Friday, October 2, 2015

Win 4 Tickets to Hallowe'en in Greenfield Village!

Hallowe'en in Greenfield Village
Frightfully Fun for the Whole Family!
Tickets on sale now for Oct. 9-11, 15-18 and 22-25!!

Stroll down streets and alleys haunted by over 1,000 carved jack-o’-lanterns and lavishly costumed characters during America’s most spooktacular Halloween event. New this year, Greenfield Village welcomes Top Hat Sideshow, a carnival vaudeville act that brings to this event the spirit and thrills of the traveling sideshows and carnivals of the early part of the 1900s. Taking the stage next to Wright Home, this traveling carnival vaudeville experience will include sword swallowing, fire breathing, life threatening escapes, mind reading, death-defying sideshow stunts, as well as mind-bending illusions with a comedic flair.

"Enjoy our historically themed Hallowe’en event. Follow a mile-long, curving path illuminated by the flickering light of hand-carved jack-o'-lanterns and meet classic costumed characters along the way. Feel the chilly whoosh of air as the Headless Horseman rides out of the shadows of Firestone Farm’s fields, and banter with witches, wizards and dancing skeletons. They’re everywhere along Jack-o’-Lantern Boulevard. The good news is that you can bring the entire family. This is a kid-friendly, nightmare-free Halloween gathering."

Time slots are every 1/2 hour from 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays 
and 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays.

Tickets rain or shine. Complete program presented in all weather conditions!

For more info or to purchase tickets check out:


For those that don't know, Greenfield Village is an educational historical-recreation village that is adjacent to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Since I grew up in Metro Detroit, I've been to Greenfield Village several times throughout my life and each time I go, its more fun than the last! My family and I had the pleasure of going to Hallowe'en in Greenfield Village last year and it was more fun than we ever imagined so we are really excited that we get the chance to go back again this year and see all of their newest additions! Thank you, Greenfield Village for giving us the opportunity to experience something new and exciting this Fall!

Enter to win FOUR tickets to Hallowe'en in Greenfield Village below! 

GIVEAWAY DETAILS! One lucky person will win a family four pack for one of the new added Thursday nights which begin at 6:30 pm, with the last entry at 8:00 pm. You can choose the Thursday night and time that works best for you! To enter, all you need to do is a leave a comment below (or on the facebook post) letting me know if you've ever been to Greenfield Village before OR who you would take with you if you won! I will pick a winner (using on October 9th and announce soon after. If you leave a comment below, be sure to leave an email address that I can reach you at in case you are the winner!

Good luck to everyone who enters and let me know if you have any questions!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Our Visit to The Michigan Renaissance Festival

This past weekend, my family got to experience the Renaissance Festival together. It was my husband and Z's first time there and it was my first experience with a child (I've only been one other time). I will say this, it's a completely different experience to go with your children than it is to go with just adults but I promise, it's even more fun to take your family! 

Z and my nieces met the Queen!

Apparently, we went on one of the craziest days of the year. The Renaissance Festival posted a Facebook post apologizing about how "The event of blocked roads, and jammed up parking were not expected, were outside of what was planned based on past experience" and they outlined their plan to prevent this from happening again. I think it's great that they acknowledged the problem and they came up with a great plan for future weekends. We experienced a little of the parking issue on the way in but it was nothing compared to what we saw when we were leaving. We got really lucky!

Z and my nieces making their own magic wands! This was a free activity!
So, because you never know what to expect when you go to the Renaissance Festival, here are my top 3 tips from our experience:

Tips for the Michigan Renaissance Festival

Go early. The Festival opens at 10 and if you get really lucky, you wont have to park in the "additional" parking but if do have to park in additional parking, its only about a 5-10 minute walk on a really nice pathway to get to the entrance. The main reason to go early though is that the festival is less crowded in the morning. My family got there at 11 am and it didn't seem overly crowded at all but by the time we left at 2:30, it was PACKED. 

Plan to wait. Like any sort of major attraction, plan on standing in lines. You have to wait in a line to even get into the parking lot. Then you have to wait in a line to get into the entrance, you have to get there early and wait for performances if you want good seats, and then for really popular attractions (turkey legs for example), plan to wait in line, especially around lunch time or later in the day.

