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Need Ideas for Dinner Tonight? Make Your Own Pizza!

SteerList has got you covered for dinner tonight. The best part? Your kids do half the work! Pizza night can be super fun and super easy, especially with this no-yeast pizza dough recipe. Pick up some toppings and get ready to bake!

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The first part of pizza night is to make your dough. Of course, you can probably buy crust from your local grocery store (Pillsbury makes one) but I personally recommend this easy recipe from cooks.com for fresh dough!

Dough (Good for about two large pizzas):

2 ½ cups flour

2 ¾ teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon oil

¾ to 1 cup water

Simply mix the dry ingredients, then add the wet. I recommend mixing the water and oil together before adding it to the dry ingredients because if you add the oil separately, it balls up. If the dough seems stiff, add a little more water. After adding your toppings, bake at 400 degrees for 15-25 minutes.

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 For the toppings, you can pick up your kid’s classic favorites and encourage them to try new vegetables or toppings you don’t normally get on pizza. Two examples I love are peas and almond slivers. Where else can you get a pizza with almonds on it!? Things like that make pizza night special. The nice thing about pizza night is also that you don’t have to have a whole pizza with one topping… if your child is unsure of whether or not they will like a certain topping but still want to try it, just top one slice. You can also experiment with different cheeses, like feta or ricotta. Don’t forget the sauce! Don’t just use plain tomato sauce, Spaghetti sauce can work in a pinch.

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Divide your pizza dough into “personal pizza” sizes and put pre-chopped toppings into bowls (or mini muffin tins) so your kids can access them easily. Roll out the dough and roll up the edges to make a crust, and add a layer of sauce, then let your kids do what they want. If you have extra dough, you can even try to make a dessert pizza!

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Unique and Easy Last-Minute Costume Ideas!

Have you looked at your calendar recently? If not, you may be shocked to find out that Halloween is this week! You heard right, Thursday is All Hallow’s Eve! If you’re anything like me, you may have thought a few times about a costume for yourself or your kids, but never committed to an idea and now you’re drawing a blank. After some searching around, I’ve found some easy costumes that look like you put a lot of time into them when they don’t take a lot at all.

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1) Rocket man (or woman). This idea from realsimple.com is super easy, just pull together an all-white outfit and add some details with black duct tape. For the super awesome jet pack, simply take two Pringles cans and attach party hats to the top. Then spray paint the whole thing silver. Finish with silver duck tape straps and streamer “fire.” A variation of this can simply include two upside-down soda bottles, also with streamers.

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2) This jelly fish costume from Martha Stewart is cute, and perfect for a rainy Halloween. All you need is a clear umbrella and some strips of bubble wrap. Dress in all one color. Not good for an indoor party, but an easy costume to “put on” and “take off.” Tip: So you don’t have to use both hands, use the hooked handle to carry the trick-or-treat bag.

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3)  A super hero costume is always a winning choice, but don’t choose to dress up like some other super hero, be your own super hero! We pulled this idea from the pages of “Family Fun” magazine. The best way to pull off a sophisticated superhero look is to pick two or three solid colors. This can be any combination, but picking just a few is what will make this look pop. Only dress in the two colors, and don’t forget accessories like arm cuffs (can be made out of toilet paper tubes), a mask, and a cape.

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4) If you’re frantically reading this post on Halloween morning, this hula dancer outfit is great because it uses items you probably have around the house. It just uses a paper grocery bag (may need more depending on size) and cupcake wrappers to create the leis. Pair with a Hawaiian shirt or bathing suit (be sure to wear shorts or leggings under your skirt too). We like this one because it can be recycled when you’re done.

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5) This Greek God or Goddess costume only really needs a sheet. Can you say “To-ga, to-ga, to-ga”? We got the idea from Marie Claire, take a sheet and tuck and drape. Be sure you or your child is wearing clothes underneath… you don’t want a wardrobe malfunction! Sometimes sheets can be a little unpredictable. You can also use chord or rope to add more shape as a belt or crossed over the chest to add shape/interesting designs. Make a gold wreath out of a circle of fake flowers or leaves spray painted gold, or use gold paper to cut out leaves and glue them to a headband!

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A Family-Friendly Pinterest Halloween Party

Are you planning the Halloween party for friends and family this year? Throwing a family-friendly party can be tough if you look around at a party store. Blood and gore don’t have to take center stage at your soiree. If you’re looking for some quick and easy party ideas thrill and excite, these Pinterest picks are sure to do the trick AND be a treat!

