How to Host a Halloween Party with Netflix

Did you know that approximately 68 million people will dress in costumes this Halloween? And that about 49 million of that group of select individuals will attend a Halloween party.  Are you attending a Halloween Bash this weekend? Are you hosting a party?

If you are one of these spooky persons who gets all dressed up and attend a monster bash or hosting a party for your friends and family . . . I have a few tips for you.

Host A Themed Party

Make your party a themed party. This may seem like a no-brainer, but if you have friends like me who are completely at a lose when it comes to dressing in costumes, a theme helps immensely! Murder Mystery, Favorite Politicians and my favorite themed idea:  Best Horror Characters Streaming on Netflix!

How to Host a Halloween Party with Netflix

Have a Costume Contest

It really wouldn’t be a Halloween party without a costume! So obviously if you ask your guests to arrive in costume, you will need to hand out some prizes for the BEST costume of the night. Get something easy like a container full of candy.

How to Host a Halloween Party with Netflix

Finger Food

Be sure to have popcorn! You certainly can't watch scary movies on Netflix without popcorn. Be sure to have bowls of candy spread throughout the house, so guests can select whatever they want to add to their popcorn. We love sour chewy candy in with our popcorn.

image via Martha Stewart

image via Martha Stewart

Also have snacks like potato chips, pretzels, veggie trays, cookies, sodas and a bowl of punch. (and alcohol if you drink). No Halloween party would be complete without a spooky bowl of punch. Serve ghoulish green, and use dry ice if you can get your hands on some.  Another great tip I really like to have at parties is a cupcake bar. Simply set up a "Creepy Cupcake Bar". It is super easy too. Just set out various colored icing and candy and let everyone decorate their own creepy cupcake.

Eerie Entertainment: NETFLIX

No Halloween party is complete without some entertainment. Turn on your television and stream all the Halloween favorites in each room you have a television in. Play classic horror films in the background such as The Babadook, The Taking of Deborah Logan, Dark Skies, Wes Craven's New Nightmare, Hush and some great classics like, The Exorcist , Hellraiser I & II, and Jaws.

How to Host a Halloween Party with Netflix

For less frightening movies for the children, I would suggest Hotel Transylvania 2, Scooby Doo Movie 2, The Addams Family, The Boxtrolls, Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Wolfman, Girl Meets Monster, Casper's Scare School and of course, Corpse Bride andET. OR my kids FAVORITES to stream in October: Goosebumps, R.L. Stine's Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend?, R.L. Stine’s Mostly Ghostly: One Night in Doom, R.L. Stine's Monsterville: Cabinet Of Souls AND R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour.

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Do you see a theme here - my son has been hooked on R.L. Stine for as long as I can remember. When he was younger he would be too afraid to watch Goosebumps by himself, so he would beg his younger sisters to watch it with him. Guess who had all three kids sleeping in their bed the month of October for years!

Then come back together before the party ends to see who’s the best at scary movie trivia based on all the movies you just streamed on Netflix. Give away more candy for prizes!

image via Redbook

image via Redbook

How will your family be gearing up for Halloween with Netflix?

Disclosure: This post is part of my involvement as a Netflix #StreamTeam Member. All opinions are my own. #NetflixKids #Netflix #NetflixMoms Want to learn more about Netflix Streaming? Subscriptions start at $11.99/month. 

Halloween Bark

The day for tricking and treating is upon us and it is pouring rain outdoors. My kids are so upset. I thought to cheer them up a bit and make some Halloween Bark!

This is literally one of the easiest recipes to throw together in moments. Most likely you will also have all the ingredients in your home already. You could begin with chocolate pieces (a bog of chips would work) or almond bark . . . this I always have in my house - it is VERY versatile. Grab some pretzels and whatever else your taste buds desire.

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Boo It Forward This Halloween with Ghostbusters #BooItForward

The tradition of "Booing your Neighbor" has been around for several years now and it has really grown in popularity as a fun, safe, family-oriented activity. It's also known as "Ghosting" or "Boo-gramming." And, we totally are participating this year!

