Halloween is around the corner, and it's time to start thinking about costumes! Most people head to the local costume shop or buy a costume online at places like CostumeExpress, Amazon, or even Etsy. But sometimes it's fun to be original and make your own costume at home. Homemade costumes can be outstandingly creative, using simple supplies that are found in the average home. With most of these costumes a generic base layer of clothing is necessary. If possible, start with a solid color ... Continue Reading
Homemade costumes can be outstandingly creative, using simple supplies that are found in the average home.
Discover vibrant and fascinating spring traditions around the world.
Learning about various cultures is always fun and enlightening, not just for adults - but kids as well. This spring, people around the world will participate in activities and fun. From the ancient to the modern, these spring traditions and festivals may inspire something new you'll want to try with your family. India: In the spring, north India celebrates a festival called Holi. The celebration is marked by lighting bonfires called Holika. Both children and adults chase each other and throw ... Continue Reading
Keep your kids safe and secure this Halloween.
Halloween night is only a couple days away. This means our children are getting excited and anxious to put on their new costumes and fill up those candy buckets. But, before setting out on your Trick-or-Treat journey, make sure you follow a few simple steps to help ensure the safety of our most important sweets ... our kids! Here are my favorite Trick-or-Treat Tips: 1. Always travel in a group. I prefer to walk with friends, and we ideally have one adult for every two children at a minimum. ... Continue Reading
Get creative with homemade Halloween Costumes like fairies, scarecrows, and gypsies.
Not only is it less expensive to create homemade Halloween costumes for your kids, it gets your creative juices flowing and the kids can help with the preparations. Here are ten fun ideas for homemade costumes this year…. ScarecrowThis is always a family favorite. For the makeup, paint small circles on the cheeks, a triangle on the nose, and one vertical, short line above and below each eye. For the costume, grab one of dad’s old plaid shirts, big brother’s jeans and boots, and an old ... Continue Reading
Go eco-friendly this Halloween using these tips to go green.
Ghosts, skeletons, black cats, oh my! The witching hour is soon at hand and the only thing spookier than the things that bump in the night is the impact our festivities can have on the environment around us and the health of our children. We've already talked about using soy candles, making your own costume, and purchasing earth friendly make-up - but here are even more ways to go green this Halloween. Pumpkins Support your local farm that uses sustainable and organic farming practices. ... Continue Reading
These Halloween-Inspired accessories are perfect for the holiday and all season long.
The month of October is all about fall colors and of course, Halloween. Moms everywhere will be busy shopping for and putting those last minute touches on their kids’ Halloween costumes. But what about the moms’ Halloween outfit? Whether you want to dress-up with Halloween colors all season long or you need just the right accessory for that big party you’ve been looking forward to, here is a great list of Halloween-inspired accessories. When it comes to Halloween night fashion, it’s ... Continue Reading
Celebrate Halloween the frugal way this year with a bit of planning and preparation.
As Halloween merchandise overtakes the stores this month, it can be tempting to overspend on candy, costumes, and decorations. Halloween is a huge money maker for retailers, and it is one of the most decorated holidays, second only to Christmas. With a little bit of planning this year, you can save money by celebrating the frugal way. Frugal Halloween Candy Have you looked at the prices of candy lately? Even on sale, name brand candy will put a hefty dent in your wallet. Name brand candy ... Continue Reading
Celebrate Halloween in a green and environmentally friendly way.
When you think of Halloween what do you think of? Is it the costumes, candy, decorations, or parties? Regardless of how you celebrate Halloween, you can do it in an environmentally friendly way. Here are a few simple steps to help green-up your Halloween festivities. Reusable Bags Instead of opting for the cheaply made PVC containing orange pumpkin candy container at your local grocery store grab a reusable grocery bag. Choose a high quality bag that you will use over and over again, or better ... Continue Reading
The Candy Fairy is a great way to swap out your Halloween sweets for other treats.
Ever heard of the Candy Fairy? You may want to incorporate this into your Halloween traditions. With the welcome arrival of cooler temperatures and the month of October, our thoughts turn to planning Halloween festivities, choosing costumes, and trick-or-treating with our children. Do you know how trick-or-treating got its start? Its beginnings can be traced back to Britain and All Souls' Day when poor villagers would go from door to door beseeching homeowners for treats called, "soul ... Continue Reading