This past Saturday we took our Pomsky pup, Abby Cadabby on the longest walk of her life!!! A mile and a half long walk around Chautauqua Institution for all the fur babies at the Chautauqua County Humane Society during the Walk for Paws!
To be fair, we adopted Abby Cadabby in September. (If you missed our Puppy Announcement, get filled in!) She’s still an itty bitty puppy & a family newbie. So it’s not like we deprive our sweet furbaby of the great outdoors, we just haven’t gotten around to those long walks. It’s cold here in NY! I’m sure in the spring when Abby is a tad bit bigger & not so lazy & lap-dog like, those walks will be a fabulous way for me to get my butt in shape while giving Abby a taste of the great outdoors.
Walk 4 Paws
The Walk 4 Paws is our local Humane Societies largest fundraiser of the year!! You sign up as an individual or you can form a team. We walked under The Trophy WifeStyle this year! That’s right, we formed a team! Once you sign up and fundraise for the Chautauqua County Humane Society, you and your dog walk a mile and a half at Chautauqua Institution. This year all the participants were able to contribute over $30,000!!! WooHoo!!!
Thankfully the weather was pretty fab for a fall day! It was chilly, but the sun was out and the rain stopped just long enough for us to start and finish the walk. I swear right when we got to our cars to leave after the walk, the rain came. Perfect timing.
I was also pretty proud of my 6 year old daughter & 4 month old puppy! Both made it about 85% of the way before they started to get sluggish. That’s huge for a puppy still learning to walk on a leash and a 6 year old who is in physical therapy!
The Wak 4 Paws also has a fun costume contest!!!! My daughter and I are all about themes, so of course Abby Cadabby HAD to dress as a unicorn. She didn’t win, but it was still fun to shop for a costume and have her strut her stuff at the event.
Have you ever participated in a walk or race for a great cause?
Ahhhhh fall!!!! I may not be a fan of the cooler weather. #ForeverAFloridaGirl , but I do love fall activities!!! Fall is filled with so much family fun, I almost forget how miserable I get once the temps go below 60 degrees.
This past weekend was the first weekend of the Peek'n Peak Fall Festival. We have been going every year since my daughter was one, so it has become a yearly family tradition! Definitely one of the better fall festivals in the area for sure!
Save The Dates: Oct. 20-21, 2018
Make sure to come plenty hungry and thirsty because the Peek'n Peak Fall Festival is filled with all sorts of goodies! A beer tent filled with brews and wine and even a fried dough stand!!! If you are in the mood for a real meal, tons of lunch and dinner options as well :)
Have the kiddos with you?! You can purchase entertainment tickets for $1 a piece and your kiddos can enjoy activities such as bounce houses, pony rides, train rides and more!!! You can even enjoy a carriage ride FOR FREE!
Have you attended a Fall Festival before? Have you had a chance to visit Peekn’ Peak?
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?
Ahhhhh fall!!! Tis the season of all things Apple!!! Since I’m not a pumpkin fan, I’m all about the apple deliciousness once fall hits! #TeamApple
One of the local events my family and I look forward to every fall is the Busti Apple Festival in Busti, Ny. Only a 10 minute drive from us in Jamestown!! We have been taking my daughter every year since she was born, so it’s literally a yearly tradition to go buy apples, cider and brows all of the crafts and other d.i.y goodies for sale!
Obviously the Busti Apple Festival is exactly that! A festival focused on apples. With a $5 per person admission fee per person, 12 under free, which goes to the Busti Fire Department, you are free to roam the grounds of the Busti Mill where craft venders, food venders and of course apples and cider are for sale.
I’m all about the snacks at these types of festivals. Last year while attending the Busti Apple Festival, I snacked on fried dough while hubby grubbed on curly fries. This year we were all about the mini donuts. So yummy! Wish I had some right meowwww!
If you follow me on Instagram, you know my daughter is horse & unicorn obsessed!!! She even takes riding lessons. So of course we always opt for the hay rides when we spot them! $4 a person for anyone curious :)
Such a fun day! I totally recommend attending the Busti Apple Festival if you’re in the area! Tons of crafts if you’re into D.I.Y decor, yummy snacks for all you foodies and of course the most delicious apples & cider you can get your hands on! Just make sure to wear shoes you don’t mind getting a tad bit muddy since you will be roaming a field & make sure to dress for that freezing in the morning & scorching in the afternoon weather. Sounds silly, but dressing appropriately can make or break your experience.
Have you been to the Busti Apple Festival? Do you have an Apple Festival in your area?
My family received free Sesame Place tickets, however, we paid for the Abby’s Magic Queue upgrade ourselves. As usual, all options, thoughts, stories & typos, 100% my own.
As most of you know, my family and I had the chance to visit Sesame Place over Labor Day weekend! It was one heck of a trip that’s for sure. I had a blast showing my daughter my old childhood stomping grounds! It’s crazy how much Sesame Place has grown over the years. The last time I was strolling the parks, Sesame Place was a water park. Now it’s home to not only water slide, but amusement rides, even roller coasters!
Abby’s Magic Queue
One of the coolest things I spotted on the Sesame Place website under “Upgrades” when planning our trip was Abby’s Magic Queue!
What is Abby’s Magic Queue?
Abby’s Magic Queue simply makes the lines disappear with an additional ticket upgrade costing anywhere between $15-$34 depending on what day you visit! With Abby’s Magic Queue, you can skip the regular lines and enjoy priority boarding one time per ride! This awesomeness even includes the newest roller coaster, Oscar’s Wacky Taxi! Sounds sweet doesn’t it?
One of the questions people have been asking me over and over has been is Abby’s Magic Queue worth it? My honest opinion is it depends on what day and time you decide to visit Sesame Place. Are you planning a trip on a holiday? Is it a weekend? A weekday? This really does matter when considering the Abby’s Magic Queue splurge.
We made our Sesame Place trip Labor Day weekend and boy did that park fill up quickly! My family and I received free Sesame Place park tickets, but paid for Abby’s Magic Queue out of our own pockets and we were so thankful for making that decision. The park opened at 10am and by noon, Sesame Place was jam packed with kiddos wanting to spend the day with their favorite Sesame Street Characters!
Abby’s Magic Queue was a total blessing for us! We were able to experience every single ride and go down every water slide in one visit AND on a peak day/holiday.
Now, if you’re planning on making a Sesame Place visit on a non-peak day, or maybe you are just wanting to make a morning trip, I would definitely hold off on Abby’s Magic Queue. Even during Labor Day weekend, Sesame Place didn’t get crowded until around noon, so lines weren’t that bad in the morning.
So my answers.
Holiday - Yes
Special Event - Yes
Summer Weekend - Yes
Spring - No
Fall - No
Weekday - If Abby’s Magic Queue is $34 on the Sesame Place Website YES! If it’s $15 NO!
Have you been to Sesame Place?
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.