Friday, September 17, 2021

Dare to Share #486

It's Friday night, and you know what that means.. 
It's time to Dare to Share! 

Happy Friday!  I made it through our second week of school. Yea!  We are starting to get back into the flow of things. The buses are closer to being on time, the parents are a little less nervous dropping off and picking up their kids. Next week we have our first spirit week where we dress up in different outfits every day.  It feels good to be almost back to normal. 

Are you getting excited about Halloween and Spooky Season? I have been a long time fan and affiliate for Oriental Trading Company. I have used their supplies for all of my kid's parties which you can see on the party themes page above.  Their decorations are so cool this year! I am loving the giant skeletons.   You can see this unicorn skeleton and many other fun items on my post Fun Ways to Decorate and Celebrate Spooky Season

I am also excited to share that I finally got my Etsy Shop open after a few months of anxiety procrastinating.  I have a few fall themed calendars listed, and will be adding Halloween and Christmas items over the next several weeks.  

Did you have any accomplishments that you would like to share this week? I would love to hear about them!  

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Fun ways to decorate and celebrate Spooky Season

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I have been a long time fan of the Oriental Trading Company.  I have used their products at all of my children's birthday parties (which you see on the party theme's page here)

Your house will be one of the most interesting ones on the block with this dragon skeleton. It is 4 feet long, and 3 feet high, with many 5 star reviews.  

Recently they sent me an email with some of the coolest Halloween decorations that I are definitely something I would love to have in my front yard.  

While the Dollar Tree has the mini mermaid skeletons,  Oriental Trading has this life size version.  It would definitely be the showpiece of your party. 

My personal favorite the unicorn skeleton.  You could have a lot of fun adding some colorful flair to this fun guy.  If you like both the dragon and the unicorn they can be bought separately or as a duo at a discount.  

If you like your skeletons on the smaller side, there are this scary but cute vinyl skeleton toys (12 ct) I just love how the unicorn and narwhal have a candy cane horn.  

I adore gnomes, and this Halloween gnome sign can definitely put a spell on me.  

Do you like scary movie posters?  This Creature from the Black Lagoon is just one of many that are available. 

How fun is this pirate ship cooler. Its 3 feet high, and 3 feet wide and holds up to 72 cans.  That's a lot of cans.  

Oriental Trading has Hocus Pocus Party Supplies  

and all of the Sanderson sister witch costumes.  Which Sanderson sister are you?  It's been awhile since I have seen the movie, but I think I am probably Sara
Want an ice breaker for your party guests?  Have them spin the wheel and find out their fate with this fate prize wheel.

There are currently over 10,000 Halloween items available on Oriental Trading, and for a limited time there is Free Shipping on ANY order

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Saturday, September 11, 2021

Dare to Share #485

It is Friday night, and you know what that means.. 
It is time to Dare to Share! 

I just finished my first week back to school.  It was both wonderful and exhausting. Everyone was excited to be back with the kids and our school family again.  We did have a few first week bumps though.  Our buses have been arriving very late as ,they try to figure out the routes with a shortage of drivers.  The first day of school I stayed an entire hour later than normal just trying to help get all the kiddos safely on the buses. While I was not being paid for that extra hour, I know what it is like to be standing at the bus stop waiting for your kids to arrive home way after they are supposed to be home. Hopefully next week will be even easier as we get used to our new routines again  

I did have the chance to write a post earlier this week.  Just as you walk in the front door of the Dollar Tree, they had a display of gorgeous fall dishes that would be so pretty on your Thanksgiving table. You don't actually need a special reason to use them.  They are very affordable so you can use these dishes every day if you would like.  You can see more about them on my post Amazing Dinnerware for Thanksgiving and Your Fall Parties.

I stopped by another Dollar Tree store tonight and found a several more really exciting things.  I share the new products I find over on Instagram.  I also share videos and reels/tutorials if you would like to follow along.  

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Thursday, September 9, 2021

Amazing Dinnerware for Thanksgiving and Your Fall Parties

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Have you seen the fall dinnerware patterns at the Dollar Tree?
I am really impressed, they are so beautiful this year.  If you are someone that likes to decorate for Thanksgiving, or have fall dinner parties, you will definitely want to check them out.  An added bonus, since they are from the Dollar Tree, everything is only $1.  

Their pumpkin placemats are GORGEOUS, and they are currently available online in units of only 4! You can get a whole table full of placemats for the price of only a couple at a regular store. 

