Baby Shower Gender Reveal Pretzel Rod Recipe

Baby Shower Snack

Gender reveals are so much fun, aren’t they?  There is the anticipation!  Then the pink and blue decorations!  Plus, gathering all the family and friends together snapping dozens and dozens of pictures!  What’s not to love?!

If you’re having a hard time finding a baby shower gender reveal snack that suits your taste?  I think our baby shower gender reveal pretzel rods will fit the bill.  That is if your taste enjoys salty and sweet, with pink and blue chocolate!  These pretzel rods are tasty, well loved by young and old, and look oh so cute with very little effort.  That’s a favorite of mine!  Easy but looks super cute.  That could probably be my motto for life.  I like easy and cute.  This quick, to the point, give me the recipe and cut the dialog recipe, does include affiliate links.  I hope you’ll enjoy this fun, cute but not too cutesy, and yummy baby shower snack.

Gender Reveal Pretzels

 

Baby Shower / Gender Reveal Pretzel Rod Ingredients:

Baby Shower / Gender Reveal Pretzel Rod Instructions:

1. Melt the candy coating according to package directions giving special care not to overheat the candy. If the candy coating is overheated, it will be too thick. You can add 2 teaspoons of vegetable shortening or coconut oil to help thin the candy but do not add any other type of liquid as the candy will seize and harden.  To tell you the truth, I’ve tried to heat chocolate many times with all the tips and tricks and I can’t do it without the help of this Wilton Candy Melting Pot.  To me, it’s worth twice what it costs.  It allows me to do it slowly, to not stress, and to even allow my kids to help because I don’t worry that the chocolate will get too hot.  (At the time of this post, it’s available here on Amazon for just over $20 shipped)
2. Pour candy into feet molds if you’re doing that and allow them to cool completely before continuing.
3.  Pour candy coating over two-thirds of the pretzel rod and shake gently to remove excess. If applying sprinkles, do so immediately rotating the pretzel rods to coat all sides. Larger sprinkles work best if placed individually.
4. Place pretzel rod on waxed paper or cooling rack. (Note: Waxed paper makes for easier release. I love these deli wax paper sheets for regular use and because the kids use them to trace all kinds of maps and pictures. Plus, they’re affordable!!)
5. If dipping with additional colored candy melts, allow initial candy coating to set completely. Then, use a spoon or fork to drizzle candy coating over the pretzel rods. Before the pretzel sets, gently pick it up and move to clean wax paper.
6. Let pretzel rods dry completely before packaging or serving.

Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Placing in the refrigerator may cause the pretzel to soften.

Baby Pretzel Rods

Do you want to save this for another day?  Possibly for the next kid 😉 or a shower you’ll plan for a friend?  If so, pin the image below. 🙂  Enjoy!

Baby Shower Pretzel Rod Recipe

Shoes for Travel

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When it comes to travel you want to be as comfortable as you can be but it’s usually not possible or ideal to pack more than a few pair.  Here’s my list of my favorite shoes for traveling.

Travel Shoe Categories:

  • – Flip flops – I love these for the beach, when sharing a bathroom, or for driving in the car.  I hate for my feet to be confined when I’m in the car for long trips so flip flops are my go to for car travel.  I love my Vionic flip flops.  They have a deep heel and a higher arch that just fit my feet perfectly.  I can walk a long time in them without my feet growing weary.
  • – Comfortable – Tennis shoes or running shoes can be great for hiking or when it’s wet out.  Sketchers can be wonderfully comfortable and not too expensive.  I personally, truly truly hate tennis shoes.  If at all possible I wear sandals or flats.  It’s a weird quirk I have.  Maybe it has something to do with being forced to wear them each year in elementary school.  …or maybe that just proves that I’ve always hated them.  My Sketchers however are very nice! They’re super lightweight and the ones I have slip on.  If you have a weird aversion to tennis shoes like I do, Sketchers are definitely the way to go!
  • – Casual – For a fall or winter trip this usually includes a neutral pair of flats.  These are my favorite because they pack up so small.  For summer or a warmer spring, I’ll take a cute pair of flat sandals.  Sperry boat shoes are also a great go to pair for just about any time.  I’ve just recently acquired a pair of Tieks flats and they do feel very comfortable.  They have a thicker than normal sole which is quite comfy and I love how they have a larger toe bed than any of my other flats.  I’ve heard that the Lucky Brand Emmie flats are nice as well but I haven’t tried them out yet myself.
  • – Long wear sandals – Birkenstock sandals (or my nicely made knock off pair), Chacos, or Vionics are my favorites to wear when I have to be in my shoes for a long time.  I could walk miles (and have) in these shoes.  Chacos are even waterproof…you know, in case you like hiking around waterfalls.

