Oct 1, 2014

Toddler Activity: Halloween Spooky Houses!

We are getting into Halloween mode around here with decor, fall food and plenty of Halloween themed activities!  I tend to prefer activities that are easy to set up and this one definitely fits that bill!  We made "spooky houses" with movable felt Halloween themed characters and Carter had so much fun playing with this!

All you need: grey or black felt, scissors and pre-cut felt Halloween characters! (optional: permanent marker) You could also cut your own characters, but that adds an extra step and a lot of cutting, so for $1.50 I chose to go the pre-cut route!  I went with grey felt because the bats and spiders were black, and I wanted Carter to be able to see all the characters clearly.

Cut your houses out of the felt.  Draw them first if you don't trust your scissor skills!  I drew doors and windows on ours with a permanent marker for a little extra character.

Tape the houses to the wall, cabinet front, door or wherever is easily accessible  for your kid to reach! I used painters tape and taped our spooky neighborhood to the wall.

Show your kid(s) the felt characters and let them decorate!  Depending on their age you might have to help. I explained what we were doing and showed Carter how to place them and how they could be moved around.  We talked about the different shapes and names for each one.

Carter didn't care much about his decorations being even on each house!  He put most of the little guys on the smaller house and only moved the two ghost over when I pointed out the other house was empty!

I found all the supplies for this at Michaels craft store, but they probably have similar items at whatever craft store is near you!

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Sep 30, 2014

Lali Lane Designs Giveaway and the Time for Mom Hop!

Just in time for the kickoff of college football season I received these super cute Gator shorts for Carter from my friend Linday's shop, Lali Lane Designs!  They sell handmade children's clothing and have just launched their boys line!  I loved the Gator themed shorts, but don't worry, they also sell other teams as well and non-collegiate themed clothing for girls and boys!

Carter sporting his new shorts and cheering Go Gators!

Striking a model pose!  The shorts are elastic waistband and the material is very soft!  We got size 2T and they fit really well, and I know because they have elastic they will fit him all football season!

 Just relaxing in my comfy Lali Lane shorts!

They have lots of "Ready To Ship" items available and update their Etsy page often. They do accept custom orders and LOVE to collaborate with each customer for something cute and special! Right now their turn around time for custom orders is 2 weeks before shipment.

They are also expanding their line to include some new boy's items such as bow ties, ties and next spring some John John's! Also, they are going to be adding some fabric and ribbon bows to accessorize with the outfits soon!
How cute are these little girls outfits?

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Sep 29, 2014

Slow Cooker Sweet & Spicy Pork

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After the chaos of summer, fall is a great time to get back into a routine!  One thing that really helps me feel good about my daily routine is having dinner cooked on time.  With back to school for the kids also comes the craziness of after school activities, sports and homework.  A great way to keep to your schedule and get dinner on the table is to use your slow cooker!  All you have to do is pull your cooked dinner out of the slow cooker and have a stress free dinner ready to go for the family!

I came up with a very easy and delicious slow cooker recipe for pork tenderloin, a little sweet but with a slight spicy kick to it!

Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin

You will need:
For the rub mixture:
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground red pepper (cayenne)
What to do:

1. Mix the rub together
2. Place pork in a shallow dish and rub the mixture on both sides.  Cover and refrigerate an hour, or overnight. (you can do this step the night before!)

3. Place pork in the slow cooker and pour the barbeque sauce over it.  Cook on low for 6 - 7 hours.

4. Slice or shred the pork, serve and enjoy!

Slow cooker recipes are my favorite way to save time on a busy day and they are so easy to make!  Sometimes at the end of the day you just don't want to cook a big meal, but if you do all the prep work earlier by making a slow cooker meal there's nothing to worry about!  I made this recipe when some friends came over for dinner and we all really loved it!

 This recipe is good for family members of all ages!  It wasn't too spicy for Carter and he loved it!

I bought Smithfield All Natural pork at Genuardi's and saved $1 by using their store coupon!  You can access the coupon through their Just4U online portal. (while supplies last)

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Whats your favorite slow cooker recipe?  Let me know if you make this one, I'd love to hear from you!