7 Kids Math Lessons Using Pumpkins

Pumpkins are all around us this time of year, which makes them great for decorating and even baking with. But did you know you can teach some important math lessons with pumpkins too? Take a look below at 7 kids math lessons using pumpkins that you can try. They make for a fun, fall filled way to teach these important math skills!

Math Lessons Using Pumpkins

1. How much does it weigh?
Teach how to use a scale and read weight measurement when you find out how much the pumpkin weighs. You can do this by making estimations first about what you think the weight is. Write your answers down on a chart. Then, place the pumpkin on the scale. How close were you? Read the weight out loud, and use this opportunity to talk about weight in pounds and ounces.

2. What is the circumference of the pumpkin?
Take a tape measure to find out the circumference of the pumpkin. Make estimations before you begin. You can even unravel the tape measure the amount you think the pumpkin will be. Use this opportunity to talk about measuring circumference in centimeters and inches.

3. How tall is your pumpkin?
Use a ruler to measure how tall the pumpkin is. Make estimations before you begin and compare the pumpkin to other objects that are similar in height. This can be a basketball, toy, etc. Use a ruler to measure and write down the answer. Use this opportunity to talk about measuring height in feet and inches.

4. Seed estimation station.
Have you ever wondered how many seeds are in a pumpkin? Estimate how many seeds you believe to be in the pumpkin. Then, cut it open and remove the contents onto newspaper. This is a fun time to get messy and count the seeds as they come out. How close were you?

5. Pumpkin seed snacks.
When done with the seed estimation station, bake your seeds for a fun and tasty snack. Use this opportunity to talk about units of measurement in cooking such as teaspoon, tablespoon, cup, or the degrees the oven is set at. Let the kids prepare the seeds by sprinkling them with oil, salt, garlic, pepper, or other seasonings of your choice. They can also help with setting the timer to control cooking time.

6. Geometry fun with pumpkins.
Pumpkins come in so many shapes. Use this time to talk about the various shaped pumpkins you see. Some are spherical, some are oval in shape. In the book Spookly the Square Pumpkin, he is a cubed shape pumpkin. Try drawing pumpkins on a piece of paper in all different shapes. Can you imagine what a triangle pumpkin would look like?

7. Pumpkin story problems.
Try writing your own story problems using pumpkins. You can add the imaginary seeds of two pumpkins; you can add how many pumpkins can be picked in an hour if one is picked every 5 minutes, etc. Have children write their own story problems where the pumpkin is the star!

See how easy it can be to use pumpkins when teaching math? Give these ideas a try and see how much fun pumpkin mathematics can be.

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15 Kid Friendly Fall Treat Recipe Ideas


We have quite a few fun fall treats here at Kid’s Fun Review and over at my other blog Home and Garden Cafe. I thought I’d put together a roundup of some of our favorite kid friendly fall treat recipe ideas to share with you. This post is sponsored by Foodie. com, they are also hosting the collection. You can find links to all of the recipes in the kid friendly fall treat collection, or by scrolling through the photo widget below.

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All of these treats would be fun for an after school snack surprise, or perfect for a fall harvest or Halloween party! You could also save these recipes for your Thanksgiving feast!

Fun Kid Friendly Fall Treat Recipe Ideas

A few of our faves:

  • Spiced Pecans~ Yummy sweet treat that’s oh so easy to make!
  • Fall Harvest Snack Mix~ You can make this one ahead and have it on hand for any fall occasion!
  • Pumpkin Poke Cupcakes~ These are oh so cute and easy to make! Sure to be a hit at any fall party!
  • Butterscotch Cookies~ Butterscotch is a wonderful fall flavor, and these cookies would fit into any fall theme.
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake~ Kids love cheesecake, and the pumpkin gives it a fun fall twist!
  • Candy Corn Magic Bars~ So fun for kids to make and eat!
  • Pumpkin Spice Muffins~ A fun fall breakfast or after school snack idea!
  • Pumpkin Rice Krispy Treats~ A HUGE favorite at our house!

