A Fun Story to Tell for Halloween!

a fun story to tell for Halloween - this is ADORABLE and my kids will love it!!!I apologize that I haven’t been around much!

Now that the Happy Baby is walking – yup, walking (praise the Lord!) – I am finding it difficult to find time to spend with my sweet readers here at Happy Home Fairy.  He loves to go outside, so that is where we have been.  Gone are the days where I would pump and blog and make silly faces at him while he smiled contentedly at me from his bouncy seat – lol. :-)

I decided to do a video for you today!  I even put my unwashed hair in a bun and wore my workout clothes for you!

Real glamorous stuff over here, people. ;-)

I found a super awesome story that is perfect for the pumpkin-filled season we are in right now.

It would be such a fun thing to share with your Happy Home one night after dinner this week.

You can find the whole story written out with detailed pictures HERE, but I learn better by watching, so here I am telling the story to a sweet group of little friends.  If you are a visual person, too, then I hope this silly video helps!

Watch closely – the Happy Baby is with me and tries to steal the scissors out of my lap.

Mom of the Year points right there.

Enjoy the story!

Happy Pumpkin Story-ing! :-)

Easy Fall Tree Craft

easy fall tree craft!The trees here in South Florida stay pretty much the same all year round.

So when the season of fall hits, I have to find other ways to make up for this dilemma.

My little 2-year-olds had a lot of fun with this craft and it brought a real spirit of autumn to our classroom!

easy fall tree craftFor this craft you will need some construction paper (brown, yellow, red, and orange), some scissors, and a glue stick.

We cut out the tree trunks and had the kids glue them to a large sheet of construction paper.

We let the kids rip pieces of various colored paper to make the leaves (good for those fine motor skills!).

Next we drew a light circle with pencil over the trunk to indicate where the children should put the leaves.

Then we let them glue and stick leaves inside the circle.

We encouraged a few leaves to ‘fall’ outside the circle for an authentic seasonal effect.

easy fall tree craft!!Don’t you love them?!

Happy Easy Fall Tree Craft-ing! :-)

*See more super easy and super cute Fall Tree Crafts HERE!*

To a Special Mum – FREE Printable!

This is SOOO adorable! Buy a mum (just a few bucks at Lowe's), attach adorable free printable tag and give to a mom in your world who you would like to bless!

As a mom, I am constantly thinking about how much I NEED my mom friends.

I called one up this afternoon and we each took a minute to share the day’s trials (like how one child has now decided that taking off his diaper and painting a carpeted room with his poo is perfectly acceptable and other child is having some trouble in school) and simply lament together how hard this whole mom thing is!

It was completely therapeutic.  She oohed and ahhed over just the right things and she affirmed me with these 5 powerful words:

“You are an awesome mom.”

By the end of the conversation I wanted to reach through to the other side of the phone and give my friend a giant hug.

Doesn’t it feel good to hear that little bit of encouragement when you are in the mommyhood trenches?

Doesn’t it feel good to be noticed?

Well, here is an easy way to give the gift of hope and life to a mom in your world who is roughing it with poo and meal-planning and budgeting and diapering.

mum 2First, pick up an inexpensive mum plant.

You can find adorable little pots at Lowe’s for just a few dollars.MUM TAG

mum 1Then attach my FREE Printable tag.

Next, drop it off on a mom’s doorstep for an extra special Fall-themed surprise.

And that’s all there is to it!

mumI gave a mum to my very own mom – who definitely deserves affirmation for being super special (note homemade fort in the background, courtesy of super special mom).

**Get your FREE Printable MUM Tag HERE!**

Happy Special Mum-ing! :-)

Fun Halloween Costume Ideas for the Family

12 hilarious family halloween costume ideas!If your Happy Hubby is super secure in his manhood, then you might want to consider one of these hilarious Halloween costume ideas that get the whole family involved. :-)

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I got the biggest kick (errr bite) out of this funny family Shark Attack costume from The Fickle Pickle.

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We watch Despicable Me at least 6 times a week.

I think this family really nailed their ensembles!

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I adore this precious Care Bear family from HERE – complete with the important little heart on the back (you have to go see it – too cute).

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An iPod and earbuds!  How clever is that?!

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Take your Happy Home on a transformational trip to Neverland like THIS FAMILY.

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You and the kids will be the Lion and the Tiger and the Bear, and your Happy Hubby can be the ‘Oh My,’ courtesy of My Sunshine Photography.

This gives your Happy Hubby an ‘out’ by having him participate but without having him feel emasculated. :-)

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THIS LADY’S Happy Hubby has no issues with feeling emasculated!!!

How awesome is he?!

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Everyone loves Toy Story!  Check out these costume ideas from HERE.

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I love this spin on the traditional after school snack from HERE.

