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Halloween Treat Alternatives

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Parents often complain that their kids get too much candy for Halloween. Many of those that pass out treats are turning to alternative options like cheese crackers, fruit, and non-edible options. Choosing a non-candy item also gives the kids in your neighborhood a bit of variety.

These items below are great alternatives to sugary Halloween treats.

Halloween-Themed Bubbles


Let the kids in the neighborhood have fun on Halloween with bubbles. They are entertaining and contain no sugar. If it is not clearly written on the bottle, make sure that all parents or chaperones are told that they are non-toxic bubbles. It is necessary to make sure the solution in the bottles is non-toxic too.

Temporary Tattoos


Young kids love temporary tattoos. For little boys, they think it makes them look tough. Little girls think that the tattoos are pretty. Consider getting Halloween themed temporary tattoos so that the kids are a little more excited about them. Some tattoos can be used to make another costume for a second Halloween celebration as some include facial embellishments like mustaches, freckles, and cuts.

Halloween Themed School Supplies


Make little goody bags for the neighborhood kids that include Halloween themed school supplies in them. For some kids, the supplies they started with are starting to dwindle. Parents will appreciate that their children received something that is useful. 

Make sure that the pencils are unsharpened because it could lead to a puncture injury if the child falls. In the goody bag, also include mini note pads in Halloween colors so kids can write notes and reminders for themselves.

Popcorn or Pretzels


Popcorn and pretzels are better for kids than candy. These can also be used to make snack mixes later. It is ideal to get popcorn without extra butter, as some parents don’t want their kids having all the fat. Low-sodium options are ideal too. 

Juice Boxes


Only offer all-natural juice boxes that do not contain preservatives, fillers, chemicals, or added sugar. By the time the trick-or-treaters reach your doorstep, they likely need a drink anyways. It is a Halloween treat that might be consumed right away.

Because kids may not make it past the sidewalk, you should consider placing a wastebasket or trash collection receptacle that is labeled so that your yard doesn’t end up a mess. 

Glow-in-the-Dark Bracelets and Necklaces


Parents likely plan to purchase these for their kids anyways, but often forget. Passing these out with a healthy treat helps parents keep track of their children and gives kids something fun to wear. The good thing is these glow-in-the-dark bracelets and mystical charm necklaces can last for days at a time. 

A Couple More Halloween Treat Alternatives


Give out small sticker books to the kids in your neighborhood. They can use these to decorate backpacks, their bedrooms, or to make their own craft projects. Another good option is dried fruit trail mix or individual packages of granola to provide the kids with a healthy treat that still tastes sweet.

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What is your favorite non-candy treat to pass out on Halloween?


How to Keep your Skin Hydrated

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Your skin’s health can be affected by a variety of factors from dry weather to your diet. Even the skincare products that you use can make your skin dry and flaky. To keep your skin healthy and properly hydrated, take some of these tips into consideration. Extra hydration practices should be followed in the fall and winter months. 

Olive Oil and Honey


There are antioxidants and healthy fatty acids in olive oil that can benefit your skin. Olive oil can be massaged into your skin without making it too oily. It is ideal to apply it before showering as it helps prevent soap and hard water from drying out or damaging your skin. Replace olive oil for other cooking oils, except for when deep-frying is required, to help hydrate your skin from the inside too.

Honey is good for its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. It helps fight infection and soothes mild irritations such as a minor sunburn. Apply honey only to the parts of your body that have the driest skin. Let the honey sit on your skin for five minutes and remove with lukewarm water. Daily use for a few days at a time should improve your skin. 

Drink More Water


Drink at least the recommended eight glasses of water per day. These should be full 8-ounce servings. When you are more active, increase this by two. Hydrating your skin from the inside helps keep the outside healthy. 

You can mix water-enhancing liquids and those that contain electrolytes to aid the hydration process since drinking plain water can get boring. 

Cooler Showers and Baths


Although steaming hot showers and baths feel great on sore bodies, it is bad for your skin. You are causing your skin to release more of its natural moisture and necessary oils, which often leaves it feeling dry once you are out of the water. Cold showers are not the answer; just turn the temperature down a bit by mixing in some cold water to help protect your skin. 

Eat Avocados and Pumpkin


Avocados have healthy fats that help hydrate your skin from the inside. Don’t overdo it on the avocado though; eating too much can raise your cholesterol. Use avocado as a hydrating mask by mixing it with avocado oil. It should only be left on your face for five minutes. 

Pumpkin works from the inside out and vice versa. Add a serving of pumpkin to your diet each week.  If you purchase pumpkin skincare products that include zinc, you can make a homemade face mask. You will also need tomato juice, sweet almond oil, and an egg. You’ll hydrate your skin while exfoliating and fighting acne. 