Boo It Forward This Halloween with Ghostbusters #BooItForward

To get started, simply visit the official Walmart Boo It Forward site to SELECT a "BOO" bucket, FILL your BOO bucket with spooky sweet treats, and select a copy of the NEW Ghostbusters on DVD or Blu-Ray. You can also download some awesome BOO IT FORWARD printable cards whilst on the site to include in your BOO BUCKET.

Once you receive your amazing BOO bucket, you have to put your bucket all together {be sure to let your kiddos do this task, they will love it} and then figure out WHO and HOW you are going to "SECRETLY" deliver your boo bundle to your friend(s), relative(s) or neighbor(s).

Boo It Forward This Halloween with Ghostbusters #BooItForward


Think of all the friends you could BOO this year! AND, when you download the printable - you get to boo it forward because your boo-ed friend will have the opportunity to reciprocate to a friend of theirs. The printable has the instructions on how to "boo" when you anonymously deliver your boo bucket to your neighbor, friend or relative. Your recipient then has ONLY 48 hours to put together their own BOO BUCKET for a friend, relative or neighbor. Now all this amazing-ness creates a chain throughout your neighborhood.

Boo It Forward This Halloween with Ghostbusters #BooItForward

So, my girls and I selected a friend and her kiddos to deliver our gift of a BOO BASKET and, secretly delivered it to their door, rang the bell and ditched and ran. My girls were laughing so hard. They literally thought this was the best activity ever!

This was very reminiscent for me and reminded me of the days of my youth when we would deliver handmade May Day baskets. A completely forgotten tradition today that was done simply for the kindness of doing it. I love that this BOO BUCKET has the same simplistic feel. This is such a heartwarming and charming activity for children that I think everyone with kids should participate!

Boo It Forward This Halloween with Ghostbusters #BooItForward

But, here are some rules to remember for your BOO IT FORWARD BASKETS:

1. Giving is completely anonymous! No telling! The biggest part of the excitement is trying to sneak away undetected!

2. Let the kiddos give the baskets! Let your kiddos experience the true joy of unselfish giving!

3. It really doesn't take too much to brighten another person's day!


Boo It Forward This Halloween with Ghostbusters #BooItForward

Disclosure: Free products were received in exchange for this advertisement. All opinions are 100% my own and honest.

Back To School Is Over & Disney is on Netflix

September has been a month that began with ease. We were on a good roll with our new school schedules and settling in with new classes and new activities. Then all of a sudden, I do not know what happened, but September tried to kill me.

I have three kids at two different schools and all their activities are on different days, in different direction and at different locations. Like, I need a clone STAT! And I also need everyone to just stop leaving their house so I don't have the issue of traffic to deal with ☺

#netflix #Streamteam

The one saving grace for me this month was Longmire started last week!! I just need to find the time to get through this show, that I absolutely love! the cowboy - swoon! Also, starting tomorrow (September 30th) is a NEW Netflix original series - -  Marvel's Luke Cage -- my husband and I are ardent fans of Daredevil and Marvel's Jessica Jones -- so we are super excited to see Luke Cage! How 'bout them muscles!

Now, I am still totally on my British show kick, but I have to watch them late at night or my son gives me grief. He literally tried to ground me from watching British shows - as if! I watched Cleverman, which is technically not British, but Aussie; however, there are still the accents. Cleverman is based in the near future, and is about physically powerful beings known as 'Hairies' because, well, they are super hairy. They struggle to survive in a segregated society dominated by hostile humans. I liked it!

#Netflix #StreamTeam

My kids pretty much have full control of the television and Netflix during the day and early evenings. They have been catching up on all their Disney favorites because Disney arrived on Netflix! First on the agenda was Zootopia.

