Apple & Pumpkin Picking 2018!

Happy Monday everybody!

I hope you guys had a good, fun, relaxing and productive weekend like I did! 🙂 Today’s post is going to be about something SUPER Fall-like, which if you haven’t done, you definitely need to at some point!

I’m talking about going Pumpkin and Apple picking!!

This past weekend (on Saturday), me, Diego, a few of his family members, and some of our friends went to a farm to do some pumpkin and apple picking, and we had the BEST time. We went to Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard, which if you are from New York, it’s in North Salem (Westchester). I’m going to leave their website linked here for anyone that is interested in checking them out.

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If you’re anything like me, then you probably haven’t gone to do something like this since you were a kid. Up until last year, I hadn’t gone to do this since I was in like 3rd or 4th grade and they took us as one of our school field trips!

Diego and I had found this place last year, but for one reason or another, only got to go by ourselves. We ended up loving it so much, that we KNEW we had to go back this year and bring some of the people closest to us this time around so they could enjoy it as much as we did the first time, and that’s exactly what we did.

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We spent the majority of the afternoon there up until it was closing time for them (which was at about 5:30pm). We all had an amazing time and got to eat great food, pick a TON of apples, and buy some goodies from the store they had on their location.

One thing to mention about this place in general though, is that it’s all cash-only. So if you’re going to make a trip up here, come prepared with that. Personally, I brought $100 in cash and that was more or less fine to hold me off for the day and everything that we did. However, worse comes to worse (although I know people try to avoid this because of the added fee(s)), they do have an ATM on location in case you wanted/needed to take out more.

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One of the really cute things this farm has is their little Country Store. It’s actually one of the first things you see when you’re driving in to the farm. It’s decently big, and super festive for the Fall/Halloween season.

Inside the store they have everything from baked goods, to produce that they grow themselves on the farm, to homemade jams of all different flavors, and even decorations and pumpkin carvers for the pumpkins you pick up there.

This is also where people would go when they place any orders for pies around the holidays to pick them up (which I’ll talk more about later on in the post).

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Although obviously the main attraction(s) here would be the apples and pumpkins, they also have a ton of other things to do as well. There were countless amounts of amazing food vendor stands, little games and activities for kids, somewhat of a petting zoo for kids (which included horses, chickens, and goats), and even live music.

The food was AMAZING. Granted, I am a picky eater and will mainly stick to the foods I know and love like burgers, chicken tenders, fries, etc., BUT nonetheless it was all good.

I’m sure people would say/think that the food is slightly overpriced for what you would normally get anywhere else, but I think it’s pretty worth it considering everyone there  makes everything right in front of you, so it’s all fresh for the most part.

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Something I highly recommend for people to try when you come here is the HUGE turkey legs that they always sell. From what I’ve seen, it’s definitely a best-seller. Diego absolutely loved it last year, and ended up being one of the first things he wanted when we came this time around too (pictured above).

Among the foods I just mentioned, they also had things like ice cream, fried oreos, cider donuts, fresh squeezed lemonade (which btw 10/10 recommend that you try the strawberry lemonade because WOW.), and pumpkin pie cheesecake.

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This is the strawberry lemonade. I believe it was $3 per container like this. We legit kept going back to get more, and by the time we left, we had gotten like 4 or 5 of them. SO good!!

One of MY personal favorite parts of all this was definitely the pumpkin pie cheesecake…….you guys, if you know me (as I’ve mentioned several times in several different blog posts), I am SUCH a picky eater, more so with regular food as opposed to desserts, but nonetheless picky.

 

HOWEVER, when Diego and I came last year, he managed to get me to try a sample of the pumpkin pie cheesecake they had there, and I swear I fell in love after that. So much so that I ended up placing an order for the big size that they had to be able to have that as one of the desserts at Thanksgiving last year, and I FULLY intend on doing the same thing this year as well!! So worth it, and they are all handmade by this cute little family that’s always at the farm!

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Overall, it was a really great and fun experience. Diego and I had a lot of fun last year when we went, but I think it was even better being able to experience it with some of the people closest to us this year as well.

If you haven’t been pumpkin or apple picking, but have been considering going lately and aren’t sure which farm to go to (and are in the NY area), I 100% recommend Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard. It’s a great place to go with a group of your family or friends, and is super kid-friendly as well.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, and I’ll see you in the next one 🙂 !

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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A Letter to Those People That Are No Longer Apart of My Life

To whom it may apply,

Truthfully, there is no real reason for me to have to sit here and explain myself or my actions to anyone, but out of courtesy, this is something I’ve been thinking about for a while, and feel like I want to do.

