There is a new Disney Pixar movie coming out in June called Inside Out. It looks like it is going to be just as funny for adults as it will be for the kids. Now we don’t have to wonder what the little voices inside our heads are saying! This trailer is super cute. Can’t wait for this movie to hit the theaters!
What a season! I am SO proud of these girls! They did such a great job this year and worked so hard to make it all the way to Regionals.
This year the regional competition was held at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester New Hampshire. I had never been to Manchester before, but I will totally be back. Such a fun weekend.
We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn. The customer service was fantastic, or dinner was delicious, and our room was huge. We had a crazy great view of the baseball stadium that is home to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
Even though the girls did not make it on to Nationals, they had a great experience. But let me tell you, I am happy to have a break for a while! This was a long and stressful season! Can’t wait to see what next Fall brings.
This year we really wanted to find a fun new place to grab some pumpkins and enjoy a crisp Fall day. After a little bit of research we found the Fair Weather Acres Fall Festival. It is actually very close to our house. We stop by the farm stand often for fruits and vegetables, and even bought some gorgeous mums there not too long ago. But I had NO IDEA that they had this whole Fall Festival thing down the street.
This might have been our first time here, but it will not be our last! We had a blast. Right from the beginning when we took the hayride over to the Festival I knew this was going to be a fun afternoon.
The corn maze was amazing. I am actually not huge fan of corn mazes, nut I really enjoyed this one. We had so much fun solving the who dunnit mystery. This is the type of activity that Chloe loves and she would have done it three times in a row if we would have let her.
Make sure you have some cash on hand to grab some lunch or a few yummy treats and hot chocolate. Although you can use credit/debit at the entrance, it is cash only when you get to the Festival area. While the admission price might seem pricey at first, go for the package that includes your pumpkins. We usually spend a small fortune just picking out our pumpkins each year, and they had a great variety and it was a nice way to end the trip. With everything that was included in the price we felt we totally got our moneys worth with the family four pack that included pumpkins.
The kids are still talking about how fun the pedal cars were. What a great surprise! All in all we give Fair Weather Acres Fall Festival a big thumbs up!
Fridays 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Saturdays & Sundays (including Columbus Day) 10:00am – 6:00pm
Adult (ages 12 & up) $16 $13
Child (ages 3-11) $13 $10
2 and Under Free Free
Family Four Pack
(2 Adults & 2 Children) $54 $42
(30 or more people) $11 $8
Every Friday is half price admission for both adults and children
THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE SCHOOL GROUPS. THIS IS ONLY FOR THE PUBLIC FROM 2-6
Grandparents Weekend September 20th- September 21st
Grandparents receive 50% off with accompanying child
Military Weekend September 27th- Sept. 28th
Military Personnel with valid ID receive 50% off
**These offers can’t be combined with any other offers**
Happy Fall everyone!
You stop for hotdogs and ice cream cones at Stew Leonard’s!
We are HUGE Monsters, Inc. fans in this house and we CAN NOT wait for Monsters University! SO EXCITED!
Tuesday I had the fun opportunity to check out the new Whole Foods Market that is opening tomorrow in Danbury. As most of you already know, I am a huge Whole Foods fan. So I was thrilled to have the chance to tour the store and get a glimpse of what goes into putting a Whole Foods Market together. The attention to detail is crazy. They really do think of everything. Even the hand drawn art that you see throughout the store is done by a team of artists. Who knew? The Danbury location is full of local history. Marcus Dairy is a big influence in this store and there is even a Burgers & Shakes Bar that was inspired from the history of Marcus Dairy and the famous Dairy Bar Restaurant.
I am excited to try the retro-inspired desserts that will be available in the Bakery Department. Think Twinkies people! My kids are going to love the all natural slushies. My family loves the prepared foods section and my husband can not wait to try the stir-fry bar!
Not only did I get to tour the new store, I was able to meet up with some of my local blogging friends. That is always a huge bonus! Such a great time. The team in Danbury is amazing and they are SO ready for this store to open.
Here is some information from the Whole foods website:
(DANBURY, CT – May 14, 2013) –Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM), the world’s leading natural and organic foods supermarket, is opening its ninth Connecticut location on Friday, May 17th at 9:00AM in Danbury, CT. The new store at 5C Sugar Hollow Road in the Shops at Marcus Dairy is located directly across from the Danbury Fair Mall. The store opening celebrations will kick-off with a traditional bread breaking ceremony at 8:30 a.m. followed by storewide tastings, vendor sampling, special sale items, giveaways and other events for all ages.