#Netflix #Streamteam

I took my daughters to see this at the theater, but my son had not seen Zootopia yet. My daughters were so excited that he agreed to sit and watch it with them because you know, teenager brothers aren't always so nice to their little sisters! So, yeah, if you haven't seen Zootopia - get to streaming!

#Netflix #StreamTeam

My girls can also find all the best Disney movies on Netflix to stream now. Like, Tarzan, Mulan II (which is on repeat streaming), Robin Hood, Holes, and Pirates of the Caribbean. So basically, I have just given you every reason why you should never leave your house again. Like stay home, stream Disney on Netflix and don't cause traffic jams for me, because I'm busy chauffeuring my kids all over Chicagoland.

Disclosure: This post is part of my involvement as a Netflix #StreamTeam Member. All opinions are my own. #NetflixKids #Netflix#NetflixMoms Want to learn more about Netflix Streaming? Subscriptions start at $7.99/month. 

50 Favorite Fall Apple Recipes #SoFabSeasons

I have been creating apple memories with my kids since they were toddlers. Visiting local apple orchards in our area have cemented wonderful memories in my kids hearts. We happened to have been able to visit one of our favorite apple orchards a couple of weeks ago and have been snacking on delicious apple treats every since.

50 Favorite Fall Apple Recipes #SoFabSeasons

Can you believe we are almost out of freshly picked apples? I will have to make another trip when the Fuji apples are ripe enough. I have some amazing recipe to share and there is actually more than 50 in this list!

SoFabSeasons Apples

I am excited to share with you this collection of amazing apple themed posts from many of the outstanding members in the Social Fabric community.

Apples In September #SoFabSeasons


Tiaras and Tantrums -Favorite Autumn Apple Snacks

Broken TeePee -Salmon and Rice Noodles on Apples, Carrots & Zucchini Revel & Glitter -Autumn Cranberry Apple Pear Salad Happy Go Lucky -Bacon Cheddar Apple Dip Honest and Truly -Delicious and Easy Mini Apple Pancakes Smiling Notes -Healthy Apple Pie Oat Pancakes Creative Southern Home -Apple Bread Beyond Mommying -Apple Bacon Grilled Cheese Momcrieff -Apple Pancake Rings for Breakfast or Snack Injenious Life -Gluten Free Applesauce Muffins Everyday Party -Simple Caramel Apple Cider A Paper Arrow -Apple Bread for the Fall Happy and Blessed Home -Delicious Apple Recipes Mom Saves Money -DIY Dehydrated Apple Rings Gluesticks Blog -Baked Apple Chips Life With Lorelai -Caramel Apple Crumbly Bread Recipe Ava's Alphabet -Baked Apple Pancake Life with Lovebugs - Spiced Applesauce and Oatmeal Muffins For the Love of Crust - Homemade Crockpot Apple Cider Oat & Sesame -Maple Your Applesauce Southern Mom Loves -Cheddar and Apple Goldfish Snack Mix Recipe My Life Cookbook -Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Bread(Gluten Free)

