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November 2017

turkey handprint craft

Fall Fun

We have been having so much fun celebrating the fall season. In past years, we have kind of gone straight from Halloween to Christmas and skipped over fall, so we are really enjoying all the fall activities this year. Here are some of the fun things we have done:

Turkey Playdoh

turkey playdoh invitation to play

Supplies:

– Play doh in brown, red, orange, and yellow

– Feathers (you could also collect leaves to use as the turkey’s feathers)

– Orange Pipe Cleaner cut into small pieces

– Googly eyes

turkey playdoh activity

Fall Leaves Playdoh Mat

fall leaves playdoh mat is a fun fall activity

I also printed out and laminated a fall playdoh mat from Tot Schooling. We had a lot of fun making leaves for our tree. We even made a game out of it by each selecting a play doh color and seeing who could make and place the most leaves on the tree. This site had tons of other fun playdoh mats so we will definitely be making more next fall. Plus since they are laminated, they are something we can use year after year.

Turkey Counting and Color Matching Activities

turkey counting playdoh activity

color sorting turkey feathers

I used printables from A Little Pinch of Perfect to set up a few different, fun activities for the boys. We used the turkey feathers for some color matching. We also used some playdoh and did some counting activities while making turkeys. The kids had a lot of fun with these educational printables.

Handprint Turkeys

turkey handprint craft

turkey handprint art

I am a sucker for handprint art, so I really wanted to make handprint turkeys with the boys. I found so many options on Pinterest, but the handprint feather one was my favorite. I made a few changes and love how it turned out. While we had the paint out, I couldn’t help but make the single hand turkeys as well. I made these with the boys on each of their first Thanksgivings and thought it would be so fun to compare the size of their hands now to the baby handprints.

Feed the Turkey

feed the turkey is a fun activity that helps with counting and fine motor skills

feed the turkey is a fun activity that helps with counting and fine motor skills

feed the turkey is a fun activity that helps with counting and fine motor skills

My boys loved this activity from Busy Toddler. I used a milk jar from the dollar section of target, some construction paper and googly eyes to make my turkey. Then placed a bag of pom poms into a bowl. We used our handy helper tongs I bought at Walmart and borrowed a spinner from a board game (you could also use dice). The boys took turns spinning the spinner, picking up that number of pom poms and placing them into the turkey. They both had so much fun with this activity!

Turkey Thankful For You Cards

thankful turkey craft

thankful turkey craft

thankful turkey craft

thankful turkey craft

thankful turkey craft

Luc begs to water color and color every single day, so when Ashley from The Littles and Me posted this project I knew I wanted to do it. The boys had so much fun using watercolors and kwikstix to paint and color their turkeys and feathers. Hudson even cut his feathers out and both boys glued the feathers to the turkeys. These will make the perfect gift for Luc’s Grandma and Nonna on Thanksgiving.

Fall Leaf Banner

DIY Fall Leaf Garland - inexpensive and easy to make - perfect to add a touch of fall to your decor

This was the perfect activity for my water color loving little boy. For all the details, check out this post.

Thankful Tree

thankful tree - paint leaves then each member of the family writes what they are thankful for

We had so much painting our leaves to make fall banners that we had a few leaves left over. I used the extra leaves and our black Halloween tree to make a thankful tree. We have spent a few evenings talking about what we are thankful for and writing those things on our leaves. It has been a lot of fun to hear what the kids are thankful for (things like snacks and toys, hehe). I can’t wait to add the leaves to my scrapbook after we are done admiring our tree.

Mini Pumpkin Pies

mini pumpkin pies - so cute, perfect Thanksgiving dessert and a fun baking activity with kids

It wouldn’t be fall without some baking. For all the details on these fun, mini pumpkin pies, check out this post.

Fall Shelfie

best books for fall and a cute way to display them

We have had so much fun reading books about Autumn, being thankful, turkeys and Thanksgiving. For all the details on our fall shelfie, check out this post.

Playing in the Leaves

playing in the leaves is the perfect fall activity

Since we live in Southern California, we don’t really get the full fall experience like most people do, but we do have a few trees near our house that change colors and lose their leaves. We have taken a few walks to play in the leaves and it is so fun. Even I wanted to pick up a pile and throw them in the air. There is just something about playing in leaves that truly makes it feel like fall.

