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An Afternoon Of Wine and Appetizers With Friends

This post brought to you by Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards. All opinions are 100% mine. A get-together with friends and family is one of the most enjoyable ways to enjoy our days, and we cherish having loved ones over for a visit, especially during the autumn when the weather gets cooler and indoor gatherings are more cozy. […]

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  • I actually don’t drink wine but am always happen to spend time with friends.ReplyCancel

  • The Sonoma Coast Chardonnay sounds crisp and delicious. I bet the vanilla hint is especially good.ReplyCancel

  • The Chardonnay sounds delicious and refreshing. ReplyCancel

  • I like sweet wines, along the line of muscadine.ReplyCancel

  • I love a great glass of red wine with friends. I drink this brand regularly! Great choice.ReplyCancel

  • I’m NOT a wine expert at all. I love these reviews because I want to know which ones are worth trying and which ones aren’t. My mom use to drink wine before she went to bed each night and it helped with her depression and helped her sleep.ReplyCancel

    • Penelope

      My father is the same way, a glass of red wine nightly is good for his heart according to his doctor, and I find it can be a nice way to relax too.ReplyCancel

  • I like a really, really sweet wine. And your afternoon sounds so adult. I miss adult only gatherings some times. :)ReplyCancel

  • I’m not much of a wine drinker, but I enjoy a glass of chardonnay every now and then.ReplyCancel

For Little Train Conductors Who Want More Speed and Adventure #TrackMaster @ThomasParent

This post brought to you by Fisher-Price. All opinions are 100% mine. My boys love trains beyond anything right now. They love to build extensive tracks and run their train cars along the winding rails in circles, making Choo Choo! sounds as they go. It relaxes and engages them for hours, and they don’t mind […]

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  • My son and daughter love these Thomas trains. They could play with them for hours.ReplyCancel

  • So I was visiting my sister last weekend and she was commenting how she wished she would have purchased this Thomas train set for her boys instead of a competing brand – so that says something!ReplyCancel

  • That’s so neat. My son would have loved that when he was little. He had to push his little Thomas train pieces.ReplyCancel

  • I love your boys in those hats!! Little boys and trains, always a good combination.ReplyCancel

  • I’m always so happy to see thomas is still around today and making great toys that kids can love with the show. He looks so cute in his hat.ReplyCancel

  • I love the little train conductor hats they look so cute and definitely an awesome toy.ReplyCancel

  • How fun! I’m sure that this was especially fun for the boys now that they’re getting older.ReplyCancel

  • This looks like an awesome train set to get for little boys. My son may be 7 years old, but I can still see him going crazy with happiness over this entire set. I know he still loves his train conductor outfit a lot too. This would make a perfect gift idea.ReplyCancel

  • Oh that is so cute! My kids are probably too old for Thomas, but you never outgrow train sets.ReplyCancel

A Long Way Off

I love movies, but am not thrilled by the inundation of questionable, well-funded Hollywood productions that drown us regularly. My husband and I no longer go to the movies, and instead wait for friends to recommend movies to us, because frankly, if it’s acclaimed by Hollywood critiques, we know we will hate it. Those movies […]

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  • It’s sad that there aren’t as many wholesome movies being made anymore.ReplyCancel

  • I always want to like faith-based movies, but the acting always kills it for me. I’m not sure why that seems to be a common thread. It makes me sad.ReplyCancel

  • I like faith based movies, I think you can always learn something from them, and they normally have a great story line. Sounds like a good movie!ReplyCancel

  • I love all kinds of movies but really like a movie that says somethingReplyCancel

  • We try and find good faith based movies to watch – well produced ones are hard to find though. That being said more and more are coming out with larger budgets and I hope that they find a place in our society.ReplyCancel

  • I haven’t heard of A Long Way Off. It sounds like a movie I’d really enjoy.ReplyCancel

  • It sounds like a great film to watch together as a family. I know there aren’t always a ton of options for us to watch together that we don’t have to worry about.ReplyCancel

  • I haven’t heard of this but it looks like something I could learn from by watching.ReplyCancel

  • Excellent review. You’re right there aren’t enough wholesome movies like this one on the market anymore. I totally enjoyed doing a review of this movie. It was a pleasure to watch and definitely a movie that I could relate to on many levels.ReplyCancel

  • I’m going to look for this… I too love seeing more faith-based movies. My son will actually be auditioning for a movie to be filmed in our area next summer that is through a christian production company.ReplyCancel

  • this is a great post and I completely agree with what you said! This movie looks great, I love films like this.ReplyCancel

  • There definitely is some interesting themes in movies these days. It is good to have different movies to appeal to all.ReplyCancel

Coffee Notes + Tic Tac Toe #IDelight @InDelight

A good cup of coffee is what gets me through my sleep-deprived days. Who am I kidding? A lot of good cups of coffee get me through each day, and I always turn to my favorite standby of coffee flavored with International Delight Hazelnut, but after seeing all the great flavors of International Delight others […]

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Play & Dream In The World of @EricCarle + @Gymboree & #WhatDoYouSee Contest

I read my son a story every night, and some of his favorite stories are by Eric Carle. He loves The Very Hungry Caterpillar (he even watches it on tv) and discovering that Gymboree is offering a limited collection of Eric Carle playwear and Eric Carle sleepwear was incredible. For us, the World Of Eric […]

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  • My daughter loves all of his books. They are wonderful books.ReplyCancel

