Christmas Fun: A distraction from the Holiday Chaos!

I usually do this type of favorites post at the beginning of the next month. But, this month, I decided to make it somewhat Christmas themed. I wanted to do this to give us a little chuckle in the midst of the Holiday stress.

It never fails to happen every year. You plan to start your shopping and planning for the holiday earlier than last year. You have the best of intentions on completing all of the tasks on your to-do list.

Then, you get sidetrack by this thing, that thing, then the other thing. Next thing you know, It’s the week of Christmas and you are even more behind than you were this time last year.

My advice? Christmas fun distraction.

Relax! You always come out on top every year with time to spare and a few extra things are done that you didn’t think you would have time for during the chaos.

You might say, “Oh, But the only reason I got everything done so well is that I pushed myself and stressed about everything.”

To that, I say, “Yea, maybe. But, did you enjoy yourself and the company of family and friends?”.

If the answer to that is “No.” Then try to relax, read some of these articles and other stuff and share it with your family and friends for some quality time together.

Join me for some Christmas fun distraction!

Christmas Fun! Pinterest Board

 

“Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year.” Victor Borge

“The principal advantage of the non-parental lifestyle is that on Christmas Eve you need not be struck dumb by the three most terrifying words that the government allows to be printed on any product: “Some assembly required.” John Leo

“The one thing women don’t want to find in their stockings on Christmas morning is their husband.” Joan Rivers

“Charlie, stay away from those things. They’re reindeer, you don’t know where they’ve been. They all look like they’ve got key lime disease.” Scott Calvin in The Santa Clause

Read more: http://www.keepinspiring.me/funny-christmas-quotes/#ixzz51uevK6Uu

 

DIY Unicorn Ornament

Amy’s Notebook 12-20-2017

 

I hope you have a Happy, Healthy and Safe Holiday Season!!!

What is the one thing that stresses you out the most every Christmas?

Let me know in the comments!

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Gingerbread and Mistletoe

 

 

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

30 Incredibly Fun Fall Activities for the Whole Family

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Every year around this time we start to get a little antsy. The season is changing, summer is ending, the air is getting a little cooler, and the kids are starting/going back to school.

It’s a lot to take in all at once, so we don’t really think about what to do as much.

I have put together a list of things to do that the entire family can enjoy doing together.

31 Fall Activities for the Whole Family

 

  1. Take a drive in the country
  2. Plant bulbs in the garden for next spring
  3. Go apple picking
  4. Get lost in a corn maze
  5. Go for a hike
  6. Go on a hayride
  7. Collect colorful Fall leaves to use in an art project (ideas)
  8. Make a pine cone bird feeder (directions)
  9. Jump in a pile of leaves
  10. Buy something from a bake sale
  11. Borrow a book from the library
  12. Watch geese fly south for the winter
  13. Learn to knit (tutorial)
  14. Go antiquing for the day
  15. Listen to the sounds of leaves crunching under foot
  16. (Adult) Tour a Winery (Winery List)
  17. Breath in the cool crisp air
  18. Carve your own pumpkins (directions)
  19. Give out candy to trick or treaters in costume
  20. Throw a Halloween Party (see link at the bottom for ideas [affiliate])
  21. Make your kids Halloween costumes or pick a family theme (check bottom of post for my”find costume” link [affiliate])
  22. Get spooked at a haunted house/walk
  23. Eat a slice of warm pumpkin bread (recipe)
  24. Drink hot spiced cider (or cold) (recipe)
  25. Bake an apple or pumpkin pie (Apple recipe) (Pumpkin recipe)
  26. Make butternut squash soup (recipe)
  27. Make and eat a caramel apple (recipe)
  28. Collect pine cones and display them as a decoration Tutorial
  29. Go to a Fall Festival in your town
  30. Go around the table telling each other what you are thankful for

 

When we think of our little ones going off to school it can be a bittersweet feeling. We are so glad they are growing and learning but, we miss them being with us all the time.

To lessen the blow, pick a few, or all of the activities from the list and spend some time together as a family.

Our kids grow up so fast, it’s like we blink and they are 16, talking back and trying to spend as little time as a family as possible.

How do you spend time with your family? Do you have any special activities that you like to do each year?