 

kid tested and approved fun fall activities. Tons of Pinterest' best activities and art projects for fall and Thanksgiving

These activities were all pretty easy and lots of fun. I hope they inspire you to have some fall fun with your family.

golden masquerade party for golden halloween birthday

Golden Masquerade Birthday Party

On my 30th birthday, I was taking care of a newborn baby and not really up for a big celebration. I was just impressed that we were able to leave the kids with my parents and get out for a sushi dinner. The following year, I turned 31 on the 31st, which means it was my golden birthday. I decided that I needed to have a party since I didn’t do much for my 30th. Since my birthday is on Halloween, I went with a Golden Masquerade theme. Everyone came in masks, which was so much fun. Since I was planning the party for myself, and Nic and I went out of town the week before, I kept this party simpler than the ones I throw for the kids. It was nice not to put as much work in and hire more vendors instead. It turned out great and I got to relax and enjoy it more. Here are some of the details.

golden masquerade party for a halloween golden birthday

golden masquerade party for a halloween golden birthday

golden masquerade party for a halloween golden birthday

Dessert Bar

We got desserts from Sweet and Saucy Shop and they did an amazing job. We had a 6″ round white buttercream, red velvet cake with gold sprinkles cascading down the cake.

golden masquerade party for a halloween golden birthday - dessert bar

We had salted caramel white shell macarons with gold glitter painted stripes on them. We had oreo flavored white chocolate dipped cake pops with gold sprinkles. We had white chocolate dipped rice crispy bars. We had the most gorgeous s’mores tarts and candy bar flavored mini cupcakes. We also had some gold candies for a favor – we even had beer flavored jelly beans.

golden masquerade halloween birthday party - cake from sweet n saucy shop

Drinks

We offered two specialty drinks in addition to beer and wine.

golden masquerade party beer drinking

The first specialty drink was the Masked Margarita which had Cuervo, triple sec, and sweet n’ sour with fresh squeezed lime and a gold salt rim.

Masked Margarita - with a gold salted rim for a Golden Masquerade Party

The second specialty drink was a Golden Raspberry Lemonade which had Raspberry lemonade, seagrams vodka and a gold sugar rim.
Golden Raspberry Lemonade with gold sugar rim - perfect for a Golden Masquerade Party

Photo Booth

Everyone had so much fun in the photobooth. They have become a staple at all of our parties. For more info on my DIY photobooth, check out this post.

golden masquerade party for a halloween golden birthday - photobooth

golden masquerade party for a halloween golden birthday - photo booth

Food

For food we had sliders, southwest egg rolls, phyllo puffs with chicken, an imported and domestic cheese display, seared ahi tuna canapé, and meatballs.

golden masquerade party for a halloween golden birthday

golden masquerade party for a halloween golden birthday - appetizer

Flowers/Centerpieces

Erin from White Fig Designs did the flower centerpieces and she did a fabulous job. She used white flowers with touches of dark accents and feathers.

centerpieces for a golden masquerade birthday party

Photography

All photos were taken by Jennifer Calderon.

This party was so much fun and everyone really enjoyed the theme. Especially being so close to Halloween, I think the adults really enjoyed a night out to get dressed up. I had a pretty awesome Golden Birthday and had a lot of fun watching this idea come to life.

golden masquerade party for a halloween golden birthday

mini pumpkin pies - so cute, perfect Thanksgiving dessert and a fun baking activity with kids

Mini Pumpkin Pies

The kids and I made mini pumpkin pies the other day. It was so much fun and they turned out really cute. For some reason, things always seem cuter in bite sized form, don’t they? Whenever I make pie, I always use pie cutters to make decorative toppings, which makes them extra fun. Plus, cutting them out of the dough is sort of like playing with play doh so of course the boys love it! I really enjoy our time together in the kitchen and hope that they will look back on these special memories fondly.

mini pumpkin pies - so cute, perfect Thanksgiving dessert and a fun baking activity with kids

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mini pumpkin pies - so cute, perfect Thanksgiving dessert and a fun baking activity with kids

mini pumpkin pies - so cute, perfect Thanksgiving dessert and a fun baking activity with kids

mini pumpkin pies - so cute, perfect Thanksgiving dessert and a fun baking activity with kids

Mini Pumpkin Pies

My favorite Pumpkin Pie Recipe made in mini form.


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Credit: Pumpkin Pie Recipe is from Parents Magazine November 2004

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 can (15 oz.) pure pumpkin
  • 1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
  • 1 package (comes with 2 sheets) Pillsbury refrigerated pie dough
  • 4 inch round cookie or biscuit cutter (I used the pie cutter from my Breville electric pie maker, but I am going to buy the cutter set I linked for future baking)
  • Pie crust cutters (mine are from Williams Sonoma a few years ago, but they usually offer a variation of them every year. I also found these similar ones on Amazon)
  • whipped cream

