Posted in Family, Holidays, Opinion, parenting, Uncategorized

In bed by 10; Halloween has really changed

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Halloween.

Just saying it gives you a feeling. Or at least it should I think. Every time I say it I feel this overwhelming sense of mystery and warmth. I feel the cool autumn breeze and smell the dead leaves on the ground. I see the lights of all the decorated homes, and taste the candy and Halloween inspired shots (don’t mix the two). And I mourn a holiday that is so much different now.

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Before kids, I looked forward to Halloween all year. Ever since high school, I started planning my costume in July. I prepped and prepared and made them from scratch (I don’t sew so the “scratch” thing may be a little misleading). Image may contain: 4 people, people standing and indoorI picked which parties and bars to attend on which nights because just one night wearing my costume was simply not acceptable.

 

 

This year, there will be no shots. There will be no hangover. There Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, selfie and closeupwill be no loud music and slutty costume contest. We have tried to have both and I fear that we failed, miserably. In the past few years, even after becoming parents, we tried to rally for all nighters on Halloween. Did the costumes, found a sitter, and saved up a little bit of drinking money. Lets just say, it didn’t end well and nursing a hangover around chocolate and screaming kids is not my idea of a good time. We did trick-or-treating, we went to the pumpkin patch, and we let the kids stay up a little later

Image may contain: 3 peoplethan usual. That was much more entertaining than throwing up at a gas station (no need to point fingers at who). (It was me).

 

This year, we are doing the family things. We are going to the Halloween parties, the Trunk-or-Treats, the pumpkin patch. We’re going trick-or-treating and celebrating at my library’s Halloween maze. We may need to skip the “adult Halloween time” for a yeImage may contain: 4 people, people standing, sky, shoes and outdoorar or two. Image may contain: 2 peopleNot something I ever thought I’d hear myself say but the time might be here that I need to hang up my witch’s hat by 10 instead of 3am. Is that bad? I don’t know, maybe. Maybe in a few years I’ll be craving the excitement of going out on the town for Halloween. But for now I’m looking forward to taking my bugs out, watching them get excited by all the costumes and decorations, and just hanging out with family. Not to mention the two weeks of horror movies, that needs to still happen or why are we even doing this?

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Posted in DIY, Family, Holidays

Teen Costumes= Scary

I get it, it’s Halloween (which I love dearly), you’re supposed to dress up and get crazy and be someone other than yourself for at least a day. Understandable. It’s been a magical day since it’s inception as Samhain. However! I just took my 2 year old to look at costumes and I saw…a sexy cop outfit for about a five year old? What five year old wants to be that (if yours does I apologize and I hope you talk them out of it)? As an adult yeah sure, everything for Halloween can be slutty- slutty cat, slutty teacher, slutty cheeseburger:

Why?…cheeseburger does not equal sexy. EVEN SLUTTY CAREBEARS! The humanity of it all!

But hey you’re an adult…dress like you want. For teens however, their choices of costumes can be quite slim if they don’t want to be overly sexy (well lets face it for adults too).

Some of the best selling teen costumes are the sexified versions of the Disney princesses, anything Alice in Wonderland related sexified, and what I think is the worst idea ever, the sexy ninja turtle:

@Kat Hamblin  This should be us next year. Should do the whole crew. Love it! Tmt  girl style:

This is a ninja turtle:

Just sayin…

So here some still awesome ideas for costumes even if you want actual clothes on for Halloween.

Adventure Time!

Wayne and Garth…still a classic costume for a duo:

No I’m the only who parties!

Rock, Paper, Scissors. Clever.

Rock Paper Scissors Group Halloween Costume at Abbiegoguen

Probably one of my favorites:

Shark Week Group Halloween Costume at Coolest Homemade Costumes

Posted in Holidays, Mother's Day

Mother’s Day: Then and Now

Mother’s Day, as it is today, can be rooted to a woman named Anna Jarvis who created the official holiday in 1908. Anna Jarvis, who was the daughter of Anna Reeves Jarvis, wanted to honor her mother who had created “Mother’s Day Work Clubs”. These were to help mothers learn how to care for their children. Once Anna Jarvis’s Mother’s Day was successful she fought to get it on the U.S. calendar arguing that all holidays were mostly to celebrate the male citizens.

In 1914 Woodrow Wilson finally caved and made Mother’s Day a national holiday. Anna Jarvis, who would die childless, envisioned her day for mothers to consist of prayer, families coming together, and the sharing of carnations. However, it quickly became enraptured by florists, candy companies, and card makers. Commercialism took over, as it does so often. Jarvis tried desperately to get the holiday removed but it was too late.

