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Last Minute Halloween fun, It’s never too late!

You know I am the queen of waiting to the last minute, but my heart is always in the right place.  I promised my son 2 weeks ago that we would get ready for Halloween and decorate.  I did order his costume from my favorite Amazon, but the decorating task kind of got lost in the sauce.  We’ll yesterday when checking out at my local K-mart, there was this Pumpkin Masters Kit that caught my attention.  I could not resist picking it up. It was the day before Halloween and all the decorating kits and costumes were on sale, and I mean deep discounts!  So I picked up the kit and some Candy for my trick or treaters and headed home to make up the “decorating” task with my son!  All I can say is Girlfriends next year, go buy your Pumpkin Master Kits early, they are fabulous and so easy to use!!  They have something for everybody!  Happy Halloween!

Step #1

Buy the kit and get the biggest pumpkin you can find.



Step #2

Have an Adult cut out the top of the pumpkin, and start getting your kids ready about cleaning the inside out!!  If you are feeling really adventurous you can roast the pumpkin seeds!  Nothing has to go to waste!!





Step #3

The kit comes with 3 really cool patterns, so you are guaranteed to do it right!  We decided to use the pumpkin face, and bat!





Step #4

You take a peg and the small wood mallet that came with the kit, and then follow the dots on the pattern, slightly putting the peg through the flesh of the pumpkin.  After you complete the pattern, all you have to do is Remove the pattern and then place your favorite color pegs in the wholes you just made.  My son Marcus, who is 5 was able to do all of this with assistance from me and my girlfriend Lori.





Step #5

It’s lights, camera, action time.  The kit comes with these cute little battery operated lights, all you need is a 9 volt battery.  After you put the light together, you can let your little one light up their work of art!  That’s it and look at the great memories you just created!!  We had a blast!





Girlfriend 411 tip:  Go to your local stores the morning after Halloween, or on your lunch break and buy all your decorations for new year at prices that are slashed up to 70 percent.  The Key is to put this stuff up in a place where you can find it next October!  Hey Girlfriend, you will be amazed at how much you can save!

Happy Halloween!


St Judes

We Support St. Jude

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has made their first announcement about the 10th Annual Thanks and Giving Campaign, which kicks off in November. Let’s get out and support an awesome cause!
Here is how we can get involved…

Lets shop at retailers that have special Thanks and Giving promotions in store – from adding a donation at registers during the checkout process or purchasing specialty merchandise. Visit for a complete list of participating partners.

Participating in the St. Jude Give thanks. Walk.TM, the official kickoff event for the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign held on Saturday, Nov. 23 in 75 communities nationwide. Supporters join together for this family friendly 5K during the holidays as teams and individuals to help raise funds for the kids of St. Jude. National partner teams include New York and Company, Brooks Brothers and Visit for a complete list of locations.

Enter the giveaway below or visit this link to purchase items and support St. Jude!

St. Jude Giveaway!!


It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Hey Girlfriend, it’s Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Our friends over at National Breast Cancer Foundation have created a hot new site called Beyond the shock,  It’s a new site for women and their families who are dealing with a new diagnoses of Breast Cancer.  You can LEARN about breast cancer, ASK questions, and hear inspirational stories from other survivors and their families.  Go check it out, and share this post with all your girlfriends!  We love you here at, please take your breast health seriously!!

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Let’s celebrate Breast History Month

Knowledge is Power, Let’s celebrate Breast History Month.

Every October, my memories of my aunt Joette get stronger and stronger!  She was my only aunt, and died from breast cancer at the age of 39.  Yes, I said 39 years old!  She was my rock.  Joette was the first foodie, I ever met, and a true DTEG (Down to Earth Girlfriend).  So in honor of her, I am passing on some great information and stories being covered about breast cancer!  ABC news kicked off its ABC goes pink campaign, and it’s one of the best I have seen in a long time.  Click on here( to read some amazing stories, and be sure to share this posting with all your girlfriends!!  It’s filled with information that every woman needs to know! Thanks, ABC for putting women’s health first!!  Be sure to take the Pledge and make the men in your life do it too!!

Pink Pledge  (From ABC News &

Viewers can join breast cancer survivors Robin Roberts, Sheryl Crow, and Christina Applegate and supporters Gloria Estefan, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and many others as they take the PINK PLEDGE on

“I pledge to…

– Learn the facts about breast cancer.
– Understand my individual risk based on family history.
– Find out about the different tools of detection and what is right for me.
– Talk to my doctor to learn about my breasts and what ongoing care may be best for me.
– Know when I should get screened for breast cancer and follow through on these   recommendations.
– Start a conversation with the women and men in my life about our breast health.
– Spend as much attention on my breast health as I do on my beauty treatments.”