What’s your favorite kid friendly fall treat recipe?

Kids Harvest Party Fall Snack Mix Recipe

There are plenty of opportunities for fall partieas and celebrations! Whether you’re celebrating the harvest, planning a Halloween party, getting together to watch your favorite football team, or planning your Thanksgiving feast, or just feeding the after school hunger monster, kids are always on the lookout for a quick snack! This fun kids harvest party fall snack mix recipe is the perfect thing to hit the spot!

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Kids Harvest Party Fall Snack Mix Recipe
Recipe type: Snack
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cup Rice Chex Cereal
  • 2 cup Carmel covered Popcorn and Peanuts
  • 1 cup Graham Cracker Animals
  • 2 cup Mini Pretzel Twists
  • 1 cup Reese's Pieces
  • 1 cup Autumn Mix Candy(Candy Corn, Pumpkins)
Instructions
  1. Combine the Rice Chex, Caramel covered popcorn and peanuts, graham cracker animals, mini pretzel twists, Reese's Pieces, and Autumn Mix Candy in a large bowl.
  2. Mix well, until all of the ingredients are well combined.
  3. Optionally, you can sprinkle with mix of ¼ cup sugar and 1 tsp Pumpkin Spice, to add a little extra fall flavor.
  4. Store in airtight container and serve up for your next fall celebration!

You can also adapt this recipe and substitute some of the ingredients or brands if you need to! The best part is you can make the snack mix ahead of time and store it in an airtight container. This makes it great just to have on hand for any last minute gatherings you might have this fall! The ingredients are also very easy to store and will keep for quite a while so you can keep them on hand for your fall celebrations.

Pretty DIY Paper Pumpkins Craft Idea

With just a few sheets of scrapbook paper, you can make your own pretty pumpkins perfect for dressing up your space. A great craft for both children and adults, these pretty paper pumpkins take just minutes to make and add a real pop of color. Take a look below at how you can get busy crafting your own. Fall will be here before you know it!

Pretty DIY Paper Pumpkin Craft Idea

Here is what you will need:

  • 4-5 assorted pieces of scrapbook paper. We picked one color and picked up sheets in various patterns.
  • Pipe cleaners (brown is perfect)
  • Green scrapbook paper
  • scissors
  • glue

Directions:
1. Begin by cutting your scrapbook paper into circles. You want your circles to be even with each other, so use a stencil or pattern. Cut out 4-7 circles for each pumpkin.

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2. Bend each of the circles in half. You want the design on the paper to face inward when you bend.
3. You can now start to assemble your pumpkins. To do this, apply some glue to the back of the paper. Line up the half of the circle with another half from a matching circle.
4. Continue gluing the circles of paper together until a globe shaped is formed.

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5. Cut a small length of pipe cleaner and twist it around your finger to make a vine. Add a dab of glue and press it into the top of the pumpkin.
6. Cut a few green leaves out of your green scrapbook paper. Attach them with glue to the stem/vine.

Your pretty paper pumpkins are now complete. Display them on a mantel, grouped in a bowl, or just lined up on a shelf. Try using a variety of fall colors and patterns, and really have fun with it.

Pretty Paper Pumpkin Craft Idea

Gather your supplies and give this frugal fall craft a try!

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Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

When the leaves start changing colors and the days start getting shorter I love to start baking! Of course as I’ve said before, pumpkin is one of my favorite fall flavors! Today I have a delicious pumpkin spice chocolate chip cookies recipe to share with you! Yum!

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ C. butter, softened to room temperature
  • ½ C. sugar
  • 1 C. brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 ½ C. flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 box of pumpkin spice pudding (located in the seasonal baking section – I found mine at Walmart)
  • 12 oz. chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line your baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla. Mix well and set aside.
  3. In a smaller bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda and pumpkin spice pudding mix. Mix well and fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Add in the chocolate chips.
  4. Place the dough in fridge for about 15 minutes to set up.
  5. Remove from the fridge and use a rounded cookie scoop to drop the dough on your cookies sheets. Bake 9-11 minutes. Cookies will turn a nice golden brown color.

