Oreo Eyeball Pops

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I love to make “themed” foods.  In my kids opinion, there’s no better time than Halloween.  Creepy, spooky, and just plain gross (looking, not tasting)  appeal to them!

Since I’m pretty much in love with all Oreo based recipes, I whipped up these Oreo Eyeball Pops!  They’re easy, they’re fun, and they taste delicious!

Here’s what you’ll need to whip up a batch of Halloween Eyeball Oreo Pops:

1 bag of lollipop sticks (After making these a few times, I think the 6″ Wilton Lollipop sticks work best)
Double Stuffed  Oreos or Mega Stuffed Oreos
White Candy Melts or White Almond Bark
Lifesavers
Mini Chocolate Chips
Red Edible Food Marker, Red Decorating Gel, or White Frosting and Red Sugar Crystals (optional)

Instructions:

Begin by heating your candy melts or almond bark according to the directions on the package.

While your candy is melting, carefully insert lollipop sticks into your Oreos.  I hold my cookie together while inserting the stick.

Once your candy is melted, spoon the white chocolate over your Oreo pops paying extra attention to the area where the Oreo meets the stick.  By adding additional melted candy there, you’ll ensure that your Oreo won’t slide around later. I learned this the hard way. ;-)

Dipped Oreo

When your Oreo is completely covered, place your Oreo Pop on a sheet of wax paper to set.  While the candy coating is still soft, add a Life Saver and a mini chocolate chip to make the eye.  If you’re not in a hurry, you can let them set for a few hours until they’re nice and hard.  If you’re impatient like I am, pop them in the freezer for 30 minutes and they’ll set perfectly!  Once you’re Oreo Pops have set, you’ll want to trim the excess chocolate off your Oreo Pops with a pair of clean kitchen shears.

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Now it’s time to make those eyeballs a little creepier.  You have a few choices here.  You can use an edible food marker, red gel, or buttercream frosting and red sugar crystals.  I went with the buttercream frosting and sugar crystal because I believe everything is better with frosting! :)

I piped on a some buttercream frosting to look like bloodshot eyes.  {mmmm….doesn’t that sound appetizing?}

Eyeball with buttercream

Next sprinkle on some red sugar crystals!

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Voila!  You have Oreo Eyeball Pops!  These are freakishly delicious!

Suave Family Perks Program

Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Global Influence. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own!
Suave Hairspray

I’ve always been a beauty product snob.  While my frugal friends were buying drugstore makeup and hair products, I was saving money like crazy on all my other purchases so I could splurge on department store and salon quality products.  A few summers ago, I accidentally left my $25 hairspray at home when I went on vacation.  Rather than buy another $25 bottle, I thought I’d “make do” with something from Walmart.  I grabbed a bottle of Suave Professionals hairspray and that’s the only brand of hairspray I’ve used since that time.  I love the way it keeps my hair in place without making it stiff,  I love the smell of it, and I really like the price!  I now also use Suave Professionals shampoo and conditioner and Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo.  (If you’re a busy mom and you haven’t discovered dry shampoo, you need to grab a bottle for those I-didn’t-have-time-to-shower-but-I’d-like-to-look-like-I-did days.)  :)

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And now Suave has given me one more reason to love their product…the Suave Family Perks Program.  The Suave Family Perks program is a rewards program exclusively for Walmart shoppers.  Every time you purchase a Suave product at Walmart, you can scan your receipt to earn points that can be redeemed for $5 Walmart gift cards.

Suave Family Perks Program

While I’m quite particular to the products I mentioned above, Suave makes great products for the entire family You’ll want to check out Suave Kids detangling spray, Suave Mens 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner, and Suave Naturals Body Lotion. Suave has got the whole family covered and at a price you can’t beat!

In honor of the new Suave Family Perks Program, you can register to win a $50 Walmart gift card!  That will take care of hair and skin care products for your family and will allow you to get a few things for Christmas too!

Enter using the following widget or click on the blue box below!

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Win a 50 Dollar Walmart Gift Card from Suave Family Perks

 

 

 

Restaurant Coupon Roundup {10/18/2014}

Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m always on the lookout for deals to make it more affordable.  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week!

