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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

Ghosts and goblins will be out tonight. Here are some last minute tips on trick-or-treating with your little ones…

  • Wear bright colors – Both parents and kids should wear brightly colored clothing. If you are wearing a costume that is dark in color, apply reflective tape to parts of your clothes or shoes. (Many communities now enforce a trick-or-treating curfew to prevent children from roaming after dark. Be sure to check for any curfew rules that may apply to your community.)
  • Be sure your child can seeSmaller children love store-bought costumes that come complete with a facemask. Before you leave the house, double-check to make sure your child can see through the eyeholes of the mask. This will help to prevent them from tripping, falling or running into something while they trick-or-treat.
  • Obey the rules – If you are trick-or-treating in a city, remember to follow traffic safety rules. Always look both ways before crossing the street. Stay on the sidewalks and walk at a normal pace.
  • Visit familiar places ONLY! – Take your children to trick-or-treat at places where you know people. Try not to take them to strange houses or places that look unsafe. Remember the “never talk to strangers,” rule!
  • Inspect all candy – This is a commonly known rule of trick-or-treating, and yet so many parents don’t follow it. Parents should remove all unwrapped candy from buckets (cupcakes, homemade candy, etc.). There are just too many dangers to eating unwrapped candy or treats to take a chance with your child. Look for holes in plastic wrappers as well.

Remember…be safe…and HAVE FUN!!

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I love to read to my kids. My 2-1/2 yr old is SO into books. I couldn’t be happier!

This summer, we went to the library every week and checked out 3 or 4 books. By the 2nd day, she would have most of them memorized and then she would “read” to me before nap and bedtime.

Here are some of our favorites from the summer:

Green Eggs and Ham

The Foot Book

Dr. Suess’s ABC

Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?

The Cat in the Hat

You’ll notice that all of these are Dr. Suess books. I loved most of them as a child and found a couple in the last 10 years when my older kids were that age. The rhyming and sing-songy lyrics are great for this age kid.

Tell me some of your favs – we’re always looking for new books to conquer!

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Cool Halloween Recipes

I found a few cool last minute Halloween recipes for that party you might be having this weekend or for the special day on Tuesday!

Pond Worms
4 serving package green jello
4 plastic clear plastic cups Jelly worms or snakes

Prepare jello according to package instructions and leave to cool in refrigeration for approximately 1 hour. You need the jello to slightly thicken so “worms” don’t sink but not fully set. Insert gummy worms into jello and place back in refrigerator to finish setting.
Spooky Graveyard:
1 package instant pudding (vanilla or banana) and/or vanilla ice cream
1 pack of oreo cookies (crushed)
Milano or graveyard shaped cookies
Assortment of Halloween candies
Prepare pudding according to package instructions and place in serving bowl. Alternatively you can use vanilla ice cream. We used both a mixture of pudding and vanilla ice cream. Place crushed oreo or other chocolate cookies over pudding/ice cream and insert graveyard shaped cookies and candies to make a spooky graveyard. There are tons of different ways to make this look cute the kids will really enjoy decorating it. Really easy and tasty.

Devil Eggs
Hard boiled eggs
Cream cheese
Sliced olives
Ketchup
Place eggs in large pot of water and boil until fully cooked (it’s best to let them really set, about 12 minutes). Slice the eggs in half and scoop out the yolk, place in a small bowl. Mash all the yolks with a little cream cheese. Carefully place cream cheese and yolk mixture back into egg and decorate with an olive slice and ketchup for a blood shot effect. Gross but fun.

Scary Eyes
Carrots
Cream Cheese
Raisins
Wash and peel carrots. Cut into rounds for eyes. Place a little cream cheese in the center of each carrot and top with a raisin. Super easy and healthy.

Ghostly hands
Rubber/latex gloves
Water
Cranberry juice or fruit punch
If you’re going to drink from this bowl please make sure you turn latex gloves inside out and thoroughly wash before filling with water. Alternatively you can just use this for decorative purposes.
Fill bowl a half and half mixture of fruit punch or cranberry juice and sparkling soda or water. Cut latex glove from around icy hand (you may need to place under running water for a second or two) and add to bowl. Kind of morbid but a big hit with the kids.

