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#Halloween - Happy Monster Family

Posted on October 19, 2018 at 2:28 PM Comments comments ()

Happy Monster Family!

With #Halloween week in full swing the craft fun continues. This is a craft from a previous year, but we had so much fun making, I thought I would repost for all my new readers.  #Makethetime and #enjoythetime with your kids making these simple, fun and inexpensive crafts.  They add a lot of fun to your existing decorations and the time you spend making them with your kids is priceless!  All of my best, Dyan 
 
This craft started our #Halloween family and was easy, fun and inexpensive!  By the time we were done doing all of these crafts, my daughter was painting like a pro and really doing better than ever with a paint brush.   We finished with making a haunted house for all of them to hang out around.  
 
Items needed:  Paper towel rolls, scissors, miscellaneous paint colors, paint brush, googley eyes, black foam paper for mouth, hair and other add-ons, glue or hot glue gun. 
 
Cut the paper towel holders into miscellaneous sizes.
Paint using different colors - use your imagination.
Let dry. Fold in sides to make horns.
Glue on googley eyes.  Let dry.
Cut different shapes for mouths, hair and ears.
Glue on.
That's it!
 
What we learned:  To use our imagination with creating different looking monsters, colors and designs.  It was my daughters idea to do a tie-dyed one and a rainbow one.  Getting better at using a paint brush and filling in all the spaces as she painted.  Creativity with colors and shapes of mouths and hair.  Adults should do the cutting and use the hot glue gun.
What we shared:  #Halloween memories to last a lifetime, creating a family for our haunted house, quality time together and more decorations for our home. And of course lots of fun!
#MAKETHETIME & #TAKETHETIME TO #SPENDTIME

WITH YOUR KIDS!  YOU WILL BE GLAD YOU DID!

#TAKETIME TO #RAISEAMAZINGKIDS

Happy Pumpkin family an Easy Fun and Inexpensive #Halloweencraft

Posted on October 16, 2018 at 1:39 PM Comments comments ()
Happy Pumpkin FamilyOne of my favorite fun inexpensive #Halloweencrafts. You also are #reusing some of the items from around your house!  My favorite thing to do when making crafts.  I thought I would share again.  I love #Halloween!  I love the childhood memories of picking a character for a costume (my mother made many of mine from scratch), dressing up and trick or treating.  The memories of #Halloween have changed for me over the years and now as a mother myself, #Halloween has become fun again!  My #Halloweencraft today is easy, fun and inexpensive, Happy Pumpkin Family.  For all you moms out there that say you can't be crafty, think again.  You can with a few products and some you might already have on hand.  All of my best, Dyan
 
 
 
All you need is:  paper towel roll, scissors, orange paint, paint brush, green tissue paper, black marker, googley eyes and a hot glue gun.
 
Cut the paper towel holder in 3 parts- small, medium and large.
Paint with the orange paint.  Let dry.
Tear off green tissue paper, stuff in top of holder and twist a stem.
Glue eyes on with hot glue gun or other glue.
And make a nose and a mouth with black marker.
 
That's it!  Fun, easy and inexpensive.
 
What you learn: Your child learns to think creatively by finding items around the house, strengthens hands for writing by painting and drawing mouths and noses.
 
What we shared: lots of fun painting and creating our pumpkin faces, and making our first home made #Halloween decoration and a fun memory!
 
 
 

Make today a fun and safe Halloween!

Posted on October 31, 2017 at 1:06 PM Comments comments ()
#Halloween already?  Yes it is!  Halloween is a time for making memories and having fun!  This morning my daughter couldn't tell me enough how excited that she was for Halloween.  While today is a great day for enjoying time with your kids, it also can be a dangerous and unsafe holiday.

 
#tipsforasafehalloween

I came across this very informative post from Amber Alert GPS so I wanted to share.  I have added a link to this website as it has a wealth of information to keep our children safe not only on #Halloween but on everyday of the year. They offer a great GPS device so you can know where your children are...not to check up on them...but to keep them safe! Please see the link on my links page as I believe all of the information will benefit you and your kids.

