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My 5 Superstitious

October 28, 2014 By · 18 Comments

Yes, I am superstitious and not just around Halloween. I don’t know where these really stemmed from for me but to this day I will not do them and if I do I react. I know it is silly but while some are silly some actually make sense to me. Below I will list my top 5 Superstitions but I’d love to hear yours.

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Ladders- Yes, I’m the freak that will not walk under a ladder. I mean you can’t tell me it is wise to walk under one can you? Think about it, if you walk under a ladder and the thing somehow collapses on you that is going to hurt. I never go under them at a bookstore either, picture someone being above you, you move it just slightly and they fall off. Or what about you being under it and a book falling from above. OUCH. So

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yes, I do not walk under ladders, you are asking for something to happen.

Umbrella- Nope, never, ever open an umbrella inside a house….at least not around me. For one it is bad luck to open them in your house. Two if you do and the tip hits something you could possibly break something. Not to mention if you open an umbrella in your house how are you going to get it through your door?

If I’m walking with someone I tend to shout bread and butter if a pole comes between us or something. I don’t know where it came from or when I started doing it but I do.

Yes, if you have an eyelash falling I will tell you to make a wish. If the clasp of your necklace is in front instead of back I will do the one swoop to get it to the back. Pick up a penny on the ground but only if it is heads, I won’t pick it up on tails. No, I’m okay with a black cat crossing my path, in fact I had a black cat that I adored and would love another one. The number 13 doesn’t phase me, in fact I find myself luckier on that day. What superstitions do you have?

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Letter To My Younger Self

October 27, 2014 By · 30 Comments

To My Younger Self:

I’m not really sure what to tell you. Ummm we are currently a month before we turn 37 and have 5 kids. Yes, I said 5. I know you weren’t even considering kids your Senior year but you ended up having 5. Actually our oldest child will be graduating this school year. Wow right?  haha bet that is blowing your mind right? See, those people didn’t know what they were talking about because you will do anything for your kids. You love them so much you can’t even contemplate the amount at this age. All you know is it is your senior year and you are having a difficult life at the moment. Before I move on I want to tell you that you have such a relationship with your children that some will be jealous and not understand, others will hate you but the best part is your children adore you and you adore your children. I want you to know that while it may seem terrible and hard right now you will get through this time period. Everything you do in life, you do it for them.

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5 Fall Crafts and Activities For Little Boys

October 24, 2014 By · No Comments

I always see fall crafts or activities geared more towards little girls instead boys or better both. Today we are going to create a few crafts and activities that are geared towards boys but girls could surely do them too. Why do I say that? As a mom to five I know both can because I have 2 girls and 3 boys.  The only problem with making bracelets, necklaces and tutus is not all little boys can wear them and many won’t even attempt it.

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1. Trace a Leaf- This is an easy craft but it takes finding a leaf to trace over, which can be tricky if you live in the desert. You only need three things, a leaf, a crayon and a piece of construction paper. Have your child put the leaf under the paper and rub the crayon over the top of the paper.

2. Jumping in a Pile of leaves- If you have a tree in your yard now is the time to have some fun and enlist some worker bees. Have your child go out and rake a pile of leaves and then tell them to run and jump into it. Make sure to have your camera ready because these will be some amazing Fall shots.

3. Nature walk- Go out on a nature walk and look at all that Mother Nature is sharing with you. To add a bit of creativity have your child take a notebook with and either draw, write or collect items for their book that they can remember this trip. If they are older see if they can identify leaves, paw prints, what type of plant something is, etc.

4. Painting rocks- Go out and grab a handful of rocks, some newspaper, paints, a paintbrush and let your child have fun. Lay the newspaper out so they don’t get the paint everywhere and just let them have fun painting their own creations. Do not forget to ask them what they are painting as they are doing it. Be shocked, be amazed, above all encourage them to have fun. While you have the paint out you may want to let them try making a fall tree painting.

5.  Make a dirt road- Boys (AND GIRLS) love to play in the dirt and many love to play with cars and trucks. Take them outside and have them make little roads, if you don’t have dirt (those of us in the desert have a ton of it) take some chalk and let them draw roads to drive on. Just above all let them imagine life, a world in which they create and sit back and watch as they learn to have fun.

What fall activities/crafts does your child do?

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20 Spooky Halloween Treats for Your Guests

October 24, 2014 By · 24 Comments

Check out Halloween Treats: Spooky Treats for Your Little Monsters

by Eliza Ferree at Foodie.com

Halloween is my favorite time of year. This is the one time we all get to be someone we are not, we can dress sexy, scary, something not even human and no one will say anything to you. It’s all about scary and fun to be had. My favorite thing though is having a late night movie night with my family and our Halloween Menu. Almost every year I come up with our Halloween list and hang it up on the door for trick-or-treaters to read. I’ve been asked how I’d give my kids puss and brains for breakfast and just what is kitty litter. haha. I love to have fun don’t get me wrong and with my kids you have to get grosser every year because you can’t just have the same thing over and over. Thankfully Foodie.com has helped me pick a great selection that I think will make even my kids say ewww gross. I mean while my favorite sweet treat for Fall has been my daughter’s amazing peanut butter pie (which we discovered last year) these will definitely have to be tried.

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I’ve compiled a list of 20 spooky Halloween treats for your kids that will definitely be creepy, gross and disgusting desserts for you to try out on your Halloween guests this year. Imagine sitting jello shaped like spiders and every time they wiggle it looks like they will jump at you. Or maybe your child is into guts, blood and brains, there’s even a gelatin brain or if you are into fruit you can have a watermelon one. There are a ton of ideas over there, if you sign up please follow me I’m Eliza Ferree over there and I’d love to see what you like so let me know so I can find you too. What fun things do you like to do at Halloween? Ever create a Halloween menu? I’d love to hear about it.

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Best Editing Tools for Blogging

October 23, 2014 By · No Comments

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This one is a bit harder than most of the other topics because it calls for the best and I’m sure I haven’t found “the best tools for blogging” just yet, however there are a few tools on use every day or every few days so for the sake of this post that is what we will discuss today. Do you have any favorite editing tools or just tools you use to blog with? I’d love to hear about them, I mean I may not even know about them and find out they help me even more.

WordPress: I think having my own domain name meant I had to move from blogger (which sometimes I really miss) over to wordpress. Honestly it seems like what all bloggers do once they finally purchase their own name. I’m not really sure why we just do it.
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