Giveaway: Halloween Party Basket from Meijer!

It’s almost time for Halloween, and Jenny and I are excited for the 11th annual Halloween Party for Second/Sixth Cousins!

We want you to get into the spirit (see how I did that?) as well, and we’re excited to partner with Meijer on this giveaway!

Meijer has everything you need for the Halloween season – decorations, costumes, baking items, candy, and more. They were kind enough to send me a few of their Halloween items to check out, and now our house is ready for cousins – and trick-or-treaters – to descend.

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The kids and I had fun decorating the house, and I particularly loved the vinyl stickers on the front door. They’re removable and reusable, so I’ll keep them for next year as well!

So, back to the giveaway… Meijer will send our winner a gift basket that includes candy, Halloween plates and cups, a bag of cobwebs, Wilton cupcake papers, and a party centerpiece.

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To enter, leave a comment and tell us what you and/or your kids are going to be this Halloween! The contest ends on October 19. Good luck!

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Happy (Safe) Halloween!

This post is sponsored by The Motherhood and Energizer. All opinions and cute kids are my own (or Jenny’s).
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This year will be the 11th annual Halloween celebration for Jenny’s family and mine. How our babies have gone from this:

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To this:

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… is beyond my comprehension.

Not to mention the fact that we’ve added these kids to the mix:

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Beggar’s night is one of the things I look forward to all year long. I love, love, love it.

But here’s a little secret – it also makes me nervous. All those kids, all those cars.

We try to keep driving to a minimum that night – I get home as early as I can, and Jenny and Bobby try to arrive at our house well before the appointed hour, so that our cars are parked before the kids hit the streets. But, of course, our kids are still out there while other people are driving – and really, my nervousness has increased, if anything, as they get older. Sam’s much more likely to run ahead of me now than he was when he was dressed as a poison apple and safely confined to his stroller.

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My word, is that kid cute?

Anyway, this year we’re partnering with The Motherhood and Energizer to bring you Halloween safety tips. Here are a few ideas to keep your kids safe while they’re having the time of their lives collecting candy from strangers neighbors.

Plan a route ahead of time. Create a route that avoids major intersections, but does have safe crosswalks and sidewalks. If there are no sidewalks, be sure to walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Always look both ways before crossing any street.

Keep a portable light on hand (or head). As the sun sets, you don’t want to be caught in the dark. Energizer portable lights ensure you’re ready to hit the streets on Halloween night. (Something tells me Sam and Joshua would be all over this one!)
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Pick the right costume. Choose lightly colored costumes, while avoiding head-to-toe dark selections. Make sure the costume fits properly and shoes are comfortable. If possible, avoid masks and opt for face paint so that vision is not impaired.

Walk, don’t run. Take your time and walk; don’t run from house to house on Halloween night. Use Energizer portable lights to be aware of decorations or other obstructions in yard and on sidewalks to avoid trips and falls.

Be selective. Only visit well-lit houses and avoid stopping at dark houses. Remind your children to stay in groups and never accept rides from strangers or enter homes without a parent or guardian.

Charge your devices. Make sure to charge cell phone and ensure that your flashlight has fresh batteries. Energizer® MAX® with Power Seal Technology is long-lasting and no leaks guaranteed. Use your cell phone for necessary communications (and adorable photos), otherwise keep it in a purse or pocket to avoid distractions.

I’m looking forward to incorporating these tips into our trick-or-treating plan, in order to minimize stress and maximize fun!

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I forgot how the Tooth Fairy works.

Sam hit a long-awaited milestone last week.

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At six-and-a-half, that was the first tooth he lost and he was VERY excited about it. He actually lost it at school, and the secretary gave him a cute little treasure box to put the tooth in. He couldn’t stop smiling all day. It was adorable. And he was SO EXCITED for the Tooth Fairy to come that night.

I had dinner with friends that evening (and I’m going to blame the margarita for what came next. I only had one. Okay, two. But they were small medium.), and when I got home Sam and Andy were both asleep, but Kate had waited up for me to make sure I performed my duties. I went in to Sam’s room, slid a dollar under his pillow, went back to tell Kate she could stop holding vigil and go to bed, and hit the sack myself.

Anyone notice the missing step there? Yeah.

The next morning, Sam came into our room devastated. He was crying and said, “The Tooth Fairy didn’t take my tooth!” I said some choice words in my head and then made up some nonsense about her not being able to find it without waking him up. He wasn’t having it, though. I don’t know why that particular part of the ritual was so important to him, but it was, and I totally screwed it up. Kate scooped up the tooth before Sam came into his room after school that day, and she told him to check and see if the Tooth Fairy had come back for it. By that point he was fairly mollified… but this is one of those things that I’m going to remember, even if he doesn’t.

There are plenty of other things for me to screw up before my kids turn 18, but rest assured the Tooth Fairy won’t make that mistake again!

{Cue Jenny telling me how smart she is for not playing along with any made up rites of passage that require adult intervention.}

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