 

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

*This recipe makes approximately 2 dozen cookies. Store your pumpkin spice chocolate chip cookies in an airtight container for up to 1 week. I guarantee they won’t last that long though! You can also freeze them for up to a couple months if you want to make them ahead for the holidays.

Orange Scream White Hot Chocolate Recipe

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It's starting to get a little cooler outside lately now that fall is truly setting in. One of my favorite fall recipes is a white hot chocolate. I usually use regular milk to make it, but after hearing about TruMoo's Orange Scream I decided it would make a fun twist for Halloween on my original white hot chocolate recipe. That's how this orange scream white hot chocolate recipe was born. Yum! It's the perfect warm and comforting beverage for a cold fall morning! 

Orange Scream White Hot Chocolate Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 TBS White Chocolate Chips
  • 2 TBS Coffee Creamer
  • 8 ounces TruMoo Orange Scream
  • dash of vanilla
  • whipped cream
  • orange sprinkles

Instructions:

1. Place the creamer and the white chocolate chips in a microwave safe mug. Microwave at 30 second intervals until the chips melt, stir until smooth.

2.Add in the TruMoo Orange Scream, and microwave for 90 seconds more or until the liquid is heated through.

3. Stir in the vanilla.

4. Top with whipped cream and orange or other fun fall sprinkles. 

Orange Scream white hot chocolate is perfect for Halloween and other fall parties, or just because on a cool day. The orange and white chocolate are fabulous together, top it with whipped cream and the kids are definitely sure to scream for more! 

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Pumpkin Spice Muffins Recipe

We love everything pumpkin this time of year! This pumpkin spice muffins recipe is perfect for breakfast, an after school snack, or to take along for a Thanksgiving lunch or brunch. Make a double or triple batch and throw some in the freezer for later!

Pumpkin Spice Muffin Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Muffins Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • 1 (15oz) can pumpkin puree
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • ⅔ cup water
  • 2 ½ cups white sugar
  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350-degrees. Insert liners into your muffin pans and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, and spices in a medium bowl. In a large bowl, beat the eggs and whisk in then pumpkin puree, oil, applesauce, and water. Slowly add the dry ingredients until well combined.
  3. Scoop the mixture evenly into the muffin pans taking care not to fill the cups more than ⅔’s full.
  4. Bake for about 18 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool.

 

These muffins are also great to make ahead and freeze for later!

To freeze – cool completely, then seal in a freezer bag with as much of the air pressed out of it as possible (but don’t vacuum seal because you’ll squish the muffins!)  Thaw in the refrigerator overnight, or pull them out individually for a quick breakfast or snack and heat them for about 30 seconds in the microwave!

GoPro Hero4 Camera At Best Buy Tops My Holiday Wish List

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I’m a total camera fanatic! I love my cameras, and I’ve been obsessing over getting a new action camera for the last few months. The GoPro Camera is definitely on my holiday wish list this year, and I just found out they have the latest models at BestBuy.

If you have a camera fanatic, or someone who loves to capture the action as it happens on your holiday gift list this is a great gift idea! Teens, older kids or even active moms would love this camera. Everyone loves to share action shots and videos on social media these days, but your cell phone or a regular camera can only do so much, that’s where the GoPro comes in!

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There is also a full line of GoPro accessories so you can mount the camera almost any way you can imagine to help you capture the action while it’s happening, without losing or breaking your camera.

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These little cameras can bring joy on Christmas morning and all through the year!

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Check out the latest GoPro specs for the 3 new cameras at Best Buy:

  • GoPro HERO4 Black: the most advanced GoPro ever, featuring improved image quality and a 2x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates1, HERO4 Black takes award?winning GoPro performance to a whole new level.