There you have it!  Those are my top travel shoe picks.  Depending on where you go you might need rain boots, winter boots, or hiking boots.  You’ll want to take my list with a grain of salt but I hope it inspires you to rethink comfy traveling shoes.

Fall Foliage Across America – Hit the Road

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Fall Foliage Across America

From orange pumpkins and yellow mums at farmers markets to the brightly-colored foliage that graces the woodlands of America, just about any family can appreciate the beauty that fall has to offer through the great outdoors.

Pick a sunny weekend, pack the car, invite the family along, pack a picnic lunch, and bring the camera to ensure that the fall scenes freeze in time to enjoy for years to come.

Here are just a few popular fall foliage sites and destinations across America where families can enjoy nature its fullest this time of year.

State Parks and National Forests

State parks and national forests boast some of the best nature and hiking trails out there, as well as some of the best foliage and family fun.

All across Vermont, one thing is clear this time of year – fall is here. Woodford State Park in Vermont is a 398-acre park that borders Massachusetts and offers several hiking and nature trails to please the nature-lover and foliage enthusiast.

Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Washington State contains a West Coast version of fall’s array of color. The park’s trails span over 1,200 miles and go through woodland areas with scenic views. The U.S. Forest Service recently reported positive fall color around sites such as the Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams Ranger Districts.

The Minnesota Valley State Park in Jordan, Minn. is a mid-westerner’s destination. During fall, there are 41 miles of hiking trail available to adventure-seekers and foliage enthusiasts. Enjoy viewing the reddish-orange-colored Sumac or other plant varieties.

Foliage Routes

Get together with family members to map out an individualized foliage routes or visit state websites that can provide routes for discovering the best places to experience fall’s beauty.

The Ozark National Forest in Arkansas has brilliant colors in the fall. Take a look at the state’s collection of candy corn-colored Maple and Dogwood trees. To find some of the best foliage, drivers are encouraged to tour throughout the northern part of the state, including Bull Shoals, Yellville and Flippin, along the tree lines of the Ozark Mountains.

Maine is also a state filled with lovely displays of foliage this time of year. To experience fall-tinged Maples and mountains, the Maine Office of Tourism recommends a driving tour through Naples, Sebago Lake State Park, and Grafton Notch State Park, into the White Mountain National Forest, and through Lovell and Fryeburg. Many regions in the state are already experiencing some of their peak times of foliage color.

Scenic Drives

The Natchez Trace, which is a roadway that cuts through the South between Natchez, Miss. and Nashville, Tenn., is one example of an area in the country filled with the colors of nature especially during fall. One portion of the scenic drive takes travelers through the northwest corner of Alabama with 33 miles of fall beauty.

Not far from the Natchez Trace in the northwest part of Alabama, Joe Wheeler State Park in Rogersville, Ala. is a southern sample of the array of foliage to find. Drive along U.S. 72 or meander through the park in Lauderdale County.

Fall in Love with Fall

No matter the time of year, nature across America is abundant with beauty, but especially in fall, the colorful foliage outside is to be appreciated. Take the time to bring the family together outdoors, take a nice drive, and discover all there is to love about nature during fall.

5 Tips for Preparing Your Home for the Real Estate Market

Preparing Your Home for the Real Estate Market

Homebuyers can be picky and rightfully so. They are making a costly investment by purchasing a home that they will likely live in for many years. Buyers want to eliminate any risks and potential buyer’s remorse. For this reason, sellers must view their home from the point-of-view of the buyer and make improvements accordingly. Even minor changes can go a long way when preparing a home to be listed on the real estate market. Here are five tips to assure your home is show-ready before homebuyers look at it.