Interact. You truly will not get the Renaissance Festival experience if you do not interact with the performers. Go ask for pictures, ask questions, catch a show, cheer on a jouster! The entertainers thrive on excited guests and it makes the whole experience so much fun. I did not run into one rude worker throughout the whole day!

My husband and Z's highlight of the day was the face-painting. She really wanted to get into the spirit of the festival so we thought face painting would be perfect! It was her first time getting her face painted and she chose the only non-girly tattoo, a skull and crossbones, and proudly proclaimed "the pirate one!" Daddy was so proud! The artist was so incredibly sweet and gentle with our shy girl, and he even added some flowers and sparkles for her. Not only was my 3 year old ecstatic about her whole Renaissance experience but I was one happy mama because everyone treated her like a princess.

My favorite part of the Renaissance Festival was the entertainment! We met several entertainers throughout the day (including the Queen!) and they were all very kind and never broke character. I think the mermaids were my ultimate favorite (and probably Z's too). Z absolutely loved the mermaid and was so tickled when she handed her a pebble! Throughout the day, she collected 3 pebbles and a ring from various members of the cast. She was so excited every time an entertainer paid attention to her and it truly made her day. Who knew a 3 year old would have so much fun at the Ren Fest??

We also saw the Knotty Nautical Fireeater Show! 
Although it was rough getting to the Renaissance Festival (we had to wait in line, in our car, outside the parking lot for 30 minutes before actually entering the parking lot), I was very impressed with how the parking situation was professionally handled. There were police officers directing traffic and helpful parking attendants everywhere making sure things ran as smoothly as possible.

If you are in Michigan this Fall (or any Fall for that matter), you have to be sure to check out the Michigan Renaissance Festival! They have various theme weekends and it's open every weekend til October 4th. 10am - 7pm rain or shine!

You can find any information you need on the Michigan Renaissance Festival website

Z forced us to stop and look at every fountain. She's a smell the roses sort of gal!
All photos on this blog post belong to me and may not be used without my permission. I received compensated tickets this event for blogging about my experience. Many thanks to the Michigan Renaissance Festival for hosting my family and I at this special event!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Happy Fall Y'all!

I'm so excited that my favorite season has officially begun!! Z and I have spent the day doing Fall themed crafts and enjoying the cooler weather! This is my favorite season and I'm so giddy that it has begun! I hope you all have a great day and an even better season!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Gender Reveal for Baby #2!!!

So, we went for our anatomy scan yesterday to find out if baby #2 is another beautiful girl or a handsome boy! Z insisted for months that it was a boy but the last two weeks she changed her mind and has said girl. The big question is... was the big sister right the first time or is her latest guess the right one?!


*drumroll please*


We are so excited to welcome another gorgeous girl into our growing family! She is already so so so loved! Z even got a stuffed animal with her sister's heartbeat inside of it so she can listen to it whenever she wants (spoiled much?! haha). Now onto the naming part... its not as easy this time around!

Oh yeah and the ONLY Old Wives Tale that was accurate for both of my girls was the morning sickness one! You can check out the list of Old Wives Tales that were accurate for Z here!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Michigan Renaissance Festival Discount!

One of my favorite things to do during the Fall in Michigan is go to the Michigan Renaissance Festival! Kevin and Z have never gone before and it's been a few years since I've been able to make it out there so we are all really excited to check it out this year. If you've never been, you have no idea how much fun you are missing out on! Many families all over Michigan have made this a yearly tradition and for good reason too; you can't beat the food, entertainment, or the shops!

"Take a time-travel adventure into the 16th century at the 37th annual Michigan Renaissance Festival! Join our Queen Elizabeth in a jubilee! Inside our turreted gates, visitors enjoy the sights and sounds of a 17-acre village, complete with building reproductions of Renaissance shops, taverns and a magnificent castle. Continuous entertainment takes place on the streets and on 17 themed stages; featuring full-contact armored jousting, comedy and theater shows, music, games, people-powered rides and so much more! Fabulous food and more than 300 artisans displaying their gallery-quality works complete the experience! Join us weekends and Labor day August 22nd thru October 4th! Plus Festival Friday on October 2nd."

I'm so excited to share that my readers save $3 Off Gate Admission! 

With this coupon, you will receive $3 off an Adult Admission or a FREE child ticket with the purchase of an Adult Ticket. 
August 22nd thru October 4th, 10am - 7pm, 
Rain or Shine! FREE Parking!
Not Valid with any other offers. 

