Tactics for Limiting Sugar Without Feeling Like the Halloween Grinch

I’m guest posting over at Simple Organic today.

As the end of October approaches, so does the annual dilemma for families who choose to celebrate Halloween: how to find that happy medium that allows your kids to have fun and enjoy the day without an overindulgence in candy and sweets.

Here are a few ideas that I hope can help keep parents, kids, and dentists happy this Halloween.

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Nature Collections: Simple Ways to Store and Display

The following is by contributor Amy Anderson of Let’s Explore.

My youngest daughter is a collector and a saver. Her favorite thing to do is head outside with a bucket and gather acorns, rocks, leaves, and sticks. We come back from any walk or trip to the park with full pockets.

I have dreams of shadow box frames and other beautiful displays, but for now we have a few simple systems in place for storing and displaying all the nature goodies my two girls collect.

Keep it outside…

As much as I love pine cones, acorns, sticks, and leaves, I do not want my entire house filled with them. Since my girls do a lot of collecting, I like to have plentiful outdoor storage containers.

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Preserving Autumn: Beeswax Covered Leaves for the Nature Table

The following post was written by editor Kara Fleck.

This week on Simple Kids we’re talking about nature tables and collections.  As we enjoy this Autumn season, the nature table at our house is reflecting the changes taking place outdoors.

The kids and I have been adding in some of our favorite decorations as well as some finds from our walks outside.  Currently in our nature display we have:  felt mushrooms, rocks and gemstones (including an Indiana pudding stone), seed pods, acorns, walnuts, a needle felted pumpkin, and leaves.

Preserving Leaves

I love having leaves as a part of our Autumn display, but I will admit it can get a little messy as they dry out and become brittle and crumbly.  This year, however, I think I have come across a solution:  preserving the leaves in beeswax.

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