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Non Candy Treats for Halloween

Non Candy Treats for Halloween

It is almost time for trick or treaters to begin ringing doorbells and delighting in the goodies you offer them! This year I have a few ideas about alternatives to candy that I think you are going to want to check out! Candy is great but standing out from the crowd on Halloween night is even better! With these ideas, your house will become one of the most memorable stops along the way for the neighborhood kids!



School Supplies

Pencils, novelty erasers and little boxes of crayons are always welcome to the kids! You can find them in so many fun prints for the occasion that it might be hard to pick just one style!



I don't know of a child that doesn't love a fun sticker! You can buy a few sheets and cut them into individual stickers to hand out or you can give a sticker without a backing for immediate gratification for the little ones.

I have noticed these fantastic boxes of stickers that come in packs of 18 and offer trick or treaters several festive stickers in a cute box.


Temporary Tattoos

These are just fun for kids! They love to apply them and show them off. One thing about a temporary tattoo is it lasts a lot longer than a lollipop!


Small Bottles of Water

Kids can get hot and thirsty as they make their way through the neighborhood. Draw a fun pumpkin face on the bottles or add a festive sticker. Kids and parents will be thankful for a cool drink along their way. 



Many fast food places in my area offer coupon booklets for trick or treaters. You can generally get 12 coupons for $1. Grabbing a few packs of these will offer the kids a chance to get a special treat another day.  My kids received coupons for ice cream cones last year and were thrilled!


I hope these suggestions help you to find a few non-candy ideas for trick or treat. If you have a suggestion, I would love to hear about it! Offering something different to the kids in the neighborhood is a great way to make Halloween safe for everyone, including kids with food allergies and makes your house stand out as one of the must hit places on the trick or treat route!

5 Ideas for Fall Family Fun

5 Ideas for Fall Family Fun

Fall is the perfect time to get outside and explore the changing world with your family! The temperatures are bearable, the bugs are at bay and there are so many fun ways that you can create memories together at this time of year! If you in need of outdoor family fun inspiration, you have come to the right place! I have 5 ideas to share with you that are always a hit with my family! 


1. Take a nature walk together. Head to a park or a nature preserve and take in the sights of the changing trees and the animals scurrying to gather food for the winter. If you don't have access to a park or nature preserve, a street lined with plenty of trees will do! The exercise will make everyone feel happier. The change of scenery might inspire creativity.


2. Visit a pumpkin patch! This is a tradition for many families for a good reason, it is fun! There is something magical about standing in a pumpkin patch and imagining what you could create on the surface of each unique pumpkin! Let the kids pick their own pumpkins, of course, and don't forget to scope out the selection of gourds! You can spend the evening carving and painting your pumpkins for a festive family day!


3. Have a nature scavenger hunt! Make a list of common things found in nature and set out to find them! You can keep it confined to your yard or head out as a family and explore the neighborhood until you cross all of the items off of your list!


4. Take in a fall festival! There are so many festivals and fairs in the fall! There is no time like now to visit one with the family! We love the lights and noise of modern street fairs, but we make a point to find events that feature crafts and local artisans instead of rides and food trucks. We love the change of pace and opportunity to find one of a kind trinkets and treats!


5. Take a family bike ride! This is a great way to savor a fall afternoon with the kids! Visit a bike trail to make the ride safer for the kids and get those legs moving! Some of my favorite fall memories from my childhood are centered around bike rides down a colorful lane with my parents.


Do you have an idea for fall family fun? I would love to hear about it in a comment!

3 Things To Make With a Paper Plate

3 Things To Make With a Paper Plate

When I think about my favorite craft supplies, paper plates are at the top of my list of must-have items for crafting with kids. A clean circle of white is essentially a blank canvas, awaiting your creativity.  As a child, some of my fondest memories involve paper plate crafting sessions with my cousin. We would decorate the paper plates to look like flying saucers and wait for the wind to be just right. Then we would send the plates flying all over the yard, absolutely delighted with our creations zooming a few feet into the air. The thrill of chasing the UFOs and catching them before the wind could carry them away added to the experience greatly.

