Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Florida Coast Coffee Review and Giveaway [Ends 11/15]

I can't wait to share this coffee blend with you! I had the chance to try coffee made by Florida Coast Coffee and I was so impressed by how tasty it was!


But first, to share a little bit about the background of Florida Coast Coffee! Florida Coast Coffee was made by best friends who are from the tropical region and wanted to create a coffee that showed off the true flavors of the Florida coast. They created coffee blends with the Florida flair featuring blends such as "Tiki Bar Rum Cake" "Toasty Toasted Coconut" or "Coastline Regular Roast" (and so much more!). Basically they wanted to give coffee drinkers a true taste of sub-tropical climate so you have "paradise in every cup."





I had the chance to try Kick Back Key Lime and Coastline Regular!


I love how they describe the coffees on their site - here's what they say about Kick Back Key Lime:


"Arriving on the beach after a morning of snorkeling in the Keys, it’s time for a perfectly roasted coffee infused with a hint of the sweet and tart flavor of the Florida Key lime. These tiniest of limes need warm salt air and Caribbean sunshine to create the delicious gourmet taste that reminds you of the keys with every sip."


I really enjoyed the this blend of coffee - it wasn't overly sweet but there was a touch of enough sweet flavor to give the coffee a full tasty quality. The touch of sweet in the coffee definitely didn't overwhelm the blend. I'm usually not a huge fan of flavored coffee by any means but this was something I really enjoyed. This was actually an even BETTER wake up for me in the morning because the flavor was so unique, it took me by surprise!


The next coffee blend I tried was the Coastline Regular! Here's what they say about Coastline Regular:


"Turn your cup of coffee into a vacation. Our signature roast celebrates our unique tropically-roasted “bean-cracking” process that produces a full-bodied and rich coffee that’s made with a hint of laid-back life and paradise in every cup!"


I enjoyed this particular bend best of all because it had such a rich taste to it. I am usually so sensitive to whether or not a coffee is dark roast or not (I have always felt that dark roasts have a fuller taste). But for this I didn't even notice the difference between the usual darker roasts I go for and this regular blends.


Overall, I highly recommend purchasing Florida Coast Coffee for your next pot of coffee! This company has fantastic coffee blends and will be just the escape you need on a cold winter Monday morning.

Purchase Kick Back Key Lime or Coastline Regular or purchase a different blend you want to try. Follow Florida Coast coffee on Facebook, Twitter and GooglePlus.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Deal Alert! Purchase Those Christmas Dresses's NOW!

This post contains affiliate links for which I will receive compensation if you make a purchase through one of my links.

I can't wait to share the latest deals going at Jane and Jack, Crazy 8(for last minute school shopping must-haves!) and Gymboree.

Jane and Jack are now out with their Christmas dresses! You know you will want to check these out - these look adorable!



Crazy 8's $8.88 jean sale is going on now through Sunday (free shipping with orders over $50!)



Gymboree has 40% off everything right now too!



Take advantage of these sales now and let me know what you get!
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Make a Custom T-Shirt for the Holiday Season!

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The holiday season is just around the corner and that means you'll be spending much more time with family and preparing for the days ahead!

I wanted to let you know about some great design ideas going on with CustomInk!

Check out the latest in designs that you can customize for YOUR family!

Give Thanks Shirt Happy Thanksgiving Shirt Jefferson Dance Center Shirt Holiday Spectacular Shirt
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Send Me Gluten Free Subscription Box [Review & Giveaway] [Ends 11/7]

I am gluten sensitive and I have found that it is very very hard to find good gluten-free products (that taste good anyway). So I was really excited to try Send Me Gluten Free, a monthly subscription box that sends you gluten free snacks (and coupons!) to try.

The Send Me Gluten Free subscription box may be new, but they are not new to the idea of living gluten free! Some of the staff of Send Me Gluten Free as well as many of their families live gluten free and they know all about that lifestyle. Plus since 2007 they've been part of Gluten and Allergen Expos and launched a gluten-free restaurant finder app called Find Me Gluten Free. They recently launched the subscription box service to reach people like you and me that maybe don't think of going to gluten free expos and want the comfort of trying snacks and other goodies from home.

How it works is that Send Me Gluten Free will ship you a snack box filled with 8 to 12 gluten free products (not just snacks!) from full size to sample size and even coupons.

Here's a glimpse of what I received in my subscription box - .



