Fall Fun, Painting Pumpkins

Fall Fun, Painting Pumpkins: Olaf, Frozen.

October is here and this means it is the season for pumpkins!!!! There is something about autumn that it is very easy to get into the fall spirit. Bring on the pumpkins, the apple picking, the baking, the pumpkin spice latte, the scarecrow decorations, crafts and Halloween celebrations!

Every year we carve pumpkins but pumpkins don’t last as long as we’d like and they always end up moldy after two or three days. Last year we started a new tradition to enjoy the pumpkins a little big longer …. Pumpkin Painting!!!

This is a great activity for the whole family. Our teen got a little creative, suggesting building Olaf from the movie Frozen (we all have to help with this) and the little one of the family did free style and made his own festive and unique design 🙂

Fall Fun, Painting Pumpkins: Olaf, Frozen.

A few suggestions for pumpkin painting:

  • Before painting, make sure your pumpkins are gently washed with soap and water.
  • We used acrylic paint with our teen to paint Olaf. We always wear old clothing because if acrylic paint ends up on your clothing, it can stain.
  • For Olaf’s face we printed a stencil and used a pencil to trace the outlines of the design into the pumpkin.
  • Use non-toxic tempera or water-based paint for the younger kids.
  • We added some shine to the pumpkins with glittery paint.
  • Have FUN!!!!!!! … That’s what its all about.

Last year we did a few other fun characters:

Fall Fun, Painting Pumpkins

Fall Fun, Painting Pumpkins: Olaf, Frozen.

It was very fun even thought Olaf’s head fell a few times 🙂

Every day I love to see our decorated pumpkins next to our door!

Have a Festive and Fun Fall!

Victoria 😉

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Halloween Activities: Painting Pumpkins

Just sharing some fun Halloween ideas…Painting Pumpkins is a fun and creative activity that the whole family will enjoy!!!!

Halloween Activities: Painting Pumpkins
Halloween Activities: Painting Pumpkins

  1. Select your pumpkin with a smooth surface with no bruises, scratches, or blemishes.
  2. Clean, rinse and dry your pumpkin.
  3. Coat your pumpkin with white acrylic paint and let dry. That way the next set of colors will pop. We purchased the acrylic paints at Michael’s (remember to bring a coupon for a discount). If you have other kinds of paint at home you can test it out on a small area of the pumpkin to see if it sticks first. You can also paint the whole pumpkin with Multi-Purpose Sealer first. We didn’t do this step and so far our pumpkins has lasted for three weeks so far without a problem.
  4. After searching for ideas in Pinterest, we printed and traced our design onto the pumpkin with transfer paper using a pencil or with a permanent marker.
  5. If you want to make your design more fun you can add some glitter, decorations or embellishments accents to your pumpkin.
  6. And most important….Have fun with it and enjoy the proccess!!!

Victoria 😉

Scratch one more item off of the Fall Bucket List 🙂

Fall is here…Time for apple picking!!!

Fall is here…Time for apple picking

It is time to get outside and enjoy all that the Fall season has to offer. One of my favorite family-friendly Fall activities is to visit a local farm with friends and pick apples. It’s such a simple way to have fun as a family, create lasting memories and support local farmers!!!

Here are some apple picking farms around the Bay Area for your enjoyment. Some are just a short drive while others are a great day trip.

Twin Hill Ranch
1689 Pleasant Hill Raod
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 823-2815
www.twinhillranch.com
Dog Friendly.

Gabriel Farm
3175 Sullivan Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 829-0617
www.gabrielfarm.com

Chileno Valley Ranch
5105 Chileno Valley Road
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 765-6664
www.chilenobnb.com

Apple-A-Day Ratzlaff Ranch
13128 Occidental Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 823-0538

Depending where you are in the Bay Area, Watsonville may be closer than Sonoma County:
Gizdich Ranch
55 Peckham Road
Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 722-1056
www.gizdich-ranch.com

Be sure to call ahead of time to confirm availability before planning your trip!

We visited Twin Hill Ranch this weekend and had a wonderful day and went back home with over 10 lbs of a variety of apples.

Fall is here…Time for apple picking
– Picnic tables and beautiful open areas where the kids can play at Twin Hill Ranch.

Fall is here…Time for apple picking
– Delicious Apple Bread from Twin Hill Ranch.

Fall is here…Time for apple picking

Now, it is time to learn and enjoy making all sorts of apple things.

I would LOVE to know where your favorite apple picking spots are.

We hope you have fun during Apple Picking Time!

Victoria 😉

Scratch one item off of the Fall Bucket List 🙂

Our Fall Bucket List…

Fall is my favorite time of the year….there is something very special about this season, I love the beautiful weather and the incredible colors it brings!!! There are so many fun things to do during the fall, so every year we create a “Fall Bucket List” to remind ourselves to fully enjoy this colorful season. Hopefully, all of these will be checked off by the end of November! 😉

You can download these 7x5in PDF printable files (filled or blank) to enjoy with your family and have fun making memories together.

Download the “Fall Bucket List” PDF file (1.79MB)

Autumn Bucket List

Download the “Blank Fall Bucket List” PDF file (1.35MB)

Autumn Bucket List

Autumn Bucket List

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“Try at least two new things this Fall…..Fill your life with sweet memories and have a FUN FALL season!
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What’s your favorite thing to do during fall? I would love to hear it!

Happy fall, y’all!

Victoria 🙂