Pumpkin Patch

This past Saturday Andy had to work so I took the kids to check out Adventure Farm, a pumpkin patch right down the road from our house. Mimi and Grandpa happily tagged along.

Adventure Farm is actually a working farm, not just a pumpkin patch. The kids were really excited when they saw all of the animals! They had a little petting ring with goats and a 2 week old calf. Ellorie was determined to throw herself into the pen and ride the calf. Poor thing!

Isn’t he cute?!

The kids were really psyched to see the calf eat his lunch – from a bottle! So cute!

And of course, Ellorie had to get in on the action… This was SO funny, she was in Heaven!

The kids were all excited to climb on top of the hay bales but then realized how high up they were and opted for sitting instead. Such a beautiful view!

Ellorie was quite proud of her little pumpkin.

Maddie was obsessed with these little tiny yellow pumpkins, she found them everywhere.

Here is the one we ended up with, we made her carry it (totally kidding!) ūüôā

Ellorie was more into picking pumpkin blooms than actual pumpkins.

We got to go on the coolest hay ride ever. The kids were excited to go see all of the big cows.

The driver took us all over the farm and explained how it was run and what they did there. Then he stopped us in a big field surrounded by cows, which he explained were all pregnant. Made sense, they were the biggest cows I had ever seen. He then poured a bag of feed (which he called “treats”) around the back of the wagon we were in. They came running, it was crazy!¬†Straight up stampede!

There must have been 100 of them, it was wild! They were all so excited to be getting their “treats.” I have never been that close to that many cows before. I’m glad we were up in that wagon but it was a really cool experience. The kids thought it was awesome!

And this little guy is their first calf of the season. They discovered him while we were on our hayride. They explained that they check them all twice each day during calving season so this little guy was very new, maybe even hours old.

Here is his Mom, watching close by. Our guide explained that based on the way her udders looked he thought the cow had already nursed so that was a great sign. He said that she was just waiting for the little guy to start walking with her. How cool!

Maddie loved being so close to the cows. I somehow didn’t take a picture of Ellorie but Mimi and Grandpa had to keep her from throwing herself out of the wagon as well. She was pretty into the cows!

And of course, there was lots of hand holding to be had!

We had a blast at Adventure Farm!

Yard Progress & Crown

A big surprise to me, this happened yesterday…. I’m SO excited!

Pardon the trim across the walk way. Can you guess what’s happening in our house today??

Andy used an edging tool that he bought from Lowes to better define our mulch beds. Then he filled them up with fresh mulch.

Here is the before picture from a few months ago. We hadn’t mulched since we had planned to dig up the old plants and the grass had become overgrown through the liriope. Our mulch was half mud and half grass/weeds. Lovely huh?

I’m psyched because this means even less money that we’ll have to pay to a landscaper, woohoo! We still need plants and bushes but this is a huge¬†improvement (eeeee!). A BIG thanks to the Hubs and his parents for all of their hard work yesterday. You guys rock!

And this is what I came home to today… eeee!

I can’t say that I had anything to do with this project other than successfully keeping the kids away from the power tools for the better part of the day. Although, the second we got home Ellorie was half way up the ladder (big surprise!). A HUGE thanks to the Hubs and his Mom for all of their hard work this morning. We are moving much closer to having this area finally finished! Life is good ūüôā

Happy Friday!

In the works this weekend

We have been crazy people lately! School started, we went to the beach (yay!), we have had tons of things going on…. and absolutely none of them have involved doing any kind of work in our house. Now to be fair, we’ve at least cleaned it, done laundry, trash, etc. You know, all of those required things. But our to-do list has just been sitting there collecting dust.

That all changes this week! The hubs has agreed to put up crown moulding in the dining room and kitchen area on Friday while I keep the kids out of the house and away from the power tools. I can’t wait for this because as you can see, we were lazy smart and only painted the part of the wall that we knew wouldn’t have crown covering it. And it’s been sitting like this for.a.month. Not my favorite but it’s being fixed Friday. Can’t wait!

And we have big plans for the kitchen as well. The hubs is going to continue the crown over the cabinets through the kitchen. And my most favorite part, we’re going to finally have a finished wall instead of this ugly mess that we’ve been living with for almost 2 years. Ok, so it was actually a big open hole for over a year and it’s been looking like this for about 6 months (pardon the dishes in the sink… remember, we’ve been lazy!).

Our plan is to take off the huge laminate backsplash and replace it with shiny white subway tile. Like this:

I think it will really brighten up our kitchen after losing the window that used to be over our sink prior to the addition. We will also put a mirror over the breakfast table to reflect a little more light into the space.

