Five Ways to Use Your Child’s Halloween Costume Year Round

I have three kids, they like to play dress up on occasion. Mind you, two of my three children are boys, this means dress up to them is more about some doctor, fire man or military dress up type scenario whereas my daughter would prefer a princess or witch type costume. The kids really do enjoy pretend play, every day my home is full with laughter of children giggling while they play pretend MineCraft or other pretend games. Playing dress up with last years Halloween costumes really make for a fun, creative, imaginary play date and that is just what my kids do!

Using Halloween Costumes for Dress Up Play Time

There is nothing cuter than watching my three kiddos chase each other around the home with their funny kid costumes worn over their clothing and hearing; “oh no it’s s shark” or “Yay! I stole the pirates treasure” while the children run a muck having a blast in their prior year costumes. Encouraging a love of imagination by utilizing the prior years Halloween costumes really makes sense, it’s a low cost or virtually no cost way to continue enjoying that one time use costume.

If you have a closet full of old Halloween costumes that you are not sure what to do with, here are five ideas on how to utilize your kids prior year costumes;

  • Host a Play-date Event – Send out invites for your children’s friends to come to a party where they can bring their prior year Halloween Costume for a fun filled day of treats and adventures!
  • Mix & Match Costume Accessories – Your kids don’t fit into last years Halloween costume? No worries, put to use the accessories for a fun filed afternoon of pretend play. You can play too!
  • Put Your Parental Creativity To Use – Mix and match or cut and sew each child’s costume, if they no longer fit into them, make the costume fit the kid, not the kid fit the costume. Have fun seeing what you can turn a pirate and witch costume into with a pair of scissors, needle and thread!
  • Create a Neighborhood Costume Collection Bin & Create a Neighborhood Movie – This is a great way to recycle non-fitting Halloween costumes from your neighborhood. Use the collected costumes as a wardrobe for neighborhood kids to get together for their own movie creation while parents sit and watch the “finale” over popcorn and laughter!
  • Make a Wall of Remembrance – Use boxed frames to memorialize each child’s funniest Halloween costume through out the years, hang this in a family room as you would with their school pictures.

There are so many things you can do with kids costumes these days that you must remember these tips when your children are choosing this years Halloween costume. Remember, life is too short and there is no such thing as too much fun!

Giveway to Help with the Holiday Headaches from Excedrin Extra Strength

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The holiday season hit about one day after Halloween, companies took no haste in advertising for your holiday shopping desires. Getting a head start on grabbing your children’s attention; I want this, I want that, for every single toy commercial out there. It seems commercials are in high mode for hitting those on our holiday shopping gift list already. Excedrin Extra Strength understands that holidays can bring on headaches for many families, between the cost of holiday gift giving to the expenses incurred when traveling to see family, it’s no wonder you may be left feeling a bit down. That is why today I get to share with you some awesome news, a giveaway for a chance to win a $1o0 American Express Gift Card to alleviate some of your holiday headache.

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Just the smells of the holiday season can kick a headache into full gear, I know the candle smells and that holiday smell of the season can really get my nose going and then my head pounding. The best ways to avoid headaches during the holiday season provided by Dr. Keri Peterson, M.D. are:

  • Stick to your regular routine.  Eating, sleeping and exercising as you do the rest of the year can help reduce the chances of getting a headache/migraine. *
  • Manage your time and plan ahead. Coordinate plans and responsibilities in advance with relatives and friends, compose set menus when hosting a party and try to purchase gifts early so you’re not rushing at the last minute*
  • Stay in ventilated spaces. As you browse through the mall, watch out for those scented candles or perfume if you are sensitive to smells**
  • Eat and drink in moderation. Eat, drink, and be merry, but try not to consume sweets or alcoholic beverages in excess, as they could trigger headaches **

I do get headaches around the holiday season but it’s not due to extra stress for shopping, as I am not a huge shopper. You see, I believe in the holidays being more about cherishing the extra time with your family, making memories and enjoying each other. I don’t raise my children to think that gifts are what it’s all about, it’s not a mindset I want instilled into the children. With that being said, I do get some presents for my children and Santa delivers a bit too, it’s just not overkill is all.

What does get my head pounding during this time of year?? Those smelly holiday scents in the stores and at people’s homes. Cinnamon, apple, pumpkin spice and all of those traditional holiday scents just get my head pounding! Sure the scents smell amazing at first and in fact a bit yummy but the issue is that long term exposure to such scents just gives my head an ache. I try my best to stay away from super smelly places but it’s not easy this time of year!

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Enter for Chance to win ONE $100 American Express Prepaid Gift Card

Below is your chance to enter to win.

One person will be randomly selected as a winner  of one $100 American Express Gift Card from the entries using the Rafflecopter form below.

Giveaway Starts today and ends 12am EST on November 27, 2013. Open to USA only. Winner will be announced live on site and emailed directly. Winner shall have 48 hours from announcement post and email to claim prize otherwise another random winner shall be chosen using the random generator through Rafflecopter. ** one entry per person, while you can tweet once per day, all other entries are ONE TIME per PERSON. 

