Over 750 Free Pumpkin Carving Stencils

750 free pumpkin carving stencilsIt’s that time – we’re all getting ready to carve our pumpkins and set out the Jack O’Lanterns to greet trick or treaters! Halloween is coming! If you’re getting ready to carve your pumpkin and need stencils, I have got some help for you! I’ve compiled a list of pumpkin carving stencils from around the web. There are over 750 to choose from, and I’ve organized them by theme (as best as I could). Good luck, and happy carving!

Pumpkin Carving Stencils for Kids

20 Nick Jr. Pumpkin Stencils: Find your child’s favorite Nick Jr. character and turn it into a pumpkin! There are over 20 to choose from, so your son or daughter’s favorite is sure to be there!

Disney Pumpkin Stencils: If your child isn’t into Nick Jr, maybe they’re into Disney? Here are 21 Disney-themed pumpkin carving stencils that are perfect for turning into pumpkins. Just don’t leave them out past midnight!

8 Simple Stencils: These 8 simple pumpkin carving stencils are perfect for both children as well as beginning carvers.

27 Easy and Cute Pumpkin Stencils for Kids: – These 27 super cute pumpkin stencils are great for your kids. These are easy for them to carve, and take out the fright factor to make it fun.

59 Pumpkin Stencils: This list of pumpkin carving patterns has many traditional Jack O’Lantern designs to choose from, as well as kid-friendly themes such as Mario, Thomas the Train, and The Smurfs.

Geek and Pop Culture Pumpkin Carving Stencils

30 Geeky Pumpkin Stencils: Into geek culture? Grab any of these geeky pumpkin carving stencils. Themes include Star Wars, Dr. Who, Star Trek, Angry Birds, Pokemon, Hello Kitty, Mario, Gangnam Style, and more!

47 More Geek-Inspired Stencils: Didn’t find all the right geeky pumpkin carving stencil in the last link? Check these out – pumpkin stencils here include Marvel Comics, Dr. Who, Ghostbusters, Walking Dead, Hunger Games, True Blood, Harry Potter, Twilight, and more!

11 Star Wars Stencils: Is Star Wars your thing? These pumpkin carving stencils are for you then! Get some great Star Wars pumpkin carving ideas and stencils here.

Awesome Pop Star Pumpkins: Want to add some pop culture flair to your pumpkin carving? BHG.com has pumpkin stencils featuring everybody’s favorite pop icons, such as Justin Beiber, Lady Gaga, Kate Middleton, Robert Pattinson, and more.

14 Pop Culture Stencils: Didn’t find a pop culture icon you want to emblazon onto your pumpkin at the previous link? Check these out. These 14 pumpkin carving stencils include Assassin’s Creed, Facebook, Glee, and Winnie the Pooh.

20 Random Stencils: Another list of random pop culture themed pumpkin carving ideas, including Tinkerbell, Colonel Sanders, and Gary Coleman.

100 Pop Culture Stencils: Another list of 100 pop stars that can be carved into pumpkins! Pumpkin carving patterns here include Bettie Page, The Beatles, Mona Lisa, and, for the littlest carvers, Little Einsteins.

Animal Pumpkin Carving Stencils

28 Cat Stencils: Cats and Halloween go together so well. Now you can turn your pumpkin into a feline. Magic!

Detailed Pumpkin Carving Stencils for Experienced Carvers

56 Extremely Detailed Stencils: If you love a lot of details in your pumpkin carvings, here are 56 pumpkin carving ideas that are extremely detailed. Great for the experienced carver!

46 Intricate Pumpkin Stencils: Have lots of experience carving pumpkins? Or do you just love the more detailed pumpkin carvings? These are for you! These 46 pumpkin stencils are incredibly detailed for the more advanced carver.

Random Pumpkin Carving Stencils

10 Halloween Stencils: Each year, we buy a Pumpkin Masters pumpkin carving kit (so much easier and safer than using a sharp kitchen knife), and they come with pumpkin carving ideas. You can get their complete set of ideas online as well.

6 Random Stencils: While some of these pumpkin carving stencils are available for purchase, there are random free ones sprinkled in.

25 Stencils: From pretty to spooky, frilly to scary, there’s sure to be a pumpkin carving pattern for all personality types here.

