Christmas is just under a month away and there’s still tons of shopping to be done. When it comes to shopping for kids, three are a lot of options for you to choose from. If you’re going out on Black Friday, head over to the WDIV website for my list of gift ideas for toddlers/preschoolers, elementary-aged children, video games and tech for all ages. Hopefully, my list will help make your shopping a bit easier.
Disclosure: I was selected for WDIV/Local4’s Hank’s Holiday Helpers by Hay There Social Media.
If you’re like me, you’ve already began Christmas shopping. But, did you know that during the holidays the potential for thefts and robberies increase because more people are out and about, and they are carrying more gifts and money than during other times of the year? Don’t fret, though. Here is a list of 15 things you can do to be safe throughout the holiday season:
- Don’t leave valuables in your car or SUV. If you must leave packages in your car, always put them in your trunk.
- Don’t keep cash in your wallet. Instead, keep it in an inside pocket and only carry the credit cards you’ll need.
- Be sure to carry a cell phone with you at all times. If someone makes you suspicious or uncomfortable, notify security or call the police.
- Carry your purse close to you, always with the opening facing your body.
- Don’t leave a purse on a counter or in a shopping cart unattended.
- Always park and walk in well-lit areas and be aware of your surroundings. Stay with the crowd — there is safety in numbers.
- Don’t keep your wallet, credit cards or cash in a backpack. Pickpockets can quickly and easily remove items without you even noticing.
- Don’t announce your new big-ticket purchases after the holidays. Break down the boxes of TVs, stereos, computers, etc. and turn them inside out before putting them in the trash.
- Protect your credit card numbers and other personal information. Carefully dispose of receipts that have a credit card number on them. Never provide credit card information in response to unsolicited calls or emails.
- If you’re traveling for the holidays, make your home look “lived in.” Have a friend or neighbor collect your mail and newspapers or have your service suspended while you are away. Use timers to turn lights off and on.
- Be aware of people around you when you are using the ATM. When possible, use one that is located inside a business.
- Be aware of people just “hanging around” anywhere — especially near pay phones, public rest rooms, building entrances and garages.
I hope these tips help you stay safe this holiday season. Do you have any to add?
The Food Network is one of my favorite channels. We can often be found watching shows like The Pioneer Woman, Barefoot Contessa, Beat Bobby Flay and Giada at Home. Odds are, you know someone just as obsessed with cooking as I am. If you’re looking for gift ideas for the budding chef in your life, look no further. Here are my top 10 cookbook gift ideas!
What’s your favorite cookbook? Recipe? Please share in the comments section below.
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Lately, I’ve been looking for some cooking and baking crafts to do with the kid. Last week I came across this super-cute and super-easy recipe for Turkey Cupcakes on HGTV.com. This weekend, he and I dusted off our cupcake pans and got to work.
What You’ll Need
- Chocolate cake mix
- Vanilla frosting
- Chocolate frosting
- Yellow round candy (like M&M’s or Reese’s Pieces)
- Candy corn
- Orange mini chocolate or butterscotch chips
- Black edible-ink marker
- Brown cupcake liners
- Piping bag and tip or plastic sandwich bag with a cut corner
Baking the Cupcakes
- Follow the directions on the cake mix box.
- Once the cupcakes are done baking, let cool for 20 minutes or so.
Frosting & Decorating the Cupcakes
- Use vanilla icing first and put on as flat as possible.
- Then fill the piping bag with chocolate icing and pipe a smaller circle on top of the vanilla icing.
- Once you have both the vanilla and chocolate icing on top of the cupcake, add the yellow Reese Pieces on top of the chocolate in the center.
- Then use the black edible-ink marker to draw on the eyes (we didn’t have one, so I used dots of chocolate icing).
- Once you have the eyes drawn on, use the mini butterscotch chip as the turkey’s beak (I couldn’t find mini, so I bought regular size and cut off the top to use).
This was a really fun project for the kid and me to do together. We had a great time and the cupcakes were so good.
S/n: Since the decorating was so time consuming, I only did six of them turkey style. I frosted the other 12 half chocolate and half vanilla. So good.
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Being a mom is hard. No matter if you work outside the home, inside the home, or not at all.
As a mom who works full time – outside the home – my days are super busy and super stressful. And, add housework and blogging to that, and you have a very frazzled Bree.
Check out the interview to find out all about it, including what my top 3 – 5 tips are for keeping it all together.
“Me Time” is a very vital aspect of motherhood.
To me, finding time to do things that make me happy is important to maintaining sanity. And, maintaining my sanity is important to me being a good wife and mother.
I was recently interviewed by Valerie from Mommy R+R about how I find “Mommy Me Time.” Visit her blog to find out my answers to questions like, “Do you have a favorite place to go that gives you a little solitude?” and “If you could spend 24 hours alone how would you spend it?”
Fall is here, and with it comes some cold, rainy days. If those days fall on a weekend, what do you do with your kids who would normally be spending time outside? I’ve put together a list of 10 ideas of things your kids can do to keep them busy on rainy days. (Some you can do with them.)
Arts & Crafts – The Kid is a fantastic artist (takes after his father). He loves working on art projects and sometimes, I can be persuaded to join in.
