Welcome! I am a mom to two wonderful kids, a lovely retired greyhound, and a wife to a great husband. Needless to say, there are a lot of daily messes to clean up around our house. Daily Messes is my blog to share ideas on things to do with your kids, snack and meal ideas, crafts, and holiday fun. I hope you find something to enjoy!

Friday, October 9, 2020


It's October! It's going to be Halloween Time! I'm getting excited for Fall.

Although we haven't Boo'd anyone yet, I do have the Boo Bag ready to go. I'm going to wait until a little closer to Halloween this year. Since we are in a campground this year, I am only doing one Boo Bag. (If you are wondering why we are in a campground this year, check out our family trip website at Tepe Travels). 

We are still floating easy costume ideas, decorate, and need to find a local pumpkin patch. Although the RV kitchen can be challenging, I think we will probably still be able to roast the seeds. I did find some easy decorations at the local dollar store and now need to figure out how to put them up.

I know COVID may change a lot of Halloween plans around the country. If Halloween is cancelled, we can still make it fun for the kids: maybe by booing the neighbors or friends/family, trick or treating within your tribe, or having a movie night and decorating cookies. Some of my past Halloween posts would be good for staying home Halloween fun.

  • Halloween Mazes:
  • Coloring Page.
  • Pumpkin Soccer or Bowling. Use a small pie pumpkin as the ball. 
    • Soccer: Split into two teams and create goals (small plastic cones work well). Have kids spider walk (aka crab walk) and kick the pumpkin soccer ball with their feet.
    • Bowling: Make pins from rolls of toilet paper.
      • Ghost pins: Decorate rolls with black paper eyes and mouth.
      • Mummy: Wrap a piece of toilet paper around a roll and add eyes.
      • Witch: Wrap in green tissue paper, add construction paper eyes/nose/mouth, and top with paper hat.
      • Vampire: Add fangs/mouth/eyes, and a black paper cape.
      •  Frankenstein: Wrap in green tissue paper, draw with sharpie or add black paper stitch marks/scars. Add eyes/nose/mouth.



Some of my Fall Fun links work great for Halloween too!

OTHER FUN LINKS: (Links are external links, not to DailyMesses.)
What are some of your fun ideas/traditions for Halloween? Share in Comments!

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Pirate Chest Trick Or Treat Bag

Last year the oldest when as a Zombie Pirate. We had a lot of the costume items from past Halloweens. Hubby helped make him a Pirate Chest trick or treat bag.

We used an old pillowcase, an empty shoe box, some plastic gold bars and coins, hot glue/gun, and a piece of plywood. 

Hubby cut a piece of plywood to match the size of the shoe box. He then cut a hole in the center of the box and the wood. The plywood was the bottom layer to add support, the pillowcase was threaded through the hole in the plywood with it's edges laying flat on top, and then the shoe box was on top. He attached them all together using glue and a staple gun.

The shoe box had been black to start with, so we just grabbed some brown paint and a foam paint brush to roughly paint it brown. We left it with streaks to look like wood grain. Once the paint was dry, we hot glued on plastic gold bars and pirate coins inside the box/chest.We kept the hole open for the candy to go through. 

Because he was a zombie pirate, and zombies do not talk much, he painted on Trick Or Treat on the top of the box to show at each stop, and then Thank You! on the inside lid for when he got the candy. It seemed to be a hit with the neighbors. 

Monday, October 5, 2020

Venus Fly Trap Costume and Trick Or Treat Bag

Last year I had a request for a Venus Fly Trap costume. Although they do sell them online, they were pretty pricey. I decided to try to make one. It turned out ok, but he was happy with it, so that's all that mattered.

I made the Venus Fly Trap head, a pot, and his trick or treat bag. He wore a red knit cap to blend in with the mouth area (and also to keep warm), brown pants (to blend with the pot), and green shirt and gloves.  

I wanted to use as many materials from my craft supplies as I could, plus make it easy without a lot of sewing. For the costume I used/bought: red and green thick felt, white felt, cardboard/display board, brown paint, red and green thread, a sewing needle, hot glue/gun, fabric stiffener (like a Fusible Pellon), a rag for ironing, and an iron.

I used a witches hat to create the mouth piece. I cut off the pointed top, leaving just the brim of the hat. This would be where his head would poke through. I cut a large oval shape with pointed ends (almost looked like lip shaped) from the red and green felt. I pinned the red material to one side of the hat and the green to the other side. Once they were lined up, I cut out the middle for his head to go through. I hand stitched all the pieces together around the head hole. Once I had the head space stitched together, I cut out teeth from the white felt and stitched on (attach to the red and then to the green, just don't sew all the through both colors). I then added in the Pellon fabric stabilizer. I added in stitches at the corners where it folded over to become the mouth to keep it in place. I had cut the head hole large so he could just slide it over his head, but it did leave a gap where you could see his shirt. I cut another piece from the red felt to form a tongue and used a clip to attach behind his neck.

At this point, I didn't feel like it was finished yet, so I cut out a flower pot shape from some cardboard we had and painted it brown. The plan was to create a tie or belt for the pot pieces to be attached to, but I ran out of time and ended up using binder clips to attach to his pants.

The last few years, they have wanted to use pillowcases to go trick or treating with. (Hubby told them lots of stories about when we were kids trick or treating and that we had used pillowcases.) I took a pillowcase and cut out a flowerpot shape, a stem, and the head of the Venus Fly Trap, and little triangles for teeth. I used hot glue to attach all the pieces to the pillowcase. To finish it off, I wrote Feed Me on the bag.

