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Too Tired to Try Tuesday: Witch Hat Cookies

Thanks to my friend Michele for sharing her photo!

Thanks to my friend Michele for sharing her photo!

Okey doke, hokey pokes, my last Halloween-inspired TTTTT post: Witch Hat Cookies. Saw these on my friend Michele’s Facebook page — aren’t they adorable?! And, they’re super duper easy to make.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Then, here’s what you’ll do:

  • Lay out cookies.
  • Pipe a thick circle of the orange frosting around the hole of the cookie.
  • Push a Hershey’s Kiss into the center of the frosting, covering the hole.
  • Add sprinkles.

Cute and easy peasy, no? Might actually make these with the kiddos on Halloween. 🙂

As always, if you try it, let us know how it turns out. And send some pics!

I’m no cooking or crafting guru, so I started these Too Tired to Try Tuesday posts to share craft and recipe ideas that I’ve come across and would really like to try but am just too damned tired (that sounds better than lazy, right?) to get around to. In addition to ideas that I find, I am open to submissions from you–either something tried and true or something you want to try but haven’t had the time to. Just send me an email at raisingwildthingsblog@gmail.com with your ideas, and I may share them here. (And by “may” I mean “will definitely”! I just confessed how lazy tired I am, so if you take the time to send me something to share, I’m going to share it!)

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Too Tired to Try Tuesday: Glow-in-the-Dark Handprint Ghost T-shirts

Proud of the handprint ghost shirts they made

Proud of their shirts!

If you missed it when I shared it last week on Facebook, the kids and I had some fun doing a Halloween craft — we made glow-in-the-dark handprint ghost t-shirts — so I’m resharing the post I wrote for CraftyChild.com (formerly KidsCraftsFunandGames.com).

So yes, I did this craft, so technically I can’t claim I am (or was) too tired to try, but hey, I’m too tired to find something else to share, so that’s gotta count for something, no? Ahhh, laziness. 😉

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Solid-colored, long-sleeved t-shirts (We grabbed some from our dressers.)
  • Nontoxic glow-in-the-dark gel paint (Found this in the crafting paint aisle at Wal-Mart.)
  • One paintbrush (We happened to have a paint sponge on hand, and I found this worked great.)
  • Puffy paint in various colors (In keeping with the Halloween theme, we used white, black, orange, and a glow-in-the-dark white)
  • Baby wipes (or wet paper towels/any other wet cloths) to wipe off hands
  • Newspaper or butcher-type paper to cover the table/floor (optional)

To see the complete tutorial with step-by-step instructions and photos, please click here.

As always, if you try it, let us know how it turns out. And send some pics!

I’m no cooking or crafting guru, so I started these Too Tired to Try Tuesday posts to share craft and recipe ideas that I’ve come across and would really like to try but am just too damned tired (that sounds better than lazy, right?) to get around to. In addition to ideas that I find, I am open to submissions from you–either something tried and true or something you want to try but haven’t had the time to. Just send me an email at raisingwildthingsblog@gmail.com with your ideas, and I may share them here. (And by “may” I mean “will definitely”! I just confessed how lazy tired I am, so if you take the time to send me something to share, I’m going to share it!)


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Shiny, Happy, Sparkly, Feel-Good Friday: 10/18/13

This Friday seemed to take forever to get here — we’ve been dealing with rain and colds (bleh) and, interestingly, a praying mantis that taken up residence on our screen slider (been here all week and decided to lay her eggs yesterday). Still, we managed some good times, and I have the proof.

Some things that made me happy:

Keeping our streets clean

Keeping our streets clean

Snuggles

Snuggles

Fun at the fire station

Fun at the fire station

Proud of the handprint ghost shirts they made

Proud of the handprint ghost shirts they made

This needs no explanation

This needs no explanation

We share a love of Sir Elton

We share a love of Sir Elton

And our sole reader submission this week . . . Thanks so much, Christina from MI!!!

A collage for my son's birthday of his first year. He will be 1 on Nov.  2nd.

A collage for my son’s birthday of his first year. He will be 1 on Nov. 2nd.

