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    October 16, 2014
    Halloween Costume Idea for Kids: Easy Zombie Makeup

    When I think of easy, cheap costumes- I prefer things that can be made with items I already have around the house. A few of my favorites? Fortune tellers (just throw on a bunch of scarves and jingly jewelry), pirates (similar, but with bandanas and an eyepatch), and thrift store pieces put together. Another very simple costume idea? Zombies! All you need is a little bit of makeup, and some old clothes that you don’t mind ripping up. Here’s how to apply zombie makeup, by Rachel at Madame Deals:

    -For an extra gross effect, apply ripped up toilet paper to the face to create a “wound,” then go over it with makeup

    -Add black eyeshadow all around the eyes

    -Use gray makeup on the rest of the face. If you want, you can use fake blood around the mouth as well.

    Photo Credit: Mislav Marohnic 


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    September 8, 2014
    Glow Stick Fun

    Alright, ya’ll! If it were up to me, we’d be planning for Halloween in June. I know it’s still only the beginning of September, but the stores finally have Halloween decorations out! That’s good enough for me. I’ve already started working on my “One Week Of Halloween” activities to do with friends and family. This year, we’re going camping, having a costume party, going to a pumpkin farm, having a horror movie marathon, spending a day of doing Halloween crafts, and going trick-or-treating with the kids on the actual night of Halloween. I’ve already bought decorations, and have started on my costume. Can you tell I have a problem? Hahaha! Halloween is my favorite holiday: it’s fun when you’re a kid, and it’s fun when you’re an adult. There are so many things you get to do that you don’t get to during the rest of the year. One thing that I’ve always loved has been playing with glow sticks. We’d wear them on Halloween night so we would be easier to see. I never thought of using them for other things, though! Check out this post at Listoic for more fun glowstick ideas that you can use any time of the year. I might take a few of these camping with us:

    -Glow stick ring toss

    -Glow in the dark bowling

    -Glow jars

    -Glow stick spiders / bugs craft

    -Glow stick pool party

    Photo Credit: Brett Holt 


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    September 1, 2014
    Happy Labor Day!

    Have a wonderful day off with your family :)

    Photo from Longaberger 


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    June 5, 2014
    How To Survive A Long Flight With A Toddler

    About two weeks ago, I flew in a plane for the first time ever, traveling from Tennessee to Las Vegas. It was a completely magical, life-altering experience. I was lucky enough to have a window seat, and I spent the vast majority of the four hour flight looking down at the earth and being completely in awe. I was absolutely content, just watching the rolling hills and little towns and dusty mountains and the Grand Canyon and the Las Vegas strip at night. But I am an adult. Flying with toddlers or preschoolers is going to be a little more challenging. Ok, way more challenging. It’s like going on a road trip, except there’s no pulling over for potty/McDonald’s breaks, and you are also sharing the vehicle with 100 other people. The best solution? Have a plan. A lot of plans. Keep them as busy and distracted as possible. Check out this by Katie at Playing With Words 365 for tons of ways to keep the little ones busy, in case they don’t just fall asleep. Here are some of my favorites:

    -Are we there yet? Print out some pre-counted travel tickets for your kids. After every 30 minutes, have them give you a ticket. When they run out, you’ve arrived! This will help give them a tangible and visual representation of how much time you have left on the plane.

    -Crayons and paper/coloring books: a classic that works

    -Play do

    -Airplane magazine scavenger hunt: ask your kids to find things in the magazines (something red, a car, an animal, etc)

    -SNACKS- especially as a reward for good behavior

    -Books

    -If all else fails, bring out the big guns, like a tablet or iphone, and let them play games

    Photo Credit: Davity Dave 


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    May 9, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Mother’s Day Special- How to Make Crepes!
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    This video is adorable and educational! It may be a little messy, but it looks delicious. Moms will love these! As always, have a parent or older sibling help out with the cooking.


