The Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos honors those we have lost with festivals and parties. It is a chance to celebrate the lives of the deceased who are believed to awaken from their eternal sleep to celebrate with their loved ones. How to throw a Dia de los Muertos party fun enough to wake the dead. For this post, I consulted my friend Crystal,
You’ve heard of gingerbread houses, but what about gingerbread Haunted Houses? We make them every year. They’re fun for kids of all ages – and adults, too – and there are all levels of difficulty (or lack thereof). Your guide to DIY Gingerbread Haunted Houses. Choice #1: Start with a kit. I found various Haunted House kits, including this one from Target for $8.99. I saw similar
Spending the extra money when it really counts is a lesson I am finally starting to learn after years of doing the opposite! I have always been a frugal shopper, so I often hesitated to choose the higher-ticket item when given the opportunity. However, as I find myself replacing certain items and shopping with a goal of simplicity in mind, I have started to bite
Every autumn, I look forward to stepping into Starbuck’s for a pumpkin spice latte and a pumpkin scone. I love it when the house smells of pumpkin bread cooking in the oven. And every year, I splurge on my favorite pumpkin spiced soap. But there is such a thing as overkill. Here are some pumpkin spice scented products that have just gone too far. Pumpkin Febreze.
It’s finally fall! One of the reasons I love October and beyond is that I can finally start ladling out steaming bowls of delicious soup for dinners! Hooray! There is nothing more gratifying than a hearty bowl of soup on a cool fall evening….and by gratifying I mean: easy, healthy, and cheap (the mom’s recipe trifecta)! Although I love the classic bowl of chicken noodle or chili,
Why go for the same old carved jack-o-lantern when you can do something really creative? Whether you choose to paint your pumpkins or carve them, it’s always fun to do something different. Here are 6 DIY Pumpkin Decorating Ideas. 1. BB-8 pumpkin. Do you have a Star Wars fan in your household? You won’t have to “Force” them to love this adorable BB-8 pumpkin. What
Nothing snaps a mother to attention faster than a doctor saying there’s something wrong with her baby. “He’s wheezing,” the pediatrician said, after listening to my three month old son’s lungs for what felt like an eternity. We’d gone in for what I thought was a simple cold, but we left with the prospect of a lifelong chronic condition. It was a couple more years
It’s that time of year again – when we get to humiliate… uh, dress our pets up in ridiculous… uh, adorable costumes. We’ve found some of the silliest, cleverest, most amusing Halloween costumes for your dog or cat. 6 Spooktacular Pet Costumes 1. Bear Costume. You’ve seen the viral videos, now get ready to make your own teddy bear costume for your dog or cat. We
Laundry has always been one of my most bitter household battles. From the moment I brought my sweet reflux-y twin girls home from the hospital, I realized that washing our clothes and linens was about to become one of my primary occupations. From pre-treating, to washing, drying, folding and putting away, the process has become far too familiar over the last decade. Fortunately, we’ve left
Now that fall is here many of us start thinking about the season of gifts! Everyone wants their presents to be appreciated, but in this age of consumerism it’s sometimes hard to find the perfect fit. Personally, I find myself struggling between an inclination to to give gifts that will be enjoyed and a desire to break the cycle of stuff and clutter in our culture. (Remember how I’ve been
You’ve eaten your share of healthy pumpkin foods made with this incredibly versatile vegetable (which is technically a fruit), but now it’s time for dessert. We’ve compiled a list of unusual pumpkin recipes that go beyond your typical pumpkin pie. 1. Pumpkin Cannoli. Mama Mia! Filled with a lightly spiced sweet pumpkin ricotta filling, the classic Italian dessert gets a fall-themed twist in this recipe from A Treats Affair.
When you think of Halloween, candy probably comes to mind. Candy corn, fun size bags of chocolates, and enough Smarties and Laffy Taffy to make your teeth rot. We’re here to help counteract all that sugar with some healthy Halloween recipes that are easy to make and economical, too. Here are some fun treats to scare up. 1. Cauliflower Skull Veggie Platter. We love this idea from
If you pop into Michael’s Arts & Crafts this time of year, you’ll see some pretty impressive… and pretty pricey Halloween wreaths. Some are up to $80. Scary! But before you go screaming into the night, take a look at our Halloween wreaths you can make yourself. Get your crafty on and save a killing by making it yourself. 6 DIY Halloween Wreaths So Easy to Make
If you want to jump-start your journey to a more peaceful, simple home here is an easy declutter guide to help you shed some of the unwanted stuff and start enjoying the empty spaces left behind! Each day, go through the items on the list and donate, recycle, or throw away. It won’t take long to see a difference in your living space! Day 1:
You’ll see pumpkins everywhere this time of year, from pumpkin-flavored foods, to pumpkin spice lattes to pumpkin spice scented air fresheners and candles. Most people know pumpkin is a healthy food packed with fiber, anti-oxidants and nutrients. But did you know it’s also good for pets? Pumpkin has many health benefits for your pet, including: Urinary Tract Support. Veterinarians believe that the oils contained in the seeds and flesh of