Mother Nature’s Farm – Gilbert Pumpkin Patch

When we started looking into all the fun “firsts” to do with our son, we were overwhelmed by the number of fall activities available in Gilbert. Street fairs, kid-friendly spooky events, and of course, pumpkin patches. I’ve been to a few local farms in the area in the past, but when it came to taking the little one, we wanted something simple, small, and close by. A friend recommended we check out Mother Nature’s Farm – and we absolutely loved it!

The family-owned farm has been in Gilbert since 1968 and has been a pumpkin patch open to the public since 1991. Located mere minutes from downtown, you could actually miss the farm if you weren’t looking for it. A little slice of Gilbert’s agricultural history right in the heart of town!

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7 Pumpkin Carving Tips

‘Tis the season for making gourd-eous jack-o–lanterns! Pumpkin carving is my favorite holiday activity. Digging into an easy creative medium. Pulling out the pumpkin guts. Transforming a simple pumpkin into a work of art. And of course, roasting the pumpkin seeds afterward for a delicious snack!

Need further proof of my love? Check out my Pumpkin Carving Gallery!

Over the years, I’ve had my ups and downs with pumpkin carving. I’ve had designs collapse on me and pumpkins rot faster than you can say, “Trick or treat!” However, I’ve also learned how to make pumpkins last more than two days in the Arizona heat and make carving an activity the whole family can enjoy. Now, I’m sharing that knowledge with you!Read More »

7 Valued Halloween Traditions

Being a lover of history, I’m a huge fan of traditions – especially holiday traditions. Whether your traditions are celebrated solo or with your family, it’s nice when we do something fun and festive from year to year.

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays. The spooky decorations and all the jack-o-lanterns! Fall is finally in the air, and Halloween is the true start to the holiday season.

Over the years, we’ve created a few traditions to keep the spooktacular enjoyment rolling. Here are seven of our Halloween traditions:Read More »

Best of September

Wowzers! September just flew by! With the distraction of a new baby, I didn’t get as many posts up as I would have liked but I’m hoping the heavy dose of cuteness makes up for it.

However, the time I have had for crafting and DIY has been focused on the upcoming holidays. I can’t wait to share with you all the spooktacular projects we’ve come up with Halloween! In the meantime, check out the posts you may have missed.

Already hungry for some Halloween-themed projects?
Head over the archives to get some inspiration!

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Best. Baby. Tip. Ever.
Stay ahead of the organization game by making these baby storage bins.

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Save your sanity while moving by using these simple tricks to stay organized and efficient. Who says moving has to be stressful?

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Baby Lawrence is here!
Read about the turn my pregnancy took at the end and our full birth story.

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Cross stitch patterns galore! I’ve been hard at work creating fun beginner cross stitch patterns. New patterns are being added to the shop all the time so check back often!

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Thank you for reading and sharing this journey with me!

xoxo, Jen

Our Birth Story

As you will frequently hear, birth never goes as planned. Thankfully, in our case, our birth plan was “whatever is safest”, so we were well-prepared for the unexpected turn my pregnancy took at the end.

This is quite long because I think the more detailed birth stories are the most helpful. Plus it’s fresh in my mind and I might as well document as much as I can right now. So get cozy and enjoy!

On a Tuesday, we went to the doctor for our weekly check-in. After being evaluated, my doctor confirmed I was at 4cm dilated and estimated 75% effaced. I started dilating during Week 36 with constant progress since then, so my doctor informed us we were basically as far as my body was going to go until contractions start. Then came the discussion of inducement. How far past 40 weeks did I want to wait for the baby to decide on its own birthday? Sometimes nature needs a little help and we were totally okay with that due to the immense pain I had been enduring. After some discussion around the possible size of the baby and how healthy everything had been, we decided on the following Saturday, which would put me at exactly 40 weeks.Read More »