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?

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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. 

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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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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

Fall Decorations, recipes & Free Printables

The beginning of this school year has been busier than normal for me. I am chairing a fundraiser at my daughters’ school which has taken up all of my extra time. So, while I have a made a few new things for the fall, I thought I would first share some of the things we created last year. We have quite a few new followers. So, for those of you that missed them, here you go. Enjoy…

Fall Decorations, Recipes and Free Printables

 

Pumpkin Bread & Free Printable Tags

I actually can’t believe I haven’t made pumpkin bread yet this year. I may have to make this today. Yum. We have new 2012 printable tags for you too!

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Fall Decoration Ideas & Free Printable

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Click here or the images below to download these free printables.

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Count Down to Candy

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Candy Corn Pudding &I Free Printable Candy Corn Tags

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Recycle your tin cans to decorate.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Muffins

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Burlap Pumpkin Placemats

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Frosted Pumpkin Cake

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We do love the Fall!

~Jenny & Jess

First Day of School {Free Printable}

Yesterday Jess shared some ideas for first day of school pictures. I hadn’t told her that I was actually working on a printable to share, but clearly I am too late to get it to you. There is always next year though, so I am going to share them anyway! You can pin it and save it for next year. :)

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I can’t believe my baby girl is in 5th grade this year. I remember being in 5th grade. I’m old. It’s crazy.

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And my other baby girl is in 2nd grade. How do you stop time?

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Look at all of my babies. My little guy starts pre-k next week.

Oh, and as I’m taking a picture of my second grader standing like that below she says…

‘It’s all about the learning.

Uh…for those that know her, this comment was very funny because she has had that outfit laid out for three weeks. No joke.

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Aren’t they cute? I’m just a tad biased, I know.

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Ok, back to the printables.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve sized each print to be 5×7. There are two 5×7 prints on 8.5×11 inch paper. I took an old frame and spray painted it with some purple paint to spice it up a bit.

Click on the image below to download and print.

First Day Preschool and Pre-K

First Day Kindergarten and First

First Day Second and Third

First Day Fourth and Fifth

First Day 6th and 7th

I only created the prints up to 7th Grade. I wasn’t sure if 8th grade and above would still think it’s cool to hold the sign while they got their picture taken.  Let me know if you’d like me to make any for the higher grades!

Happy First Day of School!

~Jenny

Pin’talicious Thanksgiving!

 

Happy Thanksgiving week!!

SO excited for Thanksgiving this Thursday! I am excited to be with family and spend a few days with my hubby and kids doing nothing but relaxing and EATING! I would be lying if I said I wasn’t extremely excited about the eating part. My mom makes these sweet potatoes that are so GOOD but I only eat them at Thanksgiving because I am pretty sure that the recipe calls for 1 lb. of butter! And I eat them on my turkey. Not with my turkey but seriously on top of it! So good! It is the perfect sweet and salty mix. (Jenny- make sure Robert reads that!!!) (He does NOT get the sweet and salty mix!)  YUMMMMM……

And you can’t forget the pies!! I can totally pass on the stuffing (so gross) and cranberry sauce (so gross!) but I get really excited for the rest!

When I was first going to do my pin’talicous post today, I was excited to show you all the Christmas stuff I have been making (especially for the fair we are doing in a couple of weeks) but then I realized that we CAN NOT start showing you Christmas stuff until AFTER Thanksgiving. At least I can’t. I know Jenny already showed you her beautiful pillows! But I have this problem… I can’t celebrate another holiday until AFTER the other one is finished. SO next week, there will be Christmas stuff coming your way like crazy but for now I will share with you the things that are making me happy on Pinterest, all in the spirit of Thanksgiving!!

So TRUE!!

 

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How pretty and simple would this be to make? LOVE it!!  (Click on the picture for other ideas too! )

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I printed one of these for my mantle, you can see it here! But she has a great selection of others you can print too! I had the HARDEST time choosing which one!

