My Halloween Home + Round Up!

I Love my mantle! 


Everything came together nicely!

I have a roll of caution tape that I’ve had for years. A friend left it at my house, and never came back for it. So now, I use it every Halloween for decorating fun. You can order some on amazon Here.

I Found the little bird cage (to the right), and little potion bottles (to the left), and the three foam pumpkins( to the left) at Big Lots. I cut out the letters using my Cricut Machine, and hot glued them to the pumpkins. I glued all the pumpkins together. However, I accidentally cut the stem off from the top pumpkin, so I fixed it by gluing the black skull to the top. I found the skull at the Dollar Tree

I made the banner last Halloween using my Cricut Machine, ribbon, glue, and some halloween paper I found at my local Michael’s Craft Store.

Instructions on how to make my Bloody Candles are Here.

Instructions on how I make my centerpiece is Here.

My stairs have been attacked by spiders!


My boys are afraid of spiders. So, being the good mom that I am, I decided to plaster some spiders all over my staircase :)

I found the spiders silhouettes at Michael’s. You can order them from Amazon Here.

I wish I could have gotten a video of their reaction when they came home. The look on their faces was priceless! 😛

Still in search of some DIY Halloween Decor ideas?

There are some great ideas for decorating on a budget this Halloween over at Kentucky To Cali.

Check out these cool looking Glowing Eyes from Thrifty Crafty Girl

Spider Webs out of trash bags? Yes, It’s possible. Head over How About Orange for their super easy tutorial on how to make these neat Spider Webs

The Stir has a great list of dollar store halloween decor ideas that anyone can try. 

Need a wreath idea? Over at Mother Niche, There is a easy tutorial on how to make a cool Halloween wreath out of eyeballs and plastic tablecloths. 

I love DIY Terrariums! Country Living has a tutorial on how to make you own creepy terrariums using items found at the Dollar Tree. 

Lizards and Ladybug has a simple decorating idea to paint rattan balls found at the Dollar Tree to use as fillers in a vase. Check it out Here.

So many great ideas out there on the web!! 

How are you decorating your home for this Halloween season? 

DIY Halloween: 5 Minute Table Runner

My table was looking quite bare, and I wanted something will a little flare.

See how I did that 😉

I am currently working on putting together a trivet table runner. The sewing is taking me a bit longer than I had planned, and I wanted some quick and easy to make for my table.

So, off to the Dollar Store I went to be inspired. For some reason, when I’m in the store, I like to go up and down each aisle and try to figure out what my next project will be. Sometimes I stop at a item, and stare at it while I’m thinking. I know to others walking by, I probably look crazy standing in the aisles daydreaming. My best ideas come from brainstorming in the store. It’s what works for me!

While daydreaming, I did come across some foam door hangers that looked pretty cool. I grabbed a few, and decided to see what I can come up with. 

I just thought about using the door hangers as placemats. After moving them around on the table, I just so happened to put them in a row, and my table runner was born! 

This craft is so simple. Anyone, crafty or not, can make this super easy table runner!

You Will Need:

  • 3- 4 Front Door Hangers (Found at the Dollar Store)
  • Hot Glue Gun 


I just simply glued the ends together, and you are done!


That’s it! Nothing More, Nothing Less!

This took me a little under 5 minutes, and costed about $5.00 to make. 

Inexpensive and easy to put together, this table runner will surely add a bit of prettiness to your Halloween home decor!


DIY Halloween: Ribbon Wreath

Another Halloween Decor Do Over in Session! 

I made this pretty, purple and orange wreath a couple of years ago. 


I wanted something different so I decided to work on a new one. 

This wreath is just as simple to make just like my previous wreath. Frugal, easy to put together, and a great addition to the entrance of your home. 

You will need:

  • Foam Ring (Can be found at Micheal’s, Joanns, or even the dollar store)
  • Tulle Fabric (Found at my local Dollar Tree)
  • Ribbons (From my stash, and at my local Dollar Tree)
  • Push Pins or hot glue gun.Scrapbook_1444059610568

First I used my orange ribbon to wrap around the wreath to cover up the green foam. I used two 3 ft rolls of ribbon. Perfect for this small wreath.

I used a push pin to secure the ribbon in place. 20151006095909-1The amount of ribbon used depends on the size of your foam ring. 20151006095132-1

 Next, I had to cut up the other colorful ribbons into pieces. The length of the ribbons varies. It all depends on how long or short you want your ribbon to be around the wreath. I cut all of my ribbon and tulle into 15 inch strips.

Once I was done with all of my cutting, I start to wrap the ribbon around the wreath, and tie it to secure it. I alternated between the tulle and ribbons in a pattern.

