Footprint Ghosts

The girls and I made these footprint ghosts last year, and I was excited to pull them out of storage for Halloween decorating day. We love decorating for holidays. Perhaps this is an understatement. But, I don’t love paying full price for decorations and typically buy the good ones that are left after they are marked 90% off post-holiday. These were fantastic because 1) they brought back fun memories with the girls and 2) they weren’t expensive! Perfect decorating fun.

Ghost footprintsWhat You’ll Need:

Canvas (I used burlap for the fall texture)
Black paint
White paint
Small paintbrush
Drop cloth, or spare newspaper to control the mess
Two flat-bottomed plastic containers, big enough for your kid’s feet
Optional: Halloween ribbon

  1. Paint the canvas completely black and allow it to dry. I did mine the night before to allow it to dry overnight. You don’t need more than one coat. I liked that you could still see a little of the brown burlap, but two coats may be necessary if you don’t.
  2. Fill one plastic container with water and line the other with enough white paint to coat your child’s foot. Place these in the middle of the drop cloth or whatever you are doing to protect your floors or space. The middle is helpful because it allows you to grab your child before she runs off and makes white ghosts all over your floor.
  3. Let your child put her foot in the white paint. This will probably be her favorite part. Hold her foot and help her find the middle of the canvas. Stamp the canvas with her foot hard enough to make the impression but light enough so she doesn’t put her foot through it. Wash her foot in the container filled with water.
  4. Add two black eyes with your paintbrush and allow to dry. If you’d like, you can add Halloween ribbon to the border.

Recommended Reading
Second to holiday decorating are the holiday children’s books! We love going to the library to see the display of holiday-themed books they put out and try to choose new ones each time. Here are some of our favorites.

Pete the Cat and the Five Little PumpkinsWe LOVE Pete the Cat, and his Halloween adventure does not disappoint. This book is much simpler than some of the others, but it is just as enthusiastic, which is what my girls love about them. Pete’s costume is quite adorable.The best part though, of course, is the song.

Pinkalicious Pink or TreatPinkalicious is a bit of a departure from Pete the Cat, but as you can imagine, the pictures are very colorful, which always helps hold my girls’ attention. The story line of the book casts Pinkalicious as the superhero (of course) who needs to save Halloween after the mayor canceled it due to a storm. It’s fun and whimsical and a nice departure from the typical superheros if your child is into them.
Goodnight GoonGoodnight Goon is a parody of Goodnight moon. The book has the same feel to it and the same rhythm, objects, and scenes; however, everything is Halloween related. If your child likes Goodnight Moon (and you might be a little tired of it), this is a great, well-done alternative.

Everyday Bread

Yes, this bread is pretty ordinary. But, it is bread and homemade, which means it is delicious. There is one downfall. It takes a lot of time. That said, the time it takes is mostly just waiting. The actual time creating it is actually very short. So while it takes most of the afternoon, it will not take up all of your afternoon. Plus, the end result is a house that smells like homemade bread. Yes, please! Since the bread it so ordinary, it is easy to add different flavors to it. I’m getting into the fall mood with my cooking, so I tried to add sage to it. I didn’t add enough for the extra spice to make a huge difference. It’ll need a little experimenting. There is always next week! (more…)

A Mother’s Day Off

Monday began like any other day. I woke up early, took care of the dog, worked, cleaned just enough to make myself feel like I did something, and drank about a gallon of coffee. I went upstairs, finished getting myself ready, picked out clothes for the girls, and then wrangled them into those clothes. We brushed teeth and hair, sang a bit, had a couple minor meltdowns, and eventually made our way downstairs when everyone seemed calm and was smelling decent. On the lower level, they each demanded the normal morning niceties: a new milk sippy, their gummy vitamins, their blankies. Then one by one, we entered the car and drove to school. (more…)

Mothering Multiples

By Sarah from Sarah in the Suburbs

Being a mother of multiples has thrust me into a unique situation. I had my own preconceived notions about what having multiples would be like, but I couldn’t even imagine the comments and questions I would receive from other people about my multiples. You see, my girls don’t look anything alike, nor do they act anything alike. At. All. One twin is very much into princesses, makeup, and ballet. The other twin loves the Avengers and can’t wait to take her first karate class next year. It blows people’s minds that they are not the same person or have the same interests. I, on the other hand, couldn’t be more thrilled to not have carbon copies of the same person. (more…)

Clay-Pressed Leaves

Claf Leaf projectThough I don’t like to admit it, the change of seasons is here. Fall is wiggling its way in, and summer is moving over to make room for it. Right now, I can only think of two things that help me come to terms with having to say goodbye to warm weather: pumpkin spice coffee creamer and fall leaves. Last Saturday morning, the girls and I set out on an adventure to collect the most beautiful fall leaves we could find. Both girls strapped on their backpacks determined to fill them. It was a great field trip from the house. Riley was quick to point out each color that she saw in the fallen leaves, and Maddie was diligent in returning to her backpack hands full of leaves. (more…)