Bongo Fury 2 Review and Giveaway

In November I told you about a book Mommy had been reading. It was the first book in the Bongo Fury series and now I can tell you about book two. Mommy has been enjoying this book series and a happy Mommy is much more agreeable and makes a happy Peachy. If you’re looking for something to read, perhaps Bongo Fury is for you.

In book one of the Bongo Fury series we were introduced to Jimmy Black. While in the midst of turning his life around and doing his best to take care of his family, an innocent favour for a friend takes an unexpected turn. Just when it seems that his life has found the balance he has been looking for, Jimmy finds himself catapulted back into the lifestyle he has been trying to leave behind.

Peachy reviews Bongo Fury Book 2

Ready to find out what happens next?

The second book in the series is a real page turner. Jimmy’s life quickly becomes intertwined with the mysterious crimes he had been reading about in the newspapers. With the police sniffing around, friends unwilling to talk, and family members displaying suspicious behaviours, Jimmy finds himself trying to unravel a conspiracy. Will he be able to stay out of trouble and keep those he loves safe from harm?

The Bongo Fury series was written by Simon Maltman. He is a best selling crime fiction author from Northern Ireland. I’ve been working with Simon for a couple of months now and he’s a great guy and a very pleasant person. Simon has agreed to do an interview with me. Allow me to formally introduce Simon Maltman.

Simon Maltman

1. When and why did you decide to be a writer?

I have always written and in the past it was more songwriting with various bands. About five years ago I started trying my hand at Crime Fiction short stories. It all came from there and a year or two later an agent asked me to try my first novel.

2. Is writing your full time profession or a part time interest?

I’m doing it full time at the minute while being also a stay home Dad to two lovely girls. Previously I was a social care manager. I also still do some music gigs.

3. How long does it take you to write a book?

It’s hard to say! This year I’ve released a novel, a short story collection and two novellas- but I didn’t write them all this year! I’d say a novel takes me about eight months, maybe, while working on a few other projects.

4. Do you prefer to write on paper or at a keyboard?

I do all the prose on a keyboard, but when I first get ideas and am working out the story, I do all of that in a little notebook.

5. Do you find the writing process energizing or exhausting?

It’s really enjoyable and fun and satisfying. Also it can be a hard slog and there are times something is just not working or times you just don’t feel like getting stuck in, but need to push on through. Sometimes the scale of knowing you’ve got another forty thousand words or something like that still to write is daunting!

6. Which writers do you find most inspiring?

My favourite writers include Raymond Chandler and Richard Stark. There are also lots of wonderful crime writers coming out of my Northern Irish home country right now.

7. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers who are just getting starting on their first book?

I would say to keep at it and don’t worry too much about the first draft. You just need to get it down and chip and chip away at it through many edits. I think starting off creating short stories is a good way to begin also.

8. Do you have any marketing tips for writers who just completed that first book?

I think you need to look at all the options and see what works best for you in publishing. Think about self publishing but also try small presses. I have a publisher but have also self published. Whatever you choose- being active on social media is key these days.

9. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

I’d probably tell him to start writing earlier! In saying that I think it took me to be thirty to have the life experience to be able to write the stories that I have.

10. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I enjoy spending time with my family, going out to cafes, museums and walks. I love playing and listening to music and collecting records. In the evening I usually binge on whatever series I’m into at the time.

I would like to send out a big thank you to Simon for doing the interview and giving mommy and I the opportunity to learn more about him and his work. Simon’s other books include Return Run, A Chaser on the Rocks, and More Faces: Crime Short Stories from Belfast. If you’re looking for more information you can visit Simon on Facebook or on Twitter.

Simon and I are once again giving you the opportunity to win your own copy of his book. This time we are giving away copies of Bongo Fury book 2. One lucky winner will receive the grand prize of a signed copy of Bongo Fury, while five runner-up winners will get their very own ebook. That’s a total of six winners! You don’t want to pass this up.

Bongo Fury Book 2

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Open worldwide. Must be 18 years of age or older. Winner will be notified by email. Accepting entries until January 31, 2018.

We were given a digital copy of Bongo Fury 2 for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and our own.

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Eco-Reviver Review and Giveaway

Mommy and I spend a lot of time together and I like to get involved in anything that mommy is doing. I enjoy being helpful and I watch mommy carefully to figure out where I can be useful. Mommy and I are a team and I want to do my part.