With this opening marking the 350th store in the company, Whole Foods Market: Danbury will celebrate by offering the first 350 customers entering on May 17th both a free pound of raw & peeled shrimp and a free pound of fresh boneless, skinless chicken breast. The store’s Whole Body department will be holding an Early Bird Sale from 9:00AM to 1:00PM on body care and supplements.
In connection with Whole Foods Market’s deep commitment to its local communities as well as its interest in honoring the location’s history, 5% of the day’s sales will be donated to the Danbury Museum and Historical Society. In continued support of Danbury and its surrounding communities, Whole Foods Market has also dedicated 5% day grants to four other local organizations through the Summer of 2014, including:
– The Ridgefield Playhouse – Fall 2013
– CityCenter Danbury – Winter 2014
– The Land Trust of Danbury – Spring 2014
– Plow to Plate of New Milford – Summer 2014
Conveniently located along the border of western Connecticut and Westchester County, New York, the new Danbury store will feature more than 35,000-square-feet of retail space and offer the highest quality natural and organic goods, with a heavy emphasis on products catering to the distinct tastes of the area. Customers can expect to see favorites like local and seasonal fresh produce. The new store will also showcase in-store venues and departments for a truly one-stop shopping experience.
In addition to its expansive grocery options, the new store will pay homage to the location’s former resident, Marcus Dairy. The Burgers & Shakes bar draws inspiration from the location’s history and its famed Dairy Bar Restaurant. Topnotch burgers (grass-fed beef, turkey and veggie options available), push-cart style hot dogs and made-to-order milkshakes are all featured on the menu.
“We’re excited to join the Danbury community and fulfill the needs of its shoppers with natural, organic and wholesome products,” said Pat Mulrooney, Whole Foods Market Danbury Store Team Leader. “With its rich agricultural history, Danbury was a natural fit for Whole Foods Market, and we look forward to this fruitful partnership as we aim to provide the town with a unique shopping experience.”
If you are in the area tomorrow morning stop in and check out the store. Get there early for the bread breaking at 8:30 am. And don’t forget, 5% of the day’s sales will be donated to the Danbury Museum and Historical Society.
I need to try those crisp, cracker looking things made entirely of cheese! If you go to the grand opening tomorrow come back here and leave me a comment and let me know how you liked it and what your thoughts were. Are you as excited about it as I am? Or am I just a complete dork?
The Shops at Marcus Dairy
5c Sugar Hollow Road
Danbury, CT 06810
Regular Store Hours: [Mon –Sun] 8 AM – 10 PM
Phone Number: (203) 730-0599
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As you all know, we have been so busy here in the Budge household. But thankfully things are winding down. Chelsea finally picked a college and is heading to New Hampshire in the Fall. Chloe finished her fifth year of dance and we had her recital on Saturday. Chelsea finished up her play at Oddfellows and has went to one of her two proms she is going to this month. Busy busy busy.
I was so excited to have the opportunity to have some time with Chelsea and have a girls night. We have not had much time together because of our schedules. This Mother’s Day was the first time in forever that we were able to just have fun as a family. No schedule!
Our girls night started with a quick trip to Walgreens for our Sally Hansen nail supplies. We had a night of nail painting, snacking and chatting ahead of us. The #IHeartMyNailArt display was super cute and we had a hard time picking out what we wanted to buy. There were so many choices and now I think Chloe actually has a new obsession. She would have bought every single nail strip that was there. Chelsea picked the Snake Charmer nail strips. She was looking for a more trendy “Street Style” look. Oh, and if you get to the register and realize you forgot your balance rewards card, don’t panic. All you need to do it type in your phone number and you are all set. Because of course I couldn’t find my card. Ha!
Chelsea started with her nail strips. They were really easy. Easier than I thought they would be. I used one on one of my nails to try to have a trendy look without trying to look too young. You may notice that there are not any pictures of us from this night. We really should have planned ahead because we were SO NOT camera ready. Seriously. We had no business taking our pictures that night. So you get to just see our nails, and that is what you really care about right? Here you go!
