Different Halloween Craft: An Inside-Out Jack-O-Lantern

Halloween Pumpkin Crafts

Happy Halloween, everyone!

What to do before and after you go trick or treating? Jack-O-Lanterns are always a fun and relatively easy craft to do with the whole family.

Here’s a new idea for this year: How about an inside-out Jack-O-Lantern? The benefit: Noone is going to want to touch it, so it won’t be tossed in the street and “killed” during trick-or-treat hours. šŸ™‚ Let me know how it worked out for you! Continue reading

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Fall Craft Ideas For Kids

Fall Crafts for KidsOctober is the time when we turn our eyes to fall. Parents and teachers alike are scrambling for new themed ideas of what to do with their kids. Especially when kids are still growing and young, it’s fun to do crafts with hand and foot prints because it commemorates so nicely how they grow year after year.

So here is a Halloween-y footprint, and a fall-y hand print idea. I’ve done both of them with my kids at German School and the parents love it. Continue reading

New House, New Me – Reflections Of My First 2 Weeks On My Own

Here to ThereWhen I drove away from my old place in Long Beach, I was crying. I loved that house. I loved being right by the beach, right by the shopping street. I loved being able to walk everywhere – to the store, to restaurants, to fun activities, to the beach. I remember movies by the beach, running by the ocean in the morning, seeing Catalina Island from my kitchen window while washing dishes, picking up a Starbucks before work, and walking to the playground with Christopher. Lots of memories with Christopher were made here. Holidays were fun in this neighborhood, everyone got so into Halloween and Christmas with decorating and I just love it! When we had originally found this house, I knew I’d want to stay forever. I absolutely loved the house, the neighborhood, and the person I moved there with. Driving away from it all was a bittersweet moment.

Not just the driving away was sad, though. The driving to was just as scary. I found a place in Yorba Linda in an apartment community. Going back from house to apartment wasn’t that big of a deal. I am still in a wonderful neighborhood and have quite the spacious apartment. And I really don’t mind apartment living and having pool and gym right here for free. Continue reading

Wordless Wednesday: Family Day At Oktoberfest #PartyLikeAGerman

Oktoberfest at the Phoenix ClubFriday and Saturday are more the party days at Oktoberfest at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, but Sunday is dedicated to family fun. Free bouncy house, playground and free choo-choo train rides around the grounds (with a real train!). Also available are face painting, pony rides, balloon art, prize shooting, dancing, and a kids program on stage. Always available are classic eats and good ole’ German beer!

Show off your Dirndl and Lederhosen and join the fun! Continue reading

Fall Crafts Tutorial – Bring Nature Inside

All Natural Fall DecorationsIt’s finally fall! My favorite time of year. It’s when the weather gets chillier, the nights get longer, and you can sit by the fireplace with your Fall Harvest Candle making the room smell like comfort and joy. Wait, that’s Christmas. Well, we’re not far from that either! šŸ˜€

My favorite thing about fall is the changing seasons. The wind picks up, the leaves turn yellow, the rain starts falling, we get to wear long sleeves again. Being here in California, there’s not too much of that – which is a HUGE change from Germany, where I used to hate fall, but now just miss it even more so. Moving to my new apartment came at the perfect time. I moved from the beach (where the only green was on palm trees) so suburbia (where trees were planted on purpose, but are nonetheless there). I moved to an apartment community that pays particular attention to green landscaping, which I absolutely adore. So just in time for fall, I have all those trees around me and they’re currently turning yellow right in front of my living room window. Continue reading

Moving Made Easy: Zoom Errands To The Rescue

Zoom ErrandsMoving is quite a challenge. Any move involves so much work. You have to pack, you have to sort and organize, you have to find a new place. You have to buy packing materials. You have to buy more packing materials. You have to give formal notice. Switch all utilities. Research new Internet and cable service. You realize all the packing materials you’ve forgotten to buy and go buy even more. Continue reading

Top 6 Moving Tips To Keep You Sane And Organized

We moved! Have I been a bit MIA from my blog again? Yeah… that’s the newest reason why. Moving an entire house all by yourself is quite the challenge! I started packing a month in advance and packed a little bit almost every day. That saved me quite some packing stress in the end. Dinner ended up looking like this in the end, but if was fully worth it!

Moving Tips

Having moved about 8 times in the last 10 years, I consider myself a packing pro! So here are some of my tips to keep yourself sane and organized when moving. Continue reading