I’m not afraid of hard work and I don’t mind getting my hands dirty. In fact I feel that dirty hands are happy hands and I always try to get mine involved in anything that mommy might be doing. Mommy says that some things are not safe for me and that there are household tasks she must put off until I am safely in my bed for a nap. I don’t like that I get left out of these secret activities.

One of thee secrets that mommy keeps from me are contained in the locked cupboard under the kitchen sink. There have been times when I have managed to sneak a peek in there and it is full of bottles with all sorts of colourful fluids, along with boxes of powders and potions, as well as some brushes and cloths of various shapes and colours. I would really like to get my hands in there but mommy keeps that cupboard sealed with a childproof lock and I am not allowed to explore in there at all.

Mommy calls those the cleaning supplies and there are very few of them that mommy will use while I’m around. Whenever mommy finds a new product that is safe to use, she gets excited and is always eager to test how effective it is on the grimy surfaces around our home. When we were contacted by the people at Eco-Reviver mommy was more than willing to put their product to the test.

Eco-Reviver Logo

Soon a package was delivered to our doorstep. Inside the box was a 32 oz bottle of Eco-Reviver along with a second 16 oz bottle. There were also two spray nozzles to fit the bottles along with an Eco-Reviver scrub brush. It’s a good amount of product and the brush is a nice touch.

Eco-Reviver is a unique cleaning product that not only cleans away dirt and grime but restores the material by penetrating deep beneath the surface to lift away pollutants. The best part is that Eco-Reviver is 100% biodegradable and all natural. It uses essential oils, salt nitrates, and natural clover acid to get the job done making it safe to use around pets and little people like me.

This is all great news about Eco-Reviver but even the safest and most natural cleaning product is useless if it doesn’t actually clean. So mommy and I put Eco-Reviver to the test. According to the instructions you need to spray the product on the surface that needs cleaning, wait ten minutes, and then scrub and wipe away with water. How effective will Eco-Reviver prove to be?

We decided to try Eco-Reviver on our kitchen floor. We have some high traffic areas that get quite dirty and mommy’s regular cleaning routine just doesn’t get the gunk out of the grout and tiles in those trouble spots. We chose an area by the stove where cooking splatters tend to get ground in by the many feet that walk there. With our test spot selected, mommy gave it a good spray of product.

Much to my disappointment, mommy didn’t let me actually use the Eco-Reviver, but she did let me watch from a safe distance. She also let me use the Eco-Reviver brush on another part of the kitchen floor while we waited the 10 minutes for the product to work. Scrubbing the floor is great fun.

Peachy scrubbing the floor with the -Reviver scrub brush

Am I doing it right?

Once the 10 minutes were up I again watched while mommy gave the floor a good scrubbing and then wiped the area with a wet cloth. We then let the area air dry so that we could do a fair comparison of the treated section against the untreated parts. To pass the time we played with blocks in the other room.

Once the floor was dry it became quite apparent where our test spot was. The tiles themselves didn’t show much of a difference but the grout was just as bright as it is in the hidden corners of the kitchen where nobody ever walks and nothing is ever spilled. Eco-Reviver really did a great job of lifting the grime away and making the grout look like new.

Eco-Reviver before and after

Untreated dirty grout/Shiny clean grout

The only downside is that the freshly scrubbed spot now makes the rest of the area look that much dirtier. It’s a good thing that we have plenty of Eco-Reviver left to do the rest of the floor. Daddy wants to seal the grout once mommy gets the whole kitchen looking like new again so that future messes don’t seep into the grout as much.

Now for the best part of all. Eco-Reviver and Diary of a Little Peach are partnering up to give you the chance to try their product for free. One lucky winner will receive the Eco-Reviver Special Value Pack which consists of the 32 oz bottle of Eco-Reviver, 16 oz bottle, two spray nozzles, and the Eco-Reviver scrub brush.

Eco-Reviver Special Value Pack

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Open worldwide. Must be 18 years of age or older. Winner will be notified by email. Accepting entries until December 31, 2017.

* For the purpose of this review we were given the Eco-Reviver Special Value Pack free of charge. All views and opinions are honest and our own.

