Monster Eyeball Cupcakes – Howl-O-Ween Giveaway Hop

Fall is officially here and at my house we are getting in the Halloween spirit already.

My youngest has an obsession with scary and goury things so when i got the letter for the fall dance at his school,  I knew i had to make a scary treat for the kids.

Every year I like to make something,  and not tooting my own horn (ok.. maybe I am just a little), but my treats always sell out the fastest.

Last year I made little monster cupcakes with edible candy eyes and they actually looked like little alien monsters.  The year before that was Jack Skellington sugar cookies which was fitting because that was my oldest’s Halloween costume that year. The year before that were pumpkin cupcakes…

This is a seriously simple treat,  and doesn’t require much artistic ability,  but I figured I’d share anyway in case you wanted to make these adorable little monster eyeball Cupcakes!

So,  let me start off by saying yes.. the pictures are ehh, and I probably could’ve taken more step photography but honestly,  I was rushing and just trying to get done.  I had gone to the gym at 6am, then worked a 9 hour day, and just gotten home at the time,  plus has dinner going in the oven simultaneously. I love to multitask,  it’s one of my talents and I can be a bit hyperactive😀.

Here’s all you need;

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I went with classic white cake because hey, eyeballs are white after all.. I’m a little disappointed I couldn’t find the green jelly candy rings because that was my initial plan,  but these peach ones came out just fine and they taste super yummy! Did i mention they’re only $1 at the grocery store?

I picked through the m&m bag for only red since I was making scary monster eyes,  but brown or any other color would work just as well.

I like them a little bigger for the kids treats for school functions, so i went auth my large baking cups from”if you care” and the color worked well since its a light natural beige and they’re safer for kids because they are free of all chemicals and chlorine.

For the next few steps,  that’s where I slacked off. Maybe I was too excited to start decorating but you get the jist. Simple. Creative.  Cute. Most important,  really yummy!

*Note,  I use olive oil in place of vegetable oil because it makes the cupcakes fluffier.

Enter to WIN 3 packs of IF YOU CARE cupcake holders ($12 Value!)!

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Happy Fall!

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“I See Me” Personalized Books for Children – ***GIVEAWAY!***

Enter to WIN your own personalized book from Iseeme.com by clicking – – – HERE – – –

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It’s the holidays. Perfect time for this review of I See Me personalized books for children.

I have been wanting to do this review for a long time. If you need something for a Christmas gift, a birthday, a baby shower or congratulatory gift, or even just a special memory from mom and dad, I suggest you check out http://www.ISeeMe.com.

My son received a personalized book from my late great aunt when he was born in 2008. I was unfamiliar with the company, and was so excited to see his personalized “My very own name” book. Unfortunately, she had misspelled his first name, as there are multiple spellings of it. They had great, no, excellent customer service. She had called to explain the misspelling of the name on her part, and without any issues, they re-sent a new book with the correct spelling and said to keep the other book…

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Bookroo Subscription Review & Discount Code on

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(Photos courtesy of Bookroo.com)

I had an opportunity to check out the new children’s book subscription service from Bookroo.com this past month. I have not heard of this subscription service before, but thought it was a great idea and would fit my family well being that I have a 3 year old and a 7 year old. My 7 year old is at the age where he is loving showing off his reading skills, and conveniently enough, my 3 year old is at the age where he loves being read books. So for me, this was a no-brainer to try out!

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The logo is so cute on the brown box outside, and my 3 year old immediately proclaimed it was a present for him when I brought the mail in for the day. To my surprise, the contents inside of the box were even more adorable.

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There were 2 books, and they were each wrapped individually with an amazing quality wrapping paper and even tied together with a cute little twin rope. You can tell each book was wrapped by hand, and that a lot of work went into preparing this little box of cuteness.

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My son was so excited because he loves opening presents! I mean, what kid doesn’t? He wasted no time ripping the beautiful paper off of the books, and unveiling each book to me with a huge smile. He couldn’t wait to sit on the couch with me and read the books immediately. The books were both titles I have never head of before, but they’re definitely quality. As weird as it may sound, I couldn’t help but sniff the pages. They smelled like the library and reminded me of how much I loved reading with my parents when I was younger. Something about the smell and the bright colorful pages that were all brand new to me brought me back to my childhood and I thoroughly enjoyed reading each of these to my boys.

