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Saturday, September 20, 2014

DIY Halloween Costumes for the Whole Family

DIY Costumes for the Whole Family @ATIPicalDay #halloween #DIY #Costumes #Roundup

Halloween is just around the corner.  My kids are already buzzing about what they will be this year.  I told them they needed to use their imaginations and come up with something using items we have around the house.  I will not be spending money on costumes this year.  We rounded up some fun ideas for everyone in the family and are sharing them with you!
Which one is your favorite?

Slap Dash Mom - $1 DIY Paper Doll Costume

Slap Dash Mom - $3 Medusa Costume

Bare Feet on the Dashboard - Easy DIY Family Football Themed Costumes

Mission: to Save - DIY Buzz Lightyear Costume

Mission: to Save - DIY Star Wars Costumes

Mission: to Save  - DIY Riddler Costume

Little House Companion - How to Make Felt Braids

Grinning Like An Idiot - Bird Halloween Costume

The Exhausted Mom - Couples Halloween Costumes

Swoodson Says - DIY Ewok Hood Tutorial

Fairytales and Fitness - Are You Ready For a Wicked Good Time?

Fairytales and Fitness - Creative Costume Ideas for Halloween

Pam's Party & Practical Tips - Making Your Own Halloween Costumes

Pam's Party & Practical Tips - Last Minute Costume Ideas

Need even more inspiration?  Come check out my Halloween Costume Pinterest Board!

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Star Wars Themed Cub Scout Popcorn Kickoff Skit

Printable Star Wars themed skit for a popcorn kickoff - @ATIPicalDay #popcorn #cubscouts #BSA #trailsend #popcornkickoff #starwars

It is BSA popcorn season again!  That means I am up to my eyeballs in popcorn and popcorn themed events.  Fortunately I was able to hand the position of Popcorn Kernel off this year, but I remain heavily involved due to my position as Committee Chair.

This year our Council chose "space" as the theme for popcorn.  I admit that I was a just little bit excited when I heard this as there are so many things you can do around space.  Right away I got to work putting together a skit that would cover our theme and explain the details of our sale.  This is my favorite part about popcorn.  I love interacting (or maybe just acting) with the Scouts.  One of the mother's in our unit informed I am freak for how quickly I was able to put this together.  I just smiled.  When you love something, it just comes easily.  My only regret is that I didn't get any pictures.  :(  

This is what our Kickoff Party looked like:  

Invitations:  Our Pack has about 80 boys, so we started out by sending a space themed evite to the unit.  This really helps with getting a head count for the event and allows them to easily share details with others.

Food:Our Kernel ordered pizza and made up veggie, fruit, and cookie trays.  Dinner was served while everyone was arriving.

Presentation: Boys need that "WOW" factor to really get them energized.  Doing a really fun themed skit is a great way to get their attention.   Here is the link for the printable Star Wars Skit!  Our guys loved this!   I think this may have been my all time favorite one to write!  Be sure to add the special effects and come up with some type of costume.  Most ours were very simple, just enough to tell who we were.  

Fun:  After the skit, we put on a space themed movie (Planet 51) and handed out glow sticks.  We couldn't have a kickoff without popping some of our Trails End popcorn too. So we served this during the movie. 

This was a pretty simple event to put together and requires very little prep time (except for maybe the skit.)

Hope you will use the skit and find this information useful!  Your Scouts will enjoy this.  Please let me know if you end up using it!  What other themed skits would you like?  If you have something specific let me know, I will be happy to write one for your unit for a nominal fee.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

You Are Stronger Than You Believe

Girl running through a finish line.  You are stronger than you believe - @ATIPicalDay #running #motivation #inspiration #devotional #encouragement #goalsetting #5k

I am training to run a 5K in November.  It will be my first.  I am really nervous about it.  I am not a runner, never have been.  In fact, in high school I use to fake injuries to get out of gym class because of how much I despised running.  So the question begs, why would I start running now at almost 37 years old?  The truth is that I wanted something to challenge myself.  Something I would really have to work at, and something I wasn't really sure that I would be able to complete.  I chose well!  Five weeks ago when I started, I could hardly make it through one sold minute of running without feeling like I would pass out and die.  It took everything I had to push through that first week of training.  Each time I run, I feel stronger and push myself a little harder.  

This morning as I finished my intervals I was celebrating.  While I am still a long way off from where I would like to be, I am nearly half way to my goal.  During those times when I feel like giving up, I am reminded of Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through him who gives me strength."  The words echo in my mind and I am reminded that my strength flows from the Lord.  As a result I am so much stronger than what I think I am. These words encourage and motivate me to keep going.  
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength - Philippians 4:13 - You are stronger than you believe - @ATIPicalDay #running #motivation #inspiration #devotional #encouragement #goalsetting #5k #philippians4:13

While I have been applying them to my running, they can be applied to so many other aspects of life.  No matter what you are going through right now, know that you are so much stronger than you believe. Set your mind to getting through, put your trust in the Lord, and take courage in His strength.  It will carry you through the tough times because your strength comes from the Lord.

What goals have you set for yourself?  How hard will you push to achieve them?