Peachy’s Nautical Adventure

Now that the cold weather has asserted its intention to stay, I find that I am missing the warm days of summer. Gone are the days of throwing on a pair of sandals and heading outdoors. Now getting ready to go out is a process involving boots, sweaters, hats, mittens, and winter coats. It’s quite the ordeal.

When I start to feel the winter blues, I look back on the summer I’ve had and the memories I made with mommy and daddy. Today I want to share with you another instalment of “things I did this summer” to bring a bit of sunshine into your day. This time I want to tell you about my adventures at sea.

It was a warm and clear morning when mommy got me out of bed early, stuffed into a clean diaper and change of clothes, and bundled into the waiting car with my bottle of milk. That’s not how most mornings go and I was somewhat surprised while I drank my milk on the go. A short while later I found myself at a coffee shop trying to eat an early breakfast while watching mommy and daddy discuss what they may have forgotten to pack over coffee and sandwiches.

Soon we were on the road again and I knew it would be a long trip when daddy strapped my tablet to the seat and mommy turned on my favourite show. Too excited to sleep, I happily watched my show while the car sped along the highway. About an hour later the car began to slow down and shortly afterwards we pulled into a gravel parking lot. I was ready to get out, stretch my legs, and explore.

I was very surprised to find that my grandma and grandpa were waiting for me to emerge from the car. Of course there was a big fuss made over me and lots of hugs and attention lavished upon me. That’s just the way it is when grandparents are around. I generally don’t mind but this time the attention was keeping me from exploring my strange surroundings.

I soon managed to wiggle free and set off to investigate everything I could get my hands on. Mommy didn’t let me stray far from her but I soon discovered a huge pool of water nearby. I desperately wanted to dunk my hands in there but mommy wouldn’t let me get close enough and I had to settle for nothing more than a good look.

While mommy worked hard to stop me from exploring too much, everyone else was busy carrying things, talking, and making a great deal of noise around me. It was somewhat distracting and I didn’t get that much exploring done before mommy stuffed me into a strange vest and fastened a hat on my head. I wasn’t a big fan of the vest as it was very bulky and made sitting cumbersome.

Peachy's first time on a boat

This is different!

I didn’t have much time to object the existence of the vest before mommy brought me over to a wooden walkway that she called a dock. Soon we were standing next to a very peculiar vehicle that seemed to be bobbing on the surface of the water. Mommy called it a boat as she lifted me over the edge of the dock and into daddy’s waiting arms.

I sat with daddy in the front seat and soon the boat began to glide away from the dock. We proceeded slowly along the pool of water and from inside the boat I noticed that the edge of the water was surrounded by trees. A couple of minutes later the pool opened up into a larger body of water where the trees were much further away. Mommy said we were on a lake and that the boat would take us across the water to our destination.

Once we were on the open water the boat picked up speed and we flew along while I looked out the window in amazement. I wanted to get a better look around me and I insisted that I stand in front of daddy instead of sitting on his lap. It was a much bumpier ride than in our car and I was thankful that daddy kept his hands around me to help keep me on my feet. I was still in awe when the boat began to slow down and creep along towards a large clump of trees.

The boat stopped and I was once again hoisted over the edge into a pair of waiting arms. Before I knew it my feet were back on solid ground again and the dreaded vest was finally removed. With only a quick look around me I knew we were in a forest but unlike all other forests I had seen, this one had no trails or paths, only trees, grass, and bushes.

Peachy in the woods

Where am I?

Mommy insisted that I hold her hand the entire time, but I still managed to do a bit of looking around while everyone else took our cargo out of the boat and set up a sitting area among the trees. Next the coolers came out and lunch preparations were underway. Soon we were all sitting around having a well-earned meal.

Even though I was anxious to resume my exploring, I was hungry after all of the morning’s activities and I did take a small break for a bit of food. After a refreshing drink of water I was ready to get back to the business of having adventures. Since we were surrounded by water, mommy didn’t think it was safe for me to explore on my own but luckily there were four people there that took turns trying to keep up with me.

I ran around in circles and tugged on the arm of the adult designated to keep me safe at the time. I saw birds perched in trees and squirrels that chattered away at each other. There were many small objects on the ground for me to pick up and examine. I climbed over rocks and fallen trees. I tried to get my hands in the water but that was a bust so I gave up on the idea. There were plenty of other things to explore.

