Fall Back into Family Routines {Pottery Barn} Giveaway


2013-06-23 18.54.05

2013-09-03 07.14.19

Is your back to school routine a well oiled machine by now?  Or are you still floundering to find a level of consistency?  My morning routine is rushed and driven.  I have 45 minutes to get three boys entirely prepared for the day.  Yeah, it’s a little crazy.  Even our afternoon and evening is fairly structured with time allotted for play, eating supper, and homework.  It has been my experience that children thrive on routines.  My boys like knowing what is going to happen next.  But obviously every family has their own styles and techniques.

Good Parent, Inc. is dedicated to providing scientific research, education, and entertainment to parents, children and educators and I’ve partnered with this company to offer you an amazing Pottery Barn giveaway, plus the chance to win a $500 Visa gift card!  This group is currently researching the learning habits of school-aged children.  In order to better understand our youth Good Parent, Inc has created a survey for parents regarding some of their family routines.  Those that complete the survey can be entered to win a $500 Visa gift card, if they so wish.  I took the survey.  I certainly was not going to promote a survey via The Mama Report that I myself had not taken:)

I have a few items I want to plainly address for those who might have some concerns.

  • The survey is anonymous, it is only at the end if you want a chance to win the $500 Visa gift card that you list your name and email address
  • I listed my name and email address and I have not been magically signed up for extra emails:)  No emails.  Only contacted if you win. I just wanted to state that for the record:)
  • The survey does take about ten minutes or so.  It isn’t hard.  The questions are simple regarding your family life.

This information is being garnered from moms/dads across the U.S.  To learn more about the company and the survey please connect online.


Can you complete the survey if you don’t have school-age children?  No, but I’ve included a freebie entry to win the Pottery Barn giveaway so that no one is left out:)

Everyone needs a little carrot dangling on the end of a string, right?  Well bunnies, your carrot is from Pottery Barn:)

One lucky Mama Report reader will win a $100 Pottery Barn prize pack which includes~Jack-o-Lantern Luminaries, a Burlap Halloween flag, dried Pumpino vase filler, and a ceramic shaped candle pot.

Please note one winner from The Mama Report will win the Pottery Barn prize pack, but one winner from all survey participants will win the $500 Visa gift card.

Here is a glimpse of the Pottery Barn goodies!

PicMonkey Collage

Please note this contest is available to U.S. residents only. The winner will be selected at random using Rafflecopter and contacted via email. The winner has 48 hours (2 days) to respond. If the winner’s email is incorrect or they do not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be selected. If a winner is selected, and their entries are found to be fraudulent, they are automatically removed from the list and another winner will be selected.The winner will be announced on this page.


  1. Samantha Daleo says

    No, we haven’t decorated yet…next weekend maybe?!?

  2. We have put up a few decorations. Fake pumpkins and a vase with lighted branches & fall leaves.
    Love the PB items! Very cute stuff, thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  3. I have not, but my gosh some of the neighbors have! I’m pretty low key for Halloween.

  4. Francine Anchondo says

    no not yet

  5. Linda Stewart says

    We haven’t but we usually don’t decorate for Halloween. Shortly after Halloween we’ll pull out the decorations for Thanksgiving and also start thinking about Christmas decorations.

  6. Susan Denning says

    Just started this weekend. Fall wreath on door and pumpkins too

  7. I have not started decorating yet due to the fact my stuff for fall are old and nasty.

  8. I am not a seasonal decorator! But the prize package looks cute. 🙂

  9. No, I haven’t. I’ve decorated my office for Halloween though!

  10. ellen casper says

    Not yet – plan to this weekend!

  11. amy pugmire says

    not yet but we will this weekend

  12. Not yet but I’m so excited for this fall weather!

  13. No not yet

  14. Christina Burrell says

    Yes, I love Fall and decorate early.

  15. I have not but I really should get started on it.

  16. No,I haven’t decorated at all.I probably will next week.

  17. I’ve decorated our mantel. That’s all I’m doing for now as we are going to be overseas for most of October. When we get back I’ll add some turkey crafts for Thanksgiving…

  18. Not so much yet. Kids have started putting some Halloween stuff around but no official decorating yet.

  19. Cheryl Abdelnour says


  20. no I really don’t do anything specail; hold on we do have 2 small pumpkins on our doorstep!!