Keep a look out for my upcoming post about our visit to the 37th annual Michigan Renaissance Festival! As always, we will be taking plenty of pictures! It should be a good time and we hope to see you there!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Old Wives Tales Baby Gender Predictions

Next week I'm going in for my ultrasound to find out if Baby #2 is a boy or a girl!! Just for fun, I figured I'd do a post about old wives tales (you gotta make pregnancy fun somehow or it really seems to last forever!). For my first pregnancy, most of the old wives tales I did ended up leaning toward girl and obviously, Z ended up being a girl! So, this time around, I thought I'd compose a list of some of the old wives tales that were accurate last time and we'll see if they're accurate again!

History of Parent's Kids

"According to old wives tales, you can find out the sex by going off of your parent's kids and the order. If you are the first born, you will have what your mother had but starting with her second child. If you are the middle child, you will have what she had, but starting with the third child. If you are the last child, you will have what your mother had in the exact order." 

This one is kind of confusing but I figured I'd throw it in because technically it was correct guessing my firstborn's gender! I'm a middle child and my mom's 3rd child was a girl (me actually. lol) and her 4th was a boy. That means I would have a girl first and then a boy. Z is obviously a girl so this tale would indicate my next one would be a boy.

Moodiness and a Little Pecker

"If you are really moody, you are having a girl since you have extra girl hormones in you. Your pregnancy will make you smile and be more happy if you are having a boy because there's a little penis inside you." 

This one makes me laugh. BUT it was accurate for my firstborn! One of my first pregnancy symptoms with Z was my moodiness. I was a complete wreck and it continued throughout my whole pregnancy. I have been pretty happy throughout this whole pregnancy and only had a few mood swings here and there so far. This would indicate that I'm having a boy.

Chinese Gender Chart

"The Chinese Gender Chart claims to have an accuracy rate of over 90%. It is based on how old the mother is at conception and the month that she conceived."

There are several chinese gender charts out there but I'm going by the Ancient Chinese Gender Chart and I know for a fact that this one was accurate for my first pregnancy. This time it says boy.

Baby Weight

"If you're carrying baby in front, it's a boy. Is the baby weight spaced all around your middle? It's a girl."

I gained weight all over with Z and I felt like I was as wide as a house! This time, I noticed really early in the pregnancy that everything shifted from my love handles to my stomach! So I'm carrying all of my fat and baby weight in my middle. This would indicate a boy.

Sweet vs. Salty 

"If you find yourself craving all things sweet, that’s a sign you’re having a girl. Cravings for salty or even protein-rich foods mean it might be a boy."

My biggest craving when I was pregnant with Z was Starbursts and PB&J! This pregnancy I have been craving Coney Dogs (its a Michigan thing), rice krispie treats, and tortilla chips with cheese dip! This would indicate a boy.

Morning Sickness

"If you had a smooth pregnancy with no morning sickness, it's a boy. If you were sick or felt really nauseous during your pregnancy, count on a girl."

I was nauseous throughout my entire pregnancy with Z and threw up 3 times total in the first trimester. This pregnancy, the first trimester was pure hell. There were days that I barely ate because I was so sick to my stomach. Thankfully, around 12 weeks, the morning sickness wore off and I feel GREAT now! But since I did have morning sickness this time, this would indicate I'm having a girl.

Baby Names

"It is said that when you can only think of specific names for a boy or a girl, you will have that particularly baby."

This was actually the opposite with Z but I wanted to include it anyway. I was 100% set sure on my boy names and she ended up being a girl. This time around, I'm only 100% on the girl names so that would indicate (according to my own pattern) that I'd be having a boy.

So the results definitely favor us having a boy. Remember, I only used old wives tales that proved accurate for us when I was pregnant with Z. This pregnancy has just been completely 100% different than my last one which you would think would indicate the baby is a different gender! I would really love a boy so that we have one of each but at the same time, I cant imagine not having another girl! I love having a baby girl! Keep a look out for my conclusion post to find out if our little pumpkin is a boy or a girl!!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Moving time!

Things are going to slow down for a bit on the blog as my little family of 3 (soon to be 4) is currently in the middle of moving to a new home! Wish us luck in this journey because as we all know, moving is horrible but moving while pregnant is pure torture!