Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Taking a Break {Words for my Wednesday}

I'm taking just a bit of a blogging break in these last few weeks that my kids have of their summer break. I'll still be posting a couple of times during the week, so no worries there. It's just not as much as usual, and I wanted to be sure that you know I'm not abandoning my blog or my readers. 

I know how much you all like the Words for my Wednesday posts, so here's a quick one for you. Found from my twitter feed via @WomenOfHistory, I really wanted to share the message with you today, because I think it's a great one.



We don't have to be the best, only better than what we were yesterday. Each day is a new day to look forward to making better. Make the present day count.

Happy Wednesday to you all!




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Friday, July 25, 2014

The Farm at the Fair {#CAStateFair}

We had some great fun at the California State Fair on Wells Fargo's Kids Day (Tuesdays kids get free fair admission and all rides are $1), because the kids' Auntie really loves them. She took us all for a day jam-packed full of lots of fun and tons to see. We were there almost the entire day. By the end, we were all really tired, but it was so worth it.

I've been posting on Instagram throughout the past week, so if you follow me there, you might have seen some fun photos of our fair adventures already. The fair is so big that we didn't get to see it all in just one day. We visited some of the indoor shopping, the Sweet exhibit (California's Tasty Journey that shows lots of candy from then & now), went on some carnival rides, and we visited The Farm. We didn't get a chance to see the animals, though, and that's always a favorite, especially when there are newborn piglets and calves to see.



There at The Farm, we saw a great garden full of fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers that are California grown, the "bug building" (aka the Insect Pavilion), and fish. Today I'm sharing photos of The Farm.

If you're anywhere in Northern California this weekend, the State Fair is still open through this Sunday! You can get more info by clicking HERE. I'll be sharing more photos later, but first, I wanted to share our photos of The Farm, because it was a really great place to visit and learn about California agriculture.


Sponsored by SaveMart Supermarket stores, The Farm was full of of awesomeness, and this is the beautiful entrance.



 Some of the pretty flowers.

You know I can't resist a sunflower!


And the roses were gorgeous.

Look at the honey bee! The flower garden was right next to the Insect Pavilion, where there was a big box of honey bees with a tube so that the bees could go to and fro. I had my boys read all about it inside the pavilion. You know, gotta squeeze in the educational material (that's what we moms do, right?).


California Honey Sticks!
One pound of food was donated because we posted this on twitter!
I don't know what happened to my photos of the fruit that we bought from the Farmer's Market right inside the exhibit. Well, FYI, we had watermelon and red grapes.

Cal Expo is Home of the California State Fair.

Grapevines


Pumpkins!

I might have more photos of the farm that I missed for today's post, but there's more to come for our other State Fair adventures, so be on the lookout! This is just the beginning...

Anybody know the name of the flowers in the top photo? 
I'm not good with flower names at all. Those flowers were really pretty, though.

What do you want to see from the State Fair??? 
Visit our facebook fan page and leave us a comment. We'll try to snap a photo for you and we'll share it via social media, and - of course - I'll blog about it too.



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Christmas in July {#shopjustByou SALE}

If you're a facebook fan of Shop justByou, then you might have seen the announcement already. Our Etsy shop is having a last minute Christmas in July SALE!!! 

Save 15% off any order of $5 or more during the last week of July. We are already running fairly low on inventory from our Father's Day orders. So grab what you want while you can! We're making room for the many new additions that we will have to add for the fall season, which is right around the corner.


Visit the shop HERE (or click the image above).
Coupon code expires at 9:00 pm, Pacific Time (midnight, EST) on July 31st. 
Happy shopping!!!




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