halloween

There’s No Crying in Baseball!

It’s here! My favorite holiday is finally here. I’m so excited to share Henry and Evelyn’s costumes with you today. A few months back one of my favorite movies, A League of Their Own, was playing one night and that’s when it hit me: the kids were going to be Jimmy Dugan and Dottie Hinson. I immediately began scouring small shops for the perfect costumes before I found an amazing seamstress on Etsy who handmade both. I couldn’t be happier with the costumes and they just may be my favorite duo yet. Check out last years Little Red Riding Hood & The Big Bad Wolf and the previous years Firefighter & Dalmatian. Henry has also been Carl from Up and Brian Urlacher. It’s hard to believe that this is his 6th year dressing up (slow down time). What are your kids being this year? Let me know below. Happy Halloween, everyone! Be safe, eat candy until your stomach hurts and remember, There’s no crying in Baseball!

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Halloween Bingo with Welch’s

This post is sponsored by Welch’s® Fruit Snacks. I am being compensated for this post. All comments and opinions are my own.

When September 1st rolled around, all I could think about was Halloween. I am one of those people who literally eats, sleeps and breaths Halloween. That has rubbed off on my children and it’s so fun to experience holidays through your kids eyes. I try to plan festive activities throughout the month to really keep the excitement going. I have nearly 31 Halloween themed books and we read a new one each night, we watch movies, bake cupcakes, drive around and look at decorations and eat way too much candy corn. Now that my kids are getting older, I want to incorporate more holiday themed games into the mix. They are finally at the age where they can understand rules … getting them to follow them is another thing 🙂

We also know that little bellies get hungry very often so before I transform our kitchen table into a game station, I prep some snacks to ward off any hangry kids. My kids absolutely love Welch’s Fruit Snacks and they are so convenient for all stages of busy motherhood. Not only are Welch’s Fruit Snacks my go-to snack of choice after school, but they’re also great in lunches too. Fruit is the first ingredient and Welch’s Fruit Snacks have 100% daily value of vitamin C and 25% daily value of vitamins A & E. 

I have adapted the classic bingo game to be more toddler friendly. Here are the two printables that you can download: halloween bingo board and halloween bingo pieces. One is your basic bingo board and the other includes your icons, or pieces for the board. Cut out all the Halloween icons and give to your child so they can arrange on the board however they want, trust me they will get a kick out of this. If they’re old enough to use child friendly scissors, then the big kids can do this part too. Once they have laid out their pieces, hand out the Welch’s Fruit Snacks for them to use as their markers. I end up giving my kids two bags each because they always end up eating all their pieces, haha. Halloween Bingo is such a great game to play with your kids. If your little ones are too young to grasp the concept, you can always just tell them to place the fruit snack on the picture instead of calling out the usual bingo terms. This activity has been such a life saver for long days when the kids are getting restless. It’s also helped me with nap time because I promise Halloween bingo if they sleep 🙂

We’ve played this a few times now and my kids love matching the fruit snacks to everything on the board. It’s gotten to the point where Henry now tells Evelyn where to place her markers and the basis of the game goes completely out the window. I love that they are using their imagination and having fun, which is what childhood is all about. While I was at the store grabbing the fruit snacks I picked up some inexpensive Halloween items for the kids. Some fake fingers, vampire teeth and sunglasses really add to the festive game and make it way more fun. Trying to watch kids pick up fruit snacks with long witches fingers on is hilarious to everyone.

Without Welch’s Fruit Snacks, I don’t think Halloween Bingo would be as great. Want more info on Welch’s Fruit Snacks? Click here for more details.

Are you as excited for Halloween was I am? Tell me what games and activities you like to do with your family!

