Pumpkin Spice for the Keto Diet

Low Carb Pumpkin Spice Recipes

It’s pumpkin spice season! Pumpkin spice lattes and Oreos and Cheerios and all kinds of things I am not supposed to eat. Pumpkin spice for the keto diet is not impossible, though — there are lots of low-carb pumpkin recipes out there, and I have two cans of pureed pumpkin in the cupboard and a refill of that just arrived in the mail.

There are a few things to ensure when you’re doing pumpkin spice for the keto diet. First, use pureed pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling. Second, make sure your has no sugar in it, and remember that spices have a bit of carbs! With that done… enjoy. 🙂

Like my keto Thanksgiving recipe post, I’ve rounded up a few of the pumpkin spice keto recipes that look the most delicious to me. There are also lots of savoury options out there, from soups to casseroles, but fall isn’t fall without ginger and nutmeg and cinnamon and pumpkin, so I’m sticking with the sweets for now.

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Low Carb and Keto Pumpkin Spice Recipes

Pumpkin Spice for the Keto Diet: Lattes and Drinks

Keto Pumpkin Spice Latte

DIY Sugar Free Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Pumpkin Spice for the Keto Diet: Baked Treats

Keto Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

High Protein Pumpkin Muffins

Flourless Pumpkin Bread (swap the sugar for Swerve)

Keto Pumpkin Butter Cookies

Pumpkin Pie Dump Cake (use Swerve for sweetener)

Pumpkin Spice for the Keto Diet: Fat Bombs and Bites

Pumpkin Spice Fat Bombs

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites

Pumpkin Pie Fat Bombs

And now the word ‘pumpkin’ doesn’t really look like a word to me anymore! My stomach is growling looking at these — off to make muffins! I hope you find something delicious in this recipe round up, and if you know of any more excellent low carb/keto pumpkin spice recipes, please feel free to share in the comments.

Unicorn Halloween Costumes for the Whole Family

Every Halloween since M was a year old, we’ve let her choose a costume and an overall family theme for Halloween. This year she waffled back and forth between spooky creatures and superheroes — and then she saw a unicorn horn and changed her mind completely! So, we are all being unicorns. I decided to buy various pieces to make our costumes (with M’s help) rather than getting pre-made outfits, because I think we can reuse some of the items for every day wear, or for dress up clothes for the kids.

DIY Unicorn Costumes for the Family

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Some of these are the actual items we have; some are very similar!

Matt’s costume is probably the most hilarious and/or horrifying. M picked out a black morph suit and a terrifying full sized unicorn head for him. I just need to find him shoes of some sort.

For herself, M selected a red tutu to go with her unicorn headband. She also picked out pink wings because I guess she’s a flying unicorn? I bought rainbow leggings and a rainbow jacket for her because Halloween is usually cold here and I want her to be cozy.

My costume is similar. M insisted I buy a rainbow tutu. I found myself my own pair of rainbow leggings and a flowery unicorn horn, and I’m sure I have a sweater or hoodie I can wear to keep warm.

And then there’s A’s costume! It will be his first Halloween and my biggest concern is keeping him warm and comfortable. I think I will either be wearing him in a carrier or pushing him in a stroller so I also wanted something fairly simple. And, there are no ready-made baby boy unicorn costumes I could easily find. So, I bought this knitted unicorn hat (there’s an adorable and inexpensive girly unicorn hat here!) and he’ll be wearing it with a warm white bunting we already own. Easy.

Baby Boy Unicorn Hat   

This is a fun theme and I love that M is still into picking out costumes for everyone. Hopefully we can keep it up and figure out how to make it a shared selection when A gets older!


All Treats & No Tricks: Halloween Fashion

Halloween Fashion on Etsy

I’m sharing a few Halloween finds from Etsy this week, in preparation for the upcoming holiday. 

Halloween Fashion on Etsy

I am a sucker for all kinds of spooky things, and Halloween fashion on Etsy is where it’s at. Of course, I don’t dress as a pumpkin every day or anything like that, but I see nothing wrong with throwing on skull print leggings or a black cat necklace even when it isn’t Halloween! M is much the same; her spider print pants are on heavy rotation in her closet all year ’round and she loves dressing up as various animals even for kindergarten days.

With that being said, all of these items can be considered Halloween fashion, but there’s nothing stopping you from enjoying them in October and beyond! Clearly we love black cats in this house, and as for the rest of it, who doesn’t love a bit of dark humour and style?

Here are a few of my favourite finds for Halloween fashion on Etsy. I actually had a hard time narrowing it down to a handful of things; there are so many great shirts, dresses, and accessories! I tried to stay away from the obvious costume-y fashion in favour of items that could work into regular wear.

There is something here for everyone, from the littlest kiddos with a cat print bib to the witchy ladies and gentlemen in your life. I especially love the Mom-ster shirt and think it would definitely be appropriate for me outside of Halloween. Like, realistically, it’s probably applicable every single morning of my life except for those rare times when I actually get enough sleep at night.

