Homemade Mini Caramel Apple Suckers – A Sweet Treat for Halloween!

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Homemade Mini Caramel Apple Suckers

One of my absolute favorite Halloween candies is caramel apple suckers.  I adore these sweet, sour, sticky suckers, but do I really need a whole bag?  Noooo!  I had some of these yummy caramel bits on hand from our Mickey Mouse caramel apples and mini silicon candy molds, and I was surprised with how easy it was!  They're small enough to be satisfyingly sweet, but perfect for portion control and little ones!


  • about 10 green apple Jolly Ranchers candies
  • about 30 Kraft caramel bits

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Mummy Letters – Halloween Craft For Kids {Cute, Not Scary!}

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Mummy Letters craft for kids

Since it is already September, I guess it is time to start thinking about Halloween.  It’s not my favorite holiday, but it’s in my favorite season and the day before the Captain’s birthday, so I have learned to love it.  It really is a lot of fun to see the boys dress up in their favorite costume and get candy and little toys.  They love it, so I guess I must, too.  I sound like a hater, but I just don’t like adults trying to scare kids who don’t like to be scared.  Halloween doesn’t have to be full of scary things to be fun!  Maybe I’m just bitter because I was a very sensitive child who scared easily and I have bad memories of Halloween.  ha!

The boys love to make decorations for different holidays, and I like to keep it fun and cute for Halloween.  I came up with the idea to cover cardboard letters with cheesecloth and attach the always adorable googly eyes .  D had the idea to attach a nose on his mummy, so he added a pom pom and it’s pretty cute, I must say.

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Mickey Mouse Caramel Apples to Celebrate Fall!

Mickey Mouse caramel apples

October is my absolute favorite month of the year.  I am not in love with Halloween, but Fall!  The smells, colors, and flavors of Fall are my amazing and so are the cooler temperatures.  I had only made caramel apples once, but I wanted to try and make some Mickey Mouse caramel apples and while the craftier folks could really put mine to shame, I think they turned out pretty cute and the boys loved them, too.  And of course, they were delicious! [Read more…]

Father’s Day Crafts for Kids – Great Gifts For Dad

Gifts For Dad That Kids Can MakeFather's Day is in a few weeks (June 21, 2015 to be exact.) My boys always love to make things for Daddy, all throughout the year.  Sometimes, they could use a little direction, because really, how many pictures can Daddy hang on his office walls?  This year for Father's Day, I hope to give hubby something meaningful and from the heart, that his children spent time on and created with love.

If you want to get the kids involved in making a great gift for Dad, look no further than this collection of some of the cutest gifts that kids can make.  These Father's Day crafts for kids are adorable and have varying levels of difficulty.  There's something for the toddler or the more advanced artsy teen.

Let's celebrate dads everywhere on this special day!

DIY Drinking Glass

No Sew Upcycled Fabric Bookmark – Creative Green Living

Father's Day Shrinky Dink Cufflinks – Creative Green Living

"My Dad Rocks" Jar – Creative Green Living

Toddler DIY – Personalized Gift for Dad – Thinking Outside The Sandbox

DIY Father's Day Cards – KidPep

DIY Necktie Gift Bag – KidPep

Personalized Insulated Mugs – Simply Kelly Designs

"I Love You To Pieces" Picture Frame – Simply Kelly Designs

"Dad Rocks" Paperweight – Artsy Momma

Father's Day DIY Magnets – Confessions of an Overworked Mom

Salt Dough Dad Magnets – Crafts by Amanda

Father's Day Bookmark – Hi! It's Jilly

Quick Father's Day Card – Organized 31

What will you do for that special dad in your life?  Do you have a cute craft for Dad that kids could make?  I would love to see it, so I encourage you to leave a link in in the comments section!

Fill Those Easter Eggs With A Better Easter Candy {free Easter word search printable and giveaway}

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Easter CandyEveryone knows that my first choice for candy for the boys is YumEarth.  We've used it for all of the major holidays, in the homeschool treasure box, and even in last year's Easter eggs.  The boys all have a sweet tooth and while moderation is important, I think it is okay to let them splurge and be kids once in awhile.  I just prefer to give them the best candy, with best possible ingredients.

Here is a chart to help you differentiate between the different types of YumEarth candy:


The boys are always excited to see a bag of YumEarth candy because they know it will be delicious!  I think the older boys love Sour Beans the best and Baby Brother really enjoys YumEarth fruit snacks.  They will definitely be in this year's Easter eggs.  Grab some today from Walgreens or Amazon.  Check out the YumEarth website for more information.

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Easter Gift Ideas for Families to Enjoy Together {giveaway, too!}

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If you have been to any retail store in the past month, you have surely seen the plethora of Easter themed gifts for kids.  Chocolates, candy, stuffed bunny rabbits, shirts, Easter baskets, and more.  All of this is fun, for sure, but I like to include the entire family so we can all enjoy our time together.  Five gifts that would be great for family togetherness and fun follow:

1. Raised garden bed kit (or any garden themed item) – gardening is a great way to involve the whole family and get outdoors this Spring and enjoy God's creation!  There is nothing more satisfying than preparing the ground, planting seeds, and watching a garden full of delicious vegetables and fruits grow.

