Family History Project {Free Printable}

Grandparents Day is this Sunday, September 7th. One of the best ways to get kids and grandparents to connect is just by spending time together talking. Luckily, distance isn’t a factor anymore–plan a Facetime chat or Google Hangout this weekend (or every weekend!) to keep the generations in touch. My mom loves to hear my kids talk about their friends, what games they’re playing, which books they’re reading, and whatever is happening at school. They’re looking forward to her next visit (in November), since she comes about twice a year.

I’m excited to share this free downloadable Family History Project from Kiddie Academy. It includes both a family tree, so kids can understand the connections to their grandparents, plus a list of questions for children to ask their grandparents that will help compare their life stories.

Family History Project for Grandparents Day | MoneywiseMoms
Wait till your kids hear about growing up in an earlier era, what the favorite toys and games were, and all the things they have in common with their grandparents. It’s such a treat to get these stories while you can. You can record the conversation with audio or video and save it for the future, or for later grandchildren to enjoy. Be sure to have your kids fill out their own interview now, so you can save it to show to their kids someday.

Thank you so much to Kiddie Academy for providing this free printable!

How are you celebrating Grandparents Day?

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Getting Kids on a Morning Routine & Giveaway

Disclosure: I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with El Monterey and Ruiz Foods. The opinions in this post are my own.

Back to school can be a really tough transition for both kids and their parents. Getting kids on a morning routine can help a lot. My kids (twins age 8, plus an 11-year-old) and I spent some time creating charts to help us all stay on track for this coming week as they head back to school.

Getting Kids on a Morning Routine | MoneywiseMoms
 

Let Kids Set the Routine
The girls brainstormed all the tasks that need to be done each morning, and they got to type up the routine and create the signs themselves. We used PowerPoint, and they had a great time trying out different fonts and choosing clip art. By doing it themselves (with a little coaching from me), they’re more likely to invest in the routine and be motivated to do it.

My son has early morning swim practice several times a week, so his morning routine is different on those days. He made a sign listing all the equipment he needs to pack–googles, fins, water bottle, etc.–and does a lot of the girls’ morning routine tasks the night before.

 

Make it Visual
We printed a sign for each child, slid it into a page protector, and put them in the dining room with a dry erase marker for checking off tasks as they’re done. Many kids do better with a visual reminder of what needs to get done (and many adults–like me!). With younger kids, you could use pictures or photos instead of words.

Morning Routine with El Monterey
 

Encourage Independence
Yes, it’s a lot faster if I pack their backpacks and do their hair, but kids of all ages need to learn to do their own self-care and grooming, be responsible for their items, and help around the house. Having a morning routine is a great way to encourage independence (and lighten your own load). My role in the mornings is encouraging them to to stay on task, manage their time, and get out the door to the bus on time. As for those 5:30 mornings, my son and I are quite bleary-eyed before practice, so I keep easy breakfasts like El Monterey Breakfast Burritos on hand for him to prep on his own. All he has to do is open one and microwave it, add a cup of milk and some fruit, and it’s a hearty, protein-rich breakfast to help him start the day.

El Monterey sent us all three varieties of Breakfast Burritos to try: Egg & Sausage, Egg & Bacon, and Jalapeno, Egg & Cheese. My kids and I found the Jalapeno a little too spicy, but my husband really likes them. They make a great afterschool snack as well.

El Monterey Breakfast Burritos | Morning Routine
Make it Doable
Most of the tasks on these charts are ones my kids can already do independently, with a few that are new skills for the new school year. I want my kids to get their own breakfasts this year, and as the year progresses, we’ll get to them making their own lunches as well. We can revise the charts to reflect these new responsibilities then.

We went ahead and make an Afterschool Routine as well. This includes unpacking the lunchbox, getting a snack and drink, and starting on homework. This is especially helpful since I have kids coming home at two different times in the afternoon, so after one is done with homework and heading outside to play, the others are just sitting down to eat a snack and start on homework.

