Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Halloween loot buy back program?

*****Re-posting this before Halloween!*****
I hope it helps my Moms out there that are trying to keep their kiddos away from sugary junk.

That's right I'm buying Halloween loot from my kids!
Not why you think, although those PB cups were looking yummy. Oh no! I fought the urge to binge. My plan was to keep my kids from eating all that junk, there was no way I was going to eat it myself. What I did eat was a hand full of m&m's, BIG BIG mistake. My headache was awful and I was sick to my stomach. It has been so long since I have eaten sugary things that it hit me hard. To think about just how much of this junk I used to eat is crazy! Although I am doing my best to swap out the bad with the good, the fact is that my kids will always be surrounded by unhealthy options.  My main goal is not to just keep them from the unhealthy things, but to teach them what is healthy and why we limit things that are not healthy and give them the option to make the choice (with in reason of course).

I wanted to allow my kids to enjoy the fun of dressing up and trick or treating with friends, but the thought of all that toxic (yes toxic) sugary junk being eaten just bugged me.
So, naturally I thought why not buy it from them. Then they could use that cash to purchase a toy or book of their choice.

I had a mini glass vase (dollar store purchase) to use as the "measure" to earn a buck. They raced each other to see who got the most money. Of course they picked a few of their favorites and put them to the side.

In the end they each earned $7.

"So, what do you do with the bought loot?"
Well, it just so happened one of my "old" daycare child & mom stopped by to say "hi", so I pawned the loot off on her!
(it was a huge ziplock bag full!) 
Thanks Diamond & Candy :)

It was awesome to see you guys, glad you have moved back to the area.

(Bosley - our devilish boston terrier/beagle "boggle")

I feel like I have done a great thing for my family. My kids had fun, made a wise decision by choosing to "sell" their candy for something of better use, and they also were able to still have a few pieces of candy :)
(my Ninja's)

(our Halloween house)

Ah the joy of being the MOM!

How was your Halloween?

Have a great week,

my shameful halloween get up :(
(hey! my costumes are in the shed which is in a swamp right now thanks to Hurricane Sandy)

Monday, October 26, 2015

Simple Fall Decor

My boys love caramel apples...ok and so do I! 

I surprised them one day after school with everything we needed to make a few caramel apples.

I seriously love this "fake" white pumpkin. I applied a monogrammed decal, the best part is we can keep it out past Thanksgiving and year after year!
Here it is on my front porch (even Bosley loves it!)

I decided to go simple this fall & enjoy my time with my family & friends!

I was inspired to use fall flowers in my decor after I stumbled upon BloomNation, they are an online flower delivery company. 

This is an antique wine press I inherited from a great aunt. It was used by her family during prohibition! How cool is that?

I love working with flowers to add a soft touch of color.

You may recognize this "winter white" wreath from a previous post on how to make the white wreath, here it is dressed up for fall!

Here is the area in back of my kitchen sink. I love to decorate this area since it seems dishes are always needing to be cleaned! 

I usually use this metal basket to store my fresh fruit, but decided to use it to display my faux caramel apples and some more simple fall foliage. 

I basically added a few of my Fallish items to the porch to include some fall foliage.
During our family photo shoot, we saw this old picnic table seat (broken) and I asked the hubby to snag it from the side of the road....SWEET! 
The tree branch is by Camryn, he said it looks an "L" for Lehn when stood up. He is right!

And of course I had to spook out my nails!
Hey, I gotta do something girly, I'm surrounded by males!!

Have a great week and a safe Halloween!