Pumpkin Playdough {free Printable Leaf tags}

I pinned this cute idea from Blue Bird Lucy’s.  I thought they would be fun for my son’s preschool class. A kid can only get so much candy right?

pumpkin playdough

I used this NO COOK RECIPE from The Imagination Tree for the playdough. It turned out so good and I love that you don’t have to cook it!

You need:

  • 2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • up to 2 cups boiling water
  • food coloring (optional)
  • few drops glycerine (optional- adds more shine!)

Method:

  • Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
  • Add the boiling water
  • Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
  • Add the food colouring and glycerine (both optional)
  • Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone. * This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency!*
  • (If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right)

*This recipe made enough for 7 pumpkin balls.

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I created these leaf tags to add to your pumpkins. Click here or on the image below to download and print. For best results print on a premium matte paper on an ink jet printer.

Pumpkin Playdough Leaf Tags 

Wrap up the ‘pumpkins’ in some clear wrap, add some ribbon and the leaf tags. Then draw a face with a sharpie marker. 

pumpkin playdough

My son is excited to hand them out to his friends. These were so simple to make. You still have time to make some too!

~Jenny

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Winding Path Gardens & Pumpkin Patch

This post is for our local readers, so I apologize in advance to those of you that don’t live here. I wish all of you could experience this charming little place. We have some friends that recently turned their beautiful land into a wedding and event facility, but during the fall it is an adorable pumpkin patch.

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You can click on any of the images in this post or check out their website here; Winding Path Gardens. They are located on Hwy 9 in Arlington. I didn’t have the right lens on my camera to zoom out, so the pictures don’t really do it justice. But, believe me Winding Path Gardens is extremely cozy and they have done a beautiful job on the entire facility. The owner, Bob is an amazing landscaper, so the grounds are beautiful. There is a path that leads to a gazebo for weddings and lots of room for tables and/or dancing. Of course right now it is set up for the pumpkin patch. Which is why you locals should go this weekend!

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Winding Path Pumpkin Patch (2 of 45)

 

My kids had a blast jumping in the bouncy house, playing in the corn kernels and of course eating muffins and popcorn. The popcorn is addicting. So good. It was a very relaxing atmosphere and my kids could have stayed all day. It was beautiful outside last weekend, but when it does rain and get colder they have heat lamps to keep you warm and cozy.

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There are lots of places that are set up for photos. Very important for us moms.

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There is a really cool playground with tunnels to climb through and a big tractor to climb on. They also have farm animals. My favorite were the pigs named Piggly and Wiggly. So cute. The face painting was also a big hit for my kids.

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And of course the pumpkin patch! The kids walked around forever looking for the perfect pumpkin. The pumpkins were almost all so perfect and it took awhile for them to decide. Once you get your pumpkin they have some friends that have their horse there for the kids to ride.

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If you are looking for a different pumpkin patch this year I would suggest checking out Winding Path Gardens. You can also check them out on Facebook. Their hours are: 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM Fri, Sat & Sun. If you are looking for a facility to get married at in the future, I would recommend checking them out soon. I have a feeling they will start filling up fast!

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But, for now go to their patch. Your kids will leave with a happy face.

Like this little guy.

~Jenny

Autumn & Fall 2 inch Blocks {Free Printable}

I had someone request a printable for these Autumn blocks. They were in this post as well as this one.

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I actually used scrapbook paper for the blocks above, but I created ‘Autumn’ and ‘Fall’ blocks for all of you to print and use if you’d like.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here or on the image below to download and print!

Autumn and Fall Blocks

Enjoy!

~Jenny

Boo to you!!!

 

For the past couple of years we have been lucky enough to have great friends who have shared in the fabulous fall/Halloween tradition of Booing our family. We were then able to return the favor by Booing other neighbors and friends. Have you heard of this super fun tradition? Are you wondering what I am talking about?

We were first introduced to the Boo tradition 2 years ago when we came home to find a plastic pumpkin shaped bowl filled with all kinds of fun goodies on our porch with a simple note that said, “You’ve been Booed! Hang this sign on your door and pass the Boo blessing on to 2 other families! And try to keep your identity a secret!”