Mediterranean Snacks Sea Salt Lentil Chips
YogaVive Chocolate Apple Chips
I Heart Keenwah Sample Size Chocolate
NoGil Nuts About Berries Sample Size Paleo Bar
A Coupon for One Free GF Product from Conte's Pasta
Nature's Path Dark Chocolate Chip Organic Granola Bar
Kemnitz Family Kitchen Sample Pack of Gluten Free Labels Variety Pack
Sample Size Primal Pit Paste in Lavender
Bonne Maman Sample Size Strawberry Preserves
Country Life Sample Pack CoEnzyme B-Complex Caps
Redd Remedies Pain T4 Sample Pack

You can see how much variety there is in this box! So far of the snacks I received, I really enjoyed the lentil chips and the chocolate sample, paleo bar, and granola bar. I really thought that the Apple Chips were strange (not bad, but very odd!). To be honest, I didn't try the B-Complex and Pain Remedy that was included because I'm not a huge fan of taking vitamins or medicine from unfamiliar brands.  Also the strawberry preserves were so excellent! I have tried this jelly before and I am saving this for a rainy day when I need a pick me up!

In regards to the non-food items, the pit paste was okay! I didn't think it smelled really strongly in my opinion and it definitely did it's job. Probably the only downside is that I'm not a huge huge fan of using my fingers to put on deodorant, so I'd definitely look to see if I can buy a type that I can roll on or something.

Overall, I would definitely sign up for this subscription box. You get so much of a variety within the box. This introduces me to gluten free products I probably wouldn't think to try before. Probably the only noticeable downside to this is the pricing. It's about $30/month for a subscription. That's a bit high for me, to be honest. Although they do have other tiers where you pay $78 for 3 months, $144 for 6 months and $240 for 12 months which is when the savings start to come in.

BUT if you would like to subscribe to Send Me Gluten Free, I can offer you a 20% discount code for your subscription (at any length!). So use the code BLOG20 to get 20% off. Subscribe to Send Me Gluten Free by clicking this link. 

Make sure you also follow Send Me Gluten Free on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.



Best of all though, I get to giveaway a free subscription box to one of my lucky readers! Simply enter via Rafflecopter below. Also, you will be receiving your first box in December, so make sure to keep that in mind. Giveaway ends 11/7.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Make Your Laundry Smell Fantastic with Purex Crystals Aromatherapy! [Review and Giveaway] [Ends 11/7]

I am so excited to bring you this new Purex product! It's aromatherapy crystals that you can toss in with your laundry (washer or dryer!).


Purex has come out with three scents - Energy, WellBeing, and Serenity.  I had the chance to try out the Energy scent and it smells INCREDIBLE! The energy scent has a lemony zesty kind of flavor and I couldn't wait to try it with my laundry. And more than just laundry, this made for a great way to make my closet smell good! I grabbed a handful and toss some in a little small mesh bag and hung a couple of them on a hanger or two and it made my closet smell great!


But best of all, how does it work with laundry?


I tossed a small cup full (not even the whole cup provided, about a third of that) into the dryer with some laundry and let the dryer do its job! I was a little concerned at first about how this would turn out considering that the initial "smell test" of the aromatherapy crystals turned out to be they smelled really strong (all on their own, anyway). So I probably went a little light on how much I tossed into the dryer because of that.


After I grabbed the laundry out of the dryer it made for such a light lemony scent! I may actually toss MORE in the next time. If you use dryer sheets, STILL PUT THEM IN. THese won't soften up your clothes like dryer sheets do, so you want to use both. These scents will also probably work best if you select unscented dryer sheets, that way you can bring out the lovely smell of the aromatherapy crystals while still getting your clothes softened.


If you are sensitive to smell, don't worry about using these, because I didn't use very much at first and the scent was really faint. Just enough to make your clothes smell good! I think these crystals are best used for towels and sheets in my opinion, because for regular clothes I don't want to worry about these conflicting with any perfume I put on during the day.


Overall, I definitely plan on buying these again and looking for them in the store! Buy a bottle and add them to your laundry routine and be as amazed as I was!

Visit Purex.com to find out more about the Purex Aromatherapy Crystals. Follow Purex on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


Best of all, I get to giveaway three coupons for you to get Purex Aromatherapy Crystals for FREE in a store near you! Just enter via Rafflecopter below. Contest ends 11/7.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

You've Just Been BOO-ed by BuyCostumes

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BuyCostumes Halloween Costumes

You've just been "BOO-ed" by BuyCostumes! The latest chain reaction game sweeping this Halloween season has just hit your screen with a super discount - 20% off EVERYTHING at BuyCostumes when you use coupon code: AFCBOO20!

Now for the fun part... you get to go "BOO" your friends! Take this BuyCostumes offer and share it on their Facebook pages, pin it alongside their favorite Halloween pics, insert it into their Instagram feed, spread this "boo-tiful" offer everywhere!

