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Halloween DIY Share The Love Sunday

Share The Love Sunday this week is all about Halloween DIY (do it yourself) projects. I hope you find some Halloween crafty things you like in this collection. I am really excited about Halloween this year because Tiny-Small is. I mean, she’s going through costume options like a theater major getting ready for her first, professional audition. It’s a mad house around here I tell ya!

Halloween DIY on Share The Love Sunday

I am going to start with this ghost Tiny-Small and I made. See it above in the picture? We got the idea from a craft book that I have had for about 14 years now. Wow. I am getting old. Like I might have been around when the dinosaurs roamed the earth, but I am so old I can’t even remember. Anyway, we made this ghost with some starch and white fabric. If you want the rest of the directions and supply list, you’ll have to buy the book. Don’t blame me. I didn’t make the copyright laws, I just try to follow them the best I can. The book is: Incredibly Awesome Crafts for Kids. That is an affiliate link, but since you can buy the book for one penny I am not sure it even counts. How can they give me 4% of one cent? That’s like magic math to me. My dreams of getting rich are fading fast in the Amazon affiliate light.

Next up: Make some super cool milk jug ghosts to light a path to your house. We live so far out in the boondocks that we don’t even get Trick or Treaters so I am sharing this so I can live through you vicariously. Plus, I think it would be really fun for kids to do. Check out the blog eighteen25 and learn how to make their Spirit Jugs. Then make a couple for me.

Do you want to win the pumpkin carving contest this year? I know I do. Check out this site: Pumpkin Pile for over 100 pumpkin carving patterns to choose from. Seriously, they mean business. They’ve been carving pumpkins since 1985. For those of you old enough to remember, that’s when ” We Built This City” by Starship was blaring on the radio every 10 minutes. I was ten years old. I told you I was old.

There are so many fun and disgusting Halloween food ideas out there right now. I can barely control myself. Want to make food that makes you want to vomit just by looking at it? Or scream with glee (I know how corrupted you are)? Check out this post from last year with a list of nasty looking Halloween foods from Cute Food For Kids: 29 Creepy, Spooky, Scary, Gross and Disgusting Halloween Recipes. The title says it all, really.

Let’s talk costumes. For little blond girls, or big blond girls, or anyone (adult or child, male or female) with a blond wig, there is this brilliant idea from A Party Style: Halloween Costume Series: Coppertone Girl. Hilarious or adorable depending on how much hair you have on your face or how cherub like you are.

Or go as your favorite artist! Check out how Oh Happy Day turned some little kids into Andy Warhol, Frida, and Van Gogh in her post: Little Artist Costumes. Genius!

DIY Halloween Dog Costume
Princess Rumples

Got a dog? Check out this BuzzFeed dog costume extravaganza. Don’t check it out if you are hungry. All the top dogs are transformed into food. They had me at bacon: 27 DIY Costume Ideas For Your Pet.

Have a cat? Do not despair! BuzzFeed has one for cats too: 20 Cats Who Deeply Resent Their Halloween Costumes. If you dress your cat up for Halloween I hope you got vaccinated for cat scratch fever first…or just listened to the song at least, or whatever.

I am sure I will have more to say about Halloween this year, but this should be enough to get you started, right? I hope you are as excited as we are! If not, just pretend you are. That works too.

 

How To Choose A Theme Song For Your Life

How To Choose A Theme Song

In just a minute I am going to tell you how to choose a theme song for your life. Well, for your life right now, anyway. It will change over the years, or even over the months. I’ve had several theme songs over the course of my life. There was that time in my early twenties when I couldn’t get enough of that song There She Goes and listened to it several times a day. I should say like thirty times a day. I like repetition, obviously!

I think I just really wanted someone to feel that way about me. I wanted someone to fall in love with me. I’m glad I outgrew that phase! If you think I’m slightly anxious and neurotic now you should have seen me back then. Does any woman look back on her twenties and think it was the best time of her life? Probably not, I mean, we just get better with time, right ladies?

Then I had some weird obsession with Destiny’s Child. Specifically, I couldn’t get enough of that song Say My Name. I thought it was empowering and having it blasting in my car with the windows down made me feel cool. I think about this now and laugh at my young self. You have no idea how much I was teased about this song. That makes me laugh even harder. I was so ridiculous!

There is a big gap in there where I can’t recall what my theme song was, but I am sure I had one. If I heard the song (or two) right now it would transport me back in time. Unfortunately, my mind keeps going to my early thirties where I had a short love affair with Death Cab For Cutie. I still love that song Soul Meets Body.