That’s pretty much it! An easy, pretty halloween wreath that can be done in an hour or less. 



DIY Halloween: Creepy Centerpiece + How To Color Rice

Last week, I was going through my totes of halloween decorations, and came across my Halloween centerpiece.

I made this one below, a couple of years ago using items found at my local Dollar Tree. 

 It was my first centerpiece, and I loved it. Turned out better than I expected. But, As much as I love my old centerpiece, I am quite eager to make something a new for the home.  Just for the fun of it.

A few years ago I came across some instructions on how to color rice for a rainbow party I was throwing my daughter. Once I figured out just how easy it is was to dye rice, I couldn’t help but to find a reason to make some of my own.

Coloring rice is my go-to cheap filler for decorating. 

You will need:

  • 1 Cup of Rice ( I buy 5lbs for $2.25 at Walmart)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Rubbing Alcohol (Found at the Dollar Store)
  • Food Coloring (Found at the Dollar Store)
  • Storage Bags (Gallon size, found at the Dollar Store)
  • A Tray for drying


I poured the rice into the storage bag. Added the rubbing alcohol and 5-8 drops of food coloring. The amount of drops depend on how much color you want. I mixed the ingredients until all of the rice is coated, then I layed the rice out to dry on a tray. 


I love how bright this orange came out!


Once the rice had dried, (about an hour or so), pour the rice into your vase. 

I found some black and purple flowers and eyeballs at the dollar store. I grabbed my hot glue gun, and glued the eyeballs into the middle of the flowers. I then used some old ribbon from my stash, and made a cute bow. 


I’m happy at how this centerpiece has come together. I love it, and It looks great on my mantle!  I enjoyed making it, and am happy to report to hubby that it’s didn’t cost me an arm and a leg to make :) 

How about you? Do you like centerpieces? Are you working on any of your own?

DIY Halloween: Bloody Candles

Hello October!!

Welcome to the month of candy, costumes, and creepy stuff.  It’s that time of year where I bring out the glue guns, spiders, skeletons, and eyeballs for some decorating fun. 

Every year I’m on a mission to make as many halloween decorations as I can, for a low as I can. The holidays are approaching, and I’m just not into overspending on my holiday decorations. The Dollar Tree is a great place to get most of my decorating needs. It’s a cheap store, but with the right tools, you can make a little bit of nothing into something awesome. 

For example, these super easy Bloody Candles that I made can be done it minutes!



Scrapbook_1444058979681What you will need:

  • White Candles
  • Red Candles
  • Lighter
  • Parchment Paper (You can use any kind of paper, I just used what I had on hand)





I placed the white candles onto the parchment paper to protect my table, and keep the mess to a minimum.

I grabbed a lighter, and used it to light the red candle.



Once the candle starts to heat up and melt, I tipped it to the side, letting it drip onto the white candle. I found that by letting the candle sit on the edge and drip, it would melt down the sides. Giving the candle an authentic, bloody look. You can add as much or a little as you want. 




A quick and simple craft that anybody can make, these candles are a great addition to any creepy decor.


13 Things I Want My Teenage Daughter To Know

Dear Daughter,

You are officially a teenager!!!

I can not believe just how fast you are growing up on me. I swear, it feels like it was just yesterday, when I found out I was pregnant with you. I knew from day one that you were going be my girl. I asked God for a daughter who is smart, caring, a bit sassy, and silly just like me. Believe you me, I got exactly what I asked for when you came along. 

You have a big heart.
You are beautiful inside and out.
You have a huge personality that can lighten up a room.
You have a beautiful voice, and it brings me joy every time you sing.  
Your laugh is contagious, and you make make giggle everyday.

As you start the next chapter in your life, there are a few lessons that I want to share with you. Lessons I feel that are important in guiding you over this next phase in you life.

201509220231011. Be Your Authentic Self.  Just be your fun-loving, quirky, care-free self. There is a freedom that comes with being the unique person that God has made you to be.  Know that, in a world where everyone is trying to fit in, you are you, and you were made to stand out. Stay true to who you are, and be whatever makes your soul happy. There is nothing like being you, and loving you just the way you are. 





2. Love Yourself unconditionally. Understand that you don’t have to be perfect to be good. Nana always told me, “You have to love yourself before you can love anyone else.” I believe this to be so true. Love yourself. Respect yourself. Take care of yourself. So that you don’t chase after the wrong people who won’t love you the way you need to be loved.





3. Love your Body. See your own beauty without mirrors, compliments, and other outside influences. Strive to be a healthy person in a healthy body, not skinny. If eating a donut makes your happy then eat it with no regret. However, don’t forget to love your body by feeding it the nutrients that you need regularly to continue growing into the beautiful young lady that you are becoming. In return, your body will love you for it.