I’m thinking the milk carton is not too thrilled. ;-)

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Got a new baby?  Make him your little hot dog like HERE.

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Your whole family can go Phineas and Ferb like these great costumes from Sugar Bee Crafts.

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And finally, I nearly wet my pants laughing when I saw THIS family’s Rainbow Costume.

I hope you found some inspiration (or at least got a good giggle) as you plan for the 31st!

Happy Family Halloween Costume-ing! :-)

Craft – Knuckle Pumpkins

knuckle pumpkins - SUCH a cute and simple little craft for fall!

This little craft has definitely become my favorite so far this season!

And it couldn’t be easier.

Simply gather up some orange paint, a piece of paper and a paintbrush.

knuckle pumpkins 1Then have your Happy Buddy make a fist with her hand.  Paint the four fingers in the fist (not including the thumb) from one knuckle to the other.

knuckle pumpkins 2knuckle pumpkins 3Gently press your Happy Buddy’s fist on to the paper.  You may need to gently roll it back and forth to make sure the paint transfers well.

knuckle pumpkins 4knuckle pumpkins 5We cut our Knuckle Pumpkins out and made a little patch of them for our bulletin board in the hallway.

The craft really caught on and we started seeing Knuckle Pumpkins cropping up on other classroom bulletin boards.

knuckle pumpkins 6I like how this class added their own stems and vines.

What a sweet keepsake or little something to send to the grandparents this month!

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

Happy Knuckle Pumpkin-ing! :-)

**Thanks to Early Activities and Projects for this great idea!**

The Gospel Pumpkin – FREE Printable!

The Gospel Pumpkin! A super cute way to share the Good News with your kids or students. There is even an adorable FREE Printable poem to go along with it!

I wanted to share The Gospel Pumpkin with my precious, little 2-year-olds, but knew that actually carving a pumpkin during class was going to take way too long for their minuscule attention spans.

So I turned to the wonders of sticky foam!

The Gospel Pumpkin_0001I created a cute printable featuring The Gospel Pumpkin poem.

The Gospel Pumpkin 9Then I cut out the coordinating symbols from sticky foam.

The Gospel Pumpkin 2The Gospel Pumpkin 3The Gospel Pumpkin 4The Gospel Pumpkin 5The Gospel Pumpkin 6I gathered my students on the carpet and read the poem aloud, stopping to show them each symbol.

I let them each have a turn coming up to help stick the symbols on to the pumpkin.

The Gospel Pumpkin 7The kids really enjoyed learning about Christ in this way and they LOVED getting to participate!

The Gospel Pumpkin 8What a sweet way to share God’s special message to us during this season.

**HERE** is the FREE Printable if you’d like to do this with your own classroom or Happy Home.

The Gospel Pumpkin 1Happy Gospel Pumpkin-ing! :-)

What to Tell Your Kiddos About Halloween (A Christian Perspective)

**I am aware that there are differing opinions concerning this holiday.  If you are going to leave a comment, please keep it positive.  What I think the enemy really loves is to create division in the body of Christ where these topics are concerned, so please do not give him that pleasure.  Let’s support everyone by recognizing that every family does things differently and we are not to judge.  We are simply called to be faithful in our seeking of Him and then do what is best for our Happy Home.**

a great article on navigating Halloween as a Christian family.October is here and that section of Target and Wal-Mart is down-right terrifying.

As a mommy who wants to protect her sweet, precious angels from the evil aspects of Halloween, you might be wondering – What in the world should I say to my children in the face of such darkness?

First of all, if you haven’t read my thoughts on Halloween, I’d encourage you to check it out HERE.

I truly believe that October 31st is just another day that we, as Christians, can choose to be LIGHTS in our neighborhood shining brightly with the purpose of sharing Jesus.  I mean, when you think about, what other day in the year do you literally have people on your street practically banging down your door for interaction???

A quick interaction, albeit, but an interaction nonetheless.  It’s my prayer that our Happy Home would reflect the warmth and love of Christ to everyone who comes knocking for candy.

The people who visit your Happy Homes on Halloween might not remember anything you say to them that night, but they will remember how you made them feel (although the kids will also probably remember what kind of candy you gave out and I know everyone is trying to be super healthy these days, but just don’t give out raisins, people.  Chocolate makes the Gospel go a whole lot further – I’m just sayin’). :-)

Tell your kids that you can’t wait to show God’s love to the trick-or-treaters.

Pour a jug of apple cider in your slow cooker with a few cinnamon sticks, make a big pot of chili on the stove, play great worship music, buy awesome candy, and have a family night to put these adorable FREE Printable inspirational stickers on it.

When your door is opened, the smells and sounds of your Jesus-filled home will make a difference.

