My 13th Stitch Fix

My 13th Stitch Fix came over the weekend and it was a good one! I was excited to see some things right away in the box that I knew I would love. Now comes the hard part- making decisions!!

Here’s what I got:

41Hawthorn Carla Crochet Detail Blouse $58

I have a few other tops by this brand and love them. I initially was skeptical about the red as I don’t wear a lot of red but once I tried it on, I was convinced it had a place in my closet.

Decision: Keep

Market and Spruce Jannice Knit Dress $58

I really, really liked this. It fits well, it’s flowy. It’d be perfect for summer…but I’m waffling. I don’t love the back- halter straps aren’t my thing.

Decision: Undecided

Market and Spruce Girona Eyelet Detail Top $64

This was one that as soon as I laid eyes on it I knew it had to be mine- it’s SO me. I am fairly certain you will see me in this all summer long.

Decision: Keep

Hailey23 Kodi Jersey Maxi Dress $78

I do love this but I also just bought a maxi dress right before Easter and don’t feel the need to add another floral maxi to my closet right now.

Decision: Return

Renee C Arlette Skirt $54

Another item I was skeptical about but I did like it. That said I wouldn’t get enough wear out of it.

Decision: Return

All in all, this fix was a win! When I have to struggle making decisions of what to keep and what to send back, it’s a good one! What do you think of my items this month? Love ’em? Hate ’em? Am I making the right choices?
My past fixes:

My First Stitch Fix
My Second Stitch Fix
My Third Stitch Fix
My Fourth Stitch Fix

My 5th Stitch Fix
My 6th Stitch Fix
My 7th Stitch Fix
My 8th Stitch Fix
My 9th Stitch Fix
My 10th Stitch Fix
My 11th Stitch Fix
My 12th Stitch Fix

Have you tried Stitch Fix out yet? What have you liked or not liked? If you haven’t signed up yet what are you waiting for?

For a $20 styling fee, you fill out a questionnaire and all of your likes/dislikes when it comes to clothing, style, price points etc and a stylist puts together five pieces they think you might like. Hate it all? The only cost is the style fee. Love it?  Your $20 style fee goes towards your purchase and if you buy all five items you receive a 25% discount.

If you sign up and use my link I receive referral credit {it costs you nothing more or less by using my link, I’m just disclosing that I will receive credit}.

Three Things To Know Before You Go: A Year with Frog and Toad at Children’s Theatre Company

This past weekend my little girls and I had the opportunity to attend opening night of A Year with Frog and Toad at Children’s Theatre Company. We are huge fans of both CTC and Arnold Lopel’s Frog and Toad books so we were pretty excited.

In true form, Children’s Theatre Company did NOT disappoint. It was a fantastic show- complete with plenty of bouts of laughter. I’d recommend the show to all families with children of all ages- both my three year old and my eight year old enjoyed it immensely.

Here’s a few things to know before you go:

  1. There’s no frog or toad costumes. The two main characters are played by two adult men who do an incredible job, physical humor an all, as Frog and Toad. But beware, they aren’t walking around in a frog or toad costume. It’s a ‘use your imagination’ sort of play. [You’ll recognize company actor Reed Sigmund as Toad and as always, he plays his role in a completely believable way. He makes a great toad!]

  1. The Snail who delivers the mail absolutely steals the show. Every scene he was in, he owned the stage and the audience was fully engaged with his part of the story.

  1. There are just FIVE people in the cast which is really fun to see them transform from birds to turtles to snails and more.

As always, plan on arriving early. There are plenty of Frog and Toad mementos to choose from in the gift shop if that’s your thing. We always pre-order our admission treats so that we don’t have to wait in line. Cookies are $3.

The show is about an hour and 45 minutes with a 15 minute intermission.

A Year with Frog and Toad runs until June 18th and tickets are available right here.

 

[Disclosure: Thanks to Children’s Theatre Company for inviting us to opening night. All opinions expressed are mine. Photos used with permission from CTC.]

My 12th Stitch Fix

My 12th Stitch Fix came several weeks ago now and I was so excited. It’s that time of year that I’m just a little bit tired of my wardrobe and was so excited to add a few new things to get me through to spring and also get me excited for spring.

I’ll be honest, I was disappointed. Not because I didn’t like the items, I did and I think that in some ways they were “me” but they just weren’t what I was hoping for this go around.

For the second time since I started, I returned everything. Again, not because the items weren’t necessarily me but because they weren’t what I was wanting and needing right now. Also, I’m finding that the sizing is really inconsistent. Specifically, Market and Spruce and Pixley.

