{Wordless Wednesday} Halloween Then and Now

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Halloween Costumes Then and Now The boys sure are growing up. Here is a collage of their current and past Halloween costumes. To answer the obvious questions: 1. Yes, Ike was "crackers and hummus" in 2012. When asked what he wanted to be for Halloween, he chose his favorite snack, crackers and hummus. During the weeks leading up to Halloween, he did not waver in his choice, so we Continue Reading

DIY Halloween: No-Sew Skeleton Halloween Costume (In Under 30 Minutes for Under $10)

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Isaac is fascinated with bones. It all started when he was diagnosed with Perthes disease when he was 3 1/2 years old. Since then, he has had x-rays every 3 months. At first, he was terrified of the x-ray machine. However, after seeing the x-rays, he was fascinated. Now, every time he gets an x-ray, we get a copy so that Isaac can "show off his bones." Considering this fascination with Continue Reading

DIY Halloween: Homemade Charlie Brown and Linus Halloween Costumes (Cheap and Easy)

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When my son Ike was a baby, something about him reminded me of Charlie Brown. At one point, we even called him "the little round-headed kid." So, when his first Halloween rolled around, I knew we had to dress him as Charlie Brown. This costume is so simple to make. All it takes is a pair of black pants, a yellow t-shirt (or onesie), and a roll of black Duck tape. You may even have all of Continue Reading

Budsies: Bringing Your Child’s Artwork to Life {Review}

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This is a sponsored post for Budsies. I received a promotional product in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own. What do you get the child who has everything this holiday season? How about a custom stuffed animal that they design? Not only will it foster their creativity, but the toy will be an instant favorite because they designed it themselves. Budsies takes your child’s Continue Reading

Best Homemade Baked Beans You’ll Ever Taste {Vegan}

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Baked beans are one of my favorite comfort foods. I admit that I will even happily eat them out of a can at times. But nothing beats homemade baked beans. In this recipe, six simple and pure ingredients meld to create a hearty but sweet flavor with just a hint of savory to round it out. The hardest part of this recipe is the wait. The very best homemade baked beans take time, and these are no Continue Reading

DIY Halloween: No-Sew Pumpkin Halloween Costume (in under 10 minutes for under $10)

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My 2-year-old son, Max, loves "punkins." He cannot resist pointing out each one he sees. As Halloween nears, a walk around the block with Max sounds like this, "Der a punkin, der anuder punkin, look one, two punkins, der more punkins..." Needless to say, when asked what he wants to be for Halloween, he responded, "A punkin." While I do find store-bought Halloween costumes cute and Continue Reading

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches

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I love having friends and family over for casual get-togethers. Of course, whenever anyone is coming to the house, I absolutely MUST feed them. Even when it is a potluck party, I still usually make an entree or two and let everyone else bring sides and desserts. My Italian beef sandwich is always a hit. It is a flavorful slow cooker meal that can be made ahead of time and kept warm in the slow Continue Reading