October 30, 2011

Happy Halloween!!!

Hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween!

October 19, 2011

Birthday Countdown

People make countdowns for every holiday.  I have one so far for Christmas and Halloween (I just redid my Halloween Countdown)  I thought why not make one for my kids to countdown their birthdays?  A great way for my son to learn his numbers.  Anyways, this is the result and I'm excited for April to roll around so we can use it. 

October 5, 2011

Pumpkin Pie Playdough

As many of you know, I love Allison over at Oopsey Daisy blog.  She does a series called Mommy School that teaches moms how to introduce letters, numbers and colors to our children and make it fun.  In one of her Mommy School packets, H is for Halloween, she has this amazing recipe for Pumpkin Pie Playdough.  I have been dying to make this since I saw the recipe for it!  I finally bought the supplies I didn't have last night and made it with some cute boys who put all the ingredients into the mixer.  We spent a long time playing with this playdough and Wyatt was fascinated that it smelt good.  He kept sticking his nose in it to smell.  So funny!  Anyways, here is the recipe if you are interested in making some yummy playdough. (Don't eat it though, I just meant it smelt yummy)

Pumpkin Pie Playdough:

5 1/2 c. flour
2 c. salt
8 tsp. cream of tartar
3/4 c. oil
1 container (1.5 oz) pumpkin pie spice
orange food coloring (2 parts yellow/1 part red)
4 c. water

Mix all of the ingredients together.  Cook and stir over medium heat until all the lumps disappear.  Knead the dough on floured surface until it is smooth.  Store in airtight container.  Remind children not to taste!   Also: This makes a lot of playdough, you could half the recipe and have plenty.  Enjoy!

Ghost Bottles for Kids

We made some ghosts for the kids to play with.  They loved them and that they were involved in the process.  I let them run with their craft outside and this little ghost entertained them for hours.  (With a little break in between because the ghosts got a little violent)

2 liter bottle
White paint
Black paper
White crepe paper

Put a small amount of white paint into a 2 liter bottle and replace the lid.  Let your child shake and shake the bottle until white paint completely covers the inside.  Take the bottles outside and remove the caps so that the bottle can dry.  When dry replace the cap, add eyes and a mouth using mod podge, and tape crepe paper strips to the bottom.  Hopefully your kids love them as much as these boys did!

Halloween Ghost Feet

I wanted to do something special to remember Graycie first Halloween.  I thought I would do ghost feet prints of the kids.  I love them.  I just did them right onto a 12x12 piece of paper so that after Halloween I could just stick it right into my scrapbook.  I used my Silhouette to cut out Halloween 2011 and the kids names.  Wyatt really loved that his ghosts are bigger than Graycies.  He makes me laugh everyday.  This is a really fun and simple way to remember Halloween this year.

Welcome Home

My little brother gave me the wood for the word 'Welcome' for Christmas last year.  I FINALLY got around to decorating it.  Since I'm trying to branch out and add orange and teal to my house colors, this is what I came up with.  Once again...a project I love the outcome of.

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