Oct 212013
 

As part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias® I made this blondie recipe and other treats for Halloween.  All words and thoughts are my own.

Halloween is almost here, and that means it’s time to start getting ready for Halloween celebrations!  I love hosting, whether it’s for a crowd or just a fun night in with our immediate family members.  Putting together a spooky (or a fun-spooky, with a toddler) table filled with candy, delicious sweets, and refreshing drinks is something I look forward to doing each year.

Blondie Recipe Using M&Ms and Snickers from Mars Variety Packs #shop #SpookyCelebration

Every year I always buy a couple big bags of candy, usually the Mars Variety packs.  My husband’s favorite candy bar is Snickers, I love Peanut M&Ms, and we both like Twix and Plain M&Ms so this particular mix is a good choice for us. Continue reading »

Oct 182013
 

Thank you to Global Influence for sponsoring this post and to Hershey’s for providing product samples so that I could create this molasses cookie recipe for you.  All words and thoughts are my own.

One of my favorite parts of any holiday is having an excuse to bake.  I really don’t need an excuse, of course; I bake on a pretty regular basis.  But when it comes to holiday treats, you tend to go the extra step and make them a little more special than at other times.

Christmas is an obvious time of year to get a little fancy with your cooking, but I have to admit that Halloween has always been the one other holiday where I tend to go all-out.  Growing up we had a party at my grandparents’ house each Halloween, and my Gram would bake for two days straight to prep.  There were frosted chocolate brownies with jack-o’-lantern faces drawn on, sugar cookies with Halloween-themed words piped on, apple cider, dishes full of Hershey’s candy, and then the icing on the cake: homemade chocolate and vanilla doughnuts fried fresh as you waited.

Molasses Cookie Recipe: Pumpkin Spice-Filled Molasses Cookie Cups #HersheysHalloween

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Oct 042013
 

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Starburst.  I received product samples to create DIY Halloween projects and to facilitate my review, and promotional item as a thank you for participating.

I love decorating for the holidays.  Before I had a toddler, I often completed complex projects that required a lot of time and supplies.  Now that I have a little one, finding time for DIY projects can be a challenge.  So I tend to look for projects that are easier to complete and take less time.  Score extra points for projects that use items from around the house.

DIY Halloween Projects with #StarburstCandyCorn

Tori Spelling is a mom, too, but she still loves to entertain and craft.  So she’s partnered with Starburst to share a number of crafts using their Candy Corn.  One of the projects she made was a cute “BOO” sign.  It was so cute, actually, that I decided to make one myself! Continue reading »

Sep 282013
 

October is just a couple of days away and, at least around here, people are starting to break out the fall and Halloween decorations.  We haven’t started decorating just yet, but I have been looking at pumpkin stencils and thinking about what pumpkin carvings we might do this year.  I plan to print out a few and let Bubbles make the final decision (though I have a hunch that Bubble Puppy might be one of her choices).

30 Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Stencils for Halloween

30 Pumpkin Stencils

If you like to carve pumpkins, too, and aren’t sure which designs your Jack-O’-Lanterns will be taking this year, I thought I’d share some of the pumpkin stencils I’ve collected over the years, plus a few that I’ve found recently.

A Bat
Ariel
Boston Red Sox
Bubble Puppy from Bubble Guppies
Cars 2 logo
Cute Spider
Fire-Breathing Dragon
Gil from Bubble Guppies
Goofy Ghost
“Happy Halloween” Phrase
Herman Munster from The Munsters
Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas
Jolly Roger (Skull & Crossbones) from Pirates of the Caribbean
Kermit the Frog
Lightening McQueen from Cars 2
Mater from Cars 2
Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc.
Minnie Mouse
Molly from Bubble Guppies
Mr. Grouper from Bubble Guppies
Ralph from Wreck-It Ralph
Rapunzel
Skeleton Hands
Sparky from Frankenweenie
Tigger from Winnie the Pooh
Tinker Bell
“Trick or Treat” Phrase
Vampire Mickey Mouse
Witch
Woody from Toy Story

Oct 312012
 

Fun Halloween activities from Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph.

Here are a few free printable Halloween activities from Wreck-It Ralph.  Click each image for a larger, printable version.

If you were waiting until today to carve up your pumpkin, you’re in luck!  This Wreck-It Ralph would make for a smashing jack o’lantern.

Free Halloween activities from Disney's Wreck-It Ralph

And there are two more free printable Halloween masks for you.  Add them to your Frankenweenie mask stash and the kiddos will always have an alter ego for pretend play even after Halloween is over.

Free Halloween activities from Disney's Wreck-It RalphFree Halloween activities from Disney's Wreck-It Ralph

Click here to print Van’s ponytail to complete the look.

You can also play the games from the Wreck-It Ralph movie.  In between Trick or Treaters why don’t you check out Fix-It Felix, Jr. (featuring Wreck-It Ralph), Sugar Rush Speedway (featuring Vanellope von Schweetz) and Hero’s Duty (featuring Sergeant Calhoun).