Thanksgiving Treat: Rice Krispie Turkeys

The holiday season goes so quick! I’ve been thinking of Thanksgiving Treats and how to make them festive. Eventually, I came up with these Rice Krispie Turkeys.

All made from leftover Halloween candy, these turkeys are cute and perfect for Thanksgiving.

All I used to make these turkeys are:

  • Rice Krispies
  • Candy corn
  • Eye sprinkles
  • Twizzlers
  • Feathers

As I mentioned above, everything I used to make these came from Mila’s candy stash. We got a ton of mini Rice Krispie treats and this seemed like a fun way to use them. There was always an abundance of candy corn left from the Fall Scarecrow Snack Mix.

I ended up cutting little slices of a twizzler to make the turkey’s wattle. Yes, that’s what it’s called.

Then, of course, we used eye sprinkles to complete the look.

To assemble, you simple just press everything into the Rice Krispie. It’s not too difficult. One tip I’d give you is to use your hands to hold the shape of the Rice Krispie while pressing everything else in.

That way none of the ‘feathers’ or eyes fall out.

To complete the look, I added a craft feather to the back. I think it looked adorable. I’d suggest wrapping washi tape around the feather so it doesn’t stick to the Rice Krispie.

Another added bonus of this fun Thanksgiving treat is that Mila loved helping make the faces too! This could end up being a really fun activity for Thanksgiving day with the family. Im always looking for kids activities to keep them busy and smiling.

Either way, these Rice Krispie Turkeys are tasty, easy to make, and will be perfect for your Thanksgiving Day.


What foods or treats do you make for Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving? Let me know in the comments.

Fall Scarecrow Snack Mix

This week was my first time ever sending in a preschool snack with Mila. It was an exciting mom moment for me! Of course, I made sure it was a nut free mix that everyone would enjoy. Then we came up with the Fall Scarecrow Snack Mix.

Here’s everything I used to make this nut free Scarecrow Snack Mix:

  • Pretzels
  • Chex Cereal
  • Caramel Corn
  • m&m’s
  • Candy Corn
  • Candy Pumpkins
  • Rollos

The best part of this mix is it’s super easy to put together. All you have to do is find a big bowl and pour everything in.

Unfortunately, my big bowls weren’t big enough, so I had to keep making the mix over and over again. Good thing it’s easy and doesn’t take a lot of time to do it!

One thing I wish I would have gotten more of was the caramel corn. When I went to Target, they were almost sold out of the ‘monster mix.’ The monster mix just have chocolate drizzle and sprinkles. Some of the other caramel corn had pecans and other nuts. Obviously, I didn’t want to send any type of nuts to a preschool classroom in case of allergies.

Mila loved this mix, but she was definitely picking out all of the chocolate and Chex cereal!

I loved making this Fall Scarecrow Mix for Mila’s preschool party… and keeping the extras at home for us to share too. Here’s the little Tik Tok video I made to show how I made it all. Even though it’s pretty self explanatory, I loved how it all came together.

The end result is beautiful too!


What is your favorite snack or food item to share at classroom parties? I’d love some Christmas suggestions.

11 Simple Halloween Activities.

Halloween is almost here!

Mila and I have done a lot of fun activities to celebrate this month. I wanted to share Simple Halloween Activities you can easily put together before the big day.

All of these can have a version put together quickly at home, but they’re all fun for kids.

1. Potion Making

Mila has loved the idea of making potions this year. As always, water is a HUGE hit with kids.

Witch’s (or Warlock’s) potions help with gross motor skills and amps up pretend play. I always provide multiple bowls, jars, and spoons for her to use. Mila will sit at the island and play for a long time, especially if I keep filling up the water jar.

I won this particular potion making kit from an Instagram giveaway from Little October House.

Emily, the shop owner, is a fellow Ohioan and does an amazing job putting together seasonal sensory kits. I’ve been wanting to order and was so happy that I was able to win this kit.

It came with everything I needed, I just needed to set up the bowls and give Mila water!

Not only was it fun for Mila, it smelled so good.

I’ve also set up DIY potion kits for Mila to play with too. All I used was jars, bowls, spoons, food coloring, and dish soap.

It definitely gives the potion making vibes and she had fun with that too!

One thing I want to try to make it a little more special is grinding up one of her bath bombs too. I think it would give off more bubbles.

The resin creatures, bubbles, and elixir in Little October House is just too cute to pass up! We’ll probably be doing more DIY potions the q few days since it’s been Mila’s favorite way to unwind after preschool.

2. Play Doh Monsters

If you’re looking for an easy activity to set up and only need two to Inca, look no further.