Using the Rafflecopter form below is easy; use name/email to log in or Facebook for login. Rafflecopter will not use your email or access for anything other than giving me a way to contact you should you be the randomly chosen winner! Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize or another person will be randomly selected.

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*source Cleveland Clinic

**source Headaches.org

How Do I Roast Pumpkin Seeds?

It’s a time honored tradition around these parts; the pumpkins get carved each year into cute little faces or alien looking creatures and then the pumpkin guts are separated from the pumpkin seeds.

Pumpkin Seed Roasting

The only reason we go through this hassle of messy, sticky, ickiness is because we just love our roasted pumpkin seeds. The daughter helped a lot with separating of pumpkin seeds and guts.

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Finally we had all of the pumpkin seeds separated. We preheated the oven to 450 degrees and spread the seeds onto one baking sheet.

Pumpkin Seeds Read to Roast

Once the seeds are placed onto the baking sheet we apply salt to them. After my failed attempt to season the pumpkin seeds with more than just salt for a flavor last year, I decided to stick with just salt this year. Salt was sprinkled across the top of all seeds, seeds were turned a bit, tossed around so to speak and then salted again prior to being placed in the 450 degree oven.

Roasted Pumpkin seeds

After about 15 – 20 minutes of bake time the pumpkin seeds came out perfect. I had darker seeds for the daughter who enjoys those darker salty pumpkin seeds while the lighter ones were enjoyed by myself and my seven year old son.

For us, this is the best part of Halloween. I am sure the kids will say Trick or Treating is the best, but I say that roasting pumpkin seeds is the best!

Have you ever roasted pumpkin seeds before?

Fun Family Halloween Craft – Pumpkin Water Jugs #craft #diy #halloween

Our family was here over weekend, that means all five of our blended family of children were together for a fun filled weekend of having fun. One idea that I had the week prior was to create water jug pumpkins and so we did it! I made sure to have all of the supplies handy and my step Mom supplied me with plenty of water jugs for this craft.

Water Jug Pumpkins

What you will need; permanent makers, orange glow sticks, water jugs.

Get to work creating water jug pumpkins

Miss Ki didn’t want to take part in this fun craft idea, but all of the other children had fun creating their own pumpkin faces.

Halloween Pumpkins Water Jug Craft

Creative Pumpkin Halloween Water Jugs

While this was a super fun activity to do as a family, we found that the water jug pumpkins were looking best on one night outside. The glow sticks we used simply were not enough light to keep them glowing as bright as day one. Just glad we were able to do something altogether as a family that was fun and each child put their own creativity into their own water jug pumpkin.

Glowing Water Jug Pumpkin Craft

Basically you have fun taking all of the supplies referenced above drawing on the water jugs, insert rocks or water in the button of the jug to ensure they don’t blow away while on display outside your front door and then insert the glow stick or other item that can make it glow and voila!

There you have a cheap, creative craft for Halloween that any family member can enjoy creating!

 

 

 

HOW TO French Manicure With Colorful Tip on Tweens #tween #teen #nails

I watched a tutorial on Nails and how to do a french manicure with different color tips, after watching this video tutorial – I went ahead and did this with my own idea based on The Painted Nail tutorial. While my basis of learning how to do what I ultimately did was based on this tutorial, this version I am sharing with you below is my take on the tutorial with a twist of using my own ways. You see, I needed something that was quicker as I have two high energy boys who demand a lot of attention. When taking time to spend with my daughter, I have to ensure that it’s 1) quality time and 2) not going to take so long that my sons demand my attention in the middle. This how to do a colorful tip french manicure is what I created based on my fast paced home life.

Supplies to Do Tween Nail Tips

Once you have all of your supplies ready you will need a flat surface in order for this colorful nail tip procedure to take place properly.

Step 1 – Ensure all old nail polish is off of the nail

Step 2 – Put a bit of nail polish on the tip of the nail; no “nail”? You can work this to make it “appear” as if their are finger nails without having nails – for example my daughter is a nail biter but you can see below it “appears” she has nail tips.

Step 3 – Use the eyeliner brush to dip into the nail polish remover and gently work it to make sure the bottom edge of the nail polish tip looks straight (or jagged for a Halloween look). Do this to each nail after the tip was painted on. Note: Do not use this eyeliner brush for your eyeliner ever again after using it in nail polish remover.

Step 4 – Repeat Step 2 and 3 until all 10 fingers nails are done with colorful tips.

Tween Nail Tips Done at Home

Step 5 -  Once the tips have dried paint each nail with a clear top coat nail polish. This helps hold the color on tips better/longer.

There you have it; a simple way to share mother/daughter time using creativity and colorful imagination. What’s great about this how to is that it doesn’t matter if you have long nails or bit off nails. Who knows, maybe this will assist in getting my daughter to stop biting her finger nails.

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