Shan

Published on HuffPost, Okefenokee Living Magazine, multiple sites and her local newspaper, Shan Walker is a Family Travel Journalist and Guru of "all things calm & cozy home."

She shares "how-to" plan the best family vacations in the South with reviews & secrets that Women REALLY want to know. She also has quick home hacks to create a comfy space we all crave & easy recipes to knock your socks off!

☕️ It's THE REAL DEAL around here ☕️

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Christmas Movies 2018: New Hallmark + Theater Christmas Movies (Printable)

There’s a reason to get excited, friends because I’m sharing a new Christmas movies 2018 list (with access to the secret vault of printables).  This list includes the lineup from Hallmark, Freeform, and new movies in the theaters during this holiday season.  Classic Christmas TV movies are something our family looks forward to every single year and I bet yours does too. Yep, the Christmas movies 2018 schedule has begun airing 24/7 on the tube and I have free printables for you to be able to keep up with them – all in one spot.

close up of Christmas movies 2018 list flyer




Christmas Movies 2018

Every year, I get a little confused about which movies come on when.  I also am not sure what new theater movies are available too.  This year, I decided to create a list of both AND what used to be called the ABC Family Channel AND the Christmas movies 2018 list for CBS as well. So, grab a warm beverage and your cozy socks to check out the best Christmas movies 2018 has to offer on Hallmark, Freeform and the big screen.  Just know that I share conservative Mom reviews of family movies all the time, but since these are new, I have not watched any of these movies below.

>access the secret vault of printables – including 2018 MOVIES LIST!<

I’ve noticed that many families look forward to gathering around the tube to get lost in sappy or traditional Christmas movies on TV every year.  Some friends I talk to are downright obsessed with Christmas movie season and there are even cute tees about it this year.  Other families view a trip to the movie theater on Christmas Day as a treasured holiday tradition.  Either way, enjoy the countdown I’ve provided below so you can relax and enjoy the most wonderful time of the year to your little heart’s content!

Tips for Christmas Movies 2018

Because there are so many of these stories to keep up with this year, here are some ideas to keep up with them all so you don’t miss the heart-warming goodness:

  • print out the free movie Printable (link provided)
  • circle the ones you don’t want to miss
  • set your DVR now to record movies you might miss
  • set a reminder on your phone for movies you don’t want to miss

New Christmas movies 2018 on Hallmark Channel

I can’t tell you how excited I am that it’s time for Hallmark Christmas movies 2018!  This year there are 36 new Christmas movie premieres between the two Hallmark Channels and they all start on October 27th. Notice that this list mixes Christmas movies 2018 that are showing on the Hallmark Channel and the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel.

Here’s the schedule:

October 27th – Christmas at Pemberley Manor – Hallmark Channel

November 3rd – Christmas Joy – Hallmark Channel

November 4th – Road To Christmas – Hallmark Channel

November 4th – Marrying Father Christmas – Hallmark Movies and Mysteries

November 10th – It’s Christmas, Eve – Hallmark Channel

November 11th – Christmas in Love – Hallmark Channel

November 11th – A Veteran’s Christmas – Hallmark Movies and Mysteries

November 17th – Christmas at Graceland – Hallmark Channel

Christmas at Pemberley Manor
November 17th – Return to Christmas Creek – Hallmark Movies and Mysteries

November 18th – Mingle All the Way – Hallmark Channel

November 18th – A Godwink Christmas – Hallmark Movies and Mysteries

November 19th – Last Vermont Christmas – Hallmark Movies and Mysteries

November 20th – Hope at Christmas – Hallmark Movies and Mysteries

November 21st –  Christmas at the Palace – Hallmark Channel

November 22nd – Christmas at Grand Valley – Hallmark Channel

November 23rd – Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe – Hallmark Channel

November 24th – Christmas Everlasting – Hallmark Channel

November 24th – Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane – Hallmark Movies and Mysteries

November 25th –  A Shoe Addict’s Christmas – Hallmark Channel

December 1st – Letters to Santa – Hallmark Channel

December 1st – Christmas Wonderland – Hallmark Movies and Mysteries

December 2nd – A Majestic Christmas – Hallmark Channel

December 2nd –Northern Lights of Christmas – Hallmark Movies and Mysteries

December 8th – Homegrown Christmas – Hallmark Channel

December 8th – Memories of Christmas – Hallmark Movies and Mysteries

December 9th – Once Upon a Christmas Miracle – Hallmark Movies and Mysteries

Miracles of Christmas 
December 9th – Christmas Wonderland – Hallmark Channel

December 15th – A Gingerbread Romance – Hallmark Channel

December 15th – Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas – Hallmark Movies and Mysteries