Easter gifts for families

2. Zoo passes – we absolutely love having a family zoo membership!  We can go any time and spend as much time as we want and we do not feel like we have to stay all day to get our money's worth.  The boys love animals and every time we go, there are new surprises!

3. Picnic basket – eating outside is super fun for the boys.  The times we get to have a picnic is very special, so having a dedicated picnic basket would be such a fun surprise!

4. Tickets to a movie or show – We don't get to the movies very often, but there are many great plays, musicals, and shows to choose from where we live.  Pick an age appropriate movie or show to attend and you will create some great memories with the kids!

Easter stories

5. A good book about the true meaning of Easter – Easter Stories: Classic Stories for the Holy Season is a collection of classic tales that bring Jesus to the forefront.  Each story was selected for the spiritual value and literary quality.  Authors such as C.S. Lewis, Leo Tolstoy, Selma Lagerlof, Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth Goudge, and more are included in this 383 page book.  

When we received this book, I was excited to begin reading a story each night to the boys.  The Captain has been captivated with these read alouds and hangs on to each word.  He particularly loved a story by Laura E. Richards entitled "The Coming of the King," about a group of kids who want to clean their dirty playground because a king is coming by.  The comparisons and thought provoking details of each story are just wonderful and we have really enjoyed reading this book together!  Read more about this great collection at the Plough website.


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Easy Dot Art Shamrock Craft For Kids – St. Patrick’s Day


Easy Dot Art Shamrock Craft for Kids

Crafts are something that we all can agree on in this house.  The boys are excellent about coming up with their own crafts, but sometimes they need a little guidance to get started.  They love these Do A Dot Art! markers that Grammy gave to them and so I drew a shamrock (doesn't have to be perfect!) and let them dot around it.  The box says to only dot the markers, not drag them, so that adds another level of patience and skill to their crafting.  They seriously use these for everything.  We have made letters, their names, different drawings, and now these shamrock craft paintings.  They turned out really cute!

Materials needed:

Easy Dot Art Shamrock Craft


1.  Draw or print an outline of a shamrock.

2.  Have child dot the marker all around the outline, then fill in the inside with green.

3.  Create a rainbow pattern with remaining colors (red, orange, yellow, blue, purple) and create a rainbow "behind" the shamrock.  We made two lines of dots for each color, then repeated the colors until there was no more white space showing.  

4.  Let dry (it doesn't take long) and display for St. Patrick's Day!

Shamrock craft
Easy Dot Art Shamrock Craft for Kids

To extend your child's learning, here are some fun St. Patrick's Day books for kids!


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Kid Friendly Valentine’s Day Activities

Kid Friendly Valentine's Day Activities

Valentine’s Day is a special day of the year whether you are young or old.  It’s a day to celebrate love and friendship.  Jennifer Carver, of Spaceships and Laser Beams, is here to share some kid-friendly ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Relationships are important to children, just as they are to adults.  Allowing children to acknowledge the special people in their life is a great way to help them celebrate the day.  This can be accomplished in a variety of fun and festive ways.

Idea #1:  Arrange a Valentine making station.  Gather blank greeting cards, envelopes, Valentine’s Day themed stickers, colorful trims in red, pink and purple, buttons and scraps of paper.  Create a crafting station with printables, scissors, glue, adhesive and plenty of markers and pens.  Help the children make a list of special friends and family members they’d like to remember on Valentine’s Day.

Idea #2:  Organize a service scavenger hunt.  Children enjoy doing small acts of service to show love. Have your children brainstorm a list of appropriate tasks they can do to show love for others.  Some ideas include:

·        Making a sibling’s bed.

·        Taking flowers to their teacher.

·        Dropping off a treat on a friend’s doorstep.

·        Coloring a picture for a grandparent.

·        Giving a friend a present.

·        Making cookies or candy for a neighbor.

Idea #3:  Plan a “heart attack”.  No, not that kind of heart attack.  This kind of heart attack involves creating a copious variety of paper hearts on which the children write down favorite memories or thoughtful words to describe the individual (or family) being “heart attacked”.  Once the hearts are created and filled out, the children carefully attach them to a neighbor’s or teacher’s windshield or doorframe as a fun surprise!  The finished product looks like a bunch of hearts staged an attack.  Consider this a nicer alternative to the toilet papering days of old!

Idea #4:  Visit a nursing home.  If you live close enough to a nursing home, take older children to visit some of the residents who might be lonely.  Take a Bingo game (you can print free versions off the internet) and boxes of conversation hearts to use as game markers for a fun Valentine’s Day themed twist.  Residents will love the visit!

Idea #5:  Decorate Valentine’s Day themed cookies.  Children love cookies, especially when they are in charge of decorating them!  Bake or buy a batch of your favorite sugar cookies.  Line and fill a muffin tin with cookie toppings like sprinkles, cinnamon hearts, sanding sugar and chocolate chips for decorating.  Fill disposable frosting bags with tinted frosting.  Then, let the kids go crazy decorating cookies to eat and share with friends.  Set aside a plate or two of cookies to wrap up and take to someone of the children’s choosing.  This could be a great friend, wonderful teacher or lonely neighbor.

