportunity in the south to partake in a “swig” of good old-fashioned moonshine. Generally taken right out of the mason jar it was stored in. Most old-timers around north Georgia, live and die by the healing properties of pure moonshine and will forbid you to leave the house without a good  hefty swallow if you have any sign of a cough or sniffles in their presence.

Hot drinks to warm the soul.

You cannot say fall in north Georgia without talking about football! From the NFL to college rivalries, to high school playoffs, on thing about it, Georgia loves its football. One would be hard pressed to get out and about on a Saturday afternoon without seeing team colors abound and hearing an endless array of fist pumping dog barking sounds, or Roll Tide or even a War Eagle or two, or ten. Sundays are reserved for NFL team gear and an appropriate display of “game day’ snacks. However, no matter how much the people love their college or NFL teams, there is one thing you can bet your bottom dollar on. When it comes to Fridays, there is something that transpires once those Friday night lights turn on that will transform even the most apathetic football fan into a screaming, standing in the bleachers, excited fanatic. The energy that takes place during a high school football game is unlike anything else. Of course, it also is an unwritten rule that you cannot attend a high school football game without enjoying the display of treats offered up at the concession stand. Nothing like a concession stand hot dog or tray of nachos at the football game to get you in the spirit for a good old time on a Friday night.

Hot cocoa is a must, and most often, a staple in homes across north Georgia in the fall. Sipping hot cocoa while curled up on the couch under a fuzzy blanket and binge-watching Hallmark movies is a time-honored tradition. Not only is hot cocoa enjoyed in the comfort of homes all across north Georgia in the fall, but a must in most of the fall outing festivities enjoyed throughout the state. Football games, hayrides, and holiday shopping are all valid excuses to grab a hot cocoa to sip on and warm up one’s insides, not that any excuse is necessary to indulge.  In addition to hot cocoa, no home in north Georgia is absent the fall favorites chili, and a vast array of hearty soups to suit every taste bud one my possibly have.

Pumpkin farms and hayrides are the literal epitome of fall in north Georgia.  It is almost considered a shameful tragedy, almost a sacrilege of sorts, for anyone to make it through an entire fall season and not make a single visit to a pumpkin farm, or apple house to enjoy a nice family hayride. North Georgia fall is pumpkin farms and hayrides, and you will be blessed with an abundance of them on any given weekend day. In addition to all the local farms, local churches also get into the fall spirit by hosting a variety of fall festivals, that almost always include a fun filled hayride.

OH, Halloween. Haunted houses, haunted hayrides, and haunted hikes are abundant in north Georgia. While north Georgia loves all things fall, Halloween is the first official holiday of the fall season, and, well, they go all out. From makeshift graveyards out on the front lawn, to skeletons hanging from their trees, to dancing ghosts swirling across the front of their homes, Georgia folk love a holiday and they love to celebrate. Halloween parties and trunk or treats begin as soon as the first weekend in October. They start buying up Halloween candy for their expected array of trick or treaters, but not too soon. It can be a much too difficult task for many to hold all those delicious candy treats in the house without breaking into them and eating half of the stash before Halloween night.

Some people are known for starting to ramp up for the Christmas season as early as October. But generally, as soon as Halloween has passed, you can begin to find the happy Christmas décor out in abundance. While there are a few who linger in the fall vibe a little longer, at least until Thanksgiving Day, many get all excited and start on their Christmas season early. For everyone else, they will revel in the fall season as long as possible. Sunflowers, Mums, and pumpkin spice everything is the season they have longed for all year, and they are not willing to cut it short. Even so, fall does provide the Segway into the Christmas season, and beginning in November, there marks the kickoff to the season in various towns. Many north Georgia towns will have their Christmas parades, and official lighting of the town tree during mid to late November. Stores will begin playing the festive Christmas music and putting the holiday décor out to get the local patrons in the holiday shopping season mood.

So, no matter what your passion, your hobby, or your taste is, you are sure to find something in North Georgia during the fall to satisfy each. It is an almost guarantee that you can enjoy a most pleasurable and memorable time in North Georgia, and take back with you, laughs and fond recollections of a time well spent in a place well loved.

