Monster Munch Game (and More!)


Hello, all!

Since my recent career change, I’ve been free to participate in Harlow’s school activities so much more than ever before (at her daycare/preschool)!  It has been really wonderful!  An added perk is that I get to play in my craft room a lot!

I am a Room Parent this year, and one of the first responsibilities is to help plan the Halloween party!  This is a total hardship for me, since I can’t STAND anything Halloween related… HA!

I was put in charge (or I may have shimmied my way in charge) of the games and crafts.

Here’s what I came up with.

First up, is the Monster Munch game!

For this I used:

  • huge box
  • green poster board
  • giant googly eyes from the dollar store
  • adhesive glitter paper from the dollar store
  • sticky fur sheets from the dollar store (LOVE that place!)
  • squishy oranges from the dollar store (close enough to pumpkins…)
  • glitter foam sheet
  • white sticker paper
  • scissors/glue/Cricut

The final product:



It turned out so, so cute, and I can’t wait to see the kids playing!  Harlow tested it out and approved!


The next game I decided on was a Jack-O-Lantern Ring Toss!

Originally, I was going to make them into witches hats, but they were so cute and orange, I couldn’t resist going the Jack-O-Lantern route with them, too.  Plus… easier.

For these I used:

  • sports cones from the dollar store
  • adhesive glitter paper from the dollar store
  • Cricut
  • glow sticks for the “ring”



The craft portion is going to be paper plate art.  I’m doing  cats, spiders, and yet more Jack-O-Lanterns!  I am going to give them a personal touch by having the stem for the Jack-O-Lantern, the whiskers for the cat, and the legs for the spider all be handprints that the kiddos can trace and cut out.  It should be really cute.  My original inspiration was this, but I’ve sort of deviated quite drastically from that.

Get the kids involved with decorating the house for Halloween. Or use these ideas as an activity if you’re throwing a seasonal party.

Original inspiration – Link provided above


They don’t look like much, yet, but I’m excited to see them after they the kids work on them!  I also have green paper plates that I’m thinking I might do some sort of alien?  But I haven’t quite figured out a great way to do that, yet, especially using hands, so… for now, it might just be these three…

For these I’m using:

  • adhesive glitter paper from the dollar store
  • poster board
  • paper plates
  • white paper
  • googly eyes from the dollar store
  • foam sheets from the dollar store

The last thing I’m planning to do is broomstick snacks!  Snacks aren’t really my “job”, but I found some Halloween pencils at Target’s Dollar Spot, so…  *ahem*…

Anyway… I’m doing these.

Create these CUTE Broomsticks from Pretzels (Easy Non-Candy Halloween Snack) – Hip2Save

Aren’t they adorable?  Hopefully they are as super easy as they look!

I will be sure to post some photos of the finished products for you!

Have a great Monday, everyone!



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The Best Vegetarian Meatballs Ever


Let me begin by saying – I am not a cook. I barely can stomach the tediousness of making macaroni and cheese from a box. However, years ago my former co-worker’s wife found out I was a vegetarian, and made me the most amazing vegetarian meatballs I have ever had before or since. In fact over the years, I asked her to make them for me so often the poor woman just gave me the recipe. I gratefully accepted it, and it has sat in my cupboard, with many untouched recipe books, for at least the last 3 years. This week I dug it out, and finally gave it a go!


I seriously wish you could smell these things!

Let me just say… if I can make these, literally ANYBODY can make them.  They are so, so, so easy, only take a short time to make, and are seriously delicious.  Another important thing – unlike many vegetarian recipes, these don’t have a single “weird” ingredient.  You won’t have to go to a specialty store.  You won’t have to do anything with cheesecloth.  You won’t have to do or purchase anything… fussy.

Ready?  Here’s the glorious recipe:


What You’ll Need:

  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 cup pecan meal (store bought or make your own)
  • 1 small onion – chopped fine
  • 1tsp garlic powder
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3-4 eggs
  • olive oil
  • 1 can vegetable broth

What You’ll Do:

Mix bread crumbs, pecan meal, onion, garlic powder, and cheese together in a large bowl.  Add eggs, beaten, to the mixture.  (My original recipe called for 3 eggs, but I added 4 because I was having a bit of trouble getting them to “ball up”.)

Make into any size balls you want.  Brown on all sides in a skillet with olive oil.  Add one can of vegetable broth and simmer until broth is absorbed.

That is it!  Seriously simple.  They are good enough to just pop in your mouth right then and there (after they cool, of course), but we have done loads of stuff with them…  spaghetti and meatballs, Italian meatball subs, BBQ meatball subs… whatever you want!  To be totally candid, I actually prefer them on their own.  They are so flavorful and have a wonderful texture!

One last point… this recipe makes a bunch!  my husband and I both ate them for dinner two nights in a row, and I had one left today that I munched down!

Have a great weekend everyone!



