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Entries in Halloween (6)


Happy Haloween! Happy Anniversary! 

Halloween around these parts means a whole lot of ....




Eating Chili


I was a judge at the neighborhood chili cookoff. Tough job but somebody has to do it.








And of course, Mummy Making


Happy Halloween and Happy 13th Anniversary to Me and The Mister!


Fit Family Carnival Link Up - Share Ideas for Keeping the Family Fit

Welcome to the first Fit Family Carnival! My friend Linda and I are trying to get our families on the right track to be fit and healthy. We need your help! We'd love to have you link a post you have up this week that relates to fitness, health, healthy cooking, or even just small tip for keeping your family fit. You can even link your twitter or facebook post too (be sure to use #FitFamily in your tweet)!  We will be showcasing the best on our blogs each week (the following week). And check out Linda's blog for more tips. We'll be looking to do this every Thursday so subscribe to my RSS feed and come back for more tips!

Fit Family Tip for Halloween

With Halloween just days away I'm already trying NOT to snack on the candy we are giving away. We have a large neighborhood and often come close to running out of candy and so I always buy and buy. This year, I've invested in a few of these:

These Halloween Pretzel Packs from Utz are the greatest thing to have on hand.

First, they are a good option for little kids, kids with dental work that can't eat sticky candy, or kids who can't have chocolate because of an allergy to dairy.

Second, I'll keep a stash on hand for when all the candy is gone. That way, if we have anything left over, it's pretzels - a much healthier option than candy!

Fit Family Question

What little tip do you have to keep your family's fitness in check? Or, do you just let it go and enjoy the holiday?


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Link up your Fit Family posts!


Have You Been Boo-ed Yet for Halloween?

Getting Boo-ed is becoming a neighborhood tradition

Every year around a week before Halloween we get boo-ed. Our doorbell rings when it's dark outside, and we open it to find a package with a ghost and a poem.



 And this is what what in it (minus the chocolate pumkins which didn't last 2 minutes.

We got boo-ed

We have officially been boo-ed!

Once boo-ed, you place the ghost on your door to let others know that you've already been boo-ed.

The challenge is then to find someone else in the neighborhood who does not have the ghost, and boo them without them knowing who did it.

Apparently the Twofer took it upon themselves to boo some neighbors the other day and we had not yet been boo-ed. I think I saw them drawing a picture of a ghost and getting together a bag of candy. I suppose I now know what they were doing with it.

Though now we have the real thing and we must get together a little Halloween package and pick our victim.

In the past The Mister has taken this very seriously and had the girls dress in all black...


This year, I think we'll try a different approach so as not to promote, you know, whatever dressing up in black and sneaking around the neighborhood might promote.

I think we'll take a cue from our caroling, ring the doorbell and sing, "You've been boo-ed!

Or not.

For more information and to print out a Boo-ed poem visit

Does your neighborhood Boo?



5 Inappropriate Halloween Costumes for Kids

The other day my neighbor was delighted to find out her sitter had taken her kids to pick out costumes while she and her husband had been away for the weekend. Great activity to keep the kids entertained while mom and dad are away, AND we all know how much FUN it is going to the party store and sorting through dozens of plastic junk and cheap costumes while our little ones mull it over like it's the biggest decision they'll ever have to make. Win-win, right?

Until he came in the room wearing this:


They call it the Mac Daddy but we all know what it is. It's a PIMP costume. Where do you think he got the bling and the money? I, personally think they should go all out and have mom dress up in a matching 'ho costume.

It got me thinking,

what other inappropriate kid costumes are out there this year?


Let's have a look:

Here we have the pop star which wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the exposed midriff and the obvious Brittany reference. Not that I have anything against Britt but she did go through a strange period of not really showing a lot of self-respect.

I get it. My kid wants to be  a Rock Star too. But can't she do it wearing a shirt that, you know, fits?


And we have the kid version of a Chambermaid....


