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Friday, October 22, 2021

Tombstone Snack Board

I'm not a regular mom, I'm a ~*~ghoul~*~ mom. I'm so sorry. I'll see my way out. 😁 Snack boards/charcuterie boards/any type of food board is always a hit around here and is truly one of my favorite things to put together for the kids for a few reasons:

1. We're big snackers!

2. You can use what you have in your fridge or pantry.

3. 9 times out of 10, if it's put together in a fun way, my kids are way more inclined to eat it and/or try new things!

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Favorite Pumpkin Patches in CT

Whether you're local to Connecticut and looking for a cute pumpkin picking spot or you're just here to enjoy the foliage for a few days, if you're looking for somewhere to have some good ol' fashioned fall fun, I've put together a list of some of our favorite farms to check out!


  • Wells Hollow Farms (Shelton) -  Wells Hollow is one of our faves! In the summer, we love stopping at their creamery (directly behind the farm) and watching the cows. Now, in the fall, it's a gorgeous little spot to pick pumpkins, grab some ice cream and enjoy their corn maze. They also have the corn maze open at night to bring your own flashlights to!
  • Jones Family Farm (Shelton) - Requires reservations / $5 (weekday) + $10 (weekend) admission and activities are additional charges. We went for the first time this year! I feel like it's worth it. Hear me out. If you buy your tickets online, half of it (per person) goes towards your pumpkins! The farm is quite large with about three different mazes to go through that are included in the price to get in. Hayrides are an additional $6 and were so worth it! We went during the week and had the whole thing to ourselves.
  • Strawberry Hollow Farm (Guilford) - No reservations needed / free admission. If you're looking for a farm directly out of a magazine, this is the one! It's so quaint, it doesn't even have a website to link to. This one is something very special to my mom and I because we used to go here with my aunt before she passed away. It's beautiful and we make sure to visit it every year.
  • Benedict's Home & Garden (Monroe) - No reservations needed / free admission but activities are additional charges. Benedict's is our go-to for all our chicken and farming needs - but there's a bunch of hidden fall activities in the back that we never knew about until a few years ago! You can pick (already picked) pumpkins in the front, check out their rescued animals and then hike up the hill to hay mazes, corn maze, nature trail and more. Some activities are free but if it isn't, it's very reasonably priced. We love Benedicts!
  • Pumpkintown USA (East Hampton) - Requires reservations. Pumpkintown is $6 to get in (children 2 and under are free), with a portion of the proceeds going to Sandy Peszynski Breast Cancer Foundation. It's a super cute "town" with small buildings and pumpkin people to check out. They used to have pumpkin chucking and a few activities to do in the town when we went a few years ago but I don't see it on the site so I'm not sure if they offer it anymore. Across the street is "The Ride" which used to be a hayride but now is a 1 mile long car ride through the forest where the pumpkin people are. Reservations are required for "The Ride" as well and are $25 per car.
  • Fair Weather Growers (Rocky Hill) - No reservations needed. Previously known as Fair Weather Acres. Price is $21 per person for all activities plus a pumpkin to take home (this is the one we do) or $18 for all activities but no pumpkin. If you're looking to spend a day somewhere, this is the spot! They have a corn maze, hay ride, animals, jump pillow, corn pit, pedal go-karts, a kids train - there's so much to do and highly recommended!

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Spooky Halloween Mugs Under $10

One of my favorite things about Halloween? Breaking out all my festive mugs! Okay. Who am I kidding? I use them all year 'round 💀 but now's the time show off the collection - and add new ones to the mix! 

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Creepy Homemade Rice Krispy Treats

Earlier this week, I made the easiest, yummiest, creepiest homemade rice krispy treats and the boys went wild! I found a recipe for one from Modern Meal Makeover that uses a special ingredient to make them extra gooey and it's a total winner over here. We added our own creepy twist to them at the end to make them perfect for a sweet Halloween treat.

Friday, October 01, 2021

2021 Boo Baskets

If you follow at least one mommy blogger on Instagram, you probably know what these are. Honestly, as extra as it is, it's one of our newest and most favorite tradition that really gets the kids (okay, and me) into the Halloween spirit. I'm talking about Boo Baskets! I love putting together a little somethin' somethin' filled with some fun, spooky things. Boo Baskets are given on October 1st, so the kids can enjoy the goodies all month long but I'm not a stickler about that and think they can be given whenever!

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

DIY Starstruck Yarn Ghosts

Boo! Can you even with these little guys?! These little starstruck tassel ghosts were inspired by these $1 bottle of "Full Moon Magic" (stars and circle confetti)! I wanted to make something fun to hang on the kids Boo Baskets and had a bunch of yarn on hand so I went to work creating these super easy tassel ghosts! Follow along below.

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