13 Fun Fall Activities We Did As A Family
- Make homemade applesauce
- Make a scarecrow
- Decorate Halloween cookies
- Go to a parade
- Visit a haunted house
- Watch scary movies
A few weeks ago I surprised my mom, grandma, and my mini (Addison) with Tea Time. We went to A Tea Affair in Lititz, PA after a friend of mine had posted about it on her Instagram. Let me just say . . . It was AHHHHHmazing!
We dressed up in fun dresses, wore hats and enjoyed a moment to be super girly!
When we first walked in for our Tea Time they took our name (we had made reservations) and said we could shop their tea shop with trinkets and tea accessories while waiting for our table.
I am NOT a fan of tea, but totally a fan of a tea party and thankfully they had a lemonade option. They had a wide variety of tea for selection available hot or cold. My grandma choose the chocolate covered strawberry tea served hot. It smelled scrumptious!
The staff was great there also. When making our reservation I let them know we were bringing a child and they prepared a special kid-friendly meal just for Addison.
Addison had turkey and cheese “tea sandwiches,” fruit ka-bobs and some lovely cookies.
The grown ups had a variety of tea sandwiches, crackers, scones, salad and desserts.
After we finished up our desserts we took to the streets of Lititz to explore. We checked out the newly re-finished Wilbur Chocolate Factory, some antique stores and a rare meats and cheeses store called The Savory Gourmet . I tried some of the most amazing cheeses I have ever tasted there.
It was a great day spent with the matriarchs in our family! I am so glad we were able to have a girl’s day which is rare with our crazy schedules.
With less than two weeks to go of school to go I am racking my brain to find out how I am going to survive this summer with my trio of minis home with me all day every day and not go nuts.
Our minis love their Kindles, but I don’t want them focused on screens all summer considering they had them in school as well. So I am looking at ideas to keep them busy.
Here are some of the ideas I have found:
In our community we have a FREE library where they have preschool-elementary age reading programs. In these programs they have show and tell, crafts, and story time. A great way to keep those minds busy and practice those reading skills.
We have several playgrounds in our area, two of which have school-aged activities scheduled throughout the summer some of which include field trips to local ice cream shops and mini golf.
Our family loves to play mini-golf (we call it Putt-Putt) and their are several mini-golf locations in our area as well. We also make it a point to go “Putt-Putt” when we take our annual family beach trip.
Speaking of the beach I should have known with my love for swimming that I’d give birth to little fishys too! Our minis love to be in the water and we are so grateful to have relatives with a beautiful pool where we spend many summer days.
We enjoy visiting the Cape May Zoo which is a FREE (donation) zoo in New Jersey.
This summer is the summer of learning to ride our bikes so we will be spending much of our summer riding around town.
We also love to go and pick Strawberries.
Then after a hot day of strawberry picking several movie theaters offer discount and sometimes FREE kid movies.
There you have it folks, your activity survival guide for this summer. What are your summer plans?
I don’t know about you but I am ready to start sprucing up for spring. Even though there is still snow on the ground and more to come, my indoors is ready to be bright and cheerfully spring! I enjoy decorating my home but I also don’t want to spend a fortune doing so. I like to hit up the dollar store to grab some great pieces to bring spring time indoors while staying on a budget.
Ta-Da! This is the finished product with dollar store only items. But why stop there:
I added some St. Patrick’s day garland to make it a bit more festive…. I’m not done yet!
I combined the items I found at the dollar store and the items I found throughout my house to create three refreshed areas in my living room space including this beautifully spruced up for spring mantel.
Skin- I recently shared a post about using AIVOYE Suction Black Mask Deep Cleansing Face Mask with activated charcoal. I’m super excited to add this to my regular beauty routine as well as the smoothness of my skin after using the cleansing mask. I am also loving Nivea In Shower Body Lotion. My skin is naturally dry and I am allergic to most lotions so using the Nivea In Shower Body Lotion leaves my skin feeling refreshingly smooth without the allergic reaction.
Teeth- I recently started using Colgate Optic White Toothbrush Plus Whitening Pen in hopes of lessening the years and years of Coca-Cola stains on my teeth. Focusing on a better brighter smile since that’s what I do 98% of my day is smile.
Lips- Lip sugar scrubs and colour pop lip color. I have done some research on beauty tips and applying a lip sugar scrub prior to your lip color helps keep the color from fading throughout the day. I have an obsession with anything lip gloss, lip stick, Chap Stick, lip love all the way but the disappointment of having to re-apply every hour was/is starting to get old.
Make-Up- I am really trying hard to give up on heavy make-up products. Throughout many of my high school and college years, black eye-liner was all I ever used with the occasional mascara. Now as a mom boss I’d like something a little less intense and more natural.
Diet- As I posted before the family and I have started using Hello Fresh for meals throughout the week. Check out my Hello Fresh post here. I have also shared about my struggle with weight gain. So why does this apply to my 2017 Beauty Upgrades for 2017, because what you put in your mouth is just as important if not more important as what you put on your face and skin. A healthy diet will allow for more glow and hydration.
Walking into 2017 charcoal is the new “in” thing. Charcoal facials, pedicures, toothpaste, charcoal is hidden secret in the beauty world. This latest health and beauty fad is using activated charcoal to remove toxins and re-energize the body by removing dirt and oil from the body. Activated charcoal is known to draw out bacteria, poisons, chemicals, dirt and other micro-particles to the surface of the skin helping to get a more flawless complexion. Some say charcoal can also relief stings and other poisons.
So the Hubs and I took the challenge . . .
First step was to was your face with warm water.
Once your face was washed you apply the AIVOYE Suction Black Mask Deep Cleansing Face Mask. In this demo we used q-tips to apply the mask. Let dry for 10-15 minutes. Key note: make sure to apply the mask thick to make it easier to peel off.
Step Two: Once the mask is completely dry begin peeling it off. The Hubs said his face felt smooth afterwards and his pores were very open as you can see in the picture. I did not like peeling off the mask with how dry my skin is so I used good ole’ soap and water and washed my face. I also felt that my skin was very smooth afterward. I noticed that by doing the charcoal facial mask in the morning and then applying my usual make-up routine helped my make-up last longer throughout the day.
If you’re in the market for a new product to try and give yourself an at home spa experience, AIVOYE Suction Black Mask Deep Cleansing Face Mask just might be for you. I really believe this is an amazing addition to my skincare routine. My favorite part is that it is an affordable product that you can pick up on Amazon and even qualifies for Amazon Prime Free Shipping!
What health and beauty fad are you into right now? Have you used activated charcoal before? I wanna know.