Hotel Transylvania Costumes: Marvelously Mavis

Hotel Transylvania 2


Before we even headed out last weekend to see Hotel Transylvania 2 my little knew exactly who she wanted to be for Halloween, Mavis from Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2.

If you haven’t seen it yet, Hotel Transylvania 2 picks up where the first one began. Mavis and Johnny are still madly in love with each other, get married and have a baby. Living in the hotel isn’t all it’s cracked up to be with pressure from Johnny’s family to be “normal” and from the Count to be a perfectly monsterific family. Celebrity voice talents include Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Selena Gomez.

Disclosure: I received this costume in order to provide my readers with this review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own and my family’s. 

My youngest knows exactly what she wants each year for Halloween. Unfortunately it is not always easy to find. An even bigger problem is that so many costumes that are affordable are made of scratchy, itchy nylon and once she gets them on I’ve had to make adjustments or find clothing she can wear underneath it just to get through one night of Trick or Treating. I was excited to head over to Anytime Costumes to do my Halloween costume shopping knowing she wanted a Hotel Transylvania Costumes.

I admit I got a little caught up in looking for something for myself, but once I focused finding the Mavis costume was easy, so was ordering and delivery. The package came exactly as expected. The costume was in a sealed, sturdy, plastic bag and then a padded shipping envelope. The bag is great for storing in my daughter’s closet.

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As you can see we are working on how to wear the wig right, but she wanted to do it all herself. The wig is made of synthetic materials, but it is perfect for the costume and will fit nicely once I pull her hair back from her face. The shirt is not scratchy (GOOD NEWS) and actually pretty comfortable. The skirt is just like Mavis’ skirt from the movie down to the little peek a book bat details on the hemline. The tights fit perfectly and were easy for her to pull on by herself without any runs or tears.

I think what we like best about this Hotel Transylvania Costume is that is is so well made, right on point, comfortable to wear and not too expensive. Best of all it comes as one “kit” and I didn’t have to go shopping for the wig of tights separately.

Are you ready to do your Halloween costume shopping? Head over to Anytime Costumes and get started and be sure to follow Anytime Costumes on Twitter  for costume ideas, notices of sales and free shipping offers too!








5 Mother’s Day crafts for preschoolers to make as gifts

Looking for something fun to make for mom this Mother’s Day from your special preschooler or kindergartener? Here’s 5 gift ideas for your preschooler to make with their own little hands.

Family Collage: If you are in a classroom ask parents to bring in pictures of the whole family and create a family collage. If you are doing artwork at home with your children go through the family album with them, they will love looking at all the pictures and listening to you tell them about each photo and memory.

You can keep it simple with photographs and gluing, but to really get creative and have some fun include scrapbook paper and some fun embellishments like the word MOM on a sticker, which the child can place on every picture of their mother. Other easy embellishments can be cut out frames or a poem about mom’s printed from the computer, one good resource for mother’s day poems is

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Flower Pot: Tried and true, but kids just love getting their hands dirty. Pick up inexpensive flower pots at the craft store. On a tight budget, use pretty larger size Dixie cups. Fill with soil and help kid’s plant seed. If using the flower pots decorate with stickers, paint, ribbons or large buttons (too big to swallow).

Handprint/Footprint Art: There are several different handprint and footprint creations you can make for mom and grandma, here are my favorites.

T-Shirt/Sweatshirt: Purchase a shirt at Hobby Lobby and waterproof paints. For added details purchase puffy or glitter paints. The puffy paint with fine point edge is great for printing words, like, “I love my mom so much I can’t keep my hands off her.” Paint the child’s hand and help them press different colored hand prints all over the shirt.

Wall Poster: Get any color poster board you want and then paint the child’s hands and feet with brightly colored or glittery paint. Help them place hand and footprints on the poster board. Print out these Mother’s Day poems on good card stock paper:

Footprint Poem

The pitter patter of little feet
Leave behind something dear and sweet
A precious treasure for me to keep
The memories of your little feet.

Handprints Poem

This is my hand.
My hand will do
A 1000 loving things with you
And you will remember
When I am tall…
That once my hand
Was just this small.

Glue poems onto poster board. Let everything dry and frame in poster board frames available from Wal-Mart.

(Great for Grandmothers too!)

Mom’s Placemat: Mom gets her own specially designed placemat, great for serving Mother’s Day Breakfast or Dinner. Cut out pictures from magazines of different activities of moms and children together, mom’s walking, planting, playing, chasing, whatever. Allow the children to choose the pictures they like and glue them down onto the card stock. For just a small charge each of them can be taken to a Kinko’s or teacher supply store and be laminated, but if you have a tight budget, wait until nap time and cover them yourself with clear contact paper.

Variation: Queen for a Day Placemat: Write, stamp or glue letters for Queen for a Day onto 8 ½ x 11 card stock, cut out and glue queenly items like a crown, mantle or scepter.

Free printable Easter activities featuring TinkerBell

Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast

In celebration of Easter weekend we have these fun Easter activities you can do with the whole family from your favorite fairies in honor of the latest release of Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast out now on Blu-ray, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere!


See our review of Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast.