All you need for this simple Halloween activity is Play-Doh and googly eyes! If you’re really feeling fun, you could add pipe cleaners too.

To get Mila started on this one, I just told her to make monsters with a lot of eyes. That seemed to do the trick. She dove right in and made all different kids of monsters.

She even started singing her latest song she learned at preschool.

Watch out for my big scary eyes. Watch out for a big surprise… BOO!

One way to make it more educational is to have kids count the number of eyes or tell them how many eyes to put on each monster.

But, they’re learning SO many skills by just picking up the eyes and playing with the play-doh too.

3. Boolage (Halloween Collage)

As we all know, Mila LOVES stickers. To prevent her from covering any surfaces in our home, having her create a collage on a piece of scrapbook paper was a way better option.

She was so happy to see a little bowl full of Halloween stickers. I told her to create a picture with them on the page a she went to work.

This is a great simple activity that kids can really take charge! Plus, they get to be creative.

Hello more Halloween art!

4. Halloween Letter Recognition

This activity is probably the most educational in this list. We love doing letter recognition in our house, especially with our Beags and Bubs resin letters.

But when I saw this printable coloring page from The Letter Vee, I knew I had a perfect match.

Not only can the duo be used to letter recognition, I’ve had Mila color the page with her matching the colors too.

I love all the possibilities you can use with these fun Halloween learning tools. Mila has used them both so much to talk about what she’s learned this month, spelling her name, and just having a little Halloween fun!

5. Threading a Witch’s Broom

We technically did these for Mila’s Ghoul Gang Party, but I wanted to share them here.

Threading activities are so helpful for kids this age. It really can teach them patience, how to use their hands, and (again) show their creativity.

Out of all the easy activities, this was one with a little more prep. All I used was pipe cleaners and yarn to make the broom. If you only have a couple to make, it doesn’t take that long!

Then, I set out the color beads and lined up the letter beads for their names.

I had a lot of help at the Ghoul Gang Party, but Mila’s made multiple ones of these in the week since. It could be used to make a fun gift tag or just a kids present to their favorite adults around Halloween time.


All of these Simple Halloween Activities have been a hit in our house. I’m sure they would be in yours too.

I’ve also shared other activities we did this year too. Here’s the list to get some more inspiration.

If you try any of these activities out, let me know in the comments or tag me on Instagram (@greyskies.rainbowhighs). I can’t wait to see how much you and your kids love them!

What are some last minute Halloween activities you do with your kids?

Ghoul Power Boo Basket

There’s no better time to celebrate Halloween and little girls than with a Ghoul Power Boo Basket. This yearly tradition is a fun way to get your child ready and excited for Halloween.

Boo baskets were originally secretly left for neighbors and friends, but they’re fun for kids too!

Another amazing part of Boo Baskets is supporting small businesses. There have been so many things from Instagram and Etsy that I’ve been eyeing. Gifting them to Mila in such a fun way made them even more special for her!

Now it’s time to unpack all the ghoul power items inside Mila’s Boo Basket this year.

Activities

All Boo Baskets need some fun activities for kids to get excited for Halloween. Mila’s is packed with some of her favorite things:

Halloween Seek and Find by Beags and Bubs

Sticker Sheet from Walmart

Bubbles from Target

The best part of these activities are they can be done inside. Halloween is a weird transition time for kids from being outside in summer to staying inside more from the cooler weather. These are all great options for kids to play safely inside and have fun. Mila is obsessed with all of these. The bubbles are so much fun for her. The seek and find makes for great scavenger hunts. Stickers are always a hit too.

Accessories

Girls love accessories, even at three!

Our favorite shop right now is Sloane and Daisy. Both of the bracelet and pin are from there. They fit so many outfits and Mila has worn both of them multiple times since she’s gotten them. If you’re interested in a bracelet or a pin set from Sloane and Daisy, use GreySkies15 for 15% off!

Mila also got plastic spider rings, which are always so much fun during spooky season.

Bow and Wand

Mila loves playing with wands. This month she used this one to pretend she was a witch. Of course, her wand has to have pretty pink on it! I also topped it off with one of her Halloween bows from ACT Crafts and Creations.

You can easily make one of these wands that your child will definitely love.

Halloween Pajamas

My favorite part of Mila’s Boo Basket is her new Halloween pajamas from Harlee Bee and Co. I love the rainbow print on it and Mila loves the flower crown on the ghost. The fabric feels so nice and it’s well made. I wish they came in my size!

This year’s Ghoul Power Boo Basket was so much fun to make for Mila. I hope she loved it as much as I did putting it together.


Do you give your child a Boo Basket? If so, what’s something you’d suggest adding in one.