DESSERT RECIPES : Home and Garden Cafe - Apple Pie Coconut Ice Cream Joy's Life - Apple Pie Dessert Pizza Kitchen Concoctions - Toffee Apple Pie Cookies The Bandit Lifestyle - Delicious Apple Fritters Perfect for Fall Roasted Beanz - Easy Crustless Almond Raisin Apple Pie Wondermom Wannabe - Clean Eating Apple Crisp with Caramel Sauce Anti June Cleaver - Mini Dutch Apple Pear Pie to Get You Ready for Fall Basic N Delicious - Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake Mostly Homemade Mom - Caramel Apple Pie Fudge Little Blog in the Country - Pressure Cooker Canned Apple Pie Filling Diana Rambles - Apple Spice Dump Cake The Tip Toe Fairy - Apple Plum Skillet Cobbler Five Marigolds - Sweet and Savory Salted Caramel Apple Dip Intelligent Domestications - Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake & Apple Cream Cheese Icing Home Maid Simple - Easy Apple Crisp More or Less Cooking - Best Apple Fritter Coffee Cake My Big Fat Happy Life - Skinny Caramel Ice Cream An Alli Event - Apple Bundt Cake with Praline Frosting Tobin's Tastes - Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip Ginger Casa - Delicious Apple Cranberry Pecan Crumble Sweet Sensations - Apple Cobbler with Oatmeal Muffin Crust A Labor of Life - How to Make Delicious Apple Roses Julie Is Coco and Cocoa - Fried Cinnamon and Sugar Apple Rings Polka Dotted Blue Jay - Mini Carmel Apple Bites Finding Sanity in Our Crazy Life - No Bake Oatmeal Apple Pecan Cookies Being Tazim - Strawberry Apple Crumble Vegan and Dairy Free Upstate Ramblings - Caramel Apple Cake Lily the Wandering Gypsy - Fresh Apple Donuts with Bacon, Caramel Pecan Glaze Rebecca Lately - Baked Apple Recipe Simple Food 365 - Light and Fluffy Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake Mama Plus One - Homemade Apple Cider Donuts Bento Lunch (dot) net - Caramel Apple Pudding Parfaits

ACTIVITIES : Tales of Mommyhood - Apple Picking Favorite Family Activity Mama Luvs Books - Apple Picking in Rhode Island Kori at Home - Apple Tot School Unit with FREE Printables Jenny at Dapperhouse - DIY Apple Basket Sorting Game To & Fro - Tips for Apple Picking with Your Family

CRAFTS : Little Mama Jama - Apple Stamping Sensory Activity for Preschoolers Creative Ramblings - Fabulous Fall Wood Apple Sign Woods of Bell Trees - Quilted Apple Pillow For What It's Worth - Apple Themed Party with DIY Apple Craft The Kennedy Adventures - Paper Plate Apple Craft Babs Projects - Apple Scented Potpourri Pouches Great Contradictions - Apple Themed Candy Bar Wrapper Printables

BEAUTY : Momerish - Apple Pie Sugar Scrub Perfect for Fall Pampering

At about this time every year, I really start thinking about all the favorite fall recipes. I totally understand if you are not quite ready for fall, so be sure to head back here next month for all the favorite fall pumpkin recipes.

And that’s it…for now. Fall has barely just begun. Happy Weekend!

Frocks in Autumn | eShakti Shift Dress

I think autumn is finally here in Chicago. I was actually able to turn the air conditioner off just this past weekend and my husband is so happy about that one as I think I was freezing him out of the house. But in my defense, I totally have this thing where I can't sleep with the windows open, at all, like, not, one-single-window. So, I have to have the air on in the house because all the windows are closed up tight at night when I go to bed.

Frocks in Autumn | eShakti Shift Dress

Is anyone else like this? It is not an "I'm frightened" issue, but more of an "I-can't-stand-all-the-noise-keeping-me-awake" issue. We live next to a forest preserve and we have a owl who resides in our oak tree and all I hear all night long if I leave the window open is this owl hoo-ing. Also, since we are in such close proximity to the forest, I hear every single animal scuffle out there. And don't even get me started if a skunk happens by our yard! Windows = Closed!

Now, it is cool enough I can sleep peacefully with the windows closed and everyone else isn't sweating to death because I won't let anyone open the windows! It is also cool enough that I was able to wear a lovely frock that I ordered a few weeks ago. It is only just now getting cool enough for me to wear it as summer decided to blast Chicago a bit with a few more hot and steamy days these past couple of weeks.

Frocks in Autumn | eShakti Shift Dress

I spotted the frock on and knew immediately that I had to add this to my autumn wardrobe. This shift dress is mid-length, has an empire waist, a pintuck bib front, and a great light chambray fabric with a contrasting hem and deep scooped pockets. Swoon.

