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Easy DIY Halloween Party Favors

There are so many cute Halloween party favor ideas floating about the web, like the witch's broom goodie bags for example, though they do require some DIY experience. These tin-tie bakery bags are the perfect size for a Halloween goodie bag, and they require no crafting skills. I love howthe favor bags I made them with are cute enough for kids but still nice enough for the grown-ups as well. All you need are the bakery bags, ribbon, and 3D Halloween stickers from the craft store. You can use the smaller bag pictured above or a larger bakery bag with a window display. I like to fill the larger ones with treats to give out as holiday presents to neighbors and teachers.



Simply fill the bags with a Halloween treat (homemade or store-bought), close them up and tie them off with ribbon, then affix a sticker to each bag. These are food-grade bags, so they're perfect to fill with homemade fall treats like popcorn, kettle corn, or Halloween chocolates. Try my DIY gourmet popcorn

February Letter from the Editor


How is your new year going? Before I get into all things Valentine's Day, I wanted to touch base with you guys about resolutions and make sure you didn't miss these posts from January:


Sticking with anything is strongly dependent on motivation, which can quickly decrease whenever we take a misstep. We get discouraged, we feel ashamed, and then we just make more bad choices and end up in the same old cycles. Get out of this with positive self talk. Focus on the things you have accomplished so far and the good things you're continuing to do to reach your goals, and most of all, cut yourself some slack!

And now...finally it's February! I can post as many heart-shaped desserts, gift guides, and date-night looks as my heart desires. Just like any other holiday, I love Valentine's Day. In fact there are only two things I don't like about Valentine's Day - the men who say things like "It's a stupid holiday invented by the greeting card companies" and man-hating lonely chicks who say things like "Let's throw an anti-Valentine's Day party!" It doesn't have to be all about romantic relationships anyway. Why can't we celebrate all of the people we love like our friends, our children, and even our pets? No, I won't go as far as to give my German Shepherd a Valentine or a heart-shaped doggie treat, though I may let her give me a slobbery kiss. My point is, celebrating the people who do love you can be a great way to keep the focus positive if you don't have someone this Valentine's Day.

To you men (or women) who for whatever reason grudge this holiday, you need an attitude check! If you aren't thrilled to do something which makes your special someone feel loved, then do the girl a favor and hit the road or get therapy or something.

To you women (or men) who are miserable just because you're single, don't think for a second that finding someone will make you happy. Yes, other people can make us feel happier and should make us feel happier, but that doesn't last long if you aren't happy by yourself first. I'm going to stop right there, because that subject deserves its own blog post!

I have a few exciting things to share on the site this month, including an editorial shoot for French Connection and a makeup shoot featuring Revlon. I also have a few new Valentine's Day recipes to share. I'm still very much so looking forward to everything 2015 has in store, and I hope you guys are too!

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