Make it a #safeHalloween.

All of my best, Dyan

See below for #tipsforasafehalloween







Halloween Safety Tips for Kids
Copyright © 2014 Amber Alert GPS, All rights reserved

Summer is over, the children are back in school, and Halloween is here.

While your little ones are busy deciding whether they want to be a Frozen character or a Marvel superhero, you’re wondering what you can do to keep them safe this year.
 
We’ve got you covered. Here are 7 safety tips to keep young children happy, healthy and safe this Halloween: 

#1: Supervise Trick or Treating
Trick or treaters under the age of 12 should always be accompanied by an adult. As you’re making the rounds of your neighborhood, remind your children of basic safety rules such as only knocking on doors with exterior lights on and never entering a stranger’s house. 

#2: Review Traffic Safety
More children are struck by cars on Halloween than any other night of the year, according to the Safe Kids organization. That doesn’t mean you should be scared to let your kids out of the house that night, but that you need to make sure they understand how to be a safe pedestrian.
Review the following rules with your children:
  • Look both ways before crossing the street. (Ideally, you should look right, left, and then right again.)
  • Only cross at street corners, stoplights or crosswalks.
  • Never cross against a green (or yellow) light.
  • Never run when crossing the street.
  • Stick to the sidewalk between houses.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of a stopped car and wait for them to wave you on.

#3: Double-Check Costumes
Whatever your little one wants to “be” this Halloween, make sure their costume won’t post a safety hazard.
 
Costumes should be the right size for your child so they don’t trip over them, and materials should be flame resistant. Watch out for any potentially dangerous accessories like swords and teach your child not to swing these items around as they could hurt other kids (or themselves). Do a test run with any makeup to make sure your child isn’t allergic to it.
 
For added safety while they’re out and about, consider adding reflective tape or stickers to your child’s costume or bag and giving them flashlights or glow sticks to carry with them.

#4: Bundle Up
Halloween night can bring everything from mild temperatures to wind and rain, depending on where you live. Make sure your child will be covered for the weather, and add extra layers underneath their costume for added warmth. Also make sure they’re wearing warm, dry shoes they’ll be able to walk in easily.

#5. Decorate With an Eye for Safety
Keep your kids, and others, safe by making sure your front yard and driveway don’t pose any risks to trick or treaters. These areas should be well-lit, free of debris, and clear of any wet leaves (or, heaven forbid, snow) kids could slip on.
Stay away from fire hazards by opting for solar lights or faux “candles” lit by bulbs, and make sure they aren’t placed anywhere they can be knocked over.

#6: Set Candy Rules
Unless you personally know and trust the neighbor handing out homemade treats, it’s always best to play it on the safe side and toss any unwrapped items like cookies or popcorn balls. Ditto for candy with a torn or punctured wrapper.
Discourage your children from eating candy while they trick or treat—the sugar can add up fast, plus it can pose a choking hazard if they trip while they’re walking. Make sure your kids don’t trick or treat on an empty stomach, and when you get home, hold their candy stash for them and dole out reasonable amounts as you see fit over the days to come.

#7: Advise Against Stranger Danger
 
Your children should know that not all "strangers" are bad -- some strangers, like police officers, are the ones they should seek if they're in trouble. Talk to them about the myth of "stranger danger" and help them understand how to distinguish a potentially dangerous stranger from a safer one.

Halloween is a time when everyone seems very inviting, and kids can get overly excited and forget what you’ve taught them. 

Remind your children of what to do if they’re approached by a stranger, invited into a stranger’s home or car, or if someone asks them for personal information. If they have a safety wearable like AlertGPS attached to their costume, remind them that they can send an SOS with the simple push of a button.
Did You Know...

