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.  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 ...

Our European Adventure with The Giant Pod Duo Bike Trailer

My daughter decided to buy a bike trailer last spring for 2 reasons, to go jogging and for our upcoming family European vacation.  The bike trailer with a stroller conversion kit is ideal for jogging and the compact size when folded makes it ideal for travel. At least that was the plan. She researched brands including Burly, Thule Chariot, Instep, Schwinn, and Giant.  She wanted a trailer large enough to fit 2 children, her 6 month old son, and  6 year old nephew.  She needed to have ...

11 Great Places to Eat in Humble, Texas

The town of Humble is located in Northeast Houston.  It has grown to incorporate different neighborhoods to include Atascosita and Kingwood.  Just off the Interstate 59 where it intersects FM 1960 Humble, like all the other areas in Houston, is chock full of fast food chains that line up along the busy Interstate and the Farm Market road. At quick glance you may think your options are limited to Whataburger, IHOP, and Outback Steak House.  I'm glad to say there is much more in Humble ...

You’ve Been Booed!

tmgenealogy.com Last year while visiting my daughter in Sierra Vista, Arizona we participated in the friendly neighborhood game, "You've Been Booed!" It's sort of a mix between a chain letter and the Secret Santa games we played in school when I was a child. We'd never heard of it and were surprised to find a Halloween gift basket on the doorstep one morning.  It came with 2 cards, the first was instructions on how to continue the game, the second the card we had to ...

Tips to Stay Healthy this Flu Season

These days every time you turn on the news or log on to the internet the first thing you see or hear about is the Ebola virus which has claimed many lives in West Africa and has been diagnosed in a couple of people in Dallas. You also hear about Entrovirus D68 which has killed a couple of children in the United States.  I don't  have to tell anyone how serious both viruses are. With everyone focused on those 2 viruses it's easy to forget that there are many other ...

How to Survive a Long Red-Eye Flight

Flying as much as we do I've got the routine down to where I can get enough rest on route and hit the ground running when I arrive.  I can't guarantee the most comfortable experience, but I can make the flight more bearable. 1.  Get plenty of sleep the night before. 2.  Dress in comfortable loose fitting clothing, but not shabby wrinkled clothes.  Don't wear anything tight fitting and complicated;  tight fitting clothes restricts blood flow, you increase the risk of DVT (deep ...

Healthy Snacks for Halloween

The old saying "it's as easy as taking candy away from a baby" clearly never tried to take candy away from a child on Halloween.  Judging from my experience taking candy away from a baby or child is never easy, it's almost as bad as taking a bone away from your dog! I know with Halloween fast approaching many parents are wondering how to avoid the inevitable sugar rush from kids devouring way too much candy.  Not to mention wondering how they can make sure the kids brush properly after ...

The Best Homemade Applesauce

Thanksgiving is next week.  I started my annual holiday cooking routine last this week.  From now until the New Year yummy aromas will be coming from my kitchen!  The annual game of cat and mouse will begin; family members sneaking tastes of pies, cookies, and candies while I try to keep them hidden.  Last year my son and husband went thru a couple of pecan pies a couple of days before Thanksgiving, luckily I made 6! The first thing I make every year is my homemade applesauce which we use ...

The Do’s and Don’ts of Sharing Kids’ Photos Online

Sharing photos via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media has become part of our daily lives.  Just about everyone has a cell phone or tablet; it's so easy to capture your kid's "cute moment" on your iphone, click post, and share it with friends and relatives worldwide. Technology is great, but it comes with potentially serious consequences.  Sharing that "cute moment" can be the beginning of your worst nightmare.  That simple click instantly shares that photo and more ...

The “It” Baby Teething Toy

Imagine my surprise when my youngest daughter informed me she had just purchased a $25 teether at Dillard's. She'd bought a Sophie La Girafe. (affiliate link).  She raved about it.  She was quick to recommend it to my then pregnant daughter-in-law, who in fact was gifted 2 at her baby shower, one for each of her soon to be born twins.Back in the day when my first child was teething we went to the  drug store and purchased a teething ring, a hard plastic ring for her to chew on.  By the ...