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A TON of Halloween Costumes, Party Tips, Games, Recipes and More

My daughter made a comment yesterday about the Halloween decorations and costumes she saw at our local grocery store. She said, “It’s not even September and there is Halloween stuff out”! It made me remember that us bloggers run on the same “super early” schedule the stores do. So, I sat down and started to think of what I could do for a Halloween post. I realized I have SO MUCH Halloween awesomeness on here already I decided to create a single post highlighting it all. Ya know, easy to find, easy access!

Halloween Round Up

Some are my own, some are amazing Halloween coolness I’ve found on the web!

DIY Halloween Costume for the Kids

50 Easy DIY Halloween Costume Ideas


Halloween Treats

Halloween round up button

65 Free Halloween Party Printables

halloween round up kid stuff

40+ Kid Friendly Halloween Ideas

halloween lunch ideas

Halloween Lunch Ideas


25+ Halloween Mantels

sentimental halloween wreath

From Tutu to Wreath (yes, that’s my Alie!)

Spooky Branch Collage

Spooky Halloween Paint Chip Branch


Halloween Popper Mummies


Girlfriend Group Costume Ideas

pizza mummy collage

Pizza Mummies

Inexpensive kid halloween party ideas

Inexpensive Halloween Party Ideas

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Halloween Glass Jar Decor

DIY My Little Pony Applejack Halloween Costume Collage

Alice insisted that I add the My Little Pony Applejack Costume I made her!!!!


Couple Costume Ideas

I sure hope y’all find something awesome in this list! I would love for you to share your Halloween posts, costumes, ideas, recipes in the comments below.

Thanks for stopping by!!

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Easy Incredibly Delicious Coconut Curried Lamb

Oh. My. That’s all I can say about this Coconut Curried Lamp with Sweet Potatoes that I created. It’s an adaption of several other recipes and a bit of self knowledge being that I am half Pakistani. I actually surprised myself with this one. It is INCREDIBLY DELICIOUS! It’s the perfect combination of flavors and is not too spicy. That half white part of me can’t handle too much spice.

This is Coconut Curried Leg of Lamb with Sweet Potatoes severed over Jasmine Rice.

Crock Pot Coconut Curried Lamb

Easy Incredibly Delicious Coconut Curried Lamb
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Recipe type: Crock Pot, Slow Cooker
Cuisine: Middle Eastern, Pakistani, Indian
Serves: 6
  • Boneless Leg of Lamb (about 3 lbs)
  • ½ cup chopped white onion
  • 3 tablespoons of mild curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon of ginger paste
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 3 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 can 13.5 oz coconut milk
  • 1 can diced tomatoes 14.5 oz
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil (any oil will work)
  • 1 cup Jasmine rice
  1. Season your lamb with salt and pepper and let it rest while you prepare the coconut curry.
  2. In a sauce pan heat your oil and onions over medium heat until onions are lightly brown.
  3. Add 3 heaping tablespoons of curry paste and a tablespoon each of ginger paste and minced garlic.
  4. Heat for a minute before adding the whole can of coconut milk.
  5. Heat the sauce over medium heat, stirring often for about 5 minutes.
  6. Place lamb in crock pot set on low.
  7. Pour coconut curry over lamb and let cook for 8 hours.
  8. Around the 7 hour mark you then added peeled and chopped sweet potatoes. I chopped mine to be big and chunky. For thicker sauce, set the crock pot on high and allow to cook uncovered for an hour. This step can be down at the 7 hour mark or after.
  9. Prepare Jasmine rice according to package and serve Coconut Curried Lamb over rice.

Coconut Curried Lamb with Sweet Potatoes Crock Pot Recipe

Coconut Curried Lamb with Sweet Potatoes Coconut Curried Leg of Lamb

My leg of lamb was provided by American Lamb.  American Lamb suppliers  offer naturally-raised lamb free of antibiotics and artificial hormones. With more than 82,000 family-owned sheep operations in nearly every U.S. state, American Lamb is local and available year round. It also travels 10,000 miles fewer and 30 days less than imported lamb.

Lamb is an excellent source of protein and is rich in vitamin B12, niacin, zinc and selenium. 3 ounces of lamp provides 5 times the essential omega-3 fatty acids and alpha linoleic acid of 3 ounces of beef.  Forty percent of the fat in lean lamp is monounsaturated fat, the same find found in olive oil.