16 Halloween-Themed Stencils: – There are some for every skill level here.

12 Themed Stencils: Lots of pumpkin carving ideas here – print stencils that are patriotic, traditional, awareness ribbons, and more.

100 ‘Un-Halloween’ Pumpkin Stencils: Another great collection of pumpkin carving patterns, including animals, celebrities, fantasy themes, patriotic themes, Christian themes, and more.

8 Halloween Stencils: These pumpkin carving ideas include ideas for pumpkin faces as well as designs for your whole pumpkin!

8 Military Themed Stencils: Show your support for military family and friends with these 8 military-themed pumpkin carving ideas.

12 Midwestern Themed Stencils: A Midwestern-themed Jack O’Lantern would be so unique! These pumpkin carving patterns include corn, barns, and wheat.

30 Pumpkin Stencils from Hershey’s: Hershey’s has shared 30 pumpkin carving stencils. This list is organized by difficulty, so it’s easy to find something for any level of crafting experience.

Traditional Pumpkin Carving Stencils

19 Traditional Stencils: There’s a reason why traditions stick around – if something isn’t broken, don’t fix it, right? Here are 19 pumpkin faces for turning your pumpkin into a traditional jack o’lantern.

13 Face Stencils: These thirteen pumpkin face stencils include traditional designs and clowns.

I hope you found a pumpkin carving stencil or idea in this list that’s perfect for your pumpkin! I’d love to hear about it – feel free to comment and let me know how your pumpkin carving went!

9 Ways to Save on Holiday Travel: Tips and Tricks

holiday travel tips and tricks


Many people travel during the holidays, whether it is just across the state or across the country. Traveling can be quite expensive, especially around the holidays, when the industry raises rates. With gas prices soaring these days, you are probably looking to save everywhere you can so you can get home to you loved ones. Every year as we look to travel back to Florida to visit family, I’m always trying to scout out the best holiday travel deals and find tips for other ways to save money on holiday travel.

Make sure to pin these tips so you can refer back to them every holiday season!

All is not lost, weary traveler. Here are several ways to use holiday travel deals and other tips to save money on your holiday trips.

Holiday Travel Deals and Tips for Saving on Holiday Travel

1. Buddy up. If you have relatives who live near you or on your way to your final destination, pick them up. If there are a lot of them, consider renting a van and having everyone chip in on the cost. It will be a lot cheaper than everyone taking separate cars, depending on your distance.

2. Book hotel rooms now. If you won’t be staying with friends or relatives, make sure you book your rooms now before they fill up. As they start to fill, you may run out of options and be stuck with a higher priced room. For savings on your hotel room, look for holiday travel deals and coupons on websites like hotelcoupons.com (link to http://hotelcoupons.com/ )

3. Shop early for the best holiday travel deals on flights. The earlier you shop, the better, but surely you need to book by October for Thanksgiving travel and mid-November for Christmas and New Year’s Travel.

4. Travel when other people don’t like to. For example, don’t book your flight from Wednesday through Sunday over the Thanksgiving week. This is the busiest time and airlines like to add extra to flights during this time to take advantage of it. Instead, decide with your family that you will do Thanksgiving on a different day than the actual holiday or postpone it.

5. Ship your luggage rather than fly with it. Carry-on prices are no longer what they were. If you ship your luggage and even you gifts to your destination, you can avoid the fees and pay way less. The Postal service now offers flat rate shipping that is one price per box size, up to 70 pounds and it is way less than some of the airline’s $45 carry-on bag fees.

6. If you end up procrastinating on getting your flights and travel booked, make sure to check out the last-minute holiday travel deals offered though travel sites like Expedia. Just be aware that most of the time these are the undesirable rooms, flight times and days so you might not get what you want exactly and will have to remain flexible.

7. If you are going to fly, have someone drop you off or take a cab. Airports like to hike the price of their parking lots during the holidays and leaving your car there can cost you a pretty penny.

8. Buy gifts when you reach your destination or if you are going to travel with them, don’t wrap them. Wrapping them is wasted time and money since airport security will most likely unwrap them.

9. Fly out on Christmas or Thanksgiving and stay for a while after the holiday rather than before. You can save a lot on flights on the actual holiday because no one wants to fly on these days so airlines discount on the holiday itself.

