Creative Halloween Craft with Glow Sticks

Glow Stick Craft

Recently the kids have wanted to do crafts outside since the weather has been cooling off, so we took some glow sticks and turned them into spiders for Halloween.

 

 

 

What you need

  • Glow Sticks you can get 100+ glow sticks HERE
  • Styrofoam Balls
  • Black Spray Paint
  • Google Eyes
  • Glue
  • Some cute kids to make the fun craft

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Tips

  • Spray paint and allow time for the balls to dry 100% (otherwise you will end up with black finger prints)
  • Set your supplies up in small containers to organzine the sizes, colors and shapes of all items
  • Do this in the evening as the sun is going down so the kids can play with them at night in the yard
  • You can poke the glow stick through the entire ball or half way

Have fun!

Happy Halloween!

 

 

How To Include Beauty and Function in a Master Bedroom Makeover With Nature’s Sleep Pillow {$150 Value Giveaway}

Product was provided to assist in this review. Regardless, all opinions are 100% my own. This post also includes affiliate links.

 

Earlier this year I shared our Master Bedroom Makeover on a Budget. It looked SO pretty! Don’t you agree?

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BUT it didn’t take long before our basic pillows got flat and I discovered everyone was using my pillows with the pretty white pillowcases to sleep on in addition to our other pillows. My bed no longer looked as pretty as it started, all the pillows were flat and my white pillow cases were getting ruined. Beauty went out the window for function and it seemed we couldn’t have both.

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I took the pillowcase off (above) so you can see how gross these are. They are half the size they originally were and not comfortable at all without another pillow or folding in half. And what made it worse, eventually my husband started getting horrible back and neck pain which made him toss and turn all night. We were not sleeping well! Hello grumpy people!

 

Function Achieved

We were recently introduced to a great solution to our sleeping problems…

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Meet our Vitex Gel Memory Foam Pillow from Nature’s Sleep. I never knew what I was missing in a pillow until I slept a few nights on this pillow. This particular pillow is not only a memory foam but includes a gel pad to help keep you at a comfortable temperature while you sleep. I thought it might make me cold while I sleep (flashback to my cold waterbed I had growing up) but that never happened! And I loved that the memory foam pillow was not only perfect for back sleeping but side and stomach sleeping, too. I was able to sleep on my stomach and wake up without an achy lower back and numb arms. Loved it!

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Other Facts You Should Know About This Pillow:

  • Naturally responds to body weight and temperature
  • Plush comfort and body molding support
  • Designed with TWO covers for increased longevity
  • Inner Cover-Hand wrapped in 100% natural cotton (pictured above)
  • Outer Cover-luxuriously smooth allergen resistant cotton/poly (75/25) velour – It’s super soft even with the branding embroidered on it. I didn’t even notice the texture of it while sleeping.
  • Cover is removable and washable for easy care
  • Solid molded memory foam pillow (not shredded foam)
  • High density pressure relieving memory foam with a softer feel
  • Traditional pillow shape
  • 3 Year Limited Warranty – Gotta love a guarantee that you will love it!
  • Your children may try to convince you they need one, too. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!  :-)

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Everyone Loves To Make A Pretty Bed!

Now that we have our pillow situation solved (or at least half of it for now until we get a 2nd pillow to replace the other basic pillow on our bed), I can now use my pretty pillowcases. They are, of course, filled with a basic fluffy pillow (that will go flat in not time, if slept on ;-) ), but are perfect for decorative use!

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I have discovered that with a pretty bed that is easy to make, everyone loves to make it…even my husband! Nothing makes the start of my day better than to see my bed already made without me and when I do get to make it, I always have a happy helper!

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Thanks to our Nature’s Sleep Pillow we have proved that we can truly achieve beauty and function of a good night sleep in our Master Bedroom!

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Get a Deal with Nature’s Sleep

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Chocolate Pumpkin Banana Cookies- 3 Simple Ingredients

Who doesn’t love Pumpkin and Banana?!

EVEN BETTER…..

Make them into a cookie with CHOCOLATE!

Makes for a great after school snack too!

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Here’s What You Need:

Ingredients:

  • 1 box cake mix (Preferably spice cake mix, but I used yellow and it was still delicIOUS)
  • 1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin puree
  • 2 mashed bananas
  • 1 bag semisweet chocolate chips

 

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DIRECTIONS:

Step 1: Mix the cake mix & pumpkin puree and 2 mashed bananas.

Step 2: Add the chocolate chips (I used about 2/3 of the bag, and there were plenty).

Step 3: Drop by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet (don’t even worry about making them look pretty).

Step 4: Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. You can add a little cinnamon or nutmeg to spice it up too!

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My test taster had no objections!

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Enjoy this yummy Fall treat!

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Halloween Fun Ideas

So I had plans to share with you another handmade gift item that uses our Easiest Ruffle Ever Tutorial but things happen, which I am sure you can all relate to. For example your cute 11 year old daughter could ride a mechanical bull at a pumpkin festival, fall off and break her arm the day before you are suppose to go on vacation for a week. Life is never dull!! Needless to say having to finish packing and an urgent care visit didn’t leave much time for crafting. (On a side note plastic wrap and a surgical glove work perfect to keep the sand out of a cast and she still enjoyed the beach! Just incase anyone else is unfortunate enough to have the same problem.)

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So I shall put off my fabulous handmade Christmas present and share instead some of the fun Halloween activities we shared on Facebook last week. If you haven’t checked out our Facebook page yet you are missing out. We share lots of neat ideas and activities we find on Pinterest. We do all the searching and you get to just enjoy the fun!!! Sit back and relax and some Halloween inspiration is coming your way!