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  • GoPro HERO: Featuring high?quality 1080p30 and 720p60 video, and 5MP photos up to 5 fps, HERO captures the same immersive footage that’s made GoPro one of the best-selling cameras in the world. 12x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates

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Easy Savings With Savings Catcher

Thank you to Walmart Savings Catcher for sponsoring today’s conversation. All opinions are my own. OK, I have a confession! I’m not at all a thrifty shopper! I am the opposite of a thrifty shopper most of the time, whatever that is? I’ve tried clipping coupons, and comparison shopping but I just don’t have the time to keep it up. I like to go to one store, get in, get out, and buy the brands I want to buy. That’s why I was super excited to try out the Saving’s Catcher App from Walmart. I can get the deals and savings from all the stores in the area without actually checking out the ads and going to those stores. I can go to one store, Walmart, and know I’m getting the best deal in the area. The best part is the app was super easy to download to my Samsung Galaxy. I just went to the Play Store and searched for Walmart Savings Catcher and it was the first option of course. Walmart Savings Catcher Downloading the app only took a few seconds. Walmart Savings Catcher 2 The app is within the Walmart app, so you can also check out the deals at your local Walmart, order photos, or access the pharmacy. The Savings Catcher app itself even tells you what stores in the area it is also checking for the price comparison. Walmart Savings Catcher 3 I clicked on the Savings Catcher app, then hit scan a receipt. I centered my Walmart receipt bar QC code in the box and it scanned, easy peasy! I love easy! It only took me a few seconds, and I didn’t have to drive from store to store to get the deals. Walmart Savings Catcher 4 The receipt just has to be from within the last 7 days. You can even scan the receipt before you leave the store if you’re like me and you have a hard time saving your receipts, or remembering where you’ve placed them once you hit home. It can take up to 72 hours to find your savings. I’m still waiting on mine to hit, so I’ll be back to update and let you know how much I saved as soon as it does! You receive your savings in the form of a Walmart eCard. I really do love this idea! It’s great for people like me who aren’t good at clipping coupons or comparison shopping it takes the work right out of it and makes it super easy! It’s like a free bonus without any extra work! I love the easy savings with Savings Catcher!

25 Amazing Duck Tape Crafts For Kids

You might refer to it as “duct tape” or “Duck tape”, but either way, it’s a great cost effective material to craft with. It’s always fun to craft with kids, and of course they love Duck tape! So we put together a list of 25 Duck tape crafts for kids you so you can be crafting with Duck tape all winter long! This list has some of the best duct tape crafts for kids (both small and big) and by far the most creative Duck tape crafts I’ve found! Get your creative juices flowing and get to crafting with duct tape, because you can make just about anything!

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Check out some of these great duct tape craft ideas for inspiration!

1. Duct Tape Flower Pen~This would make a fun gift idea for a teacher!
2. Backpack~ Carry this backpack and you’re sure to get noticed!
3. Business Card Holder~ Great gift idea for dad!
4. Duct Tape Wallets~ Another great gift idea for dad!
5. Magnetic Memo Board~ Such a fun way to post your messages.
6. Duct Tape Vase~ Great gift idea for mom or grandma.
7. Duck Tape Flowers~ For mom or that special someone.
8. Duck Tape Beads~ The jewelry possibilities are endless!
9. Messenger Bag~ Carrying this is sure to be a conversation starter.
10. Sunglass Holder~ Cute party craft or gift idea.
11. Phone Case~ Christmas present for anyone in the family!
12. Pocket Notebook~ A great way to bling a take along notebook.
13. Duct Tape Suitcase~ So fun to pack for grandma’s!
14. DIY Gift Box~ Perfect for birthdays, or give it a holiday theme!
15. Heart Shaped Basket~ Valentine’s Day?
16. Mickey and Minnie Gift Card Holders~ Fun craft idea for a Disney birthday party!
17. Cake, Cupcake, and Straw Toppers
18. Spy Scope~ Spy party anyone?
19. Cardboard Sketchbook~ Perfect idea for the creative type.
20. Crayon Roll~Fun for a rainy day or a party!
21. Cardboard Castle~ Build then play!
22. Duct Tape Drums~ Maybe not as loud as the real thing?
23. Duct Tape Ring~ For that special someone.
24. Dazzling Bracelets~ To add a little bling to your look.
25. Duct Tape Stool~ Great home DIY project

Many of these Duck tape crafts are even useful in your everyday life, and several of them would make fabulous Duck tape Christmas present ideas! You can even use these ideas to springboard into other ideas! The duct tape craft possibilities are endless, hah!

