30 Family Friendly Halloween Movies

I am so happy that it’s October. I absolutely love this time of year… where I pretend like it’s cool out and that the leaves are changing colors. Lol! Luckily, this week we are looking at the 90s which is a huge relief. So I busted out the faux pumpkins and mini haystacks and started planning Halloween costumes and plugging in fall events on our calendar. One of our very favorite things to do is watch spooky, magical movies during October. So I rounded up 30 Family Friendly Halloween Movies that you might light to watch with the kids this year too!

*Disclaimer: As a parent, I recommend previewing the movies first and deciding on your own if the movie is appropriate for your children to view. Some of these movies are pretty spooky, some have mild adult language and they range in ratings (G, PG, or PG-13). For example, my daughter is only 7, so there are movies on this list that she isn’t allowed to watch just yet.

30 family friendly halloween movies

  • Hocus Pocus
  • Casper
  • E.T.
  • The Addams Family


  • The Goonies
  • Hotel Transylvania
  • Monster House

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  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  • Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Ghost Busters
  • Halloween Town
  • The Witches

sleepy hollow

  • Disney’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • Ernest Scared Stupid
  • Little Monsters


  • Curious George: A Halloween Boo-Fest
  • Paranorman
  • Race to Witch Mountain
  • Monster Squad
  • Watcher in the Woods

beetle juice

  • Beetle Juice
  • Corpse Bride
  • Coraline
  • Scared Shrekless

haunted mansion

  • The Haunted Mansion
  • Harry Potter series
  • Tower of Terror


  • Frankenweenie
  • The Munsters, Go Home!
  • Mr. Boogedy

Go pop that popcorn and make yourself some fun treats! It’s time to get your Halloween movie watching on! Some of these are even available on Netflix!

What’s your family’s favorite Halloween movie? We always watch Hocus Pocus and Casper every Halloween!

Five of the Best Toys for Kids ages 6-10

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I don’t know about you, but I start my Christmas shopping in September-October every year. I am able to space out my purchases, it gives me time to price check and research products, and I am able to finish up my shopping early so that I can enjoy all of the festivities that are involved with Christmas. So today I am going to share Five of the Best Toys for Kids ages 6-10 (ages are merely a suggestion) that you can find at my favorite store, Target! 

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All of the toys listed below require hands-on play that children are actively engaged in. Building and creating with their own two hands. Those are the kind of toys that a mom can get behind! Plus, you can buy all of these suggested toys at the new Target Toy Emporium (available online). Here are my picks for Five of the Best Toys for Kids…

  • LEGO
  • Magna Tiles
  • Magformers
  • Alex Toys
  • Creativity for Kids

In the age of electronic toys and apps, it’s important that we encourage some good ol’ fashion PLAY with our kids! Each of these toys requires building or creating of some kind. All of which engages and stimulates the mind. The teacher in me yells ‘YIPEE!’ for the educational aspect of these toys!

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Each of the toys listed above caters to boys and girls alike. For example, LEGO has come out with FRIENDS LEGOs and Disney Princess LEGOs in order to appeal to more girls. I love that the directions are super easy to follow and extremely kid-friendly using numbers, arrows, and pictures. It’s so satisfying to start with a pile of pieces and end up with a fun toy that YOU built with your own hands! 

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Go check out Target’s Toy Emporium (available online) to get a better understanding of the awesome themes available! Build, create, explore, imagine, discover, and move… #TargetToys offers something for every kiddo! Start your Christmas shopping from the comfort of your own home and feel good about the toys you are purchasing this year! 

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We have a new addiction in our house. I’ll give you a hint…it’s a four letter word. That’s right. LEGOs are at the TOP of this girl’s Christmas list. Kid and mom approved…it’s a win-win. 

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Check out more #TargetToys on our Pinterest board…

Fancy Paperclip Bookmarks

Hey friends!

Did you have a good weekend? My dad fixed the air conditioner in my car so we had a GREAT weekend. NEVER take your vehicle’s ac for granted. Never EVER. It’s pretty much in my top 5 things to be most thankful for. What did you guys do over the weekend?

I also organized a bit over the weekend. I added to my August calendars (yes…that was supposed to be plural), worked on meal planning, made a list of the projects I am going to knock out this week, and planned out our first unit for homeschool (that we are starting today…wish us luck!).

I do love to be organized…but there are few things I do to make planning and organizing more fun (nerd alert!). If I think it’s fun, I’m more apt to stick with it. Here are some of the things I do that maybe you already do or maybe you’ll want to try to make organizing more fun for YOU

-Get a pretty planner to keep with you at all times 

(I recommend Much Ado About You planners. Honestly my favorite planner EVER).

