Halloween Bar Accessories & 20% Off Gordmans Coupon

Everyone knows we go all out for Halloween at this house. Last year I shared how we decorate the outside of the house and use technology side effects to scare little children. This year I thought I would share the inside of the house and how, while you are tricking the kids outside, you can treat the kids inside. Click the picture below to see ideas for stepping up the tricks outside.

creepy halloween decorations collage

This year, inside, we are going for anything but scary. We are setting up treats inside with these Halloween bar accessories for the grownups with things I found at Gordmans.

halloween bar accessories

I finally found the perfect cauldron and I am going to whip up a batch of easy Chicken Chili from my latest Wildtree Frozen Meal Workshop to put in it. This does have a pumpkin cutout on the other side but it is the perfect size for holding my whole crockpot insert and just turning it around. PS-I love, love, love the green creepy hand in the above picture and it was on sale for $2.99!!

Slow Cooker Chicken Chilislow cooker chicken chili

1-1½ lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1″ cubes
1 medium onion, finely chopped
15 oz can black beans, drained & rinsed
15 oz can white beans, drained & rinsed
1 cup frozen corn
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
1 cup low sodium chicken broth
1 Tbsp Wildtree Adobo Seasoning Blend
1 bag Wildtree Creamy Ranch Dressing and Dip Mix
4 oz can diced green chilies (optional)
1 Tbsp hot sauce (optional)

At Cooking Time:
8 oz package cream cheese, cubed cup fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)

Mix all ingredients into freezer bag. Remove air, seal & attach label. Double bag and freeze. Thaw bag in fridge. Place contents of bag in slow cooker. Cook covered on low 6-8 hours or on high 4 hours. Shred chicken by pulling apart with two forks & add cream cheese. Combine with cream cheese in slow cooker. Cook an additional 30 minutes on high. Stir to combine. Top with cilantro, if desired. Serve with tortilla chips, rice (serve chili on top), or corn bread.

I plan to use the decorations above interspersed throughout wine bottles that I have decorated like this blogger has:

Looking to up your inside Halloween Game this year and provide some treats to grown-ups too? I have an awesome 20% off any single item coupon at Gordmans to share with you. Just print it out and do some spooky shopping of your own!

November Gordmans Coupon

Disclosure: I was compensated to shop & share my awesome finds by Gordmans for this post.


How to Promote Your Blog Giveaway

Running a fabulous giveaway and need some help promoting? Here is a list of free places you can submit your blog link put together by Sarah at Moose and Tater and myself . The list is ordered by day of the week and is checked often to make sure the information remains current. If you find an error in any of the links, or a linky stops participating just leave me a comment and I will fix it.

how to promote blog giveaway

If you would like to learn how to promote your blog giveaway the simplest way is to follow each of these links on the given day and add your link to their list. Make sure your title includes what the prize is, who it is open to and the end date. For example- Vitamix Blender System, US & CAN, Ends 10/20/14.  After you have entered a few you will find that the system recognizes you and filling out each form just takes seconds. If you are having a hard time seeing this list, make sure you are signed into Google.

If you would like to submit a giveaway linky for consideration in this list, please leave me a comment with the day the linky is published and also the URL to the linky.



Breast Cancer Awareness Month & Vitamix Giveaway

As we can all tell by the pink flying everywhere it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month …. and as a coincidence I had to cancel my mammogram last month. What a crappy thing to do to myself right? You know, kids sick, can’t make appointment. But reading all my friends posts about how cancer has touched their lives I know I need to get in. Such a powerful reminder to take care of me!

When my friend Lori had breast cancer (she is doing great now) I made her a recipe to help with the nausea and as a joke called it Chemo Moonshine. It is something I really relied on when I was undergoing chemo for Lupus a few years ago. Since I posted it last year it has gone semi-viral on Pinterest and nothing makes me happier than having someone post that it helped or seeing people talk about it on a Breast Cancer board. Seriously, one of my favorite moments as a blogger knowing I actually helped someone going through this horrific fight feel just a tad better. Please click on the picture below for the recipe. I would be honored to have you make this for someone in your life battling chemo.

Chemo Moonshine | Natural Nausea Remedy

Seeing what a difference posting this simple recipe made for so many people inspired me to say YES when a friend asked if  I would like to work with  Saint Agnes Hospital’s Comprehensive Breast Center and Vitamix to make someone else’s journey easier. Their One Journey, Many Paths campaign is a powerful reminder to take care of YOU, ME, every woman in your life. We need to encourage each other to take care of ourselves. In that spirit, please feel free to harass me to reschedule!