Two shelves like these over at Young House Love are next on the list to go over the kitchen sink. Ours will be a bit smaller but you get the idea.

And we can’t forget our awesome light from Ballard. The one we bought last year that’s been sitting in it’s box in the closet since? Yea, that one. It’s going above the sink as well.

I can’t wait for all of this to be done! I’m so excited to be a bit closer to finally having a finished kitchen.

In addition to keeping the little ones away from power tools, I will be on the phone calling landscapers this week as we’ve finally¬†decided to just go ahead and let someone else take on that work. We had originally planned to do it all ourselves and I had this big plan to research everything that I wanted but we keep putting it off and putting it off and we really just need to get it over with. Here’s hoping we can find a good landscaper who doesn’t cost a fortune!

Have you got big plans for the weekend? Hope you have a good one!

 

Kashi Chocolate Soft-Baked Squares Giveaway!

***THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED***

As a Mom Ambassador for Moms Meet I had the opportunity to sample new Kashi Chocolate Soft-Baked Squares. I was a little skeptical about eating a chocolate bar loaded with black beans and sweet potatoes myself but I was super excited to feed them to my kids.

I thought they were tasty. Maddie was not interested either time I tried to give them to her but Ellorie thought they were the best dessert she had ever had. I told them both that they were “brownies” and gave them to them as a treat. Ellorie has eaten pretty much the majority of them that were sent to us. She loves them! My brother-in-law thought they were good but a little dry. His younger kids were happy to eat them as dessert one night while we were at the beach, along with Ellorie of course, since she can’t get enough “brownies.”

All in all we thought they were pretty good. I am more than happy to feed my kids a dessert loaded with veggies ūüôā

***GIVEAWAY***

I get to give away a Kashi lunch tote, plus two vouchers for free Kashi products to one lucky reader! The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and runs through Saturday October 13 at midnight. Here are four ways to enter this awesome giveaway:

1. Post a comment below giving me your top tips for making a creative lunch.
2. “Like” Kashi on¬†Facebook¬†and then come back here and leave me an additional comment telling me so.
3. “Like” Made In Earlysville on¬†Facebook¬†and then come¬†back here and leave me an additional comment telling me so.
4. “Follow” Made In Earlysville on¬†Twitter¬†and then come¬†back here and leave me an additional comment telling me so.

The winners will be contacted via email so please make sure you enter yours. Good luck!

Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.

Applegate Organic & Natural Meats Giveaway!

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***

Have you tried Applegate Organic & Natural Meats? I’ve been eyeing them in our grocers deli for a while now. What I didn’t know is that they also offer Bacon, Sausage, Hot Dogs and Burgers, Breaded Chicken, Dry Cured Meats, Cheese, and Grilled Chicken Strips.

As a Mom Ambassador for Moms Meet I was given the opportunity to sample three different products. I chose turkey, ham and (of course!) bacon. Our family LOVES bacon. I mean really, who doesn’t??

Instead of just eating the lunch meat rolled up along with some cheese like we normally do, I figured I’d get all fancy and make up some recipes to share.

Turkey, Apple and Brie 
Applegate Naturals Organic Roasted Turkey Breast
Sliced Brie
Sliced Granny Smith Apples
French Bread sliced in half
Mustard & Mayo

Pile everything onto your bread and toast open-faced until it’s all melty and warm. Not too long though, since the brie tends to run like crazy once it’s warm. Yum!

Ham & Cheese Panini
Applegate Naturals Organic Black Forest Ham
Chipotle Gouda Cheese (found this at Harris Teeter)
Mustard & Mayo
Butter
Whole wheat bread (or anything you like)

Pile everything onto your bread and add a little butter to the outside of your bread. Cook in your panini press (or on the stove in a pan like a grilled cheese) until warm and cheese is melted. You could even add some Applegate Organic Bacon, yum!

My family loved both sandwich recipes (especially Mom & Dad) but the bacon was the clear favorite. With my kids bacon is always the favorite, ha! I loved that the meats were all natural and organic so I felt good about feeding them to my kids. We also eat non-organic meats as well in this house but I was very pleased with this idea.

***GIVEAWAY***

Even more fun, I get to give Applegate products away to two lucky readers! The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and runs through Friday October 12 at midnight. Here are four ways to enter this awesome giveaway:

1. Post a comment below giving me your top tips for making a creative lunch.
2. “Like” Applegate on Facebook¬†and then come back here and leave me an additional comment telling me so.
3. “Like” Made In Earlysville on Facebook and then come¬†back here and leave me an additional comment telling me so.
4. “Follow” Made In Earlysville on Twitter and then come¬†back here and leave me an additional comment telling me so.