10 Ways to Earn Cash for Christmas

10 Ways to Make Cash for Christmas

Need to earn extra cash for Christmas this year?

Thanksgiving is on the horizon, but you may be already filling your head with anxiety about the impending Christmas season and all the gifts you will need to buy, parties to attend and extra expenses that are outside your normal budget. The good news is there is still plenty of time to make a little cash for Christmas before the big day!

Let’s look at 10 ways you can make some extra cash for Christmas, Hanukkah, or any other upcoming holidays:

1. Participate in Amazon’s trade-in program! Click one of the following links to go to the right category for the product you’d like to trade in. You could earn up to 80% back on books, regardless of where you bought them, and Amazon will give you an estimate on other products, such as video games and electronics. Amazon will even pay for you to ship the products to them!

Amazon Book Trade In
Amazon Consumer Electronics Trade In
Amazon Video Games Trade In

2. Do surveys online. This may not seem like much, but just doing a few a day from sites that pay for your opinions can really add up.

3. Save all your change from now until Christmas shopping time. You would be amazed at how much you really can save up. Everything counts, even pennies. In 2 months, I was able to save almost $100 once. You have to be diligent and not touch it for any reason, though. At the end, cash it in at your bank and skip the Coinstar machine as it takes around 9 cents per dollar you cash in.

4. Selling your and your child’s outgrown clothing that’s still in good condition in lots on Craigslist or to consignment stores is a great way to bring in some extra cash for Christmas.

5. Sell a service. You may not have much time, but housecleaning is usually a great way to gain some extra income. In just a couple hours a week, you could make a couple hundred dollars in time for shopping. Many people would love to have you help get their home ready for the holidays or even post-holiday meal cleanup after Thanksgiving. If cleaning is not your forte, try offering services for house or pet sitting when people go on holiday vacations.

6. Take on a part time holiday job. Many places offer seasonal work this time of year with as few as 10 hours a week. If you can squeeze in the extra time, this could give you the funds to get what you need and want for Christmas and as an extra bonus, you might be able to get an employee discount at the place you work at. This could mean extra savings if you take on a retail job.

7. It might seem unconventional, but participate in a focus group or a clinical trial. Doing so could get you a couple hundred dollars in a few short weeks, which really adds up to lots of extra cash for Christmas! To find clinical trials and focus groups in your area, search online or look in the paper as many of these places put ads in there.

8. Donate Plasma. Donating plasma is a great option for most healthy adults because it pays decently well (think up to $300 a month!) and is perfectly safe. Make sure you get in on this soon and make a commitment as the people who earn the most with this do it a couple times a week. Each session will likely take you at least an hour, so plan on childcare and make sure you eat a good meal before.

9. Forego some expenses for a couple months. Do you have non-contract cable or cells? Skip them for a couple months and you could end up with all the money you would need. Instead, go for a service like Netflix or Hulu for entertainment for under $10 a month.

10. Offer a holiday service. Watch kids so moms can shop on black Friday. I don’t know how many times I have heard from friends, “I wish I could get in on these deals, but I don’t have anyone willing to watch my kids this early or that day.” You could do a big kid’s black Friday party that morning and have friends or neighbors drop their kids off for you to watch. Charge for the whole day or buy the hour. You may miss out on the good deals, but there is always Cyber Monday!

Looking to travel? Then make sure to check out my post on holiday travel deals to contribute to your cash for Christmas efforts!

13 Fun Halloween Snacks

Fun Halloween Snacks

13 Fun Halloween Snacks

Do you want to make something both spooky and tasty for Halloween? You’ll love this list of 13 fun Halloween snacks! Whether you’re making them for fun, or for a party, you’re sure to enjoy eacb and every one of these. I’ve visited my fellow bloggers, who all have excellent culinary skills, and gathered some of the best to share with you here. Happy Halloween, and happy baking!

Halloween Chocolate Candy Bark

Nutter Butter Ghosts

Eyeball Cereal Treats

Spider Web Snacks

Jack’O’Lantern Koolaid Slushies

Rice Krispie Treats on a Stick

Spooky Sundaes

Cake Pop Spiders

Mummy Munch

Cinnamon Sugar Caramel Popcorn

Smarties Pumpkin Push Pops

Chocolate Dipped Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats

Halloween Oreo Pops

10 Fun Halloween Crafts for Kids

Fun Halloween Crafts for Kids

10 Fun Halloween Crafts for Kids

Are you looking for something fun to do with your kids to prepare for Halloween? After all, it’s right around the corner! Have I got something awesome for you! This list of kid-friendly Halloween crafts is curated from some of my fellow bloggers, and each is sure to entertain kids of all ages and get them excited to go trick-or-treating on October 31st!

