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Autumn To-Do List

Autumn is the time for football, long-sleeves, changing leaves, and apple cider.Happy first week of Fall! What will you do? Who will you share these memories with?? We compiled a list of our top 45 activities for Fall….

  • Go Camping/Stargazing
  • Carve Pumpkins
  • Host a Movie Night (Old Classics/Halloween-Based)
  • Pick Apples at an Orchard
  • Watch a Sunrise/Sunset
  • Use Cinnamon/Pumpkin Flavors
  • Go Hot Tubbing
  • Picnic with Loved Ones
  • Participate in a Bake Sale
  • Practice your Photography
  • Watch/Go to Football Games/Tailgate
  • Join in on Hay Rides/ Corn Maze
  • Build an Evening Bonfire
  • Go to the Zoo
  • Make Homemade Soup
  • Rake/Jump in Leaves
  • Make Crockpot Meals
  • Drink Apple Cider/Hot Chocolate
  • Attend Oktoberfest
  • Go on a Nature Walk
  • Play Frisbee with Friends
  • Go Gift Shopping on Black Friday
  • Read a Book
  • Wear Scarves/Long Sleeves
  • Get a Fall-Scented Candle
  • Hike Around the City
  • Complete a Puzzle at Home
  • Run a 5k
  • Write Handwritten Notes
  • Practice Face Painting
  • Unplug Electronics
  • Visit a Haunted House
  • Go on a Horseback Ride
  • Make Popcorn
  • Learn Calligraphy
  • Tell Ghost Stories
  • Turn Clocks Back
  • Go Geocaching
  • Make Crafts/Wreaths
  • Road Trip
  • Visit the Farmer’s Market
  • Go for a Bike Ride
  • Play Board Games
  • Take a Bubble Bath
  • Pamper Yourself
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Easy DIY Halloween Costumes

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Believe it or not, fall is here! Even though the temperatures don’t quite show it yet, Halloween is just a month away. Now is the perfect time to get started on your DIY costume that won’t break the bank. Get creative with some of these super easy, common do-it-yourself costume ideas with a little spin!

Medusa

This Greek mythological monster could turn anyone to stone with just one look. To get a look like Medusa’s hair of venomous snakes, put your hair up in braids and then weave some fake snakes through it. Grab some dark, draped clothing and voila!  

Robber and Money Bag

This one is great for a parent trick-or-treating with a little one! The adult can dress in all black with a black beanie and a black piece of cloth over eyes with eyeholes, to look like the robber. For the baby, dress him/her in tan bag with head and armholes and put a money sign on the bag. It will look like you just robbed the bank!

Gumball Machine

This fun outfit requires an old red dress and a whole lot of the colored cotton balls. First, hot glue the cotton balls all over the top of the dress to get the gumball look. Next, cut out a small cardboard rectangle, paint it silver and make a black coin slot. Draw 25-cent price next to it and now you’re a yummy gumball machine!

Where’s Waldo

Easy-Peasy! Grab some blue jeans, red shoes, a red and white striped shirt, old glasses and red beanie. This will create the Waldo look that everyone has searched for!

Rubik’s Cube

Need an outfit that you can wear cozy clothes under?! All you need to do is take an old square box and cut out a torso hole, armholes and a head hole. Then cut out square pieces of different colored construction paper. Hot glue the pieces to look like the ever-so-irritating Rubik’s Cube.

Jellyfish

For a jellyfish look: take an umbrella and attach cloth-like strings of all lengths to the edges. Find some clothes to match the umbrella’s color and put the umbrella over your head for the poisonous jellyfish look. Watch out Dory!

Grapes

Pick your favorite color of grapes and then grab some balloons. Wear the same color as your balloons, blow up the balloons and attach them to your outfit. Just like that you become a delicious bundle of grapes.

Lego

Grab an old cardboard box, solo cups and spray paint. Take the box and cut out a head hole and armholes. Next, superglue six solo cups to the front of the box. Lastly, spray paint the box whatever color you like… now you’re a walking Lego!

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Shop & Save Simultaneously!

No catch, coupon clipping or budget crunches!

By: Cruise

kiss_blogsaveLet’s be honest. We all wish we could stretch dollars further, and it’s never fun to live paycheck to paycheck! Here are some tips to help you save money!
 
Avoid bank fees! Most banks will give you free checking as long as you enroll in direct deposit.
 
If you want to book travel, check out Hipmunk and Matrix.itasoftware.com to shop for flights. The only airline not on  these sites is Southwest. Price shop and flying out on most Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays will be cheaper, except for Holidays. Also, flying to a different airport will save you money, if you can fly into an airport in the same area. For example, flying into LAX is much cheaper than flying into Orange County (SNA).
 
Sign up for hotel rewards programs and airline awards programs! Sometimes these rewards programs will allow you to have free wifi or even earn free nights.
 
If you shop online or dine out, link your credit card to a special program such as Southwest Airlines dining rewards or American Airlines Advantage shopping. You can earn miles for your online or dining out purchases…I earned 30 airline miles from buying from one of those daily deal sites!
 
Join your favorite grocery store’s rewards program, and utilize their digital coupons! Some stores offer free items if you download their digital coupon. Plan your grocery list and base your meals on the weekly ads of your favorite stores. Another example–if chicken is on sale, come up with meals using chicken that week. There are lots easy recipes for various foods, too. Sometimes buying the value pack of meat is cheaper! Then you can cook some and freeze the rest.
 
If you have a coupon, put it into your wallet so you remember to give it to the cashier when you check out.
 

Price compare when you can. Some stores will match their competitor’s ads and some will even match an  online store’s price.

These simple tips help keep the price of daily needs down for myself and my family; if they help you out, let me know! Would love to hear feedback on how these thrifty tips help you out!

 

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Quick, Easy Recipes

We are all busy and need to eat in a hurry more often than not. Fast food gets old really quick, so we gathered up some of our office favorite recipes that are quick and easy for you to prepare!

Beth’s Crock Pot Meals:

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Just put meatballs in a crockpot with pasta sauce on low the morning before you head out. Make some pasta when you get home and now you have a quick spaghetti and meatballs.

Put beef roast or pot roast in a crockpot with a packet of onion soup mix, water, bay leaf and some garlic salt on high.

Shonzi’s Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas:

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1 can creamy of chicken soup
1/2 cup sour cream
1 can green chiles
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 shredded chicken breasts
1 package of Colby and/or Monterey Jack cheese
10 flour tortillas

Combine creamy chicken soup, sour cream, chiles and ground cumin. Spread over the tortillas and then spread the chicken and cheese on top. Roll them up and place into a cake pan. Top them with the rest of the cheese and any left over soup/sour cream mixture you may have. Bake in the oven for 35 minutes at 350 degrees.

Ali’s BBQ Chicken Pizza:

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2 boxes of Jiffy pizza dough mix

1 bottle of bbq sauce

2 chicken breasts

1 package of mozzarella cheese

Start by making the Jiffy pizza dough and spreading it across a cookie sheet. Spread half the bottle of bbq across the pizza dough. Add shredded chicken as desired and pour the rest of the bbq sauce on top. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top. Follow the directions for the pizza dough and bake until dough is golden brown.