Jill from Valentine in the Morning is sharing her tips on activities that can be done from the comfort of your own home! She’ll be providing ideas on how to focus on yourself, pastimes to keep your kids entertained, and home ideas that will keep all of us safe at home.
You can listen to MY Home Sweet Home live “here” as she shares these tips at 1p, 4p, 6p, 8p as well as follow us on Instagram @1043myfm for videos!
Halloween 'MY Home Sweet Home' Ideas!
Give your place a Halloween makeover with a spooky bat wall! All you need is black construction paper, some wall safe tape and scissors!!
Trace or draw and cut out different sized bats. Place them on the wall in a corner of your house or maybe over the fireplace.If you don’t want to make your own, you can purchase a kit on Amazon.
Click here for a bat template.
As an alternative to pumpkins, you can make a jack-o-lantern using a mason jar!
You can paint the outside of the jar orange or cut orange tissue paper to fit around your jar and use a thin layer of Mod Podge to make it stick.
Then use black cardstock to cut out eyes and a mouth, glue those on… and add another layer of Mod Podge!
Once it dries, put in a small LED tea light and you have yourself an adorable, yet spooky Halloween lantern.
You can even make white jars for a ghost or a green one for Frankenstein.
Click here for more detailed instructions.
Turn Oreo Cookies.. into creepy, crawling spiders!
Grab 4 pretzel sticks and break them in half. Place four on each side of the cookie into the cream - to make the legs. Use vanilla frosting to stick two M&Ms on the top for eyes. You can even use candy corn for fangs.
HALLOWEEN AT DESCANSO
Throughout the month of October, Descanso Gardens in La Canada is hosting a pumpkin-filled extravaganza!
You can safely walk through their beautiful gardens (with your mask on) and see the pumpkin-themed displays. Kids 14 and under can wear their costumes. Plus, you can purchase fall-inspired drinks and soups!
There are a few fun, safe ways to celebrate Halloween from the comfort of your car! One is HAUNT-O-WEEN - in Woodland Hills.
It’s a drive-thru adventure for the entire family. Complete with pumpkin picking, a jack-o-lantern tunnel… and a fun twist on social-distanced trick or treating!
Want to drive through thousands of hand-carved and illuminated Jack O’ Lanterns? Some even carved to look like your favorite celebrities, sports stars and animated characters?
You can at Nights-of-the-Jack Drive-Thru in Calabasses!! Their new, extended driving trail will have plenty of instgrammable moments!
A GENTLE HALLOWEEN DRIVE THRU
The Gentle Barn in Santa Clarita rescues and rehabilitates animals - and they are giving you a behind the scenes, Covid-Safe Halloween experience with their Gentle Drive-Thru!
Kids are able to dress up, safely get candy and see all of the Halloween themed decorations around The Gentle Barn
Spring 2020 MY Home Sweet Home' Ideas:
“BLUE” EASTER EGGS
Universal Studios Hollywood has a fun way to turn your Easter eggs… into Dinosaur Eggs!
They have a really easy paper craft to print out and you can end up with a velociraptor [Blue from Jurassic World] holding your Easter goodies! All you need is scissors, a printer, some double-sided tape and a fork!
Print the free download here!
QUARANTINE SCAVENGER HUNT
This idea is for anyone who is trying to date while self-distancing. You can go on a scavenger hunt - while each staying in your own neighborhoods.
I’ve created a list of things to look for while out on a walk. Each item is worth a different amount of points. You and your date can leave the house at the same time, set the timer for 30 minutes and see who can find the most items on the list and score the most points. You’ll need the pictures on your phone to prove it!
Then, head back to the house (maybe FaceTime) and tally up your scores.
This idea was inspired by my 4-year-old niece Hazel because she loves these guys: THE BEAT BUDS. It’s two best friends (Jonny and Matty) - and they get kids and parents feeling the beat and expressing themselves through music! They are live streaming their daily jam sessions every morning Monday through Friday at 9:30. Its educational, its interactive and you and your kids will love it!
Check out their YouTube Channel here!
The Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe has a livestream every Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm
You get to see rabbits, puppies, kittens, baby goats! All week long, they rotate in their adoptable pets and Educational Animal Ambassarors for you to watch
It’s the cutest thing! Your kids will love it! Click here for more!
THREE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW - FAMILY STYLE
Since we aren’t going anywhere for a while, it’s the perfect opportunity to get to know our family a little better.
This activity is inspired buy a segment we do on Valentine in the Morning called: Three Things You Need To Know. We use it to give you the day’s biggest news stories, but your kids can use it as sort of a Q&A with a family member.
Have your son or daughter write down three questions.
Then call or FaceTime Grandma… Grandpa… Uncle Steve… (whoever they want) and have them interview them. It will keep your family connected… and your kids might learn something pretty great about someone they love.
AT-HOME SCAVENGER HUNT
We talk to a lot of teachers on Valentine in the Morning - and we recently talked to Miss Dean who had a great suggestion:
Create a Home Scavenger Hunt
Make a list of things they can look for in your house. She suggested using certain colors… like “anything with the color red”. Have your kids go room to room, searching for things on their list. Then have them take a picture of what they find - using a phone or iPad.
When they’re done, you can go through what they found together - and delete the photos after!
Since we can’t go to the Disneyland Resort at the moment, we can still get a little bit of Disney magic at home!
You can learn how to draw Mickey Mouse! Theres a complete series of how-to tutorials on the Disney Parks Blog - and tons of other characters too (like Anna, Genie and Tinkerbell)!
And you’re not just learning from anyone… an actual Disney Parks Artist is showing you how to bring these characters to life!
TEDDY BEAR HUNT
Now this is something we can all participate in - no matter how old you are! If you have a stuffed animal at your house, especially a teddy bear, put it in your window.
Teddy Bear Hunts are happening RIGHT NOW around the world!
When kids are on a walk with their family, they can have a fun scavenger hunt. If you don't have a stuffed animal, maybe make a sign or message to stick in your window - for people to enjoy as they walk by!