25 Alternatives for Halloween Candy


Halloween is just around the corner, and we all look forward to dressing up in our costumes to go trick-or-treating,but a new campaign is aiming to make trick-or-treating safer for people with food allergies, and it can help a lot of other people be healthier as well.

The Teal Pumpkin Project was started by FARE: Food Allergy Resource Education. The idea is to paint a pumpkin teal or put a teal pumpkin poster up in your window to indicate that you are offering non-candy treats that are safe for people with food allergies. Collecting trick-or-treat candy can be dangerous for people with serious allergies because of the long list of ingredients on most store-bought candy, and because even candy that doesn’t list an allergen as an ingredient can be dangerous if it’s made in a factory that also contains allergens, such as peanuts and wheat.

But there are lots of other people  who need to limit sugar due to conditions like diabetes and ADHD who would also benefit from more Teal Pumpkin houses on their trick-or-treat route. Why not offer some non-candy treats, instead of or in addition to candy, so that Halloween can be fun, healthy and safe for everyone in the neighborhood?

  1. Bubbles
  2. Glow sticks, necklaces, wands, glasses
  3. Stickers
  4. Pencils
  5. Pencil toppers
  6. Fake/plastic bugs
  7. Cool tattoo/character bandaids
  8. Mini crayon packs
  9. Mini Play-Doh
  10. Hair bows, barrettes, clips (obviously for girls)
  11. Erasers
  12. Mini slinkies
  13. Bouncy balls
  14. Mini nail polish (again, girls)
  15. Temporary tattoos (Halloween themed or popular characters)
  16. Spider rings
  17. Halloween stickers
  18. Mini plastic army guys
  19. Hot Wheels or Matchbox cars
  20. Plastic vampire fangs
  21. Whistles/other annoying noise makers
  22. Mini bottles of water (for the adults)
  23. Mini water squirt guns
  24. Girls fake jewelry (rings, necklaces, bracelets)
  25. Mini coloring books

Use the hashtag #tealpumpkinproject to show awareness.

Happy haunting!! 

5 Pomegranate Recipes to Try


It’s pomegranate season, y’all!  Now through the end of February, this nutrient dense, antioxidant rich fruit is full of great benefits and flavor!  It’s packed with zinc, calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium, just to name a few.   Around the holidays, pomegranates are great to toss into soups, salads, dinner meals, sweets, or even in a beverage. Check out these five delicious-looking recipes I’m going to try.

5-Ingredient Pear Pomegranate Salsa -- made with five fresh and tasty ingredients! gimmesomeoven.com

pear pomegranate salad

No-Bake Chocolate Pomegranate Tart | giverecipe.com | #tart #chocolate #pomegranate #fall

no-bake chocolate pomegranate tart

Honey, Pomegranate, Pecan Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps... light, fresh, and mayo-free. Perfect for a refreshing lunch or dinner! #glutenfree | iowagirleats.com:

honey, pomegranate, pecan lettuce wraps

Pomegranate Moscow Mule. The perfect Winter Cocktail! Be holiday ready with this delicious drink!

pomegranate Moscow mules

Moroccan Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Soup w/Coconut Ginger Cream + Pistachios | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

butternut squash + goat cheese soup topped with pomegranates

I’ve scoured the internet trying to find the best way to deseed a pomegranate, and this 7-step tutorial is definitely the best.


 What are your favorite ways to eat a pomegranate? 


Fast Fix: No Closet, No Problem


I am not one of those peeps who need a studio apartment-sized closet, but I so appreciate having the ability to put things away. In all the apartments I’ve ever had, I’ve always had a closet. With that being said, I never said they were huge walk-in closets. I always needed more space. Check out these fast fixes for when you don’t have a closet.

The out-in-the-open exposed shelving solution. You have to be super brave to do this one. Having all of your clothing, shoes, and accessories out for anyone to see can be a little nerve-wracking and cluttering. These three examples show that having your clothes out in the open can be done. And done well.





The bookcase-turned-closet solution. This is so super clever, I wish I would have come up with it on my own. All you need is a bookcase, hanging rods, and baskets to make this bookshelf your closet. Other options for this are a cabinet with doors or a cube system with canvas baskets. Done and done.




The hidden section of your room solution. This is also equally as clever as the bookshelf solution. All you need a corner of your bedroom or a section of your room that you can portion off to create this closet. Curtains or vintage doors can help make this closet seem more private, while still looking stylish.