  21. Emily Adams says

    I haven’t decorated yet, but I plan to soon.

  22. nope haven’t decorated, i’m not much of a season decorator to be honest.

  23. courtney hennagir says

    Not yet.We will do that this weekend! I am so excited.I love Halloween!!

  24. Not yet

  25. I still have my candy corn lights in the window from last year. I just couldn’t take them down, I liked them so much.

  26. Megan Parsons says

    I have a skull themed bedroom, so I get to decorate with skulls all year around : ) I just got a new glittered skull and it looks awesome! Love to shop for Halloween items!

  27. Darlene Owen says

    No I have not decorated yet.

  28. Rebecca Parsons says

    We have our fall candles out and the fall color leaves wreath. And at my table I have some gourds around the salt and pepper shaker caddy.

  29. Stephanie Phelps says

    I just decorated mine for fall this past weekend! 🙂

  30. Not yet, but it’s happening this weekend!

  31. Les Johnson says

    I just started decorating it for fall. Love the smell of the pumpkin candles.

  32. sandra davis says

    i havent decorated yet, but will be soon

  33. rod jackson says

    Did it with pumpkins and an antique wagon

  34. No, not yet. I typically start a little closer to Halloween.

  35. Not yet!! I usually wait until it is a week or two before!

  36. No, I haven’t.

  37. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says

    We haven’t started yet.

  38. Tara Liebing says

    We just moved this past weekend so we have not decorated yet but will this weekend.

  39. Michelle S says

    No but I plan to soon

  40. Cathy Tougher says

    Yes I have 🙂

  41. Alina Hahn says

    Only a tablecloth – we need to get our stuff out. Maybe this weekend? Thanks for reminding me!

  42. Not decorated yet but soon.

  43. Susan Christy says

    I’m taking a couple of days off work, so have a 4 day weekend and I’m decorating one of those days.

  44. Not yet. I was thinking I would do it next weekend.

  45. I haven’t decorated my house for Fall/Halloween yet.

  46. Renee Walters says

    Yes, I decorate early.

  47. Carrie Phelps says

    I haven’t yet decorated but I plan to decorate lots of pumpkins this year with great ideas I’ve gotten from Pinterest.

  48. Sacha Schroeder says

    No, we haven’t. I should soon though.

  49. beth shepherd says

    Not yet, hopefully this weekend

  50. havent done any decorating yet

  51. Baby’s due date is so close so I did decorate already–but went with a mostly “fall” theme in case I can’t take everything down until after Thanksgiving.

  52. No, i am still working on my spring cleaning.

  53. Getting there – almost done. I incorporate fall cleaning with decorating. September flew by – plus, we had to have a new roof put on, so no sense in cleaning until that mess was done. Just my wall décor left to do – trying to keep changes to a minimum on the walls.

  54. Eileen Richter says

    No decorating at all yet. We dont have much besides actual Halloween stuff the kids put out, so nothing yet.

  55. no we have not yet.

  56. Dawn Cook (vonzombie) says

    not yet, i will next week when i’m on vacation…

  57. No, but I want to this weekend.

  58. No I haven’t decorated for Fall! We usually just buy a couple pretty pumpkins and flowers and centerpieces around Thanksgiving. We usually do the hosting. As far as Halloween goes we don’t really have any décor sitting around, and flowers aren’t really appropriate, so my partner likes to set up scary lighting and smoke machines to surprise trick or treaters. Fun stuff.

  59. Rebecca Graham says

    I haven’t decorated yet.

  60. April Brenay says

    I have started but I’m not finished

  61. Nope, but I want to. Working on getting them out and a few crafts with the kiddos!

  62. Not yet … we usually start before October … have been running behind this year

  63. No. We wait until later in October.

  64. I have not decorated yet.

  65. Sarah Negro says

    We Love th bring all colors of fall in.

