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Fall is dandy.

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It really is.  Dandy.  Fall is.  I love this time of year.  Absolutely love it.  I think that I’ve always been a fan of fall.  There’s just something about this time of year that draws me in.  It reminds me of things.  For starters it tells me that everything is going to be okay and eventually will become anew.  After a very long, hot summer the temperatures will start to drop, brilliant colors will form on my favorite trees, leaves will begin to fall, snow will eventually cleanse, and then spring will burst forth The newness happens all because of fall.  All because of it.  Without fall we would miss out on so much!  (If you’ve never experienced a Midwest fall then I highly recommend it.  Visit a place that has a real and true fall just once.  You will see exactly what I’m talking about.  The beauty of it all.  Truly breathtaking.)

Everything about this season for me is a memory.  My childhood is a big part of this memory.  I remember going with my grandparents to stomp through piles of leaves in the parks near Jefferson Barracks.  We would leave the pathways to find the biggest clusters of leaves.  The crispness in the air was often filled with silence that was then broken by our feet crunching through the giant, untouched leaves.  My grandparents would positively glow at the happiness that I expressed on our leaf walks.  I knew that they were happy and, as their only granddaughter, I reveled in the attention.  The walks were filled with love.  They taught me the joy that is leaf stomping and I can never look at falling leaves in the same way again because of it.

This year the change of season has taken on new meaning for me.  My feelings toward fall are now bitter sweet.  Seven years ago next month my grandfather (the inspiration for the dandy blog) passed away while raking leaves.  In a strange way it was almost meant to happen that way.  Despite the fact that I was thousands of miles away when it happened… It happened while he was doing something that was so closely connected to me.  Something that tied us together.  Maybe that sounds silly, but it has become a comfort to me.  We lost my grandmother earlier this year.  I’ll forever miss our walks together in the fall.

Despite the sadness that I feel this time of year I can still feel the joy of the season.  I’ll always have the wonderful memories and I’ve come to love sharing this season with my own family.  Spending time out in the fall weather with my husband and children, teaching them about the dandiness that is leaf walks, and taking part in all the fun of the season.  There truly is so much to enjoy this time of year.  Last weekend we found ourselves at a corn maze with friends.  Always a fall gem.  It has become a tradition for us to go to this specific maze.  Our dandy kids had a great time while building their own fall memories and I was able to reflect on all the many reasons why I love this time of year.

A dandy fall to all!

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Little Tikes recently gave my family the gift of the Cozy Coupe Wagon.  It’s perfect for all of your fall outings.  Stay tuned for the Halloween review. 

Warner Bros. Spook-Tacular Movie GIVEAWAY!

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It’s that time of year again.  The crispness in the air.  The eery fog.  The witching hour is almost upon us!  Are you all decorated for the Halloween splendor?  At our house we are decked out, but also enjoying watching some family friendly spooky movies.  Banjo is really into it this even and even wants to have a “spooky” story at night before bed.  Good thing I’m a grand story teller, because I’m able to make them up and keep them not too scary.  😉  We don’t want the little guy to be having nightmares!

Make your own Halloween spook-tacular with a fun quiz and story printouts right here on Dandy Giveaway:

AND…

Make it even more spook-tacular with a chance to win!  (Enter on the Rafflecopter at the end of this posting.)

 

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That’s right!  Enter to win one of these fantastically dandy DVDs:

(Prize will be chosen randomly from the titles below!) 

  • Scooby-Doo!  13 Spooky Tales:  Run for your Rife!
  • Regular Show – Fright Pack (V4)
  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Deluxe Edition
  • Tom and Jerry: Tricks and Treats
  • Bugs Bunny’s Howl-oween
  • Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King
  • Tom and Jerry: Halloween Hijinks
  • Sesame Street: Elmo Says Boo!
  • Adventure Time – Jake the Dad (V5)

Enter to win on the Rafflecopter form below!

RULES:

*This giveaway is open to US and Canada entries only.

*Each household is only eligible to win 1 WB Spook-Tacular Family Movie [CHOSEN AT RANDOM] via a blog reviews and giveaways.  

*Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway.

*If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again.

*Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of October 26th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by PartnersHub, but all opinions are strictly my own.

 

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October, I miss you.

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Here’s a last look at October.  Glorious October.

I really do kind of miss October.  There’s just something about that month that gets me every time.  Maybe… Because of all the great fall family activities.  Or maybe…  Because of all the pumpkins, ghosts, and goblins.  The fall decor?  I certainly love that part of it!  Sure fall carries into November, but is it the same?  I mean it’s November.  😉

Here’s looking to the month that’s all about Thanksgiving and all that I am truly thankful for.  It’s another holiday month to spend with my family.  A time to reflect on my many, many blessings.  November, I welcome you and I’m grateful for you.

Costume Express {Review}

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We had our very first trick or treater on Thursday.  My little niece.  A little early, but she likes to be prompt.  You know to make sure she doesn’t miss a single house.  She arrived wearing the most adorable Little Red Riding Hood costume that I ever did see!

Isn’t she just the cutest???

Costume Express sent the costume over to my house and I knew that it was just perfect for this little reviewer.  She’s darling, so everyone is going to want to bail on their previous costume idea and go with this one.  Am I right?  It’s super cute, super great quality, and super unique design.  You can’t beat that!  Well, now…  What day is it already???  You better hurry, because the 31st is almost here!  Halloween is in T-3 days!  Have you got your Little Red Riding Hood costume yet???  There’s still time to get your costume if you order right now through Costume Express!  You have until October 29th at 2:59pm CDT to be exact.

At Costume Express all the members of your family can get in on the action with the other characters:

    

Or isn’t this a cute family theme?

 All can be found at Costume Express, so you better get ordering!  🙂

 

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A Room With A View

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Here I sit on the floor in our family room while the kiddos play nearby.

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I heart the colors of fall!

An Apple A Day

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It’s so much easier for me to adhere to the old adage when the apples look like this:

 

Happy Fall!

Knit Pumpkin

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Remember my knit pumpkin tutorial from a few years back?  Wow.  Where does the time go?  I cannot believe it has been 2 years since I made that little pumpkin!  He only makes his presence known around here during the fall season, but he is still alive and well.  And looking ever so fine gracing our stairs with the other fall fixtures I might add.

Although our staircase is updated from that old picture, so I think that’s even more dandy!

Maybe it’s time I made another pumpkin…

 

Soccer Boy

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Banjo is becoming quite the little soccer pro.  Okay, okay…  So he’s not really a pro yet.  I’m just being a proud momma.  🙂   But he’s definitely learning how to play and having a lot of fun out there.  Which, in my opinion, is the most important thing!  Both Audi and I were athletes in high school, so we do like sports.  However, we aren’t the type of parents to put a lot of pressure on our kid to go out there and be the next David Beckham.  If Banjo excels in a given sport then that’s fine.  If it’s not his thing then that’s fine too.  Above everything else we want him to learn the fundamentals of the sport, good sportsmanship, what it’s like to be part of a team, and to have fun doing it!  This introduction to soccer is doing just that for our little guy.  He and his team mates are so adorable out on the field running back and forth.  Not really always knowing which direction they are supposed to go in (they are 4 and 5 year olds), but determined to get the ball no matter what!  In fact they often remind me of a gaggle of geese out on the field.  The ball is kicked and they all take off trailing after it.  It’s really cute.  Just like our little soccer boy.  🙂

 

i heart corn mazes

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Remember how I told you yesterday about my love for corn mazes?  Brookdale Farms has more than just corn.  Like…

A giant tractor tire:

That makes for a dandy place to play and hide!

  

 

A straw bale playland:

Cute tire swings:

A cow train:

That has a tail!

And…

Let’s just have another look at that gigantic, glorious corn maze, shall we?

Yep.  I really do heart corn mazes.  But mostly I heart visiting them with my little family.  🙂

Halloween Decorating Obsessiveness

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Can you tell that I have a 4 year-old obsessed with perfect order in all things???

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Happy October!

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