December 16th – Reunited at Christmas – Hallmark Movies and Mysteries

December 16th – Entertaining Christmas – on Hallmark Channel

December 22th – Christmas Copy – on Hallmark Channel

December 22nd – Small Town Christmas – Hallmark Movies and Mysteries

December 23rd – Christmas Made to Order – Hallmark Channel

December 23rd –  Christmas Bells are Ringing – Hallmark Movies and Mysteries

December 25th – When Calls the Heart Christmas – Hallmark Channel

December 29th – Focus on Love – Hallmark Channel

***IMPORTANT: All movies on the Hallmark Channel will begin at 8 pm/7c and all moves on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel will begin at 9 pm/8c.

New Christmas movies 2018 on Freeform

Freeform, formally known as ABC Family will begin the annual “25 Days of Christmas” shows on December 1 and continue bringing Christmas joy through movies through December 25th.  This year there will be many Christmas movies on repeat, including three new original movies: The Truth About Christmas, Life Size 2, and No Sleep ‘Til Christmas.

Holiday TV Specials On CBS

CBS is where you’ll find the wonderful classic Christmas movies from our childhood.  Movies like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman will air this season along with a few new specials.

NOV. 27:  Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer – 8/7c

DEC 2.:  Garth: Live At Notre Dame! – 8/7c

DEC 8.:  Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer – 8/7c

Frosty The Snowman – 9/8c 

Frosty Returns – 9:30/8:30c

DEC 14:  I Love Lucy Christmas Special – 8/7c

The Dick Van Dyke Show (colorized) – 9/8c

DEC 21:  A Home For The Holidays (20th Anniversary) – 8/7c

DEC 26:  The 41st Annual Kennedy Center Honors – 8/7c

New movies in theaters this holiday season

Two new movies are coming out in the box office this holiday season that I’m pretty excited about. On November 9th, the 2018 version of The Grinch will be released.  The rating will be PG and I’ll be sure to write my family movie guide as soon as possible.

The Grinch 2018 movie trailer
I know it isn’t a typical Christmas movie but I’m excited about it just the same… Mary Poppins Returns.  This one premieres in theaters on December 19th and is rated G.  If you are like me, this takes you back to your childhood.

Mary Poppins Returns movie trailer
Inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale, this new movie of The Nutcracker will be in theaters on November 2nd.  The trailer to this splendid tale looks as if if would allow you to be lost into a magical, Christmas land.  Watching this trailer takes me back to my young ballerina days where we performed this masterpiece story.

The Nutcracker

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Classic Christmas Movies Set on DVD
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BEST HALLOWEEN MOVIES: MOVIE NIGHT LIST WITH MOM REVIEWS 
THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS MOVIE REVIEW (FAMILY MOVIE GUIDE #5)
GLUTEN FREE PUMPKIN CUPCAKES: EASY + MOIST + DELICIOUS + DAIRY FREE

I hope you enjoy these suggestions of the newest Hallmark Christmas movies and new theater Christmas movies 2018.  Let me know that you think about the lists & be sure to get your Hallmark Christmas movies list printable!


Which Christmas movies 2018 are you the most excited to watch? Tell me all about it in the comments below!





>access the secret vault of printables – including CHRISTMAS MOVIES LIST!<
 

Christmas movies in theaters 2018

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She shares “how-to” plan the best family vacations in the South with reviews & secrets that Women REALLY want to know. She also has quick home hacks to create a comfy space we all crave & easy recipes to knock your socks off!

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How To Make Your Home Cozy For Fall – 5 Easy Comforts You’ll Never Want To Leave

You want to know how to make your home cozy and inviting this fall but don’t have extra time to spare. Never fear! With these quick tricks, you can create a cozy haven of warmth and comfort and know how to make your home cozy on a budget as well. Let make our haven enjoyable and memorable for fall with these 5 quick home hacks – done in a jif!

cozy living room with fireplace & how to make your home cozy

 




How to make your home cozy at any time

How to make your home cozy and calm this fall (and for every season) is really pretty simple when you break it down.  The following home hacks will help welcome everyone who walks through its doors.  We can prepare our hearts too. But beware, when you know how to make your house cozy and warm, you may have trouble getting folks to leave!

