Where to Donate Halloween Candy in OC

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Where to Donate Halloween Candy in OC

Happy Halloween! I am sure many of us will be experiencing a candy hangover tomorrow morning with our kiddos, so if you are anxious to get the junk out of your house, here are some ideas on where to donate Halloween candy in OC…

Cash for Candy at Little Smiles 

Little Smiles Cash for Candy OC For the 2nd year, Drs. Harvey Lee and Laura McCormack of Little Smiles of Orange County, an Irvine-based pediatric dental practice will pay $1 per pound for kids’ candy (up to $20 per family) on Friday, November 1st  from the hours of 9am – 5pm.

Every child will also be entered into a raffle to win a membership to Pretend City Children’s Museum and will receive a healthy goodie bag to take home.

The collected candy will be shipped to the troops overseas in partnership with Operation Gratitude.

4980 Barranca Pkwy, Suite 101
Irvine, CA
949.733.3433

Wahoo! for Wahoo’s Crummy Candy Program!

Wahoo's Crummy Candy Program 2013

We love Wahoo’s. One of my favorite places to take my girls to eat. From November 1st – 3rd, 2013 you can bring in a bag of your crummy Halloween candy and kids 12 years and under can get one free kid’s meal per child with parent. Print the coupon above and head on it to your favorite Wahoo’s location.

Halloween Candy Buy Back

Halloween Candy BuyBack

If Irvine is not in your neck of the woods, visit www.halloweencandybuyback.com and you can search by zip code to find a participating dentist near you who is accepting Halloween candy donations to send to the troops.

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Halloween Bug Bash at Pretend City

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With this Pretend City coupon above you can receive $1 off general admission to Pretend City on Halloween day to the Halloween Bug Bash, Thursday, 10/31/13 from 10am – 5pm. This is a Halloween Party at Pretend City your little ones won’t want to miss!

Kids of all ages will have a boo-tiful time at the Bug Bash on Halloween, where there is something for every little trick-or-treater.

Come dressed to thrill in their creepy, creaky, critter city as you trick-or-treat at each of the exhibit spaces every two hours.

The Bug Bash event includes:

Monster Moves with Disco Dracula: Jammin’ tunes for dancing and grooving
Spooky Snacks: Make sure your Halloween is a healthy one with these adorable, healthy Halloween snacks
Bug Bites at Kiosk Cafe: Crickets, bugs, worms is what’s on the menu at Bug Bite Cafe.
Halloween Bugs Story Time: Silly, spooky, scary bugs are featured in this story.
FREE dental screenings: 10am – 12pm (first come, first served.)

Sounds like such a fun event to take your little ones to! If I had a baby or toddler, this would be a great way to spend day day on Halloween because sometimes it can be hard to find OC Halloween events for toddlers.  I hope you all have a wonderful holiday with your cuties. Enjoy!

Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618
949-428-3900

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A Spooky Halloween Craft to Do With Your Kids

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Halloween Craft for Kids

Here is a spooky Halloween craft for kids that will help set the mood for holiday fun!

My munchkins love craft time…and this mama isn’t always the craftiest on the block. So, I was super excited to come across this fun Halloween project idea on Pinterest last year – little ghosts made out of your kiddos’ footprints. Last year I made one for each set of grandparents and myself!

There are lots of variations – different Halloween shapes, handprints, footprints, different fall colors, different backgrounds –  but this is how I did this Halloween craft for kids.

I hope you and your little ones have just as much fun as we did!  Are mine professional-looking? Absolutely not. But the kiddos and I had so much fun making them!  Gotta love those little feet!

Halloween Craft Supplies: 

– Orange, yellow and white paint (your choice of brand)

– An orange colored plate (I bought mine from The Dollar Tree) – you can also do paper plates, nice quality white plates, plaques, really any background or palette that you want!  It depends on how you want to arrange the colors.

– Black permanent marker

Steps:

Phase 1

– Paint your little ones feet with white paint.

– Carefully (I stress, carefully!), have them make their footprint on the plate upside down…make sure that their toes are spread out, so their toes are the ghost’s bottom part.

– Let the footprint(s) dry.

– Once dry, you can take the permanent marker and make eyes on the heel of the footprint (I also added a nose and a smile!) to the ghost’s “face.”  Then, I took the permanent maker and carefully outlined the ghost (you can make the outline as thick or as thin as you want it).  I also added a little more white paint to create a more ghost-looking shape.

– I wrote the year to commemorate the kiddos little feet size.

Phase 2

– Once everything was dried, I took the permanent black marker and evenly spaced out small triangles around the edge of the plate (the “candy corn.”)

– You can also write any Halloween or “spooky” message you want – I added “Happy Halloween” and “Boo!” (see picture).  I’ve seen some that say “Trick or Treat, Smell my Feet!”

– Then I painted yellow on the bottom of each triangle, orange in the middle and white on the top.  Ta da!  Now you have your candy corn.  In whatever pattern on the plate that you want.

– Let everything dry!  And enjoy your new “ghosts!”

NOTE:  These are for display only…not as serving platters or plates!

 What is your favorite Halloween craft or project to do with your kids?  Share below!

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7 Great Holiday Photo Card Sites

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I L O V E getting holiday photo cards. Love shopping for them, love sending them, and LOVE getting them. I could spend hours online searching for the best holiday card designs every year.

To make life easier on you, I have summarized 7 great sites for the best holiday card designs and will feature a favorite design from each one along with any current promo codes I could find. Happy holiday card shopping!

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Minted.com

I have mad love for Minted.com for their unique indie designs and endless customizing options. This year they gave me two reasons to love them even more with their real foil pressed cards and keepsake ornament cards!