4. Your Daddy loves you!
No man will ever love you like you father does. Know that he loves you with every part of his soul. That he will always be there for you, he will always protect you, he will always fight for you, and he will always love you. Always and Forever! Never forget that!






5. Keep Learning!
Pay attention in school. Always ask questions. Continue to seek out knowledge and feed your brain. It’s better to know thing, and never need them than it is to not know them when you need them. Knowledge is important! Knowledge will get you far!






201509220248116. I’m here for you, Always! Don’t be afraid to tell me anything. I was a teen once. Long, long, long time ago :). You just may be surprised at how understanding I can be. I promise to always give you a listening ear, and to be honest with you. 

7. It’s ok to make choices I don’t like. It’s ok when we don’t see eye to eye. We may get on each other’s nerves sometimes, but I want you know, deep down at the bottom of your heart, that my love for you will never change. Nothing you will ever do will make me love you any less. I will eternally love you regardless. I just hope that you make the choices that are right for you. Stay on the path that God has planned for you. 

201509220311458. Instead of complaining, choose to be grateful. Why waste any of your precious time of negativity? You alway have have a choice in how you look at things. It’s all about perspective. Appreciate the little things, and be sincerely grateful for what you have. 20150922031509








9. Trust is important in any relationship. Once it is lost, it is very hard to get back. Always be True. Always be Honest. Always be Genuine. 








10. Good, real friends are hard to find. Know the difference between a true friend and an associate. A friend will always be there for you. They support you, encourage you, and have your best interest at heart. 







11. Don’t let other people’s opinions become your reality. Opinions are not the same as facts. What other say and think about you is none of your concern. The less you care about what others think, the better off you will be. 

12. The ”love” you see on Tv is not how love works in the real world. Love makes you happy. It makes you sad. It makes you mad. It makes you feel like you are going crazy sometimes. Love is patience. Love is work. It the a lot of time, growth, commitment, communication, and trust to make love in any relationship to work. 
13. Keep Going and Don’t Give Up!! Don’t tell yourself you can’t. Take that T off and dump that word from your vocabulary. You always can as long as you keep trying. Keep pushing! Never give up! 

I have so many more things that I want to share with you. But for now, in honor of the magic number of the day, 13 will do. I hope that you are able to take some of these lessons, and keep with with you in your heart as you continue on the life journey that God has planned for you. I hope that if nothing else, you understand just how much your Daddy and I love you, care for you, we are here for you, and respect you. Know that we only want the best for you, and want to you be able to reach whatever goals you have set for your future and for your life. 

I Love You, Always and Forever My Sweet Leeya-Beeya,


Maple Bacon Oatmeal

Saving the best for last!

Today’s oatmeal recipe is my favorite of them all. 

We are bacon lovers in this house. So, naturally, it would make sense to incorporate our favorite breakfast meat into this oatmeal series.

I bring to you, Maple Bacon Oatmeal.


Maple Bacon Oatmeal

Serving Size: 1

Maple Bacon Oatmeal


  • 3 slices of cooked Maple Bacon, crumbled.
  • 1/2 Cup Oatmeal
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1/4 Cup Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon Pecans


  1. Cook Oatmeal in small saucepan with water.
  2. Once water has evaporated and oatmeal is cooked soft, add 2 pieces of bacon, milk, and brown sugar.
  3. Pour in a bowl
  4. Pour maple syrup over the oatmeal
  5. Top with last piece of bacon and pecans
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I hope you enjoyed this oatmeal series as much as I did. It was fun coming up with new recipes, and sharing them with all of you. If you are just now stopping by at the end of this series, check out the links below for all of the yummy oatmeal dishes from this past week. 

Day 1 Banana Nut Blueberry Oatmeal 

Day 2 Strawberry & Cream Oatmeal 

Day 3 Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal

Day 4 Mango Pineapple Coconut Oatmeal 

Day 5 Maple Sweet Potato Oatmeal 

Day 6 Savory Bacon Mushroom & Cheese Oatmeal


Savory Bacon Mushroom Egg Oatmeal

Happy Friday!

It’s Day 6, and today’s out-of-the-box oatmeal recipe is a savory one. This is definitely not your grandma’s oatmeal. 

I love bacon. Who doesn’t?

I love mushrooms. I could eat them everyday.

I love eggs. Even though I have cut back due to the shortage, it’s still a nice protein packed food. 

With oatmeal being bland like it is, It’s makes for a nice canvas to experimenting with. 

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Savory Bacon Mushroom Egg Oatmeal

Serving Size: 1

Savory Bacon Mushroom Egg Oatmeal

A Savory oatmeal dish that is great for breakfast as well as dinner!


