Monthly Archives: September 2014

Summers Farm

Summers Farm
5620 Butterfly Ln
Frederick, MD 21703
http://summersfarm.com
 

Last Sunday we took a road trip up 270 to check out the fall festival at Summers Farm in Frederick. It was our first time visiting and I must say we were very impressed with everything they had to offer! It had a great fall atmosphere and was not overly crowded.

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As we were driving up to the entrance, the girls got excited when they saw the large area filled with all sorts of fun activities.

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Clara first spotted the animals and wanted to go visit them right away. We bought animal feed at the entrance, so she was ready to feed the goats.

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In addition to goats, they also have ducks, geese, chickens, llamas, pigs, and miniature horses.

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After checking out all the animals, we continued to make our way around to all the other activities including the spider web climb, giant jumping pillow, tube slides, and apple blaster.

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The pumpkin train was a big hit with my girls, since it is something we haven’t seen at any other farms yet. A little bumpy for me but fun was had by all!

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The list of attractions continues – there is a playground area with animal swings, right-hand only maze, football and baseball toss games, pumpkin hut, corn cribs, tether ball, hip-hop balls, and rubber duck races.

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There are two corn mazes – a short and a long. We opted for the short maze, since it is more suitable for the younger crowd. Clara was excited about finding each number along the way. The longer and more challenging maze spans 14 acres and includes 2.5 miles of pathways.

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It was a hot day when we were at Summers Farm last weekend, so my girls were tired after just a couple hours of running around. Although, there were definitely enough activities to keep them busy for much longer. We didn’t end up going for a hayride to pick our own pumpkins but we did grab a pumpkin at the market before leaving. They also make amazing apple cider donuts that are for sale in the market. You must try them!

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Additional Information:

•Admission is $6.95 on weekdays, $10.95 on weekends. Kids 2 and under are free.
•Lots of food options available at the Barnyard Grill, Sweet Shoppe, and Feed Sack.
•The farm is open at night in the fall and you can reserve a campfire ($65) for roasting hotdogs or s’mores.
•The farm is spread out, so I recommend bringing a stroller for little ones. There aren’t any paths but it is still easy enough to push a stroller throughout the property.
•Portable restrooms only.
•Summers Farm also offers field trips and birthday parities on site.



Great Country Farms

Great Country Farms
18780 Foggy Bottom Road
Bluemont, VA 20135
http://www.greatcountryfarms.com
 

Great Country Farms is a 200 acre working farm located at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains outside the village of Bluemont, Virginia. It is about an hour drive from Washington, DC. The girls and I ventured out there last week to meet our friends at the farm for an afternoon of fun.

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After mentioning to Clara that they have a giant jumping pillow, she insisted that we go there first. We spent a good amount of time here bouncing, running, and giggling.

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Next, Clara asked to see the animals. My girls both LOVE animals and will have a great time when we go anywhere that has animals. Great Country Farms has turkeys, pigs, goats, mini horses, rabbits, peacocks, ducks, chickens, and sheep. There is animal feed available to purchase for feeding the goats.

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Then we took the kids over to the playground area. There are a few different structures to play on including a ship, tractor, and a monster truck. There is also a corn bin, a giant chess board, and tube slides.

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Then it was time to go apple picking. I purchased a Certifikid deal for admission and it also included 2 lbs of apples. The wagon for apple picking leaves at the top of every hour. It takes guests across the street and into the Bluemont Vineyard property, which is owned by the same family.

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The view is absolutely stunning with the orchards at the base of the hill and the vineyard towards the top.

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There were a few different varieties of apples available to pick including Fuji, Ruby John, Honey Crisp, and Jonafree. We decided to pick the Fuji and they were delicious.

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As usual, Clara did all the picking while Mae munched on an apple.

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The wagon waits until everyone has returned from picking and then takes all the guests back to the entrance of Great Country Farms.

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On our way out, we stopped at the farm market to pay for our apples and get a few other goodies. The market offers seasonally fresh produce, local honey, jams, gifts, and snacks.

Of course we had to get the obligatory photo with the giant cow before leaving.

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I definitely recommend a trip to Great Country Farms. It is well worth the drive from the city. There are enough activities to keep children busy for several hours. You could also make it a day trip and visit some of the family friendly vineyards in the area.