-Use colorful pens 

(I like the thin Sharpies)

-Washi tape important events 

(I got my washi from Target but you can order it online and get it at most craft stores)

-Bookmark pages in your planner so you can flip to them easily

(I like to make pretty bookmarks)

Speaking of pretty bookmarks, did you see the adorable Button Bookmarks that Jamielyn from I Heart Nap Time made? Jamielyn’s bookmarks actually inspired the bookmarks I am going to share with you today…


-paper clips

-paper flowers


-baker’s twine

-washi tape



-glue gun and glue sticks

I used supplies I already had. I highly suggest looking through your craft and scrapbooking stash to see if you can find anything to dress up those paper clips.

The steps are pretty simple…

For the baker’s twine bow bookmarks, I simply tied a bow (knotting it first) and trimmed the ends.

For the washi tape bookmarks, I trimmed down the tape and wrapped it around the top of the paperclip. Then I just trimmed up the end with my scissors.

And for the paper flower bookmarks, I layered the paper flowers and glued with hot glue. I glued a small piece of felt on the back to hold the flower in place.

So cute, right?

Now my bookmarks feel so fancy…especially in my adorable Much Ado About You planner.

Thanks for stopping by today!
I hope you have fun organizing this week.

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Food-a-licious Friday {90} Meal Planning

Happy Friday, friends!
Today for Food-a-licious Friday, I am going to share some FREE ways for you to stay organized in your meal planning! I have found that it is so much easier for me to function if I am organized. In this busy life, I NEED organization. 
Can you relate?
I have found that planning ahead for meals and keeping an on-going grocery list makes my life so much easier. At first, I started planning one week at a time, rather than day-to-day. Now I try to meal plan for the entire month, and keep an on-going grocery list for my weekly shopping trips. 
A couple tips that may help you…
I always plan for the following throughout the month: crockpot meals, breakfast for dinner, Italian night, Mexian night, Chinese night, left-overs, family date night, etc. Plotting a few of these throughout the month really relieves some of the anxiety that meal planning can cause (I’m not alone, am I?). I also try a new recipe (from my Pinterest recipe board) once a week if possible. If we like the new recipe, it’s something I can use for next month’s meal planning too!
Now where are you going to write all of this down?
Not to fret, my friends. I have a great round-up of FREE printables from around blogland that you can download and print to make your meal planning and grocery list making so much easier. 
Just double click on the image to get to the printable you desire. 

Source: bhg.com via Kara on Pinterest

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There you have it, friends. So helpful, right?
Now, let’s get organized in our meal planning!

Have a great weekend!
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Frame to Chalkboard and Summer Bucket List

Lucky for me, my father-in-law is an avid garage sale buyer…meaning he shops at them often.
Because of this, I often get to pick through what he’s found.

The other day I found the perfect frame…

but it needed a little something.
And by a little something I mean spray paint.

I have a few shelves full of spray paint in my craft nook (and in the garage…not gonna lie). Spray paint makes me HAPPY. I love turned old into new…dull into bright.

I took the frame apart with the help of this guy…

He thinks he’s helpful but really he’s a big baby that wants to curl up in my lap every time I sit or squat down. But this momma is on the go, working on too many projects at one time while entertaining my busy bee 4 year old.
After I took the frame apart, I primed the it with Leather Brown (Krylon) and let it dry. With the dry heat in Arizona, it takes no time at all for paint to dry outside. Then I sprayed the frame again, but this time with Satin Aqua (Rustoleum). After it dried I sanded areas of the frame so that the Leather Brown under the Aqua would peek through. Then I used my dark brown stencil rub and rubbed a bunch into the frame. The final coat of spray paint was a satin clear coat to lock it all in. 
I left the glass and horrible picture out. I spray painted the cardboard backing of the frame with chalkboard paint and gave it a good 3 coats. After drying for 24 hours, I colored the whole thing with chalk, then wiped it down with a dry paper towel (this ensures your chalkboard will work well as a chalkboard). I put the frame back together and viola!
Right now it’s hung in the kitchen/dining room and we are using it as our Summer Bucket List of all the fun things we are planning to do this summer like…
Splash Pad
Root Beer Floats
We’ve completed most of the list already so we will be adding more. 
Do you have a Summer Bucket List? 
What kinds of things do you have on yours?
I just love how simple and inexpensive it is to make chalkboards. They can be used for so many things… organizational tools, decor, and for educational purposes. 
I hope your week is going well so far! Ours is full of fun summer time activities and we are just loving it!
See you tomorrow, friends.

My Goals for 2012

Hello sweet bloggy friends! 
I hope you had a wonderful New Year’s weekend! Have you made and started your 2012 resolutions/goals?
I find setting goals to be very rewarding and gratifying. Goals hold you accountable to improve on yourself or improve at something. And I find if I blog about my goals, I am more likely to hold myself accountable for them.
Show more charity.

