Food Free & Kid Friendly Apothecary Halloween Jars

It’s almost that time of year…..the time where all I do is talk/think and pin about Halloween, where everyone around me either finds my enthusiasm about the holiday really annoying & weird or adorable & fun. I just can’t help being excited for the holiday!! Who doesn’t love bringing out their dark side to create creepy and wicked things…..so it’s just me then? Lol Anyways, for all you weirdos (like myself) who are looking for a kid-friendly/less disgusting apothecary jar option, you’ve come to the right place!

Have you ever thought those apothecary jars look amazingly creepy and just really cool to incorporate for your Halloween decor? Have you ever read up on what kinds of things go into them?! Have you ever thought, “Gross, what if my crazy toddler touches one of those and breaks it onto the floor – what kinda mess would I be cleaning up and what kind of smell would go with it?” Well, something similar happened to me last year, actually. I had an entire collection of apothecary jars that I made a few years ago. They included food items like, cauliflower, pickled onions and condiments from my fridge. They looked AMAZing, but let’s just say when I left them in my garage for an entire winter and opened them up for Halloween, I was blasted with a nasty smell and mold throughout my entire Halloween bin. This is my first time having a garage, so I thought it would be warm enough for them to stay in there. Nope, all the jars froze and then exploded …..UGH. So, I decided for my next jars that I will not be experimenting with food, so that if they broke again, I wouldn’t have a disgusting mess to clean up.

Coming up with non-food ideas was a lot more challenging than I thought it would be and I’m not gonna lie, they don’t look AS spooky as my other ones, but I’d like to never smell that stench again.

Let’s start with the labels. I’ve spent some time and created these labels, which you can download here ——-> Food Free & Kid Friendly Apothecary Halloween Jar Labels on Mommy with no MoneyScreen Shot 2017-09-24 at 9.07.45 AM.png

You’ll need some jars and containers-preferably glass as they will look more authentic, but if you’ve got kids and want to keep it safe, you could use any see through container. You can purchase sciency (that’s not a word and my husband (the science teacher) would mock me for putting that in there) but yes, purchase science-like jars from Amazon in the “Business, Industry and Science” section. You can buy used ones, which are cheaper and it’s not like you’re eating from them (oh and if you think these would be cool to put food items in for a Halloween party – DON’T DO IT! These kinds of flasks were probably used with chemicals and could be very harmful if ingested, even if thoroughly washed. Once you’ve received your order of jars, wash them really good before you put anything into them (again, some chemicals that may have been used, could react with other items you are putting in, so be safe and wash them.

Ok….now let’s wait for Amazon to deliver…

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WOW! Thanks Amazon, that was fast! Now, wash your jars…..do it….do it NOW!

Once you’ve printed your labels, cut them out and match them to your containers to see what will fit best (before you start putting things in them).

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You can rough up your glass containers with a coarse sandpaper, if you want. I did it to a couple jars. You could also brush on some brown paint and then wipe it off, giving it a little bit of the antique look to it.

Alright, let’s start making some creations!!

Ghost Tears: You could leave the jar empty or use your glue gun to dab dots onto tulle or just put the glue dots inside the jar. I’ve only ever seen the friendly kind of ghosts, so I don’t know what their tears look like when they cry, because they’ve always been so happy around me 😉Ghost Tears-Tule and Glue Dots.jpg

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Werewolf Placenta: My kids helped me with this one. They had some “Galaxy Slime” from Dollarama that they let me use for my project. You could make your own slime recipe with white glue, contact solution and some other stuff (just google diy slime and experiment)

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Dragon’s Milk: White Glue and Paint. I used a little bit of gold paint and after a couple days it turned a really light blue (must be from some kind of reaction). There’s many colors of dragons, so I am sure any color would work fine

 

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Putridum Cyprinidae Phoxinum: Latin term for Rotten Pond Minnows, which is exactly what I used, except they were plastic and from the fishing section. Add some moss into the jar to look like seaweed or lake water

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Vampire Blood: Red Food Coloring. Ok obviously if this breaks, that’s a bad mess to clean up, so use a small/thick container and keep away from your kids. The label is different than my free labels, because it’s the ONLY jar that didn’t break during the winter season

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Skunk Oil: Olive Oil. Nothing fancy, just buy the no name brand since it’ll serve it’s purpose and if it spills, just wax your floors with it (totally kidding, probably don’t attempt that)

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Zombie Virus: Neon Green Nailpolish. What a great use to put that ugly nail polish to use. I have had this color laying around for years and never used it. You could even use Neon Yellow or Orange. Who really knows what color a Zombie Virus is?!

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Jus de Amoré: Latin for Love Potion – Water, Food Coloring & Glitter. I added some dish soap to make a bubbly effect, potion effect but that probably wont last very long. My potion was too dark and you could barely see the glitter. It has to be mixed often to see the glitter, so possibly watered down glitter glue would work better?

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Spider Legs: Fur and well….spider legs (the plastic kind). Dip spider legs in modge podge and wrap fur around them. Oh and when I say modge podge, I mean the homemade kind (white glue and water)

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Deadly Night Shade: Dollar store flowers painted purple. I am sure if you can find purple flowers, this would be a time saver, but I didn’t have time to look and I used whatever I had left over in my craft room.

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Tapeworms: Use a glue gun and make squiggly lines on a surface where you can peel the glue once it’s dry. I glued the glue to the lid so it wouldn’t slide around inside the bottle, as you can see in the top right picture.

