Carowinds celebrates Fall with The Great Pumpkin Fest

As cooler temperatures creep in, an incredible line-up of frightfully festivities are brewing at the place where the Carolinas come together. Guests of all ages can have a chilling Halloween experience at Carowinds’ Great Pumpkin Fest.


During the daytime, Planet Snoopy is transformed into the ultimate kids’ party at the Great Pumpkin Fest. On Saturdays and Sundays through October 30, bring out the little ghouls and goblins for some “fang-tastic” Halloween fun from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.!

Checkk out a few of these Great Pumpkin Fest activities:

– NEW! The Monsters Are Coming, Charlie Brown: It wouldn’t be a spooky celebration without Charlie Brown and his friends showing off their favorite costumes. Watch as they sing along to some kooky tunes!

– NEW! Halloween Hullabaloo: We’re digging up some frightful favorites in our family-oriented musical revue of Halloween Hits!

– Peter the Talking Pumpkin: Ever heard of a talking pumpkin? Your little ones can chat with Peter, the prize winning pumpkin, throughout the day.

Children can also dress up in their favorite costumes and take part in our daily Kids Costume Parade, go trick-or-treating, visit with their favorite barnyard animals and more! We’ll also celebrate 50 years of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” with screenings of the 1966 animated television special based on the PEANUTS(TM) comic strip, along with the reading of the classic book in PEANUTS(TM) Showplace.

OXO Barista Brain 9-Cup Coffee Maker Review

It’s no secret this household loves coffee. Even my daughter M has acquired a taste for coffee. I may have screamed a little when this new coffee maker showed up on our porch from Influenster.

Every single morning, the first thing I do when I get out of bed is walk to the kitchen and brew my coffee. After using the OXO coffee maker for two weeks, I can say that the coffee is way better than coffee from my old coffee pot. With my old coffee pot, the taste was never as good when I order from Starbucks or any other coffee shop. The coffee always seemed watered down and not as strong. The OXO Barista Brain boils the water at the perfect temperature which is needed for a good cup of coffee. Another perk is I can chooser either to make 2 cups or 9 cups. Most mornings, I am brewing coffee for myself but there are other times when I want to brew an entire pot if company is over visiting us. As soon as you take the first sip, you will notice a difference in the coffee. Also, the coffee stays warm for a long time in the stainless steel carafe.

The sleek design goes well in our kitchen. Check out my full video review below by clicking on the picture. You will see the coffee maker is easy to use. Scoop your coffee, pour the water in and hit the button. Great coffee every time. I have tried Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts coffee in the coffee maker. Both brewed great!


Click picture to watch full video review

Disclosure: I received this product for free for testing purposes. All thoughts and opinions are of my own. 

Raising Awareness for the Teal Pumpkin Project

Teal Pumpkin for Halloween

As my readers know, we have been battling a medical journey this year with our L. Currently, my daughter has no safe foods so going into the holiday season, we will need to get creative. We received a sign of hope as we were in Michaels this past weekend. There was a poster about the Teal Pumpkin Project. I immediately had to take a picture and send to my daughter.

Once I arrived at home, I immediately had to google about the project. From the Food Allergy website, the Teal Pumpkin Project was inspired by a local awareness activity run by the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee (FACET) and launched as a national campaign by FARE in 2014.

L has many regular food allergies, including allergies that will produce an anaphylactic reaction, besides just her eosinophilic esophagitis allergies. Food allergies are a life-altering and potentially life-threatening disease, and a growing public health issue. Did you know, in the U.S., one in 13 children has a food allergy? For these children, even a tiny amount of their allergen has the potential to cause a severe reaction.

These kids already alter their life so much. Let’s all come together this Halloween and let them have an amazing evening with their friends and family. Participating is simple. Pick up some inexpensive toys, and place a teal pumpkin and/or a free printable sign from FARE outside your home to show that you have non-food treats to hand out. Supporting the Teal Pumpkin Project is a simple gesture that can have a big impact.

For more information, please visit the Teal Pumpkin Project website. Will you join in with us to help raise awareness?

Amazing and Soft Disney Tees

Our family is a bit obsessed with Disney World. One day we will be annual pass holders. I’m just putting it out there to the universe. Disney helps us forget about the daily worries and just enjoy the magic. My oldest daughter M, is very obsessed with all things Disney. She finds the cutest Disney shops and has turned me into a big fan of these shops as well.

M scoped out these shirts for our Disney trip in May. Her shirt says, Mickey Ears, Dole Whips, Castle Selfies, Starbucks, The Disney Life. Pretty awesome, right? My shirt says, Disney Life, Happy Wife. We both got stopped multiple times in the park to receive compliments about our shirts. Both of these shirts are from CafeFortySeven. The shirts are very soft and the screen print is excellent quality. The shirts have been washed multiple times since May and are holding up great.

Walt Disney World Tees

Just this last week, another Disney shirt arrived on our doorstep because M had scoped out another amazing shop. She adores Oh Yeah Disney’s Youtube channel and they happen to have an apparel shop as well! Isn’t her Finding Dory shirt cute? “What would Dory do?” M says the quality is great as well with the same soft feeling.

Disney World Tee Shirts

This is not a sponsored post as we purchased these shirts. We are just in love with them and wanted to pass along these awesome Disney shops. Christmas is just around the corner. Perfect gift opportunities for your Disney loving friends!


It’s Hard…..

To watch your daughter not able to eat.

To fail food trials, potatoes and apples.

To cry when being taken back for surgery for the 4th time in 2016.

To grab her throat in pain.

To have to drink a prescription formula to stay alive.

Friends and family, it has been a hard month. We serve a great Lord who gives us strength and encouragement every single day. When we started on this eosinophilic esophagitis journey, the family wasn’t sure what to expect. It has been heartbreak after heartbreak, but L has been so strong through the entire journey. I can’t even imagine what goes through her mind. When your daughter tells you she is not ready to go to heaven, you can imagine the tears that streamed down my face. It shows what the disease does to you mentally. It was my job as her mother to assure her that she has a great medical team and we are going to continue everyday to pray for a CURE! When a reaction happens to your throat, it becomes traumatic and forever stays in your mind.

L had to have an emergency scope this past week. Since we have been home, I have been trying to make her as calm as I can by filling our house with happiness and much prayer. This past weekend, we bought a himalayan salt lamp for her room, a kid’s calming stick, and more essential oils for her diffuser. Our hopes this will help with L cope through this very traumatic journey.

In a magical world, a wand would be waved and she would be healed. As a family, we feel she will be healed by our almighty Physician (Our Lord), so the Lord can use her amazing testimony of healing to share to others.

Next week, we meet with a new allergist to ensure we are covering all our bases with L’s regular food allergies and her EoE diagnosis. We will walk away from this appointment with a new game plan and get our L eating food once again. It is hard to remain positive and not throw your hands up and cry. But honestly, what would that fix? L feeds off of our emotions, so we must remain positive and fill our world with great happiness. This means family puzzle time, family craft time, animal discussions, car rides, and the list goes on.

We are not giving up. We are reaching farther. God is good!

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