Before I had kids all Halloween ever meant for me was candy, candy, candy. Then I had a baby and I realized that most of the stuff that is handed out to trick-or-treaters isn't exactly toddler friendly.
Gummy candy? Chocolate with nuts? Sticky toffee? Yeah, none of that is exactly what you want your baby cutting her teeth on. So, the first year that C was old enough to trick-or-treat I stocked up on candy (old habits die hard) and I also got a box of teeny tiny play-doh tubs to hand out to the half pint crowd. It was a huge hit.
The next two years we handed out candy and Halloween rubber duckies. Interestingly enough the toddlers and their parents weren't the only ones to snap up the non sweet treats. The highschoolers loved them too.
Want to get into the habit of handing out more than candy bars? Check out these fun and affordable Halloween treats.
1) Halloween crayons - Crayons are always welcome and always useful. About $3 for a pack of 12.2) Halloween bubbles! - Find me a kid
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- Jessica | Moments Of Motherhood – Fri, Oct 22, 2010 7:20 AM EDT
Before I had kids all Halloween ever meant for me was candy, candy, candy. Then I had a baby and I realized that most of the stuff that is handed out to trick-or-treaters isn't exactly toddler friendly.Read More »from User post: Alternative Halloween treats for trick-or-treaters
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I'm not playing the "I like it…" game on Facebook this year. I didn't play the bra color game last October either. Not because I don't believe in Breast Cancer Awareness, quite the opposite in fact.Read More »from User Post: How About Some Real Breast Cancer Awareness?
I believe in doing it the right way.
Last year the game seemed silly to me even before reading Susan Nieber 's- aka Why Mommy - post on the subject. Then it seemed downright cruel. People were trying to raise awareness for a cause by flaunting the very thing that women who were in the thick of that issue could no longer use - bras. Most women who have had mastectomies no longer wear bras, so, as a whole, they felt shut out of this viral campaign. Ironic? Right?
This year the campaign tries to be more inclusive by focusing on purses instead of bras. But at the end of the day the issue is a bit the same. Breast cancer isn't funny.
Susan Nieber once again wrote a post decrying the point of this campaign, this time she posted it at Salon.com. She wants to know why people are joking around
My husband and I both work outside the home. We rush at the end of the day to pick up our 3 and 5-year-old girls and hurry home, racing all the way. No matter how we cut it, we never make it before 6pm.Read More »from Family Love Dinner
Bedtime is at 7:15.
It takes a concerted effort to get the children fed, bathed, in pajamas, teeth brushed, and read to in that short hour and fifteen minutes. It takes an even greater effort to turn that dinner into a family event.
And yet we do, at least once a week. We hurry home and roll up our sleeves. The girls set the table as best as they can before putting on their over-sized kitchen aprons to help me assemble the pizza - just cheese on one quarter, cheese and basil on another, chicken, cheese, and basil on the rest.
Knowing that children who have dinner with their parents do better in school and suffer from fewer eating disorders is not the impetus behind our weekly tradition. We do it because once our daughter called our family meals "family love dinner." It's her
You've been reading lots about blogs in the news and you think it might be fun to start one. You have things to say! You might even have found the perfect "niche," that oh-so-elusive thing that promises to rise your as as-yet-unborn blog to the top of the blogosphere (network of blogs). Maybe you're heading out on a journey and want to chronicle the experience. Or maybe you just need a space to voice your thoughts so that you no longer feel as though you're talking to yourself. There's no one good reason to start a blog. They're all good. You want to start one. That's reason enough.Read More »from How to Start a Blog
So what do you have to do?
Well, first you need a name.
Yes. First. Because you're going to get to that first screen and it's going to ask you what to name the blog and you're going to freeze. Trust me. So think of a name. A good easy, memorable, and evocative name. Then check that it hasn't already been taken by a million other bloggers. Then look for another one. Got a name? Good.
Now you need a