Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Ice Pops

When I was in the hospital last summer, where I underwent unexpected emergency brain surgery, I spent my days recovering ordering only pudding and popsicles from the hospital menu. Little did I know that everything that I was ordering was being tracked and recorded, which then led to a frantic nutritionist coming down to pay me a visit.

I laughed out loud.

My mother was actually making me gourmet meals so I was eating just fine. Pudding and popsicles were what kept me going. And in that instant, even when I had no idea if I was going to live or die, I still had these kind of moments.

What I call – the pudding and popsicle moments.

And for this Halloween, in ode to that time, I made these!

Jack-O-Lantern Ice pops

Jack-O-Lantern ice pops.

Jack-O-Lantern Ice pops

I used frozen organic peaches, water and organic mango nectar. Organic apple slices for the eyes and mouth.

To make them, I used the Zoku ice pop maker.

Jack-O-Lantern Ice pops

One of the best gifts I have ever received. I highly recommend. And fear not, you can buy it here.

Jack-O-Lantern Ice pops

It also came with a cute little character making kit.

Just thinly slice an apple or a pear and cut out shapes like so. Then follow the directions they give you by soaking the apple cut outs in water and then placing them on to the green silicone stick. Slowly insert stick into the popsicle mold machine and press to the top and hold for 15 seconds. Once that’s done place the sticks in the molds and pour in the fruit puree. It takes about 10 minutes to freeze and then you just pop them out.

Jack-O-Lantern Ice pops

Els snacked on these afterwards. Waste not, want not!

I even tried making Ghost pops with Greek yogurt, honey and chocolate.

Jack-O-Lantern Ice pops

And here’s Els.

Jack-O-Lantern Ice pops

And Bear sneaking a lick or two.

Jack-O-Lantern Ice pops

So delicious, healthy, refreshing and fun.

Peaches and Nectar Jack-O-lantern Ice Pops Recipe:

1/4 cup of organic frozen peaches
1/4 cup of organic mango nectar
1/4 cup of water

Blend in a blender until smooth. Pour into ice molds and remove when frozen. *Makes 3 ice pops.

Who Says Glitter Can’t Mix With Halloween?

Halloween Crafts
For those of you who know me, I’m a wannabe ‘minimalist.’ I try to live by the philosophy ‘less is always more.’ And ‘quality over quantity’ for everything.

Except when it comes to crafts.

I love EVERYTHING about it. And ALL of its colorful clutter.

For every occasion, (Halloween, Christmas, Easter etc…) I binge buy anything holiday related so that my daughter can create anything she desires.

Halloween Crafts

Shiny Beads & String.

Halloween Crafts

Giant Pom Poms. Yarn. Paper. Glitter.

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Masks & Fuzzy Stickers…

I mean, this is just some of the stuff.

Usually, to keep all of it somewhat orderly and at bay, I organize everything into bowls and glass jars. I then lay them out on our table for easy access. Subsequently, while trying to find some bowls to hold all of my addictions — I came across this NIFTY little video.  (You have to click to watch how cool and easy they make it look.) And decided to try and make similar glitter bowls in Halloween themed colors to hold everything together.

Halloween Glitter BowlsAll you need is some Mod Podge, Foam brushes, balloons and glitter.

Halloween Glitter Bowls

Mix the mod podge and glitter half and half. Paint thick coats, 3-4 layers, letting them dry couple hours in between. My 5 yr. old was totally able to handle this.

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Once dried overnight, pop the balloon, trim the edges and TADA!

Halloween Glitter Bowls

Glitter bowls.

Halloween Glitter Bowls

You can make them big or small depending on how big you make your balloon.

Halloween Glitter Bowls

They are obviously not that sturdy, or at least mine weren’t, but will definitely hold steady for the month of October. And my daughter has an entire month of Halloween to get messy and go crazy creating, crafting and letting her imagination take over – Wild.

Halloween Crafts

For more Halloween glitter, check out our glittered Halloween pumpkins. Super sparkly. And easy.

Happy month of Halloween!

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And… I’m BaaaaaaAACk!

So it’s been a while, I know. And no excuses. But, I guess you can say, it’s been quite a year.