Here’s what I got:

Pixley Marabella Textured Knit 2fer Dress $68

NO PHOTO because for lack of better description, I looked like a stuffed sausage.

Market and Spruce Garrity Tie Back Knit Tank Top $44

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I actually do love the stripes and also really loved the tie in the back. But I also have a lot of tank tops- black, white, stripes and realistically would want to wear this in warm weather so as to show off the back and it’s going to be awhile.

Just Black Adorra Skinny Jeans $88

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Great fit and I really like them. That said I’ve got several pairs of skinny jeans so I’m set in that department.

Pixley Meryl Split Neck Blouse $54

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Love this sweet springy sleeveless top and it fits well too [also same size as dress that doesn’t fit above] but $50 plus for a sleeveless top that I won’t wear a ton simply because it’s so bright and unique is too much.

Market and Spruce Adelina Lace Detail Knit Top $54

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Again, I liked this one but this one was too short. It felt more like a cropped top and either that means it’s too small or just not my style.

So I’ve returned all of it this go and at first I was bummed about the style fee [that I’m paying with credits I have] but after reading The Life changing Magic of Tidying Up last year I’ve really decided that if I don’t LOVE something as far as my clothes go, I shouldn’t keep it because I just won’t wear it enough to make it worth it.

I scheduled another fix for later in April and am going to work on pinning things on Pinterest that I really like.

My past fixes:

My First Stitch Fix
My Second Stitch Fix
My Third Stitch Fix
My Fourth Stitch Fix

My 5th Stitch Fix
My 6th Stitch Fix
My 7th Stitch Fix
My 8th Stitch Fix
My 9th Stitch Fix
My 10th Stitch Fix
My 11th Stitch Fix

Have you tried Stitch Fix out yet? What have you liked or not liked? If you haven’t signed up yet what are you waiting for?

For a $20 styling fee, you fill out a questionnaire and all of your likes/dislikes when it comes to clothing, style, price points etc and a stylist puts together five pieces they think you might like. Hate it all? The only cost is the style fee. Love it?  Your $20 style fee goes towards your purchase and if you buy all five items you receive a 25% discount.

If you sign up and use my link I receive referral credit {it costs you nothing more or less by using my link, I’m just disclosing that I will receive credit}.

The Mitsubishi Outlander SEL Takes Us to Magnolia Market

As Miss E’s 8th birthday approached this past fall, J and I decided that while there are many things we could get her for her birthday one thing that would mean a lot for her would be special one on one time.

She has always been our kid that has craved that individual time and dates with J and I. So I cashed in some miles and booked tickets to Texas so we could enjoy a January trip to the infamous Magnolia Market that Chip and Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper have created.
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We loved it.
I highly recommend making time for a one on one trip with a child if you are able.
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It was so special to be able to have that time with her and also to enjoy something both of us were interested in. {We’re big fans of Fixer Upper at home thanks to Netflix. I also love that it’s a show the entire family can watch, no language and nothing inappropriate.}
We flew in and out of Dallas so we did have one “travel” day when we drove down to Waco. It’s about two hours from Dallas depending on traffic. We lucked out going both directions and traffic wasn’t too bad.
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Thanks to a partnership I have with DriveShop we were able to drive the Mitsubishi Outlander SEL and we loved it.
There’s something about a flashy SUV that I could get used to.
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I think when you normally drive a mini-van, driving a decked out SUV like the Mitsubishi Outlander feels sporty and dare I say, cool?
The beige leather interior with the black and chrome dashboard looked so classy, I joked that it felt more like driving a sports car than an SUV with seating for 7.
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While it was just Miss E and I on our trip and we could have driven any size vehicle, it was nice to have the room for our luggage [and Magnolia purchases!] with the additional third row that can work for seating or storage.
The Mitsubishi Outlander SEL gets about 30 miles on the highway and 25 in the city, which for an SUV is pretty good.
All the bells and whistles meant that there was a rear view camera and also blind spot warning and lane change assist. I’m not sure I’d ever driven a car with that feature before but definitely a nice feature especially when driving on unfamiliar rides.
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Have you ever driven a Mitsubishi Outlander SEL? What features do you love? Better yet, have you ever planned a one on one trip with any of your kids? I highly recommend it.
Disclosure: Thanks to a partnership with DriveShop this is a sponsored post. All opinions and photos are mine. 

My 11th Stitch Fix

My 11th Stitch Fix came over this past weekend. I was extra excited about getting this one because after my last fix I requested a friend of mine to be my StitchFix stylist.