Additional information:

•Admission is $8/child (ages3-10) & $10/adult on weekdays. $10/child (ages 3-10) & $12/adult on festival weekends. Children under 2 years, active & retired military, CSA, and Fan of the Farm season pass holders, do not pay admission.
•The farm is spread out, so bring a stroller for little ones. There are paths throughout making it stroller friendly.
•CSA memberships available.
•Pick-your-own produce includes cherries, black raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, plums, peaches, blackberries, tomatoes, green beans, peppers, potatoes, concord grapes, pumpkins, kale, swiss chard, & mustard greens.
•Follow Great Country Farms on Facebook & Twitter for updated pick-your-own availability.
•Roosteraunt is open on weekends and serves up cider donuts, kettle corn, hotdogs, pies and other snacks.
•The farm also offers weddings, corporate meetings, birthday parities, and field trips.



Green Meadows Petting Farm – Barnyard Bash

Green Meadows Petting Farm
10102 Fingerboard Road
Ijamsville, MD 21754
http://www.greenmeadowsevents.com

Green Meadows Petting Farm is a fun interactive place to take the family. It is described as a farm animal learning center company. I had taken Clara once last summer before baby Mae was born but we had never been to the barnyard bash before. Last Sunday was an absolutely gorgeous day to make a trip to the farm for the their third annual barnyard bash event.

Green Meadows was founded by Bob and Coni Keyes in Waterford, Wisconsin in 1964 as a petting farm. Members of the Keyes Family have opened eight additional Green Meadows Farms in New York, Wisconsin, Texas, Maryland, New Jersey Connecticut, Florida, and Illinois. Every year over 500,000 guests pass through the gates of Green Meadows Farms. The farm in Ijamsville currently operates as “home base” to the family’s many business ventures.

After parking in the field and buying tickets at the entrance, we first headed down the hill to check out the animal barn.

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In this barn there were baby ducks and chicks who were just a few days old. The girls loved petting them and watching them move around in the bin. There were also rabbits, a llama, cow, pigs, and a 10 day old calf.

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Next we walked outside to visit the horses and miniature donkeys.

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Then a person from the Green Meadows staff announced that there would be a pig race starting soon so we sat down on the bleachers to watch. They assigned each section of the bleachers a different “color” pig to cheer for during the race. Clara was really excited to cheer for our pig but sadly he didn’t win this time :).

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Next we made our way over to the dairy barn. I love the rustic charm of this barn!

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Inside we met Stormy, a 2 year old Holstein. Clara enjoyed milking her with help from the nice farmhand.

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We made our way around the farm to visit many of the other animals including emus, pigs, sheep, turkeys, chickens, ducks, kangaroos and goats. The staff at Green Meadows were all very friendly and knowledgeable about the animals.

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At the event, there was also live music, an ice cream truck, and several other food vendors. They also had a pumpkin painting station, pony rides, face painting, rubber duck races, hay rides, combine play area, and a mobile gem mining station.

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This was a fun event and we will definitely make it a yearly tradition for our family.  There was enough to see and do to keep my girls entertained for a few hours.  I love that it is also an educational activity for children. Always a win-win if you can entertain your kids and teach them something at the same time.

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Other good information to know before you go:

•Tickets for the barnyard bash were $10 for anyone over 2 years old. Normal admission is $12.oo. There is a $2 off coupon available to print from their website.
•The farm is spread out, so you might want a stroller for little ones. It is fairly easy to get around pushing a stroller.
•The farm offers birthday parties and field trips for schools.
•Bathrooms and concessions available.
•Outside food and drink is allowed and there are picnic tables available.



Reston Zoo

Reston Zoo
1228 Hunter Mill Road
Vienna, VA 22182
http://www.restonzoo.com/
 

The Reston Zoo is a 30 acre zoo located in Fairfax county. It is a small, interactive zoo that is home to hundreds of animals, many of which you can get up close to pet and feed. The little ones especially love the interaction with the animals and it’s not something that many other zoos offer. It is a nice change from the National Zoo as it is easy to navigate and you can see everything here in a couple hours.

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The zoo includes a petting barn, budgie aviary, reptile house, kangaroo walk through and a safari wagon ride which is the highlight of the zoo for my girls.

