Great Country Farms ~Coupon~

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September may mean back to school for many, but at Great Country Farms it means back to the farm for freshly pressed cider and freshly picked apples. We will celebrate the start of the apple picking and cider pressing season with tastings of freshly pressed cider on weekends.

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Disney/Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur~ Activity Sheets

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My family is eagerly awaiting the arrival of Disney/Pixar’s newest flick, The Good Dinosaur!

The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo (voice of Raymond Ochoa) makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of. Check out the preview here! 

I have some coloring sheets, a memory game and a hexaflexagon to share with you while we all wait for this sure-to-be family favorite to open.

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Tips & Tricks For Staying Organized This School Year

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Let’s face it, we all like to make sure our kids’ first day or first few days are perfect. By perfect I mean lunches made, homework done, no one yelling, “I need my folder!” as you close the door, and no one eating a pop tart for breakfast. We like to start our kids off on a good note, but why not keep it there? Why not maintain the level of organization, planning, and readiness all year just as well as you do the first week. I have a few simple, relatively easy things you can do to make you and your child’s year run smoothly, like a well orchestrated machine! Check out these great ideas and the how-to thanks to some of my fellow bloggers 🙂

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Good Humor Ice Cream ~ In The DC Area 8/4-8/22

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This summer, Good Humor® is coming to a neighborhood near you with their Welcome to Joyhood campaign! Good Humor® wants to transform East Coast cities into capitals of joy, one neighborhood at a time… how amazing does that sound??

My family and I are big Good Humor® fans, because who doesn’t enjoy eating delicious ice cream on a gorgeous summer day with the ones you love?! Good Humor® cares about their fans and they will tell you that themselves! In fact, Good Humor® will engage with fans on Twitter, and send the Good Humor® Joy Squad through their neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. from August 4 to August 22! The Joy Squad will show up in neighborhoods, events, local retailers and local businesses, as well as some unexpected places –to bring joy to your everyday life! They even teamed up with the Washington Nationals’ mascots to surprise and delight Washington D.C. residents on August 11, by Metro Center from 12-12:30 p.m. and Dupont Circle from 12:45-1:15 p.m, to offer yummy frozen treats, fun photo opps, and more! Tweet to get your treat 🙂 Good Humor® wants to surprise and delight YOU with their oh so good frozen treats and maybe some other unexpected delights as well!

      For more info and to follow the joy, connect with Good Humor® on                    Facebook.com/goodhumor
Twitter.com/goodhumor (@GoodHumor)
Don’t forget to use the hashtag #JoyhoodDC

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Our Star Wars Party

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Last month I threw my son a Star Wars-themed party for his 9th birthday. It was a blast! Party planning is a passion of mine. I love any excuse to throw a party 🙂 Whether it’s for 10 or 50 people, I always like to make my get-together fun! There are so many creative ideas out there – the options are endless. My son had a great time with his friends, and to see the smile on his face was priceless! Here are some of my tips & tricks for throwing a Star Wars party.

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Tips & Tricks For Throwing A Favorite Things Party!

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If you haven’t heard of a Favorite Things Party yet, you are in the right place! Keep reading and you will find helpful and creative planning tools for your party.

Here is the How To…

  • Decide on a theme and or limit. We have everyone bring 3 of your favorite things to exchange. You can do more for a larger group, or less.
  • Decide if you want to include food in the party. You can have everyone bring their favorite dessert or appetizer.
  • Send an invite!
  • Play a game where you guess your guests’ favorite things. I love this printable version from Caliayang Blog.

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5 Things Every Skeptic Should Know About Essential Oils {Guest Post by Elizabeth}

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If you’re reading this, then you must be skeptical about essential oils just like I once was. Well, I’m glad you’re here because we have some things to straighten out. First, let me start by admitting this: I didn’t always sing the praises of essential oils. In fact, for a few years I was very skeptical for good reason. That’s because I was using essential oils without a whole lot of results happening. So what changed? I educated myself. Not saying you’re uneducated, but perhaps there are some things you need clarification on. So, I decided to compile a list of things that I did not know about essential oils before I started using them. Ready? Here we go.

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Our Family Summer Spot!

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Our family, as others say, is an adventurous one! We love going on day trips, familiar favorite spots, and of course, exploring new ones! This year we made the decision to get Gold Season Passes to Virginia’s premiere amusement part, Kings Dominion. It made the most sense for us to purchase the gold pass since we know we would want to come back again and again. [Read more…]

DIY Post-it Stand

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This month at our MOPS meeting we made the cutest little note stands. They are so easy, cheap and versatile, you need one in your house and office! The idea is simple. We all need notes at any given moment, yet can never seem to find those sticky notes at that exact second in time. Having a decorative stand or two around will solve that problem.

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DIY Coasters

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If you have been looking for a really wonderful, relatively inexpensive gift, look no further! DIY coasters are such a great, thoughtful gift that you can make in bulk for any occasion. With just a few supplies and some inspiration, you can have a set of your own and a set to give! [Read more…]