Seriously, if you know someone who is a Stitch Fix stylist, request them to style you. There’s something special about them actually KNOWING what you will and won’t like and your body type.

Here’s what I got:

Emily Rose Macy Open Cardigan $58

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I loved this. I don’t really have anything similar to it right now and it fits perfectly. Would be a perfect transition from winter to spring. That said, I can’t spend $58 on a cardigan and I worry about snagging the fabric.

Decision: RETURN

Pixley Martina Slub Knit Open Cardigan $48

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If I didn’t have one of these almost identical {the one in my closet has a hood, otherwise exactly. the. same.} I would so be keeping it. So comfy too.

Decision: RETURN

Renee C Jackobie Crew Neck Blouse $44

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As soon as I saw this in the box, I knew I would love it and love it I do. It will be perfect this spring and summer for going out or to a meeting or even throwing a cardigan over it.

Decision: KEEP {But first I need to exchange it for a bigger size because it was a little snug}

Colette Chavez Pop Color Cuff Knit Top $48

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Another WIN! I recently bought a similar top from Matilda Jane though. {See what I mean about Kim being RIGHT ON with my style?!}

Decision: RETURN

Laila Jayde Bowie Solid Dolman Sleeve Top $58

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I don’t have any dolman sleeve tops even though I’ve tried them several times. I really like it, it fit well, the color is something I don’t already have but I couldn’t do $58 for it.

Decision: RETURN

So you might be looking at this thinking what was so great when you’re only keeping ONE item. When I get a Stitch Fix, I am usually only looking to get 1-2 items. They are typically at a higher price point than I would normally spend and it’s more of a treat or a way to complement my wardrobe.

 

My past fixes:

My First Stitch Fix
My Second Stitch Fix
My Third Stitch Fix
My Fourth Stitch Fix

My 5th Stitch Fix
My 6th Stitch Fix
My 7th Stitch Fix
My 8th Stitch Fix
My 9th Stitch Fix
My 10th Stitch Fix

Have you tried Stitch Fix out yet? What have you liked or not liked? If you haven’t signed up yet what are you waiting for?

For a $20 styling fee, you fill out a questionnaire and all of your likes/dislikes when it comes to clothing, style, price points etc and a stylist puts together five pieces they think you might like. Hate it all? The only cost is the style fee. Love it?  Your $20 style fee goes towards your purchase and if you buy all five items you receive a 25% discount.

If you sign up and use my link I receive referral credit {it costs you nothing more or less by using my link, I’m just disclosing that I will receive credit}.

On Feeling Tender

I always feel extra tender this time of year. Like the wind could bring tears to my eyes.

Two weeks ago now my mom would have turned 60 and three days from now my Miss E turns 8.

It’s this strange pull between sad and happy, happy and sad.

Nine years ago now, nearly to the day, I remember talking to my mom while making coffee cake in my kitchen. H was running amok and another baby wasn’t really on my mind. She was sick and I knew it but I liked to pretend she wasn’t. I liked to believe in miracles and that the prayers we were sending up were working.

I mean, do you know my dad? A hardworking man of faith. His Bible spread across the table each morning while he ate breakfast and so many prayers sent up on all of our behalf. But once my mom got sick, so many prayers for her. “We serve a God of miracles,” he told me when I sat at the ball field and he told me it was terminal.

But then, she died.

For several days before she died, she was gone and it was terrible. I wish those days on no one. She was here but she wasn’t.

I remember the night of December 11. I was scared to go to bed because I thought she would die and then I awoke on December 12 and she was still here. And I went to bed December 12 so very exhausted and awoke to the phone and the news that she was gone.

Grief is so strange because I look back and those days are both so fuzzy, yet so clear.

I don’t think I realized it then but I had lost quite a bit of faith. I remember reading a blog about a friend’s father being ill and becoming well and I was mad about the unfairness of it all.

I remember bargaining with God as though to say I would have given you this one, but not that one. Like, what?

And then I was pregnant with E. Some of you have been reading this little space on the internet since she was called baby Beep Beep.

And it was hard and I was so sick and she tried to come so early.

And then three hundred and fifty five days after I lost my mom and I’d seemingly lost my faith, I almost lost my baby. As they rushed us to the OR and told J and I they’d lost her heartbeat, I remember “praying” a secret angry prayer, that this was it. You take this one, God, and it’s over. Because that’s the way it works, you know?

But her heartbeat came back at the last possible moment, no emergency c-section took place and instead, with no time for drugs or anything, she came into the world dramatically but full of peace.