Friday, September 18, 2020

National Parks Word Find

So far in our travels we have seen 9 National Parks! There are 62 total, so I don't think we'll get to them all this year.😉

I made a National Parks word find this morning. You can print from the image or from the PDF links. If you want more information on the National Parks, click on this link. You can also check out our travel blog for our experiences at the parks we've been too!

PDF links:

National Parks Word Find

National Parks Word Find Answers




Thursday, September 3, 2020

Back To School and Lost Forks

 Good morning!

We have officially been back to school for almost two weeks now! Online school is a bit of an adjustment, even with having some online school at the end of last school year for COVID shutdowns. It is a new system to learn and there have been a few technical issues this week after a system update. Even the teachers are having a hard time. One day it wouldn't let them log on, then all their "live" class sessions disappeared, then all their assignments disappeared as well. Completed work sent in wasn't registered. It's been a little frustrating this week for school. 

We're getting through it though and adjusting. It's been nice that we can also add in supplemental hours to their learning. We've been visiting the National Parks and other historical sites. The other day they learned about blister beetles and had to research what kind of rattlesnake we saw on the trail. It's been fun. I have blog posts up and links to our YouTube channel at our trip's website, www.TepeTravels.com.

It's been a little crazy adjusting to school again. We are currently in a two hour time zone difference from where school is and we have to get up early so that they can attend classes. Somehow this has led to a missing cup and 2 missing forks. We had them before school started and have kept them safe in the last 2 months, so I can only guess it was tired brains from getting up early. You would think that in 400ish square feet, you could find things easier! It's been days and we still can't find them. I'm worried they accidentally got tossed in the garbage. Last night someone had to eat with a plastic fork. When we made the move to the RV for this trip, I only packed 5 forks (1 for each of us and 1 extra). We are now down to 3 forks! Hopefully the missing silverware shows up soon, or we will have to buy some new ones.

 Since it is the start of the school year, I have a link here for my Back To School Word Find as well. 

Hope everyone is having a great start to the school year!

Monday, August 3, 2020

August 25: Free Entrance To National Parks

I just saw that on August 25, the National Parks Service's birthday, entrance fees are waived!
For more information, check out NPS.gov. We've been to some amazing parks so far, and this would be a great day to see some. Check out their website early though, as some of the parks are requiring reservations due to Covid.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Camping Word Find

Since we have been staying in campgrounds recently, I thought I would make a camping themed word find/word search!

PDF versions:

To print the jpg/image:
  • Click/Right Click on image, Choose Open in New Tab/Window. Click Print. 
  • Or, click on image, right click, chose Save Image As to save to your computer. Print saved image.


Thursday, July 23, 2020

I’m still here!

Hello all my Messers! I am still here, it’s just been a crazy, crazy couple of months.

We made some big changes in our household. We put our house up for sale, bought an RV, and have gone on the road. We had this all planned before COVID-19, and plans got pushed back. When things finally started to open back up, we rushed to get our plans back on track. We are still social distancing as much as possible and wear masks whenever we are out. 

I am working on some posts for here, and if you wanted to follow our adventures you can see them at www.TepeTravels.com!

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Next Weekend Is July 4th!

It's almost time for the 4th of July! We usually don't have a big party, but we do have a grill out and watch the fireworks. Below are a few ideas for crafts, activities, and food for your 4th of July get together!


    • Swirl Cookies (The link is to my Christmas cookies which are red and white. However, if you divide the batter into thirds and color 1 red, 1 blue, 1 white, it makes a great 4th of July cookie!)
    • Pie & Jars (Use star cut outs for the top of the pies)
    • Hidden Surprise Pound Cake (use a star cut out instead of a shamrock)
    • Dessert Pizza (So easy to make, so delicious! Use white chocolate, red and blue colored chocolate or candy melts to make it more patriotic.)
    • Rainbow Cupcakes (Divide batter into 3 bowls. Color 1 white, 1 red, 1 blue)
    • Peanut Butter Cheerios Balls
    • Frozen Bananas (Dip in white chocolate with red and blue sprinkles! Maybe even some star sprinkles!) 
    • Caramels (It is much harder to change the color of a caramel, so instead dress up the wrapping by tying them closed with red/white/blue ribbons.)
    • Ice Cream Sandwiches
    • Stained Glass Cookies (use red, white, blue candies)
    • Fortune Cookies (make a mix of red, white, and blue dough)
    • Candied Popcorn (Separate popcorn into 3 batches. Color each batch with red, blue, or white candy melts. Let dry and then mix together!)
    • Make (or buy!) angel food cake or shortcake and top with strawberries (red), blueberries (blue), and whipped cream (white).
  • Drinks:
 The things listed above are things we have done in the past. However, there are so many other ideas out there for 4th of July parties. Here are a things that I think would be fun to try!
  • Watermelon "cake". Cut and tier watermelon slices like a tiered cake. Decorate with other red, white, and blue fruits.
  • Chocolate dipped strawberries. Dip in white chocolate and decorate with patriotic colored sprinkles or in red and blue drizzles. Dip in milk or dark chocolate and decorate with red, white, and blue drizzles. 
  • Layered Red/White/Blue Drinks

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

4th Of July Word Find (Star Shaped)

I made a star shaped word find for this year's 4th of July! The jpg/images are below that you can save or print. There is also a PDF file with both the word find and the answer key.

To print the jpg/image:
  • Click/Right Click on image, Choose Open in New Tab/Window. Click Print. 
  • Or, click on image, right click, chose Save Image As to save to your computer. Print saved image.