Pumpkin Contest – Win an iPhone 5s or Cash! Ends Nov. 7th

Pumpkin Contest

Today, Wondershare Software kicked off a little Halloween fun with a new photo campaign on Instagram {by the way, you can follow me on Instagram here}.  The Pumpkin Fun campaign is perfect for families!  This is a photo contest for the best carved pumpkin captured or edited using Wondershare’s popular PowerCam photo app {which is available for both iPhone and Android phones}.  If I were you I would include a picture of you or your cute kids with the pumpkin!

The contest is simple; all you have to do is take a picture of a carved pumpkin on Halloween with the PowerCam app and submit in on Instagram with the campaign hashtag, #powercamhalloween.  The photos with the most votes will win and the grand prize is an iPhone 5s and runners up share a $200 cash pot.  PowerCam, which normally costs $0.99 will be free for a few days leading up to the contest.

If you enter please let me know so I can vote for you!  To read all of the official rules visit Wondershare’s Pumpkin Fun Contest.

“Like” Wondershare on Facebook and follow Wondershare on Twitter to stay on top of their latest contests.

Halloween 2012: Minnie Mouse Photo Shoot

 Minnie Mouse Halloween Costume

This year my little girl dressed as Minnie Mouse!  {You can find the details of this DIY Minnie Mouse Halloween costume here.}


We didn’t actually take her trick-or-treating.


Pouting Halloween Baby

It was pretty chilly and I’m not a fan of the whole adults carrying babies and begging for candy for “them” thing.  Although had it been a little warmer I probably would have taken her out just to show her off.


Baby Crying

As it turns out she wasn’t too fond of getting her picture taken on Halloween.  In her defense we did spend 30 minutes wandering downtown among many strange looking tricker-treaters as we searched for the photography studio.  Once we found it we didn’t give her a chance to warm up to the place before sitting her in the floor and walking away.  Bad parents!


Minnie Mouse Halloween Costume

Her sad face did make for some cute pictures though.


Sitting Minnie Mouse Baby

She ended up calming down just slightly at the end when she was shown the candy inside the pumpkin.  Like mother, like daughter!

That’s all folks, another Halloween is in the books.  I hope you had a great time with your kids this year no matter how you chose to spend the 31st.  If you dressed up for trick-or-treating I would love to see your posts so feel free to link up in the comments!

Pictures are from White Rust Photography.

Happy Halloween from Frankenweenie

Happy Halloween from Frankenweenie

Happy Halloween, um, I mean, Howl-oween!


You can go here to get free Disney Frankenweenie activity sheets.


“Like” Frankenweenie on Facebook.  Disney’s Frankenweenie is currently in theaters everywhere!

DIY Halloween Nails

Just like I said I would, I gave Halloween nail painting another try.  {If you missed out, here’s my first attempt at Halloween nails.}  I wasn’t too pleased with my first try so I gave it another go.  While I’m not crazy thrilled with the results it was still fun.  Maybe I should leave nail design to the professionals though.  Either that or stick with the googley eyes.  Those were pretty easy and so far they’ve stayed on surprisingly well!


Halloween Nails

What do you think?  Which is your favorite?  I’m drawn to the tree because the girly side of me just loves seeing pink and black together.  The cat on the fence is fun but I think the cat could have been drawn better and next time I wouldn’t make the fence downhill.  I think the pumpkin looks sweet although maybe a little confused.  The silver spider?  Nah, I’m not a fan.  I promise it looked much better in my head.  Well, there you have it folks!  Another nail adventure comes to a close.  If you’ve painted designs on your nails lately I would love to see a picture.  Send me an email with your nail design pictures and they may even show up on our website!


Because inquiring minds want to know, most of the nail polishes above are from Julep with the exception of the black, green, and silver which is Essie and the purple which is Sally Hansen.

Ebates Double Cash Back for Select Stores!

Ebates Double Cash Back


Yay!  Ebates is offering double cash back at selected stores for a limited time.  If you’re planning on doing some shopping online soon, maybe for Christmas, you’ll want to make sure you click through Ebates.  Still haven’t joined Ebates?


Ebates is truly the place where it pays to shop online.  All you have to do is join Ebates, click through to the store you want to shop at and proceed as normal.  That’s it!  A percent of your purchase will automatically be added to your account and every three months they’ll send you a check for the balance in your account.  Free money!


They have just about every major retailer under the sun.  As you may have noticed they even have Amazon now!!


Your cash back will usually post to your Ebates account within 3 days of your purchase and they’ll shoot you a quick email to let you know when it’s been posted too.  Here’s an example of what the cash back looks like in my account.  This is the cash back I received from regular purchases I was going to make anyway.  Almost $25 for making a few extra clicks…and these weren’t even on double cash back days!


Ebates Cash Back


Plus, as an added bonus, when you join Ebates you’ll get a free gift card to one of several stores!


This post contains my affiliate link but I’m only promoting them because I genuinely love them.  For more information please see my disclosure policy.

Halloween Nail Fail?