Let me know in the comments 🙂

 

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Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Who you gonna call?!? Ghostbusters Party Ideas

Tomorrow (June 8) is Ghostbusters Day!

I have gathered some fun ideas and activities to celebrate Ghostbusters Day with the kids (and a few tips for adults as well)

You don’t have to use them for tomorrow. If you have a Ghostbuster fan in the family, these would be great for an upcoming birthday party or other celebration.

“What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath-of-God type stuff.
Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies. Rivers and seas boiling.
Forty years of darkness. Earthquakes, volcanoes…
The dead rising from the grave.
Human sacrifice, dogs, and cats living together – mass hysteria”.

Party Ideas

1- Mini stay puft marshmallow men…

All you need is large and mini marshmallows and some vanilla frosting to keep them together. Have the kids build their own mini versions of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

Have the kids build their own version of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

2- Hire a Ghostbuster for your child’s party. (They are also fun for adult parties as well) 10/10 do recommend. There is most likely a group in your area. They also help each other out when needed.
Eastern Seaboard Ghostbusters (Bill McNeill)

Bill is a close friend of mine and is an all around awesome guy. Very outgoing and has a great sense of humor. Would be a perfect addition to a Ghostbusters themed party.

“Eastern Seaboard Ghostbusters are a cosplay group with a love of the Ghostbusters and the 1980’s in general”.

With Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore)

“Best Group”  at Chicago ComicCon

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Any of the Ghostbuster cosplay groups would be great for your child’s next party.

3- Watch Ghostheads on Netflix:

Ghostheads is a documentary that explores the extreme side of the Ghostbusters fandom and looks back at the impact the franchise has had on the world over the past three decades. Through interviews with key cast and crew, including Dan Aykroyd, Ivan Reitman, Ernie Hudson and much more, as well as with Ghostbusters fans all over the world, Ghostheads presents countless humanizing stories that will connect with audiences about comradery, overcoming obstacles, and that no one should ever feel alone or isolated. Ghostheads will show what really separates a fandom from the rest. Every Ghosthead is unique. Every Franchise is its own.”

4- Make slimer goo:

  • Add a few drops of green food coloring into 1 cup of warm water.
  • Pour the water into a bowl filled with 2 cups of cornstarch.
  • Mix everything together with your fingers.
  • Add more water/cornstarch, if needed.
  • Make as many batches as you need
  • Place each batch into small mason jars to give to each child.

5- Make edible “slime”: Just mix up some Lime Jell-O and allow to set in small 1 serving cups.

6- Watch the original movie and make it a game.

Example:

Assign each child a word or phrase (Ghostbusters, I ain’t afraid of no ghost, slimer or who you gonna call? etc.) and they get a point every time that word/phrase is said in the movie.

Have cute little Ghostbuster themed prizes for the winners.

 

 

7- Coloring pages:

Ghostbusters Day for Parents

Have a nice cocktail and relax while the kids run around “bustin'” ghosts.

ECTOPLASM VODKA COCKTAIL

Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • 1 Smirnoff Red, White & Berry 50 ml Shot
  • 1 Lemon Lime Jell-O Cup 5.5 oz
  • 2 Hi-C Ecto Cooler Drink Boxes
  • Lemon Slices
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Crushed Ice
Instructions
  1. In a medium size saucepan over med-high heat, add one (1) lemon-lime Jell-O cup and two (2) Hi-C Ecto Cooler drink boxes.
  2. Using a whisk, stir until the jello completely dissolves.
  3. Pour the mixture into a large measuring cup and chill in the freezer for thirty minutes (30 min).
  4. Prepare glasses by placing a thin slice of lemon into the bottom of each glass and adding crushed ice.
  5. Remove the jell-o/juice mixture from the freezer; the mixture should be slimy but drinkable and add one (1) Smirnoff Red, White & Berry 50 ml shot and stir slightly. Place back into the freezer for ten (10) minutes.
  6. Remove the green slime from the freezer and pour over crushed ice.
  7. Garnish each glass with a slice of lemon and a sprig of fresh thyme.
  8. Serve.

