Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

 
Have fun trick or treating and be safe!
 
 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Hilarious Kids Costumes or How to Embarass Your Kids

I was looking around online and found some really funny kid's Halloween costumes. Enjoy!


Toilet Boy
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Smurf Kids
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Granny
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Green Army Man
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Wayne's World
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Taco Baby
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

What Scares You???

Halloween is just days away and many people love to watch scary movies or wear scary costumes. Some people will go to extreme measures to scare themselves, but what really scares you?

Each year my aunt and her family have an annual hide-n-scare party. They invite over their friends after dark, black out all the windows, turn off all lights and play hide and seek. The really scary part is they have all kinds of spooky stuff hidden and out in the open for them to find. Stuff like clowns, dolls (Chucky), bowls of spaghetti noodles (worms) and lots more. Believe me when you can't see where you are going your imagination can run wild. Plus, there are people jumping out at you. To top off the evening they would go for a ride in the back of a hearse through a cemetery.  Crazy right!!!

While that may be fun for some older kids and adults, little kids can get really scared, especially at night. They can have thoughts of the boogie monster under their bed or in their closet, people coming to kidnap them, and even animals wanting to eat them.

Halloween can really scare kids. It's not all trick or treating and candy. Some kids are frightened of people in costume and masks.

Here are some ways I've helped my kids get over their fears of Halloween and other scary stuff in life.

1. Have my kids try on dress ups, costumes, hats and masks.
This worked for my kids, but obviously won't work for everyone. My kids learned that they can dress up in a costume and soon it clicked that it's not really a monster walking around. There is just another person inside that costume.

My oldest decided she wanted to be the Staypuff Marshmallow Man last year for Halloween and she noticed it made the little kids afraid. To help them she would casually slip her hood off when she noticed they were afraid and sometimes say "Hi".

2. Put a small lock on the outside of the closet door.
My son was really afraid of a monster in his closet. After nights and nights of checking the closet and showing him that there wasn't anything unusual in there, I decided I was going to put a small lock on the outside of the door. The lock was similar to the type on public restrooms. It allowed him to make sure nothing could get out of the closet and get him.

3. Remove the bed skirt.
For that short period of time when they are nervous about something under their bed I would remove the bed skirt. Then they could clearly see underneath. We also stored toys under the bed in boxes, so they actually associated under the bed with fun and toys. You could also run a small rope light under the bed just to brighten it up showing them that there aren't any monsters hiding there.

4. Limit the scary images.
This is obvious but I don't them to watch scary movies. If my hubby wants to watch something scary I take the kids to play in another room, he watches it in another room or after the kids are in bed for the night.

Feel free to share the ways you help you kids with their fears.

Monday, October 28, 2013

More Cool Products to Brighten Your Day

Here are a couple products that I thought you might find funny or cool.  Just thought I would keep it light today.

Glowing Memo Alarm Clock
This is perfect for the doodler in your family. Great for notes: upcoming tests, etc.


Glow in The Dark Toilet Paper
Just in case you need help finding the toilet paper in the middle of the night.



2014 Bubble Calendar- A Poster Sized Wall Calendar with a Bubble to Pop Everyday
This is 4' tall and almost 18" wide. Great for kids, teenagers and adults alike. Pop one bubble a day if you can.



Chumbuddy
This adult size sleeping bag is perfect for a Jaws or Shark Week fan.


Lego Mug
Perfect for your little guy's hot chocolate or chicken noodle soup.



Friday, October 25, 2013

Freebies on Friday - October 25, 2013

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you enjoy the wonderful freebies I've found for you. See you Monday!

e-Books

The Busy Mom's Guide To Speed Cleaning And Organizing: How To Organize, Clean, And Keep Your Home Spotless


25 Winter Craft Ideas: Easy Indoor Crafts for Kids (Seasonal Craft Ideas)


I am Enough by God!


One Minute Super Dad: 99 One Minute methods to raise positive, confident and healthy children (One Minute Magics)



Samples
Monster Keychain at Lego Stores on 10/31/13
Depend Sample for Women
Twinings Tea Samples
Krispy Kreme Donut - get a free donut on Halloween when you wear your costume in the store.

