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To Do

Does anyone else have kids on Fall break right now? We've never had a Fall break until this year and it's been a little strange. We've had 3 days off but haven't really done much or gotten anything done. We've been all over the place. Here are a couple things on our to do list:

LEGO pencil holder from Handmade Charlotte

DIY Marble Ramp from Ambrosia Creative

DIY Cardboard bed also from Ambrosia Creative (my 8 year old still loves his stuffed animals)

and spider webs from Small for Big

But for now we're headed outside to run/walk/jump some of their energy out.


Fall Crafts for the Younger Set

We have a craft to share tomorrow but I wanted to share some I've seen for younger kiddos too. 

First I think this Carve-a-pumpkin app is fun for all ages

Who doesn't love stepping in paint to make these ghost footprint plaques (or you could just do it on paper) from 2pawsdesigns

A Halloween sensory bin from Nuturing Naters

They could make their own blocky Frank, Ghost, Pumpkin, Bat from Roberts Crafts

Love this little felt Autumn tree (especially because we don't have them here) from rajovilla

Or these little felt mix and match pumpkins from Mer Mag

Do you have a Halloween/Fall craft or a favorite craft for younger kids?


Room Inspiration

I haven't shared any room inspiration for a while and I am in desperate need for some! If you're like me and trying to organize/finish up/re-decorate rooms before the holidays here is some inspiration for you!

from Ikeafamilylive.com

from The Selby

from ladyreynolds on Flickr

from I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar

from Traveling Mama

from design sponge

I feel like there is no room in my boys' new rooms to fit a desk but everytime I see one I want to make room from Fantastic Frank

from Mokkasin

from Nib

from Weekday Carnival

If you'd like a dose of reality check out our "Real Blogger Kids Rooms" post. 


Star Wars Reads Day

Tomorrow October 6, 2012 is Star Wars Reads Day! A day to celebrate Star Wars and reading. Check out Starwars.com to see if there is an event near you.


Even if there isn't an event near you there is a downloadable PDF activity guide! My boys are going to love the Fortune Wookie!

You can follow Star Wars Reads on Facebook too for more info! Do you think you'll be participating? If you want you can share pictures of your celebrations on our Facebook page (we are going to!)


Fort Friday!

Happy Fort Friday! Here at All for the Boys we celebrate Fridays with some awesome fort inspiration from around the web. Whether made of sheets, cardboard, wood, or sticks, forts are a place we can go to transport our minds to wherever we want to go. You can play, dream, relax, or create in a fort. Everything is better in a fort!

If you want to share your fort (or an awesome one you found) just send it to me!

These boys build a camouflage fort that had to be brought inside because of rain. I think it works just as well inside!

And I had to share this fort from Dos Family. It has SO many fun details!

I want to make one!

Love the rope ladder on this one from Nicety

This one I saw on Birch + Bird is gorgeous

Smile and Wave has a tutorial for this DIY modular fort

Have a great weekend!


Halloween Fun

Since we STILL haven't finished our Halloween projects (I should have never admitted we were working on them in the first place!) I thought I'd share some that caught my eye.

Scout Creative has made some fun Trick or Treat Monitor Monster paper printable toys! You can download your own on the hp site

Spinning gohts from Parents

Make a bat puppet from Made by Joel

and I can't help but share some LEGO Halloween fun

Spooky pops from Sugar Swings!

And I just love this picture from kennymatic on Flickr


Pacman Halloween Garland

The boys are getting the holiday itch thanks to stores and neighbors getting their decorations up! They were excited to make our own Halloween garland using this template from Minieco. We didn't use clear plastic behind the eyes just white paper.

And yes I realize I need to print pictures to put in my frames - maybe we should talke bets on how long it takes me ;) It's the first time that I've tried to decorate our very tiny little mantle thing give me a break lol!

We have a fun Halloween craft we're working on for you too (just haven't finished yet)!

So tell me that I'm not the only one with empty frames? Have you started holiday decorating yet? 


How Many Licks?

I consider myself pretty nostalgic. I think I've passed that down to my boys, too, because they like to ask about my childhood. You know, because it was so long ago. We like to watch "old" movies together, read the same books, and make the same recipes.

There aren't too many things left I can buy that are the same but Tootsie Pops are one of them! Tootsie Pops are one of those treats I like to keep on hand in my purse. They don't melt, they don't squish, they won't go bad, and they are a simple gluten free, 60 calorie treat for both the boys and me.

(If they can be a part of the military rations since WWII they can probably last in my purse in the AZ summer.) They are also one of the few treats I used to eat as a child that still taste the same. Am I the only one that thinks that? Why mess with a good thing?

Anyway, I love that they are a quick, easy treat to keep on hand for whenever the need arises. It has been a while since we've had one so we got some out the other day while doing some yard work and watching the dogs outside. Then we had an interesting conversation:

Me "Boys how many licks do you think it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?"

Boy2 "Like 1,000."

Boy1 "Mom how much did Tootsie Pops cost when you were a kid?"

Me "I don't remember. I was a kid and my mom or grandma usually gave them to me."

Boy1 "I think they were a penny because I read that there used to be penny candy."

Me "It cost more than a penny. I wasn't a kid that long ago."

Boy1 "It was probably a penny."

Me "Fine it was a FEW pennies - so how many licks do you think?"

Boy1 "Apparently 3 because that's what the owl says on that commercial." (That commercial first ran in 1970, and the same exact one still runs today!)

And then we went on to discuss more of my childhood and how safety precautions were a bit different back then and more about how much things cost way back then in the 1980s when we only had 5 channels on TV, and we had to get up to change them.

Tootsie Pop is running a video contest in October about that very question "How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?" You can enter through the Tootsie Roll or Tootsie Pop Facebook page - click "Like" and go to the "How Many Licks" Contest page. Submit your entry (a video with your answer to the question) for a chance to win weekly prizes as well as the grand prize!

There will also be a viewers' choice winner. I know I have some clever kids (readers') and would love to hear their answers!

The Contest begins October 1, 2012 at 2:00 a.m. PT and ends on October 25, 2012 at 11:30 p.m. PST so your kids have a bit to ponder. Plus we all know there will be Tootsie Pops around this time of year!

I'd love to know, have you had this fun discussion yet with your kids?!

*Tootsie Roll Pops are produced in a facility that does not use peanuts, tree nuts, eggs or gluten. (yay!)