Something Whimsical: Pumpkins and my favorite Pumpkin Products

The Best Pumpkin Products
Here is my list of my favorite pumpkin products available.

One of my favorite things about fall is the pumpkins. There is just something so whimsical about them. The bright orange color and their different shapes and sizes are just fun and make me smile.  I love going to the pumpkin patch to pick them out, carving them, roasting their seeds and enjoying all kinds of pumpkin foods during fall. Thank goodness you can get canned pumpkin year-round, sometimes in the heat of summer, I just need some pumpkin muffins!!!  I really love all things pumpkin! Here is a list of my favorite pumpkin products.

 

No affiliate links in this post, just what I think are some of the best pumpkin products, in my opinion.

I will start my list with another favorite ingredient of mine chocolate. My love for chocolate is more than my love for pumpkin, see my post on my favorite way to eat chocolate, but this first item on my pumpkin list combines my love for chocolate and pumpkin, so it is a win-win.

My Favorite Pumpkin Products
My list of my favorite pumpkin products.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Hands down this is my favorite pumpkin recipe and of course, it is by Martha Stewart. This recipe is moist, full of pumpkin flavor and has the perfect amount of chocolate chips. I have been making it for years. It is easy to make and I dare you not to like it.

Pumpkin Snacks/Food

If you are looking for a place where you can get a bunch of pumpkin flavored food all in one place, then Trader Joe’s is your go to pumpkin place. Trader Joe’s really knows how to do pumpkin food.  I really love their Pumpkin Cranberry Crisps.  They taste delicious plain, but I think they pair really well with goat cheese and honey. Their Pumpkin Waffles are also a favorite in our house. Trader Joe’s seems to have pumpkin everything, but it’s the pumpkin bread that we really love.

Favorite Pumpkin Bread

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bread. You can’t beat the price, $2.99 a box.  It is easy to whip up and we love the spicy taste. I like to make it in a bunt pan, just to mix things up a bit. I have made pumpkin bread from scratch and really enjoy doing so, but the box is just so darn easy. This pumpkin bread has been a favorite for several years, but this year we found something that is a new favorite.

NEW Favorite

Pumpkin Spice Cheerios

Pumpkin Spice Cheerios: I saw these in Target and thought why not? Not everything that is pumpkin spice is a hit, for example, I was not a fan of Pumpkin Spice M&Ms. I only bought one box of the Pumpkin Spice Cheerios, just in case we did not like them. We tried them and they are so good. They are so good and we enjoyed them so much, I went back to Target the next day and bought 3 more boxes. I thought they really tasted like pumpkin spice. The clove spice in them gives the Cheerios a warming slightly spicy taste. Yum! I know there is a lot of food on this list, but I also have a pumpkin thing and a pumpkin place that I hope you will enjoy as much as we do.

Pumpkin Decorations

There is just something so adorable about them, I collect all kinds of pumpkin decorations for fall. I have found cute pumpkins covered with sweater like fabric from Target. I found some painted plaster ones at the Dollar Store, but my most treasured pumpkins are my glass pumpkins that I selected at a Glass Pumpkin Patch. The Tacoma Glass Blowing Studio takes their beautiful glass blown pumpkins to different locations and they set up a “pumpkin patch” of their beautiful glass pumpkins. They have so many colors and sizes. There are still be a few more glass pumpkin patches from the Tacoma Glass Blowing Studio, check out the schedule here. 

Glass Pumpkin Decorations
High/Low decorations: Glass pumpkins from the Tacoma Glass Blowing Studio sweater pumpkins Target and painted pumpkins from Dollar Store.

Our Favorite Pumpkin Place

I almost don’t want to share this pumpkin place since it is already very popular, but I will because it is so much fun and you should check it out. We have started going each year to Bob’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Farm. Bob’s is a huge farm in Snohomish county. There several huge fields where you can find great pumpkins. There are hay rides,  play areas for the kids, an apple cannon, country market, corn maze, and our favorite mini fresh made apple and pumpkin doughnuts, yes I said fresh mini PUMPKIN doughnuts. It can get pretty muddy so bring rain boots and a change of clothes for your littles. We have gone the last few years and I am looking forward to going this year.

Picking pumpkins at Bob’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Farm

So that is my list of my favorite pumpkin things. I hope you check some of them out if you are fall and pumpkin crazy like me. Don’t forget to  sign up for your Free tags in the sidebar!

Cheers, Amy

 

 

 

P.S.