Which one is your fave?

7 Smart Home Energy Tips

Thanks to Direct Energy for sponsoring today’s discussion.

We’ve been working hard to make our house more energy efficient over the last few years, and we’ve done several things to help cut back on our energy bill, including the addition of technology in some cases. The changes have been paying off, our energy bill was the lowest it’s been in many years this month! We are going to continue to make our home smarter and more energy efficient.

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Here are some of our favorite smart home energy tips so you can work toward cutting you’re own energy bill.

1. Install a smart thermostat to help make your heat more efficient, such as the Nest Learning Thermostat. Smart thermostats offer you closer climate control and the convenience of programming away from home, and more. Perfect for our on the go family! Right now you can get a great deal on a Nest Learning Thermostat with their Comfort & Control Plans. Their 24 or 36 month plans offer fixed rate price stability, and a Nest Learning Thermostat (a $249 value) at no cost to you. That’s definitely an energy win! They’re also giving away 5 Nest Learning Thermostats one lucky winner who enters the sweepstakes.

2. Switch traditional bulbs to CFLs and LED bulbs~ We recently remodeled our living room and family room. While we were remodeling we made our lighting more energy efficient by switching traditional bulbs to CFLs and LEDs.

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3. Replace old appliances. We also recently replaced our older, inefficient refrigerator with newer, more efficient, Energy Star® model. We’re planning to replace more of our appliances in the near future, since old appliances tend to run inefficiently.

4. Replace the shower head in your bathroom(s) with low flow shower heads. We replaced our shower head several years ago, but it wasn’t working properly any more, so a couple weeks ago we replaced it with a brand new low flow shower head. These shower heads regulate the flow of water, assuring you a more efficient shower.

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5. Install light dimmers~ We have a light dimmer in our middle room so we can regulate how much light energy we’re using. Using light dimmers can save cut your electricity use 40% over time and make your lightbulbs last 20 times longer.

6. Plant a tree! Another thing I love about our house is the mature trees all around. They provide shade in the summer, and help shelter us from some of the wind. Planting trees in optimal spots on your property will provide shade during the warmer months making your system work less hard to cool your home down.

7. Use smart power strips~ Even when your appliances and electronics are turned off, they can still be using electricity. We use smart power strips in every room in our house to combat energy vampires.

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Hopefully these tips will help you to save some energy! What are some of your favorite smart home energy saveing tips? Don’t forget to install a Direct Energy Smart Thermostat to help you save energy and money on your heating and cooling bill!

7 Kids Science Lessons Using Pumpkins

Pumpkins are easy to come by during the fall season, making them the perfect fall décor piece. But did you know they are also a perfect teaching tool? Take a look below at 7 science lessons using pumpkins that you can try. Kids will love learning these essential science skills while having fun with pumpkins at the same time. Take a look!

7 Kids Science Lessons Using Pumpkins

1. From seed to fruit journey.
Examine the journey a pumpkin takes when growing from seed to fruit. Look at various stages of growth online starting at the seed, then the flower, then the small pumpkin, then the large finished pumpkin. Children will enjoy seeing the changes the pumpkin goes through to become the finished product.

2. What makes a pumpkin grow?
Now that children see how a pumpkin grows, find out what elements must be in place for the pumpkin to grow. Talk about what kind of growing conditions the pumpkin needs. This would include discussions about soil, sun, water, fertilizer, pest control, temperature and more. This is a great time to explore these conditions and further discussions about weather and temperature.

