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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Halloween Fun

 
Last year I didn't get to have my usual Halloween fun because our house was on the market and life was extra crazy getting ready for our move. This year, I made up for it! The house was crawling with spiders and bats, gravestones covered the front yard, our skeletons were up to their usual antics and the month was full of pumpkin patches and Halloween parties!

One of the Halloween parties I threw was for the neighborhood kids and their families. While I love our new neighborhood we haven't found many kids similar in age to ours outside running around like we are used to. I assume this is because there is a good mix of young and old children as well as many "busy" families. Therefore, about 48hrs before our planned party of three families, I decided to invite the whole neighborhood! I panicked for a minute but as I suspected I received many thank yous but we have sports practice etc. However, we did have many families stop by who we got to meet for the first time!

Since this was more of an open house party, I put out a vegetable and fruit tray, donuts, cupcakes, and scary popcorn. Sugar overload I know, but c'mon it is a Halloween party! For beverages there was bottled water, mummy juice boxes, and apple cider.

A local donut shop made these. They didn't turn out like I had hoped, but the kids thought they were awesome and that's what counts!
Halloween Popcorn is easy and fun! Eyeballs and gummy worms this time!

Mr. Bones did an amazing job tending the food and drink table considering the high winds that ONLY kicked up after I set up outside and the 88 degree heat that killed our Halloween hydrangeas in less than thirty minutes. BREATHE MJ.....again the wind?! Well part of party planning is dealing with unexpected issues and figuring out how to overcome them. In my case, lots of Duct tape and a glass of wine solved the problem this time!

After everyone had a chance to meet and talk I had a few games planned for the kids. The first one was a Halloween scavenger hunt on our street. Since the kids varied in age from four to ten I had them all work together, and I have to say for a group of kids that pretty much just met, they worked very well together!





The last part of the scavenger hunt ended with a silly string war that produced lots of laughs! Note to self: never again let my kids play around with my camera. Half of my pictures from this party got deleted! I apologize for the quality of the pictures since most of these were taken with my phone.

Once the scavenger hunt was complete, we headed back to our yard for a pinata filled with small prizes and candy. As many times as I think to myself that pinatas are over-rated the kids have so much fun with them!



The last game I had planned was the saran wrap ball with candy inside, and yes, I think I gave more sugar out at this party than I allow my children to eat all year. I played Halloween music while the kids sat in a circle, put on winter gloves and unwrapped as much saran wrap as possible to find a treat before the music stopped and it got passed to the next person. If you are hosting any sort of party and need a good group game I suggest this one! A good friend gave me this idea when I was hosting my husbands company Christmas party and it was a hit! We wrapped up gift cards for the adults instead of candy though.




If you have read any of my previous Halloween posts you know that Mr. Bones 1 and 2 (named by my eldest set of twins) are a set of 5ft. skeletons from Grandin Road. They have been appearing on the first of October the last few years and end up in some peculiar poses. They have greeted the boys off the school bus on the golf cart, have sat on the toilet while the other one is taking a shower, or even hid in their beds. In case you are wondering if this is another edition of Elf on the Shelf, relax, it's not! They move or travel throughout the month when momma feels like doing it to bring a smile to their face. And this year, with four kids who I enjoy entertaining, Mr. Bones 1 and 2 were quite busy.

Enjoying the hot October weather or plotting their next move for Grandin Road's Halloween photo contest?

Either way they ended up as a top three finalist in the contest! While they didn't win first prize, they had a lot of amazing friends voting for them daily and they did win $100!
On Halloween Mr. Bones 1 rode shot gun to pick up the kids from school.
While Mr. Bones 1 and 2 were busy having fun with the kids I attempted some Halloween bento lunches. No, I do not do these on a regular basis because this mom doesn't have that much extra free time but I try my best around the holidays because my kids enjoy discovering these creations.

