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Cutest No Carving Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Be honest. Would you rather do anything else related to Halloween than carve pumpkins? It's okay, really. You are so not alone.

There are tons of no carving decorating ideas for pumpkins on Pinterest. So leave the carving tools in the drawer this year, and embrace the joys of pumpkin decorating using stencils, chalkboard paint and other creative methods.

Best of all, you won't have to deal with those stringy pumpkin innards!

Here are 3 of our favorite ideas for pumpkin decorating this Fall! Check out Pinterest for more.

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1. Turn Your Pumpkin Into A Work of Art Using Chalkboard Paint

Using chalkboard paint, paint pumpkins black and white. Then use a marker to write spooky Halloween verses, or cute greetings on the pumpkins. Or just paint pumpkins gold and add some glamour to your front porch decor!

Get the Complete How-To's at Linen, Lace and Love.


2. Turn Your Pumpkin Into a Mummy In a Snap!

Love this idea so much! Just wrap your pumpkin in cheesecloth and it becomes a pumpkin-mummy decoration for Halloween. Add some spooky eyes and you are good to go.


3. Easy Witch Pumpkin Decoration

Got to love this witch made out of pumpkins! So simple to make, but how fun is this? All you need are 3 pumpkins, a black plastic bag for the witch's cape, and a witch's hat. Add a broom for fun, and make the eyes out of black and white construction paper.

3 Apple Dessert Recipes That Will Warm You Up This Fall

I don't know about you, but I am really getting excited for Fall, my favorite season! And yummy warm apple desserts make perfect treats to enjoy as the weather cools down. These easy apple recipes
only need a few ingredients to make, plus, they will make your home smell heavenly as they bake.


Easy Apple Tart Recipe

Iain Bagwell/ Woman's Day

This apple dessert only needs 5 ingredients, including the apples and an egg. Plus you will need frozen puff pastry, some sugar and apricot jam.

Get The Recipe at Woman's Day.

Pumpkin Sauce With Pasta Recipe

Baked Apple-Cranberry Dessert Recipe

Apple Pie Fries

Courtesy of Cincy Shopper

Oh my gosh. French Fries with a sweet twist! This recipe for Apple Pie Fries is nothing short of amazing. 

I had never tried these before (never even knew they existed!) but these apple fries are a treat that kiddos are going to love, love love. You can get this recipe at CincyShopper. Be sure to make an extra big batch of these, they will go fast!

More for Fall:

Cool Pumpkin Stencil Maker 

Buttery Apple Loaf Cake


Apples, cinnamon, and brown sugar baking together in the oven, is there any better aroma??

A slice of this warm Apple Loaf Cake with your morning coffee or tea, and it will feel like Fall has arrived on your plate!

Get the recipe at Woman's Day.

Her Wedding Cancelled, This Bride-to-Be Turned Her Reception Into A Beautiful Event For Homeless

When Sarah Cummins and her then fiance sadly decided to call off their wedding, the heart-broken bride-to-be not only had to inform her relatives and friends that the wedding was off, she also had to figure out what to do about the wedding reception. The couple had signed a non-refundable contract with the Ritz Charles in Carmel, a suburb north of Indianapolis, for a reception that included a formal sit down dinner for 170 guests.

Then she did something amazing. Cummins contacted homeless shelters in the area and invited others to come and enjoy the reception dinner that she and her fiance had planned for over two years.

Cummins and her mom spent Saturday at the hotel, rearranging the reception area in preparation of the party. Gone were the head table where the bride and groom would sit, the gift table and cake table.

On Saturday night, Cummins and her mom, along with several of her bridesmaids, were there to personally welcome their guests. The gourmet dinner included bourbon-glazed meatballs, roasted garlic bruschetta, chicken breast with artichoke and wedding cake.

As for her what will happen to her wedding dress though, Cummins says, “It’s too painful to think about.”

Hot New Toy Predictions For Christmas 2017

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Ready for a sneak peek of some of the hottest toys for Christmas this year? Hasbro has released their top picks for the toys kids will be asking Santa to bring them this holiday season. Just be aware that you may not find some of these new toys in stores until Fall 2017.

