Frugal Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipes #ChocolateLovers #HotChocolate

I thought this would be a perfect day to post some frugal Hot Chocolate recipes to warm everyone up.

Raspberry Hot Cocoa Mix

5 1/2 cups instant dry powder milk
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup cocoa powder
1 cup powdered coffee creamer
1/2 tsp. salt
3 envelopes of unsweetened raspberry drink mix (such as KoolAid)

Sift together the powdered sugar, cocoa, creamer, and drink mix. Stir in milk powder. Store mixture in a tightly covered container.

To serve, combine 3 tablespoons of mixture with hot water. Stir well.

You can easily change the flavor of this recipe by using different drink mixes.

Yield : about 9 cups


Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix, from The Tightwad Gazette, Volume 1

10 2/3 c. dry milk

1 lb. Nestle’s Quik

6 oz. of non-dairy coffee creamer

1/3 c. confectioners sugar

Mix the ingredients in a large bowl and store in a covered container. To prepare hot cocoa, mix 1/2 cup of the mix with 1 cup of hot water.

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix

To make your own peppermint hot cocoa mix, you will need:
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup + 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder (one 4.4 oz container will have enough for one batch plus about 1/2 cup leftover)
5 candy canes

* Place candy canes in a plastic zipper bag, and close most of the way. Pound the bejesus out of those suckers!

* Stir the other ingredients together then mix in the candy canes and stir again. Make sure your mix is stirred really good. Don’t under mix it because it will not taste right.

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

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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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Great Last Minute DIY Halloween Costumes #HalloweenCostumes

I have found a number of great last minute costumes that you can make yourself. There are a lot of great costumes you can make that do not take much time to make and your child will look great. So I have compiled a list for you so that you and your child can have a great time making a costume together. I’m still working on my son’s costumes for this weekend myself. So I know how busy parents can get but it doesn’t mean that they can’t look great for Halloween.

There really are a ton of costumes that you can make yourself easily. Everything from Princesses to Zoro. I have listed a bunch of costumes for you but if you do a search for DIY costumes that your child would like to be then you will find a lot more if we haven’t listed them here already.

* Fairy Wings Costume Pattern,No-Sew Tutu & Scarf Skirts,Ladybug Costume Pattern,Cookie Costume,and Elf Hat Pattern (almost all of these are no sew)

* Cupid Costume ( Little Sewing with needle and thread)

* Adorable Duck Costume (No Sew)

* UFO Baby

Children’s Costumes

* Buzz Lightyear (No Sew)

* TinkerBell Dress Make wings from Baby section just larger version to complete it. (No Sew)

* Spiderman

* Transformers (No Sew) If your child loves Transformers they will LOVE this!

* DJ Lance Rock Costume from Yo Gabba Gabba

* Witch, Fairy, Snow White, Miss Piggy, Big Foot, Morticia Adams,G.I. Joe, Incredible Hulk and a TON more

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Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree and Freeze for your Homemade Pumpkin Pies #Pumpkin #PumpkinPuree

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Get those pumpkins while they are clearing them out from Halloween and make your Homemade Pumpkin Puree. If you have not done this before it is an easy process and doesn’t take much time at all. Be sure to save the seeds and bake them so the family has a healthy treat as well. :) This will make great pumpkin pies, pumpkin cheesecake, cookies, pumpkin logs and more all winter long!

I use 3 pumpkins for the winter to keep them on hand for when I want to make something with a sweet treat and have some fall flavor. We can never get enough of the pumpkin logs in the winter! YUMMY!

First, I cut off the top like when your carving them for Halloween so I can get out the seeds and the pulp that needs to be removed. I then start the seeds soaking with the salt and water to get them ready for baking. Then I slice the pumpkin into 4-6 wedges and place in a shallow baking pan with about an inch of water in the bottom. I set the oven to 350 and bake for an hour. At that time I take them out make sure the meat is soft and ready for me to make puree. If it’s soft I let it cool. Then when I can touch it with my fingers I take it off the rind and start to place it in my blender, you can also use a food processor or food mill. Then when I have it all puree I put it in a collander that I set inside of a large bowl so that the added juices drain. Then it is ready to use in recipes or freeze after draining.

To Freeze:

Place Puree into 1 quart size freezer bags, I usually put about 2 cups into each bag. Then remove the excess air from the bag and seal. Label the bag with Pumpkin Puree and the date and keep doing this till all your pumpkin puree is in bags unless your going to be using it right away then leave out what your going to use and freeze the rest.

