Archives for October 2008

Don’t forget to check out the posts from the BOO-YA! participants.

And feel free to still add your own.

Surprise your kids with a Package from Santa

When I was little, the slightest suggestion that something from Santa might have been left for me was one of the highlights of the Christmas season. What child wouldn’t be excited to receive a package with Santa Claus letters? is a site that can take care of that for you and create personalized packages for your child.

Letters from Santa

The Basic Package ($12.99) includes a personalized Santa letter from Santa Claus printed on his custom North Pole letterhead signed with Santa’s real signature, official gold foil Santa Seal of Approval, and personal details about your child that only Santa would know!

It arrives in a bright green, shiny, metallic package personally addressed to your child! It even has a genuine Santa Claus return address label and custom North Pole postage.

The Standard Package ($27.99) includes the personalized letter from Santa Claus, as well as a letter from Rudolph (with a real Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer photo!) Your child also receives a custom, personalized Nice List Certificate with Official Gold Foil Seal. They’ll be please to know that they made “the list”.

An autographed full color photo of Santa working away in his private workshop is also included in the package, which arrives in an extravagant, gold, metallic envelope addressed directly to your child, with Santa’s return address label and custom North Pole postage.

The Deluxe Package ($54.99) has everything listed above, but, it has a lot more: There’s a hand signed and numbered Collector’s Piece of Santa’s Suit. There’s a personal greeting from Santa on CD along with Santa’s own telling of the classic, “Twas The Night Before Christmas.” A serving of Santa’s Special blend of magical reindeer food in a precious collector’s tin is also included.

Each deluxe package ships in a bright red box with a North Pole stamp, and Santa’s gold foil return address label. The inside is adorned with an original Sam Doodle the Elf painting and poem.

Children will remember these gifts from Santa for years. With and personalized Santa Claus letters, you can keep the spirit of Santa alive for your children this Christmas season.

BOO-YA! Share your Tricks and Treats

I have always enjoyed Halloween. For me, it signifies the start of fall.

Of course, having two kids now in school also means double the classroom treats for classroom parties. {stick a fork in me}

So I look for the easy-peasy stuff to create. This means using my good-‘ol standby Kraft Food & Family magazine:

Easy Ghost Cookies:

How stinkin’ cute are these?!! And they take mere minutes to make {swoon}…

Easy Ghost Cookies
What You Need
1 pkg. (6 oz.) BAKER’S White Chocolate
18 NUTTER BUTTER Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies
decorating gels and/or assorted small candies
Make It
MICROWAVE chocolate in medium microwavable bowl on HIGH 1-1/2 minutes or until chocolate is completely melted, stirring every 30 seconds.
SPREAD chocolate onto one side of each cookie for the ghost’s “body.” Cool slightly.
DECORATE with gels and/or candies to create “faces.” Cool until chocolate is set.


Spider Cupcakes:
another super easy, yet adorable recipe

Spider Cupcakes

What You Need
1 pkg. (2-layer size) chocolate cake mix
1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding
1/3 cup KOOL-AID Orange Flavor Sugar-Sweetened Soft Drink Mix
2 Tbsp. hot water
1 can (16 oz.) ready-to-spread white frosting
24 OREO Cookies
12 pieces black string licorice (32 inch each)
48 miniature candy-coated chocolate pieces
Make It
PREPARE cake batter as directed on package; blend in dry pudding mix. Spoon evenly into 24 paper-lined medium muffin cups. Bake as directed on package for cupcakes. Cool completely.
DISSOLVE drink mix in hot water. Stir into frosting until blended. Frost cupcakes, reserving some frosting for attaching candies.
CUT each licorice piece into sixteen 2-inch pieces; set aside. Place 1 cookie on top of each cupcake. Insert 4 licorice pieces into each side of each cookie for the “spider’s legs.” (Eight licorice pieces for each cookie.) Add 2 candy-coated chocolate pieces to top of each cookie using some of the reserved frosting for the “spider’s eyes.”


Candy Corn Clay Pots:

These are fun and inexpensive to make. I have picked up the little clay pots for these at Hobby Lobby for less than $1.00

Directions available at Reader’s Digest.

To take part: Please add the link FOR THE POST FOR BOO-YA! onto Mr. Linky. (do not just link to your home page)
Next to your name, indicate whether it is a decoration, craft, or treat (or any combination)
[And please link back to my site in your post.]

As always – Thank you for participating! I hope you enjoy traveling around to view all of the posts as I know I will.

BOO-YA! Reminder


Don’t forget – BOO-YA! is this Monday.

Gather your favorite fall crafts and treats, write them up and share them with the blogosphere, via a Mr. Linky, of course.

Spread the word. Y’all don’t want my popcorn balls to be the onliest thing on the list do you??*

(* no, I won’t have a popcorn ball recipe up… but I may do it if no one else adds anything. mkay?)

Debunking Some Common Beauty Myths

We are all so-called experts on skin care. After all, great aunt Mary Ellen’s best friends mother swore by smearing globs and globs of Vaseline on her face each and every night. And her skin was weathered like a piece of leather perfect, so it must be true.
::come close and let me share a secret:: Would you believe me if I told you that not everything you hear or read is true? (which might lead one to argue that that statement could therefore be false, which would negate this entire post… *ouch* I think I just pulled a muscle in my brain…)
Here are some common myths and what I found out about each.

Myth – Preparation H reduces eye puffiness

yeahokay – NO. In fact, using Preparation H around the eyes can cause dry and inflamed skin. Therefore, you’ll just end up with dry, inflamed, greasy eyes. You’re better off just saving it for your nether region.

preparation h is not for your face

Myth – Your skin pores open and close

A pore is not a door or window – they can not open and close. However, if something is built up in the pore (ie. dead skin cells) the pores can appear enlarged. Go ahead and exfoliate in order to remove that gunk stuff.

Myth – Cucumber reduces eye puffiness

The cucumber itself does not reduce puffiness. But consider this – have you ever heard of someone being referred to as hot as a cucumber? No – it’s cool as a cucumber. Cucumbers are able to stay cold for long periods of time outside of a refrigerator. That cold is what actually reduces puffiness (it causes blood vessels around our eyes to contract, thereby reducing swelling). That being said, you could lay a dirty sock over your eyes and it could help. As long as it is cold.

Myth – Soap is bad for your skin

When soaps contained lye and animal fat, this was true. But newer soaps are less harsh and have good stuff – like moisturizers.

Myth – Vaseline on your face every night will prevent wrinkles?

Petroleum can make wrinkles less apparent by softening lines, but it can’t prevent aging.

Myth – Never pluck a gray hair, because 10 more will grow in its place

Answer me this: If you grow some carrots and pull them up out of the ground, will a bunch more pop up in its place? It’s just not possible.

Myth – Alcohol-free is better
Not all alcohols are drying alcohols. There are also fatty-alcohols. Fatty = emollient. Emollient = softer skin. (examples of fatty alcohols would be cetyl-alcohol, benzyl-alcohol and oleyl-alcohol)
Myth – Cutting your hair and eyelashes once a week will make them grow longer
We’ll believe just about anything, won’t we? Try this one out and you’ll just end up bald.

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(originally posted 05.16.08)