Hoppin' Halloween: $50 Paypal Giveaway!

Welcome to The Hoppin' Halloween Giveaway Hop
October 24-31

Thanks to Mama NYC for hosting this awesome hop!

Happy Halloween!
It's time to treat my readers!
I know you all love my blog already, right?
Well, you will really, really love my blog now.

You can enter to win a $50 Paypal gift card just for being a reader.

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DIY Alice in Wonderland #Halloween Costume

I received a pair of Spooky Eyes contacts to facilitate this review, regardless I only recommend items I think my readers will love as much as I do.

I've always been a pretty big fan of Halloween: eating candy and just having fun with friends while playing dress up... this all makes for the perfect holiday in my mind! Over the years I've been everything from a pretty little princess to a circus ringmaster with a whip to a pretty sexy Cindy Lou Who; All of these costumes were amazing, if I don't say so myself... but my costume this year is going to blow every other costume out of the water or should I say down the rabbit hole. I'm going to be Alice in Wonderland for Halloween; I'm so excited about my costume I could burst so I have to share with you before the actual holiday!

DIY Alice in Wonderland Costume

I did a little dress rehearsal the other day to make sure my DIY Alice in Wonderland costume was as cool as I had imagined it and I'm so proud of the results. Hubby is going to dress in a costume that will pair with mine perfectly, I can't wait to reveal his costume later... This year is going to be so fun!

DIY Alice in Wonderland Costume
DIY Alice in Wonderland Costume

This years costume design started early, I've been hunting for the perfect items to pair together to make the perfect Alice costume for a few months now and when I was offered the chance to review the Spooky Eyes Wizard Blue contacts, I was so excited... Although it was hard to decide which pair I wanted since Spooky Eyes offers contacts in all kinds of different colors and crazy designs. Do you have a costume that needs an extra little something this year? Order a pair of Spooky Eyes to give your costume it's final touch!

While these contacts offer a great look, I feel the need to mention that they made my eyes so uncomfortable; this is probably because I don't typically wear contacts so I'm not used to the feeling of them yet. But I definitely wouldn't expect a child to wear contacts like these, they are a bit hard to see out of since the color is so deep - but they look amazing and really transformed me into Alice...

DIY Alice in Wonderland Costume
DIY Alice in Wonderland Costume

Now you're probably wondering where all of the awesome parts of my costume came from so you can transform into Alice as well... right? Well, you can find the wig, stockings, and apron on Amazon. The dress I'm wearing is a thrift store find, for a super low price of $4.99! The rocking Mary Jane pumps are from Pin-Up Darling... and  don't forget to snag a pair of Wizard Blue contacts from Spooky Eyes too!

DIY Alice in Wonderland Costume

So tell me,
who (or what) are you going to be for Halloween this year?


Kooky Spooky Frankenstein Green Smoothie with Googly Eyes

I'm green smoothie obsessed and this smoothie is one of my favorites, partially because it makes me laugh every time I drink it... You can make a Kooky Spooky Green Smoothie of your own super easily.

Blend together: 1 banana, 2 cups baby kale, 2 cups baby spinach, 3/4 cup coconut milk, 1/2 cup rhubarb, and 1 cup mixed frozen fruit blend.

Top this super sweet smoothie off with 2 fairly thin slices of banana and two chocolate chips for the perfect googly eyes and add a cashew for a cute little smiling mouth.

You've created a monster...IT'S ALIVE!

Not really, but it's a yummy smoothie with a cute little green Frankenstein face sure to make you happy while sipping. This kooky Halloween smoothie is a treat for "kids" of all ages, no tricks - it really tastes delicious! Plus, the green veggie boost is great for so  many reasons!


[Giveaway] Free Canon PIXMA MG5420 Wireless All-In-One Inkjet Photo Printer - includes brand new printer (with scanner) with complete set of edible ink cartridges

Something To Smile About: My Favorite Concert #CricketWireless #STSA

I participated in Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for Cricket Wireless. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.

I love going to see my favorite bands perform live, there's nothing like hearing your favorite song begin to play, right in front of you, for the very first time ever. It's a thrilling experience to say the least and my favorite concert memory involves one of my absolute favorite bands, My Morning Jacket.

MMJ performed at the Americanrama Fest, which wasn't really a festival but a small bundle of bands playing that included some other awesome performances by Wilco, Bob Weir, and Bob Dylan.

#mymorningjacket rocking my face off #americanarama #happygirl #love #groove #flstofmind #instagood

My Morning Jacket's performance was unbelivable. It had just started raining, there was electricty in the air from the lightening crashing all around the ampitheater, and then "Circuital" started to play and it sounded clearer and more vivid than I have ever heard it... Sometimes when I hear bands play I'm disappointed because they sound nothing like their recordings, My Morning Jacket was the opposite of this: they sound better live, if that's even possible.

I sat there in awe as I watched my favorite band play some of their hits, sipped a few adult beverages, and just danced my heart out. I had the best time I've ever had at any concert... This is what every concert should feel like and Cricket Wireless agrees, they want to bring you a concert experience unlike any other and I can't wait to attend a concert sponsored by them soon

Cricket Wireless aims to give people something to smile about (hence, their #STSA campaign). They recently gave several people Something To Smile About by sponsoring The Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias tour... but they are more than a sponsor, Cricket is enhancing the concert experience!

The "Cricket Stage" will be present at this concert, this is a 10x20 stage where fans can hop up and give their best rock star/model pose. Participants can share their images on their social channels via "share kiosks" around the stage. Photos shared will be entered into a sweepstakes where a winner and 3 guests will get a trip to the Miami Latin Grammy Street Party. Plus, all participants will receive a pair of ear buds!

Not only will you have the chance to win an awesome trip, you can be part of the VIP meet and greet also sponsored by Cricket Wireless. Participants will get to meet Pitbull or Enrique and take photos on with a Cricket device. Selfie Stations will be set up on mirrors in the ladies rooms, encouraging all of us to get our selfies on - as if we needed an excuse! And lastly, if you want to score the perfect picture with Enrique and Pitbull, look for the Hologram Standee boards and pose with them for a picture that looks so real! So if you love Pitbull and Enrique and want to have the most amazing time, check into getting your tickets today.

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