1.  Add Darkness & Light

Most days, I want the sun to pour in but when we want to cozy up on the couch with movies, I enjoy heavy window treatments that shut out the light and adding my own soft lighting inside.  The flickering light of candles and other soft light sources are so calming.

This year, I’ve been obsessed with those flameless, faux candles that flicker just like the real thing.  I have a few but can’t get enough of them! These are in my shopping cart right this very minute because they also come with a remote and can be used outside as well…

Flameless Candles, Set of 7
The other way I know how to make your home cozy is by adding the soft warm white LED lights provided by this lighted cherry blossom tree or something similar.  I love the contrast of the soft brown branch and soft, clear lighted flower blooms.  This one is my fave…

Lightshare LED Blossom Tree

2.  Add softness

One of the quickest, cheapest, and easiest ways to cozy up your home is by simply adding blankets, throws, and pillows in a variety of heavier materials.  Don’t have new fall pillows or throws?  Just tie a piece of remnant burlap around the center of one of your pillows or hot glue some fall fabric around it like this…

You can also bring out that old fuzzy rug that you have hiding in the closet to immediately add dimension and warmth to that living space.

3.  Add nostalgic scents

Of course, nothing says cozy like yummy smells in the home.  Whether you are into candle, meltable wax, or essential oils, I suggest putting one of them in a pretty container that you love and burning when you walk in the door.  Nothing calms my stress away like a fall-scented candle or gluten free banana bread or pumpkin cupcakes baking in the oven.

4.  Add warmth

One home hack I’ve had to learn when figuring out how to make your home cozy is to add different textures to a room.  Walk into your non-cozy space right now and tell me what textures are there already?  Do you already have wood, galvanized metal, fabric like burlap, or any fuzzy materials?  If you had a hard time finding a variety of textures in your room, my advice is to just add a little bit of what you are missing.

I believe that’s why the farmhouse living craze has been so popular.  We are drawn to spaces that have a mixture of woods, chalkboard, greenery, burlap, metal, etc.  Doesn’t that last sentence make you think of THE farmhouse?  It’s really pretty simple really.

5. Add plants or small furniture

Fill those empty corners and empty spaces economically with plants and small pieces of decor. This doesn’t have to be expensive.  Simply add baskets with cozy blankets in them to the corners of the room.  Add a stack of old books on a shelf.  Put a container of flowers (real or faux) in a container on the coffee table.

Easy Peasy!

How to make your home cozy for fall

To specially know how to make your home cozy for fall, I would just add elements mentioned above, but with a fall theme when possible.  Lots of warm-colored candles and fall decor, burlap, wood, flannel, and of course, mums.

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As you can tell, I’m pretty passionate about cozying up the homestead AND about fall decor in our homes.  It all just makes my heart sing and my face smile.  Have fun with all this, friend, and know that you can cozy up your home on a budget and in a jiffy if you put your mind to it!  Let me know how it goes!


Already know how to make your home cozy for fall?  Share with us your cozy knowledge in the comments below you best tips!





 

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She shares “how-to” plan the best family vacations in the South with reviews & secrets that Women REALLY want to know. She also has quick home hacks to create a comfy space we all crave & easy recipes to knock your socks off!

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Gluten Free Banana Bread Recipe – Super Easy With Normal Ingredients

Yesterday, I was standing in my kitchen craving the smell of baked desserts when I noticed four very ripe bananas. An unplanned Gluten Free banana bread recipe experiment began and a heavenly aroma wafted throughout the house.  The result of this “test kitchen” recipe was a moist, naturally sweet banana bread that just happens to be gluten free and dairy free. There are no weird ingredients or complicated instructions. Oh, and you can easily convert this into a gluten free banana muffins recipe as well. You don’t want to miss this easy dessert recipe that will bring all the feels – any time of year!

close up view of gluten free banana bread

 


EASY GLUTEN FREE BANANA  BREAD

Most gluten free recipes require expensive, specialty flours that must be mixed together in order to make the baked goods have the correct consistency.  That’s not the case in this recipe.  The star of the show here is Great Value Gluten Free flour that is convenient, gluten free, dairy free, and soy free!

I call my favorite days at home “test kitchen” days where I experiment with EASY recipes until I come up with ones to die for.  This gluten free banana bread recipe is so good that I couldn’t possibly keep it to myself.