Paint Swatch Characters

Handprint Spiders in a Lacing Card Web

Homemade Slime

Egg Carton Spiders

Sparkly Spooky Dough

Halloween Canvas Art

Pom Pom Pumpkins

Frankenstein Craft

Friendly-Ghost Pencil Toppers

Hand and Footprint Bat

Peet’s Coffee wants to know — Do you give a cup?

Image and value provided by our partner, Peet’s

Disclaimer: Peet’s Coffee provided links and compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

I am a huge fan of single-serving coffee machines. I have a Tassimo here at home which has probably made thousands of cups of coffee for us over the past two years, and at work, we’re on our second Keurig machine. We are definitely a caffeinated company! And what working parents aren’t, right? We work hard all day, we play hard all night, and the mornings can be rough. What’s better than a freshly made cup of coffee to get your day going?

Peet’s Coffee is finally releasing a line of single cup coffee pods! They spent five long years perfecting the brew so that it would be just perfect for single serving cups, and to celebrate, they want to know: Do you give a cup? It’s a social sharing experiment — you vote on a topic on their website and it helps them determine where to send their sip truck give out cups of Peet’s Coffee! This week’s topic was on hot dog eating contests. I can say with certainty that I was in the minority because — I don’t give a cup! (Now, if it was a veggie hot dog eating contest? I’d be all over that!)

Feel free to swing by doyougiveacup.com today to weigh in on the weekly topic! You can also find out if the Peet’s Coffee sip truck is coming to a place near you sometime soon. They are coming to Boston in mid to late July and I will have to hunt one down, because free coffee? I am all about that!


I love birthdays. Not because of the presents and stuff like that (though those are great) but because I’m always reminded on birthdays how wonderful my friends and family are.

Birthdays are also great, especially for me because mine is so close to the middle of the year because they’re like a second new year’s celebration. A time for reflection. This one has been particularly introspective for some reason. I’m not sure what’s been driving it, but I’ve been feeling the need to be more grateful. In all honesty, my life is great. I may not have the home I want (we’re apartment dwellers) or the second baby I want or the savings account size that I want. What I do have is a wonderful family, wonderful friends, a job that keeps me on my toes, a freelance business that’s taking off, a doting husband and a daughter who is as sweet as sugar.

My only real goals for this next year of my life are to find gratitude and to improve my health.

And with that — THANK YOU to everyone who made this birthday so wonderful. Whether it was a phone call, a gift, a “Happy Birthday” in person, or a birthday wish on Facebook, you have all made my day, and I love every one of you so much.

The Best Part of the Day

One of the questions I ask Miss A daily, as part of our “end of the day” routine is, “What was the best part of your day?” Only, I don’t always save it for the end of the day. Sometimes, I ask it throughout the day, like, “What’s been the best part of your day so far?”

I find that, no matter what we’ve done during the day, whatever we’re doing right then is the best part of the day.

Example: We had just come back from one of her friend’s birthday parties — which was amazing! An hour and a half of bouncy house fun followed by cake and ice cream! We got home, and went outside to blow bubbles, and during a moment to breathe, I ask, “What’s been the best part of your day so far?”

“Blowing bubbles with Mommy!” she replies.

Later this evening, after going to the grocery store and having dinner, we headed to the park for some playtime. After the park, we stopped for ice cream, and I asked her what was her favorite part of the day.

“Eating ice cream!” she replies.

Then, as I’m rubbing her back after reading bedtime stories, I ask her what her favorite thing was about the day.

“Snuggling with mommy,” she replies.

I feel like there’s a lesson to be learned there. Four-year-olds have such a zest for life that whatever they’re doing at any given time is the best thing ever. When do we lose that? What if we still had the mindset that right now is the best part of our day?


So…guys and girls reading this blog…

We just printed Miss A’s kindergarten registration paperwork.