We had some fun and kept trying different looks. Chloe had to join in and she loved the magnetic nail polish (which is on sale for 5.99 until 5/25.Yay!) that she picked out. I am so glad we were able to find the time for this over the weekend. We needed it. I was trying to find some nail looks that a forty year old could pull off. We all had some good laughs at the stuff I was coming up with. Really? When did I get so old and uncool? It was fun to see the look on Chloe’s face with some of my ideas. But I actually stayed pretty safe. Chelsea was a bit more creative than I was I would say.
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri nail color in Grape Race
Sally Hansen nail art pens in Black and Periwinkle
Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in Snake Charmer
Sally Hansen Gem Crush nail color in Glitz Gal
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri nail color in Grape Race
Sally Hansen Gem Crush nail color in Showgirl Chic
Chelsea loves fashion and music and a lot of her inspiration comes from the music she loves and Vogue, her favorite magazine. She has a very eclectic style that can change at any moment. Oh to be a teenager. I loved being able to express myself when I was younger and not care what anyone thought. Now I have to hear it from my kids when they don’t like my style choices. They are worse than my parents ever were!
We had a blast just hanging out and doing our nails. Snacks, trashy TV and fun manicures. What more could you ask for? I need to fit in a few more of these nights before Chelsea leaves for college. Time goes by way too fast and I know that it is so important to make the time for these memories. I am totally surprised I did not cry once while we were hanging out. I AM getting better about her leaving!
What are some fun fashion or beauty risks that you make once in a while? Do you ever use a crazy nail polish, bold eye shadow or wear a funky skirt? If you do, let me know in the comments what your tips are for pulling it off in everyday life.
Oh! I almost forgot to tell you! Check out the #IHeartMyNailArt Facebook page for information about how to enter for a chance to win a $500 gift card!
This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Merck Consumer Care.
I found myself nodding along and agreeing with what everyone was saying. It’s something we all know and want to do as parents. We want to have fun with our kids, build strong relationships with them and be positive and healthy role models in their lives. But sometimes it seems impossible to fit it all in with our very busy, overly scheduled lives. The Active Family Project is all about reminding us to make the time. Even if that just means finding it in the everyday things we do.
• The early exchange of smiles and coos between
parent and child builds the familial bond and serves
as the child’s beginning connection with the world
outside the womb…and it begins with play!
• Engaging in family playtime prompts us to be
physically active together, enhancing our overall
bodily health and emotional well-being and can help
with every day stress, lighten our mood, and enhance
our personal relationships.
• By providing play opportunities, parents are the
change agents that can make play happen. It brings
families closer together and promotes a sense of
belonging, safety and love.
The second half of the afternoon was a fun question and answer with celebrity Active Family Project spokesperson Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Can I just say I LOVE HER? Seriously. She has such a great outlook when it comes to being an active and involved parent. She just does it. She and her husband spend much of their free time hanging out and playing with their kids in the yard. Shooting hoops or throwing a football. Their daughter even likes to make up her own CrossFit workouts for them to do in their garage. I think it is as simple as just taking some time after dinner to hang out in the yard or take a bike ride around the neighborhood. In our family we have been taking walks after dinner. At first the kids were not that into it, but now it is something we all look forward too. I have had some great conversations with my 12 year old son Jake while on our walks. My husband loves Lacrosse and most free time he has on the weekend is spent in the back yard with Jake and Chloe playing Lacrosse or throwing baseballs. He gets just as much, if not more out of it than the kids most times!
We have been making big changes in our family over the last year. One of those changes has been to find the fun in our everyday lives. It is surprisingly easy. We love to take the kids out to local events and historic locations in our area. This Fall we went on a hike at a Dinosaur Museum. The kids loved it! I find that I really need to make the time. It needs to be a priority. I have to write it on the calendar. In pen!
This is a fabulous campaign and I am thrilled to have been a part of its launch. This is something that makes so much sense and is so easy to do. I mean really, who doesn’t like to have fun? Don’t forget on May 11th to make a date. A Family Playdate!
Want more information about The Active Family Project? Check out their Facebook page and The Active Family Project website for tip and tools including a fun Activity Finder. You can also follow along on Twitter, just follow the #familyplay hashtag!
If you have a Family Playdate on May 11th let me know about it! I want to hear what you are doing to have some fun with your kids!
and any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience.
This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Merck Consumer Care.