The Autumn Adventures Giveaway

In two days we have September starting, and my kids are almost back in school. Boy, this summer sure went by fast! Every day I am still trying to squeeze in as many activities for my kids as I can, as much fun as we can have! Sometimes it is a balancing act between the two tweens, and a baby in her terrible twos, but we are managing! This week we have already gone around town, had a whole bunch of appointments done getting ready for school, and still more to come tomorrow, and the fun never ends!

What else is new with us? My husband is busy building a closet, and this is his first big project he has ever done, and he is excited to be doing it – I hope excited enough not to have to call this project his last! Carpentry can be all exciting, and fun, if you have the confidence for it, and the patience. I guess, like with many other things in life. All of those qualities come with practice, and hopefully he will continue to be interested enough in it to continue exploring, and learning more.

Otherwise, I am continuing on this blog with lots of little projects I do, and publish daily – lots of daily roundups of giveaways, recipes, beauty and fashion tips, and lots of craft projects as well! All of these ideas continue to inspire me, and I am hoping to have you all inspired as well.

So many things to write about every day – all the things that we do – and I wish I could double up on my time to be able to sit down, and jot it all into the blog as I go – but the time that passes every day takes the best out of me. I am still doing some work helping my mother out – and those gigs simply take all of my free time now. I am putting in my best effort, and I know that is a lame argument, and I should be doing a whole lot more blogging than I do. I sometimes wonder if everyone has this much on their plates at the same time, or I am some sort of odd one there. I think my biggest problem is that I am way too slow. Every task out there that should take me 30 minutes ends up taking 2+ hours, and I am simply not able to take hold of the passing time, and try to improve my efficiency. I always wonder how people used to do things without all of the modern appliances and shortcuts. Surely, churning your own butter would take up so much time…. It’s not like I am on Facebook all day long either. I honestly don’t know where all the time in the day goes.

My budgeting hasn’t been going very well this month. My husband is still holding on to and loses the receipts that he gets from shopping, and as he has mostly been shopping this past month or two all my meal budgeting has been slacking off. I do try to revolve my meals around our vegetable basket we get every week, and that has been going ok, I suppose, but there is always something that comes up – either going out one day a week, or going out of town, and we don’t get all of the food eaten, and then I end up coming up with the most interesting uses for things I have left.

One event that I haven’t written on the blog about yet was our trip to Leavenworth a few weeks ago. My husband went there first with the daughters, and then we all went out there for a few days which was super fun.

Leavenworth is a small German styled village just about 1.5 to 2 hours away from where we live. The road had a lot of traffic, so the trip was longer than expected, and with our baby it ended up having lots more stops than would have been otherwise necessary but we made it, and had a lot of fun!

We stayed at the Enzian Inn which has lots of perks in some of the most unexpected areas. The stay came with breakfast included, and that was one of the most memorable parts of the trip. The view that opens up from the 4th floor of the Inn from the breakfast hall is absolutely breathtaking as you are up above everything in the village, and can see all of the surrounding beautiful mountains – unbelievable beauty! The food was amazing at the hotel, and well worth it! Another interesting part happened at the end of breakfast when the owner of the hotel, a very old man, showed up on the balcony and started to play a horn! He actually stood on the edge of the balcony, and played it! That is a very unusual type of entertainment, certainly unique! The pool at the hotel was awesome with very warm water, and a nice change after our typically chilly type weather here.

During the day we had a lot of fun checking out other restaurants in the area, as well as went on an island in the village for a short hike, and then went to Wenachee, which is a nearby town, for a river picnic and swim! I think we will remember the day of the picnic for many years to come – one of those memories with the little baby swimming and running around – something unforgettable.

Leavenworth is a very quaint village, very traditional German looking, and at the same time quite in with the time – lots of great food, wine, souvenirs, ice-cream cones, and artisanal food and crafts. Well worth the drive, and I think we will be back! Octoberfest would be fun there, however, would probably be very busy.

Are you planning a getaway this fall? Where are you headed? Let me know in your comments!

And now for the giveaway!

Autumn Adventures Giveaway

This giveaway starts on 8/31 at 12PM EST and ends on 10/15. It’s open WW. We have some incredible co-hosts on this giveaway and have 3 prizes. Two $500 Paypal cash and one $250 Paypal cash prizes. The winners must be 18 years or older to enter, void where prohibited

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This giveaway is set up by Full Lives Reviews blog. Megan from Full Lives Reviews will be sending out the prizes. Box Roundup is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

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  1. I’d go to south africa and visit with the elephants and all the other amazing animals in their natural habitat πŸ™‚

  2. I would love to take my family to some kid friendly theme parks in the area, that are a few hours away, maybe spend the night even.

