Creative Costumes for Halloween

Before having kids, Halloween was just another day. I didn’t really care too much about it. Dressing up was not something I really did. Well, minus that one year I dressed up in my husbands old high school football uniform for a party we went to. That was kind of fun. However, since having kids, we start thinking about Halloween costumes for the next Halloween on November 1st. My daughter is forever trying to come up with creative costumes for Halloween. I have to say, I think this years takes the cake! I’m pretty impressed with this years costume!

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Creative Costumes

Bella and I were walking down the Halloween aisle at Target when all of a sudden she squealed. They had a Taco costume. This child LOVES tacos. She would eat at Taco Bell for all of her meals if I let her. Not even joking. So of course, she had to get the Taco costume.

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Being Bella, she has to take the costume a bit further. She doesn’t want to be just a taco. Instead she wants to add some cat ears, a little makeup on her face, black gloves and goes as a Taco Cat. Her two favorite things…cats and tacos! Have you seen that shirt that says, “Tacocat spelled backwards is still Tacocat”? Yea…it’s a favorite of hers!

Rasta Imposta Taco, Tan, StandardRasta Imposta Taco, Tan, StandardJacobson Hat Company Plush Cat SetJacobson Hat Company Plush Cat SetTACOCAT Spelled Backwards is TACOCAT Kitty Cat Navy Graphic T-Shirt - MediumTACOCAT Spelled Backwards is TACOCAT Kitty Cat Navy Graphic T-Shirt – Medium

Are you looking for something else? Here are some other creative costumes for Halloween. I am sure you will find one you love! This next one is something that you could totally make! It’s super creative and could definitely win a costume contest! Don’t have time to make it, don’t fret! Amazon has a Rubiks Cube costume you can purchase!

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Some families love dressing up together. I love when pictures of Neil Patrick Harris come out after Halloween. He and his family really get into Halloween. This 101 Dalmatians costume is perfect for the whole family! The beauty of it…it doesn’t matter how many people are in your family because there is a role for everyone!

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Finally, if scary costumes are more your forte, then this La Llorona the weeping woman costume will be perfect for you! With a few supplies from Amazon, you can put this costume together pretty easily!

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Still unsure on what you or your kids want to be for Halloween? Check out these other Halloween costume posts for some inspiration!

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I’m Bored Free Summer Printable

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My kids are finishing up their last week of school before summer vacation starts. I have to say, I am pretty excited to be done with this school year. The break from waking up at 6 am and making school lunches will be nice. I’m not looking forward to, however, the “I’m bored” comments from my kids. Thankfully, we have an extremely busy summer ahead filled with lots of weekend getaways for my son’s lacrosse tournaments. One thing I will be making sure to pack is my Blue Lizard® Australian Sunscreen. Protecting mine and my families skin is very important to me.

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Whether we are going to a lacrosse tournament, soccer tournament, or just hanging around outside, this bag is always with me in the summer packed full of all the things I need like this Blue Lizard® sunscreen. If you aren’t familiar with Blue Lizard® products, then you need to be! Their products contain a unique zinc oxide formulation and provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection (SPF30+). I personally like it because I can easily find it at Walmart Stores and it is a brand trusted by dermatologists (for over 15 years!!), pediatricians and moms! Head to your local Walmart to pick up a bottle of the Blue Lizard® Sensitive, Baby, Face, or Sport! I picked up the Sensitive version, but all varieties were located in a center aisle display near the toiletry section of the store!

*For children under 6 months of age, please consult your pediatrician before using any sunscreen. For children older than 6 months, Blue Lizard® Baby or Sensitive products are recommended to minimize risk of skin sensitivity.

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While we will be having our extremely busy moments this summer, we will have some down time too. The one thing I do NOT want to hear is, “I’m bored”. Those two words drive me crazy! Especially in the summer! There is so much kids can be doing to keep themselves occupied. I put together this great (and FREE) I’m Bored printable for you to print out and hang on the fridge.

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Once you print this off, hang it on your fridge, and when your kids utter those two words you don’t want to hear, simply point to the list. If your kids are like my son, and a long list of items may be too hard for them to choose something to do, you can either pick for them or make an I’m Bored jar and have them randomly pick a slip of paper. What they pick, they do! Use the printable as a checklist…sort of like a summer bucket list…with a few chores thrown in between. Don’t worry, I have your back!

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Remember…any activities you do outside this summer, make sure you put on Blue Lizard® sunscreen! Protect that skin! If you are heading out to your local Walmart to pick up the Blue Lizard® Sensitive sunscreen, be sure to join iBotta and earn $4.00 when you purchase Blue Lizard® Australian Sunscreen – Sensitive, 5 oz. bottle only.

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Blue Lizard® sunscreen has a patented Smart Bottle™ technology. What does this mean? When the bottle is exposed to harmful UV sunlight, it changes from white to blue! This is a great teaching tool for your kids on when to re-apply sunscreen!

Pick up Blue Lizard® Australian Sunscreen today and enjoy the wonderful summer outdoors!!