5 Things to do in Fort Myers, Florida

Whether you decide to pay a visit to beautiful Fort Myers Florida during the summer or winter, it makes no difference. It is summer all year long down in sunny Southwest Florida. There will not be any shortage of sand, sun and sparkling beverages, regardless of what time of year you make the trek south to Fort Myers. No matter if you make the trip for a family vacation, a lovely couples’ get-away, or decide to be a regular snowbird and make The City of Palms your part time home, there are many things for everyone to do. However, there are a few things that everyone should move to the top of their bucket list for their visit to Fort Myers. It only takes on visit to Fort Myers, Florida to easily understand why so many people choose to call this place their favorite vacation locale, their winter retreat from the bitter winters up north, and, for many, home. Here are a few of the many things to do in Fort Myers that will guaranteed make it a memorable and exciting visit, and, quite possibly, have you returning again and again!

1 It goes without saying, that the first thing you should do when visiting Fort Myers, Florida is to see the beach. Florida is most notably known for its beaches, and Fort Myers Beach does not disappoint. While visiting the beaches at Fort Myers, you need to make a point to stop by Times Square. If at all possible, be sure to take in one of the Sunset Celebrations located at Times Square on Friday and Saturday nights. You will be entertained by some of Fort Myers’ local musical talents, and get to enjoy an infamous sunset, along with dozens of your “fans of Fort Myers Sunsets” friends, eben if you do not know them when you arrive. You sure do not want to miss out on any opportunity to drive across the causeway and see the historic and stunning islands of Sanibel and Captiva. If shelling is your thing, you will definitely want to take in the shell-lined beaches at Sanibel and Captiva. You may even get the opportunity to swim with dolphins or manatees while visiting the beaches around Fort Myers. It is no surprise that most people visit Fort Myers for its beaches. After all, they are among some of the most beautiful in all of Florida.

Sunset at Fort Myers Beach

2 Ideally, you will want to find some local favorite places to grab a bite while visiting Fort Myers. One of the places that should be on your to-do list, is 3 Peppers Burrito. While 3 Peppers is only one of the many dining options around the Fort Myers area, they are definitely worth putting on the top of your must do list. You can get a little history about how the brothers started up the restaurant, which is native to this area. However, whether your dining palette craves fresh seafood, beach-side burgers, or just a casual family dinner, there are ample choices around the Fort Myers area to satisfy every taste from traditional to a true cultural experience.

3 Peppers Burrito

3 Of course, no trip to Fort Myers would be complete without a visit to the Downtown River District. While visiting downtown, you will find many local eateries filled with folklore and history galore. One such place to stop in for a nice casual dining experience as well as some very conversational decor is Capone’s Coal Fired Pizza. For a fun-filled family outing downtown, you want to also stop off to see Centennial Park and take the family to the Imag Museum for an interactive science discovery center that the whole family will enjoy.

Cannoli from Capone’s Coal Fired Pizza

4 If parks and recreation are what you are seeking on your visit to Fort Myers, be sure to stop by many of the great parks that Fort Myers has to offer. These include Lakes Park, Six Mile Cypress Slough, and Manatee Park.  In addition, Fort Myers is home to both the Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox major league baseball training camps, so you can catch a game while they are in town, or maybe stop in for a minor league game and enjoy watching the Fort Myers Miracle at Hammond Stadium.

Lakes Park

5 Perhaps, a little souvenir shopping is on the agenda. Or, you just simply want to browse local shops. Fort Myers has plenty of options to get your retail therapy. Close to downtown, you will find the Edison Mall with plenty of space to take a break from the fun and sun to browse and shop. For a little more relaxed atmosphere, you will want to stop by the Shops at Bell Tower. There you will find more of an open-air type shopping, with plenty of options for a bite to eat or enjoy a tasty craft beer at the World of Beer, and a very spacious stand alone movie theater. Be sure to take the scenic route to your shopping destination, and drive down McGregor Boulevard

Driving down McGregor Boulevard

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If I Could Turn Back Time, You Know I Would! 5 Skin Care Products To Help Turn Back The Clock.

Cher said it best. She capitalized on the idea that we all hold true, whether we are willing to admit to it or not. Especially, as women, the signs of time weigh heavily on us. If there were something we could get our hot little hands on to turn back time and reverse those tell-tale signs of aging, we would not hesitate. I have recently started using some products from the Avon Anew line. Yes, Avon! I am sure you have heard of them, they have been around for years. Ah, Avon, just the name drums up nostalgic images of elegantly dressed ladies with matching pillbox hats and dainty hand bags, going door to door to deliver bags of personalized goodies to friends and family. Moving along from my 1950s image of the June Clever interpretation of the classic “Avon Lady,” today the company is still going strong, and many a successful businesswoman has made a full time career from selling Avon.

