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It’s Fall!!!

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Image courtesy of Dundee Photographics at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I had mentioned in a previous post that I LOVE Fall (you can find said post right here)!! I love everything about it and seeing as it is Friday I thought I would round-up some of my favorite Fall activities, books and recipes to help you jump-start your weekend.

I love these great Leaf Lacing cards from Gift of Curiosity. Lacing cards are so great for developing fine motor skills and with the help of a laminator, hole punch and some yarn they are a super easy activity to put together for the kids.

I am a HUGE fan of pretty much anything 1+1+1=1 puts out! She is amazing! But for Fall I am loving these Fall Leaves and Trees Coloring Printables. Soph is on a major coloring kick right now so to have these for her to color and hang up have been great!

I am so grateful to The Measured Mom for the amazing Emergent Readers that she shares for FREE on her site. They are amazing and I love reading them with the kids. Her newest set is perfect for Fall and I am sure we will be reading these MANY, MANY times!

I loved doing leaf rubbings as a kid. There is just something about that instant picture that you get that I loved. I found a great tutorial over at Edventures with Kids that also has some great book recommendations and examples of using the leaf rubbings as a way to teach your kids about the different parts of a leaf!

Buggy and Buddy has a great Moon Journal printable to help the kiddos chart the many phases of the moon (I can’t help but think that I Took the Moon for a Walk would be a great tie in to this activity). This journal is such a fun way to introduce the kids to phases of the moon.

I also really love the Fall Bucket List of sorts over at Edventures with Kids with 40 great activities to do as a family this Fall! We are planning on checking off as many as we can.

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Image courtesy of num_skyman at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Now let’s talk books, here are a few of my favorite Fall books:

We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt

Leaf Man

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf

Why Do Leaves Change Color?

Let It Fall

Lastly, let’s talk about my favorite subject: FOOD!! Here are some of my favorite Fall inspired recipes (you will notice quite a few desserts, what can I say I like my dessert!)

I am pretty sure you can’t go wrong with Rice Krispie Treats and these ones from Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke are no exception and perfect for Fall.

The Best Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls from Averie Cooks are truly amazing and pretty easy to make as far as cinnamon rolls go.

This recipe for Apple Cinnamon Pancakes from Six Sisters Stuff are a great way to use up some of the apples you picked up at the apple orchard and makes for a perfect breakfast on a nice, crisp Fall morning.

Pumpkin + Cheesecake + Snickerdoodle! There is nothing wrong with those three words together, as a matter of fact I can’t think of anything better. You have to try these Pumpkin Cheesecake Snickerdoodles from The Recipe Critic they are seriously AMAZING!

I love this recipe for Easy 15-Minute Maple Bars over at Butter with a Slice of Bread. These are so good and a great start to a Fall day!

Last but certainly not least you have to try these Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Maple Frosting from I Heart Naptime. You want to talk about Fall, I don’t think it gets much more Fall than this!

What fun things are you doing to celebrate the beginning of Fall? Let me know in the comments below or over on Facebook or Twitter!

Until next time!

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Apples, Apples Everywhere!!

Apple Tree

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I LOVE Fall! It is by far my favorite season. I love the colors, the temperature, the fashion, I love it all! In our family we signal the start of Fall with a trip to the apple orchard. So in honor of our upcoming trip to the apple orchard I thought I would share with you a few of the fun apple activities we have planned to help us get geared up for the trip!

We are huge fans of Do-a-Dot Sheets at our house. They are great for using Dot Markers (which the kids love) or using stickers which are always a big hit. I love the ones I found in the A is for Apple Preschool Worksheets over at Crystal & Co.

I love the pattern template and cards found in A Teaching Mommy’s Apple Preschool Pack.

Since we have been all about the play dough lately we will be trying this homemade apple scented play dough recipe I found when visiting The Preschool Toolbox.

I love some good messy fun so I am super excited to pull out the paints and cinnamon and do some painting. I found this idea over at From ABCs to ACTs.

I am so excited to try the Erupting Apple experiment I found over at Little Bins for Little Hands! Everything you need for this fun example of a chemical reaction can probably be found in your home. It’s super simple, fun and easy to put together!

I love these Apple Number Puzzles from Totschooling. They are a super clever and cute way to work on counting, number recognition, and one-to-one correspondence.

Apple Stamping is a super easy and fun way to really spice up painting time. I found this idea over at Teaching Mama. The kids have such a good time using unconventional tools to paint! They love to paint anyway but when we can use something unique and that we already have around the house it is even better!


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If you are looking for some great books that go with all things apples here are a few of our favorites:

Ten Apples Up On Top!

Apples for Everyone

Apple Farmer Annie

How Do Apples Grow?

Johnny Appleseed


I would love to know if you give any of these ideas a try! Let me know below or comment over on Facebook or Twitter!

Until next time!

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Frugal Finds Friday – July 31, 2015

Welcome to another Frugal Finds Friday!! I feel like I hit the motherlode this week! I stopped into Michael’s to pick up some Velcro (only Velcro) and while I did walk out with the Velcro I also walked out with a lot more!!

Michael’s had a bunch of fun summer stuff on clearance for 60% off when I was there so I picked up a few items I thought we would have fun with!

Let’s take a look at what I found this week:

 I found these super cute foam butterflies and flowers that will be perfect for working on patterns with Soph and sorting colors with Jack. I also plan to punch a few holes in some of them so we can use them as lacing cards. These came out to $3.59 a pack after the discount!


While not included in the summer clearance sale I did have a 50% off coupon for these foam stars making them $4.49 so I picked them up as well. We will use these in much the same way as we will the butterflies and flowers. These we might also decorate just for fun!


I was able to pick up these bags of plastic lacing for $2.39 each and they will be great to use with the foam shapes I picked up for some lacing practice.

These paper fan animals were one of those “we really don’t need this” kind of items but for $3.59 I couldn’t resist. I think the kids will have a blast making them and for that price if they don’t last long I’m ok with that!

These little guys also fall in the “too cute to pass up” category! Again, not something we need but just something to make for fun. These were $1.19 each after the discount making them a cheap fun find that I think the kids will really enjoy!

Pool noodles are always a win! They can be used for so many different things and at $.79 a piece I couldn’t pass them up. My plan is to cut them up and again use them for patterns, color sorting and also lacing activities. I am sure we will come up with some other ideas as well.


Of course they had to get me one last time before I got out the door with these hand soaps, while not for the kids they were still a great find I wanted to share. These beauties were $1.50 each and had a BOGO sale! That’s right, 2 soaps for $1.50!!

Another successful trip if I do say so myself. There should be enough here to keep the kids entertained for quite some time and it didn’t cost a lot!
What kind of frugal finds did you pick up this week? Let me know below, comment on Facebook or tweet me!
Until next time!

Peakle Pie
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