Family Pizza Combo at Sam’s Club

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As a parent, Halloween night has got to be one of the most stressful night. Even more stressful that Christmas Eve when you have all the presents left to wrap. The kids get home from school and it’s rush, rush, rush to get everyone fed, reapply make-up, fix costumes and run out the door so you can start Trick or Treating. To make things easier on Halloween night, just head to your local Sam’s Club and pick up the Family Pizza Combo! Everything is cooked and ready for you to eat!


This new combo from Sam’s Club just made things a whole lot easier! Not only does it save you time, but quite frankly, it keeps your kitchen clean and ready for your guests to come over on Halloween night! Let’s face it, every time I host a get together, I clean like crazy only to start cooking and make a mess all over again. With this Sam’s Club Coke & Pizza Bundle, your dinner is ready in minutes! This bundle includes:

  • One 16 inch pizza
  • Cheesy breadsticks
  • 6 Chocolate chunk cookies
  • One 2-liter Coke or Diet Coke

All of that for just $13.98! You can call ahead to the Sam’s Club Cafe to order this bundle or head over and pick up your last minute items you need and by the time you are done shopping, your pizza will be ready to go home! Not only is this great for Halloween, but think about those busy evenings during the holidays when you are spending all day baking and the last thing you want to do is make dinner. Or your child’s next birthday party or sleepover…I’m telling you, this bundle is a complete game changer!

pizza combo

If you are anything like me, you like to host different events. Halloween is no different. Hosting events doesn’t have to be hard! Just by following these simple tips below, you will not only have a fun event, but you will have one that the kids will remember and ask about the following year!

How to Host a Successful Trick or Treating Party

  • Step One –  figure out your guest list. How many people do you want to invite? Do you want a large group trick or treating together or a smaller group? Personally, so long as the parents are staying (which I would make mandatory), it doesn’t bother me because when we are trick or treating, the parents all go so everyone is responsible for their own kids. However, it is completely up to you.
  • Step Two –  plan a craft. Just something small the kids can do until it is ready to head out the door. Trust me. You don’t want a bunch of kids running wild through your house! Something simple like decorating a small pumpkin would do! Check out the pumpkin Bella’s aunt made her:


  • Step Three – call Sam’s Club Cafe and order your Family Pizza Combo. If you need to order more than one, think about getting one pepperoni and one plain cheese. By the time you drive to Sam’s Club, your order will most likely be done!

pizza combo

  • Step Four – cover your kitchen table with a black or orange plastic table cloth. I like to tape it to the underside of the table so the kids don’t get the urge to shred the pieces hanging down. The table cloth allows for a very fast clean-up!
  • Step Five – as parents and kids arrive, start feeding them. For a get together like this, I find it much easier to do things kind of staggered. While some are eating, others can be working on the craft. Once they are done with the craft, then they can start getting their costumes on.

pizza combo

  • Step Six – go over the rules with the kids and then head out for some trick or treating fun!

Throwing a Halloween Trick or Treating party is really one of the easiest, in my opinion, types of parties to throw. The majority of the party is spent walking around the neighborhood! Everyone is usually so tired once Trick or Treating is done, that they usually go home! But if you have people stay over after, it’s always fun for kids to go through their candy and make trades while adults chat.

This year the kids are really excited for Halloween. My son is in 6th grade at the middle school and he has his first middle school dance. He hasn’t told me what he wants to dress up as yet, but knowing him, it will probably be funny! My daughter wants to be a mad scientist. She is very into science. She wants a lab coat and wild hair! I know the day will come, hopefully not too soon, when the kids no longer want to go trick or treating or dress up, but I can’t help but smile at all the different Halloween’s past and the different costumes they chose:

PicMonkey Collage

I’ve shared with you my tips on how to have a successful Halloween Trick or Treating party, but the question is, how do you plan to use the Sam’s Club Family Pizza Combo in your Halloween celebration?

Planning a Date Night in Downtown Detroit

What is your ideal date night? Do you got out to dinner and a movie or bowling? Is it something you do weekly or once a month? A date night is a great way for a husband and wife to reconnect with one another. We sometimes get so stuck in our routines with the kids and their activities that date nights either no longer happen or we fall into the traditional dinner and a movie. Let’s face it…a dinner out without the kids bickering or asking for a phone to play is a welcomed thing, but we need to spice it up. See new things and new places…like downtown Detroit!

Living 30 minutes outside of Detroit gives us a whole slew of amazing things we could do on a date night. After spending the afternoon on Google and checking out all the different things we could do in downtown Detroit, I’ve come up with a list of things I would like to do on our next date day. Notice I said “day”…I want an entire day…not just a night or an afternoon. There’s too much to do! Here’s what I would like to do…

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The Eastern Market

If you are a people watcher, then this is the place for you! During peak months, The Eastern Market is filled with over 150 vendors. There you will find a diversity of foods, arts, clothing and other items. I’ve been to The Eastern Market once before and really enjoyed it. The food was absolutely delicious and we went home with a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables for a really good price!

