A Halloween party is a great way to celebrate this festive holiday. You can plan a party that is traditionally pagan, a party that is festive and childlike, or one that is macabre and scary. Regardless of the type of party you plan, however, the fact of the matter is that parties can be expensive. To combat the potentially high cost of a Halloween party, here is a look at some tips to help you keep the cost low and the fun high.
A lot of people don’t realize that grocery stores and retailers have been carefully studying their customers for years. Millions of dollars has been invested into finding ways to wrestle as much cash as possible from your hands, every time you visit.
Let’s stop that from happening right now!
Here are 5 subtle marketing tricks that you should be aware of. Simply being aware of them can help keep that hard-earned cash in your pocket!
Dessert is easily our favorite meal of the day. Whether it’s a slice of pie, a bowl of ice cream, or a handful of candy, nothing tastes better at the end of the day than satisfying our sweet tooth. The only thing we don’t like about dessert? Deciding which one to indulge in.
Luckily for the winner in our newest contest, they won’t have to. In our sweetest giveaway yet, we are giving one lucky person a Cookie Brownie Party Pack from David’s Cookies, valued at $59.97. Packed inside a signature David’s Cookies Tin, the recipient will be showered with a delicious and decadent 5 lb. assortment of 32 fresh-baked cookies (in flavors like Chocolate Chunk, Oatmeal Raisin, and Peanut Butter) and a medley of 8 individually wrapped gourmet brownies (in flavors like Chocolate Chip, Cheesecake, and Rocky Road.) You don’t even have to worry about chipping in for the shipping; it’s on the house!
Allow me to share a little confession with y’all: I am not the best cook. I know, I know, my poor husband. But here’s the thing… I don’t enjoy cooking that much.
I don’t like grocery shopping. I don’t like getting hot in the kitchen. I don’t like spending time on a meal and it ending up tasting horrible. I don’t like having to throw out food because it goes bad. However, I do love sitting down to a delicious meal that I made and I love seeing my husband eat my cooking.
I have started working on meal planning (thanks for making it easy, Pinterest!) and it really helps to ease the “pains” of cooking. I wanted to share a few tips that I’ve learned that will help you save money in the kitchen and avoid having things go to waste. Most seasoned cooks are probably familiar with most of these, but as a novice cook, I have had to learn slowly but surely.
We all know how important date nights are to a couple’s relationship. Whether you are dating or married, every couple needs to spend time nourishing and growing their relationship in order to stay connected and on the same page.
It’s especially important when you have kids. We are pretty good about doing a weekly date night, but we are typically pretty boring and just go out to dinner. Every now and then we get crazy and go see a movie.
My husband and I decided to make a list of date night activities to do for the next few weeks that are a little bit different, but that are still affordable. Here’s a list of six that we came up with.
Major confession: I do not love to cook. I mostly hate the grocery shopping part, but I kinda dislike the slaving over a hot oven part, too. That being said, my poor husband and I end up eating out at restaurants a lot. We have several tried-and-true favorites that we hit up pretty frequently (like Mexican!), but we love trying new places, too.
One thing we don’t love is the price tag at a nice restaurant. Things can get pretty expensive, especially if you order an appetizer or dessert, which we almost always do. We are big on appetizers. I’m usually starving from the moment that I sit down, so I “need” something to eat pretty quickly. We’ve learned a few ways to save a little cash when we eat out, so I wanted to share these with y’all:
Just when you thought Friday couldn’t get any better! Today, June 1st, is National Donut Day. Nope, we’re not kidding. Since 1938, the first Friday of every June has been celebrated as the official date to sing praise to the deep-fried deliciousness we call donuts. While you can’t use it as a reason to call off work, you’ll be happy to know that select donut shops nationwide are honoring the “hole-y” holiday by giving customers free donuts!
Mother’s Day is coming up soon and I don’t know about y’all, but I am always looking for unique gifts for my mom. My mom definitely appreciates the “typical” gifts, like pedicures and massage gift certificates, but I always like to surprise her with something different. Not only is it fun to shop for something for her, but that look of surprise/happiness on her face makes it completely worth it.
My mom and I! : )
I admit snacks are nice when I’m writing away on a busy work. After all, they definitely keep me sane. Sure – I need to be healthier, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have a snack now and again, right?
Some of my favorite snacks are somewhat healthy, so I don’t feel that guilty, but since I have a sweet tooth most of the time I’m in big trouble. So to help myself feel better I thought I would share my favorite snacky items with you. Maybe you have the same snack attacks that I have or maybe you’ll introduce me to something healthier I’d like to eat.
Anyway, here are some yummy treats that I want you to meet:
Have you got a special someone in your life who loves good food as much as we do? And we don’t just mean that they love eating good food, but cooking it too? Have we got some gift ideas for you!
Baker’s Edge Brownie Pan
This creative pan is receiving mucho press for its inclusion on Oprah’s “favorite things” episode. The pan’s unique design ensures that every single brownie has two yummy, chewy edges. Includes a custom nylon spatula and a recipe insert.
Kitchen Aid Artisan Series Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield
This upscale mixer is a must-have for the serious chef’s kitchen. You can get the mixer in almost any color, from white to bright red, but we’re particularly partial to this fun, retro seafoam green. Includes wire whip, flat beater and dough hook mixer attachments, a two-piece pouring shield to minimize your mess, and a 5-quart stainless steel mixing bowl with handle.
Chef Pepin Panini Maker
A panini maker at home will give even the most cooking-adverse foodie an opportunity to whip up creative sandwiches in a flash. There are a number of models and brands available, but this panini maker from the Chef Jacques Pepin line of kitchen equipment features a super-cool, sleek design and would be right at home in a modern kitchen.
Make it personal with this wooden peppermill, designed to mimic the shape of a wine bottle. The peppermill is crafted out of solid wood and can be personalized with one of four designs.