My Fall Style

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. The ChapStick® product, information and gift have been provided by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.

I’ve been loving this cooler weather we’ve been having lately because it means that I can finally bring out my fall wardrobe! This is the first year since having children that I’ve decided that yoga pants are not going to be my every day outfit. I’m still going to dress comfy while I’m home but I’m making an effort to look more put together when I go out. I wanted to share some of the things I’m loving when it comes to fall fashion this year.

BOOTS

This year I finally bought some riding boots and I’ve been wearing them almost every day. I have such wide calves that I could never find a pair that fit me so when I found some at Payless that I could zip up I knew I had to get them. I also got some cute booties with fringe and a peep toe that are really trendy right now. I don’t know how much wear I will get out of them before the snow comes but I couldn’t pass them up.

PLAID

If there is a pattern that I equate with the fall and winter seasons, it’s plaid. I’ve worn different plaid styles in the past but this year I’m loving plaid scarfs and shirts.

CARDIGANS

Cardigans are one of my wardrobe staples. Light cardigans are perfect for fall but I’ve also invested in some heavier ones for the colder days. Recently I found a beautiful seafoam colored cable knit cardigan at Target and I’m obsessed with it. Paired with a rose gold necklace and a white shirt it’s gorgeous.

FOOTBALL GEAR

I can’t resist a new Chicago Bears shirt because they are great for game day. I’ve always worn oversized Bears shirts so I’m going for more fitted styles now. I also recently bought a cute fashion scarf that supports my favorite team without making me look frumpy.

LACE UP FLATS

As a busy mom, I’ve always preferred flat dress shoes over heels and I am in love with the new styles I’ve been seeing. I love the pointy toed lace up dress shoes because they go with everything from dressier outfits to denim.

DRESSES

For years I’ve worn maxi dresses but this year I had to add a couple shorter dresses to my closet. I found a really cute printed dress that will work over leggings or with my cute tan booties and I’m excited to get out of my plain dress rut.

SKINNY JEANS

For the first time ever, I am rocking skinny jeans. I always thought they wouldn’t look right on me because I am pear shaped but I am really liking how much more put together I feel in skinny jeans. Another bonus is that I can easily tuck in my jeans when I wear boots which was always difficult with wider leg pants.

An outfit wouldn’t be complete without a smile and one thing I count on to keep my lips nice and smooth is Chapstick. Chapstick is a must-have for any purse or school bag.

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What are your favorite fall styles this year?

Fall Bucket List {30 Fun Things To Do This Fall}

Fall is here! I loved sitting at Jacob’s football game yesterday because the sun was shining and I was nice and warm in a pretty sweater and boots. Along with it being football season and Pumpkin Spice latte time, there are a number of other fun things I’m looking forward to doing with my family. I love creating bucket lists of fun things to do so I decided to get all of my ideas written down (well, typed…) to share with you all and to have a list ready for next weekend. There is nothing better than a day spent with family that ends with everyone going to bed with smiles on their faces :)

Here are the things we hope to do before winter is here:

1) Go to the pumpkin patch

2) Take a nature walk and write in our nature journals

3) Make leaf men with leaves we find

4) Bake an apple or pumpkin dessert

5) Carve pumpkins

6) Go on a hayride

7) Have movie night in front of the fire

8) Go to a high school or college football game

9) Dress up in costumes and go trick or treating

10) Donate food to a local food pantry

11) Make homemade cinnamon apples

12) Have a fire in the fire pit and enjoy smores

13) Throw a football watching party

14) Take a road trip to look at all the beautiful fall colors

15) Make a bird feeder

16) Have a family game night and play a fall themed game

17) Go to ‘Boo at the Zoo’

18) Have a special Halloween lunch

19) Make chili on a Sunday afternoon

20) Attend a fall festival

21) Find a pile of leaves and jump in them

22) Make a list of the things we are thankful for

23) Have a fun dance party dancing to spooky songs like ‘Monster Mash’

24) Make leaf rubbings

25) Make a scarecrow

26) Fill a box for Operation Christmas Child

27) Go camping

28) Take a family photo

29) Host or attend a costume party

30) Make a fall snack mix with Goldfish crackers (we love popcorn, Goldfish crackers, raisins, dried apples and chocolate candies)

I’d love to hear what fun things are on your list to do this fall season and Goldfish wants to know how you enjoy fall as well! Share your ‘Goldfish Tales’ for a chance to win prizes. Click the image below for more details on entering.