Like I don’t need enough of an incentive after watching that!

The team at Saint Agnes would like to remind you to take care of yourself. Do regular self-breast exams, make and keep your annual appointment with your doctor! In that spirit they are sponsoring the giveaway of a Vitamix blender system so that we can all take a few minutes each day to take care of ourselves with a healthy treat with the hopes that no one ever has a need to make Chemo Moonshine again.

Vitamix Giveaway Prize

Vitamix 5200 Series (product info here) valued at $449.
a Rafflecopter giveaway


Essential Oils Fall Diffuser Blends

Looking to bring Fall inside and spice up your diffuser with some new essential oils blends? I have some great Fall diffuser blends for you to try then. These are meant for use with Young Living Essential Oils and a Young Living Home Diffuser. Don’t have one yet? Look at the bottom of this post for how to order a Young Living Premium Starter kit from me since I am now officially a distributor.

fall diffuser blends

Pumpkin Pie Diffuser Blend

  • 5 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 1 drop clove essential oil
  • 1 drop nutmeg essential oil

pumpkin pie diffuser blend

Orange Spice Fall Diffuser Blend

  • 5 drops orange essential oil
  • 1 drop cinnamon essential oil
  • 1 drop clove essential oil
  • 1 drop nutmeg essential oil

orange spice fall diffuser blend

Pumpkin Spice Diffuser Blend

  • 4 drops cardamom essential oil
  • 2 drops orange essential oil
  • 1 drop cinnamon essential oil
  • 1 drop clove essential oil

pumpkin spice diffuser blend

Walk in the Woods Fall Diffuser Blend

  • 4 drops cypress essential oil
  • 2 drops white fir essential oil
  • 2 drops sandalwood essential oil

Fall Leaves Diffuser Blend

  • 6 drops orange essential oil
  • 1 drop patchouli essential oil
  • 1 drop ginger essential oil

fall leaves diffuser blend

Spiced Cider Fall Diffuser Blend

  • 4 drops orange essential oil
  • 3 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 3 drops ginger essential oil

spiced cider fall diffuser blend

Hope you enjoy all the blends above. They are recipes I’ve found in my internet travels and wanted to put together and try. If you have any blends you would like to share, please use the comments section below!


Lavender Orange Lip Balm

It’s been the week of DIY Essential Oils around here! First I made the bath salts, next I posted about the sugar scrub and today, it’s all about the lip balm. Last winter my friend Jennifer from Threaded Together came over with some amazing Peppermint Lip Balm she had made. The stuff was awesome. Then in the summer she made Strawberry Lemonade Lip Balm which was incredible. I am hijacking off her recipe here and want to make sure she gets full inspirational credit. I have been wanting to try this for awhile with essential oils  and finally the perfect combo came to me-Lavender Orange Lip Balm. It turned out great. Here are the directions to make your own! This will make 12 filled tubes. But with the beeswax bag you buy you could make 100’s.

lavender orange lip balm

Lavender Orange Lip Balm


supplies for lavender orange lip balm


Melt 1/4 cup Coconut Oil and 2 TBSP plus 1 TSP of the beeswax pellets together over very low heat.

melting beeswax and coconut oil for lavender orange lip balm

Remove from heat. Stir in 10 drops of Orange Essential Oil and 7 drops of Lavender. If adding Vitamin E capsule poke a hole in the capsule and add the Vitamin E liquid now.

Line up your 12 tubes (or rubber band them together in a tight circle) and fill to to just below the top using pipette to handle liquid. Be careful. It is VERY hot. Remember to work very quickly. This cools and solidifies pretty quick.

Let cool for 2-3 hours and place lids on.

Decorate with Washi tape if desired.  I personally liked the Scotch Expressions Packing Tape because it was just the right size for the tube without the cap. This is what the tape looks like and I have seen it in Target and Walmart. I am sure Michael’s sells it as well.

decorative tape for lip balm

A word of caution: This is my first time using a citrus based essential oil in a lip balm mix. Typically citrus oils degrade plastic. Because of the high ratio of carrier oils here I am hoping that isn’t the case. If it is I will update this post so people know to put this in metal pot tins instead of plastic tubes.

Here is my finished project

lavender orange lip balm in tubes


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