Weekend fall family fun: Homeland Creamery

My tiny dancer had a performance this weekend at a farm not too far down the road that we know well.

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Not her actual performance. That’s just for funzies. They were having a fall festival, complete with vendors, food and fun. And of course, the ice cream shop was open.

My girls are into hayrides these days, and Homeland Creamery has a neat one: lots of pretty scenery and even a quick history lesson about the farm.

There were some neat vendors there, with homemade organic soaps, baked goods, woodwork, and even dried flower bouquets.

We even got to feed and pet a baby alpaca.

And look at this adorable calf!

We even got some homemade honey and some ice cream. A fantastic time was had by all! And if you have never been to Homeland Creamery in Julian, NC, you should definitely check that out.

Restoring an antique fireplace mantle

Last weekend, I posted this picture on Instagram, leading my followers to wonder what I’m up to.

I’m going to go ahead and tell you that this project will take several posts, and I’ll be talking about it for the next few weeks…but I’m happy to scratch the surface today.

This absolutely lovely antique mantle has been in my garage for almost two years. I knew what I wanted to do with it but just couldn’t find the time. Story of my life. I knew I wanted it done by December so I felt compelled to stop dragging my feet and just do it.

Then, there was a whole lotta strippin’ going on, and not the sexy kind. At least this kind of stripper doesn’t smell bad. Just brush it on with a paintbrush and wait thirty minutes. Then, scrape that paint right off. You may have to repeat the process, if there are several layers of paint to remove. I had to do this three times.

Plus, the stripper gives everything a pinkish hue, which is also lots of fun.

I used low grit sandpaper and a plastic putty knife to scrape away the paint. I’ve almost got all the paint off.

And if you’ll tune in next week, I’ll show you the second installment. Come see us next Tuesday to see what I’m doing with this mantle.

Fall Yard Maintenance with Lumber in My Minivan

Fall Yard Maintenance with Lumber in My Minivan

This is not your typical Lumber in my Minivan post. Most of our posts involve building things but this post? This one involves tearing things up.

We let some parts of our yard get overgrown and out of control.

Like this side yard flower bed we couldn’t see and never thought about. Seriously.

It looked like our house was abandoned from this shot. We lacked the equipment to make this look nice again, so we hired it out and now our home looks inhabited again.

Isn’t that 10,000 times better? I can’t wait to show you what we are going to put there instead.

We did some clean up of a different kind today, too.

This deck had seen better days. It was old, unused and many of the boards were beginning to crumble and rot.

We made the executive decision to remove it. And while I never thought I’d enjoy being destructive it was actually a lot of fun.

The floor boards were super easy to remove, as they were screwed in. I just got out our power drill and went to town.

The next part was none to easy, but it went much faster once we bought the crowbar and sledgehammer.

Bam! Two hours later, we had completely busted up and hauled off all of it. We still have to go back and clean the area up, but it looks better already. I can’t wait to show you what we put here- it’s going to be amazing.

I now know why Chip Gaines loves demo day- it’s a blast!!

Plus, you all know I love getting new tools and I got a new sledge hammer and a new crowbar out of the experience.

Have a wonderful day! Catch us Wednesday for a Pinterest roundup.

Fall fun for the whole family: Smith Hollow Farms

Fall fun for the whole family: Smith Hollow Farms

We have recently taken a good look around and realized the younger members of the Lumber family are growing up…too fast. We have been trying to take the time to make some memories, and we’ve also been trying to explore some of our local area as well.

The little Lumbers have been asking to visit a pumpkin patch, and while there are two pumpkin patches within a short drive of our house, we decided to check out Smith Hollow Farm in Kernersville.

These two sweet sisters had a blast! They got to meet and even feed some of the farm’s many animals.

They both rode horses (It was the Littlest Lumber’s for the first time!!)

They also went on a hayride and got their faces painted.

We enjoyed the food and enjoyed walking around the pretty farm. Did you know they have weddings there? We didn’t.

The oldest Lumber tried her hand at archery- her Pop Pop would be proud.

And before we left, we chose two pumpkins to bring home and carve.

It was a great trip and didn’t cost us a lot of money. We had a great time and plan to go back.

You should definitely check it out! You can find their website at http://www.smithhollowfarm.com.

Join us next week for some fun fall crafts!

Five Friday Favorites: Favorite Fall Fun Activities that Dont Cost You a Dime

Fall is my favorite season. It’s not only a beautiful time of year with the changing leaves, but there are so many fun things you can do. I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you today. The best thing about all of these is that they don’t cost you a dime.

1. Enjoy a spectacular fall sunset

Do you have a porch with an amazing view? Do you have an amazing view? Then go outside, enjoy a hot cup of coffee or an iced tea, and enjoy the beautiful sunset. North Carolina truly has some amazing sunsets- I try to pause and enjoy it every so often.

2. Make a fire and roast some marshmallows

Your fire pit doesn’t have to be fancy. Just a ring of rocks will do. My kids love to make s’mores and they look forward to this every year.

3. Go hiking or trail running

My favorite running buddy and I love to hit a trail when the weather cools off. Even if you aren’t a runner, you still may enjoy taking a brisk walk on a trail. Either way, a trail walk or run doesn’t cost a thing!!

4. Check out the pretty fall foliage

The leaves burst into some beautiful colors this time of year. Take a walk or take a drive and enjoy the beauty.

5. Visit a pumpkin patch

This one may or may not cost money. If you know someone who has a pumpkin farm, you may get to choose your pumpkin for free, but local farms and pumpkin patches will likely charge admission. The good news is farms that charge admission often offer other activities, such as hayrides, corn mazes, or foods.

I hope you enjoy this edition of Five Friday Favorites!! Have a wonderful weekend.