ENJOY!

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I discovered this new website this evening. I’ve joined and already placed my first ad! It’s fun, easy and a good way to get your products out there! See the info below:

There’s a new classified ads website in town, and it’s purpose is to help you SELL MORE and KEEP MORE of your profit! Booster’s Classifieds features a colorful, animated canine mascot named Booster. The fun and family-friendly marketplace offers free membership and absolutely NO listing fees and NO commissions for its members. The free flyer and sign-making feature is an added time and money-saver for those who want to promote their ads offline. Try it out today at www.boostersclassifieds.com.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

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My middle child – Grayson, the only boy – is 9 years old and in the 4th grade. He had his book fair yesterday at school. Now he knows that I really don’t like to spend the kind of money they charge at the book fair and I usually opt to purchase books elsewhere. I had no idea that he even had his book fair until he got off the bus yesterday.

“Mom, I had book fair today.”

“Oh, that’s nice…did you take some money?”

“Yes, I grabbed some of my money on the way out this morning.”
I must interject with this note – he is a SAVER of money. Anything he makes for doing chores or gets for birthdays and holidays goes right in his piggy bank. We are often borrowing $20 when our till runs dry.

“Did you find anything good?”

“Yeah, I got a computer game and this other book that looked pretty good. Oh, and I got a Diego book for Livvie.”
Livvie is his 2-1/2 yr old sister (half-sister) whom he adores.

“Wow, that was nice!”

“Yeah, I figured she would like it. When can I give it to her?”

“How about later when it’s a special time?”

“OK.”

Later on in the evening we’re all getting ready for bed and Livvie asks to read a book. I asked Grayson if maybe he had something special to read to Livvie. He had forgotten all about it. He jumped up off of the couch and said “C’mon Livvie, let me go read you a story.” She gave hugs and kisses to everyone and toddled up the steps after him.

He preceded to read her the Diego story PLUS another book, tuck her in and kiss her goodnight. I was so touched by his generosity and his eagerness to make his little sister happy and help me out by putting her to bed for the night.

It’s the little things in life…

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[bump] Maternity Clothing

Expectant moms will appreciate this. I ran across a great giveaway for trendy new maternity clothing.

[bump] provides maternity clothing with cute sayings. [bump] being a clever anagram for baby under manufacturing process.

GIVEAWAY CONTEST: Every item of [bump] apparel has a creative saying on it. You can be entered to win the above shown [bump]-tee this week by submitting your own creative [bump] shirt saying in the form on the main page of Baby Talk Radio. Enter at: http://www.babytalkradio.com/

Shop at http://www.bumpbabies.com/ for a great Christmas gift! Use the special coupon code and get 10% off any purchase: BTR10.

That’s cute – too bad it wasn’t around when I was pregnant…

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My Special "Pick Me Up"

Coffee…the nectar of the Gods. Well, most days it feels like that – I can’t wait to get that first cup of coffee and the first jolt of energy that comes from it.

There are those days, however, when I don’t even feel like even MAKING coffee. It’s on those particular days that I fill the pot with water, put in the filter, measure out 6 heaping teaspoons of those little brown granules and Grab My Favorite Mug! This is no ordinary mug. This is a special mug!

About 7 or 8 years ago, I got my hands on this mug from work. We do imprinted promotional items and had an overrun of mugs sitting in the office. I thought the artwork on it was particularly cool, so I grabbed one and took it home. Little did I know that this mug with the “cool artwork” would bring me so much joy.

There is an artist in our town who specializes in murals. He goes by Happy the Artist. He has been painting for over 50 years and his work can be seen all over the country. This mug that I love so much has Happy’s artwork on it. Whenever I wake up in a questionable mood or am feeling especially tired, I make sure to grab the “Happy the Artist” mug, pour that cup of coffee and find my mood suddenly transforming.

It’s funny how one little thing can make such a difference in your day, but it does! I swear by it!

Tell me what your special “thing” is that picks up your mood. It could be an inanimate object (like me), a phrase, a perfume, a bath…anything at all.

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