Els completed a successful year of PRE-K. My husband is as busy as ever with a huge slate of movies/tv shows in development. We rescued a tiny little puppy, named, Bear. And oh, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Like I said, it’s been quite a year!

But now, I’m back into the groove of things and excited to get this blog back up and running. So many new recipes, crafts and mommy-isms to write about. And not to mention hilarious puppy anecdotes and musings.

My brain, thankfully is fine and healthy! It was shocking for sure. Extremely rare. And also benign. And with successful surgery and radiation, completely on the right track.

I look back and am so thankful to my friends and family that supported me. Without them, I don’t think I would have been the same smiling, laughing patient that I was. I remember my friend staying up all night and hand feeding me pudding. My mother cooking me every meal so that I could avoid hospital food while she ate nothing. My brother shedding a tear when receiving the phone call. And my husband and daughter being so brave and strong even when things felt so scary and alone.

And through all the poking and prodding, going through major brain surgery, being bedridden, and rehabilitating… I can’t help but look back and think, (as cliché as it may sound) I wouldn’t change a thing.

I learned that kids are resilient. And with the proper words, actions and guidance they can get through anything. Els, never spent a day without me let alone a night. And she went 2 weeks, strong. She went 2 weeks being a 4-year-old that showed support and understanding. And seeing that, made me strong.

I never shed a tear for myself during that time. Only for her. This, I guess is parenthood.

Little Bear. Rescue. Poodle Mix.

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All I want for Thanksgiving

All I want for Thanksgiving is my – i-n-s-p-i-r-a-t-i-o-n-s.

Here’s what’s inspiring me at the moment.

Thanksgiving Inspirations and ideas
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Chalkboard menu pumpkins.

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Rosemary Sprig place cards.

Thanksgiving Inspirations and ideas
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Kids thanksgiving table with craft paper.

Thanksgiving Inspirations and ideas
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Mini pumpkin mantel.

Thanksgiving Inspirations and ideas
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Mini pumpkin pies.

Thanksgiving Inspirations and ideas

Homemade pumpkin biscuits.

Thanksgiving Inspirations and ideas
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Roasted baby carrots.

Thanksgiving inspirations and ideas
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Leola Dress with beige booties.

And of course being thankful for family and friends!

What’s inspiring you this Thanksgiving? Please share.

Quote of the Day with Introduction

There’s a children’s book by Rosemary Wells, titled: Mama Don’t Go! If you aren’t familiar, it’s about a little girl named Yoko, who’s excited to start school and make new friends. But the problem is, she doesn’t want her mom to leave. So she stays. Eventually, they take baby steps, until one day the mom says she needs to run to the ‘store’ and buy some ‘milk,’  but that she will be right back. In the story, this works. And when she comes back, it helps reinforce that she ‘will always come back.’ Sweet, isn’t it?

Sounds kind of like the story of us – my daughter and I. Except, my daughter could never be so easily manipulated, nor tricked. It’s worth mentioning, I’d also bought her this book in preparation for preschool, and after one night of reading it, I found it in our garbage can the next day.

Needless to say, today, was the first day after many weeks of staying at her school for me to try and get a quick ‘coffee,’ as my first attempt to start the transition and ease her into school without my presence. Let me just add, her personality is fierce, and leans more towards the kind like: I wanna come with you. Oh, I know you’ll come back. I just don’t want you to go. Period. She knows what she wants. She’s sharp. And has eyes and ears in the back of her head. It was hard.

But I did it. We both did it. And it wasn’t too bad. The teachers stayed with her the entire time. Point is, I was gone for about 10 minutes max. Barely even walked around the block. And then I came right back in to show exactly what the book was trying to show. That, Mama always comes back. But when I walked in, she looked up at me with these all knowing eyes, and not with the extreme joy and happiness that I had envisioned, but the saddest and most pathetic sobbing cry I had ever seen. She then proceeded to collapse into my arms. Important to note, this melodrama lasted about a minute and everything was A-ok again.

Which prefaces nicely, Els’ quote of the day. Right before bedtime. Pen poised in her hand. Notebook sitting opened on her lap.

3 year old quote of the day

That’s my girl, for ya. That’s my girl.