Until next week…

Fridays on Raising Wild Things are Shiny, Happy, Sparkly, Feel-Good Fridays! Since parenting can sometimes suck the  life out of me, I wanted to do these posts as reminders of the good, the great things that happened during the week amid all the crazy, exhausting, sometimes frustrating, sometimes maddening, sometimes head-exploding moments that seem to linger in my memory and can put me in a mommy funk. What makes you happy? Please share!


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Too Tired to Try Tuesday: Scarecrow Cupcakes

I found these adorable scarecrow cupcakes from My Own Ideas and just had to share. Not only are cupcakes delicious, but these look like they’d be a lot of fun to make with the kiddos. And, perfect for Halloween!

Photo courtesy of My Own Ideas

Photo courtesy of My Own Ideas

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Ingredients to make cupcakes — either a box mix or your favorite recipe from scratch
  • Icing (My Own Ideas suggests a nice buttercream icing)
  • Suggested decorations: Orange slices candy, M&Ms, Fiber One cereal or egg noodles, cinnamon or chocolate graham crackers, candy corns

Then you bake and decorate! And the beauty of this is that you and your kiddos and personalize these however you want. Each cupcake will be 100% unique.

To see the complete tutorial with step-by-step instructions and photos from My Own Ideas, please click here.

As always, if you try it, let us know how it turns out. And send some pics!

I’m no cooking or crafting guru, so I started these Too Tired to Try Tuesday posts to share craft and recipe ideas that I’ve come across and would really like to try but am just too damned tired (that sounds better than lazy, right?) to get around to. In addition to ideas that I find, I am open to submissions from you–either something tried and true or something you want to try but haven’t had the time to. Just send me an email at raisingwildthingsblog@gmail.com with your ideas, and I may share them here. (And by “may” I mean “will definitely”! I just confessed how lazy tired I am, so if you take the time to send me something to share, I’m going to share it!)


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Shiny, Happy, Sparkly, Feel-Good Friday: 10/11/13

It’s that time of week again . . . time to share some happiness. Hope you all had a great week and are gearing up for a fun-filled or simply relaxing weekend. 🙂

Some things that made me happy:

Uhhh, what are these things?

Uhhh, what are these things?

Resting together

Resting together

Hands!

Hands!

And some things that made you happy:

Jennifer from MO: Oh, you know just walking her raccoon!

Jennifer from MO: Oh, you know just walking her raccoon!

Devan from TN: Fall break 2013!

Devan from TN: Fall break 2013!

Nicole from IL: Sibling love! Caleb (7 years), Alice (7 months), & Chloe (4 years).

Nicole from IL: Sibling love! Caleb (7 years), Alice (7 months), & Chloe (4 years).

Christina from MI: Enjoying fall!

Christina from MI: Enjoying fall!

Kathy from IL: Hotel fun; fun at the Disney farm; ready to fly.

Kathy from IL: Hotel fun; fun at the Disney farm; ready to fly.

As always, thanks to those who submitted some happiness! Please keep it coming. Until next week…

Fridays on Raising Wild Things are Shiny, Happy, Sparkly, Feel-Good Fridays! Since parenting can sometimes suck the  life out of me, I wanted to do these posts as reminders of the good, the great things that happened during the week amid all the crazy, exhausting, sometimes frustrating, sometimes maddening, sometimes head-exploding moments that seem to linger in my memory and can put me in a mommy funk. What makes you happy? Please share!


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Too Tired to Try Tuesday: Baby Princess Leia Halloween Costume

Ok, ok. You see “costume” in the title and you’re thinking, “No way am I actually making a costume!” Right? Well no worries, my friends. Not only is this costume easy peasy to make (ok, you do need to be able to make a stitch, but there’s just a few, I promise), but the directions are easy to follow, and Robyn from Hollow Tree Ventures is hilarious, as usual.

Photo courtesy of Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures.

Photo courtesy of Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • One pair of thick, brown opaque tights (adult size)
  • One white child-sized t-shirt
  • Scissors
  • Needle and brown thread

Then there’s mostly cutting involved, with some rolling and twisting and a few stitches thrown in. And then you’ll have this adorable baby Princess Leia costume.