Don't wait to share this offer - it expires 10/23. We wouldn't want you and your friends to miss out on the spooktacular savings!
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

WorldVisionCatalog - Buy Gifts and Do Good for the World #GiftCatalog [Review and Giveaway]



As you start writing out your shopping list for the holiday season (yes! it's almost that time) I want you to consider shopping at WorldVision.org.


Here's information that I received about WorldVision -


"Since it first began in 1996, the popularity of World Vision’s Gift Catalog as a gift-giving alternative has grown substantially, with over 844,000 people in the U.S. and around the world contributing in the last fiscal year alone. The catalog gives shoppers a tangible way to improve the lives of children, adults and communities in different areas of need: clean water, food, education, sexual exploitation and job training, among others.


“Every year we search the globe to find new products with life-saving impact,” says Cheryl DeBruler, World Vision Gift Catalog manager. “You don’t have to spend a fortune to bring tremendous social change. For $22, less than the cost of an average smartphone cover, you can provide an innovative blanket that not only protects children from the cold but also helps stave off disease-carrying mosquitoes. This year, when you provide one blanket your donation automatically doubles to bring another blanket to someone in need, thanks to our generous friends at Insect Shield.” "


I had the chance to try out one of the gifts that you can purchase for a friend, loved one, or coworker through WorldVision. I received a Fair-Trade Coffee Set. In this set, I received a 12. ounce whole bean bag of coffee with an African fabric hand-sewn bag with a hand-carved olive wood scoop.


I loved this set and I was so impressed with the fine handiwork of the hand sewn bag and the olive wood scoop. I wish I had more items of this incredible quality. I went through the coffee lightening fast and the taste was incredible. The beans were very dark which I loved - and even had the fine oily sheen that means the coffee beans are excellent quality.


The only (potential) downside to purchasing this gift for someone (or for yourself) is the price. This does cost $65.00 which is out of my usual price range of coffee gifts. But thinking about the fact that when you buy this gift it is used towards a good cause, this makes me want to purchase a gift like this for a family member or friend. The website mentions that in the most effective way possible." The disclaimer with the purchase continues to say that "donations will be used to provide assistance where it is needed most within that category or to address a similar need."

Purchase the Fair Trade Coffee set at WorldVision by visiting this link. Find other gifts to purchase for you or a friend (while also making a donation) by visiting this link. Also make sure to follow WorldVision on Facebook and Twitter.

Best of all, I get to giveaway the Fair Trade Coffee set that I received to one of my lucky readers! Enter via Rafflecopter below. Contest ends on 11/2.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Aroma Ridge Coffee and Teas [Review and Giveaway] [Ends 10/30]



If you haven't had the chance to try Aroma Ridge Coffee, you are definitely missing out. This is coffee company always has something new to offer and I'm always impressed by what I can try out.

Aroma Ridge has been around a long time, too. They started more than twenty years ago as a small family business and now you can find their coffees across the country. Despite their growth they still continue to build their business around the ideals of buying from high quality growers, roasting beans to perfection and delivering excellent customer service.

I had the chance to try two different types of coffee - Baba's Roast and Mama's Roast! Of the two, I really enjoyed Baba's Roast the most (totally didn't mean to rhyme right there). But they were both fantastic coffees. Baba's Roast, created by the Dad of the Aroma Ridge family, blends three amazing roasts for a medium-dark roasted coffee. Mama's Roast is more of a bold, sweet combination (blending three different estate coffees as well). The recipe may be top secret, but what isn't top secret is that Mama and Baba knows where it's at in terms of coffee. These are both excellent coffees to select and come at a pretty decent price of $13.95 for one pound of coffee.

I also had the chance to try a variety of Aroma Ridge's Mighty Leaf tea and I absolutely enjoyed my samples! I particularly am fond of the black tea which has a touch of a floral taste to it. I had this on Sunday afternoon and it was such a wonderful way to top off the weekend.

Overall, expect greatness when you purchase from Aroma Ridge. This definitely needs to be added to your online shopping list and I promise you will not be disappointed when you select any of their products. And although I'm not doing a formal holiday shopping guide this year for my blog, I want to point you in the direction of Aroma Ridge's gift packs which look pretty amazing! I particular am intrigued by the Wicked Jacks Captain Stash-Rum Raisin which comes with a 20 ounce Rum Raisin Cake and a 12 ounce pack of coffee. To check out the rest of their gift selections, just click here.