How to use:
If your pumpkin puree is frozen remove it from the freezer the night before and let it defrost in the fridge so it will be ready to use. Then just follow the recipe for your homemade pumpkin pie, pumpkin log or cookie recipe. This gives your pies, cookies and other items a whole new taste and you may NEVER go back to canned pumpkin again!!!!

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Lightseekers Starter Pack Review #Lightseeker #ChristmasGiftGuide

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I received the Lightseekers Starter Pack Mari and the Lightseekers Starter Pack Tyrax to review with my son’s. Mine son’s were pretty excited since they had not heard of the Lightseekers Starter Packs and they wanted to try them out.

My son’s opened the boxes, and they were just so excited to see what came in the starter box. They loved the looks of the characters Mari and Tyrax. They both charged up their characters so that they were ready to play. It really didn’t take long to charge them at all. Then we downloaded the app for the game so they could play it. I loved that you do not need a game console to play the games. You can download the app for Apple iOS7 or higher, Android 4.3+, and Amazon FireOS 4+. It was very easy to set up and the boys were able to actually set it up themselves on their tablets.

Once that the game was set up they put all the pieces and cards by them so that they were close and handy for the game. They started to play and were thrilled with how they put the fusion core into the characters and they showed up on the screen of the game. I have to say that I was really impressed with it as well since it was the first time I had seen a game do that. They started to play and I watched them both playing we were laughing and having a great time with the starter packs. They scanned in their cards and opened new adventures in the game as well and you can share with friends as well.

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The boys started to play while I made dinner and when dinner was finished I called them to come and eat. I have to say they put up a fuss at first because they thought they would lose the places in their games. Then when I told them that it would save their place in the game they were ready for dinner. lol However, right after dinner they were back to playing Lightseekers again. I even tried it and I’m not much for video games of any kind but I really liked playing the Lightseekers and think that the characters are really fun and the game had me wanting to play more. So once the boys went to bed, I have to admit that I grabbed their tablets and their Starter kits and started to play myself. It was purely to see how the game worked, Yep, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. It was just a coincidence that I did that for several nights in a row. lol

I can tell you that Lightseekers will be a huge hit with kids this holiday season! They will love to play and you will love that you can play anywhere they have internet. The Lightseeker would also make a great birthday gift as well.

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Free Pumpkin Stencils #Pumpkin #Halloween

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There are so many great free stencils that you can use to make some great pumpkins with your family. I have included some of my favorite sites that offer free stencils for you to print out and use to make your pumpkins. I know it’s going to be difficult to chose which ones to use as there are so many great ones. I suggest picking up a few more pumpkins to keep the fun going for the Halloween season!

We are doing several pumpkins this year and we are using glow in the dark paint. This way they will show in color during the day and then come evening they will glow the images in the dark. We are using the stencils as a way to know where to paint. So this is a great option as well for the Halloween season. Once your finished you can put them on your porch or in your windows for everyone to enjoy.

* Sugar Skull Stencil, Deer Stencil, Zombie Stencil and many more

* Elmo Stencil, Haunted Pirate Ship Stencil, Thomas The Tank Stencil and more

* 100’s of Pumpkin Stencils

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Start Your Holiday Shopping And Save! #Ad #HolidaySeason #Christmas

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If your a procrastinator or you start your shopping early we will show you how to get the most for your money! It’s always important to save while getting all the things you would like to for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Sometimes, it can be difficult with high price tags for some of the items that the people on your shopping list would like. However, Groupon Coupons can help you save on all your holiday shopping.

There are coupons available for all your favorite stores! Isn’t it perfect timing to start your Holiday Shopping so that you won’t be running around crazy during the whole holiday season. I have already started my shopping a couple of months ago, this way I can slowly do it and find some great deals. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a great deal! You can find coupons for all of your favorite stores like:

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* Aeropostale
* Babies R US
* Bed Bath & Beyond
* Bloomingdales
* Macy’s
* Target
* Things Remembered
* Zale’s

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Gifts You can Ship
* Edible Arrangements
* Omaha Steaks
* Omaha Steaks

Travel
* Seaworld Parks
* Travelocity
* Orbitz

You will be able to find everything from tickets to concerts, gifts that you can ship, travel arrangements and entertainment, to everything on your holiday shopping list. There are coupons available for so many stores that I couldn’t list them all as there are 100’s of stores that you can save at. Your sure to find all the gifts that you would like for everyone on your list and then some for you for all your hard work saving. 😉

I have already started finding all the coupons that I would like to use for the gifts that I want to purchase still. Don’t forget your also able to get some great deals on SeaWorld if your traveling, Travelocity for hotels and traveling tickets, as well as many other great deals. Why not save money on your traveling, there is no need to pay full price ever.