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Barbie Closet – Part 2

Okay, this was kind of a mess.  It did not turn out AT ALL like my imagined closet of Barbie’s Dreams.  Se la vi.  Harlow still loves it, and that’s really all that matters, right?  Right… mostly.  Like, 80%.  Anyway.  When I last talked to you, I was fighting Mod Podge.  UGH.  That stuff.  Maybe someday I’ll figure it out?  Maybe?  Or not.  It was a mess.  I would probably do… almost every single thing differently if I were ever to attempt it again.  The only thing that actually worked out perfectly was using the bamboo skewers as hanger rods.  Perfect for Barbie-sized hangers!  Anyhoosies, here’s the final product.img_20181011_170429_345img_20181011_170429_344

For me, gluing in thin pieces of cardboard to use as dividers did. not. work.  So, I used entire, folded sheets of cardboard covered in paper, and glued the whole shebang on there.  I also did end up cutting off the flap on the front, because it just wasn’t feeling useful.  img_20181011_170429_346

Not perfect, but like I have to constantly remind my perfectionist 5 year old, nothing has to be perfect… just your best.

Have a great day living your best.

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Barbie Closet DIY – Part 1

Hello!  Greetings from 85 degree Michigan Fall!  Ugh…  I’m so over summer weather in the middle of autumn!

Jumping right into it…  I’ve been looking for a Barbie closet for Harlow to play with for eons!  She has somehow accumulated a thousand Barbie hangers, but can’t really play with them without a closet.  I found one for $25 online, but it is fairly cheap looking, and I just didn’t think it was very cute.  I did a Google search, and came across a few options for DIY.

Here are some of my inspirations:–armario-para-muntildeecas.html




My Froggy Stuff, that guru of all things Barbie-related, also has a tutorial for a great one.

Well, I decided to take a stab at doing one of my own.  It is proving to be much more difficult than I imagined.  I always think things are going to be really simple – probably because all the tutorials make it look SO easy! – but projects like this are never easy for me.  This post will be in sections because it is taking longer than anticipated, and it is more involved than I originally thought.

So!  First, I got an empty laptop box.


We had one lying around that hadn’t been recycled, yet, from our recent laptop purchase.  It was the perfect size for a Barbie to walk into!  The first thing I did was cut the front out, leaving just a little on the sides for shelving.


For the time being, I’ve left the front flap on as a sort of flooring/runway.  I’m not sure I’m going to keep it.  I thought I could close it up for storage, but…  I’m just not loving it.  We’ll see.  Next, I covered all the cardboard areas with craft paper and Mod Podge.  I don’t know if it is just me, but using Mod Podge is SO DIFFICULT!


Today I cut out and papered/painted cardboard pieces for a few shelves/dividers, and painted the bamboo skewers that will be the clothing bar for the hangers.  I still have several of each to go, but I’m getting there!

Crafting is SO MESSY for me!  I’m totally not one of these YouTube crafters that has a work area that looks so clean and put-together!

Stay tuned for Part 2!

As always, if you have any questions or comments, please reach out!  I love to talk about crafting!


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Halloween Kitchen/Coffee Sign

Hi, Ya’ll!

I know this is BRAND NEW INFORMATION, but I love Halloween and Coffee!!!

I’ve been decorating the house and digging through costume bins, and basically just going HALLOWEEN CRAZY!  Yes, I already bought Harlow’s Halloween Costume.  Yes, I’ve already had countless Pumpkin Spice Lattes.  I am proudly the most basic of… well, you know.



Anyway, in my search for some new Halloween swag, I was trying to find a kitchen decoration to replace my “Coffee” sign.  Apparently, like so many other things, they don’t exist.  So, like so many other things, I made my own!  I got the wooden sign frame from JoAnn Fabrics on clearance for $5 or $6 dollars.  I had the glitter iron-on (YES!  You can use iron on material on wood!!!) and, Ta-Da!



To cover the hook hanger, I stuck on a spare sparkle spider from my wreath project (I just bought the wreath over the mantle and added a couple of sparkly bats and a spider to fancy it up – not worth a post…) and literally just stuck it on the hook… I’m not sure it will stay, so I might have to figure out something else, but for now it works!

OH!  And I finally got to break out my Halloween Haunted House leggings!  So cute!!!


Happy Thursday, everyone!


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Happy October!  It is HALLOWEEN MONTH!  I love, love, love Halloween and I’m so excited for fall!  I’ve been crafting up a storm of Halloween items!  Perfect for chilly days, and sipping Pumpkin Spice Lattes!


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Cleaning Toys in the Washing Machine

So… I’ve written about my mouse problem a lot lately.  I am so, so, so sick of them!  They are so smart!

black and white mouse

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But I digress…  One issue I’ve had, is that toys I temporarily stored in the back room in the basement in open-topped bins (see “temporarily”) had mouse poop (and some unidentifiable orange goo that I attribute to the mice) on them when I tried to take them out to use them again.  GROSS!  I almost just got rid of them, but we have a TON of Fisher Price Little People sets, and Harlow still likes to play with them.

So I had to wash them.

Because I’m a little lazy, I didn’t follow the online search advice to take a disinfectant wipe and wipe down each individual piece.  Instead, I gathered up all the small pieces without batteries or stickers, stuck them in a few mesh laundry bags, and threw them in the wash on a hot cycle with a little soap.  Set the machine to NO SPIN!  Trust me!!!

They came out nice and clean.  A few had some water in them, but I was able to easily shake it out.  All I have left to clean are the castles/large toys, and the few items with stickers on them!


Have a great day!

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