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.

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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.

Raising Awareness for the Teal Pumpkin Project

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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?

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!

We love supporting Team USA #LetsPowerTheirDreams

Our family was counting down the days until the The Olympic Games began airing on our television. Opening night, the entire family was gathered in the living room cheering as Team USA walked around the stadium in Rio!

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Each night after all the evening activities have been completed, the family will all gather and snuggle up on the couch. Can we freeze time. The only technology device on is the television, and the entire family is communicating about each sport in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

One sport we have thoroughly enjoyed is watching Team USA Beach Volleyball.

Team USA Volleyball

My oldest daughter M loves to play volleyball for fun. The high energy and thrill action is what excites her the most. We experience the excitement in every game but also the excitement when watching Team USA participate in The Olympic Games. It is M’s dream to have a family match of volleyball on the beach. After watching Team USA on television, I want to make this dream happen for her! M has been a competitive dancer for about 6 years now. She loves to compete but also she loves to encourage others. This has been the theme in our household this past week. Each one of us will cheer on all the USA teammates. Can they hear us through the television? Well no they cannot, but we are teaching our girls a life lesson to always encourage everyone and be positive. When you are positive, showing kindness and being encouraging, life will go so much better for sure!

We did notice one thing about the women teammates. Several have curly hair. Both of my girls and I, especially M, have dealt with curly hair frizz issues. The heat can make for a hot mess. Olympian, April Ross, uses Aussie to help keep her frizz down.

Aussie and Team USA

SheSpeaks and Walmart sent us a sample of Aussie® 3 Minute Miracle Smooth Treatment. After trying it for a week, we can say our frizz is under control in just 3 short minutes. The humidity has been very high here for two weeks straight, so you can imagine the frizz. This product is a deep moisturizing conditioner that smooths your wily locks, leaving you with soft, swoon-worthy hair. What we really love too is it is made with a touch of Olive Oil and Australian Ginseng. Another bonus is it only costs $2.97 for an 8oz. bottle. Pretty grand for living on a frugal budget.

This is just one of the Proctor and Gamble products that Walmart has in their inventory that will support Team USA when you purchase specifically from Walmart. Check out the entire list and make your purchases today knowing that you will support Team USA!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/P&G. All thoughts and opinions are of our own.

Girls Back to School Clothing Sale – Limeapple

If you are a mom of a girl, we have an amazing sale for you. As most of my readers know, L has always been a fashionista and loves putting her own styles together. Limeapple Boutique speaks her fashion language. In the past, we reviewed their Limeapple Sport Apparel. It was with great excitement that Limeapple reached out to us to review their Limeapple Boutique Back to School pack.

Beginning tomorrow, Limeapple is going to be offering three different back to school packs at over 50% off! This is incredible news for all the parents doing their back to school shopping. Beginning Monday, August 15th through Wednesday, August 17th, you can choose from the below clothing packs. Whether you are looking for, that perfect activewear set, that beautiful dress with matching items, the perfect gym strip pack for back to school, or that perfect gift, Limeapple has you covered!

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L loves the soft feeling of the clothing and I am very happy about the great quality. The clothes are not thinly made which any parent is always grateful. Let’s take a peek at L’s fashion show.

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As you can see, the styles are perfect for a pre-teen. A spin of NY fashion district for a pre-teen. This makes this mom very happy. You can be very stylish and still have conservative clothing choices. Limeapple showcases this with their different styles. To see the twinkle in my daughter’s eye, makes me smile very big. L is very picky with her clothing but has not taken off the first outfit since we got home from church. She keeps saying but it is so comfortable. We are confident when we say that your daughter will love these outfits as well.

Don’t miss out on the biggest savings this summer; all in one easy click, and delivered right to your door step!

Disclosure: Limeapple sent the outfits for L’s honest review. All thoughts and opinions are of our own.

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