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    May 1, 2014
    Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

    Dads, get Mom out of the room for this one! Mother’s Day this year is next Sunday (May 11th), so you still have about a week to think of some gift ideas for the kids. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box! #1 Mom mugs, candles, and bubble bath soaps are great, but they can get a little old–(Dads, I’m sure you’re a little sick of golf themed neckties). All the moms I know love when their kids put some thought into gifts, and try to get them (or make them) something really meaningful. Be sure to show the mothers (and grandmothers) in your life just how much you love them every day, and check out this post by Kelly Hancock at Faithful Provisions; it lists her favorite Mother’s Day gifts to get:

    -Personalized Jewelry. I love jewelry that means something. I love the necklaces with charms of the kids and their birthstones, and the charm bracelets that represent significant life events.

    -Coffee and Tea, Chocolate – self explanatory.

    -Handmade crafts from the kids- that I can display around the home or yard. ex- mosaic garden tiles.

    -Canvas Prints. Yes, I want pictures of my family! And lots of them!

    -Time. My number one, favorite gift? Spending quality (and for me, that means quantity!) time with my kids.

    Photo Credit: Loren Kerns 


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    April 25, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: How To Save On Family Travel
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    Some really genius ideas on how to save big when traveling with kids, especially if you have a large family! Side note: family of eight?! Yikes! It’s really admirable, but there’s no way I could ever handle it!


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    April 14, 2014
    Easter Egg Hunt…. In the Dark?

    As a kid, egg hunts are the best part of Easter! They’re most likely to never get sick of them, but there are ways you can amp up the fun. Check out this idea from juleed at WarmHotChocolate– a glow in the dark easter egg hunt! Use large plastic eggs, fill them with treats, and a glow stick! Then hide them (at night)! You could also try it indoors with most of the lights off. The kids will have a blast! Here are some tips from the original post:

    -I recommend using all large eggs or purchasing mini glow sticks.

    -The solid color eggs were better at giving off a “glow” in the landscape that the transparent eggs.

    -Since you have to “turn on” the glow sticks, there isn’t a lot of opportunity to prep this activity in advance. It takes about an hour to hide them, so plan accordingly!

    Photo Credit: Robert S. Donovan 


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    March 31, 2014
    Fun and Harmless April Fool’s Pranks

    Tomorrow is April Fool’s Day! You can help get your kids in on the spirit of the holiday by playing a few fun pranks on them (or they can help you prank other people)! It’s important to know how your kid will react to them, and to not do anything mean-spirited (like telling them you’re getting a divorce or some other joke in poor taste). Use your best judgment! However, these playful prank ideas by Laura at PlayDrHutch are fun for the whole family:

    -When you wake up your child have a concerned look on your face and ask them why their face is blue/green/purple-with-polka dots (you choose, have fun!).  Tell them to hurry and go look in the mirror.  Then say, “April Fools”!

    -If April 1 happens to fall on a weekend or spring break, tell them they have school that day, and wake them up. Be sure to tell them you’re joking and take them somewhere fun instead!

    Frozen cereal (just pour the cereal and milk the night before and put it in the freezer!)  The look on the kids face when they try to put the spoon in is priceless!

    -Tell them that someone “Poohed” in their bed. When they go to look, they will find a giant Winnie the Pooh plushie on the covers!

    Photo Credit: ganeshaisis 


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    March 17, 2014
    St. Patrick’s Day Motherload

    When you’re an adult, Saint Patrick’s Day becomes a lot less fun (unless the bar scene is your thing- then it can be a blast!) If you don’t drink or just prefer to spend evenings quietly at home, Saint Patrick’s Day will probably pass by without you even noticing. But, when you’re a kid, it can be magical! You get to wear green, tell stories about leprechauns, learn interesting legends, and often get candy! There are tons of St. Patrick’s Day activities and crafts out there that kids will love. This post by Kimberly at A Night Owl blog has a list of tons of things to do with your kids to make St. Patty’s Day a little more fun. Here are a few I really liked:

    St. Patrick’s Day Pancakes {Thoughtfully Simple}

    Shamrock Cake Pops {Bakerella}

    Celtic Pattern Tablecloth {BHG}

    St. Patrick’s Bow Wreath {Babs Made It}

    Clover Mantel Decoration {BHG}

    Just Plain Lucky T-Shirts {Alexandra Hedin}

    Marshmallow Rainbow {No Time for Flash Cards}

    Photo Credit: Irish Fireside 


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