Monthly Archives: October 2011

October 31, 2011

Karla's Korner: Costumes

I am proud to introduce a new column to Madame Deals! I think we all need a touch point a place we can go to be inspired. Karla is my children’s teacher, a good friend, and a person with a heart of gold. I hope that her words will inspire you to do more. We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with. It is important to listen with your heart and proceed with your eyes open. Enjoy!


This past week was full of celebrations and make believe. Of course, we celebrated my birthday which was wonderful. My sweet daughter surprised me with a visit and flowers, my husband made me a wonderful dinner and he and my son gave me some sweet gifts. My preschoolers showered me with cards, cupcakes and hugs. Later in the week, we had our annual harvest party and costume parade at my preschool. There were lots of fire fighters, police officers, dragons and fairy princesses. Then there was me dressed as The Cat in the Hat. Yes, for the first time in many years, I decided to dress in costume. With my big red bow tie, white gloves, striped hat and matching socks I proudly walked the parade “route” with my students. It is widely known in my circle that I do not wear hats because hats mess up my hair and hair is a big deal to me. So when I pulled that tall red striped hat down over my freshly coifed “do” my heart began to pound a little faster and I found myself very anxious. However, when my boss, who by the way was wearing a big rainbow colored clown wig and bright red nose, opened the door, I knew I had to embrace the moment and go for it. Besides, if she could do it, I could do it.

After the celebration was over and the costume was put away I began to think about how in real life we try to wear masks to cover up our real selves. How often is it that we pretend to be someone we are not in order to fit in or stand out? As humans we have the need to be accepted by those in the world around us and at times we feel that it is necessary to pretend to be something or someone we are not.Continue reading

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DIY-Healthy Kids!

Do it yourself healthy kids? Really? Yes. You can make a difference in your children’s health by following some simple steps that don’t include expensive ingredients, costly gym memberships, or classes in nutrition. I know what some of you are thinking, “I’m doing well if I can get my child to eat anything before they get on the school bus!”Continue reading

Frugal Kid Fun: Candy Corn Person

Are you looking for something Cheap and Fun to do with your kids? Well Madame Deals will be adding a weekly column written by Sharon at Mom on Dealz and Heather at Living on Love and Cents. I will occasionally add my 2 cents since I am a certified Special Education and Regular education teacher. If you want or need modifications let me know in the comment section.

October 30th is National Candy Corn Day and who doesn’t love that stuff?!? I know I sure love the it!

Every week Momondealz brings you a fun, educational, and frugal kids craft! This week’s is centered around cutting and pasting which is a huge skill for pre-K and Kindergarten children.

Candy Corn Person:

White, yellow, and orange construction paper
crayons or markers

1. Draw and cut a candy corn shape from the white paper.
2. Cut up the yellow and orange sheets into little pieces for your child to glue onto the candy corn shape, leaving one space white.

3. Cut (4) 6X1 inch strips from the black paper for your arms and legs. Fold them to make them even more cute.
4. Add eyes and a smiley face to finish off your “person”.
5. Use the white space to write your child’s name, a Fall message, a Bible Verse, etc.

Thanks Mom on Dealz !

October 27, 2011

Slow Cooker Showcase: Pumpkin Black Bean Turkey Chili

This week’s recipe is Pumpkin Black-Bean Turkey Chili by Brett at This Mama Loves Her Bargains that is deliciously perfect for Halloween Night to warm all the trick-or-treaters. Prep time should be about 20 minutes and will cook for seven hours and yield about 10-12 servings.

A quintessential fall meal!! Pair with buttermilk biscuits or some cornbread and you are good to go!!


  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. oil
  • 1½ tsp. dried oregano
  • 1½-2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 15-oz. cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2½ cups chopped cooked turkey (or same amount cooked ground turkey)
  • 16-oz. can pumpkin (frozen or pureed steamed is fine as well, they are just a bit more liquidy)
  • 14½-oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups chicken broth

InstructionsContinue reading


This series on how to make the most out of the time you have with your children is brought to you by Amee at Madame Deals and Sharon at Mom on Dealz.


We love to create traditions.  We dress up each year for Halloween. We do so to celebrate our children’s birthdays in September and October. We also do so because it is important to me that they have something to remember that is special about their special day. I hope when they have children that they also dress up.

We have dressed up as the characters of the Wizard of OZ, The Gators football team complete with the coach and the players and a cheer leader, We were Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Wendy, and Captain Hook, We were the Princess and the Pea with her knights, We were Snoopy and his friends and this year we were Cat and The Hat

October 25, 2011

Amazing Chocolate Truffles

I am a huge fan of chocolate in fact I can’t live without it. I have tried and trust me it isn’t pretty. I have had the opportunity to taste chocolate from around the world. It helps that I married a candy distributor’s son. It also helps that my husband traveled all over the world. I know that this holiday season you may need to stretch the budget. In fact we all do. The number of people we wish to thank and give gifts to has not diminished however our funds have. I am excited to share this recipe with you. I am sure you will put it to good use.

This week I wanted to highlight how cooking frugally can still be delicious. Here’s a wonderful recipe for chocolate truffles I found several months ago. With the holidays approaching these would make great gifts or treats for Holiday parties.

You need:
16 ounces of chocolate or white chocolate (you can use any type, I used Hershey bars because I got them for free)
1 8 ounce package cream cheese
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