Tips To Prepare For Your Child’s Fall Sports Season

Disclosure: I’m proud to partner with MinuteClinic as part of their Back to School #GoBackHealthy campaign. As part of my involvement, I have received sponsorship from MinuteClinic for my posts and activities, but all opinions expressed are purely my own.

The end of August means back-to-school season and also the beginning of the fall sports season! The boys start school Thursday and Jacob just had his first football game this afternoon. If you have a child playing sports this fall, read on for tips on how to prepare for the season!

First, find a sport that fits your child. I wrote about this recently when I shared about enrolling Lucas in gymnastics. It took us a while to find a sport he enjoyed, and we had to try numerous other ones that weren’t a good fit, before he discovered his love of gymnastics.

Once you find a sport (or sports) your child wants to try, it’s important that they get a sports physical to make sure they are healthy enough to do the activity. Many fall sports, including football and soccer, are extremely physically demanding and it’s essential that they are given the okay to participate by a doctor. Even if your state or school doesn’t require it, sports physicals are still good to do because they also help to keep immunizations up to date and provide an opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have. (Remember though that the sports physical doesn’t replace a child’s annual wellness physical with their doctor.) MinuteClinic, the walk-in medical clinic inside select CVS pharmacy and Target stores, offers sports physicals every day with no appointment needed for patients 18 months and older. They can even stamp any paperwork your school or league may require.

After getting the okay to participate it’s time to get everything your child needs to participate in the sport. Most leagues should have a list of what you need to purchase and what they will provide. If you have questions about things you can search online or ask your mom friends who have been there, done that! I remember when Jacob first started sports, I had to google the difference between baseball cleats and football cleats because I had no clue which ones were the right ones I needed to buy.

Along with the sports equipment there are a variety of other things you’ll want to keep in your car during sports season. Things like blankets (it gets cold out there in the evenings) and extra equipment (Jake’s football mouth guard always seem to go missing at least once a season) are important to have on hand. You’ll also want to pack snacks and provide plenty of fluid for your child so they stay hydrated.

What tips do you have for preparing for fall sports season? If you need to get your child a sports physical they are currently offering $10 off at MinuteClinic. Their walk-in-clinic is ideal for busy moms because you can get in and out quickly any day that is convenient for you.

While you are there you can also get a variety of other services including your child’s back-to-school vaccinations and acne treatment. Vaccinations for Meningitis, Pertussis and HPV are available. MinuteClinic practitioners will review information about the vaccine, administer it and then provide you with a summary, receipt of vaccination and educational materials. They’ll even send a summary of the visit to your child’s primary care provider if you would like them to. MinuteClinic also offers acne treatment which is perfect for tweens and teens who want to head back to school with clearer skin. They offer personalized consultations and treatment recommendations for all ages, whether a prescription is needed or you are just looking for which over-the-counter medication will clear the acne. When it comes to starting the school year and fall sports season off healthy, MinuteClinic is the place to go!

 

Fun Fall Activities Across The US, UK And Canada

The weather is getting colder, leaves are starting to change colors and my boys are talking about Halloween costumes so it must be Fall! I’m looking forward to going apple picking this weekend and we have plans to go to the pumpkin patch, too. Fall is such a fun season.

Our Social Fabric community of bloggers were asked to share some of their favorite local things to do during the Fall season. I want to plan a road trip now because there are so many amazing places I want to stop at. From haunted houses to pumpkin patches, they are sharing the best from across the United States, UK and Canada.

