Halloween candy alternatives – a follow-up

After deliberating in the dollar store for nearly 30 minutes on Tuesday, I finally decided what alternative candy treat I was going to pass out to trick-or-treaters on Halloween – assorted stickers for the younger crowd and natural cereal bars for the older crowd. A total of about $8 (thanks to the dollar stores low low prices). On a side note, I was actually quite impressed with the variety of foods the dollar store carried – even some organic and natural stuff. Perhaps I’ll be stopping in there more often.
Fast forward to tonight. There was a knock at the door. Three little faces said, “Trick-or-treat!” I doled out stickers into three bags and held my breath as I waited for a reaction. The children walked away from our house proudly exclaiming, “We got stickers!” to their parents. Yes! They were a hit! :) In fact, all of the young kids who we gave stickers to tonight made some sort of happy exclamation about them. I was pleased.

As for the cereal bars, nobody yelled, “Yes! Cereal bars!” but nobody ran away in disgust either. They all said thank you.

The bummer was that for the whole two hours we had our porch light on, we received a total of 13 trick-or-treaters. So all of that deliberating over just the right treats felt like kind of a waste. Oh well. Ava had fun passing out stickers to the kids and the kids were happy, so it’s all good. I seem to overbuy for Halloween every year. One of these years I’ll remember that we never seem to get more than 20-25 kids, but 13 seems exceptionally low. And it wasn’t even snowing.

Did you pass out an alternative Halloween treat this year? How was it received?

In other news… Earlier this afternoon we went to a Halloween party at Ava’s preschool. Our cute little lion had a good time “fishing” for mango “fish,” making and decorating a pumpkin cookie, making a candlestick holder, and playing with her friends.

And Mr. Julian started walking in earnest today. He’s been taking unassisted steps for about a month now, but today he was letting go and walking by himself quite a bit. When did he get to be such a big boy? His first birthday is coming up in three weeks. I really can’t believe it’s already been a year. I had a hard time with Ava turning 1 and Julian’s looming birthday is proving to be no exception.

Lastly, tomorrow (Nov. 1) is day 1 of NaBloPoMo (aka National Blog Posting Month). Are you signed up? November is going to be a busy month around here with Thanksgiving, Julian’s 1st birthday, my parents coming for a visit, and spending a few days with them at a resort in Estes Park. I have a few other things I’ve been working on lately that I haven’t blogged about, but that have been consuming a fair bit of my time. Guess November will be a good time to spill the beans about those projects since I’ll be blogging every day and will need content. Oh wait. Me? Short on content? Ha! ;)

Hope you all had a nice Halloween. :)

The Rockies lost, but you can WIN!

I make milk. What’s your superpower? t-shirtLast week, Tanya (from The Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog) and I had a friendly bet going over the World Series between my Colorado Rockies and her Boston Red Sox. If the Rockies won, she would give away a Breastfeeding Coalition t-shirt. And if the Sox won, I would give away an “I make milk…” t-shirt from my store.

The Red Sox swept the Rockies 4-0 and the series was over before it even started, though it did get pretty good at the end of the last game. Even I, not generally a baseball fan, watched some of it. ;)

Breastfeeding Welcome Here

In light of the Sox’s win, I am indeed giving away an “I make milk. What’s your superpower?” t-shirt. And, because Tanya is such a good sport, she’s throwing in two “Breastfeeding Welcome Here” stickers as runner-up prizes. :)

Win it! 

I’m going to make this short and sweet. To win an “I make milk. What’s your superpower?” t-shirt or one of two runner-up prizes of a “Breastfeeding Welcome Here” sticker, leave a comment here stating one of your favorite breastfeeding moments. The winners will be selected using Random.org the morning of Nov. 8 and announced later that day.


Got laptop?

Am I the only blogger out there without a laptop? Surely not, but I tell ya, I sure feel like it sometimes. I know I could make much better use of my time if I was able to carry my computer around the house – or at least have it in the main part of the house. Right now the dinosaur is in our “office” which is away from everything, which means the bulk of my computer time has to be spent either after the kids are in bed (which makes for a tired mommy) or on the weekend (which makes for little family time) or while Ava is at preschool and Julian is napping, which is a few hours a week. I’m frustrated. I want laptop freedom.

Maybe I can move my desk into the livingroom and the TV/entertainment center up here. :) That could work.

Or better yet, anybody want to give me a laptop? I’ll be your BFF. ;)

Thanks for indulging my whiny moment. I must go now.

Fall Y’all Bloggy Giveaway

This giveaway has ended. The winner is #11Jenny from Mommin’ It Up ! Congratulations! :-) I will be emailing you shortly to get your mailing address.

If you’d like to get a Mommy Blogger shirt for yourself, please visit my store. Currently you can save $5 when you spend $50 or more! Use Coupon Code: ATOMSSLOGAN (Expires: Nov. 9, 2007)

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It’s here! It’s here! The Fall Y’all Bloggy Giveaway! :)

This time I’m giving away a 100% cotton mommy blogger Jr. Ringer t-shirt just like the one shown below. It’s size Large and is mint/avocado colored. (They run a little small.) The shirt is from my store Cute As A Bug.

Mommy blogger shirt

Win it!
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below AND be a U.S. resident (sorry, no international entries please). Please make sure you use a valid email address so I can contact you if you win. The winner will be chosen using Random.org on Nov. 3 and announced that day. Good luck!

Now click on over to Bloggy Giveaways to see all of the other giveaways currently going on this week. Last time there were over 500 giveaways. There are sure to be a ton this time as well! :)

Best Shot Monday – 10/29/07


I’m totally cheating this week and instead of selecting one picture for Best Shot Monday, I’m posting a a whole lot of them from our Halloween parade/trick-or-treating adventure on Saturday. What with a cute furry lion and a sweet sleepy zebra, it was impossible to choose just one to share. ;)

My two jungle animals arriving at the parade:
J and A 10/27/07

Cute and roaring lion:
Sweet Ava lion 10/27/07 Growly girl 10/27/07

The kids and daddy (dressed as a park ranger) watching the marching band go by:
Jody with J and A watching the parade - 10/27/07

Getting some candy 10/27/07 A checking out her loot 10/27/07

Julian decided he was going to get his nap in:
Sleepy zebra 10/27/07

Walking down Main Street after trick-or-treating:
Walking down Main Street 10/27/07

A tired out lion heading back to the car:
Heading back to the car 10/27/07Tired out lion 10/27/07

As Julian slept, he sunk further and further down into his costume:
Still sleeping 10/27/07Sinking farther into his costume 10/27/07

“I’m awake. What did I miss?”:
The zebra wakes up 10/27/07Hi daddy 10/27/07

“Where’s Julian? … There he is!””
Where’s Julian? 10/27/07There he is 10/27/07

For the record, we let Ava have a piece of gum and some animal crackers (she really didn’t get all that much candy) from trick-or-treating. Then we told her about the “natural candy” we had instead in the car. “Is it good for your body?” she asked. ;) “No, not exactly good for your body, honey, but better for it than the other stuff,” I replied. She was pleased with the swap. No need for the candy fairy this year, but maybe next. I do rather like that idea.

See more best shots over at Picture This (click the button):
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