10.14.2017

Farmstead Fun

Last year we added Irons Mill Farmstead to our list of autumn traditions and it's become one of our most favorite family traditions! There's so much to do and it's the perfect family fall activity! There's something for everyone, and even better, is that while we visit the farm, we're actually supporting local!

Located in Western Pennsylvania, near the most quaint little town, New Wilmington, Irons Mill Farmstead was opened in 2012 as a way to share the beautiful countryside and farm lifestyle with so many others, to bring families together, and have lots of fall fun, and it's just gotten better every year since! Last year was our first year, and we thought it was good then, but this year, all the changes that have been made in the past 12 months, all of the hard work that's went into it and all of the new attractions have literally blown out socks off. You guys, it is SO GOOD! So good in fact that you'll want to go again and again.


One of my absolute favorite, kind of new but kind of revamped attraction at the farm are the jumping pillows, nope, not a typo, pillows, plural. Last year there was only one jumping pillow and this year, there are TWO!  Bella might have been just a little bit excited as we made our way over to them and she jumped and jumped and jumped (she also slept good that night too haha). Such a fun thing to do and even parents can join their kiddos on the jumping pillows!

Of course we can't forget our favorite thing from last year, the bat glide! Basically a small zip line and Bella seriously cannot get enough. She would go again and again and again if we let her. In all honesty I really kind of want to go on it too it looks so fun! Corncob beach is forever the most popular attraction on the farm with the little ones, I mean, what kid doesn't love to scoop and dump corn for hours on end? Also the fact that you can bury your feet in it, like sand but less messy? Bella is obsessed, as all of the kiddos seem to be.

A couple new things that have been added to the farm since last year is the addition of the trike race track for little ones (so, so cute), the old fire truck that shoots candy out of the water cannon (um, yesssss), the farm animals are better than ever and now has a fenced pathway to walk through (more animals to pet yay), and you guys... so many new food places... which means more delicious food choices, um, yum! We've yet to try out the new apple blasters and farmstead express but those are definitely high on our to-do list.

We're planning on riding the tractors and picking the biggest pumpkin from the patch to carve right before Halloween (send all the carvings ideas our way because I have no ideas this year), and of course I can't forget to mention how AMAZING the corn maze is this year... y'all... Fixer Upper! It's Fixer Upper themed! Chip and Jo, shiplap, silos... and seriously, we can't wait to do the maze this year! With 30+ attractions and 8 eateries, you'll never be bored or hungry at Irons Mill Farmstead and I promise you'll want to make a tradition out of it, you'll be amazed at all there is to do and I'm pretty sure the mini piggy races (yeah, I said that) and kettle corn will seal the deal for you.


I'm sure I'll be sharing more on my instagram and insta stories in the coming weekends so make sure to keep an eye out for that and if you're in the western Pennsylvania or eastern Ohio area, make sure to head to Irons Mill Farmstead on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from now until October 29th! There's so much fun to be had and memories to be made at Irons Mill Farmstead!

10.11.2017

Kitchen Essentials

This blog post was sponsored by AllModern and I have received product in exchange for this post. All expressed opinions are 100% my own. As always, I only work with brands that we love and write about products that we actually love and use in our home.



I've always had a soft spot for ages gone by, when things were simpler in life. So it's no surprise that I've always loved old fashioned, vintage and retro finds, or vintage inspired finds. I came across SMEG products on Pinterest around 4 years ago, right after I discovered Pinterest, and immediately just fell in love with their designs. I just love the fun and unique colors their products come in, especially the pastel green since if I had to choose an actual color (besides white of course haha), it's be mint green. It's just such a pretty color and since I decided to do my kitchen theme in a pistachio minty green color, these small SMEG countertop appliances from AllModern fit right in.

We go through a ton of toast in this family (and we're practically addicted to Sara Lee Artisan bread) so it's important to us to make sure we have a good toaster that works great and also looks aesthetically pleasing. Let me tell you, this toaster is the bomb diggity (not sure I've ever used that word before but this toaster sure warrants it haha). It has so many features I never knew a toaster was even capable of having, I mean toasters just toast bread, right? Well, this toaster can also defrost things, reheat your toast (without burning it) and even toast bagels one side at a time, talk about amazing. I also love that the crumb catcher at the bottom an be emptied with one push of a button at the bottom, just slide the little tray out and dispose of the crumbs, so much easier than trying to turn a toaster upside down and shake the crumbs out haha, definitely a convenient feature.



Another thing we use a lot is a blender, we were in the market for a new one so when I spied this one, and it matched the toaster and our kitchen, it was love at first sight. Smoothies, icees, soups, sauces, you name it, we use our blender for lot of different things. This blender looks so pretty sitting out on the countertop by our Keurig and I can't help but not store it in the cabinets, I mean, why would I want to hide something that pretty away? This blender works really great, it even grinds coffee beans perfectly which was another huge plus for us and the features and settings are pretty awesome. the only minor complaint I have about this blender is that I really wish that the pitcher was made from glass instead of plastic, since I typically prefer glass, but overall it's sturdy and well made so I don't foresee it ever being an issue, who knows, maybe one day I'll drop it and it'll bounce instead of breaking and I'll be glad it isn't made from glass lol.



I've been a fan of and owned KitchenAid mixers for years, my Dad bought one for my Mom years ago (which she still has) and before that, my grandma had one which originally introduced us to Kitchen Mixers. So when I got married and had a home of my own, I knew that a KitchenAid mixer was one of the must have items for our kitchen. I originally started out with a red one a couple of years ago when my kitchen as a chicken and red theme, but when I switched to mint, the red was seriously clashing color-wise, so naturally I started looking over all of the colors that KitchenAid had to offer, and this "pistachio" color immediately grabbed at my heart strings, and I knew... it was the one. Okay, so maybe that's a bit dramatic, but the color was totally perfect for my new kitchen color theme. I've been using it for several months and as I knew it naturally would be, the quality of this mixer is unmatched, KitchenAid is known for making products that last for years and years so I'm excited to see how many years this one will last us. I've been using it for everything from whipping up a batch of cookies to shredding meat for pulled pork, to making pie crusts to making my famous loaded mashed potatoes. This KitchenAid Mixer is one pretty workhorse.

SMEG and KitchenAid also have a variety of other small (and big) kitchen appliances that AllModern offers on their website, juicers, different sized toasters, mixerselectric tea kettles, blenders and even refrigerators! All in such pretty vintage styles and even more beautiful colors to match almost any kitchen and home. AllModern also offers everything you need to complete your home and any project, and usually some great sales as well! make sure to head on over and check out their awesome deals and products!