Fall Farm Fun

It’s finally starting to cool down and now we have some real Fall weather. It’s the perfect time to visit an apple orchard, get lost in a corn maze, and pick the best pumpkin in the patch. Here are some places in Maryland that you can do those wonderful Fall activities.

Maryland Sunrise Farm, LLC.

This is an awesome farm right in Gambrills with a corn maze! It’s not too far from our Villas at Waugh Chapel Towne Centre Community. Tickets are less than $15 dollars and include admission to an 8 acre Corn Maze, pedal karts, giant slingshot, playhouse, log cabin building, sandbox, tire fun, corn hole, hay jump, kids mini-maze and featured entertainment. You can also pay small additional fees for kids cow train ($2) and hay wagon rides ($4). You can make this into a great day trip for the whole family. Here is a bird’s eye view of their fun corn maze:

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Get your game face ready and try and see who can make it out of the maze first!

Heyser Farms

Heyser Farms in Silver Spring has a great apple orchard to check out, not to mention one of the best refreshments to enjoy in the Fall: apple cider. You can even schedule an educational tour to see how their apple cider is made! If that plan doesn’t scream wonderful Fall day we aren’t sure what does. So swing on by in your favorite Fall scarf and flannel and enjoy some apple goodness!

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Clark’s Elioak Farm

This farm is right in Ellicott City and has a fantastic pumpkin patch! Grab your Halloween pumpkins here, visit their friendly farm animals, take a hayride, enjoy a pony ride, and a cow train ride. All aboard the all new Enchanted Express Train for a ride around the farm!  Explore their Enchanted Pine Tree Maze, Spookley Hay Bale Maze and all the great Enchanted Forest attractions. Better yet, pack a picnic lunch and stay awhile. On weekends, they boast of having food vendors, face painters, and gem mining to boot! Another great Fall spot, so don’t miss your chance to visit before they close the first week of November.

Apple cider, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, hay rides, and now sweater weather is finally coming around. Fall into Fall and check out one of these great places today!



Best Places to Watch The Ravens/Redskins in Annapolis

Are you ready for some football?

Acme Bar and Grill

Think locally- eat globally! The setup for watching the game is perfect with 10 big screen TVs, 6 high definition receivers, and all major professional and collegiate DirectTV sports packages. Any night there is football on, you’re sure to see the game from just about any seat in the house. They even do smirnoff crush buckets- so look out sports fans! Grab your friends and check this place out. Hut hut!

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Stan and Joe’s Saloon

Here’s another great pick to watch the game! They’ve got some great brews and a happy hour during the weekdays with all the essentials and more: shrimp, nachos, sliders, oysters, crabby pretzel… the list goes on! Check out this awesome spot to watch the game and enjoy a bite and a brew with other locals.

 

Ebb Tide Tavern

6 HDTVs, 2 pool tables, and some killer fried seafood and subs, this is another great place in Annapolis to watch the games. At Ebb Tide Tavern, they pride themselves on being a great spot for locals within the community and creating a friendly atmosphere, so relax and join your neighbors for some football hype and a beer!

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We’ve given you some great options, now what’s your game plan to tackle them all? We hope you score a touchdown and find your favorite local place to enjoy football this season.



After School Tips

Now that you’ve been pulled into the back-to-school madness, how do you keep it together? Homework, meals, extracurriculars, the kids’ social lives, and your own work and social life. Oh- and don’t even get us started on the mess we know this can bring into the house. Keeping your Sturbridge home in order while all this is going on is just icing on the cake. It’s not easy, but here are some tips on how to keep it together after school- the next hunger games- may the odds be ever in your favor.

  • Tip #1: Prioritize

Acknowledging that getting everything done would require Mary Poppins is the first step. Recognizing that without a floating umbrella and magic bag that you can pull everything you need out of, getting everything mentioned above done is impractical. So, prioritize what’s most important to you and your family. For example homework is pretty important, but it won’t kill the kids to miss a sports practice if you have a busy week, or to order out instead of cooking if you’re too exhausted from juggling the rest of the world on your plate. Maybe you want to prioritize a date night and hire a sitter- whatever it is, just figure out what is most important to you and focus on the more important tasks.

