Celebrate Halloween All Month Long – Easy and Cheap Ways to Make Your Kids Smile

I can’t tell you why I love Halloween as much as I do. I know it has something that has grown as I’ve gotten older. I haven’t always wanted to fill an entire month with skeletons and bats… but now I squeeze as much in as I can.

As a mom of two it can be challenging finding the time to make every moment count. Here are a few things I wanted to share to help make your October a little more memorable.

Holiday houses can be really expensive. A great way to make more memories is to purchase plain brown houses and decorate them for each holiday. I found these at Oriental Trading.

Click here to see all of their Halloween goodies.

Including these awesome unique bug candies and pumpkins decorating kits.

Decorating what you already have is another great option… And saves money too. Our family loves GoGo Squeeze in their lunch boxes, so it’s super easy to decorate each pouch for the holiday. Your kids will definitely smile when they see these Halloween surprises. You can find GoGo Squeeze at most grocery outlets. I grabbed these at Target.

When I saw the zombie arms I knew I had to have them! These are from Mint to Party on Etsy. She has amazing paper products that help elevate any occasion… Even breakfast! Put them on top of donuts, pancakes, waffles, fun sandwiches. The opportunities are endless. See all of her amazing party products here.

Making your own pumpkin spice Play-Doh is another fun activity to do with younger children. You probably already have all of the ingredients in your house. Just add the Pumpkin Spice. Here is a simple recipe.

This is probably one of my favorite things to do… Bloody intestines. Hahahhaha.

When you’re running short on time and simply unroll cinnamon rolls and cook as directed. Then mix in strawberry jam or food coloring to the frosting to make your blood. It only takes about 15 minutes and you have an easy Halloween inspired breakfast.

When I saw this Eyeball Pie on YouTube I knew that this was something my boys would love. I cannot take credit for this at all… And love that The Diet Free Zone shared this. I added maggots to mine. The beautiful thing about this recipe is you really can make it your own. Here is how to make your own Eyeball Pie.

Make sure to check out my segment on WPTV to hear more about all of these family friendly projects. Watch here.

Boca Raton Pumpkin Patch Festival (Giveaway)



Giveaway – Click here for our Family Four Pack Facebook Giveaway Contest. Winner announced Oct. 11th.

Celebrate the start of the Fall season, and everything “pumpkin” at the Boca Raton Pumpkin Patch Festival when it returns to the Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, on Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Halloween Snickerdoodles – A Family Tradition Continues

I know technically it is still September, and for a lot of people that is still too early for Halloween anything. Around my house Halloween starts at the end of August.

I am torn between Halloween and Christmas for my favorite holiday but I love the joy of celebrating ANY holiday. Not just the big ones.

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Kids in the Kitchen – Cowboy Bean Salad – Low WW Points

I have no idea what made me think of this recipe. It is one of those things that I know I made in Home Ec ages ago and loved… but isn’t something I think I have ever made since.

Sidenote: is there still a such thing as Home Ec?

One of my favorite parts about this “salad”, I use that word loosely, is the crunch on top. Normally in the past I would have used Doritos… but since discovering Fit Crunch Protein Puffs, I have fallen in love with them and the protein they offer. They are the perfect compliment to this meal.

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Olive The Things You Must Have In Your Disney Bag

I feel like I’m almost a pro at what to take to Disney. We have gone at least a dozen times in the past few months and I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon.

Because we go so often, I keep a Disney bag packed and ready to go. Honestly our plans were cancelled yesterday so instead we just loaded up and drove to Disney. The bag was already ready. Continue reading “Olive The Things You Must Have In Your Disney Bag”

Literati – Premiere Book Club for Children

I have seen my fair share of children’s books. Working in an elementary school for almost 10 years, you can imagine how many books I have gone through and recommended for little ones.

When Literati wanted to send a kit for me to try out with my 7 year old of course I said yes. I mean… I do have a love affair with all books. Especially #kidlit. But I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.

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Solar Power and Kids – How A Trip To The Park Can Mean More…

I don’t think I ever learned about solar power in school. I feel like as I’ve gotten older it has become something more real. More attainable and something both of my boys will learn about as a legitamate source of energy. Continue reading “Solar Power and Kids – How A Trip To The Park Can Mean More…”

Back to School Teacher Gifts – Start the Year with a Thank You

Am I the only one who can’t believe the school year is here!?!

Teachers report back to school next week in South Florida, and the students the week after that.

Meet the Teacher happens next week and it can be nerve racking on multiple levels. Parents are nervous, kids are nervous and YES… teachers are nervous too.

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How to throw a Disney Playdate – #nowmorethanever is the best time!

When Disney reached out to partner with us for a playdate I couldn’t stop jumping up and down. Seriously!!! Of course we would love to host a playdate party.

But then, I started overthinking. Where would it be, who would we invite, what theme would we decorate?

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