13 Days of Halloween | Baked Apple Surprise

October 15th, 2014 | Posted in Cooking, Halloween

these baked stuffed apples are delicious

Baked Apple Surprise
Poison? Rotten bits? You’ll find none of that inside. Instead of a trick, it’s a treat! A delicious surprise.

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Twelve!

October 15th, 2014 | Posted in Parenting

photo ©Dave Cooper

Taking a bit of break today from all the Halloween posting (hope you guys aren’t too sick of it yet, because we have 5 more days to go) to talk about a very important day—today! Today, the girl who made me a mama came into this world. She didn’t want to; she was quite content to stay put and no amount of pushing by me or pulling by the docs would make her budge.

I am as awestruck today as I was the day I met her—in awe of her laugh, her spirit, her strength. And her silliness.

We have a birthday eve ritual that the story that night is the story of the day the kids were born. I almost forgot about it until Jonah reminded me. “Hey, you’re supposed to tell Ellie’s story.” So I did. After the story, as everyone set off for bed, Jonah told her, “I wasn’t going to let you get past 10, 11 was an exception, but 12 is unacceptable.” He was joking…sorta.

Twelve. Can it really be twelve years? I suppose I’ll say “Can it really be this number of years” every year. But this year, I feel like we’ve hit a milestone. It’s a good one, no, a great one.

Thank you Ellie for being our daughter. Thank you for being you.

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13 Days of Halloween | Frankenstein Popcorn

October 14th, 2014 | Posted in Halloween

this Frankenstein popcorn is tasty and a great party activity for kids

Frankenstein Popcorn
Deep in the bowels of a lab underground, Dr. Frankenstein’s tummy rumbled, not a snack to be found. He screamed to the heavens and BAM! lightning struck. He heard something popping, things running amok. Inside of a cupboard he had yet to open, awaited a tasty concoction, his hunger now broken.

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The Great Pumpkin Round Up!

October 14th, 2014 | Posted in Family Ties, Halloween

creative ways to decorate your pumpkins this year

Pumpkins are the quintessential object of fall and Halloween. Thanks to the ingenuity of makers across the world, pumpkins are more than just carved jack o’lanterns for the season, and they’ve become regular masterpieces. Continue Reading...

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13 Days of Halloween | Mad Scientist Costume

October 13th, 2014 | Posted in Halloween

easy to make mad scientist costume

Mad Scientist
“Eureka!” the scientist exclaimed. “I’ve done it! It’s true!” Called mad by some, she was really quite shrewd. The potions and discoveries she made were varied. Some gave you twelve toes, others turned your nose hairy.

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13 Days of Halloween | Easy Costume – Zombie Make Up

October 10th, 2014 | Posted in Halloween

zombie make up tutorial - easy costume idea

Zombie Make Up
“The undead! The undead!” That’s what you say. Fingers pointed and screaming, you all run away. But really, we’re quite friendly, we just want to eat, “Your brains! Your brains!” It’s our special treat. Continue Reading...

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13 Days of Halloween | Easy Costume – Black Cat Ears

October 9th, 2014 | Posted in Halloween

Easy halloween costume - cat ears + black clothes = witch's cat

Welcome ghosts and ghouls to the Classic Play Halloween party. Over the coming weeks, we’re bringing you 13 spooktacular projects that are sure to inspire a hauntingly good time and yes, we’re doing it in rhyme. From free printables, to games and treats that delight, we promise, there’s not a single trick in sight…

Black Cat Ears
Looking for the purrrfect Halloween costume that’s truly sublime? With some felt and some glue, become a witchy feline.

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Our California RV Trip | Santa Monica + LA

October 8th, 2014 | Posted in Traveling With Kids

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Well, it’s been about three months since we actually went on our road trip, so it’s about time we wrapped this thing up, yeah? In the longest ever stretched out series about a two week trip we’ve reached our final destinations: Santa Monica and LA… Continue Reading...

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