  66. Jenny Stanek says

    Not quite yet but we have started looking

  67. I decorated in September lol!

  68. We haven’t done much decorating yet, I’ve gotten some fall scented candles etc for the house and put up a couple of fall decorations such as a wreath and another hanging thing but I need to get some more things. I need to buy a few new things to replace some things that have been discarded. I’d love to win these pretty fall things for the house to decorate with. Thanks for the chance to win.

  69. Nicole-Lynn says

    Yes! I’ve decorated some already! I’m expecting my first baby in November, so the decorating has been more minimal this year, but I like to get our home nice and cozy every season, so of course, I had to decorate for fall!


  70. Not yet, but we plan on doing a bit of decorating this weekend.

  71. Pam OLeary says

    No – I haven’t started decorating for fall. I wait until the last minute.

  72. Kathy Davis says

    I have the mums and the pumpkins outside but nothing done on the inside of the house yet.

  73. We’ve started!

  74. no we have not

  75. Mary Dailey says

    I have only just started.

  76. I just started!

  77. next weekend we will be decorating it.

  78. Linda Szymoniak says

    No, I haven’t started decorating – yet.

  79. Nope. No fall decorating as yet. Probably won’t do any as all “extra” funds have been used to build a business I hope will replace my husband’s job… he may lose it soon. 🙁

  80. Nope. I rarely decorate.

  81. Michelle C says

    No, I haven’t yet. Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  82. Does putting away summer stuff count? I’m a bit behind on my decorating this year.

  83. Not yet, but my daughter in law sure has!

  84. Not yet, but we have everything out and are going to do it this week.

  85. My house is all decorated! We have our Halloween tree up and everything! I love Halloween!

  86. We have put up some of our Fall decorations but nothing yet for Halloween.

  87. my wife does this August 1st

  88. I have not decorated yet for halloween

  89. No decorations up yet – need to go buy some!

  90. Samantha D says

    I just got started! I love decorating for fall!

  91. Dawn Monroe says

    We just carved pumpkins last night so weve at least started.

  92. We have decorated, but I do have more room…..just saying 🙂

  93. Tabitha P. says

    Yes our house is decorated.
    We did it a few weeks ago.

  94. I started, but I’d like to add a few more.

  95. no, not yet

  96. Christy Anderson says

    No we haven’t decorated.

  97. Some of it still working on it~

  98. I haven’t done it yet, I need to get started!

  99. Amanda Rauch says

    Not yet, but it is on the to-do list for this week. I need to gather all the boxes of decorations!

  100. I have not put out decorations yet.

  101. amanda whitley says

    we plan on decorating this weekend for halloween

  102. I have not started decorating yet.

  103. April Yedinak says

    I have set out some apple and pumpkin decorations and I have changed my kitchen linens to a fall theme.

  104. A little. I have a Halloween doorhanger up, along w/a few things inside. I still have my Breast cancer awareness flag out, & will leave that up until about the 20th…. Thanks for the chance!

  105. Natalie yeoman says

    Not yet we still gotta get the stuff for halloween outta the basement

  106. janell wagner says

    no, Ill probably put something up this weekend

  107. No I haven’t decorated for fall, all my decorations are in boxes still since we are in the process of moving.

  108. Nope, just moved and it’s crazy here!

  109. Stephanie Galbraith says

    we are in the middle of decorating, we’ve started, but definitely not finished yet

  110. Robin Anderson says

    I made a few decorations with my cricut and we picked up a few pumpkins and will do a few more things this weekend 🙂

  111. We started to decorate.

  112. not yet…maybe when the kids are off for Columbus Day .

  113. Yes, I put a few things up on the mantle and I let the kids decorate the windows with Halloween Window Clings.

  114. Yes, we have a few things put out. A wooden pumpkin on the door and real pumpkins on the porch. Halloween placemats and cups are being used.

  115. noelle cagle says

    We have a pumpkin/squash tableau in the kitchen, but that is it so far.

  116. My house and yard are all decorated!

  117. yes we are decorated

  118. I don’t decorate for Halloween, but I do have a beautiful autumn wreath on my door.

  119. Yes!

  120. We don’t have anything to decorate with, I will bring out the fall scented candles. Love the smell of pumpkin spice candles.

