3 Great Ideas for Fall Family Fun

When the air begins to cool down and the leaves start to change colors, you know fall is right around the corner. It’s a great time of year that’s filled with all types of activities you can enjoy together as a family.


3 Great Ideas for Fall Family Fun 

You can have a great time just going for a ride and looking at all the colorful leaves on the trees but there are many other ways to enjoy this season. Here are 3 great ideas for fall family fun to help you get started.

Visit Your Local Pumpkin Farm

If you have a pumpkin farm in your area, it’s a great place to visit in the fall. In addition to seeing all the pumpkins that come in a variety of shapes and sizes, many of these farms offer fun activities that both kids and adults can enjoy. For example, some of them offer hayrides and allow you to walk around the farm to see the animals, while others have mazes that are both challenging and fun to go through.

Before you leave, purchase a few pumpkins so you can continue having fun once you get home. Each of you can pick out a pumpkin and paint a funny face or some other design on it. After painting all of the pumpkins, use them as Halloween decorations.

Take Part in Local Events

Another great way to have fun with your family this year is by going to some of the special events taking place in your area. There is usually something for everyone to enjoy regardless of your age. These include fall music festivals, BBQs, and many counties have an annual fair in the fall.

In my area we have the Saxton Fall Fest, Bedford Fall Foilage Festival, and the Hollidaysburg Pumpkinfest.  I plan to visit each of these events in October.

Watch your local news or check out the Sunday paper for information about upcoming events so you can see what options you have. You can also gather information about local events in your area by doing an Internet search.

Do Craft Projects Together

If you’re searching for a simple, quiet way to have some family fun this fall, pull out the supplies and do some craft projects together. There are many things that you can do with the colorful leaves falling in your yard. For example, you can glue them onto construction paper and color or paint designs around them to make a beautiful fall picture.

If your kids love to paint, collect some pinecones and acorns and then paint them all different colors. Cut a few ribbons different lengths and tie each one to a pinecone. Next, tie the ribbons together at the top and you have a beautiful fall decoration that you made together. Place the painted acorns in a decorative bowl and use them as centerpieces for your table or counter.

Don’t let the season pass you by without taking advantage of some of the fun and exciting things you can do together as a family. It’s a great time of year to create memories that will last a lifetime. Who knows, you may even start a new family tradition that your kids can share with their children one day, as they remember all the fun times you had together during the fall.

What are your favorite fall family fun activities?


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I’m a Winner – Free Hershey Park Tickets!

I won 4 FREE Tickets to Hershey Park!  Also known as the “Sweetest Place on Earth.”

I’m a Winner – Free Hershey Park Tickets!

Several months ago I entered a contest on a website, ABC & Garden Peas.  It was Hershey Ticketssponsored by Hershey’s “Sweetest Moms” blogging group.  Almost 4,000 people were entered into the contest.

Much to my happy surprise, I won!  I wasn’t the first winner, or the second winner, or the third winner, but they all failed to respond to the email saying they won.  You snooze you lose!   I responded in no time flat and scored the tickets.

Finding a Date

Road TripThey arrived in the mail (proof that I actually won!) and we started looking at the calendar for a date that would suit my husband, son, his girlfriend, and my schedule.

There was just way too much going on this year and we couldn’t agree on a date.  So my son, Neal and his girlfriend, Alexis,  made the trip in August and Mike and I are doing the road trip today.

Fun, fun, fun!  I enjoy amusement park rides and spending time with my husband,Mike.  It is a beautiful day and I plan to enjoy every minute!

Take A Chance!

So the big takeaway here is to take a chance and enter contests online.  YOU can win!   And if you do win, respond.  Check your email and reply.  You never know what or where you might win awesome tickets to visit.

We are off to have fun and ride some roller coasters!

Are You A Musician?

Are you a musician?   Do you sing or play an instrument? I used to sing in the school chorus, and with the Agape Singers and Players.   I used to play the piano, organ, clarinet, and tenor sax. 

Did I Graduate From Music?

Somehow when I graduated, I must have thought I graduated from having musical abilities as well.  I haven’t played the organ, clarinet or tenor sax since graduation day 35+ years ago.  I have on occasion played a song or two on the piano, but nothing to write home about.   I do occasionally sing with our church choir.  But that is about it as far as music goes.

Why Is This?

I wonder why this is?   I know it is the same for many of my friends and family?   Why do we work so hard to learn a skill or cultivate a talent and then just walk away from it?  Has this ever happened to you?
bandWe get busy with life and maybe we just don’t have time to keep up with it.   Or maybe because it isn’t a part of our everyday routine anymore, we don’t practice and we lose our confidence.
This isn’t just about music but with a lot of other talents.  Maybe as we age, we refine our talents and abilities and pick the ones we feel we can be most successful with to continue using as we journey through  life.  Or maybe we are just lazy and the ones that take work we let go by the wayside.

Do We Return?

I’m wondering if we ever return to those talents as we age and decide to revisit them?
What are some talents you have abandoned?   Have you considered returning to them?

Hillbilly Caviar

Also known as Red Neck Caviar!

Did you ever find a recipe that you just love, but are surprised you even like it?  My friend Cindy made this for a church event and I didn’t even want to try it.   Finally,  I sampled it and loved it.   I begged for the recipe which she shared. It is a very healthy treat and tastes wonderful.  It is great served with Tostitos Scoops Tortilla Chips or any type of crackers. I took it to work for the guys to try and they all gave it a thumbs up! I thought you might enjoy this tasty recipe.