Baby Alive Sweet Tears Doll

 According to the description, this newest Baby Alive doll cries real tears, frowns and will even let you know when she is coming down with a cold. You will have to wait a little longer to buy Baby Alive Sweet Tears, Hasbro says the doll should be available this Fall. But definitely keep an eye out for this one, it sounds like a very hot toy this holiday season!

Ages: 3 years and up. Price: $50


Hearing Things Headphones Game

Older kids will be asking for the game Hearing Things this holiday season, predicts Hasbro. Kids will put on cool noise-cancelling headphones and then try to read the lips of their teammates as they say different phrases. The team who correctly reads the most phrases wins.

Thinking this would be a fun game for slumber parties.

Hearing Things Game by Hasbro will be available this Fall. Price: $20

Ages: 12 years and up.


Disney Princess Dance Code Belle

Disney's beautiful princess Dance Code Belle helps children learn basic coding skills. Using an app, kids will even be able to program their own dance routine for Belle to perform.

Dance Code Belle will be available Fall 2017. Price: $120


Pour Taste Game

What child doesn't like mixing liquids and creating their own potions? Hasbro's new game, Pour Taste, lets kids have fun by coming up with their very own beverages. Players each have a turn picking out several liquid ingredients. They will then spin a spinner to follow the directions on making a new drink. Each player can decide if they want to actually try their new creation or take a pass.

Another possible contender for sleep-over games perhaps?

Ages:  8 and up.

Available Fall 2017. Price: $20


Tickle Me Elmo

Elmo is back in what sounds like an improved version of his former self. This new Tickle Me Elmo, in stores sometime this Fall, is said to be lighter, smaller and softer than before, so hopefully this means he will be more cuddly as well.

Price: $30


Littlest Pet Shop Cruise Ship 

You can buy the Pet Shop Cruise Ship now for your Little Pet Shop fans at Toys R Us and Amazon - no waiting until Fall for this hot Christmas toy. And judging by how popular these playsets are, you probably shouldn't wait too long anyway. Best of all, this set comes with 3 new pets. Not to mention all those cute nautical accessories and features!

Ages 4 and older. Price: $40


This Minion Suitcase is Too Stinking Cute

The boys and I just went to see Despicable Me 3 Saturday, and loved it! Who can ever get enough of Gru and those 3 cute kids? But I won't lie. The minions are my favorites. If you have not seen the movie yet, I won't say too much....except that stripes have never ever looked cuter.

And now I want one of these Minion suitcases. Can't afford one, probably do not travel enough to justify buying one, but I want one anyway. Funny enough, while my boys probably consider themselves just a tad too 'grown-up' now to actually use one of these bright yellow suitcases, I, an actual grown-up, would be proud to check into any hotel with this luggage!

And even though I think that ID tag shaped like a minion's eye goggle is perfect, it can be easily removed. You know, just in case you are going to a classy board meeting or something. These are limited, so if you decide you too would love to proudly display your love of everything minions, you can check them out at Away Travel.

(Just to be clear: this is not a sponsored post in any way~ just sharing favorite things I come across!)

Picture Credit: awaytravel.com

Spinach Recipes Kids May Even Love

 Even though I personally love adding spinach to many recipes, I know it is not popular ingredient with everyone, especially kids. But here are 3 savory spinach recipes that just might make your whole family fans of this leafy green veggie yet!

Skillet Spinach Lasagna

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Now come on, who can resist a warm, bubbly delicious lasagna? This spinach lasagna recipe from Real Simple starts on a skillet, and finishes under the broiler. There is also a vegetarian option that I opt for. Either way, this dish comes out of the oven with a delicious aroma that will make your mouth water.


Cheesy Spinach Hot Pockets.

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This cheesy spinach recipe for homemade hot pockets just may have your kids asking for seconds. Delish has the steps for making home-made dough that you fill with with cream cheese, Ricotta cheese and spinach. These are so good! I am telling you, give them a try....your family will thank-you!

Spinach-Cheese Balls

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My favorite thing about these spinach cheese balls is that they are so darn easy to make (only 2 steps!) Plus, you can use these delicious morsels as an appetizer or as part of your family dinner. Did I mention that it only takes about 15 minutes to make this recipe? And if these look delicious to you, but you prefer a non-vegetarian appetizer, Betty Crocker has you covered!