Safety Tips for a Spook Free Halloween

Halloween Safety Tips

Safety Tips for a Spook-free Halloween     Ghosts and goblins, vampires and bats. Halloween is one scary night. For some kids and their families, however, the horror is all too real. According to government figures, Halloween is the most dangerous day of the year for kids between the ages of 5 and 12. Here’s why: Most car/pedestrian accidents happen between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. -- peak trick-or-treating hours, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. ...

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Planning a Halloween Party

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  For the last couple of years I have made a Halloween themed dinner for my nephews and my boys. Not only is a lot of fun but it also fills there bellies with a hearty meal before they hit the candy trail! I make-up a menu and print it out for the boys to read over. It is so fun to listen to their reactions to the silly names! Menu Ideas: Witches Fingers with Blood Sauce (Mozzarella sticks and Marinara sauce) Mummy Dogs (Hot dogs or Lil'smokies wrapped in crescent ...

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Holiday from the Heart:Soup

I believe that nothing says I love you like soup. It is warm, homemade, and yummy. I love to make soup for friends to enjoy later. It is like a big hug to your belly. You can place the ingredients for soup in a jar and put a nice ribbon on top. You can freeze you soup flat and give it to friend (I know they would have to be a good friend to deliver like that, but who doesn't want a meal they do not have to cook, pay for, and clean their kitchen up from creating it!) You can also put it in a ...

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Holiday from the Heart

How do I make the holiday's special. I make gifts. I love to give people unique gifts so the only way to do that is to make them. I love this site Fire Mountain Gems. If you click here you can see videos on how to make necklaces.  They even tell you what to order. I started this because I fell in love with some designs featured at those super home parties. The design was out of my budget so I was able to replicate it with "inferior" beads. I mean the beads were not the real gemstones for $10 ...

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Halloween Costumes for FREE

Inexpensively has a new Money Saving Monday link-up opportunity. This weeks theme is tips for a frugal halloween. My tip is to trade costumes! Why buy new costumes each year when there are plenty of people to trade with? My nephews are older than my boys and so is Amee's son. I went through the costumes they had and then let my three year old pick from the selections I made. He was thrilled to try them all on and compare! It was a lot of fun and how many stores let a three year old try ...

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Holiday from the Heart: Giving to Charities

It has been a tough year for charities. Many of us do not have extra money and are uncertain what the future holds. Therefore, monetary donations to charities have been down this year. There are ways that you can be charitable without giving money. If you are addicted to CVS like myself, you probably have ten tubes of toothpaste, seven packs of razors and eight bottles of hair products on hand! I actually stopped getting some of the free after extra care buck items due to my ever growing ...

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Holiday from the Heart: Homemade Gifts

Last year I decided to give a lot of homemade gifts. As I have discussed before, I have been canning goods for the last three years. My sister-in-law, Cathy, and I canned a whole bushel of pickles last year (yeah, we kind of over did it when ordering the pickling cucumbers!). When the pickles were complete and we discovered we had enough for an army, it was determined that everyone would receive pickles... I mean canned goods for Christmas! My parents are always a challenge to buy gifts for; ...

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Holiday from the Heart: Recycled Gifts

Madame Deals is going to start a new series for the approaching Holiday season. Come back every Sunday for fun and inexpensive  Holiday ideas! My son Mason turned three last week. For this last year I have stockpiled gifts. I had no problem going to my gift stash and finding Mason's designated gifts. In all, I spent about $25 on his birthday. But you know what Mason really enjoyed? The two toy motorcycles I had picked up from a yard sale for .25¢ each. These motorcycles were not actually part ...

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Holiday from the Heart

Dear Readers, We would like to invite you to share how you provide gifts for your family on a budget during the holidays. In my family, we do gifts just for the kids. In my husband's family we exchange names for the adults and there is a $100.00 limit on the gift selection. In our household we celebrate Hanukkah so I set a limit of $100.00 for my children's gifts. I usually buy a couple needed items and a few toys.  My husband and myself do not exchange gifts. We instead, go somewhere or do ...

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