Ten {Not Spooky} Ideas for Halloween Family Fun


Ten Not Spooky Ideas for Halloween Family FunAround our house, Halloween is not about scary or spooky but more about family fun. We’ve started several special traditions as a family and hope to add to the holiday each year. Today I’m sharing 10 ideas for Halloween family fun from our home and other great bloggers so you can find new traditions to start at your house.

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Simple Fall Leaf Wreath Tutorial with Felt and Burlap

Simple Fall Felt Leaf Wreath Tutorial with felt and burlap

My old faithful burlap interchangeable wreath is back in business for the fall. I created a strand of colorful fall leaves from felt scraps and added a wool letter to make a simple fall leaf wreath for our front door. Who knew a pool noodle covered in burlap could be so useful? Here is the super cute Easter version of my burlap interchangeable wreath, a summer version with pinwheels, and a 4th of July version with fun tulle fireworks. If you love to change out decorations every season, a burlap wreath is the way to go. As you’ll see below, it is super easy to change it up often.

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Best of DFW: Must Follow Dallas Fort Worth Bloggers #DFW

must follow bloggers of the dallas fort worth metroplex #bestofdfw

Living in a huge metroplex like DFW has its perks, one of which is an awesome blogging community. I love connecting with other folks who understand this weird job I do and understand making a living in the digital space. They each have a unique voice and website with fabulous content and resources applicable to life in DFW and beyond. I hope my favorite Dallas Fort Worth bloggers will become your’s, too. Check them out and follow along.

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Frugal Friday: Meal Planning with the Carrie Elle Meal Planner {Review & Giveaway!} #TreatYourself

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Meal planning is an integral part of sticking to a grocery budget. We plan out our meals every week, and it helps us to stay on track and not be in a panic when dinner time roles around and my small people expect to be fed. I’ve shared tips for meal planning here and creating and sticking to a grocery budget here. Today I’m sharing a resource to help make meal planning easier for you, as well as super cute. I believe organization can and should be pretty, and the lovely Carrie Elle Meal Planners are a perfect example. Read on to find out how to use one and enter to win one for yourself.

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Make Simple Sangria & Perfect {Alcohol Free} Party Punch with 7Up TEN #DrinkTEN

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Super Simple Sangria and Perfect {alcohol free} Party Punch #DrinkTEN #shop #cbias

With football season in full swing, you might be on the look out for a fun new recipe for your tailgate party. This sangria recipe is the world’s easiest refreshing adult beverage and {BONUS!} I’m also sharing an alchohol free party punch for all of your non-drinker/pregnant lady/nursing mama friends. Even better, both recipes use 7Up TEN with only 10 calories to make them a much lighter alternative to most cocktails and mocktails.

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Create College Student Care Packages with #AmazonWishList

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Create Care Packages for College Students #AmazonWishList #AmazonHasIt #shopDid you send a loved one off to college this year? My husband and I mentor high school students through Young Life, so we’ve seen countless kids transition to college every year. One great way to care for a college student in your life is to send them a care package. I’ve hand delivered care packages to students we mentor who go to school close by, but that’s not an option for most people. Today I’m sharing a few easy tips for creating college student care packages using Amazon Wish List.

The Bear with one of the college guys Jed mentors & his sweet girlfriend.

The Bear with one of the college guys Jed mentors & his sweet girlfriend.

When I went off to college, I thought I was a full grown adult fully capable of taking care of myself. Not so much, people. I was pretty much a disaster the first semester. Learning to live on your own (or in a dorm filled with other semi-adults) is challenging and fun and there are distractions aplenty. I even ruined the one good sauce pan I had by burning a pot of macaroni and cheese.

My friends and I our senior year as well got ready to head off to college. I was such a mess.

My friends and I our senior year as well got ready to head off to college. I was such a mess.

If your loved one in college needs a little motivation and encouragement as they transition to adulthood, sending regular care packages can be a big help. Knowing they have people who support them means so much.