  • 3 slices of Bacon
  • 1/2 Cup Oatmeal
  • 1/4 Cup Milk
  • 3 Mushrooms, Diced
  • 2 Tablespoons Shredded Cheddar Cheese (Add more if you prefer a lot of cheese)
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste


  1. Cook bacon in a frying pan. Set to the side when done.
  2. Drain all the oil except 1 Tablespoon.
  3. Cook the mushrooms in the bacon oil until soft. Set to the side on a paper towel to drain excess oil.
  4. Cook Oatmeal and milk in a small saucepan.
  5. While oatmeal is cooking, cook your egg in a separate pan.
  6. Add mushrooms, 2 slices of bacon, and cheese to your oatmeal when it's done.
  7. Stir until cheese has melted.
  8. Top with your Egg and the last piece of bacon
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Mushroom Benefits:

  • Improves immunity system
  • High in Iron
  • Increases your metablism 
  • Rich in Zinc
  • Increases your Vitamin D levels 

Egg Benefits:

  • High in protein 
  • Aids in keeping your skin healthy
  • Contain 9 essential animo acids 
  • Boosts weight loss
  • Low in Calories 
With no sugars, vanillas, or any other added sweeteners, This savory oatmeal recipe is sure to get your tastebuds going.

Have you tried savory oatmeal before? Would you try this recipe?

Maple Sweet Potato Oatmeal

Fall has finally arrived!!! I love this season!

It was a bit chiller this morning. I didn’t wake up feeling like I was sleep in a sauna. Chilly weather, and early sunsets are a signs that the fall season is coming. The perfect time for this appetizing oatmeal recipe using apples and cinnamon.

Sweet Potato and oatmeal? Why not? The Fall season is here, and this fall vegetable would be a perfect additions to your cold mornings. 

I know it doesn’t sound like a good match, but I promise you, this oatmeal recipe turned out comforting and delicious.  

I bring to you, Sweet Potato Oatmeal. 

Sweet Potato Oatmeal

Sweet Potato Oatmeal


  • 1/4 Cup Sweet Potato Puree
  • 1/2 Cup 1 Minute Oatmeal
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1/4 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Sweet Potato Puree
  • 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon Pecans
  • Diced Sweet Potato for Topping (Optional)


  1. Cook Oatmeal in small saucepan with water.
  2. Once water had evaporated and oatmeal is soft, add milk sweet potato, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice.
  3. Pour oatmeal in your bowl, and add maple syrup.
  4. Top with Pecans and some diced sweet potatoes


You can use any kind of milk or nuts that you like.

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Benefits of Sweet Potato:

  • Good source of magnesium 
  • Rich in Fiber
  • Improves Immunity 
  • Adds in Weight Loss 
  • Contains large amounts of Vitamin B

Sweet potatoes and Oatmeal are a powerful combination. Both packed with vitamins and minerals that are great to help get you going in the morning. 

Mango Pineapple Coconut Oatmeal

Happy Hump Day! 

It’s day 4 of Oatmeal Week. We are halfway through this series, and I hope you have enjoyed some of the yummy recipes so far.

I’m going to be honest and say that I was a bit scared to experiment with this oatmeal recipe today. I sat my ingredients out, and just looked at it for a moment. Trying to figure out what, and how I wanted to put this together. After 30 minutes of listening to my stomach growling, I decided to just go for it.

And you know what? I’m glad I did! I didn’t know what to expect, but I’m happy to report that this oatmeal recipe turned out to be marvelous!!

I bring to you, Mango Pineapple Coconut Oatmeal


Mango Pineapple Coconut Oatmeal

Serving Size: 1

Mango Pineapple Coconut Oatmeal


  • 1/2 Cup Oatmeal
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1/4 Cup Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Mango Puree
  • 1/4 Cup Pineapple, Diced


  1. Small saucepan cook oatmeal in water
  2. Once cooked and water has evaporated, add milk, mango puree, pineapple, coconut extract, honey, and cinnamon.
  3. Mix until combined
  4. Pour this oatmeal into a bowl.
  5. Top with coconut and a few pieces of diced Mango


Add some dried tropical fruit likes Papaya or Cranberries for topping

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Mango Benefits:

  • Prevents Cancer
  • Boost Immune System
  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • Clears Skin
  • Repairs Poor Digestion

Pineapple Benefits:

  • Reduces Hypertension
  • Good resource of Vitamin C
  • Low in Calories
  • Supports Oral Health
  • Aids in breaking food down

The flavors of this oatmeal come together nicely. All I need now is my towel, and beach. But, instead, I will settle for a chair, in my backyard, with my new tropical delight!

What do you think about this oatmeal recipe or any of the pervious recipes so far? Have you tried any in your own kitchen yet?