 

 

 

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This Halloween, Skip the Sugar, Not the Fun

Having friends over for playdates is something I have enjoyed doing since Henry was a baby. The moms group I’m apart of has the most amazing ladies and it is always so fun to get together so the kids can play and us moms can have adult conversations. One thing that is always a must on a play date is yummy snacks. They keep the kids happy for longer periods of time, which in turn keeps parents happy and stress-free. Throwing a festive playdate is so fun for the kids and since Halloween is my favorite holiday, the two go hand in hand. For this playdate I wanted to incorporate a different kind of treat. One that I know the kids would love yet wouldn’t send them spiraling out of control on sugar. Enter Dick & Jane Educational Snacks. In every bag are the perfect sized cookies for little hands. They are filled with nutritious ingredients and completely free of chemicals. I have tried these little shortbread cookies and they are amazing. I wouldn’t want to feed my kids anything that I didn’t love and these have definitely passed the test.

These days my kids have turned into constant snackers, especially Evelyn. She used to be such a great eater and now she will literally push food out of her mouth with her tongue when I try to get her to eat something. All the foods she used to love (berries, eggs, pasta, vegetables, cheese) literally make her gag now. Between 2-3 years is a common time for kids to start becoming picky with their food so as long as she’s gaining weight and staying healthy, I try not to stress over mealtime that often. Snack time is huge around our house and my kids are mostly grazers. I definitely don’t mind giving them snacks that I know aren’t loaded down with sugar and are also low in fat. Dick & Jane Educational Snacks are also perfect for school parties and I have already planned on bringing them to Henry and Evelyn’s classrooms. I know their teachers will thank me because they don’t want to be stuck with a bunch of children on a sugar high once the party is over. Almost all schools and daycares these days have a nut-free policy. It may just be peanuts or in some cases it could be all nuts entirely. The Dick & Jane Educational Snacks are entirely nut-free and are sure to be a popular treat amongst students and teachers.

In addition to tasting so good, they aren’t called educational snacks for nothing. I love that the snacks are not only delicious but instrumental in my kids learning. Henry has been a sponge since starting Kindergarten and has really loved all the knowledge he’s gaining. Every day he comes home spelling a new word or adding numbers together. This morning when he woke up the first thing he said was “Did you know that 20 is two counts of 10?” It’s like his brain is constantly in absorption mode and he can’t get enough. The Dick & Jane snacks come with States & Capitals, Presidents, Fun & Fitness, English & Spanish and Food & Nutrition. Each cookie is stamped with adorable images and wording so that your kids not only satisfy their bellies but also their mind. Henry loves to hear what is on each cookie and try and memorize the symbols. These mouthwatering cookies really are more than just a snack.

If your kids haven’t tried these yet then they are missing out! From now until October 27th, you can save 15% on the 30-count cases with code CHANEL15. And since they’re available on Amazon that means fast shipping! I can almost guarantee you will not be disappointed in these and you will probably end up eating a few bags yourself 🙂 Let me know if you have tried them in the comments below! I would love to hear what you thought!

*This post was sponsored by Dick & Jane Educational Snacks. As always, all opinions are my own.*

 

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No-Bake Halloween Breakfast

This post is sponsored by Butterfinger but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

I am so excited that Halloween is in just 5 weeks! It is without a doubt my favorite holiday of the year and I love to stretch out the Halloween festivities as long as possible (I started decorating September 1, ha!) Some of our favorite traditions are going to the pumpkin patch, costume parades, watching family movies and eating yummy food.

As much as I would love to bake all sorts of Halloween goodies I just don’t have the time or patience. I am all about life hacks and what can be done in the quickest way possible. These Butterfinger Peanut Butter Skull Cups breakfast donuts can be used for a bake sale, at the office or even for teachers. It will also  save you time, money and most importantly, your sanity. The Butterfinger Peanut Butter Skull Cups and glazed donuts compliment each other so well with the mix of crunchy and moist flavors. Butterfinger is my husband’s favorite candy bar so of course he loved digging into these Skull Cups and nearly ate the entire bag before it was donut time.

I love creating festive memories and traditions that my kids will remember for years to come and these donuts will definitely be sticking around. Candy is so widely associated with Halloween so it seems natural to add some to a festive breakfast. Butterfinger is a classic chocolate that I always looked forward to receiving during my trick-or-treat days. Expect to see a lot of these Butterfinger Peanut Butter Skulls making an appearance in your kids treat bags.

