Easy, Inexpensive Halloween Snacks!

It’s almost time! There are so many parties from in-school, to after-school, to the weekend – I needed ideas for all the events and found some ADORABLY scary snack ideas that I know you’ll all love. They’re easy, inexpensive, and sure to be crowd pleasers – check them out!

Halloween Deviled Eggs

Halloween Deviled Eggs

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I just love these. They are so cute it hurts. Super easy to make. If you don’t know how to boil an egg, check out my post from #WorldEggDay for a foolproof recipe. Halve the eggs, and separate the whites from the yolks. To the yolks, add some mayonnaise (or Greek yogurt if you are looking to be a bit healthier!), dijon mustard, salt & pepper. If you’re feeling spicy, add some sriracha! It’s my favorite – but may not be the kid’s favorite!

To make them spiders, simply grab a can of large black olives and get to slicing!

These are such cute little appetizers – I can’t wait to make them. I know they will be such a hit!

Apple Peanut Butter Teeth

Apple Peanut Butter Teeth

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I may be dying of serious cute overload. These are so awesome and creative I cannot even get over it. Apple Peanut butter teeth, brought to us by Bloomi.com are super simple and no bake! Simply slice up an apple – an apple corer/slicer is perfect for this purpose.

Once your apples are sliced, spread peanut butter on one side of each slice and line with mini marshmallows – slap together the apple slices and you’re done! I love these. Have I mentioned that?

Halloween Fruit Snacks

Halloween Fruit Snacks

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This is how I die. From the total overwhelm of cute. These look SO easy. Simply halve bananas and pop in some chocolate chips and peel some clemetines and pop a small stalk of celery in.

I love these. I love these. I love Halloween.

Enjoy everyone!

1-Year FREE Membership to Angie’s List

For those of you who don’t know what Angie’s list is, it’s a way to gain access to local reviews for high quality service companies and health care professionals.

People choose to use Angie’s List, a paid service, over free review sites, because of 4 main benefits:

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In general, this is just such a comprehensive and TRUE way to assess a company’s services. Prices of admission to Angie’s List generally start at $3.25/month for one list (either Angie’s List or the newer Angie’s Health & Wellness list) plus a $5 startup fee. You can also choose a yearly plan that waives the fee.

That being said, here’s a way to get 1 year of Angie’s List for FREE, compliments of Allstate: CLICK HERE

You’ll be able to read reviews of home service professionals, get exclusive discounts from top-rated businesses, and receive a subscription to the award-winning Angie’s List Magazine. Enjoy!

Anti-Stress Coloring For Adults

Who says kids are the only ones who could use a coloring book?

Bustle.com says that coloring books for adults have become the latest trend, and one that is actually good for you. Coloring is an activity that relaxes the amygdala, the fear center of the brain, and allows your mind to get the rest it needs. Huffington Post states that, in simplest terms, coloring has a de-stressing effect because when we focus on a particular activity, we focus on it, and not on our worries. It brings us to a childhood-like state when worries were hard to come by, and we can use this to enter a more creative, freer state. Coloring, additionally, is a way to connect with how we feel, since depending on our mood, we choose different colors or intensity.

Get free, printable templates here to experiment with! These templates include everything from specific designs for anti-stress to simple classifications, ex) vintage, vegetation, graffiti – whatever suits your mood. Go grab yourself a box of Crayolas and go to town!

#NationalPumpkinDay

Happy #NationalPumpkinDay!

It seems like everywhere I turn, there’s something pumpkin flavored or pumpkin spiced something. I used to think this was such a novelty, but now it’s almost overboard! I’m admittedly a huge pumpkin-spice latte fan, from Starbucks. I went to get one at the beginning of the season though, and it was $6. $6. $6! For a coffee.

I thought that in honor of #NationalPumpkinDay it’d be appropriate to give you all a homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe that you can make on your own for considerably less money.

This recipe, from Betty Crocker, makes 10 servings of pumpkin spiced lattes! Perfect recipe to finish a fall dinner party and serve with dessert.

In a slow cooker, mix the following ingredients, and whisk until well combined: 5 cups strong brewed coffee, 4 cups milk (2% or whole), 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream. 1/4 cup canned pumpkin, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours, stirring once after the first hour.

THAT IS IT. Serve in mugs and top with whipped cream if desired!

How amazing is that? So easy, all inexpensive ingredients, and made in a slow cooker, no less – couldn’t be easier or less expensive. Enjoy!

Free Diaper Sample

EarthBaby is a compostable diaper service started by two Bay Area dads in 2008. These dads searched high and low for a convinient and environmentally friendly alternative to disposable diapers. Though single use compostable diapers were available, no service existed to compost them – no matter what, they’d still end up on a landfill..

Disposable diapers constitute the 3rd largest contributor (by volume) to US landfill sites (based on 2008 data). EarthBaby is looking to decrease this volume considerably by diverting m ore than 16,000 pounds of diaper waste from Bay Area landfills each week by converting it to nutrient-rich soil.

If you’re interested in trying one of these diapers, you can simply enter your information here to get a FREE sample. Unfortunately, this service is currently only provided for the San Francisco Bay Area, but if you are in this area, this is a wonderful cause that is worth trying.

Free Nature’s One® Product

Nature’s One® is a pioneer in the organic medical nutrition category introducing the first organic baby formula to the United States in 1999 under the brand Baby’s Only Organic®.

From day 1, Nature’s One® has heavily invested in research and development to offer the very best in organic and nutritional science. The products are sold nationwide and internationally through a wide range of retail outlets and medical suppliers.

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Try out organic products and be the judge of whether or not they are worth the extra buck – you may be surprised…