Once all of the adults were thoroughly exhausted from trying to keep up with me, we packed up our stuff and got back into the boat. I didn’t object to leaving and I was even patient with the horrible vest that was once again strapped to me. I like the boat and I was looking forward to going for another ride on the water.

Peachy sitting on a fallen tree.

Getting the hang of things now

The second time around was just as amazing as the first. This time I was slightly less shocked at the experience and this allowed me to absorb more of what I was seeing. The water splashed around us and the trees on the shores appeared to speed by. Most of the boat was covered but the sections that were open let a refreshing and misty breeze to come in.

Much too soon we were back at the dock where we started our adventure and the commotion of getting all of our stuff transferred back into our car began once more. While that was happening I explored and played with a dog that belonged to one of the other boats. It was a very friendly dog and we had a lot of fun together.

Once all our gear was packed into the car, it was time to go. Since dinnertime was approaching, instead of beginning our long drive home, we went to my grandparents’ house which was only a few minutes away. I played while dinner was prepared and by the time it was ready I had a good appetite.

After dinner there was a bit more time for play and then it was time to hit the road and head home. I had a pretty exciting day and I made no objection to being strapped into my car seat. I didn’t even need the tablet and I was happy to sleep the entire way home. Even though it was exhausting, I had a great day.

Bongo Fury Review and Giveaway

Mommy and I have been experiencing a busy couple of months. There have been several projects on the go and many issues to take care of. We’re still trying to sort our way through it all and the process has been exhausting and sometimes stressful.

When mommy feels stressed she likes to read and I am already an avid reader even though I’m not even 2 years old yet. Reading is a great way to decompress after a long day. Books can be playful, exciting, or soothing but they always offer a wonderful escape and an excuse for some quiet time.

I always make sure that I set aside some time for reading. There is a point in every day that I can be found in a quite corner of the house flipping through a book and reading out loud. Mommy thinks I’m not doing it quite right and that the words come out a bit wrong. I’ve seen mommy read enough times to know that I’m doing it the way it should be done.

Peachy reading her book

Carving out some me time

Lately during my reading time mommy has been doing a bit of reading of her own. She has been working on a two-part book called Bongo Fury. Last week mommy finished the first book and I can tell that she enjoyed it. Mommy hasn’t been reading this book out loud like she does so many others, but she did tell me a bit about it. From mommy’s description I think I might like to read it myself.

Bongo Fury is the story of a man named Jimmy Black who is in the midst of turning his life around while doing his best to take care of his family. Just when it seems that his life has found the balance he has been looking for, what should have been an innocent favour for a friend takes an unexpected turn. Jimmy finds himself catapulted back into the lifestyle he has been trying to leave behind. Will Jimmy find a way out of this mess or is fate conspiring to drag him deeper into a life of crime?

Bongo Fury was written by Simon Maltman. He is a best-selling crime fiction author from Northern Ireland. Simon’s other books include Return Run, A Chaser on the Rocks, and More Faces: Crime Short Stories from Belfast. If you’re looking for more information you can visit Simon on Facebook or on Twitter.

Bongo Fury sounds like an exciting story full of action and dark humour. While the story does appeal to me, I’m not sure if I can relate to the main character in Bongo Fury. Clearly I am in my prime and not ready to settle down and fly straight. I’m a rebel looking for trouble and whether I’m leaping head first off the couch or running out into the road, danger doesn’t deter me.

The first book in the Bongo Fury series leaves off on a bit of a cliff hanger and mommy has been eager to get started on the second book. Perhaps I should give the book a chance and find out what the hype is about. What do you think? Does Bongo Fury appeal to you? Is it a book you would be interested in reading?

Simon and I are partnering up to give you the opportunity to win your own copy of Bongo Fury. With Simon’s generosity, I am able to provide you with the best odds of winning than any of my previous giveaways. One lucky winner will receive the grand prize of a signed copy of Bongo Fury, while five runner-up winners will get their very own e-book. That’s a total of six winners all in one giveaway! You’re almost guaranteed to win!

Bongo Fury Book 1 Cover

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Open worldwide. Must be 18 years of age or older. Winner will be notified by email. Accepting entries until November 30, 2017.

Check back often for my review of Bongo Fury part two to find out more about Jimmy Black and where this story takes him. You don’t want to miss it!

We were given a digital copy of Bongo Fury for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and our own.