USA

Arizona

California
Connecticut
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Massachusetts
  • Boston – Feathers and Stripes
Michigan
Minnesota
Nebraska
  • Omaha – Mom on the Side
New Hampshire
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Virginia

Washington

 CANADA

London, Ontario – Creative Cynchronicity

Toronto, Ontario – Teddy Out-Ready

UK

 Yorkshire – JuggleMum

 

Sinfully Sweet Cinnamon Apples {Recipe}

Cinnamon apples are the perfect Fall treat. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 6 Fuji or Granny Smith apples
  • ¼ cup frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
  • 3 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 6 cinnamon sticks

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Core apples to ½ inch of the bottom of the apples.  It helps if you have an apple corer.  If not, simply use a paring knife.  Cut out the stem area first, then the core.  Use a spoon to dig out the seeds.  Make the holes about ¾-inch wide.
  • Mix apple juice concentrate and vanilla.  Pour into cored center of each apple.
  • Place a cinnamon stick in the center of each apple.  Place apples on nonstick baking sheet and bake in oven for 20 minutes.

(Recipe and image courtesy of Pritikin Longevity Center.)

Family Fun At The Pumpkin Farm

(Disclosure: We received free tickets into Pumpkin Fest but all thoughts are my own.)

I love going to Fall festivals with my family. Last weekend we went to Pumpkin Fest at Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm in Crest Hill, IL. There was so much to do there and the kids were in awe as they ran from activity to activity. We only were able to stay a couple hours but they jumped on inflatables, rode a pony, went on a hayride, went through a haunted barn, went through an obstacle course, saw animals at the petting zoo, and played on giant climbing structures.

There were pumpkins for sale throughout the farm and a big pick-your-own pumpkin patch. Other activities we didn’t get a chance to do included paintball, stories told by the Pumpkin Princess, a big bouncy inflatable “cloud”, a giant corn maze, a rock climbing wall and a train ride.

Here are some pictures from our afternoon of Fall fun:

The boys posing on the pumpkins {the one must-take pumpkin patch photo!}

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Wooden train play area

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The cornfield maze

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Jacob and Daddy

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Big spider web climber

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Luke on his pony ride

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The haunted barn we went in (which wasn’t all that scary but good for kids)

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The playland area the kids loved

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The pick your own pumpkin patch we got to by hayride

What a fun afternoon! Visit Siegel’s Pumpkin Fest in the next couple weeks to make great memories with your family.

Apple Picking at Jonamac Orchard {Malta, IL}

Apple picking is one of my favorite things to do as a family during the Fall. This year we headed back to Jonamac Orchard in Malta, Illinois. Jonamac has a great choice of apples but we head to this one mostly for their doughnuts. They are served warm and are absolutely amazing. They are so good that this year I stood in line for almost an hour just to get some.

Jonamac Orchard has other things like a great kid’s area, a giant corn maze, pony rides, and an apple launcher. They also have a huge rocking chair for photo opps (which of course we forgot to stop at this year) and a country store. We got there later in the day than we had hoped to so we didn’t have time to do much. Here are a few of my favorite pictures of my boys, my niece, and my nephew at the Orchard.

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(Disclosure: This isn’t a sponsored post. We paid for the apples and delicious doughnuts.)

Fall Family Events at the Chicago Botanic Garden

Image courtesy of Chicago Botanic Garden

Fall at the Chicago Botanic Garden is brimming with activities the whole family can enjoy. I can’t wait to take my family for a visit with the passes the Garden sent me. Here are some of the fun things your family can do there this Fall:

Discovery Backpacks – Available Year-Round

Families visiting the Garden can borrow Discovery Backpacks from the Information Desk in the Visitor Center. Backpacks include two magnifiers, two binoculars, and field guides. Discovery Backpacks offer a highly interactive experience for individual families. They are available year-round and will be loaned out on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information please visit, www.chicagobotanic.org/familyprograms/dropin or call (847) 835-5440.

