Fall is officially here, and you know what that means...Halloween! it is time for the ghosts and ghouls to come out and frolic. Want to know where you have the best chance of finding something spooky in Pittsburgh? Keep reading and bundle up while you are out searching for your next haunt. 

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     Today was flea market day in our house. I absolutely love when we find awesome deals and today was no exception. We ran into our favorite veggie vendors at the market and they gave me an amazing deal on some baby cucumbers. So, I had to make a batch of pickles! I have three little pickle monsters here at home and making my own is so much better than buying them in the store. I know what is in them and it is much more budget friendly. All together, it was just under three hours work and a ton of fun! So, if you are a huge pickle family like we are, then this is a DIY project for you! 
     For canning, I use a Ball kit like this. It has everything you need except the jars, lids, rims, and labels. I highly recommend it. It works more than just for pickles, so if you want to start canning, this is the set for you. 

     This is probably one of my favorite DIY home hacks. It is super easy to make and it works awesome. This is a great detergent for your dishwasher that is made with everything you should have in your home already, and it is chemical free! The best part is if you mix up three or four batches at once, you won't need to worry about making it for quite a while. You can check out the huge container I use below to store it all in. Another handy tip is to throw a baby sock filled with rice (tie it with a rubber band) into the detergent to keep out any moisture and stop it from hardening. 

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     This is stop #7 on the ShopRite #NYCWFF Virtual Food Tour! All week long, different bloggers are recreating recipes that will be featured at the New York City Wine and Food Festival Grand Tasting Presented by ShopRite.
     Today, I am featuring Bruchetta with Roasted Red Peppers and Burrata. It is a super simple recipe that works well as an appetizer or a wonderful lunch. Keep reading to see how we made it! 

     In our home we try to be as natural as possible. So, I decided to make my own dryer sheets and it turned out AWESOME! I actually prefer them much better to anything you buy in the store. They take only minutes to make and you control the scent...how little or how much you want. Want to learn how to make them? Keep reading! 

     Have a book lover in your life? Then you probably have a million books! We have a ton in our home since we all read. One of our main challenges is finding a way to store them all. So, sometimes we need to get creative. That's where the floating bookshelf comes in. I saw this idea on Pinterest a while back, but I put my own spin on it. The original idea sacrificed a book to create the shelf. GASP! No book lover could ever do that! So, we had to find a way to keep the look and the book intact! Here is what we came up with. Enjoy! 

     With kiddos back in school I have a ton more me time, well in a perfect world I would. It seems like I am just as busy now as I was with all three kids home! So, this week it is all about things I am filling all of my "free time" with. Want some tips? Keep reading! 

     It is super easy to live naturally and free of chemicals. Here in this video we show you how to make an awesome all purpose cleaner using a few items you probably already have at home. Keep reading for instructions! 

     We lo ve to make our own recipes, especially with the kids. Little man is a PB Cup monster so this recipe is a favorite of ours! It is super fun to make and incredibly easy. Every week or so we whip up a batch and I leave them in a container in the fridge as a quick treat...or a bribe for the kids. Want to try it? Here is what you need! 
12 Muffin Cups
1 12 oz package milk chocolate chips
1 c. reduced fat peanut butter (must be reduced fat) 
1/2 c. powdered sugar 
1/4 tsp. salt

Go grab those items and then keep reading! Makes 12 PB Cups. 

  Our family loves nature. We are always outside, camping, hiking, so planting a garden fits into our lifestyle. Did you know that you can make plant any seed you find? I will show you how, and chances are you have everything you need right at home! 
     So, I wanted to try to grow a lemon tree. I will show you how and you can follow along to see if it actually works! It's a work in progress, so we will find out together! This is how we got the seed started. It is an incredibly simple process and it is a great way to get kiddos excited about gardening!