Pinterest Tested Thursdays: Individual Tree Braids

So this week I sat down for the length of one movie and five episodes of One Tree Hill to complete a hairstyle. I posted it on instagram and facebook today and immediately started  receiving messages asking how I created the style. I am NOT a hair guru in the least, but I am good at recreating things that I see. I was scrolling along on pinterest one day when I saw this look. It’s called individual tree braids. I had heard of tree braids, but not individual tree braids. So I visited my second favorite site, youtube! And I found a video on just how to recreate the look.

This is actually my favorite youtube channel for hair. She is incredibly detailed in explaining her techniques, which is why her videos are usually 30+ minutes long.

Individual Tree BraidsThis was yet another successful Pinterest project, and I’m quite happy for that since it took approximately 6.5 hours for me to do. If you braid quicker I’m sure you could get it done in four hours.

Make sure you check out her other videos and don’t forget to visit me on pinterest! Happy pinning!


Autumn Fun: Adventure Filled Pumpkin Picking in the DMV Area


Photo Courtesy of Cox Farms, Centreville, VA

I’m super sad. Summer has ended and I miss it already. It’s crazy to believe that I used to hate summer, but my my my, how that has changed. A few too many frigid cold winters in the DMV area and I’m ready to hike it to Texas! Although I’m melancholy about the joy of summer being gone, I can’t help, but to ride on the delicious happy train of autumn. Leaves changing to the sumptuous tones of yellows, oranges, and reds, crisp air, pumpkin and apple picking… Almost enough to make me forget my love affair with summer. Almost.

If you’re like me, those last two items I mentioned are high on your list of fun fall activities and thankfully, this area has a ton of great farms to visit to delight your pumpkin picking heart. Here is a list of awesome Orchards and Farms located in the Suburbs of DC to enjoy much more than picking produce.


*Baughers Orchards and Farms
1015 Baugher Rd, Westminster, MD (410) 848-5541
October Weekends 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Enjoy Hayrides & Pumpkin Pickin’, Apple Picking, a Petting Zoo, Pit Beef, Ham & Burgers, Pony Rides, Kettle Korn, Homemade Baked Goods, Homemade Ice Cream, and much much more!

*Butler’s Orchard
22200 Davis Mill Road, Germantown, Maryland (301) 972-3299
Tuesdays through Fridays in October, plus the Monday before Halloween. 9:30 to 5:00.
$7 per person. *Reservations online for groups of 2 or more are preferred.
Pumpkin Harvest Days activities include exploring the learning stations, jumping in the hayloft barn, swooshing down the giant slides, visiting barnyard animals, picking a pumpkin in the pumpkin patch, and exploring the straw maze. Pumpkin Harvest Days are self-guided and all activities run continuously. You may do any activity in any order as many times as you like! Our picnic area is also open for you to enjoy if you bring a bag lunch.

*Catoctin Mountain Orchard
15036 N Franklinville Rd, Thurmont, MD (301) 271-2737
Come out between the hours of 9-5 and pick your own apples. Call for the days events.

*Clark’s Elioak Farm
10500 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, Maryland (410) 730-4049
Open every day in October. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Enjoy the petting farm, a pumpkin patch, hayrides, pony rides and storybook characters from the Enchanted Forest.

*Crumland Farms
7612 Willow Road, Frederick, Maryland. (301) 845-8099.
Saturday, September 26th – Sunday, November 1st; Monday-Friday, noon-5:00pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10:00am – 5:00pm Last admission at 5:00pm

Admission: Weekday- $7.00 per person (2 & Under: Free), Weekend- $10 per person (2 & Under: Free). Halloween weekend reduced admission $7.
• PUMPKIN PATCH- Admission and hayride* to Pumpkin Patch is free. Pumpkins are $0.50 per pound. *Hayrides to the pumpkin patch are available on the weekends. (Hayrides may run during the week if demand is high enough.)
• Feed the animals in the mini-barnyard
• Watch the goats on the overhead walkabout
• Take a spin on a pedal cart
• Leap into a pile of soft, fresh hay
• Ride on the MooChoo Train
• Slip down the Giant Slide
• Enjoy the Giant Tricycles
• Tire playground
• Climbable Straw Bale “Maze”
Additional Fee:
• Corn Cannon ($1 for 3 shots)
• Snack Stand
• Fall Market Products
• Escape the Woodshed
• Zombie Paintball

*Gaver Pumpkin Patch
5501 Detrick Road, Mt. Airy, Maryland (301) 865-3515
The Fall Fun Festival is open every day from 10 am – 6 pm during our fall season. Free hayrides available Fri-Sun. Enjoy fall on the farm by conquering the twists and turns of the corn maze, jumping on the giant pillow, petting and feeding the farm animals and cruising down the giant slides. There are over 45 attractions, appropriate for any age including the Cow Train, mini mazes, playgrounds, duck races, ball games, photo centers and so much more!

*Homestead Farm
15600 Sugarland Road, Poolesville, Maryland (301) 977-3761
Harvest festival is held weekends through October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Take a hayride, pick your own apples or pumpkins, find your way through the hay maze.

*Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch
6521 Holter Rd., Middletown, Maryland (301) 371-6874
Open daily September 19 – October 31, 2015, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
30 Acres of Pick Yer’ Own Pumpkins, 14 Acre Corn Maze, Hayrides, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Mini Wagon Rides, Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, Concession Stands with Meals, Drinks, Snacks, 3,000 sq. ft. of Fall Shopping, Craft Attic with Handmade Items & much more. Click here for a full schedule.

*Larriland Farms
2415 Woodbine Road, Woodbine, Maryland (301) 854-6110
Hayrides are offered Saturdays and Sundays in October during the day from 9:30am-4:30pm. Pumpkin hayride’s are offered on the weekdays in October. This wagon ride fords the stream, goes through the woods and includes a stop at the pumpkin field where everyone selects their favorite pumpkin. Then go through the straw maze on foot and try to find the way back out. Reservations are required and is designed for groups of 20 or more. The Boo Barn is for children ages 4 – 6. It is a dark passage in the bottom of the Red Barn and is filled with animated, not too scary ghosts and goblins. The Boo Barn is open every day the farm is open in October.

*Milburn Orchards
1495 Appleton Rd, Elkton, MD, (410) 398-1349
Through November 1, Saturday & Sunday 10am – 4pm, Weekday BIG BackYard Mon-Fri 9am – 7pm
Ages 2 & under are free! Seniors 60+: $5.00. All others ages 3-59: $10.00
There are bunnies, goats, horses, a miniature donkey, chickens, pigs, ducks, turkeys and more. You’ll love watching the goats navigate the narrow goat walks high above your head. Drop a quarter in our feed machines and make a new furry friend! There are also lots of large play areas for kids to climb on and explore.

Weekend Fall Harvest Festival Admissions includes:

Corn Maze (Bigger maze for bigger kids & adults)
Boo Barn (Not haunted, appropriate for all ages)
Bale Trail (Straw Maze for all ages)
MilkySway Tunnel
Cycle Circle
Straw Jump
Tractor Tunnel
Obstacle Bounce
Giant Spider Web
Rope Maze Family Challenge
Tractor Tire Tower
Farmyard Playground
BarnYard Buddies Zoo
GroundHog Hill
and other mini-family fun events!
Optional Upgrades Not Included with basic Admission fees: Paint Ball Shooting Gallery, Remote Control Derby, games, arts & crafts, food & craft vendors, and Pony Rides sponsored by Fairwinds Farm. Pony Rides available October weekends only, 11am-3pm

*Montpelier Farms
1720 North Crain Highway, Upper Marlboro, Maryland (410) 320-0464
Fall festival runs on weekends, September – October. Hours are Fri. 5-11 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-11 p.m., & Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Pick Your Own Pumpkin Patch!
Pumpkins 5 lbs. and under – $3.00
All others – $.60 per pound
Pumpkins are NOT included in General Admission purchase. Pumpkins must be purchased in our pumpkin patch.Pumpkin Patch closes at 10:00 pm on Friday’s and Saturday’s and 7:00 pm on Sunday’s.

*Rockhill Orchard
28600 Ridge Rd, Mt Airy, MD (301) 831-7427
Come out and pick your own apples, enjoy the nine acre corn maze, and the wonderful farm animals!

*Sharp’s at Waterford Farm
4003 Jennings Chapel Road, Brookeville, Maryland (410) 489-2572
Fall festival held each weekend from mid-September to mid-November. Activities include pumpkin picking, corn mazes, hayrides, campfires, feeding animals, and more.

*Shlagel Farms
12850 Shlagel Rd. Waldorf, Maryland (301) 645-4554
Open Saturday and Sunday beginning on 10/3/15 and ending on 11/1/ 15.
Our admission fee is $8. per person; adults and children 25 months and older. 24 months and under are free. Pumpkins are extra and are .69 cents per pound. The farm offers wagon rides, a petting zoo, a straw maze for those under 10, and educational tours for school or private groups.

*Summers Farm
5620 Butterfly Lane, Frederick, Maryland (301) 620-9316
Pumpkinland festival is open September 26 – October 31, 2015.
Open in the Fall each year with an old-fashioned Harvest Festival — featuring a Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Barnyard animals, more than 30 activities, live weekend music, fireworks, finger-lickin’ good food … and lots more!

*Weber’s Farm
2526 Proctor Ln, Parkville, MD (410) 668-4488
Through November 1st, Mon- Sun 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 pm
Weekends: Children 2-17 $9.00, Adults 18+ $7.00. Weekdays: Children 2-17 $6.00, Adults 18+ $5.00.
Autumn is a magical time on the farm, when everything from apples to pumpkins are ready for harvest. Your family will love a day on the farm. Barnyard Fun is available with the purchase of a general admission ticket and includes Hayrides, Straw Maze & Mini Maze for the younger ones, The Boo Barn, Giant Hillside Slide, Duck Races, Farm Animals, Tire Mountain.


