Nickel and diming

I love fall.  I love everything about fall.  I love the changing temperatures, the changing colors; I love going to wineries and and I love apple cider.  I love pumpkins, and pumpkin flavors (to an extent)!  Should I go on?  Ok, I will.  I love carving pumpkins and watching “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”  When I was a kid, we had a scarecrow making party at our house each year – I plan to reinstate that with my boys!  I love having people over on Halloween for mulled wine and Halloween snacks.  I love wearing flannel shirts and leggings and boots.  And I love going to the pumpkin patch!!

This year, we had the pleasure of attending a family fun day at a new pumpkin patch in our area, hosted by our wonderful realtor Megan Irvine.  We tried to go to this pumpkin patch last year on Halloween, but unfortunately it was too muddy, so we sadly had to spend all our time at the adjoining winery.

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However, while the adults were pleased with this turn of events, we did have two toddlers all dressed up in their Charlie Brown and Lucy costumes ready to pick out pumpkins, so the kind owner of the patch/winery brought a few pumpkins over to choose from.  That act of kindness plus the added bonus of a winery visit made us so excited to return again this year, and we were not disappointed.  KC Pumpkin Patch is not just pumpkins – KC Pumpkin Patch has slides; it has miniature zip lines; there is a giant bounce pad; a haunted house; a maize maze; a little store with yummy treats and fall decorations, and a ton of places for kids of all ages to put their faces and pretend to be fun characters.

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One of the greatest and most surprising aspects of this pumpkin patch is when you walk in the door, you pay one fee, then most everything else there is included!  When we saw the giant bounce pad (it looked like so much fun, many parents asked if they could play but sadly, we were not allowed), I just assumed that there would be a nominal fee to play.  But there wasn’t – nor was there any fee for the slides or zip lines, the maize maze was included and so were the tractor and train rides!  We become so accustomed to paying $2 here, $.50 there that we almost forget how much it can affect our wallets, and when the kids are giving you those sweet, puppy-dog eyes, it’s pretty hard to say no!  The pumpkin patch was giving out $2 off coupons for the winery as we left, so after a little arm twisting, we headed that way.  At the winery, there were also fun things for the kids to do which is a great touch!  We also had the pleasure of speaking with the owner, where we expressed our gratitude for the wonderful experience, and also commented about how much we appreciated the included activities.  He explained that when they set everything up, they really thought about it from the point of view of parents – they wanted to create a fun, family atmosphere that everyone could enjoy.  They certainly accomplished that goal!

Royal Services is similar in they way they handle their business.  They include as much as they possibly  can on the front end instead of using low prices to get people in the door and then hammering them with change orders and additional costs.  Just like the pumpkin patch, this up front approach ends up saving you money in the end, making for a stress-free and enjoyable experience that everyone can appreciate.

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