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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!)


Candlelit Dinner Date!

The boys and I had some fun this week preparing for a candlelit dinner date for just the 3 of us. We've done dates together but never at home like this. We spent a while shopping at one of our (yes all 4 of our) favorite stores World Market! I've shopped at World Market since before we got our first house and it has always been one of my favs. The boys love the fun toys, food, awesome decor (and have a little list going for their rooms too) furniture, and kitchen items.

We went shopping for our "fancy" dinner talking about how we'd set everything up. If you follow us on Instagram you may have seen some of the fun things we were looking at.

We decided on soup for our dinner (ok the boys did they are soup crazy lately) so picked out some soup crocks, the candles were a MUST, and my favorite was this stand (seemed to be a fav on Instagram as well!)

We also got a few things to finish off the centerpiece, a cornucopia, some felt scatters, the cute acorn twigs, a snack to eat while we wait for dinner, and some Torani syrup for italian sodas in fancy glasses.

I loved how involved the boys were and it really gave us a fun project to do together! I love World Markets food selection and that they have plenty of fun gluten free items for me and things that you can't find easily anywhere else!

Here is our table setting (that the boys were SO proud of)

The cornucopia was fun and special because we are writing things we are thankful for, people we love, or notes to each other on the back of the felt scatters and putting them in the cornucopia to look through later. I love interactive tables! (My youngest taught me all about cornucopias which is why we ended up with it lol!)

LOVE this stand - we'll be making some fall treats to display on it for sure! It's a fun centerpiece in the meantime. Will be on our winter holiday table too!

These soup crocks are going to get LOTS of use in this house.

When it was finally dark enough to start the boys were excited to light the candles (the larger candles aren't in glass so will need something under them when lit to be safe!) and get started. I love this one on one special time with my boys. Phones and computers are put away and attention goes to them.

I love these times with my kids and hope that these are the memories they remember and hold on to. Some of those special times with me that they'll carry with them forever!

Speaking of World Market (if you have not been you MUST check it out and if you have you'll love this) they are currently having an HGTV Passport to Style Sweepstakes!

  • Grand Prize package includes: A $10,000 World Market shopping spree and design consultation with an HGTV Designer
  • There will also be 3 runner up prize winners that will each receive a $1,000 World Market gift card!
  • The HGTV Sweepstakes runs from September 22, 2012 until October 26, 2012.
  • If you share the sweepstakes with 5 of your friends (via FB share or email) you can receive 5 additional bonus entries. This is part of the registration process when entering. Users can also enter daily for more chances to win.

If you want to keep up with World Market (I do!) you can find them on their Website, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Instagram

Do you already shop at World Market? Do you love it as much as we do?

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™, but all my opinions and this post are completely my own. We love promoting shops and products we really love and use!


Fort Friday!

Happy Fort Friday everyone! Our last one in September. Where did this month go? Maybe you could spend your last weekend building a fort!

Maybe you're going to the farm and can make a fort out of hay

You can get crafty with the toys you have around the house like this family from Russia!

What I Live For constructed an awesome cardboard castle!

This HugglePod hangout from Hearthsong is pretty cool if you don't want to make your own!

Or the Imagine Wagon from Build a Dream Playhouse

Have a great weekend!


Photoshoot Inspiration from Pretty Little Pictures

I thought you all might enjoy seeing this fun photoshoot put together by Jena from Pretty Little Pictures. Such fun inspiration for your own little photo shoot, playtime, costume photos, party decorations etc. How fun would your kids have playing with this, OR making a stop motion video with the fun props!


Hi! I’m Jena from Pretty Little Pictures!
I love to get creative with photo shoots and this session was no exception! This session was so much fun; I planned for months and made all the props myself! I kept coming up with new ideas and getting inspired to make more props, up to the very last minute before the shoot.

The buildings that make up the city and also the telephone booth were made from cardboard boxes and the cheapest paint I could get my hands on at the craft store. I found tall boxes, and some short ones that I just attached to each other to make them taller. I masked areas off with painters tape and brought my little city vision to life! I made the superhero action signs from poster board and ripped a bunch of pages out of comic books to make a big comic book backdrop. I even made his shirt! I designed the image in Photoshop and simply printed it on an iron-on transfer and ironed it on!

Everything was relatively cheap to make and lots of fun! It was a bit time consuming, but if you want awesome decorations for a party or something similar for a shoot, it’s well worth the effort! It was so much fun to do this session. This little guy LOVES superheroes so he was thrilled to get to be a superhero for a day!

See more photos of this little superhero at Pretty Little Pictures and you can also follow along with their adventures on their Facebook page.

Thanks so much for sharing Jena!


October Halloween Lunch Jokes

It's almost October! My oldest turns 10 (waaaah!) and the boys are starting their non-stop costume decision making. I thought I'd help you out and get you started a bit early with a little reminder that this weekend would be a great time to print out the October Lunch Jokes! Print them, cut them, and they are all ready for you to slip into lunches. 

You could also attach them to a treat for an October school party!

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Enjoy! (P.S. if you have any thanksgiving or christmas/winter jokes you'd like to leave in the comments I can work on a new set for the fall/winter!)