Tinker Bell and all her friends are back on the big screen in our family room with the Blu-Ray/DVD release of Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast! I admit the girls have already watched it three times, just to make sure they didn’t miss a thing. In this latest installment of the Tinker (Continue Reading…);

Make your own Easter Egg Terrarium, Easter Basket and String Eggs with these free printable Easter activities!




Free printable Valentine’s Day survival kit for parents


Don’t let your Valentine’s Day turn into a No Good, Horrible, Very Bad Day! Let Jennifer Garner from Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day be your guide with this free printable Valentine’s Day survival kit to help mom make it through the holiday.







The Box Trolls free printable activities and recipes!

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The Boxtrolls are coming to DVD and Blu-ray on January 20, 2015! We have some fun holiday activities and recipes for you! This great film has been nominated for 13 Annie Awards. Enjoy these The Box Trills free printable activities and recipes!

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Father’s Day craft and card for your little Boxtolls

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Enjoy this special video filled with The Boxtrolls 5 Fun Things To Do This Father’s Day


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Free Valentine’s Day printable cards from Little Passports

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For many years one of our holiday traditions was to travel the world at Christmas time and discover how other countries and cultures celebrated Christmas.  Of course having a whole group of international students at the college to help us with our discoveries was a huge help – and one I no longer have.  So, where else would I turn but to Little Passports!

Disclosure:  This post contains affiliate links which are used to support this site and my family. However, all opinions expressed are 100% my own and my family’s and I only share those things I feel may be of interest to my readers. 

Little Passports enables you to teach your child about the hundreds of different cultures around our world and around the USA! Each month, a package addressed to your kids (which they LOVE) arrives full of little goodies like stickers for their own passport, activity sheets that teach them about major landmarks around the world and gets their brain going with fun word scrambles! Little Passports even shares fun recipes that you can cook up with your kids to turn them into little chefs who know all about foods from different cultures. Subscriptions start at just $10.95/month which is another bonus!

Little Passports has Valentines Day Cards for Everyone! 
Think it’s too early? It’s not to soon to print out free valentine’s day printable cards! Valentines day will be here before you know it and I have several Little Passports Valentines Day Card Printables that your child can give to their friends. These are perfect for homeschool groups too!

Have you ever wondered how to say ‘I love you’ in German? How about in Tagalog? Our Little Passports Valentine’s Day cards include ‘Love’ and ‘I love you’ in languages from around the world! To share the love, simply download, print, and pass one to your valentine! Here are some Little Passports “I Love You” Translations From Around The World!:

Jeg elsker dig: Danish
Ik hou van jou: Dutch
Te amo: Spanish
I love you: English
Je t’aime: French
S’agapo: Greek
Sarang hae yo : Korean
Ech hun dech gaer: Luxembourgish
Mahal kita: Tagalog
Iay Ovlay Ouyay: Pig Latin
Saya cinta kamu: Indonesian
Minä rakastan sinua: Finnish
Ich liebe dich: German
Wo ai ni: Chinese
Ya tebya liubliu: Russian
Aishiteru: Japanese
Hum tumhe pyar karte hae: Hindi

$5 Off Homemade Valentine Card Kits from Green Kids Crafts

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 Save $5 Off Homemade Valentine Card Kits

Everything your child needs to make 24 Valentine cards to give to friends and family. Supplies won’t last, pick yours up today. Discount available January 17-19th.

The Homemade Valentine Card Kits comes with enough supplies to make 24 Valentine’s cards. Specifically, this kit comes with 24 red and white recycled envelopes, 24 recycled cardstock cards, 24 envelope sealing stickers, markers, wiggly eyes, shape stickers and puffy adhesive hearts. Kids will just need to add imagination to create 24 unique and one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day cards And they contains only natural and sustainable materials and each purchase benefits environmental non-profits

While you are visiting Green Kid Crafts sign up to receive 12 DIY Kids Activity Guides, FREE! Each month they will deliver a new and exciting educational guide filled with more than 20 pages of science, arts and music activities, games and parent resources from the award winning team at Green Kid Crafts.  It’s a $72 retail value! I just got mine today!

We previously had the opportunity to try out Green Kid Crafts. It was three great eco-friendly learning activities which were also crafty in nature.  (No pun intended!)

Last minute gifts: 20 Kindle books for kids free and under $1.00

Need a last minute gift idea? Or a little something to keep the kids busy while you are doing the last of the cooking, baking and wrapping? Here’s my favorite Kindle Kids books under 1.00 – but we know that Kindle prices don’t last long!





Mickey’s Christmas Carol and Winnie the Pooh too Blu-ray/DVD giveaway


I can’t believe it’s 30 years of enjoying Mickey’s Christmas Carol! If coloring my greys last night wasn’t enough to make me feel old, thinking of seeing this famous family classic for all my life may just do it. But never fear help is here with Winnie the Pooh too!

Our giveaway shares with you both these timeless classics with some amazing bonus features and fun filled activities like Writing Santa a Letter as well as singing along Christmas songs! The kids had such a good time with it and I admit the Mickey Christmas Carol is one of my all time favorites during the holiday season.

Find out even more about both these movies in our review!

If you would like to own them too be sure to enter our Happy Holidays giveaway! 18+ older please, US addresses only and ends Nov. 26. Value – approximately $50 based on current price list. Other terms and conditions stated in the RC code.


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