The Amber Alert GPS safety wearable helps your kids stay safe all year long.  Here are a few tips on how the wearable can be used on Halloween night --

1. Know your neighbors. Don't let your child knock on the door of a registered sex offender! The Amber Alert GPS safety wearable offers a feature that allows you to check an area for the homes of registered sex offender locations. Take advantage of this feature before your kids go off trick-or-treating. You can even get a text message if your child comes within 500ft of a registered sex offender's home on Halloween night (or any other night of the year.)

2. Set a "safe zone" around the area where your children are trick-or-treating. This zone could be as narrow as a block, or as wide as the entire neighborhood -- that's up to you. If your child wanders outside of their safe zone, you will get an instant alert.

3. Stay connected. Use the 2-way voice calling feature in case you and your child get separated. Thanks to this feature, you and your child can talk to each other with the push of a button.

4. Stay aware. Do your older children love to stay independent on Halloween night? Do they dislike following their little brother and sister around? No problem. Just use the geo-location map to see exactly where your children are. 

Copyright © 2014 Amber Alert GPS, All rights reserved

#Happyhalloween party - #simplefun

Posted on October 30, 2017 at 3:22 PM Comments comments ()

We had our annual #happyhalloween party this weekend! As usual we were pressed for time but worked hard to make it happen! Incase you decide to throw a last minute party for your kids we wanted to share a few ideas.
My daughters food choices were a cute addition!
Cheese, olive and chive flour tortillas decorated as pumpkins.
#happypumpkintortilla


Cutie oranges peeled and decorated with celery leaves to look like pumpkins.
We used purple organic grapes on skewers to give our serving platter a finished look.
 
 
#Pumpkinoranges
 

The left over celery we washed and cut and added almond butter and decorated with dried cranberries.  I found a better finished version of this on-line

Unfortunately, I did not have all the ingredients, but if you do I would suggest these instead.

 
We made witches brooms with cheese sticks Snyders GF pretzels wrapped with the chives.  There are many varieties of these on-line we used chives already cut and ready to go much easier and faster prep time. 
#witchesbroom







And of course our magic potion station!  The kids always love this!
#magicpotion drink for kids
 
 
 We made rice krispie treats, instead of cutting them or shaping them into pumpkins, we made a silly pumpkin graveyard batch...definitely a time saver!

#sillypumpkingraveyardtreat
 

This years activities included decorating pumpkins, making slime and Halloween #Mad Libs. 
Your local grocery should have small pumpkins for less than $1....and the kids love to decorate these.  We typically use stickers/pens/stamps or paint.  Whatever we have on hand.  Another way to save money on your party!
We love slime!! 
I found these containers at the dollar store so the kids could mix and take the container home.  No mess for me and the container is perfect for the slime so it doesn't dry out!  We always give a party favor to our guests.  These gifts were around $3.  Not bad for a pumpkin and slime!!

#halloweenpartyfavors
 
We love Highlights in our family.  The book we used for our mad libs is a wonderful book of Halloween Mad Libs from Highlights.  My daughter picked two out she wanted to do with her friends.  I made copies for the girls.  When they finished filling them in they each stood up and read to each other.  One thing I always do at our parties is include something educational.  This activity made the girls think and they also practiced reading and speaking in front of others.  Of course they don't realize this...because they are having fun too!
#madlibs educational #simplefun
 

At the end of the day I received the best compliment ever!  One of the girls said to me that we throw the best parties ever!  #ilove it  It made our day!










