Halloween Safety 101

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When I was a kid, we went Trick-or-Treating by ourselves without a care in the world! Unfortunately we live in a slightly different world these days. And unfortunately, Halloween has become a Holiday that is quite a bit more dangerous than it was before. But, with these simple tips, you can keep your kids safe and still have a great time! Modify the tips depending on your child’s age!

  • If possible (or if your kids aren’t too cool yet) always send your children with a chaperon.

    Ok, This may be much easier said than done. As your kids get older they are going to want to go with their friends and not Mom. Offer to drive them from street to street as they trick or treat. Tell them you will meet them at the opposite end of the street. Hint to your kids: You get places MUCH faster driving. More places=More Candy!
  • Send your kids with a flashlight, glow stick, glow in the dark tape or other light. By having your child carry a flashlight, a lit Trick-or-Treat bag, glowstick etc… not only can you keep an eye on them easier, but they are also much more visible to cars. When kids get excited they tend to dash across the road without looking. By having your child carry a light, accidents with vehicles can be greatly reduced. Want a quick way to make everything glow in the dark EASILY? Check out this amazing glow-in-the-dark Tumble Dye from S.E.I.!
  • Keep costumes safe. halloween2

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If your child is going to be wearing a mask, make sure they can see out easily. A mask should also be easily removed without any assistance. (Your child should be able to take his/her mask of by themselves). A costume should also be easy to move in and not restrict your movement or the ability to walk and climb stairs.

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20 Things I learned after having a SON

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When I got pregnant people would always ask me if I wanted a boy or a girl. Because it took us so long to get pregnant (read that story here) I never really cared if it was a boy or a girl. I just wanted a happy, healthy baby! And I was just BEYOND excited that I was actually able to have a baby! A baby of our very own! But the look on my husband’s face when we found out we were having a boy…seriously priceless. I have never seen him so happy! And now that I have a boy I would love to have 10! They are SO much fun! Here are a few things I have learned about having a boy….

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Trick Your Picky Eater No-Churn Fruit Ice Cream + Ice Cream Maker Giveaway!!!

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Do you ever have a craving for some nice, yummy ice cream and want that home made taste but don’t want to wait for all the churning? Yes? Okay then this recipe is for you! We used to BEG my mom to make this growing up! It is yummy, healthy, is packed with fruit and only takes about 5 minutes. AND Not to mention I have teamed up with a group of FANTASTIC bloggers to bring you an Ice Cream Maker giveaway! What is better than homemade ice cream in the summer? NOTHING! keep reading for more details on the giveaway!

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Trick Your Picky Eater- Healthy, Homemade Ketchup!

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Within the last few days, my son has decided that everything is better if it is slathered in “Dip, dip”. So, I am constantly on the hunt for  healthy and delicious dip ideas! Last night I decided to make this Healthy Homemade Ketchup and it did not disappoint! He LOVED it! And it tastes very similar to real ketchup! The most exciting part? It is FULL of healthy ingredients. One being Pureed Carrots! So if you want a great way to sneak in some veggies try out this “Trick Your Picky Eater-Healthy, Homemade Ketchup”! It is delicious and couldn’t be any easier to make!

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Trick Your Picky Eater-Healthy Homemade Ranch Dip!!!

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Do you have one of those kids that will eat just about ANYTHING as long as it is dipped in ranch, ketchup or something equally as disgusting? Ok Fine, I love condiments just as much as the next guy…but did you know that Ranch has 140 Calories per Serving??? And a serving is only 2 Tbs! Not to mention it has 14 grams of fat and 250 mg of sodium (Hidden Valley Ranch)! So, here is a GREAT solution! This Trick Your Picky Eater-Healthy Homemade Ranch Dip only has 53 Calories per serving, 2.4 grams of fat and 170 mg of sodium! Now, this isn’t a good alternative for Dressing on a Salad…But for dipping veggies, nuggets, fries, pizza…whatever your little person likes to dip…it is PERFECT!!! And it is a much healthier alternative to ranch!

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