Whether or not gifts, time, or prayer is what you chose to do to honor your mother, there are plenty of reasons out there to celebrate the woman who gave you life. You can also remember some crazy “mother facts” just for fun for today:

The first wife of Feodor Vassilyev (1707-1782) had 69 children. Yes this seems completely impossible when you do that math. She would have to live to 621 years old for this to be feasible. However, this woman had 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets, and four sets of quadruplets. 67 of them survived infancy.

August is the most common month to have a baby.

Tuesdays are the most popular day to have a baby. 

Kittens are born both blind and deaf. A mother cat will purr in order for the kitten to find her and be able to feed. 

50 countries around the world now celebrate Mother’s Day.

The state with the most number of children per mother; Utah. State with the least number of children per mother; Rhode Island. 

Most of Mr. Rogers’ sweaters he wore on the show Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood were sewn by his mother. 

There are about 2 billion moms in the world.

Not surprisingly the average age of new moms is getting older. In 1970 the average age was 21.5 and now it’s closer to 25. The average rate of women over 30 and over 40 has also risen. “Rates for all births, not just of a first child, to women over 35 have been rising over the past 20 years, while birth rates for younger women are stable or declining. Still, the majority of births are to women under 35, about 85% of the total in 2013.”

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Posted in Easter, Education, Family, Holidays, parenting

Educational Easter

The title may already sound a little boring, and I’m not one of those people who thinks kids should be learning all day, everyday; however, Easter is prime time for learning activities.

If you are Christian it is even more of a perfect time for educational activities. The resurrection is not an easy concept to grasp so the earlier kids learn the story of Jesus the better they will understand it when they are older. There are a lot of resources available now to help you tell and explain this story. One idea, give out coloring pages and explain what is happening in those pages while your child colors.

Ascension of Jesus coloring page

The Ascension of Jesus

Another craft idea that I thought was really cool was this silhouette painting of the Crucifixion. This can be for children, toddler through teen I think. If you click and follow the link it takes you to the site where you can print off the silhouette. Then your child paints with water color around it. They come out really beautiful looking. I am definitely going to do this next year.

printable water color crucifix

If you are not Christian or you just want some non religious educational activities for Easter, there are plenty.

For younger students anything involving plastic Easter eggs and matching can turn into a fun game. You can match rhyming words. Have words that rhyme on top and bottom and mix them all up. Have your child put the rhyming words together. Do not put the matches all in the same colors. That is too easy! You can do this with numbers as well. You can write a number on the bottom piece, for example 9. Then on the top piece write 6+3. Do this for all the numbers 1-15 and have your child match the right answers.

Another fun matching one for younger kids (toddler-pre K) is making emotions. Draw different mouths (sad, teeth grin, growl, tongue out, yelling, ect) on the bottom pieces and different eyes (wide eyes, squinted eyes, winking eye, ect) on the tops. Have you child piece them together to make faces and explain what they think that face is feelings and why.

Tool for teaching emotions in kids of all ages.   By Laughing Kids Learn

Another matching activity that doesn’t involve Easter eggs (and you can do this for any holiday or image really) is to use Popsicle sticks. Chose a simple image, lay out the Popsicle sticks flat and paint the image on them. Then mix them all up and have your child put them back in order.

Teens are a little harder this time of year. Of course they still want candy, who doesn’t. But as far as activities go there isn’t much geared towards older kids. Having them help with the activities for the younger kids is always a good way for them to stay involved. If you want to do something for your teen a scavenger hunt is the more complex Easter egg hunt. Still hide some eggs, fill them with what you want, and hide in really tough places. Now leave a list of clues. Here’s one example:

Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt Clues | Storypiece.net

To this you could say, yes that’s cool but it’s not really educational. And to that I would say, you’re probably right. Although riddles and puzzles do definitely get the brain going!

If you want something a little more science-y then you could do the planets! Now that my favorite is gone, you would only need eight eggs for the eight planets.

Instead of dip dying the eggs try the shaving cream method to get the swirled gaseous look that most the planets have.

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Have your middle school or high school student color the eggs according to which planet they are supposed to be (ie Mecury could be red and orange swirled, Venus green and yellow, Earth blue and green, ect). Once they are colored mix the eggs up for them and have them put them in order.

Another cool science experiment you can incorporate into the Easter season thanks to the wonderful amount of things you can do with eggs, is to show air pressure! I know that sounds less than exciting but watch this short video involving a glass jar, a hard boiled egg, and some matches.

Investigating air pressure – more eggs!

If you can think more ideas feel free to leave comments below!