Linvilla Orchards 2019

I love going to Linvilla! It reminds me of home. I live in Philadelphia but I’m from Lancaster PA! One of the hardest things was not feeling some of the country feels that Lancaster provides when I first moved! When I moved I was so sad feeling like I would have to travel just to get that feel. I started to find ways to make Philadelphia home and so I googled and and one of my first discoveries was Linvilla Orchards.

At the time when I first went I only had two of my 3 kids. They were so young. I mean my son had to be 1 and my oldest was 3. I needed to find parts of home without running to Lancaster just to find a familiar place. After the first visit I made Linvilla Orchards our yearly trip!

My children ages 1 and 3 now 8 and 10

Oh how we have grown over the years of coming to this family treasure. It means the world to me to have this be our tradition. Since my first year we also have included other family as well. Why do I love Linvilla? Going during Pumpkinland is everything Fall you can expect. There are hayrides, the Garden Center to choose your pumkins, apple throwing, corn and straw bale mazes, kids playgrounds, pony rides, train rides, friendly witch hayrides, apple picking, and of course the most amazing food ever.

Garden Center

This is where you pick your own pumkins! The prices are everything! They have pumpkins and gourds in every size!

The displays are always larger than life it’s almost the way to know you have definitely arrived

Pony Rides

Although when I went this time they didnt pony rides available until right around the time I left. They are always a fan favorite!

Train Rides

Although Linvilla doesn’t charge admission or parking there is a fee for train and pony rides and they take cash. Meaning you need to either use the ATM at the Farm Market or bring cash of your own!

Playground

It’s completely closed and there is a section for the younger kids and the older kids and both are super close so you can supervise kids between the ages. This made it easier for when my kids were younger not to feel like they one couldn’t participate or would be knocked down by an older child!

There is a $1.00 admission paid in cash and children and adults must wash their hands exiting to help cut down on the spread of germs!

Corn Maze

Although I’m from Lancaster and love corn mazes I seem to always get stuck. This time I used the flag to help locate me. I’m happy to say I didn’t need it this time but I was definitely prepared! Corn mazes are always a great time. You do need tickets for that but you can purchase tickets with cash or credit/debit card.

Corn mazes are always instant fun. I went by myself and it was a blast! Do not worry I’ll be taking the kids soon!

Straw bale Maze

Food

Food is always a good idea! There are three things I will NEVER leave Linvilla without and that’s corn, apple cider donuts, and apple cider/apple cider slushes! These are an absolute must!

I also had a cherry limeade!

The food options are endless! There are many food options from the grill, funnel cake, etc.

Ship Bottom Brewery Garden

This is open during the weekends! This is always a great idea. Beers must be kept in the garden areas! Adding a little adult drink fun is clutch! Always remember not to drink and drive!

Bakery

This is a must! This is where you can get in season bakery goods. You also can get cakes and those infamous apple cider donuts from above!

Hayrides

I love Fall Hayrides! The ability to be at Linvilla Orchards to learn how this is a family owned Orchard is amazing. Passed down from generation to generation you see the pride in the upkeep! You get to see their fruits that are planted and see the land for what it is-simply beautiful!

Hayrides are definitely pay as you ride! One ticket per rider is necessary. If you have seasonal allergies I would suggest to take your allergy medicine before you come. Bring a scarf or a small blanket to cover your face from the dust that will pick up. Also have your inhaler if necessary. My kids has asthma and allergies but do extremely well on the hayride!!

For those who love Halloween there are friendly witch hayrides to the witches house that include apple cider drinks and a campfire at the end.

There are a lot of activities for kids and adults of all ages. You really can make the trip what you want. Some people break their trips and make multiples trips or you can cram it all into an one time visit. Keep in mind that Linvilla Orchards is open all year round minus a few holiday closings!

This is a must for all of your Fall fun! They also have fun all year long including pick your own Christmas tree that starts in November!

To find more information please visit Linvilla Orchards!

Thank you to the hands down amazing staff who allowed me time to visit. You were all so hospitable! From making me feel comfortable to the warm welcome!! I look forwards to coming back!

Of course follow me on Instagram as you never know where I may end up. I hope that you have an amazing Fall Season. This should be a time for slowing down, family and friend fun, and a time for being grateful for all that we have!

This sums up what Linvilla Orchards to me!

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Old City Fest 2019

I love the Fall! I love festivals and to combine them both is always a treat! If you follow me on Instagram and you should you know for a while now I had been posting and raving about how great Old City Fest would be. However with all of the hype did it pass the Toitimeblog test?

Yes it did! There was amazing food, drinks, things for the kids to do (not that I took my own), music, and fun and amazing weather. It couldn’t have been a better Sunday funday? It had all of the key elements! I actually didn’t eat when I got home because I was super stuffed! I love walking around, meeting new people, and trying new food.

I of course stopped at Cuba Libre! I love their food and drinks. They ran out of their branded coconuts but the mojitos were still amazing. I had another event to go to right before and the mojito was right on time. They had classic and mango and of course I got mango! Something about fruit flavored mojitos that turn a mood!

