Top 10 Trick-or-Treat Rules for Kids (with Style and Safety!)

Here are our Top 10 Trick-or-Treat Rules for Kids (with Style and Safety!)It’s that time of year when kids get super excited to wear their costume and quickly begin bouncing off the walls. To keep your little trick-or-treaters safe and polite, we’ve put together some simple rules to review with your children.Obey the Halloween code. This means only go to houses that are well lit and look like a Halloween friendly home. Try not to disturb anyone after 8 or 9 pm. And never go to a dark house – the code for any more trick-or-treating!Respect personal property. Use the right path to the house and don’t jump through bushes and landscape to get to the door.Only knock or ring the doorbell once. If no one comes to the door move on. They may be in a sticky situation and … [Read more...]

Summer Picnic Hosted by Your Kids!

What better way to take advantage of a sunny day then with a picnic?Ready to inspire your kids to host it? Kids of all ages love to feel empowered by taking over grown-up responsibilities. A summer picnic is a fantastic simple meal for kids of all ages to host. And to top it off, it’s also a great boredom-buster!Here are the steps that you need to get your kids started:Create a menu. The kids do the planning! Click these templates for a FREE or just a that can be colored in by young ones or written out by older kids. Offer suggestions from easy bite-size nibbles, fruits, veggies, dessert and more. The goal here is to encourage them to plan a meal, learn to cook and be independent. Need a new cookbook? Check out this great list of suggestions from childrensbooks.com: … [Read more...]

How to: Plan the Perfect Appetizer Buffet Party

Let's face it, when we have a party scheduled not only do we want to have a good time, with easy food, prep and clean-up, but we secretly want to wow our guests. Personally I think an hors d'oeuvres buffet is a perfect way to do this and looks incredibly impressive and professional. In order to achieve a delicious and impressive party several things will help:Pick 3-4 delicious recipes that you can prepare from scratch. Buy 3-4 quality store bought appetizers which you can use as is, alter or doctor up. Buy cheeses, seafood, antipasto, olives, nuts and other items you can display beautifully, but use as-is. Prepare as much as possible in advance so that you can be a perfect hostess and mingle with your guests.Choosing Recipes Photo by Tast.ie This is perhaps the most … [Read more...]

Even More FROZEN Party Ideas

How can a movie that features so much wintry snow be so HOT? Disney's FROZEN is the number one animated movie of all time! And, we just don't see the snowball effect of it's popularity slowing down anytime soon. A couple of months ago I shared a round-up of FROZEN Party Ideas for your little princess's next birthday celebration. In the time since publication, hundreds of new ideas have been floating around the internet. Everything from decorations to dessert ideas, perfect party favors to kids crafts galore, and I'm going to share a bunch of them with you today!/1/ Olaf FROZEN Birthday Invitations - Before you can fully plan a party, you need to invite the guests. Have your birthday girl pass these out to her classmates or door-to-door to her friends worth melting for./2/ FROZEN … [Read more...]

Summer Book Club for Preschoolers

 How to Start a Summer Book Club for Preschoolers!With summer break around the corner, it’s time to start thinking how to occupy the kiddos! Book clubs are wonderful for all ages, especially young kids. It is also a great way for your little ones to associate reading with fun. Turn your club into mini-parties complete with friends, activities and snacks! Here’s your chance to choose character building books. And a perfect excuse to get together with other adults. A win-win for all!Ready to get the ball rolling?The first step is to form a group - invite neighbors, friends, your child’s classmates etc. Choose a time and place, and then rotate location each week. This can be either at a park, community center or someone’s home.Select a theme and find ways to make … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Cards Kids Can Make

Once the Christmas decorations leave the store shelves the Valentine's Day cards and decor make their grand appearance {sooner and sooner each year, too}. However, unless you want to take the easy route, the store bought boxed Valentine's Day cards can be cheesy. The fun and quirky ideas that I've gathered for you today are simple enough for your kids to make. Best part? Your kids friends will love them!/1/ PlayDoh Valentine - Every kid loves PlayDoh! {It's never been my favorite activity to sit my kids down to. Ha!} You can find these little bitty containers in the party section or the seasonal section of your store. Cute, right?/2/ "Eyes for You" Valentine - The kids will have fun with this googley eye ring long after Valentine's Day./3/ Nerdy Straw Valentine - … [Read more...]