Discovery Programs: Buehler Enabling, Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable, Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese and English Walled Gardens – Wednesdays through Sundays, continuing through October 6

Volunteers stationed at discovery carts and throughout the gardens offer information and hands-on experiences on a variety of topics through Discovery Programs. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday on Friday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. In the Fruit & Vegetable Garden, topics include: bees, tools, herbs and composting. Volunteers at the dry garden and Shoin House in the Malott Japanese Garden provide cross-cultural insights and an introduction to Eastern garden design. In the Enabling Garden, volunteers demonstrate the advantages of a universal design garden while performing maintenance tasks. The Tool Shed, a resource center staffed by volunteers who answer questions and demonstrate tools that make gardening easier for people of all abilities, is also open. Volunteers in the English Walled Garden share seasonal highlights with visitors and identify the variety of plants growing in the garden. Visitwww.chicagobotanic.org/volunteer or call (847) 835-8392 for information on volunteer opportunities in the Discovery Programs.

Family Drop-in Activities in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden – Saturdays and Sundays, September 7 to 29, 2013

Free harvest-themed family drop-in activities will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September weekends at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden. Programming includes a fall fragrance challenge, pumpkin prints to take home, and chef and root vegetable activities.

Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America – through Sunday, October 27

The Model Railroad Garden features the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., and a refurbished White House this year. Eighteen model G-scale trains run on 17 tracks, winding over bridges and trestles, and around nearly 50 models of American landmarks. The 7,500-square-foot exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (weather permitting). Special evening hours keep the event open until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays from June 5 to August 28. Cost is $6 for adults; $5 seniors; and $4 children (3-12). Members receive $1 discount off these rates. Admission is free on Wednesdays for Garden Plus members. The Model Railroad Garden is generously sponsored by Bank of America. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/railroad for more information.

Nature Nights: Prairie Prowl – Saturdays, September 7 or 21

Bring a picnic dinner and spend an evening in the Garden! Children ages 4-10 and their families will explore different areas of the Garden and enjoy a variety of discovery-based activities. Explore the Dixon Prairie to learn about how prairies grow, find the plants and animals that call it home, and pot up a prairie plant to take home. Each Nature Night also includes a tram ride, a planting project, and s’mores around the campfire. Class is from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Registration costs $25 for nonmembers. Garden Plus members receive a 20 percent discount. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/naturenights for more information.

Malott Japanese Garden Family Sundays – Sunday, September 1 and 15

Drop by the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden for hands-on activities related to Japanese arts and culture. Practice using chopsticks, rake miniature dry gardens, make Japanese kites, and more. The free activities vary each time, and are subject to change.

Little Diggers – Select Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, starting September 12, 13, and 14

Learn about flowers, discover animals, experience the changing seasons, and more! These four-class series for children ages 2-4 and caregivers meet mornings, once a month. Each program includes group activities, time for free play, and a planting project. Programs run 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. from September through December. The fee is $75 per child for nonmembers. Garden Plus members receive a 20 percent discount. Registration is required in advance. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/littlediggers or call (847) 835-6801 for more information.

Model Sailboat Sunday – Sunday, September 15

Bring your child (and childlike wonder) and watch model sailboats race across the North Lake! Demonstrations are organized by the Chicago R/C Model Yacht Club and held at the Waterside Terrace on the Esplanade. Admire spectacular views of the North Lake and Smith Fountain as you watch the race, and learn about building and operating model sailboats. Club members will be on site to answer questions about sailboats, races, and regattas. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (weather permitting). Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/calendar/event/model_sailboat_sunday for more information.

Sukkot Family Activities – Sunday, September 22

Families can celebrate the Jewish harvest holiday, Sukkot, and help decorate the sukkah with handmade decorations. The sukkah, a branch- covered booth, also features fall fruits and vegetables, including dried corn, squash, and gourds. Activities are sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women, Chicago North Shore Section. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/calendar/event/sukkot_family_activities or call (847) 835-5440 for more information.

