Paper Plate Jack O’Lantern

Paper Plate Jack O’Lantern

Halloween is almost here! We have been busy with Halloween and fall festivities, but we did take a little bit of time today to paint a paper plate jack o’lantern. This art project is perfect for kids from two to four and even though it is a bit messy, can be done in a classroom or home environment.

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Materials Needed

  • Paper Plate
  • Orange Paint
  • Scissors
  • Black Construction Paper
  • Brown Construction Paper
  • Paint Brush (Optional. We did not use one)
  • Glue

I started by giving my daughter orange paint to paint the paper plate. She used her hands, but a paint brush or even a sponge would also work.

While the painting dried, we talked about parts of a jack o’lantern. I asked my toddler to pick what shapes she wanted for the eyes and nose. Then I asked her to decide if she wanted a scary face, a happy face, or a silly face. After she made her choices, I cut out the parts from the black construction paper. I also cut out a small rectangle from the brown construction paper. If you are working with a group of children, it may be easier to pre-cut the shapes and then let each child just grab when they’d like.

Once the painted plate was completely dry, I helped my toddler glue on the jack o’lantern parts.

Next, we flipped it over and glued on the brown rectangle.

The end result is a unique little jack o’lantern that is perfect for little hands to make!

Book Suggestions

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Grilled Sweet Potatoes Made Easy With SUMPRI Grill Basket

Grilled Sweet Potatoes Made Easy With SUMPRI Grill Basket

While I love to share amazing recipes from other bloggers, I have never before shared a recipe that I have created myself. Today, I’m going to invite you on a dysfunctional journey as I adventure into my first food related blog post. We did not grill any over the summer, but when we got the SUMPRI Barbecue Grill Basket, I decided to try it out and share what I made!

**I was given a significant discount on the grill basket in order to share it with all of you. All options expressed are my own**

The SUMPRI Grill Basket is a portable stainless steel basket that features a removable handle. It can be used for meat or veggies, but I decided to use it to make grilled sweet potatoes.

For this recipe, I used two medium sized sweet potatoes, some olive oil, and brown sugar.

I started by cutting up the sweet potato into thin slices.

Next, I headed out to my grill with all of the ingredients and my new grill basket. I was impressed with how sturdy, but still super light, the basket was. It was super easy to carry and if we were traveling with it, it wouldn’t take up much room.

Next, I put the sweet potatoes into the grill basket, drizzled olive oil over both sides and cooked them about five minutes on each side.

This SUMPRI grill basket set also includes heat resistant grilling gloves and a brush to apply sauce or oil. The wooden handle of the grill basket doesn’t get hot, but the gloves will still come in handy while you are grilling! After the potatoes cooked for about 5 minutes on each side, I sprinkled some brown sugar over them and cooked them for an additional two to three minutes on each side.

Once they were finished, the grill basket made it easy to just dump them onto a plate. The last thing I did was sprinkle a bit of extra brown sugar over them. This is optional, but we really love brown sugar in our house!

The SUMPRI grilling basket made making this recipe so easy! It was easy to clean afterwards and the quality was great! If you want to try it for yourself, you can get it here.

We would love to hear from you! Do enjoy grilling in the fall? What is your favorite thing to grill?

Mess Free Black Cat

Mess Free Black Cat

Halloween is less than two weeks away and we have been slacking big time on the Halloween crafts! Today, we want to share a simple and mess free black cat!

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Materials Needed

  • Construction Paper (We used two pieces of white, black, and pink)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Black Paint
  • Plastic Sandwich Bag
  • Googly Eyes

I started by slightly folding one piece of white paper so it would fit into the sandwich bag. Next, I put paint on the paper and slid it into the bag. After that, I gave it to my toddler so she could spread around the paint. We use this method of painting often because there is no mess to clean up!

This painting took awhile to dry. While it dried, I cut out two triangles and several long rectangles from the black construction paper. I also cut out two pink triangles slightly smaller than the black triangles and one more small pink triangle. Once the painting was completely dry, I cut out around the outline of the painted area.

Next, I helped my toddler glue the cat’s head onto the other piece of white paper. After that, she glued on the eyes, ears, nose, and whiskers. When we do art projects, I always try to offer as little guidance as possible.

The end result is an adorable black cat that won’t leave you cleaning up paint!