She is joy, she is peace, she brought healing to my broken heart. She gave me faith and has made me so utterly happy. evie1

I am always tender though this time of year because I only wish she’d have met her Grandma Nan here on earth. I am so very happy. Overwhelmingly so. But I will always be a little bit sad, too for what could have and should have been.

Guest Post: Stomp! at Ordway through Sunday!

I was invited to Stomp! at the Ordway and sent my sister, Adrianne and her boyfriend in my place. Below is their review. All words and opinions are hers and no compensation has been exchanged between the Ordway and myself.
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I will never look at a broom in the same way again.
As the show began, a solitary performer stood center stage with just a broom. With light whisks across the floor and taps with the broom edges, the sounds transformed into beautiful rhythmic music that brought intrigue to the entire audience.
As the additional performers came out to join the first ‘broom master’, the magic began. The audience moved to the edge of their seats in anticipation of seeing and hearing something simply astonishing!

These performers aren’t just percussionists, they are comedians, actors, and athletes. Without a word said the entire show, the performers brought us on an adventure that was understandable and quite funny! And let’s talk about the physical work that goes into making these harmonic sounds. It wasn’t just ‘banging on weird stuff’ as I originally expected, it was a full blown dance that encompassed their entire bodies. While utilizing unique materials, they also tap danced their way across the floor, onto the loft, into the audience and in circles around each other.
Without a word, they got the audience to participate in certain portions
Lighthearted, astonishing, and enjoyable are the best things I could say about STOMP. I walked out of the beautiful Ordway with a skip in my step to a whole new rhythm. And oddly… a strong desire to sweep.
Go check it out! It makes a fun date night out!
For a special 30% off discount, check out Family Fun Twin Cities. 
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Five Things I Love about the 2017 Britax B Ready Stroller

 

It’s a little known fact that I’m somewhat of a stroller snob. Back in the day of my first baby, I had somewhat of a collection of strollers. Full size, umbrella, joggers, doubles. We were like a stroller depot and I had a surplus of options.

Fast forward to today and my last baby is 3, so almost out of the stroller stage but also not really out of the stroller stage. Because have you ever seen a moose loose at the Mall of America? That’s what I compare small children without strollers to.

After 10 years of strollers, I know what I need and want in a stroller and that’s safety, convenience, comfort and a big ol’ storage basket. Lookin’ pretty helps too.

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Photo from Twin Cities Moms Blog

The 2017 Britax B Ready stroller offers all that and more. Miss F and I were excited to attend a special Britax and Twin Cities Moms Blog event last week where we got to take home our very own new stroller. I’ve owned and used many strollers but I’m pretty sure this one’s my favorite and here are the five things I’m loving about it so far:

  1. First and foremost, Britax is a company I already know and trust and we’ve purchased several of their car seats in the past. They always earn top safety ratings and a company that’s committed to safety is important when I think about the items I’m using with my small children. From the five point harness safety belt to the press on press off wheel lock, the safety features on the stroller are numerous. britax8
  2. The Britax B Ready stroller is extremely versatile. With an add on second seat, there are 12 different seat configurations, including four different recline options for the front seat. I also love the idea of having your child face you sometimes too, especially naps. Bonus: Britax also offers a surplus of add on accessories to make the stroller your own. My favorite? The organizer which includes a place for my coffee and her water and a few snacks too. britax
  3. It’s a smooth ride. We’ve all had those strollers that get their wheels stuck or are impossible to keep straight and smooth. That will not be a problem with this stroller. The foam filled tires and suspension makes it a great ride and it’s easily the best stroller I’ve ever used when it comes to maneuverability. No more wheels getting caught up in the door at the mall. britax4
  4. It’s so pretty! The sleek style and shape of the stroller including the canopy that will protect from all the elements make it a visually appealing stroller. There’s several color options available but we chose mist. britax6
  5. Ease of use: It folds up in 2 seconds flat and unfolds just as easily. There’s nothing worse than the fold/unfold struggle in the parking lot, am I right? And then there’s the storage basket. So much space for everything you need. When we use strollers we tend to have the whole crew which means sweatshirts and water bottles and bags get thrown down there and I’m often digging for my purse. With the front zipper, I can easily access my purse or wallet without having to unpack the entire basket.

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Have you ever owned a Britax product? How about a Britax stroller? What features on the Britax B Ready stroller have your eye?

 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and partnership between Britax, Twin Cities Moms Blog and City Moms Blog Network. I received a 2017 Britax B Ready stroller in exchange for my review, event attendance and social postings. All opinions expressed are mine and photos, unless otherwise noted, are mine.

