6 Halloween Books for Pre-Schoolers

6 Halloween Books for Pre-Schoolers

It’s that time of year again!  Yup it’s almost Halloween, one of our family’s favorite holidays.  (And you know we love all holidays!)  To get into the Halloween spirit, pun intended, we like to usher in the holiday by reading Halloween Books with the grandkids.

We have grands ranging in age from 2 months to 16, so clearly we don’t read the same Halloween Books to all of them.  Although in years past the oldest one sometimes sits in during the pre-schoolers story time if only to tease his brother about the baby books.

Anyway for this post I’m going to tell you about 6 Halloween Books our pre-schoolers love.  In fact they like them so much we’ll be reading them many more times between now and Halloween, and perhaps even after.

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halloween booksPete the Cat: Trick or Pete

My 4 year old twin grandkids love Pete the Cat.  They think he’s super cool!

Pete the Cat:Trick or Pete is the perfect Halloween book for them.  It’s a lift the flap book that follows Pete as he goes trick or treating in his neighborhood.  As he goes from house to house the flap opens to a fun spooky surprise.

It’s a fun book and will be loved now and the years to come!



halloween booksRoom on the Broom

My 5 year old grandson loves the Room on the Broom!  It’s good a witch on a broom, 3 helpful animals, and a hungry dragon, what more can a child ask for?

Is there room on the broom for the 3 helpful critters, and can they save the witch from the hungry dragon?  Read the book to find out!




halloween booksLittle Blue Truck’s Halloween

The 4 & 5 year old boys love this book.  Of course they’re currently in their cars and trucks phase and this book is perfect.

The popular Blue Truck is picking up his animal buddies to go to a costume party.  Lift the flaps on this board book to find out who’s wearing each costume.

Will the Little Blue Truck wear a costume too?  Lift the flap to find out!



halloween booksThe Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat

My 4 year old granddaughter loves this classic Halloween Book, but mostly I think she loves the stickers.  She loves stickers!

We’ve read this book with all the grands and will be reading it I’m sure next year to the now 2 month old grandson.

It’s a fun book that teaches kids right and wrong.  The bear kids are excited to go trick or treating with their friends but when someone decides they should play tricks this go quickly awry!



halloween booksCorduroy’s Best Halloween Ever

Here’s another beloved character!  Follow along as the cute bear plans his Halloween Party.  There’ll be pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, and of course trick or treating.  But wait!  What will he wear?  Help Corduroy decide on his costume!






halloween booksSpider Sandwiches

What pre-schooler doesn’t love monster?  Specially those that eat yucky gross food?

Come eat with Max, a monster with a monstrous appetite!









Not Scary Halloween Movies for Little Kids

Not Scary Halloween Movies for Little Kids

Halloween is tomorrow!  This year it falls on a Friday, perfect for parties, trick-or-treating, and other fun activities for everyone.

A Halloween movie is a great way to end the night filled with activities and candy.  Watching an age appropriate movie is a great way to wind the night down and get the kiddies ready for a good night’s sleep.  A Halloween movie is a great way to end the night filled with activities and candy.  Watching an age appropriate movie is a great way to wind the night down and get the kiddies ready for a good night’s sleep.  The sooner the kids settle down the sooner adults can make the most of the rest of the evening!

Here are a few not so scary Halloween movies that kids of all ages should enjoy without having nightmares.  It’s not to late to find them at your local discount store or order them on NetFlix or whatever video service you use.

A Halloween classic, It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, is aired annually on network TV and is available on DVD.  It follows the Peanuts gang as Linus awaits the arrival of the Great Pumpkin whom Linus believes appears every Halloween to give good children presents.

Heffalump is an adventure with the cuddly Winnie the Pooh characters confronts their fears of lurking monsters.  It teaches kids to confront their own fears.

One of my favorite.  The Goonies has all the ingredients for a fun adventure: treasure, good guys and bad guys.  It also teaches compassion for those less fortunate. A true childhood classic!

Halloweentown premiered on the Disney Channel in 1998.  It has since spawned several sequels.  It’s about a teenage girl who discovers she comes from a long line of witches.  She visits her ancestral home in Halloweentown and solves the mystery behind the disappearances there.