#amazonwishlist #amazonhasit  how to use amazon wish list #shop #cbiasSending care packages has never been easier with the help of Amazon Wish List. Simply set up an account with Amazon, click “create a wish list”, and give it a name. Add in your loved one’s favorite items and send it to them every month with a click of a button. Does your college kid burn mac and cheese like I did? Send them KRAFT Easy Mac Cups. They can make it in under 4 minutes and KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinner Cups have the same great taste as the original. With finals coming up, Planters Dry Roasted Peanuts are a perfect nutritious snacks for studying.

#amazonhasit #amazonwishlist link your twitter account #shopConnect your Amazon and Twitter accounts to make #AmazonWishList even easier to use. Whenever you see a tweet with an Amazon link to something you want to add, reply with the hash tag #AmazonWishList and the item will be added for you. If your college student tweets about something they would love to have, you can set up a surprise for them in seconds without visiting a store or the post office. 
Join the #AmazonWishList Twitter Party on Wednesday, October 15th, from 11-12pm EST to learn more and win fabulous prizes. Amazon will be offering special promotions during the party on featured products purchased using the #AmazonWishList feature. This includes $1 off all featured products that are purchased during the party using #AmazonWishList and #AmazonHasIt. Mac and Cheese Cups and Planters Dry Roasted Peanuts will both be $1 off during the Shopping Party when purchased from Twitter using #AmazonWishList. Amazon will also be giving away 10 Kindles to give away as prizes during the party! Click here to RSVP for the party.
Have you used Amazon Wish List? Tell me about your experience in the comments section.
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Luxe Baby Shower Giveaway ~ $1400+ in Prizes

Are you expecting a baby or already holding your little new arrival? You are going to love this amazing baby shower giveaway event in partnership with six luxurious baby brands. We are excited to share it with you and to give you an opportunity to own these wonderful, high quality products for your little one. Read on to find out more about our sponsors and enter to win the fabulous prizes.

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Create DIY Fall Felt Leaf Headbands for Girls {& Mamas} #GoodyGorgeous

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DIY Fall Felt Leaf Headbands Tutorial Easy Mother Daughter Fall Fashion #GoodyGorgeous #Pmedia #ad

My sweet girl officially has hair long enough to style, and it is a daily challenge for this mama. She may look cute and innocent, but my little peanut turns in to a MMA fighter when I try to style her hair. Thankfully I’ve learned a few tricks that are making it easier on both of us. Sorting out her tangles with the Goody TangleFix brush and then throwing on a cute headband is our new daily hair routine. I created a fun fall felt leaf headband for a mother/daughter style that is easy to throw together. Read on for the full tutorial and more of our toddler hair tips.

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Preschool Fun: L is for Light Letter Activities & Free Printable

L is for Light Free Printable Activity Guide ABC

We are a few months in to our home preschool adventure, and loving our letter of the week learning. I’ve joined 30 other bloggers for 31 Days of ABC hosted by All Done Monkey, with daily alphabet learning activities for each letter and much more. Today I’m sharing fun activities for the letter L and the word Light. We had a blast creating a DIY lightbox and exploring the letter L.

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Festive Family Holiday Gift Guide: GoPro HERO and HERO4 #GoPROatBestBuy

#goproatbestbuy Holiday Gift Guide Ideas GoPRO HERO4How many of you have started your holiday shopping already? Christmas is a BIG deal at our house and I love to find the perfect gifts for my loved ones. I am *this close* to being done with shopping. I know, I’m obnoxious. The truth is that I shop throughout the year as I find the perfect thing for everyone on my list. One item on our wish list this year is the new GoPro HERO4. Jed has wanted a GoPro since the first version came out, and this might just be the year.

I love the idea of a gift for the whole family. A GoPro will help you to capture family memories and vacations with stunning quality, record your family’s adventures, and create a storytelling tradition for generations to come. Can you imagine how much fun it would be to strap one to your toddler or dog as he runs free or wear one on a rollercoaster? Endless possibilities await. Read on to find out about the new cameras available at Best Buy.

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