Thursday, October 4, 2012

Going Local: Patterson's Family Fun Fest and a Linky Party with SPARK

An apple a day keeps the blues away.
Is there any other time of year that warms our hearts with sunshine, feeds our bellies with one-pot meals, embraces our souls with over-sized sweaters they can hide so much, overwhelms our eyes with brilliant golds, reds, and oranges, and tingles our ears with the rustling of leaves underfoot during an afternoon hike? Like many of you, Autumn is my favorite season. I love the transition of the world, going from active and vivacious to slumber and rest. It comes at just about the right time where we could welcome a little hibernation.

But before you settle down for your long Winter's nap, don't let Fall pass you by without visiting Patterson's Fruit Farm and experience their Family Fun Fest. If your family is young, this place is so perfect for the littles to run around, sample all kinds of apples, and just have a wonderful afternoon. The Family Fun Fest is located on Mulberry Road (not Caves Road, their other location) but it's good to visit both places in one day. Hay rides, corn mazes, pumpkin pickin'; it's all about Fall and Patterson's really does it right, in a simple way. We've gone just about every year since our son was born, had the apple fritter and apple cider and stocked up on our Honey Crisps (you've got to try one if you've never had one). YUM!

Patterson's over the years.
I am over-the-top excited to be on the same web page as these wonderfully talented women bloggers. I'm co-hosting their SPARK party and it's going to be a fun one!!! I can't wait to see all the Fall inspiration about to be linked. I've got my Pin It button at the ready. Have fun clicking and exploring around the blogosphere. And, thank you, Molly Wagner and the whole SPARK's team for inviting me to co-host today. It's truly an honor and I appreciate it immensely. Talking about my favorite season, a giveaway, and a SPARK's Linky Party; what could be better?

It's October, that means a whole new theme for SPARK!

Last month was wonderful, so many fantastic links!
Let's do it again by adding your Fall inspired recipes, stories, outdoors ideas and games, photography, crafts, Etsy items, and more.

A warm welcome to our sponsor this month-

 Cutting Edge Stencils is a growing business that designs, makes and sells decorative stencils

They're offering one lucky winner $50 plus free shipping to their online store. For more information and project ideas, be sure to check them out on their blog, or you can click HERE for a full product review of the Bon Apetite! extra large stencil.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

SPARK is Co-Hosted by these lovely blogs-

And our two October Guest Hosts

 SPARK Participation Guidelines
1. Become followers of each of the co-hosts as well as our guest hosts. We all have a variety of follow options on our blogs to make it easy for you.  
2. Only family friendly links 
3. Feel free to link up your Etsy items (not your shop), but no more than 5 items per Etsy shop 
4. NO giveaways or linky parties  
5. Link up to the original post, not your main blog
6. Please grab a party button (found at the end of this post) and display it on your blog somewhere. If you're not a blogger, a shout out on your social media sites is greatly appreciated. The more the merrier!

October Theme
Remember, each month has a special theme, and we ask that you only link up with posts and projects that are relevant. 


Joanna said...

Patter sons is our favorite fall activity ever! Love the spark link and their stencils! I see something I like for Jess' room!

Erin @ Chronic Christian Crafter said...

I like the Casablanca Allover Stencil...but, it is truly hard to narrow it down. What a great giveaway!!


Anonymous said...

I'm a new follower. Thanks for hosting the party!

momto8 said...

I too love fall...and right now the night is so crisp and is perfect!!
you have so many good ideas here! wow! i am not gifted with the "spark" of craftiness


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