Trick or Treating with Peachy

Yesterday was Halloween and what an exciting day it was! This was my second Halloween but it has been my favourite one so far. Last year I dressed up and gave out candy with mommy and daddy. This year I was right in the center of all the Halloween activities.

It all started the night before when mommy, daddy, and I carved our pumpkins. Last year I slept through all of the pumpkin carving fun, but this year I was able to see it all happen. My favourite part was using the pumpkin like a drum, but stealing mommy’s stencil and chasing wayward pumpkin seeds was fun too.

At the end of the pumpkin carving daddy put a candle in each pumpkin and turned the lights down low. This made the pumpkins glow strangely and I was a bit hesitant to approach them at first. Mommy turned the lights up just a little and that helped me feel more confident.

Halloween pumpkins

A bit spooky.

The next day was Halloween but the morning was rather uneventful. Daddy went to work and mommy and I had our usual routine. The afternoon was a bit strange because rather than heading up to my room for a nap, I had a short snooze on the couch with mommy. I woke up just in time to see daddy come home.

Mommy fed me a good meal while daddy set up our pumpkins on the porch and put the finishing touches on our Halloween decorations. Then it was time to put on my costume and it started to feel like a special day. Mommy put me in a gray shirt with long sleeves and black pants to keep me warm, and then my costume went on top. I think it worked out quite nicely.

After a quick photo shoot I was ready to go see what Halloween is all about. We went to visit all of our neighbours and we even walked up and down our street a little visiting everyone who had their porch light on. All of our neighbours commented on how big I’m getting and everyone thought I looked adorable in my cowgirl costume.

At first I was a bit puzzled by tick or treating. We walked up to a door, mommy rang the doorbell, and when the door opened I naturally began to head inside. That’s generally what we do in that situation. This time mommy held me back and instead she made me hold my pumpkin bucket. Then to make things more confusing, the person on the other side of the door began to put candy in my bucket!

I looked in my bucket and then I gave the person a good look too. Before I could react mommy turned me around and we were heading back towards the road again. In no time we were at another door and the same thing happened again. This time I had the sense not to bolt inside the house but I still stood in awe as candy was dropped into my pumpkin bucket.

At the third house we had to wait a moment before the door opened and I took that time to rummage around in my bucket. After that mommy carried my bucket for me. By the next house I knew what to expect and I was trick or treating like a pro. All you have to do is show up and people give you candy. Why don’t we do this every night?

Peachy ready for Halloween

I could do this every day!

Overall I had a wonderful time even though it was a bit cold. People often wanted to talk to me and I got several extra pieces of candy for being so adorable. I wasn’t even afraid except for just one time when a large monster tried to eat me.

At first it seemed like a regular house until we were halfway up the driveway. I spotted a large glowing monster standing by the stairs and I started to slow down. Mommy said it was just a Halloween decoration and that it was full of air. If you were a monster wouldn’t you pose as a Halloween decoration on the one day you could hide in plain sight?

Mommy held my hand and I took a couple more steps but then I decided that was close enough and I sat down. I started to get quite concerned and mommy saw that I had my super sad face on. She scooped me up and held me close but I still didn’t want that monster any closer. That monster wasn’t going to fool me.

Since I didn’t want to walk past the monster, the nice lady who was standing on the porch came down to see me. She said I was being very brave and she gave me extra candy. At that point I felt alright about standing there on the driveway as long as that monster didn’t try anything funny. It all worked out and soon we were walking away leaving the scary monster behind us.

After a while of trick or treating I was truly getting the hang of things. I knew to walk up to the door and wait patiently. After the candy was safely in my pumpkin bucket I understood that it was time to leave and head over to the next house. My bucket was just about full by the time the cold started to bother us and we decided to head home.

The Halloween festivities weren’t over. Other trick or treaters continued to come to our door and I helped mommy give out some candy. I was becoming quite good at getting the candy into the bags and buckets and by the end of the night I could do it all by myself.

When trick or treaters weren’t at our door, I was examining my Halloween loot. I got cookies, chocolates, candies, lollipops, and bags of chips too. I was very happy with my stash and I spent a long time sorting and organizing my goodies.

Peachy with her Halloween loot

Look at all the goodies I got!