There is also no reason for me to apologize for the decisions I’ve made unless it’s actually harmed anyone in any way, which, I highly doubt has happened. However, I feel like there are some things I want and need to get off my chest for the reasoning behind these actions which I’ll express in this letter.

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As I’ve mentioned several times in some of my previous posts recently, I’ve gotten to a point in my life where I’ve realized that I no longer have time for taking and/or dealing with crap from anyone; whether you are a friend, family, or even from passing strangers. And because I’ve made that realization, it’s forced me to make the conscious decision to have to cut all of the “dead weight”, so to speak, out of my life, that which includes some people and things that have been with me for YEARS.

If you happen to be one of those people, I do to some extent want to apologize because I realize that for some, it may have been or seemed sudden and out of nowhere. I’m not apologizing for me actually doing it, but the way that I did it. And although it may have seemed sudden to some, for me, it had most likely been building up for a number of months, if not years.

If you know me, you know that I tend to stay quiet for a lot, and if I’m your friend and/or an important person or part of your life, I will be there for you through thick and thin, no matter what. You can call me, text me, etc. and I’ll be there for you without question. My point in bringing this up is that because I’m like that, it takes A LOT (believe it or not) for me to finally give up and walk away from someone.

That being said, believe it or not for some of you that I’ve cut out, it wasn’t the easiest decision to make…Some of you that had been apart of my life for more than 10+ years. Some that we started out school together way back when. Some that I had been there for through some really serious shit; family stuff, relationship stuff, etc. But as time went on, and I started to be more hyperaware of all of the people and things around me, and where I knew I wanted to be with my life, I realized that my perception on a lot of these people and things had changed, because their actions towards me and their general habits were speaking louder then anything else.

None of them were going the extra mile for me, as I had with them. None of them would reach out to me, the way I did with them. And none of them would be there for me when I needed it, the same way I was with them. As a result, I started distancing myself, little by little. Those people started seeing and hearing from me less and less until it got to a point where they didn’t hear from me at all. Which was ironic because when I did to them what they did to me, they didn’t like it and would get upset with me about it, which made my decision to cut them out THAT much easier.

It was a harsh realization for me, but something that I knew had to be done in order for me to benefit myself and my future. I knew deep down that if I kept these people in my life that weren’t benefiting and/or lifting me up in anyway, that they were just going to end up holding me back later on down the line. Is that selfish? Probably, but in a healthy selfish way, I think.

Please trust, that if you REALLY knew me, you would’ve known that I never do anything to get anything in return; whether that’s materialistically or otherwise…BUT if you were a good, TRUE friend in general, out of courtesy and respect, you would’ve done for me everything that I had for you.

And to reiterate what I said in the beginning, I am sorry to some extent, because maybe the way I went about it all wasn’t exactly “the right way,” as in not saying anything, and just distancing myself, and I should’ve spoken to you about it. But, in my mind at the time, not only did I think that it was the easiest way to do it all, but I didn’t think it needed to be said, because any decent person would do for others what they wanted and expected other people that they consider ‘friends’ to do for them.

Truthfully, I just needed to do what was best for myself, because I’ve learned that not everyone is going to have the same mentality as me, and/or want the same things as me. Some people are just content with everything that they have at the moment and don’t care to do or want more, which is okay in its own way.

Just to be clear, I’m saying all of this now and it may or may not seem as if I’m upset and/or hurt by all of this, I mean I was, but please do not doubt that I am so beyond over all of this. I’ve made peace with everything that’s gone on. I’ve closed those chapters of my life, and am not holding any grudges towards any of those people or things, but I’m simply just telling “my side” of things.

Some people and things are just not meant to be permanent in your life, and I’ve come to make peace with that. It is unfortunate at times, but it’s all in God’s plan for us.

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I hope to some, this was some sort of form of closure, although who even knows if you actually want, need it or care. And to others, I just hope it means we can peacefully close that chapter, put it behind us and move on with our lives without issue and/or drama. There is no bad blood. There is no “tea to be spilled.” There is no drama or “beef”. There is nothing but the memories of what was and what currently is.

**Note: This letter was not in any way a form of singling out any particular person, but actually, I had a variety of people in mind when writing this which there is no need to mention them, because they most likely know who they are, and if they don’t that’s fine too.**

Sincerely,

Emily Hernandez

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The Best Friend Tag!

Hey Guys!

Hope you’re all having a great week back after the nice long Labor Day weekend. I thought today’s post should be something fun and sort of light-hearted, so I figure why not do a tag post? It’s been a while since the last time I did one of these, so I think it’s appropriate timing.