The 2 titles we received are;

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Harry and Horsie; It has an MSRP sticker on the back side that read $16.99. Being the skeptic I am, I immediately googled the book to see what I can find. Amazon has the hard cover listed at $15 with free shipping if you’re a Prime member.Other sites that pop up are similar in price, so I feel confident I got a great deal with this book alone. These sites also do not ship in the adorable wrapping paper and light up your child’s face like this subscription does.

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Squid and Octopus; friends for always: this book didn’t have an MSRP sticker on the back, but after looking it up, it’s another $15 book. This one has a few stories in one book which is cool. The colors are very vibrant and there is a section with a surprise pop out which we loved.

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Overall, I am excited to get out next shipment next month and I hope my sons are just as excited to see which books they get and more important, to read.

Spending quality time with my children is what I cherish most and reading to them affords me that uninterrupted opportunity.

If you’re interested in checking out Bookroo for your home, Bookroo has given me an exclusive code to share with my readers to save $4 off your first order (shipping included). They have a few options to choose from as far as month to month or up front monthly bundles. You can also choose to give Bookroo subscription as a gift and if you’d like board books or regular.

I hope your children enjoy this subscription as much as mine do.

The exclusive discount code is below;

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Please let me know if you’ve tried Bookroo!

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Some Bunny loves you Cake

This adorable cake is so easy to make to bring to a friend’s home, have a fun bake night with the kids, or just for yourself (No one is judging! Hehe). No matter what, it’s sure to say “Some bunny loves you”!

Just follow these simple steps below. You can use any cake or icing. The fur on this bunny is made by using coconut but you can omit it if you’re not a fan and it’ll still be just as adorable!

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You can display it just as above by simply adding some paper bunny ears or you can dress it up a bit more fancy with some scenery.

The photos above are courtesy of Bob’s Red Mill organic products. If you’d like to make your own cake batter and icing, you can check out their recipe below!

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3D Valentine Tutorial – ONLY $7 for 30!

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This adorable 3D Valentines card that I made for my sons 1st grade class this year is super easy and best of all, CHEAP!

Here is a quick step by step;

I took a few pictures with my son holding his hand out as if he were holding something invisible and selected the one I felt best fit his personality. I didn’t want him to just be smiling, I wanted it to be as he would if he were handing someone a lollipop in real life to get the real 3D effect. This is the one I chose;

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I don’t have an Iphone with the fancy text app’s, and I didn’t have any special apps on my android, so I decided the easiest way for me to edit and add fun text to the picture is to use the Paint program on windows. I had to download the fonts that I wanted onto my computer via dafont.com and there were so many cute ones to choose from. I selected some of the Valentines ones and also used one called “Kindergarten” for his name. I then opened my Adobe Photoshop light app that came with my Windows 8, and I edited the colors to my liking. Here is how it came out;

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Lastly, I had to get the photo’s printed, and due to it being right up the street, I chose Walgreens. Unfortunately, even with my attention to detail when cropping according to their ‘4×6’ picture specs, they still winded up printing it to less then expected standards in color, including chopping the bottom portion of his name off… In the sheet that shows how it should look from their printing sheet, it shows correct. Not sure what happened, but I am not too thrilled with this so I need to go back and have them fix this.  All in all, through Retailmenot.com , I was able to get 40% off picture orders and I got 30 of them for just $5.22 with tax and in-store pick up!

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All that’s left to do is add the lolipops (I used tootsie pops due to the size of the stick and pop giving the effect I wanted, but you can buy a while back of cheap ones at the dollar store to save even more money!). I had a box cutter that made it easy for me to get precise cuts.

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Then just add the lollipop and that’s it! You’re done!

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I plan on adding a sheet of card stock behind these so they aren’t as flimsy since the lollipops are a little heavy, but it isn’t needed.

Did I mention I made all 30 of these for just $7??!!!