It’s officially the time of year I hate to leave the house! The most fabulous and festive event can be taking place and it will take everything in me to step outdoors to attend! I just hate the cold and if you add snow to the mix, unless I’m at a ski resort, no thank you!
Thankfully December is a fun month craft-wise! One peak at Pinterest and you will have more indoor entertainment ideas than days! One of my daughter & I’s favorites? Making Christmas Aromatherapy Play Doh! So fun to play with and it leaves the room you’re playing in smelling fantastic for days!
• 1 1/2 cups of flour
• 1/2 cup salt
• 2 teaspoons corn starch
• 2 tablespoons oil (I use safflower, but you can use any oil)
• 1 cup boiling water
• 10 drops of cedarwood essential oil
• 10 drops lavender essential oil
• 10 drops vetiver essential oil
• 10 drops ylang ylang essential oil
• Gel food coloring in Christmas colors
• Red and green craft glitter.
Add dry ingredients, flour, salt, corn starch, to a large bowl.
Add essential oils to dry ingredients.
Add water & oil. Mix well.
Take dough from bowl and knead on a hard, flat surface. Divide into 2 sections.
Add 1-2 drops of green coloring to first piece of dough and knead. Repeat until you get the color you want.
Add green glitter and knead into dough.
Repeat with other piece with the red color and glitter.
Store play dough in an airtight container or zip lock bag
Have you ever made homemade play doh?
Thank you PLAYMOBIL for sponsoring this post.
How many of you are Advent Calendar obsessed?!?! I’m still jealous of all of you that live in states were you were able to score those Aldi Wine Calendars. I guess I will have to settle with all of my makeup Advent Calendars since New York is a lame state with zero wine sold on stores. Boo!
Just imagine how excited your kiddos would be if they had Advent Calendars of their own?! You can enjoy your wine, cheese and makeup Calendars while your kiddo opens an Advent Calendar filled with toys? Thanks to PLAYMOBIL, this can happen! Start not only your holiday season off right, but your kiddos as well with the new PLAYMOBIL Advent Calendars!
PLAYMOBIL Advent Calendars
PLAYMOBIL Advent Calendars are available in Horse Farm, Santa’s Workshop, and a new NHL licensed Road to the Cup! Each of three new PLAYMOBIL Advent Calendars reveal a surprise item each day leading up to Christmas! On the 24th day,a beautiful themed playset will be complete and ready for play!
Since the awesome people over at PLAYMOBIL were kind enough to send us two of the three Advent Calendars, I told my daughter she could open one of the two for all of you! She decided to open the Horse Farm & we will save Santa’s Workshop for December to open correctly!
My daughter takes therapeutic riding lessons weekly, so she was instantly drawn to the horse farm! She loves all things horses and this PLAYMOBIL Horse Farm Advent Calendar did not disappoint! Filled with a variety of horses with decorative reins, saddles, farm cats, equestrians & riding instructors, there is literally hours of pretend play in this calendar!
One of the nice details I personally liked about this calendar was that inside each compartment, the toys are securely wrapped! So if you have super little ones who love to put things in their mouths, you can have peace of mind knowing they won’t eat any of those pieces since mom and dad need to open each toy for them.
You can find these calendars on the PLAYMOBIL website or where PLAYMOBIL items are sold!
What Advent Calendars will you be enjoying this holiday season?!?
Going to a pumpkin patch and taking those insta-worthy photos is always on that fall bucket list! While I’m thankful we even have pumpkin patches here in WNY, the ones we have had the pleasure of roaming the past few years were just ok! Nothing fancy. Just pumpkins, jump pillows, goats to pet and corn kernels to roll around in. After like 30 minutes you are beyond ready to leave and scheming up ways to pull your kiddo out of the corn kernel pit.
When I spotted a Facebook ad last week about the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, NY (buffalo) I was intrigued! They claimed amusement rides, haunted houses, food vendors, even a bar! The Great Pumpkin Farm looked to be a place for all ages! Something for everyone besides the wannabe Insta-models posing with pumpkins and toddlers swimming in corn.
The Great Pumpkin Farm
The Great Pumpkin Farm started out in 1996 by hosting the World Pumpkin Weigh-off. The Great Pumpkin Farm ended up in the Guinness World Book of Records for the first 1,000-pound pumpkin! From there, the Pumpkin Farm grew each year to include more signature events, rides and attractions and, today, it’s one of Western New York’s signature fall events!
This year The Great Pumpkin Farm is home to a Hay maze, Petting Zoo, Boo Barn, Playground, shop & bakery, Witches Brew Bar, Food Venders, and many rides and attractions! The best way to describe The Great Pumpkin Farm is to call it a fair with signature pumpkin patch activities! Adminssion is Free weekdays and $8 on weekends. Check the schedule to make sure the attraction you are most excited is open the day you are trying to make your trip!
