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Grab This Week’s Free Kindle eBooks on Amazon

Looking for kitchen inspiration or a new book to read this weekend? Check out my weekly round-up of free Amazon Kindle ebooks! Check back at the end of each week for a new list. This handy list includes free fiction, nonfiction, kids books, and cookbooks!

free Amazon Kindle ebook round up

*This post contains affiliate links which means I earn me a small commission on your purchase.*

If you don’t have a kindle, but have a computer, iPad, or smart phone, head on over to download a Free Kindle App. Or you could go here and buy a Kindle ! Make sure you check the prices as they change quickly on Amazon. While everything was free when I posted, it’s highly likely that they will change!

Grab This Week’s Free Amazon Kindle eBooks

free Amazon Kindle ebook round up

Free Fiction eBooks on Amazon

Home is Where the Heart Is

A Chronicle of Chaos

On the Run

Mysterious Hostage In Circle C

The Darkness Deepens

free Amazon Kindle ebook round up

Educational Free Non-Fiction eBooks

Clean House: 30 Minutes Guide

Minimalist Budget

12 Easy DIY Projects

All Natural Living

The Clutter Trap

free Amazon Kindle ebook round up

Free Delicious Cookbooks on Amazon

30 Minute Meals

120 Hot Chocolate Recipes

Real Food Recipes

Stir Fry Cookbook

Meal Prep

free Amazon Kindle ebook round up

Kids Books for your littles

Will of the Hill

Tovi the Penguin goes trick-or-treating

A Step and a Half to Success

My Wish: Darling Devotions for My Daughter

Little Ruby

I’d love to hear from you about this weekly free ebook post. What types of free ebooks do you most like? Is their a category I don’t cover but should? Please let me know how I can improve this post for you!

Many thanks to Shelly from Frugal Family Home for her help compiling this list of free amazon Kindle eBooks. 

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Free Pumpkin Carving Patterns + Hotel Transylvania 3 Fun!

 Do you have Hotel Transylvania fans at your house? If so, you’ll want these free pumpkin carving patterns and more Hotel Transylvania 3 Halloween fun ideas! From a cute Mavis Hotel Transylvania Costume,  monster singalongs and even snack ideas, we’ve got you covered! Hotel Transylvania 3 releases on Oct 9, you’ll want to grab these fun resources to celebrate!Hotel Transylvania 3 Free Pumpkin Carving Patterns

I received free product to facilitate this post. All opinions are mine.

Free Pumpkin Carving Patterns + Hotel Transylvania 3 Fun!

Hotel Transylvania 3 is available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital October 9 and my youngest girl couldn’t be more excited. We don’t honestly watch movies in theaters that often, but we made a special trip to the fancy theater this summer to check out Hotel Transylvania 3. We even sat in the comfy seats and got snacks. Huge deal. For real. 😉

#hotelT3 Hotel Transylvania 3 coffin box from @jazwares

Since then, Sara has been begging for copy of the DVD to add it to our road trip and (this post contains affiliate linksfamily movie night DVD collection. So she was super pumped when a special package arrived at our house recently just full of Hotel Transylvania toys and her favorite, the Mavis Hotel Transylvania costume. If you have a Hotel Transylvania fan in your life, you have to grab this cute freebie and maybe a toy or two too. They’re super fun! Here’s everything you need for an awesome Halloween family night- Hotel Transylvania 3 style.

Free Pumpkin Carving Patterns Hotel Transylvania 3

Hotel Transylvania 3 Free Pumpkin Carving Patterns

Want to carve an Hotel Transylvania 3 inspired pumpkin? Then you need these free pumpkin carving patterns! Download them here and then carve all the fun characters including Mavis, Drac, Frank, Murray and more! Grab this Colossal Carving Kit and you’ll have super fun carved pumpkins in no time. If you don’t want to carve pumpkins, check out this post full of lots of fun ways to decorate pumpkins – no knives required.

Mavis Hotel Transylvania Costume

Cute Mavis Hotel Transylvania Costume for Girls

My daughter is so excited for this fun Mavis Hotel Transylvania costume. She put it on right away and won’t rest until get her flat black shoes to complete the ensemble. We are going to skip the Mavis wig, but I think that’s ok. I only hope that it’s not as brutally cold this year on Halloween as it sometimes is in Eastern Iowa.