American Lamb is known for its quality, flavor, and tenderness. Lamb naturally lends itself so well to global flavors, including Latin, Middle Eastern, Asian and Mediterranean. From gyros to  kabobs, bulgogi to stews, marrying international flavors with local, flavorful American lamb is sure to be a winning recipe!! Which I hope mine is! I know it definitely won in my house!

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Coconut Curried Leg of Lamb with Sweet Potatoes Crock Pot Recipe

 I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Dreamy Latin Inspired Coffee

The new Latin flavors from Coffee-mate are DREAMY!  The  Abuelita® Mexican Chocolate Coffee-mate coffee creamer is delicious, rich and silky with a wonderful kick of cinnamon.  It made my morning coffee absolutely delicious.  After my first morning trying the new Coffee-mate Abuelita® Mexican Chocolate coffee creamer, I made it a point to go to seek out an authentic Mexican bakery and purchase some Mexican pastries to accompany my delicious Latin inspired coffee.  Luckily, in Houston that is not a hard task.   There are several Mexican bakeries near by and I found JUST what I was looking for.

Delicious Latin Inspired Coffee  #LatinTouchCGC

My Latin flavored coffee actually made the pastries taste BETTER! It was DREAMY.  So dreamy, we had them along with the coffee for an after dinner dessert.  I’m not usually one that buys decaf coffee but for this creamer I will.  I’m convinced the delicious Latin inspired flavored from Coffee-mate would make any coffee taste amazing.

Latin Flavored Coffee  #LatinTouchCGC

It’s so yummy I’m thinking of recipes in which I could use the Latin flavored coffee creamers in.  If you have any recipes or ideas that use coffee creamer and would go well with these wonderful flavors please let me know!

Latin Inspired Coffee  #LatinTouchCGC

Coffee-mate’s two newest flavors will add a touch of Latin to your day:
Abuelita® Mexican Chocolate is a silky, cinnamony, rich, authentic experience
La Lechera® Dulce de Leche is a creamy, dreamy, milk caramel caress from the Southern side of the continent.
The Coffee-mate Latin Flavors availability can be found using the store locator tool.

Follow Coffee-mate on Twitter for more delicious fun and giveaway opportunities!

Now hurry out and go get some! I’d love to know what you think.

Thanks for stopping by!

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Easy Back To School Lunch Ideas

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Del Monte, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #DelMonteBTS  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

It’s Back To School time again, are you ready? I know I’m not!

Alie school

I can’t believe it’s already time to send my Alice back to school!! When did she get so big and where did our summer go?  My sweet baby girl is in 1st grade now!  Wow, the time really does fly by!  I’m incredibly blessed to be a preschool teacher at the very same Christian private school my baby girl attends. I can peak in on her from time to time.  I can only image how hard it is for all the parents out there that have to wait till the end of the school or work day to see their kids again.

I know we sometimes count down the days till school is back in session and we can have a moment of piece and quiet in the house! Then suddenly the first day of school is tomorrow and you’re not ready for them to go!!

THEN….there are the supplies, clothes, shoes, food for lunches! I have everything ready for Alice and I’ve got to let you know about the yummy Fruit Burst® Squeezers from Del Monte® I found while shopping at Walmart recently. Alice LOVES them and I love that she’s getting a serving and a half of fruits and veggies without knowing she’s eating her veggies!! BRILLIANT!! I’ve always bought her the Del Monte ® fruit cups and she loves those as well.

Easy Lunch Ideas for Kids

I have a super easy and super fun lunch idea that pairs great with the Del Monte® Fruit Burst® Squeezers and the Del Monte® Fruit Cups……Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Sushi!

Lunch Idea Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Sushi

First, cut off the crust. Then cut into 4 long strips. Spread jelly first and then peanut butter. After you’re done roll of the pieces and….VOILA you have cute yummy Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Sushi!!! The kids love it and love to show it off at school. It’s fun and easy enough the kids can make it themselves!


Right now, you can receive a FREE back to school photo from the Walmart Print Shop  from August 1 – September 13 while supplies last. Just bring in a photo or have one uploaded from your mobile device, SD card or online and they will print out the photo with a back to school border. It’s perfect for those first day of school pics we all take! Make sure it’s your own picture, no copyrighted photos or professional photos will be allowed. This offer is running at SELECT Walmart Super Stores. If you participate in the free back to school photo offer you will receive $1 off the purchase of (2) Del Monte 4-pack Fruit Cups or (2)Fruit Burst Squeezers (offer available from 8/1 to 9/13 while supplies last).


So, are you ready to send your kids back to school? What fun easy and quick ideas do you have for back to school lunches?

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