A Summer of Rainbows


We are spending lazy days in the garden. Mr Stone has been making the bulk of our meals; barbecuing fish and home grown veg with his cherished Weber grill. The cooking I've done is limited to grilled vegetable dishes including my fabulous lasagne … [Read more...]

Holiday Ideas

Holidays from Hanukkah to Yom Kippur are an important part of Jewish Culture. Embracing life and love is worth celebrating in as many ways as possible! Here you'll find ideas for distinctly Jewish celebrations among other more secular Holidays … [Read more...]

Homemade Gift Ideas

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Here's my list of Homemade Gift ideas, perfect for holidays, birthdays and celebrations or just as a lovely present for family and friends. The more I make, the more I'll add to this page so keep checking back for more great … [Read more...]

Hanukkah Craft Ideas

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Here you'll find link to my favorite homemade Hanukkah crafts! I hope you enjoy crafting this Hanukkah! I'll keep updating this page as soon as I have finished each craft. Happy crafting! Glittery Candles Glittery Hanukkah Candles … [Read more...]

Thankful Traditions


So today is America's Thanksgiving. And even though we Stones reside in the UK, we are reared Americans [well at least Mr. Stone and I are, it's odd to think our boys are not] and we grew up with Thanksgiving. We may be eight thousand miles away … [Read more...]

Halloween 2011


Our Halloween was a so much fun! Since it's now past and the home page has moved on, I'm summarizing the Halloween links here for your enjoyment in case you missed any of it! I hope your Halloween was fantastic too!! Photos from the Halloween Party … [Read more...]

Halloween for Teachers

Halloween is a great holiday for kids and adults alike. It's a great time for imaginative and practical creativity from indoor and outdoor decorations to costumes and party themes. In this section you'll find links to my collection of … [Read more...]

Inspiring ways to use Halloween templates

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Here's a compilation of inspiring Halloween crafts and baking using templates. Enjoy!   … [Read more...]

Inspiring Halloween Baking Visuals


Here's a compilation of inspiring baking ideas for Halloween!  Sometimes I just need a quick visual reference to inspire me to be creative with baking. This is my growing compilation of Hallowee visuals. I thought since I'm making it for me, I … [Read more...]

Black cat templates


What's Halloween without a black cat! Pull these templates into microsoft word, stretch them to size and print them out to create a great and easy Halloween decoration! Imagine one of these cats on your fireplace mantel or on top of a … [Read more...]

Rat Templates!

rat decorations for halloween

Black paper rats create a very cool effect on skirting boards and painted stairs. Here's my collection of rat silhouettes for you to enjoy! Simply right click on any rat to download them. Insert into Microsoft word or eqiv and stretch to your … [Read more...]

Halloween Outdoors!


No spooky house is complete without a creepy front entry! We've really had fun decorating outside our front door this year. A home should be festive for the trick-or-treaters! I hope you find these ideas inspiring! These decorations are a … [Read more...]

Our Halloween Home

paper mache witch

Halloween Madness at our house! Here are some photos of the house decorated from this week...   We made the witch last year. Isn't she cool?!   The bunting and cardboard spiders are also homemade. Check out my halloween craft … [Read more...]

Jack’s Prized Pumpkin


Pumpkins are an essential accessory for Halloween. Last year we took Jack to a farm where he selected his own pumpkin. He was amazed that it grew from a seed. Gardening is a joy that Jack has embraced, so when we carved last year's pumpkin we held … [Read more...]

How to varnish brick or tile floors

varnished shiny brick floor

For the Halloween party prep last week I focused on ensuring the corners were clean and the floors are shiny! To the latter, our kitchen floor is half brick half flagstone so a regular wash and wax does not give it any wow factor whatsoever. … [Read more...]

Where do you draw the party invitation line?


I'd like to think that Jack and Max will have a childhood reputation as the boys that throw great parties. And I hope that they'll carry this into their adult life. It's a skillset I put a lot of emphasis on because it's a form of socializing centred … [Read more...]

Jack the caped crusader!

Jack the caped crusader

The weather was glorious today. It was clear and bright and the air felt fresh and crisp. We were just heading out for a beach walk when the post man arrived. My mother sent a parcel from American full of Halloween goodies. With Max in the buggy … [Read more...]

Alligator/Crocodile/Dragon/Monster/Electric Eel Easy Sew Costume


Perhaps it's all kids but especially my boy Jack--he loves to dress up but he wants to be comfy. He does not want to feel restricted in a costume. So I tend to make dress up out of clothes he already has that I can add to. It's easier on me and more … [Read more...]

Grocery shopping with my three-eyed baby!!


So Jack was playing with googley eyeball stickers today. You know the type. They are those tacky, eyeball-moves-when-you-shake-them-stickers. He loves them. Well, he's five. So we'll cut him some slack for thinking they are cool. Anyway, he put one … [Read more...]

Super Easy No-Sew Yoda Costume


Jack was invited to a Star Wars themed party this weekend.  To be honest, I forgot we had to make a costume for it until  Jack looked at the wall calendar and reminded me. The day before. However, he'd never seen the films, so he wasn't sure which … [Read more...]

