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    November 27, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Fun Thanksgiving Games

    Most of you are still off from work, so take this time to do some family bonding and play one of these games!

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    November 26, 2015
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Photo from Top Inspired

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    October 29, 2015
    Last Minute Costume Ideas Using Only Makeup

    Halloween is in two days, and it’s time for the slackers to get their costumes together. If you’re like me, you always wait til the week before Halloween before getting your/your kids’ costumes. I’m a huge fan of making my own costume; I like to hit up thrift stores and put together my own outfits. It’s way cheaper, and having a costumer that you put thought into often looks better than store bought polyester. If you are running out of time and ideas, here are a few kid-friendly costumes that use only makeup (if that is something you are skilled with!)

    -Deer Makeup- Just add a brown outfit!

    -Cat Makeup- You just need to get ears and a tail.

    -Scarecrow- All you need is a straw hat and plaid shirt.

    -Zombie Makeup- Easy to do, and you just need to rip up some old clothes to go with it!

    -Puppy Makeup 

    -Pirate Facepaint 

    -Mermaid Makeup and Photo from London Moore Makeup – Throw on a green dress, and you’re good to go. 

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    October 28, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Spooky Graveyard Cake

    Photo and Recipe from Country Living

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    October 27, 2015
    Halloween Craft Ideas For Kids

    There are so many fun things to do with kids in the Fall, and it’s a great time to build family traditions and make some lasting memories. When I was little, we always went to the pumpkin patch and picked out a pumpkin to carve together. We’d rake leaves and jump into the piles, and help my neighbor decorate her yard (she always had the best, most elaborate decorations). There are a plethora of Halloween crafts available online. Here are some of my favorites:

    -Crayon Melted Pumpkins 

    -Tootsie Roll Ghosts 

    -Mason Jar Jack O’ Lantern Luminaries 

    -Paper Plate Spider Web 

    -Footprint Ghosts 

    -Glitter Spiderwebs 

    -Paper Haunted House 

    -Witchy Pinecone Owl 

    Photo Credit: Wendy Piersall 


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    October 26, 2015
    Fun Halloween Games For Teenagers

    I went trick-or-treating for as long as I possibly could. Yes, even in high school. And I went “trick-or-canning” in college with friends, which means you dress up and go trick or treating, but ask for canned food instead that is then donated to a food bank. And now that I have a nephew, I still have an excuse to go! Mwahaha. However, I know that many teenagers do not share my love of dressing up and begging for candy every year. Most of them would rather go to a Halloween party. If you find yourself hosting a Halloween party, try out these spooky games that are great for teens or even adults:

    -Murder In The Dark- All you need for this one is a deck of cards. Get out an Ace, King, Queen, and Jack, plus random cards equal to the number of players you have. (For example, if you have ten players, you need the Ace, King, Queen, and Jack, plus six other cards).

    How To Play: Everyone gets a random card and must keep it secret from all other players. The Ace is the Killer, King is Head Detective, Queen Second Detective, and Jack is third. All the lights in the house are then turned off (it may be wise to light a candle or two so that people don’t trip over furniture), and there is no talking allowed. The Killer’s goal is to “kill” everyone in the game, without being discovered. To kill someone, the killer must be alone in a room with a victim. The killer then taps the victim on the shoulder and says “you’re dead”. He may then direct the victim to hide somewhere. The victim is now dead and can’t move or speak. If the other players discover a “body” they may ask “Are you dead?” The victim can then say “yes”. If you discover a body, you yell “MURDER IN THE DARK!” All the lights are turned on, and all remaining living players gather in the room. The Head Detective (King) reveals himself and attempts to solve the crime. Everyone can talk and provide testimony on who they saw leaving the room last, etc. The detective then makes a decision on which living player is the killer. If the detective is right, all remaining living players win the game. If not, the accused person is now dead, and the game resumes with the remaining living players. If the King is dead, the Queen becomes detective, then Jack, etc.

    Extra rules: *The killer may call murder in the dark to deflect suspicion from themselves. *Players must not clump up together, everyone has to keep moving and cannot stay in one spot for more than 15 seconds. *Dead players can not say ANYTHING other than “yes” when their body is discovered. They may not speak at all during the “investigation”.

    I love this game, and it’s super creepy and always fun to play.

    -Sardines- This is like reverse Hide and Seek. One person is selected to hide, and the rest of the players are seekers. Everyone counts to 30 or 40, while the “sardine” hides. Then, everyone goes to seek them. Once you find the hiding spot, you clump in with the player. The last person who discovers the “sardines” is “It” the next round. It’s really spooky if you are one of the last players still seeking, because people slowly start disappearing around you.

    Photo Credit: Davey Nin 

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    October 23, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Last Minute Costumes For Lazy Moms

    This is one of the most hilarious things I’ve ever seen. My mom totally did this to me once or twice, hahahaha!

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    October 19, 2015
    Creative Food Ideas For Halloween

    When Halloween rolls around, there is one thing that kids look forward to: lots and lots of candy. They get a whole hoard of it when trick or treating, they probably get some from school or friends, its marketed at stores and in ads, and many of the Halloween related snack ideas I see online are for sweets. Which is fine! It’s what the holiday is about: getting into a little bit of mischief. However, it’s important for kids to get SOME fruits, veggies, and protein in addition to the massive amounts of sugar they will be ingesting. That’s why I’ve put together this list of spooky snack ideas that I’ve found on Pinterest- no candy needed. These are great to make for a Halloween party, or just to send with your kid as part of a school lunch:

    Tangerine Jack O’ Lanterns 

    Hot Dog Mummies 

    Spooky Deviled Eggs 

    Boo”nana Pops

    Pretzel and Cheese Broomsticks 

    Jack O’ Lantern Veggie Tray 

    Halloween Cheeseburgers 

    Spider Pizza 

    Super Gross Guacamole 

    Jack O’ Lantern Quesadillas 

    Graveyard Pudding Cup 

    Halloween Fruit Cup 

    Cheesy Mummy Celery Sticks 

    Photo Credit: Manuel 

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    October 15, 2015
    Fall Activity Idea- Hundreds of Pumpkin Stencils

    If you haven’t started decorating for Halloween yet- what are you waiting for?? There are only two weeks left! Go to the pumpkin patch, grab some gourds, and get cracking! Kids especially love carving pumpkins and scooping out the gooey guts. Plus, pumpkin carving is a great way to create some lasting memories that your kids will cherish forever. Check out this post by Stephanie Keeping at Spaceships and Laser Beams for over 700 printable jack-o-lantern stencils! Let your kids pick out their favorite, and get carving :) My favorites are the Disney stencils, the Doctor Who ones, and the really intricate ones from Martha Stewart. Check them out!

    Photo Credit: Jim Reynolds 

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    September 7, 2015
    Happy Labor Day!

    Photo and idea from Crazy Adventures In Parenting

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