To see Robyn’s complete tutorial with step-by-step instructions and photos, please click here.

As always, if you try it, let us know how it turns out. And send some pics!

I’m no cooking or crafting guru, so I started these Too Tired to Try Tuesday posts to share craft and recipe ideas that I’ve come across and would really like to try but am just too damned tired (that sounds better than lazy, right?) to get around to. In addition to ideas that I find, I am open to submissions from you–either something tried and true or something you want to try but haven’t had the time to. Just send me an email at raisingwildthingsblog@gmail.com with your ideas, and I may share them here. (And by “may” I mean “will definitely”! I just confessed how lazy tired I am, so if you take the time to send me something to share, I’m going to share it!)


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Keeping Our Kids in the Dark — For Now

keeping kids in the dark

Several weeks ago, the kids and I were settling into our usual after-school routine — they were raiding the refrigerator and cabinets for a snack, and I was going through their backpacks to see what they brought home for me to display proudly or for me to fill out and return to school the next day (there’s always something, it seems).

As I was reading through a page of notes my daughter’s teacher sent home, I nearly had a panic attack when I got to the part about the lock down drills they’d be having that coming week. My hands began shaking, and tears started streaming down my face.

I was instantly transported back to the day last winter when we all learned about the horrendous shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. I did not personally know anyone who worked at or had kids in the school, but my family and I lived 45 minutes away, and a very good friend of mine who grew up in Newtown did. My heart ached for her as she spent her morning trying to get any news she could.  And my heart ached for the families at Sandy Hook. I could not imagine such a tragedy happening to my family. Like so many others, I spent the day sobbing and trying to wrap my brain around the heinous news that kept unfolding.

When I realized how visibly upset I was after reading through my daughter’s class notes, I ran into the other room to try and calm myself down so that the kids wouldn’t see me. At 2 and 4 when the shooting occurred, we did not tell our kids anything about it. They were too young to understand, and we didn’t want to put that type of fear into their minds.

And now, nearly one year later, as I tried to pull myself together, I didn’t want to explain to my kids — my daughter now a kindergartner herself — why I was so upset. Why it made me sick to my stomach to think of anything like that happening at their schools. Why it made me weak in the knees thinking of them having to huddle in the bathroom with their teachers and classmates as practice in case anything like that actually happened. Why it made me want to throw up thinking that the world we live in is such these days that we even need these lock down drills. I didn’t want to explain to them that not everyone in the world is good and that some people just do terrible things. I don’t want them to know that world. Ever.

But I’m not naive. I know they will learn the realities of the world eventually — either through us, friends, or something they’ll see on the news. (And probably a lot sooner than I’d like.) We’ve already talked to them about what they should do, for example, if they ever find themselves lost when we’re away from home, what they should do if they are ever approached by strangers if we’re not around, or what they should do if faced with an emergency. But we’re not broaching the topic of someone walking into their school with a gun.

Because this horror is not something they need to know (or fear). Again, I’d argue ever. But realistically, at least not now. Not yet. At 3 and 5 years old, they’re just not ready. I’m not ready. So for now, we’re keeping our kids in the dark. (And, thankfully, my daughter’s school is of the same mindset, at least when it comes to the younger kids. As far as my daughter is concerned, she thinks they have these lock down drills in case a wild animal, like a skunk, gets into the school accidentally.)

I know a lot of families are more forthcoming with their kids, even at such young ages, and a lot of people probably think we’re doing our kids a disservice by keeping them in the dark. But this is our family, and this is what works for us. We know there will come a time when we’ll need to talk about this kind of stuff. But that time, for us, is not now. Again, not yet.

I’m curious, though, for those of you who have had these conversations with your kids, how old were they? And what prompted the conversation? How did you approach the conversation? And how did your kids react? I’m not looking forward to the eventual conversation with our kids, but I’d like to be sure to go into it as prepared as I can, so I thank you for any insight and suggestions you’re willing to share.