Ecto-Slimer Drink

Ingredients:

  • Lemon Lime Gatorade
  • ice
  • melon liqueur
  • vodka
  1. Mix a large amount Sky vodka with Midori liqueur
  2. Add lemon/lime Gatorade powder and stir
  3. Rookies add ice
  4. Be CAREFUL the electrolytes will rush the vodka into your bloodstream faster than you think.

 

Drinking Game Rules

One shot of your choice when:

  • The protection grid is turned off
  • They cross the streams
  • Venkman gets slimed

Drink during the duration of:

  • Anytime a trap is open
  • The Ghostbusters commercial (good luck)

One drink every time you see:

  • A knit vest
  • A Ghostbuster smoke
  • Ghostbusters being “discreet”
  • Louis get locked out
  • A pole
  • Ted & Annette Fleming
  • Bogus Science
  • A PKE meter
  • A hellhound
  • Stay Puft
  • Religious people praying for salvation
  • Ghostbuster swag

One drink every time you hear:

  • Pseudoscience jargon
  • “Gatekeeper”
  • Winston speak (per scene)
  • “Mass sponge migration”
  • “Scientist”
  • “Storage facility”
  • “keymaster”
  • Egon deadpan a joke
  • “Gozer”
  • Ghostbuster theme music
  • “Zhuul”
  • The Ghostbusters refer to each other by name

For those hardcore drinkers:

  • Drink every time Venkman is sarcastic
  • Drink every time you hear “Ghostbusters”

I hope you got some fun ideas from this post. Whether it be for a fun kids party or an adult gathering.

 

Happy Ghostbusters Day!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Organizing for Dummies…. Not really

Organizing your home can be very stressful. Especially if you haven’t been keeping up with all the random stuff you collect throughout the years.

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I know I love to collect lots of different things. I love home goods. Kitchen appliances and decor seems to be my favorite.

So, in order to organize all the things you may have lets go through some of the top organizing tips I’ve found so far,

First of all, I thought I was organized until I ran out of space. But, that is always how it works out. Once you run out of space things just seem to come out of the woodwork. Most things you didn’t even know you had in the first place.

There are a lot of things organized people do… apparently…

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  1. Organized people write things down
    1. When I write things down I usually wind up losing the paper or forgetting I wrote it down in the first place.
    2. I try very hard to remember to bring a notebook with me every where I go but that doesn’t always happen.
  2. Give everything a home.
    1. My mom used to say “A place for everything and everything in its place”. I obviously don’t follow that as much as I should.
    2. Obviously, this picture shows how truly unorganized I am, No matter how many times I clean and organize the things on this dresser it always seems to look like this in a few short days.
  3. Keep up with yo’ stuff:
    1. Stuff does not keep itself organized, keep it in check
    2. Always put things back where you found them, this will make it a lot easier to find them again and look a lot better as well.
  4. Keep only what you need.
    1. Now, this one makes me a little uneasy. I don’t NEED my Dolphin/Giraffe collection but I like them a lot and I will keep them no matter what. They make me happy.
    2. Less is more or whatever. Easier said than done… I love stuff!
  5. Work smarter, not harder.
    1. If you do it right the first time you won’t have to go back and do it all over again.
    2. It might seem to take longer but it will definitely save more time in the long run.
  6. Give yourself a reward/treat when you accomplish a task, to motivate yourself (this is my favorite step of all)
    1. Pretty much self explanatory
  7. Keep things you use everyday within reach and those once-in-a-while things out of site.
    1. Obvious
  8. Have a donate box in the car for things you don’t need
    1. Utilize it
  9. When in doubt… have lots of hooks for hanging things…
    1. nothing on the floor makes the home look much more organized
  10. Slow and steady wins the race
    1. You don’t need to organize everything in one day. Take your time.

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Organizing an entire home is an art form.

I recommend this book…

Move your stuff Change your life: How to use feng shui to get love, money, respect and happiness

Move your stuff, change your life: how to use feng shui to get Love, Money, Respect, and Happiness

It is engaging, informative, joyful and funny. A must read for those who need to organize in a deliberate way to feel more at peace.

You’ll be organized at more at peace with your life in no time.

That is all for now. Thank you so much for reading. Have an incredible Day.

Kristen

Allie’s Mommy 😛

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Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.