Oct 20, 2014

Fall Festival Weekend


Our weekend was full of fall festival fun! For the third year in a row we attended Schnepf Farm's Pumpkin & Chili Festival.  We feasted on cinnamon rolls the size of paper plates and brownies that melt in your mouth- definitely better than what we typically have for breakfast.

Breakfast of champions people.

The festival opens at 10AM and we timed it perfectly and walked through the gates right at opening.  As most parents know, mornings are the best for activities and coupled with temperatures hitting in the low 90s we planned accordingly.




The General Store offered up comfortable seating and scrumptious desert-for breakfast! Last year we attended the festival at night and delved into their famous chili, cornbread, and chicken. YUM. A special treat for those that attend at night is being able to roast marshmallows at one of the bonfires.  The toddler proudly roasted his first marshmallow last year.




Little Miss Independent loved exploring on her own.  

What I love even more is how she runs over for random hugs!



The Spooky train ride is "not so spooky" at night and PERFECT for toddlers. The highlight was the tunnel and waving at everyone.  Priceless watching them delight in waving at people proudly. Shout-out to all the parents and young people alike that choose to wave back to kids.  

It makes their day!




The Strut





We easily spent an hour picking out perfect pumpkins.  Both toddlers took their time choosing and the only parameters they were given were that it could not be rotting.  Em found her's at the top of a mound.  The Toddler wandered down through both patches and found his at the very back of the farm. Priceless.











ONE YEAR AGO 




Schnepf Farms 2014

Our family will always attend this Fall Festival. Family memories made.  Now the filthy clothes are in the wash, pumpkins are ready for carving, and I have two happy kids chatting about our adventures.


What were you up to this weekend?

Have you carved your pumpkins yet?

Oct 13, 2014

YO GABBA GABBA LIVE

Comerica Theatre 


 November 25th Yo Gabba Gabba! will take the stage this Fall with Yo Gabba Gabba! 



LIVE! Music is Awesome!

 The new live stage show marks the 5th anniversary of the live tour. Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! Music is Awesome! will be directed by Yo Gabba Gabba! creators Christian Jacobs (The Aquabats) and Scott Schultz (Majestic). DJ Lance Rock, (Lance Robertson, St. Louis native and founding member of psychedelic electronic pop band The Ray Makers), the colorful cast of Yo Gabba Gabba! characters, fan favorite Leslie Hall and beat boxing legend Biz Markie will return to the road together to perform for more than 200,000 enthusiastic fans on a 30-city tour that will begin on Tuesday, October 14 and will run through Sunday, December 7. 



The Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! Music is Awesome! tour is produced by S2BN Entertainment in association with DHX Media.


I did not receive compensation for this post.  I did receive free tickets. 

Floating Bath Time Toy Fun



Whose Afraid of a Big Bad Octopus?




Ms. Em is smitten with this arrival!  Even though she just turned a year old nearly a month ago this 18+ Month toy works perfectly for learning to grip better and strengthen her textile coordination.  There are three floating rings that can hook on the Octopus and she is ALL ABOUT taking them on and off.  I love that she loves to learn.  Must be the teacher in me.


Teach your child hand-eye coordination with this fun bath time toy. The Octopus Floating Bath Toy floats easily in the water and includes three rings to toss onto the octopus's legs. 


The Nuby Octopus is the first toy that Em lunges for in the bath.  Big Brother loves playing pretend with the Floating Octopus and "saving" other toys in the bath with his self-proclaimed life preservers.  A child's imagination is boundless.  

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Oct 9, 2014

Fall Family Bucket List



Fall Family Favorites

1. Go on a Picnic
2. Have a Bonfire
3. Take a Fall Nature Walk
4. Visit a Pumpkin Patch
5. Take a Hayride
6. Decorate the House
7. Paint Pumpkins
8. Carve Pumpkins
9. Find Halloween Costumes
10. Corn Maze Craziness
11. Roast Pumpkin Seeds
12. Go Stargazing

We are slowly making our way down the list! Our family stays away from apple picking, apple cider, and pies so that we don't leave The Toddler out.  Thankful that we got in a good round of peach picking this summer!  I love making our own family traditions- painting pumpkins are a messy blast BUT carving pumpkins is one of my most favorite fall memory.  I wonder if both toddlers revel in the gook this year? 

















Thank you to Angela at Vertuccio Farms for all of the family fun this year!  We plan on going back a third time real soon.

What fall favorites are you most looking forward to?

To carve? Or not to carve? That is the ultimate question!

Would love to hear about your plans!



Oct 6, 2014

Weekend Update


The weekend went by in a BLUR. Literally- where did the time go?  I was at Blended Conference in Arizona learning all about SEO, Networking, and all of the "Back-End" of blogging that I would say that unless you are a blogger-would never know how much work goes into every single post.  My mind was blown hour-after-hour.  The three day conference had fabulous sponsors, crafts, speakers, and food.  I have an entire notebook filled with items that need attending as a CEO and I am slowly-ever so slowly-getting them ticked off.  

Feel incredibly empowering to be able to see an immediate difference after making some small KEY changes.  One item that needed immediate changing, that was not discussed but I understand to be confusing were my social media accounts not being under the same name.  @Littlefamblog vs. @AsCuteAsABugsEar. BOOM- now all of my social media networks are under my blog name.  And all is at peace in the world again.  Nerd alert. I high-fived myself when that was done.  Then I had to go through all of my contracts and PR accounts to manually change and revise my information- goodtimes people. Goodtimes.







The weekend ended Sunday evening and I made it back home just in time for the bedtime routines in our house.  Lovely and enlightening weekend at Blended. Thankful that I had a carpool buddy and that JoAnn from Whimsicle was there- she is DELIGHTFUL. 

Today my little toddlers and I crafted our heart's out!  Candy corn paint? Check! Painted pumpkins? Check.  Paint on the carpet?!? CHECK.  I am a firm believer that messes make memories and we indeed made some fabulous fall memories today.




I will be back later this week with my Fall Favorites- that are Toddler Approved.  

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  


Did you go to a fall festival?

Pick out pumpkins yet?

Carve or Paint your pumpkins?


Would love to hear from you!