Um - isn't the whole idea of the Chambermaid supposed to be the naughty chambermaid? Because the lady that came every 2 weeks to clean my house growing up did NOT wear this. Why not just dress in old jeans and a t-shirt and carry around a bucket of Lysol and sponges and call yourself a 'cleaning lady'. Why? Because it's not sexy.

Which brings me to...

The Girls Bratty Doctor costume.

Hm. I know lots of female doctors and not one wears thigh-high stockings to work. Or, if they do, they are hidden UNDER PANTS. Oh wait, this costume is supposed to be based on the Bratz dolls? Oh I see, the thigh-highs are actually rolled down to be knee-highs. Makes it so much better, no?


Now this one might be a stretch but I had to find another boy costume because there are endless inappropriate girl costumes. Thus, I bring you a costume that screams 'poor sportsmaship' which is definitely what you want to teach your kids, right?

Blind referee - I get it. It's funny. Until you ring the doorbell of a local ref.

For the record, I am not ultra conservative. I am, however, neurotic about raising girls and have become highly sensitive to anything slightly 'sexy'. I admit, I can be a hypocrit as well. In college a few friends of mine and I dressed up as....multiple orgasms. And while the idea was sex-related, it was most definitely not sexy. (The fact that we hung out with "The Fallopian Swim Team" all night still makes me giggle.)

So, I may be over thinking this costume thing. Or am I?

Would you let your 8 year old wear these?


Disclosure: some links are affiliate links and if you buy one of these it will show up in my Amazon report. Well, I'll see that someone bought one, I won't know who. But I bet I can guess!


The Ultimate Blog Party 09 - My first!

Ultimate Blog Party 2009

WELCOME Partiers!
Can I offer you some coffee? No? Well that's all I drink these days so it's that or water, or wine so you choose.

This is my first evah Ultimate Party Blog and with 5 Minutes for Mom and I can't wait to meet new bloggers and add to my blog roll. (Check out my UPB Prize too!)

For those of you stopping by, here's just a little about me.

My name is Janine and I have 5 year old twins (actually they are now closer to 6 than to 5 but I'm holding on to 5 as long as I can) and last Halloween my husband and I celebrated our 10th anniversary.
Yes, Halloween. No, it was not a c
ostume wedding...until much later when the silly masks came out. And oh by the way, I fit into my wedding dress this year!

My Twofer: L on left , M on right

We live outside of Washington, DC and we try to take advantage of the free museums as much as possible and as much as we can stand getting around the, um, tourists. Honestly, I consider myself a New Yorker at heart having grown up outside what I will always refer to as The City. Washington is a great city and does have a lot of life....but c'mon. It's not NYC. It's not The City. It's DC.

I can be a little snarky (no! really?) and silly, and a little bit rock-and-roll (shhh, don't tell anyone but I have a tatoo). But most of I'll I'm just me.

I often blog here about the silly things that come with raising twins, who are girls, and the neuroses I suffer trying to make decisions that hopefully won't screw them up too much (like the time I told them no matter what they should not pee in the port-o-potty on the farm field trip and they should hold it until they get back to school - yeah, that kind of stuff).

Me in Nashville at Blissdom 09

I have been blogging for not quite a year and found it has given me a great place to be creative, keep memories alive for my children, and make new friends...yes, friends. As strange as this blog world is, I've been able to meet some online friends in real life (IRL - new term for me) and have yet to be disappointed.

Remember to check out UBP Prize #USC 71
Enter to win the adorable North Country Lamb Print from Golly Bard. This print is perfect for the nursery, a bathroom, or even a quiet little corner of your room.

And here are the prizes I'm hoping to win:
#89 — $100 gift card to HomeGoods
Provided by: HG Openhouse

#113 — $25 gift certificate to Office Max (two winners)
Provided by: Multi-Tasking Mama

INTL 1 — Available to English speaking bloggers. Custom Basic Blog Design
Provided by: Sweet ‘n Simple Design

If those are gone I'd be more than happy with any of these: #s 16, 22, 31, 37, 69, 118, INTL 28, and, um I'll be adding to this list!

Thanks for stopping by and let me know you did so I can visit your party too!