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At the gift shop I purchased animal feed, a lamb bottle, and budgie feeding sticks. We first went to the petting barn to feed the goats, lambs, and ducks. Also, in the petting barn are pigs, chickens, llamas, and rabbits.

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Across from the petting barn are tortoises, brown-headed spider monkeys, indian peafowls, a scarlet macaw, and more pigs.

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Next we went into the reptile house (my least favorite part) to look at the snakes, frogs, turtles, baby alligators, and spiders. This was a quick 2 minute stroll through as I am pretty terrified of snakes! Eeeeeeeek!

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As we continued through the zoo, we visited the Andean condors, mountain cotimundis, ring-tailed lemurs, and golden-headed lion tamarins.

Then we went into the free flight budgie aviary to feed the birds.

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Clara was timid at first but then grew more confident in holding the feeding stick while the birds landed to eat.

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Next we went on the Zoofari Wagon ride. This is definitely my girls favorite part of the zoo. It is a 20 minute ride through the lower half of the zoo that is the free roaming preserve. On this ride we saw camels, antelopes, zebras, buffalo, ostrich, watusi, and llamas.

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The animals are all very friendly and will come right up to the wagon when it stops. Be sure to save some animal feed for the ride. The wagon stops a couple times and the guide shares interesting facts about the animals.

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After the wagon ride, we still had a few more areas of the zoo to explore. The girls enjoyed watching and petting the ponies. The zoo offers pony rides for $4.

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Next we went through the kangaroo walk.

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We finished with a quick stop at the alligators and then walked back to the gift shop. I bought the girls an ice cream treat and it was time to head home. We definitely recommend a trip to the Reston zoo!

Good to Know:

•Ticket prices: Adult (13-64) $12.95, Senior (65+) $11.95, Child (2-12) $9.95, Child under 2 is free.
•The Zoofari Wagon Ride is included in the admission price. The wagon leaves at the top of every hour beginning at 10am. Be sure to save some animal feed for the wagon ride!
•Budgie bird feed sticks are $1 each, animal feed is $3.25/cup, lamb bottles are $1.50/bottle.
•The zoo is stroller friendly. But strollers are not allowed on the wagon ride. They must be parked in the designated area before loading the wagon.
•Outside food and beverages are allowed and there are several picnic areas available.
•The zoo now has a Zoo Tots program which includes story time with a zoo keeper followed by animal interaction.  10:30am & 1:30pm on select Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout September and October. $4.00 or $3.00 for season pass holders.
•The Reston Zoo sponsors an Easter Egg hunt in the spring, Boo at the Zoo in October, and Zoolights in December to celebrate the holidays.



Butler’s Orchard

Butler’s Orchard
222000 Davis Mill Road
Germantown, MD 20876
http://www.butlersorchard.com/
 

This family owned and operated farm originated in the 1950s and now includes 300 acres where they grow over 25 kinds of fruits, veggies, and flowers. I started visiting the farm years before having children and now I enjoy taking my girls here several times a year. It is conveniently located off interstate 270 making it quicker to get to than other farms in the area. However, that also means that it is much more crowded, especially on the weekends or during their holiday festivals.

ButlerssignDuring the school year, the weekdays are not busy so I decided to take my girls last Friday. The pick your own crop throughout the year includes: strawberries, sugar snap and English peas, blueberries, tart cherries, flowers, blackberries, potatoes, red raspberries, tomatoes, apples, pumpkins, and Christmas trees. Last week, the apples were not yet ready to pick so we headed to the raspberry field first. The picking was plentiful.

ButlersraspfieldMae was eating the berries faster than Clara and I could pick them so we ended up not having many to take home. At least Mae had a tummy full of delicious raspberries.

ButlersClaraIt was close to 90 degrees that day so the girls did not last long out in the field where there was no shade. We got in the car and I turned up the air conditioning and we drove over to the Sunflower field. Clara has always loved picking flowers.

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After picking a few gigantic sunflowers we drove up to the area where the holiday festivals take place. In this space is a playground with a few different wooden structures including a pirate ship, castle, and train.

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After burning off some energy at the playground, we drove down to the entrance and stopped at the farm market to pay for our raspberries and purchase a few more items. The market is stocked with the season’s fresh produce. They also have a dairy case with local cheese, milk, and eggs. Fresh baked pies and other baked goods, kitchen supplies, and home decorations are also for sale.

