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Halloween Boo Bag Printables

We've halfway to Halloween night, but around here the spooky fun begins long before October 31. There are just way too many Halloween crafts and activities and parties to enjoy -- and we put in way too much effort on our Halloween costumes to show them off on just one night -- so we like to celebrate Halloween all month long! Click here to read more... ....more

How to make a Chinese Dragon Mask for your American Girl Doll

This year, 3Po decided he wants to be a Chinese Dragon for Halloween. ...more

Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

I had some pureed pumpkin left over from last week's Pumpkin Cranberry Cookies, and since those were gobbled up pretty quickly, I decided to make another pumpkin baked treat. ...more

How to weave an American Girl Doll Rug

Thanks to fairy tales like Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel, most kids know that cotton is spun into thread, and thread is woven into cloth, but most kids these days have never seen a spindle or a loom in action, let alone know how to spin or weave. Most of the looms available in craft stores are the rainbow kind, but if you want to give your child a basic idea of how to weave thread into cloth, all you need is some yarn and a paper plate.We first tried paper plate weaving at St. Fagan's National History Museum in Wales, and I couldn't believe how it kept all 3 of my kids occupied -- they were 11 and 8 at the time, and they hadn't done yarn crafts for years! ...more

Pumpkin Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

It's almost October, and my fall baking season has begun! ...more

Opening a new door: Bedtime Math

This is usually the time of the year when I like to get crafty. ...more

10 Reasons to visit the Disneyland Resort in the fall

The Disneyland Resort is a wonderful place any time of the ...more

Die, Rats, Die!!

This is not a rat. THIS IS A RAT. I don't care if that photo shows a CGI rat or a puppet rat or a guy in a rat costume ....more

Wordless Wednesday: National Cheeseburger Day

Tomorrow, September 18, is National Cheeseburger Day! ...more

Our introduction to Scotch Whisky

Going to Scotland without sampling Scotch whisky (note: in most countries it's spelled "whiskey" but in Scotland it's "whisky" without the "e"!) is like going to Napa without sampling wine. ...more