Introducing the Mamatoga Calendar!

calseptupdateSeptember is just around the corner (it's true guys) and since I am just a few days away from Baby #4 being here I am doing a little ahead of time planning (yay nesting mode!). Today I want to introduce my new calendar, which will come out every month with the goings on for the month for moms, dads and kids, plus a few little seasonal extras. You can find more in depth info for local events at the local Mamatoga Saratoga page here, and this calendar will be updated as September gets closer as well. Enjoy! xoxo SEPTEMBER

1 Labor Day

2 Need some Back to School printables? Look no further! (Plus they're all FREE). Click here to see my back to school favorites for 2014.

3 OMG these cookies. So good.

4 How cute is this Back to School wrapping paper?

5 Saratoga Wine & Food Festival begins at SPAC and runs through Sunday First Friday in Ballston Spa, the theme this month is Sidewalk Sales

Pirates and Fairies Party at Northshire Bookstore Saratoga at 11am. Admission is free. Bring your favorite little pirates and fairies to the bookstore for a morning of fun games, crafts and stories with their booksellers. Creative costumes are strongly encouraged!

Saturdays in September check out The Saturday Club at The Children's Museum at Saratoga (Saturdays, 10am - 12 pm: September 6, 13, 20, and 27, free with Museum admission). Every Saturday will focus on a new topic that will be both educational and fun! This month kids will build structures using toothpicks and marshmallows, use electricity building ‘blocks’ to turn on lights and work small gadgets, use pipe insulation to make roller coasters for marbles, and use clay to capture the season of fall all year long!

7 Check out last year's Fall Fun Guide with info on all the local apple picking spots, this list will be updated Sept. 1st but for now you can plan ahead!

8 Riverview Orchards is one of our faves...

9 Need a recipe to use up those apples you just picked? This one is the BEST (and so easy, I swear).

10 Need some healthy lunchbox ideas for Back to School? Click here for some healthy tips and ideas.

11 Saratoga P.L.A.N.'s Feast of the Fields is a unique culinary event celebrating local farms, chefs, and conservation heroes held tonight at Saratoga National Golf Club.

12 Get those toddler hands busy with these make your own fall scented playdohs

13 Don't miss the Northeast Ballet Nutcracker Story Time and Land of Sweets Treasure Hunt at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga today at 11am. Dancers from Northeast Ballet in their Nutcracker costumes will tell the story of The Nutcracker, teach a few simple ballet steps and then send children on a special treasure hunt through the store, so sweet!

14 Create a fall scavenger hunt for the kids and get outside, click here for some ideas.

15 Get crafty, make this gorgeous wreath to welcome fall here.

16 Tuesdays for Tots: Peace Week Peace Quilt is happening at The Children's Museum at Saratoga in celebration of Peace Week, where kids will be decorating Peace quilts with fabric markers. Please stop in anytime from 10 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 3 pm to join in! Program is free with museum admission.

17 Shelving Rock Falls is not too far away and one of the best hikes to soak in some gorgeous fall foliage, get more info here.

18 It's National Cheeseburger Day! Visit Comfort Kitchen (voted BEST BURGER 2014 by Mamatoga Readers!) to celebrate!

19 Hundreds of hot air balloons take to the sky at the 42nd Annual Adirondack Balloon Festival, taking place September 18th - 21st. There will be balloons of all shapes and size. Watch from the ground as they take off into the sky or go for a ride and see a view you won't soon forget! Free admission.

20 Ellms Family Farm opens today! Discover corn maze fun for young and old, pumpkin patches for pick-your-own-pumpkins, and old-fashioned activities for Fall family fun! Evening Halloween hayrides (not too scary for the tiny tots!) and awesome apple cider donuts create memories and family traditions when you visit Ellms Family Farm.

Celebrate at the Saratoga Springs City Center’s 30th Anniversary with a Family Fun Day! In honor of the City Center's success, they are opening their doors for a family fun celebration on Saturday, September 20th for a day full of fun. Free and Open to the Public from 10am – 10pm. Starting with the Kids Cook Off at the Farmers’ Market, Petting Zoo and Pony Rides, Bounce Houses, Children’s Music and Crafts, Lots of Entertainment – ending with the Outdoor Movie on the Street at Dusk!

21 The Henry Street Harvest Festival is today from 12-4pm in Saratoga Springs and is so much fun for the entire family, click here for more info.

The beautiful Yaddo Gardens are open to the public year round. This September, however, Yaddo welcomes guests to the Yaddo Mansion and various other buildings for the first time since 2011 and only the sixth time in history. Tours will be offered that feature sites on the private portion of the estate not ordinarily available to the public. Tickets for the tour must be purchased in advance, click here for more info.

22 Aut-yum leaves, the cutest fall snack OF ALL TIME.

23 I want to make one of these for myself, but maybe someone else can do the raking...

24 Save this for a rainy afternoon: Scented Rain Paint

25 Looking to clean up your family's diet after a summer of cotton candy and hot dogs? Here are some tips on going additive free.

26 The best time to see fall foliage in the Adirondacks area is late September into early October, click here for more info on how to peep some leaves.

27 Plan a little fall getaway in gorgeous Lake Placid, High Peaks Resort is our absolute favorite, read more about our experience there in Mamatoga Magazine.

28 It's not too early for mulled wine, (you're welcome).

29 Don't you just love fall fashion? It's starting to be time for these guys, my number one fall fashion tip...

30 Welcome October with these three words: Pumpkin Pie Smoothies (YES)