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I can NOT wait to try this Pumpkin Crumb Cake recipe! My FAVORITE muffins EVER are sold at Costco for about a month in the fall and they are  Pumpkin Crumb!

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And Jessica over at How Sweet It Is has 101 Thanksgiving Recipes linked up on her blog!! This picture below is one of them!!

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And just because it is Thanksgiving week and I LOVE to laugh, (it is so good for the soul), I found this clip of one of my all time favorite shows and one of their all time funniest clips (at least in my humble opinion!) Enjoy!!  And Happy Thanksgiving Y’all!!

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Pin’ talicious Thanksgiving Games & Pin the wattle (you know, the red thing that hangs down) on the turkey printable

 

We always have a big Thanksgiving dinner at our house. I think it is a favorite Holiday for most of my family members. My husband and daughters started a tradition years ago where they make a special dessert together (it’s important for you to know it’s probably the only dessert he makes all year, which makes it even more special!)

Since Thanksgiving is usually at our house I like to come up with fun games for us to play after we eat dinner and can barely move. Usually they are quizzes or some sort of ‘not moving’ type of game. I found some fun ideas on Pinterest that I think I may do this year. (Family members skip to the bottom so you don’t ruin my fun ;)

I took the turkey from the printable we posted the other day and made it into a ‘Pin the wattle on the Turkey’ game. I thought the kids (and adults) would have fun playing it while they are waiting for the feast to be finished!

I’ve attached the printable at the bottom of this post for you to print out and use as well!

Thanksgiving Games On Pinterest

This Roll a Turkey game from A Lemon Squeezy Home looks fun!

(and you know what’s funny? My turkey looks almost like this one! I drew my turkey last year and have never even seen this one until now…ha!)

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My kids always love these coloring sheets. From Reading With Kids.

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Here is the quiz we did last year from One Charming Party.

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And my pin the wattle on the turkey.

I’ve sized them in two sizes, 8×10 and 11×14. I put both sizes of the wattle on the same sheet. If you want to get fancy, you could laminate them first! Click on the images below to download them.

8 x 10 Turkey

Pin the Wattle 8x10

 

11 x 14 Turkey

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Wattles for both turkeys.

 

Turkey Wattles

 I have yet to print out my turkey to show you what it looks like, but you all know where the wattle goes right?

If not click here to see our other printable ‘with’ the wattle on the turkey!

 

~Jenny

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We are thankful tree {free 8×10 printable}

 

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This thankful tree is a fun idea to get the whole family involved in. The tree is sized for an 8×10 inch frame. Print out the leaves and cut them out. Write on the leaves things that you are thankful for. I plan to set it out with the leaves next to it and let the kids add more leaves whenever they want! I suggest you find a good pen before you write. All my brown pens were dried up! But, I decided I liked it just the way it was since the girls wrote on their own leaves! Notice my nine year old is thankful for art supplies. I guess the ‘leaf’ doesn’t fall too far from the tree…ha!

 

Click on the pictures below to download prints.

For best results print on a premium presentation paper.

We Are Thankful Tree

 

We Are Thankful Leaves

 

Enjoy

~Jenny

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Thanksgiving printable (8×10)

 

Here is a fun Thanksgiving printable to get you in the mood for the holidays. Once you download and print it out, find a favorite 4×6 picture and adhere it to the middle of the print.

 

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We just had our family pictures taken by our friend Arlene. We’ve been friends with Arlene and her husband long before either of us had kids. She is an amazing photographer. You can check out her website at www.arlenechambers.com. I realize this is a silly picture, but it sort of goes along with the feel of this printable! 

 

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I wish I would have printed it as a sepia toned picture to go along with the brown, but it’s still cute! Frame it and set it out to enjoy!

 

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Click here or on the actual print below to download.  I print on a premium presentation paper, but you could order an 8×10 photo of it as well.

 

Thanksgiving Stripes Printable

 

Happy Friday!

~Jenny

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