A Few More Tips to Hydrate Skin


In the fall and winter months, oil-based products and creams should be used to provide extra hydration. Avoid using soap-based products. If you use facemasks, make your own organic options at home to save money and provide better nutrition to your skin.

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What are your favorite methods for hydrating your skin?


Best Places to Visit This Fall

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Taking a vacation in the summer might not be possible due to work and other obligations. Your family could probably use some downtime, so taking a fall trip may work best. The temperatures are typically cooler and that makes it easier to be outside and active for longer amounts of time.

Today I am sharing with you some of the best places to visit this fall. 



Denver is a great idea for active people and families since there are dozens of hiking trails, mountain drives, and the fall scenery just cannot be beat. The Cherry Creek Bike Trail and High Line Canal are the best opportunities to see the fall colors. If you do plan to spend a lot of time outdoors, it may be ideal to take along a solar charger so that you aren’t left disconnected from the world due to a dead cell phone.



Nashville is known as Music City. There are two music-themed festivals in the fall – the Independent Music Festival and Americana Festival. Another festival, the Music City Food & Wine Festival features Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. Trisha Yearwood, country musician and Food Network TV show host, also makes an appearance. Between trying Nashville native cuisine and experiencing the different music scenes, you cannot run out of things to do in Nashville. 

Salt Lake City


The best way to describe Salt Lake City is gorgeous. Spend time outside hiking through mountain trails, with a good pair of hiking boots of course. The Utah State Fair is held in September and Oktoberfest celebrations last nearly two months. Pay attention to the weather forecast, there have been times when skiing was possible on Halloween. 

New Orleans


The fall months bring several fun festivals to the streets of New Orleans. The entire city celebrates New Orleans Saints football games with a gathering, tailgating food, and music in Champions Square. The nightlife on Bourbon Street is always lively, regardless of what time of year it is. It is a cultural experience that makes you wonder if you’re still in the U.S. because New Orleans really knows how to entertain. 



Orlando is a great destination for couples or families. It is a culturally diverse city. This is a popular tourist destination, mostly for its substantial culinary scene with tapas, low-country dining, and fine dining-style options. If you are bored in Orlando then it’s time to go for a walk and find your own adventure.

San Francisco


The fall months in San Francisco are near perfect with warm temperatures and a lot of sunshine. Both the Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival and San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival take place in the fall. Fall is peak conference season, so take advantage of travel specials and hotel discounts. 

It’s a good to take advantage of travel packages, Groupon discounts, and other promotions so you can save some money for extra activities for the kids. Make a packing checklist so you don’t leave anything behind. After above normal heat and humidity in most of the country, a fall getaway is a great idea. 

Does your family have any travel plans this fall?


Time to Change Beauty Routine for Fall and Winter Months

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Hey Yall!  First and foremost I would like to thank everyone for all the love and get well misses for Mr. M.  We appreciate it!  He is still recovering and has a long road ahead of him, but I know he'll do just fine, he's a fighter!

It has been feeling a lot like fall outside, especially in the earlier mornings and in the evenings, that cold brisk air is very refreshing, and also has me wanting to cuddle up in my snuggie and watch my tv shows when I find the time.

With the change in weather comes a change of some of my skin care routine.  Now, I am using more of an oil base cleaners and making sure to keep my skin moisturized. 

You all know me as always wearing makeup, I'm now giving my skin time to breathe by not wearing makeup at all, since I've been spending my days by Mr. M side in the hospital.

Also, I have been giving my hair a break too by braiding it up and wearing headwraps.   I changed up my haircare products a bit for the colder months by using more of a serum base haircare products to help repair any damage the sun did over the summer.

Aveda gave me their fall favorites to add to my fall haircare routine too, check out what I received below:

Damage Remedy Split End Repair

  • Binds separated ends back together, helping to smooth and seal hair fibers, with repair lasting through the next wash.

  • Helps prevent new split ends from forming.

  • Damage Remedy pure-fume aroma includes certified organic bergamot, mandarin, and ylang ylang essential oils.

Shampure Dry Shampoo

  • Instantly revive your hair and senses with our dry shampoo.

  • Non-aerosol powder mist absorbs excess oil between shampoos.

  • Calming shampure aroma with 25 pure flower and plant essences.

Thickening Tonic

  • Proven to thicken hair instantly with just one use.

  • Expands strands from roots to ends.

  • Powered by botanicals-including certified organic amla fruit.

  • 97% naturally derived.

  • A refreshing herbal aroma with certified organic vanilla, bergamot, clary sage and other pure plant and flower essences.

Air Control Hair Spray

  • Net-zero climate impact

  • Breakthrough pine resin technology provides light, workable hold.

  • Water-free formula sprays on dry.

