Mason Jar Toothbrush Holder


Have you ever cleaned your family’s toothbrush holder? I mean, really cleaned it? I have, and I couldn’t believe what was inside! In fact, I was so disgusted, I threw it out! Since then, we’ve enjoyed a very simple and sanitary mason jar toothbrush holder in the bathroom. It’s been a smart solution to a disgusting problem—slimey mold and black mildew—that is more than happy to grow within the moist environment offered by traditional toothbrush holders.

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Halloween Memory Game for Kids


Halloween is just around the corner! My boys are excited, as they love the costumes, candy, and spooky decorations. My youngest son recently asked, “Do babies like Halloween?” He was thinking about his cousin who is just a little over 1 and added, “She can’t eat candy and she might get scared.” We decided to send her a book and a homemade Halloween Memory Game to wish her a very Happy Halloween!

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Pine Cone Spiders: A Halloween Nature Craft for Kids

Pine Cone Spiders A Halloween Nature Craft for Kids! — Fireflies and Mud Pies

We have a SUPER CREEPY HUGE spider living outside our family room window. My boys have been fascinated as they’ve watched it wrap insects, eat, and move around its web. They’ve named it “Spooky” and have asked if they can “keep him.”

Yeah. That was the reaction I had too.

Spooky can stay outside — for an eternity — but, there are a few spiders I don’t mind having indoors. We recently crafted several adorable Pine Cone Spiders for Halloween. They are a creepy-cute seasonal addition to the nooks, crannies, and shelves around our home!

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Halloween Necklace Craft for Kids

Halloween Necklace Craft for Kids — Fireflies and Mud Pies

Today I’m excited to be participating in a Halloween Read and Play Blog Hop with over 35 creative kid bloggers! Each of us will be featuring a Halloween themed children’s book and sharing a craft, recipe, or activity to extend the story.

My youngest has always been excited by the spookier side of Halloween, so I chose a book with dark, mysterious illustrations and quintessential Halloween icons: spooks, bats, ghosts, pumpkins, and cats. The book really hooked him into the Halloween spirit, so afterwards we crafted a vibrant Halloween Necklace to help practice those ever-important preschool fine-motor skills.

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Homemade Apple Crisp


Apple picking is our family’s favorite fall activity. We visit a lovely farm where there is nothing but a barn, apple trees, and a no-fuss ride to the orchard and back. There is no petting zoo with fat goats, no rides that require expensive tickets, no lines, and no junk-food. I love it because there isn’t a darn thing that takes attention away from the simplicity of being with family on a beautiful fall day.

We picked our apples—McIntosh, Honey Crisp, Cortland, and Golden Delicious—then imagined the applesauce and desserts they would become. “Of course I’ll have to make apple crisp,” I told my husband.

“My apple crisp?” he asked.

“No, my apple crisp.”

You see, my husband grew up eating an apple crisp recipe that I don’t really care for, and my favorite recipe is one that he doesn’t like! I guess it’s not a huge problem because, well, can you really have too much apple crisp?

(Ahem. And for the record, mine is better!)

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Scrap Ribbon Pumpkin Suncatchers

Scrap Ribbon Pumpkin Suncatcher Craft — Fireflies and Mud Pies

My youngest son and I have been enjoying many simple fall crafts and sensory activities while my oldest is at school. I’ve really been enjoying the time with him, and I can tell he has greatly benefited from the attention. But then something unexpected happened—my oldest shared that he was feeling left out.

And then it hit me. Since the new school year began 3 weeks ago, we haven’t spent any mother-son time together. How could I have let that happen? So the next day, I planned an “older kid” craft just for him.

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50 Playdough Recipes for Autumn

50 Playdough Recipes for Autumn — Fireflies and Mud Pies

Playdough activities are a staple in our home as the temperature cools and the days shorten. I have to admit, I love sinking my hands into a smooth playdough richly scented with cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg just as much as my children do! In preparation for the brisk days ahead, listed below are 50 Amazing Playdough Recipes for Autumn!

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Mason Jar Superhero Banks

Mason Jar Superhero Banks - Fireflies and Mud Pies

Do your children receive a weekly allowance? We haven’t implemented one yet, but have been thinking about it as the boys grow increasingly interested in money. They have figured out that Mommy and Daddy earn money through work, and that money pays for our needs and wants. A weekly allowance would be an awesome, hands-on opportunity for the boys to learn about saving, giving, and spending. In the meantime, they’ve been saving pennies from in-between the couch cushions in adorable Mason Jar Superhero Banks I made this summer.

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