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Life Lessons of a Military Wife (overseas in Europe!): What to do with all that Halloween Candy

Life Lessons of a Military Wife (overseas in Europe!)

My goal here is to make your life easier, especially those who are in the unique situation of being a military spouse. Yes...I've been around...but in a good way...and hopefully can share those tips, tricks and shortcuts with you too. I've been on this military bus for over 40 years now. My goals in life are to have a well-run home, few money worries, well adjusted children, money socked away and whatever happiness I can scoop out of life.

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After life as an Army brat, being in the Army myself and marrying a soldier, I can honestly say I have a bucket full of life lessons I can share to help you make your everyday life easier and enlightening. Don't waste your time making unnecessary mistakes and benefit from others who have come before you on your journey through life.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

What to do with all that Halloween Candy

I know it hasn't happened yet, but if you have kids who trick-or-treat, you're going to have a stash of candy come this evening. Believe it or not, we are not big candy eaters, so inevitably, by Easter, we still have a bucketful of candy. You know, mostly the less desirable stuff, like Tootsie Rolls and those nasty, pasty Bit-O-Honeys. Looking for more ingenious ways to deal with the candy, while also teaching your kid a thing or two?

You can let your kids stuff themselves to the point of feeling sick, or you can try these other options:

  • Set up shop. Offer each child 10 cents for each piece of candy they want to give up. Do this right on Halloween night. Since you are running a business. tomorrow's rate will be 9 cents and so on. The longer they wait, the less cash they'll get. You might as well teach them something while you have their attention. Plus, you should get at least a few pieces for yourself out of it to enjoy later...when the kids are in bed.
  • Portion out the candy. Let them keep 20 (or 15 or 10) pieces, and that is supposed to last them through next week. This will teach them, hopefully, to show restraint and how to portion things out (let's say, not more than x candies a day). When it's gone it's gone. Do they want more now? Sorry, they have to wait until the next replenishment next week.
  • Practice counting and sorting. Keep the candy stash out of reach and out of sight. Everyday, sit down and do some simple counting exercises, adding and subtracting candy, so they get some good practice in. You can also sort by type, shape and color. For the older ones, if they got a lot of candy, you can even do a Venn Diagram.
  • Do the candy fairy thing. This works great for the little ones who can't count yet. Have them pick out a few candies to keep. The rest get put outside their bedroom door Halloween night and are replaced with a few inexpensive toy items from the dollar store.
  • Make unique wrapping paper. This only works if no one in your house is a candy eater, so I hesitate to even include this in the list! But, if you want to do something unusual, use plain butcher paper or solid color wrapping paper, and wrap your gift. Now you are going to hot glue candies all over the package!
  • Take it to work. If you just have too much candy and don't want to deal with portioning it out in the next few weeks and months, depending on your candy consumption rate, put it in a bowl and take it to work.
What do you do with all your candy, besides eat it?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't think my kids would do it but they were very happy and took the money for their candy! Thanks for giving me another idea. My kids have enough cavities as it is.

November 1, 2007 at 4:04 PM  
Blogger Marine Wife said...

I used ziploc baggies full of mini-Tootsie Rolls as extra padding in a box to Iraq for hubby and friends. Then, I gave a ton, mainly lollipops, to my youngest's preschool. The director likes to have a small candy dish on the counter. She should be set for months!

November 2, 2007 at 9:12 PM  

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