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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!


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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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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(Photo from “Here Comes the Sun”)

 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.


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…


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)…


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


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…


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



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!


(Photo courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens)

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!


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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Etsy Fall Haul, Y’all!

With the seasons changing, we all look forward to new things. Whether you like colder or warmer weather, seeing nature transform as if by magic is inspiring. It symbolizes a new beginning, a second chance. Maybe you meant to start a project but never got around to it, now is the time to tackle it! So, to celebrate the change in season and bring you even more “fallspiration,” SteerList brings you an Etsy haul to get you excited about Autumn!

These delicious gourmet caramel marshmallows from seller whimsyandspice can be used for a multitude of fall flavors. Float them in your hot chocolate for a twist on an old favorite, or make some especially fancy autumnal s’mores! Even just on their own, they make any day decadent.


(Photo courtesy of WhimsyandSpice)

These homemade vanilla chai spiced caramels from CandivorEpice offer a mouthful of fall flavor in a bite sized treat. As the weather gets colder, the spices come out. Flavors like cinnamon and nutmeg fill our noses as we pass bakeries and coffee shops, giving us the feeling of warmth in our stomachs. Keep some of these in your purse or pocket for a fun seasonal treat on the go.


(Photo Courtesy of CandyvorEpice)

Invite nature into your home with this wreath made with real preserved Oak leaves! If you find yourself staring out windows wistfully and watching the leaves fall, get this fun decoration from NHWoodscreation. The seller lives in New Hampshire, where fall foliage is world-famous and most vibrant! You don’t have to travel to see the most beautiful leaves of the season, you can keep it in your own home!


(Photo Courtesy of NHWoodsCreation)

If you’re not into spooky Halloween decorations, try out this “Fall in Love” banner to celebrate the whole season rather than a single holiday. The play on words is also an ode to the season if you love it like we do. Cuddle up under a blanket and admire an everyday reminder of love and brightly colored leaves from seller IDoBanners. Also great for a fall wedding!


(Photo Courtesy of IDoBanners)

We all know that pumpkin is the big flavor around this time of year, but what if you’re on a diet? Get your pumpkin fix with this yummy pumpkin-scented soap, made by seller Dailyrepose, with real pumpkin puree. The seller has a lot of positive reviews, but if you have allergies or sensitive skin, you can check the ingredients before buying. Great for the guest bathroom or a festive bath.


(Photo Courtesy of Dailyrepose)

These were just a few of our fall favorites. Visit Etsy.com for more handmade decor, and be sure to visit each of the seller’s shops featured in this article for tons of other great items (just click on their names in the article, the shop is linked)! Also remember to try out our free to do list app, SteerList. We’re a grocery list app, an organization app, and a location based app all rolled into one!

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What A Can of Pumpkin Can Do!


Today, I looked in my pantry and saw a lonely can of pumpkin sitting by itself, most likely from last fall. I felt almost sorry for it, forgotten and lonely. It seems like everyone goes pumpkin crazy this time of year, so much so that one might pick up one of these little unassuming cans on a whim, but then comes the question: What do I do with it? Fear not, after these easy recipes, you’ll never find yourself with an orphaned can of pumpkin again!

1) Mix a Pumpkin Rum Shake. Don’t just fall back on making pumpkin pie, make this adult alternative from Bonappetite.com. Simply combine canned pumpkin, ground nutmeg, vanilla ice cream and rum for a tasty and totally naughty fall treat in a cup!

2) Pumpkin butter is a fast and easy way to add a little taste of fall to whatever you’re eating. Though it’s usually made with fresh pumpkin, TLC.com swears you can use canned pumpkin and no one will know the difference. Simmer canned pumpkin, brown sugar, apple cider, and spices (cinnamon and nutmeg suggested) for about half an hour, then store or gift in jars.


3) Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese adds a little twist to a classic kid favorite. You can make it from scratch, adding a couple spoonfuls of pumpkin to your sauce after the roux and milk. However, after experimenting last year, I can confidently say that you can even just add it to a boxed mixed, but don’t be too heavy-handed with the pumpkin. Bake in a casserole dish with breadcrumbs and cheese on top for a crunch!

4) Pumpkin Pancakes or Waffles. This is easy, just add a little pumpkin puree to your batter. If you want to get fancy, you can add some cinnamon or ground nutmeg. Candied pecans make a great topper, along with plain old maple syrup.

5) Three words: Pumpkin Chai Latte. That’s all I’ll say. Check out this recipe from TexanErin.com.

6) Baked Pumpkin Donut Holes for pop-in-your-mouth goodness. These little guys are baked, not fried, and small so you can pace yourself. We’re not going to call them healthy, but they’re definitely a little better than grabbing a fried donut with tons of frosting.


 7) Pumpkin Praline Pretzels! It’s not a tongue twister, it’s just delicious. I wasn’t going to include this because it looks a little complicated, but I ended up caving because it just looks too good to be true. Would you try it?

8) Pumpkin Soup is “soup-er” easy to make! It takes more than one can of pumpkin puree, but just add some garlic, onions, cream, and spices and you’re good to go! This is definitely a fall favorite!

9) Rachel Ray recommends adding some pumpkin to your morning oatmeal for a fast and easy pumpkin fix. Top with cinnamon sugar, maple, walnuts, or raisons!


10) Last but not least, nothing goes better with pumpkin than cream cheese. Make this simple Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread for bagels, toast, or in a pastry puff a la Rachel Ray. Just blend equal parts cream cheese, powdered sugar, and pumpkin, then throw in some pumpkin pie spice to taste and voila! A decadent spread for any occasion!

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Five FREE Fall Activities!

It’s October 1st, and for most people that marks the official beginning of fall. We suddenly have a strong craving for pumpkin flavored things, along with apple cider and candy corn. It’s a magical time of year, where the leaves change colors and even adults can enjoy jumping into a big pile of leaves. So while we’re all daydreaming of crisp afternoons and walks in the rain, here are some fun FREE autumnal activities to enjoy by yourself or with your family. Be sure to add this list to your free SteerList organization app so you remember to take time and have some fun!

1) Collecting leaves is an activity as simple as taking a walk or driving to a nearby park. Take a stroll and pick up leaves that catch your eye, whether they be red, orange, or yellow. To turn them into a work of art and prolong their life, Family Fun magazine suggests ironing them between sheets of wax paper or sealing them with mod-podge.


(Photo courtesy of Family Fun Magazine)

 2) Jumping into a pile of leaves. Simply get a rake or broom and sweep the fallen leaves into a pile, then allow your kids to kick and throw or jump into them. Be careful of jumping, though, and be aware of what your pile is on. Lawn is preferable to cement if your kids plan on diving in, and make sure you have a substantial pile to cushion their jump.


 3) Enjoy a hot beverage on a rainy day. There’s something simply satisfying about drinking a nice hot cider, tea, pumpkin spice latte, or hot chocolate. Feeling the warmth spread down your throat and into your body is a small happiness. Open the windows and listen to the rain.

 4) Go to a pumpkin patch. My family would just pick a pumpkin at the grocery store, but recently I’ve learned the joy of going to a local pumpkin patch instead. They are usually free to enter and look around, and sometimes have things like hay bale rides, petting zoos, and corn mazes (though they may cost a little). Indulge a little and spend the day surrounded by fun and other families.


5) Go puddle jumping. Kids love jumping in puddles, but aren’t always encouraged to do so. One day, dress your kids in rain boots and let them go to town walking through the water and splashing like a duck. You can even take a walk in the rain or let your kids go and run in the yard without an umbrella, but be sure to hustle them into a warm bath right after so your little ones don’t catch a cold!

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