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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The scary facts about a pre-teen all girls sleepover and how my experience will hopefully prepare you for it…

Don’t do it…..just don’t do it! Lol

Having 1-3 girls sleepover is not so bad, but doing a multiple sleepover with 6+ girls is tiresome and challenging (mostly for you and maybe for your husband). However, if you decide to take this on (like I did) then here are some facts/suggestions for you. While some girls are respectable, responsible and adorable… others – not so much.

  • Make them sleep OUTSIDE in a tent, where you won’t be able to hear them get up freakishly early in the morning. You should stay outside with them until they are asleep to make sure no one leaves the yard or tries anything stupid, we enjoyed a fire while the girls giggled before falling asleep. We hushed them about 10 times and they got quieter each time, but it still took them hours before they actually fell asleep.
  • With an outside sleepover though, you will have many bugs in your house because some of these kids were raised in a barn and don’t know how to close doors apparently.
  • They will stay up late and wake up WAY too early: I had seven 10-11 year old’s stay over and they did not fall asleep until around 1:00am and woke up as soon as the sun came up at 5:30am.
  • Always have snacks and goodies on hand: Even though some of these kids only weigh 80lbs, they are always hungry. I couldn’t keep up with the snacks. There will always be one kid who takes more than they should or pretends that they didn’t get any and go back for thirds before some girls get their firsts.
  • They will go to your tiny 1 person bathroom all together. I called last call before bedtime and one by one each girl piled out of the tent to use the bathroom. My husband made the comment that it looked liked one of those clown cars… like did we really invite that many kids?

  • Keep everyone hydrated, especially when it’s hot outside. When this many girls get dehydrated they get hormonal, which brings me to my next facts about your all girl sleepover…
  • There will be crying
  • There will be screaming
  • There will be nudity….. these girls are at that age, where they are becoming curious about their body or other girls’ bodies and you will probably have one girl who shows up in just underwear pajamas and the other ones will want to follow along because they are “hot” and the next thing you know, you are walking into a tent full of girls and there’s 1 or 2 with no shirt on with their little baby boobies hanging out for all the girls to see…

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I call it the ‘girl mob mentality’, she’s doing it, so I’m going to do it kinda thing. Next thing you know you have a whole tent full of naked girls and you’re telling them to put their clothes back on.

  • Keep your eye out for any mean girl activity. Some girls will leave some girls out or whisper in front of them but then say, “it wasn’t even about you”. One girl will ask to to use the pink paint three times but the other will pretend that she didn’t hear, while the other friend will defend the mean girl saying that “she didn’t even hear her ask”, even though 6 other girls who were further away did. My advice – shut that sh!t down immediately! You don’t want no b!tches at your party. I’m kidding, they are just little girls and really have no idea what they are doing but somebody has to make them aware of it….that’s you by the way mom, YOU need to make them aware. One step at a time we will save humanity from mean girls!

GOOD MORNING tired mommy…..

  • Find a good long movie that every girl will enjoy to put on when they get up. This should keep them quiet for a couple hours while you prepare them breakfast. This wasn’t even my plan, but they came across the Descendants 2 movie on tv and this shut every girl up while I sipped my coffee and made breakfast. I thought they were up to more weird girl sleepover stuff but they were just tired and zoned out on a movie, which was wonderful.
  • When preparing breakfast just remember….some kids like plain pancakes. None of this fancy banana chocolate chip with whipping cream nonsense (I wish I would have known this before hand, that’s for sure).
  • You will count down the minutes until their parents arrive to pick them up and you will curse the parents who are just 1 minute late (like pick your kids up already, I’ve had them for 20 hours, I want them to go home, so I can take a nap!)

After all of these scary facts about a pre-teen sleepover, you are probably going to do it all over again because overall, the girls had a lot of fun and you are now the cool mom…

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…but please don’t be like this mom though, not cool

Good luck mommy and I’m sure there’s more scary facts about a pre-teen sleepover that I didn’t get to experience so if you did, please share to help out all the other brave mommies out there!

A Science Birthday Party!

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The nice thing about having a husband who teaches science, is that we got to use his classroom for our birthday party and it took most of the stress off me, since he conducted most of the experiments (I really had NO idea what I was doing) lol. I have to admit, while I thought the kids were going to be bored out of their minds and think that they were ‘back in school’, this party turned out to be so much fun! The kids, although some said, “it feels like we’re at school”, were ‘ooing’ and ‘ahhing’ with almost every thing we did. So yeah, they were back in school and maybe they learned a thing or two but they still had fun doing it.

You don’t need to be a scientist or a teacher to pull off this type of birthday party. You can do this in your home or better yet outside (it can get kinda messy). This is a great indoor birthday party idea and it keeps the kids occupied with all sorts of projects. My husband did some other cool exploding/fire displays, however he has all the knowledge on what to mix without blowing things up, so unless you know someone who has this knowledge, I would just stick to the basics… Continue reading “A Science Birthday Party!”

Fortune Teller Valentine’s Day Cards

I remember when I was in grade school and my friends and I would make these paper crafts that would tell us if we were going to get married, how many kids we were going to have or what kind of house we were going to live in. Remember MASH!? haha Anyways, these paper fortune tellers would give us girls hours of fun during school and after! Continue reading “Fortune Teller Valentine’s Day Cards”

Crappy parents make for crappy kids…

Santa had gotten our family of four, tickets to ‘Cirque du Soleil-Toruk’ December 26th show. I have to start off by saying, I LOVE Avatar! It’s one of my favorite movies and the movie really spoke to me about how humans suck and how much the Na’vi people respect and love the world they live in. Anyways, my family of 4 got all dressed up and it took us about an hour and a half to get downtown and then search for parking. We made the trek through the snow to get to Roger’s Place and found our seats. We sat down and made ourselves comfortable and I then reminded my girls to sit still during the show and make sure to not kick their feet into the back of the other person’s chair, which they didn’t and they turned out to be very good girls. Behind us, however, was a family of 11 (Grandpa, Grandma, 5 kids: ages 2 to 8 and mom/dad, aunties and uncles). Continue reading “Crappy parents make for crappy kids…”

6 DIY Rustic Christmas Tree Crafts

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I love decorating my house for Christmas! I love the smells my Christmas trunk releases when I open it for the first time after a year, I love decorating my tree whilst listening to jolly tunes about Santa and mistletoe and I just LOVE setting up all the decorations around the house creating a magical feeling throughout! While this time of year is the most joyful time of year for most, it is also the busiest time of year for just as many, including myself. Between shopping, working at a company where everyone wants their stuff ready for Christmas, decorating and regular mom duties, there’s not a whole lot of time for crafts in my world. Sometimes, crafts don’t have to be time consuming, they don’t have to involve a lot of work or money, so I have compiled six rustic and totes adorbs Christmas trees that are simple for the busy mom or busy person. Although these are not any of my ideas, I hope to be able to make a few of them before Christmas is over and detail how to make them for anyone who can’t figure it out on their own. Enjoy and Good Luck if you attempt these before I do. Aren’t they cute?!

A How to Guide: Making a Werewolf

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Anyone else think the Halloween animatronics are overrated? Yeah neither do I, but who can really afford them at $300 a piece? Ok, so I am not going to show you how to make one of these but I’ll show you a scaled back version…ok WAYYY scaled back. First you need supplies…. Continue reading “A How to Guide: Making a Werewolf”