Need a quick fix? Check out my other fast fix post about updating your bathroom on the cheap!


Fast Fix: Upgrade Your Bathroom

Weekend + Links


Tomorrow is the big day! It’s moving day! I can’t wait to finally be in the house and get all organized and decorated. I’ll have blog post material for a while once I can get things in their place. I can’t wait to show you the kitchen, but I’ve got to figure out the range hood first. DIY tutorial coming soon!

links I loved this week:

Drinking hot chocolate is a pastime of mine, so I’m add this recipe to the cookbook stat!

An article about how growing old isn’t such a bad thing.

What to do with canned pumpkin.

Three side hustle ideas that are worth checking out.

Happy Friday!

White That Works: Tips for Decorating with Whites



When I came across Shea and Syd McGee’s San Clemente home tour on Style Me Pretty, I was smitten. Owners of Studio McGee, a full-service design company , the dynamic duo’s home is the definition of white that works. Looking through their gorgeous abode, it sparked the inspiration for this post. On top of that, I just saw last week that Benjamin Moore’s 2016 Color of the Year is Simply White (OC-117), so this is a perfect time to start adding white into your decor.


You might think that white walls are boring, or doing too much of white can create a stark and sterile feel. But it’s only because you haven’t seen it done correctly, and beautifully. As you can see in the McGee’s home, shiny whites can really brighten up a space, but also create a warm and inviting atmosphere that comforting. Here are a few tips for decorating with white that you should remember.


Not all whites are created equal. While it’s fine to combine whites, make sure they are on the same temperature scale. In other words, yellow based whites are warm, blue based whites are cool. It’s not best to mix the two.

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Keep it cozy. White has the ability to make a room fresh and cozy all at the same time. Using lots of soft fabrics for comfort, add touches of greenery, and use warm woods throughout the room will create this cozy feeling you want to have in your home.


Texture is everything. In any monochromatic room, texture is what keeps the place feeling like it’s a hospital room. Use woolly throws, wood blinds, textured rugs and subtle tone on tone patterns to add texture.


Don’t fear white fabrics. Although on the surface it may seem scary to have anything you sit on in white, most mass furniture retailers, like Rooms-To-Go, offer a Scotchguard on all of their products to keep stains for sticking. But if you’re still worried, try investing in a slipcover that you can take off and wash.


Mirror, mirror. Mirrors had depth to an otherwise small room. If you’re trying to make your space seem larger, adding a gallery of mirrors or one large mirror over the mantel will create this sense of space that didn’t seem there before.


When in doubt, add gray. Try adding another neutral to give depth to the space. Grays and black are great for cool whites, while beige and browns work well for warmer whites.


Click to pin!

For more pictures of this gorgeous home, visit Style Me Pretty or simply click here.

All images c/o Brooke Palmer; all opinions are my own. 

Review: Happy Soap Co.

Happy Soap Company

As part of my giveaway on Facebook for reaching 150 (and more!) followers, I’ve asked some of the local bloggers and artisans from Pepper Place to donate items for a basket that one lucky winner will receive.


One of the owners I had the pleasure of meeting was Jill with Happy Soap Company. Happy Soap Co. was started out of frustration of the way Jill’s hair and skin felt all the time. Jill, a chemistry grad, put her degree to work and started making soaps, shampoo bars, deodorants, They do not believe they need to use ingredients that lead to the destruction of rainforests and the extinction of the wonderful creatures who live there.

I was thrilled when Jill decided to be a part of my giveaway. I ran down to Pepper Place on Saturday and got to test out a few of her most popular products. Jill donated a lavender hand soap and lime hand spray sanitizer, which are both wonderful! I really wanted to grab one of everything on her table, but I settled for a multi-task cleaner in a delicious lemongrass scent.


This stuff is amazing. This spray is the ultimate multi-tasker! It is safe and effective on glass, mirrors, counter tops, stainless steel, sealed stone, chrome, appliances, laminates, butcher block, tile, porcelain, sinks, tubs, and painted wood. Then, when you have finished cleaning all of those things, you can also use Multi-Task Spray Cleaner as a linen and ironing spray. Freshen the scent of your home, spray pillows, sofas, pet beds, and more.

Try it and other wonderful products at happysoapcompany.com.


This is not a sponsored post. I paid for this cleaner on my own. However, Happy Soap Co. did donate items for my giveaway basket.