– Maximize Curb Appeal

The exterior of your home is the first thing buyers will see. It is the first impression of the house and has the power to turn buyers away before they even step foot inside. Making improvements to the landscape is guaranteed to add value to your home.

Enhancing curb appeal includes regular maintenance as well. Sprucing up the outside of the home consists of cleaning gutters, trimming low-hanging branches, and power-washing the siding. The home may even need a fresh coat of paint if the siding is chipped or dull from the weather. Mowing the lawn, weeding, and planting seasonal flowers and other plants will make the home look well maintained.
In addition to keeping up with yard work, the entrance to your home needs to appear inviting. You can give your front door a facelift with a fresh coat of paint and new welcome mat. If you have a porch, consider flowerpots or a bench swing to add even more curb appeal.

– Make Any Repairs

Ideally, you have been making repairs within the home as they appear. However, we all have busy lives, so sometimes that crack in the wall or broken tile gets pushed down the list of priorities until we become so used to it, we don’t even see it anymore. Before listing your home on the market, repairing any breaks, cracks, or tears is a must.

Some home repairs are easy fixes, but others can be costly and require experts. For example, a faulty air conditioning unit, leaking roof, or cracked foundation can cost thousands of dollars. Some repairs are hidden, and homeowners may not be aware that these improvements need to be made. Any hidden repairs will come up during the inspection before the sale closes.

– Renovate and Update Outdated Features

Houses can withstand decades of wear and tear, especially with proper upkeep. However, one visible sign of the home’s age is the interior features and décor. Outdated features, wall colors, and appliances are just a few areas that may need renovating.

An entirely renovated and updated home will always sell faster than one that needs only small changes, but unfortunately, home renovations are expensive. Luckily, even minor touch-ups can go along way. For example, replacing fixtures, faucets, and hinges in an outdated kitchen will help it look more modern.

Every homeowner has a different taste, and this is revealed through the home’s wall color. However, bright colors can be distracting and turn off buyers. Neutral wall colors are the safest bet when selling your home.

– Clean and Organize

Before you list or show your home, you should clean and organize every room, closet, and drawer. Dirty and unclean rooms are yet another thing that will drive away buyers. You should give your home an in-depth cleaning, making sure all corners of the home are free of dust and all surfaces disinfected. Cleaning every surface of a home is a lot of work, so using a professional cleaning service will assure your home is in tip-top shape.

Decluttering and organizing will allow buyers to see your home and imagine what their things will look like in the space. Buyers will open closets, cabinets, and drawers so you will want to organize these areas as well. If you have a big family with a lot of things, a storage unit is a great place to house these items during the selling and moving process.

All homes will have both good and bad smells, but during a home showing, eliminating bad odors is more crucial than ever. Cleaning your home will help this, but you can go the extra mile by lighting a candle or baking cookies.

– Stage the Home for Showings

Once everything in your home is clean and organized, it is time to stage! When it comes to preparing your home for a showing or an open house, simple décor is always best. Getting rid of bulky furniture and exotic prints has the same effect on the home as neutral wall colors. Simplicity will give buyers the chance to imagine their furniture and belongings in each room. In addition to décor, getting rid of personal items, including family photos, will further declutter the space.

Let in natural light by opening all the windows to make the space appear bright and cheery. Give your kitchen counters one more wipe down and fluff the pillows, and your home is ready for even the pickiest homebuyers.

  • – Alternative Options

Most of these changes and repairs are expensive and time-consuming. If you are on a time crunch to get your home sold, there are less traditional selling methods. Working with a real estate investment firm minimizes the necessary work of the homeowner. Investors will make a cash offer to any home and will not demand any changes or repairs. This option is favorable for homeowners facing foreclosure or simply need to relocate quickly because they are able to close within a week. Whichever method you choose, you should know all the steps that go into preparing your home for the real estate market so that you can make the best choice for you and your family.

4 Tips for Parents New to Homeschooling

Starting your child in a homeschooling program can seem complicated. In the past, parents and guardians were largely on their own when it came to educating their children. This was both the greatest benefit of homeschooling and the most difficult aspect.

Nowadays, vast resources and online curriculum courses are available to parents who are interested in starting their children in an online homeschooling program. Below are four tips to keep in mind that will help you get started on the right path to finding the correct program and curriculum that meets the needs of your child.