Fall Bulb Festival – Friday, October 4 through Sunday, October 6

Celebrate the season with the Fall Bulb Festival, an event that includes an outdoor market on the Esplanade and a bulb sale inside the Regenstein Center. Families can enjoy shopping among local vendors selling seasonal produce, roasted nuts, pottery, kettle corn and much more. Children can participate in Family Drop-in Activities (Saturday and Sunday only), navigate a straw-bale maze and dance to live music. Shop for bulbs that you can take home and plant as a family that will bring delight the following spring. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/bulb for more information.

Spooky Pooch Parade – Saturday, October 19

The Chicago Botanic Garden is going to the dogs! For two hours only, cleverly costumed canines are invited to the Garden to celebrate Halloween. Activities include several categories for judging, a parade through the Garden, and an awards ceremony. Nonprofit animal advocacy groups and local vendors will share information and sell dog-related products. Registration forms, complete with the dog-gone rules, will be available in the Visitor Center, or on the web at www.chicagobotanic.org/dog. Parade spectators are welcome—no ticket needed. Regular parking fees apply.

Trains, Tricks & Treats – Saturday, October 19, and Sunday, October 20 (weather permitting)

Celebrate Halloween at the Model Railroad Garden, specially decorated with spider webs, spiders, ghosts, goblins, and pumpkins, as well as seasonal plant materials. Visitors are encouraged to come in costume. An array of treats to take home can be found throughout the Model Railroad Garden. Kids can take part in a planting activity. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $4 for children ages 3-12. Children 2 and under are free. Members save $1 off each ticket. Visitwww.chicagobotanic.org/calendar/event/trains_tricks_treats for more information.

HallowFest – Saturday, October 26, and Sunday, October 27

Celebrate Halloween if you dare at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s HallowFest: A Garden of Good…and Evil. Take either the “friendly” or “spooky” path to activities in the Regenstein Center and McGinley Pavilion. Experience family-friendly thrills and chills, including two stages of entertainment and face painting. As night falls, walk through the Model Railroad Garden, decorated in ghastly lights and running special ghost trains. Hours are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/hallowfest or call (847) 835-5440 for more information.

(Disclosure: I received passes to the garden.)

15 Leaf Crafts & Activities For Kids

One of my favorite Fall activities is to take the boys on a nature walk and collect leaves that we normally turn into leaf collages. I want to do something different this Fall so I searched online for some other ways to use the leaves we collect and other leaf themed activities and crafts that would be fun to do. Here are 15 of the best ones I found. Enjoy!

Building Speech & Language with Leaf Man by Author Lois Ehlert from Playing With Words 365

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Nature Crowns from Wildlife Fun 4 Kids

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Contact Paper Nature Collage from The Chocolate Muffin Tree

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Classifying Leaves from Two Little Seeds

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Bean Leaf Craft from All Kids Network

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Leaf Rubbing Garland from Creative Family Fun

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Printable Leaf Counting Book from Enchanted Learning

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Leaf Ghosts from She Knows

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Leaf Turkeys from Toddler Approved

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Leaf Family from Putti’s World

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Autumn Trees Craft from Full Circle

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Leaf Wreath from Preschool Panda

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Leaf Lacing Activity from Happy Hooligans

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Nature Placemat from Momma’s Fun World

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Leaf People from Happy Home Fairy

60+ Ideas For Fall Family Fun {Bucket List}

I’ve spent the past week or so thinking of all the fun things my family has done during the Fall season in years past. Here are over 50 ways to enjoy the Fall season.

1) Go apple picking

2) Bake a pumpkin pie

3) Stuff a scarecrow using old clothes

4) Rake leaves into a pile and jump into them

5) Go on a nature walk

6) Drink apple cider

7) Play with apple pie and pumpkin pie scented playdough

8) Go to a football game

9) Make a list of what you are thankful for

10) Make a bird feeder

11) Pick a pumpkin at a pumpkin patch

12) Have a bonfire outside (don’t forget the smores!)

