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
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 the most caffeinated day of the year! To help you celebrate, I’ve rounded up the best coffee posts from Niconail. 5 Frugal Pumpkin Spice Coffee Recipes Save Money on Starbucks Fall Menu: 3 Copycat Recipes How Much Do You Spend on Coffee Beans? Guess How Much Cheaper Homemade Coffee Is? 21 Uses for Coffee Grounds Don’t want to make your own coffee? Here’s
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
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
It’s that time of year again… pumpkins are everywhere. Today I popped into my local grocery store and saw a large display of pumpkin scones, pumpkin cookies and mini pumpkin pies. Just looking at these mouth-watering items made me feel like the holiday weight was already starting to form on my hips. But don’t blame pumpkins! Pumpkins are dense with nutrients while offering little in
I don’t know many people who will choose whole wheat bread over white based on flavor alone. My own family is very reluctant to give up their beloved Trader Joe’s sourdough bread. But this whole wheat bread recipe has made me a hero in my household. So many whole wheat breads are heavy and dense, with a crust that feels like it might dislocate your jaw.
I have a confession to make. I love looking at all the creative ideas that people post on Pinterest… but it’s rare that I actually attempt to copy these recipes or crafts – even when I fully intend to. I can look at these elaborate bento box inspired lunch ideas and know, without a doubt, that I will never make them. But that’s okay. I can
If I ever had to shop at only one grocery store for the rest of my life, it would make no sense to choose Trader Joe’s. After all, it’s not one-stop shopping. You can’t get aluminum foil or diapers or corn starch there. But how on earth would I survive without some of my favorite Trader Joe’s products? A person can get by without foil, but is
July is National Blueberry Month. What better way to celebrate than with some fun, creative recipes that go beyond the standard blueberry muffins, blueberry pie, blueberry scones, etc. Whether you pick ’em yourself or buy them fresh or frozen, blueberries are the bomb. Not only are they delicious, but they are packed with antioxidants, fiber and Vitamin C. We’ve gone ahead and hand-picked some creative blueberry recipes
Want to celebrate Shark Week without having to take a bite out of your wallet? We’ve got some fin-tastic suggestions to help your week go swimmingly! From shark-themed gifts to food ideas to activities, we’ve got ideas you’ve just got to sea. 7 ideas for Shark Week that will hook you in. 1. 7-11’s Exclusive Shark-Themed Treats. Cool down with a jawsome blue raspberry Slurpee in a fishbowl-shaped cup or a molded cup
Fast food is easy and cheap, especially when you opt for the Dollar Menu items. But what of the cost to your health – never mind your waistline? Personally, I don’t eat fast food. I don’t eat red meat and don’t crave what McDonald’s and Burger King are selling. However… I do find myself occasionally with a hankering for a Wendy’s Frosty. Mmm… chocolatey goodness.
Recently, my daughter’s school declared that parents are no longer allowed to bring in the typical birthday party treats: cupcakes, donuts, or birthday cake. This left me with the challenge of finding healthy, yet fun alternatives. I really wanted to come up with something creative – yet easy and affordable – to make her school birthday celebration special. Here are some of the ideas I