Free Mother’s Day Printable

Now that my kids are older, I sometimes miss the cutesy crafts they made when they were in preschool and early elementary. One, in particular, always stands out in my mind. It was a little fill-in-the-blank survey that my daughters teacher (first grade, I think) had the kids fill out for Mother’s Day. She even laminated it for parents to save.  My favorite thing my daughter wrote was, “my mom is as smart as a dolphin”! To help you all have a cute Mother’s Day keepsake like mine, I made this Mother’s Day printable for you!

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Dads, if you are reading this, print this out, put it in a frame or laminate it. Your little ones mom will treasure this forever! If I were to have my kids fill this out right now, some of their answers would be:

  • My mom is 36 years old.
  • My mom’s favorite color is pink.
  • My mom’s favorite food is bacon.
  • One thing my mom always says is “be respectful”

I’m not sure what they would put for the last few questions. Even though they are older, I think I may have my husband print this out and have them fill it out. I’m curious what they would write! This free Mother’s Day printable would be cute to have them fill out every year. Think about how much fun it would be to go back through their answers when they are older!!

While you are thinking about Mother’s Day, here are a few of my favorite Mother’s Day gift ideas that will sure make any mom in your life very happy to receive them. All items below can be ordered on Amazon and delivered to your house in two days with Amazon Prime!

 

Kindle Paperwhite E-reader - Black, 6Kindle Paperwhite E-reader – Black, 6Willcallyou I Do What I Want Cat Face Middle Finger Funny Ceramic Coffee Mug, 11oz, WhiteWillcallyou I Do What I Want Cat Face Middle Finger Funny Ceramic Coffee Mug, 11oz, WhiteApple 42mm Smart Watch - Rose Gold Aluminum Case with Stone Sport BandApple 42mm Smart Watch – Rose Gold Aluminum Case with Stone Sport BandLarge Tree of Life Leather Blank BookLarge Tree of Life Leather Blank Book

What was your favorite Mother’s Day gift?

Tween Easter Basket Fillers

Both of my kids are tweens. My son will be an official teenager in June. I know. I’m kind of scared! Each year, I get really excited to fill their Easter baskets. Since we celebrate Orthodox Easter, which is sometimes on a different date, we get 75% off Easter stuff! However, as much as I love filling Easter baskets, now that my kids are older, I sometimes feel like I’m filling it with a bunch of junk because most of the traditional Easter fillers are geared towards younger kids. To help you all out, I’ve put together a list of tween Easter basket filler ideas.

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Sport Themed Tween Easter Basket

Right now, my kids spring sports are starting up. My daughter plays soccer and my son plays lacrosse. A fun Easter basket idea would be to make a Sport Themed Tween Easter Basket! I don’t know about your house, but at mine, the kids are forever leaving their water bottles somewhere. Whether they leave it at the field, in the back of my car or at school, I am always buying new water bottles. Here is what I would put in a sports themed tween Easter basket:

Under Armour Undeniable Squeeze Bottle with Quick Shot Lid, Lead, 32 OunceUnder Armour Undeniable Squeeze Bottle with Quick Shot Lid, Lead, 32 OunceSwax Lax Lacrosse Training Balls BlueSwax Lax Lacrosse Training Balls BlueMadSportsStuff Flaming Soccer Ball Over The Calf Socks39 (Royal/Large)MadSportsStuff Flaming Soccer Ball Over The Calf Socks39 (Royal/Large)LAX Lacrosse Crew Socks (Black/White, Large)LAX Lacrosse Crew Socks (Black/White, Large)Stunning White Soccer Ball with Pink Crystals Pendant and 16Stunning White Soccer Ball with Pink Crystals Pendant and 16PopSockets: Expanding Stand and Grip for Smartphones and Tablets - Soccer BallPopSockets: Expanding Stand and Grip for Smartphones and Tablets – Soccer Ball

I know my daughter would be beside herself if that soccer PopSockets showed up in her Easter basket this year! Get a few of the items above (be sure to click on them…they come in other sports and colors), add in a couple pieces of chocolate or jelly beans and you are good to go!

Tech Themed Tween Easter Basket

Is your tween more of a techy? Don’t worry, I got you covered for the tech loving tweens! If your tweens are anything like mine, then they love gift cards! For the tech lover, I highly suggest you get them an iTunes gift card. I like to use my Speedway rewards to get gift cards! Other things I suggest adding are:

iPod Touch 5th 6th Gen Cover Case Transparent Clear Glow Shock Resistant HybridiPod Touch 5th 6th Gen Cover Case Transparent Clear Glow Shock Resistant HybridFintie Folio PU Leather Case Cover for iPad 4th Generation With Retina Display, iPad 3 & iPad 2 (Black)Fintie Folio PU Leather Case Cover for iPad 4th Generation With Retina Display, iPad 3 & iPad 2 (Black)iPad 2 3 4 Screen Protector,TANTEK [HD-Clear][Anti-Scratch][Anti-Glare][Anti-Fingerprint] Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Apple iPad 2 / iPad 3 / iPad 4 (9.7 inch),[Lifetime Warranty]-[1Pack]iPad 2 3 4 Screen Protector,TANTEK [HD-Clear][Anti-Scratch][Anti-Glare][Anti-Fingerprint] Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Apple iPad 2 / iPad 3 / iPad 4 (9.7 inch),[Lifetime Warranty]-[1Pack]Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) ControllerNintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) ControllerAtari Flashback Classics: Volume 2Atari Flashback Classics: Volume 2

We got my husband the Atari game for his 40th birthday and the kids have had fun playing the games, in between making fun of how the games looked “way back then”!