#Maketime & #Taketime to spend #qualitytime with your kids this #Halloween.  Whether you go all out or do a couple simple things.  It is this time, any time, that we spend with our kids, that makes a difference in their lives and yours and helps you to raise  #amazingkids 
 

#savorthemoment
 
All of my best!
Dyan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Happy Halloween #DIY Haunted House

Posted on October 27, 2017 at 2:35 PM Comments comments ()
This is a repost from a past #Halloween.  I just loved doing this so much I had to repost!!  It is wonderful to look back and see our #HappyHalloween families (ghosts, monsters and pumpkins) come together for a super cute, inexpensive and fun #DIY #Halloween decoration.  Store bought is easy because you just put it up and your done.  But making these #funeasyinexpensivekidcrafts brings memories that last a lifetime!!   Also bringing a sense of accomplishment to your child and a real feel of holiday traditions that you can create together.   I hope you enjoy making them as much as my daughter and I did.   All of my best, Dyan

#DIYHalloweeendecorations

Even if your kids are too young to go to a Haunted House you can still create one at home and it doesn't have to be scary either.  My daughter is getting older and is starting to understand all about #Halloween and loved doing all the #Halloweencrafts We finished up our craft week with a Haunted House that goes with all of our other Happy ghouls.  We then displayed it on a table and it really turned out to be a super cute #Halloween decoration/centerpiece for our buffet table.  This craft is fun, easy and inexpensive my motto! 
 
#Whatwelearned -  Measuring and cutting. How messy glue can really be. Being creative is total #kidfun
#WhatIlearned - My daughter can draw her very own haunted house and didn't need my help!!! She also spelled Boo on her own and is getting quite good at drawing ghosts all by herself. A happy moment for both of us.
 
All you need:  Small to Large size box (we used a medium one), several pieces of black construction paper, scissors, glue, white marker or crayon, miscellaneous Halloween stickers (foam or regular or both) and some small tea lights for the walkway.




How to:
Fit black paper by cutting to size and glue around the box.
Take your white crayon and (depending on how old your child is) let them draw their own version of a haunted house, add windows, doors, a fence, trees, what ever inspires you or your child.
Add tea lights for a special touch.
Your done!

#inspireyourchild  raise #amazingkids





#Happypumpkinfamily

Posted on October 26, 2017 at 5:53 PM Comments comments ()
HAPPY PUMPKIN FAMILY is

One of my favorite #funeasyinexpensivekidscrafts for #Halloween. You also are #reusing some of the items from around your house!  My favorite thing to do when making crafts.  I thought I would share again.  As it is already October and we have already started on our #HappyHalloween decorating. 

I love #Halloween! 

I love the childhood memories of picking a character for a costume (my mother made many of mine from scratch), dressing up and trick or treating.  The memories of #Halloween have changed for me over the years and now as a mother myself, #Halloween has become fun again! 

My #Halloweencraft today is easy, fun and inexpensive, Happy Pumpkin Family.  

For all you moms out there that say you can't be crafty, think again.  You can with a few products and some you might already have on hand.  All of my best, Dyan


#HappyPumpkinFamily 

All you need is:  paper towel roll, scissors, orange paint, paint brush, green tissue paper, black marker, googley eyes and a hot glue gun.
 
Cut the paper towel holder in 3 parts- small, medium and large.
Paint with the orange paint.  Let dry.
Tear off green tissue paper, stuff in top of holder and twist a stem.
Glue eyes on with hot glue gun or other glue.
And make a nose and a mouth with black marker.
 
That's it!  #Funeasyinexpensivekidcraft.
 
#Whatwelearned: Your child learns to think creatively by finding items around the house, strengthens hands for writing by painting and drawing mouths and noses.
 
#Whatweshared: lots of fun painting and creating our pumpkin faces, and making our first home made #Halloween decoration and a fun memory!

#Halloween Family Fun - at the library

Posted on October 27, 2016 at 3:43 PM Comments comments ()
#Halloween family fun at the library


Are you looking for something to do for #Halloween besides trick or treat?  Check out your local libraries.  Our local library always has something going on for the kids whether young or old.  This year they have the usual trick-or treating at the library for the younger kids.  They are also offering some other special activities on making Boo bubbles and paranormal activities for the older kids.  I was interested to see what other libraries offer in other areas and there are some pretty cool activities and #Halloween Family fun!  Some libraries offer a whole night of #Halloween activities with bouncy houses, face painting, games and other neat things to do with your family.  

