Halloween Crafts: Spider Webs!

Halloween is such a  fun time of year. Everyone gets to become a little kid again, and be silly, goofy, and let loose. It is a great time of year to get down and play with your kids and be creative. When the age gap seems to be smaller and both parent and kid are able to just be together and have fun both are open to talking more and letting the other in. The perfect way to open up a more open interaction with your kid is to get busy and have fun. This fun spider craft will keep their hands busy, and their mouths and hearts ready to open up and share what is going on in their lives. So get busy crafting and playing so that you can get busy learning more about your kids. Thank you to Parents magazine for such a fun craft idea!

Halloween crafts spider webs

What You Will Need:

Popsicle sticks

white yarn

toy spiders


silver paint

paint brush


What You will do:

  1. Paint three craft sticks silver and let them dry.
  2. Glue them together at the center, forming an asterisk shape.
  3. Tie one end of a length of yarn (we used about 2 yards for one web) to the center of the sticks.
  4. Wrap it around the other spokes, then move outward, wrapping the sticks as shown.
  5. Tie off the yarn and add a plastic spider.

Hang and enjoy all season long!

Rain, Rain, Come Right Away: We Got Rain Coats!

Rain season is coming soon! SO be sure to have all your rain gear ready to go! The Boy’s Store has some fun rain coats this season for your boys. Boys love the rain, lets face it, all kids love rain. Why? You guessed it. Puddles, mud, MESS! There is something about messy things that just draw those kids in. But with these great raincoats at least their clothes will be protected from all that yuck and muck.

Kitestrings Boys’ Frog Raincoat:

Rain and water brings out the frogs! Dress your little frog in this fun rain coat all season long and he will blend right in with all the other amphibious creatures!

rain coats

Boys Raincoat by Pluie Pluie:

This sweet yellow raincoat just screams fun. Yellow, bright, and ready to jump. Let your little guy enjoy the rain and the mud in this bright sunshiney coat.

rain coats - yellow

Boys Raincoat by Pluie Pluie:

Blue may be a color of calm but your little guy will be anything but calm in this coat, let him run free, be wild, and jump to his hearts content in this blue slicker. There will be no stopping him now!

boys rain coats - blue

Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage & Spinach

Fall is the perfect time to get some soup on! We love soup for its simplicity, its taste, and its super filling qualities. Soup is so much fun because you can do so much with it. Pair it with salad, serve it with bread, serve it as a main dish, or serve it as a prelude to a bigger meal. Fall weather just makes em want to plan soups and stews all week long. I like them because they are so simple to make, I can “beef” them up and make them really hearty or lighten them for something not so filling. Mostly I love them because the cooler weather makes me yearn for something warm and comforting, but also because we are so darn busy in the fall that I can leave the soup cooking in the crockpot while we are out running around, or cook a lot ahead of time and reheat it when we are home.

There are so many different soups you can try this fall, but I wanted to try something a little different. I love Italian food. We eat a lot of pasta, but sometimes you want something that isn’t just pasta. I love Italian soups that incorporate Italian pasta and that soup quality that I love. This soup from Yellow Bliss Road does exactly that. Thank you to Kristin  for this fabulous and simple recipe. Kristin is a mom that loves to bake, cook, and share all things kitchen with her readers at Yellow Bliss Road. Her recipes and crafts are so simple to follow and she always shares incredible photos. Her Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage and Spinach is a simple recipe to follow and it helps sneak in a few good for you things that your kids won’t really notice once mixed all together. Win, win!

For the complete recipe head on over to Yellow Bliss Road and get the full scoop! Don’t forget to check out more of Kristin’s crafts, recipes, and blogs when you are there.

Tortellini soup

What You Will Need:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 lb Italian Sausage
  • ½ cup diced onion (about ½ medium sized onion)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1-28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1-32. oz. box of vegetable broth (chicken works too)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package tortellini
  • 1 cup packed fresh spinach