DIY Halloween: Kid Costumes

DIY Halloween: Kid Costumes

October 31st doesn’t have to mean spending a small fortune on Halloween costumes for the kids. These days a do-it-yourself Halloween costume is easy as can be! #1. Donut What you’ll need: *One inner tube * Spray paint for the donut, frosting color, and sprinkles *Foam curlers *Hot glue *Painter’s tape Optional: One plastic pumpkin treat bucket & ribbon (for the “donut hole”) Visit for further instructions. #2. Granny & Grandpa What you’ll need: * Sweater, cardigan, suspenders, printed dress, khaki pants, a button up shirt, etc. *Glasses, pearls, curlers, gray yarn to stitch on a hat for hair, cotton balls fashioned into a wig, or temporary gray hair color. * PVC pipe and tennis balls to fashion a walker Visit for further instructions. #3. Scuba Diver What you’ll need:  * Two 2 liter bottles for the tanks  *A pair of googles and a snorkel  *Electrical tape for a belt & sponge curlers for

A Fun Idea For An Advent Calendar

Today is December 1st. I’m not sure exactly how this happened?  It’s the last month of the year and Christmas is only a short 24 days away. The holiday season seems to approach faster each and every year.  My kids are buzzing with excitement and have begun the annual countdown until Christmas day. When my kids were younger we purchased an Advent calendar for them.  Each day they opened a little paper window and were rewarded with the date and a small chocolate.  They loved the practice and couldn’t wait to receive their small present. I was discussing the idea of decorating for the holiday with a friend and she informed me that they use an Advent calendar every year, but instead of having it full of chocolate each day the window reveals a fun holiday related activity.  For example, Fridays usually contain an instruction to watch a favorite Christmas

Veteran’s Day

The line at Dutch Bros this morning was non-existent.  It was 8:20am and the line should have stretched to the street as it usually does on a Tuesday morning.  However, today is not a usual Tuesday morning. Today is Veteran’s Day. Many people are enjoying a day off from work in honor of those who have served our great country, either past service or present. Why do we celebrate on November 11th? The History of Veteran’s Day “World War I – known at the time as ‘The Great War’ – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For

Making Halloween Happier

By Tracy Dee Whitt How do we stay sane during Halloween? It can be hard, even with kids who don’t have sensory issues, or attachment issues. The first goal is to make it fun for your child. For children with attachment issues, I don’t agree with the approach of removing everything fun in their life. If there’s no fun, there are no opportunities to grow as a family, nor do they feel they will ever get to do anything, so why try to be good? Let them do something for Halloween, and I don’t just mean attending a school party. Even though you’re letting your child participate in Halloween, that doesn’t mean all expectations go out to the trash with the candy wrappers. Have guidelines before you go out; what you will be doing, what you expect them to do, and how you expect them to act. That doesn’t

A Time For Every Season

According to the calendar the first day of fall began this year on September 22nd.  However, the first technical day of fall felt a lot like a typical day of summer.  Today marks the first day of October, and here in Oregon it has begun to feel like fall.  The leaves are beginning to change from green to gold, orange, and red.  There is a chill in the air each morning and a bite to the breeze in the evening.  Fall is the transition from summer to winter; the great bridge between the heat and cold.  It is a time for warm mugs of tea and blankets by the fire, with a book by your side.  The season brings carved pumpkins, hay rides, caramel apples, spiced cider, football, and mounds of leaves covering the yard. It is a time when once again we are reminded that life is broken into


Tomorrow is a day we celebrate our nation’s independence from Great Britain.  It is the day set aside to honor our freedom.  It will be filled with parades, barbeques, fireworks and family. We will celebrate the fact that we live in the “land of the free and the home of the brave.” Our hope and prayer here at A Family For Every Child is that tomorrow as we gather to celebrate let us not forget those who are not free.  Let us remember those who live each day stuck in a system designed to protect them, but all too often fails them.  Let us remember those who are not home, but are spending this holiday on foreign soil fighting to protect the very freedom that we celebrate. We should all join together in celebration with ice cream, cheeseburgers, lemonade and sparklers; but as we enjoy the day say a prayer