Bucket List Tradition Update

Our little family has really been enjoying our Fall Bucket List Tradition. Big and Little have so much fun pulling cards out of our bucket and my husband enjoys watching me figure out how I am going to cram more activities in to the week. The month of September we pulled so many apple cards; we love apples so it wasn’t too bad. One activity I was looking forward to pulling most  was the Apple Picking card. We picked apples, yeah ,but it was not in Washington. We picked apples when we visited my sister in Montana. I am still on a mission to pick apples in Washington. I am not giving up just yet, we will pick apples in Washington this season! While September was filled with apple activities, I hope the month of October will be full of pumpkin cards.

 

 


Cheers, Amy

Our New Fall Tradition: Fall Family Fun Bucket List

Make your own Fall Family Fun Bucket List
New Tradition: Fall Family Fun Bucket List: Make your own!

Creating traditions and making memories is one of the things I looked forward to most when I dreamed about becoming a parent. I had such fond memories of my childhood of the fun things we did every year. When thinking about traditions, I decided I would let my favorite season guide my new tradition. Fall, hands down, is my favorite season!!! (check out my fall themed mugs in my shop 😊)  I have tried to think of ways to share my love of fall with my boys, Big and Little. They are 3.5 and 18.5 months. I went to my go-to inspiration spot on the web, Pinterest. Scrolling through the fall themed pins, one pin jumped out at me and inspired me make my Fall Bucket List.

Fall Family Fun Bucket List

The Fall Bucket List on Pinterest that I found was literally a little bucket filled with different color Popsicle sticks. Each stick had a different activity written on it. I love this idea. It could make an amazing gift for a teacher or friend. It is so cute and looks like fun to make. I just have one problem, ok two, but they are so sweet and I love them to bits.

Since my kids are of the toddler and preschool age, doing this project is not in the cards for me at this moment. I have tried to do painting crafts and get Big involved, but it spirals into a mess and he is only interested in it for maybe 15 minutes and then would rather go outside. So I pinned the literal bucket list to my Fall Activities, Crafts and Recipes board on Pinterest, to save for a later day when the boys are a bit older.

Follow me on Pinterest to keep up with all the fun fall ideas I will be pinning and trying.

Looking at this bucket list and others I have seen on Pinterest, got my creative juices flowing, I could make my own “Bucket List”.  Writing down my favorite fall activities and having the boys select one is a fun way to share all the things I love about fall with Big and Little. I am really looking forward to starting my Fall Family Fun Bucket List tradition. I wanted to make my bucket list easy to create; hopefully most people already have these items at home or at work.

Fall Family Fun Bucket List
Use any container you have on hand and print my cute cards to make your own fall family fun bucket list.

Here is what you will need to make my Fall Family Fun Bucket List

Computer and printer with color ink
Printer paper and/or card stock
My cute Fall Family Fun PDF (sign up here to get your FREE printable) *If you already subscribe to my blog, your PDF is in your e-mail now! * There are 8 cards to a sheet, so print as many as you think you would like. I want 30 tags, so I printed 4 sheets.
-Scissors
-Glue and Tape: only needed if you are gluing printer paper to card stock and decorating your container
-Pen
-Some kind of container (I am using an empty Costco nut jar), but a cup, basket or bowl would work well too. If you want to decorate your container, using washi tape or scrapbook paper could also be cute, but if you don’t have time for that this season, use a cup or bowl or basket.

Fall Family Fun Bucket List Supplies
You probably already have many of the supplies needed to make my Fall Family Fun Bucket List.

How I made my Fall Family Fun cards and “bucket”

1. Sign-up to get my Fall Family Fun cards,  print and cut them out.  I glued mine to some shiny copper brown card stock to give the printer paper more stability.  Then I cut them out with a thin border. Cards are done, easy right? Now, if you print onto white card stock, you could skip the gluing step. Print and cut, you are done with your cards.
2. If you are using a container you want to decorate, then decorate however you please, or select your cup, bowl, or basket that you will be using to hold your cards.
3. Write one fun fall activity you would like to do on each of your cards and then add to your container. If you need activity ideas, stay tuned, that is my next blog post and I will share 30 fun fall ideas with you!!!!

Fall Family Fun Bucket List
Write your activities on your cards, put in your container and get ready for fun starting on September 1st

Now you are ready to start celebrating all the fun things fall has to offer. Starting September 1st, Big and Little each pull out a card and we will then complete the activities sometime that week. I will post the crafts and recipes we plan to make to my Facebook page and post our progress to my Instagram.

