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Simple Felt Dog Bone Stocking Craft #TreatThePups

This year Big Heart Pet Brands® and Walmart are helping nurture the bond between pets and their people with creative crafts and ideas to help you include your furbabies this holiday. The holidays can be stressful and confusing on your pets, but with a little love and TLC (and of course a bunch of great treats) your pets can enjoy the holidays just as much as you do.

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The only thing more spoiled in this house than our two girls is our little 6 pound chihuahua, Indi. She is quite the little princess here and the older she gets the more important it is to us to make her feel loved every minute. Feeling crafty and inspired by #TreatThePups I set out to make Indi her very own Dog Bone Stocking to hang alongside the girls stockings on the mantle. It turned out super cute – but the best part was that it was super easy.

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Since Indi is getting older, I chose to get her some soft treats to fill her stocking this year. I was pleased to find a variety of soft treat options at my local Walmart. The “trail mix” I thought was hysterical since I take trailmix everywhere – now Indi can have her own. And the Soft & Chewy Milkbones were just like her favorite Milkbone Original Dog Biscuit – only softer for her little aging teeth.

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All I needed was five pieces of felt – two brown, one red, one green and one white – a needle and thread, a glue gun, a sparkly pom pom, sharp scissors, and my printed patterns that I found on Pinterest. You can use a marker or a piece of chalk to mark out your cut lines and then use your scissors to carefully cut each piece out.

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I did use just a little bit of thread to secure the bow to make sure it did not come undone. The bow was super simple to put together – I am going to have felt bows on everything now.

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Before gluing everything together with the glue gun I placed them all togehter to make sure everything fit and lined up correctly. Start by running a line of hot glue down one straight side of your “bone” and securing to the other “bone.” Then work your way around the edge gluing and pressing the felt together – leaving room at the top of the stocking to stuff your Milkbone treats in to.

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Once that has cooled and dried, add a loop from your leftover felt, the bow, and the sparkly pompom for a finishing touch.

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I was super happy with how it turns out – and it is now proudly hung right alongside the other stockings over the fireplace so that Santa can fill it as well.

Check out the #TreatThePups page for more ideas for including your sweet furbabies in your festivities this holiday season. You can also enter to win free Big Heart Pet Brands® coupons by entering the giveaway below! Good luck!

 Big Heart Coupon Sweepstakes

 

Are you planning to #TreatThePups this year at your house?

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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 HobbyHolster.com to order now!

What color do you like best?

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