CLOSED Taking the Scary out of Halloween Giveway

take the scary out of halloween

This is exclusively available at Barnes & Noble! Let me first tell you that I have read this book over and over because the boys love it!

Joy Berry’s Taking the Scary Out of Halloween Kit Includes:

• The Taking the Scary Out of Halloween Book
• 10 Safety Guidelines for Halloween
• “Make and do” activities for costumes and makeup
• Simple Halloween night recipes
• Glow-in-the-dark stickers
• Glow whistle
• Glow necklace and bracelet
• Flashlight with interchangeable Halloween-themed lenses

I can’t wait to play with the flashlight on Halloween night while AJ goes out dressed up as an Air Force Fighter Pilot. I read this book to my sons over and over but one night when my daughter was home she sat in while listening to me read to the boys. After the boys were tucked in, her and I retreated to the kitchen to review her homework and there is where she started repeated some safety tips that are found within Taking the Scary out of Halloween book! I was impressed and asked what else she learned, and we plan to make our own face paint this year, totally cool, a great idea with recipe we learned in this book!

Joy Berry

This is the author of Taking The Scary out of Halloween and we already own two of her books. One book is on Potty Training and one is about Bath Time. My sons have enjoyed Joy Berry books and that is what I am excited to be sharing this Halloween kit with you. Joy Berry really knows how to reach out to children through her books in a way that keeps them interested and learning more!

One Lucky Person Will Be Able To Win Taking the Scary out of Halloween Kit for their family!!

Giveaway will close at 11:59pm EST on October 20

Winner will be announced live on blog & emailed directly so please leave a valid email address.

You may enter by completing any or all of the following, each counts as one entry:

  • Head on over to Joy Berry Books and have a look around, find another book your family would be interested in and leave a comment below telling me the title.
  • Visit Joy Berry’s Blog and leave a comment on one of her blog posts. Come back here to tell me which blog post you left a comment on.
  • Subscribe to Happily Blended via email or RSS. Leave a comment telling me which method you have subscribed.
  • Join Happily Blended’s Happy Friends in Google Friend Connect publicly. Leave a comment below telling me your GFC username.
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  • Follow @brandyellen on Twitter. Leave a comment below with your Twitter username.
  • Tweet up to THREE TIMES MAX per day. Leave a comment with link to each tweet. Please try to remember to include #giveaway hashtag in your tweet.
  • Share this giveaway on Delicious, Stumble, Facebook, or any other social share site and leave a comment telling me each time you shared it.
  • Leave a comment on another non-giveaway post such as Wordless Wednesday, Brandy’s Life or Blogging Support. Leave a comment below telling me which blog post you left a comment on.

Good luck and Have fun!

Disclosure: I received this kit for free from Joy Berry Enterprises in order to facilitate the review and giveaway. All opinions are that of my own.

Oh Yeah I Totally Rock With Guest Bloggers Of Course

I am moving in a couple of weeks and so I plan to update both of my blogs with content enough for TWO WEEKS if not THREE weeks … do you think I can sit down and accomplish this? Not alone for sure so if you are looking to guest blog at Happily Blended please contact me, I will be more than happy to feature some bloggers in either the last week of October or first week of November so get the contact going by clicking here to contact me! I have already extended this offer to my Blogging Support Group and MomDot Community Forum so spots may be limited!

Looking forward to having you help me get my blog full of content for my move and help get the word out about your rockin’ writing style!

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CLOSED My Pillow Pets Wants YOU To WIN Giveaway & Review

Pillow Pet Bumble Bee

My son received a Buzzy Bumble Bee My Pillow Pets for review! When I first received the box I pepped AJ all up with this box is for you and took my time opening it, he was all excited. Then I opened up the box and out pops a pillow pet. You should have seen the facial expression I got from him, it was an “I am not impressed” look and I had to giggle! I wouldn’t take his not impressed look as his final word and so I proceeded to hug Buzzy Bumble Bee and talk about how soft the pillow pet was and open it up into a pillow to show him that it’s a pillow, not just a pet! Finally AJ showed interest, he was excited to feel how soft Buzzy Bumble Bee was.

Pillow Pet Bumble Bee 2The first night we had Buzzy Bumble Bee AJ threw his normal pillow off of his bed and snuggled up to the My Pillow Pet and fell fast asleep! We love our pillow pet and I am sure you will love yours too! Click on the more button below to learn more about My Pillow Pets and how you can enter to win your very own pillow pet for the holidays!

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Dolls of the Living Dead from

So hear that the scariest part of Halloween for most consumers is finding the right costume, now I am not here to share a costume for adults, really wish I was as I do need one! I am going to share a few tips to what found out when taking a Halloween Shopping Survey of about 1,000 adults about their Halloween shopping habits, popular costumes and trends for this year.

  • Mixing It Up: More than four in ten (42 percent) of those who dress sup in a costume like to combine both brand new and second hand pieces to create their Halloween look.
  • Slashing Budgets, Not Style: Since the start of the recession, consumers have found ways to cut back their spending in many areas. Close to two-thirds of those surveyed (68 percent) want to buy multiple items without breaking the bank or overspending on one item (67 percent).
  • Spending How Much? About one-third (34 percent) of costume-wearers generally spend under $25 on their Halloween costume. An additional 32 percent spend between $25 and $50.

There was more research done and completed based on the Northeast area as well which is where I happen to live! Learn more in the Savers Press Room online.

Getting Back to the Dolls of the Living Dead ….

doll of the living dead

I received one of the dolls from Savers Dolls of the Living Dead collection to decorate my home this Halloween, granted the little doll will have to wait until we move to find a proper place as we are moving before Halloween but she is too cute!

Dolls of the Living Dead are easy Do it Yourself (DIY) Decor for the season!

YOU WILL NEED {from Savers}:

  • A selection of fashion dolls (dolls with blonde hair work best)
  • White Spray Paint
  • Fine-tipped black permanent marker
  • Self sticking gauze (optional)
  • Jelly beans in Halloween colors (optional)


  • Clean undressed dolls with a damp cloth and allow to dry.
  • Spray several light coats of white spray paint all over the dolls, including light coats in their hair. Allow drying time between coats.
  • Use permanent marker to decorate the faces. This can include dark tips, lining around the eye, thin eyebrows, circular swirling eyeliner and more – use your imagination!
  • Use your fingers to tease, matte and style the dolls’ hair into the desired shape. The spray paint will make it naturally stick up and stay in place.
  • For a little zombie fashion action, you may opt to wrap each doll with gauze.
  • Place dolls in groups either in doll stands or in seated positions.
  • Sprinkle Halloween-colored jelly beans around the base of the dolls for contrasting color pop. When grouped together, zombie dolls work great as a table accent or party feature focus.

RISE UP FOR HALLOWEEN – get more diabolical decor DIY’s at

Oh yeah and don’t forget to enter the Halloween Photo Contest happening over at Savers online too!

Disclosure: I received the doll of the living dead for free from savers to share this project with you.  Let me know if you try it!

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