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15 Fun and Easy Ideas  for Classroom Halloween Parties

Halloween classroom parties are an absolute highlight of the school year for kids, no matter if they are in preschool or elementary school. But, if you are in charge of planning the event and pulling together the food, crafts, and activities, it can seem like a daunting task! So here are 15 fun and easy ideas courtesy of some very creative bloggers to help you plan a fantastic Halloween classroom party!

#1 Little Vampire Donuts

Brandy, from Gluesticks, came up with this ...

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15 Awesome DIY Halloween Costumes

Whether it's baby's first Halloween or he's a seasoned pro at the trick-or-treating thing, you want your child to look awesome this Halloween! And rather than settling for a store-bought costume, you should look into creating something unique yet adorable. Need some inspiration? Here are 15 awesome DIY Halloween costumes!

#1 No-Sew Elsa Dress

This beautiful Elsa dress was created out of a white t-shirt, fabric, and tape by Carrie from Carrie Elle, and it cost her less than $15 ...

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How to Clean Out and Organize Your Junk Drawer

Ah ... the good 'ole junk drawer. Admit it. You have at least one--we all do. But should we? A junk drawer by its very name implies that it is a place where we stuff everything that we don't know quite what to do with. But maybe it's time to figure out if we really need it or not. And if we do need it, let's give this stuff a permanent assigned home so that we can eventually find it again when we want to use it!

Every drawer should have a purpose and every item a destination

So ...

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8 tips for packing lunches

If you have kids who are picky eaters, have food allergies, or perhaps attend a school where no hot lunch is served, you know what it's like to devote a good chunk of your morning getting lunches ready for the kids. You also know how frustrating is it when they come home at the end of the day with their sandwich only half-eaten with fruit languishing in the bottom of the lunch bag.

Whether you are sending kids to preschool, day care, or even just packing your own lunch to take to the ...

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chores

With so much that we all need to get done around the house each week, who wouldn't think that assigning some of these tasks to our kids in terms of a "chore" is a good idea? I mean -- we all would like to have a little extra help, right? But the reality of kids and chores (speaking for myself anyway), is that to get kids to do a task, and do it right, requires regular adult instruction and supervision. Which means that you aren't exactly freeing up your time to do something else ... at ...

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organize grocery list

Grocery shopping is a necessary chore that every family needs to do. But if you take the time to get yourself organized before you head out to the store, you'll save yourself time on this weekly errand and you'll save money too because you will only buy exactly what you need! In this post I am going to share with you my favorite tips on how to organize grocery shopping- as well as a free printable grocery list that you can download!

Tip #1: Use An Organized Shopping List

I print ...

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digital photos

I am guessing that most of us feel lucky if we even manage to get all of our photos off of our phones and cameras and onto our computers. But once the photos are there, the process of reviewing them and then doing something with them is just too much!

But just think--if you had a system of storing and organizing photos, you would actually be able to find and enjoy the photos you have, find a particular photo if you are looking for it, and perhaps even turn some of your photos into ...

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How to Create An Evening Routine

One of the best ways to feel organized as a mom is to have in place a set of routines for the morning, afternoon, and evening. When you have these routines in place for yourself as well as for your family, it becomes so much easier to get the things done that you'd like to accomplish--prepare healthy meals, get ready quickly and easily so as to get out the door on time, keep an orderly home, get the kids to bed at a reasonable time with minimal fuss, etc.

I've shared with you my ideas ...

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5 home repairs you can do yourself

I'll never forget my first month as a new homeowner ... in the span of just a few short weeks, I called a repairman out to fix my broken oven (turns out there was a reset button that I needed to push, following a power outage), my broken hot water heater (once again. turns out there was a reset button I needed to push after the power went out), and my broken air conditioner (this was truly broken -- ugh!). Newly married, new homeowner, and a busy career all collided to make me feel totally ...

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We all know that we should be setting aside money each month to save for our children's future college education--but how much money? And what type of college savings account is best for my family? And since money isn't exactly an unlimited resource, what should take priority in the family budget--retirement savings for the parents or college savings for the kids?

Let's dig into some of these questions about when should I start saving for my child's college education and get answers ...

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