Parent/Child Halloween Costumes

Friday, October 12th, 2012

It’s that time of year again, and if you don’t know what your child and/or you will be for Halloween, here’s some ideas from some of my favorite movies! (Along with some great homemade versions!)



Movie: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
Adults: Willy Wonka, Grandpa Joe
Children: Oompa Loompas, Charlie, Violet, Veruca, Augustus, Mike

Movie: Rainbow Brite & The Star Stealer
Adult: Rainbow Brite
Child: Twink

Movie: Monsters, Inc.
Adult: Sully (and/or Mike Wazowski)
Child: Boo (and/or Mile Wazowski)

Movie: Labyrinth
Adults: Jareth the Goblin King, Sarah
Children: Toby, Hoggle

Movie: Mary Poppins
Scene: Jolly Holiday
Adults: Mary Poppins, Bert
Children: Penguins

Movie: Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back / Return of the Jedi
Adults:Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princes Leia, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Obi Wan Kenobi, etc
Children: Yoda, R2-D2, Jawa

Movie: Up
Adult: Carl
Child: Russell

Movie: Cast Away
Adult: Chuck Noland
Child: Wilson

Bonus Video Game idea for the over-achiever gamers::

Game: Bioshock
Adult: Big Daddy
Child: Little Sister





Make Something Monday: DIY Crib Railing Teething Guard

Monday, September 24th, 2012


I found this tutorial on Jane Marie Blog and thought it was a great, simple way to keep your baby from nomming on his/her crib railing. A few teeth marks in the railing might not be a huge deal, but it’s hard to know that your crib’s paint is 100% non-toxic.

What You’ll Need:

  • A few yards of fleece from your local (or online) fabric store
  • Scissors


The Steps:





Tasty Tuesday: Frozen Yogurt-Covered Berries

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012


I saw this tutorial from One Good Thing By Jillee and thought it would make the perfect summer day snack (and a good way to get your kids to eat more fruit!)

What You’ll Need:

  • Berries (Jill’s tutorial uses blueberries, but this could work with any sort of berry)
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Skewers


The Steps:

Head over to the tutorial HERE.




Make Something Monday: DIY Super Bouncy Ball

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Making these at home definitely takes away the fun of using those awesome 25¢ machines at the store, but it will add to your mad-scientist playtime.


What You’ll Need:

  • Cups or bowls to mix in.
  • Craft sticks to mix with
  • Water
  • Measuring spoons
  • Borax (found in the laundry section of stores)
  • Corn Starch
  • Glue (standard Elmers’ or your favorite similar glue)
  • Food coloring (optional)


The Steps:

  1. Mix 2 tablespoons of hot water and 1/2 teaspoon Borax together until all Borax is dissolved.
  2. In a separate cup or bowl – mix 2 tablespoons of glue with some food coloring to get the color you’d like.
  3. Mix the colored glue and the water/Borax together.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of  cornstarch and mix with a craft stick until it gets too hard to mix anymore.
  5. Take your gooey glue blob out and start kneading it into the shape of a ball. (It will be sticky, but the more you knead it, the more it will harden into a normal superball)
  6. HAVE. FUN.




PS. If left out, the ball will probably get misshappen, but you can always knead it back into a ball…or make a new one!



Want to read an awesome blog?

Friday, September 14th, 2012

“I did not want an arranged marriage…but my father, in keeping with Arab custom, was determined to see me wed before I turned twenty-five and exceeded my marriage expiration date.

On New Years Eve when I was turning twenty four, my dad announced ‘starting next week, I’m going to bring a man for you every Friday so that you can see if you meet one that you like and get married.” For the next fifty-one weeks, my dad kept his word.”

– Faiza


The witty, intelligent, beautiful, fabulous Faiza started her blog to record the “51 Fridays” of meeting the suitors her father brought home. Her writing shines a light on a culture that most of us know nothing about. During that year, she kept a clear head and a humorous view of it all – she’s an inspiration to people anywhere who are being told to do something they don’t want to do.

Her blog was re-launched this week to include not only the “51 Fridays”, but two new categories as well.

  • “Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda” – where she lets us know her a little better and talks of things she’d like to find in her true love.
  • “Secrets & Confessionals” – where readers like myself (and maybe you) of all cultures and ethnicities can write in their stories of falling in (and out) of love, going against their cultures/religions/parents , etc.


So go ahead and check out Expired -N- Fabulous for your weekend reading.




PS. I’d like to thank my good friend Ryan for introducing me to Faiza, her blog, and being awesome in general.



Make Something Monday: Toddler Scribbles into Fine Art

Monday, September 10th, 2012

You always want to keep and treasure every work of art your kids make – but when they’re making you an entire reams worth of scribble art, you quickly realize you can’t hold on to everything. So here’s a good way to turn your toddler’s art into something you can proudly display for years to come, and not have to worry about buying extra refrigerators to hang everything on.

What You’ll Need:

  • Completely original art created by your kiddo
  • Canvas
  • Paint
  • Modpodge
  • Paintbrushes (foam ones work a little better for this, but any type will do)
  • Scissors
  • An idea or pattern to follow. Google “stencil pattern” , there’s some really good ones floating around.


The Steps

  • Paint your canvas and allow it to dry completely.
  • Cut your pattern out and stencil it onto the back of your scribble art. Then cut the scribble art into the shapes you need.
  • Use Modpodge to glue your scribble art pattern onto the canvas and allow it to dry completely.
  • Coat the entire canvas in Modpodge. Allow it to dry and repeat this step until you’re satisfied.
  • Hang on the wall and enjoy.







PS. I bet my mom still has some of my scribble art somewhere.



Make Something Monday: Jet Pack

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Yes, you read that right. Jet pack.

A friend sent me this tutorial from and we both already want to make our own, and wear them while riding bicycles. And yes, we’re adults.

Head over to the tutorial here.




Tasty Tuesday: Breakfast Cookies

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

I have never been a fan of breakfast foods. And I’ll bet that some of your kids aren’t breakfast fans either. But there’s on thing everyone loves. COOKIES! This recipe is a great way to trick us breakfast haters into eating a nutritional breakfast (or snack) by disguising it as delicious cookies.

What You’ll Need:

  • 3 ripe bananas – mashed
  • 1/3 cup of apple sauce
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

The Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients together.
  3. Place on baking sheets in tablespoon/handful sized rounds.
  4. Bake for 15-20 mins.
  5. Enjoy.


OPTIONAL (but strongly encouraged) STEP:  Rock out to this video while making , and eating these cookies.



Make Something Monday: A Smart Use For Paint Chips

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Some of the most common writing errors in English stem from the misuse of apostrophes and contractions—especially when it comes to words like it’s vs. its and you’re vs. your. Giving your child a solid foundation in how contractions are formed and what they actually mean—that is, which letters the apostrophe replaces—will go a long way in helping him or her avoid these common mistakes in the future.

I saw this picture on Pinterest and thought it was such a great way to make a visual aid to teach contractions. It’s pretty, it’s simple and it recycles all those old paint chips you have cluttering up your junk drawer. All you need is those standard 4-shade paint chips, a pen/marker and to write out the words and their contractions as in the picture.





Make Something Monday: Upcycled Styrofoam Take-Out Box

Monday, July 16th, 2012

This is a genius way to teach your kiddos (and yourself) printmaking without carving into tiles with sharp tools (which I learned the hard way can get very dangerous and hurty). It even has the added bonus of making use of those Styrofoam containers you wind up with and hate getting stuck with.