Monthly Archives: October 2014

Happy Halloween


One scared Chicken- Rosie the Riveter- Fireman



Fireman- Chicken on the Loose- Bat Dad






I hope you all have a wonderful Halloween! We are so excited to see if our neighborhood is using their Teal Pumpkins- The Teal Pumpkin Project- is for those with food allergies or even sensory issues so that they too can enjoy the thrill of Trick or Treating with their friends and loved ones.

For nostalgia- Check out some of our costume choices over the years.

Happy Halloween 2013

Happy Halloween 2012

Fall Family Photos 2013

Trick or Treating Video 2012


Happy Halloween!


Do you trick or treat? Celebrate with the Great Pumpkin?

Are you a Teal Pumpkin supporter this year?

Would love to hear from you!

Pumpkin Carving: Toddler Approved








Raymond asks daily if we can go pick out pumpkins at the farm again.  Vertuccio Farms is definitely a family favorite along with our annual trip to the Pumpkin and Chili Festival. Three years ago I was as big as a pumpkin at a local pumpkin patch, time sure does fly!




I love being able to capture these family moments year after year! Both toddlers were definitely hesitant to even sit next to the pumpkins this year.  It took some not so gentle coaxing for them to even look inside.  After watching me pull the “gunk” out for 10-15 minutes both decided that it can’t possibly be that scary and they actually started helping put the seeds in the buckets for me.  So thankful that my little helpers got over their fears together AND that I got some help.  We did carve four pumpkins this year. The husband did the actual carving and drilling of the pumpkins and both toddlers were less than thrilled with the results.  I guess you can’t win every battle.

Happy Halloween Eve!


Want to take a glimpse into the past?

Check out Pumpkin Carving 2013, Pumpkin Patch 2012 AND Pumpkin Carving 2011.


What did you carve this year?  Do your kids help with the pumpkins?


Would love to hear from you!

Homemade Allergy-Free Play Doh





  • 1 CUP brown rice flour
  • 1 CUP corn starch
  • 1 CUP salt
  • 4 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 2 CUPS water
  • 2 tsp. cooking oil *we used vegetable oil and it worked perfectly-but you can change this to accommodate allergies if need be.

Cook all ingredients over low heat until you can form a ball. Please make sure it is cool before you remove the Play Dough from the pot. When cool, store in a zipper plastic bag.  It will seem as if the Play Dough will never form a ball- HANG IN THERE- it will, it just takes it’s sweet time.



I was so disappointed to see that Play Doh in the stores is made with Gluten and therefore would cause a horrific allergy attack for both of my little toddlers.  I am so happy that this recipe is so easy to use and SAFE for both of my children.  We use play mats for the surface area-cookie cutters and cupcake liners.


 Do you want to build a snowman?!?




 Proud of making a Christmas Tree.


We usually do crafts right after breakfast, before we head off on our adventure for the day.  AND they love doing a quiet craft after they wake up from their naps.  Play dough is so easy to use and clean up.


 Homemade Allergy-Free Play Dough





 Homemade Allergy-Free Play Dough



Sweet Em



Homemade Allergy-Free Play Dough

I hope you have found this helpful! I love being able to adapt activities to fit the needs of our family.

Do you know of any natural dyes that work with homemade play dough?

Are there any allergy-friendly dyes that you use with your children?

I would love to hear how I can safely make Play Dough EVEN MORE exciting for my little ones. Thank you for sharing!

Splash n’ Catch: Bathtime Fishing Set

Make bath time more fun for your little one with the Nuby Splash n’ Catch Bath Time Fishing set. This bright and colorful bath toy keeps babies entertained while promoting essential coordination and motor skill development. The set of fishing bath toys comes with colorful characters and a net to catch them all. Both of my toddler’s love the thrill of the hunt!
Raymond loves catching all the fish with the net while loudly announcing the number hes caught. He knows all his colors and his count gets higher each and every day!
 Em studies everything Raymond does and waits patiently for her turn to try. He is great about teaching the colors of each fish to her and we are thankful that they are BOTH patient during bath time. A rarity sometimes during the day.
 Her patience pays off!
 Be careful, she has a far reach and will try to catch anyone who is dry. This net keeps her laughing and having fun till she turns prunny.

The Nûby™ Splash n’ Catch™ Bathtime Fishing Set teaches coordination, development and enjoyment. This is a fabulous idea for the holidays as a stocking stuffer or for your little ones birthday. Both of my toddlers enjoy this toy every single night along with the Floating Octopus, Splish Splash Cups, and Foam Bath Animals.


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Tuesday Morning


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Weekend Update

Happy Weekend All! These past few days flew right on by!  We started the weekend off right at our house- with lots and lots of time outside.  Although it may be Fall, the desert decided to break out another round of 95 degree days.  So naturally we hit the park in the early morning.  The two mile trip with Raymond(The Toddler) on his bike, and Em and I on my bike and trailer goes by quickly.  We play at the park until one of the kids ask to go OR I know there will be a need for a potty-break soon- we are now full-time in underwear during the day(CUE HAPPIEST DANCE EVER).


Afternoon playtime in the backyard called for chalk, sand turtle fun, AND sprinklers!  Both of them giggled for an entire hour as we lived up what I am hoping is the last week in the 90s.  The fence is wet in the background below because from time to time I rinse off their masterpieces(graffiti) for them to have a new blank canvas.



I love this age of sharing, caring about each other, and watching them play together.

 Saturday morning we hit the park bright and early before I had to get ready to go to my first Creative Meet Ups by Crest + Bloom.  I loved meeting all of the lovely ladies! All of the details were fabulous of this event; the food, the favors, and the fantastic surprises. There are so many wonderful women here in Phoenix and it was great to finally put a face to the name of people that I have followed(forever) on social media.





I truly cannot wait for the next event!  If you are local you should check out Jennifer from Henry & Coco and Jenn from Sincerely Jenn– they’ve partnered up to create Crest + Bloom.  I can’t wait to connect with the women I met in the next couple of weeks.

Saturday night I was extremely blessed to be invited to the Zinburger Pre-Opening in Gilbert.  I was able to bring one of my best friends with and we dined on some of the best food I have had in a long, long time.  Getting out without the babies and being able to share our mom problems is so nice.  Being a mom is sometimes a very lonely struggle and I am happy that one of my college best friends has kids so close in age with mine. The Chuck Norris burger is one of their weekly burgers and it was the best burger I have ever eaten- and I am Queen of BBQ.  Their weekly happy hour menu looks divine and I will be visiting again very soon.


We are carving pumpkins tonight and both toddlers are super excited! It remains to be seen if I’m the only one that cleans out the gunk…

Did you do anything fun this weekend?

Attend any Fall Festivals(MY FAV)?

Would love to hear from you!

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