For Kids

This week of Target Style is all about fun graphic T’s and my favorite “Boo your neighbor” tradition.  

It doesn’t have to be the holiday season to remind your kids to always have a giving spirit.  I like to find fun traditions throughout the year that reminds my two kiddos that you should always think of others.  As Halloween approaches, it’s the perfect time to “Boo” your neighbor.  While it’s about catching them off guard, it has everything to do with making them laugh instead of scream in fear.

Here are the steps on how to “boo”:  First, you’ll need a container.  A bucket works best because it provides for a better presentation of its contents.  Target or Dollar Tree will have a large selection of these.  

Next, it’s time to fill your bucket with goodies.  While kids try to get as much candy on Halloween, the items that go into your “Boo Bucket” don’t necessarily have to tame the sweet tooth.  I like to include stickers, games and other non-food items that will entertain them.  A good cost-saving strategy is to purchase your Boo supplies right after Halloween the year before because everything will be on sale.

 

Lastly, include a flyer that describes what it means to get “booed”, and what your neighbors need to do next.  They’re instructed to first put the “I’ve been booed” sign in on their door.  Next, they’ll need to boo two other neighbors.

Now it’s time to head out.  To get your kids excited, explain that this is a “top secret mission” and they must be super quiet as to make sure the neighbor doesn’t hear them.  Make sure to wear dark clothing so you’re not spotted, but take a good flashlight.

 

Get in a good viewing spot where you’re close to your target house, but also where you can’t be seen.  When the coast is clear, run to the door, ring the doorbell drop the bucket of treats and then take off as fast as you can back to your hiding spot.  Watch the door to see if someone opens it, and finds the Boo Bucket.  It’s fun to watch your neighbor’s reaction to such a fun surprise.  Repeat the process for your next neighbor.  

In the following days, your kids will be checking the door every hour to see if you were booed.  The best is when you’re home and get booed, and try to guess who was the sneaky neighbor.  

This is a sure-fire activity to get your kids even more excited about Halloween, and you’re also teaching them an important lesson about giving.

What are your favorite Halloween traditions?

 

 

Here is my Target Style outfit for the night and some similar options.  If you missed last week of Target style-Dark Denim Shirt or Target Style-Embroidered Military Jacket

Pumpkin spice graphic T

 

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The weather has cooled off in St. Louis so I’m obsessed with getting my boys outside as much as possible. Many nights we will take our dinner to a playground or park and enjoy the outside while we eat. Being a working mom, I don’t have loads of time with my boys so I try to find ways to make our time together special without a lot of work.

Here’s what we do:

  1.  Keep a blanket, towel, even your yoga mats in your car so you can be spontaneous when you’re in the picnic mood.
  2. If packing food isn’t an option and you’re not in the mood for fast food, we like to get “grab and go” from The Art of Entertaining in Webster Groves.  They have healthy options my kids like too.  Mason is eating the Smart Start breakfast option which includes fruit, yogurt, and a popular mini muffin.
  3. One additional thing I like to do is use these fun kids conversation cards to generate interesting dialogue with my boys.  It helps keep topics off the bathroom which for some reason boys love to talk about.  🙁  LOL

Fill me in on how you like to picnic.  Have fun enjoying your quality outdoor time.

On a side note, my boys LOVE dogs.  They want to pet every dog they see.  I was recently looking for some cute graphic T’s for a family photo and found these adorable options.

Puppy Applique T-shirtPuppy long sleeve optionRound towel for picnic | Art of Entertaining grab and go foods

  • Companion Teaching Kitchen in St. Louis
  • Companion Teaching Kitchen in St. Louis
  • Companion Teaching Kitchen in St. Louis
  • Companion Teaching Kitchen in St. Louis
  • Companion Teaching Kitchen in St. Louis
  • Companion Teaching Kitchen in St. Louis

Happy Sunday Funday! I am always looking for ways to spend quality time with my kids. My son Logan and I had a blast at Companion’s Teaching Kitchen making Mixed Berry Lemonade, Lemon Crinkle Cookies, and Strawberry Tea Bread. Companion offers classes for both adults and kids, and we took their “Kids in the Kitchen” tea party. This class is geared toward giving children the lead in the kitchen.

All food items are prepped, making it fun and easy for the kids to follow each recipe. Logan enjoyed using all the restaurant-grade equipment, including the powerful blender.

They have adult classes too. My next trip to the Teaching Kitchen I make, will be the pizza class as a date night with Todd. The chocolate class sounds like a great night with some of my girlfriends.

We booked our class through the Kidzxplor app  (which is a better price). Also, you can book through Companion directly.

Happy Memorial Day!  School’s out, summer is here so I put together a family summer bucket list.  Here are a few things I’m planning this summer, what about you?

  • Explore Echo Bluff state park
  • Try Trapese STL
  • Go  strawberry picking
  • Take the boys to a water park
  • Enjoy the Solar Eclipse
  • Go on a roadtrip
  • Go to a drive in movie
  • Make a cold treat
  • Do a lemon-aid stand
  • Go for a family bike ride
  • Paddleboarding
  • Coordinate an friends family night at a pavillion
  • Binge watch a TV series
  • Track dow the Half Baked Cookie Dough Co TRUCK
  • Check out the ST Louis county parks 30/30 hikes.
  • Indulge with Clementine’s Naughty and Nice Ice Cream
  • Check out the shops of St Charles 5th Street
  • Watch a movie at Art Hill Film Series
  • Take the boys to the new Keiner Plaza
  • Admire the sculptures at Laumier Sculpture Park

Let me know what your doing this summer and any fun places you find.  XOXO  Sarah