GLUTEN FREE BANANA BREAD INGREDIENTS

All the exact measurements are on the printable recipe card below, but here are the ingredients at a glance.

  • GF flour
  • ripe bananas
  • brown sugar
  • ground cinnamon
  • maple syrup
  • vanilla extract
  • butter (I used smart butter) that’s dairy free & made with olive oil)
  • eggs
  • milk (I use almond milk)
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • nuts or chocolate chips are optional

GLUTEN FREE BANANA BREAD INSTRUCTIONS

There’s a gluten free banana bread printable recipe card below, but here’s the basic idea –>

After preheating the oven and greasing a 9×5 loaf pan, you’ll be combining the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Then, cream together the butter and sugar with mixer.  Stir in eggs, milk, vanilla, and mashed bananas.  Don’t overmix but just stir until incorporated.

Sprinkle a pinch of brown sugar and cinnamon over the top of the mix in the loaf pan and use a knife to swirl.  Bake for about 50 minutes or until toothpick comes out dry and top is golden brown.

Easy Peasy!

Here’s your printable recipe card for my gluten free banana bread:

Gluten Free Banana Bread Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups GF flour
  • 4 mashed, ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup & a pinch of brown sugar
  • 1 pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup softened butter (I used smart butter) that’s dairy free & made with olive oil)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons milk (I use almond)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup nuts or chocolate chips are optional
Instructions
  1. Preheating oven at 350 degrees
  2. Grease a 9×5 loaf pan
  3. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Cream together butter and sugar with mixer.
  5. Stir in eggs, milk, vanilla, and mashed bananas.
  6. Don’t overmix
  7. Stir in optional nuts or chocolate chips now
  8. Sprinkle a pinch of brown sugar and cinnamon over the top of the mix in the loaf pan and use a knife to swirl.
  9. Bake for about 50 minutes or until toothpick is dry and top is golden brown.
 

BANANA BREAD TIPS

#1) Don’t over mix this recipe. If the bananas are still lumpy, use a fork and mash a few times instead of stirring.

#2) This recipe can easily be turned into a gluten free banana muffins recipe by pouring the finished batter 3/4 of the way into greased muffin tins and adjusting the cooking time by checking about 5-10 minutes sooner.

#3) Another idea is to use this gluten free banana bread recipe as an easy gift for friends and loved ones.  Who wouldn’t love to receive a warm bundle of goodness like this?!

Since this recipe turned out so moist and tasty, there will be many more gluten free, dairy free, soy free recipes this season – and I’ll tell you all about it when I do!

YOU MAY NEED:

My absolute favorite loaf pan to make my baked goods in is my Pioneer Woman one because to date, nothing sticks to the pan when it’s time to remove it. When you’re baking, that’s extremely important. AND, no matter how messy the baking gets, it’s always easy to clean and food doesn’t stick. Yes, yes, and amen. If you don’t have one, I suggest you hurry and get one pronto, friend.

my favorite loaf pan for baking
If I bake muffins, I use this:

muffin pan
If I want to throw that banana bread mix into a bundt pan to be more cake-like, I use this:

bundt pan
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I hope this has been helpful, friend. Let me know how it goes!


READY TO BAKE YOUR GLUTEN FREE BANANA BREAD RECIPE? TELL ME WHEN YOU DO AND LIST ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE IN THE COMMENTS!



 

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She shares “how-to” plan the best family vacations in the South with reviews & secrets that Women REALLY want to know. She also has quick home hacks to create a comfy space we all crave & easy recipes to knock your socks off!

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Disney World Hacks: 5 Ways To Rock A Disney Trip Without Going Broke

Disney World hacks are needed to do Disney World on a dime because that’s the only way a family vacation in Orlando is going to happen for most folks. For others, doing Disney World on a budget will help to extend the trip or afford a few extras. There are many Disney World hacks to help you enjoy that family vacay with Mickey without losing your mind or all your dollars, but here are the easiest ones!

view of Disney World Castle Fireworks for Disney World Hacks

 




5 Disney World Hacks

These five Disney World hacks will save you a few of those dollars to really relax and enjoy yourself on that upcoming Disney vacation.

1.  CHOOSE OFF-SEASON VISITS

As mentioned on the Disney World tips and secrets, the time frame matters if you really want to do Disney World on a budget.  Not only will the crowds be lower at non-peak seasons, but the prices are also generally lower on tickets and resorts as well!  Check out that link for suggestions of the best times to kill two birds with one stone.