  • My nephew loves those books and your boys are too adorable!ReplyCancel

  • How cute are those outfits..love GymboreeReplyCancel

  • That is such an adorable line!ReplyCancel

  • I adore that line of clothes and sleepwear. The Gymboree pj’s were my favorites when my babies were little. I’ll be picking some up with an Eric Carle book for a baby shower gift!ReplyCancel

  • I love Gymboree clothes. I can remember being a small little girl and my Dad taking me there to go buy clothes. Wow does that show how long they’ve been in business or what? They provide quality clothes at a reasonable price.ReplyCancel

  • I really like this line of clothes. I’ve bought some for my grandkids.ReplyCancel

  • I love this line, I loved reading all the books, hungry caterpillar is my favorite as a kid!ReplyCancel

  • I just adore his books. Everything about them is wonderful, so I love that it’s spreading to nighttime apparel!ReplyCancel

  • I love Eric Carle. I have his entire collection in my classroom.ReplyCancel

  • What an super adorable line!ReplyCancel

  • My daughter LOVED Eric Carl and we borrowed all his books at the library. BTW he is getting so big!ReplyCancel

  • What a great contest! I think Eric Carle’s work fits perfectly with the style of Gymboree.ReplyCancel

  • This collection is so darn cute. Plus the quality because they are Gymboree makes it much better. Bright & colorful & fun! Adorable pictures.ReplyCancel

Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Dutch Wonderland #Travel

We recently had a multi-generational family reunion, and decided this year it would be in Lancaster, PA, because it’s close to Dutch Wonderland, the Kingdom for Kids. We have so many little ones and the grandparents love them, so we decided this year’s family reunion would focus on making sure they had a blast, because […]

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  • Such gorgeous pictures! I’d love to visit Pennsylvania someday.ReplyCancel

  • Your photos are so AWESOME! I want to go to Dutch Wonderland now.ReplyCancel

  • What a fun place to go and spend the day! We live near a small Amish community, and you can go into their store and buy bulk items for cooking, and they have baked goods as well. They have some of the best food ever! We love shopping their!ReplyCancel

  • Penelope, your photography is amazing! You captured so much in your photos that it told a story. I can’t decide which photo I love most!ReplyCancel

  • What a great place to visit and how adorable that he fell asleep on his shoulders!ReplyCancel

  • You may have answered this already, but I would love to know what camera you shoot with. Your photos are fantastic. I am looking to replace my camera. I would to love to know what your shooting with.ReplyCancel

    • Penelope

      Thanks :)These days I use the Panasonic Lumix G5 (it’s an older model I reviewed a couple years back here: http://penelopesoasis.com/2012/panasonic-lumix-g5-photography.html when I first took up photography) and it’s so light I ditched my Nikon dSLR and went back to it. Because I run around a lot with my kids I need something light or I never want to put it in my purse.ReplyCancel

  • These photos are amazing Penelope, I’m kind of jealous ;) Anyways. We would love to visit Lancaster County, It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.ReplyCancel

  • These pictures are amazing, Now I want to visit.ReplyCancel

  • Wow, your photos really captured everything so well, like they already told the story. Love it.ReplyCancel

  • When we visited Pennsylvania a couple years ago we did a buggy ride as well. I loved it.ReplyCancel

  • Your pictures are so inviting, I feel like I’m right there. I bet those homemade treats taste amazing.ReplyCancel

  • That party of the country is SO beautiful. I spent a couple of weeks doing some training in Lancaster back in the early 90’s. Where I was staying they were right by an Amish Pretzel making place, and they would send over all of their broken pieces for us to munch on :) I remember being so giddy over seeing the horse and buggies on the roads because I thought it was so quaint!ReplyCancel

    • Penelope

      That was very kind of them, why be wasteful? A corporation would have tossed the broken pieces because giving them to you meant you wouldn’t have to go over and buy whole ones. I wouldn’t mind a little more of an Amish mindset around the country :)ReplyCancel

  • Your post with all of its beautiful pictures took me down memory lane. I miss going to Amish country!! I can remember going with my both of my parents there many times over.

    I’m still trying to figure out how to get real maple syrup for review when the companies I really want to work with aren’t on the Internet.

    I’m glad you all had a great time!ReplyCancel

    • Penelope

      Oh my gosh, isn’t New England maple syrup the best? I have a friend who brings me some from Vermont and it’s awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Looks like so much fun! And I agree with Liz, Penelope… you are an amazing photographer!ReplyCancel

  • Wow, beautiful photos. Lanacaster is on our list of places to go. I’ve seen tons of articles on it and it looks great. WE love Amish communities since we live in one:)ReplyCancel

  • This looks like a wonderful place to visit. I love all your pics!ReplyCancel

  • Wow, you really wore them out! Looks like they had an amazing time with train rides and amusement park rides!ReplyCancel

  • It looks like such a wonderful time so peaceful and fun!ReplyCancel

  • My kids would love that amusement park. I think their favorite part would be the no adults allowed part. I appreciate that there are things that are age-appropriate outlets for fun.ReplyCancel

  • I would love to visit Lancaster some day… I’ve heard things about this part of the U.S. but your photos really bring it to life. I know my son would love Dutch Wonderland!ReplyCancel

  • What a great family getaway and (as usual) beautiful photos! I can not get enough of your little boy’s up close and personal encounter with the horse.ReplyCancel