Fun Fall Giveaway :: Fair Food!

Fall is in the air and with fall comes a lot of local fairs. To celebrate fall we’re giving away ways to have fun fair food at home! The winner will be able to have cotton candy and hot dogs anytime they want!!

Everyone is going to want to come to your house for these fair treats all the time!

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These are our favorite fair foods to make at home!

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How To Conquer Your Raging Baby Fever

I am becoming very close to becoming an expert on baby fever lately. You might want to know, if I want a baby so badly then why don’t I have one? There isn’t a multi-list, complicated reason why my husband and I have not procreated yet. There is a simple, one-bullet answer which is that my husband says he’s “not ready”.

Yes, it is all his fault that my longing for children is not fulfilled. Everyone point the finger at him and give him dirty looks. Maybe guilt will work?

Conquer that baby fever!
I wanted to share with you that may be cursed with baby fever, a list of things that you should avoid.

How To Get Rid of Baby Fever

1. Stop shopping.  Quit perusing Etsy, Babies-R-Us, Target Baby, Faith Baby, Marshmallow Kisses and every other website devoted to taunting you with the cuteness that is baby stuff.  And whatever you do don’t buy it.

2. Stop reading mommy blogs. What is worse than looking at adorable baby accessories you can buy, is reading about all the women that actually have the stuff. You get to read the details of their lives, how much they love their babies, how funny they are, how they make the silliest face when they have gas, how they are SO GLAD THEY AREN’T YOU.

3. Cancel your cable. If you skim through the TV channels you are bound to find a show that will put you smack dab in the middle of someone else’s pregnancy or delivery. Now, instead of looking at pictures or reading about other people’s lives you get to transport your body directly into their living room. Then when the episode is over, they go on with their lives and you go back to yours. Only they get to keep the baby.


4. Stay away from other people’s babies. This may sound confusing because most people will tell you to be around babies as much as possible in an effort for you to witness a fit or a dirty diaper or something equally annoying. They think those things will deter us. Ha! If you truly have The Fever, these things actually intensify your desire.  If that sentence didn’t make sense to you then you don’t have baby fever. If you related to that sentence then I’m sorry, you are very ill.

There is really only one way to get rid of baby fever and that is a big dose of pregnancy.So ladies, throw away your birth control, poke holes in your husbands* condoms and have a lot. of. sex. Lots. Until you get a positive test, stay away from all of the above listed triggers.  Good luck!

*Notice I said husband.  Which means this advice is for women in monogamous relationships, not high school girls that think pink bows are cute.

*This post is from the archives and was originally published in 2007.*

Super Easy Ninjago Cupcake Liner Craft

Brady loves Ninjago.  The cartoon is well, a bit annoying, but it’s no Thomas the Train so I’m ok with it.  We’ve been locked in the house for a solid week now fighting Hand Foot Mouth Disease and I’ve been desperately trying to come up with things for us to do so we don’t go insane.  I was putting away laundry and saw a Ninjago t-shirt and the lightbulb went off.

This cupcake liner craft is so incredibly easy and only takes four easy items that I guarantee are in your kitchen right now.


Ninjago cupcake liner craft


Ninjago Cupcake Liner Craft

So to make this craft you will need:

  • Cupcake liners
  • Glue (we used a glue stick but just use whatever you’ve got)
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie (a kids marker doesn’t work on cupcake liners – it will just smear)

The directions are simple: spread open a yellow cupcake liner and one other color of your choice.  Cut an opening in your second color by folding it over slightly.  Then, glue the yellow liner onto your paper and the alternate color on top.  Draw on eyes and eyebrows with your sharpie.  All done!

During our bout with HFMD we’ve also made a lot of play dough structures, painted, built an indoor obstacle course and played a lot of video games.  If you’ve got other boredom busters for us I would love to hear them!

Amazing New Thomas & Friends TrackMaster Toys!

This post brought to you by Fisher-Price. All opinions are 100% mine.

Brady recently had the super cool opportunity to invite friends over and try out some of the new Thomas & Friends™ TrackMaster™ toys.  He was thrilled!

The excitement over these Thomas and Friend toys was incredible.  He and his friends were itching to get their hands on the new tracks and they did not disappoint.

