Homemade Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino

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Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Frap

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino

I don’t know about you, but I have a weakness for all the pumpkin recipes once the first signs of fall become clear to me.

Last week was chilly and all I could think of was one of these yummy treats.

This recipe makes about 2 medium size drinks.

pumpkin spice cap ingredients


1 cup low fat milk
1/2 cup Vanilla Ice Cream (Strong coffee for Coffee based drink)
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 to 1/2 cup simple syrup – or to taste* (recipe below)
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or All Spice
1 to 2 cups crushed ice
Redi Whip (Homemade Whipped Cream)
Pumpkin pie spice for garnish

Simple Syrup Recipe

In a medium saucepan combine 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water. Heat on medium until sugar is dissolved.


pumpkin spice iced cap

Pour the first 5 ingredients into a blender.

Mix on medium until thoroughly combined.

pumpkin pie iced cap

Add ice and blend until the frappuccino is smooth and without chunks of ice.

Pumpkin Pie Iced cappuchino


Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.

You might also be interested in some of my other recent recipe posts.

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Gift Basket Ideas for Any Occassion

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Gift Basket Ideas

Do-it-Yourself gift baskets make for great creative gifts for many occasions!

Here are a few ideas to create your own gift baskets:

Movie Date Night

Create a movie night in a basket gift that is perfect to give to newlyweds for a pre-planned date night. Include in the basket your favorite romantic comedy, a box of popcorn, theater size candy and bottled sodas. For less than $10 you can give a newlywed couple everything they need for a great movie date at home.

Pregnancy Survival Kit

For an expecting mother, put together a basket of things that will help make her pregnancy more comfortable and enjoyable. Include items such as cocoa butter belly cream to reduce stretch marks, ginger peach tea for morning sickness, chocolate bars for late night cravings and a book of funny and uplifting pregnancy advice such as The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy.

Hostess with the Mostest

Put together a gift basket full of great kitchen gadgets and items. Some items that you could include are a cute apron, a rolling pin, a monogrammed bamboo cutting board, silicone or wooden cooking utensils and a cookbook. This would make a great and creative gift for a housewarming party, a wedding shower or just a birthday gift for the cooking lover in your life.

DIY Spa Day

Create a bundle of spa type items that would make a great bridal shower gift or birthday gift. Include in this basket your favorite facial mask, bath beads and salts, a gel eye mask, bubble bath and even a homemade CD with your favorite chill out music to play for a relaxing evening.

Heat Up the Romance

For a lingerie party, you can include a couple extras with your racy undergarments. Add to your gift a couple of candles, massage oils, a home made CD of romantic songs and even a book with tips to heat up the bedroom. This would make a great gift for a lingerie party or just to give to your best girlfriend before her wedding.

Handy Man or Woman

For the DIY-er in your life, a gift basket of tools and other DIY necessities is a great creative present! Include in this gift items such as a drill, a set of basic hand tools, picture hanging kits, a tool belt and even a DIY book or magazine subscription. This would be a great gift bundle for a house warming party or for a groom’s Honey Do shower gift.

Gourmet Foodie

Have someone in your life that loves gourmet foods? Shop around for interesting and eclectic food items to put together as one gift. Look for infused cooking oils and vinegars, interesting salts and spices, and even ethnic or rare snacks and foods. A good place for look for these types of items is in stores such as Ross, TJ Maxx and Marshall’s. These styles of baskets would make great gifts for many different occasions.

Wine Sommelier

For the wine lover or expert in your life, put together a basket specific for that hobby. Include in the basket things such as a good quality corkscrew, the latest wine aerating gadget, a set of personalized wine glasses and even a bottle of nice local wine. This gift basket would be a great hostess or house warming gift. Or just a gift for any occasion for anyone who loves wine.

College Essentials

If you have a child or loved one heading off to college, create a gift basket of college essentials. You could include in the basket things such as school supplies, nice sheets for their dorm room, or a new backpack. A great gift for college students is gift cards to local restaurants. Google search the area they will be attending college to find the restaurant chains in that area and purchase a variety of gift cards for them. Free food is a starving student’s favorite gift.