Others offer #Halloween crafts, story readings and teaching how to apply costume make-up. The events are not typically on #Halloween but a few days before or different activities offered throughout the month.  

What a great and typically “Free” way to have some extra holiday family fun!

I came across some pretty neat websites for #Halloween activities that I thought I would share filled with activities that are fun and educational.




(Adult supervision required-remember safety first)
 

Go online and google your public library to see what activities they are offering for #Halloween Family Fun!  And enjoy the time with your family learning, playing and spending time together!  Your kid will also get another wear out of that Halloween costume.  Make it a Boo….tiful day!  All of my best, Dyan


A #Halloween must if your kids are afraid of ghosts and goblins

Posted on October 24, 2016 at 1:36 PM Comments comments ()
Unfortunately, my husband was in the hospital last week.  he is doing better though, not quite where he needs to be, but better.
 
A good thing that came out of being there is that I came across a book about #Halloween.  "The Magical Tale of HALLOWEEN DUST by Patricia Cardello (http://themagicaltales.com/ ) the link is also on my check out these links page http://www.momskidsandfriends.com/Check-out-these-links.html .

This is a cute story about a brother and sister and their search for bravery on #Halloween.  While I was browsing the gift shop at the hospital, this book caught my eye because it comes with a soft bag of halloween dust.  

If you happened to see my family video on my video page, I mention that we like Happy Halloweens, not the scary Halloweens depicted in some books and movies. We like friendly ghosts and characters with smiles.  Pumpkins brimming with happiness and the magic of all things good!  This book was an instant must have for me!

My daughter is fighting to be more brave, not only at #Halloween, but every night she falls asleep.  As many children around her age are the same way.  

When we got back from the hospital, we immediately read the book that night.  And even though, it wasn't Halloween yet.  We sprinkled Halloween dust around her room, in her bed and on her hand.  She then sprinkled a bit more to be sure she had enough bravery to fall asleep.  To my surprise, (4 days and running), she has gone immediately to sleep.  No I'm scared, No can you turn on just one more light, nothing, straight to BED!  

I love this book, because I feel that it has helped my daughter have a sense of security in herself and bravery.   

#Halloween is a week away.  If your child is fighting with the same problems, run out and buy this book.  It may help you as it has helped us.  The author also has more books that relate to other holidays.  And if she hasn't written one yet, I am hoping that she writes one for kids, just like mine, who are scared to go to bed at night.  
#HappyHalloween!! May your child or children find the happiness in the holiday and leave the scary stuff behind.  I'm sure with a sprinkle of magic dust and your help they will!  All of my best! Dyan

#Gingerbread Haunted House - A fun and easy #Halloween craft

Posted on October 19, 2016 at 4:19 PM Comments comments ()
Here we go again...another #Halloween.  Can't wait to make our #Halloween Haunted house again this year!  I hope you take the time to spend #qualitytime with your #amazingkid this #Halloween. 

Love, love, love these gingerbread houses!  We have bought these before for other holidays.  They are easy to use and your kid has so much fun decorating!
Here we go again...another #Halloween. Can't wait to make our #Halloween Haunted house again this year! I hope you take the time to spend #qualitytime with your #amazingkid this #Halloween.

