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Pumpkin Day!

23 Oct
Pumpkin Day Angela Hylland

Why do I look so happy? It was my pie-making debut.

One fall Saturday, a hungry and bored couple (newly enamored with Iron Chef and pumpkin coffee) had an idea …

That couple was me and my husband back when we had the kid-less luxury to lay around all day and scheme up pastimes.

Now Pumpkin Day has stuck. It’s our own made-up holiday, but our friends and family love it almost as much as we do.

What is Pumpkin Day?

A day in which everything—foods, drinks, entertainment, decor—involves pumpkins. If you don’t think you can handle a full day of it, a party or simply a dinner works nicely, too.

TIP: Pairs perfectly with pumpkin patches, fall farmers’ markets, and even football.

When is it?

Whenever you’d like, but we usually choose a weekend day in the September-to-November time frame.

What pumpkin foods have you made? 

Ah, a culinary trip down memory lane: pumpkin pie (my mom’s, of course), pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin pizza, pumpkin-glazed pork, pumpkin soup, pumpkin cornbread, pumpkin creme brulee, pumpkin bruscetta, spiced pumpkin seeds (sweet and savory), pumpkin ice cream…

But I don’t want give away all of our ideas! Part of the fun is getting creative with it yourself.

Are there really pumpkin drinks?

Of course! For us, the staples are Gloria Jean’s Pumpkin Pie Spice Coffee and Elysian Nightowl Pumpkin Ale. You could also do pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin old fashions, pumpkin cider, pumpkin eggnog … maybe even pumpkin bloody Marys?

What constitutes as pumpkin entertainment?

Well, the mainstay is pumpkin carving, but we’ve also had mini-pumpkin painting for the kids and pumpkin films like It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (with the kids) or Halloween (without).

Who knows? Maybe it will become a holiday tradition in your home, too.

And if you do, post a comment—or better yet, a picture. Also: pumpkin recipes welcome!

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DIY Toys

9 Oct

Check out my “Inspiritivies” board on Pinterest for a grab bag of DIY toys and activities to try with your tot.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Decorate a sheet with streets for your kids’ cars to explore

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Wallet Exercise

25 Sep

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As Dr. Shelley Carson points out her book Your Creative Brain, creativity is not limited to artists or writers.

“We are all creative,” she insists. “Creativity is the hallmark human capacity that has allowed us to survive thus far.”

And she’s not just talking about surviving external events. She’s talking about surviving the internal ups and downs of life. (Yes, we all have them.)

Here’s one of her simple exercises, and her book has many more.

It only takes 10 minutes. Why not try it? You might be surprised at what it reveals.

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T-Shirt Smock

11 Sep

Make your own kids’ art smock, in five minutes or less!

It’s (a) easy, (b) takes two minutes—no sewing—and (c) lets your kid go all Jackson Pollock on that paint and paper, worry free.

All you need is an adult-size t-shirt. Then you can create this:

Kids Craft Shirt

Well, yours probably won’t be a Myth videogame smock like Szaba’s (unless you’re the most awesome mom in the world, ahem), but it will be a t-shirt turned creativity suit.

Here’s what you do:

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Free Seattle: Bayview-Kinnear Park

31 Jul

Bored at home? Try out a new park.

Bring a picnic lunch. Better yet, take a friend’s kid, so she can go get a  pedicure (and swap the favor next week).

We recently tried Bayview-Kinnear Park (below Kerry Park) on Queen Anne hill in Seattle. The play gear was completely different from anything Szaba (or I) had seen before, and we had a ton of fun exploring. Plus, there are fantastic views and arguably one of the city’s best slides.

If you’re visiting Seattle, it’s just a short jaunt north of downtown. Hop a cab or a bus, and you’ll be there in about 10 minutes.

Have exploring!

For more free Seattle fun, try one of these adventures:

Have your own tips for free things to do in and around Seattle … or your city? Please share!

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Dish Duty

10 Jul

In the constant need for something to amuse my 2 year old, I’ve considered everything but the kitchen sink.

Wait, why NOT the kitchen sink?

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Car Wash

29 May

toddler activity carwash choreThat’s right, parents. You, too, can subject your toddler to child labor. Best of all, they LOVE it!

Szaba is a big fan of washing the car in particular. Come on, what toddler doesn’t like:

(a) being outside,

(b) hanging out with Dad, and

(c) playing in sudsy water with sponges?

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