These are just a few ideas of creative gift baskets and bundles that can be put together for great gifts.

These baskets and items can range in price from really inexpensive to as much as your budget will allow.

What are some of your favorite ideas for gift basket items?

Homemade Vapor Shower Disks

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Homemade Vapor Shower Disks

Homemade Vapor Shower Disks

In my ongoing attempt at removing the chemicals from my home over the last couple years, I learned that so many of the things we used to use before we knew better are filled with toxic junk.

It is so easy to make your own homemade vapor shower disks that I will never return to store bought kind again!


2 cups baking soda
½ cup water (more or less – your goal is to mix until you make a paste)
1 tablespoon of corn starch
Lavender Essential Oil
Eucalyptus Essential Oil


In Process 1
In a small bowl mix baking soda and slowly mix in water until it becomes just a tad more liquid than a paste.

Add cornstarch.

In process 2

Pour into your desired molds.

I prefer silicone molds like these because it is easier to remove them without breaking them.

In Process 4

Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, allow to cool and remove from pan.

Add 5 drops of Lavender and Eucalyptus onto each disk and allow the oils to soak in.

Store in mason jars or a plastic container.

Vicks Final 6

To use simply drop one into the bottom of your shower when needed and allow the vapors to steam out.

*Saving Dollars and Sense Tip: I only use Young Living Essential Oils because they are so much more than just aromatic perfume grade oils. When looking for all natural ways to keep my family above the wellness line, I wouldn’t trust anything buy high quality therapeutic grade essential oils.


Heading Back to School With Schick

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It is officially Back to School season and many families are starting a new adventure this year with their kids.

Heading back to school when you are going to college is a great time of change which can be exciting and stressful at the same time. Feeling strong and confident can certainly help even the most timid new student start off strong this year.

I can still remember the day our daughter began her own college journey like it was just yesterday.

We wanted to equip her in any way that would keep her healthy, happy and successful while pursuing her education.  We also wanted to make sure she stayed healthy and strong while spending late nights studying which can wear down a new college student.

If you happen to have anyone heading off to college this year you know what it is like trying to make sure that they will have all they need to get started.

It is easy to consider all of the things we think they will need and we do the best we can to prepare them to start taking care of themselves completely now that they are beginning the next step in their journey to complete adulthood.

Send them off right with more than school supplies this year.


Make sure they have everything they need to support proper hygiene which ultimately will keep them in the best health when you can’t be there to help.

You can find everything you need by heading Rite Aid like I did.

Schick has an entire line of disposable razors for all students that will leave them with feeling strong, clean and confident!

So don’t forget the hygiene needs of your newest college student this year.

I had a great time checking out all of the things available at Rite Aid.


*Saving Dollars and Sense Tip: You can pick these Schick Disposable Razors at Rite Aid right now beginning at just $4 each on sale!

You can find Schick disposable razors at many stores including Rite Aid, Meijer, Dollar General, Kroger and more!


4 Schick® Disposable Razor Products That You Can Purchase:

  • Schick Hydro® 5 Razor (Men)
  • Schick® Xtreme 3® Ultimate Razor (Men)
  • Schick® Quattro® (Women)
  • Schick® Hydro Silk® Razor (Women)
  • Schick® Slim Twin® Razor (Men)


Some things to keep in mind when deciding on the perfect Schick product:

  1. Xtreme3: 3 blades that flex and pivot, with vitamin E and aloe for a smooth shave
  2. Schick Quattro: 4 titanium-coated blades for a close shave
  3. Schick Slim Twin: Twin blades and a push-to-clean mechanism for simple shaving

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Printable Retail Coupons

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If you are planning on doing any shopping this weekend you will want to check out this list of printable coupons that you can use to save even more.

Not planning to go anywhere but still want to shop online and save?  Check out the Online Coupon Codes Database and find coupons for all your favorite stores!

Thanks to Surviving the Stores for this weeks list of Printable Retail Coupons.

