Things that still scare me + #giveaway US – ends 11/6

Disclosure: I received this shirt for posting about Boo2. Opinions shared are mine.

You’d think that at the ripe old age of 42, I would have outgrown most of my childhood fears.  There are still a few lingering ghosts in my past, though!  In anticipation of Halloween, I thought we could commiserate over these little quirks.  Share yours for a chance to win this shirt!  [Read more…]

Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween @Lionsgate #Boo2 #ad

This is our first year of camping fun, so we have a lot to learn!  My friend Lori told me that the best place to go Trick or Treating is the campground at Roan Mountain.  She said the campground gates close at 4 pm because there are so many visitors on that night.  When I was invited to participate in the #Boo2 promotion, I thought of the campground again….this time, wondering how a haunted campground (like the one in A Madea Halloween) might change things! Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for Lionsgate. I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. [Read more…]

NCIRCLE Halloween DVD favorites include Cat in the Hat and Houdini

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My kids enjoy candy as much as the next sweet tooth, but they really love new movies. We got a sweet bundle of Halloween DVDs from NCircle Entertainment, and I can’t wait to share them with one lucky reader! [Read more…]

Easy Pumpkin Carving book by Colleen Dorsey

We love finding the perfect pumpkins for our front porch, but I’m not so skilled at pumpkin carving. The kids are used to drawing on our pumpkins, or even adding stickers to them. I’ve been known to glue candy to our pumpkins, too….but again, we’re not known for having the most creatively carved gourds on the street. When Fox Chapel Publishing reached out and asked if I would review Easy Pumpkin Carving, it seemed like the perfect chance to learn something new!  Disclosure: I received the book free; post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may earn an Amazon commission. Opinions shared are mine.
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Surprising Places Where You’ll Find Halloween Decor

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I’d like to be able to make special trips for Halloween decor to create the perfect Spooky-Land for the kids.   As it is, there’s barely enough time to get my hair cut; therefore, my home decor purchases are generally impulse buys made while I run other errands.  Here are some surprising places where I’ve found great holiday decorations at affordable prices.  [Read more…]

Haunted Halloween tour – Carver #giveaway

Once again, the Haunted Halloween tour has appeared! This time, we’re featuring The Carver, a book with a seemingly familiar story but loaded with twists.


October is the month of fears, and we’re going on tour with some of our favorite authors to talk about what their main characters are afraid of. What keeps them up at night? What nightmare has them waking in a cold sweat? Each day, we’ll feature a new main character and delve deep into their subconscious to see what they fear. And each day, you’ll have a chance to enter to win some awesome prizes! Read on to find out what our dear friend Peter Pan Pietro from Jacob Devlin’s The Carver worries about at night… [Read more…]

Watch Cupcakes Mutate Into Alien Cupcakes! Spooky Celebration by Frey

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Alien Cupcakes #CelebrationSpookyTreats #giveaway at

October is always a busy month at the Savings in Seconds house. The changing seasons means it’s time to switch out clothes….double laundry for a couple of weekends! We spend a few days cleaning out the raised beds and planting some fall crops, including several overwinter varieties. Moving all of the patio furniture inside takes some heavy lifting as well.  My daughter is old enough to be a BIG help.   I’m so grateful that she pitches in.  My son is learning how to take responsibility as well.  When the kids asked for some sweet treats at the store, we had to indulge. It would have been easy to buy some pre-made goodies. Why do that, though, when it’s so easy — and FUN! — to make Alien Cupcakes using Celebration by Frey™ candy? [Read more…]

Finding the best Halloween costumes without tearing your hair out

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Justice League giveaway bonus words

9/1 Parragon Books
9/2 Justice League
9/3 Magical
9/4 Story
9/5 embossed tin
9/6 Starro
9/7 villain
9/8 Superman
9/9 Batman
9/10 Flash
9/11 Green Lantern
9/12 classic
9/13 action
9/14 adventure
9/15 hero

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Halloween is always a fun time at the Savings in Seconds house. My daughter never chooses a store-bought costume. She picks random themes (candy corn princess, for example) and we have to assemble the outfit from scratch. My son prefers well-known characters, such as superheroes and cartoon characters.  Thankfully, I can usually find the Halloween costume he wants on Amazon.

Spiderman made a visit! [Read more…]

Decorate your pumpkin with candy this fall

Disclosure: I received a fabulous package of candy from Sweetworks. Opinions shared are mine.

Finding ways to solve two problems with one product is a big time saver at our house.  It’s hard to keep fall decor in line with the changing holidays.  It’s also the time for sweet treats, which is always fun!  One great way to get the two together is to set up your fall table with Sweetworks candy.

Decorate with candy this fall! #SweetworksAutumn #giveaway #ad

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Have a SUPERhero Halloween

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Spiderman made a visit!

My kids have started the Great Costume Debate.  Should they be characters from Frozen or the Mario Bros?  Will they complement costumes or be completely different?  It’s fun to have input from my son who tends to choose superhero costumes.  Will you be tricking or treating this Halloween? [Read more…]