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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Moving The Positive Way

It’s official we are going to be moving, yes two adults and three children are moving. This means lots of junk stuff will need to be packed into tiny cardboard boxes because alas that is all I have. I have a huge pile of boxes from products received that can now be put to good use as packing material. I plan to make this move a positive one and journal my tips and ideas as I think of them so that you too can make a move be a positive change rather than a stressful change. I can’t say all stress will be eliminated but I am usually pretty good at finding a way to lower the stress levels in my home which is what I plan to do with this move.

First, I am a very organized person, if I don’t know where something is I am going in circles, pulling hair out, trying to find it. I love to have a system, although my system has been altered a little bit since having three children, I still enjoy having things in their place the best we can. Here is what I plan to do:

  • Go through each room of the house one at a time with boxes and trash bag.
  • Label each box that is going with us on the move according to room in the house.
  • Label each “garbage” bag accordingly so that I can give away for free on Freecycle or out on front lawn.
  • Eliminate any and all clutter from the eight year old’s room while she is away at her Dad’s so to avoid a conflict about what “junk” really is according to Mom.
  • Start packing now all the little things we need but don’t need immediately such as books, DVD’s, toys not always played with, etc etc.
  • Slowly move over most of our boxes until final move day when we rent a truck to do the final big things move.

I am hoping this method will help and I am hoping to get all of the household on board with this. I must admit a couple weekends ago I was frustrated because I was all motivated to pack up the little things and go through rooms but no body else in the house was so I went through my closet and that was about it. I also have to hold off on receiving product reviews during the transition period to avoid lost packages.

This is going to be a great move we will be going from near 1000 square feet to 2000 square feet of living space, this is exciting in itself. One of our feelings about why things get so hectic between the children is that they don’t have their own space, we are always around each other, no where to hide and get away from the noise, action and craziness that leads our day to day life.

I am excited and hope you will enjoy coming along on my journey, virtually of course.

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CLOSED Giveaway and Review: Clinere Ear Cleaners

clinereadI am flat out excited to share with you today a new way to clean your ears and I have actually seen the pediatrician use a similar tool in his office when Princess Ki gets wax build up in her ears. The new Clinere Ear Cleaners are said to be the new way to get your ears clean versus the old school cotton swab.

Information Provided To Me About Clinere Ear Cleaners

Clinere™ Ear Cleaners are the latest innovation in personal ear cleaning and a much needed upgrade from the outdated cotton swab.

Complete with dual purpose ends and made of soft, flexible plastic, Clinere™ Ear Cleaners feature a scoop end that can be used to remove unwanted wax, dirt and debris, as well as a finned end that can be used to clean and exfoliate the outer surfaces of the ear and canal entrance.

Clinere™ Ear Cleaners are sold in 10-count packages and priced between $5.99 and $6.99. Currently, they are available in Walmart, Kmart, Walgreens, CVS, Meijer, H-E-B and Shopko stores nationwide. Of course you can also find Clinere™ Ear Cleaners on

What I Personally Thought about Clinere Ear Cleaners

Honestly, I wouldn’t try these on myself for fear because I am horrible about gauging where I place cotton swabs as it is.  I sure wasn’t going to have the man put them in my ear either so I tested them out on the munchkins and loved using these. My middle child has a really narrow area so I have always had issues with cotton swabs in his ears, they don’t go in easily and barely get a thing out. Clinere™ Ear Cleaners worked very good with my middle child’s ears!

My daughter enjoys these much better than cotton swabs because like I said earlier they remind me of the tool her pediatrician uses on her. Princess Ki was happy to test these out with my supervision. Overall I am very satisfied with the ease of use with Clinere™ Ear Cleaners.

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Disclosure: I received the product reviewed in this blog post for free in order to fully experience the product and facilitate an honest review. All opinions are that of my own.

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Switching on the Moon: A Very First Book of Bedtime Poems

Switching on the Moon A Very First Book of Bedtime PoemsI get to share another great book published by Candlewick Press with poems collected by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters with illustrations by G. Brian Karas. If you don’t know already I am addicted to poetry, I write it, I read it, I love it. Now with Switching on the Moon: A Very First Book of Bedtime Poems I am able to share that love of poetry with my children at bedtime.

Switching on the Moon: A Very First Book of Bedtime Poems has a great collection of poetry perfect for little ones, and is recommended for ages birth to five. My oldest is eight year old and enjoys the poems as well, so who knows if you have an older child that loves poetry they may enjoy these as well.

This book was released in September 2010 and our family has had the pleasure to enjoy it as long as we have enjoyed Tuck Me In from Candlewick Press. Amazing children book that you must add to your collection this holiday season!

Description Taken From Site
From the hoot of an owl to the horns of the city, from children giggling in the bath to the hushed notes of a lullaby, here is an exquisite anthology that captures the universal poetry of bedtime. Expertly gathered by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters, these sixty poems range from old favorite poets such as Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Sylvia Plath, and Eleanor Farjeon to beloved contemporary poets like Marilyn Singer, Lee Bennett Hopkins, and Children’s Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman. Beautifully illustrated by G. Brian Karas with richness and whimsy, SWITCHING ON THE MOON is the perfect book to share with a child to usher in a night of sweet dreams.

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Disclosure: I received this product for free in order to full facilitate my review. All opinions are based on my family’s experience with the product.

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