Halloween Handwriting Free Printable

With a 6 year old and a 4 year old we are constantly working on handwriting.  Some days are easier than others and they are excited to practice.  Other days, not so much.  This fun Halloween themed printable helps make it fun again.  I’m sharing it here with you, download it for free!

Halloween Handwriting Fun Printable

 

Halloween Granola Ghost Treats

Halloween is such a fun time of year.  My whole family gets into the spirit with themed costumes and fun Halloween snacks.

These are not only fun; they are super easy, too!  My kids got a kick out of them and these would be great in a lunch box, after school or during family movie night!

Halloween Ghost Granola Treats

Ingredients:

2 granola bars

1oz white chocolate

Chocolate Chips (3 per ghost)

Halloween Snack

Melt the white chocolate in the microwave and stir.  Using a knife or popsicle stick, spread the white chocolate over the granola bars.  Be sure to cover the sides of the granola bar (but don’t worry about the back).  Set the granola bars aside and, using a knife, cut off the top part of two chocolate chips (if you have mini chocolate chips this isn’t necessary; just use mini ones as is).  You are creating the eyes of the ghost using the small pieces and the mouth is the last chocolate chip.  Let the white chocolate set and harden.  I like to pop them in the refrigerator to speed up the process.

Ghost Granola Halloween Treat

Easy, right??  And, f they are anything like mine, your kids will really get a kick out of these!

5 Ingredient Fudge-y Brownies

Easy desserts are where it’s at.  I love baking but with a house full of kids (and a husband, too) I prefer easy treats to whip up quick.

Super Simple Brownie Recipe

These brownies are the perfect comfort dessert and the kids agree!  Only 5 ingredients makes this perfect to finish off the day with some chocolately goodness.

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 18 min

Serving Size: 9×9 Pan

Easy Brownie Recipe

Ingredients:

¾ cup flour

1 cup sugar

1/3 cup oil

½ cup coco powder

2 eggs

 

Preheat oven to 350.

5 Ingredient Brownies

First, in a medium size bowl, whisk dry ingredients together until well incorporated. Beat eggs and oil together in a small bowl.  Dump oil and egg mixture into the dry ingredients and which until well blended.

Chewy Brownies

In a greased 9×9 baking pan, pour batter and place in preheated oven.

Easy Brownies

Bake for approx 18 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.  An optional topping is powdered sugar for an extra sweet treat.

Easy Chewy Brownies

Home School Preschool Roundup

Ideas and resources for home school preschool

This is list is perfect for homeschooling or just preparing your young ones for traditional school.  If you aren’t sure if your child is ready for preschool check out this post on my struggle to make the same decision.

Big Preschool Workbook

Big Preschool Workbook

Big Preschool WorkbookHelp your preschooler get ready for reading writing and numbers …

Comprehensive Curriculum of Basic Skills, Grade P

Comprehensive Curriculum of Basic Skills, Grade P

Designed by experts in education this comprehensive best-selling workbook features vivid and full-color illustrations to guide preschool children step-by-step through a variety of engaging and developmentally appropriate activities …

Preschool Scholar: Ages 3-5

Preschool Scholar: Ages 3-5

Zoo themed 64-page workbook …

Teaching Preschool: A Homeschooling Guide

Teaching Preschool: A Homeschooling Guide

This easy to read booklet provides the basic outline for scheduling your preschooler s day in your homeschool …

Educational Insights Shapes Bean Bags

Educational Insights Shapes Bean Bags

Educational Insights Shapes Bean Bags …

Brain Quest Workbook: Pre-K

Brain Quest Workbook: Pre-K

Jam-packed with hundreds of curriculum-based activities exercises and games in every subject Brain Quest Workbook Pre-K reinforces what kids are learning in the classroom …

101 Tips for Preschool at Home: Minimize Your Homeschool Stress By Starting Right (How to Homeschool)

101 Tips for Preschool at Home: Minimize Your Homeschool Stress By Starting Right (How to Homeschool)

Yes you can homeschool your child through the preschool years …

Preschool Practice Scissor Skills (Ages 3-5)

Preschool Practice Scissor Skills (Ages 3-5)

School Zone Little Hand Helper Workbooks provide a fun-filled introduction to important readiness skills …

Preschool Science

Preschool Science

Build background knowledge teach beginning science concepts and have fun at the same time This handy resource is chockful of creative ideas for exploring 3 important strands of the early childhood science curriculum Weather the Ocean and Gardens …

Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School

Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School

Finally homeschoolers have a comprehensive guide to designing a homeschool curriculum from one of the country s foremost homeschooling experts …

The Preschool Journey

The Preschool Journey

The Preschool Journey is a hands-on preschool curriculum to help parents prepare their child for kindergarten …

What Your Preschooler Needs to Know: Get Ready for Kindergarten (Core Knowledge Series)

What Your Preschooler Needs to Know: Get Ready for Kindergarten (Core Knowledge Series)