Halloween lunch

The other Halloween party I hosted that month was a small, but fun gathering with two great families we have met here. Moving someplace where you don't know a single soul is hard, thankfully these ladies and their sweet families have made it much easier! A Halloween themed dinner, fun adult beverage, a couple games, and great company was in store.


The kid's table

Target Dollar Spot is the best!

DIY Ghost and candy corn centerpiece
The ladies adult beverage was champagne with Viniq (a shimmery liquor) and it was rimmed with pop rocks for an extra burst of flavor

graveyard dip: 7 layer dip with toasted tortillas and food safe markers

The kids each had a balloon tied to their ankle and they tried to keep their balloon safe while popping everyone else's balloon, last one standing was the winner!
 

The second game I had planned was Halloween taste testing! The players were blindfolded and then had to guess be brave and try something while figuring out if it was an eyeball or an olive?! A witches fingernail or an almond silver?!
 
My first brave contestant!
Each player tried:
 a piece of candy corn/tooth
 an almond silver/finger nail
 a worm/intestine
 an olive/eyeball
 a raisin/ear

 
Halloween Night 2016
When all was said and done, it was a busy and spooky month of Halloween fun! And you better believe I already have some ideas for next Halloween!!

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Valentine's Day Love Bugs

Thank you Target dollar spot for the goodies!
On Valentine's Day every year I make a traditional pancake breakfast for my four little love bugs! It's nothing fancy, but they love it. The table is decorated with hearts, balloons and a couple small gifts they receive from us and their grandparents. Check out the latest on my mom's blog whathappensatgrandmas for more of her Valentine craft and gift ideas!

When my oldest set of twins (the boys) were about a year old my mom started calling them the "doodlebugs". They were a busy, bald headed pair of cuteness that loved to curl up in your lap and snuggle! My second set of twins, the "ladybugs" arrived four years later! In honor of my little bugs I decided to have a Love Bug themed dinner this year.


On the menu was homemade cheese pizza, ladybugs on crackers, grape worms, pesto snails, apple and celery insects, and dirt cups for dessert. All washed down with a tall glass of bug juice aka green healthy juice! 

Easy and fun. And of course hearing my son say how cute everything was and my daughter tell me everything is "just perfect" didn't hurt either. Or all the xoxo I got from my love bugs (big and small) that day!


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Friday, February 10, 2017

It's time for Valentines

Cute preschool Valentines from Dollar Tree and printable from The Cookes Family
If you are looking for a budget friendly and easy Valentine idea, I've got one for you! I saw these foam hearts and stickers at Dollar Tree last week and thought they would be perfect for my preschoolers' valentines since their classroom has severe food allergies. And while I am no stranger to using store bought valentines cards, I wanted to do something a little more this year.

I already had the clear plastic baggies I purchased from Michael's craft store awhile back. Although you could use small clear zip lock baggies if you have them on hand. My plan was to create a cute printable that said "Let's stick together" but this busy momma of four and a new pup just doesn't have the time so I searched Pinterest and found this adorable "I'm stuck on you" printable for free from Rachael at The Cooke Family.

The girls signed their names, a quick staple, and as my niece Kaylee would say done! done!

I hope you have a Happy Valentines Day!!

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Outdoor Halloween Movie Night



Ticket for one to Fright Night please! It's no secret that Halloween is big over here, have you checked out my post on our Halloween decorations this year? You can see those pictures by clicking here.
But back to the party...instead of our usual family friendly Halloween party I had an outdoor Halloween movie night for the boys and a few friends. It was an incredibly easy party to set up and host. Unfortunately I had a major phone malfunction earlier this year and lost all my pictures of this party so I will try and set the scene through words

What You Need:
-child friendly Halloween movie
-large white sheet or inflatable screen (these can be rented), laptop, projector, and speakers
-inflatable pool filled with pillows and blankets and/or lawn chairs
-lots of popcorn with candy eyeballs, gummy worms, and candy knives
-optional: bonfire for roasting s'mores
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Orange and black pumpkin luminaries lined the driveway and led our guests to the back patio where they were greeted by life size mummies and a cozy bonfire. Our 5ft tall skeletons were in their best attire (top hats and bow ties) and hanging out in the covered patio where the table was set for dinner. A black table cloth, with black napkins rolled in a spider ring, black cups with googly eyes glued on and black and white straws with bats awaited the boys. Cheese pizza, fruit, veggies, and an amazing display of doughnut eyeballs that one of the moms made and brought were on the menu.

