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    Pumpkin Carving: A Fun Family Tradition

    It’s that time of year when the fall air is getting cooler, leaves are turning red, orange and brown, and kids are ready to get into costume and head out Trick-or-Treating. But before they go, have some family fun carving this year’s Jack-o-lantern with a few tips, ideas and stencils.

    Here are a few helpful tips for your pumpkin carving activity:

    1. Safety first. Always make sure an adult is present during pumpkin carving. Adults should make the harder cuts and let the kids scoop out the seeds. Also, a good pumpkin carving tool set comes in handy (only ($5.99 at CostumeExpress.com and FREE 2-Day Shipping with ShopRunner.)
    2. Simple, simple, simple. You don’t have to carve a Picasso-like design to have fun, keep things simple and make a silly face or check out these printable pumpkin stencils for great ideas.
    3. Be creative! A crooked mouth is ok. One eye could be fun. Use penne pasta as teeth (just hot glue a toothpick to the pasta, let it dry and stick the toothpick in the jack-o-lantern’s mouth.)
    4. Stickers and paint. Some younger children will enjoy decorating pumpkins with stickers, paint, pipe cleaners or other craft items. Let your kids use their young imagination to create their monster-piece!

    Share your pumpkin carving tips or ideas by leaving a comment.

    Oh and if you need some ideas for treats, decorations and goodies, we’ve pinned a collection of Halloween Tricks and Treats on our Pinterest board, go check it out.


    20% Off Your Purchase of $100 or More at Toys “R” Us

    With the kids heading back to school, now is the perfect time to grab some great deals on arts and crafts supplies to keep their creative juices flowing throughout the school year.

    Check out this fun Cra-Z-Art 4-in-1 Ultimate Art Easel from Toys “R” Us which is priced at $79.99. Add in a few art supplies and you can take advantage of their current offer which will save you  20% off your order of $100 or more (discount taken at register, offer ends 8/18/2012).  Even better, check out using ShopRunner which will score you FREE 2-Day Shipping (and returns!).




    Guest Post | Homemade Finger Paints

    We are pleased to welcome our Guest Blogger, Ashley, who shares her shopping secrets daily on her blog, Frugal Coupon Living. Today, she is sharing with us one of her favorite tips for crafting with the kids:

    My children go through craft supplies fast. One great solution at home is using homemade supplies to make crafts. One easy and incredibly affordable recipe is for homemade finger paints!

    ½ teaspoon of salt
    ½ cup corn starch
    3 tablespoons of sugar
    2 cups of water

    Combine ingredients on the stove in a saucepan. Warm until the substance thickens. Let the liquid cool and then pour into separate containers. Add color to your paint with food coloring.

    For storage, Organize.com has dozens of plastic containers for saving paint. I love the brand Lock n Lock because it provides a tight seal and keeps the point moist. Another idea, while your child is painting, is to sort colors into an egg tray. I keep one side with primary colors and allow the child to mix colors on the other side of the egg tray.

    David’s Cookies | Cookie Play Dough – Fun for the Whole Family!

    Looking for a way to send a gift that the whole family can enjoy?

    Consider sending this Play Cookie Dough Set from David’s Cookies which includes 6 pounds of edible classic sugar cookie dough in the following exciting (and edible!) colors: Red All Over, Mellow Mood Yellow, Jelly Bean Green and Too Blue 4 You. (colors can even be mixed together to make more colors!)

    Cookie Play Dough: Sculpt it, decorate it, have fun, then bake it in the oven and eat it when you are done!

    This set is $44.95 and you’ll enjoy FREE 2-Day Shipping with ShopRunner.