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, combine sugar, pumpkin pie spice, salt and pepper.
  3. Whisk in eggs, vanilla, pumpkin and evaporated milk.
  4. Slightly roll out pie crust dough.
  5. Use round cutter to cut circles from the two sheets of dough. I was able to make 12 mini pies with re-rolling and had leftovers to make the decorative toppings.
  6. Gently, push the dough into the muffin pan. I used the finger pinching technique to crimp the edges (with the thumb and index finger of one hand pinch the outside edge of the crust while pressing from the inside with the index finger on the other hand).
  7. Pour pumpkin mixture into pie crusts (I had leftover pie filling – so if you want to buy more of the dough you could easily make more pies)
  8. Bake for 15 minutes.
  9. Reduce heat to 350 degrees then bake an additional 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  10. Let cool on a wire rack for 2 hours.
  11. Refrigerate if serving the next day.
  12. Serve at room temperature with whipped cream.
  13. For decorative pie toppings:

  14. Roll out dough and use pie cutters for decorative toppings.
  15. Place all cutouts on a silpat lined cookie sheet
  16. Put a little egg wash on them (one egg lightly beaten with 2 teaspoons of water)
  17. Bake them in a 375 degree oven until golden brown, about 10-15 minutes. (keep an eye on them because mine always cook quickly).
  18. Once cool, place on top of cooled mini pumpkin pies.

For another fun pumpkin pie idea, check out this post.

fancy pumpkin pie using cookie and pie crust cutters

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the best kid books for fall and a cute way to display them

Fall Shelfie

We have had so much fun changing Hudson’s bookshelf for each holiday. I have always had a love for holiday books and as a result we own way too many so using the bookshelf in his room to display some of them has been perfect and oh so fun. It is exciting for Hudson to have a few holiday decorations in his room and it gets him even more excited about reading. Fall is the holiday we had the least amount of books for. We only had a few Scholastic Books that I’ve bought over the years to support the boys’ schools, so I bought a few new ones on Amazon to fill our shelves. We have been having so much fun reading new books each night. So far our favorites are I Love to Gobble You Up! and Pete the Cat The First Thanksgiving. Our fall bookshelf with links to all the books are listed below. What are your favorite fall books?

best fall books and a cute way to display them

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The Great Turkey Race

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves

The Very Stuffed Turkey

Llama Llama Gives Thanks

Where is Baby’s Turkey

Biscuit is Thankful

Pete the Cat The First Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks

I Love to Gobble You Up!

10 Fat Turkeys

Amazing Autumn

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get qurious - game and app review

Get Qurious

*Get Qurious sent us a box for free to play with, but this is my honest review and opinion.*

As a mom, I often worry about how much technology my kids play with. When we are traveling, all rules go out the window and the kids spend a lot of time playing on phones, the ipad and the leap-frog. When we get home it is always a bit of a rough transition as we cut back on the technology.

When we got back from our New York trip, we had received the Explorer Box from Get Qurious and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. The kids were super excited to open it up and play with it. The four activities were a great mix of hands on activities and technology so the kids got their phone fix while also engaging in S.T.R.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art and Math) learning.

get qurious - game and app review

Mask Play

Of course the masks were the first things the boys noticed and the first things they wanted to play with. Putting on masks and becoming new characters is so much fun, but what made this extra cool was that the kids were then able to use the phone to record themselves as the characters.

get qurious - game and app review

Build a Story

The boys used colorful cards to create a story then they scanned them into the phone and watched the story come to life. Both boys had a lot of fun choosing different cards to see how the story would unfold.

get qurious - game and app review

Build a Spaceship

Both boys used the cards to build their rockets, then they scanned them in to the phone. Once scanned in, they got to fly their rocket through space trying to avoid asteroids. This was their favorite activity. Hudson especially liked it and continued to play long after we had packed everything else up.

get qurious - game and app review

get qurious - game and app review

3D Treasure Hunt

Once the boys scanned in a map, a 3D world appeared where they could hunt for treasure. This activity was the most challenging for us. We couldn’t always move around the virtual world and had some trouble locating all the treasure. Hudson still really enjoyed finding treasure and he was far better at it than I was (I’m pretty sure he will be more tech savvy than me in no time).

get qurious - game and app review

Overall, we had a ton of fun with the activities. They were all very interactive and we had a blast playing together. I was also pleasantly surprised that my 3 year old was able to participate in most of the games instead of just observing his brother playing. Plus it made me feel a lot less guilty about letting the kids play on the phone, which is a major mom win!

Check out the Get Qurious website for more info and use code CRYSTAL20 for 20% off your box (valid until November 30th, 2017)

DIY Fall Leaf Garland - inexpensive and easy to make - perfect to add a touch of fall to your decor

DIY Fall Garland

I haven’t decorated for fall in years, but decided to this year and I am so glad I did. I mean, I will most likely regret the decision when I am frantically putting up Christmas decorations, but for now, I’m going to enjoy it.