  • Organic jojoba and aloe to help condition hair.

I got some good stuff huh?  I love trying out new skin and hair products!  It's like I stay pampering my skin and hair with the finest products.

During these fall and winter months, I'll be wearing my hair straight a lot more so these Aveda products will come in handy. 

The only thing I'm not really liking are the smells of these products; it's like a minty medication smell if that's such a thing.

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Do you change up your hair and beauty routines during the fall and winter months?



Skincare Mistakes That Can Age You

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After noticing that my skin wasn’t quite as healthy looking as I wanted it to be, I looked into my daily routine and noticed that I was doing a few things wrong. Keeping your skin looking and feeling young just requires consistency and using the right products. I prefer to continue looking younger than I am, so some changes needed to be made. 


Unforgettable Birthday

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Hey Yall!  Today is my oldest baby's birthday!  Yay!  I can't believe Lauren is 11 years old; it's like yesterday we were celebrating her turning double digits.  These teen years are quickly sneaking up on me, and she needs to slow it down.  LOL! 

This birthday will be one she'll never forget, and the reason for that is her father for the first time will not be able to celebrate her special day.

You may have seen that I have been asking for prayers for our family.  Well, Mr. M was involved in a horrible car accident this past Friday night, so he has been recovering in the hospital ever since.

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I'm trying to be strong for my girls, but it has been hard.  I try to keep a smile and keep positive around them, but deep down inside I'm breaking.  Since I don't have family in Georgia, I don't have someone to run to and let out all my hurt and pain.   I haven't slept well, and I've been losing weight due to loss of appetite.  Never have I experience a loved one in such a terrible accident.  

The girls are taking it better than I expected. However, Lauren recently had a break down because her dad won't be there for her today.  She told me this will be the worst birthday ever.  Each day the girls ask me is their dad is coming home, and I wish I could give them the answer yes.

Today, I will be making sure Lauren's birthday will be the best and normal as possible by taking her to her, and I's favorite restaurant Benihana.  There will be family and friends their to celebrate with her.

Please, everyone, continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers, we really appreciate it. 

Thank goodness for this blog, it helps me to express myself and share my feelings with y'all.  You all are like my family, and I know I can turn to you all when I need to talk.


5 Tips on Planning an Affordable Last Minute Trip

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Last minute trips can be quite expensive. Usually, the farther out you book travel plans, the cheaper they are. Some airlines and mass transit authorities offer getaway deals and last minute trip pricing when there are empty seats. Hotels will do the same when they have rooms to fill. 

Today I am sharing with you five tips on planning an affordable last minute trip. 

Cheaper Flights


It may seem odd, but sometimes, it is cheaper to book two one-way flights rather than a round trip flight, even with booking fees. Do the comparison on multiple websites as flight prices vary slightly through each website. It is typically less expensive to fly on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so keep that in mind when booking last minute flights.

Tip: To help get cheaper flights, use a survey website and complete surveys on airline websites to earn points that become miles to redeem for flights. 

Hotel Savings


Using websites like Hotels.com and Orbitz help you find hotel deals. On Hotels.com, you can opt to take advantage of their hotel savings special pricing, but you do not know where you’ll be staying until the rooms are booked. It may not be where you want to stay, but may be what’s in your budget. Hotel savings can also be found on Groupon and online-classified websites. 

Saving on Dining


Do your best to research the dining options where you’ll be staying. Research who has kids eat free nights and when they are, along with other local specials that can help your family have more options for affordable dining while traveling. 

Tip: You may be able to purchase gift cards on auction websites for less than their value. Search the gift cards you’d like to use while traveling to see what is available. Verify all available balances prior to placing a bid or making an immediate purchase.

Look for Buddy Passes for Flights


Buddy passes and transferrable credits are often offered for sale on local online-classified websites. In some cases, airline employees actually offer their passes or perks at a discounted price. If you need to get somewhere and can’t afford full-price, look for buddy passes and inquire with several different listings to find the best deal. 

Tip: When you choose this option, agree to meet the person in a public place, like a local coffee shop, to book the flight and pay them to ensure that your flight is correct and valid.

Book an Economy Travel Package


Contact local travel agents and brokers as they likely have access to package pricing that is not advertised. If you require flights, hotel rooms and a rental car, you could actually save money by bundling with a broker or agent. Compare the package prices to your own research on individual service. 

Look on Groupon for hotel savings as hotels do advertise there. You may also be able to find restaurant deals to help save money on dining costs when you just need to get away. Research the area you will be traveling to so that you can see what pricing is for services, activities, gas, and other essentials to ensure that you have enough available funds for the trip. 

What is your favorite resource for last minute travel plans?


First Time Camping Trip

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Hey Yall!  Last week I was a chaperone on Lauren's 2-day camping field trip with her school.