13) Make a leaf rubbing

14) Go to the library and checkout Fall themed books

15) Have family game night

16) Carve pumpkins

17) Make cinnamon apples or mini apple pies

18) Dress up in costumes and go trick or treating

19) Have a football watching party and cheer on your favorite team

20) Go on a hayride

21) Make apple prints using halved apples dipped in paint

22) Paint pumpkins

23) Take a drive to look at the trees changing colors

24) Make a leaf collage

25) Go to the zoo or a farm

26) Donate food to a local food pantry

27) Drink a pumpkin spice latte or other pumpkin flavored drink

28) Make a Fall wreath for your door

29) Go camping

30) Bob for apples

31) Go to a turkey farm

32) Fill a box for Operation Christmas Child

33) Decorate your house for Fall

34) Make spooktacular cake pops

35) Go tailgating

36) Have a special Halloween lunch

37) Take a family photo

38) Make crockpot applesauce

39) Go through a corn maze

40) Host (or attend) a costume party

41) Eat candy apples

42) Make leaf print art

43) Bake pumpkin seeds

44) Have a family movie night and cuddle under blankets

45) Make chili

46) Attend (or watch) a Fall parade

47) Eat a big Thanksgiving meal

48) Go horseback riding

49) Volunteer in a soup kitchen

50) Make lollipop ghosts

51) Watch Charlie Brown Halloween and Thanksgiving movies

52) Attend a Fall festival

53) Make a paper turkey and on the paper feathers write what you are thankful for

54) Bake homemade pumpkin bread

55) Watch a Casper movie

56) Eat candy corn

57) Listen to spooky music (like Monster Mash)

58) Make tasty treats for Thanksgiving

59) Make corn cob prints

60) Make a fun Halloween craft with the kids

61) Throw a home canning party

10 Fall Sensory Tables For Kids

I love sensory tables. It could be the preschool teacher in me or the fact that my children, who have sensory processing issues, enjoy playing in the table for long periods of time. I’m already thinking of Autumn themed tables so I wanted to share mine with you and 9 others I found online:

After this picture was taken I also added pinecones, fake apples, and cups/scoops

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Check out this corn cob filled table from Reggio Inspired

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Trigger the sense of smell in your sensory bin by using the scents of Fall like Fantastic Fun & Learning did.

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I love this Fall farm themed table from No Time for Flash Cards

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Mom To 2 Posh Lil Divas added straw to her Fall sensory table

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Have apple picking on the brain? This apple themed sensory box by Pink and Green Mama is so cute!

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Kids Activities Blog shares 10 natural items you can put in your Fall sensory tub. Great way to connect with nature!

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Cloud dough is fun, especially when it’s a nice scent like this pumpkin scented cloud dough from Growing a Jeweled Rose.

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Instead of dry pasta in your sensory bin, try cooked pasta. This completely different texture adds to the sensory experience. Visit 123 Homeschool 4 Me to learn more.

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I like the scraps of materials and papers that Sugar Aunts put in their Fall sensory bin.

(Linked up at: Upside Down Homeschooling)

Acorn Squash Soup {Recipe}

There’s nothing better on a cold chilly night than a bowl of warm soup. This Acorn Squash Soup recipe was created by Bravo’s Top Chef, Richard Blais. By using Dannon Oikos Greek yogurt Blais makes the soup a little healthier, but still delicious!

Ingredients:

1 whole acorn squash

1/4 white onion,chopped

1 bay leaf

4 cloves garlic

2 tbsp celery, chopped

1 and a 1/2 quart chicken stock

1/2 cup Dannon Oikos plain Greek nonfat yogurt

1/2 cup chorizo, crumbled

2 tbsp cranberry canned jelly

3 leaves cilantro

1 tsp smoked paprika

Pomegranate seeds for garnish (optional)

Lime for ganish

Directions

1) In a stockpot, cook the onion, bay leaf, garlic and celery in some olive oil until garlic releases aroma.