Of course it wouldn’t be Halloween without eating some treats. I ate more candy than ever! It made me feel funny and I spun in circles for a while and then raced around the house. As I was beginning to tire out, it was time for a late dinner which perked me up a bit. After dinner I was allowed another piece of candy and then some relaxing time in front of the TV.

Soon it was time for bed and although I was a bit wound up from all that fun and all those treats, I was also quite exhausted from my busy day. As mommy rocked me gently in my room, I thought about all the fun things I did this Halloween. I had a great day and soon I felt myself nodding off.

After a good night’s sleep we’re back to just another regular day except that we still have lots of candy sitting around. So far I only managed to convince mommy to give me one piece of candy today but there’s still time. It was the best Halloween ever and I can’t wait to do it again next year.

Dry Leaves and Flashy Trees

Autumn brings us fickle weather. This year we have had unseasonably warm temperatures. Up until a week ago it has felt like summer was never going to end. Then, suddenly and without warning, the cool weather has descended upon us and it really does feel like a different season now.

The green trees have suddenly changed colour and dry leaves have appeared on our lawn overnight. Mommy, daddy, and I spent the week visiting some of our favourite parks to enjoy the fall colours while they last. The show that the trees put on every autumn is spectacular and we managed to take some very nice photos.

Peachy posing for a photo

I’m ready for my closeup

I was somewhat surprised to be stuffed into a sweater and warm pants for our first outing, but by the time we arrived at the park I was glad to be bundled up. There was quite the nip in the air and I could feel the cold on my hands and face. I had grown accustomed to the warm air of the summer months and this new development was not something I was expecting.

Luckily I was much too busy to allow the cold to bother me. There is no time to be cold when there is exploring to do. Our first stop was one of my favourite wooded areas which we frequently visited in the summer to feed the ducks. It is full of trees and there are a couple of small ponds which I love to explore. I am forever tempted to stick my hands in the water but mommy is always watching closely and she is there to stop me in time.

Peachy at her favourite park

I’m so close to the water!

Even though I didn’t manage to get near the water, I still had a lovely time with mommy and daddy. We took a nice stroll and there were plenty of things to catch my attention as well as plenty of opportunity for running around. I was a very good girl that day and I paid attention to mommy and daddy while straying off the path only a couple of times.

Since I was so well behaved and I always came back to the path when asked to do so, I was allowed full freedom to explore without having to hold anyone’s hand. I loved it and after such a positive experience I was quite inclined to be a good girl more often. On the way back to the car we walked near a road and of course both of my hands were firmly wedged in the palms of mommy and daddy, but I didn’t mind since at that point my hands were quite cold.

The next outing was to another park area with a large grassy field surrounded by trees. It was getting later in the day and the sun was beginning to set. The lighting only served to bring out the orange colours in the trees. It was very pretty and the open field gave me a lot of space to run around.

Peachy running at the park

Look at those colours!

Since I was being a very good little Peach once again, mommy and daddy brought me over to a little playground around on the other side of the trees. It’s tucked away and not many people seem to know that it’s there. I had the whole place to myself and I made the most of it by going down the slide as many times as I could.

It was another chilly day and mommy put my hood up to keep my ears warm. The hood helped but by the end of it my hands were cold once again. Even though they were cold, I wasn’t quite ready to leave and I was very glad when a bunny popped out of the bushes causing mommy and daddy to stop and watch for a while.

Peachy sitting on a rock

I could stay here all day

I could have continued to play well into the night as the park is well lit but I must admit that my cold hands were glad to be back in the warm car, even if the rest of me was less enthusiastic to be leaving. On the way home my tummy began to complain of hunger but luckily dinner was ready for us when we walked through the door. All that fresh air had worked up quite the appetite and I ate a good piece of roast along with a decent helping of potatoes and some vegetables too.

The trees are shedding their leaves every day and it looks like autumn won’t stick around for very long. Soon the rustling of dry leaves under my feet will be replaced with the crunch of snow. It’s a shame the fall doesn’t last longer. I’m glad that we are making the most of this beautiful time of year.

I have a little gift for you which I hope will remind you to get outdoors and relish the colourful trees while you can. It’s a fun activity that you can download, print, and enjoy. I hope you like this autumn themed printable.

Autumn Maze

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This activity was sent to us by our friends at Education.com. Fall into learning with this fun Autumn Maze worksheet! For more activities for preschoolers, go to Education.com.

