Tag Archives: Halloween

Wordless Wednesday: Spooky Rides

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Have your trick-or-treaters ride in style this Halloween. Check out these creative ways the Test Drive Bloggers used their wagons for this spooky time of year:

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Mommy of Two Little Monkeys

Step2 Versa Seat Wagon with Canopy Review

WAHM Connect Reviews

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Carrie with Children

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Thrifty and Chic Mom

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The Link Fairy

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Mommy Testers

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Rave & Review

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Mom to Bed by 8

Favorite Halloween Quotes

Throughout the month of October you have probably seen plenty of cute crafts, spooky treats and DIY kid’s costumes. We love searching and providing our readers with the cutest ideas for the fall, and especially for the ghoulish holiday known as Halloween. However, this year instead of providing you with those festive crafts and foods, we have decided to bring you our favorite Halloween quotes. You can use these quotes to explain Halloween to your kids or make up fun songs to recite these playful sayings.

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pumpkin trick or treatWhich Halloween quote is your favorite? Share your favorite Halloween quotes with us!

Thoughtful Thursday: Playing Doctor

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Seven-year-old Landon Browne contemplated being a zombie or superhero for Halloween. Then he realized that he wanted to dress up as someone who has impacted his life – Dr. Jay Rubinstein, a Seattle surgeon who has been helping Landon hear since he was just nine months old. Landon was born deaf and Dr. Rubinstein has been working hard these past seven years to improve his hearing.

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Photo by: KomoNews.com

This Thoughtful Thursday we praise both Landon and Dr. Rubinstein for the efforts they have made toward helping people hear, in more ways than one.

 

Wordless Wednesday: Ah Spider!

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Ah, there is a gigantic spider hanging around the Step2 HQ!

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This spider was created using the Step2 Ladybug Sandbox, which was discontinued in 2010. Krylon Fusion paint was used to make the sandbox black.  Holes were drilled into both sides of the sandbox to place the spider’s legs into the body. The legs are made out of PVC pipes wrapped in Styrofoam. In addition to wrapping the PVC pipes in Styrofoam, black duck tape was used to keep the pipes and Styrofoam together. Talk about a spooky decoration!

**Disclaimer: The Step2 Company LLC does not promote or condone the use of our products in ways other than the original intent. This blog was solely written for the purpose to encourage creativity during Halloween.

Halloween Giveaway: Win a Wagon and Safety Sam

The ghosts and goblins will come out to play in a few weeks and what better way to trick to treat than in a wagon from Step2? Step2 is giving away a wagon to one lucky reader just in time for Halloween. Turn it into a chariot, a monkey bed, or even Harry & Lloyd’s Mutt Cutts van!

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Plus, to continue their campaign for outdoor play safety, Step2 is adding a Safety Sam (also known as the KidAlert! V.W.S) to the prize bundle. According to Safe Kids, Halloween is the most dangerous day of the year for children under 14 to walk. Unfortunately, children are four times more likely to be killed while walking on Halloween than any other night of the year. Step2′s Safety Sam is trying his best to keep neighborhoods and children safe, but we need to continue to spread the word about children pedestrian safety. Educating our children about outdoor play safety and notifying drivers that there are children walking and playing on around the area are two important ways to keep them safe while playing outdoors. Check out additional Halloween safety tips from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention here.

Enter to win this prize package valued at up to $196 using the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway open to the residents of the 48 contiguous US states, ages 18+. Ends 10/20/13 at 11:59 PM EST. Good Luck!

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This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Giveaway is open to residents of the 48 contiguous US states, age 18+. Giveaway will close at 12:00AM ET on 10/21/13. 1 winner will be selected at that time and winner will be contacted by email within 48 hours. Winner will receive a Safety Sam and may select a wagon currently in stock at Step2.com. Step2 cannot guarantee delivery by Halloween. If you have any additional questions, feel free to send an email to thestep2team@gmail.com.

The Joys of Being a Grandparent

Being a grandparent has all the joys of being a parent without the stress and discipline. When my daughter was in the hospital getting ready to deliver her first child, my first grandchild, I was fortunate to be present. I experienced all the feelings of a first time parent without the labor pains.

When my grandson was born I spent a week at my daughter’s to help with the new baby.   Well, actually I  took care of all the house chores while my daughter and son-in-law took care of all the baby’s needs but I did get a lot of one on one time with my new grandson. My grandson now calls me Nonna which is Italian for Grandma.

Because they live about 2 ½ hours away, I don’t get to see my grandson on a daily basis but we manage to see each other about once a month, sometimes they come up to stay with us but most times I travel to Columbus for a weekend stay.  I don’t mind the 2+ hour drive down but the drive back always seems longer and not as exciting.

Being a grandparent means you get to spoil and break some (or most) of the rules. For example:  My grandson loves chocolate chip cookies especially home made. My daughter and son in law have a two cookie rule.  When I babysit he usually manages to get three cookies (sometimes four) especially when he looks at me with those big baby blue eyes and says “One more, Nonna? one more?” Bedtime is always at least an hour later than normal.  After all you can’t send the little guy to bed when he’s having so much fun.

While visiting this past weekend, we made a trip to the park on Saturday and spent Sunday at the Columbus Zoo for Boo at the Zoo.  My grandson went as a fireman, a very handsome fireman. For some reason I was up at 6:44AM on Sunday! I was probably excited about going to the zoo, so I decided to sneak down stairs and clean up the kitchen from the night before and start the coffee, when I heard a small voice upstairs say “Is that my Nonna?”  my heart melted.

I’m hoping to have the little one spend a week with me next summer so I can really spoil him.

I ran across a couple quotes that explain it all:

“The idea that no one is perfect is a view most commonly held by people with NO grandchildren.”

Grandchildren are God’s way of compensating us for growing old

To all you grandparents out there, what do you think the most rewarding part of being a grandparent is?

 

Sara is a mother of four. She has two daughters – Jamie age 35 and Taylor age 16 – and two sons – Justin age 20 and Christopher age 14. She is also a grandmother of one – Andrew age 3. She lives in Mantua, Ohio with her husband Bill. She has worked at Step2 for the past 12 years (before that she was a stay at home mom for 9 years). Sara is the Operations Manager for Step2 Direct internet sales.