2. STAY AT A VALUE RESORT OR CAMPGROUND

Have you considered staying in one of Disney World’s value resorts?  I think these Disney resorts have a lot going for them with the lower price point by appealing to kids of all ages and offering great pools, food options, and bus transportation. For most, the smaller size and noisier locations are a small sacrifice for saving so much money on accommodations. 

Art of Animation is the newest and most expensive of the Disney value resort hotels but has options for larger families.  The choices are:

  • Pop Century Resort
  • All Star Music Resort
  • All Star Movies Resort
  • All Star Sports Resort
  • Art of Animation Resort

Another idea is to stay at The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Don’t have an RV? That’s OK because there are tent sites as well as you can get a spot for as low as $55 during off-peak seasons (refer back to #1).

3.  SOUVENIRS

All parents typically cringe at the thought of wasting spending tons of money on Disney World souvenirs that may or may not live for another year.  Disney World hacks that we discovered last year were to (a.) buy apparel and souvenirs at non-Disney stores outside of the park, (b) have fun with Disney Pin Trading, and explore the parks for Disney Pressed Pennies that can be collected in a book and a valuable memento for generations to come.

4.  LIMITED DISNEY MEALS

One of the Disney hacks that helped us save A LOT of money was to plan our meals a bit ahead of time.  My advice is to only buy one meal inside the Disney parks each day if at all possible – and preferably buy only breakfast or lunch within the parks.  These are the cheapest meals that are served compared to the more expensive dinner entrees which can get very pricey.

A perfect scenario for families with kids is to eat a big breakfast before entering the parks and bring snacks to fill in the gaps before and after lunch.  Purchase lunch at a Disney restaurant.  Eat dinner at your hotel or at a restaurant outside of the parks.  You can save so much money with this Disney World hack if you simply adjust it according to your family’s needs.

5.  OUTSIDE DISNEY

Now you know how much I love the official Disney parks, but there are so many other low cost and free things to do in Orlando as well that can help you extend your Disney family vacation.  Activities, like spending time at your resort and visiting FREE Orlando attractions, are a couple of the big ones that would add life (without spending) to the life of your vacay.

I would venture to say that almost EVERYONE could benefit from a “chill day” spent completely at your Orlando resort.  Especially if you stay at a Disney resort, there will be plenty to do and see.

Have you been to Disney Springs?

We fell in love and ended up spending two full days there on our last Disney vacay because it’s wonderful and can be completely free (unless you shop or buy food).  It’s free to park at Disney Springs and you can get samples at times at different stores.  It’s a lot of fun to hang out there as a family at this beautiful Disney destination.


watch “Happy Hints” at Disney’s Haunted Mansion
Some FREE things to do in Orlando, Florida are:

*BONUS DISNEY HACK*

You get a bonus one -> One of the Disney World hacks I haven’t mentioned that we enjoy is to ride the monorail around to the deluxe resort hotels.  If you are visiting Disney World during a holiday, it’s a must to see the decorations in each of these fabulous accommodations.  Not only does riding the monorail give your feet a break, but it’s also such a fun family sightseeing experience!

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Which of these Disney hacks do you plan to implement?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments!


I hope these Disney World hacks were helpful to hang on to as much of your hard-earned dollars as possible.  Let me know if I can help in any other way!

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Published on HuffPost, Okefenokee Living Magazine, multiple sites and her local newspaper, Shan Walker is a Family Travel Journalist and Guru of “all things calm & cozy home.”

She shares “how-to” plan the best family vacations in the South with reviews & secrets that Women REALLY want to know. She also has quick home hacks to create a comfy space we all crave & easy recipes to knock your socks off!

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Best Places To Travel In October For Fall Break Or Weekend Getaways

Whether your family has a fall break from school or you’re simply dreaming about a cozy fall destination for the weekend, I’ve got the best places to travel in October, friend!  Admit it, you’ve been dreaming about colorful fall leaves in the crisp autumn air and then settling down with hot apple cider in front of a cozy fireplace at one of the best October vacation destinations!  Me too.  Oh, do I have some fall family vacation ideas for you…..

best places to travel in october image of lake, fall tree, & bench




Best places to travel in October

You want ideal travel spots for fall where the entire family can enjoy foliage and autumn activities together.  I get it, so that’s why I’m showing you the best places to travel in October in the South. Whether you are hunting a cabin in the woods, foliage, comfort food, or pumpkins in the patch, this fall travel list is extraordinary. 