ButlersmarketButler’s is probably best known for their Halloween and Easter festivals. Their 34th annual Pumpkin festival is just around the corner: September 27 & 28, October 4, 5, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 25, 26. 10am – 5:00pm. This festival has so many fun activities for children including: hayrides, giant slides, straw maze, pumpkinland, pedal tractors, corn hole, pumpkin coach, corn maze, hayloft, pony rides, pumpkin cannon, face painting, kids crafts, and pick your own pumpkins. There is also live music. The festival is $11 per person and children 2 and under are free. We have attended in years past on nice days and it is completely packed with people. We once had to wait over 45 minutes in line to purchase food. So it might be a good idea to pack a picnic if you are there during lunch time.

The Bunnyland Eggstravaganza has similar activities but with an Easter theme: hayride down the bunny trail, rubber duck derby, egg hunt, moon bounce, & bunnies, chicks, & lambs in the barn. Tickets are $8.75 per child and $6.75 per adult. When I have been in years past, the Bunnyland festival has been much less busy than the Pumpkin festival.

Good to know:

•Containers for pick your own are available for purchase in the market. If you bring your own, make sure to have them weighed first.
•For the festivals, it is cash only at the entrance gates. You can purchase tickets with a credit card at the farm market.
•Some of the activities at the festivals are at an additional cost so bring extra cash for face painting, pony rides, etc.
•Portable restrooms only.
•Sign up for the email newsletter to receive updated pick your own information and other news.



Homemade Hand Sanitizer

It’s back to school time and with that comes the influx of germs which leads to colds and flus. I was super excited to find out that I could make an all natural non-toxic hand sanitizer for my girls by using my Young Living essential oils. My 1 year old is teething like crazy and is constantly putting her hands in her mouth, so Purell is definitely not an option. I am keeping this hand sanitizer in my diaper bag so I have it where ever we go and I can proactively try to combat the germs. I would love to keep my family healthy and happy this cold and flu season.

The secret weapon in this recipe is the Thieves oil. It is a “miracle blend” of five oils: eucalyptus, rosemary, cinnamon, clove and lemon.  It aids in maintaining a healthy immune system to help fight illness. Fun fact: clove kills more than 60 different types of bacteria.

Thieves gets its name from this legend dating back to the Middle Ages:

Century after century, bubonic plague outbreaks decimated the population of Asia and Europe for the better part of a thousand years. Out of this period emerged a legend of four thieves who were captured and charged with robbing the dead and dying victims. When the thieves were tried, the magistrate offered leniency if they would reveal how they resisted contracting the infection as they performed their gruesome acts. They told of a special concoction of aromatic herbs, including garlic, cloves and rosemary, that they rubbed on themselves before committing their crimes.

HandsanitizerThe recipe:

Step 1: Fill a 4oz glass spray bottle with 2oz witch hazel
Step 2: Add 2 tbsp vitamin E oil
Step 3: Add 25 drops Thieves oil
Step 4: Add 10 drops Lemon oil
Step 5: Fill the rest of the bottle with water & shake well

Super easy and so much better for you without the harsh ingredients of other sanitizers!

The Lemon and Thieves oil come in the Young Living Premium Starter Kit. If you don’t have your kit yet, you can get one here.



All Aboard Kensington!

Kensington Armory/Town Hall
3710 Mitchell Street
Kensington, MD 20895
 

I would have loved to watch the Redskins game this afternoon but my girls were just not going to let me. It was one of those days. I decided I would take them to the train show so my husband and his friends could watch the game in peace. This was the fourth annual year of this family friendly model train show held on Saturday and Sunday from 11-5pm. Tickets were $5 for adults, $2 for kids, or $10 for a family.

All Aboard Kensington is a benefit for the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation (www.noyeslibraryfoundation.org) and the Kensington Historical Society (www.kensingtonhistory.org).

As we entered the Town Hall we saw the massive train track and watched as the trains went around.