What happens when the monster under the bed doesn’t scare you?  Find out in this new Disney Classic Monsters, Inc.

How can anyone be afraid of Casper the small friendly ghost?  This heartwarming story about friendship will have kids and adults cheering for the good guys.

Happy Halloween!




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10 General safety rules that your child should know

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 were made to follow, you’d be much more relieved yourselves!

Here’s our list of 10 general safety rules that your child should know!

1. Contact information!
It is mandatory for your kid to be well versed with his/her own name, your contact number and home’s address. In case any emergency crops up, or the kid might have lost his/her way, they should be capable enough to help someone elder track their way down to home. For starters, help them memorize the details, and once they are thorough with it, have a second number memorized too.

2. Their approach towards a stranger
Irrespective of how old one gets, parents always have instructions with regards to how one should deal with strangers. Set strict ground rules for this one. They shouldn’t let any stranger touch or hold them without consent, never eat something given by a stranger, or, never let them believe that they are here on behalf of you. Set safety words that ensure the kid can trust whomsoever is visiting them on your behalf, or, let them know who else would ever come to pick them up or to drop them off if not you.

3. No one but you as parents are allowed to touch them
Once the kid is old enough to understand the difference between a good touch and a bad touch, they should be made aware that no one can touch them and no one should touch their body unless it is you.

4. Say no to secrets
It is essential that the communication between you and your child is crystal clear, so as to even if there is something that they shouldn’t have done, they can confide in you when something goes wrong. It is important for them to know that you have got their backs.

5. When lost, stay still and do not wander
While it is only true that no parent would let their kid out of sight, certain circumstances aren’t all that simple. If in case the kid gets lost, you must instruct him from well before hand to not go wandering around. Or, at the most, go visit a cop/get help from officials.

6. Help them identify peer pressure
Kids are the most influenced by the company they keep, and hence it is essential that you teach them not to do something that they would regret, or something that they know you won’t approve of. Even if not doing it means stepping aside from rest of the peers, teach them to not let anyone force them into doing anything they don’t want to, or, are not comfortable in doing it.

7. Teach them a mantra: No fire play, or wandering alone or, going off the limits
Set certain borders beyond which your kid is supposed to take you along with him. Teach them to follow the boundaries created, and abide by it. Explain to them how fire is dangerous and that they need to be away from it.

8. Keep them safe while on the road
You could be driving or just walking, you must ensure that the necessary protection has been taken. Ensure the child locks are locked during your drive or don’t forget to watch both the sides while crossing the road and hold their hands firm.

9. Don’t give out personal information
It is necessary for the kid to remember the information you made him memorize, but he must also be taught that it isn’t for everyone to be taken and he shouldn’t be the one giving it out to random strangers or anyone he doesn’t want to.

10. How to call for help!
Not always can you come to their rescue, and so it is a must to teach them the basics of getting to a police official and when should he get to a police official. Tell them the probabilities, and explain to them how to get through it.

A Family That Works Out Together Stays Together

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 family outdoors and getting fit.

Preparing for your new lifestyle

The great news is that you don’t need any special equipment or access to specific locations to work out together. Simply playing a game of tag at your local park, jogging up and down your street or playing hopscotch on the driveway is enough to get the blood pumping around your bodies. However, the one thing you must ensure is that you’re all dressed appropriately for the occasion. Lightweight, loose and breathable materials are a must and you should always opt for good quality footwear which supports your feet. If you are heading away from home, take a spare set of clothes so your walk home is more comfortable.

Physical and psychological benefits

A vigorous 60-minute workout daily can help you and your family to lose as much as 10 lbs each in just a month. And, while losing pounds and shaping up will leave you looking great, the resulting benefits are much more significant. By losing just 10 lb, you reduce your risk of developing serious conditions, including heart attack, cancer, stroke and dementia and your blood pressure will also be positively supported. Moreover, stress and anxiety levels within family members will reduce and you’ll see your kids sleeping better as a result of the additional energy burned off.