Book Suggestions

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Anyone Can Be A Great Disney Vacation Planner With These Tips

Anyone Can Be A Great Disney Vacation Planner With These Tips

Even though our family won’t be heading to Disney until next October, we are in full Disney planning mode. Over the years, the amount of planning required for a Disney trip has increased. Today, we want to share some tips for planning a trip to Walt Disney World.

If you are staying on property, you can make your FastPass selections 60 days before your arrival. If you are staying off property, it is 30 days. Make sure you log on as soon as you can to pick your FastPasses! The FastPasses for newer and popular attractions go very fast, so if you wait too long, you may miss out!

If you are staying on property, you can also take advantage of Extra Magic Hours. These give you the ability to be able to enter parks early or to stay late. Make sure to look at the Extra Magic Hours schedule before planning which park to visit each day. This may give you the chance to ride some of the more popular rides with shorter wait times!

There is so much to do in the Parks, but Disney magic can also be found outside of the parks as well. Plan some time to visit Disney Springs as well as some of the Disney resorts. You will find some amazing resturants and shopping by taking even four hours away from the parks to explore. It is also a way to take a bit of a break from all of the overstimulation of the parks.

Don’t forget to plan out your dining. We always take time to figure out which quick service restaurants we want to eat at and where they are, so that we do not waste park time figuring it out. You can make advanced dining reservations for table service restaurants up to 180 days in advance. By making reservations as far out as possible, you have the best chance of getting the reservations you want. There are often day of reservations available, but if you have your heart set on a certain resturant, then you may not want to take that chance.

If parades and shows are important to you, make sure you look at the entertainment schedule for each day while you are planning FastPasses and dining reservations. You can find this information on the My Disney Experience app. If these things are not important to you, consider looking up the times anyway because wait times are often less when everyone else is waiting to see a parade or castle show!

Several stores sell Disney gift cards at a discount. We buy ours at Sam’s Club, but if you have a Target Card, you can also use that to purchase them at a discount. We buy a gift card when we have extra money in our weekly budget and that is how we pay for our trip. Disney gift cards can be used to pay for your resort stay, meals, souvenirs, and park tickets, so they will not go to waste!

We find planning each day at Disney to be super helpful, but don’t forget to leave some wiggle room in each day. You don’t want to over plan yourself and miss out on the spontaneous magic Disney World has to offer.

We hope that these tips will help you feel like an expert Disney trip planner! We would love to hear from you! How many Disney World vacations have you planned? What is your favorite part of the planning process?

Multi-Media Fall Tree

Multi-Media Fall Tree

Fall weather is finally starting to make an appearance in Ohio. To celebrate, we created a multi-media fall art project. This easy art was a lot of fun for us to do together at home, but it could also be used in a classroom setting.

Materials Needed

  • White Paper
  • Brown Construction Paper
  • Paint (We used orange, yellow, red and brown)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Cotton Swabs

I started by getting the paint out and ready to use. I put a cotton swab in each paint color. Next, I cut out a tree trunk like shape along with several different sized rectangles from the brown paper.

Once my toddler sat down, I have her the tree trunk to glue onto her paper. Next, I helped her put glue onto the rectangles and told her to build a tree. I tried to offer very little guidance as to where she should place the trees “branches”. I always like to encourage her creativity.

After my toddler put together her tree, I gave her the paint. I used a cotton swab to put a few dots on one of the branches, but other than that, let her decide where on the paper she wanted to paint.

This art project did get a bit messy, but it was a lot of fun!

Kid Friendly Halloween Party Ideas

Kid Friendly Halloween Party Ideas

Halloween will be here soon! It is a favorite in our house. If you are as excited as we are, you may be busy planning a child friendly Halloween party right now. Today, we want to talk about some things that every wonderful Halloween party needs!

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To stay true to the spirit of Halloween, you will want to serve some fun and slightly creepy themed foods!

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It is not a party without some sugary fun! We suggest balancing out all that sugar with a few healthy options as well.

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Drinks are often an afterthought when planning a party. These drinks will help you avoid making that mistake.

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When it comes to decorations, less is often more. You want enough decorations to put your guests in the mood for a Halloween party, but not so many that they are in the way.

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Little ones do not enjoy simply socializing as much as adults do. You can keep them busy with a few games, activities, or crafts!

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Don’t forget to send your guests home with a tiny bit of fun to go with the memories they make at your party.

We would love to hear from you! Are you planning a Halloween party this year? What other Halloween festivities are you excited about?