I think this is when I started to heal from my father’s suicide. This song really resonated with me. Especially these words:

I want to live where soul meets body
And let the sun wrap its arms around me
And bathe my skin in water cool and cleansing
And feel, feel what its like to be new

Could there be any better imagery for healing? I think not! Also, this is when my journey for being more in the moment and letting go of worry began. I wanted to feel more balanced and happy. This is a journey I am still traveling today so it makes sense that this song still resonates with my soul. I mean when the lyrics include a metaphor for not letting your thoughts control your emotions and behaviors (a little cognitive therapy, anyone?) it’s obvious why this was my theme song for a while. Those lyrics I’m talking about? Right here:

Cause in my head there’s a greyhound station
Where I send my thoughts to far off destinations
So they may have a chance of finding a place
where they’re far more suited than here

Then I fell in love with Jim and Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash became my theme song. I truly felt like I had fallen into a ring of fire. Love can feel that way sometimes. I think I stepped off my path of balance for a while! I don’t regret it for a moment.

Lately, I think my theme song has been The Glory of Love. Watching Tiny-Small grow up is sort of bitter-sweet. I want her to stay little forever, but she can’t. That’s just not how it works. I’m also realizing that there are good times and bad times, happy times and sad times, but love is what matters most. As long as I have my family and people in my life to lean on I can get though anything. We have each others arms when the world is rough with us. Right now, relationships are the most important thing in my life.

So, how do you choose a theme song for your life? You don’t. The song always chooses you. Sure, you can choose a battle cry song. A song that motivates you and gets you moving, but the soundtrack for your life happens organically. One day you’ll be driving in your car and hear the theme song for your life from twenty years ago and you will be transported back in time. For a brief moment you’ll feel exactly like you did when you were 18 years old and that’s when you will know you had a theme song. That’s when it suddenly hits you and you realize that particular song had meaning for you. It’s easier to analyze when you’ve had a little distance from it.

What songs have chosen you over the course of your life?

 

*While searching for a representation of my current theme song Glory of Love I came across this YouTube version that includes child mimes dancing. I know it’s supposed to be endearing, but I found it to be a little creepy yet also hilarious. It’s just funny, so check it out if you need to roll your eyes or giggle (sorry kid dancers, this is not a criticism of your dance moves, but I am sure if you are grown up now you are glad for the anonymity that comes with painted faces).

 

 

 

 

Halloween Decor Ideas Courtesy of This Blogger Makes Fun of Stuff

Not last night, but the night before (does this ring a bell?) I got out the Halloween decorations. I know, talk about waiting until the last minute to scare the neighborhood kids and my toddler…to death. I am a very talented procrastinator and also I’ve been feeling kind of *WHO CARES?* about the holidays lately. I call it Bad Attitude Mom Syndrome (BAMS).

I pulled boxes out of the basement and opened them all and pretended I had the Halloween spirit. I secretly just wanted to eat the Halloween chocolate and read blogs about other bad (non-holiday-lovin’) moms like me. Suddenly, out of the blue, Tiny-Small started screaming about the “mean man” and the horrors of the inflatable jack-o-lantern. So, it’s official, she hates Halloween as much as I do this year. She does not do scary. That’s OK because, really, scary is kind of overrated.

The mean man.

So, we couldn’t put the usual Halloween stuff up because it all scared Tiny-Small too much. I didn’t mind really. I’ve had most of that stuff for over a decade now. It looks about as tired as I feel.

Tiny-Small makes “punkins” and bats. She tried to use my chapstick as glue.

I didn’t know what to do because we are on a limited budget and it really is too close to the holiday to go out and buy a new Halloween wardrobe for the house. Welcome to the travesty that is Halloween with a toddler running amuck. Luckily, in my moment of panic,  I came across this do it yourself post over at This Blogger Makes Fun of Stuff. The post (by Alex), Halloween Toddler Crafts That Look Cute Even Though Your Kid Did Most Of The Work was right up my alley. So, instead of buying stuff to decorate this year, we made it all by ourselves. It was pretty fun and an excellent mother-daughter bonding time too. It also got me out of my BAMS epsiode. I’m actually feeling kind of excited about Halloween now. I guess this is what they mean when they say money can’t buy happiness. If I had bought all of those Halloween accessories I wouldn’t be nearly as happy as I am right now. Plus I wouldn’t have these amazing new contributions to our indoor decor:

Cyclops Bat
Fancy Pants Punkin with Jewels

We tried to decorate the wall, but then Tiny-Small kept taking them down and putting them into her bag. She’s two and she does not like to share. Those are HER one-eyed pumpkins and jewel encrusted bat wings. She likes to celebrate Halloween her own way.

I’m OK with that too.