I embarked on the journey to try some of the products for myself recently, and I have to say, I am quite pleasantly surprised by the results I have seen, thus far. About six months ago, I moved to sunny Southwest Florida. In addition, for my last birthday, I celebrated my fiftieth year. Given the fact that I have been a life-long sun worshiper and have spend many an hour from my teens forward basking in her glorious rays. Natural aging can have visible affects on the skin on its own, but in light of my years of tanning and spending every moment possible outdoors, in addition to recently moving to a place where, in essence, it is summer year round, I knew I needed a strong skin care regimen to combat the damage done and prevent any further damage.

Enter, Anew. Actually a very fitting name for the product. I have found it to be, for myself, a fresh start. A new youthful radiance, you hear everyone talk about it. Amazingly, I am seeing what that term means on a personal level. While there are many products in the Anew line, I am going to go over the main products that I have been using and the results I have found, personally, from those products. So, let’s talk about skin care-

Anew Clinical Advanced Wrinkle Corrector

The Anew Clinical Advanced Wrinkle Corrector is the first to review, because it has been the product to provide the biggest visible impact in the shortest time. I first began using this product on that ever so precious decollete area, the area from the neck down to the cleavage, that shows when you wear tank tops or sundresses. After years of sun exposure, I had visible signs of wear and tear there, while they were not deep, I had wrinkled lines that resembled a finely laced honeycomb pattern. Initially, I began using the wrinkle cream to prevent any further damage, being that in southwest Florida, pretty much tank tops and sundresses are the staple attire. However, within a few days, I noticed that my skin where I was using the cream became very soft and supple. After a couple of weeks of using this product every night, my husband even made mention of how my skin was changing. He had actually noticed that the wrinkles had diminished drastically, and my skin felt incredibly soft. Most days, I catch myself rubbing my hand around my upper chest area, still in awe of how soft and smooth the skin is. This will definitely be a staple in my skin care routine for years to come.

I started using the Anew Ultimate Multi-Purpose day and night cream when I received a travel size combo in my starter kit as a new Avon Representative. I was immediately happy with the results of the cream as well. The day cream boasts an impressive 25 SPF sunscreen, an invaluable product in the sunshine state. The night cream has a very soothing and delicate fragrance. I say that because at night, my husband always makes mention of how nice I smell, and I am always telling him that I had just completed my night time routine and it is the night cream he smells. Aside from the husband approval, I am in love with this product as well. Luckily, I do not have definitive wrinkles on my face as of yet, and this was mainly a preventative measure. But, much like the wrinkle cream, my skin has become so soft, I often catch myself rubbing my cheeks just to make sure it is real.

Anew Ultimate Cream Cleanser

After trying out the initial products that I had on hand, I had placed an order to try some of the other Anew line. I had purchased the Anew Ultimate Cream Cleanser shortly after moving to Florida. I am often apprehensive to try new face washes, as my face tends to break out or get oily with many products. I was happy to see that I had no side effects of this product. It left no heavy or greasy residue, and, as I have found with the Anew products used, left my skin feeling fresh, clean, and soft.

Anew Clinical Dual Eye Lift Pro

In my purchase, I also grabbed the Anew Clinical Dual Eye Lift Pro and I am so glad I did. I suffer from insomnia, I have for a few years. Most days I wake up looking like the bride of Frankenstein or an extra from The Walking Dead. My eyes are always so puffy and have that alluring raccoon look about them, with all the dark circles, and all. This eye serum is a two-part product with a cream that goes under the eye and a light gel that goes over the lid. Can I just say WOW? There was an instantaneous difference in my eyes the first time I tried it. After about a week of use, I had a noticeable lift to my eyes and, the dark circles? I mere memory. In an attempt to not wake up looking like something that has been dug up and warmed over, I use this serum as regimented as brushing my teeth nightly.

The Final step in my current skin care regimen is the Anew Age Transforming Foundation. This stuff is as miraculous, in my opinion, as the preceding products discussed. This foundation is infused with Anew serum to help aid in fighting against aging effects of skin. Literally, my skin looks years younger! Since this foundation is geared more toward, mature skin, it does not leave a heavy or greasy finish, and goes on seamlessly without caking or settling into lines or wrinkles. Within two weeks of use, I could see a noticeable difference in the texture and appearance of my skin. Another definite must-have staple in my skin care arsenal.

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