  121. definitely next weekend

  122. Sarah Harding says

    We have a few window clings up but not done yet.

  123. not yet

  124. Virginia Rowell says

    I have but just a little bit. My daughter’s house is fully decorated and has been for a month!

  125. Sarah Williams says

    I have a little, I potted some pretty mums and put up a wreath. I will probably put up a few more things on halloween for the trick or treaters!

  126. I have done some decorating around the house for Halloween. We carved pumpkins, put a few yard decorations up and put up some candles.

  127. The house has some remnants of Fall around… but more in the kitchen than anything

  128. No, not yet.

  129. Nikki Strong says

    I am in the process of decorating now. I pulled some things out of storage to put out this past weekend, but will do some more next weekend.

  130. Yes and it looks great especially the front porch

  131. I have decorated for fall, but found that I want more decorations! I like to do a fall theme instead of Halloween, so it can stretch through until Thanksgiving. This is my favorite season!

  132. Laura Unger says

    I’ve put up decorations inside, but haven’t done anything outside yet.

  133. I have started with candles and More decorating to come!

  134. Halloween decorations are put up.

  135. michelle r says

    fall decorations are up

  136. Vikki Billings says

    I have not yet, but will on the first of November when I take down the Halloween decorations.

  137. I usually decorate the week before Halloween and leave the items that will be used for Thanksgiving up til early December.

  138. Amity Johnson says

    yes we have 🙂

  139. I have a few things up, & also just picked up some decorations etc. to send to my Grandkids for their Mom to put up!!!! Thanks for the chance…..

  140. Not yet! But we’re going to carve pumpkins this weekend.

  141. Not yet but hopefully before Halloween!! 🙂

  142. No I am ashamed to say. I always have to decorate work so I get a little meh when it comes time for home.

  143. Debra Hall says

    yes im ready for trick or treaters

  144. Denise Sullivan says

    Not yet. Putting up my fall flag tomorrow and heading to the pumpkin patch next weekend. But I have my Halloween candy!

  145. Cynthia Sizemore says

    no, I haven’t decorated yet.We usually don’t for Halloween because we live so far out of town.I would love new décor for thanksgiving though.

  146. Cynthia Sizemore says

    Ok,i just have to comment on that “learning habit thing”.I do not think this was appropriate at all.what I saw in that that study had nothing to do about learning!it was more about if you abuse/neglect your children.Did you even read this before you considered it for your giveaway?I will not be a follower of yours or endorse you in any way after this.I am very offended by this,hope others are too!

  147. Audra O'Hara says

    I have one Halloween candle on the table and that’s about it. Kinda sad, I know…I need better decorations for fall.

  148. I have not decorated yet

  149. christine jessamine says

    I havent decorated yet

  150. Cassandra Eastman says

    We put out a few decorations so far!

  151. Yes, but I’m not done yet.

  152. Sharon Gullikson says

    I am decorating for Halloween today

  153. I haven’t done anything yet, but plan on it this weekend.

  154. Linda White says

    Yes have some Fall decor out.

  155. yes we have decorated

  156. yes i have the animal mat is out and we just bought three pumpkins for the kitchen table i am not much of a seasonal decorator not even for christmas

  157. not yet.. 🙁

  158. We have decorated for fll.

  159. Yes, but still have more to do.

  160. no I have not decorated my house for fall

  161. ELIZABETH C. says

    Yes, my kids and I have decorated.

  162. Yes, I have a few decorations on the inside but my outside is decked out!

  163. For Halloween, yes !! =)

  164. oh yes, I’m all decorated!

  165. tina reynolds says

    we put up a few on the front porch

  166. Yes, I have my fall decorations out.

  167. Outside, yes, inside not so much. We’re flying Halloween windsocks and flags and have pumpkins and cardboard cutouts of witches, ghosts and goblins on our porch and steps.

  168. Paige Chandler says

    Yes, we are decked out.

  169. No, and we likely won’t …

  170. Ava Chavez says

    Doing Jack o Lanterns this weekend!