Get 10% off your holiday card order with Minted promo code FALLHOL10 good through tomorrow. Plus, you can BUY NOW and UPLOAD your photo later. Nice!

My picks: White Noel Holiday Ornament Card and Glittering Joy Foil-Pressed Holiday Card.

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Minted Ornament Card

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Paper Culture 

If you like clean, simple designs, Paper Culture will be right up your alley. Definitely a top choice for some of the best holiday card designs for their modern style. Plus, every card is printed on 100% post consumer recycled paper and for every order, Paper Culture plants a tree. Heart this.

Enter Paper Culture promo code HOLIDAY13 for 20% off your order through 10/29/13.

My pick: Cheer. They are 8.9 x 3.9 inches – cute! Love an oversized card!

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Simply to Impress

Super cute holiday photo card designs at affordable prices.

Save 25% off with Simply to Impress promo code FALLSAVE (but ends today! hurry!)

My pick: Striped Frame. I absolutely love the inclusion of “Top Moments of the Year” and the opportunity to have some fun on your holiday card!

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PurpleTrail.com

This was a fun find this year, and if you are planning a holiday party, make sure to check out their cute holiday party invitations too.

Things I like: cute designs, wide price range (affordable to high end), and free upgrade to rush processing and order will be shipped same day. Nice.

Use PurpleTrail promo code intro15 for 15% off your first order.

My pick: Rustic Charm Christmas Photo Card. Love the gift tag, rustic background, and the fact that you are able to customize 8 pages to add more pictures, highlights and holiday wishes!

PurpleTrail

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Cardstore

Yet another new find this year! You can chose from one of their designs, or actually design your own blank photo card, or photo card collage.

My pick: Magic of Christmas Chalkboard Art on Cardstore. Love this look.

Chalkboard Art Christmas Card

 

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WishingTreeDesigns.com

Sign up for their email list and get 20% off your order of $35+.

My pick: Live, Laugh, Love. The colors and sentiment just make me happy!

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TinyPrints.com

Of course, TinyPrints is always a favorite for their best holiday card designs and lots of options.

Enter Tiny Prints promo code 20OCTSW for 20% off any order through 10/29!

My Pick: Holiday Ink. Different. I love it.

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Happy ALMOST holiday card season!

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6 Easy Service Projects To Do With Your Kids

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Service Project Ideas to Do With Your Kids

I am a firm believer in teaching my kids the importance of serving others…giving back and thinking about something bigger than themselves.  So here are 6 easy  service project ideas to do with your kids!

1. Decorate Cards for a Local Nursing Home

Spread some cheer to a local nursing home, hospital, or assisted living care home…have your kiddos make cards or pictures with stickers, glitter, crayons…wherever your kid’s creativity takes them.  It can be “just because,” or  themed toward the next holiday on the calendar.

Then, have your kids come with you to deliver them.  And watch the smiles spread…

2. Send Letters to Our Troops

While you are decorating cards, how about making some for our troops?  There is a service called, “A Million Thanks,” that is designed to show our appreciation for our U.S. military men and women

Have your kids create pictures, color cards, write notes of thanks…whatever you want…as a thank you to our troops.  Make them generic…”A Million Thanks”  actually delivers your cards and letters to our military for you – active, reserve, and veterans!

This is a great way to continue to teach your kids about the importance of freedom, and respecting and appreciating the men and women who protect it everyday.

Click here to learn more…and find the nearest letter drop-off site for your cards.

3. Set up a Hot Chocolate and Cookie Stand 

Summer may be over, but it’s not too late to set up a hot chocolate stand.  Make a batch of hot chocolate or warm apple cider (yum!), bake something delicious (I love cookies because they’re simple and easy to bake in bulk), and collect your tips.  

Once the goodies are gone…or your kids poop out…count out the money together and let your kids decide who to give it to. It can be a charity, a cause you believe in, your school, your church…whatever is important to you and your family.  

4. Donate Old Clothes, Toys and Shoes

This is one of my favorites.  As moms, we are constantly on the lookout for too small clothing, toys that aren’t played with, and honestly, how to get rid of so much kid clutter, right?  Instead of being stealthy and waiting until your kids go to school, or go to sleep to bag up items, ask your kids to pick five things each they would like to give to another little boy or girl who needs it.

The key here is to let them pick.  I explain to my kids that we are choosing clothes and toys to share with other children that need them.  My son can fill his bag in three seconds, easily parting with five toys or trinkets.  My daughter goes to her room and quietly assesses everything she owns, and it may take her up to an hour to pick her five things.

But they both take ownership in the process. I have them help me bag everything up to go to whatever toy/clothing drive or donation drop-off location we are giving to. So they can see where it’s actually going and how they are helping others.

5. Collect Canned Foods for a Local Food Bank

This is a simple way to give back…by collecting canned foods at the grocery store or in your own pantry.  You can make this as elaborate (organizing a larger canned food drive among your school class, activity group, club, neighborhood street, etc.), or simply keeping it to you and your kids.  

Once you decide your canned drive is complete, pick a charity or food pantry to give your cans to.  Have the kids come with you for drop off.  Simple and effective.   Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County is a great organization helping to feed those that are hungry, right in our own backyard.

6. Gather Old, Worn Out Blankets and Towels

Animal shelters and vets are constantly looking for old towel and blanket donations for their furry friends.  This is a super easy project to do with your kids.  Gather up your blanket/towel donations, bag them, and take your kids with you to deliver them.  Explain that they are helping keep animals warm and cozy!

More Ideas…

– Check out OneOC.org for local family service project ideas to do with your kids and youth volunteering options.

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Do you have a favorite service project or idea that you like to do with your kids?  If so, please share below!

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