1. Get In Touch

While some homeschooling parents prefer to stay completely independent, most first-timers homeschoolers appreciate having a network of support, whether in-person or online. If you don’t know many people already involved in homeschooling, get in contact with the Homeschool Association in your state. Furthermore, you can search on Facebook to find local, national, and global groups dedicated to helping homeschool parents.

You don’t have to be a vocal member of these communities to gain benefits. At first, it’s best to read the forums and discussion threads to learn the main topics and issues among your peers. Once you’re comfortable with the lingo, you can start asking questions and utilizing available resources, which are often free. In time, you’ll become a valued and experienced member of the community, regardless of how active you are.

2. Check Local Laws

Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states. It’s a trusted method of instruction in homes across the US and abroad. You have the right to educate your child in the best way you see fit.

Some states offer a great deal of freedom for homeschoolers, requiring no notification or evaluation before beginning. Others require some form of notice, while a handful require certifications and required testing.

The Home School Legal Defense Association provides a map of each state’s regulation status and explains the requirements throughout the nation. While it may be frustrating to comply with these rules, doing so will ensure your child maintains a successful educational path well into the future.

Homeschool Play

3. Learn How Your Child Learns

Everyone learns differently. You may have heard that there are 3 different types of learners: audio, visual, and kinesthetic. Some researchers say there are seven learning styles, while still others insist there are endless different types of learners!

Instead of putting your child into a simple category, spend some time discussing their preferences and evaluating how they best understand learning material. Do they prefer to read and study on their own in silence? Do they like having visual stimuli like videos and interactive media? Do they learn best completely on their own, or are they more suited to studying alongside a sibling or friend?

A child’s learning style evolves over time, and understanding their needs is an ongoing process. Part of the joy of homeschooling is watching your child grow as a student. Do your best and be open to changing your plans as you go along.

4. Start Deschooling

To deschool means, essentially, to unlearn the habits of public schooling. In traditional schools, we’re taught to raise our hands to go to the bathroom, sit quietly for hours on end, take required classes and courses we have no interest in…. It’s quite a world apart compared to homeschool!

If you went to public school as a child, these habits are probably ingrained in your memory. Deschooling is doubly important if your child has been a part of the school system recently. Make it clear to your new student that the expectations of public school don’t entirely apply in the home. You’ll set the standards and pace alongside your child.

With clear expectations, strong goals, and an open mindedness toward education, you and your child can thrive in a homeschool environment.

Tips for Homeschooling on the Road for Traveling Families

Being able to homeschool is truly a blessing because your kids can experience more of the world and learn on your terms. With that being said, there are some tips that homeschooling families should learn as a means to make homeschooling in the car a valuable experience. If you’re a traveling family or just find that you’ve been so busy that you’ll have to homeschool on the road during a family vacation, then you’ll enjoy these tips for homeschooling on the road.  This post is brought to you by WinnerFordofDover.com.

Tips for Homeschooling on the Road for Travel Families

Tips for Homeschooling on the Road for Travel Families

Get Prepared

Look over the lessons that you’ll be teaching your kids while homeschooling on the road. Make sure you opt to choose from lessons that won’t need a lot of supplies. Opting to prepare for your homeschooling on the road sessions will mean that you’ll get the supplies ready, choose lessons that make more sense for homeschooling in the car, and work to allow all kids to learn something similar at the same time.

Plan for Stops

If you’re going to be traveling in the car for long distances, make sure you plan for a stop along the route. This will allow your kids to get some reading and other lessons completed outside of the car. You may want to pick some historical landmarks to stop to work on a homeschool history lesson with your kids while homeschooling on the road.

Review Lessons

While it’s best to choose the harder lessons for at home homeschooling sessions, you may need to teach some of the harder homeschool lessons on the road. It’s best to prepare with a tri-fold poster board to help keep kids focused while trying to get some of the harder lessons done. You may also opt to find a location with no distractions to get out, stretch and learn on the road when you have a difficult lesson to teach the kids while traveling in a car.

