Don't wait until next October to stock up on Halloween
decorations and costumes. You can score some great items at scary
bargain prices if you shop this week at your favorite retail store!
You may need to take a guess as to how big your child will be
next year, but many costumes secure with simple buttons or Velcro
making it easy to fit into regardless of their growth spurt. The
early bird gets the worm, so don't wait until the end of the week
to find items that will add some tricks to the trick-or-treating
Motion sensor ghosts, tombstones, pumpkin lights and other
accessories to spunk up the holiday season may be hard to store for
a year, but the wait will be worth it when you check your receipt
and have everything ready to go for the 2011 Halloween season!
Did you know that MOM Magazine has a Flickr Group?
We'd love for you to share your photos with us, and also use it as
a place for inspiration.
Let's start out by sharing pictures of your carved pumpkins. New
Here is what you need to do:
***Photo sharing tip*** I use Picasa (not the web version, the
one you download) on my computer to organize my photos. From
Picasa, I go through my photos and "star" the ones I'm going to
share/upload to the web (for Facebook, blog, Flickr, etc.). I then
select only my "starred" photos and export them in a smaller,
web-friendly size to a separate folder I have just for the purpose
of web-sharing. So when I go to upload photos to Flickr, I just
need to search for my folder I just exported to, select all the
photos, and click upload. It's easier for me because I can get just
the photos I want, and they are already resized to the size they
need to be.
We grabbed a bunch of gords and squashes when we went to the
pumpkin patch yesterday. I love using them as fall decorations that
can double as a sidedish between Halloween and Thanksgiving. These
cute butternut squashes looked like a little family of ghosts, so I
gave them fun google eyes with a black sharpie pen.
I've actually become quite attached to
the little guys as they look down on us from the fireplace mantle.
I just don't know that I'll be able to throw them in the oven.
"What initially started as "kids behaving badly," sexting
has grown to become a significant threat to the safety and
bell-being of children. Now, the newest trend, using "sexted"
images to blackmail, is making sexting a major tool for child
predators and molesters." Read the following guest blog for
more information about this phenomenon and how we need to protect
our children: http://www.tofoilapredator.com/blog/2010/10/16/sexting-blackmail-what-every-parent-needs-to-know.html
Fall into fun this season with a trip to a real pumpkin patch to
hand select that perfect jack-o-lantern! There's still time to
visit pumpkin patches such as the one offered at the Country
Mercantile store as you head south on highway 395.
Along with pumpkin fun, you and your family can enjoy a corn
maze, straw-bale maze for little kids, petting zoo and more. Pony
rides, hay rides and other venues make a trip a great family outing
to kick start your fall season. The Country Mercantile is open 7
days a week but the fun ends October 31st. The store and
fun is open from 9 am to 6 pm.
You've got their costumes ready, but what about their treat
bags? Don't be so quick to rush out and purchase a trendy Halloween
bucket. With a little help from Crayola and your youngsters, you
can create a Halloween bag that carries the theme of their costume
while being kind to Mother Nature.
Simply use a white, recyclable paper bag with or without handles
(they're easy to add with strips of paper and a dab of glue) and
let your child tap into his or her inner Picasso. You can also use
kid-made, earth friendly bags for birthday parties for a personal
Have your little ones draw a picture of a birthday cake or write
the age of the child on the bag for the party you're attending. Add
stickers, glitter glue, feathers or any other art supplies you can
think of and you'll have a unique bag that has you going green
without spending a lot of green. Want to go ever greener? Reuse the
brown paper bags from your local grocer. For more craft projects
and creative Halloween ideas check us out as Mom Magazine was
recently featured on KEPR TV at http://www.keprtv.com/news/adventures/105553638.html.
We're fortunate to have a variety of sports teams in the
Tri-Cities with Fever Football, Tri-Cities Dust Devils and
American's Hockey. It costs a great deal less to attend a local
sports team than to pay for travel and accommodations for a
Seahawks game (not to mention ticket prices) but there are also
other ways you can expose your kids to community events. Even if
you don't have teenagers in high school sports, Friday Night
Football games can be a fun family outing to teach sportsmanship
while enjoying all the fanfare of a major team.
Nachos and hotdogs are affordable and fun to enjoy while your
kids learn the game with great seats and easy access to the exit
signs if they get fussy. Try taking your child to a sports team of
a family friend with a high school student playing on the field, or
even to the school they will eventually attend.
It's a wonderful opportunity to build their interest and gauge
whether they're ready for a long trip to a major city. If high
school sports keep them engaged, move them to the next level with
minor league sports to ensure the entire family gets the most bang
for their hard-earned buck!
Monkey Dooz is wild about style, and we are wild about
Monkey Dooz is not only a full service salon catering
exclusively to children, they also host some of the most fun
birthday parties in Tri-Cities!
If you are looking for a special place to take your child for
their first hair cut, or need an super indoor setting for a
birthday party, check out Monkey Dooz.
My son is a very organized little 2nd grader. And while I'm very
proud of him for that, it sometimes doesn't match with my more
care-free nature. In short, I stress him out.
Yesterday he and I had an hour to spend together before school,
so I excitedly announced that I was taking him out for hot
chocolate. "Um, maybe we should just go to school mom."
"No sweetheart, we'll be fine. No one is at school yet. Now just
relax and let's enjoy a treat together." We sat at a table playing
hangman and laughed like crazy people. It was fun. As I guessed his
letters to a rather long puzzle and he began hanging my man - I
started to figure it out... So I finished my hot chocolate and we
left for school - 30 minutes early.
Here is a great recipe to use a pumpkin, even after poor
Jack has been squashed in the street. Joan Beneke, my
amazing mother-in-law brought all the ingredients to the
house and we enjoyed making it together. The entire family
had a blast eating dinner right out of a giant pumpkin!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown and drain beef along with
onions and sausage. Cook until no longer pink and drain well. Cut
top off of pumpkin and reserve. Clean seeds and strings from
pumpkin. Clean well. Coat pumpkin skin with shortening. Mix all
ingredients together in a large bowl.
Spoon ingredients into pumpkin. Place top back on pumpkin.
Wrap foil over the stem.
Bake on a cookie sheet for 2 to 3 hours depending on the
size. Do not over bake. The pumpkin should not begin to brown. It
will shrink down as it bakes.
Place stuffed baked pumpkin on a
platter and serve directly out of the pumpkin. Be sure to scrape
the cooked pumpkin meat out with the casserole. It has soaked up
the amazing flavor and tastes delicious. Enjoy!
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