Oct 31 2014

Happy Halloween!   Halloween is a wonderful time to create memories with your family.  At least in our area there are a lot of Fall Festivals, pumpkin carving, hayrides, dressing up and candy…..sometimes too much candy.  Every wonder if you’ll be able to eat, share, or giveaway all the candy before the next Halloween hits?

Dentists all over the country are participating in a Halloween Candy Buy Back Program. They buy the kids Halloween candy then donate it to the groups that send it to those in Military Service.

  • ExampleHolly Tree Pediatric Dentistry in our area (1334 South Hwy 14, Simpsonville, SC 29681 / Phone: 864-297-5585) is Buying Back Halloween Candy and giving the kids $1 per pound ($5 max per child) and a Treat bag.   All the candy will be donated to our Troops Overseas.

If it is something you interested in participating in you can read more about on the FAQ page and search for locations near you!

Photo by Rochelle

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Oct 31 2014

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3 Easy Seasoned Pumpkin Seed Recipes

Wishing your family a Happy Halloween!  I have been away for work the past couple of weeks so we decided to celebrate this Halloween by staying home and enjoying a family night.  It is great to be back home and to see my handsome man and sweet kids!   The only thing that the girls specifically requested for the our family Halloween celebration was some pumpkins for carving and something good to eat.  I also picked up some caramel for making caramel apples!

Here are some of our favorite Halloween and delicious pumpkin recipes!

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins (4 Ingredients)

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Carmel Apple Dip

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Pumpkin Dip

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Halloween Rice Krispie Treats

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Super Easy Halloween Punch

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Oct 31 2014

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The Holiday Season will be here before we know it!  Already the stores are stocking their shelves full of Holiday items.  Recently, we received this cute Febreze Home for the Holidays Collection box in the mail from Febreze, Walmart, and SheSpeaks!  The kids were thrilled to see the Holiday House and I was excited about getting all the amazing Holiday Febreze scents and goodies!

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Have ever used Febreze to add an extra festive touch or to enhance the decor in your home?  Febreze truly eliminates odors so your guests will only notice the fresh holiday scents when in your home.  If you haven’t tried any of the Febreze Home for the Holidays Collection you should get some soon to help you get into the holiday spirit!  The scents and the designs on the packaging helped inspire the ideas in the scentspiration box!

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One of my favorite parts about the Holidays all the amazing smells!  A wonderful way to ramp up for the Holidays is by using Febreze’s holiday scents including Frosted Pine, Apple Tart, Toasted Almond, Vanilla Latte, and Sugared Cranberry.  Do you like having a different holiday scent for each room or one for the entire house?  Febreze’s Home for the Holidays Collection is a great way to get your home ready for the holiday season!

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We received the Frosted Pine, Apple Tart, and Vanilla Latte NOTICEables NOTABLES scents!  My favorite is the Apple Tart!

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Our Home for the Holidays house came complete with scents and a scentspiration box full of amazing recipes, activities, and home decor!

Febreze Home for the Holidays Recipe – Cocoa-Dusted Almonds

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What you need:  1 pound raw almonds, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 2 teaspoons cornstarch, 1/4 cup cocoa powder, 8 packets sugar-free sweetner, and a pinch of salt

Directions:

1.  Melt the coconut oil to a liquid, and then pour it over the almonds in a large bowl.  Make sure each almond is covered.

2.  In a separate bowl, mix together the cornstarch, cocoa powder, sugar-free sweetener, and salt.

3.  Pour the dry ingredients onto the almonds.  Toss the almonds in the mixture until they are well coated.

4.  Pour onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake at 250 degrees for about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Let them completely cool then ENJOY!

These were DELICIOUS!  The Cocoa-Dusted Almonds would make a great item to take to the neighbors for the Holidays or to have at a Holiday Party!  Our family enjoyed these toasted almonds this past weekend.  This recipe is easy to make and tastes awesome!   Have you ever made toasted almonds, if so what’s your favorite recipe?

Febreze Home for the Holidays Activities – Coffee Scrub

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What you need:  1/ cup ground coffee, 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup melted coconut oil, 1/2 tablespoon nutmeg, 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon, and 3 to 4 drops of vanilla extract.

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Directions:

1.  Combine all of the dry ingredients in a bowl.

2.  Use a fork to mix in the oil and vanilla.

3.  Spoon into a small mason jar or other airtight container.

Loved the refreshing coffee smell of the scrub!  The Coffee Scrub would make a great gift for a coffee enthusiast this Holiday Season!

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What is your favorite coffee flavor and when is the last time you made a cup of it at home?  I really loved the refreshing coffee smell of the scrub!  The Coffee Scrub would make a great gift for a coffee enthusiast this Holiday Season!  What unique addition would you add to this scentspiration activity?

What are some fun Holiday activities or recipes you use to get you ready for the Holiday Season?    I would love to see any pictures of the scentspiration activities you tried at your house.

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A special thanks to SheSpeaks, Febreze, and Walmart for sponsoring this post!  Any specific product information was provided by Febreze, Walmart, and SheSpeaks, however, the opinions expressed in this post are our own.  We received a complimentary products  for sharing information and our family’s experience.

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Oct 30 2014

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Lychee Exotic Tropical Fruit!

Jake surprised us again one evening by bringing home another exotic tropical fruit for us to try.  One of his co-workers brought this fruit to work.  This time we tried the Lychee which is an exotic tropical fruit from Asia.  The fruit is covered in a leathery skin with a bumpy texture.  The skin was a  brown, green, and pink color.  It was about 1 inch big and shaped like a rounded heart.

The inside of the fruit is a translucent white.  It is sweet, juicy, and delicious!  The tastes is like a cross between a grape and pear.  Lychee’s texture is similar to an inside of a grape.  The fruit contains vitamin C and other healthy nutrients.  In the middle of the fruit is a dark brown oval seed.  If you haven’t tried the lychee before I recommend trying it at least once.  We thought it was tasty!  You can usually find them at your local Asian grocery store.

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Peel of the Lychee fruit!  Such beautiful coloring on the skin!

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The edible part of the lychee fruit!

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The seed found inside the lychee fruit!

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Oct 29 2014

Love You! XOXO

Sometimes the sweet, simple, and thoughtful messages mean a lot to your family.  This is a message I recently put on the my husband sandwich container.  It wasn’t anything fancy, but when he opened his lunch he had a special surprise.  I am thankful for a loving husband.  Leaving a simple note is just one small way to show him I care and remind him that I am thinking about him throughout the day.

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