Farmers Market

Farmer's Market

A summer highlight growing up were the early morning trips to Madison for the farmers market. With a pocket full of change, my sister and I would walk from vendor to vendor, taking full advantage of the free samples. After circling the Capitol Square once, we would make the tough decision on how to spend our money. Usually it came down to honey sticks or maple suckers. Clearly, we were all about the sweets!

Farmer's Market

Attending college at UW-Madison allowed me to continue the weekend farmers market tradition. It was on the Square that I learned of Ian’s sharp cheddar love, bought my first succulent, and satisfied my never-ending craving for Stella’s Hot and Spicy Cheese bread.

Farmer's Market

I have to admit, when Ian accepted the job offer miles away from Madison one of the things that tugged at my heart was the realization that our farmers market tradition may come to an end. Luckily, after a bit of online research I discovered our new town hosted a Wednesday night farmers market! It didn’t take long after we settled in before we were roaming down the main street enjoying samples from new vendors.

Farmer's Market

While I no longer can stock up on spicy cheese bread, I’ve found new favorites to fill my shopping bag. Our guilty pleasures now include macrons, beef jerky, local honey, and fresh berries. It’s one of our favorite summer traditions and has helped us feel apart of our new community over the past few years.

Farmer's Market

What are your favorite summer traditions?

Fall Buket List

Free Fall Bucket List Printable

The change in season is a perfect reminder to step back, appreciate your accomplishments, and set new goals for the upcoming months. Yes, you can apply this to your career, finances, or fitness – but today I am focusing on happiness.

Take ten minutes this week to print this free download and brainstorm fall activities you want to check off this season. Make happiness a priority and set time aside for doing the things that make you laugh and bring you joy.

Botanical Garden Festival of Lights

Botanical Garden Festival of Lights | Beauty & Blooms

When I heard the botanical gardens was putting on a festival of lights I cleared my schedule and pre-ordered tickets. Thankfully they were selling spiked hot chocolate so it was rather easy to convince Ian to come along.

Botanical Garden Festival of Lights | Beauty & Blooms

Now, here is a little back story: A week before we attend the festival of lights Ian and I were driving down to Madison for the weekend and passed by the Waunakee rotary lights. I love a good light show, so I begged him to drive through the park. When we entered we realized we only had a $20 bill for the donation box, so our five-minute drive cost us a pretty penny. The rest of the weekend I was making jokes every time we drove by a decorate house – “Oh look Ian! Christmas lights! Do you want to leave $20 in their mailbox?” Jokes aside, the Waunakee rotary lights were gorgeous and we knew our donation would be put toward good use.

Botanical Garden Festival of Lights | Beauty & Blooms

Anyways, I digress! Ian and I wanted to make sure we got the most our of our money this time and spent a whole 45 minutes walking through the botanical garden. With a piping cup of hot chocolate in hand, the whole experience was quite magical.

Botanical Garden Festival of Lights | Beauty & Blooms

My favorite exhibit was full of wildflowers. They were streaming music so it was only natural that I asked Ian to dance with me. He was a bit shy to dance in public, but he was sweet and agreed none-the-less.

Botanical Garden Festival of Lights | Beauty & Blooms

I am not sure where life will lead us in the year to come, but if we are still in the area I will make sure we attend the festival of lights again!

Botanical Garden Festival of Lights | Beauty & Blooms