The Great Pumpkin Farm is home to TWO bars! That’s right TWO! I was pretty excited when I heard this, so the first thing we did was grab a cider beer then headed to the playground! Mama could care less how long you’re playing with a drink in her hand.
Looking for a date night idea?!? Head to the Witches Brew Bar for a craft beer or even a specialty halloween drink before heading out the the rides and pumpkins!!! I would love it if hubby planned an evening like that for me. A girl can dream.
Just like every other pumpkin patch in the word, The Great Pumpkin Farm has all the traditional activities like Hay Rides, The Cow Train, Pillow Jumper, Animals. All included in your weekend admission price. Weekdays, some of these activities may cost you a fee.
The Great Pumpkin Farm definitely wins the award for most photographable pumpkin farm in WNY! So much artwork to pose in front of and soooooo many pumpkin setups! I wish it would have been a colder day (did I really just say that!) so I could have been dressed falltastic & not sweating to death in 80 degree heat. I would have loved a cute fall styled photo opt!
Choose your family favorite pumpkin to take home from the unique display of ZILLIONS of pumpkins. Don’t forget your stalks, gourds and mums to decorate your home for Halloween!
Pricing: (from website)
• PUMPKINS – $.45 lb
• PIE PUMPKINS – Orange or White – $.55 lb / Minimum $1.00 each
• LG GOURDS, DECORATIVE & WHITE Pumpkins – $.55 lb
• Small GOURDS – 2 for $1.00
• CORN STALKS – $4.00 each OR 3 for $10.00
• HAY BALES – $8.00 each
• INDIAN CORN – $4.00 each
• MUMS – $7.99 each OR 4 for $30.00
• PUMPKINS – MINI – $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00
• PUMPKINS – DECORATED Small – $4.00 each
• PUMPKINS – PAINTED Characters – $7.50 each
Catch a ride on a Carousel, the Ferris Wheel or one of the other favorite family rides at the Midway! This midway is legit like a fair!!! I even spotted one of those saucer type rides that tips you upside down!!
Have you you ever wanted to shoot a zombie? Give Zombie Paint Ball a try! Pony Rides are always a favorite of my daughters so you best believe we checked out the pony after taking getting our thrills from the midway!!!!
Are shows more your thing? Watch the Magic Show, Cackling Hen Revue, Juggling & Comedy Ventriloquism or watch the Pig Race!!
Worth The Drive?
I think it’s safe to say we were blown away with The Great Pumpkin Farm! I will admit that I never took the chance to visit a pumpkin farm before I was a mom, so I only have two other farms to compare it to. Those other two have nothing on The Great Pumpkin Farm. Honestly, one of them costs more and has not even a quarter of the activities The Great Pumpkin Farm has. So much to do for all ages! We really had the best afternoon. I’m still on cloud nine today because of all the family fun we had. Beyond happy I decided to make the hour+ journey to check a new place out. So worth the long drive. New yearly tradition. Next year we will be bringing others with us to join in on the good ole family fun!
Have you taken your kiddos to a pumpkin patch?
Thank you Hotel Transylvania for sponsoring this evenings post!
One of my favorite fall activities just happens to be movies!!!! It’s chilly outside & since I’m a southern gal living in the north, I want nothing to do with that cold weather. Once the weather goes below 60, I’m all about the hermit life, vegging infront of the tv watching all those Halloween creepy and scary flicks!
It can be a tad bit tough however to find quality movies for the kiddos to watch! Once your kid hits grade school, they want nothing to do with those cheesy toodler flicks. They want real plots and fun characters to watch! So you best believe I was pretty excited when we discovered the Hotel Transylvania series a few years ago! I swear almost every year there is a new awesome flick added to the series and this year was better than the rest! We are in LOVE Hotel Transylvania 3! One movie I don’t mind my daughter having on repeat. It’s that good!
Join your favorite monster family as they embark on a vacation adventure on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can finally take a break from handling everyone else's vacation at the hotel. It's smooth sailing for Drac's Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans. But they hit rocky waters when Mavis realizes that Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka, who hides a dangerous secret that could sink their plans for a dream vacation.
Meet Drac's Family:
Drac ( Adam Sandler) - Drac's life seems perfect. He's surrounded by his family and the hotel is busier than ever. The only thing he needs is a vacation! He can't wait to spend some quality time with Mavis, Dennis and the rest of his family on the world's first ever cruise for monsters. But little does Drac know, this crusie is actually a well designed trap to wipe out all monster kind!!