Can we talk about dessert before I get to food? I had never had icecream at Franklin Icecream before! I know it seems as if after almost 9 years there are still a list of things I haven’t done! However can I just say hands down they by far have the best vegan pumpkin icecream I’ve had this season! I’m more than willing to be challenged on this but it’s true!

I had some amazing food from Makhani but I think in all of my greediness I didn’t get a picture. I was doing more filming and recording. I also loved seeing all of the diverseness from the crowd. Also special love to all of those who had their dogs out as well!

So what did you miss? Overload of vendors in a good way! Not one time did I feel as if something didn’t catch my eye. From vendors offering chances for free services, to samples, to food purchases, drink purchases, an amazing DJ, about a 4 block radius of fun, it was filled and jam packed! I saw nothing but smiles from everyone I saw. It’s always great to shut down a few blocks and walk around carefree for a little while! To experience the city coming together was beautiful!

Who doesn’t love a great Fall photo op?!

I loved that Old City Fest had a great mix! I hope to see you there next year? The crowd was everything!

Photo by Kory Aversa

So next time Old City Fest comes into town make sure you find your space to enjoy the fun!

Monday Motivation: National Kick Butt Day

Now know that this is about kicking ourselves in the butt to complete our goals. You know the ones that we said we would do, but we haven’t done. The ones that we aspire to complete, but we lacked motivation to complete.

Sometimes we need to have a swift kick in the behind to get us where we need to be. Today is that kick as well as that reminder that goals don’t just happen. Goals need work and participation. Goals need you to do your part. We lack ambition and it sits between desire and life happening. Sometimes life happens but if we are real we also play our part in goals dropping. If you aren’t doing what you need to do especially if you know what you are supposed to do but don’t; you are the only one who can give you that good kick to get that much closer to your goals. You know you got to stop and reclaim your time in the words of Auntie Maxine. You need to step up and refresh your why.
The time isn’t at a new year, next month, etc. the time is now. Kick start the very desires and a plan to make it happen! Eliminate the setback which inevitably will bring a sense of accomplishments into your life. Its like walking for days what you could have walked in hours. Kick yourself in the butt. You are your own worse enemy. Acknowledge your shortcoming and than use it to push you forward.

Parx Casino and Avril Lavigne Oh What A Night

I’m not a gambling woman but I couldn’t have bet that I would have a full blast at the Avril Lavigne concert last night! I love Avril Lavigne. Her lyrics are always on point from getting through a break up to being a bad ass woman, she holds nothing back. Oh and I think she not only sounded great but better than before!

Let me back it up before we even talk about Avril Lavigne especially since the whole Parx Casino was a whole experience. As soon as we arrived and valet the car I knew this was going to be an amazing night! Valet was super easy and even for me who will have issues with anxiety going to a new place they took it right away. Oh and FYI valet was only $15 and when it came for pick up it took less than a minute no lie to get my car back!

We walked through the Casino and of course I just love seeing people playing and enjoying themselves. We went to meet our party for dinner. We were having dinner at Liberty Bell. This is a great sit down option within the casino. There is also an Italian restaurant as well as a food court. By far it’s one of the best food options inside of a Casino!

We were greeted with a smile and escorted to our party. The options were endless. The menu has something for everyone. I got the Wild Mushroom Crostini. Talk about amazing…

I also sampled some of the Clay Pot Crispy Fire Shrimp.

Can we just take the time to appreciate these food pictures. They taste just as amazing as they look!

We can’t forget about drinks right?! After a long week and a traffic full ride to Parx, these were necessary! Since I like my drinks in pairs I tried two cocktails! No judgement!

This is the I’ll have another; casamigos reposado, cucumber, fresh lime and ginger

Red sangria

Can we talk about main courses?!!

I had the Impossible Burger!

My girl Josephine came along and she had the Crispy Chicken sandwich!

Oh and to have options; we tried the Fish and Chips!

I love that once the options game we all just shared together like a family. It was a lot of fun!

Can we talk about dessert? I really didn’t have room for any but hey you got to enjoy life while you can right?!

I give you the Apple Tart! Amazing, not too sweet, warm and gooey!

It was time to go to the concert and I couldn’t be more excited!!! It was amazing! I can’t put into words how well Avril sounded! She was amazing! She sang all of the classic songs as well as songs from the Head Above Water album. People were standing up from the time she started until she stopped!

Photo by Kory Aversa

Now this is experience was so amazing and I’m thinking the night is over! Nope I was wrong!

I stopped inside of the Sportsbook! Can we talk about drop down show stopping greatness?! It’s a place for you to come and place your sporting bets and it’s the most phenomenal place not only for your eyes but it’s number one in the state! 155 feet of television that wraps around-it’s a definite must see. While there you can also order food and drinks and sit in the most comfortable chairs.

On to the Beer Garden! I’ve been to quite a few of them within this year and this tops them all. It’s huge, open and gorgeous!

And yes they have amazing beers and drinks! One of the surprises is that they have amazing frozen drinks. Sometimes when you order a frozen drink by the time you drink it it’s not as good. These were good and strong!

Overall I would go back to Parx Casino. There are great options for food. Great drinks. Of course gambling for those who enjoy it. Xcite Center which has hosted some of the most amazing stars. As well as great customer care. You will enjoy your time and you should look ahead as they have some amazing acts coming!

