Homemade Tarter Sauce Recipe

Have you made plates for everyone and all the sudden found out that you didn’t have tater sauce? Here is a quick Homemade Tarter Sauce Recipe that tastes better then store bought! It’s very simple to make in just minutes as well. So no having to run to the store before you can serve dinner.

1/2 cup of Mayo
3 teaspoons of relish
a squirt of ketchup (One squeeze of the bottle)

Mix the ingredients together. Taste and you may need to add a little more ketchup or Relish to the sauce to make it perfect to your liking. It’s so easy to make in a pinch or on a regular basis. We use it all the time when we eat fish sticks. Kids love it better then the store bought!

The Teal Pumpkin Project: Make Halloween Less Scary For Children With Allergies And Other Health Problems


This year a try The Teal Pumpkin Project, it’s a great way for all children to have a wonderful Halloween and they will be able to take part even with allergies. Does The Teal Pumpkin Project mean that you can’t hand out candy? No, it doesn’t mean that at all. It just means that you have a treat for all the children even if they have allergies or are diabetic.

The Teal Pumpkin Project, was started to help all children enjoy Halloween. You can easily provide Tattoos, stickers, Crayons, the Dollar tree has small decks of game cards for Crazy 8, Go Fish and other games. They can be inexpensive toys, stickers or other treats that are not food related. If your going to be taking part in The Teal Pumpkin Project you can print the Download FARE’s Non-Food Treats Halloween Poster to show your support, and put it up so that parents know that your taking part in The Teal Pumpkin Project or you can paint a pumpkin teal and place it out so they know your taking part in the event.

Ideas for Non-food Treats

Available at dollar stores, party supply stores, or online shops, these low-cost items can be purchased and handed out to all trick-or-treaters, or made available in a separate bowl from candy if you choose to hand out both options. Nearly all of these items can be found in a Halloween theme or festive colors.

•Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
•Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
•Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
•Mini Slinkies
•Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
•Bouncy balls
•Finger puppets or novelty toys
•Spider rings
•Vampire fangs
•Mini notepads
•Playing cards

Love Monster And The Perfect Present Book Review

Love Monster

I received the “Love Monster and the Perfect Present” book written by Rachel Bright to review with my children. She has also wrote Love Monster and Love Monster and the Last Chocolate that you may have read with your children. These titles may be familiar to you and your children or they may not. My children had not read any of the Love Monster books so we read them for the first time when the book arrived.

When I opened the box my son and granddaughter were so excited that they received a new book that they wanted to read it right away. I was busy making dinner so I explained to them that they would have to wait a little while then we would read the book. So every 5 minutes I would hear…..”Is it time to read the book now???”. lol So we ate dinner and then I read them “Love Monster And The Perfect Present”.

The Love Monster is just adorable, it’s going to be “Present Day” and he needs a gift for his friend to show him how special he is to Love Monster. So he heads to the store, but everything is out of his budget. He is so upset that “Present Day” is only one day away and he hasn’t gotten his friend a gift. He gets an idea to make his friend a gift for “Present Day” and he has everything he needs to make it. He stays up all night to make the gift to give to his friend. He loves the present he made and so does his friend that received it. The moral of the story is that you don’t have to spend a lot to have the perfect gift. That something you make can be the perfect gift and not cost a lot of money, that it’s the thought that counts and how much of you that you put into the gift.

It’s a beautifully illustrated book, that has a wonderful message for children. That you don’t have to give an expensive gift for it to be a special gift. I thought it was the perfect message to send about the holidays as well to children. My son and granddaughter just loved the book and have had me read it to them several more times for bedtime. Your children will love it as well. The book is just adorable! We are going to have to purchase the other “Love Monster” books so that we can read them as well.

Disclosure: We received the “Love Monster and the Perfect Present Book to review, all opinions of the book were my children, grandchildren and myself.

$1.00/2 Mars Halloween Fun Size Bags (After Halloween Sales)

$1.00 off TWO (2) MARS Halloween Fun Size Bags

There are going to be a lot of great deals for after Halloween so be sure to grab this great coupon for $1.00/2 Mars Halloween Fun Size Bags. There are going to be a lot of great sales starting tomorrow so you will be able to purchase candy at a great price between the coupon and the sale.

If you have a birthday party coming up save them for the Pinata, have a scavenger hunt when the kids are bored, or have them all for you so you have some treats while the kids are eating their Halloween candy. There are so many things that you can do with the candy. Your able to print 2 coupons for those yummy bags of your favorite candy.

Holiday Prep Giveaway: Enter To Win $1000 Delta Airlines Gift Card, Cricut Machine And Other Great Prizes! Exp 11/1

I am so excited that we are taking part in this great giveaway! Who wouldn’t love to fly home for the holidays and surprise your family??? Make your own gift tags with a new Cricut Machine, and other great prizes that you could win as well. There will be a couple of winners for this giveaway! Good Luck Everyone!

