Daily Archives: September 29, 2014

Afternoon Coffee Date


If we were meeting for coffee it would probably be at Starbucks.  It is National Coffee Day and hopefully you wouldn’t mind.  Starbucks reminds me of home, the Pacific Northwest.  Depending on how hot the weather is I would order a Coffee Frap Light with Soy or an Hot Caramel Sugar-Free Vanilla Soy Mochiatto. 


If we were having coffee this afternoon I would tell you about how excited I am for Fall and the temperatures that are associated with it. We only have a couple more weeks of temps in the 100s and then perhaps we can open up the windows! This house needs fresh air something fierce.

If we were having coffee this afternoon I would tell you about our trip to Vertuccio Farms. I forgot how much fun it is to go down slides, and get muddy.  Only at a farm is it not frowned upon to get dirty as an adult.  I relished the strong breeze, cooler temps, and hearing the toddler’s endless laughs.

If we were having coffee this afternoon I would tell you how lucky I feel to work with companies that I love.  I am blessed to be able to stay home with my two little ones and work at night.  Pulling 25-30 hours a week while my little ones sleep sometimes makes for late nights and very early mornings when Em wakes up before the sun- but they are only little once. And teaching can wait the next couple of years.

If we were having coffee this afternoon I would tell you about how fearful I am about preschool.  The Toddler is ready to go-but I don’t know if I can trust a preschool with my child’s life.  He has so many extreme food allergies and he doesn’t know how to ask for help when he has a reaction yet.  Sure we can send him with his double pack of Epi-Pens but what if the classroom is not nut free?  What if my shy little man has a reaction and no one notices until it is too late?  His reactions happen in mere seconds.  What if parents think their kid’s right to a cupcake trumps my kid’s right to life?  My heart hurts so much for the anguish he may go through.  Finding the “right fit” for him with being in a safe, learning environment is sending this former-teacher into tears.  

I would probably need a hug, as I do right now.  

If we were having coffee this afternoon I would tell you how over-the-moon excited I am that I will be attending Blended Conference this weekend! I can’t wait to meet other bloggers, brands, and really learn how to market myself in the digital age.  I would tell you that I am nervous about what to wear-which seems trivial, believe me, I know- but I usually wear athletic gear during the week on our adventures to the parks, splash pads, zoo, and children’s museum.  Three days in real clothes- honestly I don’t think I have three days of real clothes that are even remotely fashionable at this point in time.  Don’t worry- I will be sure to update you on what I wear(insert sarcasm font), bring to the conference, and major takeaways from the sessions.  As of right now I am working on updating my Media Kit, trying to find a make-shift head shot, and finishing up sponsored posts.

If we were having coffee this afternoon I would ask you:

How are you and your family?

What are you excited about this Fall?

What are the fashion must-haves for this season?(I need all the help I can get)

What would you share over afternoon coffee?

Feel free to comment below!

Vertuccio Farms: Fall Festival Fun

Corn Maze and Fall Festival: 2014

The Valley of the Sun was hit by another storm late Saturday night.  Lightning even struck in our backyard-too close for comfort for this lady!  We knew that the farm may have a few puddles(to be expected) and we came prepared!  Both toddlers were more than happy to don their boots along with mom.  The boots were necessary-but we LOVED the puddles.  I don’t know many kids that don’t like getting dirty.  And time on the farm? Bring on the mud!

This is our second year attending the Fall Festival at Vertuccio Farms and it was even bigger and better than last year!  We loved it so much-we are going back this week to check-out the corn maze AND pick out our beloved pumpkins!  

FYI: Their pumpkin prices are the BEST I have seen in Phoenix. Pumpkin seeds are one of my most favorite things about fall and I can’t wait to load up a Prius full of goods.
The Corn Maze shall be conquered next week! The field will dry up and we will test our skills at The Farm Treasure Hunt- every year Vertuccio Farms makes a new maze and this “Scratch Off” sheet looks like a blast!  I will let you all know how the toddler’s do with us this week.

The animals on the farm MADE Em’s day.  She said, “Hi!” to every single animal and waved frantically at the cow.  She couldn’t believe she was that close.
Bounced our little hearts out!

So cute it’s scary!

The slides were easily thirty minutes of pure fun-I may or may not have gone down them ten times… SO MUCH FUN.  A little note for parents-cotton clothes help if you have a need for speed-jeans on the other-hand slow you down incredibly.  I caught air twice at the bottom of the big slide and my side’s hurt so much from laughing.


September 27th – November 2nd

Monday-Thursday 9am – 9pm

Friday-Saturday 9am – 10pm

Sunday 10am – 6pm


$9 per person ages 2 & younger free

Season passes are available for $22

$2 off Fall Festival Admission – $2 off admission to Vertuccio Farms Fall Festival


**Home School Day** Oct 20th 9am-1pm. $5 per person, ages 2yrs and under free, with non perishable food donation. 

Admission price includes:
  • 7 Acre Corn Maze
  • Extreme Air Pillow 
  • Mule Rides (NEW)
  • Grain Train (NEW)
  • Giant Tube Slide 
  • Spider Web Rope Climb 
  • Rubber Duck Race 
  • Mini Hay Maze 
  • Pumpkin Patch (additional fee if you pick a pumpkin)
  • Pedal Race Cars
  • Barrel Train Ride
  • Farm Animals
  • Bounce House
  • Playground
  • Teeter-Totter
  • Barn House Photo Op
  • Educational Pizza Farm
  • and much, much more!
“NEW” Tuesday Toddlers: BOGO for parent and toddler ages 3 and 4 yrs ($4.50 each) from 9am -3pm every Tuesday in Oct. 

Definitely #ToddlerApproved.
Video Proof:
You can connect with Vertuccio Farms on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

I received free admission in order to review the festival  All opinions as always are 100% my own.