7 Jack-o-lantern ideas

Are you carving pumpkins tonight?  Here are some fresh ideas…




Activity: Simple Toilet Paper Pumpkins

Your kids will have no problem making these cute pumpkins made by craft elf.

toilet paper pumpkin craft


  • Fabric 22″ square, solid orange or calico
  • Green felt 5″ x 2 1/2″
  • Craft paper 3″ x 6″ *
  • 1 Green pipe cleaner
  • Glue stick
  • Roll of toilet paper; the full roll not just the tube
  • Pencil or round chopstick

* If you don’t have craft paper, use a paper bag


  1. Lay a 22″ square of orange fabric right side down on you work surface.
  2. Place a full roll of toilet paper in the center of your fabric square.
  3. Working your way all the way around the toilet paper, neatly tuck the fabric into the center of the toilet paper roll.
  4. Cut a 3″ x 6″ piece of craft paper.  Starting at one of the 3″ ends, roll the paper to form a tube which will be you stem.  Run a glue stick across the other 3″ end before you finish rolling the craft paper to secure it in place.
  5. Using the leaf pattern provided, trace and cut out one leaf from green felt.
  6. Lay the stem on top of the leaf.  Securely wrap one end of the green pipe cleaner around both the stem and the leaf.  Curl the other end of the pipe cleaner by wrapping it around either a pencil or chopstick, then slide the chopstick/pencil out.
  7. Place the end of the stem/leaf piece into the center of the roll of toilet paper and your pumpkin is ready to display.

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Recipes: Apple Crisp

In my last post I shared our favorite recipe for Peach Pie.  This is another family favorite, Apple Crisp.  Your can substitute the apples for peaches, pie cherries or your favorite fruit.

Apple Crisp:

4 Apples peeled, cored and sliced

1/2 cup sugar

2 Tbsp flour

Sprinkle Cinnamon and Nutmeg


1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup oats

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup butter

3/4 tsp cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350.  Place apples, sugar, and flour in 9″ baking dish and mix together.  Combing the topping in a separate bowl and mix.  Spread the crumble mixture over the apples and bake for 35 min.

Enjoy with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on top.

Activity Toddler Time: Hosting a Busy Bag Exchange

I was recently looking for a project to keep my toddler busy while going places and came across this website that hosted a “Busy Bag Exchange”  What a great idea!  I will be making these for sure.  This is part 1 in a 3 part series.

Recently I hosted a busy bag exchange with 20+ of my friends (and their friends). It’s an idea that I’ve seen around the web lately, especially getting inspiration from here and here. I liked the idea that I would work on one project (well two since we hosted two separate swaps) and in return get a variety of activities for my 18 month old daughter.

Here are my tips if you want to host an exchange:

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