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Have A Halloween Party After Halloween For Those Sick Kiddies Who Are Missing Halloween

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Yep, it sometime just happens that on the special day where they get to dress up and go door to door to Trick-Or-Treat that they end up sick first thing in the morning or they have been sick for a couple of days before and still are sick. Your heart breaks for them because you know how much it means for them to go have fun with all the other children, see all the fun costumes, and go up to each house and say “Trick-Or-Treat” and receive their piece of candy and hear how awesome their costume is.

As a parent, our hearts break when our children are so sick and upset about missing the fun. My older son woke up this morning of course on the day of Trick-Or-Treating and was getting sick. He was balling his eyes out, and he is so upset and sick at the same time. All he kept saying was “I’m going to feel better for Trick-Or-Treating, right Mom!”. I of course want to tell him that it will be okay and that he will be better but the reality of it is…No, he isn’t going to be able to go. So of course my mind starts to race on how to make him less upset and calming him down. Which at 5am in the morning, could get interesting because I haven’t had my Pepsi yet!

To get the whole ball rolling I looked out side to see snow flurries falling from the sky as well. Really Mother Nature??? Is that really needed today as well? So I tell my son it’s just an all around “Yucky Day” so we will make it a better Halloween when he is feeling better. You would think that I would be use to this as Holidays= One of the kids sick, crying because everyone can’t come over. They have been looking forward to it and want to have fun.

If your child or children are sick for Halloween, you may want to join us in having an after Halloween Party so they can still have fun! Just because they are sick on Halloween just mean they have to miss all the fun! You can still have some Halloween fun after they are better. So you can follow my plan to have a great party and at a great price! Don’t forget all the Halloween candy and Décor will be on clearance shortly! It would also be a great birthday party theme as well.

We will be having:

* A Pinata filled with candy (We will make the Pinata, see the DIY Section and change to Halloween Colors)
* Scary cupcakes with candies that I find on sale to make them creepy looking
* Bobbing for Apples races
* Punch with a floating Ice hand keeping it cool
* games where they can win more candy

There will be a lot of fun, we will make sure that the kids have a great time and he gets his Halloween. I try not to let the kids miss out on all the fun of the holidays they are missing. We have had to “move” Thanksgiving to a day when everyone wasn’t sick…Last year as a matter of fact, over half the family was down with a flu, so we moved the family Thanksgiving to a date when everyone was able to get together and enjoy it. We moved the family Christmas last year as well, so we work it out so that everyone is always included. We will still have the holiday at our homes but we move the larger events to a different date. So don’t let a cold or flu get you down, just “move” it to a different day when everyone can have fun. Sometimes those nasty little flu or cold bugs get in the way of the fun of holidays but they can be over come and fun can still be had by all.

So cheer up your little prince or princess and start to plan your after Halloween party so they turn their frown upside down. Plus, who doesn’t love getting more use out of their Halloween costumes! Let the party planning fun begin! Let your child help you while the other children are Trick-Or-Treating, they can be planning what they would like to see at the party. It will help to distract them and there will be less tears, that they are missing the fun with all the excitement of the party.

Don’t forget if you need more ideas for the party, head over to pinterest. You will find a ton of great Halloween party ideas that you can use. They won’t even notice the other kids out having fun. They will be having to much fun looking at all the cool ideas that could be at your party.

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DIY Birthday Party Pinata

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It’s Party time! There are a lot of different piñata’s you can chose from at the stores, but they may not have the theme that your looking for. If you trying to keep a Birthday Party cost down, this is a great way to help keep them down. There are always so many reasons that we want to make our own projects. I wanted to show you how to make your own DIY pinata for any party or event that you have coming up. You could also make one of them for the holidays, and do more of a theme around.


* 8 Purple Sheets Of Tissue Paper

* 8 Pink Sheets Of Tissue Paper

* 1 Cardboard Box with the dimensions that you would like, you don’t want the height of the box over 7″ for a birthday party, It’s the perfect height. The width you will want to measure with the object you will be using as the focal point. You do not want a really thick box or a really thin box, other wise the kids won’t be able to break it or it will break right away and crush the candy when hit. A regular cardboard box without double layers will work well. (No shiny sides as the glue doesn’t stick as well)

* Clear Packing Tape

* Elmers Glue

* For the character or theme of the party you can use a Matching Plate that you will use at the party or you can use a helium balloon with the character on it that is not blown up

Steps for making your Pinata:

Step 1: You will want to cut 4 sheets of each colored tissue paper for your pinata. You will unfold the 4 sheets, then take 2 sheets at a time, and cut them 1 1/2 to 2 inch strips. When you have cut all the strips, you will then cut half cuts into the strip to make the strips into the fringe like look for the pinata.

Step 2: You will want to figure out which way you would like your pinata to hang. Then put two holes for your thick twine or yarn to hold the rope that you will use to pull the pinata so that the children can hit it. You will put two holes on each side and string it through and tie it so that it’s strong enough to support the rope. Once you have your twine or yarn in place then use the Packing tape to close the flaps on your box.