Misc.
Stretch Band/Rubber Band Bracelet ideas - This is awesome. AC Moore has 2 dozen different patterns for creating the ever popular Rainbow Loom or rubber band type bracelets that kids wear these days. Plus there are videos to show you how.
Shape Magazine One Year Digital Subscription - no strings attached.
ASPCA Pet Safety Pack - keep your pets safe with this




* Please note the ebook links are affiliate links but at the time of this publication all the books were listed as free on Amazon.com. All the remaining links are not-affiliate links and I am not compensated for sending people to any of them.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Rubber Band Bracelets


These rubber band bracelets are all the rage among kids lately. Today I bought some of the bands at my local craft store and my kids have gone crazy and made a bunch already.

First things first. These are pretty tiny and should be kept away from little ones and animals.

These are really easy to make. Basically you are just interlocking the little rubber bands together.  They can be made in any color combination. We did our favorite football team (Raven's), their school colors, camouflage, rainbow, even holiday colors.

I have to say this is a really fun and easy craft for elementary school aged kids and older. Another nice thing to note is that it's not expensive. All the supplies to make a bunch of bracelets only cost $5. Plus they don't take a lot of room or require any tools.

You can find these rubber band bracelet supplies at your local craft store or on Amazon.

Update:
I just found this amazing link to A.C. Moore.com that has 2 dozen different patterns to create a variety of different rubber band bracelets.  These are also called stretch band bracelets or Rainbow Loom bracelets. So have fun and share some of your creations.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Weight Watchers 360 Update


I just wanted to add an update about how I'm doing using Weight Watchers 360. I'm no longer on my trial, so this is on my own dime now.  To be honest, that works better for me because then I have something to lose if I don't actually lose weight. Namely there is money on the line. My money!

I'm going on month #4, but to tell you the truth I was having a really difficult time staying motivated.  Honestly I stopped using W.W. for a couple weeks and boy have I noticed it in my clothes. 

So....I back on Weight Watchers and with renewed enthusiasm.  It's really like when I started Weight Watchers back in 2010 when I lost 50+ pounds. I'm really ready to stick with this for the long haul.

This week I managed to lose 4 pounds this week.  I stayed within my points and even splurged (within my points of course).

I'm kinda strange maybe in that I love salads. I'm not a fan of the individual salad ingredients by themselves, but I really enjoy them all mixed together.  However, one thing I've noticed is when I eat more salads and greens the veins in my legs start to ache. See my family has a history of poor veins in our legs and blood clots.

Then it hit me.

My hubby is on a couple types of blood thinners (Warfarin/Coumadin and aspirin regime). One of the first things his doctor told him was that there are certain foods to avoid in large quantities.  Namely dark green leafy vegetables.

The problem with eating a bunch of these foods is they vitamin K and large quantities thicken your blood and potentially could cause blood clots. Which is probably what was happening with my legs.

There are other foods beside dark green leafy vegetables that thicken your blood, but when most people think of diets, salads are one of the first thing to pop in their head. It's especially tempting on  Weight Watchers because lettuce is 0 points.

Don't get me wrong I am not suggesting you avoid salads or greens, but the key is moderation.

If your goal is to lose weight it's really important to meet with your doctor and discuss your history and your plans for losing weight. 

Remember to shoot for a nice variety of foods to insure you get the right amount of vitamins and nutrients to keep you healthy.  Eat all the colors of the rainbow.

Supporting Links
http://www.livestrong.com/article/537528-can-lettuce-thicken-your-blood/
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/warfarin/AN00455
http://www.choosemyplate.gov/

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

It's Time for Some End of the Season Cleaning

It's that time of year again. Time to get your home ready for the colder weather. It's an end to all the fun in the sun, swimming pools, gardens and running through the sprinkler.  At least until next summer.

The colder will be here soon and now is the time to get your home and your family ready for it.

Outside

Summer Water Toys
Time to cover the swimming pool and pack away all the summer toys. Any pool or water toys need to be deflated protected from the weather.