Make a Checklist

Last, but not least, make a checklist of supplies that you’ll need to make the most of your homeschool lessons on the road. This means getting pencils sharpened, bringing a pencil sharpener, plenty of paper, journals, and books as well as any other supplies that you’ll need for each lesson in your curriculum while homeschooling on the road.

If you take the time to review what lessons you’ll be working on during your homeschooling in the car adventures, you’ll find that the kids learn better and focus easier. This is one of the benefits of being a homeschool family, you can educate your kids pretty much anywhere. There’s always a way to educate your kids in history, math, science and social studies when you’re a traveling family who’s well-prepared for homeschool lessons in the car.

8 Items To Keep in Your Car

8 Items to Keep In Your Car

It’s a shame but the truth of the matter is that no one can predict when and where their car is going to break down.  Wouldn’t it be nice, if you could?  Because we can’t predict the future it’s a good idea to be prepared in case your car should break down.  This isn’t a complete list, I’m sure you can think of some things to add but I hope it’s a helpful starting place.  This post is brought to you by Waynesborocdjr.com.

1. Jumper Cables
Dead batteries happen and jumper cables are the solution.  It’s also helpful to know how to use them before you’re in a situation where you need them.  You can find a simple guide on how to use jumper cables here.

2. First Aid Kit
For minor wounds you’ll be glad you have a first aid kit.  You can see how to pack a first aid kit by clicking here.

3. Spare Tire
Along with a spare tire, the knowledge of how to change one would also be handy.  This is something I need to learn.  I just did a google search and am excited to learn how.  You can click here to see the guide I just found.  You might want to keep a jack along for the ride too!

4.  Tire Pressure Gauge
These are affordable and can give you peace of mind when your tires look a little low or when your sensor comes on.

5.  Kitty Litter
Kitty litter removes yucky smells, can clean up oil spills, and can help you gain traction in slippery conditions.  (Click here to see six other ways to remove bad smells from vehicles)

6.  A Multitool
A good multitool is a fabulous thing to have with you everywhere.  They’re too heavy for me to carry around in my purse but stashing one in my car is the perfect way to have one close at hand.

7.  Blanket
I keep a blanket in the car so we’ll be able to bundle up if we break down when it’s cold out, or want to have an impromptu picnic.  However it will be handy to have should I ever need it to change a spare tire!

8.  Flashlight
Because you never know when you’ll need to see in the dark!  A good flashlight will help you see farther than the flashlight on your phone will plus it will allow you to keep your battery charge up in case you need it.

20 More Family Friendly Trunk or Treat Ideas!

We know you loved the first 20 trunk or treat ideas we shared so we wanted to share even more.  It’s not like you have to twist my arm, I love to look at Halloween costume and trunk or treat decor ideas.  We still haven’t decided on our family costumes for this fall and that’s not like us.  We need to get on the ball!  This post is brought to you by Zeiglerchryslerdodge.com.

1.  Crayola – who doesn’t love these amazing crayons?

2.  A giant Minion.  How cute!

 

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Cleaning out my closet tonight. Much needed reminder about all of the clothes I have and don’t wear simply because I don’t know how to style them or forget they are there because I stick with the easy go-to outfits that I wear again and again. I’m posting here to hold myself accountable to wear something different each day for as long as I can by shopping my own closet. Bright spot – I found these overalls from two Halloween’s ago when Roen and I dressed as minions for our trunk-or-treat ❤️. I’m going to post my outfits daily in stories to be accountable and so I can remember what I have and haven’t worn. They may not all be winners but should be interesting. #closet365 #closetchallenge . . . #shopyourcloset #shopmycloset #minion #trunkortreat #minions😍 #miniontrunk #minionstyle #overalls #overallstyle #closetgoals #boymom #boymomlife #halloweencostume #halloweenminions #trunkortreat🎃 #overallsfordays #momandson #mylittle #shopmywardrobe #boymomma #mylittleminion #littleminion #kcmom #kcmomblogger #kansascitymom #adventureswithkids #adventuresinmomlife

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3.  The tooth fairy!  I have never seen one like this before.  I love the originality!

 

4.  You can turn your vehicle into a traveling zoo.  …I guess that would be a circus.  Whatever you call it, it’s precious!

