Thursday, October 16, 2014

Halloween Dirt Cake {Easy Halloween Party Ideas}

October is here which means it's time to start thinking about all things spooky and fun! Since having kids I try to be as creative as possible when it comes to holidays. We love Halloween, so I always plan something fun for the kids.

Every year we celebrate with a family party to kick off the night. Dinner is always a Halloween themed meal with festive tableware, and a fun dessert to end the night. It can be a pizza in the shape of a Jack O Lantern, Mummy Hot Dogs, English Muffin Mummy Pizza's or even a big pot of Pumpkin Chili.  

If you're looking for a fun Halloween themed dessert try this kid and adult friendly Halloween Dirt Cake. This dirt cake is a bit different than a classic dirt cake. I like to add a cake bottom, a creamy pudding and cool whip center, and finish it off with a crushed Oreo cookie topping. 

You can decorate your dirt cake with any festive cookie and candies of your choosing. Since the crushed Oreo cookies resemble dirt a Graveyard Cake is always a fun option. I chose to go with just a basic Halloween theme and used a variety of candies and cookies.  I found everything from the tableware, cake ingredients, and fun candy decorations at my local Walmart.

New Scarlet Threads Fall Apron {Giveaway}

Have you heard of Scarlet Threads? Scarlet Threads is a compassionate boutique empowering woman through employment. They are a small social enterprise with a big heart. Scarlet Threads specializes in unique product designed and produced by talented seamstresses in rural Asia and in Midland Texas.

All Scarlet Thread products are fairly traded and created in compliance with their core vision and values. When you purchase a Scarlet Threads apron or other hand-crafted product, you become part of their story by providing a woman with safe and rewarding work. Click here to read more about their story.

I found out about Scarlet Threads about 4 years ago from a fellow blogger. I instantly fell in love with their product and their mission. I especially loved their aprons, so I saved up some money and purchased my first apron (pictured below). When the apron arrived in my mailbox I could see ll the beauty, detail, and hard work that was put into the making of my apron.

I collect several aprons, but all my Scarlet Thread aprons truly are unique and beautiful. I love that part of the proceeds from product sales go to help woman, mothers, and families in need. The opportunities that ST gives to these woman truly is amazing.

I'm so in love with Scarlet Threads and their products that I signed on to be an affiliate in their program. I get 5% of each product sale, but more importantly any money that I earn in sales will be put back into Scarlet Threads through future purchases.  

You too can be a part of their ST vision by purchasing one of their beautiful products or aprons. Right now Scarlet Threads has extended their Thrifty Thursday sale on their Harper apron for just $14.00! I placed my order yesterday and purchased one with a coral trim. I can't wait to add it to my apron collection! Take it from me you won't be disappointed in any of your apron purchases. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal - Yogurt Breakfast Ideas

Yogurt is one of those items that I always keep stocked in our refrigerator. From smoothies, yogurt parfaits, cooking, baking or just eating, we can go through quite a bit. I find myself grabbing several containers on just about every trip to the grocery store. 

Yogurt is great for an easy breakfast as well as for a quick snack. I use Greek or plain yogurt for cooking, baking and as a substitute for sour cream. Lately I've been trying to find quick and easy breakfast options not only for my kids, but for me as well.

My kids get up pretty early for school, so the last thing on their mind is breakfast. Sometimes I feel like I am forcing them to eat, but I don't want the going off to school hungry either. Most times I'm lucky to get a smoothie, oatmeal, cereal, fruit or muffins and fruit down them.  

This Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal has been a wonderful option. This idea has been more adult friendly than with my kids. I just recently got my little guy to start eating hot oatmeal, so he wasn't too crazy about the whole cold oatmeal idea, but for me...... I love it!