  3. I would love to travel to Paris. Wanted to visit there for years now and just haven’t had the chance.

  4. I would use the money to plan a trip to see my friend in Florida. I haven’t seen her since 1992 and miss her terribly.

  5. If I won I’d save it for our trip to the mountains which will be full of adventurer’s.

  6. If I won, I would use the money to book a getaway for My husbands birthday. Thank you for the giveaway.

  7. I would save up to take my husband back to Yosemite for our Tenth Anniversary, we went there or our honeymoon.

  8. I’d take it along on a road trip to the coast of Central California
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  9. My destination will be Colorado. I want to conquer their mountains and explore the land of beauty

  10. I would go to Fredricksberg to the annual Octoberfest to enjoy great German food and music.

  11. I will definitely try the Vegan Cheesecake. The recipe is simple and the fruit decoration is spectacular.

  12. I’d probably go on a road trip somewhere like California or somewhere on the west coast.

  13. i would go to larkspur colorado, we plan on moving there one day so we want to check it out

  14. I’d like to take a short road trip to see the leaves changing color this fall, always beautiful.

  15. This fall in would love to go to the great smokyear mountain at the peak time of the the leaves turning colors! What a breathtaking sight!

  16. I’d use it for planning an anniversary trip with my hubby probably to the bourbon trail in kentucky!


  17. Oh, too many places to choose from! But in the States, I’d go to the Grand Canyon, and abroad, I’d love to visit China!

  18. i would go to somewhere like new york, glacier national park, vancouver, or salt lake city where i can really get some cool weather and hiking in.

  19. i will travel around turkey and the go europe i will draw what i see sell it on the road and with that mone i will eat somethings

  20. I would take my kids to Disneyland we have not went there since before my sons heart transplant 12 years ago.

  21. I would go to my girlfriend, we are in long distance relationship since over 2 years, we are apart 10000 km away from each other… :'(

  22. I would love to use that money to go a wonderfully long camping trip. There’s a few places in mind such as the Shawnee national forest here in IL or somewhere in KY, WV, or TN. All have wonderful scenery and natural wonders to explore.

  23. We’re planning an adventure out west to the Grand Canyon, so I would use this money towards that!

  24. Id love to head to VA to see the leaves change. As a Floridian, i have limited experience with such beauty

  25. If I won I would love to Go on a trip with my Family to WV to look at all the beautiful trees that have changed colors. Also to stop at a few landmarks and look at the waterfalls πŸ™‚

  26. I would go on a trip to New Orleans with my husband for our 2nd Anniversary and belated honeymoon.

  27. Would love to do a little camping in Vermont or somewhere like that before it gets too chilly!

  28. I moved to Florida over 20 years ago from New Hampshire and really miss the fall, I would love to go back and see all the colors and smell the scent of fall again.

  29. Thank You for the chance to win money towards buying Christmas gifts. I am starting to save. I have a lot of nieces & nephews to buy for. We don’t have kids of our own so we try to spoil the kiddos in our families.

  30. Thank you for the chance to win and I would also use it for my moving expenses. I an a senior citizen and I don’t travel! But, I do need to move so this would help me out a lot ! connie danielson

  31. Thank you for the giveaway! I would use it for the upcoming holiday season to travel to see my family. πŸ™‚

  32. I would use it to go see the children and grandchildren. I would love to meet my new granddaughter!! Thank you kindly for the opportunity and have a wonderful week!!

  33. If I were to win, My husband and I would renew our vows and take our first honeymoon.We married 15 yrs ago and never got the chance to go on a honeymoon. I would love to rent a nice car and take off to dollywood. We have always wanted to go there. We would rent a cabin there and enjoy all that the mountains have to offer for the weekend.

  34. If I won I would go parasailing in Myrtle Beach. I wanted to go last year and it was too windy so it would be awesome to get another chance.

  35. I would take a train up to Vermont and spend a long weekend there enjoying the Fall foliage and leaf peepers!

  36. I would take my kids to Legoland! We’ve never had a family vacation and winning this would help us take one!

  37. missing someone like crazy in southern California, so definitely would spend time there πŸ™‚

  38. I would spend a couple of days at this little inn I went to before in Canada, it was so beautiful and I had such a great time and I always wanted to go back.

  39. If I won I would go to Chicago with my Sister and stay with her while she receives a stem cell transplant (HSCT) that will cure or halt her multiple sclerosis

  40. I’m not entirely certain what kind of adventure I might take (were I to win). If shopping counts, that would probably be my most likely adventure πŸ™‚

    God bless,

  41. I would love to go back to the Bahamas! Went on a cruise there a few months ago. Wasn’t impressed with the cruise, but loved the islands!

  42. We are escaping to the Bighorn mountains of Wyoming to enjoy the changing of the colors into fall!

  43. I would love to follow one of the bike trails around St Louis. We have been here three years and haven’t explored them.

