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1. Good clean fun. No toys, no video games; just two brothers and a laundry basket.

2. Visiting Strawberry Fields in Central Park. It was lovely seeing all the people gathered around John Lennon’s memorial, remembering one of the greatest musicians of all time.

3. “Take a walk with me, you will.” How precious is this. Here, Matt and our little Yoda (Lucas) were on their way to the Merrick Street Festival.

4. My new magazine racks in the kitchen. Hopefully this will help me remember to look through my magazines!

5. Nico’s new Hero Hideaway, a present from Andrea. This photo doesn’t do justice to how awesome this is. The fort is secured using rope and suction cups (so genius), allowing us the possibility of endless fort configurations. It all came in a Hero Hideaway bag, which also included monogrammed pillow cases, a lantern and glow sticks. We’ll have to do a special blog entry on this. It’s just too cool. Did I mention it was all HANDMADE? By Andrea! (Except for the lantern and glow sticks.) Yah. Oh and check out Nico’s way cool batman mask. Also from Andrea.

Bonus photo: By no means is laundry a favorite part of my week, ever. But I just wanted to share this photo of Nico and Lucas’s sneakers in the dryer. I thought it was pretty cool. After stomping around the muddy pumpkin patch last week, I had no choice but to put these shoes in the wash. Now it’s like the boys each have a new pair of sneakers! (Tip: Air drying sneakers can take a while and make them moldy, so I find it best to dry them in a dryer using low heat and a drying rack.)

I’m looking forward to our Halloween weekend! We have a couple costume parties to attend, and of course, there’s trick-or-treating on Monday! How are you and your family celebrating Halloween? Any Halloween traditions you’d like to share?

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That’s my sister on the left. Red grapes. How cute is she? Don’t tell her I told you so. She works for American Apparel and sometimes they are tasked with coming up with new Halloween costumes. This was one from last year. So cute, so simple, so inexpensive, so fast!

I love it! I’m sure you can tell exactly what they did, but basically, all you need is a pair of tights and a body suit, or a dress of the same color, and some balloons in a grape-y color! Blow up the balloons and staple them all over the dress! DONE! You can have a whole family of grapes!

What are you all dressing up as for Halloween? I’m still working on our costumes, but as soon as they’re done, I will definitely post!

Happy Thursday!

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Are you in a pinch for halloween costumes for yourself? Maybe you’ve got the entire costume, but you don’t want to paint your kid’s face with some funky face paint. Why not print out a printable mask?

Check out this etsy store with masks that range from cute and sweet to kinda scary! For $4.99, she sends you a PDF of the mask, you print it out (as many as you need) on cardstock, then cut and wear! How simple! How fun!

Are you getting excited for halloween? How are those costumes coming?

 

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Ok, I admit, I didn’t make any of these. I had planned on it, but the life of a mommy, it sometimes gets ahead of you and you aren’t able to accomplish what you set out to do. I still wanted to share some ideas for homemade candy bars though.

You really shouldn’t give these out for halloween since responsible parents will probably take one look at them and toss them out, but that doesn’t mean they’re not fun to make, and it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make them for your kiddies just for fun. Remember when I cited Michael Pollan’s food rules? The one about eating all the junk food you want, but making it on your own (I talked about it in this post)? I think it’s a particularly good rule and I think candy bars fit right into this idea. And if you use good ingredients, you are bound to come up with a candy bar even yummier than one that you buy!

Here’s a great recipe the snickers bars and one for the twix bars.

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Part two of the three -part series on halloween candy is all about candy alternatives.

I posted last Monday about scary candies and what you should feel good about eating and what treats you should limit. I think there are lots of candies out there that are more natural and you shouldn’t feel too bad about giving your kids. Here’s a store that sells “better” candy, again, same sugars just none of the artificial colors or hydrogenated oils that are commonly used in the more popular brands.

But I wanted to offer some ideas about candy alternatives to hand out! You can be sure the kids in your neighborhood won’t be short of candies, and these fun little toys are definitely fun enough that you won’t have to worry about getting “tricked” by your trick or treaters.