Painted nails are becoming the new trend fast!  Okay, not just pained nails but nails that have lavish designs on them.  I have to tell you that the little girl in me loves this!  I use to love painting designs on my nails and I would spend forever playing around with nail polish bottles and toothpicks.  I’m sick at the moment and I don’t feel like doing much of anything but I figured that painting my nails wouldn’t take to much effort and how hard could it be, right?  Wrong.  I don’t have the steady hand that I use to and this is going to take a little practice if it’s ever going to look good.  Okay, here are my nails.


Halloween Nails

  What do you think?  Halloween Nail Fail?  I’m thinking so.  I had such high hopes for Frankenstein too!  The blood splatter, although very gross, seems to have potential.  I mistakenly thought the pumpkin would be the easiest one.  The mummy and spider web were easy although not so attractive.


What about you?  Have you embraced this new nail trend or are you letting it pass you by?  I’m may be down but I’m not out yet.  I’m going to give this another go next week.  Keep an eye out here for some amazingly awesome nail designs!  Hopefully, awesome.  That’s not a promise.

Oriental Trading: Halloween Costumes as Low as $2.29 Shipped! Today Only!!

Today only, October 8, 2012, Oriental Trading Company has a coupon code valid for FREE shipping on any size order when you enter the promo code WCE3628 at checkout.  Halloween costumes start as low as $2.29!  Here are a few of the cheap costumes I found in their Halloween Sale Section.


Pumpkin Costume

Pumpkin Child’s Costume on sale for only $2.29 shipped (reg. $14!)



Christmas Candy Costume

Christmas Candy Costume on sale for only $2.59 shipped (reg. $10.50!)



Bumble Bee Costume

Bumble Bee Child Girl’s Costume on sale for only $3.49 shipped (reg. $16!)



Here are a few of the adult costumes available:


Priest CostumePriest Adult Men’s Costume on sale for only $2.79 shipped (reg. $16!)



Queen of the Nile Costume

Queen of the Nile Adult Women’s Costume on sale for only $4.59 shipped (reg. $21!)


Woopie Cushion CostumeWoopie Cushion Adult Costume on sale for only $6.99 shipped (reg. $37!)


DIY Minnie Mouse Halloween Costume

I’ve been trying to think of a cute DIY Halloween costume for my little girl but I couldn’t think of what would work well for her.  I wanted a costume that wasn’t itchy, that she could wear again, and matched her sparking personality.  That’s not too much to ask right?  Finally it dawned on me when I was shoe shopping.  Shoe shopping can be a magical time!  I found the cutest little Minnie Mouse shoes for my sweetie {pictured below} and it was then that I was stuck on a Minnie Mouse costume.  I bought a monkey costume after Halloween last year for $3 to keep as back up in case I couldn’t find a great costume but it looks like I won’t be needing it!  Here are the pieces of my DIY Minnie Mouse Halloween Costume!  You’ll have to use your imagination to piece together the different items but I think you’ll get the idea. Go here to see my little Minnie Mouse all fully dressed up!

Minnie Mouse Ears Minnie Mouse Ears $4.99 + $4.99 Shipping on Amazon (Also at a local Birthday Express)   Super cute, right?  I think these will make a fun dress up accessory for later too!     Toddler Dress Sears’ Girl’s Dress Multi-tier Short Sleeve Dress – On sale for $22.00 (Originally $44)   I’ll probably throw a short black cardigan around her if it’s cool out.  I love that this is a dress that she can wear again and again.  Plus, it doesn’t have any of that itchy fabric that cheap Halloween costumes do!   Black Tights Amazon’s 3 Pack Tights for Baby – 1 White, 1 Black, & 1 Pink in size 9-18 months $5.99 (other sizes available)   Any black tights will do but I found these for a good price on Amazon.


Minnie Mouse Shoes

The shoes that started it all!  Disney Baby by Stride Rite Soft Motion Minnie Mouse $42.00   $42 is a bit much for a Halloween costume accessory so if you aren’t in need of an extra pair of shoes I’m sure any pink or black ones would look great too.   I might add a little black face paint on her nose too!  What do you think?  Would this be cute or am I letting the pink and polka dots cloud my judgment?

Pumpkin Gummies Are Back!!!

pumpkin gummies


I am drooling! I can’t tell you how many years I’ve looked for pumpkin gummies but apparently it was never at the right time.  YES!  I. am. so. excited!  I’m trying to hold myself back from ordering 5 lbs.  I just wanted to write this post and share my love for gummy pumpkins and my victory in finding them.  This is a sweet, sweet victory!  I found them on ebay and even though they are a little costly I know they are going to be worth it!!


Haribo fizzy cola gummies


In my book, these rank right up there with my other favorite candy, the Haribo Fizzy Cola gummies.  Both gummies but both totally different.  Do you have a favorite candy that you adore?  Perhaps a favorite seasonal one?


(Please note that the links in this post are my affiliate links but my recommendation is 100% honest and completely my own.  Hey, I’ve got to find some way to feed my gummy addiction, right?) 

Free Jello Brain Mold!

Jello mold


Yay!! This Free Jello Brain Mold offer from last year is back again this year!  Hurry, if this is anything like last year the coupons will go FAST!


You can order a FREE Jello Brain Mold even if you don’t celebrate Halloween. What kid wouldn’t think this was cool?


Jello Mold Coupon


You can order a FREE Jello Brain Moldbut please note you will have to pay for shipping which is only $2.95.