Or if you are headed out on Halloween for your own trick-or-treating, spend time teaching your children beforehand about proper trick-or-treating etiquette, and pray for opportunities to tell others about Christ as you walk from door to door.

The point is, BE MISSIONAL on this day.

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Please, friends, BE WISE on this day.

We need to be educated.

The Bible says that we are to be ‘in the world but not of the world.’ (John 15:19)

As I said earlier, there are so many ways we can have fun with our families on Halloween and engage our neighbors with truth.

But God’s Word is also very clear that we are forbidden to engage in anything that has to do with the glamorization of death, demons, or other occult rituals (want to know more about this?  Read THIS article).

So, today I’d like to challenge you, sweet readers, to look around your Happy Home.  Look at the way you are choosing to decorate this season.  Look at the things you have put up in your lawn.  Look at the costumes you or your kids have chosen.

And test them all by God’s perfect Word.

1 John 1:11 says, “Dear friend, don’t follow evil ways.  Instead, imitate the good and righteous life.”

Are there some things you have brought into your home that are ‘evil’?

You might think I am crazy to ask this, but seriously, you have to even look at the way society has ‘cute-ified’ evil.  I have seen some pretty darn adorable ghost merchandise and Pinterest ideas out there, but ghosts have to do with death and that is not part of God’s plan for us (just read John 3:16 if you don’t believe me).

Unless that ghost is the Holy Ghost, of course. :-)

I once had a Halloween decoration that featured a pumpkin with a spooky face.  I put it out every year because it was just so cute, but in my heart of hearts I knew the Lord was nudging me that something wasn’t right about it.  As much as I liked the item for its eye-appeal, it was clearly something that wasn’t pleasing to God.

1 Thessalonians 5:22 says, “Put away every form of evil.”

So I got rid of it.

Does that mean all pumpkin faces are bad?  No.  We just have to make sure that what we allow into our home is a reflection of the redeemed life (Philippians 1:27).

This goes for costumes, too.  I know it’s easy to throw a sheet with some cut-out eye-holes over your Happy Buddy when you are a busy mama like me, or your child is begging to walk around all night dressed as a zombie with an ax in his head, but remember the encouragement of Romans 13:14.

Set an example for your kids.

And set boundaries for them, too.

What’s great is that if you are reading this and looking around your home thinking, “Yikes, Jules.  My whole house is haunted,” you can seize this as an opportunity to teach your Happy Buddies about sin, conviction, and acting on obedience.  Tell your children that you’ve sensed God leading you to celebrate Halloween in a new way this year.  Tell them about 1 Thessalonians 5:22 and walk through your house and remove the things that may compromise your faith as well as God’s best for your home.

Often times I think it is our mistakes and how we handle them as parents that truly teach and model an authentic walk with Christ for our children.

Now what about that moment where you are standing in Target and your kid is frozen in fear in front of that horrifying Halloween display?  Or your neighbor’s giant inflatable Dracula is causing her nightmares?

Inspire them by basing what you say on the Bible.  Psalm 34:14 instructs, “Turn from evil and do good,” as well as John 12:46, “I am here to bring light in this world, freeing everyone who believes in Me from darkness.”

Pull them into your arms and comfort with something like, “Precious child, that is pretty scary, isn’t it?  Halloween is a day where some people like to focus on dark and scary things.  But I have good news for you!  Jesus has rescued us from darkness!  We have nothing to fear because Jesus gave us victory and power over these icky things!  In fact, He wants us to turn away from these things and turn toward good.  And I think an ice cream cone sounds pretty good right now, don’t you?”

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And while you are eating your ice cream, try discussing some ways that you and your family can celebrate and share good things this Halloween.  How can you be a light in the midst of this darkness?  How can you make a difference for the sake of the Gospel?

Maybe you could bring some muffins or my famous, super easy Pumpkin Cookies to inflatable-Dracula-neighbor. :-)

It’s funny, if you look at the history of Halloween, while it was unfortunately corrupted by many pagan practices, it actually began as the eve before a day that honors all of the saints, or people who lived and shared God’s love (see a great, easy-to-understand article about Halloween history HERE).

So, let’s not only think about these amazing people at this time of year, but let’s be like them.

And let’s tell our kids (as well as our neighbors) some truth this Halloween.

“Let your light shine so people everywhere see your good actions and praise God in heaven because of it.” Matthew 5:16

- Julie

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**Check out these other Happy Home Fairy posts featuring ways to redeem Halloween…**

One Christian Mom’s Thoughts on Halloween

FREE Printable Inspirational Stickers for Halloween Candy

The Gospel Pumpkin – FREE Printable

Biblically Inspired Halloween Costume Ideas

Pumpkin Carving Devotions

A Christian Pumpkin Windsock

FREE Printable Scriptures for Halloween

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