Here’s quick makeup tutorial to help you complete the authentic Mavis look:

How about a Monster Singalong?

Head over to Youtube to find fun singalongs you Hotel Transylvania Fans will adore. Here’s one I think adequately sums up busy mom life.

Snack Ideas for your Hotel Transylvania 3 Family Movie Night

What movie night would be complete without popcorn and smoothies? If  told you that we sometimes have popcorn and smoothies for dinner on nights when I just can’t be bothered to cook, what would you think? Well, it’s true. Let’s keep it real folks, sometimes you have to do whatever it takes to feed the family, right?

If you need inspiration, just download the instructions for Drac’s Spooky Smoothie and then grab the kids together to make these fun straws! Pop some popcorn, throw in a few sour gummies, and dinner is served!

Hopefully these free resources will make your next family fun night extra special! Make sure to grab your copy of Hotel Transylvania 3 today, and if you carve one of the pumpkins, send me a picture or tag me on social media! I’d love to see it. 🙂

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Wilson’s Apple Orchard + 9 More Amazing Apple Orchards in Iowa

 With dozens of apple orchards in Iowa, thousands of Iowans will head to their favorite orchard for a day trip of apple picking, hayrides, games and treats. Here’s information about Wilson’s Apple Orchard in Iowa City and 9 more amazingly perfect apple orchards to visit. Which is your favorite?

Top 10 Apple Orchards in Iowa

Wilson’s Apple Orchard + 9 More Amazing Apple Orchards in Iowa

Wilson’s Apple Orchard – Iowa City

Iowa  enjoy using a line from the movie “Field of Dreams.” A baseball player’s ghost asks, “Is this heaven?” “No, it’s Iowa.” That line could easily describe the view at Iowa City’s Wilson’s Orchard. Set in a valley surrounded by forest, with the Rapid Creek running through, the scenery is breathtaking. So, the apples have to be the best tasting in Iowa, right? With 120 varieties of apples grown there, Wilson’s is confident you’ll find your perfect apple. Stop by the store and sample the apples ready for picking during your visit to help target your harvest. Then, grab a bag and head out for a day in nature, as you’ll hear birds chirping and maybe see an animal friend or two roaming about.

wilson's apple orchard + more apple orchards in iowa

Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through the end of October, Wilson’s offers a unique hayride, starting with its specially-designed wagon, and including stories of alligators and more. While there is a charge for the wagon ride, you’ll get the fee back when you buy apples. Each ride is $5 per person, so you’ll receive a $5 credit when you buy apples, etc.

Appleberry Farm – Marshalltown

After more than three decades of running the farmstead, Bob and Donna Atha decided it was time to pass the harvest on to new owners. Dave and Kelly Mason are in their second year as the owners of Appleberry Farm in Marshalltown. With more than two dozen varieties of apples raised on the nearly 20-acre farm, Appleberry encourages visitors to pick their own or buy prepicked bags at the gift shop, in addition to fresh vegetables, jams and jellies. Families can enjoy a hayride around farm, and kids are encouraged to play in the sandbox, as well as farm games. Caramel apples, popcorn and other refreshments. The farm is open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, except for Sunday, when the hours are noon-6 p.m.

Deal’s Orchard – Jefferson

Frank Deal planted his first apple tree in Greene County more than 100 years ago. Today, the historic Deal’s Orchard raises more than 25 varieties of apples on about 45 acres in central Iowa. From Sharon to Arkansas Black, visitors are encouraged to pick their own apples or buy pre-picked ones at the store through mid-October. Open daily (8 a.m.- 6p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends), the farm has a lot of activities for visitors at its Apple Acres. From a themed 5-acre corn maze to a giant jumping pillow, slides, duck races and apple slinger, your admission fee gets you access to a day’s worth of fun. Families can also enjoy a tractor-driven hayride around the farm.

Small’s Fruit Farm – Mondamin

With 33 acres overlooking the Missouri River, Small’s Fruit Farm in Mondamin welcomes visitors to pick their own apples or buy prepicked varieties in its store. What started with an apple purchase in 1894 led to the family’s first generation of apple farm owners. Now in its fifth generation, Small’s raises about 25 varieties of apples, in addition to strawberries, raspberries, pumpkins and other fruits and vegetables. Visitors are encouraged to try the apple cider. The orchard is open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through late October.

