The Diary of a Nouveau Soccer Mom

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Make an Easy Halloween Wreath

I changed up my holiday decorations a bit this year since we are in a new house.

All my sugar skulls went towards decorating our kitchen and dining areas, and I made our living area all traditional Halloween decor.  This meant I needed a few new things (hello, $2.50 Halloween fleece throws), but I wanted to make a new wreath for the front door.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Emoji Movie Pumpkin Carving Stencils

Want to surprise your kids with the coolest pumpkins on the block?

Check out these pumpkin stencils from the Emoji Movie!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Lego Creations--From Brick Cars to Beasts

I am definitely a fan of creative ideas for kids, and everyone in my house adores all things Lego.

A few years back, we bought the boy the big bins of assorted Lego pieces--no themes, no design booklets, just blocks and blocks of colored squares.  It was his favorite Christmas gift that year and the creations he came up with were amazing.  He searched blogs for new ideas along with YouTube and we were impressed with what he discovered.  How to Build Brick Cars and Beasts From Bricks take Lego building to the next level!

Monday, October 09, 2017

Be Your Own Engineer with Duct Tape and Rubber Bands

Do your kids dream of something making the next coolest gadget?  Or do they tinker and play with all the odds and ends around the house, creating new inventions?

We've found the perfect books to fuel their creations and help them build something useful all at the same time--Duct Tape Engineer and Rubber Band Engineer, both written by Lance Akiyama and published by the Quarto Group.

Friday, October 06, 2017

Elitch Gardens Fright Fest {Colorado Outings}

We know what we're doing this month!

We just discovered that Elitch Gardens in Denver has a Fright Fest!  The kids haven't had a chance to attend something like this, yet.  It was always too rainy in Washington in October and they were much too young when we lived in Texas.  This time?  We are definitely going.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Dinosaur Resource Center {Colorado Outings}

Do your children love dinosaurs? It seems like every kid goes through at least one dinosaur phase.  Colorado is filled with dinosaur history and we have the museums to prove it!

Located in Woodland Park, the Dinosaur Resouce Center is a world class museum featuring an awe-inspiring display of dinosaurs, prehistoric marine reptiles, pterosaurs and fish of North America's late Cretaceous period.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Silver Dollar City - Branson

Since it is a family vacation, one of the things we had bookmarked in Branson when we first looked at it was Silver Dollar City and a dinner cruise on the Showboat Branson Belle!

All four of us enjoy amusement parks and we loved the options available this fall at Silver Dollar City--the National Crafts & Cowboy Festival from September 13 - October 28, and an An Old Time Christmas from November 4 - December 30.  Based on our time frame, we'll be checking out An Old Time Christmas, but both festivals look awesome!


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