Give your child a smart start with What Your Preschooler Needs to Know Designed for parents to enjoy with children filled with opportunities for reading aloud and fostering curiosity this beautifully illustrated anthology offers preschoolers the fundamentals they need to prepare for a happy productive time in school and for the rest of their lives …

Rod and Staff Homeschool Preschool Activity Workbooks- Set of 4 (for 3 & 4 Year Old Children)

Rod and Staff Homeschool Preschool Activity Workbooks- Set of 4 (for 3 & 4 Year Old Children)

Set of four Rod and Staff preschool activity books ideal for homeschooling or supplemental work …

Teaching Montessori in the Home: Pre-School Years: The Pre-School Years

Teaching Montessori in the Home: Pre-School Years: The Pre-School Years

Claim quality togetherness with your child and fully enjoy the sensitive and formative years from two to five by adopting proven teaching techniques in your own home …

Ready for School Kindergarten Preschool Readiness Preparation Bundle Five Items: One Alphabet Workbook, One Numbers Workbook, One Writing Tablet, One 2pk Ticonderoga Beginner Pencils, One set of Color/Shape Flash Cards

Ready for School Kindergarten Preschool Readiness Preparation Bundle Five Items: One Alphabet Workbook, One Numbers Workbook, One Writing Tablet, One 2pk Ticonderoga Beginner Pencils, One set of Color/Shape Flash Cards

Bendon Alphabet and Numbers learning workbooks helps you to learn how to write each uppercase and lowercase letters and numbers has activities throughout the book to learn how to use the letters and numbers …

Teach Me to Do It Myself: Montessori Activities for You and Your Child

Teach Me to Do It Myself: Montessori Activities for You and Your Child

Based on the key Montessori principle that children learn best through active experience Teach Me to Do It Myself presents simple activities through which children explore and develop their skills …

Preschool: At What Cost?

Preschool: At What Cost?

What preschool do you go to the doctor asked our three-year-old granddaughter who was perplexed by the question …

Alpha Omega Horizons Preschool Complete Multimedia Set AOP

Alpha Omega Horizons Preschool Complete Multimedia Set AOP

Perfectly complimenting the Preschool Curriculum Set the Multimedia Set contains videos CDs and CD-ROMs that coordinate with lesson themes …

Help Your Preschooler Build a Better Brain: Early Learning Activities for 2-6 Year Old Children

Help Your Preschooler Build a Better Brain: Early Learning Activities for 2-6 Year Old Children

If an expensive preschool is not an option create one at home Written by an experienced Montessori Teacher this unique guide has years of fun activities and the information you need to help your child develop strong brain architecture a positive self-image and advanced skills in math reading and writing a perfect preparation for success in school …

15 DIY Ideas For Your 4th Of July Party

DIY 4th of July

The 4th of July is a great time for celebrating and hosting a party, big or small.  Check out these DIY Ideas for the 4th of July!

Repurposed Dynamite Stick Patriotic Party Favors from DIY Inspired

DIY Mod Podge Tea Lights from DIY Inspired

Glow Stick Fourth of July Party Favor Printable from DIY Inspired

Firecracker Candles from Mod Podge Rocks!

Patriotic Star Shaped Coasters from Mod Podge Rocks!

Easy DIY Patriotic Votives from Mod Podge Rocks!

Recycled Patriotic Utensil Holder from Crafts by Amanda

Americana Napkin Rings from It Happens in a Blink

Americana Punched Tin Cans from It Happens in a Blink

Recycled Fourth of July Table Lanterns from Creative Green Living

Patriotic Recycled Tin Can Wind Chimes from Creative Green Living

Patriotic Shooting Star Napkin Rings from homework

All-American Upcycled Food Container from Organized 31

Paper Bag Utensil Holders from Typically Simple

Aluminum Can Barn Star Wreath from Condo Blues

Inside Out Chocolate Strawberry

We eat a lot of strawberries when they go on sale!  We eat them all day for snacks, sides to meals and even dessert.  I dip them in chocolate for an extra special dessert treat.

Chocolate Strawberries

My kids make a huge mess with chocolate dipped strawberries- they hold onto them too long making the chocolate melt in their hot little hands.  I thought of filling the strawberries with the chocolate in an attempt to avoid the outrageous chocolately mess.

First I cut the top off my strawberries and then I used a 1/4 teaspoon measuring spoon to scoop out the middle of the top.

Strawberries and Chocolate

I washed the strawberries and let them dry.  While they were drying I took some chocolate chips and melted them in the microwave.

I took the same spoon and filled the holes with melted chocolate.  I wasn’t sure how to keep them upright and then I had a light bulb moment!  I used a mini muffin tin (a regular muffin tin will work; just put two in each and prop them up).  They stayed upright and kept the chocolate in place!