Detroit Water Ice Factory

Friends of mine have been talking about this place all summer long. I’ve been dying to go! Water Ice is similar to Italian Ice, but it has a slightly different consistency and different flavors. I personally want to try Stafford’s Strawberry Lemon! Detroit Water Ice Factory was opened by the author Mitch Albom and it is partnered with Albom’s S.A.Y. Detroit family of charities, the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit, Bedrock Real Estate Services, and Meridian Health. The nice thing about the Detroit Water Ice Factory, besides the water ice,  is that 100% of the profits go to help the needy people of Detroit.

Belle Isle

I haven’t been to Belle Isle since I was a kid! Belle Isle is Michigan’s 102nd state park! The park has a nature zoo, conservatory, golf practice facility, maritime museum, an aquarium, picnic areas and so much more! I would love to go, walk around and just relax while taking in the Detroit and Windsor skyline!

Taqo Detroit

For dinner, I am dying to try Taqo Detroit, an authentic Mexican restaurant. Apparently this restaurant is pretty delicious! If you’re a Tequila drinker, this is where you need to go! They offer over 200 different varieties of Tequila! Not to mention, if you are a money saver like I am, Groupon has a great deal…$18 for $30 worth of food! Can’t beat that!

Greektown Casino or Motor City Casino

To end our evening out, I would like to go to either the Greektown Casino or Motor City Casino. I’m not a huge gambler, but there is something oddly thrilling about the slot machines. I’ve never done it before, but I’d also like to try Blackjack!

So there you have it…there are a few things I would like to do on my date day in downtown Detroit. There is really so many other things that Detroit offers…I could plan SEVERAL date days and still not see it all! Before you head out, be sure to check Groupon for deals!!


Instilling Healthy Habits in Kids

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If you took a walk through my kitchen and opened my fridge and all of my cabinets, you would see that I have a kitchen full of healthy food for my kids to choose from. It’s important to me to make sure I always have a wide variety of fruits and vegetables for them to choose from because I want them to get into the habit of reaching for a healthy snack when they are hungry. These habits they form as a child will continue on into adulthood. The Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Triple Play program encourages people to continue shaping their children’s future with good healthy food choices, as well as to get out and about with their family.


Exercise is an important part of our life. When I was a kid, I was on the swim team and working out 6 days a week. I loved it and I think that, not only did it keep me healthy and in shape, it also helped me focus better in school. The same holds true for my kids. My daughter plays soccer and is at the level now where they are expected to be running on the days that they do not have practice. We try to do it every day, but it doesn’t always work out. However, more times than not, she is actively running and keeping in shape for soccer. My son plays lacrosse and is also in middle school where he has 1 hour of gym every single day. Not only does recreational sports and school gym class have a very positive impact on instilling healthy habits in kids, but from a social standpoint, it does a lot of good for our soul too.


What is the BGCA Triple Play Program?

The Triple Play program is the signature healthy lifestyle program for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The Triple Play program works on three key areas:

  • Mind: develop a knowledge base to acquire healthy habits, such as making smart food choices, understanding appropriate portion sizes, and creating fun and healthy meals.
  • Body: becoming more physically active through daily fitness and fun, including activities to get kids active and moving. 
  • Soul: strengthening character and reinforcing positive behavior with activities designed to improve confidence and develop interpersonal skills.

I think a program like this is so important. With close to 3 out of 10 kids in America either overweight or obese, it is critical to get these kids engaged in activities to have a much healthier future.

Did You Know…

  • Kids and teens should participate in physical activity for at least 60 minutes per day? Only about 1/4 of kids today are meeting that recommendation.

This is just one reason why I like that my son has the opportunity, outside of his lacrosse, to have gym class every single day for a full semester in middle school. Judging by what he comes home smelling like some days, they are engaging in moderate to vigorous activity each day!

  • The Triple Play program launched in 2005 and since then they have made nearly 10 million connections with kids to share the importance of engaging in physical activity and making healthy nutritional choices!
  • Because of partners like The Coca-Cola Company and Anthem Foundation for the Triple Play program, the Triple Play program will be able to build the next generation of leaders and motivate kids to be healthy and build a lifelong commitment to fitness!

How Can YOU Instill Healthy Habits in Your Kids?

My kids get their exercise from being apart of various sports teams, but being apart of a team like that is not for everyone. Check out the different classes offered either by your school system or local rec department. We have a kids kickboxing class that I am dying to sign my daughter up for. I just know that she would love it and it’s AMAZING in the physical activity department! Or take nightly walks together after dinner! We are lucky in that we have a nature trail that opens up in our sub. The kids LOVE to walk on the trails and we could literally be out their for hours! It doesn’t matter what you do to get active…just do something!