Gravert’s Apple Basket Orchard – Sabula

Located on a farm overlooking the Mississippi River along the Great River Road National Scenic Byway, Gravert’s Apple Basket Orchard in Sabula offers more than 20 varieties of apples through late October. From Snow to Braeburn, visitors have an opportunity to pick fresh, tasty apples through late October. The orchard’s store sells pre-picked apples, too. When you stop by, check out the pygmy goat, Jenny the donkey, peacocks and chickens. The general store with a 1930s kitchen, sells a variety of homemade jams and jellies, as well as handmade baskets. The orchard and store are open daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

pumpkin chucker at Appleberry Orchard in Donnellson Iowa

Appleberry Orchard – Donnellson

The first apple tree in Iowa was planted in 1852 at the Appleberry Orchard in Donnellson, making the farm the oldest working orchard in Iowa. Today, the farm in southeast Iowa attracts thousands of visitors each fall with its wagon ride to the orchard for u-pick apple weekends beginning in September and running through late October. Offering a dozen varieties, visitors can have fun finding the apples of their choice. In addition to apple (and even pumpkin) picking, visitors can spend a full day at the farm, visiting the petting zoo at the barn, built in 1882 and a nationally-recognized historic site. Kids of all ages can have fun feeding and petting goats, pheasants, chickens and rabbits, as well as a miniature donkey and pony.

Visitors can challenge themselves to find their way through the 10th anniversary Great Pumpkin corn maze. Or, maybe take in the pumpkin chucker, pig races, barrel train rides or an actual wagon ride. The farm has special rates during the week, as well as weekend prices, which can be found on the website. While you make a full day on the farm, grab lunch or dinner, as well as dessert at the concession area. The farm is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 21.

Ditmars Orchard – Council Bluffs

A trip to Ditmars Orchard in Council Bluffs is more than apple picking. The orchard hosts outdoor concerts during harvest season, featuring local musicians. Balloon launches are hosted on the grounds. But, when it comes to apple harvest, Ditmars rates as high as any orchard in Iowa. With six varieties that can be picked from the orchard to another half dozen available to be bought in the store, Ditmars has just about any apple to satisfy cravings. Its café is second to none with a menu featuring chicken wraps and nacho taters, as well as kids meals. Don’t forget to grab a dozen apple cider donuts or a pie. For adults, wine is also available for purchase. The orchard is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday (closed Monday) through late October.

While visiting Ditmars, you’re encouraged to take part in activities (additional fees/bundle package available), such as tractor-driven wagon rides and taking a walk through the corn maze. Kids can play in a corn box or on a tire mountain, in addition to other games.

LaDoga LaBranche Orchards – Bedford

History awaits visitors to LaDoga LaBranche Orchards in Bedford in southwest Iowa, about 2 hours south of Des Moines and 90 minutes southeast of Council Bluffs. In addition to picking apples from more than 100 trees, you can visit the Little Red Schoolhouse, a homage to the teachers who once educated children in one-room schools across the Midwest. The farm’s apple history dates back to the late 1800s, when the family’s patriarch homesteaded the land. The farm’s harvest would find its way aboard trains to Omaha and Chicago through the 1940s. The apple orchard eventually went away. Resurrected with new apple trees in the 1980s, today LaDoga LaBranche opens its gates to visitors Monday-Saturday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) through mid-October. The farm has a variety of apples that can be picked, including MacIntosh and Jonathan.

Wills Family Orchard – Adel

Weekends were made for apple picking, or so it goes at Wills Family Orchard. About a 20-minute drive west of Des Moines in Adel, the family farm opens its farm to visitors during the Apple-Pumpkin Festival, every Saturday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Sunday (noon-5 p.m.) through Oct. 21. Visitors can pick their own apples on weekends, based on weather. Currently planned for the first or second weekend in October, tell the cashier you want to pick your own delicious apples, prepay $25 for a 10-lbs. bag (you’ll be given a bag) and head out to the orchard to pick apples. Four acres of land are used to raise about a dozen varieties of organic apples, from Pristine to Gold Rush. In addition, the 27-year-old farm has five acres of pumpkins, as well as additional crops.