2) Add the chopped acorn squash and then the chicken stock and simmer. When the acorn squash is cooked, swirl in Dannon Oikos plain Greek nonfat yogurt and remove from the heat.

3) In a separate pan, cook the chorizo and paprika.

4) When the squash is cooked thoroughly, puree the soup and pass through a sieve so it is smooth.

5) Garnish with the crumbled chorizo, the cilantro, pomegranate seeds, a squirt of lime and top with a dollop of yogurt.

(This is not a compensated post but the recipe was shared with me from Dannon.)

Pumpkin Patch {Wordless Wednesday}

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Beautiful Fall Weather {Wordless Wednesday}

{These pictures are from Fall 2009}

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Fall Table Setting Ideas From World Market

Since school has started, Summer is basically over in my mind. I’m thinking Fall and everything it brings including hooded sweatshirts, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and time indoors. With time inside comes dinner at the kitchen table instead of picnics and dinner on the patio. I looked online at World Market’s website to see what items they had for decorating my table for the upcoming season. Here are some of my favorites:

Items I’d choose to decorate my table for Fall:

1) Amber Ava Goblets, Set of 4

2) 11″ Honey Soukra Dinner Plate

3) Indigo Organic Reactive Bowls, Set of 2

4) Hammered Salad Fork, Set of 4

5) Lisbon Serving Bowl

6) Dark Amber Fringe Napkins, Set of 4

I love that World Market has such unique pieces for my whole home at prices that fit my budget.

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World Market has a Gourmet Getaway Sweepstakes going on right now. All you have to do is “like” their Facebook page and fill out a form for a chance to win an amazing prize package. Extra entries can be earned each day until the sweepstakes ends and you can also get extra entries for sharing it with your friends.

The Grand Prize includes:

  • A trip for two to to Santa Fe, New Mexico (this is a 5 day Trip for 2 to Santa Fe which includes airfare and hotel)
  • Hands on Southwestern Cooking class with Master Chef
  • Personally signed glossy cookbook
  • Multi-course dinner at the acclaimed Geronimo
  • Southwestern Foodie Tour with a cultural kick
  • A $1,000 World Market gift card

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Connect with World Market!

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This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™, but all my opinions are my own.

Autumn Themed Crafts {Saturday Stumbles}

Some of my favorite Fall crafts I’ve seen around the web.

Click on the picture to be taken to the post :)

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Roses made from leaves

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Pumpkin made out of a book

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Fall garland

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Autumn Wreath

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The Thankful Tree

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Flower Covered Pumpkin

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Pumpkin Specimen Art

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And as an added bonus….

Check out this costume!!!!!!!!

Owl Costume

Fall Sensory Table

Our Fall Sensory Table: beans, leaves, and gourdes

The boys were also given spoons and nesting cups.

After this picture was taken I added other items:

Acorn Bells

Pretend apples and small pinecones

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More ideas of what you can put in your Fall sensory bins can be found on the following blogs:

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Counting Coconuts

I Can Teach My Child

No Time For Flashcards

Our Cup Of Tea

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Linked up to: The Sunday Showcase and Link & Learn

Apple Picking

Have you gone apple picking with your children? Check out some apple recipes!

Fall Brings….

So I know it’s not technically Fall yet but I just sprayed my house with a “falling leaves and spices” air freshener and it’s got me in the mood to talk about Fall. I love fall scents!

Ten other things I like about Fall are:

1) Pumpkin Spiced Coffee Drinks

2) Football (Go Bears!)

3) Boots

4) A break for mommy (aka school)

5) Hoodie weather

6) Colorful leaves on trees

7) Apple picking (check out 10 recipes to try here)

8) Cute kids crafts

9) Baking (admit it…you kept that oven off as much as possible this summer…)

10) Fall TV! A whole new set of shows to discover and FALL in love with ;)

What about you? What are your favorite things about Fall?