These 16 oz pumpkin tumblers are so pretty, and are a nice addition to your fall table settings.  They are currently available online in units of only 6.  

If tumblers are not your thing, they also have stemless wine glasses in a case of 12. 

The pumpkin bowls  are a really nice size and available in units of 6. 

My store did not have any of the dinner plates in stock, but WOW it is definitely eye catching.  They are available online in a case of 12 plates. 

The 7.5 in side plates have a coordinating design, and also available in a case of 12. 

If you prefer fall leaves to pumpkins, there is also an entire line of the leaf pattern.  There was a bit of a glare when I took this picture. You can see the leaf tumblers here.

The fall leaves bowl has a similar look to the pumpkin bowl and comes in a case of 12. 

In addition to the dinnerware and placemats, you can find several types of dish towels, napkins, drying mats and more. 

If you had to choose which pattern you like best, which one do you choose?  If I was hosting Thanksgiving this year, for me it would be the pumpkin line.  

When you order from  Dollar Tree online, remember that most   items you one the website can  shipped free to your store.  I have done this several times, and have always had a great experience.   Another bonus tip... The Christmas items are starting to appear in stores, so check be sure to check the Christmas items online NOW.. 

I have added the video that I took of the dinnerware while I was in the store.  This way you can see the items more than just in pictures.  

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Friday, September 3, 2021

Dare to Share #484

It is Friday night, and you know what that means..
It is time to Dare to Share! 

Happy Labor Day Weekend! 

And poof, just like that summer is over! It go back to school in a couple of days, and stores are already selling all things fall.  I am a fan of fall. It means football, cider, Halloween, and a lot of fun.  I'm not though a fan of what comes after it, snow, ice and cold.  Brrr!   Which is your favorite season of the year?  

This week I have been working on my online store, a project that I am reviewing and a blog post.   

 If you have not had a chance to see it yet, it is How to Celebrate Dios de los Muertos.  Do you remember last year when I was asked to fill in as the Spanish teacher for a few weeks until my school was able to hire one? Thankfully, they hired an amazing one (especially since I know very little Spanish).  She is originally from Mexico so she was definitely the right person to teach the kids how to speak Spanish and all about their customs.  I assisted her on the days she was teaching about this important Mexican holiday. 

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Thursday, September 2, 2021

How to Celebrate Dios de los Muertos

This week while visiting my local Dollar Tree, I saw many, many items for Dios de Los Muertos, aka Day of the Dead. I have to admit I did not know much about that holiday until I saw the movie Coco (which was awesome), and when I was the temporary Spanish teacher at my school.  I am a full time building sub at an intermediate school.  When school started back last year the school found themselves without a Spanish teacher.  Our school was in person four days a week with Covid protocol, and the past teacher who had health issues decided to retire right before school started.  My principal asked me if I could fill in as the Spanish teacher until they could hire someone.  I said yes, but there was one problem.  I knew muy poca espanol. I had not taken Spanish since high school over 30 years ago, and remembered very little of it.  I went through past worksheets, and started looking up ideas on Google.  I taught some basic words, colors and numbers. Thankfully, they found the perfect person to be the full time Spanish teacher before the third week of school.  She is from Mexico, speaks fluent Spanish and knows all about the culture.   I assisted her for a few days when she first started, and also helped her with this altar at the end of October for Dios de los Muertos.  

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Most of the supplies she bought were from the Dollar Tree.  She covered boxes with black plastic tablecloths.  The skulls and banners can be found in store and online on their Day of the Dead page. She also added colorful prayer candles that come both with skulls and without, and several votives.  We had the kids color small skeleton printables there were used as the photographs of loved ones who had passed.   We helped the kids make tissue paper marigolds from different shades of yellow and orange tissue paper, and green pipe cleaners.  When everything was pulled together, there was definitely a WOW factor, and the kids learned a lot about the holiday.  

There were so many items that I found during my recent visit to the Dollar Tree that there are just too many to post one photo at a time.  Thank goodness for Canva! 

Which item is  your favorite? 

There are even several more items at the store that are not pictured. Seriously, there are so many great items available you could definitely celebrate with on a teeny tiny budget! 

Did you know that you that  has a many party, holiday, and craft ideas on their site?  If you want to see in more Day of the Dead ideas you can see how to decorate your own sugar skulls using a basic $1 skull here.