Strawberry Recipe

These present well, too, and would be great for a party. You can even top them with coconut, almonds, chocolate sprinkles or whatever you can come up with!

Back Yard Update; Outdoor Living Space Decor

I am so excited!  Hubs and I decided to update our pool area and add a patio and we are almost done!  This wasn’t a DIY project, except when it comes to decor and furniture.  The budget for the actual renovation ended up going over a bit so the decor and furniture budget got a bit smaller.  No problem! If there is one thing I am good at, it’s finding deals on stuff I want!  Check out what we have purchased so far to make our pool area inviting and an extra living space, just outdoors.

Backyard Update

We added a concrete space to make the pool deck and living space bigger.  A wall was added, as well, to hide a dirt/rock area and add a place for drinks and even seating.  The pool pump was hidden by a tall wall and the last step was to redo the deck.  After much debate, we picked the color ‘suede’ and had a ‘flagstone’ pattern done.  The budget didn’t allow for pool repairs; we’ll need to fix the tiles at a later date and get the pool light working (it’s not just a new bulb, a whole new instillation is needed).  I think we may attempt a DIY pool tile fix.  We shall see! Basically, the actual pool was ignored (other than having it drained and cleaned).

 

patiogazebo

The main goal was to add space AND get some shade.  So a gazebo was a must.  The grand plan was having a custom gazebo for space.  It is a weird shape so a custom one would be idea to get more shade.  Of course, that wasn’t in the cards, the budget just didn’t allow for it.  We got a great, highly rated, budget friendly gazebo online.

 

patiofire

I have been wanting a fire pit for a while now.  I have visions of s’mores with the kids and curling up next to my husband.  The fire pit was actually one of the first purchases I made once we started this process.  It was less than $60 and a good size for occasional use.

What are some must have items for your outdoor space? Tell me below and be sure to check back for the big reveal and part 2 of this backyard update!

 

Themed Costume Ideas for Families

Group Halloween Costume Ideas

 

My kids still let me plan themed Halloween costumes.  And believe me, I will be riding this wave for as long as they let me!

Family Group Costume Ideas

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays in this family.  Costumes for 5 (now 6) people can get quite pricey, so I do my very best to keep the total very low.  I try and buy items that can be reused and DIY costumes as much as I can, rather than purchase pre-made costumes (though, if there is a great deal, I am not opposed to store bought costumes).Group Costume

Last year I shared my post on 5 costumes for under $25 (we were Mario Bros characters)!  Don’t be afraid to think outside the box, borrow pieces, thrift and make pieces!

Family Costumes

This year I scored a bunch of super hero costumes while searching a local garage sale site on Facebook!  It’s perfect because the kids said they want to be super heroes or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  I know they’ll be tons of TMNT out this year on Halloween so, even though I have a great DIY Homemade TMNT costume ideas, I’ll be waiting on that.  Super Heroes it is!

Share your group theme ideas below!

More Kid-Approved Activities For Summer

Summer is not over yet and if you are like me you are running out of ideas and steam of how to keep your kiddos busy!  Last summer I posted a bunch of ideas called How to Keep Kids Busy This Summer Without Breaking The Bank.  And this summer I shared a free printable of a Summer Bucket List. I am, of course, using those old ideas along with new activities.  Thank goodness for Pinterest.  I’m scouring the site and pinning away.  Check it out my board and follow me.  Don’t forget to let me know if you try or come across any good pins!

 

Follow Nicole LLandLoL’s board Crafts and Activites for the Kiddos on Pinterest.

DIY Coffee Creamer

I live on coffee.  You may think I am exaggerating but I’m not.  It is an addiction. If drinking coffee is wrong then I don’t want to be right.  Here’s the catch.  I really only drink iced coffee.  Even in the winter I will always choose iced.  I don’t love any hot beverages, really.  Don’t get me wrong, if my choice is no coffee of hot coffee I will choose hot, of course.

DIY Coffee Creamer

I like some sugar and creamer in that iced coffee and I can sip on it all day.  I make it extra special with my DIY homemade caramel sauce, too. Delish!  This recipe came up when I reached for my coffee creamer and found that it had been finished off!  Eeek!  Luckily, this recipe is super simple and versatile.

You will need:

14 oz sweetened condensed milk

1 and 3/4 cup milk (whole, skim whatever you have on hand works!)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

This recipe is for a french vanilla flavor but, like I said, this is a versatile recipe.  Instead of the vanilla extract you can add cinnamon, chocolate, caramel or a combination of any of these.  Seriously, the options are endless.

Also, if your sweetened condensed milk comes in a different size can; no worries!  Basically, it’s one part milk and one part sweetened condensed milk plus some flavoring.  Pour into a glass container (a mason or canning jar is perfect) and shake what your Momma gave you.  You can use this in hot or iced coffee. It’s inexpensive and really good.  I don’t even have to add sugar when using this creamer.

Do you prefer cold or hot coffee?