Games – These can range from board games to card games. Currently, we’re loving Monopoly, LIFE and Go Fish.
Movies – We use the TV and DVDs/Blu-rays sparingly. However, they definitely work in a pinch. We normally pop some popcorn and snuggle on the couch for an impromptu movie day.
Building with Blocks – The Kid loves building things with his LEGO bricks. He used to need us help him, but now he’s practically a professional “Master Builder” and shoos us away so he can build in peace. This activity can also be done with building blocks.
Puzzles – Depending on how many pieces the puzzle has, this activity can take up a lot of time. Unfortunately, it can also create a lot of stress if it’s too challenging.
Exercising – Rather it’s doing calisthenics or yoga, exercise is a great way to keep busy. And, bonus! It’ll tire them out as well.
Science Experiments – You can do a lot of these with things you have around the house. Check out this post from Red Tricycle for tons of really cool ideas, like a potato battery and a baking soda and vinegar volcano.
Putting on Puppet Shows – So, if you’ve been around a while, you’ve probably heard about Johnny. If not, Johnny is the kid’s puppet that we got him for Christmas last year. If your puppet game isn’t as strong as mine, no worries… regular sock puppets will do.
Reading & Writing Stories – Two of the kid’s other favorite activities are reading and writing. If your kids also enjoy these two activities, try doing it together. Or, if you have more than one child, have each of them make up stories together (or separately) and read them to you or each other.
Writing & Putting on Plays – Again, this falls into the “likes to write” bucket. This is a great activity if you have a larger group of kids to entertain.
Have any ideas to add? What do your kids enjoy doing when they’re stuck in the house on rainy days?
Hello, friends! Welcome to a new feature on The Mom with Moxie. My monthly favorites. Here are some things I’ve loved during the month of October.
Rebecca Minkoff Love Cross Body in Charcoal
I’ve been looking for the perfect small, cross body bag for the past two years. My search is over and I found what I’ve been looking for in the Rebeca Minkoff Love Cross Body Bag in Charcoal. It’s just such a beautiful bag and the leather is so soft. It’s similar to the Channel Boy Bag, but for 10% of the cost. And the charcoal color is a great neutral color that goes with anything.
Opal & Diamond Round Stud Earrings
I’m a simple girl. I like classic accessories that can be worn with many different outfits. These earrings definitely fit the bill. They’re dainty and feminine. The fact that they’re my birthstone is an awesome bonus. They’re my favorite pair of earrings I have.
Snowball USB Microphone by Blue Microphones
I’m working on my 2016 plans for The Mom with Moxie and this microphone will be a key part of what I have in mind. Stay tuned! My husband bought it for me for my birthday and I couldn’t be happier. It’s so good to have a spouse that supports your goals and dreams.
Goosebumps Books by R.L. Stine
Growing up, R.L. Stine was one of my favorite authors. Even though his Goosebumps series didn’t come out until I was in the 9th grade, I still enjoyed them. I am so happy that the kid shares both my love for reading and these books. He already five of them and wants to add more to his collection!
I love watching Missy Lynn’s makeup videos on YouTube. I was thrilled when she came out with a gorgeous eye shadow palette. The colors are beautiful and perfect for fall. And these brushes are really good for the price.
Secrets to Creating a Six-Figure Blog by Tamara Floyd and Julian B. Kiganda
Like I said, I’m working on my blog plans for 2016. This book was created by two successful bloggers and learning so much about growing my brand, monetization and productivity (and tons more). If you’re a blogger, I recommend this 100%.
Wickless Candle Melts from Sweet Candle Melts and Bath Treats
These wickless candle melts smell so good. They come in all kinds of scents (and cute shapes). I was sent a few different scents (Citrus Strawberry, Pumpkin Buttercream, Antique Lace, Best Friends and Phoenix) but I’ve been using Pumpkin Buttercream. It’s the perfect fall scent. And, how cute is the Popsicle shape?
What things have you been loving? What are your favorites?
Disclaimers: Affiliate links used. Wax Melts provided to me for free, in exchange for a review. However, all opinions are mine.
It’s that time again, when all the little goblins and ghouls, princesses and superheroes head out for an evening of collecting candy from strangers. Here’s a list of tips to make sure they stay safe:
- Be sure their costumes are a good fit, not too long or baggy. You don’t want them to trip and/or fall.
- If their costume requires make up, test it in a small area first. And, be sure to remove it before bedtime. If not, it may irritate their skin or eyes.
- Be sure their costumes are flame-resistant and remind them to stay away from lit candles or any open flames.
- Over-the-counter contact lenses can be a serious eye-injury risk so be careful when allowing your kids to wear them.
- If your kids are going trick-or-treating without you (at least 12 years old), make sure they’re always in a group or with an adult you know and trust.
- If your kids will be trick-or-treating at night, be sure to put reflective tape on their costumes and treat bags to help drivers see them. Also, think about sending them out with a small flashlight.
- Be sure they know the rules of street crossing: look both ways and use crosswalks wherever possible.
- Check all treats for tampering before letting your kids eat them.
- Only let your kids eat store-bought, wrapped treats. Throw away any homemade treats made by strangers.
Here’s to a happy and safe Halloween!