Trick or Treat Cake Pop Cupcakes from #DuncanHines

Back in July I had a blast making Fourth of July Surprise Cupcakes with Duncan Hines Summer Velvets cake mix. When I was given the opportunity to review their new Autumn Velvets, I wanted to make something similar… but with a twist. I have had a love for cake pops for years and thought how cool would it be to have a cupcake and a cake pop in one?! An idea – and a very tasty treat – was born. Check out my Halloween Trick or Treat Cake Pop Cupcakes.

halloween cupcakes

The Duncan Hines Autumn Velvets comes with two packets of cake mix – one brown and one orange. Their website has great ideas for how you can get creative with these velvets – making everything from swirl cakes to biscotti. But I kept thinking about biting in to a soft, rich cupcake… and finding an extra sweet “treat” inside. So I gathered up a couple of ingredients and got to work – not sure how, or even IF this would turn out.

duncan hines halloween cupcakes

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Whole30 Halloween Stuffed Bell Peppers

When I launched in to Whole30 back in July, I did it alone. My family has dealt with enough of my yo-yo diets, I decided to keep this one to myself. If it worked, maybe they would want to join me next time. If it didn’t they were none the wiser. Perfect plan, right? Well… it worked. It worked so well in fact that when I mentioned that I wanted to do it again – Mike jumped on board. There aren’t even words for how happy that made me.

After that round (his first, my second) we made an agreement to stay as close to whole30 as possible going forward. We all four agreed as a family to stick to Whole30 at least 90% – not stressing over if we eat out or go to a dinner party or whatever. It has been wonderful. I have had so much fun learning new Whole30 Recipes and getting creative with what I serve. With Halloween just around the corner I had an idea of a “treat” everyone would enjoy.

whole30 stuffed bell pepper recipe

Mike had said before that he used to love when his Mom made stuffed bell peppers. I had never had them before, so I thought I would give it a go – adding a bit of a kid friendly spin. When the family came to the dinner table they all loved their little individual “jack-o-lanterns” and gobbled up every bite. It wasn’t until after they finished that I told them they were 100% Whole30 Compliant. How’s that for a “trick!?”

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Halloween Treats that Give Back with Wendy’s

In just a few weeks our streets will be filled with little ghosts and ninjas and princesses going door to door filling their bags with goodies. This year instead of giving out handfuls of candy, I will be giving a gift that “gives back” with the Wendy’s Halloween Coupon Book. It is like two treats in one!

wendys halloween

Wendy’s® is making Halloween and giving back so much “cooler” this year with a first-ever nationwide expansion of its popular Halloween Coupon book program benefiting children in foster care. From now until October 31, for just $1, at participating Wendy’s, customers can purchase Halloween Coupon books that are filled with free Jr. Frosty™ coupons*  to share with family, friends and trick-or-treaters. Ninety cents of every dollar goes to the Dave Thomas Foundation For Adoption®(DTFA) to help find loving families for the 134,000 children waiting in foster care.

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Hobby Holster – A Must Have Crafters Tool #Coupon

If you are a crafter you know how frustrating it can be to have an unorganized crating space. Like those times when you are trying to hold two tiny little things together… and rrreeeaaaccchhh across the table for your glue gun. Or how about always searching for the scissors… that seem to grow legs and hide under everything.

What if you had something that would just keep everything you need right at your fingertips?

That is the thought behind this awesome new product – the Hobby Holster.

hobby holster

The Hobby Holster® is a heat resistant, 100% silicone pocket that is designed to hold hot crafting tools. A divided pocket separates a glue gun from hot glue sticks, glitter pens from scrapbook paper, mod podge from felt and endless other odd couples and crafty pairings. The silicone material allows the Hobby Holster to cling to any smooth surface without the use of suction cups or adhesive, it’s easy to place and easy to move when your crafting day is complete. It also sticks to itself – so The Teen wore it a la tool belt style and it was perfect. 

hobby holster

I received a Hobby Holster to review and I can tell you – it came in quite handy when we were putting together the Wine Cork Photo Holders last week. Between gluing the corks and snipping the ribbon – the Hobby Holster kept everything we needed right on our hip. To be 100% honest – I didnt even consider putting it on the table – I just strapped it right on our belt. Easy peasy.

I also loved that there was a ruler right on the Hobby Holster too. At one point I was able to lay it out and have The Teen cut ribbon for me while I worked on gluing corks. There are inches on one side and centimeters on the other.

pink hobby holster

The Hobby Holster is just $19.99 but MoscatoMom Readers can get 25% off using the promo code Moscato25 between now and July 31st!  Head over to to order now!

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The Pirate Fairy – Movie, Toys, Books and More! #PirateFairyBloggers

“Zarina, you’re the most inquisitive fairy I’ve ever known. Correction: its a tie. Let’s just say you are the Tinker Bell of Dust-Keepers.” ~Fairy Gary


On April 1st Disney will release The Pirate Fairy – their newest edition to the Disney Fairies collection.  While I was in LA last month I got the chance to not only preview the film, but also get the first look at all of the awesome Pirate Fairy merchandise that will soon be hitting the store shelves.  From toys to books to purses – and of course princess dresses – Disney has yet again outdone themselves with The Pirate Fairy must have goodies for kids of any age.

pirate fairy merchandise

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