What are some of your tips for instilling healthy habits in kids?

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Let K-Y® Yours+Mine Spice Up Date Night This Fall!

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What’s your ideal date night? Do you like going out on the town with your spouse and eating at all the fancy restaurants you wouldn’t dare take your children to? Or do you prefer going to the movies and watching the latest and greatest at the theater? Or, even better, are you more of a fun and games kind of person and want to hit up the local arcade or maybe even a round of mini-golf? While all of those things sound really fun to me, sometimes all I need is a date night in (though, Mr. DGoddess, if you are reading this…I do want a date night out on the town somewhere. Hint hint).

Since Mr. DGoddess and I haven’t been able to spend much quality time together in quite awhile, I decided to put together the following K-Y® Yours+Mine® Couples Lubricants®  date night basket for him!


I decided to head to my local Walmart for the items in my K-Y® Date Night Basket because I had a $1 off coupon for any K-Y® product! I found K-Y® Yours+Mine® Couples Lubricants® in the personal care aisle.


As I wandered through Walmart, I started to think about the different things I wanted to put in this date night basket. A few years ago I made my husband a Date Night Jar. Unfortunately, ever since giving him the jar, it just sat there on a shelf and was never really used. So I decided that was DEFINITELY going to be re-gifted to him! If you haven’t made a date night jar before, it’s really easy. Simply get a jar of your choice, some natural craft sticks at your local crafting store, a permanent marker, and start labeling each stick with different date night ideas! I colored the tip of the stick red to show that those were the sticks for date nights outside the home!

date night jar

Some date night jar ideas:

  • Play your favorite board game
  • Put together a puzzle
  • Cook a late dinner together
  • Cuddle by the fire and watch a scary movie
  • Set up a practical joke on the kids
  • Visit a restaurant you’ve never been to

Now, given the fact that we are most likely having a date night in, and that we will probably be eating dinner with the kids, I decided to make my husband’s favorite cookies…chocolate chip! I picked up a yummy gluten-free chocolate chip cookie mix (they are so good! They don’t even taste any different than regular chocolate chip cookies…these just don’t hurt my belly) for us to share and a bottle of wine!


My last, kinda cheesy, touch to the date night basket was to make a mixed “tape”. When were first started dating, and when cars still had cassette tape decks, we used to make mixed tapes for each other. On this mix “tape”, I put a lot of songs that hold some sort of meaning for us and also songs that I feel are totally “us” that once he listens to it and really listens to the lyrics, he’d totally get why I put it on there.

The goal of the K-Y® Date Night Basket is to help spice up the fall season and help us get back to US. I think so often we get going in our daily routines and forget about the romance and quite frankly, the fun part of the relationship that brought us together. I mean…look at us…we are young and fun people. We need to get back to that!


What do you do to spice up your date night?

If you would like to get more information and print out the coupon for the $1 off any K-Y® product, please click here.

Mummy Breakfast Pastry Recipe

My kids love breakfast pastry’s. What kid doesn’t?!? And quite frankly, on those busy mornings when we can’t seem to get things together quick enough, those breakfast pastry’s come in handy! Especially for my son who is in middle school this year and he has to be on the bus stop at like 7:30 in the morning. Say what?!? That’s a whole hour earlier than what he had to be getting bus for elementary school. So crazy! Check out these super delicious and fun Mummy Breakfast Pastry’s!

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Mummy Breakfast Pastry Recipe

Mummy Pop Tart 6-2


  • Refrigerator pie crust
  • 1 can Pumpkin Pie Filling
  • 1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 TBS Sugar
  • Candy eyes
  • Rectangle cookie cutter or an index card



  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Unroll the crust.
  3. Using either the cookie cutter or index card with a Wilton Food Writer trace the lines.
  4. Cut the dough to match the lines.
  5. Mix the sugar, pumpkin pie spice and the pumpkin pie filling. Stir well.
  6. With a spoon, add a dollop of the pumpkin pie filling, spread it out thin.
  7. Unroll the second pie crust and begin cutting it into thing long pieces (refer to the picture above for reference).
  8. Begin layering the cut crust over the filled bottom crust.
  9. Criss/Cross the thin pieces to make it look like a wrapped mummy.
  10. Bake at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until the crust has a golden color to it.
  11. Remove from the oven and allow to cool briefly.
  12. Add the eyes and allow it to cool completely.

Mummy Pop Tart 6-2

Pretty cute, huh?!? The nice thing about this recipe is that if you aren’t really into the pumpkin pie flavor, you can change it up with a different pie filling! Apple pie filling, instead of pumpkin pie filling would be good. I would use cinnamon instead of pumpkin pie spice! There are so many possibilities!