Pumpkin Spice Yogurt Bowl

Pumpkin spice season is in full effect. Every basic witch has to start her day with something frightening good. This Pumpkin Spice Yogurt Bowl would leave all the witches AMUCK AMUCK AMUCK.

I think it looks really cute all put together too. A major plus in my book.

When assembling this Pumpkin Spice Yogurt Bowl, I tried to make it look like a PSL. Here’s the ingredients I used to make it look like that…

  • Yogurt (I use chobani vanilla)
  • Pumpkin spice
  • Granola
  • Pumpkin candies
  • Caramel drizzle

First, put the yogurt in a bowl and mix pumpkin spice in it. Like with most of my recipes, I eyeballed this one too. Depending on how much you like pumpkin spice depends on how much you’ll want to add.

For the coffee look alike, the yogurt looks like whipped cream on top.

Then, lay a nice layer of granola at the bottom part of the bowl. I think it’d be a good idea to mix pumpkin spice in here too.

I thought this mimicked the look of coffee.

Next, line up a few candy pumpkins between the granola and yogurt. I’m not a huge fan of these, but mixed with the yogurt and granola, I enjoyed it. Again, it also made the bowl super cute too.

To top it off, I added caramel drizzle. I love it on all my coffees and it made the yogurt a little sweeter too.

I actually loved how this turned out. It tasted yummy and was quick to make.

Yogurt bowls are quick and easy breakfasts for our typical busy mornings. I also love that you can premake them to easily grab too.

This Pumpkin Spice Yogurt Bowl makes me feel like a Halloqueen and I think you’ll love it too.


Do you like making yogurt bowls? What are your favorite things to add in?

Looking for other great Pumpkin Spice recipes? Check these out:

Fall Charcuterie Board

One of my favorite fall activities are watching scary movies under a ton of blankets on the couch with a fall charcuterie board. It makes for a perfect date night or just a fun night with Mila.

I mean, who doesn’t love a charcuterie board?

To amp up our normal grazing boards, I incorporated fall colors and tastes. It turned out so moody and tasted delicious too.

Here’s everything I added to this Fall Charcuterie Board:

  • Apple Cider
  • Munster cheese
  • Ritz Crackers
  • Mini cupcakes
  • Chocolate covered pretzels (that tasted like pumpkin spice)

Not pictured were raspberry jalapeño jam to put with the crackers and cheese. Jams are the best addition to charcuterie boards. I also usually try to add some type of meat like salami, but I didn’t have room to add it on here either.

To make it a little more festive, I added the white pumpkin and the extras from my DIY Fall Wreath.

Of course, I took a video to show you all the whole process.

I can’t wait to make a more Halloween inspired charcuterie board for Mila’s Halloween party. Stay tuned to check it out!


What’s your go to items for charcuterie boards? Let me know in the comments.

Pumpkin Washing Sensory Bin.

Another day, another fall activity! Today’s play is a Pumpkin Washing Sensory Bin.

We love sensory play for so many reasons. To summarize all of its benefits, it helps children’s brains in a ton of ways! It also gives me a minute to do a chore or task that needs done around the house too.

Now that it’s spooky season, I’m finally letting Mila pick pumpkins from our pumpkin patch on the side of our house. It led straight to this activity.

Before we paint or decorate these pumpkins, I thought they needed to be cleaned off. Instead of me just doing it, I thought it would be so much fun for Mila… and I was right. All I had to do was set up this station.

The only materials I used were:

The only thing I told Mila was that the pumpkins needed cleaning and she could use more water and soap if she needed.

Let’s just say… she went to work right away!

This activity is so simple and Mila had came up with a big story of why they needed washed. She pretended they came from a different farm and not just outside our home. I always love listening to how her mind works.

That’s what makes sensory play so fun for everyone.

I actually left this activity out for the next day and she kept on playing. Lets hope painting or carving pumpkins goes this smoothly too.


Do you paint or carve pumpkins?

I’ve done both, but I’m thinking Mila may like painting more than carving this year. I’ll keep you all updated when it happens!

DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte

One of my favorite parts about fall is a good Pumpkin Spice Latte. Not only does it warm me up, it tastes delicious too. Since we don’t live super close to a Starbucks, I love making my own DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte.

In this blog post, I’ve decided to show you all my two go to options. One’s more a weekend at home recipe and the other is a quick morning recipe.

Both taste amazing!

The first recipe is the one I make on slow mornings. It makes the house smell amazing and really sets the tone for the rest of the day.