There was no way in hell I was going to let Lauren go on this field trip without me or Mr. M.  Honestly, I didn't want her to go on this field trip at all, and the reason for that is I believe she is too young. 

When I was younger in grade school, we didn't have any overnight field trips, just all day trips and return to school the same day.  I guess since we're in a new day and age students are starting to do this overnight stuff early.  But I'm not that trusting giving someone I don't personally know the responsibility to watch my child overnight.

What I was also dreading is the separation of my girls.  Never have they ever been apart from each other.  And so it begins.  Soon, they'll be in separate schools too.  I can't deal!

I'm not a camper at all, I never been on a camping trip, nor have I wanted to be on one.  You see, I'm not really the outdoorsy type.  Yes, I like going through the wilderness and gazing at the beautiful scenery, just don't want to do any overnight stays in it.

On top of that, I hate bugs!  They love me, they see me as their feast, so being in the woods would put my poor body in danger.  I kept dreading the thought of itchy bug bites.

Since we haven't been camping before, before the trip Lauren and I got our gear ready.

Our Top 10 Checklist:

1. Several pairs of clothes and undergarments

2. Toiletries

3. Bug Spray

4. Sunblock

5. Sleeping Bag and Pillow

6. Water Shoes and Tennis Shoes

7. Bottles for Water

8. Towels and Washcloths

9. Several Pairs of Socks

10. First-Aid Kit

Although it was a 2-day trip, I wanted us to be fully prepared.  Better safe than miserable.  LOL!

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My thoughts on the trip at Rock Eagle 4-H Center...I felt miserable at first.  Although I was a chaperone for Lauren, I was also in charge of watching other peoples' kids.  At first, the kids were super annoying.  Lauren's friends and classmates either were complaining or just talking way too much making my head hurt.

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Our living arrangements were better than I expected, I knew we were not sleeping in tents outside (Thank God) but didn't know how our cabins would be or how many bathrooms.

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We were in a newly built cabin with six bedrooms.  Each room had its own bathroom and two bunk beds, except for one of the rooms that had two twin size beds for the teachers.  And guess where that leaves me?  Bunking with Lauren's friends!  Nooooooo!!!!!!! 

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One of Lauren's friends found a trail of ants in our room then proceeded to spray them with her bug spray that is supposed to be sprayed on her skin.  She had the whole room smelling like bug spray fumes.  It was so bad I started choking and went off on her.

I told one of the teachers, and we had to air out the room.  Luckily for me, there was an empty room available.  YES!  I quickly moved out my things from the poisonous room and moved into the empty one.  I told Lauren she was coming with me too.  She had an attitude and told me she wanted to stay with her friends.  But that's not happening on my watch.

All of Lauren's friends found new rooms to stay in, with one friend that wanted to stay in the room with me.  As long as it wasn't the friend that almost killed me spraying that toxic bug spray, I'm cool with it, and as long as Lauren is rooming with me as well.  Lauren was down with that.

So, this friend is one of Lauren's besties.  She is a polite young lady, but a talker.  A non-stop talker!  Talk so much; she even talks to herself!  WTH!!!!!!  I looked at Lauren giving her a look like what's up with your friend?  She was creeping me out!  Lauren did a little laugh.

Since it was just the 3 of us in the room, sharing the bathroom wasn't too bad we took turns and tried not to be in it too long.

Oh, and by the way, our room was pleasant, kind of like a hotel room, but with two bunk beds.  The bathroom was spacious but didn't provide any toiletries or towels.  Good thing Lauren and I brought our own.  The beds didn't have blankets either; our sleeping bags came in handy.

Those two days was crammed pack with all-day activities.  So many activities it was just too much!  Kids started complaining, and so was I!  I felt like all of these activities needed to be spread out on a longer camping trip, maybe more like 4 or 5 days.

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Although it's fall, that sun was bursting out the heat as if it was the middle of July, and being out in the sun all day was draining.  I sweated so much like if I was in the hot, muggy heat of Memphis, TN.  We walked for miles every day.  Even with me wearing bug spray I was still getting bitten up.  I even caught a mosquitoes in action biting all over me!  It was huge!  Ugh!

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I didn't have any service while out camping in the woods; I could only use text and the Internet when I was able to hop on WIFI.  But that was a good thing; it helped me disconnect and focus on the kids.

Overall, the trip was an excellent hands-on experience for children.  It also helped them disconnect from electronics too. 

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I had a great bonding moments with Lauren, got to meet her friends and learn more about them, also got to know her teachers more on a personal level.

And guess what!  I get to do this camping trip all over again next year with Michelle!  Yippee!  (Being Sarcastic)   I better start upping my game at the gym now to build up my strength for it. 

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