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Oxalic Acid: Borax or Epsom Salt

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Eyeballs: I followed this tutorial here on making fake eyeballs look real. Just take eyeballs from the dollarstore, glue red yarn to make veins, paint or glue irises printed online and then coat them in clear nail polish or a varnish of some sort, so it doesn’t melt away in your water solution

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I don’t have photos for the other labels,  but here is what you can do to make your jars…

Wing of Bat: Purchase plastic bats from the Dollarstore and cut their wings off.

Crows Feet: Find any kind of fake bird with real looking feet and cut them off to put inside the jar

Tongue of Dog: I really wish I could of thought of something disgusting and gross to go into this jar, but all I can come up with is food items. If you have any ideas that would work, I’d love to hear them!

Poison: Green food coloring or just water (poison can be clear)

Severed Limbs: I took plastic Dollarstore fingers and put them in a wine glass. Serves the purpose.

If you have a bigger jar, take a skeleton specimen and shove it in the jar. Write a label stating “Experimentation 46 – Human Specimen turned Possessed Clown” or something to that effect.

You can wrap burlap, wax paper, string, rope, cork or tissue paper around the top of the bottles to give a vintage look. Make sure to crazy glue all the tops into the bottle, so that if tipped on their side, nothing will pour out.

And here is the final product …

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Well, I hope you have fun making these and if you have any other ideas for a food-free option, please comment below!!

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Pottery Barn Inspired Coffee Table – DIY

Raise your hand if you can afford to shop at Pottery Barn ✋🏻 …. ya me neither! My husband just started getting into building furniture for our house, as a part-time hobby during the summer, since he gets this time off, so I’ve been loading him up with project after project to keep him busy and to get our money’s worth from all the power tools he’s purchased. We found these plans over on Ana White, but they originally came from More Like Home. We did a little bit of modification with the drawers and made it with two instead of six. I wanted to put blankets and throw pillows inside, so 6 little drawers didn’t make sense for us.

You can find the plans here … More Like Home: Rhyan Coffee Table

Here are some photos of ours

IMG_4348-1.jpgMy pup thinks he owns the couch

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IMG_4351Instead of drawers in the back, we just added some pine board in the back

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And there you have it! I just love our new coffee table, it goes perfect in our home. I banged it up with a hammer, some chain and a skewer to make it a little more rustic before I stained it, even though it looked great before. This coffee table probably cost us about $200 for the hardware, wood, stain etc. Much cheaper than $700 at Pottery Barn! 🤑

Well, we are moving on to the next project, stay tuned for our herringbone patio table! Yay!

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A Cupcake Birthday Party!

Who doesn’t love CUPCAKES?  Kids sure do and what’s better than eating all the cupcakes…decorating them! This was a fun birthday and every kid really enjoyed it (I think I say that about every birthday haha but I’m not gonna lie, they all rock!) Be warned though, there is a lot of prepping for this birthday party.

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Here’s the events we did for this one…

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Sweet & Sour Chili Recipe

Let’s start off by saying, I DO NOT like Chili and neither do my kids. Maybe it’s the dryness/thickness or even the chili spice, but either way, we are not the biggest fan of standard run of the mill Chili. BUT this recipe is different and everyone (including my one daughter who hates pineapple and my half Asian step daughter) LOVES it! It is so moist and full of flavor and well, sweet (which I am sure you got from the title).

For the most part, this is a pretty simple recipe….you just take everything and toss it into a roasting pan and cook. The only pain is cooking the beef and bacon before adding to the pan. My mom adapted the recipe from a lady at work and then gave it to me, so here it is!

If your kids don’t like this, than you might want to bring them to the doctor and get them checked ;-D Lol jk

Enjoy!

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Wedding Coloring and Activity Book

Apparently a lot of couples do not allow or want kids at their weddings, which is fine for some, but if you’re like my husband and I, we got married a little later in life and had kids of our own already, plus friends with children.

If you plan on having kids at your reception, it’s probably a good idea to have something to keep them quiet during speeches etc. Here’s a fun printable for you to put on your kids table to keep them occupied. This took me a little while to design, but it kept the kids busy for a lot of the time. I’ll help you out and let you download the one I made, to make your life easier 😉

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I would recommend printing Page 1-4 double-sided on a thicker cardstock (white) and print the Front and Back Page on one side. Or print each page separate and then the kids can draw pictures on the blank pages. Fold each page in half and cover all pages with the Front & Back page. You can then hole punch the book and string it with rope, twine or anything else to fit the theme of your wedding. I put one (for each child) on the table, with a pencil and a pack of crayons.

You can download this book below ….

First Page Wedding Coloring Book FREE

Second Page Wedding Coloring Book FREE

Third Page Wedding Coloring Book FREE

Fourth Page Wedding Coloring Book FREE

Front & Back Page Wedding Coloring Book FREE

Well, here’s hoping this helps quiet your wedding down just a tad! Good luck!

D.I.Y. Headband Holder

If your girls are anything like mine, they LOVE accessories such as headbands! I was tired of having all of their headbands shoved into a drawer, so I searched Pinterest and Etsy for some ideas and decided to make myself a headband holder.

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I will show YOU how to make it step by step! Here’s a list of the items that you’ll need…

  • A Roll of Paper Towel (with paper towel still on it) or a Larger Sized Tube
  • Foam (only if you’re using a larger sized tube instead of paper towel)
  • Pillow Case or Fabric
  • Wood Pedestal (About $3.00 in the wood section of your local craft store)
  • Paint and Paint Brush
  • Hot Glue + Glue Gun
  • Needle and Thread
  • 2-4 Elastics
  • Cardboard (Enough for two circles about the same size as your holder)
  • Decoration (Flowers, Jewels, Feather Boa – Top of Holder)
  • Ribbon

IMG_2020.JPGI used a larger sized tube and foam for mine, but that’s only because I got the tubes free from work, but a roll of paper towel would work just as good.

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