Afterschool Routine | Getting Kids on a Morning Routine | MoneywiseMoms
Be Consistent
As a busy mom, it’s really hard to be consistent with my kids, whether it’s with discipline or routines. But if you expect the kids to take this seriously on the days that matter, you need to stick with it. The novelty of the first weeks of school will wear off soon enough, just in time for homework to be forgotten at home and for the whole crew to miss the bus (gee, how would I know?). Since I expect them to stick with the routine on weekdays, we can let it go on the weekends. On a Monday holiday or teacher workday, a “pajama day” is declared, and we all get to laze around, watching movies, reading and cuddling instead of sticking to the routine.

 

Giveaway Time!
El Monterey wants to help your family during the busy times before and after school. Four lucky MoneywiseMoms readers will each win 4 packages of El Monterey Burritos or Chimichangas (via coupon). If you’re reading this in an email subscription, click over to the blog to use the Rafflecopter and enter. There are lots of ways to enter–be sure and click on each option!
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El Monterey Breakfast Burritos with Fruit | Morning Routine | MoneywiseMoms

3 Little Things: Wits, Prime Music & Back to Routine

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Every Friday, I’m sharing 3 little things that are making me happy. It’s helping me focus on the positive, and I have a big mouth so I love telling people about awesome things (one of many reasons I’m a blogger!). I’d love to hear what you’re into and enjoying right now. Just leave it in the comments below. On to this week’s little things:

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The Wits Podcast

I listen to a lot of podcasts, but one of my favorites is Wits. It’s out of  is a podcast out of American Public Radio (just like NPR) and is taped in front of a live audience, with a comedian and a musical guest each week. The host, John Moe, is a humorist with great monologues and stories. It’s so much fun! I love when they do Amazon Review Theater with Paul F. Tompkins, and the episode with Kumail Nanjiani (one of my favorite comics) had me in tears, laughing so hard at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sketch. You can listen to it on iTunesanother app or right on the Wits website.

Amazon Prime Music

Amazon Prime Music
As a part of a Prime membership, which already includes unlimited streaming of movies and TV, I’m just discovering Amazon Prime Music, which lets you do the same thing with a lot of their music catalog. While we were out of town, it was so nice to be able to play a bunch of albums different than the same-old-same-old playlists we’d been listening to. I’m probably way behind the times on this, but it’s been fun discovering what’s available and listening to old ’80’s albums together.

First Day of School

Back to Routine
Yes, there’s still the weekend, but I’m awfully eager to get back on a routine. We went to school today to meet the kids’ teachers, and everyone got very excited about starting on Tuesday. Both my son and I, in particular, do better on a regular schedule with structure to our days. While I’ll miss all the quality time I’ve had with the kiddos, I’m more productive, rested and happy when I can follow a schedule. I tend to look at every new school year as “New Year’s” for me (is that a stay-at-home-mom thing?). It’s a time for me to recommit to my health goals (like walking daily, a better sleep routine, and eating healthier) and think through projects around the house, in my volunteer positions, and here on the blog. I’m eager to get some big chunks of time starting next week!

 

What’s making you happy this week?

 

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Capture Travel Memories with #TargetWedding & Giveaway

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We’re headed to a wedding out in Santa Barbara in a few weeks–it’ll be the first time my husband and I are away overnight (at the same time–together!) in forever. After being married 20 years, we don’t get to travel alone much. His best friend from college (who was our best man) is finally tying the knot, and we’re so excited to be there to celebrate with him. It also has us reflecting on the past 20+ years together.

Cancun Trip 2002 #TargetWedding
One of our best summer trips was to Cancun, Mexico, in August of 2002. Wow, that feels like ages ago! We knew it was the hottest time to go, but it was also the most frugal, a big factor both then and now. We lived in California at the time, but going south over the border was a new experience for both of us. We toured the ruins at Chichen Itza, climbed all the way to the top of the Pyramid of Kukulcan, and took some outstanding photos which I collected in a scrapbook when we got home (I did that with every trip we took back then). We spent so much time on the beach, just relaxing and reading, the same things we like to do on vacation now.