Strengthens the family unit

Health professionals state that parents who exercise alongside their children are healthier and have a stronger family bond. This is because their attachment, social development, and emotional management skills are boosted as a result of spending quality time together doing an activity which releases feel-good endorphins throughout the body. Exercise also shows your children that you are someone they can look up to, as research conducted by the University of Cambridge has revealed that children whose parents are physically active are 10% more likely to work out themselves.

Working out as a family promotes a positive and healthy lifestyle for your children. It also shows your kids that you’re a positive role model who is keen to boost your family’s physical and psychological wellbeing, as well as the family unit.

Kroger Cake Review

Kroger Cake Review

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Cake is one of the most important thing when you are having a party or during a holyday. This is why you need to pick the right cake to light up the party. There are a lot of things you should take into consideration from selecting the cake to receiving it at your front door or picking it up from the store. Also, take into consideration the design, the ingredients, and of course, your budget.

In this article we are going to review Kroger in order to find out more about their products and the designs. If you want to learn more about how to order a cake from Kroger and about their prices, you can visit them in person or search for the fees online. Kroger cakes prices are going to help you decide if this store is the best one to order the cake your want.

A Cake for Every Occasion

Kroger offer cakes for every occasion. At this bakery you can find cakes for birthdays, a baby shower, graduation, and even a wedding. For every occasion they have different licensed cakes. They have a vast selection of models and designs to choose from.

Birthday cakes
When it comes to birthday cakes, this is the area where Kroger excels. They have a lot of models for kids and for adults. Also, they have licensed designs for boys and girls. Some of their designs include Star Wars, Paw Patrol, Frozen, and Spiderman. All of these are very interesting and your kid is going to love the bright colors and his or her favorite character on the cake.

They also have simple designs which are great for a birthday cake. You can select a simple white or chocolate cake with a few sugary flowers as decoration. These are suited for anybody and they can even be a great birthday gift. One of the best thing about these cakes is the price. They price range between $24 and $47.

Baby Shower cakes
As we mentioned, Kroger has different cakes for every occasion. What better occasion to have a cake then a baby shower. They have licensed special designs for this event. Some of their most known designs include Baby Special Delivery Stork and Baby Block. The price of these are almost the same as the ones for birthday cakes.

Wedding cakes
If you want to have the perfect wedding but you are on a tight budget, you should pick out a cake from Kroger. They have 2 options: a 2-tier or a 3-tier cake. The designs are going to amaze you. These cakes look exactly like the ones you find at a renowned bakery and they also taste amazing. Also, this way you save some bucks on your wedding cake.

Build-a-Cake Service

One of the best things about Kroger cakes is that you can actually build your own cake just the way you like it. It is a great thing for people who want something special or simply when they don’t find the exact design they were searching for. Also, the best thing is that you can select everything from the cake type to the frosting and the decorations.

This option is great for those who want to celebrate a different event than a wedding or a birthday. With build-a-cake option, they are allowed to make the cake just the way they want. You can customize the cake by selecting the type of cake (sheet or round) and then choosing the icing, flavors, and the decorations. Get creative when purchasing a personalized cake.

Getting the Cake

After you selected and ordered the cake the only thing you can do is wait until the cake is ready. One thing you should consider is to pick up the cake a day before the part or at least a few hours before to make sure that the cake is ok. Kroger cake also offers a delivery option but not all Kroger stores have this option.

Unfortunately, cakes need to be picked up from most Kroger stores. It is important to order the cake about 72 hours before the party to make sure that the bakers have time to make it. Also, if the party is during a holiday you will need to plan ahead.

All in all, Kroger cakes have a great quality-price report. Since the price of the cakes are a lot smaller than the ones you will find at a renowned bakery, you should also expect the cakes to have a good design not an amazing one. Kroger makes it simple for you to order the perfect cake from their licensed designs or to build your own model. Just choose the one you like and enjoy it.

Fun & Inexpensive Kids’ Summer Activities

Fun & Inexpensive Kids’ Summer Activities

It’s now the dog days of summer.  School’s been out for a couple of months and the  excitement is gone.  We’re now hearing the inevitable gripe “I’m bored! There’s NOTHING to do!”

Here are some fun and creative ideas to keep the kids entertained for the rest of this summer.  I know we’ll be trying a few very soon!

