Halloween: Popsicle Style! #Sponsored

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Fall is here, and so is colder weather. But that doesn’t mean you have to stop enjoying Popsicles!


We have been super busy around here lately, but I am dying to come up with some creative crafts for Halloween so I can use up our Popsicle stick stash.

Thank heavens for Pinterest!

I did a search on “Halloween Popsicle Stick Crafts” on Pinterest, and I can’t believe all the fantastic ideas that are floating around the internet! Here are a few on my “Must Make” list for this week:

popsicle halloween craftsHalloween Popsicle Stick Crafts

pumpkin stakesJack-O-Lantern Yard Stakes

Door hangerPumpkin Door Hanger

scarecrow craftScarecrow Fall Craft

Aren’t those adorable? And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many creative ideas you can come up with for decorating with Popsicle sticks.

I also put together this super cute frame to display our pictures from Halloween this year, and it only took me a few minutes!

popsicle stick halloween frame craft

My favorite part of being a Popsicle Ambassador is that I get to eat Popsicles all the time with my kids… but the fun doesn’t end there! Saving the Popsicle sticks gives us the chance to create and play together even more!

Right now, Parker is really into puzzles. He loves breaking them apart and putting them back together over and over and over again. And Popsicle sticks are perfect for creating homemade puzzles! Just line the sticks up, paint them (if desired), draw a picture on them, and then mix up the pieces. Then, have your child put them back together again. I get all the kids involved and have one help me paint, one help me draw, and then the others mix them up and put them together. Here’s one that we’ve done:

halloween popsicle puzzle craft

So, see? Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy Popsicles inside. Then, take the fun to a whole new level and get creating with your kids. These are the memories they will cherish forever. Years from now, they’ll look back and say, “Mom! Remember the time we made that Popsicle stick picture frame?” Yep. Totally worth it.

While you’re getting crafty with Popsicle, don’t forget to interact with them in the following ways:

  • Visit the Popsicle website to find out about all the fabulous Popsicle products available.
  • Become a fan of Popsicle on Facebook for photos, fun, coupons, and so much more straight from the brand.
  • Follow Popsicle on Twitter for fun tweets that will get your mouth watering.
  • **NEW** Follow Popsicle on Pinterest for tons of ideas, pictures, and more to spark your creativity and get you busy with Popsicle products.

What creative things have you made with Popsicle sticks this Halloween?

Have a Happy Halloween!

In the Christian blogging world, Halloween is one of those taboo topics. You either celebrate it, or you spend your life telling people why you don’t.

I am one that celebrates it. I have since I was a very little girl. My Dad loved Halloween. We would carve pumpkins, and we always had the most creative costumes, no matter how much money we had. (Or didn’t have!) We didn’t celebrate the Devil or participate in any form of devil worship. We carved pumpkins, went house to house to get as much candy as we possibly could, and then spent the next 3 months trying to devour said candy.

When I became a parent, celebrating Halloween was a no-brainer. I loved it so much as a kid that I wanted to pass that love onto my kids. For years, we had “themed” costumes, and would go trick or treating in our favorite little neighborhood.

And then we moved to the mountains.

Houses are really far apart down here, so going door to door is impossible. So, no one does it. Each town has a “trick or treat” on the Square. We did that one year, and each kid got 3 pieces of candy. And it wasn’t even good candy. (It’s hard to charge a “candy tax” when they don’t get anything to begin with. And that sentence right there proves why I am not a politician.)

So, we stopped celebrating. It made no sense to decorate the house with pumpkins and gourds when no one was going to see them. We still carved pumpkins, but even that lost it’s luster. This year, no costumes were purchased, no pumpkins carved, and today is just like any other day. And I hate it. I want to give my kids the full Halloween trick-or-treat experience, but it’s just not possible in the area we live in. Sure, I could go purchase a ton of Halloween candy at 50% off, but that’s just no fun.