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

How to be a Fun Mom

I feel like this summer was a blur of activity. It makes it go too fast!  I have really enjoyed sharing the Tuesday Twitter Linky Parties with you and hope you will continue to link up over at  
Today I am super excited to share a guest post from Camille Gillham.  Camille is a favorite blogger of mine.  I love her tips for traveling with kids, but that is really just the tip of the iceberg for all the neat things she shares.  Thank you Camille for sharing some of your great inspiration here at A TIPical Day!
Boy wearing an apron stirs a bowl of pancake mix.  5 Ways to be a Fun Mom! Guest post by Camille Gillham.  @ATIPicalDay #funparenting #sillysuppers #bathroomfun #familybonding #kidactivities

How to be a fun Mom
Now that my kids are in school, I relish the summertime with them. I love spending time with them, playing games together, going on walks and bike rides, pretty much everything. I also appreciate routine, chores, and rules. So how in the world can you be the strict mom who enforces the rules but still a fun Mom? Here are 5 things that work for me:

1.      Try a Silly Supper- We teach manners all week long- how to sit properly, how to pass the food, good conversational skills, all the good things. However, once a week we take the time to just be silly. I have a jar full of different ways to mix up dinner time. Some ideas include:
·         Eat under the table instead
·         Every sentence must be in the form of a question
·         Search for your food throughout the house
·         Eat with crazy utensils
·         Dessert first please!
How to be a fun mom - have silly suppers.  Guest post by Camille Gillham @ ATIPicalDay #sillysuppers #kidactivities #bathroomfun

Silly Suppers mix up dinner just enough for us to laugh and have a good time. A lot of them don’t take much work too which I appreciate. For  50 more ideas see this great list I’ve compiled.

2.      Take advantage of Bathroom Time- Ok, you’ll probably going to laugh at me but seriously, it’s great. Everyone goes to the bathroom so take advantage of that fact and make the bathroom a fun place to be.
·   Put butcher paper on the wall next to the toilet. Provide crayons or colored pencils to use nearby (anything washable just in case it winds up on the walls). Have free draw or leave some unfinished art projects. I love asking questions too like “What do you want to do this summer?” It’s a great way to bond even though you aren't spending time together. Jokes work well here too. When it’s full, put a new one up and laugh about the old one together.
·   Put pictures up of all the fun things you do together. Let your kids remember the fun times you have had (and remind yourself). Just seeing the pictures create fun conversations, great memories to recall, and it’s a great reminder of how we love each other. Try switching the photos out every couple of months.
·   Add blank cards next to the family photos. Leave writing prompts or give opportunities to leave funny captions or memories. Be sure there is a pencil nearby.
·   Draw on the mirrors. Any type of washable markers work but I prefer white board markers. Stand in front of the mirror at the height of your kiddos to fill in funny features; write inspiring messages, reminders, funny jokes, quotes, or draw fun decorations.

3.      Cook together- I love this one because it is so much fun and it teaches great skills. Pick one day a week or month and cook together. I like to cook with one kid each Friday. It lets us have special one on one time. Sometimes they pick some favorite recipes and sometimes they pick something that is new to the both of us. It’s fun to learn together, make mistakes together, and improvise together. My kids have to pick the recipes, write down a list of ingredients for me to buy, cook it, set the table, and help clean up. We do silly suppers this day too so it’s all kinds of fun disguised as great life skills. My 2 year old LOVES this one.

4.      Reward the Good- Ever tire of just correcting the negative? We decided to use gold coins to reward the good. There are no real rules for gold coins, just whenever my husband and I decide to reward them. I hand them out when I see them being particularly nice to a sibling or being a peacemaker. I’ll leave them one on their bed when I do a random room check and find it clean. If there is a day that I needed extra help, I reward them for all their hard work. They choose how to spend the gold coins. 3 gold coins means you can pick something out of our treasure chest which is filled with $1 or less items as well as quarters. 8 gold coins equals a PJ party. We don’t do sleepovers but PJ parties are just as good- they get to pick out a few special treats, one movie, and one friend to have over for an extra-long playdate. 10 gold coins means you get to go to the store and pick something out that’s under $5. So far I have only done a few 10 gold coins purchases; most like taking the prize at 8. We've been doing this for years and it still works great (Bonus: it teaches the value and patience of saving).

5.      Use your imagination- We want our kids to use it so why aren't we? Instead of just going on a walk, go on a safari and be amazed at all the animals you see (see that giant hippo instead of the pine tree). On a long car ride? Turn it into a submarine or an airplane. When I was little my Dad always told us about this special feature he had on his station wagon every time we were going over a big bridge. I loved it and totally believed him when I was young. Even though I grew wise to his tricks, I still loved it. He would pretend to push and pull all these knobs and tell us to listen as the wings pop out. He’d count down and make all kinds of noise when we took off. Best thing ever!
Being fun doesn't mean you don’t follow the rules or have a routine. It just means getting creative. So how are you a Fun Mom (or Dad)? I’m always looking for extra ideas to put in my toolbox.
Camille Gillham blogs over at Colorado Springs Tours and Reviews. She loves being a fun mom to her 5 kids and touring her hometown. You can also find her at Chicken Scratch  n Sniff.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tuesday Twitter Linky Party #34

Welcome to The Ultimate Linky's Twitter Party!

I can't believe that summer is already over and this is my last week to cohost the Twitter Tuesday's Linky Party. I have had such a great time doing this and have met some great new people.  You can continue to link up at The Ultimate Linky where this party runs every month. Thanks for linking up with me this summer! There are two linkies in this party! You can do just one or both linkies if you wish. On the first linky, you will link up your Twitter URL for your Twitter account so that you can be followed. On the second linky, link up the URL of a tweet you would like to be retweeted. Please follow me and Tammy from The Ultimate Linky on Twitter, add the button to your sidebar or party page, and then link up and follow the directions for who to follow/retweet! If you are the last three to link up, your links will be manually added to the beginning of next week's link-up so that you get your follows. You can always follow more if you decide to! We also would love any shares that you could give to help spread the word about this party!
The Ultimate Linky
You can also link up one tweet that you would like to have re-tweeted. This is the same concept as above except you only have to tweet the two links above yours. I will make sure I tweet the last link(s). Social media parties every day of the week!

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