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Skeleton cat bib | Cat dress | Mom-ster shirt | ‘Black Heart’ shirt

Halloween Fashion on Etsy
‘Bow Down’ bracelet | Black cat pin | ‘Literally Dead’ shirt |
Skeleton earrings | ‘Hey Boo’ pin

All Treats & No Tricks: Halloween Party Supplies on Etsy

I’m sharing a few Halloween finds from Etsy this week, in preparation for the upcoming holiday. 

Today: Halloween party supplies on Etsy!

Halloween, for us, is all about the kid-friendly activities. We are not at a spooky, creepy Halloween stage. I’m okay with that! I am the person who seriously regrets watching horror movies every time I dare to watch one, and I am apt to kick and flail if someone, or something, jumps out at me in the dark. Give me the Reese’s cups and fluffy unicorn costumes and I’m happy.

Our Halloween plans this year are simple, though they seem to get more involved every year. We have a few community events and parties to go to, a special Halloween show in Winnipeg, school for M on Halloween itself, and of course, trick or treating.

I think it would be fun to host our own party one year! Of course, Halloween hits right in the middle of a busy time — school, prepping for winter, the kids’ birthdays less than a month away — so it may never happen, but it’s fun to imagine what I’d choose for a kid-friendly Halloween party. All of these items are available on Etsy. They’d work great for a Halloween party, or a spooky birthday party, baby shower, engagement party — you name it.

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Tassel garland | ‘Boo’ cupcake toppers | Fondant toppers

‘Boo’ balloon banner | Pumpkin bath bombs | Halloween straws | Balloon swag kit

More Halloween-y Etsy goodies coming this week!

Cultivating Gratitude in Kids

Gratitude Activities for Kids

Why Do We Need Gratitude Activities for Kids?

As a child, and even as an adult, I did not and do not want for much. I am lucky to have the means and the support to do, be, and get what I want (for the most part). My daughter is at an age where I am noticing how her childhood is much the same, and how it’s impacting her. While we do try to get her to work for rewards instead of just handing them over, we view a lot of things as no big deal, like grabbing her a new toy every time we do a big household shopping excursion, or stocking the cupboards with her favourite snacks and lunch items.

This past summer my husband and I realized that she was expecting all of these things, instead of understanding what a privilege they are. I’m not convinced we’ve managed to turn it around quite yet, and really, I think we can take responsibility for it, because it’s up to us to juggle entitlement and gratitude and all of those big, world-shaping concepts for our kids.

As Thanksgiving nears, I’ve been thinking about how to introduce gratitude activities for kids. It seems like the perfect starting point, and ideally, we can go from here and continue to cultivate gratitude as a family, more frequently. Grownups can look around and understand what they have versus what others do not, but I think it’s harder for kids, especially to do in an age appropriate way. I would also like to beyond a surface-skimming “Thank you.”

Here are some gratitude activities for kids, and all-around practices, that I’m considering!

Gratitude Activities for Kids

Easy Gratitude Activities for Kids

Learn Gratitude Together

Modelling gratitude is key. How can I expect my child to be grateful, if I am not showing her gratitude, myself? This comes in many forms, of course, but I plan to focus on expressing gratitude for my family and my own privileges, vocally and intentionally. By going deeper than thank you and into I am grateful for you/this/today because… she can see how my own life, and our family lives, are impacted by the world around us.

Make Gratitude an Every Day Occurrence

On a similar note, a lot of families incorporate a gratitude tradition daily, such as asking every family member to say what they are grateful for that day around the dinner table. This is sort of a whole-family version of a gratitude journal. I’m not sure that M is old enough yet — she isn’t keen on answering questions about her day! — but it could be beneficial as a modelling activity.

For kids who are old enough for a gratitude journal, there are some lovely and inspiring prompts available at Bounceback Parenting. In the world of pre-made gratitude journals, publishers are starting to pay attention to kids, too!

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Give Back, Together

This is part of modelling, but also helps kids take ownership of their gratitude and privilege. Whether it’s making a batch of soup every weekend to donate to the soup kitchen (something I may start doing with M), collecting unused household goods or food for those in need, volunteering time, or donating toys and clothes to others, giving back is important. So far M has helped us select food for the food bank, and has donated some of her own toys.

Fun Gratitude Activities

To kick start a focus on gratitude, or to pay the idea special attention, try some fun, more specific gratitude activities for kids! Fireflies and Mudpies has instructions for making and using gratitude stones with children. I’ve admired the rock painting/hiding trend going on around various communities! Teach Kids Art has more information on painting gratefulness rocks. On a similar crafty note, I Heart Naptime has a printable gratitude tree that is especially perfect for Thanksgiving.

Activity - Gratitude Scavenger Hunt

M is particularly into scavenger hunts right now, so the idea of a gratitude scavenger hunt seems like a good way to really introduce the idea in away that might stick! Click to download oyur own PDF copy of the Gratitude Scavenger Hunt.

I’m always happy to be directed to more resources, so if you have any other excellent gratitude activities for kids please share!