Train1train2As we made our way around the hall we came to a table with a wooden train set. The girls had fun playing with this for a while.

train4Then I bought the girls each a mini cupcake made by Jennycakes Bakery and we went into a smaller side room for the entertainment. Matthew Dodd, dressed in an old time train conductor uniform was telling railroad stories and singing songs. The previous day of the train show, the Dixie Land Express band was performing.

train3There were also various booths around the Town Hall that were giving away train whistles, key chains, bookmarks, etc.  A Boy Scout Troop was selling food under a tent outside. My girls were entertained for a while but I think it would be a bigger hit for any children who are Thomas the Train or Chuggington fans. Regardless, I was very happy to contribute to raising funds for the Noyes Library, which is a gem for children in our community.

After seeing all the trains at the show, Clara asked if we could go ride one. So, then we went over to the Wheaton Regional Park for a ride on the miniature train and that completed our train themed day.



National Building Museum

National Building Museum
401 F St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 272-2448
www.nbm.org
 

The National Building Museum has two great ongoing exhibits for kids – Play Work Build and the Building Zone. I had been to the museum for other events but had not taken my girls before. So Thursday afternoon I decided we would go since it was too hot to play outside. I was lucky enough to find a metered parking spot along the street (2 hours for $4). There are also several parking garages nearby. And the Judiciary Square metro stop is located just across the street.

NBMsign Once inside the museum, you can purchase tickets at the admissions desk located in the center of the Great Hall. I had already bought our tickets online through a Certifikid deal but still needed to get our wristbands at the desk. Admission into the Building Zone includes 45 minutes of play, so you need to schedule your entrance time when you purchase your tickets.

NBMdeskFirst, we went up to the second level to the Play Work Build exhibit.

NBMwpbsignThis exhibit is a really great interactive play space for children of all ages and includes a world-class Architectural Toy Collection, a hands-on block play area, and an original digital interactive block wall. My girls were first drawn to the lighted table to play with the small individual blocks. It was fun watching them as their little minds worked to figure out how to connect and stack to create different structures.

NBMmaeJust beyond this area is where children can build and recreate their small scale designs with the large scale blue blocks. Clara’s mission was to build a castle. The girls also had fun sticking the long foam tubes into the holes in the wall. We were lucky to have free run of the place since we were the only guests in the exhibit at the time.

NBMblocksFurther back is the digital interactive block wall. It’s fun to watch as virtual blocks fill the wall & then you can knock them down. My girls watched this for a few minutes but were much more interested in playing with the real super-sized blocks.

There is also a table with Lincoln Logs and gear toys where children can further explore their building and creativity skills. Throughout the museum are displays of building toys from the past.

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Next, we went back down to the first floor and visited the Building Zone. This exploratory exhibit is designed for children ages 2-6. Families who are just interested in visiting this exhibit only can purchase tickets for $3. In this space children are encouraged to use imaginative play to interact with others, develop problem solving skills, and gain self confidence. My girls first went over to check out the Project Playhouse, a life-size custom built “green” house. Inside, they enjoyed playing with the kitchen toys.

NBMbuildzoneIn other areas of the space children can look at architecture books in the book nook, drive construction play trucks, or play dress up and imagine being a construction worker.

NBMbuildzone1Clara really enjoyed building with the giant Lego blocks.

NBMlegosOverall, my girls and I had a fun time at the museum. Definitely worth checking out whether you live in the area or are just visiting the city.

Additional info:

•Tickets are $8 for adults & $5 for children ages 3-17.
•Admission is free for children ages 2 and under.
•Bathrooms equipped with changing tables.
•No food or drink in the exhibits.
•Peak visitation hours are 10-12pm & weekends.
•Cafe located on the first floor with drinks, pastries, & salads available for sale.



Pinkalicious the Musical – Adventure Theatre

Adventure Theatre
Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd
Glen Echo, MD 20812
(301) 634-2270
http://www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org
 
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Clara and I enjoyed Pinkalicious so much that we saw it two times this summer! We went this past Sunday since it was the final day it was showing. The musical is based on the book Pinkalicious, which we are fans of reading at home.

Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.

The set immediately made us smile as we walked into the theater. It is so well done with bright colors, various textures, and pink accented lighting. Clara even said “Wow, look Momma” when we walked in through the doors. Polka dots & doilies are painted on the floor, fluffy white clouds adorn the walls, and glittery chandeliers hang from the ceiling. The costumes are just as impressive. When Pinkalicious wakes up pink, she is wearing a pink wig and frilly cupcake dress, just like in the book. The songs are very catchy and fun. I caught Clara trying to sing along a couple times. Overall, it is a great production that is sure to be a hit for any child who is a fan of the book series.