What are some of your kid-friendly Valentine’s Day activities?  Add your own and make it a day your children will not soon forget!


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Happy Valentine’s Day, Curious George! Banana Valentine Craft for Kids

One of the boys' favorite book characters is Curious George.  How can you resist this lovable, mischievous little monkey?  One book we like to read this time of year is Happy Valentine's Day, Curious George!

banana valentineI love crafts that the boys can create on their own, and this is definitely one of them!  Enjoy making this valentine craft for kids as you prepare for the fun day!



  • Yellow felt
  • Yellow construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pen
  • Markers


  1. Print out or freehand a banana and peel on yellow construction paper.
  2. You or your child cut out the banana and peel. 
  3. You will then want to help your child carefully trace the shapes on to the yellow felt. The yellow felt will serve as a backing to the banana and will make the valentine more durable. The yellow felt will also work as the banana’s peel as you continue to assemble your valentine.
  4. Cut out the shapes on the yellow felt. For this job, you may want to take the reigns since felt can be a little tricky to cut. 
  5. Once you have everything cut, it is time to start the fun part – putting it all together!
  6. On a flat surface, glue the construction paper banana shape onto the felt version. Then, on top of the construction paper banana, glue the felt banana peel.
  7. Use glue to tack down the edges of the peel so it looks as if the banana has been peeled down. 
  8. Once everything is glued down, take either a thin tip marker or pen and write your chosen valentine's day message. 
  9. Finally, use a brown marker to draw a heart, or even a monkey if you’re feeling ambitious, in the space between  your valentines message and your child’s name.
  10. For an extra special valentine, attach the handmade banana to a copy of Happy Valentine's Day, Curious George! or any other Curious George favorites!

Valentine’s Day is such a fun holiday. There’s candy, candy, oh and more candy, but a homemade valentine craft makes it all so much more special for you and your little one!

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Light & Delicious New Year’s Eve Snacks

New Year's Eve Snacks

The last two months have been a whirlwind of traveling, celebrating, shopping, and EATING!  Before the boys' birthday party, I was on a "healthy eating plan" and had lost some weight, but with the tempting foods of the season, it was very hard to practice healthy eating and moderation.  While I think we did a good job, there was definitely some unhealthy eating going on.  I kept that in mind when creating this collection of snacks for our annual New Year's Eve party.  Let's be honest….we will eat whatever is available on nights like this, so why not have healthy options available?  Sometimes I eat just to stay awake, so it's better to eat real food than some of the other NYE traditions.  All of these recipes are easy to pack up and transport to your New Year's Eve party, too!  

Finger Foods

Healthy Popcorn – Musings of a Modern Hippie

Spicy Maple Cinnamon Pecans – This West Coast Mommy

Quick & Easy Mini Bruschetta – Three Different Directions

No Bake Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites – Grace and Good Eats (pictured)

Eggplant French Bread Pizza -Simmworks Family Blog

Veggie Pizza Appetizer – Simmworks Family Blog

Candied Nuts – Turning the Clock Back

Gluten Free Nanaimo Bars – This West Coast Mommy

Homemade Potato Chips – Thrifty Jinxy

Chicken & Tomato Meatballs – Thrifty Jinxy

Kale Chips – Ann's Entitled Life

Matbucha – Ann's Entitled Life

Oven Roasted Parmesan Green Beans – Ann's Entitled Life

Lemon-Herb Deviled Eggs – Brittany's Pantry (pictured)

Three-Ingredient Tomato, Broccoli, Cream Cheese Bites – Couponing for Freebies

Apple and Cheese Quesadillas – The Thrifty Couple (pictured)

Watermelon Lime Party Bites – Driftwood Gardens

Fruit Cups – See Mom Click (pictured)

Apple Bacon Arugula Bites – Thrifty  Northwest Mom

Panko Chicken Nuggets

Coconut Chocolate Candy

Dips, Spreads, and Salsas:

Avocado and Greek Yogurt Dip – Turning the Clock Back

Easy Creamy Onion Dip – Thrifty Jinxy

Black Eyed Pea Hummus – Mama Likes To Cook (pictured)

Sweet Pepper Cream Cheese Dip – Mama Likes To Cook

Dragon Fruit Salsa – Mama Likes To Cook (pictured)

Easy Veggie Spread – Brittany's Panty (pictured)

Black Bean Salsa – Brittany's Pantry (pictured)

Watermelon Pico de Gallo – The Thrifty Couple

Cowboy Caviar – Housewives of Frederick County

Fresh and Easy Homemade Guacamole – See Mom Click

Mexican Fiesta Black Bean Hummus – Two Healthy Kitchens

Peanut Butter Silk Pie Dip – Two Healthy Kitchens

Italian Cannelini Hummus – Two Healthy Kitchens

Queso con Carne without Velveeta

Tomatillo Salsa

Chocolate Cheesecake Fruit Dip


Mango Shrimp Ceviche – Confessions of an Overworked Mom (pictured)

New Year's Eve Snacks

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Near Year's Eve snacks

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