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Saturday, August 28, 2021

Dare to Share #483

It is Friday night, and you know what that means.. 
It is time to Dare to Share! 

Happy Friday! This summer flew by don't you think. Kids are going back to school and thinking about autumn.  Tonight my boyfriend and I did something completely spontaneous.  We were driving by a county fair that we did not know was happening, and decided to go have fair food for dinner. Doing something that you were not planning on doing, is definitely a lot of fun. 

I was so distracted by all the lights and people, I didn't notice that the trash cans were in such a prominent part of the picture. Oops!

For dinner I decided to try a pizza burger.  Back in high school way back when our cafeteria used to serve pizza burgers that were really good. I have not been able to find anything like it ever since.  This burger tasted very close to what I remember.  Yum! 

While at the fair we tried some free samples at the kettle corn tent. I loved the candy coated popcorn so much we got a big bag to take home.  

This past week was a pretty busy one. I babysat and tutored one of my tutor students all week.  In just one more week, it will be back to school time for us as well.  Are you back to school yet or do you go back to school in September like me? 

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Saturday, August 21, 2021

Dare to Share #482

It is Friday night, and you know what that means..
It is time to Dare to Share! 

My computer is running on the slow side tonight. I'm not sure what is up with that.   I did want to share this beautiful door mat my good friend and neighbor surprised me with this week. She found out that I Iove farm trucks, and when she was at CVS she saw this and thought of me.  It is so nice, I dont really want to set it outside because I want to keep it looking nice. :) 

This week I have been starting to prepare to go back to school soon.  I have also been doing Dollar Tree hauls because their fall and Halloween items have begun to come in.  

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Earlier this week I posted two short videos of my Farmhouse Fall and Halloween Craft hauls, which you can see here.

I am excited to start crafting again soon.  I did come up with a new pumpkin idea to add to the Pumpkin Gang this year.  I'm not going to say what yet, because I need to find one of the white foam pumpkins from Dollar Tree to make it.  I am so excited to find out that they are come in three colors this year, orange, white and black!  Another huge bonus is you can order them in small quantities of only 4, and have the shipped shipped FREE to your store.  So if you are not seeing them in your stores, be sure to order them online for the same cost.  (I think I will be ordering some in all three colors this weekend) 

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Monday, August 16, 2021

Dollar Tree Truck and Fall Haul

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I am going to try something a little different today. Over the weekend, I had a really good haul from the Dollar Tree. If you love trucks, crafts, or fall/Halloween decor you will want to check your local store or on

There is so much cute farmhouse truck decor available right now.  They have signs, calendars, ornaments and more..  My friend did not realize I was taping, you can you can hear her in the background.  LOL 

I was also very excited with the fall wood crafts and decor 

I took some a video with my phone. Hopefully you can see what I found.  A lot of these items are going fast, and if you don't find them in stores, be sure to check online as well.  
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Saturday, August 14, 2021

Dare to Share #481

It is Friday night, and you know what that means.. 
It is time to Dare to Share!  

So this past week, I was a bit busy.  When I posted the party last weekend, I was just about to leave on a whirlwind mini vacation to go visit my family who I have not seen in a long time.  We also planned to  see some tourist sites in Missouri.  We visited Joplin, Kansas City, and St. Louis.  My boyfriend is a train geek and was very excited to see the Big Boy (the largest steam engine in the world) as it was touring in parts of the midwest.  

This was taken early morning on the first day of our trip, before we got tired of riding in the car.  LOL 

I truly had no idea how big of following the Big Boy has around the country. A huge crowd was there to see the train as it made a quick stop in Edwardsville, Kansas.  Normally Edwardsville is a town of about 4,000.  On that day it was probably about 10,000. 

The Big Boy was on display at Union Station the next day.  We were able to take pictures, and my boyfriend was interviewed by Union Pacific for it's promotional videos. 

The inside of Union Station is actually quite big and beautiful. There were several fun things to see and do. 

One of my favorite finds on this trip was this Itty Bitty Patrick Mahomes. If you have followed by blog for awhile, you will know I LOVE football.  Mahomes is one of my three favorite quarterbacks. I really wish I would have bought it while we were there now.  Kansas City is the headquarters of Hallmark stores, and were visiting a really big one in Crown Center downtown. I believe my local store is no longer open. :( 

On the last day of the trip we did a few fun things around St. Louis. We wanted to go up in the arch, but did not have time on this trip.  Maybe next time! 

Did you do anything new or exciting this week? 

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