Fall Baked Tomatoes

At the end of summer when our tomato plant stops producing tomatoes we are left with some ripe and some partially ripe tomatoes. Normally with the green tomatoes we make fried green tomatoes. They taste so good but this season we’ve decided to try something new and bake the tomatoes. This is a much healthier choice and they taste so delicious! Here is how to make them:

1) In a bowl mix:

-A dollop of olive oil

-Seasonings (We used celery salt, garlic salt, pepper, onion powder, basil and parsley)

2) Cut tomatoes into wedges

3) Put tomatoes in the bowl and stir them gently until they are coated

4) Arrange the tomatoes on a cookie sheet

5) Cook the tomatoes at 350° for about 10-15 minutes

6) If there is any olive oil mixture left in the bowl you can brush it on the tomatoes

Enjoy! :)

 

This post is linked to Balancing Beauty and Bedlam.

Top 10 Tuesday: The Pumpkin Patch

Lucas liked the little pumpkins and tried to eat them because he thought they were apples.

Camden and Madelyn taking a ride in the wagon

Jacob pulling Lucas

Camden enjoyed his doughnut.

Lucas and Madelyn sitting in the pumpkins.

Jacob looking for the perfect pumpkin.

Some of the pumpkins were almost as big as Lucas!

Jacob and Lucas with mommy.

Lucas trying to get all of the pumpkins.

Madelyn playing in the pumpkins.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Pumpkin Picking

This weekend we went to the pumpkin patch. Here are my ten favorite pictures:

 

In search of the perfect pumpkin...

 

 

Jake finds one but it's a little too big...

 

 

Jacob finds a bad pumpkin.

 

 

Sitting on a pumpkin

 

 

Lucas tries to lift up a pumpkin

 

 

Jacob finds another pumpkin but it's still too big.

 

 

The pumpkins were bigger than Lucas!

 

 

Perfect sized pumpkins for little boys :)

 

 

Jacob was very excited to find a pumpkin.

 

 

Jacob buys his pumpkin to take home.

 

Wordless Wednesday: Fall 2009

 

 

Lucas, Fall 2009

 

 

Jacob, Fall 2009

 

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5 Minutes for Mom ~ Go Graham Go! ~ Jolly Mom

Mom of 3 Girls ~MomStart ~ Two of a Kind…

Momma Findings ~ Mom Knows It All

Frosted Fingers ~ A Daily Dose of Toni

Grammy Mouse Tails

Wordless Wednesday: Apple Picking

Jacob

Lucas

Cousins

Aubrey, Jacob, and Camden enjoying their apple donuts.

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I have linked this post to: Wordless Wednesday Home

5 Minutes for Mom ~ Go Graham Go! ~ Jolly Mom

Mom of 3 Girls ~MomStart ~ Two of a Kind…

Momma Findings ~ Mom Knows It All

Frosted Fingers ~ A Daily Dose of Toni

Tot School: Celebrating Fall

Here are some of the activities I have planned for the week:

MONDAY:

Craft- Falling Leaves

Song- The Leaves on the Tree

Activity- Go to the library for fall themed books

TUESDAY:

Craft- Faux Stained Glass Leaves

Song- Leaves Are Falling

Activity- Rake up leaves and jump in them

WEDNESDAY:

Craft- Leaf Prints

Song- Little Leaves

Activity- Family Nature Walk

THURSDAY:

Craft- Crunchy Fall Leaf Prints

Song- Five Leaves

Activity- Make a nature collage w/ leaves and items picked up on yesterday’s nature walk

FRIDAY:

Craft- Fall Fingerprint Tree Craft

Song- The Leaves

Activity- Farmer’s Market visit- buy some gourds

Apples, Apples Everywhere

Today we are going apple picking with some family and friends so I thought I would share a picture of Jacob at the apple orchard last year. He was only one and had a lot of fun gathering the apples!

Anyone have any yummy apple recipes they want to share?  :)