Step 3: Cut a slit into the side of the box, you will want to make 2 more slits so that you have a part of the box that will lift up so you can stuff the candy inside. Just like is shown below. You will want to make the slit at the top of your cardboard box.
It will not matter if your going to make a square or triangle pinata. You will still go through the same steps and just put the pinata the way you want it when your finished. You will do the front and back of your pinata first.

box slit 1

Step 4: You will start with any corner that you want in the front of your Pinata. Take one of your strips, hold it up to the box and cut it where it will only over lap the sides a little bit then cut it there. You will add Elmer’s glue to the strip where the slits are not at. Then apply it to your box at the tip of the corner as shown. Then continue to rotate the colors till your 1/4 of the way down as shown.

corner of box for pinata

Step 5: Then move to the next corner and repeat till you have all the corners complete. Don’t worry if you go into the sides of the pinata we will fix those later. You can use your Plate or Balloon as a guide to see how far down you would like to go down for your corners. Once your corners are complete you will go to the open areas between your corners and again fill in the area rotating colors so that you cover all the areas. Leave the area where your Balloon or Plate will go blank for now.

pinata corners amomsparadise

Step 6: When you start on the back of your Pinata, you will start on the top and just keep rotating the colors all the way to the bottom of the pinata. The Longer areas you will need to use a strip and a 1/2 to 2 strips to cover the area using the same colors.

Step 7: You will now work on the sides of your pinata. If you have over lapped your strips on the side. They will be dry now. So you can lift them up a little and cut off the excess so that you can fill in the sides of the pinata and they will lay flat.

Step 8: You will want to start on the side where your slit is for the candy to go in the pinata. Start to rotate your strips on the side away from you. When you are to your slit you will use smaller strips in front of the slit then cut strips that will cover the opening and give it room to move up and down. so before you glue your first one on. Hold it tight onto the opening and make sure it won’t break when your opening and closing your opening. If it does break then use a little longer piece. To save you time use that piece as a template for the rest of your strips so you won’t have to measure each strip. Then glue the strips with rotating colors.

Step 9: You will now finish the other sides of your pinata in the same way that you did the side with the slit. Your pinata is now complete with all your strips.

Step 10: If your using a helium balloon you will cut the balloon to use in the middle of your pinata and just use the top character part of the balloon to add to your pinata. If your using a Plate that matches your theme you won’t need to cut it at all. You will now add glue around the outer edge and center of the object you are using. Then put it into place and smooth it out.

Tangled Pinata 2

Step 11: This is the last step for completing your pinata. If you have space around your balloon or plate that is showing your cardboard box then rotate strips to fill them in. Once this step is complete, you will want to take strips to cover the edges of your plate or balloon. Take your strip and measure around the outer edge. You can use smaller strips if it’s easier for you, and then go all the way around the outer edge. You will want to use the light color as the first layer around the edge and then cover the light color with a darker color so that the glue won’t show. Your pinata is now complete, it’s ready for your party! Just fill with candy once it is completely dry, use the packing tape to close the slit and your ready for the kids to have a great time with their pinata!

My Fall Squash Recipes

I love to make different foods so that my children get to experience a lot of different foods. So when fall comes around I love to make different Fall Squash to give them a new variety from the Veggies that are available in the summer. There are several different ways you can add them to things you eat everyday and hide them so that the children don’t realize they are there in what they are eating. So here are a few of my tricks to get more healthy fruits and veggies into the children when they turn up their noses.

Apple and Zucchini Bread

* 1 small Zucchini- Peeled and cut into slices and put into little pieces. (1 cup)
* 3 Apples- Peel and cut into small chunks (1 cup)
* 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
* 2 teaspoons baking soda
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
* 3 cups sugar
* 1 cup vegetable oil
* 4 eggs, beaten
* 1/3 cup water
* 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, nutmeg, baking soda, cinnamon and sugar. In a separate bowl, combine oil, eggs, water, zucchini and lemon juice. Mix wet ingredients into dry, and fold in. Bake in 2 standard loaf pans, sprayed with nonstick spray, for 1 hour, or until a tester comes out clean. Alternately, bake in 5 mini loaf pans for about 45 minutes. You can also use this recipe to make muffins as well.

Acorn Squash filled with Apples

1 acorn Squash cut in half and cleaned out
2 Baking Apples peeled and cut into pieces (1 Apple per half)
2 tablespoons of Honey for each half
1 Tablespoon of Brown sugar per half
1/2 teaspoon of Cinnamon

Take a knife and score the Squash so that the flavors will go all the way through the squash. Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and fill the squash. In a shallow pan put about an inch or so of water in the bottom of the pan. Then put the squash in the pan and heat the oven to 350 degrees, bake for an hour. Check the squash to see if it’s soft and fully cooked when the squash pulls away from the sides the squash is ready to serve.