  171. Not yet. Waiting for this win!

  172. No, I haven’t decorated.

  173. Yes I like to decorate more fall than Halloween!

  174. Steve Stone says

    we have decorated the front for halloween.

  175. Nope, no decorations here. I don’t have any! 🙂 So this would be great to win 🙂

  176. I have not decorated yet. My mother just moved in and all her things went out in the garage and I can’t find my decorations that were in there.

  177. No I have not decorated for Halloween yet.

  178. we have some fall decorations up but no halloween

  179. I’m ready for Halloween!

  180. I have a few decorations up.

  181. Yes we have, but we need more!

  182. Serena Powell says

    I have decorated my house inside for Halloween but haven’t gotten to decorate the outside yet.

  183. Linda Lansford says

    i put out my pumpkin

  184. michelle oakley warner says

    yes i have changed my dining room table placemats ans put all my fall window clings up, i love the holidays.

  185. Carolyn Gates says

    Yes halfway, most of our decorations are in storage since we recently moved, but we do have a few things out and our pumpkins we carved on the porch

  186. Jill Myrick says

    Yes we started decorating everything this weekend inside and out.


  187. We don’t decorate.

  188. Jesselyn A/Jesstinger says

    Yes – I’ve put out a beautiful Autumn Wreath and some metal sculptures (I bought from Novica) on the front porch – and a few VERY HARDY Mums are still hanging in there in the outdoor planters!)

    My Honey/Hubby hasn’t decided yet whether to embrace his inner little kid: carving a few pumpkins and making spooky looking creaturs out of old bicycle and other old odds & ends he has lying around!

  189. we usually do, but i just haven’t had time to drag the stuff out of the garage this year.

  190. YES, i have. more outside decorations for Halloween than inside ones. We have pumpkins, wind socks and flags flying from the front porch.

  191. Kathleen S. says

    I put out some cute Halloween decorations a few weeks ago.

  192. Diane Sallans says

    I have to get the Halloween things out tomorrow & I’ll bring the Fall/Thanksgiving things out of the attic too.

  193. I usually have a lot of decorations up, but I am a slacker this year.

  194. Lauren Flynn says

    I had my house decorated for Halloween by October 1st- autumn is my favorite season for decorating!

  195. We have a pumpkin.

  196. Michelle H says

    Only with one pumpkin so far.

  197. Caroline B says

    Yes, we have decorated

  198. I finished my Halloween decorating on the 5th, except for a few items I’d misplaced & found later.

  199. Jennifer Reed says

    I have decorated our house for Fall/Halloween.

  200. Jennifer Matt says

    We have a few things up, I haven’t gone as crazy with decorations as I have in the past.

  201. Benjamin Kendall says

    The Front of the apartment is decorated for Fall (not Halloween)

  202. Yes, my kids help me decorate a few weeks ago and they are so creative, it looks better than when I decorated on my own.

  203. Paula Michele Hafner says

    Yes, I decorated weeks ago. I’ll take that down and start the Christmas/Winter decorating in a week or two.

  204. Yes, I have decorated the front door and porch for Halloween.

  205. Beth Klocinski says

    We did not decorate for Halloween this year but I would love to for Thanksgiving

  206. I put a few things up this year, but haven’t had time to go all out!

  207. I have put a few things out but I dont’ have much

  208. No, but we’re getting ready to decorate!

  209. Rebecca Peters says

    yes! as soon as october comes I decorate

  210. Stephanie Gossett says

    Yes! We have! Thank you for the chance!


  211. Kate Newton says

    We always decorate for Halloween!

  212. michele dublin says

    i always decorate for halloween and christmas. holidays are always festive at our home.

  213. I haven’t decorated yet.

  214. We’ve done a few things and will decorate more the night of Halloween 🙂

  215. Yes, I have decorated my house for Halloween.

  216. I have decorated my house for Halloween.

  217. I have! I don’t have a lot of Halloween decorations, but they are out!

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  218. I have not decorated

  219. rochelle johnson says

    just a pumpkin on the porch

  220. kelly mcgrew says

    just a door decoration and pumpkin.