 

5.  I truly love this!  I almost squealed when I saw it.  Very fun!

 

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#trunkortreat #shark #hgtv #propstylist

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6.  Jurassic Park.  Wow, impressive.  My kids would be terrified of this one but I don’t think most kids would so I still consider it family friendly.

7.  Wow, I don’t know what I could add to this.  It’s just amazing!

8.  Snoopy!! I love Lucy’s advice stand and Snoopy’s dog house!  Well done!

 

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Where the Halloween obsession began 😂 #SpecialNeedsKids #Halloween #TrunkOrTreat #Charliebrown #JaedynsWorld

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9.  Under the Sea.  This is a simple set up but whimsical and fun.

10.  Adult-sized Barbie.  I love it!

 

11.  Super heroes!

 

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Our first annual trunk or treat! The Incredibles! #TLLA #halloween #trunkortreat #earlychildhood #education

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12.  Pikachu

 

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#trunkortreat #pikachu

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13.  Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, & Wendy.  I love the window scene behind them.  Darling!

 

 

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#peterpan #tinkerbell #wendy #trunkortreat

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14.  The Lollipop Guild!  No way!

 

 

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We represent the frickin Lollipop Guild. #trunkortreat #lollipop #tennisrackets #longsufferingdad #gooddads

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15.  Moana!

 

 

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#homemadecostumes #moana #maui #disney #pua #heihei #taka #tefeti #trunkortreat #halloween

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16.  Cars’ VW.  How cute!!

17.  The Jungle Book

 

 

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#Jungle Book trunk or treat #junglebook #futuretrunks #trunkortreat

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18.  A bubble machine!!  Nothing else is needed, am I right?

 

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Bubbles!!! Really cool image taken on an IPhone 8! #rcdsphotographynotclub #iphone8camera #trunkortreat

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19.  Wow!! What an impressive recreation of the house from the movie Up!

 

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Real Life Russel From Pixar’s “Up”. #Pixar #Russel #movies #Cutie #trunkortreat #funtimes #familytime.

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20.  A NASA spaceship complete with an astronaut and aliens!!  Ah, this is one of my favorites!

 

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Had a blast 🚀!!! Ready for pic overload… #trunkortreat

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There you have it, an additional 20 family friendly trunk or treat ideas.  To see the first 20 ideas click here.

20 Family Friendly Trunk or Treat Ideas

Trunk or treating is our favorite way to do trick or treating.  It’s safer and I just LOVE the trunk or treat decorations.  I hope you’ll enjoy this list I’ve gathered of 20 family friendly trunk or treat ideas.  This post is brought to you by Zeigler Chrysler Dodge Ram.

1.  Candyland!! I love this one so much!

 

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My wife got that 1st place trunk #TrunkRTreat

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2.  Is it ever too early to start celebrating Christmas?

 

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Had such a great time tonight! #TrunkRTreat #ChristmasInOctober

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3.  The car is dressed like a dog and the dog is dressed like a car.  Cute!

 

4. Angry Birds

 

 

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Super exhausted, but well worth it! • • • #halloween #trunkrtreat #spokanefirst #jesusfirstchurch

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5. Dino Dig.  I know my kids would love this one!!

 

6. Stranger Things theme.  Spooky and cute all in one!

 

7.  Star Wars

 

 

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My parents are cool. #trunkrtreat #halloween #trickortreat #starwars #leia #jedi #maytheforthbewithyou

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8. Oooh, the princess and the frog.  A gigantic car-sized frog!  How fun!

 

 

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The Princess and her Frog. Come to out to Westview 6-8. #trunkrtreat

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9.  The Great Pumpkin!  Oh, I just love Charlie Brown!

 

 

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Our #TrunkRTreat theme was a Hit!!!! #TheGreatPumpkinCharlieBrown 🎃 Man did I have a blast!! I love doing crafty things 😊

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10.  I love Lucy!  Spot on, folks, spot on!

 

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Our #TrunkRTreat theme was a Hit!!!! #TheGreatPumpkinCharlieBrown 🎃 Man did I have a blast!! I love doing crafty things 😊

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11.  Simple big scary creature.  Easy and still very fun!

 

 

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Winging it worked. #trunkrtreat

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12.  Veggietales!

