Disclosure: This post is deliciously sponsored by Partake Foods, a new line of snacks completely free from the top eight allergens! All opinions are authentically ours.
We are merely two weeks away from Halloween, my friends. That means the kickoff of the insane holiday season is almost upon us, which feels a little bit shocking. Are you other working moms with me on this? I love the holidays, but the realization that they’re about to begin in good and earnest is making me panic a bit.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s focus on what’s in front of us: Halloween.
I managed to order my kids’ costumes already (thank goodness for Amazon Prime), but I am feeling behind the eight ball in all other ways. We haven’t put up decorations yet. We haven’t visited a pumpkin patch. I haven’t done one single thing to organize the neighborhood party I typically throw on the day itself.
Time for some
corner-cutting shortcuts! Here’s how I’m going to make the spooky magic happen via some deft internet navigation.
Halloween Crafts by Kiwi Crate
As we have previously mentioned, Heather and I are both kind of Pinterest-challenged. We love crafts, but tend to lack the planning or the creative skills to execute them well.
Enter Kiwi Crate. It’s a crafting subscription box service, but they also sell one-off craft kits for the holidays! We’ve used a bunch of these and if your kid is old enough to read, he or she can probably do the entire craft without grown-up help. The results are adorable. This is the busy working moms’ dream crafting situation.
Get a Gently-Used Costume for your Kid
A week ago I saw this post in my local Working Moms Facebook mommy group: “Does anyone own a dinosaur costume in a size 2T they’d be willing to sell?” Within minutes the poster got five responses, and her son got his dinosaur costume.
What a brilliant idea. We buy these costumes for a small fortune and our kids wear them for what? Three hours? If they’re toddlers, maybe fifteen minutes? It’s a little crazy when you think about it.
Send the Grandparents an Actual Card
Once you’ve made a spooky craft and/or located a costume for your child, you will inevitably document these events with a few iPhone photos, right?
Take three additional minutes – I’m not kidding, this really only takes three minutes – and turn one of those adorable photos into an actual, physical postcard that will be shipped directly to the grandparents.
I’ve been using Ink Cards for years (I usually make them when I’m waiting in line at Starbucks) and my parents and grandparents adore them. Make one and see for yourself. You’ll be a hero.
Buy Allergy-Friendly Treats for the Ghosts and Goblins In Your Neighborhood
One of my very favorite children in the whole entire world has a peanut allergy. A scary peanut allergy; even casual exposure means hives and sickness and potential anaphylactic shock. Epi-pens are always at the ready.
Food allergies are the worst.
And they make Halloween tough. Think about how it must feel to know most of the candy your kid gets when she’s trick-or-treating could make her very, very sick.
But luckily, we have a working mom who’s on a mission to make the world a little less scary for kids with food allergies (not to mention their parents)! Today, Denise Woodard launched her Kickstarter campaign for Partake Foods, a line of snacks that will be totally free of the top eight allergens. Yay!
They’re also non GMO, Kosher, free of refined sugar, and made with real fruits and vegetables. Plus, “The recipes are being developed by Shauna Ahern, who won a James Beard Award in 2014 for her gluten free cookbook.”
Oh, and did we mention the first three products are different flavors of mini cookie?
This is the absolute perfect food to hand out on Halloween! It’s fun because it’s a mini cookie, and it’s safe for all the kids in your neighborhood.
Go back them on Kickstarter right now, because this woman is part of our tribe of working moms, and she’s doing awesome things for our kids.