  221. Yes a little

  222. yes,a lot

  223. no I haven’t decorated

  224. We decorate all year round for Halloween over here. 😉

  225. no I have not decorated yet i’m behind this year

  226. Yes I have

  227. I have most certainly decorated for Fall/Halloween already. It’s my favorite Season/Holiday. I have everything out & ready before October so that as of October 1 everything goes up. I like to enjoy all of the Halloween stuff for a full month.

  228. Yes – we have pumpkins and corn stalks decorating our front porch

  229. Secret Burkheiser says

    I have not decorated yet:(

  230. No we have not decorated our house yet.

  231. krystal wethington says

    not yet.

  232. Gennie Lancaster says

    Yes I have decorated my house for Halloween!

  233. only pumpkins

  234. Melinda Stephens says

    I have a few decorations out, but I don’t really own very many.

  235. friederike graedener says

    Sadly not. We actually found out that we will be hosting a very large family thanksgiving dinner and so we are now working on a lot of home organizing and imrpovement.

  236. I have put a few things out, but not very much!

  237. kathy pease says

    yes we have decorated the house and yard..My favorite part of the holidays 🙂

  238. wendy rozema says

    yes, I have decorated! 🙂

  239. Barbara Stenby says

    Yes! we have skeletons and pumpkins & ghosts

  240. Yes, we have decorated!

  241. Half done and maybe will just have to put up fall stuff since it is so late.

  242. Eileen Burke says

    Yes we certainly have!

  243. we decorated this weekend!

  244. I’m decorating tonight

  245. mary gardner says

    Yes, we decorated last week

  246. Buddy Garrett says

    My wife has decorated our house.

  247. Teresa Thompson says

    No. I haven’t.

  248. We have some, but nothing as cute as the pottery barn stuff

  249. Yes it has been decorated for a few weeks now

  250. Melanie Montgomery says

    No, I’m late on decorating this year.

  251. Laurie Pearson says

    I have not decorated yet! Looks like it might be Christmas decorations soon. LOL

  252. Mallory Bailey says

    I love Halloween so yes the house is decorated 🙂

  253. Amanda Sakovitz says

    Yes I have!

  254. We do not decorate for Halloween

  255. I have not done any decorating yet!

  256. Yes, but I don’t so as much as I used to. I have a nice pot on our front step with a ceramic pumpkin, witch sticks, and fall leaf and flower bundles. Simple, but tasteful.

  257. Michelle C says

    No, not really. Just a Welcome pumpkin sign hanging on front door.

  258. Chrystal J. says

    I haven’t started decorating yet, but hope to soon.

  259. Adrian Peck says

    Yes we have a graveyard set up out front by the street!

  260. No not totally have my painted pumpkin though

  261. Yep, all decorated.. could use a few more things but it looks good

  262. Leslie Davis says

    I haven’t yet.

  263. My house was fully decorated a month ago 🙂

  264. No I don’t have any decorations with me to spruce up the place. Maybe next year I will be able to decorate everything.

  265. We have a few Halloween decorations up.

  266. Michelle Tucker says

    No I haven’t, because most of my decorations are in storage in another state.

  267. I haven’t, but the plan is to get into the attic in the morning and get the decorations down.

  268. amber johnson says

    yes, I have. Just carved pumpkins this evening.

  269. Karrie Millheim says

    yes and had so much fun doing it..looks so pretty

  270. john hutchens says

    No its not decorated yet but will before halloween

  271. Christian Alejandro says

    We have and it’s great!!

  272. Being as i am living in or with a couple from church i don’t have the option to decorate. Makes me a little blue i love decorating for xmaas.

  273. Trisha McKee says

    Of course- decorated inside and out!!

  274. I have decorated!

  275. Charlene Kuser says

    We have decorated and adding a few touches here and there.

  276. we carved our pumpkin tonight

  277. Karen Matlock says

    We are decorated and we smell like pumpkins 🙂

  278. Decorated? Well, I do have a pumpkin scented candle sitting on the shelf next to me, does that count? (Mom of four sons who works two jobs, so not yet!)

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