Today, I am a mom that loves to offer fun projects made with basic household items. Paper Plates are one of my go-to resources because there are so many amazing things that you can make with them! I have 3 ideas to share with you that I hope will inspire you to hand your kids a few clean paper plates and let their imaginations take flight!
With 2 paper plates, 2 craft sticks, a few dots of glue and a balloon, you can make a really fun paper plate tennis set! I love that this combines art, play, and physical activity all in one project. Have the kids decorate their paper plate tennis racquet then challenge each other to an epic match!
With just a few simple items like scissors, a string, some glue, paint or markers and a paper plate or two you can take playtime to a new mysterious level! There is no limit to the fun masks your family can create to add a lot of fun additions to your dress up trunk or imaginary play sessions!
This paper plate craft brightens even the rainiest of days! This idea is colorful, fun and encourages little ones to use their fine motor skills while learning about colors and patterns. All you need is a glue stick, a pair of scissors, a paper plate and some colorful paper to create these pretty paper plate rainbows!
Do you craft with paper plates? There are so many ways you can turn this basic picnic staple into a masterpiece!

Must Have Items for Football Season

Must Have Items for Football Season

Parents across the country are gearing up for the back to school season. There are supplies to gather, schedules to coordinate, routines to adjust to and of course, football games to watch! If your child athlete is taking the field this year you will want to gear up for the game!

Being prepared for fun doesn't mean you have to be loaded down with supplies! With a little planning and smart shopping you can take everything you need to fuel players and fans!

Being a football mom means you need to have a few thing on hand when you are on the sidelines but having too many things can be a distraction. After spending several seasons in the stands cheering on my kids I have a few tips to help you be prepared and comfortable all season long!

  • Charge your cell phone and camera before the game! You don't want to miss the perfect shot of your child making a touchdown because your battery has died! A powerbank charger is a great way to offer an extra battery life with minimal investment. 
  • Invest in seating! Sitting in the bleachers is tough on your back and bottom! An inexpensive stadium seat is a good way to make yourself comfortable even if the game goes into overtime!
  • A sit and sip cooler is another great option for comfort during the game, as an added bonus you can keep a few drinks cool for sharing with your team!
  • Games can get chilly as the season progresses! Bring a sweatshirt or a lightweight lap blanket to keep you cozy and ready to go into overtime!
  • Football foot is certainly an indulgence! Bringing your own snacks can save money and your waistline. This convenient backpack is an insulated cooler and is spacious enough to pack in the snacks without breaking your back, or your bank!

As you cheer on your player, remember to keep warm, hydrated and to cushion your bottom from those hard bleachers. A great tumbler or travel mug can help you to keep hydrated while looking fashionable! I love these ones with a straw!

Do you have any tips to help keep football parents prepared and comfortable this season? Leave us a comment!

Fin Flipping for Mermaids

Fin Flipping for Mermaids

Summer might be almost over, but that doesn't mean my obsession with mermaids is going anywhere! There is something alluring about mermaids,  maybe it is part magic, part pretty and a whole lot of fun that make me want to buy all of the mermaid things!

If you think all things mermaid are fantastic too, you are going to flip a fin over some of the fun things we have in the Blue Digger shop! From mugs to lunch boxes, sleep sacks and costumes, we have something for every mermaid fan!

Send your little one back to school with a lunch bag that makes a splash! Not only is this lunch bag durable and roomy but it is also easy to clean and it is insulated to keep the perishables chilled! This bag features some sweet mermaid designs that  are sure to make your little one smile.

Make a statement with your backpack! This Wildkin & Olive Snack n Pack helps transport books and folders in style but it also offers a place to stash a snack. The front pocket is insulated to keep a drink and snack cool and conveniently located. I love this backpack for  easy and healthy after school snack needs! Naturally there is a friendly and fun mermaid design offered among others!

After getting the kids ready for school, you might feel like you have adulted enough for a while. If that is the case, we have the perfect mug for you! The

Sometimes you need to flip  fin and grab a nap in cozy comfort! These gorgeous mermaid sleep sacks come in sizes from infant to adult and are so comfy that you will want to curl up with your mermaid tail all of the time!

After a day at school, a cup of coffee and maybe even a great nap, mermaid style, your little one might need one flip of her fin as she transforms into a princess. This Mermaid Princess Ball Gown is a gorgeous option.  If your little mermaid prefers purple, she will love this costume for pretend play all day!

Which of these mermaid items is your favorite? I would love to hear about it in a comment!