Archive for October, 2013

Haunted House

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 by by

A few years ago Rob did some work for a customer who transforms the entire exterior of his house into a haunted showcase every Halloween.  The set up is an impressive array of motion-activated monsters combined with horrific vignettes and live actors.  There is so much thought and detail put into the entire affair that you can really feel how much passion he has for this “hobby” and how much he enjoys putting the whole thing together every year.

Hayden has totally inherited my fear gene.  He does not like anything creepy/spooky/startling/alarming/gory or even a little bit scary.  I am not kidding – if you stand behind a doorway and then jump out to scare me, you will be in jeopardy of being punched, and it is certain that I will be incredibly angry at you for at least 12 hours.  Even though we check this house out every year, Hayden has yet to ever leave the car.  Of course, I have to get out and put on a brave face for the sake of my other kids, all of whom are incredibly delighted by having the bejeezus scared out of them.

Even though the display is generally the same each year, I am still totally creeped out and am STILL caught off guard when I trip a sensor and something jumps up or flies down or starts to moan.  I wasn’t on the property for more than two seconds before I set something off and ended up screaming into Larissa’s ear.

Kellan and Eliza ran deep into the heart of this freak show like they were (more…)


Toddler DIY – Halloween Rolly Monsters

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 by by

Welcome to another week of Toddler DIY! I started these posts two weeks ago and there are more to come! Each Thursday (hopefully) I will share a craft, project, art, recipe that Eliada, my 4 year old practically created herself! We do lots of things together.  We hardly leave each others side, and with this post we will share some of them with ya’ll. Head on over to my Youtube channel, where I will be sharing a few clips of the project and then come back to the blog to see the materials and instructions on how to recreate it yourself!


I’m gonna pop some tags….

Monday, October 21st, 2013 by by

My kids joke that the song “Thrift Shop” was written just for me.  If it wasn’t, it should have been, because you know I love me a good thrift store.

Since Halloween is around the corner and some of us are still trying to assemble costumes, I forced the entire family to hit our local “Savers”.  There was the requisite moping of course, so I tried to liven the situation while Rob combed the racks for costume ideas.

I would count to five at which time every kid had to hold up the ugliest shirt they could find.  The winner took a dollar.  I really wish I could have run the game and my camera at the same time.  Weston had quite the knack for picking winners.  After only two rounds we were all doubled over with laughter.  At the end, Weston came out $6.00 richer.

While we played, Rob found this: (more…)

Black Glue and Watercolor Pumpkins

Friday, October 18th, 2013 by by

Black Glue and Watercolor Pumpkins - Mix black paint with white glue to make these fun pumpkins.

It’s time for another installment of Paint and Play, a series I am doing with Crystal from Growing a Jeweled Rose and Tammy from Housing a Forest. In Paint and Play, we share ideas for having fun with paint. The challenge this week was to use glue and paint to create some art. We made Black Glue and Watercolor Pumpkins. In the past we have made Fall Leaves Using Black Glue and a Black Glue and Salt Watercolor Rainbow. Black glue is fun medium to work with that is created by mixing black paint with white glue. (more…)


Early Fall

Friday, October 18th, 2013 by by

One day Thomas asked, “Can we go to High Park today?” I said, “No, we’re not going there today.” He paused, and then said, “Tomorrow? Can we go tomorrow?” This caught me off guard. He has grown! This a new stage in his development and shows more complex thinking. (more…)

Handmade DIY Halloween Costume Roundup

Thursday, October 17th, 2013 by by

I saw some really cute costume ideas online that are DIY tutorials that I love! You can buy/make them for Halloween, a dress up chest, or Purim!

30 minute Mermaid skirt

DIY recycled Frame Scraps Chalk Board

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 by by

I really needed a central place to put a schedule in the Art Center where I am working for the summer. I didn’t want to buy a white board and had an idea to use some of the recycled materials that we already had. We had an awesome donation from a friend of framing scraps for our wood working program. You could probably find some scraps at a local frame shop that they trash if there is not enough usable materials left.

5 frame scraps
Chalkboard Paint (more…)


Spark’s Birth Story Part 2: How I Got the Birth That Healed My Heart

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 by by

At the end of Part 1, I had just gotten to the hospital and walked past the NICU to Labor and Delivery Room #4. I changed into a gown and laid down to get hooked up to the monitors. At 1:30 a.m., the nurse checked me and I was 4cm dilated and 100% effaced. Progress! B excitedly crossed out the numbers on the little countdown board. The nurse also checked to see if my water was broken. She really didn’t think it was, but did a test for amniotic fluid and sure enough, it had. Apparently, baby was so low that it created a seal in my pelvis and didn’t let anymore fluid out.

The doctor came in to talk to me about my high blood pressure. It was running about 130/93ish and they were concerned about pre-eclampsia. I wasn’t feeling any other symptoms of pre-e and I was sure that it was just high bp, but she ran labs anyway. They took some blood and checked my numbers. She also talked to me about an epidural. She said that epidurals can often lower blood pressure and it would make them a little more comfortable to have me already tapped so that if I needed a c-section it could be done quickly. I knew that I wanted an epi, but wanted to progress a bit further since epidurals can sometimes cause things to slow down. She said “oh honey, your contractions are every 3 minutes, nothing is going to slow down your labor.” I decided to hold out a bit longer.

Labs came back completely normal and about an hour later at 3:30, I got 3 contractions within about 3 minutes and They. Were. Doozies. (more…)

Popcorn Cupcakes

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 by by

Popcorn cupcakes are easy to make a perfect for a circus themed party or movie night.

My twins turned 5 this week and we are having a carnival themed birthday party for them this weekend. After all our work making rainbow cupcakes for their fourth birthday, I was in the mood for something a little more simple this year. I have seen “popcorn cupcakes” all over pinterest and they looked easy enough, so I enlisted one of the birthday girls to help me in the kitchen. These cupcakes are not only adorable, but they are simple enough to make that a child can help. (more…)


Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 by by

“Mom, do you know the Don’t Step On a Crack game?”

“What are the rules?”

“The rules are that you don’t step on any cracks. And if you do you lose.”


“Mom? I’m pretty sure we’ll never make it across the street.”