Archive for October, 2012

Recycled Sweater Craft: Trendy Boy and Girl Hat

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 by by

Are you surviving winter?  Our weather here is so fickle so we usually layer in the morning with jacket, hat and scarf but by noon that has all been put away and then 3 o’clock hits and we are frantically looking for that jacket.

We had an old sweater lying around that we couldn’t donate because it had a hole. I hate to give clothes away that is damaged so I kept it just in case I figured out how to repurpose it.  Plus, I had a hard time parting with it because I loved how handsome (more…)


Superheroes In Speech! {And at Home}

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 by by

Little boys. They love superheroes.

This hasn’t hit in our house yet. My little guy is only 20 months and is currently obsessed with trucks (gucks), cars (gucks), and trains (gucks). And my daughter has been obsessed with princesses since she could say “princess” so needless to say we don’t have any superhero paraphernalia around here.


But I have a client (age 4) who LOVES all things superheroes and I have been wanting to incorporate them into our sessions. I found inspiration over at Red Ted Art (great blog, go check it out!) where she makes Superhero Puppets! The second I read her post I KNEW that was what we were going to do.

Make Your Own Superhero Puppets

These are not difficult at all to make. All you need is a computer with internet access, a printer, some heavy paper/card stock, glue and some Popsicle sticks. Since it was Maggie’s idea (more…)

Boo and Everything

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 by by

“Bob, you are adorable.”


“And extremely scary. You’re a very scary zombie.”

“I’m not a zombie! I don’t eat brains! I’m a skeleton! A skeleton is just plain scary, Mom.”

Yummy Math Fun with Felt

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 by by

We are still having some summer weather here in our part of California and my kids favorite summertime (ok, anytime) treat is ice cream. I decided to take advantage of their love of ice cream by creating a fun felt math game that reinforces both pattern making, counting and number order. This is so (more…)


Pumpkin Puree and Pumpkin Spice: How to Make from Scratch

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 by by

I didn’t realize how much I loved Libby that is Libby’s Pumpkin Puree, until I moved to a place where they don’t sell it.  They also don’t sell pumpkin spice here so I have faithfully packed them into my suitcase along with corn tortillas, reeces pieces, Sun chips….. for years.

I come from a family that ate pumpkin pie every Sunday. Well, every Sunday in the Fall. My father would pick one up and we would enjoy it all week. So pumpkin pie is very dear to me and not being able to buy one or make one was totally unacceptable. Then one day it dawned on me, I can make pumpkin puree and pumpkins spice from scratch!  I am so glad I tried making it because it’s really easy. I personally can’t (more…)

Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts with Caramel Glaze

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 by by

Our family has been trying to eat healthier as I mentioned in our Healthy Popcorn Balls article.  Since it’s Fall and I love my pumpkin, I decided to experiment and make these tasty Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts with Caramel Glaze. The pastry on these bad boys is made from whole wheat and the inside is just pumpkin puree. I didn’t add sugar to the pumpkin puree because I knew it was going to get drizzled with some caramel glaze and that would be more than enough sugar for us. You can also leave out the caramel glaze, for a healtheir option.  I tried one without the glaze and it was good. You can also try this (more…)

Supper Time

Monday, October 29th, 2012 by by

“Mom, you know what the best part of this restaurant is?”

“The french fries?’

“Yeah, but you know what else? If I get sleepy I can lay down in this seat.”

“Are you sleepy, Honey?”

“Yeah. Can I rest my head in your lap? You can have my fries.”


Twas the Weekend Before Halloween….

Monday, October 29th, 2012 by by

It was a busy weekend around here!

Saturday night Rob and I went to our friend’s annual Halloween costume party.  Last year Rob and I didn’t worry so much about matching our costumes, but this year I thought it would be fun to coordinate outfits.  Since I am all about easy this year, I thought of the simplest costume for Rob and worked backwards from there.  Needless to say, I didn’t have to spend a dime on Rob’s half.

My half didn’t end up costing that much either.  I got the faux suede dress for $1.99 at the thrift store along with a $1.00 stuffed polar bear that I sacrificed for its fur.  I re-purposed a $0.50 set of bunny ears into antlers/ears using more stuffed animal pelt, the two pockets I ripped off the front of the dress, duct tape, hot glue and (more…)

DIY Halloween Treat Toppers

Monday, October 29th, 2012 by by

Contributing Writer: Kelly Griglione from Notable Nest

Are you still looking for something special to make for school Halloween treats, or for certain kids in your neighborhood? These clothes in Halloween treat toppers are quick and inexpensive to make, and can easily be personalized for the recipient. This is also a project your kids can help with, or even make on their own.

Materials needed: (more…)

3 Ways to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

Monday, October 29th, 2012 by by

I don’t know about where you live, but here in Northern California, pumpkins at a pumpkin patch are always a lot more expensive than those sold at stores. So even though we have been to a pumpkin patch this season and will visit another this weekend, I bought our pumpkin at the store.

My daughters were so excited when they saw it because they know that pumpkins mean pumpkin seeds!   They love pumpkins seeds and the process to make them is so fun for kids. This year we changed things up a bit by experimenting with seasoning our seeds.

You will need:

  • Pumpkin
  • Carving knife
  • Cookie sheet
  • Cinnamon, sugar, salt, pepper, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder
  • Cooking spray

Make sure (more…)