Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Wagons Full of Fall Fun!!!}

There are plenty of fun events this weekend to keep you and the fam pretty busy! Hopefully, the weather will cooperate and give us a wonderful fall weekend! (Unfortunately, it does not look too promising now but one can hope!)

Here are some ideas this weekend:

October Weekends--Pumpkin Weekends at Blackberry Farm, Aurora, seasonal crafts, pumpkin train, purchase pumpkins to decorate, carousel rides, pedal cars, pony rides and more, $8 per adult, $7 per child non resident, $5 and $4.50 respectively for residents, 2 and under free!

Friday, October 3

Friday and Saturday mark Oktoberfest Naper Settlement in Naperville. The event includes German music and food with kids activities on Saturday 12PM-5PM. Admission costs $10 adults, $5 kids in advance, $15 & $10 day of. Admission includes admission to historic settlement.

Hobby enthusiasts will enjoy the iHobby Expo Friday through Sunday at the Schaumburg Convention Center showcasing hobby products. The fun includes train rides, a pinewood derby track and races, free make & take sessions, fighting robots and more. Tickets are $15 per adult, kids under 10 free. Check online for discount. **Good option if the less than ideal weather holds.**

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Golden Gallery is a North Carolina Art Treasure Trove

**Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

On our journeys, we love to explore local art, crafts and products. While we were in Wilmington, North Carolina, we ventured into The Golden Gallery in the Cotton Exchange. We were so lucky to find artist and gallery owner Mary Ellen Golden available during our visit, so I was able to speak to her a bit about her vision. Not only is she a talented woman but is a truly lovely lady happy to share her creations.

Monday, September 29, 2014

6 Historic Homes to Visit in the Chicago Suburbs

Kennicott House the Grove
Sometimes, we can overlook a bit of history in our own neighborhoods. Often, there are wonderful treasures just around the corner! The Chicago suburbs are no strangers to history and have plenty historical gems to visit. Historical homes provide a way to take a look back at the past and witness how people once lived. Here is a peek at some of the unique historic homes that can be found in the Chicago suburbs:

Historic Homes Worth Exploring in the Chicago Suburbs

Muller House and Banta House in Arlington Heights

The Muller House and Banta House in Arlington Heights are a tucked away treasure. The Muller House is a joy to tour with many period items. You can actually still smell the fires that cooked so many meals in the past which is a neat little element. The home has been restored to represent that of an upper middle class family living between 1880 and 1900. The neighboring Banta House houses an impressive doll and dollhouse collection. Really an amazing collection to look at! The Banta House is  of particular note because it is the first architect designed home in Arlington Heights.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

NAMI DuPage's Run for the Mind and Kids' Obstacle Course October 11, 2014

Fall is the perfect time for a 5K! On October 11, NAMI DuPage will be holding their annual Run for the Mind to help raise awareness about mental illness. One in four families is touched by mental illness. NAMI provides support for those families touched by mental illness as well as advocates for individuals living with mental illness. Additionally, NAMI reaches out to educate the community. Many of us have been touched in some way by mental illness so NAMI's mission is one that is so important to all of us. NAMI is such a vital resource for families and individuals as they navigate mental illness. What a great cause to support!

In addition to the 5K, NAMI's Run for the Mind has a kids' obstacle course so even younger family members can get out to support a good cause! In addition to the obstacle course, there will be plenty of kids' activities and even some visits from honored guests---Princess Elsa, Captain America, Snow White and Spiderman! I love how NAMI really gets children engaged in such a great cause! The obstacle course and kids' activities will make it such a wonderful morning!

Here is more info about the event from NAMI:

Come join the fun with our kids’ activities to raise awareness for mental illness. NAMI DuPage, a grassroots mental health organization, is holding our 26th Annual Run for the Mind at St. James Farm in Warrenville, IL on October 11th, 2014. Kids will enjoy the Obstacle Course, Face Painting, and Balloon Animals. Don’t forget your cameras: you can take pictures with Queen Elsa, Captain America, Snow White, and Spiderman! Look for the Girl Scouts of America who will also have a special activity! Register at

NAMI DuPage is a grassroots mental health organization whose guiding mission is to improve the lives of persons with mental illness and their families through support, advocacy and education. An affiliate of the National Alliance for mental illness, NAMI DuPage is the only organization in DuPage County that helps individuals and families living with mental illness gain access to a wide variety of mental health services focused on recovery.

NAMI DuPage also provides the only early intervention program in DuPage County, reaching over 14,000 students in over 43 different middle and high schools last year. With 50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness beginning by age 14 (National Institute of Mental Health, 2013), and only about half of youth with a mental illness receiving treatment, the need for a program that begins a conversation about mental illness is crucial.

The NAMI 5K and Kids' Obstacle Course will be a wonderful way to spend a fall day!

**Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Battleship North Carolina Brings WWII History to Life

**Disclosure: Thank you to Wilmington, North Carolina for hosting our visit. No compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.

From Riverwalk in Wilmington you can see the impressive Battleship North Carolina docked across the river. The Battleship certainly presents a striking presence in the landscape. Although I had noted the impact of the Battleship on the scenery while walking along the Riverwalk earlier in the day, I was not prepared for how powerful a visit to this piece of history would be.