Here’s what you’ll need for it:

For this Pumpkin Spice Latte DIY, you’ll need to warm the pumpkin puree, milk, pumpkin spice mix, sugar, and salt in a pot. Keep stirring these ingredients together until they’re simmering. While this is happening, you can make your coffee or espresso.

Then, add the coffee into the pumpkin spice mix and mix both of them together until frothed. You can also use a blender to speed up this process.

After, pour into your favorite mug, add whipped cream and pumpkin spice, and then enjoy your tasty drink.

If you think that was simple. You’ll love this even more.

Our mornings are BUSY. Getting myself, Mila, and the dogs ready for the day gets chaotic. I feel like we’re constantly running around. When I finally get to school, I need a pick me up. So, before the craziness, I make sure to make this easy drink to get me through the day.

All you need for a quick DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte is Javy Coffee and Pumpkin Spice Latte Creamer (I use Starbucks!).

Javy Coffee is SO easy to use. It’s coffee concentrate where you fill your cup up with milk or water, then one to two teaspoons of Jacy too! It can made both hot and cold. I change it up depending on my mood (and how it feels outside). Afterwards, add your creamer and take it to go!

Both of these recipes are perfect for parents on calm and busy mornings.


Do you ever try copy cat recipes at home? If so, let me know which ones or the recipes in the comments below.

If you, what’s your go to coffee order?

Mommy Recipe: Spiked Caramel Apple Cider

If you’re looking for a the best fall drink to enjoy doing spooky and outdoor activities, you have to try this Spiked Caramel Apple Cider. It can be enjoyed hot, cold, and all fall long!

The best part… there’s only three ingredients that you need!

Apple cider is one of my favorite fall flavors. Mila and I love to go to the pumpkin patch and warm up with a hot cup.

It’s a fall must!

When I’m at home, I make Mila her special cup with cinnamon and caramel topping. Then, I make my own little mommy version that’s even better.

I won’t keep you any longer, here’s all you need:

  • Apple Cider
  • Caramel Vodka
  • Cinnamon
  • Caramel Topping/Drizzle

For the cold version, it’s quite easy. You just need to mix up the ingredients in a cup. I just eyeball everything, but will usually do a shot (or two) of caramel vodka and then add the apple cider in. The cinnamon and caramel is all to taste!

This is also so good blended up as a slushee.

For the hot version, there’s a few more steps. I warm the apple cider in a crock pot with cinnamon sticks. Then, when it’s heated enough, I’ll add the caramel vodka in my cup (again, a shot or two) then fill the rest with the warm apple cider. To top it off, I add a caramel topping rim and enjoy!

As soon as you try it, you’re going to want it the entire season.


Let me know in the comments if you try this out OR your favorite fall drink.

DIY Fall Wreath with Decorating Hack.

It’s the first week of fall! To celebrate, I’ve cleaned and started decorating my home. One of my favorite DIY’s of this season, this DIY Fall Wreath with my decorating hack.

The one element that I always like switching up is my front door’s wreath. It’s the most inviting part of a home. You know, first impressions.

I think the hardest part about trying to decorate for every season is that it can be pretty expensive.

Especially wreaths!

The first year I bought my house, I bought four different ones. Now I feel like I want to change it every month! Instead of spending all the money on one each month, I’ve found a way to compromise.

All I needed were these things:

  • Base wreath
  • Hot glue gun
  • Clothes pins
  • Fake flowers/decorations

The wreath I used originally had other summer flowers in it, but can easily be removed. So I took them all out and put them in a baggy for next summer.

I found the fall leaves and flowers at the dollar store for $3… a steal. The clothes pins came from Joann’s Fabrics.

Next, I cut some long stems and shoved them where the summer flowers went. The type of base wreath I had made it easy to do this. I did not hot glue these in to make it easier on me the next time I change it up!

For the heavy decorations and ones I wanted to specifically place, I did my fun little decoration hack.

I cut out the pine cone, pumpkin, and a flower and hot glued then on clothes pins.

By doing this, I can easily place the focus on the wreath where I want it to be. Then, I can just easily connect it to the wreath.

It’s SO simple and easy to do.

I love the flexibility it allows me to have when decoration and planning AND I don’t have to ruin the wreath by tearing it out with hot glue. It’s a win-win for me!

Personally, I think it turned out adorable. my favorite part is the decorations I used with the clothes pins.

The best part is I paid about $6 for this wreath and I got to personalize it the way I want.

It looks amazing on my door too. Hopefully it inspires me to go buy pumpkins and other outdoor decorations as well. I’ll keep you all updated!

How do you think I did with my new wreath?


Do you decorate seasonally? What’s one tip you’d give to others to make it easier? Let us know in the comments.