Family Fun

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Stonycreek Farm

This “awkward family photo” was taken exactly 9 years 11 months ago today, when my husband and I had nearly matching barn jackets, and I *think* he still owns that same sweatshirt. We started a tradition of going to Stonycreek Farm actually the year prior to this photo, when it was just us and our dog.

So this morning on Indianapolis’ B105.7, I shared these tips on how to spend less at the pumpkin patch!

With cooler weather teasing us, we know Fall is almost here and it’s always a great time to take your kids to the pumpkin patch and apple orchard!

I have a couple of tips on how to spend less at pumpkin patches and apple orchards, especially when they offer carnival-type games, bounce houses, and food & drinks that can certainly eat into your wallet…

  • Set a budget, and let your kids know ahead of time what that is. For instance, they can each get tickets for 3 activities, and when their 3 tickets are gone, they’re gone.
  • Also check ahead to see if they offer picnic tables where you can pack your own lunch. Many places even have a playground, so you can really make a nice long afternoon of it.
  • And keep an eye out on Groupon and Living Social because later this month you’ll start seeing some deals for pumpkin patches and fall festivals!
  • Not sure where to take the kids, or want to try somewhere new? My friend Katy over at Indy With Kids offers a great Fall Family Fun guide for the Indy area!

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5 Tips for a Fun Football Party

by Ann-Marie on September 13, 2014

5 Tips for a Fun Football Party

My home team, the Indianapolis Colts, had a sucky preseason (let’s be honest, but who’s counting preseason), and their opening game wasn’t that much better. But I still have faith, and with these 5 Tips for a FUN Football Party, you can have some fun cheering on your favorite team as well!

#1 The Decorations

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Fruit Shoot #Stunthunt

UPDATE: Check out one of the winning videos here, and see the kind of Hollywood-style animation your kids’ video could have added!

Some children play outside all day long, from morning ’til night, only stopping for a quick bite to eat – then they’re back at it until you have to drag them in for bedtime.


I have to drag them out of the house.

We have a swingset, soccer goal, batting target thingy, skateboards, roller blades, bubbles, frisbees … and the list goes on and on.

But unless a neighbor friend rings the doorbell and invites them to play, it’s like they don’t know what to do with themselves. It’s the darndest thing.

Then I was asked to submit a video for a new Fruit Shoot #StuntHunt promotion, and you know what?

They had fun!

I’m not the most creative person in the world, but my kids – whoa! They threw out all these amazing ideas, the only catch was we needed to 1) use a ball, and 2) involve Fruit Shoot.

What we decided on was target practice! We lined up their empty Fruit Shoot bottles onto the deck railing, and brought out five or six different types of balls, oh and a neighbor friend, because – well, how can we say no when a friend wants to play?!

Here are the fun results of our own Fruit Shoot #StuntHunt:

Don’t let us have all the fun, you can too! Pick up a few bottles of Fruit Shoot and shoot your own video for a fun #StuntHunt competition, capturing your kids having fun with any type of ball, and Fruit Shoot!

Your child’s video could be chosen to have special animation added – Hollywood-action style, like this:

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What kind of fun can your kids come up with?

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