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Rainbow Melted Crayon Pumpkin Tutorial

I have seen the crayon melted crafts all over Pinterest for months and months now – but I have never given them a try – so when I saw this fake, black pumpkin – I thought it would be a fun activity for Lennox and I to do last weekend. It really didn’t take much time at all and we love how it came out. Here is what you need to do!
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RAINBOW MELTED CRAYON PUMPKIN TUTORIAL

Materials:

  • 12-15 Crayons, without wrappers
  • Hot Glue or Quick Dry Tacky Craft glue
  • Pumpkin (I suggest a fake one so that you can keep it for years to come)
  • Hair dryer

What to do:

STEP ONE: Gather all your materials. The longest part of this whole thing was probably taking the wrappers off the crayons. If you have an exacto knife – you can cut them off much quicker.

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STEP TWO: Using a hot glue gun or fast drying tacky glue, glue on all of the crayons in the order that you wish. Due to the size of our pumpkin, we decided to break the crayons in half.

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STEP THREE: Once the glue is dry, we took the pumpkin outside with an extension cord and hair dryer. If you are going to do this inside, I would recommend putting it in the bottom of a large box – as the crayons melting splatter around. You can see the grass below turned orange already! Using the hair dryer on the hottest setting, start moving it over your pumpkin – the crayons will start melting quickly.

crayon-melt-pumpkin-001STEP FOUR: Continue melting the crayons until you get the look you want. Once it is dry, you can always start melting it again or peel off the crayon piece that did not melt. Once you are happy with how it looks – let the crayons dry completely. Make sure not to put this in direct sunlight, as it will start to melt again (at least that is what happened here in Texas!)

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Easy enough, right? It’s so fun and festive. I think using neon crayons or glitter crayons would look really neat too!

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Low Calorie Party Drink: Candy Corn Cooler Mocktail

cbias-disclaimer-june2014Are you having a Halloween party? Or do you sometimes have guests stop by at the last minute and then scramble to get something to drink for them? There are always options like soda, juice or beer,  that are high calorie, but with all the other candy and treats of the holidays and Halloween, how about having something in the pantry that would let you make a low calorie party drink that is still tasty? Crystal Light is a great option!

crystal-light-001I try not to drink a lot of soda and other high calorie drinks, but sometimes water gets boring! I once told you how to drink more water each day, but today – let’s try a different type of water – just in time for the Halloween holiday! This week I came up with what I call the Candy Corn Cooler. This is a “cocktail”, which is a cocktail without the alcohol. Feel free to make this into an adult beverage too!

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Candy Corn Cooler Mocktail

Serving: 4 Glasses

Ingredients:

  • Natural Lemonade Crystal Light On the Go Packet
  • Tropical Coconut Crystal Light Liquid Drops
  • Sparkling Mineral Water
  • Ice
  • Sugar (colored in a festive color) optional

How to Make 4 Glasses: 

  1. How to Make Color Tinted Sugar: If you are going to put sugar on the rim, and want to add some color to your glass, all you need to do is put some sugar in a ziplock back and a few drops of food coloring. Mix it together and pour onto a plate or shallow bowl. Wet the rim of the glass and dip the glass into the sugar!
  2. Add ice to your cup and any garnish (candy corn, lemon, orange, cranberries)
  3. In either a pitcher or shaker – mix together some Sparkling Mineral Water, (1) Crystal Light Natural Lemonade Packet, 3-4 liquid drops of Crystal Light Tropical Coconut. Note: If using a shaker, only shake once or twice, gently – as the carbonation will make it pop open (I may have made this mistake!)
  4. Pour over ice and serve! 

This is a refreshing low calorie drink that is fruity and a bit interesting in flavor! The combination of lemon and coconut with a hint of pineapple is very refreshing! If you do not add the sugar you have a drink that is only 5-10 calories! 

Candy Corn Cooler Halloween Mocktail CocktailNext time you are going to pick up some Crystal Light, you need to head to Walmart to purchase it so that you can take part in the latest rewards program that they have, featuring Miranda Lambert (Voice fans .. Blake’s wife)

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This rewards program is called Platinum Points! The program is simple. Create an account with Platinum Points, buy participating CRYSTAL LIGHT products at Walmart stores, scan your receipt, and earn rewards points! At the end of the program, they will randomly select one winner. All purchases must be made by December 31, 2014, receipts submissions must be submitted by November 15, 2014, and points redemptions must be submitted by January 15, 2015. See Official Rules for details. 

In the meantime, pick up all the yummy, low calorie Crystal Light flavors and have fun making your own festive party drinks!

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for #CollectiveBias and the #PlatinumPoints campaign. All photos and opinions are 100% my own!

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Last Minute Halloween Costumes & the BEST Dress Up Clothes for Kids!

When I was in New York City for Blogger Bash and Sweet Suite – I had the opportunity to check out the BEST children’s dress up line I have ever seen. You guys? The quality and beauty of the dress up clothes that Just Pretend Kids offers is stunning.

just pretend kids sweet suite 2014Lennox couldn’t have been more excited when the Enchanted Sea Princess Dress (pictured above) showed up on our doorstep. I saw it in NYC and I knew she would just love it. Everything was perfect with this dress, right down to the packaging. Instead of being folded up in a plastic bag, it comes nicely in a larger box, in a wardrobe bag. It was so nice to take out of the package and not have it be wrinkled or cheap looking.

Lennox went and put it on and pretended to be a Mermaid as she “surprised” her Grandma & Papa with the dress!

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She “swam” around the room – her dress looking perfect! I will note – there is glitter on the bottom tiers which shed some at first – as any glitter item does – but honestly, I didn’t care – it was so pretty! She really looked like a sea princess or mermaid when she was playing in this outfit! This is her mermaid impression….

Enchanted Sea Princess Costume

If you are looking for a last-minute Halloween costume or even a gift for Christmas – you really need to check out Just Pretend Kids. Check out some of these cute Halloween costumes that they have – a baby owl, Ice Princess (This would work GREAT for Elsa!) or even the pumpkin witch!just pretend halloween dress up

Just Pretend Kids has a wide range of dress-up outfits, focusing on princess and fantasy themed! They are encouraging children to play, use their imagination and just pretend! Whether your child is having a princess birthday party or dressing up for Halloween, Just Pretend Kids has something for everyone.

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