Country Living Fair Tickets!

Posted by Liz McCoy Friday, October 3, 2014 View Comments

I absolutely love living in Gwinnett County there is a great mix of people, lots of big towns with small town feel and so very much to do all the time!

Explore Gwinnett is a great site that collects all the things to see and do, hotels, discount coupons in one place I love it!

One of my favorite things to do just for myself is to go treasure hunting, call it antiquing, thrifting, picking...I love it!!  So I am especially excited for an upcoming event at Stone Mountain Park, the Country Living Fair, October 24-26!! I've not been to the fair before but after googling all the pictures I am super exited to check out all the food, vendors, presentations, and I hear the fair t-shirts are highly sought after.

Okay so I know you want to get tickets right?  You can buy your tickets here. Or you can enter to win 2 tickets in the giveaway widget at the end of this post.

When you get to the Country Living Fair be sure to check out the Explore Gwinnett booth and sign up for their e-newsletter.  The first 100 people to sign up for the e-newsletter each day of the event will receive and free jumbo shopping bag.

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*I have been compensated admittance to the fair for my promotion of this event.  All opinions are my own.

Great Educational Products from Educents

Posted by Liz McCoy Monday, September 29, 2014 View Comments

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I am an Educents affiliate and I do receive commission on sales I generate. All opinions and recommendations are genuine and are 100% mine.

Grandparents Day!

Posted by Liz McCoy Thursday, September 4, 2014 View Comments

Grandparents Day Crafts

This year Grandparents Day is September 7th.

In our family grandparents play a HUGE role in our lives.  My kids have the blessing to have both sets of grandparents living close by.  My in-laws live in our home and my parents live 15 minutes down the road. They also have one great grandma living in another state.

I'm so thankful that we get to learn from such amazing people who have great life experiences to share.  Celebrating grandparents is a big deal for us too.  September 7th is grandparents day this year and we've got to get things together to make gifts and treats for our incredible grandparents.

We like to incorporate our grandparents day crafting into our homeschooling day while we discuss our family tree.

Here are some ideas to make and celebrate grandparents:


Will you be crafting for the grandparents in your life?  Do you have grandparents day traditions?

Checkout these Grandparent themed books:


Posted by Liz McCoy Friday, August 1, 2014 View Comments

So our family got an opportunity to try out the new Squish: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse App By Disney so far my kids really like it. For my almost two year old it is her go to app. 

The concept is that the user gets to play with virtual clay add different premade shapes and accessories. There are a few different tools that can be used to manipulate the virtual clay.

Once you fix your clay sculpture just right there are a few different ways to take it apart, melting, twisting, and popping.  My kids go to part of the app is the bubble popping part.  The app puts your clay creation into the middle of a bubble when you pop the bubble it splits into smaller bubbles each with a piece of your clay figure in it. Even virtual bubbles are fun to pop!

The app is available in the iTunes store for .99 right now.

We were provide a free copy of the app, however all opinions are my own.

Oops I did it again!

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A couple years ago we accidentally grew a batch of huge pumpkins on our old burn pile, and this year we're doing it again. 

  • Our method for growing pumpkins goes something like this:
  • In September/October buy a big huge pumpkin at the store or pumpkin patch.
  • Put it on the front porch along with all your fall decor.
  • In November toss it out back on the yard clippings pile.
  • Forget about it.
The next summer notice a couple HUGE leaves growing near where you dumped that old pumpkin and do nothing but watch them grow.

And that brings us to today:


This is our first pumpkin growing at this house and I'm excited to see 9 pumpkins on this plant in our backyard. It would be great to get at least 3 super nice big orange pumpkins (one for each kid) harvested for October.  I'll try and get an update in a few weeks.

We have another plant going on the front of the property that has grown but we've yet to see any pumpkins forming. I'm guessing this might be a different kind of pumpkin as the vines are not growing out as much as staying clustered together?? But, I'm garden-ignorant really so that's just a guess.

I looked up a little bit about growing pumpkins and read that poor draining soil will cause issues which is what we have on the front part of the property.  We cleared up a little bit of the standing water issue around that plant and we'll see if that plant starts producing.

So that's our "garden" right now are you growing anything? Was it accidental or on purpose?

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