Last weekend we drove to Queen Creek to check out the Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili festival happening now through October 30th. Buy your tickets beforehand at any Fry's to save $3 per ticket. They have so many activities for the whole family from face painting, train rides, pig races, zip lining, a petting zoo, corn mazes and amusement rides.
Our first stop was the train depot to ride around the farm. At night this turns into a "spooky" train ride complete with gravestones, cobwebs, and scary music. The daytime train ride was perfect and allowed us to see all of attractions are the park to help plan our day.
Being on a working farm meant that there was tons of livestock to see as well as crops growing all around us. The corn fields were growing taller than us! The petting zoo included goats, micro pigs, chickens and a bull (not for petting). Most of the animals were laying in the shade but they did have a large structure for the goats to climb on that would be great to watch them play on if the weather was nicer. Children could ride the beautiful ponies for a small price per ticket.
Of course, half the fun of going to Fall festivals is eating all the delicious food. We had to try the chili, which came in regular, pumpkin, or vegetarian. It was amazing and paired perfectly with fresh cornbread and a husk of corn straight from the farm. They also had other festival like items such as hot dogs, hamburgers, grilled pizza, and pulled pork sandwiches.
The best part of the Pumpkin and Chili Festival is picking out a pumpkin straight from the farm to bring home with you. They had so many sizes to choose from, plus the pumpkin patch would make an adorable spot for family photos. I hope you check out Schnepf Farms for some great Fall fun!
My husband and I moved to Gilbert, Arizona a little over a year ago and have completely fallen in love with everything about this perfect little town. The white picket fences, the green grass, the water tower, the trees, it all makes this desert town feel a little more Midwest. People in Gilbert have a wonderful sense of community and we both love how many opportunities there are to be around our neighbors.
This past weekend the Arizona Farm Bureau held a Gilbert Heritage Day event right in our neighborhood. They had hay rides, face painting, local vendors, live music, a petting zoo, and fun activities for the whole family. My favorite part was watching everyone take the "Moo-ber" past the Morrison Ranch lake and silos and dance to live country music! They served hot dogs and delicious pulled pork sandwiches for all the neighbors.
They had tons of local vendors selling their handmade creations at the Heritage Day festival as well. Copper Quail Style was one of my favorites and I had to pick up one of their Iconic Gilbert shirts.
If you are thinking about making a move to Gilbert I would love to help show you why this is one of my favorite towns!
It's no secret that succulents are the trendiest new indoor plant if you've been on Pinterest or watched HGTV lately. I love that these low maintenance plants can brighten up any room, add fun pops of color, and steer us far far away from silk ivy plants. Greenery is a perfect staging tool when done right and can easily be modernized by using different varieties of succulents.
Mixing different textures, sizes, and colors together makes for amazing home decor on shelves, center pieces and front door wreaths. Seeing live greenery in peoples homes makes the spaces feel lived in and cozy.
There are many benefits to having plants in your space including cleaning the air you breathe and helping deter illness. Studies have shown that plants in your home helps you maintain concentration and increase productivity.
Grab your favorite succulents from your local home improvement store, add a fun planter, and you're ready to go!
Today is officially the second day of Fall and I already have all my pumpkin spice candles burning! The weather in Arizona is finally starting to remind us all of why we live here. Here are some of my favorite things to do in Phoenix during Fall.
Mother Natures Farm: This is one of the best places to get pumpkins from every year. They have a country store up front, a tractor to ride, and it's a great spot for family photos. They are open the whole month of October from 9-9.
Arizona State Fair: The Arizona State Fair is one of the largest in the country and attracts over 1 million guests annually. Bring the kids, ride the ferris wheel, and eat all the deep fried twinkies. This year big names like Iggy Azalea, Gavin Degraw, and Andy Grammar will be preforming. October 7-30.
Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Festival: The pumpkin and chili festival takes place in Queen Creek at the beautiful Schnepf Farms. Enjoy hayrides, petting zoo, corn mazes, bonfires, and of course chili! Every Thursday-Sunday in October.
Oktober Fest at Tempe Town Lake: Four Peaks Brewery takes over Tempe Beach Park for some brews, bratwursts, and music! Bonus: grab your craziest outfit and ride in the bike parade before the festival starts. October 7-9.