A simple, yet fun, Halloween Project: Candy Corn Garland

hi everyone! I know I have been MIA for awhile. I have finished my online course for this semester. The school gives you until January to finish it but I did it in five weeks. Every nap time, every time after the kiddos went to sleep, pretty much every waking moment,  I was focused on that class. Now, some (or maybe very little) free time. On to the fun stuff!!

I found this simple Halloween project in the October 2015 issue of Highlights magazine. My three year old loved helping me and was even more excited to pick a place to hang it. (I have conceded to the fact that my decorations will not look neat until my kids are 15. I don’t mind, though, He has so much fun with it!) What is even better is that you most likely have all of the supplies at home.

Here are the materials you will need to make:

Candy Corn Garland


white paper plates (I suggest getting the ones that do not have a wax coating. It will be easier to color.)

yellow and orange crayons

black yarn

a small can from your cabinet


hole puncher

Step 1: Place the can in the middle of the paper plate. Trace it with the yellow crayon.

Step 2: Leave the inside of the circle white. Color from the outside of the traced circle to the indent on the plate right before the crimps yellow. Then, color the crimped part at the top of the plate orange.

Step 3: **This step involves scissors*** Cut the plate in half. Then cute each half in half. Then cute each quarter in half. You will end up with eight slices, or eight pieces of “candy corn”.


Step 4. You can repeat these steps with another plate if you want your garland to be longer. Then make two holes at the top of each candy corn with the hole puncher.

Step 5: Weave the black yarn through the holes of the candy corn. Once they are all on, you can hang it up and then adjust each piece to make it look even.


And, tada! You have your own candy corn garland! I know the crayon looks pale in the picture. The plates we used had a waxy feel to them. That is why i mentioned to get plates without. I think next year we might use paint. if you decide to use paint, send me a picture. I would love to see!

Have fun with this project! I know we did :).

Sometimes Disney Channel teaches Mommy (or Daddy) a thing or two

A few days have gone by without a posting. I apologize to my readers. I am taking online classes, getting a big guy to school every day, taking care of my little guy all day, and various other daily things. You all know how the day goes. Or better yet, where does the day go? My posts may not be as often but I will definitely be around.

Today’s post will be short. We were relaxing on the couch before bedtime tonight watching Sophia the First. (Yes, my boys love Sophia. I don’t like to expose them to “only boy” things. Boys and girls should be well-rounded, in my opinion.) I wasn’t completely paying attention but the episode was about Sophia’s sister who was getting ready for a party. She was trying too hard to make it perfect and was stressed. The butler said to her “When one tries too hard to be perfect they put the people around them into chaos”.

Well, didn’t that hit home a little too much. I focus way too much on the little things. Is my home the neatest? Nope. it isn’t dirty but it is far from neat. Is my laundry folded and neatly put away? Nope. I have about three loads of laundry that are in dire need of folding. But I am always stressing about how it needs to get done. These young years with my kids are not going to be around forever. And I have been putting everyone around me into a semi-chaotic mantra of “I need to clean this” or “I need to do this”. So, you know what I am going to do tomorrow? Look out the window with my boys and watch the rain fall. Better yet, maybe we will go outside and splash around in the puddles.

I always strive for perfection. However, maybe perfection is not always so orderly and neat. Thank you DIsney Channel yet again for your words of wisdom!

Decorating for birthdays

Sometimes I feel like I spread myself too thin. But this is my thinking. I want my kids to grow up knowing their Mommy tried her hardest. It might not have been smooth sailing all the time. But, hopefully,  it will have been a memorable childhood.
So, here is a short post about decorating for my son’s birthday.

Finding Paw Patrol decorations can be hard. And spending money on decorations annoys me. So, Google has become my friend. Ask and ye shall find. I found a happy birthday banner, paw patrol characters, and I even made my own paw patrol wrapping paper.  (I had found a roll on Amazon for $20. That wasn’t happening!)