After dinner the boys got to run around and play while I got the movie started. We used our usual bungee cords strung between the trees with a large white sheet. I had the inflatable pool blown up and filled with pillows and blankets alongside our outdoor furniture and cozy campfire going. Once the boys got some energy out they happily sat down to watch the movie while I handed out the popcorn. We finished the night off making s'mores and letting the boys play hide n seek in the dark with glow sticks (hint:if you ever need glow sticks always go to Dollar Tree so you aren't paying more than a dollar!)

This was such a fun party that I will definitely do it again and make sure my pictures don't disappear.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Have you BOOED your neighbors?

Happy Friday! This is such a cute and easy way to bring some holiday joy to the neighborhood kids. Or even help connect the neighbors.

You can make your own "We've Been Booed" signs or you can print this adorable one for free like I did from Heidi at Happiness is Homemade. Then simply fill a bag or treat bucket with goodies and leave it at your neighbors door step without them knowing it was you. Part of the fun is to guess who booed you.  On the back of the "We've been Booed" sign are instructions for your neighbors to hang their sign in the window so neighbors know they have been booed and make two copies of the sign so they can keep it going and boo two more neighbors.

I filled a plastic pumpkin I already had with some chocolate, Halloween pencils, stickers, window gel clings, fake mustaches, and stretchy skeletons all from Targets Dollar Spot.

What about you? Have you been booed? Feel free to share what you did to BOO your neighbors!


I currently am hosting a giveaway on Instagram until Monday, so stop by and check it out to win! All you have to do is follow me, like the post, and tag a friend or two. Must be a US resident.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Halloween Home Decor

 This October I finally got to decorate our new home for Halloween! Last year our house was on the market so there was no decorating and my kids were bummed. This year the decor started going up the first of day of October. If you haven't looked at Grandin Road for home decor or visited their famous Halloween Haven I encourage you to do so. They have all kinds of fun and spooky things like these mummies, skeletons, and door mat.

C'mon on in and Mr. Bones is happy to show you the rest of our happily haunted home....




 Once you walk in, come join the party! I think they are celebrating that Halloween is near....



Our buffet table is full of pumpkins, leaves, spiders, and talking heads. My boys picked the talking heads out a couple years ago and think they are the best, they drive me batty. 


 
Cut out paper spiders and tape to the inside of your lampshade for a cute and creepy effect...
 


When it gets dark the soft orange glow of the lights feels warm and cozy.... 



 
BOO! Are you scared yet? There is still more...

 

 When the sun begins to set and the lights turn on.....



Meet Mr. Bones Jr. and his bar cart full party supplies....



And finally, my husband and I waiting for the kids to finish cleaning their rooms....

 

Have a Happy Halloween!

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

BOO BOX

It's no secret that we love Halloween around here! The first weekend of every October my sisters and I would kick off our favorite month with a visit to the haunted house and a pumpkin brew. The pumpkin patch, zoo boo, and our annual Halloween parties always followed. However, many states now separate us so it's time to make a new tradition.

To continue sharing our love of all things Halloween I made two BOO boxes that are going out tomorrow with my nieces and nephews names on them just in time for October 1st!

This year I simply spray painted the inside of the boxes black and used glow in the dark spray paint to write BOO. I then added glow in the dark spider web and a bunch of Halloween goodies from Target Dollar Spot. Glow in the dark necklaces, stickers, a coloring book, monster band aids, gel clings, bath goodies, and Halloween Oreos. I can't wait for them to open these soon and I already have next years box planned!

Have a fun and spooky filled kick off to October this weekend!!

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