As we think back over our years together, there are so many adventures–big and small–that we’ve shared. We enjoyed many trips up and down the California coast while we lived there: a bed & breakfast in Bodega Bay, the beach in Catalina, and museums in San Francisco. Then–one unexpected adventure stopped our traveling for quite some time–having identical twins with a 2-year-old toddler at home. Thankfully, we’re picking the travel bug back up again now that the kids are older, and we’re hoping they enjoy it as much as we do.

Looking ahead to this wedding, we want to pass on to our friends the importance of sharing adventures together. They didn’t do a traditional wedding registry; after all, they’re our age and already have all of those domestic items that young couples need. I picked out some fun items from the Target Wedding Registry that would make perfect gifts for couples of any age, at any season of life.

Travel Memories #TargetWedding
Canon EOS Rebel T5IThreshold Windowpane Multiple Image Frame – Aluratek 14″ LCD Photo Digital Frame –  Sewn Leatherette D-Ring Scrapbook

We’ve decorated our house with photos we’ve taken on our travels together. Our Chichen Itza photos are in a three-photo frame just like this one, and it reminds us of that wonderful trip. We’ve also had some of our souvenirs framed as well. To capture travel memories, a quality camera is a must. No matter what the age of the wedding couple (or even as an anniversary gift!), take a look at the Canon EOS Rebel T5I as a beginner DSLR camera. I always budget the money and the time upon our return to upload photos and enjoy them in some way (via photobook, scrapbook, or enlargements for the wall).

What are your favorite travel memories?
Target wants to give one lucky MoneywiseMoms readers a $25 Target Gift Card. You could spend it on a wedding gift, or just treat yourself. Just leave a comment below sharing your favorite travel memory with your spouse or partner. Where did you go? What did you do?

To enter, leave a comment below sharing your favorite travel memory with your spouse or partner.  Thanks to everyone who entered! The winner was Cheryl A.

If you’re reading this in an email subscription, you’ll need to click over to the blog to enter. One entry per person, please. This giveaway ends Friday, September 5th, at midnight EST. Good luck!

7 Homemade Muffin Recipes – Lunchbox & Afterschool Snacks

Homemade Muffin Recipes | Easy #realfood #recipes for lunchboxes and afterschool snacks | MoneywiseMoms
Thinking about all the snacks and treats your kids will go through this school year? Rather than spend a lot on pre-packaged snacks, consider these homemade muffin recipes. We take a little time on the weekend to bake up a batch of muffins, then put some aside for lunchboxes and afterschool snacks. The rest go in the freezer to use another week. Each of these recipes uses real foods and include fruit and fiber, so they’re healthier than what you’re seeing advertised right now for back to school season. Plus, by making them at home, you’re saving a lot of money.

For our lunchboxes, I like to use a standard mini muffin pan, since the smaller muffins fit nicely. As a rule of thumb, if a recipe doesn’t have directions for mini muffins, cut the time to 2/3 of the regular-sized, then check it for doneness with a toothpick.

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Muffin Recipe | Easy #realfood #recipes for lunchboxes and afterschool snacks | MoneywiseMoms
These Whole Wheat Cinnamon Muffins have a crispy, sweet edge and a wonderful flavor.

Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffin Recipe | Easy #realfood #recipes for lunchboxes and afterschool snacks | MoneywiseMoms
Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins are easily made with either fresh blueberries (still in season now!) or a bag of frozen ones (the rest of the year).

Chocolate Banana Muffin Recipe | Easy #realfood #recipes for lunchboxes and afterschool snacks | MoneywiseMoms
These Chocolate Banana Muffins look rich and indulgent, but they’re still made with whole wheat.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe | Easy #realfood #recipe for lunchboxes and afterschool snacks | MoneywiseMoms
My kids love these Whole Wheat Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins. They’re a fall favorite!

Banana Blueberry Breakfast Muffin Recipe | Easy #realfood #recipes for lunchboxes and afterschool snacks | MoneywiseMoms
These Banana Blueberry Breakfast Muffins have the protein of Greek yogurt and fiber from oatmeal and whole wheat flour. They make a great on-the-go breakfast if you make them full-sized.