I had gotten a few recommendations to do the boyfriend tag, the best friend tag, etc. So, a few days ago on my Instagram story (@thatleogirlem), I asked you all to vote on which you would rather see first, and a lot of you voted on the best friend tag so that’s what we’re going to be doing today!

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My best friend, for those of you that don’t know, is named Michelle (@_emperax if you wanted to check her out/follow her on Instagram). We met back in our freshmen year of high school, and have been friends ever since… I cannot freakin’ believe that next September that’s going to be 10 years of friendship..what the hell?! Time really flies man.

*(The cover photo I have for this post was actually one that we took back in like 2011!!)*

Obviously this is a blog, and you won’t really be able to see or hear us interact much which is kind of unfortunate, but we’re making the best out of what we’ve got right now!! So the way that this is going to work is that I’m going to be asking Michelle a series of questions, and we’re going to see how well she knows me, then below whatever her answer is, I’ll say whether she’s correct or not and give my own answer if necessary.

So let’s get started! 🙂

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1. What is my full name?

M- Emily Caitlyn Hernandez 🤪

2. What is my astrological sign?

M- You my friend, are a Leo (hint: her blog name)

Me: 🤪♌️

3. When and where did we meet?

M- We met in high school freshmen year, late 2009, in history class.

Me: GLOBAL history class with Mr. Rae 😂

4. What was my first job?

M- Your first job was at Aspira!

Me: Yes, with all the little kiddies👶🏼

5. Do we call each other in any special way?

M- BEEEBEEEEEEY! & we say dude a lot out of habit.

Me- tis true 😭

6. If we could go anywhere in the world together, where would it be and why?

M- I think we’d want to go to Italy because Emily has Italian in her and I think she did want to experience the Dominican Republic Too.

Me: YESSS. Italy is like my number 1 place to want to go to, and we’ve always talked about going to DR together at some point!

7. Who takes more time to get ready?

M- Hmm everytime we’ve texted each other while getting ready, one didn’t really take longer than the other, so tbh I think we get ready at the same time and pace-ish.

Me- Definitely! Whenever I text her to let her know I’m almost done or whatever, I’ll be like I just gotta do my hair or my makeup, and she’ll just so happen to be doing the same thing, so we somehow always work at the same pace 😂

8. Would you live with me if you got the chance?

M- Yes, not even just because we’re so close, but the fact that I know Emily’s responsible and would hold her end is something I’d do/want.

Me- And I would be the best roommate ever 🤷🏻‍♀️🤪

9. Do you think I would die for you?

M- umm damn I guess maybe? I hope so? This question threw me off.

Me- sorry! I saw this and figure why not throw it in there?! 😭 but yes I would die for you 😤👋🏼

10. What’s our craziest memory together?

M- We have SO many memories together, but a crazy one I guess I’ll pick the Halloween party at Purchase your senior year. Let’s just say we enjoyed ourselves…

Me- I know I definitely did and will never live that down 🙃🎃

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11. Do I want kids?

M- Yes, you’d like 2 children for the most part but may be down for a third depending on your situation. I do know Diego wants a ton so buenooooo lol

Me- my ideal is definitely 2, but any even amount of kids in general will do. I can’t stand odd numbers so .. 🙃

12. What is my greatest fear?

M- I do know off the top of my head that you have a fear of roller coasters, but you may one day face that fear.

Me- I’m the biggest scaredy cat EVER, but yes roller coasters are def. up there along with ANY kind of snakes and spiders.

13. What is my dream job?

M- Your dream job as long as I can remember has been to be a journalist, you’d be great at it, such a good writer!

Me- Yes! Writing in general pretty much 😊✒️📖

14. What is my lucky/favorite number?

M- I wanna say 6..4..omg…7?!

Me- 8!!!!! Anything with the number 8 pretty much I’m obsessed with (and even numbers in general)

15. What is my favorite tv show?

M- all time? Friends for sure, you can probably watch re-runs forever.

Me- LITERALLY 😭

16. How many years have we been friends?

M- Nine years in a few days, sheesh time flies.

Me- this time next year it’ll be 10 years!!! That went by SO quick 😭💖

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17. Do I like ketchup, mustard or both?

M- AFUERA with both of them lol. You’ve never been a fan of either, in that way we’re different because I’d always overboard it on the ketchup; though I believe you might change that eventually.

Me- Negative. I hate all condiments like that! 🤢

18. What is one insecurity that I have?

M- maybe people’s take on your writing, even though it’s bomb and only improving.

Me- that’s definitely something I struggle with. Whether or not people are going to like and/or judge me, my writing and thoughts in general.

