Sunday, October 17, 2021

Having An Imagination Is More Important Than Perfect Grades

Imagination. I always told my kids to never lose it. I worried that they might as they got older. I mean, it's natural. A lot of people do. I refused to lose mine. As an only child, it helped that I had to create my own excitement. 

My kids have always had wonderful imaginations. They loved to dress up. 




I would tell them to never lose their imagination because people without it generally are dull. It's not that they are bad people, but they aren't as much fun. I have encountered some of these folks. Many are successful with plenty of money in their accounts, but exciting? No. Not really. Their idea of exciting is bragging about getting wasted over the weekend. 

I tell my kids having an imagination is more important than perfect grades or a fancy job. 

Lucky for me, the imagination has remained even as teenagers. Sometimes Natalie will randomly throw royal balls. 



Royal balls means orchestra music playing and a bunch of stuffed guests. Oh, and me. I'm the queen.



It means having a waiter:



A royal ball can happen over several days. Outfits will be changed. Other furry guests will arrive.




It means orders will be taken.


Plastic food that has been around for many years will be served.




Natalie has tons of costumes in her closet. Sometimes one will be put on during visits with friends. They are used to her antics. 




Most of her friends are accepting of her imagination. Sure you get a few that have lost theirs and want to make everyone around them as miserable as they must be. "Aren't you too old for costumes?" "Aren't you too old for stuffed animals?" No. I tell her to never listen to those comments. I know they must sting and she might think, maybe I am too old for this. But she always comes back and realizes that she likes to dress up and sleep in a bed full of stuffed animals.

My son creates wonderful videos for college classes. I know he wouldn't be able to make them without imagination. 

I am lucky my kids still have their imagination. I hope they never lose it. 

I hope they'll always be up for putting on a costume. 



And I hope they'll always remember how it felt to be a kid and imagine and hold onto that feeling.

Forever. 





Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Non-Candy Halloween Trick Or Treat Ideas

I won't lie, we're big candy eaters here. But I respect that there are people who aren't and I like to have options for them when they come to the house for Halloween. I have a bunch of candy alternatives if you also have kids that show up without a sweet tooth (or a parent who forbids it.)


Crazy Aaron's Putty. These are always a hit for kids. And adults. I admit I like to play with it. You can find these in most stores. Natalie loved the Hocus Pocus version. 




They have mini Crazy Aaron's putty that are Halloween themed:




This Scarykins Frankenstein from Wild Republic is made of 100% recycle water bottle fill so they are safe and eco-friendly. 



Target has a bunch of great ideas in their Dollar Spot. I found these eyeballs, which are kind of like Ping Pong balls with eyes on them. 




This build a cat skeleton is fun. There were other varieties as well:




These come in different animals and I love the colors:




We've always loved these Welch's Fruit Snacks and they're perfect to pass out on Halloween. Not only are they made with real fruit, but they are delicious!



Plus they are in cool Halloween shapes!




So are you ready for Halloween? 




Monday, October 11, 2021

Hey, It's Okay

I got this idea from Glamour magazine. You can link up any day of the week. All you have to do is make a list of what you're okay about. Simple! Please do not link up a post that has nothing to do with Hey, It's Okay. It's rude and I'll delete the link.


HEY, IT'S OKAY....


.....to not understand why people still think Christopher Columbus was a great guy. Please open a history book.


.....to have not done anything exciting over the long weekend. I mean, we did go to Texas Roadhouse, which is pretty delicious. 


.....to be amused when my husband was baffled by some of the commercials on over the weekend. When he was deployed he didn't have a TV so he didn't see those commercials so he's like "what?" 


.....to love these flowers that my husband had sent to the house soon after he returned home.




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