crafting · DIY · Seasonal · Uncategorized

5 Halloween Kid’s Crafts

We all love this spooky time of year, especially kids. What better way to celebrate than with a good craft. Crafting is an important part of childhood. According to this article by PBS.org, crafting with kids grows their fine motor skills, provides opportunities for language development, strengthens problem solving, and develops visual learning. So, take advantage of this and try out some of the crafts below with your little one this Halloween.

Popsicle Stick Witch Hat

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What You’ll Need:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Glue
  • Black Paint
  • Paper of your choice
  • Ribbon and Button to decorate (Optional)

Step One-

Glue the popsicle sticks in the shape of a witch hat, as pictured below. Allow to dry.

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Step Two-

Once dry, paint the popsicle sticks black. Allow to dry

Step Three-

Pick paper that you would like to be the back of your witch hat. Trace the inside of the popsicle stick triangle with pencil on the paper and cut about an inch away from the pencil lines. Erase the lines and glue the triangle on the back of your with hat.

Step Four-

Decorate! You can use ribbon, buttons, feathers, rhinestones or whatever you have!

Pine Cone Bat

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What You’ll Need:

  • Pine cones
  • Black Acrylic Paint
  • Construction Paper
  • Twine or Ribbon
  • Googly Eyes
  • Wire

Step One-

First you must paint your pine cones! Wrap the tops or stems of the pine cones in wire and create what looks like a ornament hook. Water down a cup of black acrylic paint. Be sure to use a cup your okay with throwing away. Find a place you can make a bit of a mess and easily clean it up. I put down some cardboard on my back patio and hung a tension rod between two saw horses to hang my pine cones on so they could drip dry. Dip the pine cones in the paint, let as much excess paint as you can drip off into the cup then hand your pine cones up to drip dry. Allow to dry for at least 4 hours or overnight, until the paint has completely dried to the pine cones.

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Step Two-

Once your pine cones are completely dry lay them down on construction paper and trace some bat wings for your new bats!

Styrofoam Spider

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Popsicle Stick Friends

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Doily Pumpkin

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Bonus: Free Printable (Spider Hand print Art)

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Life · Lists · Uncategorized

Hiking, Crafting, Cooking and what’s in between…

Now that you’ve read My Story , let’s get to know each other a bit better! Here are some interesting facts about me, make sure to tell me something interesting about you in the comments!

1. I love to hike. I’ve only been hiking for 4 months now, but I instantly fell in love the second I started. That doesn’t mean it’s been an easy road. I went through a long phase where my feet were constantly in bad shape and I had to take long breaks to let them heal. Thankfully the right shoes, socks and TLC has defeated the problem and is allowing me to hike to my hearts content.

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2.I was raised on classic rock and it’s the music my soul loves. Play me some Led Zeppelin, Van Halen or Queen and you’ve won me over.

3.I’ve been with my boyfriend for over 5 years now. We’ve known each other since we were kids and started dating the day we graduated High School (I asked him out).

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4. I love the company of animals. I have a dog named Henry, he’s a Havanese/ Poodle mix. He’s seven years old (I cant believe it! He’s still such a puppy). He is a total ball of energy and love, all he wants is to lay on your lap.

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5. I’m interested in all things related to art , but I love crafting. I love the joy of making something from scratch.

6. I taught myself to sew when I was a teenager.

7. I do not drink alcohol, ever. I’m no fun at parties.

8. My whole family calls me Nans, I have a million nicknames in my family, including Nannanators!

9. I love cooking! I especially love finding a great recipe and adding my own twist. I cook for my whole family every night. My dad is diabetic and I’m vegan so putting together a meal can be a challenge, but it’s a lot of fun experimenting and trying new things!

10. I’m in love with movies, especially scary ones! I’m also a bit of an oldie as I enjoy black and white films and I’ve watched some silent pictures. Some of my favorite movies are Jaws and The Birds.

11. As a matter of fact, thanks to Jaws, I’m terrified of lakes, ponds, and the ocean. It’s one of my biggest fears. When I’m in water where I cannot see to the bottom, I immediately believe there’s something lurking beneath me.

12. One of my idols is Frida Kahlo, as the result of a bus accident when she was 18, Frida was in severe pain all of her life and endured 35 surgeries. Her struggle with disability has always inspired me to cope with my own problems.

13. Ever since I saw the movie We Bought a Zoo, I’ve fallen in love with the idea of opening up my own animal sanctuary when I’m much older. I want to save every animal I see, and ever since my boyfriend’s parents started fostering dogs from Lulu’s Rescue and ASF Rescue I’ve been inspired by the dedication and work they put into every dog they rescue.

