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Archive for October, 2013

National Costume Swap Day For A Green Halloween

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Believe it or not, there was a time when Halloween didn’t mean dumping out the piggy bank for decorations and costumes. You easily can plunk down $30 for your little princess or Ninja Avenger. And then what? That costume gets worn around the house until it finds its forever home wadded up at the bottom of the toy box.
You don’t need more clutter in your home, so consider going a little green this Halloween by participating in National Costume Swap Day, October 12.
It’s simple. Bring a gently-used Halloween costume and swap it for one that’s now brand new to you.
For times and locations in the Atlanta area, click here.
Swap Online

Can’t make a swap? No problem. Check out, an online consignment shop that allows you to buy or swap used costumes. And you can see the actual costumes on the site. Here are a few money saving examples.

You can snap up this little bee for only $9.

This creepy little skeleton pirate will set you back …

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Five Games For A Winning Game Night

Everyone has a different take on game night. For me, it often involves adults, food, drinks and embarrassing amounts of noise and laughter. That’s why it’s wise to invite the neighbors.
What does game night look like at your house? Is it about gathering with the kids to play family friendly games? Or are you considering putting together a neighborhood game club for adults?
Either way, I’ve got you covered with these five games that should never be strangers at game night. In the end, all of these games will get your group’s competitive edge into high gear while providing plenty of fun and laughter for all.
Oh, and if you don’t invite the neighbors, best to keep the doors and windows closed.

Ages: 12 and up. Four or more players.

Ages: 12 and up. Four or more players.

CatchPhrase, $22.99

CatchPhrase by Hasbro is my current game crush. I’m a rabid fan of the electronic hand-held word game that combines Password with a ticking time bomb. Get caught with …

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Ideas For An Elegant Halloween Soiree

In case you haven’t noticed, Halloween isn’t just for kids. Many adults also love to celebrate this festive time. According to the National Retail Federation, about 158 million consumers will participate in Halloween activities, and the average celebrant is expected to spend $75.03 on décor, costumes, candy and entertainment; with total spending estimated to reach $6.9 billion this year.
Clearly, we’ve gone beyond a jack-o-lantern on the porch and a paper witch taped to the front door when it comes to decorating. Today, you have a cauldron full of ways to show your love for Halloween, and if you’re planning a party, creepy and spooky are certainly key elements to keep in mind, but no one said you can’t have an elegant Halloween bash this year. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Jack-O-Lantern chandelier shades, $18, from Ballard Designs dress up your light fixture, lending a touch of elegance and whimsey to your Halloween decor. Available …

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10 Inspirations For Smashing Halloween Fireplace Mantels

When you think of decorating your fireplace, it’s often Christmas that gets first billing. But, this year, consider dressing up the focal point of your home for Halloween. You can take it in any spooky direction your imagination wanders. There is one caveat, however. If you plan on lighting a fire, keep the decorations away from the flames.

This moody look comes from Home Depot and Johnny Love. If you want to know how you can replicate some of these creepy ideas, click here.

For these ghostly portraits, simply find interesting faces online, print them out and glue them to black construction paper or cardboard that’s been spray painted black or silver.

No one said that eerie couldn’t be contemporary and sleek. Right?

You can start with this black lace cobweb mantel scarf from Party City, then take it from there.

I love this fireplace overflowing with carved pumpkins and candles. So easy to create. If you’ve got young children and pets in the house, consider …

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Get Your Pink On For BCA

Since October has been designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’ve seen lot of pink come and go to spread the word and raise funds for research needed to find a cure for the disease.

Here are a few of my favorite BCA items that not only make life a little easier or just more fun, but their purchase benefits a great cause — breast cancer research.

Metrokane Original Rabbit corkscrew, $44.95. Easy to use and pops open wine bottles with little effort. And, it’s adorable. Available online and at some specialty kitchenware stores.

Tervis Fight Like A Girl Boxing Gloves Wrap, $12.99, 24-ounce tumbler keeps beverages cold or hot as needed. Show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness whenever you use this Fight Like A Girl Boxing Gloves Wrap tumbler by Tervis. Available at Bed Bath and Beyond and online.

Kyocera Susan G. Komen Pink Santoku knife, $49.95, features a razor-sharp ceramic blade that makes slicing and dicing a breeze while …

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Would You Like Marilyn Monroe To Hang Out In Your Home?

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This year marks the fifty-first anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death but, look around, it’s as if she never left.


Since the platinum blonde’s death, the Marilyn persona has morphed into a branding bombshell, fronting booze and perfume to cosmetics and even Marilyn Monroe spas and nail boutiques. And via her estate, Marilyn now has her own Twitter account boasting more than 164,000 followers. She’s also on Pinterest. (Please follow me, Marilyn. I have a board devoted to you.)

So, how can you capture some Marilyn of your very own at home? Well, you could keep an eye out for auctions and spend a small fortune for rare pieces of her personal furnishings.
There isn’t a lot to go around because Marilyn was only in her little Spanish hacienda for a few months before she was found dead in her bedroom.

Much of the furnishings that she bought from Mexico hadn’t even been unpacked at the time of her death. But what’s out there has been selling at …

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