In addition to the u-pick ‘em, the Apple-Pumpkin Festival includes a 15-minute tractor-driven wagon ride around the farm, a ride that will make you question the farm’s proximity to the city. Wills Family Orchard offers visitors a chance to see goats and chickens at the Barnyard, take a hike through the one-acre corn maze, “swim” in a corn pool, paint gourds and play games, among other activities. Admission to the farm is free, but there are fees for some of the activities. Tickets are $7 per person for 3 and older. Children 2 and younger and free.

girl eating an apple at wilson's apple orchard iowa city

Apples on the Avenue – Nashua

Offering more than 20 varieties of apples that visitors can pick themselves from the orchard or buy prepicked bags of goodies, a visit to Apples on the Avenue in Nashua is more than just buying an apple. Families can hop aboard a horse-drawn wagon for a ride around the grounds. Pony rides are available for children. The orchard also offers a petting zoo, yard games and mini golf. Don’t forget to buy a caramel apple or two for the drive home. The North Iowa apple orchard, which has free admission, is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 31.

With a great selection of apple orchards to visit, Iowa is THE place for apple-picking season. From beautiful views to fun attractions, you’re guaranteed to have a fun day trip to the farm this fall.

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Fall Planting Guide for Beautiful Spring Flowering Bulbs

Here is an easy guide on spring flowering bulbs to plant in fall, including how to plant tulips, crocus, daffodils, iris and more (even if you live in warm climates), a planting depth chart, and where to find and store flower bulbs. If you love spring flowers, you need this guide
Fall Planting Guide for Spring Flowering Bulbs

Fall Planting Guide for Beautiful Spring Flowering Bulbs

Love flowers? Make sure add spring flowering bulbs to plant in fall! It’s is an easy task – but timing is pretty important. For beautiful spring flowers, you must plant flower bulbs in the fall before it gets too cold and the ground freezes. If you miss the window of opportunity, you’ll have to wait until next year. So read on for your fall planting guide for beautiful spring flowers like tulips, daffodils, crocus, hyacinth, iris and more!

Where to find spring flowering bulbs to plant in the fall

I found lovely high quality spring flower bulbs at Costco that I’m super excited to plant! Find bulbs for spring flowers at your local hardware store, Walmart and even ALDI. Or, order beautiful heirloom flower bulbs to plant in the fall from many of the catalogs listed on this list of 11 Free Catalogs for the Organic Gardener. Flower bulbs are for sale everywhere at this time of year!  Just make sure to buy from a reputable seller as poor quality bulbs can make poor quality flowers.

When to plant flower bulbs 

October is normally the ideal time to plant spring flowering bulbs in my area of Eastern Iowa as cooler soil temperatures will discourage the bulbs from growing too soon.  I normally wait until mid October or even the beginning of November to plant bulbs, but as long as they’re in the ground before a hard frost, you can plant them anytime after your weather cools off. If you live in a warmer location, read this post from Longfield Gardens about growing bulbs in your area. You might need to chill them in the fridge for several months before planting.

Storing flowering bulbs before planting

It’s good to plant bulbs quickly after your purchase them (within a week), or store them in the fridge. Since I’m planting in the next couple of weeks, I’m keeping the bulbs safe in my fridge. I don’t want them to start growing too early or they won’t flower in the spring

spring flowering bulbs to plant in fall tulips, daffodils, crocus etc

How to plant flowering bulbs for spring flowers

The key to growing the prettiest flowers is to plant in a rich, well-draining soil. It’s always a good idea to amend soil with compost or other natural fertilizer to give your bulbs a good growing environment. While most flowering bulbs like full sun, partial sun might work as well.

Simply dig holes to the required depth – usually three times their diameter. If you’re terrible at eyeballing depth like I am, double check with a ruler to make sure you plant them deep enough. Be sure to loosen soil if it’s tightly packed, plant the bulbs pointy side up,  cover with dirt and mulch, and water.  When in doubt, read the package directions, as they usually (but not always) include instructions.

After planting, make sure to cover the soil with mulch to keep spring weeds down! Don’t skip this important step.

Planting Depth Guide for Spring Flowering Bulbs

Bulb

Planting Depth

Planting Distance

Allium 4 inches 6 inches
Crocus 3 inches 2 inches
Daffodil 6 inches 4 inches
Hyacinth 6 inches 4 inches
Iris 4 inches 3 inches
Narcissus 6 inches 4 inches
Tulip 6 inches 4 inches

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