Book Loving Tween Easter Basket

One thing I really love is that both of my kids love to read. They are always asking to go to the library so they can check out a new book. My daughter is always getting a non-fiction book about animals or something scientific. My son gets any and every graphic novel he can read (that’s appropriate…some of them…not so much). Besides the obvious Amazon Gift Card, I’d also put the following in a book lovers Easter basket:

Kindle Paperwhite E-reader - Black, 6Kindle Paperwhite E-reader – Black, 6Fintie SmartShell Case for Kindle Paperwhite - The Thinnest and Lightest PU Leather Cover With Auto Sleep/Wake for All-New Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (Fits All 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 Versions), BlackFintie SmartShell Case for Kindle Paperwhite – The Thinnest and Lightest PU Leather Cover With Auto Sleep/Wake for All-New Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (Fits All 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 Versions), BlackThe Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #1-4 Box Set: Full-Color EditionThe Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #1-4 Box Set: Full-Color EditionMaximum Ride: The Manga, Vol. 1Maximum Ride: The Manga, Vol. 1

While the Kindle Paperwhite is a little more than we would typically spend at Easter, it is a gift that will get them reading. We have a lot of soccer and lacrosse tournaments this year, it will be nice for them to have.

Glamour Girl Themed Tween Easter Basket

My daughter is not a girly girl right now. The idea of getting nail polish and other “girl” stuff is not something she would enjoy. Her friends or one of my nieces would love this basket! In this basket, I would put the following:

Color Club Halographic Hues Nail Polish, Halo, Graphic, .05 OunceColor Club Halographic Hues Nail Polish, Halo, Graphic, .05 OunceFairyGlo Long Lasting Night Glow Gel Nail Polish Soak Off UV LED Dramatic Manicure Decor Kit Nail Art For Party Carnival Dressing 10ml 6724FairyGlo Long Lasting Night Glow Gel Nail Polish Soak Off UV LED Dramatic Manicure Decor Kit Nail Art For Party Carnival Dressing 10ml 6724Tinksky 50 Sheets 3D Design Self-adhesive Tip Nail Art Stickers Decals(Random Color Pattern)Tinksky 50 Sheets 3D Design Self-adhesive Tip Nail Art Stickers Decals(Random Color Pattern)Caboodles On the Go Girl Classic Case, Purple, 2.4 PoundCaboodles On the Go Girl Classic Case, Purple, 2.4 PoundBurt's Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lip Gloss, Ocean Sunrise, 1 Tube with Wand ApplicatorBurt’s Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lip Gloss, Ocean Sunrise, 1 Tube with Wand ApplicatorEOS Visibly Soft Lip Balm Sphere, Vanilla Mint, 0.25 OunceEOS Visibly Soft Lip Balm Sphere, Vanilla Mint, 0.25 Ounce

Isn’t this a cute basket?!? I absolutely love it!

Which themed Tween Easter basket is your favorite?

St. Patrick’s Day Ultimate Recipe Round-Up

As a kid, I remember loving St. Patrick’s day. I used to plan out what I was going to wear, and it always included wearing a TON of green. No way was I going to get pinched by the kids at school! Now that I have kids, I always make sure to get them a funny t-shirtst. patrick's day for them to wear to school. Besides wearing green, St. Patrick’s day is also filled with fun crafts and yummy food. Enjoy this round-up of over 20 St. Patrick’s day recipes!

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St. Patrick’s Day Ultimate Recipes Round-Up

Snacks

Meals

Desserts

Crafts and DIY Projects

Enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day! If you are drinking, please remember to be safe about it and have a designated driver. If you are hanging out at home with your kids, make it a fun family game night! Some of our favorite board games are below. Whatever you do, remember to pick up your fun t-shirts!

St. Patricks Day Kitty Cat on Kitty Unicorn Lucky Green Graphic T-Shirt - LargeSt. Patricks Day Kitty Cat on Kitty Unicorn Lucky Green Graphic T-Shirt – LargeStar Wars Darth Vader Lack of Green St Paddys Day Adult Sized T-shirt (Medium)Star Wars Darth Vader Lack of Green St Paddys Day Adult Sized T-shirt (Medium)Watch Ya' Mouth Family Edition - The Authentic, Hilarious, Mouthguard Party GameWatch Ya’ Mouth Family Edition – The Authentic, Hilarious, Mouthguard Party GameHasbro Pie Face GameHasbro Pie Face Game5 Second Rule - Just Spit it Out!5 Second Rule – Just Spit it Out!Jenga Classic GameJenga Classic GameHedBanz Game - Edition may varyHedBanz Game – Edition may vary