Of course Jewish kids should celebrate Halloween!

Jewish Halloween

When I searched on Google for  'Jewish + Halloween' I came across some disturbing results! I read a blog on an official Jewish site and it said Jewish people should not celebrate Halloween. In my opinion, that's ridiculous! Unless you're uber … [Read more...]

Halloween Crafts


Here's my growing compilation of  THE BEST Halloween Crafts and Baking Projects for Kids! I hope you'll find these ideas useful and fun! I'll be adding to this list all month so please bookmark it and keep coming … [Read more...]

Autumn Felt Leaves


Autumn Leaves are a fantastic little craft that can serve multiple purposes over the autumn months. You can use them in autumn garlands, indoor hangings or decorations for cushions and bags. You can even use these leaves as part of a Halloween … [Read more...]

Halloween Snow Globes


Halloween Snow Globes are fast and easy to make and require few materials to create the wonderful effect. They are great to have around the house over Halloween for kids to shake and see what's inside. All you'll need: 1 glass jar and lid [we … [Read more...]

Spider and Bat Templates


Templates are perfect for so many craft projects! I love spiders and bats around my home at Halloween time! I offer a few different shapes because some are good for cakes  and others are great for t-shirts [think felt, hot glued on] as well as just … [Read more...]

Halloween Templates: Spiders and Spooky Bats


Spiders and Bats are creepy any time of the year but around Halloween they get even creepier! I like to make hanging spiders and Bats to dot around my house. You wouldn't believe how many people think they're real! It's a fun way to trick your … [Read more...]

Halloween Painted Lanterns


Halloween Painted Lanterns are such a fun craft for kids. They are really easy to make and look fantastic inside or outside. You can choose the size and shape of your lantern and be creative when it comes to choosing your characters. Jack and I made … [Read more...]

Halloween Templates

bat template

Halloween Templates are fantastic if you really want to spook you party guests and trick-or-treaters. In this section you'll find lots of templates from pumpkins, witches and ghosts to rats, bats and black cats! You can use these templates for so … [Read more...]

Spooky Halloween Wreath

spooky halloween wreath home made easy to make

Spooky Halloween Wreaths are the perfect way to horrify trick-or-treaters before they knock on your door...if they dare! It's really easy to make a Halloween Wreath with basic materials which you can easily pick up from your local craft store. If … [Read more...]

Halloween Cupcakes


Halloween Cupcakes are the perfect size to decorate your halloween party feast. The icing against the softness of the sponge is a great combination. You really can be as creative as you like using the icing to write 'trick or treat' across your 12 … [Read more...]

Halloween Fondant Cookies


  Halloween Fondant Cookies are a fantastic addition to a Halloween Party. You can be as creative and ghoulish as you like, using food colourings and different shaped and size cookie cutters. Halloween Fondant … [Read more...]

Craft Project: Paper Mache Witch

paper mache witch for halloween

 This Paper Mache witch is very easy to make and so incredibly effective on the spookiness scale! The most important part is to get the face and hands right so have fun and take your time with the paper mache. As you'll see in the instructions … [Read more...]

Craft Project: Halloween ‘Trick or Treat’ Bunting

trick or treat bunting

Craft Project: Halloween 'Trick or Treat' Bunting Print   Cook time: 60 mins Total time: 1 hour Ingredients Instructions On a piece of paper, draw a triangle to use as a template for your bunting flags. Experiment with different … [Read more...]

Craft Project: Halloween ‘BOO!’ Bunting

halloween bunting

                    Craft Project: Halloween 'BOO!' Bunting Print   Cook time: 30 mins Total time: 30 mins Ingredients Instructions With a piece of … [Read more...]

Halloweens Past– photo inspirations


We throw a really great Halloween party at our house every year. We invite, something like 40-60 kids and their parents to come trash our house all in the name of good, spooky fun! And the house, of course, get's decorated for it. I ask everyone to … [Read more...]

Chocolate Lollies


Chocolate Lollies are really easy to make and look fantastic. They are really versatile, I've make chocolate lollies for birthday parties and halloween parties, using dark, milk and white chocolate with different sprinkles the possibilities really … [Read more...]

Toffee Apples


  I love Autumn. The weather, the kick-off of baking season, and of course Rosh Hashanah and Halloween! Toffee Apples are a perfect treat to enjoy throughout the entire season! They are easy to make, taste very yummy, and semi-healthy as you … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Pie


 Pumpkin Pie has robust pastry base, a light fluffy texture with subtle spices that make it the perfect autumnal dessert. You can use real pumpkin flesh or simply use pumpkin from a can. I tend to go the can route unless it's Halloween and we've … [Read more...]

Halloween Cake Recipe


Gosh, I just love Halloween. I never tire of trying to find new twists on baking to add that ghoulish effect. This cake is actually very basic yet looks properly terrifying, great for Halloween! The chocolate monster heads on top can easily be … [Read more...]