Before the show, we visited the dress up station in the lobby and Clara picked out a pink dress to wear.

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After the show, we stopped by the Pinkalicious themed concession stand to get pink lemonade & pink cupcakes.

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The next production at Adventure Theater is Stuart Little, showing September 19 through October 26th. We will definitely be going to Stuart Little since we had such a good experience at Pinkalicious.

Good to Know:

•Buy tickets online ahead of time as the shows normally sell out.
•Tickets are $19. Everyone over age 1 is required to have a ticket.
•General admission seating.
•Doors open 15 minutes before showtime, so arrive early to get seats up front.
•The theater is small, so there really isn’t a bad seat. We sat in the back row at each show and could see and hear everything just fine.
•All of the Adventure Theater productions last about 1 hour.
•The show is advertised as appropriate for all ages but I personally wouldn’t take a child much younger than age 3 since they do have to sit still and be quiet for an hour.
•Bathrooms located in the lobby.
•Stroller parking in the lobby.
•Food and drink is not allowed in the theater.



Sleepy Cream & Sweet Dreams for All

If you are a momma who could use more sleep in your life, please keep reading. Let’s be real, moms have a really tough job. I think that anything to make our lives easier should be shared so I am here to tell you about Young Living Essential oils. When I first heard about these oils, I was pretty skeptical. It took a few weeks of seeing people’s posts for me to jump in and purchase a starter kit. I was amazed at how they were helping me: increased energy, putting me to sleep quicker, enhancing my mood, helping me lose a few more pounds and the list goes on. I overall felt healthier. I was so intrigued and continued to research and read about the oils. I then realized I could use them on my girls.

This was around the same time our baby was turning 1. For the past year, she has been waking up every few hours at night. I never could take the cry-it-out method so I would have some late night snuggles, which I didn’t mind. But as she was nearing her first birthday, I really felt myself breaking from the lack of sleep. I wanted my whole family to get better sleep. My 3 year old became a good sleeper after age 2, but she is so full of energy that it still takes a lot of effort to get her to wind down in the evenings.

I was pretty desperate so I started using the oils in our bedtime routine and it changed my life. (So much that I now have the time and energy to blog and to share with all Mom’s!). Both girls are out by 7:30pm and sleep through the night for 11-12 hours.

About an hour before bedtime, I start diffusing lavender downstairs. We then go upstairs for bath time and I add a couple drops of Peace & Calming to the water.

bathtimeAfter bath time the girls get their sleepy cream massages. I continue to diffuse lavender in their rooms as we read bedtime stories and say prayers.

diffuserbedtimestoriesHere is my sleepy cream recipe. All of these essential oils (and the diffuser) come in the Premium Starter Kit (which is how I got started).

Sleepy Cream Recipe:

•3 tbsp Coconut Oil
•10 drops Lavender
•10 drops Peace & Calming
•10 drops Valor
•Mix it up and store in a glass jar.
•Apply like lotion (for babies under 6 months just massage on the feet, however you can diffuse the oils at any age)

sleepycream And there you go, sweet dreams for all!

All of these essential oils (and the diffuser) come in the Premium Starter Kit (which is how I got started).

To grab your starter kit, click here.

Select “Sign up As: Young Living Wholesale Member” (this will get you 24% off forever & always!)

The “Enroller ID” and “Sponsor ID” boxes should already be filled in for you. If they aren’t, my ID is 1903783.

Fill out your name, billing address, shipping address and contact info. The reason you are asked for your SSN is for tax purpose. If you make over $600 a year selling Young Living products you will receive a 1099 form in the mail, as is required by law. Young Living never shares this info with anyone and you are not obligated to ever sell anything if you don’t want to).

Create your password and pin which you will use to log in to your account and order your oils.

Select your enrollment order. This is where you can specify which starter kit you would like. I recommend the Premium Kit with the Aroma Diffuser, which is $160 (bottom row center).

Next, it will ask you if you want to sign up for the Essential Rewards program. I recommend clicking “no thank you” for now.

Click “I agree and next.”

Confirm your order.

Sleepy Cream has changed our lives and I hope it can do the same for you!