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Thanks to Parx Casino for hosting us. Thanks Aversa PR! Thank you to my girl Josephine for coming and having a blast!

National Mental Health 2019

Today is National Mental Health Awareness day and I have been trying to gather my thoughts on what it means to me. Mental health means different things to different people, but we all are highly responsible for managing it.

For some its more than just simply taking a bubble bath and moving on from a bad day. Its the highs and lows of just being able to get through certain stressors and knowing what your triggers and stressors are. Having the mental fortitude to be able to in a moment’s notice handle our triggers while still proceeding with the demands of life. Some handle it well and some not as well as they should. Learning to dust yourself off when you have a less than stellar moment. Learning it’s okay to try again.
It would be great if those who suffer the most with the most triggers or issues would feel supported but the truth of the matter is that’s not always the case. The people who suffer feel isolated and alone. Even when folks say they support they run out of it leaving the sufferer feeling abandoned.
I would encourage those who feel as if something is wrong to seek help. For those who have sought help and found that they still aren’t where they want to be to continue to get what you need even if that means changing providers or doing a medicine check. Keep trucking even if you feel isolated and seek those who support you. You will find those who don’t and as bad as it feels you don’t need them in your inner circle. It’s going to hurt more when those who you feel should support don’t. Don’t let it stop you from pushing on. Push forward. Seek help. Pursue love within yourself. Know that you are still worthy of the life you want it just make take time to get it. Although we love fast and convenience some things are worth taking our time to get lasting achievements.
I wish I had a picture of how frazzled I looked on the outside.  My outward pictures were so pretty. I learned of my depression and anxiety shortly after the birth of my son.  I was a wreck in a new city away from my support system. I wished I had known like I know now that although I wanted my young family to look picture perfect that it was okay to say I wasn’t. I wish I had known it was okay to say the living arrangements I had wasn’t working and even if it felt like a quitter and it was okay. I wish I could have put into words what I felt.  I wish I had known that I was going to be okay.  You are going to be okay even in the messiness of your life. When the very bottom of your life drops you will still survive.  Now when I take pictures such as this one I see one that is learning not learned to be okay with myself. I lost weight, I lost friends, I lost a few family members and I lost the old me that needed to go. What remains is a new version of myself and in that a newer version will continue to immerge.  She’s okay with herself flaws and all. She’s dusting herself daily and trying her best!

Monday Motivation: Will to Success

I find it interesting when people think that success just falls from a tree. In all of my little 38 years I’ve yet to see a success tree just give you what you want. I’ve seen hard work, dedication, and integrity get folks into places that smarts couldn’t but not a single success tree.

Sometimes what’s wrong with us is we don’t have a will to succeed. We have a desire and a wish I could but not actually a will to make things happen. A will is definitive. It’s an outline of what you want to do and normally you bring with your will is hard work and a plan. This desire to be whatever you want is simply just a desire if the will isn’t strong enough to make it happen! If your will isn’t renewed daily. If you’re not putting an action plan behind what you want. This Monday and every Monday you need to renew your will. Just like it takes a will to be where you need to sometimes getting you out of bed, use that time out of the bed to make it count. Don’t waste your moments and your days. You can find every reason to be upset about what you don’t have. However it’s better to move forward for what you need and not waste your moments giving energy to that which won’t get you to your desired life.

Today make your day what you want. If you want change than be the change. Step into what you need! Change your perspective! Will yourself your greatness!

Day 28 September Self Care Challenge

Today was a busy day. There were 3-4 Oktoberfest going on all over the city. With that being said I tried to stretch myself as far as I could.

I went to Uptown Beer Garden. As many times as I’ve walked past that location I’ve never stopped in. The days I said I would have stopped in after work I found myself always having to get the kids or something came up. I got to Uptown and at first it wasn’t that many people there. However I found I made some new friends. By the time I left the tables were nice and full and the crowd was already forming! Uptown definitely had amazing decorations!

Oktoberfest is always a great time. From the culture to the food and definitely the beer! All of the staff was very accommodating.

This boot held 28 ozs of beer for VIP ticket holders

I enjoyed learning about the types of beer. The food was plentiful. From pulled pork sandwiches to Bratwurst and cabbage there was something for everyone! I love how festivals bring out the best in all of us.

I was sad to learn I had missed the entertainment!

I had to also attend my home church’s Youth Choir reunion. So I had to make a mad dash. I know what you’re thinking? How do you go from one extreme to the other? You just go! I spent several hours at Uptown Beer Garden! I was able to run home, change my clothes and then get on the road to Lancaster for the reunion!

I had a great time seeing some of the past members. We all have moved on but it was nice to see how well we were doing. It felt good to be back under my own terms. It felt good to sing the old songs. I’ve had anxiety about ever singing in the church again. It was nice to know that my feelings didn’t have to dominate.

It was a full day to say the least. From getting up early to be with my family to going to Uptown and then the reunion the only thing I kept telling myself is be 100% in each arena. When you are there give each spade your all and then move on to the next. It was a lot of driving and a lot of movement but all fulfilling!