3. What animals rely on pumpkins?
Pumpkins become vitamin rich meals for many animals during the colder winter months. Talk about how pumpkins play a role in the survival of these animals. Examples would include cold climate birds, squirrels, and even chipmunks and mice. You can even place pumpkin chunks out in the yard for your furry friends to enjoy.

4. What makes a pumpkin rot?
Once a pumpkin is cut into, it will slowly start decaying. Use this opportunity to talk about what makes items rot and decompose. Notice how the air causes the pumpkin to brown and start breaking down. You can even document the daily changes the pumpkin goes through once cut into.

5. How healthy are pumpkins?
Pumpkins are full of vitamins A and E. Take a moment to research what these vitamins are and how they can help us stay healthy. You can even prepare a pumpkin puree, perfect for using in soups and baked goods. It is a naturally sweet way to add some vitamins to your cooking.

6. Fun with famous pumpkins.
What was the largest pumpkin ever grown? See if you can find the answer. Then, discuss what may have caused the pumpkin to grow so large. What were growing conditions like? Did the grower do anything special? Was a special fertilizer used? Have children talk about what steps they would take to grow the biggest pumpkin ever.

7. What causes a pumpkins color?
Pumpkins come in orange, red, and green. But what causes this color? This is a great question to pose to children and let them search for the answer. What chemical changes cause the pumpkin to become the color it is? This is a great investigation discovery to go on.

Pumpkins make the perfect teaching tool, and now you know how you can use them to teach some fun science skills. Give these 7 science lessons using pumpkins a try!

Finding a Better Work State of Mind


I used to work for a large automotive parts manufacturer as a senior buyer. I don’t want to say it was a bad job, sometimes I really enjoyed it at first, but it was stressful! I worked a ton of long hours, weekends, and even got calls in the middle of the night.

When my son was born, it got a little more stressful, because I was still working long hours, and getting calls in the middle of the night to fix problems they were having. One night I was just getting home from work at about 8pm. I thought my mom had picked up my son from the babysitter, but when I got there I realized she’d forgotten! My son was still at the sitters! I went to pick him up, and I cried all the way home!

That was one of the moments when I decided I really couldn’t do it any more. We decided we could drive our cars a few more years, put off remodeling the house, and cut back on our spending in other ways so I could quit my job and find something else part time. I was making very good money, so we both knew it was a huge leap of faith to think I would ever get to that place again in income. My husband was way more supportive than I thought he’d be, and if he wasn’t supportive I’d probably still be working a job I’d come to hate. My husband and my son have both been incredibly supportive through the years since the transition.

It was tough for several years. I did some odd jobs I could work while my son was at school, and started my own freelance business on the side in my spare time. My little side business grew, and after a few years I didn’t have to work the side jobs any more. I was working entirely from home. I know there were some family and friends who mumbled behind my back that I wasn’t working, and that I was just hanging out at home doing nothing. I’ve proven them wrong since of course, since I work just as hard or harder than many of them and I now make a fairly good income. We do still get to take those family vacations, get a newish car every now and then, and we’ve slowly been remodeling the house. My husband and my son are still very supportive (most of the time), and I couldn’t do it without their support and encouragement.

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I started my business from home almost 10 years ago. I still work from home  full time for one company, and I also still do several regular freelance jobs on the side. I love my job and my family and I’m thankful for both every day! I’m also thankful my husband stood by me and left me take that leap of faith into the unknown all those years ago. I’m grateful for all of the time I got to spend with my son during those years I would have missed out on if I would have stayed in my old job.

Have you ever taken a leap of faith? Who was there to support you?

Like a good neighbor State Farm is there.

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Fall Rules For Being a Kid

We’ve been talking about our favorite summer rules for being a kid and the  Popsicle Rules For Being A Kid Guidebook for the last couple months, but now the weather is changing and fall is definitely setting in, at least here in the mid-west. I thought this would be a great time to share a few fall rules for being a kid, at least in our household. 1. The first rule of fall is to not forget all the summer you had over the summer! School may be back in session, but you can’t forget all the summer fun you just had, eating Popsicles, swimming in the pool, playing sports with your friends. It’s fun to reminisce with friends and your kids about all the wonderful times you’ve had through the summer. Check out our summer fun rules GIF to see how much fun we had in the pool munching on Popsicles this summer!