I wish I could afford to drive back up North for Halloween every year. Maybe if we get the right president in office and he brings gas prices back down……

So, since we’re not celebrating this year, let me leave you with a few of my favorite pictures from Halloweens past.

Halloween 2009
Happy Halloween, my friends. Celebrate and have LOTS of fun for me today, ok?!

Be the Coolest House on the Block this Halloween with TWIX! #Giveaway

TWIX or Treat!

This year, TWIX wants to help make your house the most awesome house in your neighborhood.

As a kid, I remember mapping out my “plan of attack” for Trick-or-Treating. There were those few houses that would give out the best candy: Full Size bars, or they’d allow you to take handfuls of candy from their bowl. And I also knew which houses to avoid: The ones offering pop corn balls and raisins. ICK.

TWIX sent me 70 full-size TWIX bars as well as an adult-sized TWIX costume. The trick-or-treaters will never forget my house this year! TWIX is my favorite candy bar. When I was pregnant with Gage, they were the sweet treat I craved all the time. Now, I’m so excited to be able to pass these out to all the little ghosts and goblins this Halloween.
TWIX case
Want to hear the best part? TWIX is offering up the same prize pack to one of my readers! That’s right! You, too, can be the coolest house on the block when you’re passing out full-size TWIX bars while wearing your TWIX costume. “TWIX or Treat” is certain to be a hit for you this year!

Before I get to the giveaway, I want to give you a few results from a TWIX Halloween Survey:

  • The 30 year old Trick-or-Treater: Almost 7 out of 10 adults {69%} ages 18 – 24, and one half of adults ages 25 to 34 said they would trick-or-treat if they could. The one thing holding them back? Dirty looks from the neighbors.
  • Hide & Seek: More than half of all the adults surveyed {52%} admit to hiding a treat from their loved ones so they can keep it for themselves. Most hide their stash in their room {41%} or in another “super-secret” spot {41%}.
  • Taking Candy from a Baby: One quarter {26%} of adults surveyed admit to taking candy from their child’s Halloween stash or a co-worker’s candy dish and deny it.

How would you answer those questions?

I would totally still trick or treat if I could. I have hidden candy stashes all over my house, and my kids have no idea. And, yes, I always go through my kids’ trick-or-treat bags first and take the pieces I want. Guilty as charged. But, I don’t deny it. My kids all know Mom gets first crack at their candy bag.

To enter for your chance to win a TWIX or Treat Prize Pack for yourself this Halloween, we’re going to have a little fun! Please keep in mind, though, that the giveaway will end at 12:01am on 10/25, and I will pull the winner’s name that morning. I must have your info that same day, or you will not receive your prize in time for TWIX-or-Treat this weekend.

Use the Rafflecopter gadget to enter:

For more information about TWIX, visit their website: www.twix.com You can also find TWIX on Facebook.

Disclaimer: I received the products mentioned above to facilitate my review. TWIX is sponsoring the giveaway to my readers. No other compensation was received. Opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Get Scared Shrekless this Halloween! {Review}

My kids are huge Shrek fans, so when we got the opportunity to review two new spooktacular movies from Dreamworks Animation along with a super-fun Shreked Out prize pack, we couldn’t wait!

Here’s what was included in our review pack:

  • Shrek trick-or-treat pail
  • Fun Shrek Hands
  • A pair of Shrek ears
  • A bag of microwave popcorn
  • Swamp Slugs {Gummy worms}
  • Donkey Droppings {Jelly beans}
  • Ogre Snot {Green Licorice}
  • DVD Pack of Scared Shrekless and Monsters vs. Aliens Mutant Pumpkins from Outerspace

Here, take a look at how cute this review pack is…

shrekless review pack

So much fun packed into one box!

jace as shrekAs soon as the box arrived, the kids wanted to attack it while they watched the two new movies. {Let me tell you, it was SO hard to decide which movie to watch first!}

We decided to watch Monsters vs. Aliens Mutant Pumpkins from Outerspace first. The kids thoroughly enjoyed the movie. There’s a mysterious alien presence on Halloween, and Susan, B.O.B., The Missing Link, and Dr. Cockroach, Ph.D. are all sent out as special operatives to investigate. All night long, innocent-looking pumpkins are reveals as mutant aliens! Luckily, the monsters are able to smash the aliens’ wicked scheme to take over Earth. It’s a cute little movie that the kids just loved.