Visit this link to purchase the Baba Roast and Mama Roast blends from Aroma Ridge. Visit this link to purchase the Black Tea by Aroma Ridge.

You can also follow Aroma Ridge on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Best of all one of my lucky readers will win a bag of Baba Roast coffee! This giveaway ends on 10/30. Enter via Rafflecopter below.


I received complimentary coffee in exchange for my review



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Monday, October 13, 2014

Halloween Treat Bag Giveaway [Ends 10/23]


Halloween Treat Bag Giveaway! Prize value is over $100! One lucky person will win it all!
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Enter to win a Simple Savings For ATL Moms Halloween Treat Bag Giveaway ~ This treat bag is filled with many sweet treats including coupons, Halloween Movies, gift cards, etc. 



I have been compensated to share this fantastic giveaway!  This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest.

Fans of Simply Savings can connect with her via social media sites at Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram or Email.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Pilot Pens - Best Tools for Hand Writers Everywhere! #shopletreviews.

Since I hand write my stories, I'm always in hunt over the right pens. Which ones last the longest? Do I want the clicker pen or the ones with the cap? Should I stick with black or do I want colors? I'm usually pretty basic in my approach, but since I had the chance to try out the wide variety of pens sent to me by Pilot, I thought I would take each type into consideration!

• Frixion Clicker - Erasable Pen

I'm in love with this erasable pen. I could never write in pencil when I'm drafting a story, but there's something cringe worthy about having to scratch out a mistake when I'm writing. To be able to go back and erase something means so much when you are a writer! This also works really well too, and you don't experience a lot of faded pen markings that usually happens with erasable pen. Not to mention the quality is still great too (not choppy, nearly broken pen marks either)!

• Frixion Highlighter Erasable

The same goes for erasing...HIGHLIGHTED marks. I remember having to highlight textbooks in college and I would get so mad when I highlighted the wrong thing! It's like all the logic I put into what I was highlighted is wrong. Now the problem disappears. This is definitely a thing. Now I can highlight to my hearts content! This also is a great quality highlighter and most of the colors fade away after you start erasing.

• B2P Colors Multi Pens

I love gel pens. I don't use them with first drafts but I do use them when writing down notes or ideas. These work great and I especially love the purple, blue, and pink.

• B2P GelB2P Ball Pen, and Acroball Fine Pt

These last three pens are my personal favorite when writing down story drafts. I love they are all three clicker pens and they make for such smooth writing. If you are hand writer like me, you will want to purchase these. They are also a very good price too. I can write for a lengthy period of time without my hand cramping and also without the pen running out of steam. These are a must have in your writer supply closet!

I highly recommend you check out these pens as well as other Shoplet office supplies because they really have great quality stuff!

I received complimentary pens in exchange for my honest review.
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Outfit Your Family for Halloween with Costume Express - Save 20%

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Costume Express Halloween Costumes

Do you find yourself driving all over town, from store to store, just to find the perfect costumes to outfit your family in for Halloween? If so, now is the time to stop that tradition! Save yourself time and money and check out Costume Express.

Costume Express specializes in outfitting your entire family for Halloween. With thousands of costumes and accessories to choose from, you're sure to find what you're looking for. The most sought-after costumes (Frozen, Batman, Maleficent, TMNT) - are all available for purchase at Costume Express and are quickly shipped right to your front door.

Get 20% off all orders at Costume Express when you shop by October 25th! Just enter coupon codeSAVETWENTY at checkout. Halloween just got a little less scary, right?

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Partida Tequila - Rich, Tasty Tequila [Review]

I'm a huge fan of Tequila, particularly margaritas, and so I jumped at the chance to try out this particular brand of tequila.

This brand of tequila called, "Tequila Partida" is made from 100% blue agave, which is far less common than you might realize. The flavor profile of this tequila is almost that of fine wine and speaks to the origins of Mexico's historic Tequila region. Because of the way Partida grows the agave plants, the flavor in the tequila is fuller, riper, and richer.

I don't drink tequila straight, so I mixed in just a little bit of lime juice and triple sec in a glass mixed in with the sample sized amount of tequila I received. This made for such a tasty experience! One thing that makes this tequila stand out more than other tequilas I've tried before is the excellent taste. Most of the tequilas I've tasted before just taste too strong, but this had a rich flavor to it.



The only downside that I can see right now is that to buy this bottle in the store I'd have to travel a bit further than I usually would want to for tequila. The question is - can you buy it online? I did a little bit of digging and found out that on the site WineChateau.com that you can purchase a bottle for about $45 - $46. I highly recommend seeing if they sell this in your area though and if they do, this is worth the trip to the liquor store to try out. Holidays are around the corner so if you will want some tasty tequila (and don't want to just buy Jose Cuervo) buy this bottle. I'm not a "fancy" tequila kind of girl and usually wouldn't know what kind of tequila to buy to impress people. But this tequila will impress your guests and this would even be a great gift to buy.