*Burke Nursery and Garden Center
9401 Burke Road, Burke, Virginia (703) 323-1188
October 1-31, 2015. The annual Fall Festival and Pumpkin Playground runs daily from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. through October. Highlights include pirate and western-themed activities, Native American storytellers, and more.

*Clark’s Farm
721 Courthouse Rd (Rte. 630), Stafford, Virginia (540) 659-2172
Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily through October.
Enjoy a moon bounce, maze, face painting, pumpkin painting, straw mountain with tunnels, penny pit, corn box, pumpkin bowling, barn yard animals, pony rides and more.

*Cox Farms
15621 Braddock Road, Centreville, Virginia (703) 830-4121. From September 26-November 3, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., enjoy 5 giant slides, hayrides, rope swings, farm animals, CORNundrum cornfield adventure, straw tunnels, Farm Chores, Kiddie Zone, goat village, apples & cider, food, entertainment, over 90 acres of fun! Take home a small patch pumpkin free with paid admission.

*Great Country Farms
18780 Foggy Bottom Road Bluemont, Virginia (540) 554-2073
September 26-October 31, 2015, open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where else can you pick your pumpkins and apples, fire pumpkins from a cannon, enjoy cider donuts, get lost in a corn maze, visit with the pumpkin princess, cheer for your favorite swine at the infamous Oinkintucky Derby, and watch P-Rex our pumpkin munchin’ dinosaur? Only at Great Country Farms!

*Heather Hill Gardens
8111 Ox Rd., Fairfax Station, Virginia (703) 690-6060
Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Sundays 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Throughout October. The fall festival includes a pumpkin fort, slide, rope swing, mini zipline, moon bounce, farm animals, and more.

*Hollins Farms Orchard
1524 Snowden Road Delaplane, Virginia (540) 592-3574.
Open Wednesday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October.
Pick a pumpkin, see farm animals and baby calves, take a pony ride, enjoy live music, hiking, and more.

*Leesburg Animal Park
Pumpkin Village Fall Fest at the Leesburg Animal Park is open daily from September 19th through November 3rd, 2015! Activites include Giant Hill Slides, Hay wagon rides, moon bounces, pet and feed live animals, free apple & cider snack, free mini-pumpkin to take home, kid’s maze, pumpkin playhouse village, spider web crawl, giant pumpkin bounce, pedal carts, pony rides, camel rides on weekends, and live entertainment on weekends.

*Mount Vernon Fall Harvest Family Days
George Washington Parkway, Mount Vernon, Virginia (703)780-2000
October 24 – 25, 2015, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy autumn activities including horse-drawn wagon rides, wheat treading in the 16-sided barn, a straw bale maze, early-American games, music and demonstrations. This is a huge fall festival with traditional harvest activities, but no pumpkins.

*Ticonderoga Farms
26469 Ticonderoga Road, Chantilly, Virginia (703) 327-4424
Mid-September to first week of November, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy picking your own pumpkin, spooky fun zones, hayrides, hillside slides and tunnels, giant jumping pillow, cow pow train ride, Noah’s Ark, petting animals, giant xylophone, bamboo panda puzzle maze, swinging bridge, antique tractors, fire pits, park-like log cabin play areas, picnic areas, weekend specials and more.

*Wayside Farm
5273 Harry Byrd Highway, Berryville, Virginia (540) 539-3276
Open September 19 – November 1, 2015, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
10-acre corn maze and beautiful pumpkin patch anchor the farm. Hayrides, pig races, barnyard animals, hay slides and much more await at Wayside Farm Fun!

*Wegmeyer Farms
38299 Hughesville Road, Hamilton, Virginia. (540) 751-1782
September 19 – November 1, 2015, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Pumpkins, hayrides and a corn maze. Travel off the beaten path to an authentic working farm and pick your own pumpkin right from the vine.

What’s your favorite farm in the area? Did I miss a really good one? Which one is on your list to visit this fall? Tell me in the comments below.


Pinterest Tested Thursdays: Kracie Popin Cookin!

In the past month or two I have run across something on Pinterest and YouTube alike. You have probably heard of them since they are not new, but they are new to me. They are called Kracie Popin Cookin. They are little Japanese candy kits that you get to make. They are really little, but if you like to diy stuff, it’s definitely the kit for you. Johanna and I like to do activities together, so I thought, why not?

kracieI ordered two from amazon, but since they are shipping from overseas they will not be here until the end of February, so I bought one from ebay as well because I’m seriously a kid when it comes to this kind of stuff and I couldn’t wait to try it!

Johanna's Mama(1)I’m not even going to explain to you how to put the kit together. If you decide to get one, try to find the youtube for the one bought and it will help you go through it a lot smoother. The instructions are completely in Japanese! Here is the video that goes with the one we tried:
We had fun doing it. My only complaint is that is that it was kind of hard for Johanna to drop the colors in. They need a better tool for that. I did here that the kits usually come with a dropper.

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I’m sure you’re wondering if they were yummy. They actually were. They tasted like starburst!

You can buy these kits here on amazon,on ebay, and a million other places on the web. Happy cookin!