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Pumpkin and Chili Party at Schnepf Farm

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Since Halloween  2014 is on Friday, your family will probably want to celebrate through the weekend.  Lucky for us Phoenicicans, the Pumpkin and Chili Party at Schnepf Farm is all weekend long.



Growing up in Chicago, fall has always been a favorite of mine.  And in the Valley, I celebrate fall with Hot Pumpkin Spice Lattes (with AC running to avoid sweating,) burn fall scent candles so my home smells like autumn (again, with the AC on high,) plan coordinating Halloween outfits, thrown butternut squash in the slow cooker to magically make soup…and drag my family to every pumpkin fest and autumn event in town, even with temperatures in the high 90’s.  So when I say that Schepf Farm offers the best fall event in town, I say it with authority.alt


Why so spectacular?  Schnepf Farm is the one stop shop for everythingfamily friendly for fall, like hayrides, a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, pony rides  corn mazes, a farmhouse museum and pig races. As night rolls in, guests can sit by the bonfire and roast marshmallows and, on Friday and Saturday nights, watch the fireworks display. Like any proper fall fest, Schepf Farm also has carnival rides including a roller coaster, swinging lady bugz, honeybee adventure, flying farmers ride and, our families favorite, the carousel.  If you enjoy shows, you can see the BMX Extreme Sports Show and the Extreme Canine Dog Show.



 It's also a chili party, hence the name, so Schepf Farms has favorites like chili, grilled chicken breast, roasted corn on the cob, fresh made corn bread, all beef hot dogs, chili dogs and their new succotash: sweet onions, peppers, sweet corn and potatoes grilled on their custom 20′griddles.


If you can’t make it this weekend, Schnepf Farm Fall/Winter Garden will be ready for picking on November 2. They’ll have squash, green beans, cabbage, beets, lettuces, tomatoes, sugar snap peas and more.  Plan a day at the farm with your family for some veggie picking fun.


Dates: Today through November 2, 2014

Time: Thursdays & Sundays 10am to 9pm and Friday & Saturdays 10am to 10pm. Spectacular Firework Show every Friday & Saturday Night at 9:30pm

Price: Admission for the Pumpkin and Chili Party is $17.00 plus tax. Children under 2 free. (*price does not include: Train Rides & Pony Rides, Food, Pumpkins and some crafts.)

Location: 24810 South Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek, Arizona 85142

For more information, visit www.schnepffarms.com .


Minute with Mom from Brenda Warner.

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Author. Philanthropist. Motivational speaker. Former nurse and Marine. Brenda Warner wears many hats. The wife of former NFL football player Kurt Warner, Brenda has had an exceptional life filled with challenges and successes. But despite the many titles, there are two that are the most important to her: wife and mother. Before Brenda married Kurt, she was married to a fellow Marine she met in boot camp. The couple had two children, Zack and Jesse. One day, she received a call from her husband saying there was something wrong with Zack. He eventually admitted he had dropped the baby, which had done serious damage and left him blind. The couple later divorced, leaving Brenda with little money and resources to take care of her children, one now in need of constant care. “In my life, I went from being a Marine, living with honor, courage and integrity, to being in line with food stamps, still living with honor, courage and integrity—same person—but with food stamps,” Brenda said in an interview with the 700 Club. Brenda soon met Kurt and the couple married in 1997. They went on to have five children together. Although her life changed dramatically after marrying her husband, she continues to be motivated and inspired by the challenges she has faced in life, including being the mother of a special needs child, while juggling a full household.

Brenda shares her experiences and advice on life in a blended family:

On her journey from single mom to blended family:

“When I met Kurt, I had two children and I was on food stamps and lived in low-income housing. And so to come to this point, years later, is amazing. In fact, we just celebrated our 15-year anniversary. Kurt adopted Jesse and Zack, and we went on to have five more children.”

On Kurt adopting her children:

“He loved my kids before he loved me and

I knew then that I had the right one.”

On handling a blended family:

“There are still moments when I think to myself,

“How did we do it?” But you can’t overanalyze it. You

just do it and you don’t back away, no matter what.”

Brenda’s advice to parents of blended families:

“Don’t back down, don’t give up. You just

stick with it. It’s too easy to walk away. Just

stay with it, because it’s worth the fight.”


10 Things To Do This Weekend in Phoenix: Family Edition

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altIt’s nearing the end of October, which means it’s the last weekend to enjoy Halloween happenings in the Valley. For the last time this year, get spooked at Fear Farm, graze through a pumpkin patch and finish it off celebrating Dia de los Muertos. Here are our top picks for the weekend of Oct. 24-26.  


Harvest Fest at Pioneer Living History Museum

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In the Valley, temps in the 90’s are associated with fall, Halloween and outdoor fun. If you’re like my fam, you’re probably looking at all the fall festivities that are kicking off in Phoenix this month. Since it’s my six month old daughter, Mia Valentina’s, first fall ever, my husband and I are eager to take her to the family friendly events in town. 


This past weekend, we trekked to the Pioneer Living History Museum for their Harvest Fest. Located in North Phoenix, the museum showcases 90 acres of an old 1800's town. You will see authentic buildings and historically accurate reproductions including the Opera House, look through a rifle port in the actual cabin that survived Arizona's bloodiest range war and browse through an 1890's dress shop. All of this, plus a blacksmith shop, sheriff's office and jail, complete ranch complex, and costumed interpreters including cowboys, lawmen, and lovely Victorian ladies - await you at Pioneer Living History Village, Arizona's most authentic Old West town.


Harvest Fest

Harvest Fest takes place every weekend, Saturday and Sunday, in October, from 10am – 6pm. Families can expect a farmer’s market, pumpkin patch, horseback riding, hay rides, gold panning, petting zoo and more. 


 Important Details

The Pioneer Living History Museum is located at 3901 W. Pioneer Road in Phoenix, which is off the I-17 and Pioneer Road. They are opened from Wednesday through Sunday from 9am – 4pm and closed Monday and Tuesday. Admission prices vary. All details can be found at http://www.pioneeraz.org.



BOO-TIQUE at BabyLux

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Even childless Phoenicians in-the-know can tell you that BabyLux is THE  baby mecca of the Valley; an upscale, one-of-a-kid luxury boutique catering to newborn through five year olds.  Not only does the DC Ranch spot offer the hippest baby gear in town, including celebrity items and a custom BabyLux collection of all-things baby, but they also offer fun events and classes for the entire family, such as educational classes for new parents including nursing (which I attended and loved), daddy boot camp and sibling prep. In addition to the educational tools, they host events like gender reveal parties and baby showers plus children's photography and nursery design services.


As the change of seasons takes place and Halloween around the corner, BabyLux is hosting one of their biggest sales of the year in conjunction with the DC Ranch tent sale. In true BabyLux spirit, they added a twist by creating "BOO-TIQUE".


Adults will love “BOO-TIQUE” because BabyLux is offering up to 70% off summer styles and previewing the new fall collections. Kids will love it because two of their favorite characters, Rapunzel and Flynn will be in attendance for meet and greets and photos. Kids are advised to wear their royal best or show off Halloween costumes! Digital images will be provided for guests from Photography from Keri Meyers Photography.


BOO-TIQUE at BabyLux will be held on Saturday, October 4th from 9:00am-12:00pm. BabyLux is located at Market Street in DC Ranch, 20789 N. Pima Rd. Suite 125, Scottsdale, AZ 85255.  For more information, visit www.babyluxonline.com.

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