 Inexpensive Kids' Summer Activities

Growing A Jeweled Rose

Homemade Slime should keep them busy for a while.

Kids love gooey, sticky, disgusting stuff like slime.  My grandson Devon loves this stuff!  Even my adult son does, he’s already purchased a box of Borax to make his own for his 2 year old twins.

Most homemade slime recipes, like the one my son has, contain Borax.  Here’s a recipe from Growing a Jeweled Rose that’s edible and Borax free.  It should keep the kids busy for a few hours; you get added time if you let older kids help make it!  For recipe click here! Click here for slime recipe without Borax!

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Fun At Home With Kids

Another kid favorite is Play Dough, and they do like to eat it too.

Here’s an Edible Gluten Free No Cook version from Fun at Home with Kids.
We’re going to try to make some for my 3 year old grandson, Jett, who is allergic to many things.  For recipe click here!

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Infarrantly Creative

Sidewalk chalk is a great thing, it keeps kids busy for hours and brings out their creativity; but it’s so messy.

After an afternoon of creative fun the kids not only need baths, but their clothes need washing and the walls need scrubbing too! (My grandsons somehow manage to get their chalky hands all over the doors and walls)

Here’s a neater alternative from Infarrantly Creative, Chalk Spray!  It uses corn starch, dishwashing soap, and washable tempera paints; you probably have at least 2 of the ingredients in you kitchen already!  For recipe click here!

 Inexpensive Kids' Summer ActivitiesSand boxes will keep kids busy for hours!

You can buy one like this Little Tykes turtle sandbox or DIY like the one pictured here.  You can buy sand at the garden department of Home Depot or Walmart and dump it into a large shallow plastic storage bin, the ones that go under the bed are the perfect depth.  Which ever way you go be sure you always cover it after play.  We learned the hard way when we had a sandbox built in our yard, kids love them but so do the neighborhood cats!

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Inexpensive Kids' Summer ActivitiesMy grandson Jett loves his Little Tikes Pirate Water Table, his older cousins do too! (Affiliate links)
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Pink Oatmeal

You can buy a ready made water table or make your own like this one from Pink Oatmeal.  For instructions click here!



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Child At Heart

Or better yet make a Sandbox and a Water Table.  Love this idea from Child At Heart!

It uses an old coffee table and plastic bins.  If you don’t happen to have an old coffee table laying around hit the garage sales and find a cheap one.  For instructions click here!
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Busy Kids Happy Mom

Kids young and old love bubbles.

Whip up these giant bubble with this recipe from Busy Kids Happy Mom.
For recipe click here!I love this idea of using a beverage dispenser for bubble refills.

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La La’s Home Daycare

I plan to keep it handy all summer long! It’s a great idea for kids’ parties too!  Here’s a regular bubble recipe!

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The 36th. Avenue

Keep the kids busy with these bouncy balls, better yet let them help make them first!

Where Imagination Grows

I love this idea of Glittery Frozen Water Balloons from Where Imagination Grows.  My grandsons love water balloons but hate cleaning up popped balloons; and clean them up they must because we can’t have the dog or cat eating it up.

 These frozen balloons are fun and there’s no mess to clean up or broken balloon pieces for the pets to eat.  They’re not for throwing at each other, ouch! Dump them in a water table and watch them melt.
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Sassy Style Design

Take the game of Twister outside with this homemade outdoor twister game.

All it takes is several cans of spray paint and a cardboard stencil.
Even teens and adults will get a kick out of it!
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Making Memories with Your Kids

Kids love to play in the sprinklers.  Keep them cool and occupied this summer by turning your garden hose into a homemade sprinkler.

All it takes is a 2 liter plastic bottle and duct tape; you probably have everything you need already!
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Pink Pistachio

Have the kids make bird feeders, they can make them any shape they want by using cookie cutters.

This should keep them busy for a while, and amused all summer long as they watch the birds’ antics when they come to feed.
Learn how to make them from Pink Pistachio, click here!
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I Heart Naptime

Hold soap boat races, this should entertain the kids all morning!

All you need is bars of soap, a rain gutter, and a hose.
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Turn the yard into a game field with pool noodles! You can have several stations including an obstacle course, target stations, and even a human ring toss.