19. What is my go-to Starbucks order?

M- I’d say caramel macchiato. I’m not too familiar with the whole no ice, half 2% with a dash of salt talk lol, but we’re both definitely coffee lovers.

Me- Wow that was pretty much it!! 😂 Caramel macchiato with skim milk, an extra shot of espresso and sugar free vanilla 😍

20. What’s my favorite Disney movie?

M- Finding Nemo?!

Me- No 😪 although I would definitely say that is in the top 5 favorites. But it’s the Lion King!! All of them 😭❤️

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21. If I could be any animal, what animal would it be?

M- a panda! This girl really does love pandas, they’re such likeable animals.

Me- how could anyone NOT love them?! 😭🐼🐼❤️❤️

22. What is my favorite holiday?

M- Christmas for sure. Not even about the gift part, more like the hot chocolate, cuddle up and watch Christmas movies kind of vibes. Ahh..

Me- 100% right 🎄❤️

23. What creepy crawly am I most scared of?

M- Snakes, we don’t mess with those, but pretty much anything creepy crawly.

Me- pretty much 🤷🏻‍♀️

24. Do I like to spend or save money?

M- Probably both haha, but like they say sometimes you gotta spend to save. Saving would be the preferred method though it can be a bit difficult in this day and age but it is rewarding as we’ve learned.

Me- I think it’s a healthy medium.

25. Am I allergic to anything?

M- I actually just recently learned you’re allergic to a lot.

Me- my immune system is ass, and I’m pretty much allergic to everything 🙄

26. Which celebrity am I in love with?

M- Demi Lovato, my goodness you gotta be blind to miss that one lol.

Me- she ain’t lyin’ 😍🤷🏻‍♀️

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27. What’s one negative thing about me?

M- that you don’t like ketchup…lol nah but I mean I don’t know, I guess the fact that your fear can hold you back from doing things.

Me- very true. I always over think things to the point where I’ll freak myself out and just avoid doing certain things altogether without actually trying to see what the outcome could possibly be.

28. Do I say any expression or phrase often?

M- “Well then” 😂 & “yasss”

Me- and recently its also been heardth!! 😂

29. Do I ever dance with no music playing?

M- yup!! Shakes her head to music only she hears..help.

Me: 🙃💃🏻

30. Do or did I like to collect anything?

M- I feel like years ago Emily always had a bunch of pens so I want to say that you collected that.

Me- LMAO firstly I don’t recall. And secondly, what I had in mind was buttons. Although it was when I was a kid and it was more stealing them from clothes than anything else 😂

31. Do I want to get married?

M- Absolutely, we’re just waiting on Diego… Pressure, no pressure 😂

Me: 🤷🏻‍♀️💍

32. What is a unique thing about me that only a few people may know?

M- that when you extend your arm (I can’t remember for some reason which arm exactly, right arm?) it bends outward more so than an average person.

Me- LMAO she totally meant to say that I’m double-jointed in my arms and legs!!

33. What is the meanest thing someone has ever told me?

M- What comes to mind with this question would be our high school counselor who would discourage certain things we were interested in and wanted to do.

Me- definitely. That always stuck with me and kind of held me back from a lot throughout the years.

34. Do you think you and your best friend are both very different people?

M- we’re obviously 2 different people and in certain situations we may handle it differently, but we mostly think alike and sometimes we complete each other’s sentences or thoughts. So I’d say the differences between us are sort of minimal.

Me- I agree. I feel like we both do things differently sometimes but at the end of the day, we’ll want the same thing or trying to reach the same outcome, it’s just the approach to that will be different. And I think a lot of people don’t necessarily believe me when I tell them to the same extent we are SO similar, but it really is true. It’s crazy sometimes, but in a good way lol.

35. What do I typically tend to do in my free-time?

M- Write, read, plan out any goals for the future, online shop or watch tv.

Me- you know me so well 😢

36. Am I shy or bold?

M- I’d say bold once you get to know her and she feels comfortable around you, which may be perceived as shy at first but really not it isn’t once you get to know her lol similar to me.

Me- I think that’s very true 😬

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Well guys that’s all the questions I had today for us to complete the best friend tag. And I think it’s safe to say that Michelle knows me pretty well after nearly 10 years of friendship. I can only imagine where we’re going to be and the type of answers we’re going to have for these questions if we do this again in another 10 years! We should totally go celebrate the 10 year anniversary of it btw 😭🎉.

But anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed this post. I’m sorry that I’ve been kind of absent from social media and the blog since my birthday, but I’m back to posting regularly again and I can’t wait for you guys to see the stuff I’m working on!

See you in my next post!

-Xoxo, LeoGirl ❤️

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