I also need to send some gifts to my sisters who live out of state so Groupon is making it easy to save and get them great gifts as well. It’s so easy to save as well that anyone can do it! So make sending holiday gifts to friends and family easy and they will love when it arrives to them. I mean edible arrangements has some of the best fruit available! (Don’t forget the chocolate dipped! Pure heaven!) The Omaha Steaks would be the perfect gift for anyone on your Holiday Shopping list! It really doesn’t get any easier or better then these.

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Compound Kings Powder Squishy Like Slime Compound #StockingStuffer #ChristmasGiftGuide

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We received the Compound Kings Powder Squishy Like Slime Compound to review. My son’s and grandchildren love slime, so they were very excited to make the slime and have fun with it. They were so ready to get it out and let the fun begin.

I loved that we only needed to add water to make the slime instead of purchasing several items to make the slime. They also could add glitter or sparkles. The kids took turns adding in some of the water and mixing the compound that was needed to make the slime. Then we waited for the slime to appear, the kids sat and watched it and were so excited when it became slime. They kept saying “It’s SLIME! It’s SLIME! They were ready to play with it.

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The kids each took some of the slime out and put it on their hands. They had a great time squishing it between their fingers and making it into different things like balls, they were having so much fun! I loved that the kids could play with it without it making their hands all nasty. They could play with it and it all goes back together and you can place it inside the container again for later use.

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I also really like that you can take the slime and mix the colors as well. So if your children have different colors they can mix them to add more fun colors to their slime. My son’s now want every color available so I see more colors in their future. If you would like to do multiple colors they do have the Compound Kings Make Your Own Squishy Like Slime Large DIY Kit that offers a number of colors for your child to make and have fun with. They could have a lot of fun making different colored slime to play with.

Your child would love it to have hours of fun with and you will like it because it doesn’t make a mess. It sticks to itself, and you can have a lot of fun playing with it. It also has glitter that the kids can add to their slime. The kit also includes a mixing tray and spoon to measure the water. You will have everything that you need to make the slime and have a lot of fun! They would both make great gifts for a birthday party or holiday season!

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Peppa Pig 25 Piece Magnetic Wood Dress Up Puzzle Review #ChristmasGiftGuide

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I received the Peppa Pig 25 Piece Magnetic Wood Dress Up Puzzle and thePeppa Pig 12 Piece Jumbo Mix & Match Dress Up Wooden Puzzle to review with my granddaughter’s who are huge Peppa Pig fans. It was a rough day the kids were not feeling well, they were crabby, stuffy, and bored but not wanting to do much because they were sick. You know how that goes, they want to do something but they just do not have the energy. I had them coloring so they could lay and rest still but they were bored with coloring so I thought “Okay, I need another activity that they can lay and do.

It then dawned on me that I had both of the puzzles that they could put together and still lay and do them. So I cleaned up the crayons and coloring books and told them I would be right back I was going to go get them a surprise. It was the first time I saw a little gleam in their eyes, so I ran to get the puzzles. I opened them up and gave them to the girls. They squealed with delight that they could each play with one.

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The girls had so much fun with the Peppa Pig 25 Piece Magnetic Wood Dress Up Puzzle and the Peppa Pig 12 Piece Jumbo Mix & Match Dress Up Wooden Puzzle. When they started to get restless again I changed the puzzles that they had and they were back to playing and resting. They had so much fun putting the clothing on Peppa the pig, they tried on every outfit and then they decided that they would create new looks that made us all laugh. They did the same with the Jumbo Mix and Match Dress up puzzle. They had so much fun and it was such a great distraction. I also loved that I could wipe them down with Lysol wipes and it wouldn’t ruin the pieces! You can not do that with the cardboard pieces!

The puzzle pieces are very sturdy and they just loved being able to hold them and put them together. They are larger puzzle pieces so you do not have to worry about little ones swallowing them so they can play with them as well. The girls could easily play with them and had such a fun time putting them together and taking them back apart. I also loved that the pieces come in a nice box that will keep all the pieces together. When my other granddaughter came over to visit she loved playing with the girls as well. They all took turns putting the puzzles together and laughing. They had so much fun together and I was surprised but there was no fighting or arguing because there were enough pieces for them all to play with and have fun with.

The Peppa Pig 25 Piece Magnetic Wood Dress Up Puzzle and the Peppa Pig 12 Piece Jumbo Mix & Match Dress Up Wooden Puzzle would make a great birthday or holiday gift. Your Peppa Pig fan will just love them both! They can have hours of fun dressing Peppa Pig.

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