13 Halloween Candy Alternatives

not candy treats for kids on halloween

Halloween is right around the corner and my kids are so excited! They see the decorations in the stores and around our neighborhood and keep asking if its time yet. I love taking them out trick or treating! It's also such a good time and they come back with bags loaded full of goodies. Its fun to get candy, but I always appreciate the person who puts the practical treat in the kid's bags. While I take the kids out door to door, my husband stays home and hands out our goodies, that aren't candy! Here are our top Halloween candy alternatives! The kids may not appreciate a toothbrush in their treat bags but, a gentle subliminal message won't hurt. And they get a fun pair of fangs, too! Bouncy Balls Whistles Raisins With a roll of white electrical tape and some sticky googly … [Read more...]

Best Hostess Tips

Best Hostess Tips!

With the holidays coming up, there are going to be more and more social events to attend.  And if your kids are in school or sports, there are even more!  There is a lot to think about if you are attending an event.  What can we bring?  What time does it start?  What is the address?  Now imagine that you are the hostess!  All those questions are multiplied and you have a bunch more work to do. I asked my Facebook fans to share their best hostess tips in hopes that they will help you!  (And me!)  I got a lot of really great answers!  I rounded them up and gave each person credit and shared what state they are from.  I hope you enjoy the best hostess tips! When your guests offer to bring something, take them up on the offer! Bottle of wine, bread, or dessert....people like to … [Read more...]

DIY Hostess Gifts for the Holidays

DIY Hostess Gifts for the Holidays

Have you ever been invited to a Holiday party and felt like you should bring a gift to the hostess? Whether you're thinking small scale or spendy, a hostess gift is a kind gesture to let her know you appreciate her invitation and hard work in preparing for the event. You could take a bottle of wine, a candle or a home baked basket of goodies. No matter what gift you choose, it will be special to the recipient. {Not many people give hostess gifts these days.} What if you saved yourself the time and travel to the store and made a hostess gift? The money would be less spent. Most importantly, DIY gifts are often times the very most special...and rarely forgotten. Today I've gathered 9 of my favorite hostess gift ideas that you can use throughout the holidays. /1/ Homemade Body Scrub - … [Read more...]

29 DIY Halloween Crafts and Decor

29 DIY Halloween Crafts

It’s that time of year...football games, fall festivals and of course, Halloween. We've got 29 crafts and DIY projects to keep you and your little goblins busy. DIY Drilled Pumpkin Drilling a pumpkin... an idea I wish I had thought of first, brilliantly executed on Curbly. Halloween Countdown This Halloween Countdown is a little more involved than some of the other crafts featured here but it’s a statement piece for your front porch (or living room) that is worth your time investment. Thank you I Heart Naptime! Chalkboard Paint Mason Jar Labels I am in love with mason jars - there are just so many great uses for them! Try out these mason jars with chalkboard paint labels from Untrained Housewife for your Halloween party or just for a great … [Read more...]

Blissfully Listening – 5 New Music Acts We Love!

5 new music acts

There's nothing like music to lift your spirit, express an emotion or make you move!  We all have songs we've known and loved for years.  Sometimes with busy lives and schedules, its hard to stay on top of all the latest trends in music. So, we've sorted through some of the very best in what's new for you to check out. Sam Smith - This English soulful crooner has taken the pop charts by storm. You may have seen him on the MTV Video Music awards this summer.  His album "In The Lonely Hour" is solid start to finish and would be a great gift for almost everyone on your list.  Sam notes his influences to be Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. Check out "Stay With Me" . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pB-5XG-DbAA Echosmith - A real family band comprised of 4 … [Read more...]

10 Children’s Books to Inspire Travel in Your Homeschool

10 Children's Books to Inspire Travel in your Homeschool

Homeschooling your children creates amazing memories and some of my favorite homeschool moments were those when my kids would join me on the couch for a great family read aloud. Not only did we bond over great literature, some of the books we read enticed us to take our schooling on the road and visit the places mentioned in the books. Here are ten children's books to read to your children that may inspire travel in your homeschool. And I guarantee you haven't heard of all of them. 1. Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry Chincoteague, a small town on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, was made popular by Marguerite Henry’s book, Misty of Chincoteague. The book is based on the true story of the Beebe family who raise a filly sired by a wild pony. The book was turned into a … [Read more...]