 

 

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Trunk R Treat 2015 #firstchurch #trunkrtreat #veggietales

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13.  This car was transformed into a Ninja Turtle.  Man, I used to love the Ninja Turtles when I was a kid!

 

 

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Chelsey and Scott at trunk-r-treat. #trunkrtreat #ninja #ninjaturtles #cousins

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14. Starbucks “Walk Thru” – too cute!

 

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#trunkrtreat Starbucks!

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15.  Eek!! Giant teeth make this vehicle a larger than life monster.

 

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RAWR!!!!! #TrunkRTreat #Halloween

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16.  This monster looks friendly.  Maybe it’s the soft big eyes or maybe it’s the flopping tongue.

 

 

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Another year and another loss… next year I really amp up my game… #TrunkRTreat

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17.  Have leftover birthday party decorations?  Wrap some empty boxes and voila, you have a cute birthday themed vehicle.

 

18.  This truck did a phenomenal job with their basketball court decor.

 

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THE 2014 BEST TRUNK WINNER ! The Memphis Tiger Basketball trunk #tlcmemphis #trunkrtreat

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19.  This space themed decor would be my daughter’s favorite.  She loves her some stars!

 

 

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Twinkly star trunk #tlcmemphis #trunkrtreat

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20.  Cookie Monster – yum, yum, yum!

 

 

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COOKIE TRUNK! #trunkrtreat #tlcmemphis

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There you have it, 20 trunk or treat decor ideas that vary from simple to complex.  I hope you’ve found something to inspire you for your trunk or treat decorating this Halloween season.

How Do You Teach Kids Manners and Respect?

When it comes to raising kids you’ll have to learn ways to teach your kids how to use their manners and what respect means. Being a parent is full of many responsibilities, and those responsibilities don’t seem to lessen as the kids get older. Teaching kids manners and respect in a purposeful way comes down to creating a lifestyle that encourages your kids to comprehend manners and respect naturally. If you’re looking for ways to purposefully teach kids manners and respect then you’ll enjoy these tips I’m sharing today.  This post contains affiliate links.

How to teach kids manners and respect

How Do You Teach Kids Manners and Respect?

 

Model Manners and Respect

Let’s face it, being married is no piece of cake. There will be times that your spouse upsets you or you don’t use proper manners and respect when handling various stressors in married life. While this is completely normal, the key is to remember that your kids are watching you. When it comes to being more aware of how to purposefully teach your kids manners and respect, it’s all about being a good role model. Whenever you’re feeling angry or make a mistake or treat someone in the house with disrespect or don’t use your manners out of frustration, be certain to correct your behavior so that your kids are able to see that no one is perfect but they can work to correct mistakes when manners or respect isn’t properly modeled.

Family Rules

Set Some Rules

At the end of the day kids truly thrive best on routine and rules. When it comes to trying to find ways to purposefully teach kids manners and respect you’ll want to start by setting some household rules. You may want to create a beautiful canvas sign in the home that features these house rules that set forth the expectations of manners. Having a beautiful decor canvas hung up in a family room that cites how each family member is expected to treat each other will help inspire your kids to visualize the rules each day without feeling the pressure to be perfect. Whenever your kids don’t follow these simple rules about manners and respect, you can have a consequence or discussion surrounding how they can try harder next time.  (The sign above can be found here on Amazon)

365 Manners Kids Should Know

Be The Coach

Your kids may learn some manners and respect through watching your example, there are times where kids will need a little coaching to truly get the concept of manners and respect down. Whenever you’re out in public or sitting down to dinner at home, try to be the coach to your kids. Being a coach for your kids means having more open discussions about when to use what manners and how to properly behave at a dinner table. While you will continue to lead by example, talking about the expectations of manners and when to properly use them will help you more purposefully teach kids about manners and respect in a way that will stay with them longer.  I’ve personally found that using books to teach manners is helpful. One that I’m wanting to buy is a popular book I found on Amazon called 365 Manners Kids Should Know.  It has 4.5 stars.

There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to purposefully teaching kids manners and respect. The idea is to figure out how each your kids learn best. Manners and respect are something that must be taught at a young age and reinforced throughout the entirety of childhood. Using these tips to teach kids manners and respect will help inspire a more positive family lifestyle where your kids utilize manners regularly without a reminder as they get older.