Preschool Halloween Signs

This post is sponsored by Poppy Cat. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Halloween Sign Language #PoppyCatUS #adMy boys are obsessed with Halloween.  As soon as the Halloween decorations arrive in the craft store, they are plotting their costumes and asking when we can begin decorating the house. Our Halloween decorations almost rival our Christmas decor, which is pretty over the top. Experiencing holidays through the eyes of your child is a part of parenthood that will never get old.  I will never forget Xander’s excitement the very first year we dressed him up and paraded him around on Halloween night. 

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The boys live and breathe Halloween from the time they wake up until the time they go to bed, leading up to the big event, Trick-or-Treating.  From trips to the pumpkin patch to fun crafts, fall is always jam-packed with activities.  I also enjoy watching Halloween shows.  This year I introduced them to the Poppy Cat Halloween episode.  The Poppy Cat motto,  Making Everyday Adventures Extraordinary, certainly held up in the Halloween episode, as Poppy and her friends go on an adventure train through the Halloween woods.   The boys really enjoyed the sneak peek of the episode and have watched it several times this week.

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Other than snuggling up next to my superheros, pirates or dragons, I love sharing Halloween books with my boys. Our bedtime story theme in the fall is typically about bats, witches, goblins and monsters.   One of our favorite books from this year is There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat by Lucille Colandro.  The book is about a crazy lady who swallows various Halloween related animals and objects.  While we read the story I taught them the signs for the items she swallowed.  Pairing signs with stories really makes them interactive for all three of my boys.  Xander and Noah even teach Ryker the signs.  It’s fun and amazing to watch.

The second season of Poppy the Cat will premiere with a mini-marathon airing from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm on Saturday, October 25  and Halloween.  After the premiere it begins its regular schedule on the network that same evening, with episodes airing seven days a week at 7:00 pm. The series also can be seen on Saturday mornings on the NBC Kids block, which is programmed by Sprout.  If you are looking for a fun series for your child which celebrates imaginative play with themes of crafting, outdoor adventures, and physical activities be sure to check out Poppy Cat. 

For more fun visit the Poppy Cat website, like the show on Facebook or follow it on Twitter.




Catch the Moment: Week 42

Where did October go? It’s hard to believe that next week is Halloween. We will be sitting in front of a huge turkey and watching the Macy’s Day parade in no time! Yikes! Time needs to SLOW DOWN!! Yet, it doesn’t. It continues to pass by far too quickly. Weeks blurring into months. Here is another week of photos, with one of my favorite photos of the year. I’ll let you decided which one it is.

Day 289- October 15, 2014

This five-year-old business can be hard! Xander’s behavior is like a yo-yo these days. I never know what to expect, although transitions are the worst. The evening and morning routines are killing us all! When I get frustrated with him, I sometimes picture him as a baby to make me smile. Babies are sweet and would never throw a shoe at you. Please tell me six is a bit better?!Project 365-Day 289

Day 290- October 16, 2014

I love fall. We are still no where near peak foliage in the DC area but it has started.Project 365-Day 290

Day 291- October 17, 2014

All summer long I wanted to shoot sunset and the Capital Wheel. I was beyond excited when a photographer from a local photographer Facebook group said she would meet me on Friday night. Hooray for making new friends and capturing this and other gorgeous shots. I can’t wait to edit the rest of them! Project 365-Day 291

Day 292- October 18, 2014

Xander had his very first Taekwondo tournament and was pretty stinking cute. Much to my surprise, he competed in all three events and had a blast. I am super proud of how much courage this kid has!   The white balance on this shot is totally off but I just couldn’t get it right even in post processing.  I’ll have to give it another try another time.Project 365-Day 292

Day 293- October 19, 2014

We had a super busy weekend and I can only imagine they are just going to get busier the older these three become. Xander had his first ice skating lesson on Sunday evening. He loved it!Project 365-Day 293

Day 294- October 20, 2014

Since we have very few trees that drop leaves into our backyard, the boys and I played in some leaves at school. I even brought a few rakes to make a large enough pile for them. Little R loved dragging the rake around.Project 365-Day 294

Day 295- October 21, 2014

Sweet dreams Noah James.Project 365-Day 295

What’s your favorite from the week?

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Pumpkin Patch at Shlagel Farms 2014

shlagel farms 2014Two weeks ago we headed to our favorite local pumpkin patch at Shlagel Farms. This was our fourth year enjoying the animals, corn bins, hay maze and of course the tractor ride to the patch. Our visit to the pumpkin patch at Shlagel Farms is one of my favorite parts of the season. I love watching the boys take in the sights and sounds at the farm. It’s so much fun to look back at visits past to see how much our family has grown! pumkin patch 4 years

Shlagel Farms is a family owned and operated farm that was established in 1912. It’s truly an amazing that it’s been run by the same family for 101 years. This spring, summer and fall we have been part of the farm’s CSA and look forward to picking up fresh produce every weekend.