COZY CABINS

Hike part of the 80 miles of the Appalachian Trail before settling into your Blairsville, Georgia cabin in the woods with a view of the amazing North Georgia Mountains!  Be sure to catch the Blairsville Sorghum Festival if you are visiting during the 2nd and 3rd weekends in October.  Drive just 20 minutes westward and visit another quaint Georgia town full of fall family activities and shopping, Blue Ridge, Georgia.
(NEARBY HOTELS)

Want to truly immerse yourself and your family into the “big” things to do in Texas this fall?  Oh sure, you’ll want to visit Magnolia Farms, but there’s also no better time to visit the State Fair of Texas and the Pumpkin Village at Autumn at the Arboretum in nearby Dallas.  Small families can stay for a while in this Bed & Breakfast for under $100 a night.  If you need a whole house and want to splurge, you can stay at Magnolia House for $695 a night.
(WACO ACCOMMODATIONS)

cozy cabin kitchen for best places to travel in October

CREEPY TRAILS & TOURS

From October 9th through November 4th, experience 5,000 carved pumpkins that line an illuminated trail stretching one-fourth of a mile.  The Louisville Kentucky  Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is delighting families with this “art show” fall activity as one of the newest and best places to travel in October and November!  Hang around as Downtown Louisville as it’s taken over by the Belknap Fall Festival.
(NEARBY HOTELS)

I’ve mentioned Wormsloe Historic Site to you before because of the beauty of this Savannah, Georgia plantation with the oldest tabby ruins in the city and 400 huge oak trees that canopy over the driveway.  But did you know that this year Wormsloe is hosting a Colonial Haunted Trail Tour?!  Yep, a park ranger will guide your family back to the old home site of colonist Nobel Jones on the Wormsloe Colonial Haunted Trail tour and who knows who may visit you on the trail under the Spanish moss looming over you!

Don’t miss the chance to walk the breathtaking city squares of Savannah, Georgia while the weather is mild.  Savannah is known for its legends and lore, so check out the Spooky Savannah tours mentioned HERE.  Also, don’t miss the Wag O Ween fun in Downtown Savannah where there will be costume contests and treats for you and your pup or head to nearby Skidaway Island for the Fall Family Fun Festival.
(SAVANNAH BED & BREAKFAST INN)

FALL FESTIVALS

There’s nothing like the Smoky Mountains in the fall.  Visit Great Pumpkin Luminights at Dollywood (thousands of illuminated jack-o-lanterns, as well as sculptures, whimsical scenes, entertainment, and pumpkin-themed food) in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  While you are near Gatlinburg, Tennessee, visit the 407-foot view of the Smoky Mountains on The Gatlinburg Space Needle. 

FALL FOLIAGE SCENIC DRIVES

For some of the most beautiful scenery this fall, take a drive along North Carolina’s winding roads, but don’t forget your camera!  Along the Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway, you’ll see iconic places like Pisgah National Forest, Sliding Rock, Looking Glass Falls, and Looking Glass Rock.  Stick close to Asheville, North Carolina and take a super-scenic view of the Blue Ridge Parkway to enjoy shopping, jaw-dropping mountains, and waterfalls.  Visit Downtown Ashville, North Carolina and ride the Ghost Train or experience Oktoberfest.

image of Tennessee fall foliage for best places to travel in October

The Cherohala Skyway, Dzmitry (Dima) Parul, cc

When you want to be blown away with amazing scenic views, The Cherohala Skyway is one of the best places to travel in October because it crosses through the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee into the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina. This byway is a two-lane road that connects Tellico Plains, Tennessee, with Robbinsville, North Carolina, and stretches along forty miles from one end the other.
(HOTELS NEAR GATLINBURG SPACE NEEDLE TOWER)

FALL HOME & GARDEN TOURS

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE to see how other people decorate their homes during the holidays.  I also love the historical home of South Carolina.  If you do too, check out Charleston’s Annual Fall House and Garden Tours and the Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens in Beaufort, South Carolina.  Both of these tours allow you to stroll around the grounds of the these city’s oldest homes and spectacular gardens at your leisure.

