Archives for October 2009

Fall – My Favorite Time of Year

Fall is my favorite time of year. I live in the country, so I’m surrounded by brilliant colors in the mountains and front yards. Apple orchards are in abundance here too, so I’m looking forward to homemade apple butter, apple crisp, and apple cider. If you have a quick and easy recipe for apple crisp, please leave me a link.

I discovered a Wine Festival last year that was absolutely wonderful. Normally when I go to wine festivals it’s adults only and we have a designated driver, but this particular festival is perfect for the family. The Shenandoah Valley Hot Air Balloon & Wine Festival has vendors galore, pumpkin carvings, games, face painting, hot air balloons, carnival rides, puppet shows, and dancing. My nephew had a ball. I’ll be taking him again this year and one of his friends. I love hanging out with him. He’s adventurous and he keeps me young. At least young at heart.

The trees have barely started to changed here. The festival is October 16 – 18. I was hoping the trees would be at their peak, but it doesn’t look like I’m going to get my wish. I love taking pictures of the fall foliage. The boys will have fun regardless of the trees and the color of their leaves. That’s what’s truly important, but I did want to get a few good shots for my scrapbook. Here’s a picture of my nephew climbing the rock wall last year at the festival.

He also had fun with the pumpkin carvings (shown below). There were pumpkins everywhere. Not only where the pumpkins in abundance, they were huge. The artists were fascinating.

I had just as much fun as the kids. I’m always down for a good Italian Sausage, funnel cake and some uplifting music. This festival is on a 400 acre farm, which is absolutely beautiful. They launch air hot balloons and have pastures of horses grazing. Music plays throughout the day. Last year it was too windy to launch the hot air balloons, hopefully the weather will cooperate this year. In spite of the wind, it was a beautiful day to spread a blanket on the ground, watch the children play, horses graze, and allow the music to lift your spirits. The hot ar balloons launch twice a day, 7:00 am and 5:00 pm. Guess who won’t be there at 7:00 am!  If you’re an early riser and/or live in the Shenandoah Valley area, save the date. You’ll receive lots of hugs and kisses from the kiddies. Leave us a comment and tell us about your family’s favorite fall activities.

Little Tikes Give Away

Welcome to our Oldies But Goodies Party. Please enjoy the music and hors· d’oeuvres. There’s plenty of non-alcoholic punch and birthday cake. If you prefer something a little stronger the bar is around the corner. We have a great give away, so be sure to enter before you leave. Our bash will continue through October. In addition to the give away below, we will be giving Curiel Lotion, nipple cream, a hat and headband for your little princess, a fall themed kitchen cake, your choice of a boy or girl diaper cake and more.

I was thrilled when All Children’s Furniture contacted us about a give away. We knew our readers would love it, and would also want to purchase an item from this site in the future. All Children’s Furniture sells everything from kid’s chairs to toys. I adore the Jungle Table and Chair Set, it’s perfect for any playroom. You must browse their chair selection.

They also have an assortment of toys. I love one stop shopping. With a full time job, a mother, grandmother, and on-line business owner, I just don’t have the

time to run from store to store these days. I found many items on the site that I love, and I will be purchasing from All Children’s Furniture for my grandson. One item that I have my eye on is the Little Tikes Tricycle. It’s so cute. I’m picturing him riding this down the driveway. I knew my long driveway would come in handy one day, lol.

I also found a Little Tikes Picnic Table (shown above) that would be perfect when he’s visiting. This little table would beneficial for eating, coloring, finger painting and any other activity that can be performed while sitting. He’s at that age where he loves to roll cars and he’s trying to feed himself, so I would get alot of use out this table. An umbrella is also available if you would like to purchase separately.

You can be the winner of the Little Tikes Tricycle or Picnic Table, you choose. Here’s how, visit the site and browse the Kid’s Chairs section. Leave us a comment on what catches your eye. In the same comment let us known which of the two items, Little Tikes Tricycle or Picnic Table, you would like to win. We will select a winner from the posts. Item will be shipped directly from the sponsor. Failure to follow these steps will result in disqualification.

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This give away will end November 5 at midnight. It is open to US Residents only. Good luck!