A Day at the Beach

Although we’ve had an unseasonably warm September and October, the signs that summer is turning into autumn can’t be ignored. I’m generally an optimist and I don’t mind the changing of the seasons. It gives me an opportunity to experience something different and the changing landscape keeps things interesting. Green grass and heatwaves are giving way to cool mornings and rustling leaves.

As much as I am interested to see the trees change colour and I’m looking forward to going hiking in the woods and stomping through piles of dry leaves, there are things about summer that I will certainly miss. Those hot days were the perfect excuse to venture to the water park and pool days in the backyard aren’t very likely to happen now.

What helps leave summer fun behind is the fact that I really did make the most of the summer months. Mommy, daddy, and I had plenty of summer activities on our calendar and we squeezed as much fun as we could out of the warm weather. One of my favourite days was my first ever outing to the beach.

Peachy's sand castle

The beach awaits!

It happened in August during our summer holidays. Mommy and daddy had been planning our beach adventure since the beginning of summer. On a beautiful summer day we packed up the car and hit the highway in search of adventure. The drive was over an hour long and I was very thankful to have my tablet in the car so that I could watch my favourite shows.

Thanks to the on-board entertainment, the drive didn’t seem all that long and before I knew it the car pulled into a parking lot and mommy and daddy began unpacking the car. We parked right next to the beach and soon I had my toes in the sand for the very first time. It was a bit difficult to walk on at first but I quickly learned how to compensate for the sand shifting under my feet.

A short walk later and I was on the beach with the water stretching out before me and glistening in the summer sun. The water that I could see is part of Georgian Bay. The name of the beach is Wasaga and it is located in Simcoe County. Stretching for 14 kilometres Wasaga Beach it is the longest freshwater beach in the world. It was beautiful!

We found a good spot on the sand and set up our little camp with a blanket, a small tent in case I wanted shade, my stroller, and all of our beach gear within easy reach. Mommy got me changed into my bathing suit and as soon as she released me I jumped up and ran down the beach to explore with mommy in pursuit behind me.

Peachy at the beach

Splashing in the shallows

I ran up and down the beach for a while before heading for the water. I dove right in with no hesitation and splashed in the shallows. Then I took off to where the water was deeper but mommy stopped me insisting that I don’t know how to swim. How do we know that I can’t swim if I’ve never tried? Maybe I’m an excellent swimmer. Mommy was insistent that I stay in the shallows and I eventually agreed.

After a good deal of splashing about mommy and I played with a ball for a bit. After more running around and visiting our beach neighbours I sat down to play with my bucket and shovel. I have a good assortment of buckets, rakes, and shovels so mommy, daddy, and I were able to build some sand castles together.

Peachy playing in the sand

Sand castle in progress

Then more running around and back in the water. This time daddy came with me and I brought my surfboard. It was impossible to stay on it and the surfboard seemed determined to escape. I spent a fair bit of time chasing after it. It’s a very good thing that it floats and is bright coloured for easy retrieval. Next came more running around and then mommy said I had enough sun for a while and that it was time for some food.

I sat in my stroller to eat and mommy put the top down so that I was in the shade. I had a grilled cheese sandwich with potato wedges and a refreshing drink from the cooler. I’ve had this meal before but somehow it tasted better than ever and I ate a lot. After a good meal it was time for a little break and I leaned back in my stroller and watched the people walk by on the boardwalk.

Peachy relaxing at the beach

People watching

After letting my tummy settle I was ready for more running around. Mommy said I could have a bit more fun in the sun but that I had to make the most of it because it would soon be time to head home. I didn’t waste a moment and packed in as much running around, splashing about, and playing in the sand as I could.

Then daddy took me down to the water and gave me a good rinse. He carried me back to the blanket where mommy was waiting with a towel, a clean diaper, and a fresh change of clothes. Soon I was clean, dry, and ready to go. We headed back to the car to prepare for our departure.

Peachy going surfing

Hitting the waves once more for the road

I got comfortable in my car seat and watched while mommy and daddy loaded our stuff back into the car. Mommy said that she would get my tablet out so that I could watch my shows on the way home. I never did see that tablet. I was asleep before the car started moving and the next thing I remember daddy was carrying me into the house.

I loved my beach day! Sand is fun to play with, water has always been one of my favourites, and the beach has ample space for running around. I can’t wait for my next beach adventure.