His favorite was the huge (over 5 ft long!) Thomas & Friends™ TrackMaster™ Avalanche Escape Set where Thomas charges up a steep incline and launches over a gap to the other side!

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17 Clever Baby Wipe Container HACKS

Hacks seem to be all the rage right now.  Life hacks, beauty hacks, mom hacks…  I mean, who knew you could use a maxi pad to fix broken underwire in your bra?  So cool.  And good to know for sure.

I saw some a baby wipe container hack and I was so impressed.  I thought to myself, “I wonder how many other ones I can find?”  So I looked and I found a bunch.  They are pretty awesome so I wanted to share.

17 Baby Wipe Container Hacks

17 Clever Baby Wipe Container HACKS

Storage Hacks

Storage Hacks

1.  If your kids are like mine and rip the cardboard boxes that card games come in, use an empty baby wipe container for storage. (via Jazzie and Tahlia)

2.  Store lots of little toys and craft items in the gorgeously made chalkboard storage tubs. (via A Girl and Her Needle)

3.  Secretly hide your stash of feminine products in an empty baby wipe container for easy storage. (via Gibby’s Place)

4.  No need to buy one of those fancy breast milk storage containers.  All you need to do is take the lid off a wipe container!  (via Ramblings of Mama)

5.  Easily grab those plastic grocery bags by storing them in a wipe container.  This awesome blog even has a pretty free printable to go with it.  (via Motherhood Trade)

6.  You can plant vegetables in wipe containers!  How is that for a hack?  (via Home Talk)

7.  This genius turned a travel size wipe container into a clutch!  (via So You Think You’re Crafty)

Hacks For Kids

Baby Wipe Container Hacks

8.  Your kids will love this game called Feed The Monster by recycling a bunch of water bottle lids and – you guessed it – a wipes container. (via I Can Teach My Child)

9.  Paityn LOVES putting tiny objects into a container, dumping it out, and doing it again.  This fun toddler game is perfect for that!  (via And Next Comes L)

10.  Cut some felt into Mr. Potato-head shapes by following this template, and keep it in a travel wipes box for on the go play.  (via The Dagenais Daily)

11.  Explore the senses with this touch and feel activity where your kids reach into the container and use their sense of touch to determine what is inside.  (via No Time For Flashcards)

12.  Use two wipe containers and some yarn to make these fun dinosaur stilts.  (via Laly Mom)

13.  If your kids love sensory bins, then why not take them with you?  These portable bins are so much fun!  (via Connecting Family and Seoul)

14.  Make rainbow discs to play this color drop game that’s perfect for babies.  (via Plain Vanilla Mom)

15.  Legos are messy but with this hack you can take them with you to play on to go!  (via Mommy Testers)

16.  Use the top of a few empty baby wipe containers to make this amazing peek-a-boo family tree.  (via No Time for Flash Cards)

17.  Make a pretend spy laptop made from an empty baby wipes case and these free printables.  (via Inner Child Fun)

The Big Book of Hacks | Popular Science

What are your favorite life hacks?

Halloween Craft : Mason Jar Pumpkin

Yesterday, while Paityn snoozed, Brady and I made a little Halloween craft.  Is it just me or does the crafting bug bite us extra hard in the fall?  I think it’s the combo of all the holiday’s mixed in with cooler weather and the desire to find more indoor activities.

Anywho, we made this glowing mason jar pumpkin.  Pretty cool, huh?  We loved watching it glow last night!

Halloween Craft : Mason Jar Pumpkin

Per usual, this craft was easy.  The supplies are listed below, but first can we stop for a second and talk about how old my baby boy looks here?


I opened this picture and almost lost my breath for a second.  He looks like a little man!  Stop growing, Brady.  Stop it right now.

Ok, moving on…

Halloween Craft : Mason Jar Pumpkin

What you’ll need:

-Mason Jar

-Orange tissue paper


-Black construction paper

-Sponge brush

Halloween Craft : Mason Jar Pumpkin

All you do is cut the tissue paper into squares and glue it on with ModPodge.  Add a little extra layer of glue on top and then add your eyes and mouth.  (A nose, too, if you want.)

I drew mine on black construction paper and then cut it out.  Easy peasy!  When it’s dry and the sun goes down, pop in a tea light  (or flameless candles) and watch it glow.