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“Hug your kids at home, but belt them in the car.”

A few tips for tonight:
1.  Don’t Frankenstein Your Lights

 

When purchasing electrical decorations, make sure to shop at a reputable retailer and look for the UL Mark.  Be sure to check the rating on your extension cords and do not plug in more than the recommended wattage.  Use special, heavy-duty extension cords for high wattage decorations such as fog machines and electrically powered inflatable decorations.

 

2.  Inspect Decorations with Fiendish Care

 

Inspect all of your electric lights and decorations for damage or wear. Cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires and loose connections may pose a fire or shock hazard. Replace damaged light strings with energy-efficient LED lights.  Look for a red UL Mark to indicate that lights are certified for both indoor and outdoor use. A green UL mark indicates certification for indoor use only.

 

3.  Beware of Candles

 

Candles, especially in a Jack O’Lantern, should be off the ground and out of children’s reach. Try battery-operated LED candles for an even safer option.

 

4.  Don’t Trip Up Your Goblins

 

Halloween costumes should allow full movement for your kids. Costumes that drag, constrict or drape pose a dangerous hazard, especially at night. Check to ensure that costumes don’t restrict your children’s vision, and instruct them to watch out for tripping hazards, such as cords.

5.  Say Boo to Unsafe Costumes

 

Be sure to purchase or make costumes out of flame-resistant materials such as nylon or polyester as these specially marked fabrics will resist burning and extinguish quickly.

 

 

6.  Be Safe and Bright

 

Choose costumes that are lighter in color and attach reflective materials to costumes. Make sure each child has a flashlight to help them see and be seen.

 

7.  HAVE THE BEST HALLOWEEN EVER!

 

“If we are ever to enjoy life, now is the time, not tomorrow or next year…
Today should always be our most wonderful day.”

Thomas Dreier

“The only way to live is to accept each minute as an unrepeatable miracle, which is exactly what it is: a miracle and unrepeatable.”

Storm Jameson

“Everything is created from moment to moment, always new. Like fireworks, this universe is a celebration and you are the spectator contemplating the eternal Fourth of July of your absolute splendor.”

Francis Lucille

“Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!”

Amanda Bradley

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”

Oprah Winfrey

“Celebrate what you want to see more of.”

Thomas J. Peters

Halloween’s just around the corner.  What’s the costume gonna be this year?

Last year we bought about a billion costumes at a yard sale that a Prana Power Yoga student was having, and of course, my plus 5 have no desire to wear any of those costumes this year (LOL).  Dakota and Montana have no say in the matter (they’re 18 months old) so I’ll squeeze em into the two pumpkin outfits fo sure because it don’t get any cuter than a 18 month old pair o pumpkin twins.  ;)

 

So…what are your kiddos contemplating?  And helloooowww, what’s the deal with those catalogues espousing $40 costumes (don’t be embarrassed, I’ve partaken in em before, with my first child, Madison, two at the time).

Sagey, age 7, told me yesterday that she’s gonna be “a robber,” and described how she will do so, without needing a “real” costume.  I reminded her of the eight billion other costumes in the cedar closet and more importantly, of deliberate creation, and asked her if she really wanted to be a robber.  ;)

 

 

Here’s what HALLOWEEN SEARCHES ON YAHOO came up with this year:

Baby Love. Babies are innocent and sweet, and most parents tend to make sure the costumes are a match for that innocence, and animal and flower costumes are usual favorites. Searches for “baby costumes” are up more than 3,700% this month. The 2011 trends? Angry Bird baby costume, cookie monster and Disney’s “Up”.

Top Searched Baby Halloween Costumes

Angry Bird

Cookie Monster

Butterfly

Dinosaur

Pumpkin

 

Top Searched Toddler Halloween Costumes

?               Pirate

?               Stay Puff Marshmallow

?               Disney’s “Up”

?               Elephant

?               Brother/Sister costume ideas for toddlers

Top Searched Kids Halloween Costumes:

1.           Lava Girl

2.           Disney (Mickey, Minnie)

3.           Harry Potter

4.           Michael Jackson

5.           Nerd

 

Do it yourself?  Are the best costumes homemade costumes? Yahoo! searches for “homemade Halloween costume” are spiking 658% this month. Most likely, it’s not about the costume, but the fun with family and friends that goes into making the costume. Whether it’s a costume, caramel apples or pumpkin carving, Halloween is a time when holiday projects start capturing the attention of people across the country.

 

Top Searched DIY Searches:

1.           Halloween crafts

2.           Easy to make Halloween costumes

3.           How to make a mask?

4.           Haunted house ideas

5.           Create a haunted room

 

 

So what are you up to this Halloween Supermoms?   I’d love to hear.

 

“The best things in life are unexpected – because there were no expectations.”

Eli Khamarov

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Super-mom Kim Cherelli

 

WOW!! Supermom of the month.    I was shocked to say the least when Taylor mentioned she wanted me to be her super mom of the month.  Me?  I never thought there was anything super about me.  I’m as average as average is, nonetheless I was and am honored to be thought of.

 

I met Taylor a year ago during Teacher Training at Prana Power Yoga.  I was instantly drawn to her energy and knew I was in the right place.  I didn’t know why I decided to become a yoga instructor nor did I know what I was getting into.  You see prior to signing up for the 8 week teacher training I think I practiced yoga about a dozen times.  I woke up one day and said “ I think I’d like to be a yoga instructor”  I proceeded to ask my yoga instructor at BSC how one goes about becoming an instructor.  She told me about Prana and here I am a whole year later.  I wasn’t really sure what I was looking for other than the fact I was looking for “something” the something that yoga instructors have.  I’m learning every day and I’m a work in progress but this is a journey and I am excited to see where it takes me.  The teacher training was an emotional and beautiful experience.  As quickly as the thought popped into my head to become a yoga instructor the same happened for my understanding why.  I’m understanding I am where I am suppose to be right now at this moment.  Stress is not as prevalent as before and I’m understanding people a bit better.

 

So, a lil about me.  I’m a single mom of one 18 year old son.  I don’t consider myself any different than the next mother. I never found raising a child difficult because it came naturally to me. .  I raised him simply the way I wanted to be treated.  I always knew I wanted to be a mother. I was 24 when I found out I was pregnant and afraid to tell my mother.  I knew what she would say or better yet the look or her face would tell me how disappointed she was.  Most people know my situation and how my son was the result of an abusive relationship, however I wouldn’t have change a thing.  I had to go through that for my son to be born.  If I didn’t then he wouldn’t have been born and I can’t imagine my life without him.  People congratulate me for being a single mom  my son does too but I don’t think I deserve any special credit.  Putting aside all my heartache and struggles in my life, it’s nothing compared to what some are going through.  I do count my blessings and I feel blessed to have been given this gift of motherhood.  There are those who want children and can’t   I am so very thankful and I can’t say it enough…..It’s truly a blessing.

“where you are at this moment is where you are suppose to be”

Sending love and light to all

Kim Cherelli