Decorations:

Balloons and a permanent pen, what could be simpler? Pick up some orange and white balloons and draw some jack-o-lantern or ghost faces on them for a friendly floating display. You can also send balloons home with kids as party favors! Tie little bags of candy as weights to keep the balloons from flying away.

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Do you feel like someone is watching you? These creepy eyes don’t have to all be menacing to still give a creepy-cool effect. Simply take old toilet paper tubes and cut your “eye” shapes into them, then put a glow stick inside and place in a hedge or dark area.

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 Food:

These two-ingredient witches’ brooms are as easy as grabbing a bag of peanut butter cups and pretzel sticks! All you do is put a pretzel stick into the top of the peanut butter cup and you’re done. Be sure to make sure they don’t get into the hands of anyone with a peanut allergy!

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Looking for a healthier snack? Simply hollow out a small or medium pumpkin and throw some dip in. Surround with bite-sized vegetables.

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 These “mummy” hot dogs look snug and warm in their crescent roll wrappings! Simply get Pillsbury pre-made croissant dough, then cut into individual strips and wrap around the hot dog. Follow baking instructions on package and add two little mustard dots for eyes!

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This chip and dip “graveyard” is like a miniature diorama! Use any ingredients you want for the dip, just be sure to have a layer of lettuce on top. This particular dip also uses chopped olives as “stones.” You can get strip-shaped tortilla chips to make the headstones as a cheat to make this easier than cutting and baking tortillas, though the chip tree is pretty impressive.

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 Red “Vampire punch” is always a easy go-to for Halloween, but if you want to go for a fun drink that looks like you put a little more into it, try out a 7UP and sherbert ice cream float for a fun “swamp” drink. The 7UP bubbles up when you add the ice cream, and you can even add some gummy worms as garnish for good measure.

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 Bonus! Some fun and quick games:

“Witch, Witch, Where’s Your Broom?” this is like “Doggy, Doggy, Where’s Your Bone?” simply have a chair set with its back to the rest of the people playing. Place a paintbrush or picture of a broom behind the chair and select a “witch.” The witch sits in the chair while a player is quietly selected from the rest of the players. That person must sneak up to steal the broom, then return to the rest of the players. Everyone then hides their hands and chants “Witch, witch, where’s your broom?” and the “witch” has to guess who has it.

“Pin the Nose on the Jack-o-Lantern” is very easy, simply draw or print out and paste a picture of a pumpkin on the wall, but only draw the eyes and mouth. Then, take black paper and let people cut out their own “nose” shape. Add a piece of double-sided tape (or a rolled-up piece) to the back of each nose. Blind fold and let guests take turns trying to pin their nose on! Silly fun.

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Plan the Perfect Autumn Day!

Autumn is a time of year where there are so many fun activities you want to do that you may sometimes need a little help getting organized so you can do them all before the season is over. SteerList is a free app that can help even the most busy and most disorganized people remember to take time to enjoy the little things when they have bigger things to worry about. Whether you need just a little help or are a self-proclaimed hot mess, the SteerList app will help you get things done.

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We are a location based app that was made specifically for ease of use and moms on the go. Pick a day from the calendar, then quickly choose locations by simply searching the name of a store and selecting the one you usually go to. Then, make a list of what you need to do. After that, it’s okay if you forget about it, because when you drive or walk near what you needed to do, SteerList will remember for you and give you a notification.

We can help you remember to pick up candy for trick-or-treaters before all the good stuff is gone…

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We can help you prep for the rainy season ahead of time, so you’re not running around in flip flops with a plastic bag over your head when the first rain hits (been there, done that)…

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We can even help plan your perfect trip to the pumpkin patch…

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AND we can help you make the perfect apple pie when you’re suddenly in the mood to bake. We’re a great grocery list app for when you have new seasonal recipes you want to try…

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Then we’ll help you decorate your house for Halloween…

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Finally, when you need a break at the end of the day, SteerList can even help you remember to pick up a grande Pumpkin Spice Latte to help you unwind.

Again, we’re free to download (we also don’t run on annoying ads), so give us a try and let us know what you think! If you’ve been meaning to start a DIY project or absolutely can’t forget to pick up cake mix for the school bake sale, then download SteerList today and get it done!

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Creative No-Carve Pumpkins!

