Happy Halloween




Halloween. It’s a big deal when you are a kid. Plans for what to dress up as can begin as early as July…

Here are three super easy ideas that don’t take a lot of supplies, talent OR time and are SURE to be a hit with your kids no matter their age – tots to teens.


Watermelon BRAIN: Just a small watermelon, a potato peeler and a knife will get you this good looking center piece!

Bread Stick Roll BONES: My kids had a blast making these femur bones and ribs out of a roll of bread stick dough. They ate ‘em up with a side of butter cinnamon sugar to dip them in. Get creative and make your own shapes!

Scary HAND Veggie Dip: Just cream cheese “glue” almond slices onto the ends of five finger-looking (peeled and ends cut off) carrots, then stick ‘em in a bowl of dip and you’ve got a spoooookie treat. Your kids will want to eat even their GREEN veggies with this one. (for the picture, check the video above.)

How to Bake Pumpkin Seeds



Suzanne Tucker is co-creator of My Mommy Manual.com and a proud mom of four. Join her and other moms on this journey called motherhood, because life’s better when we hold hands.

How to Make Pumpkin Seeds

It’s a delicious and nutritious seasonal snack and it’s easy enough for kids to make almost entirely on their own! My daughter who is a HUGE fan of pumpkin seeds (especially if she made them…) teaches us how kids can whip up a batch in the kitchen. Recipe included in VIDEO (2:31).

Do your kids have a go-to recipe that they love for Halloween or Thanksgiving? Share it with us in the comments below. And give Reilly some props! She’s a natural!

How to Have a Safe, FUN Halloween with your Kids

This Halloween, keep it safe for sure… but also keep it FUN!

I’ll be discussing this topic live on Great Day St. Louis Monday, October 17th so be sure to leave YOUR thoughts, stories and tips below and I’ll pass them along!

Here are four simple tips to keep you and your kids smiling all monster mash night long.

1. Plan a few special fall family rituals / outings in the weeks leading up to Halloween.

Find one or a few you like and then repeat them annually with your family. This is what your kids will remember when they grow up.  Examples: buying and carving a pumpkin, making pumpkin seeds, making caramel apples, going on a hayride, etc.

2. Share stories from Halloween’s past with your kids.

Tell them about when you were little. What were your favorite costumes growing up? Favorite candy? Family traditions? Talk about how you dressed them up when they were babies!!!

3. Plan ahead.

Buy just what you need to get by this year and then STOCK UP on all the things you’ll need for future Halloweens the day after Halloween. Example: This year have flashlights, reflectors, costumes, pillowcases (the kids can decorate themselves to collect their goodies in) and candy to hand out. Then this year, come Nov 1st, go shopping for all the little extra’s you’ll need in Halloween’s yet to come like door hanging wreaths, pumpkin containers to collect candy in, costumes for your dress-up bin and decorations for your home inside and out. Believe me, pre-holiday, those special decorations can be pricey. By waiting and planning ahead for next year, you will save about 75% and in some cases more. Stores are literally GIVING THERE HALLOWEEN INVENTORY AWAY at this point. I got a few caps, hats and dresses years ago at Target for 90% off the ticket price and my kids are still playing with them four years later.

4. Keep the pressure off.

It might surprise you but for some kids, all this seemingly FUN Halloween prep can be stressful! Things like which costume to pick, which jokes to tell and HOW and going up to new homes with big people they don’t know (or don’t know well) can be a little worrisome. Talking about it ahead of time with your child might be all you need to do to take the stress out. Let them know there’s no right or wrong here. Focus on the F-U-N.

It’s easy to get wrapped up in all the things your neighbors are doing but remember, especially for young kids less is more. Pick a block in your neighborhood or a friend or family member’s neighborhood to visit. Another idea is to find a Trunk or Treat in your neighborhood by googling “Trunk or Treat” plus the city you live in and go there instead!!!

Happy Halloween!!! Please post pictures of your little goblins (this year AND from Halloween’s past!) to our My Mommy Manual Facebook wall!!! (You’ve found us there I hope, yes?!?! Come on over and “Like” us if you haven’t already!)



Suzanne Tucker, aka Zen Mommy
In addition to mommying to two magical girls born in 2000 and 2003 and twins born in February of 2010, Suzanne co-owns a holistic health center with her husband Shawn in St. Louis, Missouri  where she practices as Certified Educator of  Infant Massage and health education teacher. Certified in a number of healing and life education approaches, Suzanne offers life coaching as Zen Mommy Coach and is the co-creator of the Yogi Parenting approach to positive parenting.

How to Happy HALLOWEEN and Connect in the Kitchen

Kids love Halloween. I don’t know about yours, but mine love everything leading up to the big night as much as the trick or treating itself. Plans for what to wear begin as early as July. And no matter what ages your kids are, it’s always fun to get creative in the kitchen. Cooking is such a great way to connect.

Here are three super easy ideas that don’t take a lot of supplies, talent OR time. And they are SURE to be a hit with your tots to tweens.

Watch the 5 min video below and I’ll talk you through making each one. The segment was taped live on Oct 29th on the St. Louis morning show Great Day St. Louis. The cliff note version is below as well! 😉

Watermelon BRAIN: Just a small watermelon, [Read more…]

Cackle Laugh — Roar!!!

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