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Halloween is coming up. It is hands down, my most favorite holiday (does it count as a holiday?). But here’s what I struggle with during this oh-so-awesome event–the mass quantities of truly scary ingredients in our favorite candies. I’m not talking about regular old sugar and fat, I’m talking about the silent avengers, the stuff nightmares are made of. (I’m being overly dramatic for Halloween’s sake).

This is a big topic, the candy stuff on Halloween, so I plan to do it in 3 parts. I will post them on Mondays, so make sure to check in!

There are two things that I need to make clear:

1. Sugar is sugar is sugar. There are no shortcuts, there is no “better sugar.” More on this in a heartbeat (spooky).

2. Nobody loves candy more than me. I don’t suggest you cut out candy on Halloween–that’s un-American! I just want to impart upon you some knowledge, so that you make informed decisions about exactly how many Snickers bite sized bars vs. Hersheys bars vs. Skittles you give your kid and how many you eat for yourself!

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Sugar is sugar is sugar. White and brown sugar, high fructose corn syrup, agave, glucose, molasses, honey, maple syrup, stevia, fruit sugar, it’s all the same for your body, first sugar then fat. The difference is some are less processed than others (honey and fruit) and whenever possible, you should always opt for foods that are less processed. Sugar from a fruit contains fructose and dietary fiber, and your body has to convert fructose into sucrose so it releases much slower (not the case with fruit juices). Here’s a website about different names for the glorious stuff.

The food industry always tries to market a “healthier” sugar, but, my friends, I’m sad to say, there’s no such thing. “Sugar Free” is just plain old chemicals, not even a real food. Avoid that stuff like the plague.*

Reading an ingredients list on food is sometimes like rocket science. Here is a good resource for it with links that tell you why these ingredients are especially scary. I made a list of the top 20 halloween candies and looked at their ingredients to see which of them are really scary, scary, and least scary (again with the dramatics). I ranked it according to which had more of the “red flag” ingredients. I may have teared a little while doing this part.

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So starting from the really scary:

  1. Baby Ruth. really scary. 2 kinds of partially hydrogenated oils AND caramel color.
  2. Starburst. really scary. Hydrogenated oils AND artificial colors. Did you know this had gelatin too?
  3. Skittles. really scary. Hydrogenated oil AND artificial colors.
  4. Reese’s Pieces. really scary. Partially hydrogenated oils AND artificial colors.
  5. Almond Joy. really scary. Partially hydrogenated oil AND caramel color.
  6. Snickers. scary. I know, devastating. it’s got partially hydrogenated soybean oil.
  7. Candy Corn. scary. Artificial colors.
  8. Butterfinger. scary. Partially hydrogenated oils.
  9. Tootsie Roll. scary. Partially hydrogenated soybean oil. Meh, no big deal, I wasn’t wild about these anyway.
  10. Milky Way. scary. Partially hydrogenated soybean oil. Ugh, so sad.
  11. Jolly Rancher. scary. Artificial colors.
  12. Three Muskateers. scary. Hydrogenated oils.
  13. Smarties. scary Artificial colors.
  14. M&Ms. scary. Artificial colors.
  15. Reeses Peanut Butter Cups. scary. Hydrogenated oils.
  16. Kit Kat. least scary. yay!
  17. Twix. least scary. yay!
  18. Hershey’s Milk Chocolate. least scary. yay!
  19. Mounds. least scary. Do kids even eat this one though?
  20. Hershey’s Assorted Miniature Chocolate Bars. least scary

 

Ok, I’m not sure if I did you a favor or not. Perhaps ignorance was bliss?

*A sidenote: At an old job of mine, there was a mouse problem. The mice ate everything, sugars, teas, coffees, boxes, trash, rotten food, you name it, they ate it… except for… the artificial sugars (equal, sweet and low). They steered clear of that. Isn’t it scary to realize that mice are smarter than us and know when something is not supposed to be eaten?

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Have you ever seen anything cuter? Seriously! How adorable would your little guy/girl be one of these coats?

The air has just a touch of chill and it is making me so excited for the weather to change (yes, yes, Los Angeles, blah blah blah, but yes, it changes here too).

They are each handmade with wool felt, interlined with poly fleece for warmth and lined with fun cotton prints. Some of her coats have claws, some have teeth, and still others have tails! How fun and how perfect for halloween!

Visit Molly Goodall’s etsy store here.

 

 

 

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