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A Trip to the Pumpkin Farm

Lennox and I had our annual visit to the pumpkin farm last night. Usually we get there with Grandma and her cousin, Henry, but it just didn’t work out this year – but I wanted to make sure we got there before Halloween arrived! Each year we take some of the same pictures and it’s so fun to watch Lennox grow! This is somewhat of a photo dump but I wanted to get these up here prior to Halloween and so that I have another year to compare to!

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2014: There is a little less of a change this year I would say over past years – but still – great to have something each year!

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Once we played in the truck, it was time to get lost in the corn maze! This year it was quite the doozy! We were in there for a good 30 minutes, completely lost!! Eventually we found our way out though :)

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 This one is too cute .. The pose and picture was all Lennox’s idea – she is such a little ham!!

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Our little pumpkin!

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And our little scarecrow! She loves wooden cutouts!

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We have kind of gotten to the stage of the fake smile….

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And lastly, a little tractor riding! I remember when she couldn’t even get up there!

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She decided she could fit in the tractor wheel!

halls-pumpkin-farm-2014It was a fun evening, I wish Kyle could of joined us, but alas.. he is allergic to hay! Just a few more events before Halloween is past and we are on to the next holiday!

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Adding to our Elf on the Shelf Tradition + Giveaway!

cbias-disclaimer-june2014Ok, I know I know, it’s not even Halloween yet, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t already planning for the Christmas season! If it was up to me, we would start Christmas (everything) right after Halloween! If you follow me through the Christmas season, you will already know that I LOVE CHRISTMAS! Everything about the Christmas season makes me so happy and excited! It’s like I turn into a little kid again – and now I have a kid to do everything with all over again. One of the traditions I just love is Elf on the Shelf and this year I have found the PERFECT toys to go along with our Elf this year, thanks to Hallmark!

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Meet HoHo, The Terrell’s Elf on the Shelf! Lennox couldn’t love HoHo more at Christmas time. Some people may think that Elf on the Shelf is creepy or weird, but when I watch Lennox run downstairs each morning in December and search for HoHo, it makes me smile and extends that Christmas magic! So why am I telling you about HoHo? Well this year, our Elf on the Shelf will be incorporating two new toys into our tradition – both part of the new Northpole line by Hallmark!

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These first of the two new toys, is the Northpole Communicator. You guys? This thing is so cool – I wish I had one when I was a kid! How would your child like to hear a message from the Northpole everyday when their Elf on the Shelf returns? Well, they can now do that with this Northpole Communicator! Every day in the month of December your child can push the button and turn the knob to have a conversation with Santa or someone in his workshop! How fun is that? I plan on having HoHo show up with this on Day 1 or 2! Stay tuned to see how it goes!

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The second toy, is the book Once Upon a Northpole Christmas – with Santa Beacon! There is something about Christmas books. Every year, we have to get a few new ones – they are magical, exciting and so fun to read before bed all December long.

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This book also come with a personalized “Find Me, Santa” beacon. I think this could also be a “Find Me, Elf!” beacon. Lennox has her very own Christmas tree – and I think this will look great on it! I can really picture her each night, turning on her beacon so that HoHo the Elf on the Shelf can find his way back from the Northpole and on Christmas Eve for Santa to come down the chimney! How exciting!hallmark-christmas-gifts-2014

So, I wasn’t joking when I told you I love Christmas! If you are looking for either of these new Hallmark Northpole products – to incorporate into your own family Christmas traditions, they will be available starting November 1st at your local Walmart!

WIN YOUR OWN HALLMARK NORTHPOLE TOYS

Lucky for you, you can enter for a chance to win your own Hallmark Northpole Fun Pack just in time for the Holiday season. Use the rafflecopter widget below to enter.

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What is your favorite Christmas tradition? Do your child(ren) have an Elf on the Shelf?

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for #CollectiveBias and the #NorthPoleFun campaign. All photos and opinions are 100% my own!

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Quick & Easy Halloween Snacks

cbias-disclaimer-june2014Last week I shared with you an idea for a fun Candy Corn Cooler mocktail – perfect for a Halloween themed party. Today I have two quick, easy and fun Halloween party food ideas, one featuring Halloween Oreos and one with Wheat Thins. Having great snack and dessert food at a Halloween party is a must, but sometimes you just don’t have time to make everything from scratch or you are afraid your fun and creative idea will turn out as a pinterest fail! Well, both of these recipes are easy to do and sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Today I’ll be showing you how to turn a pumpkin into a fun french onion dip bowl and how to turn Halloween Oreos into cute Black Cats!

Black Cat Oreo Cookies (that anyone can make!)

Black Cat Oreo Cookies that Anyone can make, halloween cookie hacks, #SpookySnacks, #shop What you will need:

  • Halloween Oreo Cookies
  • Pre-Made Icing
  • Chocolate Chips
  • M&M’s or Candy Pieces (green and orange)

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How to make:

Step One: Take your Halloween Oreos and put two dots of icing on the front, where the eyes will be. Place green M&M’s on the icing for eyes.

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Step Two: Put another dot of icing below the eyes and place a small orange candy piece or mini M&M for the nose!

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Step Three: Put icing on the bottom of two chocolate chips and place on the top of the (sandwiched part) Oreo. These will be the ears!

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Step Four: Using the icing, draw a line in the middle of each eye to make cat eyes. This is where pre-made decorating icing comes in handy!

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That’s it! Now you have some festive, kid friendly and fun Black Cat Oreo Cookies

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You can find all the supplies for these Halloween party foods at your local Walmart, just like I did! Lennox even got to try some of the foods out the day we went shopping, because they were having a Halloween in-store event/demo! Nothing like a few snacks while grocery shopping! Enjoy the Halloween Treats everyone!

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The second treat – is great to even bring to a party with you – turn your average small pumpkin (pumpkin pie size) into a dip bowl with some tasty French Onion Ranch Dip!

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French Onion Ranch Dip – In a Pumpkin

What you will need:

  • Wheat Thins
  • Lipton Onion Seasoning Packet
  • Sour Cream
  • Ranch Seasoning
  • French Fried Onions
  • Small Pumpkin (pie size)

How to Make:

Step One: In a small mixing bowl, scoop in a full container of sour cream, onion seasoning packet, 1 1/2 teaspoons of ranch dressing seasoning and mix together.

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Step Two: Before you cut your pumpkin, decide if you are going to serve the dip right in the pumpkin directly, or if you want to place a small bowl into the pumpkin. We opted to put a bowl into the pumpkin. Cut the top of the pumpkin off – leaving a hole the size of the dip bowl.

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Step Three: Place the dip bowl into the pumpkin and pour in the dip!

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Step Four: Put on a platter with a variety of Wheat Thins and serve! You now have a quick and festive way to serve any type of crackers and dip!

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for #CollectiveBias and the #SpookySnacks campaign. All photos and opinions are 100% my own!