Time for Pumpkin

      When September rolls around, I start to get a longing for all things autumn. I love the deep reds, golds, oranges, and cinnamon colors that suggest fall. I start adding some fall decor to my home. Thoughts of bonfires, hot chocolate, and s’mores run across my mind. Warm afghans, chunky sweaters, cool evenings…the list is endless. If you’re an autumn lover like me, then you may also have the same affliction I have – a love for anything pumpkin and cinnamon. So, when the calendar turns to September, my heart (and tummy) longs for the warm, spicy notes of something pumpkinny delicioso!  (yup, I totally just made up that little catch phrase) Time for Pumpkin Today was Pumpkin Day. I bought a few cans of organic pumpkin, carried in my box of fall decorations, and decided to focus on all things pumpkin. My first order of business was to fill the house with...

No Trick- Just Treat! Get money for your candy!!!

A little girl gave me a big, toothless smile today as she told me the Tooth Fairy had visited her last night. She beamed as she explained that her front big tooth was worth $5, and that’s exactly what the Tooth Fairy brought her…   I immediately thought, “Wow.. I was excited about getting a quarter back when the Tooth Fairy visited me.”   The little girl then went on to tell me everything she plans on buying with the money as she has deemed herself the “richest girl in the world”. Shortly after I ran into a little boy who is in 7th grade. I asked him if he was excited for Halloween and his response wasn’t focused on the costume. Thomas couldn’t wait for all the candy.   In asking if he was going to eat all of the candy he would collect “trick or treating”, he replied, “Not all of it.. I’m going...

Halloween Tips: How to avoid getting told off by preschoolers

Last Halloween we had the cutest little girl come up to our door. She smiled with her princess smile, took her candy, said “Thank you,” and turned to leave. Then she abruptly turned to look at me and said in her best bossy 4 year old voice, “Why are these things in my way?” She was referring to our overgrown bougainvillea plants that forced her off the sidewalk and into the landscaping rocks. This year, in an effort to not be told off by pre-schoolers, we will be preparing for Halloween the week before.   A few tips that you can follow with us:  1- Give kids a safe path to walk from the street to your door. Make sure the path is well lit and free of obstacles (like huge thorny plants).  2- When decorating, think safety first! Many times kids have long, flowing costumes. If your sidewalk is uneven, mark it well to prevent kids from tripping while...