Pumpkin Traditions

FamilyOct2014Every October the family visits a local Pumpkin Patch.  The kids look forward to the corn maze, hay ride, and picking out their pumpkin to carve!  Just another family tradition that I hope our kids will never tire of, and eventually carry on with their own families one day.



Oct2014dWhen we are ready to carve, we read The Pumpkin Patch Parable.  The kids enjoy every step, especially taking out the “gooey” and creating the pumpkin faces for the light to shine through.  Not to forget to mention, the delicious pumpkin seeds to snack on afterward!




We hope that you had a wonderful month of October with your families!  And we look forward to a thankful November as we reflect on all that we are grateful for; blessings big and small!

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Manicure Monday – Mommy and Me

Mommy & MeJamberry Nails Teal Mini Polka and Vintage Chic

This Manicure Monday I am featuring one of my customers and her dear daughter!  (Thank you so much for sharing this sweet picture with me.  It brings me great joy!)

One of the best things I love about Jamberry Nails is that they make a product for little ones!  This creates a wonderful bonding experience for a mom and her daughter.   If you missed my post about Jamberry Juniors, you can read about it here, where I share my own experience with my daughter.

There are at least 10 Junior designs that will be discontinued at the end of the month.  See my previous post for the list of retiring wraps to make sure you stock up on your favorite designs before they are forever gone!

Have a wonderful week!

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Summer Reading


Every summer the kids work on some extended learning workbooks such as these:

SummerBridgeActivitiesSummer Bridge Activities

MathPlusReadingSummer Link Math Plus Reading

We also let them pick out something fun from the bookstore as a reward for a successful school year, and a kick-off to summer!  This year the girls picked a journal to write their thoughts and doodle.


Here are some similar diaries and one for boys too!

DoodleDiaryDoodle Diary

AllAboutMeAll About Me Lock & Key Diary

DoodleSketchbookDoodle Sketchbook: Art Journaling for Boys

Visiting the local library is a regular weekly treat throughout the year, but over the summer months we add audio books to our checkout pile.  These are a few that our family has enjoyed over the years:

IslandoftheBlueDolphinsIsland of the Blue Dolphins

TheRunawayDollsThe Runaway Dolls

BecauseofWinnDixieBecause of Winn-Dixie

A short list for reading pleasure and read aloud:

TheBridgeThe Bridge

CrownandJewelCrown and Jewel

20000LeaguesUndertheSea20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

AVisitorforBearA Visitor for Bear

ABedtimeforBearA Bedtime for Bear

LittleCubLittle Cub

We would love to hear your recommendations!  Our summer has just begun!