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Catch the Moment: Week 41

Time is FLYING by and I can hardly keep my days straight! Phew! I’m not looking forward to the daylight hours getting shorter. It’s hard to stay motivated to take photos during the week when we are short on daylight. I see many photos of the kids sleeping in the next few months, just like last year and the beginning of this year! For now we will enjoy the ups and downs of fall weather from an 80 degree day to a 40 degree day. Crazy!

Day 282- October 8, 2014

I had my dates messed up last week (again!) so here is the correct date for this photo! Silly boy looking out into Chick Fil A while at the playground.
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Day 283- October 9, 2014

He only looks tiny these days when he is sleeping. Sad.Project 365-Day 283

Day 284- October 10, 2014

Two redheads peering into the fridge. Love them. Project 365-Day 284

Day 285- October 11, 2014

Even though it was raining, the boys and I had a lot of fun at the St. Charles Fall Festival last Saturday.Project 365-Day 285

Day 286- October 12, 2014

Sunday afternoon we took a much needed fall nature walk as a family. It was the perfect way to end the weekend. Project 365-Day 286

Day 287- October 13, 2014

I told Xander he could put on his boots and jump in puddles when he came home from school. Sadly by the time we got home the puddles had dried up. So he made his own mud with the hose and had a blast. Project 365-Day 287

Day 288- October 14, 2014

Popsicles in October because it was 80 degrees! I’ll take it!Project 365-Day 288

Link up your photos from the week!!

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Sunday Brunch: Crustless Sausage Zucchini Quiche

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This is a sponsored post on behalf of Hillshire Brand™ and Mom it Forward. All opinions.

When my picky toddler turned into a pre-schooler I had my fingers crossed that he would outgrow his “eat like a bird” stage.  I was surely fooling myself that any sort of miracle would happen over night.  He is now 3 1/2 and his 16 month-old brother weighs nearly as much as he does.  Tonight when they were wrestling on the floor (typical), I laid them side by side.  Ryker’s torso was as thick and long as Noah’s.  It’s a bit mind boggling.  

Most days Noah eat’s one good meal a day, which is usually breakfast, unless he is throwing one of his epic tantrums about wanting candy for breakfast (also typical).  Since I am constantly obsessing over my children’s nutrition, I try to pack as much healthy foods from a wide variety of food groups into breakfast.   On week days we are out of the house by 8:30 am, so often this is a huge challenge.  Luckily the boys go to daycare just up the street.  I normally send with them a few healthy items for breakfast, in hopes they eat them instead of sugary cereal.  

On the weekends, I love cooking a large breakfast for my family.  Noah and Xander like to help cook the meal if they aren’t too busy with their imaginative land of superheros or zombies.  Today they helped me make crustless sausage zucchini quiche.  When I was brainstorming new ways to include veggies and protein into the meal, I decided to incorporate Hillshire Farm Lit’l Smokies into the recipe.  This week while grocery shopping, I downloaded a coupon for the product using the J4U app, as I was heading into Safeway. I love the ease of not having to fuss with paper coupons and still save money.

When Xander and Noah asked what I was making for breakfast I told them and they immediately got to work. Noah loves to crack the eggs and shred cheese and veggies. Xander enjoys dumping ingredients into the bowl.

Crustless Sausage Zucchini Quiche



    • 8 oz Hillshire Farm Lit’l Smokies Cocktail links (cut into 1 inch slices)
    • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
    • 2 eggs
    • 2/3 cup of milk
    • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
    • 2/3 cup of flour
    • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
    • 1/2 cup diced onion
    • 1/2 cup of red pepper
    • 1 cup of shredded zucchini
    • 2 tablespoons Herb de Provence
    • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
    • Salt and Pepper (taste to your liking)



1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a pie plate with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Heat the Hillshire Farm Lit’l Smokies Cocktail links in a small frying pan, just to brown them.
3. Sift the flour and baking powder together in a medium bowl. Add the eggs, flour, baking soda. olive oil, and spices to the flour mixture.

4. Add the cheese, sausage, and vegetables into the bowl.

5. Pour all of the ingredient’s into the pie dish.
6. Bake for 35 minutes or until a knife coms out of the middle of the dish clean from the center.

Hillshire Brand™ products currently has several Safeway coupons through the J4U app, which you can download easily. If you are local to Safeway be sure to check them out! The various Hillshire Brand™ products are a great way to add protein into meals, especially if you are serving tiny tummies.

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Do you love Hillshire Brand™ products? Here are a few more delicious recipes that use their products.

Mini Corn-Dogs for the Entire Family
Smoked Sausage Penne Pasta
Sausage Gravy Biscuits
Mummy Dogs
Friend Rice
Smoked Sausage
Sausage Breakfast Burritos
Spicy Smoked Sausage Wraps

What are your kid’s favorite protein packed foods?