Happy Halloween!

By , October 31, 2008 3:28 pm

Wondering what to do with all that candy?

Check out my Candy Fairy and Candy Bank posts for some alternatives to eating it!


Last Minute Wrapping Paper

By , October 30, 2008 7:58 pm

This is a quick post and certainly nothing that will change the world.

My 2 year-old was invited to her first birthday party last week. 10 minutes before leaving for the party, I realized that not only had I not yet wrapped the gift, but that I had no wrapping paper (other than Christmas paper!). I had no newspapers for the old “wrap it in the funnies” trick, so I had to think fast.

I wrapped the gift in aluminum foil and added some ribbon. I think it turned out pretty well … considering!

What have you used as wrapping paper in a pinch?

Thin – (Weekly Unplugged Project)

By , October 26, 2008 9:25 pm

Shame on us.  We didn’t get to this week’s Unplugged Project, thin, in time this week. Halloween / Mystery History costumes have taken precedence. We have a kid-generated idea however, and will try to do it tomorrow after school.


UPDATE:  OK, the kid-generated idea was not so successful: braiding pine needles. Braiding pine needles works quite nicely in the spring and summer, but we discovered that they are a bit brittle in the fall and tend to break.

We then tried a disappointing science experiment involving hanging paper clips and a teaspoon off a hanger. I was too busy making dinner to invest much attention to it, and things didn’t work out as planned.

Now the kids have given up and are playing chess. Does chess count as thin? The board is thin right??

Sorry to be a disappointment this week, but as we all know, projects are not perfect all the time!


Hopefully you are more organized than we are this week!  Did you join in the thin Unplugged Project this week? If so, then please put the link to your post in Mr. Linky.

If you didn’t participate, but are interested, then please read about how to join in here.  I hope we’ll see you next week!



In honor of the upcoming U.S. presidential election on Tuesday, November 4th, my oldest daughter suggested that next week’s Unplugged Project theme should be:


I know we have quite a few non-U.S. participants and readers, so please don’t feel that this has to be a U.S. flag, any flag-related project is fine.  Or why not be really original and think:  “a flag is usually made of cloth, let’s use cloth!”  Or “a flag has a pole or stick, let’s use a pole or stick!”  How about basing a project on the colors of your flag?  Remember, the Unplugged Project theme is only a departure point.  Be creative!  Nothing is ever “wrong!”


Unplugged Toystore $50 Giveaway and Discount – Bright October!

By , October 25, 2008 8:07 am

I was very excited to receive an email the other day from Courtney at Bright October asking if I would be interested in hosting a giveaway.

Well, yes!!  Bright October is one of my favorite Unplugged Toystores so I knew that whatever Courtney wanted to give away to a reader would be wonderful.

At mom-run Bright October, there are no mass market, licensed character toys.  All the toys they offer are excellent quality, safe, open-ended, and simply beautiful.

In addition to popular, high-quality brands such as Haba, Selecta, and Kathe Kruse, you’ll also discover some that are less well-known (here in the U.S. anyway): Blabla (Peru), Sevi (Italy), and Vilac (France) for example.  I personally love the totally cute organic stuffed animals!

Courtney is very generously offering a $50 Bright October gift certificate to a randomly selected Unplug Your Kids reader, as well as a 10% discount for ALL Unplug Your Kids readers.

To enter, all you have to do is:

1)  Visit Bright October to pick what you might want to buy with your gift certificate (this is hypothetical, if you win you can still change your mind and pick something else).

2)  Leave a comment here on this post saying what you picked.  To enter, leave your comment here at Unplug Your Kids (not at Bright October).

3)  That’s it!

I’ll leave comments open until next Saturday, November 1st at 8PM Pacific Time.  After all comments are in, I’ll pick a random winner and announce it here on Sunday morning, November 2nd.  (I wish I could enter too, but I guess that wouldn’t be very fair!)

Even if you don’t win, you can still take advantage of the 10% off coupon.  Just enter unplug at checkout to get your discount.  The code will be valid until the end of the year, December 31st, 2008 so you can do a little Christmas shopping with it.

Thank you Courtney and good luck to all!


By , October 23, 2008 11:13 am

Fall is here in the Arizona mountains.  The cool morning air smells faintly of piñon smoke left over from evening fires.

The chili roaster is tumbling down at the little local grocery, producing baskets of lovely, soft charred green chilis.

Ponderosa Pines are beginning to shed some brown needles and fields are brimming with bright yellow wildflowers.

Maximilian Sunflowers line the roadways.  They are tall this year which means, according to local legend, that our snow piles will be tall too.

Squirrels are getting busier as they rush off with peanuts and sunflower seeds to hide away for the winter.

The Humming Birds have left, and the Robins. Even the golfers are leaving, along with the thousands of people who spend their summers here in our mountain paradise to escape the scorching desert heat.

Peaceful silence will descend upon our town as we hardy year-round residents retreat from our porches, gardens, and decks and take to our homes in preparation for winter snow.

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