Visit Partida Tequila's website to find out where you can purchase your bottle.

Follow Partida Tequila on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

I received sample bottles of Partida Tequila in exchange for my honest review.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Create the Ultimate Costume Look with BuyCostumes

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BuyCostumes Halloween Costumes

If you are serious about dressing up, then you know that it takes a little more than a black cape and some boots to create an authentic Darth Vader. And no little Frozen-loving, Elsa wannabe is going to let you get away with buying just a simple dress without a blonde wig.

With Halloween just a few weeks away, now is the perfect time to head over to BuyCostumes.com and check out over 100 different Head-to-Toe Costume Collections. In just one click, you can purchase everything you need (costume, props, accessories) to create the most complete and authentic look this Halloween, and save some money while doing so! 

No more endless searching trying to track down Captain America's shield and no more tears because Harry Potter's wand was accidentally overlooked. Here are a few of our favorite head-to-toe costumes:


Costume Collections for Girls

Costume Collections for Boys

Costume Collections for Women

Costume Collections for Men


Don't wait until the last minute! BuyCostumes.com is running a promotion right now where you can get 20% off any order over $75. Just use coupon code AFCBC2075 at checkout! 
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Sunday, October 5, 2014

CostCo Members! Get a Free Huggies Sample!

Hey CostCo Members!

Want to get a free Huggies sample? Simpy follow THIS LINK to get your free sample while supplies last.

Details:  Costco members can access exclusive samples and sign up for three FREE Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus diapers and a pack of Huggies Snug & Dry Plus wipes.
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Design Your Team T-Shirts with CustomInk

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If you are a parent, coach, a member of the PTA, or involved with a school group, at some point you have probably canvassed your neighborhood looking for a good t-shirt printer. CustomInk is an online custom t-shirt printing service that provides a stress-free custom creation experience at an incredibly affordable price. Take a look at their Design Lab—it is chock full of ideas for teams and clubs, and their simple interface allows you to make it your own. Whether you are making 10 shirts to go to a chess match, or 100 for the Homecoming game, CustomInk can help you bring on that school spirit.

Below are some great design ideas which are all fully customizable in the CustomInk design lab. You can also browse more school-themed design ideas here.
High School Shirt Graduating Class Shirt Cheer Shirt Field Trip Shirt
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Superheroes vs. Villains Halloween Costumes at BuyCostumes

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BuyCostumes Halloween Costumes

This Halloween, celebrate the champion within or release your inner villain with costumes and accessories atBuyCostumes.

BuyCostumes has everything a family needs to bring out the best (or the worst) for Halloween. Why not do both and outfit the entire family (even the pet!) in costumes from Star Wars - both heroes and villains! Or have a little fun and pair up with the family next door and duke it out on the streets of your neighborhood—one family good, the other the ultimate clan of evil.

Dark or light, hero or scoundrel… whichever calls your name, BuyCostumes has got you covered. Here are a few ideas from both sides to give you some inspiration:
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If you've found the perfect costume theme for your family this Halloween season, head on over to BuyCostumes.com. Make sure to use coupon code AFCBC2075 and you'll get 20% off orders over $75. 
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Halloween Party Ideas by Celebrate Express

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A Halloween party is so much more than just a few costumes and a couple of bat cupcakes! Haunted house tour, favorite murder mystery re-enactment…there are so many exciting possibilities and Celebrate Express has what it takes to supply them all! 




Halloween Party Ideas
Decor: Setting a festive fright scene starts with a bold table. Start by layering together different patterns, you can make a totally unique party look that's super chic and super easy. Get this look in one convenient package with aCelebrate Express Halloween party in a box, or experiment with chevron party supplies, polka dot party supplies, and quatrefoil party supplies.




Treats: Candy is must-have on this holiday, but it can get a little monster make-over as well. Turn your treats into decor with easy candy kabobs! Coat some wooden skewers with cooking spray so that the candy won't get stuck, and press them through marshmallows, orange tummies, twists of licorice, and any other candies you like. Stand the kebabs up in a bowl of jellybeans or Sixlets to display before eating! 

Great news! Get 15% off Halloween Party Supplies through the end of October! Whatever terrifically terrifying theme you choose for your spook-tacular celebration, be sure to browse the large selection at Celebrate Express.


Halloween Spooky Boots Party 
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