Four weeks from today she will be five.


My baby is gone. My toddler is gone. My preschooler is gone.

I have a full blown school aged kid.

My heart is so full with joy and broken into so many pieces all at once. The past five years went by so quickly.

Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013

As of Monday, April 15, 2013, I lived in Boston for 1 year, 2 months, and 25 days.
64 weeks, 2 days.
450 days.

In the time that I’ve lived here, I’ve learned a lot about the city. It’s loud. It’s proud. It has its own iconic accent. It’s full of passionate, hard working, intelligent, driven people who know the meaning of “work hard, play hard”. It’s a city with a rich history and a strong culture. It’s a city whose residents take pride in their home. Who brave the harsh winters, embrace the cool springs and the temperate summers and frolic in the colorful autumn leaves and proudly proclaim, I AM A BOSTONIAN.

On Monday, April 15, 2013 it was a city holiday. Patriot’s Day. Many offices were closed to celebrate the rich patriotism exhibited by this old city, a city that has strong ties to the founding fathers and founding governance of the United States.

On Monday, April 15, 2013, it was the 117th Boston Marathon. An event so integral to this city’s history that people flock to line the race course and cheer on runners from around the world.

On Monday, April 15, 2013, at approximately 2:50 PM EST, a coward or group of cowards detonated two bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring nearly 200 others.

Martin Richard, age 8
Krystle Campbell, age 29
Lu Lingzi, graduate student at Boston College

Lives were lost. Limbs were lost. The impact on the familes of the three who died, the impact on the lives of those who were injured, and the lives of all of us who live in this proud city are forever changed.


On the morning of the race, I left for work a little early. My route to work runs through the Newton hills, right along the marathon course on Commonwealth Ave. In fact, I turn onto Commonwealth Ave right at the peak of the infamous Heartbreak Hill. I had to take an alternate route that morning, and managed to squeak through right before they began blocking off the roads to protect the runners.

I got to my desk, pulled up the race coverage on one side of my screen and my tasks for the day on the other side, and watched the elite runners chase down the glory of winning the Boston Marathon while getting some work done.

As I watched, I was awe struck and inspired. See, I’ve been planning to run the marathon in 2015 or 2016. Watching this triumph of human spirit was just so motivating and so moving.

They finished up right around lunch time. I turned off the race coverage, finished up my work, and got lunch.

Right at 3 PM, Mr Dad sent me an IM:

“Holy shit.”

Followed by a link.

I clicked on the link and it was a live video of the finish line, with paper and stuff strewn about, and an ambulance. My eyes were drawn right to the video portion of the page. I didn’t have my headphones on, so I didn’t know for sure what I was looking at. I thought maybe the race was over and he was just trying to show me how messy the finish line looked. Then I thought maybe a runner was hurt and that’s why the ambulance was there.

Then I saw the headline.

“Breaking news: Explosions at Boston Marathon finish line”

My jaw dropped. My mind raced. What?? This has to be a mistake. Maybe it was a gas leak? Maybe an electrical issue? Maybe fireworks?

A few minutes later, video of the bombs going off…the first, followed by the second 10-15 seconds later, hit my screen and I knew it was no mistake. And my mind raced even more. Are there more bombs? Am I in danger? (My office is about 6 miles from the finish line, so it was pretty close to home for me.) How will I get home?

It was one of those moments you never forget. For me: the start of the 1st gulf war. 9/11. The start of the 2nd gulf war (of which my sister is a veteran). And now, the bombing of the Boston Marathon.


The biggest thing I think we can take away from this tragic event is to look at the good that took place during the chaos. The people — police and civillians — who ran right into the blast area, looking for people they could help. The people who organized to gather donations for runners stuck on the race course with no jackets (it was in the 40s that day). The people who have donated time, money, supplies, blood, and more, to help the victims. And the good that is sure to come in the coming days, months, and years.

Boston’s finest will find the perpetrator or perpetrators. Make no mistake. You don’t mess with Boston.

Let it be known. Boston is a city of resilience. Boston is a proud city, a strong city. a city rich with culture, passion, intelligent people, caring people, hard working people. It’s a city whose residents won’t let the cowardly actions that took place on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 2:50 PM EST make them live in fear. They’ll just band together tighter and stronger and make this city an even tougher city than it already is.