DIY Personalized Halloween Pumpkin Bucket

Instead of toting around generic plastic pumpkin buckets for trick-or-treating, make those buckets a matching part of the kiddos’ costumes. A DIY Personalized Halloween pumpkin bucket is so much fun to get creative with and very easy to make.

With just a little pant and time, that plastic pumpkin trick-or-treat pail can look like a part of the costume.

I have a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and Cinderella trick-or-treating this year, so we made a TMNT Raphael pumpkin bucket and Cinderella’s carriage, but my creative juices are going crazy with other possibilities!

DIY Personalized Halloween Pumpkin Bucket

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The Best Egg Cooking Tools You Need Now!

Cooking perfect eggs is easy, but not without the help of some of these amazing tools. From easy-peel hard boiled eggs, to the perfect poached egg for a breakfast salad, to a quick and fluffy egg from the microwave, these tools will have you cooking a gourmet breakfast every time. These are three of the best egg cooking tools around!

The Best Egg Cooking Tools You Need Now!

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Route 66 Bedroom: with anyone-can-do-them special touches

Our little guy has been in this Route 66 Bedroom for almost 6 months now, and I still think it is so adorable.

For a little boy who is into cars, this is a timeless way to decorate that will take quite a while to outgrow. There are so many fun Route 66 decor items. It’s also easy to add some easy personalized touches with the headboard, shelves, hooks, and curtain ties – anyone could do it.

Route 66 Bedroom

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Crazy Ideas Overweight Runners Need to Leave in the Dust

It took a lot to get me to take that first step and begin running while considerably overweight. I learned to love it, but I spent years with crazy ideas about things I should and shouldn’t do as one of the overweight runners out there.

Even as the weight started to come off, I was still hanging onto these overweight runner fears and ideas. Only recently did I identify them and realize how crazy they are.

So, overweight runners unite and let’s get rid of these crazy ideas!

Crazy Ideas Overweight Runners Need to Leave in the Dust

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Less Mess Playtime with a Montessori Work Mat

The answer to keeping kids from making a mess of the whole house while playing may be easier than you think. A less mess playtime is possible.

What if I told you you I’ve witnessed a miracle and watched my little guy keep his toys and supplies within 2 square feet and clean up after himself completely un-promted?

It’s a miracle, right!?

This is such an easy idea and a very simple tool that you can use to help small children clean up after themselves and not make such a large mess in the first place.

less mess playtime with a montessori work mat

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Amazon No Longer Accepts Reviews for Free or Discounted Products

Just my luck!

Just weeks after I posted Anyone Can Get Free Products From Amazon and How to Make Money as an Amazon Reviewer, Amazon has changed it’s policy to no longer accept “incentivized” reviews. I found out from this Amazon blog post, and have been following it for the past couple days.

Amazon No Longer Accepts Reviews in Exchange for Products

It really is my luck! I’ve been reviewing products on Amazon for almost 11 months and finally decided to write about it. I also thought I was helping companies get exposure, helping consumers judge the product before buying, and having so much fun.

I see that I was totally naive.

I understand why consumers would be distrustful of reviews where they feel the person was “paid” to leave a positive review. However, I really did try to do my best when it came to being objective and I did take it personally if someone didn’t find my review helpful. I also believe many others did so as well. Regardless, I do see how it is much easier to leave a favorable review when you didn’t pay for the product.

So what now?

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Witch Broom Halloween Class Treats

Simple and adorable Halloween treat, and so easy to make! These Witch Broom Halloween Class Treats combine a sweet treat with a Halloween pencil. The best of both worlds and very cute for kids!

Using one of the cheapest candies out there – Dum Dums – and Dollar Tree pencils, this craft is inexpensive and easy enough for kids. Plus, the little Witch Brooms look so great, the kids will love them!

Witch Broom Halloween Class Treats

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Spaghetti Squash Pizza Hotdish / Casserole

The delicious flavors of pizza with your favorite toppings, made lighter by using spaghetti squash instead of noodles.

Spaghetti Squash Pizza Casserole is a one-dish meal that couldn’t be easier! Combine your favorite toppings, sauce, and cheese with spaghetti squash. Cook and spoon it up. It’s a crowd pleaser and a kid pleaser all in one!

Spaghetti Squash Pizza Casserole

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How to Make Money as an Amazon Reviewer – without a website!

** Update: Amazon announced this week that it will no longer be accepting “incentivized” reviews. I’ve been following this closely and have written about it here.**

I’ve been talking a lot about my current obsession with getting free products from Amazon. If you want to learn how to get started as an Amazon Reviewer, I broke it down a couple weeks ago. If you’re already an Amazon Reviewer, I bet you know what I’m talking about! It’s so addicting and fun to get free stuff in the mail.

Since it is so addicting, the number of products that pile up can be very overwhelming. It also takes a bit of time to leave a quality review. The quality products for free make it very worthwhile, but how about the number of areas it helps you save money and maybe even making some money.

Yep, you can get free stuff AND make money as an Amazon Reviewer! (both as a blogger and non-blogger)

I’ll show you all the ways that being an Amazon Reviewer can save you money, make you money (both for bloggers and non-bloggers), and some best practices for making money with review products.

How to Make Money as an Amazon Reviewer (even without a website)

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The Best To-Do List {an easy take on bullet journaling and list making}

All serial list makers raise your hand!  *both hands are raised here*

This is the easiest ways to cut down on the number of lists you make and keep everything organized all in one place. Also, it gives you the opportunity to look back over time and recognize key patterns which can help in the long run.

The possibilities are endless! You can list healthy habits, cleaning areas, business goals and duties, meals for meal planning, etc. It’s so easy and works for anything that’s important to you!

The Best (and easiest) To-Do list (for anything from cleaning to meal planning)

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