Traditional pumpkin carving can be fun, but also dangerous. Proper carving tools are often too sharp for little ones who may want to participate, or even adults who may be a little accident prone. Of course, you can always have your child draw their shapes on the pumpkin while you carve it, but if you’re looking to avoid a trip to the hospital this Halloween, opt for a more hands-on way for kids to help decorate! Whether you have kids or are simply looking for something different this year, you can try out these creative solutions to your pumpkin problems!

1) The glitter pumpkin! As whimsical as Cinderella’s carriage, simply paint some glue onto your pumpkin and sprinkle glitter on for this glam take on the classic pumpkin. Be sure to lay down some newspaper around your workspace, glitter has a tendency to find its way everywhere.

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2) The more edgy thumbtack pumpkin makes for a super easy and eye-catching way to create designs quickly and with a simple push. Not as dangerous as carving, but make sure all the thumbtacks stay in a bowl and not on the floor. Keep an eye on young kids.

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3) The potato head pumpkin allows kids to change their minds and decorate their pumpkin again and again. Simply look at a potato head toy to know where to drill the holes (one for the eyes, one for the nose, and one for the mouth, then one on each side for the ears, and one on each side a little lower for arms) and let your kids place the accessories as they wish.

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4) Tape and ribbon make clean lines on your pumpkin, for a more chic and sophisticated look. Duck tape makes all kinds of patterns now, including plaid, leopard print, and even One Direction!

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5) Painted pumpkins let your kids be as creative as they want with their pumpkin. Whether they want to paint a face or a pattern, just give them paint and they’ll know what to do. If you want a more sophisticated pumpkin, you can try using a doily as a stencil, or even take a leaf from your yard, place it on your pumpkin, paint, then remove for a cool leaf effect!

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Finally, if your children really love the glowing effect of a jack-o-lantern, you can try making one of these Halloween luminaries out of a simple milk jug. Simply wash out an old milk container and use a permanent marker to draw on a fun face! Be sure to use Christmas lights or an electric candle to prevent melting!

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As always, be sure to use our free SteerList app to help you with all your DIY projects. We are a location based app, so we remind you of what you need to do when you drive or walk near what you need to do (like picking up thumbtacks or glitter from a craft store).

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Easy DIY Halloween Decor!

Halloween is around the corner, and part of the fun is not only dressing yourself up, but your house as well! Whether you just want to add some thrill to your décor or are throwing a big Halloween bash, here are some really easy and festive DIY projects that will make your house look a little creepy, but not over-the-top.

 The Shadow Hand

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This a really cool effect, because we all know the haunting feeling of seeing a shadow move out of the corner of our eyet. All it takes to achieve is scissors, tape, and a pencil (or white chalk, which will be easier to see on the black paper). Simply pick a place and how you want to position your hand (or a partner’s if you’d rather trace someone else’s) then trace the hand onto the black paper. Stop at your nails to make a more dramatic manicure if you want to make it look like a witch’s or woman’s hand. When you’re done, cut it out and tape and you’ll have a creepy shadow that will make your trick-or-treaters do a double-take.

 A Colony of Bats

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As easy as the hand, these bats can make a fun decoration that is what we call “creepy couture.” Simply find or draw your own template (we like this one from onecharmingparty.com) then trace it on to your black paper. Tape however you want, and enjoy the atmosphere of a festive-but-refined haunted house. Tip: You can slightly bend the wings and only tape the body to create a 3-D effect.

Cutie/Mandarin Orange Pumpkins

One of these is more for decoration (though you can certainly munch on them at a party), the other is perfect for a healthy party snack!

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1) Take a bag of Cuties or oranges and grab a permanent pen. Leaving the rind on, draw fun jack-o-lantern designs on the oranges for a fast and easy treat. These are great for a kid’s class party, for their lunch, or even just to have sitting around the house.

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2) The second option is much more autumnal. If you don’t want your guest to have to do the work of peeling their own orange, simply do it for them. Then, with the segments of your orange exposed and resembling a cute pumpkin, take a small piece of celery and stick it in the top to finish the look! In the photo, they are served alongside banana “ghosts” with chocolate chip features.

Ghostly Hand in the Punch Bowl

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I love this really chilling detail. Simply freeze a rubber glove full of water to make the hand-shaped ice. I have never tried this personally, but I’d warn you to rinse the glove a few times first, or run the ice hand under cold water for a bit to get the first layer off. Sometimes rubber gloves have that powdery coating that probably doesn’t taste that great. Opt for a latex-free glove if possible, just in case anyone has an allergy.

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