Brown Sugar Maple Muffin Recipe | Easy #realfood #recipes for lunchboxes and afterschool snacks | MoneywiseMoms
Brown Sugar & Maple Muffins are delicate and just the right amount of sweet.

Whole Wheat Banana Muffin Recipe | Easy #realfood #recipes for lunchboxes and afterschool snacks | MoneywiseMoms
This Whole Wheat Banana Muffins recipe is so simple, it’s a great way to get started with making your own.

What are your favorite homemade muffins recipes?

 

 Linked up to Real Food Recipe Roundup at Sassy Moms in the City, Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts, and Inspire Me Wednesday at Seven Thirty-Three.

Kraft #RollIntoSavings Twitter Party 9/15 (Resched!)

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Do you love a good Twitter Party?  You know I do, and I’m excited to co-host a party about using your favorite Kraft products to prepare budget friendly meals! On Monday, September 15th from 1-2pm ET (rescheduled from a previous date), please join the #RollIntoSavings Twitter Party where we’ll be discussing delicious meals with Kraft products and giving you a chance to win prizes.

Simple dinners are the main way I keep my family fed while staying on budget. This Twitter Party will share meal ideas using Kraft products to help you achieve that goal. It’s the perfect time to shop at Walmart, because many Kraft products are on Rollback (that means an even lower price than normal). Remember that you can maximize your savings by pairing a Rollback price with a coupon. I’m eager to hear what everyone’s budget friendly meals and simple dinners are. It’s always great to get new ideas! I hope you’ll join the party on Monday, September 15th, at the #RollIntoSavings Twitter Party especially since you have a great chance to be one of the six prize winners.

Join me and RSVP for the #RollIntoSavings Twitter Party on SoFabChats!
DATE:  Monday, September 15, 2014

TIME:  1:00 to 2:00 pm ET

PRIZES:  5 – (1) $100 Walmart Gift Cards

EARLY BIRD PRIZE:  1 – $50 Walmart Gift Card

HOSTS:  @Freebies4Mom, @kellystilwell, @theCouponista, @mummydeals, @tsue1136

RULES:  #RollIntoSavings Twitter Party Official Rules

RSVP & PARTY GRID:  #RollIntoSavings Twitter Party Page

PLEASE RETWEET:

 

How To Participate In A Twitter Party on SoFabChats!

TIP:  How to join a Twitter Party – sign in! Before party starts, click on the green “Sign In On Twitter” bar at the top of the page!

TIP: Who to follow at a Twitter Party? Follow the Party Team by clicking on the Twitter handle links on the RSVP page!

TIP: Want to win Twitter Party prizes? RSVP by clicking on RSVP button before you join the party, follow everyone on the Party Team, and tweet with the party hashtag during the party to be eligible!

TIP: How to win the Early Bird prize? Watch for chance to share a tweet when you RSVP for chance to win!

TIP: Special deals and brand coupons? Keep that options checked when you RSVP for the party!

TIP: New to Twitter parties? Watch your column and Party Team tweet columns – they are slower paced and easier to follow!

TIP: Where to find Twitter Parties? Check out the SoFabChats Twitter Party Calendar to find more fun parties to attend! Find more helpful Twitter Party Tips on SoFabChats!

Freezer Cooking for Back To School

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Oh, back to school season. It’s a transition for me as well as the kids. We’re back to the rush of packing lunches, packing backpacks, finding shoes, a new school (for 2 of the 3), homework…

Afterschool to dinnertime is a busy time, even on nights with no extra-curriculars. We have our routine–the kids do their homework, then their chores, and I spend time with them at the table. Most days, dinner needs to be ready or already cooking (love my crockpot meals!).

So what can I do to make it easier? I’m doing freezer cooking to get through the back to school transition.

Freezer Cooking Casseroles for Back to School | MoneywiseMoms

Double Up
I had time last week to make Spinach Stuffed Shells for dinner, so I just boiled the whole box of shells (the recipe only calls for half) and doubled up the filling. I laid the second set out on a cookie sheet in the freezer until hard, then put them in a zipper bag. Next time we want shells, I can just layer them in a baking dish with sauce and mozzarella and bake. No work needs to be done!