Learn something new often.
{crochet is at the top of that list}

Attend church regularly and read my scriptures daily.

Source: etsy.com via Kara on Pinterest

Plan, organize, and attack a good homeschooling routine.

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Open our bakery/cafe’.

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Go on a FUN family vacation.

Organize and simplify our daily life.

Read more books.

Spend less. Save more.
Budget our money smarter, clip coupons, find good deals and ads, etc.

Get fit.

Live in every moment…take it all in…and be grateful for TIME.

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So there you have it. My goals for this year. 
I’d love to hear what your goals/resolutions are for this year. Leave a comment!
Let’s make this a GREAT year!
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Food-a-licious Friday {44} Weekly Meal Plan {printable}

*Happy Friday, friends!*

I ♥ lists.

I love being organized.
I ♥ to plan ahead.
I love feeling prepared for the week ahead.
I ♥ to know exactly what’s going on.
Any of you feel that way?
If so, you may like the Weekly Meal Plan {printable} I created. 
{download here}
*Link should be fixed…let me know if you have any problems!*
What do you think? Something you would want to use?
I created this printable a little differently than my others, so please let me know if you have any issues with it. The download is a jpg, so you can open it in any photo program (picasa, photo shop, etc.) and make it a 4×6, 5×7, or 8×10.
This printable is FREE and yours to use. I ask that you do not alter it in any way or claim it as your own. I would love for you to share it with others, just remember to link it back to Mine for the Making. 
Here are a few other meal plan printables I found through Pinterest
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Looking Back While Looking Forward {and a giveaway!}

I wanted to revisit my 2010 resolution list. Yes. List. Let’s see how I did, shall we?
{You can visit the original post here}
1. Have more patience (especially with my husband)
*This is something I have improved on, but could still continue to work on.
2. Read more…and from new authors (branch out…big step)
*Do blogs count?
3. Learn new cooking/baking recipes and perfect them
*I have become such a better cook! This is really exciting. You can check out some of my recipes here. I will definitely be continuing to grow and learn in this area.
4. Make more (crafting and sewing)
*Thanks to all of YOU for the motivation, I made some really wonderful things this year. You can find highlights from 2010’s projects here.
5. Finish renovating our home
*Ha! We have come SO FAR, but are not even near being finished. This will stay on 2011’s list.
6. Go on a fantastic family vacation
*We were able to take a family vacation to Disneyland this year and we truly had a blast!  Lots of memories made :)
7. Start a blog  
*Again, thanks to all of YOU, MFTM has done really well in it’s first year and has grown in so many ways. Thanks for the support friends!

Not too shabby, right? I did pretty well this year I think. How did you do with your 2010 resolution(s)?


Now….on to 2011’s resolutions…

1. Stop chewing my nails

2. Purchase a nice camera so that I can document more (family, projects, renovations, etc.) and so that my photos aren’t so…well…ugly.

3. Run a successful etsy shop

4. Finish renovating our home

5. Have more patience in general (with everything)

6. Learn how to crochet 

7. Attend church regularly and read my scriptures daily 

8. This is a personal, family goal that I will not share at this time, but will when the time is right.  :)

Have you made your 2011 resolution(s)? I love a new year… it’s a chance to grown and learn and change for the better. It’s a chance to start fresh. A new year is something to be thankful for, I think.

With ALL of that being said…it’s time for the NEW YEAR GIVEAWAY!!
I am giving away a sponsor spot for the months of January and February!!
That’s right…2 months of *free* ad space (125×125)! If you have a blog or shop that you would like to advertise here at MFTM, than this giveaway is for YOU! 
MFTM supports kid and family friendly blogs and shops. We support all things *handmade* and we support mommy shop owners. (You can find out more about advertising here).
Not only will you get a sponsor spot on the blog, but I will write a post spotlighting your blog or shop each month (one in Jan. and one in Feb.) promoting YOU!!
{You can check MFTM’s stats here.}
How can you enter to win 2 months of advertising on Mine for the Making?
{Leave a separate comment for each entry}
1. Leave a comment with the name of your blog or shop and a link to it.
2. Tell us what you want to see more of on MFTM in 2011.
(crafts, tutorials, recipes, giveaways, blog swaps, features, family life, etc.)
3. Be a public follower of MFTM.
4. “Like” MFTM on facebook.
5. “Heart” MFTM etsy shop.
FIVE chances to win this 2011 giveaway!
Giveaway is open until December 31st at midnight. I will announce the {winner} on January 1st, 2011.

Things you must know…If you’re going to be my BFF

My pal Ashley over at LMM is doing a fun segment right now. I’m hoping you don’t get too bored with this post and click over to LMM to check it out!