Love, love, love these gingerbread houses! We have bought these before for other holidays. They are easy to use and your kid has so much fun decorating!
Haunted Gingerbread House by Create a Treat. See link on my links page
Chocolate gingerbread!
Easy to assemble.
Chocolate gingerbread!
The easy to use base and the icing hold the gingerbread house in place.  It doesn't cave in or fall like others I have made.
The easy to use base and the icing hold the gingerbread house in place. It doesn't cave in or fall like others I have made.
First step complete.
What I love about this cookie craft is that my daughter can make it her own, unique design.
She even mentioned to me on several occasions that she doesn't have to decorate it like the picture on the box.
What I love about this cookie craft is that my daughter can make it her own, unique design.
What kids learn:
What kids learn:
Patience in building the ginger bread house with the frosting base and waiting for it to dry before decorating.
Tracing of lines while applying the frosting on windows, roof, doors, etc.
Builds strength in their little hands that will help with writing or other activities.
Tracing of lines while applying the frosting on windows, roof, doors, etc.
Using color and different items to decorate and make patterns or own designs.
Using color and different items to decorate and make patterns or own designs.
My daughter used opposites and numerical matching items to decorate windows and roof.
What we shared: An evening of fun creating our own happy haunted house!
Laughs, #qualitytime, memories, a new family tradition and patience in taking turns.
What we shared:  An evening of fun creating our own happy haunted house!
Haunted houses don't have to be spooky!
Haunted houses don't have to be spooky!
Back view
Take the time today to spend #qualitytime with your #amazingkids. Whether you make a Haunted Gingerbread House, make holiday cookies or another holiday craft. I love to do things like this with my daughter. She has learned so much from everything we do together. We don't look for perfection in our crafts, we don't always use the best materials (many times we use stuff from around our house) to me it is about spending time with my #amazingkid and teaching her something about everything. For her it is #qualitytime with her mom and learning new things. Kids need this to feel loved, special and build confidence. It is our job to do this and nurture #amazingkids! Take the time and make the time for your kids. You'll be glad you did.
Happy #Halloween week! Have a boo....tiful day! All of my best, Dyan
Take the time today to spend #qualitytime with your #amazingkids.  Whether you make a Haunted Gingerbread House, make holiday cookies or another holiday craft. I love to do things like this with my daughter.  She has learned so much from everything we do together.  We don't look for perfection in our crafts, we don't always use the best materials (many times we use stuff from around our house) to me it is about spending time with my #amazingkid and teaching her something about everything.  For her it is #qualitytime with her mom and learning new things.  Kids need this to feel loved, special and build confidence. It is our job to do this and nurture #amazingkids! Take the time and make the time for your kids.  You'll be glad you did.

Happy Bat Family - #Reuse/recycle Easy, Inexpensive, #Halloween Craft

Posted on October 18, 2016 at 4:19 PM Comments comments ()
Happy Bat Family
Happy Bat Family
A new addition to our family of #HalloweenCrafts. The best part of this craft is that my daughter came up with this all my herself!! Last week she went to work with all our usual supplies and I asked her what she was making, she said it was a surprise. And boy it was! Her bat is the one on the left and it is too cute! Her wings came out better than mine!
What you'll need:
Paper towel holders, black construction paper, scissors, glue or tape, googly eyes, black marker and white crayon.
What you'll need:
How to create your family of bats:
How to create your family of bats:
1. Cut your paper towel holders to the size you would like for your bat family. 2. Cut black construction paper to size for each bat and either tape or glue around. 3. Trace wings on black construction paper. 4. Cut out the wings. 5. Glue or tape the wings on the back of the bat. 6. Glue on the googley eyes or draw eyes. 7. Use black marker or white crayon to finish up the face. Easy, inexpensive and cute!
My daughters bat!
This was such a joy to see her make and create all on her own. I guess the last 4 years of making crafts with her has paid off! She is creative, imaginative and smart. Take the time and make the time with your kids. These easy, little time spenders make a difference in so many ways with your kids. The benefits I see in my daughter are wonderful! It brings tears of joy to my eyes and touches my heart everyday to see truly what an #amazingkid she is....
My daughters bat!
Our Happy Bat Family
Our Happy Bat Family
Easy, fun, creative and inexpensive #Halloweencraft. All with items we have from around the house. Take some time this Halloween to make one of these crafts with your kid (s), you'll be glad you did!! All of my best, Dyan

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