Gardens
The first frost is right around the corner and most of the vegetable plants aren't producing anymore. Time to take down the tomato cages and anything else that isn't permanently in place. This helps to keep your yard looking nice and helps insure your stuff doesn't blow away or break during a storm.

Grills
A well fitting cover for your grill will help protect it from the elements. Grill can be quite expensive and this is an easy fit to avoid a rusted out bottom.

Lawn Care
Now is the time to cut the grass on last time and then stow away your lawn mower, weed whacker and edger until spring. Just make sure to leave out the rake - there are plenty of leaves left to round up.

Snow Equipment
While it's still a little warm take your snow blower in to get a tune up to make sure it's in perfect working order for the first snow fall of the year.  Also move your snow shovels to a place that is easy to access.

Heating Unit
One thing you really should do is get your heater/furnace/boiler tuned up. Especially units inside the home because of the danger of carbon monoxide leaks. The earlier in the fall season you schedule a tune up the lower the price usually.

Inside

Chimney/Fireplace
It's important to make sure your chimney is clear and in good working order before you start using it each year. Make sure you have a good supply of wood or pellets on hand early in the season to avoid the higher prices mid-winter when the demand is higher.


Clothes
Time to put all the shorts and tank tops away for the season and pull out the sweaters and jackets. One big tip is to try the clothes on you or your family haven't worn in a while to make sure they still fit before you store them away.

Windows/Doors
Insulating the windows and doors help keep your heating costs lower. There are lots of ways to block out drafts of wind. Some are ways are easy and fairly inexpensive such as thermal curtains, hanging heavy quilts over your windows at night, draft stoppers for doors. While other methods are more expensive such as adding more insulation to your attic or installing better doors and windows.

Quilts/Blankets
Now is a great time to break out the quilts and blankets to put on your beds or just to cuddle with. This is especially nice when you can just use a quilt instead of turning on your heat when it's a little chilly first thing in the morning.

These are just a few of the ways to prepare your family and home for the colder months. Feel free to share any tips you or your family use during the winter to keep warm.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Check Register Printable

I'm pleased to share another printable I made. This one was on my old website and I finally got around to posting it here. It's a blank checkbook register.

Enjoy!

Feel free to print this for your own personal or classroom use and share it, however no permission is given to sell any printables on this site. All rights reserved. 







Friday, October 18, 2013

Freebies on Friday - October 18, 2013

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you enjoy the wonderful freebies I've found for you. See you Monday!

e-Books

Going Home: A roadmap to fulfillment and abundance by finding your truth (Core of Steel Series : The Guide to Personal Transformation)


Cupcakes! 12 Months of Happiness


Bullying Cure - How To Protect Your Children From Being Bullied Or Cyberbullied (Stop bullying , stop cyberbullying)


MOM! 85 Ways To Let Life Energize You ((The Series: Things That Make Life Better))

Samples
Nectresse - a 100% natural, no calorie sweetener.
Real Time Pain Relief
Quit Smoking Tea
Home Educating Family Magazine - get a free sample issue


Misc.
Countdown to Candy Printable
Printable Disney Character Pumpkin Carving Templates - Just in case you need help carving an awesome pumpkin. I know I do :) They have everything from Sofia the First to Perry the Platypus and lots more.
Redbox - One night video rental - enter code "9MXW2LPC" valid until 11/7/13


* Please note the ebook links are affiliate links but at the time of this publication all the books were listed as free on Amazon.com. All the remaining links are not-affiliate links and I am not compensated for sending people to any of them.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Help Give A Wonderful Boy a Forever Home

I don't usually do this type of thing, but I really felt I wanted to share this.

I've been following this story for a while now and they've reached a point where I feel they need all the help they can get - FAST.

Christine Steendahl from The Menu Mom.com and her family hosted a boy named Igor. Igor is a 15 year old orphan from the Ukraine. They have been in the adoption process for months and need helping making Igor a permanent part of their family.

Let's face it most kids his age have a very hard time becoming adopted. Most families are looking to adopt young kids or babies.

