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Fall Family Favorites

Fall is one of my very favorite seasons. I love the crisp air and the vibrant colors, and Halloween is easily one of my top three holidays. As you find a chill in the air here are a few ideas to keep your kids having fun as the seasons change.


I received a variety of samples for this post. All opinions are my own.

Fun Things To do:


Have you ever been to central park? I was just there last spring and I was mesmerized, just like the one hundred other people watching, by the huge bubbles being made by a group of people. I remember thinking, my kids would LOVE this. Well, now you can bring that magic home with you. has started selling kits of their AMAZING sticks and bubble formula, all you have to do is add water! It really is that simple. My four-year-old thinks they are the coolest thing and loves that he can do them himself! They would be the perfect thing to pack up and take to the park for an afternoon of fun. Find out more about them here.

Great Pretenders

Anytime of year is a great time to help your child’s imagination grow and flourish. Our favorite way to do that is through pretend play and dress up. Great Pretenders is your one stop shop for both boys and girls dress ups. Witches and knights or princesses and pirates, you name it, they have it. We love their Color Me line of items like capes and crowns that you actually color yourself! I love that they are affordable and easy to clean and take care of. My kids love to let their imaginations take over in their cute dress ups. You can always find my daughter in one, at the store, in her bed, at the library… we live in these outfits! So, wether you are ready for a day of make-believe play or gearing up for halloween, find a costume you love at Great Pretenders.

Halloween Fun:

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Everyone’s favorite fancy girl is back for some Halloween fun! All the excitement of dressing up and collecting treats makes Halloween just amazing, but when Nancy sneaks too much candy from her bucket will her Halloween be ruined? Better read on to find out in Fancy Nancy: Candy Bonanza.

Otter Loves Halloween, in fact, it is her favorite holiday. She has so much to do with teddy, it is a good thing that she loves it so much! My kids love the pictures in this book, so much Halloween fun. If you are a fan of I Am Otter and Otter in Space then you are sure to love Otter Loves Halloween.

Pete The Cat takes on the classic Halloween song “Five Little Pumpkins” in this fun Halloween story. My kids adore rocking out with Pete and these awesome illustrations. He is just the coolest cat around. Join in on the fun in Pete The Cat: Five Little Pumpkins.

Splat the Cat is back in this fun holiday tale. With victory on his mind, Splat is planning his scariest Halloween costume for school. With a last minute change he is discouraged, he’s just too much of a scaredy-cat. What happens next will have everyone laughing. Scaredy-Cat, Splat! will quickly become a family holiday favorite.

Other Favorites:


These personalized books have quickly become a bedtime favorite at our house. The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name and The Little Boy Who Lost His Name, tell the story of a child who sets off on a marvelous adventure, to track down all the missing letters of their name. During their adventure they come across animals who need help or a second chance and in turn give the child letters for their name. Your child will be amazed to find that the child in the story is them, the missing name their own. Reading these books with my children is truly magical! They make the perfect gift for a new baby, birthdays, and the upcoming holidays! Use this link to get 15% off your first book at LostMy.Name.


Just like we tend to do, bear has become tired of his own routine and habits. He ventures out to visit different animals in their own habitats and comes to find out that home really is the best place to be after all. With rich and beautiful illustrations, readers are sure to love his adventure in Welcome Home Bear.

Have you ever been on a yeti hunt? Do you know what to look for? Older brother knows all the tricks to finding one, he is teaching little brother his ways. But what will they do when they actually find one? They might just learn that some things really aren’t as scary as they may appear. No Yeti Yet is a book your kids will ask for over and over again.

Take a ride in this groovy van as a joyful take on the classic kids counting song, This Old Man. Driven by a really cool pair of grandparents the van rolls down the highway, it passes one train, two bulldozers, three tractors, and four semis, right up to ten muddy motorbikes until it arrives at its destination JUST IN TIME! This Old Van will have your whole family singing along.

Do you ever wonder what happen to the things we lose? Maybe you misplaced your laptop, or a shoe. Or maybe you lost something even more valuable, like your sense of humor or your hope. Olive is about to find out just where all those lost things are, and she does something remarkable with them. All The Lost Things is an amazing tale of a girl with an wonderful outlook and might even bring a tear to your eye.

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Twenty-six playful pigs wake in their pen ready for an adventure. By the time they are ready to head home for the day that have oinked their way through the entire alphabet! Your kids will love finding the pigs that accompany the letters of their name. Who knows, they might actually share a name with one of them! Playful Pigs From A-Z is fun for everyone.

When Mina, a young artist, looks up at the winter sky, her creativity takes over. Armed with only her crayon she creates a magical winter wonderland where she can help and befriend other animals. Mina’s White Canvas is a magical tale for all ages with gorgeous illustrations everyone will love.

We are all familiar with the old lady who swallowed a fly, but what about a dragon who pretty much devours the whole kingdom? This hilarious rhyming book is an absolute hoot to read and will have you and your kids laughing at its bright illustrations! Your family will just love There Was An Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight.

Do your kids adore learning facts about animals like mine do? We could spend hours and hours a day researching animals and their habits. With more that 2,500 animals to learn about, this book can keep us busy for hours at a time. Grab a copy of Animal Planet Animals: A Visual Encyclopedia and find out with your kids how animals are just like us!

What item is a must have for your family this fall?


Tuesday 6th of October 2015

I'm obsessed with fall candles and fall cookbooks. I can't believe it is time to celebrate autumn!


Monday 5th of October 2015

Books are a great way to spend time. There are always books in the house that I encourage my kids to read.

Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert

Monday 5th of October 2015

My kids love playing with bubbles! They would go crazy for those giant bubbles!


Monday 5th of October 2015

We love fun books. Thank you for the share we need a few more good ones.

Liz Mays

Monday 5th of October 2015

Now is definitely the time to pick out some fun new books. I love your recommendations!

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