Au Bon Pain – $2 Off $7 Purchase (exp: 10/20/2014)
Bertuccis – $5 Off Entire Check from 4PM – Close (exp: 10/31/2014)
Black Angus Steakhouse – $41 Campfire Feast for Two (exp: 10/28/2014)
Blimpie - Free Regular Sub When You Buy Regular Sub & Drink (exp: 10/30/2014)
Bob Evans – 20% Off Carry-Out Purchase (exp: 10/20/2014)
Corner Bakery – Free Pumpkin Whoopie Pie with Lunch or Dinner Entree Purchase (exp: 11/4/2014)
Daphnes Greek Cafe – $5 Mediterranean Family Feast (exp: 10/30/2014)
Dickeys Barbecue Pit – $5 Rack of Ribs When You Buy Family Pack (exp: 10/21/2014)
Friendlys – Buy Any 3-Scoop Sundae Get 1 Free (exp: 10/21/2014)
Hardees - FREE Small Coca-Cola Freestyle Drink (exp: 12/15/2014)
Jacks – $3.50 for Cheeseburger, Fry, Drink & Pie + More (exp: 11/23/2014)
Logans Roadhouse - Free Appetizer When You Buy Rum Salmon Entree or Combo (exp: 10/19/2014)
Longhorn Steakhouse – $4 Off 2 Adult Dinner Entrees (exp: 10/26/2014)
Marie Callenders – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 10/31/2014)
Mimis Cafe - Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 10/19/2014)
Peets Coffee and Tea – 50% Off Any Beverage After 12PM (exp: 10/31/2014)
Quiznos – 99¢ Small Soup When You Buy Regular or Large Sub (exp: 10/20/2014)
Shoneys – Free Pumpkin Spice Pancakes When You Buy Legendary Breakfast Buffet (exp: 11/1/2014)
Smokey Bones – $5 Off $15 Purchase (exp: 10/19/2014)
Souplantation - $29.99 Family Combo Including Beverages (exp: 10/22/2014)
Stevi Bs – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Buffet When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 10/19/2014)
Tony Romas – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 12/9/2014)
Village Inn - $5 Off 2 Entrees & 2 Drinks or $2.50 Off 1 Entree & Drink (exp: 11/14/2014)
White Castle – $1 Off Sack of 10 Sliders (exp: 10/31/2014)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Retail Coupon Roundup {10/18/14}

If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go!

Ace Hardware - Buy 1 Get 1 Free Ace Hardware Air Filter (exp: 10/31/2014)
Adidas Outlet – $10 Off $75 Purchase (exp: 11/4/2014)
Bealls - $10 Off $25 Purchase (exp: 10/25/2014)
Belk – 15% Off Sale Price Purchases + More (exp: 10/18/2014)
Bonton – $10 Off $25 Regular or Sale Price Purchase (exp: 10/23/2014)
Carters - 20% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 11/1/2014)
Casual Male - $25 Off $75 Purchase (exp: 11/2/2014)
JCPenney - 25% Off Select Apparel, Shoes, Accessories & More (exp: 10/26/2014)
Kohls – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 10/26/2014)
Osh Kosh BGosh – 20% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 10/22/2014)
Party City – 20% Off $65 Purchase with Halloween Order (exp: 10/19/2014)
Payless - 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 11/3/2014)
Shoe Carnival - $5 Off $25 Purchase (exp: 10/26/2014)
The Limited - 15% Off Scandal Collection Purchase (exp: 10/19/2014)
White House Black Market - $20 Off $80 Purchase (exp: 10/21/2014)
Yankee Candle - $20 Off $45 Purchase (exp: 10/26/2014)

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DIY Snowman Mugs {An Easy Sharpie Craft}

DIY Hot Chocolate Mugs

Now that the weather has cooled off, we are in hot beverage mode.  My hubs and my 16 year old are drinking lots of coffee, my 19 year old is sipping on her tea, and the twins and I are craving hot chocolate and chai lattes.

Our older daughters and my husband and I  each have our own mugs and so the twins have asked for their own mugs. Rather than buy something, I thought I’d take the time to create something fun.  And when I was finished, I realized these would make great gifts this Christmas…especially when filled with hot chocolate mix and Hershey’s kisses!

I purchased mugs at The Dollar Tree and brought them home and washed them.  Then I used Sharpie Paint Pens and went to work creating snowmenpeople.  If you use regular sharpies, they will come off when you wash the mugs…even if you bake them in the oven.  By using oil-based Sharpies, you can hand wash with soap and water without damaging your artwork. :)  Keep in mind, they are NOT dishwasher safe.

I thought about personalizing each of the snowpeople with the twins’ names, but decided I’d just create a snowgirl for Shayna and a snowboy for James.  Once I finished painting, I baked the mugs to help set the paint.

After they were completely cooled, we took them for a test run!  The results…hot chocolate tastes even better in an adorable snowman mug!

Want a step by step?