The winners will be contacted via email so please make sure you enter yours. Good luck!

Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.

Hello Camo!

Things are a changing ’round here! Two hours at a time at least ūüėČ

Goodbye “Dofflemyer Green” (guess it should be Meyers Green now?) and Hello Benjamin Moore Camouflage! It has really brightened up our space and will make it so much easier to decorate with color. Andy plans to put up crown molding as well. Can’t wait for it to be done!

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Nearly Finished Night Stand

I finally moved my night stand off of the kitchen island into it’s proper home yesterday. It has been sitting either on the kitchen island or in our office on my sewing table half finished for a few weeks. It was about time!

I painted it Annie Sloan Old White, two coats, and washed it with French Linen. I waxed it with clear wax and let it sit for 24 hours before moving it into our bedroom. I love how it turned out! I had planned to distress it but I’m not sure now that I will.

I think it goes well with our space and our bedding without being matchy matchy.

Although I’m going to have to rethink how I had my previous night stand styled. My mirror is way too big now! I’m thinking I’ll hang it on the wall partially below the nightstand to reduce some of it’s height. We’ll see what happens. As helpful as they are, I need more than just my two toddlers here with me to try out mirror heights ūüėČ

I’m hoping to wash my dresser in Duck Egg at some point today but it might not happen this afternoon since I have a sewing lesson (yay!) during nap time. I can’t wait! Surely my house needs some window treatments and pillows and table runners and…..

Happy Tuesday!

 

Dresser Sneak Peek

We needed a dresser for our master bedroom since I sold our other one and I really wanted something I could paint and make my own. This dresser had been sitting in my parents’ basement for ¬†years because my 20-year-old self didn’t like it… I know, what was WRONG with me? It’s gorgeous! And free (woohoo!)… so here we are!

I sprayed Zinsser Bullseye Shellac all over it and inside since I wasn’t sure if it had ever been cleaned with Pledge or an old orange cleaner. Both can really ruin any kind of paint and the Shellac is an awesome trick that the girls at Studio Eleven taught me in class if you are in doubt. ¬†It goes on really easily but make sure you open some windows, it stinks!

I let it dry and put it all back together because I forgot to take pictures of it in one piece. Gorgeous, huh? I love it!

My favorite part, the sassy little feet!

This detail is why my 20-year-old self didn’t like the dresser and why it sat unloved in the basement for so long. I had every intention of covering it up with wood filler before I took the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Class. It really is the perfect kind of detail to paint with chalk paint and I can’t wait to see how it turns out, especially after washing and waxing.

I actually really like the original hardware and I’m going to paint right over it per Annie’s Way.

I tried out two options before slapping paint on the dresser. Option 1 (left) is two coats of Duck Egg washed with French Linen and waxed with a little Old White mixed in. Option 2 (right) is two coats of French Linen washed with Duck Egg and waxed with a little Old White mixed in.

I love both and had a really hard time choosing. The Hubs and I discussed it and ended up going with Option 2 since we felt like Option 1 would have been better on a smaller piece of furniture. It’s beautiful but it would just be too much blue and would compete with our bed which we wanted to be the focal point of our bedroom. Plus, if we ever wanted to change our bedding there is a far greater chance of a gray dresser coordinating than a blue one.

I slapped on one coat of French Linen this afternoon while the girls slept. Here are the drawers…

It definitely needs a second coat but I’m loving it so far!

The details look so much better with Chalk Paint. Then again, doesn’t everything?

I’m hoping to have time for a second coat during nap tomorrow since I need daylight to paint well. So fun!

Did you paint anything this weekend?

Baby Katherine Love

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Rt. 11 Yard Crawl with some awesome ladies and some awesome kiddos. When Mrs. 5C and I got back to my house this is what ensued…

Of course Maddie had to get her hands on Katherine the moment she woke up from nap.

I’m sure you’re not surprised that they are dressed in matching outfits. I ensure you I had nothing to do with this ūüėČ

When Ellorie woke up she wanted in on the fun and all of the baby kissing. She loves kisses!

Loving on baby Katherine and non-stop giggling!

Maddie wanted to hold her again and Ellorie thought she might get in on it.

Except she wanted to sit in Maddie’s lap, too…

…on top of poor baby Katherine! Sorry for the blurry¬†pictures, Sarah and I were both laughing so hard we could barely stop crying let alone take still pictures!

Four of my most favorite girls on the planet. Maddie and Ellorie love their Aunt Sarah and sweet little baby Katherine!

But I have a feeling Katherine might have been happy to head home… poor poked and prodded baby Katherine!

Let’s just say my girls have some serious baby love! And really, what’s not to love? She’s awesome!