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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.




“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





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.


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Super-Mom Betsy Parsons:

I expected motherhood to change me.  How could it not?  Everything was new.  But what I didn’t expect was that motherhood would strip me bare – drop me to rock bottom – force me to face that I had lost myself – demand that I pick up the shattered bits of me and piece myself back together.  It was all at once brutal and gratifying.  I am grateful for all of it.  I have learned who I am and how great my support system is.  I learned how absolutely wonderful my husband is, what a fantastic dad he is, and what a loving and supportive family surround us.  It’s not just me who is a super mom.  It’s my husband, my mom and dad, and my mother and father-in-law who make up this super family.  Each one of us plays an important role. Life is a tremendous gift, and we were all starkly reminded of that during the first six weeks of my daughter’s life. We almost lost her.  The first six weeks of her life were spent in the NICU.  She was a full term baby but a very sick one.  After she came home, every milestone was carefully watched.   She thrived.  And I almost missed it because I was worried about what could be wrong.  It was 9 months later when I started to splinter apart.  She was walking and I was cracking – emotions needed to be expressed.  I needed to feel again.  Not surprising, but I hadn’t been taking care of myself.  I was just trying to make it through a minute, then an hour, and a full day.  I wasn’t taking care of myself.  I wasn’t sleeping well.  I was sleepwalking.  I rationalized that all of this was well within a first-time mom response (ha!).   Eventually, I was diagnosed with PTSD and got help.  I began to piece myself back together.  It took another full year for me to hear the stirrings of my voice.  It’s been over two years, and just recently I realized that I am whole again.  I experienced such joy in finding myself.    I had really missed me!  But losing myself and finding an improved version had taken hold – makes me so grateful for the journey.  It has allowed me freedom to be myself, to slow down and enjoy the moments of motherhood, to rely on my family to play significant roles raising my daughter, to trust, and to embrace the unexpected.  It’s often what I need most!  I’m so thankful for my super family – including my husband who is embracing his role as stay-at-home dad!  Collectively, we’re a super team with a super daughter.