This double-up concept works great for any type of casserole or meal with lots of prep–take the time now so you can save it later. My family’s favorites are:

Costco Pork Loin | Freezer Cooking for Back to School | MoneywiseMoms

Freezer to Crockpot
I use a four-pack of pork loin roasts ($1.99/lb at Costco, which is my price point for meat), and put each in a zipper freezer bag with sauce. Each of these can go straight into the crockpot right from the freezer. My favorite four freezer-to-crockpot recipes (you could substitute chicken thighs if you prefer) are:

Teriyaki Pork: Chop an onion and add to the pork in the bag along with 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp minced garlic and 1 tsp ginger. Cook on low 8-10 hours. Serve on rice with a veggie like broccoli or green beans.

BBQ Pork Sandwiches: Chop an onion and add to the pork in the bag along with a bottle of barbeque sauce (or make your own). Cook on low 6-8 hours. Shred and serve on whole wheat hamburger buns with a side salad and corn.

Shredded Pork Tacos: Chop an onion (see a pattern here?) and add to the pork in the bag along with a jar of salsa (red or green) or a can of diced tomatoes with green chiles. Cook on low 8-10 hours. Shred and serve with tortillas and taco fixings, or as a “taco bowl” with rice and beans.

Honey Parmesan Pork: To freezer bag, add 1/2 cup honey, 2/3 cup Parmesan cheese, 3 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce, 2 Tbsp basil, 2 Tbsp minced garlic and 1/2 tsp salt. Mix in bag, then add pork. On this recipe, it matters that you defrost the bag before putting in the slow cooker, since you want to be able to turn the roast to fully coat with the sauce. Cook on low 6-8 hours. I serve this over rice with a veggie on the side.

By doing this once a month, I have one pork meal a week ready to go, and if I forget to defrost, that’s okay (except for that last one). They just cook all day in the slow cooker and dinner is ready when we are. Easy peasy.

 

 What are some meals you like to freeze for later?

Linked up to Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts, Fluster’s Creative Muster Party at Fluster Buster, Pinterest Foodie at Real: The Kitchen and Beyond, SITS Girls, Type A Parent Linkup and Yes Works for Me at We Are That Family.

3 Little Things: Groot, Poison, and My Kids

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I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the 3 Little Things series over at the blog MomAdvice (where I’ve been subscribed for years and you should totally go get to know and love Amy, because she’s awesome). I was participating every week in the comments, but now I want to share right here on MoneywiseMoms. It’s a great way to focus on the positive heading into the weekend, and it’s a great reminder to me personally to be grateful and positive.

Groot and Rocket Raccoon - Guardians of the Galaxy
Groot & Rocket Art
I finally saw Guardians of the Galaxy and loved it! I was especially impressed how they captured the friendship and love between two non-human characters, Rocket Raccoon and Groot. Apparently it struck a chord with a lot of fans, and those with artistic talents have been sharing amazing fan art depicting their friendship, so absolutely sweet and heartwarming. Image from Catcoconut at DeviantArt.

Poisoners Handbook
The Poisoner’s Handbook
I know, it sounds like a instruction guide for trouble, but it’s actually a fabulous historical book: The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum. I love learning about history within the context of a story, and this book explained the beginnings of forensic science in New York City alongside Prohibition, political corruption, and the many murders by poisoning happening at the time. The structure is similar to one of my favorite books of all time, The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larsen. It was full of science and history, right up my alley. It’s one the best books I’ve read this summer (see the rest on my Books I’ve Read 2014 Pinterest board).

