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Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day! T' celebrate this special day o' pirate talk I've pulled together a collection o' pirate crafts and activities for your little sprogs.

Every good pirate has a hook (from Kiwi Crate)

and a telescope like this one from The Gold Jellybean

Don't forget the eye patch like this one from Art Platter

A pirate ship like this one from MollyMoo

or a larger version like this one from the Little Big Blog would be good for little pirates.

How about a newspaper sword to complete the ensamble? from Filth Wizardry on Alphamom

Or these from ikatbag

Every pirate needs one of our hats (turned boat, turned life jacket) 



Super Easy Pumpkin Memo Board

Are you ready for the easiest Fall DIY you've ever seen?

Are you sure? I don't know that you can handle this step by step. Ok here it is. Go to your favorite craft/multi purpose store - Michael's, Joann, Target, Walmart and buy a black craft pumpkin. They have them at most all of these places now! Buy some chalk while you're there. 

Write on the pumpkin with chalk

Wipe off


Yep, it's that easy! lol! I had an idea to paint a pumpkin with chalkboard paint but then I saw these black ones and thought maybe I'd try chalk on them first and guess what. It worked! Best DIY ever

They have big ones and little ones. I'm thinking a little display of these with faces the boys draw on out front would be super cute for Fall.

Think you can handle this one? ;)

If you decide to take one in the car for road trip fun, you might want to wipe it off with a damp cloth now and then. You could also get fancy and use the Chalk Markers to make a little more solid design. I'm not sure how long the paint will last on these with constant wiping off, but we've done it quite a few times now with now problems!


A New "Fall" Tradition

As some of you might know we live in the desert so while the weather man says it's "Fall" we don't see a big change in weather quite yet. It still is in the 100's (F) here and swimming is still on our list of activities. However I thought this seemed like a good year to start a new family Fall tradition of apple picking. About an hour north of us we can drive to a little ranch and pick our own apples and a few pears.

The crop was pretty low this year and they weren't even charging people when we got up there because of it. We weren't going to let that stop us though! We found some good ones still hidden in the leaves. The boys' favorite part was the animals I think. Both warm and cold blooded animals. I swear my boys could find the tiniest most camouflage bugs anywhere!

(a treat for the road)

For those in the Phoenix area we went to Date Creek Ranch just north of Wickenburg. Unfortunately they only had one apple picking weekend and are now sold out (we only heard about it the morning of) but definitely keep an eye on it for next year.

We'll go to a "pumpkin patch" here in a few weeks but that's about all I have planned. I'd love to add some new ones though. What are your family's Fall traditions?


Fort Friday

It's that time of the week! A favorite feature around All for the Boys for sure! Fort Friday!

This big backyard fort is perfectly named the Mighty T-Rex Cave and was scored by an awesome grandpa keeping his eyes out for his grandkids!

This fort has a PVC frame (which is an easy way to create structure while still being able to take it apart!)

An entire room fort from Life's a picNIC for 5

You can check out their fort kit over at teehee4two

Love that this bed comes with a fitted "top" for forts from Ridder & Clown

And I love this prototype treehouse bed from Aalto + Aalto



Wooden City

I have posts started/planned but we've been passing around back to school germs over here so getting anything finished is just not happening this week! Good thing there is so much inspiration to be had around the internet!

I love this wooden chalkboard city by dandee. This would make a great DIY holiday gift for the little ones in your lives. I think this would even make a great cityscape for Super Heros or LEGO city!

The full tutorial can be found on Hello Bee


Slime Monsters

Start saving those baby food jars so you can make these awesome Slime Monsters by The 36th Avenue on Eighteen25 during their Spooktakular September

Click HERE to get the full how to

A fun project, gift, or party activity!

The slime how to is HERE


Patriot Day

Here in the United States today is Patriot Day. Both of my kids were born after September 11, 2001 but we have talked about that day and think about ways we can remember and honor those families who lost loved ones, our brave first responders, and those who protect and give for us on a daily basis.

My oldest asked for me to get him this book. He loves history and it is so important for them to realize that their lives now is someone else's history. Even if you aren't American this is a great history series for kids!

Last year we visited a flag memorial in a city near us. I'm still not sure what I'll do tonight with the boys but we'll do something. Will you be doing anything in rememberence today?


Simple Toys

Made by Joel is one of my favorite (maybe my favorite) dad bloggers. He creates the best toys for his kiddos. His two most recent are definitely worth sharing! 

The Cereal Box Coin Roller Toy is great for all ages

And for the slightly older crowd the wooden paper slingshot should keep them busy for a while!

We are always up for some catapulting!

For more inspiration be sure to stop by his site and look around for a while!