My TENTH Stitch Fix

My TENTH Stitch Fix came last month. TEN! I can’t believe it!

If you remember I wasn’t at all impressed with my last fix. As a matter of fact, it’s the one and only time I’ve returned the entire fix. I had kind of forgotten I had another one scheduled until it was at my door step this time so I’m not even sure I had filled in any criteria but it was better style-wise.

Here’s what I got:

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Here’s what I got:

Papermoon Jerrard Heathered Open Front Cardigan $47

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This was ok. Kind of snug and while I do like the open front it felt a little too open.

Decision: RETURN

Renee C Katarina Knit Swing Dress $64

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Well, you know how I love me some stripes and this dress feels like wearing pajamas. The price point was a little high for a knit dress but with my styling fee in there it lowers the price a stitch. Plus, a vest and boots make this look SO cute!

Decision: KEEP

Hailee C Dayanara Button Down Top $58

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It’s not me. Also, a little snug. Maybe I ate a big breakfast that day?

Decision: RETURN

Kut from the Kloth Simmons Boot Cut Jean $88

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These were ok. Probably a stitch looser than I usually wear my jeans but they fit ok. That said I just splurged on some bootcut denim.

Decision: RETURN

Loveappella Evie Draw String Funnel Neck Sweatshirt $64

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I actually love this style and have another sweatshirt from Athlete similar to it. I did feel like this one was a little snug though. I’ve hemmed and hawed about trying out the new Stitch Fix exchanges and exchanging it for another size. I’m not sure what the return policy is though and I want to make sure I love it in the next size.

Decision: RETURN

What did you think of my Fix? It wasn’t the worst but it wasn’t the best either. I know a few people who have become Stitch Fix stylists and might request one of them the next time I get a Fix but right now I’m not sure if I’ll continue or not.

My past fixes:

My First Stitch Fix
My Second Stitch Fix
My Third Stitch Fix
My Fourth Stitch Fix

My 5th Stitch Fix
My 6th Stitch Fix
My 7th Stitch Fix
My 8th Stitch Fix
My 9th Stitch Fix

Have you tried Stitch Fix out yet? What have you liked or not liked? If you haven’t signed up yet what are you waiting for?

For a $20 styling fee, you fill out a questionnaire and all of your likes/dislikes when it comes to clothing, style, price points etc and a stylist puts together five pieces they think you might like. Hate it all? The only cost is the style fee. Love it?  Your $20 style fee goes towards your purchase and if you buy all five items you receive a 25% discount.

If you sign up and use my link I receive referral credit {it costs you nothing more or less by using my link, I’m just disclosing that I will receive credit}.

Sever’s Fall Festival Celebrates 20 Years! *Giveaway*

Sever’s Fall Festival is celebrating their 20th year this fall and it’s no surprise to me that families love including them in their fall traditions.

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My family had the opportunity to visit Sever’s for our first time this past weekend. I am a big, huge fan of all things fall so the idea of checking out a new to us fall fest was a no-brainer for me.

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We LOVED all of the events and activities available at Sever’s. From the corn maze to the corn pits, the jumping pillows and the hay bale maze, there is a TON to do at the festival.

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One of my favorite things about Sever’s was that most of the special events and activities are included with the price of admission. There’s something about going somewhere and knowing the kids will have hours of fun and you don’t have to break the bank to do it. {Please note that while most of the activities are included there are additional charges for hayrides {$2} giant slide {$2} and pony rides {$5}

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Additionally, there are lots of great food options right one sight. From pizza and nuggets to cheese curds and mini donuts. Of course, what would be a visit to a corn maze without some corn on the cob, too.

My kids had such a great time and we left exhausted from the jumping on the pillow, diving in the corn, feeding and petting animals, running through the maze and ropes course. We’ll be back.

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One of the other things I loved about Sever’s is that they have  been family owned and operated since the beginning, with the family all on hand and working each weekend. Additionally, all the events take place near the family farm and property—property that was originally settled in 1890 by the first Sever Peterson who arrived in Minnesota from Sweden (Sever Peterson III began the corn maze in Shakopee).

Sever’s Corn Maze and Fall Festival is located adjacent to Canterbury Park in Shakopee.

Hours are Fridays 1-8 p.m, Saturdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission is $14 online or $15 at the gate. Children under the age of 4 are FREE.

Learn more and plan your visit here.

OR enter to win a family four pack right here:

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Disclosure: Sever’s Corn Maze and Fall Festival invited our family to check it out and provided complimentary admission in exchange for an honest review and giveaway. All opinions expressed are mine and photos belong to me.