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My Kids
Our summer is finally winding down, just one week of vacation left before they head off to (gasp!) 3rd and 6th grade. Last week, we spent a week in a cabin in upstate New York with no TV and internet (horror!). They were amazing on the long roadtrip both ways, then were so much fun during our week of board games, reading, museum visiting and Niagara Falls exploring. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying having so much time with them to connect, talk, cuddle and play. This weekend we’re doing something crazy–we’re heading to the Cartoon Cereal Party at Alamo Drafthouse. It’s two hours of ’80’s-era cartoons from our childhood along with all-you-can-eat sugar cereal. The kids think we’re nuts for doing this, but my husband and I think it sounds like a blast. We keep turning to each other and saying, “they’re just so much fun to be with.” we so appreciate our kids’ senses of humor and how they like to try new things along with their geeky parents.

Hope you have something fun planned with your family this weekend! I’ve linked this post up to MomAdvice.

What’s making you happy this week?
Share your 3 things in the comments below!

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Great Country Farms {Bluemont, VA}

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My kids and I were invited out to Great Country Farms in Bluemont, Virginia. It was an hour drive northwest out of DC (lots of country roads, not much highway), with great views of horses, cows and mountains. We hadn’t been to a farm in a while; we did it all the time when they were preschoolers, but it was the first time with big kids of 8, 8 and 10. We went straight to the Animal Barn to meet the goats, pony, boar, peacocks, turkeys and chickens. Some of the baby goats were walking around, comfortable with visitors and looking to be fed and petted. My kids thought the pony was a big grumpy (he kept grabbing the feed cups right out of their hands!), but the giant boar was a sweetheart. We ended up spending the bulk of our time with the animals, which really surprised me. That’s what they wanted to do on the way out, and we spent another half hour petting and observing them.

Petting Farm at Great Country Farms - Bluemont Virginia #familytravel - MoneywiseMoms
 

There was plenty to do besides pet the farm animals. We wandered through the paths and found a giant jumping pillow. Too bad it was for kids only! I had to sit on a bench and watch them bounce and laugh away. They tried the giant tricycles in the Pedal Cart course, and found several tall tube slides hidden around corners. The shady playground area had lots of great structures–typical equipment along with a pirate ship, giant spider web, and more for climbing. There were plenty of picnic tables for parents to set up and relax while the kids played. A note about food–we went on a weekday and The Roosteraunt (their restaurant) was closed, since it’s only open on the weekends. I had hoped for some homemade pie. We had to make do with snacks and drinks from the Farm Market, more expensive than if you pack your own.

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We did skip the corn bin–basically a huge sandbox of corn kernels with lots of dump trucks for playing. Lots of little kids were in there, and mine would have enjoyed that in their younger days.

The rope maze was so much fun. There was a board in the front giving titles depending on how long it took to complete. All the kids guessed they could do it in two minutes, but it took almost 9! The kids had hoped for a corn maze, but that doesn’t open until September after it’s all harvested. We got a good look at it while out on a tractor ride, so they want to go back and give that a try in the fall.

Rope Maze at Great Country Farms #familytravel - MoneywiseMoms

Last, we headed out to the U-Pick orchards, a fun tractor ride out to the peach trees, blackberry bushes, or green bean crops. What’s available changes often, so check the Now Picking page for the latest update (apples are next!). My kids had never picked their own fruits & veggies before, so this was a real treat. They really enjoyed picking their own beans and steaming them for dinner that night. This was a great opportunity to talk about where food comes from and how it gets to us.

UPick Fruits and Vegetables at Great Country Farms - Bluemont Virginia #familytravel - MoneywiseMoms

Great Country Farms wants you to enjoy a day out with your family. One lucky MoneywiseMoms reader will win a 4-pack of tickets to Great Country Farms. Head out there on a weekend in September for the Apple Gala & Cider Festival or spend an October day at the Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival. Anytime you go, it’s a great experience for kids of all ages!

To enter: Leave a comment saying who you’ll take to Great Country Farms and what you think they’ll like best.

If you’re reading this in an email subscription, click over to the blog to enter. One entry per person, please. This giveaway ends Friday, August 29th, at midnight EST. Good luck! Congrats to Lauren M. She’s the winner!

Looking for more Northern Virginia family outings? See my Mid-Atlantic Family Trips board on Pinterest and these posts:

Disclosure: I received a 4-pack of tickets to Great Country Farms, and they have provided the prize for this giveaway.