*Amy from The Idea Room is doing something similar too! So fun!

*Nichelle from Vintiage Wanna Bee is having a fun bloggy sleepover…join in!

*Lauryn from love notes by lauryn started a new linky party called Flashback Fridays!

I was born and raised in Arizona. My dream is to move to Eugene, Oregon.

I went to the same elementary school K-8, the same high school freshman through senior year, and graduated with honors as a Sun Devil.  I don’t deal well with change.
I am a planner. I LOVE being organized. Disorganization gives me anxiety.
Family is #1. Bottom line.

I’m finding my faith again…and it feels great.

I secretly want to be on Broadway. Can’t sing to save my life though.

I leave the singing to my husband.

I’m a Disney buff.

The book is always better than the movie. 

I am a dancer at heart…but haven’t danced in almost 6 years. 

When I was little I took lessons in karate, piano, horseback riding, flute, and dance (tap, jazz, lyrical, ballet, pointe). Dance was my favorite.

I would rather work with kids than adults…ANY DAY…hands down.
I LOVE onions and my husband hates them.
I HATE tomatoes and my husband loves them.
I LOVE having a clean house…I almost obsess over it. Probably not healthy.
Shoes and purses are a girls best friend… in my book any way.
I love crafting, baking, decorating, sewing, coloring, painting….
I find coloring in coloring books thereputical.

I used to write poetry when I was younger.

I would LOVE to be a SAHM. Someday. Maybe.

Being a MOM is my favorite “job.” And I have a lot of “jobs.”

I truly believe “The Notebook” is the story of my life.

My husband and I ARE soulmates. We started dating when I was just 13 years old, but met when I was in 6th grade. 

I am a Twi-hard and proud of it.

I love sleeping in absolute blackness and silence, but am sometimes scared of the dark.
When I was younger, I LOVED horror movies. As an adult, I cannot stand them. 
Daily must haves: Chi hair straightener, cell phone, water bottle, Wet Ones, to-do list, and my morning coffee.
I read every single comment on my blog (sometimes more than once) and they truly make my day
I blog stalk…don’t pretend like you don’t! 
I am battling my nail-biting habit. I was doing really well for awhile…Im trying to get back up on the wagon.
I am really hard on myself. 
I am a people-pleaser.
I don’t like confrontation, but I will stand up for what I believe in.

My friends are more like my family. My maid of honor has been my BFF since 3rd grade. I have another friend who I went to high school with, dormed with in college, finished the teaching program with, and now we teach at the same school, in the same grade, right across the hall from each other. I wouldn’t have it any other way : )

I was the only child until I was almost 10 years old. I love my little sister more than she will ever know. 
I love watching people open the present I get/make them, rather than receiving gifts for myself.
When I was younger, I couldn’t WAIT to get married and be a mommy.
I could watch FRIENDS re-runs everyday, all day.

My family used to call me “The Bag Lady” when I was a little girl. I used to shove things in my purses and cry because the zipper wouldn’t work.

I hear background music in my head almost all of the time.

I LOVE being a teacher…and it’s not because of the pay. 

 I ♥ Diet Coke…but know I need to give it up.

My 7th grade teacher told me to be an author….does blogging count?? 



Looking back on 2009, I remember many challenges. Thinking of those challenges, I am also reminded of the many blessings of 2009. Luci had her first birthday, Matthew and I were married (finally!), and we purchased our first home. With that being said, I decided that this year, I would make meaningful “New Year’s Resolutions”…in other words goals for 2010.

Now, if you you know me, you know I am a list person. I make lists. Multiple lists. For everything. And if you make it on my list, I will check you off. I always stick to my lists. I always accomplish my lists. Some call me crazy (my husband *cough*), but I call me organized. So….I made a list of my goals for 2010. The list was revised several times (the original one actually was crazy…Superman would not have been able to accomplish this list in 365 short days) and now I am ready to share it with you.

1. Have more patience (especially with my husband)
2. Read more…and from new authors (branch out…big step)
3. Learn new cooking/baking recipes and perfect them
4. Make more (crafting and sewing)
5. Finish renovating our home
6. Go on a fantastic family vacation
7. Start a blog (which has now been checked off)

Ok…there you have it. My New Year’s Resolutions for 2010.

I had my students look up the word ‘resolution’ in the dictionary.

resolution- a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner

Some of the resolutions they came up with based on this definition made me smile.

“I will bake more cookies with my mom” –boy, 8 years old (AWWWWW)

“I will play more video games” –boy, 8 years old (His mother responded with “That is the stupidest resolution I’ve ever heard!” LOL!)

“I will get faster at my multiplication facts” –girl, 8 years old (LOVE her!)

“I will be nicer to my little brother” — boy, 9 years old (so sweet)

What are some of your resolutions for 2010?