Archive | October, 2015

Rainy Day, DIY Hair Clips for Halloween

28 Oct

IMG_7759Last Halloween, I didn’t have anything festive to wear for the school’s Halloween bake sale and dance.  We had foam Halloween themed stickers everywhere from various art projects.  I also had a couple of sectioning clips laying around.  I quickly grabbed some glue and put something together.  It turned out much better than I anticipated and my girls were fighting over who was going to wear it.


When I was going through my Halloween stickers to pull out for crafts, I stumbled upon the clip I made last year.  My girls saw it and immediately asked to have a clip making play date with friends.  I went to the local hair supply store and purchased more clips.  I found an 80 pack, because we can make clips for all the other upcoming Holidays with the leftovers.  You can also make a bunch to give to friends or hand out as an allergy friendly treat alternative.  My older daughter had a clip making play date yesterday.  Today we continued the fun and made more- the perfect activity for the cold and rainy day we had.



Here is how to make them (you can find most of the supplies at Michaels if you don’t already have them).

Supplies needed:

  • Glue gun (for adult use, I used this for our clips this year).  You can also use heavy duty craft glue
  • Double prong clips
  • Creatology foam stickers and any other halloween stickers you may have.
  • Glitter Glue
  • Paint Brush


  1. Glue your starting shape or sticker onto the clip (Shapes aren’t necessary but we used scraps from our Creatology Haunted House we put together earlier on in the week as a base to add more than one sticker)
  2. Glue on any additional stickers or designs you would like.
  3. Use a paint brush and add some glitter glue for some extra shine.
  4. Let dry then show off your Halloween Hair.
  5. For a little extra, we hung our clip designs on the Creatology Halloween Boo sign we made (pictured above).

IMG_7762 IMG_7764 IMG_7760Have a Happy Halloween! 🎃👻

A Day of Fun For Everyone

14 Oct


Chuck E Cheese brings back many memories as a child.  I had birthday parties there and it was a place I always wanted to go.  But when I became a parent for some reason the thought seemed daunting and an adventure I didn’t want to take. I let their grandparents on many occasions when we visited them in Virginia.  I never told them there was a location in New York.  They thought it was a special place they could only go to down South.  Until we went for a birthday party.  That’s when I realized that it wasn’t that bad after all and a relatively easy adventure to take from the city.   Not long ago my girls and I had the pleasure of taking a trip to Chuck E Cheese at Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn again.  Every time they visit a Chuck E Cheese, my girls have a blast!  They are eager to try every game and on a mission to get as many tickets as possible to earn a fabulous prize upon exiting.


Some things that stood out during our most recent visit to the Brooklyn Location:

The staff.   They were extremely friendly and helpful, especially during times tokens were eaten by the machine.  They were there to help and fix the problem.

Safety: Upon entering, all Chuck E Cheese locations have this policy, adults and children are given a stamp.  To exit with a child, the adult and child’s stamp must match under a black light.  They stick to this policy because I have asked a parent to bring my daughter home from a party taking place at the Brooklyn location.  I left a little early to run errands.  Luckily, I was still nearby when they were leaving because she wasn’t able to leave with her.

Every so often Chuck E comes out to do a dance with the children.  After tickets are thrown all over for kids to get.  I’ve never really liked this because on crowded days kids can get trampled on and the older kids wind up taking all the tickets.  During our most recent visit, it was the first time tickets weren’t thrown all over the ground for kids to jump and scurry around for after dancing with Chuck E Cheese.  Every child stood in line.  If they danced, they received a handful tickets. It saved me drying tears from my younger daughters face when the bigger kids jumped in and scooped them all up and a much safer option to avoid someone getting hurt.


The food:  Chuck E Cheese has added new items to their menu.   In the past, I haven’t been inclined to eat there.  I always went, played games and left. As part of our visit we got a VIP tour of the kitchen to see how their thin and crispy pepperoni pizza is made. I had no idea that Chuck E Cheese uses fresh ingredients on their menu.  Every day, they shred a block of mozzarella.  Three times a week they make dough, fresh, in their kitchen.  During our visit, we had the opportunity to try the pepperoni pizza we helped them make while learning about the process.  Normally my girls only eat cheese, so they were kind to make half cheese and half pepperoni but since we were there to try it they had to have a taste.   They LOVED it.  It wasn’t too spicy and it had a nice flavor.  On our next visit, we will definitely be ordering lunch/dinner while we are there and are excited to try some of the new items on the menu.



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With chillier days ahead, Chick E Cheese is fun, exciting, and a fabulous adventure.  The best times to go are early, when it first opens and on weekdays (check hours, as times vary at different locations).  To get to the Brooklyn location by train take the 2,3, 4, 5, D, N, R, B or Q trains to the Atlantic Avenue/ Barclays Stop.  It is in the Atlantic Terminal Shopping Center.  Not in NYC, find a location near you.

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Disclaimer: I received a guest pass including food and tokens for this review.  It did not alter my opinions.  We had a blast and it will definitely be an adventure we take many times as the weather gets colder.  Thank you Atlantic Avenue for a fun afternoon adventure.