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Rule number 2 for being a kid in the fall around our house is you have to be able to make it through the corn maze! We have several in our area, and they’re all great fun!

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Don’t forget to visit the local pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin, that’s half the fun!

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Of course you can still follow some of the  Popsicle Rules For Being A Kid.  The rulres are still just as good in the fall as they were this summer! You can still follow the Super rule and dream big like a super hero, and just because you can’t take a plunge into the pool this time of year, doesn’t mean you can’t take the plunge, be strong and dive into life’s challenges!

Don’t forget the good sport rule when you’re playing fall sports! It’s not about winning, it’s about having fun too! Oh, and don’t forget to enjoy a Popsicle after the game, and share the rest of the box with your team!

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What are your favorite fall rules for being a kid?

 

 

Who Wants To Win a $25 Family Dollar Gift Card?

Who wants to win a $25 Family Dollar gift card? I’m excited to say we have another fun giveaway for our readers here at Kid’s Fun Review! We’re giving away a $25 Family Dollar gift card to one lucky winner! The $25 gift card is sponsored by Family Dollar, all opinions are my own.

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At Family Dollar you can find all sorts of items to cover your Halloween and holiday needs without breaking the bank, and a $25 gift card will help stretch that budget even more! If you’re planning a Halloween party, or just need to find costumes for the whole family, check out the great ideas at Family Dollar to find some great costumes and accessories without breaking the bank.

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What I’m Grateful For~ World Gratitude Day

I’m a Nature’s Sleep ambassador. All opinions are my own.

Today is World Gratitude Day September 21st, so I’ve thought quite a bit today about what I’m grateful for. I actually try to think about what I’m thankful for every day, and I try to remember to thank God for everything wonderful in my life especially my family.  I thought I’d share some of the things I’m thankful for!

What I'm Grateful for~ World Gratitude Day
1. My family~ I’m thankful every day for my son and my husband. I’m also thankful for the rest of my family.

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2. My dog Emily. We adopted her from a dog rescue over 8 years ago. I get a little frustrated with her sometimes, but I’m always thankful to have her in our lives. She’s definitely like a member of the family!

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3. My country and my freedom. With all the scary forces out there in the world, I’m always thankful to live in the United States and I’m thankful for my freedom.

4. I’m thankful for my home, and all of the improvements we’ve been able to make,  home including my Nature’s Sleep bed. Because of my Nature’s Sleep bed I get a great nights sleep. I’m not the only one who feels that way, almost 3000 people have left their Nature’s Sleep mattress reviews, and most of them agree their Nature’s Sleep mattress is wonderful! The best part is right now you can get anything on the Nature’s Sleep website at 50% off with the code NSA50. 

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5. My I love my Nature’s Sleep Vitex Gel Memory Foam Pillow. It was cool this summer when it was warm this summer. It’s the most comfortable pillow I’ve ever had, and I’ve had quite a few! I used to go through pillows like crazy, because none of them were ever comfortable, but my Nature’s Sleep pillow helps me get a good nights sleep without tossing and turning.

Natures sleep pillow vitex

6. My Nature’s Sleep slippers. It’s starting to get a little chilly lately, so I broke out my Nature’s Sleep slippers about a week  ago to help keep my feet warm! I can’t believe fall weather is here already! My Nature’s Sleep slippers are so soft and comfortable! I love the soft cushion of every step Memory Foam gives my feet, it definitely puts an extra spring in my step! I also love the rubberized sole, since I can even wear my slippers for short trips outdoors when I need to.

Natures Sleep Memory Foam Slippers

7. My job lets me work from home and be with my family, while I’m doing work I love!

8. My friends and co workers~ I couldn’t do anything without a wonderful network of co-workers, family and friends!

That’s just the tip of the iceburg! I’m thankful for so many great things in my life!

