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FREE Printable Halloween Door Signs

Lately I've got Halloween on my mind, and it's no wonder Halloween is just a few weeks away! Halloween is one of our most favorite holidays, surpassed only by Christmas!  It marks the start of the busiest time of year for us when 4 major holidays seem to run right into each other.  It sure makes the last quarter of every year go by fast! We started our Halloween/Fall crafts and decorating back in late August and still aren't ready!  We've made a few wreaths and jars, but we're still ...

“You’ve Been Booed” – Neighborhood Game – FREE PRINTABLES

It's Halloween time again!  Yay!  It's my favorite holiday right after Christmas. One of the things I love about Halloween is that I get to give treats, and not just to kids.  That's why I love this neighborhood game I learned while visiting my daughter in Arizona a few years ago. It's called "You've Been Booed!".   The idea is to anonymously gift 2 neighbors a basket of treats, they in turn will gift 2 others, and the game goes on. My grandsons have a great time helping put gift ...

DIY Halloween T-Shirts – Easy & Cheap

It's Fall!  That means Halloween is coming soon.  I think Halloween is my favorite holiday after Christmas.  I've always loved the costumes and decorations for Halloween.  It's such a fun holiday for kids and adults.  I loved taking my kids trick or treating; these days I go with them to take the grandkids!  And when we're not trick or treating I enjoy handing out candy from my witch's caldron I keep on a table at the top of my driveway.  Of course we deck out the driveway with ghoulish ...

Kimchi Vegetable Soup With Oysters

Different brands of kimchi, the traditional Korean condiment made with fermented cabbage, usually have different vegetables added to them. The brand used in this recipe includes carrots and peppers, which give the flavor of this easy soup added dimension. When choosing a kimchi, opt for one that is not too sour, so the oysters will not be overpowered. Taste the kimchi to assess its spiciness, and adjust the seasoning for this dish accordingly.  I love cooking my own Kimchi Vegetable Soup ...

10 General safety rules that your child should know

Children are but vulnerable to a lot of things, and often it is a result of carelessness that they land up in situations a parent wouldn’t want them to. While children learn and pick up things as they grow, there are certain rules that need to be imbibed within them at a rather early age – or let’s just say, the sooner they know these rules the better it will be. As parents, it is only natural for them to worry about their kids, and if only there could be certain ground rules that they ...

DIY Crochet Elephant Snuggly – FREE Pattern

I have twin grandbabies, Harper and Sadi.  I made them these cute elephant snugglies.  They are very simple to make, they're basically an over-sized granny square with a stuffed elephant head attached to the middle.  It took me just a few hours to make each one. I used the free pattern from DenDennis Amigurumist but added my own border.   For the blue border I used a simple slip stitch/chain 1 pattern all the way around; for the pink one I used a picot type pattern to make it look ...

Cluster Stitch Crocheted Baby Blanket

My sixth grandchild was born just a few days ago.  As I've done for my other five grandchildren I made this grandson a crocheted blanket, actually I made him a couple of blankets.  This one is a simple Cluster Stitch Crocheted Baby Blanket. I found this free pattern by Leelee Knits.  It's simple and easy to make, easy enough for beginners! For this Cluster Stitch Crocheted Baby Blanket I used 3 skeins of  Lion brand Ice Cream yarn in Cookies and Cream color.  I love the variegated colors ...

A Family That Works Out Together Stays Together

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that children aged between 6 and 17 years of age should participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity every day. However, research has shown that the typical child spends more than 7 hours a day on electronic devices. As a result, experts have warned that this must be cut back to a maximum of 2 hours for the sake of the nation’s heart health. Therefore, it’s time for parents to take charge by getting their ...

Chunky Yarn Baby Blanket

I'm in Vicenza, Italy welcoming my sixth grandchild.  Of course I had to make him a baby blanket,  just like I did for all my other grandchildren.  This time I decided to work with this lovely 100% cotton yarn made here in Italy.  I choose a dark gray color to coordinate with his solar system themed layette set from Crate & Barrel.  The yarn is so soft and silky that I decided the yarn itself should be the the focus of this Chunky Yarn Baby Blanket. In short I wanted a simple design ...

Chicken Sauteed in Shrimp Paste – Binagoongang Manok

Binagoongang Manok or Chicken Sautéed in Shrimp Paste is a specialty from the Philippine province of Pampanga.  It was originally made with small cubes of pork and called Binagoongang Baboy but the simple recipe has been adapted to include chicken or even just veggies. I think it's a great way to use up that jar of Bagoong or shimp paste that usually ends up shoved in the back of my refrigerator.  I usually only use bagoong when having  Kare Kare. So many times the bagoong gets too old ...