Device-Free Game Night for Kids

Device-Free Game Night for Kids

Thank you Goliath Games for sponsoring this post. Pick up your favorite game today to enjoy the holiday season and beyond!

It’s holiday time!

While our schedules are jam-packed with tons of events, there always seems to be some downtime where we end up spending lots of time at home. Preparing fresh homemade holiday meals from scratch takes a lot of time and effort. This time requires some serious kitchen hours, and it can be stressful trying to get the kids to understand why we can’t go off on an adventure.

This year, I decided to host a “Game-giving” play date for the kids and a couple of their close friends. If we all have to be working hard, it may as well be in good company. The kids were able to play together and spend some one on one device-free time interacting with each other.

We kicked it off old-school by setting up five Goliath Games most popular games. Pop the Pig, Doggie Doo, Shark Bite, Catch the Fox, and Giggle Wiggle. No batteries, no screens! Just good ol’ fashion fun.

If you follow my blog you know I am an advocate for PLAY. The decline in play on a developing brain has far-reaching effects. Setting aside time to unplug and just play in a mixed-age setting is not only ideal, it is necessary. This sort of play requires conflict resolution and compassion. These age-appropriate Goliath Games all require the youngest player to take the first turn. This is excellent for teaching patience and compassion.

Device-Free Game Night

Device-Free Game Night

Each of the games had a fun element of surprise, it was fun to see their reaction and watch as they took part in a good chuckle. Creating an invitation to play by laying out all of the games allowed the kids to mingle and take turns.

Device-Free Game Night

Device-Free Game Night

Once they were done with sitting games, Giggle Wiggle encouraged them to get silly and do what kids do best, start moving! These games provided a gateway to a deeper imaginative play, and as adults, we were able to stand back and enjoy the show.

While the holiday can get busy, and messy, and… well, you know. We have to be mindful of how we spend even our “busy” time and remember to always make room for play.

Device-Free Game Night

 

Essentially yours,

Erika

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Device-Free Game Night

 

 

 

DIY Halloween Spider Pumpkins

DIY Halloween Spider Pumpkins

This post was sponsored by Lowe’s as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Happy Halloweenie!

I love this time of year. It’s a time when I can really be a kid and learn to show the silly side of myself to my boys. I look forward to many years of spooking them and their friends on this creepiest of holidays. I’ve always love to partake in dressing up (even when it was no longer considered cool), but I didn’t realize how much fun it would be to relive these moments again as a mom.

It’s like you get a second chance at childhood! I mean, it doesn’t get any better than that am I right?

We typically go for a simple jack-o-lantern vibe. I’m all about finding the magic in the simplicity… So we spend our time letting the kids dictate how they would like it to look (usually pretty plain, I mean, they are MY children). This year, I thought I’d get a little crafty and figure out my own design for a few pumpkins for the front entrance. Jack-o-lanterns are so last year, right? Just kidding, I heart ya’ Jack! So we settled on DIY Halloween Spider Pumpkins made with just a few materials.

Lowes is my one-stop shop for all of my Halloween (or Fall) decor. They have an endless selection of materials and are a crafters paradise! Not to mention the really cool over-the-top blow-up stuff like this huge scarecrow my boys were oh-so-happy to pick out. I typically stay away from this obvious kind of decor, but they really loved it so I caved. They have plenty of light-up pumpkins to keep you plenty occupied!

To create your DIY Halloween Spider Pumpkins you will need:

  • Multiple size pumpkins (both small and large)
  • Pumpkin Carving Tools
  • Black or Purple Spray Paint
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Colorful Lights
  • Small & Large Black Plant Stands

 

Start by carving the pumpkins making two holes for eyes and a mouth with fangs. After gutting the pumpkin (for what seems like hours) spray each pumpkin your desired color. I went with black and purple. Once the pumpkins are dry, poke three holes on each side for the legs. Insert pipe cleaners and bend to look like spider legs. Place the pumpkins on the plant stands that act as more spider legs. You can add different color LED lights to illuminate the pumpkin at night. It makes for a spooky and fun feel at your front doorstep.

Making DIY Halloween Spider Pumpkins was a fun kids craft that we all really enjoyed. They loved helping decorate our front step and spending countless hours in Lowe’s discovering their fall decor.

 

 

 

Essentially yours,

Erika

A Halloween Horror Story in Boca

A Halloween Horror Story in Boca

They’re baaaack…

Five Star Diamond Award-winning event venue and historical landmark, the Addison, is opening its doors to the public on Halloween night for a unique and over-the-top event experience, hosted by Mark Traverso & Conor Walton, with media partner Boca Magazine.

Addison Boca Halloween

Following a very successful “Fright Night” last year, the party will be themed “A Horror Story” and will feature:

  • Extravagant event production
  • A haunted walk-through
  • Live music and entertainment
  • Foodie-approved fare
  • Open bar and specialty craft cocktails.

The Addison is THE place to be for Halloween, it’s the biggest party in Boca Raton. I’m looking forward to dancing the night away enjoy drinks a food that is out of this world. The Addison is known for its lavish parties, and they really step it up for Halloween! Just take a look at this menu…

Addison Boca Halloween

Tickets are $125 for general admission, and covers food, open bar, and TONS of entertainment!

You can score tickets online now!

$2,400 VIP tables are available for up to 10 guests

  • Includes complimentary valet parking, access to indoor VIP area with private table, table-side food & beverage service, and champagne bottle service – in addition to General Admission benefits.

Addison Boca Halloween

Tickets are non-refundable. This is a rain or shine event! Proof of age is required for alcohol consumption.

 Tickets and VIP tables are available at http://addisonhalloween.com.

My family was struck with an unexpected cold and I missed the fun last year. This year I’m doubling up on my vitamin C and getting ready to be spooked!

Hope to see you in Boca Raton, I’m sure to have some tricks up my sleeve!

Addison Halloween

Essentially yours,

Erika

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