  • Tip #2: Organize

This tip is easy for the person who loves lists and schedules. Now that you’ve got your priorities straight, organize for them! If homework comes first, setting up a schedule where homework happens before play time, snacks, etc., and keeping track of assignments can help you maintain it as a priority. If cooking healthier meals for your family ranks high on your list, organize meals at the beginning of the week. You can shop and meal prep on the weekend, or simply plan out what meals you want to make for the week, at any level, organization is key to getting the job done in a manageable way.

  • Tip #3: HAVE FUN!

When all is said and done, don’t forget to enjoy what you are doing and have fun. Accepting you might not be a superhuman and are unable to have everything done perfectly should help relieve some stress. If you enjoy cooking, don’t let the thought of meal prep for the week overwhelm you. Cook what you love and make the kids do the dishes/cleanup! If you love cheering loud for them at a sports game, make sure you bring a good lawn chair and forget about tidying up that night. Do what you love and have fun whenever you can.

Use these tips and get the most for your family out of this school year! You got this!



Labor Day Weekend in Maryland

There are so many great events going on in Maryland during this time of year and around Labor Day. Here are just a few to help you start to plan the perfect three-day weekend!

1. National Hard Crab Derby & Fair – Crisfield

August 31-September 3, 2017

Only in Maryland, where the blue crabs are the best. Crab races, crab cooking and picking contests, carnival rides, live entertainment, fireworks and more! While it’s a few hours drive, this is a great event for Marylanders that is worth the ride. Even better- most events are free and besides a $3 admission fee on Saturday, admission is free for the other days. Don’t miss out on this crab-filled extravaganza!

2. Summer Concert at Downs Park

Sun. Sep 3, 2017 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Right in Pasadena in Anne Arundel county, there’s a summer concert with the Baltimore-based band Appaloosa. So grab the lawn chairs and picnic blankets, and pick up a sammy from one of Yelp’s Best 10 Delis in Anne Arundel County, MD and enjoy a relaxing evening on your long weekend with your closest friends and family.

These last two events are going on past Labor Day Weekend in Maryland, but are still great ways to spend a long weekend!

3. Maryland State Fair

August 24-September 4, 2017

Fried Oreos, horse races, rides, live entertainment, and Maryland themed shows and displays- a great event that has something for everyone! Adult admission $8, Senior admission (62 & over) $6, Children (6 to 11) $3, Children 5 and under are admitted FREE. Pack up the car and let’s go!

4. Maryland Renaissance Festival

Weekends Aug. 26-Oct. 22, 2017

Archery, a glass blower, juggling school, jousting, costumes for rent, theatrical performances, and just about any food you can imagine on a stick! The 41st annual Maryland Renaissance Festival in Crownsville, right in Anne Arundel county, is the place to be.

Don’t miss out on all the events that are going on around you and the perks of being a Marylander! Happy Labor Day!



What’s the Deal with all these Pineapples?

What’s the deal with all these pineapples? Aside from the obvious, that they’re a delicious and nutritious fruit, you may have noticed an abundance of pineapples being featured in unlikely places. Pineapples have been popping up all over the place this summer; music concerts, block parties, picnics, printed on clothing and even home decor.

But what’s the sudden fascination with this delectable tropical fruit?

 

In addition to their wonderful nutritional benefits the pineapple is also a symbol of welcoming. This may be because of the legend around it. The legend depicts a tale of a New England Sea Captain who sailed among the Caribbean Islands. The captain would return to the colonies with the cargo from the Islands such as fruit, spices, and rum. Whenever he returned, he would spear a pineapple on a fence post outside his residence. His friends came to see this as a sign of his safe return, and a sign to visit and share in the exploits and tales of the Caribbean. This sparked a trend even back in colonial times with home decor, as colonial innkeepers added pineapples to their signs and pineapples were common at inns across New England. This is why it is perfect for home decor even today, as it has represented hospitality for decades!

Do you want this trendy sign of hospitality in your home? Here’s a great DIY pineapple centerpiece to help you make everyone feel welcome and keep the tradition going.