Great Recipe
Hillbilly Caviar

Hillbilly Caviar


2 cans of black-eyed peas, drained

2 cans shoe peg corn, drained (use a bag of frozen corn since I couldn’t find the canned)

2 cans Ro-Tel tomatoes, drained

1 can black beans, drained

2 large peppers, chopped

12 small green onions, chopped

3 ripe tomatoes, chopped

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. garlic salt

1 tsp. parsley flakes

1 16 oz. bottle Zesty Italian Dressing

Mix everything in a big bowl and refrigerate at least 12 hours. (24 is better)

Serve with scoop tortilla chips or crackers.

This recipe is very flexible.  You can substitute anywhere and it still turns out great!

I have no idea where they came up with the name for this healthy, delicious recipe, but I hope you enjoy it.   Let me know what you think if it in the comments below.

29 Ways to be More Awesome: Awesomization Nation

I’m a proud member of the Awesomization Nation!

Pround Member of Awesomization Nation
Women are on the go!  Hustling to run a family, earn money, spend time with the hubby, help others when needed, and the list goes on.   They make time for everyone but themselves.   Maybe it is time to do something for yourself.

Women are awesome!  Yes, that includes YOU. YOU are an amazing person and you don’t give yourself enough credit.  YOU need to take some time for yourself.

I’m joining a group of women in a challenge titled, Awesomization Nation!

The goal is to do something for yourself every day.   You also have the opportunity to do something for your business if you have one and for the world.   We believe that you can awesomize your life by making small positive changes for 30 days.

Anyone Can Be Awesome!

With all the negativity on the news and  the election, I’m pumped to be doing something positive.

I believe that through tiny actions, we can become better happier people and totally make the world a better place. (Maybe even grow our businesses,)

Through  tiny actions, we start to see tiny impacts. And when we continue with these actions we see larger impacts. And, through more intentional actions and the support of a community of other hopeful, hard-working, positive people like YOU – a movement can happen.

What Kind of Actions?

So what kinds of tasks will you be doing for the 30-day challenge from September 1-30, 2016? In the end, that’s up to you.

You will be provided with plenty of ideas, inspiration, and amazing people to be awesome with during the challenge. All you have to do is pick one thing per day and do it.

For instance…

In the “Awesomize your Life” Category some (11) tasks to choose from might be:

  • Make sure you eat breakfast every day.
  • Drink a green smoothie every morning.
  • Spend 15 minutes talking with your spouse without interruption.
  • If you’re in the grocery store today, pick one fruit or veggie that you’ve never tried before, purchase  it and enjoy it.
  • If family dinners are not the norm, cook a nice dinner for all to enjoy.
  • Is there an area of your house that drives you crazy with clutter? Take 15 minutes declutter.
  • Find a new hobby.
  • Spend 15 minutes reading a book.
  • Take a long relaxing bath.
  • Go for a walk.
  • Enroll in a class.  Exercise, cooking, etc.

In the “Awesomize your Business” Category, a task (9) might be:

  • Create a new product
  • Take your smart Phone outside and do a quick Facebook live video for your business. Start with an intro of your name & URL, a quick message or story, and a call to action. Just give it a try.  Everyone starts somewhere.
  • Connect with a guest blogging opportunity that you’ve been drooling over. Awesome you sure would!
  • Maybe you don’t have a blog yet and want to start one…now is the time.
  • Find a product you truly believe in and take a stab at affiliate marketing.
  • Make a spreadsheet of all the products you have purchased and their logins, etc.   When you go to buy something you can refer to it
  • Clean off your desk.
  • Write 500 words towards your book every day for the whole month.
  • Create a presentation.

In the “Awesomize the World” Category, a task (9) might be:

  • Send a card to someone you haven’t connected with in a while.
  • Go through your old clothes that you know don’t fit just right and try to find 5 things that you won’t miss. Put them in your car today. Donate them this week.
  • Got hotel soaps laying around? Grab them all and put them in a bag. Sometime this week, swing them by a battered women’s shelter. They need them. When they leave an abusive situation in the middle of the night in nothing but their clothes, a bar of soap is a luxury and the first step to “normal” again.
  • Spend a day working at a food bank.
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter.
  • Sign up to be on a committee at church.
  • Call a friend and catch up.
  • Pick up trash along the road.
  • Visit the elderly in a nursing home.

So How Does This Work?

Everyone will connect in a private Facebook group where Nicole will give you an opportunity to share how you’ve been Intentionally Awesome every day.  Imagine the inspiration we’ll all find in what everyone’s up to.  It will be a cascade of Awesomeness – with absolutely no negativity allowed.

Awesomization Nation

As soon as you sign up, you’ll receive the “Quick Start Guide to Being Awesome”, a printable Awesomization tracker, a printable Vision Board, and a printable Dream-setting page.

Then, starting day 1, you’ll receive access to a Daily Dose of Awesome with ideas to awesomize your life, your business, and the world. These will be private pages on my site where I’ll share videos, links, and task ideas. Choose one per day in each area and we’ll be rocking in no time.

We start on September 1st, 2016 and will continue our awesomeness through September 30th. (Don’t worry if you see this late and miss the first few days, lots of people will still be joining!)

At the end of the 30 days, we hope doing awesome becomes a habit for you.

Your investment to make a positive change:

Only $10 today (but will be $17 soon) Price increase on Monday.

All this for the very low, low price of $10, plus at the end of the month, you will be way more awesome!

Nicole is practically giving this product away, because she wants to change the world. Each of us doing a small part can make that happen.

The only reason she is  charging at all is because she wants genuine people involved. She wants the group to be full of people willing to go the extra step (and not just whine about all the things that are bad.  No negative people permitted!).

Are you game?   Will you consider joining me and many, many more who are taking this challenge?

If you are interested….click on the link Awesomization Nation Challenge.

If you decide to join, please leave a comment so I know you are participating with me and I can help cheer you on.

You are already awesome my friend, but I’m convinced we can all be even more awesome!

Here’s to a more awesome YOU!