If you do not have time to make the cards this season, you can follow along and take part in my Fall Family Fun Bucket list activities.

Participate with me in my Fall Family Fun Bucket List activities

Follow me on my Facebook page  or on Instagram
Post your pictures and share your progress in the comment section of my Facebook page or share on Instagram using #discoveringwhimsyfallfun

Hope you join me in this new fall tradition!!!

Fall Interactive Bucket List
Choose your own fall adventure; make your own interactive bucket list

Cheers,
Amy

5 Favorite Summer Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

5 Fun Summer Activities for your Toddler and Preschooler

Longer days, BBQs and better weather. Summer is such a fun time, and there are so many activities for kids to do.  I have fond memories of running around outside, eating Otter pops and playing with my brother and sister. Now I have two busy little boys. Big is 3.5 years old and Little is 17 months old. Little has been walking since 11 months old, so he is trying really hard to keep up with Big, especially when we are outside. Now that summer is here, we get outside multiple times a day. Since we are getting outside so much,  I need to have lots of fun activities to keep these little guys busy. Here are the 5 activities that both boys gravitate to again and again and these things keep them entertained for 30 minutes to an hour. That is an eternity in toddler/preschooler time!!

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5 of our Favorite Summer Activities

1. Water Play

We love the water and sand table, my mom and dad bought Big two years ago. It perfect height for preschoolers and toddlers, and my boys are on the taller side. It comes with an umbrella, two little boats, pots and bridges. We even used the table in garage for Big’s construction theme birthday filled with trucks and homemade moon sand. Here is the one we have, but I think a plastic bin could work perfectly too.

My mom also bought them some foam water blasters. They love these things!  They water flowers, squirt each other and me and have the best time counting down to blast off. Here is an option for a water blaster, but I also found some at Target and a craft store, so they are pretty easy to find.

The last water activity is one on our Summer Bucket List, Water Beads. I had never heard of  Water Beads, until I read a post written by one of the Mom bloggers I follow. On her site, Little Bit of Learning, Laura wrote a post about Amazing Sensory Activities Using Water Beads and I was hooked. They look like so much fun. We will be getting some beads for this summer. She also has a great post about Top 5  Water and Sensory Tables, if you are trying to decide which on might be a good fit for your kiddos.

Fun with our water table and water blasters

2. Push and Pull toys

They love anything you can push or pull around. Little loves to drag around a broom. Big did the same when he was Little’s age. I found the broom at Target.  I’ve also had great luck finding gently used outdoor toys on OfferUp. I bought a gently used John Deere Dump Truck and a Bubble Mower. Here are some similar ones,  dump truck comes with blocks and a driver  and Bubble Mower.

John Deere Truck and Bubble Mower

3. Bubbles

My boys love bubbles, we have quite a few bubble wands. The bubble wands are cheap and easy to find. The Bubble Mower is the best of both worlds! They both really love chasing the bubbles around. Really, what is more whimsical than a child chasing bubbles?

4. Chalk

I love sidewalk chalk since it is reasonably priced, you can find it pretty much anywhere and both boys love using it.  For Little, it helps with his fine motor skills.  For Big,  we are using it to teach letters, numbers and get some wiggles out. Check out My Summer Activities board, I have pinned some amazing chalk drawings examples.

 

 

5. Nature or Neighborhood Walk

We love going on walks and seeing what the boys notice. The other day Big was noticing all the numbers on the mail boxes. Big can make it on a 40-60 minute walk, but Little can’t make it that long. We have a wagon that we love for our neighborhood walks. I found a great wagon on OfferUp. It has cup holders and an umbrella. The wagon was a life-saver at the zoo! Here is a wagon, like the one we have.

For the nature walks, we use a baby pack, the wagon would not work very well on the bark trails in our neighborhood. The baby pack we have is made for hiking, it is really light weight, has tons of storage, and a  sunshade. It is on the expensive side, but it has been worth every penny. This is the newer model of the pack we have.

Walks made easy with a wagon or pack.

These are our basic summer activities, but if you are looking for activities for preschool to elementary ages  check out my blogger friend Amanda’s post on the Essentials for Summer Fun on her website, JasperandWillow .  She lists her favorite summer toys for the preschool to elementary aged kids. My favorite items on her list is the trampoline water park toy and the eco water balloons which she makes herself, so cool! She also has an awesome post about a  summer bucket list  with the whole family in mind.

Hopefully my list and the ideas of my blogging friends will give you some ideas fun activities to try this summer!

Cheers,

Amy