I decided to keep things really simple. I used a few decorations that had been collecting dust in the garage, re-purposed some of my Halloween decor and made a few leaf garlands. The leaf garlands are without a doubt my favorite addition to the house. It cost me less than $10 to make (and that’s including the felt ball garland, which I already had), the kids were able to help me and it didn’t take long to complete. Plus, Luc is really into water coloring these days so I figured I might as well put him to work. 😉 The fact that he helped make the leaves makes the decorations extra special.

DIY Fall Leaf Garland - inexpensive and easy to make - perfect to add a touch of fall to your decor

DIY Fall Leaf Garland - inexpensive and easy to make - perfect to add a touch of fall to your decor

DIY Fall Leaf Garland - inexpensive and easy to make - perfect to add a touch of fall to your decor

DIY Fall Leaf Garland - inexpensive and easy to make - perfect to add a touch of fall to your decor

To make one, you will need the following:

Felt Ball Garland in white

Mini clothespins

White cardstock paper

Scissors

Watercolors

 

Directions:

  1. Search google or Pinterest to find a leaf template. There are tons available. I used this one, but had to enlarge it and make a few adjustments. Unfortunately, I can’t offer the one I altered as a printable, but it shouldn’t be too hard to find a leaf template you like.
  2. Print out the leaves on white cardstock.
  3. Use red, orange, yellow and brown watercolors to paint the leaves.
  4. Once dry, cut out leaves.
  5. Using the mini clothespins, hang the leaves on the garland.

*As another option, you could punch holes in the leaves (one on each side of the top like a banner) and string them up. That is what I did for the garland hanging in my kitchen.*

DIY Fall Leaf Garland - inexpensive and easy to make - perfect to add a touch of fall to your decor

DIY Fall Leaf Garland - inexpensive and easy to make - perfect to add a touch of fall to your decor

DIY Fall Leaf Garland - inexpensive and easy to make - perfect to add a touch of fall to your decor

This really was a fun and easy project that added a bit of color and “fall feel” to our house. It also gave my simple garland a whole new life and looks so beautiful hanging from my mantle. I hope this inspires you to create some fall decor of your own. Happy Fall Y’all! 🙂

DIY Fall Leaf Garland - inexpensive and easy to make - perfect to add a touch of fall to your decor

DIY halloween disney magnets - Free Printable - perfect to hold up your itinerary, tickets and daily navigator on a cruise. These would also make a great FE Exchange gift. Or would be cute around the house at Halloweentime.

Halloween Mickey Magnets – Free Printable

Before our first Disney Cruise I made a scrapbook page of our itinerary (You can check it out here). I liked it so much that I decided to make another one for our Halloween Disney Cruise. I love how this helps during the trip, then can be printed and placed in a scrapbook after. Since this was a Halloween cruise, I changed the pages up a bit to fit the theme. I also knew I would need to bring magnets again, but the ones I made for the last cruise didn’t match, so I made Halloween ones. These magnets are perfect for holding up the itinerary, event tickets, the daily navigator, etc. They would also make a great fish extender gift. Or if you just love Disney like our family does, you could use these around Halloween on your white board or fridge. Just click here for your free printable and follow the instructions below.

DIY halloween disney magnets - Free Printable - perfect to hold up your itinerary, tickets and daily navigator on a cruise. These would also make a great FE Exchange gift. Or would be cute around the house at Halloweentime.

DIY halloween disney magnets - Free Printable - perfect to hold up your itinerary, tickets and daily navigator on a cruise. These would also make a great FE Exchange gift. Or would be cute around the house at Halloweentime.

To make the magnets you need the following:

Directions:

  1. Print magnet printable on white cardstock
  2. Cut magnet shapes out
  3. Add glossy accents on top, let dry.
  4. Keep adding layers of Glossy Accents until shape feels sturdy.
  5. Add magnet to backside of each shape with Glossy Accents.

I’ve also added a few cards to the printable. These can be used to write notes about your trip, which can be added to a scrapbook when you get home. They could also be used to leave notes for people in other rooms. Or you could use them to write notes in your own room.

I hope you enjoy these printables and I hope that they make your Halloween Disney Cruise a little more magical.

DIY halloween disney magnets - Free Printable - perfect to hold up your itinerary, tickets and daily navigator on a cruise. These would also make a great FE Exchange gift. Or would be cute around the house at Halloweentime.

If you want to make a fun countdown for your Halloween Disney Cruise, check out this post.

Halloween Mickey and Minnie paper chain countdown - free printable - perfect to countdown to Halloween Time at Disneyland or Walt Disney World, Mickey's Halloween Party, a Halloween Disney Cruise or Halloween

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