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Tips for Pumpkin Carving From State Farm

The combination of slippery pumpkins and sharp knives can be dangerous. Follow these tips to help keep everyone safe when carving your Halloween pumpkin this year.


Set an Age Limit

Consumer Reports recommends that children younger than 14 years old should not do the actual pumpkin carving. But younger kids can still get in on the fun:

Have them draw the patterns for their pumpkins.

Allow them to decorate their pumpkins with markers, paint or non-carving decoration kits.

Let them clean out the seeds and pulp from inside the pumpkins.

If you decide to let your teens carve pumpkins, closely supervise in case anything goes wrong.

Use the Right Tools

Big kitchen knives aren’t the best fit for this job. According to Consumer Reports, a pumpkin carving kit is a safer option. The tools in these kits are:

Designed to easily pierce pumpkins

Not as sharp as average kitchen knives

Smaller and easier to control

Follow Proper Technique

Avoid finger and hand injuries:

Work slowly and steadily — don’t rush the project.

Cut away from your body with the carving tool.

Use small, controlled motions when carving.

Keep your free hand out of the way to avoid mishaps.

Happy Halloween

Set Up for Safety

Before you start carving, prepare your pumpkin carving area and tools:

Make sure the carving area is dry, well lit and on a stable surface.

Wash and dry all of your tools before carving.

Keep your hands clean and dry to avoid slipping.

Safe pumpkin carving is just one key to a happy Halloween. Get more safety tips for a worry-free holiday from State Farm®.  

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College Care Package ~ Dollar Tree Anniversary

Disclosure: I am over-the-top excited to be partnering with Dollar Tree in sharing their special Anniversary Event Bonus Buys with you!

Hello friends,

It’s been almost a month since Malik left for college with a Rubbermaid bin filled with college dorm supplies. Now, you and I both know that he’s probably eaten or shared half of his snacks and most of his toiletries were left in the bathroom. I’m not stressing because at the Dollar Tree Anniversary Event I’ll be stocking up on more health/beauty supplies and snacks for him as well as household and cleaning supplies for myself.

Dollar Tree Bonus Buys

At the Dollar Tree Anniversary Event you’ll be able to buy featured Bonus Buy items that contain up to 58% more FREE product and still only $1 each, talk about getting more bang for the buck! In addition to health/beauty and cleaning supplies, the other featured products include Sweets and Treats, which is just in time for Halloween; School Lunch/Pantry Essentials, so you can stock those shelves with after-school snacks and household items including Super Glue, baskets and bins which are definitely DIY crafting essentials.

Quantities are limited so make sure you shop the Dollar Tree Anniversary Event from September 28-October 11, 2014, to stock up on some of those great Bonus Buys for your home and/or dorm room needs. Oh, and if you want to purchase these items online to have them shipped to your local DollarTree store, just click here.

To learn more about new Dollar Tree products and contests as an email subscriber, sign up for their weekly email here: DollarTree

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Funny Flea Market Finds

Hello Friends and Happy Tuesday

I trust you all had an enjoyable weekend with an opportunity to be outdoors as it was simply gorgeous in our neck of the woods.  On Saturday, it was a bright, sunny 85 degrees, a perfectly glorious Indian Summer day.

I spent the day at Dutch Country Farmers Market trying to make a little extra cash, de-cluttering my nest trying to get rid of items that we no longer need, want or use anymore.  On the first Saturday of every month beginning in April and ending in November, you can rent 3 parking spaces for $15.00, to turn your trash into someone else’s treasure!

Yes...I sold a Mink Coat!  I wish PETA would!

Yes…I sold a Mink Coat! I wish PETA would!

A perfect fit, now she waits for the cold weather!

A perfect fit, now she waits for the cold weather!

I didn’t get much of a chance to walk around which is a good thing, because I didn’t want to spend my profits nor did I need to buy more stuff only to get rid of it later.

Trying to turn my trash into someone else's treasure!

Trying to turn my trash into someone else’s treasure!

You can find almost anything at a Flea Market, some things are usable others are just unusual, check out what had me scratching my head.  I tried to figure out the thought process going into making these purchases – what do you think?

Flea Market Saturday 008

I hope this didn’t come from a major intersection! where do you use these?

Okay…so where do you use these?

Happy Halloween My Pretties!

Perfect for the front porch to scare away the kiddies or put in the window to repel a thief!

Perfect for the front porch to scare away the kiddies or put in the window to repel a thief!

Family Fun for a Buck!

Family Fun for a Buck!

For Family Fun Game night, I can understand that, but Rummikub is an old game and there were missing pieces…even at a buck I didn’t understand this purchase.

Speaking of unusual, check out these cool modes of transportation.

Jazzier than a Hover Round

Jazzier than a Hover Round

Love a BMore Raven's Fan!

Love a BMore Raven’s Fan!

No need for speed here!

No need for speed here!

It was a long day but I made enough money to pay for groceries and was still able to donate 7 boxes of clothing and miscellaneous household items to Goodwill.

Flea Market Finds Are Fun!

Flea Market Finds Are Fun!

What is the funniest Flea Market find you’ve ever seen or purchased?







QVC Outlet

I’ve been working in West Chester, PA for almost 7 years, yet had never gone to the QVC Outlet which is less than 10 miles from the office. Today seemed like a perfect day to get out and window shop because I vowed not to buy any clothing in October. I am not a Monk and I broke my vow with a few items that were too hard to resist. Truth be told I was specifically looking for the Wendy Williams’ Adorn line, but they didn’t have it, must be too new.

The QVC Outlet has a lot of great bargains including summer season clothing marked 70% off, purses and shoes 60% off, home decor 40% off and jewelry 60% off. There was a very large assortment of purses, however, none of them “spoke to me” so none of them came home with me. I did fall in love with a pair of Anne Klein Kitten Heels and had to decide between black, beige or grey/lilac. I chose the grey/lilac because I’ve never had this color, and the price was right at only $20.48. I also purchased a Susan Graver skirt, $8.84; a Joan Rivers watch, $13.94; and a Melania Trump charm bracelet, $14.68, total with tax was $59.46. Now no more shopping until November, must only shop my closet!!!

Seasonal Home Decor – 40% off

This dress would look great with a pair of boots – $8.12

Shoes and too many purses to chose just one – so got none!

Aren’t these adorable?

I purchased the watch and skirt

Had to take picture of this customer’s boots – she purchased them from T.J. Maxx for $39.00, I hope they have them next month!!!

Have a fantabulous weekend – Smooches!