Top Retail Store Coupons:

A.C. Moore – 50% Off 1 Regularly Priced Item (exp: 8/29/2015)
Aaron Brothers – 50% Off 1 Regularly Priced Item (exp: 9/4/2015)
Aeropostale – $10 Off $50 or $25 Off $100 Purchase (exp: 9/9/2015)
Belk – 20% Off Regular & Sale Price Home Purchase (exp: 8/29/2015)
Bonton – $10 Off $25 Regular & Sale Price Purchase (exp: 8/29/2015)
Carsons – 25% Off Sale Price Womens, Mens & Kids Apparel + More (exp: 8/29/2015)
Dress Barn – 30% Off Any Single Clearance Item Already 50% Off (exp: 9/15/2015)
Express – $15 Off $30, $30 Off $100 or $40 Off $120 Purchase* (exp: 9/3/2015)
Hancock Fabrics – 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 8/29/2015)
Harbor Freight Tools – $2.99 for 27 LED Portable Worklight/Flashlight + More (exp: 8/31/2015)
Hobby Lobby – 40% Off 1 Regularly Priced Item (exp: 8/29/2015)
JoAnn – 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 8/29/2015)
Loft Outlet – 10% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 8/30/2015)
Lord and Taylor – 25% Off Clearance Items (exp: 8/31/2015)
Mardel – 20% Off 1 Item $4.99 or More (exp: 8/29/2015)
Osh Kosh BGosh – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 9/2/2015)
Sally Beauty – 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 8/31/2015)
Sherwin Williams – 30% Off Paints & Stains (exp: 9/7/2015)
Staples – 15% Off Entire Regularly Priced Purchase (exp: 8/29/2015)
Visionworks – $45 Off Buy 1 Get 1 Free Event (exp: 9/19/2015)
Yankee Candle – Buy 2 Get 2 Free Candles (exp: 8/30/2015)

Restaurant Coupons

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If you plan on eating at a restaurant any time soon you will definitely want to check out this list of coupons to save on your bill.

5 Ways to Save on Your Restaurant Bill

Top Restaurant Coupons:

Black Angus Steakhouse – Free 5 oz. Lobster Tail When You Buy Steak Dinner (exp: 9/14/2015)
Bob Evans – Buy 1 Breakfast Entree Get 1 50% Off When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 8/29/2015)
Carls Jr – $1 Off Mushroom & Swiss All-Natural Burger Combo (exp: 9/6/2015)
Carrabbas – 15% Off Entire Lunch or Dinner Check (exp: 10/25/2015)
Carvel Ice Cream – $1 Off Sundae Dasher (exp: 9/4/2015)
Chuck E Cheese – 50% Off Large Thin & Crispy Pepperoni Pizza (M-F) + More (exp: 9/21/2015)
Daphnes Greek Cafe – $2 Off Any Entree (exp: 9/27/2015)
Hardees – $1 Off Any Size All Natural Burger Combo (exp: 8/30/2015)
Jacks – $4.49 Big Jack Combo + More (exp: 9/29/2015)
Logans Roadhouse – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 8/30/2015)
Long John Silvers – Free Large Drink with Any Purchase (exp: 8/30/2015)
Longhorn Steakhouse – $4 Off 2 Adult Dinner Entrees (exp: 9/6/2015)
Marie Callenders – Buy 1 Get 1 50% Entree Off When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 9/9/2015)
Mimis Cafe – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 9/12/2015)
Papa Johns – Free Large Pizza on Future Order with $15 Purchase (exp: 9/13/2015)
Quiznos – $1 Off Regular Sub, Large Sub or Large Salad (exp: 9/2/2015)
Rubios – $1 Off Cilantro Lime Sea Bass Bowl (exp: 11/1/2015)
Souper Salad – $6.49 Adult Buffet (exp: 8/30/2015)
Steak Escape – Free Kids Meal When You Buy Any Sandwich, Fries & Drink (exp: 8/31/2015)
Stevi Bs – $1 Off Unlimited Buffet (exp: 9/1/2015)
White Castle – $1 Off Any Fruit Smoothie (exp: 8/31/2015)

Thanks to Surviving the Stores for this list!