 

My kids love rice krispie treats and here is a fabulous way to dress up a super simple dessert! Putting frosting in baggies and cutting off the corner would make this dessert a cinch.

 candy corn rice krispies

 

I am totally going to make these for lunch this October. My kids love cheese crisps and what a fun twist. Click HERE for directions.

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This is just a picture but I want to make these with my girls. A 4 X 4 post cut into different lengths painted white with some fun ghost faces. It doesn’t get easier than that!  I want to try and find some glow in the dark paint to make them even cooler.

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This would be so fun and easy for a Halloween breakfast. Check out HERE for the easy instructions.

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This link has lots of great Halloween decorations but this one is my favorite! Click HERE to check all of them out!

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Here are lots of fun Halloween party ideas but I love these doors the most. When we get back from vacation this is totally on my to do list! Click HERE to see all the fun!

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 Do you have fun Halloween activities and crafts? I would love for you to share them with me!

 

 

How To Make Homemade Sand – Part 2


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A few years ago we made our first batch of colored sand and the kiddos loved it. Luckily, a friend shared an alternative way to make colored sand in the comments and we had to try it out this last week! This is a really inexpensive and fairly quick project to do. You can even find all the needed items at a dollar and under type store, which means this project cost us under $2. Gotta love that!

Supplies Needed:

  • Large container of salt
  • Chalk sticks – We used the jumbo size
  • Plate or tray – we used an old plastic lid
  • Cute little hands to help out

 

Directions:

Step 1: Gather supplies needed before calling the team together to create. You can use any size of chalk, but we found the jumbo size is easiest for the kiddos to work with AND you can even find them at a local dollar store.

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Step 2: Add about 1/3 cup Salt to the plate/tray at a time and start rolling your desired color of chalk in it. Be careful not to add too much salt at first because it will make it hard to roll/grind the chalk color through it. The more pressure applied the faster the color spread.

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The girls discovered this was easier for them. Even my 22 month old was able to participate doing it this way.

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Step 3: Once your salt has reached your desired color, bag it and pour more salt on the tray to mix in the remaining chalk powder left. Since we used a plastic lid, the chalk powder stuck to it as we ground it down, so we were able to get it off as we rubbed fresh salt on it and it made more “sand” for us!

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Step 4: Create and have fun with your new colored sand! What will you create? Try some Sand Art or come back next week and I’ll share another fun Colored Sand Craft we have been working on.

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Enjoy!

 
 
 

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{What to Wear} Ideas for Family Photo’s

 

It’s that time of year and most people are getting ready for family photo’s.

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As a mom and a photographer the biggest issue I have experienced for my own family and in helping others is the “WHAT TO WEAR” part. Below are some wonderful tips and examples of clothing put together.

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What Is Your Style?

I always feel if the photo’s are outdoors you want your colors to pop. You also want to think about your home decor and what you have hanging up, the colors and what your style is……

If you decorate with blues and browns and earth tones do you want bright red or green clothing on? Think about about what you will do with your photo’s after the session and where you will have your prints displayed.

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Sometimes Less Is More

It’s about starting with the MOM and your favorite outfit. If mama ain’t happy no ones happy. So find YOUR outfit first, then work off the colors and styles from there. I promise this takes half the stress out!

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Shoes

If your planning on wearing heels ladies, bring your flats to walk in awkward spots then slip them on right before the session.

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Photo Shoot Success With Kids

If the kids need to get their last minute hair bow in, tie or white tee on before the photo’s, don’t worry that you aren’t fully dressed. Arrive early to the session to attend to those final touches.

 

Arrive Early

Always allow extra time for the uh-oh’s. If your photo’s are set for 5pm, tell your family you need to be there at 4:30pm. This will help easy the stress if you are prone to mix ups, late starters or if you are worried you may need more time for those outfit demands, especially for children.

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What Looks Great In Photos

  • Layers are great
  • Scarfs
  • Necklaces or bracelets/Accessories
  • COLOR. {Don’t be stuck in the black or white/denim only era}
  • Dark wash jeans
  • Heels or Wedges
  • Flowers or Headbands for hair your hair and the kids
  • Belts

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What to Wear - Ideas for Family Photo's

What to Wear - Ideas for Family Photo's

What to Wear - Ideas for Family Photo's

What to Wear - Ideas for Family Photo's

What to Wear - Ideas for Family Photo's

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Extra Tips For You To Know Or Ask

  • Have your session 1-2 hours around sunrise or sunset-{never take your photo’s in the middle of the day}
  • Ask your photographer to shoot from above for more slimming photo’s
  • Ask your photographer if you can bring props or if he/she has any props you can use for your session
  • Take it off or put it on! If you have a sweater and you want to take a few shots with it, then with out it, do it! It will change the look of the photo!
  • Find clothes that you feel good in, nothing too tight or stiff, it WILL show in the photos
  • Layer, Textures and Patterns are OK!

 

Now you do not need all of the above to make a “perfect” photo. Keep it simple and natural as you want or bling it up if that’s your style!

 

Remember

Have fun and remember candids make the best photo’s and don’t forget mostly….. to bring your best SMILE and just enjoy it!

 

Enjoy!

 

For More “What to Wear”  ideas find us HERE

 

 

*all pictures are courtesy of Bella Bean Photography (Shannon!)

 

Linked to: I Heart Nap TimeLil’ LunaSomewhat SimpleTatertots & Jello & Today’s Creative Blog, Strawberry MommycakesCraftaholics Anonymous

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