This wonderful family has already had the pleasure of sharing their home with him multiple times. They've gotten to know him and have grown to really care for him.

In order to help bring this family together they need your help. If you can donate $20, $10, $5 or even $1 that is fantastic. Every little bit helps!


If you can't donate money that's okay too. Please share their story on Facebook or with your friends to help spread the word, so their story could reach someone who is able to help. 

Another way to help is to purchase something from her online store, her Amazon affiliate link or to promote the links to get others to buy.

They need to raise a little over $12000 before mid-December this year to cover the costs of the traveling, paperwork, and other fees to adopt Igor.

Please help, please share. Please do the best you can to help bring this family together. Thanks!


Here is the direct link to their adoption fundraising site:
http://www.youcaring.com/adoption-fundraiser/bringing-igor-home-forever/39937

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

How I Organize a Small Bedroom

I've had problems with my youngest daughter's room for years. It is the smallest and she has the most stuff.  I've tried to control the clutter with a few tricks.

First, she has had this bookshelf/toybox which was a bit babyish. It holds a lot of stuff, but she is 9 now and didn't want it anymore. Plus all the toys in the bottom would get lost or buried under the rest of the stuff. Basically, you couldn't find what you were looking for unless you emptied it all out.


So in my searches for a solution I came across this really great shelving unit at Target for $39.99. It matches the rest of the furniture in her room. Plus it can grow with her or can be used in other parts of the home if she no longer wants it.


Right now she stores some dolls, Legos, books and more in her shelving unit, but in the future she can keep her books, craft supplies, clothes or whatever. It's very versatile.

Utilizing a loft bed was one way I managed to create more space in a small room and control the clutter in her bedroom.   I purchased a junior loft bed that wasn't so high off the ground and then stored lots of stuff underneath. Then I concealed the stuff with cute little curtains, so no one can see all her stuff.



Another organizational quick fix I made was hang little hooks to store all her necklaces on. She has a lot of necklaces that she likes to wear. I decided to hang them up near her dresser and mirror so she could try them on as she's getting dressed.


Lastly I used a over the door shoe container to keep all her shoes off the floor and out of the way. It's an easy dollar store fix and saves lots of space. The over the door containers can also be used for dolls, hair accessories, socks, jewelry, little toy cars and lots, lots more.

These are just a few of the ways I organize a small bedroom. What are your favorite ways?

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Friendship Fairy Bread


My kids and I love, love, love these. My youngest brought home "Fairies Cookbook", written by Barbara Beery, from her school library one day last year and we've been making these delicious treats ever since.

Our favorite recipe from the book are the treats called Friendship Fairy Bread. However, my son isn't too keen on the name. What boy really wants to go around talking about fairies? LOL

Ingredients
1 pkg of refrigerated buttermilk biscuits (8-10 biscuits)
4 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 tablespoon butter, melted

Icing
1/2 cup powdered sugar
tiny pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk (recipe calls for 1 teaspoon, but I've found it needs almost 1 tablespoon to get the consistency right)
assorted food coloring - optional
candy sprinkles - optional

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut each biscuit into 4 pieces. I like to roll them into little balls.

Mix together the sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon in a ziploc bag. Drop a couple biscuit balls into the bag, close and shake.

Fill a muffin/cupcake tin with 6-8 paper or silicone liners. I find smaller biscuits only make about 6 good sized Friendship Fairy Bread treats.

Divide the coated biscuit balls into the liners. Sprinkle some of the remaining sugar/cinnamon mixture on top. Then pour the melted butter on top.

Place in oven and bake for 10-12 minutes.

Remove from oven and let them cool.

Combine the remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Stir until blended. You also have the option of adding food coloring to make the icing extra special.

Once the icing is mixed, take a small spoon and drizzle over each piece.

Finally, you can decorate it with sprinkles or jimmies.


We don't use sprinkles or any decorations because it tastes great without all that. We eat them as a breakfast treat on special days because they are really similar to cinnamon rolls with icing on top.

You can find Barbara Berry's book on Amazon.com, your child's school library, or check your local public library.  We highly recommend it :)