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Happy Halloween Journal Card Printables

This journal card printable is perfect for your Halloween scrapbook pages.  Have a Happy Halloween today!  Cards are available in vertical and horizontal printables.

This journal card printable is perfect for your Halloween scrapbook pages.  Have a Happy Halloween today!  Cards are available in vertical and horizontal printables.

Silent Saturday Journal Card Printables:

5 Delicious Baked Recipes and Dare to Share

Halloween is almost here and the fun is ready to begin.  Have you got everything ready yet?  I admit I haven't.  We ordered a costume off Amazon this week and it finally arrived yesterday.  Problem is, it doesn't fit mini Me.  So now we are in full panic mode trying to find a replacement.  Sigh.  Never a dull moment right?

I think I'm ready to move past the craziness of Halloween and on to the fun.  I'm ready for the candy.  I'm ready for the fun.  And I'm ready for a little bit of baking.

Thanks guys for helping me to come up with some fun and delicious baking ideas for this coming week.  I think I'll need something a little healthy and delicous after all the sweet candy.

If you missed it, here are some great biscuit and baking ideas from last week's Dare to Share Saturday.

Sausage and Cheese Biscuits by Intoxicated on Life

Chicken Asparagus Bake by Simply Stacie

Homemade 5 Cheese Macaroni by Momma D Jane

Slow Cooker Spicy Taco Baked Potatoes by All She Cooks

This week was Pam's birthday at Pam's Party and Practical Tips.  As mom's we don't often take time for ourselves, and so it's always a special experience when we do.  Pam shared her write up of all her fun birthday experiences here.  While you're there, wish her a happy birthday!

If you missed any of the fun from the blog this week, be sure to check out the fun:

What were you up to this week?  I can't wait to see!

What Were You Thinking On Your First Date?

Today is my 21st anniversary.  Can you believe it?  I can't.

I've known my Dear Husband for a lot longer than that (we met when I was twelve), but it took a while for me to come around.  (He wooed me for a LOOONNNG time.)

I sometimes wonder what he was thinking when he decided to marry me all those years ago.  If he had known the craziness that I would bring into his life, I wonder if he would have rethought the proposal.

I'm glad he didn't, but sometimes I do wonder what he was thinking.

So I wanted to share this fun Studio C version of First Date thoughts as a laugh and to celebrate 21 years, and at least 21 more to come.

His thoughts:

And her thoughts:

I hope you laughed as hard as I did.  I'm certainly glad my first date went a little better than that!

Do you remember your first date thoughts?

Halloween Birthday Candy Bar Wrapper Printable

I think we all know someone who as a birthday on Halloween or during the month of October.  We have 5 in our family alone.  Celebrate October birthdays by giving a candy bar wrapper from the whole spooky gang.  It will be one gift that the birthday boy/girl won't have two of!

Do you like to give great gifts and thoughtful cards?  Our wrapper membership club is a great way for you to add a little something extra to your next birthday, thank you, holiday, or "thinking of you" card.  Each week you'll get a brand new candy bar wrapper printable that you can download, print, wrap around a Hershey 1.5 ounce candy bar, and give to your loved ones.

With prices starting at only $5.00 a month, you'll get exclusive, one of a kind candy bar wrappers that are as fun to give as they are to receive.

Check out the whole line up of Candy Bar Wrappers from this year's club membership:

Each wrapper style comes in a JPG and PNG format to suit your style and printing needs.  You'll also receive a single wrapper on a page printable with all the greetings and sentiments you see, a blank candy bar wrapper with just the graphics so you can enter your own sentiments in your favorite graphics program, and a page with 2 candy bar wrappers per page complete with greeting.

NEW LOWER PRICE! You can now get all 52 of the 2015 candy bar wrappers for only $25.00! 

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5 Tricks to Make Halloween Extra Family Fun

Extend the fun beyond Trick or Treating with these five tips to make Halloween extra fun for your family.  
Extend the fun beyond Trick or Treating with these five tips to make Halloween extra fun for your family.

Halloween is right around the corner.  Only a few days left to make the most out of every moment of this holiday.

It won't be long before your kids are telling you they are too old to go Trick or Treating and only want to go visit Haunted Houses with their friends, leaving you behind to pass out the candy.

So enjoy some extra family fun this Halloween with these 5 tricks.

Visit a local Trunk or Treat for more Family Fun on Halloween

1. Visit a local Trunk or Treat

Halloween is only one night a year.  Most places will let you trick or treat for an hour or two in neighborhoods.  That's a lot of time, energy, and money to put into costumes for only a few minutes to wear.

