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FamilyFun October - November 2017

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SO MUCH TO LOVE THERE’S SOMETHING WONDERFUL about every time of year, but fall brings an entire season of reasons to celebrate. The crisp, sunny days and Technicolor trees would be inspiration enough— add in the holidays that come every few weeks and it’s pretty easy to see why the smiles rarely stop. My advice? Jump straight to page 42 and kick off the month with your own apple-picking picnic; after your bushels are full, warm caramel apple cider, turkey hand pies, and peanut butter–pumpkin buckeyes will be waiting. When it’s time to carve your pumpkins, let the kids lead the way. We’ve got seven safe projects that will allow even littles to create a spectacular Jack (page 15). When they’re done, continue the festivities with a sweet Day of the…

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big fun

“Life is tough, my darling, but so are you.” Posted on May 21 by @seldabelda The Backstory: “One late afternoon in May, my kids and I went to one of our favorite parks. As we were getting ready to leave, my daughter wanted to climb the net one last time. I stood and watched as she fully concentrated on making her way to the top. The light was streaming toward her, and I think that evoked her courage and determination at the moment she was breaking out of her comfort zone and testing her physical abilities. To me, this photo illustrates always believing in yourself, looking ahead, and facing your fears. When you do that, you can do wondrous things.” Photographer Anna Aromin-PapaiaPuyallup, WA We are thrilled to be teaming up with Sara McCarty,…

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finish this thought IF WE COULD SELL EVERYTHING AND TRAVEL, THE FIRST STOP WOULD BE .... Tokyo! With the increasing prevalence of Japanese pop culture in the U.S., my children are very interested in visiting Japan. Jennifer Simon PinkasavageHouston The Galápagos Islands. Our family loves science, and it doesn’t get better than those islands! April Teets BucknellEl Segundo, CA Iceland! No, wait ... New Zealand! Wait, wait, wait ... Greece! Hold on a sec. Husband says Alaska. Son says Argentina. Daughter says Croatia. Maybe we’ll start in Switzerland ... neutral territory. Mark KempValley City, OH You’re in luck! See page 75 for a chance to win a trip there. Italy! I’ve been, but my husband and son haven’t. I want to show them all the different periods of history, all of the different cultures, and all…

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packed with love

DO YOUR PART November 18 is Family Volunteer Day! Visit fvd.generationon.org for ideas on how your clan can give back to your community. Violet Humble was driving between Montana and Washington with her family when she spotted a group of homeless people holding signs asking for food and hygiene products. Even though she was only 7 years old and dealing with her own medical issues, Violet wanted to help. Soon after, she launched Violet’s Outreach of Love and Togetherness (VOLT), which is dedicated to providing toiletry bags to those who need them most. GETTING STARTED In 2016, Violet and her family made many trips between their then home in Polson, MT, and Spokane, WA, to visit Violet’s doctors. “I would see homeless people sitting on the street. It made me really sad, but somehow…

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boo-tiful treats

Wickedly Tasty Witch It’s a scene right out of Oz! Start with an iced cupcake and then add a chocolate graham-cracker roof, licorice legs, and molded taffy shoes. Paranormal Pretzels They’re alive! Pipe melted candy melts into two holes of a mini yogurt pretzel and then add two sprinkles as pupils. Ghostly Goodies Arrange cupcakes in the shape of a ghost and then spread a layer of white frosting over them. Add face details with black decorator gel. A bite from beyond the grave! Terrifying Tapas For a sugar-free option, create Gremlin Grins and Spooky Sushi. Slit snow peas open and add carrot tongues and corn teeth. The sushi is just rice topped with smoked salmon or avocado, with seaweed features. book we love! In Stitches Teach your kids and tweens how to sew, knit, crochet, felt, embroider, and weave…

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pumpkins for the ages

COOL THINGS TO MAKE AND DO TOGETHER Marquee WHAT YOU’LL NEED • Scooper (we like the Maudie’s Super Squash Scooper from maudies.us) • Contact paper • Paint • Apple corer • Battery-operated light 1. Cut a hole in the bottom of the pumpkin. Scoop out the guts. 2. Draw and cut large numbers from contact paper. Press onto a clean, dry pumpkin. 3. Paint the pumpkin; let dry. 4. Remove contact paper. Use an apple corer to make holes in the number. Place the pumpkin over the light and display. Marble Pumpkins WHAT YOU’LL NEED • Empty, clean quart-size yogurt container or small bucket • Nail polish in multiple colors • Toothpick or skewer • Mini white pumpkins • Drill and 4-inch skewer, optional • Nail-polish remover • Cotton swab 1. Fill the container with roomtemperature water. 2. Working quickly, add a few drops of nail polish to the water. Add additional…