Then, we popped some popcorn, passed around the candy and settled in to enjoy Scared Shrekless. First, I have to say that I was so glad to hear the original characters’ voices in the movie. The movie was cute. It’s all about Halloween, and Shrek decides that instead of the usual tricks or treats, they’re going to spend the night telling scary stories. The last one “scared Shrekless” wins. It plays on classic horror movies, and the kids laughed so hard! It got 2 ogre-sized thumbs up from all of us!

I found the Party DVD pack on Amazon for just $15.49.

If you’re looking for fun family entertainment this Halloween, I would highly recommend you check out the Halloween Party DVD Pack with Scared Shrekless and Monsters vs. Aliens Mutant Pumpkins from Outerspace.

scared shrekless

Disclaimer: I received the above mentioned products from Dreamworks Animation in exchange for my honest and thorough review. I have not been compensated in any other way, and opinions expressed are 100% my own. Amazon affiliate links are included.

Color Some Fun this Halloween with @Colortimecrafts #Giveaway

This Giveaway will end October 20 at 12:01am so that your prize will arrive with plenty of time left before Halloween.

You all know how much I love Halloween. There’s nothing more fun that going door to door to collect candy and get scared out of your wits while doing it.

Every year, my kids need a new bag to carry their Halloween candy in. Usually, we just stop at the local store, grab a cheap bag, and the rest of the night is spent picking up candy that falls out of those cheap bags.

Not this year! Colortime sent me 4 bags that the kids could color and decorate themselves. Let me tell you, this is one new tradition that I’m certain we will be carrying on with for many Halloweens to come. My kids had such a ball doing this project. They sat at the kitchen table together, and they couldn’t stop complimenting the colors and designs everyone was coming up with. There was no fighting, no yelling, just blissful sounds of siblings getting along that every mom loves to hear.

coloring halloween bags
For the review, we received 4 Halloween tote bags and 1 pack of Bold Fabric Markers. The tote bags are amazing. I love how thick and sturdy they are. There won’t be any lost Halloween candy this year, that’s for sure. The fabric markers were also great. They’re thick markers, perfect for even little hands to grasp, but the point of the marker is thin enough to allow my artistic 8 year old the ability to color in detail in the smallest areas on the bag. The design of the Halloween bag is cute – not scary and perfect for boys or girls.  The fabric markers were so easy to use on the bags. No bleeding through, no smudging, and no pushing-so-hard-your-arm-feels-like-it’s-gonna-fall-off. Even my almost 3 year old had absolutely no trouble coloring and decorating his bag. The only thing I would have done differently if I had been purchasing these products is that I would have also purchased the economy pack of primary color markers to give us a few more colors.

Here are the results of the bags:
halloween treat bags
halloween treat bag craft

Aren’t they cute?!

My kids and I all had so much fun with this project, and I am definitely going to be buying more tote bags next year. On the littler kids’ bags, I put their name and the year. Now we can watch how their coloring skills improve year after year with future tote bags. It’ll be a fun keepsake for them to hold onto throughout the year as well.

I would highly recommend Colortime to any parent, teacher, Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School, Scout troop, or individual that needs creative crafts for kids. I am super impressed with their products, and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to work with them on this campaign.

Thanks to the kind folks at Colortime, I get to give one lucky reader a set of 4 Halloween Treat Bags and a set of Fabric Markers. {US only, please!}

To enter, just use the Rafflecopter gadget below:

Disclaimer: I am participating in a campaign conducted by Rafflecopter and Colortime. I received the products mentioned above to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed are 100% my own. I was in no other way compensated for this post. Sponsor will fulfill the prize as stated above.