Frocks in Autumn | eShakti Shift Dress

eShakti calls the color chambray and it is very accurate as it is the perfect color for fall and matches the autumn sky. It’s an incredibly flattering dress and would be on all shapes and sizes of women. the dress I selected was originally sleeveless, but we were heading into fall and I knew I needed sleeves. There were four different option, but I ultimately chose the elbow length sleeve and they look fabulous on this shift dress.

Frocks in Autumn | eShakti Shift Dress

I also could have ordered a shorter length, but like the fact that it hits me right at the knees for me. I especially love the pintuck bib front on this frock, it reminds me of the frocks I wore as a child and I always loved the pintuck front so much. My grandmother used to make me these lovely frocks with the pintuck front when I was a little girl and this new frock brought back some wonderful memories.

Frocks in Autumn | eShakti Shift Dress

I followed the size chart as recommended by eShakti. This frock is fairly roomy in both the upper portion and the hip. I like that I am not tightly squeezed in this dress and can sit comfortably all day at work.  My office is chilly at times and this chambray shift dress looks great with a sweater. Truly, a black, navy, red or white sweater would look great with the chambray fabric and color.

Frocks in Autumn | eShakti Shift Dress

I believe every woman should have the opportunity to wear well-crafted dresses, blouses, skirts, pants and all with styles that are classic, elegant and timeless regardless of size. eShakti allows for shopping hundreds of styles, and they offer clothing in standard sizes from 0-36W, but you can change the neckline, sleeve and length to fit your taste and body type.

Frocks in Autumn | eShakti Shift Dress

eShakti invited me to try their customization process, select an item of my choice and share my experience. I am fully disclosing that I was provided a free product of my choice in exchange for my honest review and that all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Frocks in Autumn | eShakti Shift Dress

Dress: c/o Eshakti (similar styles here) | Suede Booties: Steve Madden | Handbag: Chloe Paddington Hobo

Favorite Autumn Apple Snacks #SoFabSeasons

Every autumn one of our favorite activities as a family is to go to an apple orchard and pick apples from the trees. Freshly picked apples are are like our right of passage into autumn each year. We are fortunate to live near Lake Michigan, which lends to a fruit-friendly microclimate.

We had such a lovely pleasant summer that nurtured the apples all summer long and the late fall delays any frosts and enables the midwesterners, like my family, to visit orchards and pick plenty of apples to carry us through the long dreadful months of winter.

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What Are Your Favorite Groupon Coupons For Fall?

Next Thursday is the first day of autumn, officially. But I have noticed a change in the seasons beginning. The mornings are not quite so early and the evenings are not as long. The acorns are falling like crazy from my oak trees in my backyard and the chipmunks and squirrels are all scrambling to gather and forage for the winter that will be here before we know it.

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Groupon Things To Do

I happen to have a bit of a bug, it's called the travel bug. Have you heard of it before?  I think I contracted this bug when I was 18 and I took a solo trip to Chicago after I graduated from high school. I decided that 'hey, I'm staying here instead of returning to rural Iowa' and I'm doing everything I can to visit every place that appeals to me. 

I love to travel nationally and internationally and like to alternative my trips between the two destinations. This past summer we traveled nationally and headed up the east coast for almost three weeks. My family had so much fun checking out many different cities, sights and experiences.

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Radio Flyer’s Short Film Premier, Taking Flight

I think at some point everyone has had a Radio Flyer wagon or tricycle. I recall my twin brothers pulling themselves to many adventures in their Town & Country red wagon as kids. I purchased my son a Little Red Fire Engine when he was a toddler and I would push him around my house for hours. His sisters also had many turns when they were old enough. They all also pedaled the Classic Red Tricycle up and down our sidewalks for many years and many memories. My husband has pulled our three kiddos in our Pathfinder wagon for the past decade and a half.  

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Quick and Easy Cheese Fondue

It is the end of the summer season and we are full steam ahead into fall. We are diving head first into the back to school schedules and daily routines. I now have one child in elementary school, one child in middle school and one child in high school. Both my middle schooler and my high schooler are in accelerated school programs and they are with school work and super b-u-s-y with other activities!

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