For some reason I’ve been really excited about Halloween. It is a super fun holiday for kids (if you take the focus off the spooky stuff) and there are lots of great crafts little ones can do to celebrate.
In light of my unexplainable excitement for Halloween, I’m kicking off a series of Halloween crafts you can do with your kiddos. All of these crafts are going to be doable for young preschoolers but also fun for older kiddos. To start things off, I’m sharing a tutorial on a SUPER EASY candy corn craft.
To make it even easier for you, I’ve included a free printable that you can find at the bottom of this post. Now you have no excuses. Get crafting!
I posted this story about two years ago. But, I love, love, love how inspiring in a holistic way my friend Candace’s story is. If you’re needing some motivation for change in your life when it comes to diet and exercise, let her wise and honest words encourage you.
Reposted from August 2012
Meet Candace. She’s my friend from work.
Kids and adults alike love her. (Don’t you already?) She’s truly one of the most beautiful women I know inside and out.
Today, I want to share with you about the transformation Candace has gone through over the past two years.
It dawned on me the other day, when I saw an old video of her, just how much her body and even her demeanor, to some extent, have changed. The change was so slow and so healthy that I barely noticed. But, you’ll notice.
Candace went from a size 10-12 to size 4-6 in the last two years. She lost almost half the inches she had!
Her story isn’t just about losing weight, though. In fact, she didn’t even know how much total weight she had lost when I asked. It’s about slow, steady, life-style changes. It’s about persevering when she felt like giving up. It’s about glorifying God most of all.
Candace was gracious and brave enough to put herself out there so that we can benefit from her experience! Check out some BEFORE pictures from two years (editorial note: now four years) ago…
I think as moms, we often worry about our kids getting enough fruits and vegetables in their diets. I especially want my little people to stay healthy as we enter into flu season.
As you’ll notice with my recipes, I often up the nutrition of typical dishes in a sneaky yet still yummy sort of way. Your family will love and never question what’s in the Sweet Potato French Toast, for instance. In fact, I never even think to not add in pumpkin or sweet potato or apple to my french toast now.
May the fruit and veggie force be with you this week!
Sunday: Italian Sausage & Tortellini Soup, Wheat Rolls, green salad, grapes
Monday: 7 Layer Taco Dip with organic tortilla chips & raw veggies sticks, fruit salad (Tip: For picky kids, I make cheese and bean quesadillas at the same time I put together the dip.)
Tuesday: Clean out the freezer/fridge night
Wednesday: BFD*: Sweet Potato French Toast, bacon, Green Smoothie (Note: cook extra bacon for Friday’s meal)
Thursday: Turkey Pesto Paninis, steamed broccoli, cantaloupe
Friday: Southwest Chicken and Bacon Wraps, chips and salsa, mango
Saturday: Marinated Steak Kabobs, Oven Fries, Asian Slaw
*Breakfast for dinner
leftover Taco Dip
Protein Lunch Bowl
peanut butter on whole grain crackers and apples
Breakfast Casserole Muffins
5 Minute Chocolate Oatmeal
Whole Wheat Chocolate Banana Muffins
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