Ah, October 31. The one day where it is acceptable to pretend you are something you aren’t, go door to door and harass strangers for treats. If you haven’t heard of it yet (helllooooo are you under a rock), consider having more than just candy tonight! The Teal Pumpkin Project is in full force and is a cause near and dear to our family. A teal pumpkin signifies your house has non-food treats for trick or treaters that suffer from food allergies. Stickers, pencils, vampire teeth, erasers…there are tons of options! Lets keep the fear on Halloween for make-believe monsters and not actual deadly experiences :)
If you are fresh out of pumpkins to paint, you can print out an awesome sign like mine HERE or if you are just offering non-candy treats, try THIS sign.
I’ve got Minnie Mouse and Harry Potter hanging out with me tonight. Part 2 will come after sundown, lets hope I can get some great pics!
Sometimes you just need to sit back, relax, and eat a pizza the size of your trunk. This is a dose of realness. As much as I try to feed my family healthy food, we will totally dig into this cheesy goodness (all except for the wee babe, she gets some vegan deliciousness due to allergies). The best thing about gigantic pizza? Husband could indulge in it all week for lunch.
Here’s some visual proof that this beast of a pizza exists. That’s the back of my Prius. Epic. Simply epic.
I totally realize that this post has no substance whatsoever. I’m ok with that if you are :)
How many times have you heard (or even said), “We try to eat organic, but it is so expensive?” Let me tell you, ladies and gentlemen, that at least some of that can be answered by shopping at your local Aldi!
I don’t know about everyone else, but I feel like Aldi markets have a bad rap. The German based company is well known for super low prices and is often met with skepticism. Well, I’m here to kick that skepticism in the butt (at least a little bit). I recently had an Aldi store open nearby and was so pleasantly surprised by their variety and prices. They also carry some “all natural” products, of course, people’s comfort level varies with that particular label, but they are a great value while still eliminating some questionable ingredients. Seeing is believing, so I went through the store like a crazy person a few weeks ago and snapped pictures all over with my phone. Ready? Set? Go!
I have a minor love affair with subscription boxes. The idea of getting something fun in the mail every month excited my inner child like none other. Lets not forget that I actually *have* children that share the excitement of getting the mail. Kiwi Crate has sealed the deal with getting my business! Most boxes cater to the 5 and under crowd, so they already win by providing items for my big kid. It is a monthly box full of crafts! They provide all of the supplies needed and all kinds of extra goodies! Take a peek! Continue reading
This isn’t quite as word-heavy of a post. Deal with it! MOSI was a blast and I highly recommend going if you are in the Tampa area. Tons to do for every age and if you are a member of your local science center, you get free admission with your card! How cool is that? I love reciprocal memberships.
Why yes, that is a 3-D printed Tardis. We’re kind of nerdy like that. The kiddo really enjoyed seeing how 3-D printers work. They had a few of them running so the kids could watch it in real time. I’m pretty sure the kiddo and my husband are convinced we need one.
For me, one of the coolest parts was watching the kiddo build a robot! They had the LEGO Mindstorm kits out for the kids to
assemble. Afterwards they could hook it up to a computer and program it to perform several actions. It was really the coolest thing ever. You can buy them for home use, but they are a little up there in cost. LEGO Mindstorm is definitely on the wish list!
You may be wondering, how on Earth are you managing all of these fantastic things with the tiny one in tow? Because yes, she’s definitely a rambunctious toddler at this point. Well, let me tell you. BABY WEARING. Yes, strap that little bambino to your body and go at it. She’s perfectly content chilling back there and taking in the sights. Don’t believe me? Take a look at that grin. I wouldn’t lie to you :)
YAY MOSI! Now go! What are you waiting for?
We had an a-maz-ing field trip to the Florida Solar Energy Research Center. They are a facility partnered with the University of Central Florida that is dedicated to…wait for it…solar energy research. I know, big surprise! Well, as it turns out, they offer a great program for children in traditional schools and homeschool. During their visit, the kids learned all about solar energy. How it is harvested, how it is used, and all sorts of amazing technology.
By far, the best part was getting to play around with the tech. They tested out a solar oven and did experiments with itty bitty solar panels.
If you’re interested in learning more about solar energy at home with your littles, check out their website HERE! If you’re local, check out their annual Energy Whiz Olympics.