My kids were THRILLED to say the least and we jumped right on the Boo bandwagon! We got Booed again last year and were then able to pass it on again. This year, my kids and I didn’t want to wait for someone to Boo us before we started, so once October began, we gathered all of our supplies and chose 2 new families who we knew hadn’t been Booed yet (at least not by us) and got to planning our Boo surprise!!

And there really are about 100 different ways you can choose to Boo! Make homemade cookies, wrap up some candy bars, make a Boo basket, wrap up the family’s favorite soda or chips or popcorn or choose the family’s favorite fruit- whatever you want really!  Just gather something fun for the families you are going to Boo, attach a cute note (I’ve linked up some super cute ones for you below) or make your own and plan your super secret drop off time! Then let the Booing begin!!

Here are our two buckets that we Booed with this year!

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I found almost everything for our buckets from the Dollar store too! So you don’t have to spend a TON of money to make it fun or to fill a bucket! Each bucket includes, 2 bags of Halloween candy, glow in the dark bracelets, a puzzle (each family has 2 kids) and two different wall decorations (one Fall themed and one Halloween themed so they can display them at different times or places!).  And the last thing you add to your bucket is your sign!

I chose to use 2 different signs because I liked them both SO MUCH! And they were both FREE PRINTABLES (WOOHOO!!) from two different sites!

The first one is this ghostly Printable from Organized Christmas (Organized Home).  And they have LOTS to choose from on the site, not just the ghost BOO!

Halloween BOO sign and poem

And my next favorite was this adorable BOO Printable from Mom’s Crafty Space.

 

 

One of the friends that we Booed did find out pretty quick it was us, which was bound to happen since she is a loyal Plum Adorable blog reader and she was SO EXCITED to be Booed! Her girls were THRILLED! They got their Boo sign up right away so we ran over after soccer practice and got a picture of the Boo sign on their door! Now we hope to see them spreading throughout the neighborhood!

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So the only question is, Who are you going to BOO!!!!??????

~JESS

Blessing Bags & FRee printable

I think most of us feel that twinge of guilt when we drive by someone on the street holding a sign out for food or money. Well, for me it’s compassion until I drive by without giving them anything, then it’s guilt. I am well aware of the people that do it for a living and that can be frustrating. Especially when you see that same person buying a flat screen TV the next day (true story). But, does this mean we should never give to anyone again because there are some that are not honest? I’ve always had a hard time with people that think this way. Who are we to judge others circumstances?  I think it’s important that our children learn to give even if it’s not easy or fair.  

Our kids are very blessed. We are doing our best to instill in them the importance of serving others. A few years ago we used to wrap up socks and mittens and keep them in our car to give out when we saw somebody in need. This summer our kids brought home a bag from VBS that had water and a granola bar to keep in our car. We gave them out and my oldest has been asking to make up more bags, so we decided to do both food and socks this time. We also added a note with a poem we really like.

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In our bags we put:

Cup of Noodles (They can find hot water at gas stations or grocery stores)

Juice Box

Applesauce (with a spoon)

Granola Bar

We also added a napkin and some socks.

This Free Printable

Blessing Bags (2 of 2)

 

This is a horrible picture below. I took it with my phone to show you the note I designed to put in the bags if you choose. Also, I realized I put Matthew 19:25 instead of 19:26. I printed this set before I realized it! So, yes, I know the picture below shows the wrong verse…I’m sorry ;)

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I love this saying about a pumpkin and being made new. I thought it was the perfect reminder to put in these bags.  As Christians we believe there is hope in the Lord and He is able to make us all new. The pumpkin goes along with the season as well. I asked my daughter which verse she thought we should add to the note and she chose Matthew 19:26. It couldn’t have fit with the poem any more perfectly.

To download this print click on the image below.

Pumpkin - God Making You New

I also wanted to share this video with you. We had planned to prepare the bags after church on Sunday and during the service our Pastor played this video below. I kept thinking, I wish we could put this video in the blessing bag somehow. I just want everyone to know they too can be free!

Hopefully everyone can see this video. If not click here to watch it.

 


~Jenny