14. I’m a natural redhead with unruly curly hair. It’s always been a struggle to tame my mane.

15. I can memorize the lyrics to any song I hear after one listen and remember it forever. I constantly have one song or another playing on a loop in my head and my boyfriend likes to taunt me by tricking me into singing old 80s songs cause he knows I won’t be able to stop myself from singing them too.

16. Autumn is my favorite season. I love the colors, leaves, the fashion, and Halloween. It is my favorite holiday because I love everything spooky!

17. I’ve donated to Locks of Love twice,  a total of 22 inches.

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18. I attend Get Your Rear in Gear events every year, in honor of my Uncle Pat who passed away from Colon Cancer. Our team name is Pooper for Pat and we do two 5ks every year, one in New Hampshire and another in Philadelphia.

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19. I’m a collector of  anything that tells a story. A few of the things I collect include antique bottles, skeleton keys, feathers, and old family photos.

20. And finally, my family means the absolute world to me. I love them more than anything. We’ve all been through a lot and we are always there for each other.

Please tell me some facts about you!

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Depression · Grief · Life · Mental Health · Vegan · Weightloss

My Story

   My story is a long one, it spans over eight years of my still young life. It deals with loss,  disappointment, and ultimately triumph. So bear with me as I sift through the mess that has been my life for nearly a decade.

   It started out when I was 15 with headaches, but not your everyday typical headaches. I went to my local doctor and was put through every scan, procedure, and medication in the book. Nothing worked. I was poked and prodded until the doctor finally shrugged and said “I don’t know what else to do”. I walked out of that office and never went back.

  I started my 16th year with a new doctor, and new symptoms. The headaches that once plagued me had transformed into searing debilitating pain coursing through me. On my first visit with my new doctor I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. It is a chronic condition that causes widespread pain throughout the body, amongst other symptoms. I almost always was in pain and unable to gather my strength to make it to school most days. The people in my life didn’t understand, and neither did I. As the stressors in my life gradually got worse so did my symptoms.

  As my symptoms worsened into the next year, it affected my attendance so bad that my High School forced me to drop out. I had to attend online school. I rarely got out of bed, everyday activities were almost impossible. I had hit rock bottom.

   One day while watching TV I heard about a new vegan cookbook coming out. I bought it immediately and started a strict vegan diet. I lost 60 pounds in a short amount of time. My pain was alleviated and I felt amazing. I finally had something to be proud of. I returned to high school for my senior year and over the course lost an additional 30 pounds. Everything seemed perfect. I went to prom, graduated, and was heading off to college.

    All of my dreams were coming true.

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I graduate at 145 pounds.

       Unfortunately things didn’t stay that way for long. Shortly after graduating High School I decided to stop my vegan diet. My symptoms slowly became apparent again. I started college, but after one semester I had to take a break. I began to feel unmotivated and my pain came back. In 2013 when I was 20, everything got worse when I lost two family members, who I loved dearly, within a few months of each other. I started gaining weight rapidly.

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The summer of 2015, at my heaviest, 261 pounds.

 In 2015  I was tired of feeling sick all of the time, so I decided to get help. I finally found a doctor  who I was comfortable with and she recommended that I should see a psychiatrist. I was later diagnosed with Bipolar Depression. The most painful part of the process was learning I never had Fibromyalgia. For eight years I mistook the physical pains and symptoms I experienced as Fibromyalgia, I was convinced that I would live with that diagnosis for the rest of my life. But I know now that depression can cause physical side effects. Now I had to learn how  to treat this new diagnosis that I had no experience with.

   In 2016, after a year of trial and error, I finally found the right treatment that worked for me. I am able to be my true self. I am back to being vegan again. Before, I was stuck in bed, but now, I hike every morning and I’m as active as I’ve ever been. I just started and I’m down 26 pounds. I couldn’t be happier.

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Now, at 249 pounds.

    This is not a road I have walked alone, though many days and weeks and months have felt that way. I have been isolated from emotions and the physical comfort of youth, stripped of these things by depression on a long road full of twists and turns. But, always remember this: It has been so worth it to get to where I am now.

    Some days it feels like I have lost so much… people in my life, opportunities I was too incapacitated to take advantage of, a typical high school and college experience… It’s made me a minority in my age group, but I am not willing to play victim. Now it’s my time to play catch up. I’ve spent the last 8 years healing myself, now it is time to move forward and get on a new path. A road with less rocky twists and turns, but more adventure, experience and enjoyment. I am thrilled to be starting my journey to me and I hope you’ll take it with me!

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