1. Purchase mugs.

2. Wash and dry mugs thoroughly.

3.  Draw your designs on with Sharpie paint pens (if you’re doing an intricate design, feel free to draw the design in pencil first”

4.  Bake for 20 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

5.  Let cool completely.

6.  Enjoy!

 

Project 38: Update 2

Project-38-Update 2

It’s been almost 3 months since I turned 38.  Where does the time go?  I’m quite thrilled with the progress I’m making on my goals this year.  I’ve been working out regularly, I’ve lost some weight, and I feel like I’m starting to settle into a routine in our new house!   There are still some areas where I could use progress though.  If you have suggestions of things that have worked for you, please leave me a comment!

1.  Read through my Bible twice

2.  Memorize 38 Bible verses {I’ve memorized 2}

3.  Lose 10 pounds  {WOOHOOOOOOOO!}

4.  Lose 10 pounds

5.  Lose 10 pounds

6.  Lose 10 pounds

7.  Lose 10 pounds

8.  Lose 10 pounds

9.  Lose 10 pounds

10. Lose 10 pounds

11.  Complete C25K {I just finished Day 3 of Week 3}

12.  Run a 5k in 38 minutes

13.  Run a 5k in 33 minutes

14.  Run a 5k in under 30 minutes

15.  Run a half-marathon

16.  Do T-Tapp workout 38 times  {I completed 4 T-Tapp workouts so far}

17. Swim laps 38 times

18. Complete a sprint triathlon

19.  Do 38 girl pushups in a row

20. Do 50 girl pushups in a row

21.  Do 100 girl pushups in a row

22. Do 10 regular pushups

23.  Do 38 regular pushups

24.  Read 38 books  {I’ve finished 7 books so far}

25.  Listen to 38 audiobooks  {I’m killing this one! I’ve listened to 19 and am currently on #20!}

26. Write an ebook

27.  Take family pictures

28.  Go on 38 dates with my hubby {We’ve been on 6 dates….I have some making up to do}

29.  Go on 38 walks with friends (or workout with friends) {I’ve been working out with a friend 3 days a week, so I now have 16 under my belt}

30. Get certified to teach a fitness class

31. Learn one new skill

32. Do 10 speaking engagements

33. Complete the 365 Day Savings Challenge (fill my piggy bank) {I am kicking butt on this…I’ve already filled two whole mason jars and I’m on jar #3}

34. Complete the 52 Week Saving Challenge (put money in our savings account)  {I’ve added $25 to our account}

35. Put $2000 in vacation fund

36. In bed, lights out by 10pm 60 nights {This has only happened 7 times, but it needs to happen much more frequently}

37. Get up by 5:30am 50 days {So this has happened 3 times…I need to get on the ball!}

38. Make 38 fun crafts, recipes or projects  {I’ve made Homemade Ramen Seasoning and I’ve done the crafts shown below.  I’m hoping for some sweet crafting supplies for Christmas which will hopefully allow me to create even more cool crafts!} 

DIY Hot Chocolate Mugs

Blog Post Coming Soon

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Tulle Tree and Painted Christmas Canvas {Sorry the picture is not better!}

I did a few other crafts that weren’t picture worthy!  Once I recreate them, I’ll post them on the site.

That’s my goal progress for the year!  I’d welcome any suggestions!!!

 

Retail Coupon Roundup {10/10/2014}

If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go!

Bonton - $10 Off $25 Regular or Sale Price Purchase (exp: 10/14/2014)
Carsons – $20 Off $40 Regular or Sale Price Kids Outerwear Purchase (exp: 10/14/2014)
Carters - 20% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 11/1/2014)
Dress Barn – 20% Off Entire Regularly Priced Purchase (exp: 11/4/2014)
Express – $25 Off Every $75 Spent (exp: 10/13/2014)
Famous Footwear – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 10/13/2014)
JCPenney - $10 Off $30 Select Apparel, Shoes, Accessories, Fine Jewelry & Home Items Purchase (exp: 10/13/2014)
Kohls - 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 10/13/2014)
Macys - 20% Off Select Sale & Clearance Apparel for Him, Her & Kids + More (exp: 10/13/2014)
Osh Kosh BGosh – 20% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 10/15/2014)
Pet Supermarket – $2 Off $10 Purchase* (exp: 10/31/2014)
Shoe Carnival – $5 Off $25 Purchase (exp: 10/26/2014)
Sports Authority – 14.92% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 10/13/2014)
Yankee Candle - $20 Off $45 Purchase (exp: 10/26/2014)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Restaurant Coupon Roundup {10/10/2014}

Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m always on the lookout for deals to make it more affordable.  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week!

