July 11, 2013

Blackberry Family Date Night



You know the Divas LOVE their Oh La La time with their hubbies {WINK!} Like a lot of you, the Divas aren’t just wives, many of us are also mommas and we’re ALWAYS looking for out-of-the-box and FABULOUS ways to include our kiddos in a few date nights. Our Family Date Night Series has been a HUGE inspiration for us and this next blogger is bringing another AWESOME and easy family activity that you can make your own. Kierste, from Simply Kierste, is an absolute GEM and we are thrilled to have talked her into contributing to this series! You are going to LOVE her and her totally cute family! Oh, I should mention, at the end of this post, Miss Kierste has a SWEET surprise for you! {SQUEAL!}

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Hello, friends! I’m Kierste, and I blog over at Simply Kierste, where I share my love for all things creative. I’m the lucky mom of six kids, including a teenager, two sets of twins, and a new baby. I’m so excited to be here with all of you, and sharing something we LOVE, and think is really important… Family Date Night!

Kierste from Simply Kierste Blog



We love to spend time together as a family, and with busy schedules and a busy life, we’ve found that writing a family date night on the calendar works best for our family. Each Monday night has been set aside for family FUN!!! We do different things every week, and we love to get outside and enjoy whatever the season has to offer. One of our most favorite summer activities is traveling to a nearby farm and picking whatever fruit is in season. Right now it’s blackberry season, and a couple of weeks ago we headed out to stock up on one of our very favorite berries!



This little farm is SO cute! When you arrive, you head into the barn that holds a small farmer’s market, and where you pick up your buckets. They also have wagons that can hold full buckets, and in our case… little people when they get tired.

On the way to the blackberry bushes, they have the a big slide and rope swing that just calls out to kids everywhere, and we always stop on the way out, and on the way back.


Farm life. sigh. I would move there tomorrow if I could!

My boys especially loved the wagons, and they were in charge of pulling…


Then the picking began! The blackberries were HUGE…seriously 1-2 inches in height.


We picked and picked…




We also did some eating…


and a little sleeping.


Once we had our buckets full, we headed back to get them weighed. We piled the wagons with our berries, and with kids. ☺


And the final weigh-in amount? 17 pounds of blackberry goodness.


We were already making plans for what we would make… jam, cobbler, muffins, and more!

And what goes best with blackberries? Ice cream, of course!


The fun didn’t stop there–when we got home we whipped a batch of freezer jam, something even the littles can help with.


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We had SUCH a fun time, and we’re already planning our next trip! We love family night!!

Thank you so much for having me! Come on by, look around, and say hello…I would love to have you!


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Isn’t this a great idea for getting the whole family outside together? To find an orchard near you, this post will help you! I just KNEW you’d love Kierste and her DARLING FREE printables! If you haven’t been over to Simply Kierste PLEASE hop over there soon. You will be delighted with the DIY projects, DELICIOUS recipes and other treasures you find! Don’t forget to say “Hi!” to her on Facebook and Twitter too! 


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2 Responses to “Blackberry Family Date Night ”

  1. Tara Tara says:

    Kierste! How fun would this be?? Love it. Thanks for sharing…. and those printables are too cute for words! XO

  2. Alyssa says:

    Those blackberry bushes are so cute! Where we live, blackberries grow wild all over but the vines are wild and out of control and you can’t help but get scratched up all over, even if you wear long pants/sleeves/gloves!

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