Extend the Halloween fun by checking out a local Trunk or Treat.  Most churches, and some cities, have outdoor trunk or treating some time during the month of October.  They are very welcoming of guests to stop by and join in the fun.

To find these, check with your local Chamber of Commerce to see if your city is having a Trunk or Treat and ask your neighbors if they know of any.  Most will gladly invite you to their church's activities for more fun and candy and a little bit of friendship.

Host a fun Halloween night dinner for your kids before Trick or Treating for Extra Family Fun

2. Halloween Night Dinner

Before heading off on a night of candy indulgence, start your family night off with a fun dinner.  Decorate your table up with lots of Halloween decorations or use these Halloween "Smiling Pumpkin" Paper Plates to start the night off right.

Your kids will enjoy a full stomach to sneak a piece of candy or two, and you'll have a chance to renew the safety rules without slowing down their trick or treat time.

Make sure you dress in time to take Fun family pictures for Halloween Night

3. Dress in Time to take Pictures

I don't know about you, but I've had the last minute costume changes and dressing take all the way up until we are rushing out the door.  This leaves no time to enjoy your handiwork and take pictures for the memories and years to come.

Dress up in time to sit down as your little monsters at the table (be sure to use aprons if needed!)  This will enhance the fun of the Halloween dinner and also make sure every one is ready and hasn't forgotten anything.  Then go out and take some fun pictures before the lighting gets bad and the memories are forgotten.

Treat the Halloween Candy Exchange carefully and thoughtfully for family fun after Trick or Treating

4. Halloween Candy Exchange

This is either the best time of the night for the kids or the worst!  Make it fun for them by chaperoning the candy exchanges so younger kids aren't taken advantage of and everyone leaves with yummy candy in a happy mood.

If your kids ended up with too much candy, feel free to trade them for fun family treats.  Offer up an ice cream cone at McDonalds for 5 pieces of candy.  Or a toy from the Dollar store for 20 pieces.  Or maybe a coupon to get out of their chores for a day for 10.  Get creative and store that candy away for Christmas stockings.

You'll end up saving money and they'll end up without tummy aches.  That's definitely a win for Halloween.

Host a Halloween Bedtime story or Movie for your kids to End Halloween on a good note.

5. Halloween Bedtime Story or Movie

After all the excitement of trick or treating and sneaking a piece of candy or two, chances are your child will be a little hyper and tired.  In my house, that leads to lots of fights.

End the evening by sitting a reading a fun Halloween book together as a family.  You can do this by tucking them all in to sleeping bags in the living room for a family camp out or sitting in the middle of the hallway and reading to everyone while snuggled into their beds.  Some great choices for kids are Little Ghostie (A Halloween Fantasy for Children),  A Monster Stole My Halloween Candy, or Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody.

Or snuggle in with mugs of warm chocolate for a family movie night.  Pull out a copy of Hocus Pocus, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, or Hotel Transylvania.  These won't leave your kids with scary nightmares but will settle them down long enough to fall asleep.

What kind of fun things do you do as a family to extend the Halloween fun?

5 Halloween Costumes and Dare to Share

Can you believe Halloween is only a week away?

My kids have gone into their annual Halloween costume craze.  It drives me crazy!  They change their mind every few hours about what they want to be for Halloween.  One minute it's a superhero, the next it's a Minecraft creeper, the next its a something else they saw that's cool.  They can't dang decide.

And so we spend the last few days before Halloween arguing to make a decision and then rushing to make or purchase the costume.  I mean, seriously!  It's not like they didn't know Halloween was coming.

So this week, I'm going to try and push them to make the final decision.  Then, they are out of luck if they change their mind.  Thankfully, you guys had some great ideas for Halloween costumes at last week's Dare to Share Saturday.

If you missed them, check these great ideas out:

DIY Superhero Masks by Nap-Time Creations

Candy Bar Costumes by Oh My! Creative

Humpty Dumpty Costume by Kenarry

Clean and Dirty Couple Costumes by C.R.A.F.T.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Costumes by The Scrap Shoppe Blog

If you missed any of the fun from the blog this week, be sure to check out the fun:

Mad Scientist Party Favors, Party Treats, and More

All you need to throw a Mad Halloween party with these ghoulish and crazy party decorations, party treats, party favors, and fun items. Your Mad Scientist party will be perfect for Halloween or Birthday parties.

All you need to throw a Mad Halloween party with these ghoulish and crazy party decorations, party treats, party favors, and fun items. Your Mad Scientist party will be perfect for Halloween or Birthday parties.

Decorate your next birthday party or Halloween party with some fun Mad Scientist party favors, party treats, party decorations and more from the small businesses of Etsy.

You're helping a Mom, a Dad, a Family while having some Halloween fun!

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