I found most of my printables from here. Big shout out to Nick Jr. for having this available!
Here are some pictures of the final product.

Let me know what you think. And how do you make your little’s days special?

A Magical Birthday Moment


As the carousel went round and round, I felt like a little kid again. There is that moment in movies where a key moment is happening in the life of the character and time kind of slows down and music is piped in. Then the tears start to flow. The producer allowed us to feel the way the character was feeling. I had a “movie moment” the other day when we took my oldest to the Bronx Zoo for his birthday.

My oldest is still little. But not so little anymore. At the Bronx Zoo there is a Bug Carousel. The seats you sit on are all different types of bugs. My little one decided he wanted to ride on a cockroach. As the carousel started, the breeze picked up. The music started. the cockroach went up and down. And the smile on my big guy’s face was priceless. We giggled together. We talked about the other bugs we saw. The ride was only for 5 minutes. But it was the most amazing five minutes I spent with him. I can only guess this is what it must feel like when a Mommy dances with her son at his wedding ( or a Daddy with his daughter. Or whomever the bride or groom decides to dance with).

I know this moment made a mark on his heart as well. When we sat down for dinner that night, we discussed what our favorite part of that day was to each of us. My little guy said”, When me ride the bug ride with Mommy”. (I love the grammar errors in his speech. I will miss that as he gets older.)

I love you little big guy! I hope you stay as innocent and as loving as you are now. And never forget that feeling on the carousel. Life will lead you on many great adventures if you allow yourself to be open to the ups and downs and always know that Mommy and Daddy love you :).

Fun first day of school picture project


The new school year is well underway.  School supplies are bought. Teachers are met.  Friendships are starting to form. First day of school pictures taken.
Then you ask yourself,  ” How do I share these beautiful first day photos with my loved ones?”. Sure, you can email them. That is a very 2015 thing to do. I am more of a hands-on project person. Hence, the following super cool project you can do with your kids and share with everyone special in your life.
I cannot take responsibility for creating this project. I found this in the September issue of Highlights magazine High Five. It is a school bus with your kid’s pictures as the windows. And the materials are definitely things you have at home.
The materials you will need are:


Yellow construction paper
Empty paper towel roll
Pictures of your lovelies from the first day of school
Step 1: Fold the construction paper in half like a hamburger (if you aren’t sure what that means, look here. This is a throwback to my teaching days). With the crease at the top, cut a square out from the top right. I also put tape at the bottom to keep the two ends together.


Step 2: **This is an adult step** Cut the paper towel roll into 2 inch pieces. Then cut a slit in the top of each piece.


(While I was doing this I had my son decorate the yellow school bus. His idea of decorating at this point in his life is scribbling, which actually turned out great for the final product.)


Step 3: Glue the pictures to the school bus. Let it dry completely before you do step 4. Here is what it looked like in the magazine :


Step 4: Place the yellow school bus into the paper towel wheels where you made the slit. And, tada, you have a beautiful keep sake of your kid’s first day of school photos.


We made one each for both grandmas and one for ourselves. Simple and soooo cute!
I hope this project puts a smile on someone’s face in your life.
You can contact me at themrszfiles@gmail.com.

And sometimes Mickey is a source of comfort


Here is a short follow-up to my post about Mickey Mouse the other day.

My son started school last week and on the first day we were up bright and early! (Let’s hope it is this easy everyday.) The past few weeks he has been asking to watch Paw Patrol (just one episode Mommy) when he wakes up in the morning. You can tell he was somewhat hesitant that first morning of school. As we sat down, he looked at me and said, “Mommy, I want a Mickey”. I looked at him and knew that he was nervous about school. I said “No problem honey”. We watched an episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and cuddled for twenty minutes.

Mickey may not be one of our regular TV choices these days. However, Mickey may be just hit the spot when all we need is a little TLC.

Happy Monday all!

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See ya real soon Mickey Mouse


“Mommy, just one more Mickey.”

“Don’t you want to watch something else?”

“No Mommy, one more Mickey. Pleaseeeee!”