Mavis ( Selena Gomez) - Always cool and optimistic Mavis can do it all. The one thing she wishes she had? More family time. the cruise is just what she needed! She can't wait to have a blast with Drac's entire Pack and get some quality time with Johnny, Dennis and of course, here dad Drac.
Johnny ( Adam Sandberg) - Johnny always manages to stay mellow but he's stoked about the cruise's all night music monster festival. What he doesn't realize is that the fate of all monsters will depend on his mid-90's DJ skills.
Dennis (Asher Blinkoff) - Mavis and Johnny's 5 year old son Dennis has a new pet he is in love with - an elephant sized puppy named Tinkles. Dennis can't bear to leave his mischievous puppy behind so he secretly sneaks onto the cruise and disguises the massive dog as one of the passengers. How long will Dennis be able to keep his secret under wraps?
Murray (Keegan Michael Key) - Murray the mummy can't wait to unwrap and pamper himself with an all-day seaweed wrap. But his spa appointment will need to wait when he learns about.
Winnie ( Sadie Sandler) - She's one of Wayne and Wanda's numerous pups. She's wild, rambunctious and always game for a mischievous adventure. She also has a not-so-secret crush on Dennis.
Wayne ( Steve Buscemi) - Wayne the Werewolf and his wife Wanda have just had another litter of their new pups and they are up to their noses in little furballs. When the couple realizes there is a kids club on board the cruise ship, Wayne weeps with joy and they decide to pack a decade worth of 'me time' into one night.
Blobby ( Genndy Tartakovsky) - This blobby monster is always jiggling for a good time! He's also his own lost and found - you can sometimes discover and extra thing or two inside his gelatin body.
Have you had a chance to check out Hotel Transylvania 3? Have you had the chance to check out any of the Hotel Transylvania movies?
So Haylie & I did an extremely brave thing a few weekends ago! We registered for a Little Bakers Class at Full Moon Rising Bakery in Jamestown located on Cherry Street.
I always get scared that these types of classss will be a tad bit too difficult for my “non-verbal” child. While she’s extremely intelligent book-wise, following directions can be hit or miss for Haylie. Some days not one person would ever guess she has any cognitive issues and then other days have me wanting to bury my head in the sand since I don’t have an explanation for anything that may have happened. There is no predicting what type of day we will have, so any group activities are a huge gamble for us. Just incase things take a turn for the worst, I always have an exit strategy in play.
Little Bakers Class
Haylie is frosting obsessed! Cupcakes are a favorite of hers and frosting them is a favorite pastime. She is the Funfetti princess at home, so we took the plunge and registered for a real Little Bakers Class. The class costs $20 a child and each child gets to create 4 cupcake masterpieces.
While waiting for all the kiddos to arrive, the bakers at Full Moon Rising Bakery had markers and stickers scattered on the table so the kids could decorate their cupcake boxes. This was perfect since this class ranges from 2-10 year olds. Super little ones can get pretty antsy, so coloring a cupcake box kept the kiddos nice and occupied.
Once all the kids arrived, it was time to learn how to frost those cupcakes! The owner of the bakery explained how each bag of frosting had a different tip. Each tip made a different pattern and she demonstrated how to use each frosting tip.
Then it was time for the kids to attempt their own frosting skills. This first cupcake Haylie made 100% on her own! The frosting bags can be a tad bit tough to work with, so I was rather impressed with how much muscle she had to squeeze that frosting out!
The next three cupcakes Haylie had me help squeeze the bag from the top while she twisted the frosting to make a swirl. The brown reminded us of the poop emoji, so the brown cupcake was the favorite to make. Who doesn’t like sprinkled poop lol....
At the end of the class, the folks at Full Moon Rising Bakery had a little photo setup so the participants could have a mini photoshoot with their cupcakes! I thought this was the perfect way to end a class! Everyone mom wants those Insta photos to show off their Little Bakers skills don’t they?
Honestly, I was beyond happy we decided to give the Little Bakers class a chance. Haylie did great since Little Bakers took place in such a relaxed atmosphere. Perfect for super little ones just learning how to participate in group activities AND perfect for kiddos like my own who may struggle with step by step. Literally no skills required to have a fabulous time! This mama left with the biggest smile on her face because we had a blast! We participated in a normal Mommy/daughter activity and finished it without any drama. I know all you special need mamas can relate to that awesome feeling when the escape plan didn’t need to be executed. Two thumbs up from us here at The Trophy WifeStyle
Have your kids taken any type of cooking/baking classes?
CourtneyLynne is former model turned mommy & wifey! When not blogging all things foodie, fashion, travel, mom life & straight up fabulousness to the masses, she can be found chasing her toddler around in 6in stilettos & laughing at her own jokes her glass of wine told her to tell.