Have you tried the new Butterfinger Peanut Butter Skull Cups? You can get them at your local Walmart and use the ibotta offer for special savings! Be sure to stock up for all the trick-or-treaters this Halloween!  Do you have a go-to Halloween recipe or dessert that you love to make? If so, let me know in the comments!

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Little Red Riding Hood & The Big Bad Wolf

October has officially been the fastest month of the year. I cannot believe today is Halloween. We’ve done so many fun things this month and it’s so true that having kids makes the holidays that more fun.  For the Henry & Evelyn’s duo costume this year, I chose Little Red Riding Hood & The Big Bad Wolf. It was so much fun collecting pieces to make the costumes complete. Henry’s amazing wolf hat is from Etsy as is Evelyn’s apron but everything else was found at local stores (Target mostly). This is the costume I’ve been most excited about and I love the way it turned out. What are your kids being for Halloween this year?

 

Happy Halloween, everyone! xo

 

Halloween Toddler Activities!

Happy Tuesday, everyone! In case you missed the memo, Halloween is in SIX days! Our house has been decked out all month long and my 4-year-old wants to wear his costume day and night. The older he gets the more he can participate in festive actives which is why he usually has a few costumes to choose from. This week there are so many fun activities planned for kids in our area and I’m sharing a few of them with you so you can have a week-long Halloween celebration too!

Kroger Moonlight Madness: Several Kroger stores in the Atlanta area will be participating in a fun Moonlight Madness event this Thursday, October 27 from 4pm-7pm. Different stores throughout Atlanta will have a costume contest for kids, trick or treat at different departments, cake walk, pumpkin carving contest, cookie decoration station, a scavenger hunt, and lots of samples. The best part? It’s totally free to attend. Since we regularly shop at Kroger and it’s down the street from us, we will definitely be taking the kids there this week. We love a reason to get out of the house during their witching hours anyway!

Pumpkin Patch/Carving: Probably the most comment activity to experience with your kids in the Fall. We love to go at the beginning of the month so we can enjoy our pumpkins for all of October. We wait until just a few days before Halloween to carve them so they don’t rot. Since Halloween falls on a Monday this year, we will be carving up ours this weekend. And when I say we, I mean my husband. The kids will be painting pumpkins 🙂

Trunk or Treat: Plenty of churches and police stations host Trunk or Treats the week leading up to Halloween. They’re typically free and it’s a great way to interact with your community. Our local PD decorates squad cards, has a bounce house, prizes and even has the fire station come with a fire truck. This year the kids costumes will be very appropriate for the police station and I’m sure Henry will enjoy telling everyone that Evelyn is a criminal.

Halloween Movie Night: There are so many new and classic kid friendly Halloween movies and I love that Freeform (formerly ABC Family) plays a different one each night up until Halloween. Some of our families favorites include: Hocus Pocus, The Adams Family, It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Bedknobs & Broomsticks, Room on the Broom, Scared Shrekless, Mickey’s Monster Musical, and Hotel Transylvania. We always spend Halloween Eve watching festive movies and eating fun snacks, like Happy Halloween donuts from our favorite local bakery. Do you have any Halloween traditions or activities that you love doing as a family? Let me know in the comments below and happy haunting!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kroger. The opinions and text are all mine.

Halloween Books for Toddlers

It’s no secret that having kids really lets you enjoy the holidays more. I love decorating and doing as many festive things as possible with our kids during September-December. Halloween is by far my favorite holiday so I really love embracing all the fun traditions. When Henry was 16 months old I started collecting Halloween books for him to read throughout the month of October (similar to the 25 books of Christmas). It’s so fun to add more to our collection each year and now that Evelyn is old enough for books, they have really enjoyed reading them together. Unlike the Christmas books in our collection, the Halloween books are mostly short reads so they hold the kids’ attention span (even it that means I have to read each one five times in a row). 

Here is my toddler approved Halloween book list!

What are some of your kids favorite books for Halloween? Let me know in the comments below!

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