This was a conversation my son and I had about two months ago after watching many episodes of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse that day. It seems like we had had this conversation everyday since he could talk. His love for Mickey stretched far and wide. Of course, I was growing tired of it. The first five hundred times we watched Mickey were great. Then it just became mundane to me. However, the old saying “Be careful what you wish for” came to bite me in the you know what.

About a month or so ago my son asked out of the blue to watch Paw Patrol. I had no idea what this show was or what channel it was on. I said I would find it later. After an hour of constant whining, I caved and found it was on Nick Jr. Nick Jr? We never watch that channel. I have no clue where he learned of this show but I turned it on and it became his new obsession.

Paw Patrol has become an instant favorite in our house. However, it has made Mommy’s consistent life seem somewhat off kilter. Mickey Mouse what part of our routine. After breakfast we would watch one episode. After dinner we would watch one episode. Some other episodes were sprinkled throughout our daily routine here and there. And then, just one day, it was gone. To be replaced by a pack of dogs who save the day.

Don’t get me wrong. Paw Patrol is actually a really cute cartoon. It is just that this sudden change of shows makes me feel like my baby is no longer a baby. He is growing up. His taste in shows is changing. Does this all sound weird? I mean, it’s a cartoon for crying out loud.

Mickey Mouse was my baby’s show. It was the first show where we cuddled and laughed together. Whenever he saw something in real life he could connect to Mickey he would proudly state it. Now that throne has been passed on to Paw Patrol.

I guess whenever my little big boy is having a bad day, Ryder and his team of pups will have to come and save the day. I guess we will just yelp for help (please tell me there are other mommies or daddies out there who get my reference in those last two sentences 😉 ).

Don’t worry Mickey Mouse. We won’t forget you. This isn’t goodbye. This is just a “See ya real soon” moment for us.

P.S. The picture is from my son’s first birthday.

Sometimes it is the little things


The gift of words, either the written or spoken kind, is the best in my opinion. Sometimes, though, when it comes to little ones, it seems like nothing is entertaining enough. Or they would rather be playing. I honestly don’t blame them. However, every once in awhile they will say something that lets you know you are definitely doing something right.

This is what happened to me today.
My boys and I were playing on our rug. My oldest said he wanted to make a park with a bridge nearby it. We got to work finding toys that would make a park and a bridge. We were making a bridge out of Legos when I asked him where the bridge was going to take him. He said “to the Bronx”. I was happy just knowing he knew a borough of NYC. After building the bridge he then looked at me and said “I want to make a city of windows Mommy” in his nonchalant, childlike way. At first, I was in awe. A city of windows. How amazing for a kid his age. Then, it dawned on me. And I became that proud and honored teacher . But this time it was for my own little one. I asked him where he got that from and he said ” Mommy, it is from that book in my room you read to me. The purple crayon”. Yes, I have read Harold and the Purple Crayon to him hundreds of times. And there were many times where I thought it fell on deaf ears.

It paid off. Reading to my littles has paid off. Not only has that made the reader, writer, and teacher in me happy. It has made the Mommy in me amazed, ecstatic, and overall proud of my biggest little. A city of windows. Wow. Just plain old wow. Just when you think you aren’t doing enough they throw something like that at you and that’s all you need to keep going.

Keep reading to your little ones. You got this!
Let me know about a time when your little ones amazed you! Comment below :)

***This is a picture of the park and bridge. Bridge made by yours truly. Not too shabby, huh?

I don’t mean to be mean. I just honestly don’t remember.

Today’s post is short, but sweet.

Have you ever seen someone, and you know their face, but you can’t remember their name? They know yours because they already said hello and added your name after it. Well, that is me all of the time. So, if I ever come across you, and I don’t know your name, please do not take it as I do not like you. You would think after being a teacher for so long, and memorizing 50 plus kids’ names a year, you would be able to remember. Alas, that is not my case.

Honestly, I just can’t remember. But I still love ya! 😉