Charleston home for best places to travel in October

Historic Charleston home of Dr. Peter Fayssoux, Surgeon General of the Continental ArmySpencer Means, cc

FALL FAIRS

Many of the best places to travel in October for fun carnivals in the South have been listed HERE, you also don’t want to miss the traditional Greater Gulf State Fair that has a midway, entertainment, animals, games, and “The Chomping Grounds,” where you’ll find more fair food than you can shake a stick at!

FALL PARTY

Can you imagine how excited the fam would be to show up to the after-dark special event in Magic Kingdom Park at Disney World, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party?!  It’s a Halloween celebration – Disney-style in Orlando, Florida.  Get those costumes ready and trick or treat throughout the park with special treats and entertainment.  No dull moments allowed during this fall party in the South!
(DISNEY’S VALUE RESORT)

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There’s certainly no shortage of things to do in October in the South this year.


What are your best places to travel in October in the South?  I’d love to hear your ideas below!




 

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Published on HuffPost, Okefenokee Living Magazine, multiple sites and her local newspaper, Shan Walker is a Family Travel Journalist and Guru of “all things calm & cozy home.”

She shares “how-to” plan the best family vacations in the South with reviews & secrets that Women REALLY want to know. She also has quick home hacks to create a comfy space we all crave & easy recipes to knock your socks off!

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Pumpkin Muffins Recipe & 10 Fabulous Pumpkin Spice Desserts & Soups

You knew a pumpkin-crazed day with the best pumpkin muffins recipe and pumpkin spice everything dishes would be coming, now didn’t you?  I couldn’t resist.  You know I’m all about easy delicious recipes, so call me happy and let’s add these recipes to our arsenal, shall we?! I’m in heaven with these fast dessert and soup ideas and you will be too!

Pumpkin muffins recipe image with other pumpkin desserts too

Boom chocka locka!  Your mouth is watering already, isn’t it?  Yeah, mine too.  I have not one, not two, not four scrumptious pumpkin recipes for you.  Nope, I’ve got eleven!   You don’t have to thank me – just send gift cards.  (Wink)  In my humble opinion, here are the best pumpkin recipes around …..

Pumpkin Muffins Recipe + Pumpkin Soup Recipes + Pumpkin Spice Desserts

There’s not much better than the feeling you get when you know that fall is coming.  I don’t know about you, but just the thought of fall makes me want to bake in the kitchen all day!  The pumpkin muffins recipe below AND the other pumpkin recipes will literally knock your socks off.  Haven’t heard of them, that’s OK, you can live a little – I won’t tell!

Here’s a roundup of the best pumpkin and pumpkin spice recipes from blogger friends.  Enjoy!

Two pumpkin desserts pictured - Pumpkin Muffins recipe

Two pumpkin desserts pictured - pumpkin muffins recipe


Which are your favorites – the pumpkin muffins recipe, soups, or desserts?


Look, we can even get matching shirts….. 😉

Threadrock Women’s Pumpkin Spice Life Racerback Tank Top XL Black
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These scrumptious recipes were originally added to the delicious easy recipes series.  Here are all the recipes in entirety or you can see the post that includes them all HERE.

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Day 1: Protein Energy Bites

Day 2: Baked Potato Bar

Day 3: Crockpot Chicken

Day 4: Stir Fry

Day 5: Slow Cooker Soups

Day 6: Quick Red Beans and Rice

Day 7: Jalapeno Cornbread

Day 8: Quick Meatloaf Recipe

Day 9: Homemade Hamburger Helper

Day 10: Best Lasagna Recipe

Day 11: Easiest Pound Cake Recipe

Day 12: Breakfast Burrito

Day 13: How to Make Popcorn

Day 14: Fluffy Pancake Recipe

Day 15: Best spaghetti Recipe

Day 16: How to Cook Asparagus that Tastes GREAT!

Day 17: Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup

Day 18:  Chicken and Rice

Day 19:  Low Carb Cheeseburger Pie

Day 20:  5 Minute Fudge Secrets!

Day 21:  Smokey Tuna Dip

Day 22:  Pumpkin muffins recipe

Day 23:  How to cook rice

Day 24:  Wacky Cake

Day 25:  How to cook green beans 




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Published on HuffPost, Okefenokee Living Magazine, multiple sites and her local newspaper, Shan Walker is a Family Travel Journalist and Guru of “all things calm & cozy home.”

She shares “how-to” plan the best family vacations in the South with reviews & secrets that Women REALLY want to know. She also has quick home hacks to create a comfy space we all crave & easy recipes to knock your socks off!

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