Au Bon Pain – $2 Off $7 Purchase (exp: 10/20/2014)
Bertuccis – $5 Off Entire Check from 4PM – Close (exp: 10/31/2014)
Blimpie – Free Regular Sub When You Buy Regular Sub & Drink (exp: 10/30/2014)
Bob Evans – Buy 1 Breakfast Entree Get 1 Free When You Buy 2 Drinks Starting 10/1 (exp: 10/11/2014)
Daphnes Greek Cafe – $5 off Mediterranean Family Feast (exp: 10/30/2014)
Dickeys Barbecue Pit – $5 Rack of Ribs When You Buy Family Pack (exp: 10/21/2014)
Hardees – FREE Small Coca-Cola Freestyle Drink (exp: 12/15/2014)
Longhorn Steakhouse – $4 Off 2 Adult Dinner Entrees (exp: 10/26/2014)
Marie Callenders – Buy 1 Entree Get 1 50% Off When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 10/31/2014)
Mimis Cafe - Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 10/19/2014)
Outback Steakhouse - 10% Off Entire Check (exp: 10/12/2014)
Quiznos – Free Chips & Fountain Drink When You Buy Regular or Large Sub or Large Salad (exp: 10/13/2014)
Smokey Bones – $5 Off $15 Purchase (exp: 10/12/2014)
Sweet Tomatoes – 20% Off Adult Lunch When You Buy Drink (exp: 10/15/2014)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Burger King 10 Piece Nuggets Only $1.49

Burger King Chicken Nuggets

If you’re looking to feed your family dinner without spending a fortune, you’ll want to check out this new deal from Burger King!  For a limited time only at participating Burger King restaurants, you can get 10 piece nuggets for only $1.49. Made with premium white meat, BURGER KING® Chicken Nuggets are tender and juicy […]

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Vote for Amina in the Beauty Changes Lives Scholarship

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Homemade Ramen Seasoning

Homemade Ramen Seasoning

  All of my kids LOVE ramen noodles.  When we brought our oldest 2 daughters home from Ukraine, that was one of the first things they pointed out in the grocery store and asked me to purchase.  When they lived in the orphanage, they actually ate the ramen noodles dry…and they liked them.  During their […]

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Restaurant Coupon Roundup {10/3/2014}

Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m always on the lookout for deals to make it more affordable.  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week! Arbys – Free Creme Brulee Shake with Hawaiian BBQ Brisket Sandwich (exp: 10/7/2014) Blimpie – Free Regular Sub When You Buy Regular Sub & Drink […]

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Retail Coupon Roundup {10/3/14}

If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go! Bloomingdales – 20% Off Almost All Regular & Sale Price Purchases for Men, Women, Kids & Home Starting 9/30 (exp: 10/5/2014) Carters – 20% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 10/8/2014) Casual Male – $25 […]

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Pizza Hut BookIt Program…For Adults!

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My kids loved the Pizza Hut BookIt Program.  So did I, but I always wished they had one for adults.  Now they do!!! In honor of the 30th anniversary of the BookIt program, Pizza Hut is offering a BookIt Alumni program.  You get a free personal pan pizza just for signing up! Click here to […]

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I’ve Saved Over $200 Without Even Working At It

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Earlier this year, I shared this 365 Day Savings Challenge Printable.  I had grand intentions to start using it in January, but didn’t get around to it til my birthday in July when I set my Project 38 goals. I’ve been emptying my pockets of change (and my purse on days I remember) and checking off […]

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10 Ways to Make Money from Home

10 Ways to Make Money from Home

Whether you’re looking to make a little extra money to make ends meet, trying to make extra money for a vacation, saving for Christmas or looking to replace a full time income, working from home can be a great option for you!  My husband has worked from home for the last 14 years (with the […]

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Retail Coupon Roundup {9/26/2014}

If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go! Bath and Body Works – Free Signature Collection Item with $10 Purchase (exp: 9/28/2014) Bealls – 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 10/2/2014) Bonton – 25% Off Regular & Sale Price Merchandise or 15% […]

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Restaurant Coupon Roundup {9/26/2014}

Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m always on the lookout for deals to make it more affordable.  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week! Bakers Square – 20% Off Entire Check (exp: 10/3/2014) Bennigans – Free Appetizer with Entree Purchase (exp: 9/30/2014) Blimpie – Free Regular Sub When You […]

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Technical Difficulties

100 Days of Christmas Craftiness on SimplifiedSaving.com

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Psalm 119:50 {Verse of the Day}

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Today’s Verse of the Day is Psalm 119:50. My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life. cfe22274cc434b8156c641cb22fa16d00de8f65bc3c1071764

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