Our short visit to “Mayberry”!!

Easter weekend, we made a quick trip to Pennsylvania to bring my father-in-law down for a visit. Since we live in South Carolina, that is a very long drive. So we decided to stop in at Mt. Airy, NC along the way to stretch our legs some. This town is so neat! It is the hometown of Andy Griffith and they have all kinds of neat things to see and do.

I thought I would share with you some pictures from our time there.

 

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Enjoying the beauty of Spring…

A few days ago we spent an afternoon at a local garden.  I couldn’t help but enjoy the beautiful flowers and revel in the beauty of this season of Spring. It is so refreshing after Winter is finally gone! We’re very blessed to have this beautiful garden that is only a few minutes drive from our house and open to the pubic. I just wanted to share a little with you…

 

 

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Dollars & Sense, Tip #6: Easter Baskets don’t have to cost a fortune!

 

Growing up, we looked forward to Easter morning all year long. My mom always went all out for our baskets and it was so exciting to wake up and find them on the kitchen table over flowing with goodies! Now that I’m a mom, I LOVE filling Easter Baskets for my kids! It is so much fun and I love seeing their faces when they open all the surprises! As with Christmas, we always try to keep the main focus of the holiday on the true meaning, Jesus, but I love having this time that my kids look forward to each year the same as I did when I was young.

I know that Easter is getting pretty close and a lot of people already have their kids’ Easter Baskets ready, but I wanted to share with you how we pack our kids’ baskets. When you are filling up 4 Easter Baskets, it can really get expensive! But it doesn’t have to be.

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Brattonsville Sheep Shearing Day

This weekend we were able to attend a really fun event. I have been trying for over 5 years now to make it to Historic Brattonsville’s Sheep Shearing Day and every year something else came up. This year we finally made it! It was so much fun! This was a much smaller event than the Children’s Day on the Farm one we went to a few weeks ago. That was nice because it wasn’t so crowded that I felt overwhelmed. It was very laid back and the kids were really able to get involved in the activities.

Here are a few pictures from our fun morning:

Shearing the sheep:

 

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20 Inexpensive & Fun Family Time Ideas

 

Hi everyone! It is so important for us to spend time together as a family these days. I wanted to remind you that family time doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, but it is so important. Your kids will never forget these times, you are making memories with your kids every single day. We need to choose to make those memories great for our kids!

I think that every family should have a special “Family Time” set aside and it can be whenever works best for your family. It doesn’t have to be every week, it could maybe even be once or twice a month. What would be super fun for the kids is to have them involved in deciding what your going to do for family time. You could come up with a Bucket List of things that you want to do together and check them off as you go or have it be a different child’s turn to choose each time. Whatever works for your family!

To get you started, I have come up with a list of 20 fun and inexpensive ideas:

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Brattonsville Children’s Day on the Farm

This past Saturday we had a great time at Historic Brattonsville’s Children’s Day on the Farm. It had been awhile since we’ve been to this event and we love Brattonsville. They had so many fun activities and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect! I thought I would share a few pictures from our fun day:

This was Princess and Hulk’s first horse ride!

 

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Time for a little change…

Hi everyone! Sometimes change is scary, but other times it’s exciting. Recently I have experienced a very small change, but still noteworthy.

My hair was getting so long and thick that I was getting very tired of it. So I decided it was time for a hair cut! Some of you who know me know that I typically grow my hair out for about two years and then have it cut to donate to Locks of Love.

In case you don’t know, this is a wonderful organization that takes hair donations from people and creates wigs for kids who have cancer and lose their hair.

I fell in love with this idea years ago and this will be my 5th time donating my hair to them. I love the idea that they can take something as simple as my hair and completely change a child’s life. I just think it’s an amazing thing to do for kids.

So here are a few pictures I thought I would share… (I had 10 inches cut off!)

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Valentine’s Day fun with Princess (Preschool)

For the week of Valentine’s Day, I decided to take it easy with Princess and just have fun doing a few preschool Valentine’s Day activities. We read lots of books and did some fun crafts and learning activities. She really enjoyed all the things that we did and it was a lot of fun for me also. A few times, the older kids even joined in!

 

 

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