What are you thankful for?

Pumpkin Rice Krispy Treats Recipe

Fall is one of my favorite seasons. I love the crisp feeling in the air and the fall flavors. One of the favorite fall flavors around here is pumpkin! We make pumpkin everything this time of year, so course I’m a fan of this pumpkin Rice Krispy treats recipe!

These pumpkin Rice Krispy treats would be super fun for a fall harvest party, or a school Halloween/ harvest party. They’d also be a fabulous treat for the kids as a part of your Thanksgiving feast!

Pumpkin Rice Krispy Treats Recipe

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Pumpkin Rice Krispy Treats Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • 6 C. Rice Krispies
  • 1 bag (about 40) large marshmallows
  • 3 tbs. butter
  • 2 tbs. canned pumpkin
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large pot, combine the marshmallows and butter and melt on low heat, stirring every few minutes.
  3. Once the marshmallows and butter have melted stir in the 2 tbs. of canned pumpkin, 2 tsp. of cinnamon and the pinch of nutmeg. Stir well.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the 6 cups of Rice Krispies making sure to coat them well.
  5. Pour the mixture into a 9x13 baking dish and use the back of a large spoon or a piece of wax paper to flatten in the pan. Cover and let cool. Cut evenly into squares.
  6. Store in an airtight container.

Pumpkin Rice Krispy Treats

I’ll warn you now though, you won’t be able to stop at just one! What’s your favorite flavor of fall?

Looking for more fall Rice Krispy treat ideas? Check out our Rice Krispy Turkey Recipe.

Disney’s Into The Woods Movie Poster

Are you a Christmas day movie goer? If you are this year you can go check out Disney’s Into The Woods. We sometimes go on Christmas Eve or even the day after Christmas, but we’ve only been once on Christmas Day. I’m sure we’ll head out to see Into The Woods around the holiday season this year! In the mean time, check out this scary new Into The Woods poster.

Disneys Into The Woods Movie Poster

“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them.

Here’s the trailer:

What do you think? Will you be checking out Into The Woods this holiday season?

DIY Apple Stamp Bunting Banner

Bunting banners are such a fun and frugal way to add color to a space or party. Stamping is so much fun, and what’s even funner is using items you already have on hand to create your stamps. This DIY apple stamp bunting banner is no exception, and perfect for a fall harvest party, or just getting into the fall season. Take a look at how we hand stamped our own in just minutes. This is a fun and frugal fall craft that you won’t want to miss out on.

DIY Apple stamped bunting banner

Supplies needed:

  • Apple
  • Craft paint
  • Fabric squares or triangles
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue, glue gun
  • Knife
  • Towel

We found our pre cut bunting at our local craft store. It is sold in a pack of 5 for less than $5, if you can’t find it at your local craft store you can find it on Amazon here: Burlap Pennant Bunting. This is perfect for this craft. If you can’t find precut fabric, simply use a sturdy and light colored fabric such as burlap, canvas, etc.

Apple stamped DIY bunting banner DIY project

Directions:
1. Begin by cutting your apple in half. Use your towel to wipe away any dampness. You also want to remove the seeds. This way, the paint will stick to the apple nicely and you will get that perfect apple shape.
2. Pour some craft paint on a plate. Smooth it out into a thin layer.
3. Press the apple to the paint. Press it firmly so it gets covered nicely.
4. Remove the apple and press it to the fabric. You want to press hard and hold the apple in place for a minute or so. This way, you can be certain you are leaving a bold imprint.

Apple stamps

5. Remove the apple and repeat the process on the other pieces of fabric.
6. Once your stampings are dry, you can attach the pieces of fabric to ribbon. Simply apply ribbon to the back of each piece of fabric and press it to the ribbon. Space them out as you apply.

Apple stamped DIY bunting banner

Your apple stamp bunting banner is now ready to be displayed. Where you put it is up to you, but know that it is sure to bring on some compliments!