  44. I would go on a adventure to the Electric Company and online to all the bills I pay online!

  45. I’m heading for school ;w; But I’ll be heading to the nearest mall too!

    PS: I don’t think you’re being slow, it’s just that time is slipping away faster as we grow, it’s only a matter of perception paired with visual reaction πŸ™‚

  46. I will give my husband a break away from work (as I am currently too sick to work he’s doing overtime to keep up with everything)

  47. I would like to take a local bike adventure seeing the sights that visitors come to see and we haven’t had the opportunity to visit due to obligations.

  48. I never left California, but I have a desire to drive up to Vancouver from the Central Coast, California, without any worry from money, time, or favorite tv shows… just wanna spend a week or so travel before my next commitment.

  49. I have always wanted to attend an authentic Japanese Tea ceremony, it’s right near the top of my bucket list.

  50. I’d take an adventure down to Portland. I passed through it once on a vacation with my family, but never had the chance to go back.

  51. If I win, I plan to go visit friends in Peru and hike to Machu Picchu. I can get a round-trip fight for $500, and the exchange rate is so good I could have a good time there on a small budget. πŸ™‚

  52. Each summer I take my bike to Toronto and ride all of the marvelous and extensive trails around the city, along Lake Ontario, and around the Toronto Islands. I will continue to do this as long as I can.

  53. If I won I’d use this to fund a Disneyland weekend. We live about an hour away. We’d stay a night and go to Napa Rose.

  54. I would like to go West from Pendleton, see Multnomah Falls, then also tour the fishery at the Dam, take a ride on the sternwheeler at Cascade Locks, and last,ride the scenic train and check out the windsurfing at Hood River.

  55. With this, I would like to make a plan with my family for the upcoming holiday trips and this would make our trips preparation much better. Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

  56. I would love a nature hike now that the weather is cooler and the leaves will start changing here in New England.

  57. I would go the mountains where I spent a lot of my childhood and just explore and learn and enjoy the simple things.

  58. My mom has always wanted to go see the covered bridges of Iowa and Illinois in the fall. This would be a big help

  59. We’re not planning any fall getaways…but looking forward to cooler fall like weather here in Central Florida so that we can enjoy some campfires πŸ™‚

  60. I would go on trekking and travel to other places with my hubby and my daughter this coming xmas vacation if given the chance to be the lucky winner

  61. I’d love to visit Slovenia, go to Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj, enjoy the nature, the sights, take photos… That’s something I’d like to do soon.

  62. Since there are so many places in the U.S. I haven’t seen- I’d probably go to Puerto Rico or Hawaii if I won.

  63. Since we always stayed at home and busy to our work and my son schooling. I would bring my family to outdoor activity, dine outside, watch cinema, and buy things for my son. But if ever I will be given a chance to travel abroad, I would like to bring my son to Disney Land.

  64. Since we’re always stayed at home and busy to our work and my son schooling. I would bring my family to outdoor activity, dine outside, watch cinema, and buy things for my son. But if ever I will be given a chance to travel abroad, I would like to bring my son to Disney Land.

  65. Well I plan to take driver ed this fall and if I pass it than I will just drive around the country, love the lakes and rivers here and fishing in them sounds like a fun time.

  66. No getaways planned for this fall, have to keep focused on school at the moment. πŸ™‚
    Going on a cruise this winter though!

  67. Nothing planned as of yet, but would like to get away for a weekend with my girlfriend, as we’ve been living in two different countries for almost 9 months now.

  68. No plans for any get away this fall, but if I was to win I would take my boyfriend on a weekend getaway with no cell phones or internet

  69. I’d love a fall getaway to the mountains with hot apple cider, bright colored leaves and the crisp autumn air!

  70. So excited! This would really help me out with my school. Good luck to everyone! πŸ™‚

  71. I just moved to the heart of the Berkshires, where autumn is always done in grand style! I would visit the Norman Rockwell Museum, Go zip lining at Catamount, and just drive around enjoying the gorgeous colors of fall.

  72. Enjoying the treat of seeing the trees change color and treating ourselves to seasonal celebrations. We might even enjoy a musical from Broadway Across America.

  73. want to go to poland and ride there awesome blue glow in the dark bike lanes google them it is awesome!

  74. I would take a trip with my family to NYC to see the Thanksgiving Day parade and Santa!

  75. If I win I’d share with my mom because we’d like to go somewhere besides run errands, who doesn’t ? Lol.

  76. Oh I would love to go on a haunted adventure since we are so close to Halloween.. Love the fall!

  77. If I won I would take my husband to San Diego California. We love to go there and explore.

  78. I have always wanted to go to Vermont, especially around this time of year with the foliage colors and beautiful scenery. I can dream!