Halloween candy

What Should I Do With My LEFTOVER Halloween Candy? I’ll tell you…Donate it to our deployed military troops!

What’s inside:

Don’t know what to do with all of that leftover Halloween candy?  I have the answer right here!  Donate it to our deployed military troops.  Do something good and remove those  chocolate and sweet temptations.  I’ll tell you how below.

Halloween candy

A Love for Candy

I have posted before in my Witch Hat Door Hanger Tutorial that I really like Halloween. But I haven’t really thought about the true reason behind it.  Well, here it is:  I LOVE candy! – I guess if something is bad for me (tv, candy, etc), I love it. And I do not discriminate – I will eat just about any kind of candy – and Halloween candy is the best.  When the boys return from trick-or-treating, they have a buffet of sinful treats.  The choices are endless (well, almost) and I make many, many choices.

Halloween Candy

Too Much Candy?!

Plus, having the candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters ahead of time has been problematic.  So, I have had to change my Halloween buying tactics over the last few years.  When we first got married, I bought the candy that I liked a week or so before Halloween.  Then, I would end up eating most of it before trick-or-treating and have to buy more.

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Click to watch ABC’s American Housewife eat her hidden Halloween candy

When I finally figured out that buying candy ahead of time was not working for my waistline (yes, I can be a little slow on the uptake).  So, I started waiting to buy the Halloween candy until the last

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-minute (sometimes even on Halloween day – you do get good sales this way). But, this didn’t control my candy intake either.  I just had less time to gorge myself.  Now I have found an approach that works (so far): I buy candy that trick-or-treaters will like, but is not tempting to me.  The trick-or-treaters are happy and so is my mid-section.

Leftover Halloween Candy

But, Halloween candy still poses a challenge – leftover candy.  This is the bane of my existence.  Since I do not buy candy that I like, I do not have that temptation. But, we have the boys’ candy.  We eat the candy that we care for (giving the boys sugar highs and me an increasing waistline), but then have a basket full of candy that no one in the house is going to eat.

Community Service to the Rescue

So, this year I decided that we needed to do something different.  During one of my Pinterest sessions (yes, I spend so much time on Pinterest that each time becomes a session), I came across Operation Gratitude.  After the boys volunteered at the City Thrift Shop this summer, they have been interested in community service – and this is the perfect fit!

Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude “…sends 200,000+ care packages filled with food, entertainment, hygiene, and handmade items, plus personal letters of appreciation to Veterans, First Responders, New Recruits,  Wounded Heroes, their Care Givers, and to individually named U.S. service members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home.”  How awesome is that!  Considering my dad is a Navy man and proud veteran, supporting the military has always been important to my family.

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One of the ways Operation Gratitude obtains donations for care packages is their annual Halloween Candy GIVE-Back CollectionEach year they collect and donate sweet treats for our deployed troops and first responders. Last year they received and distributed 533,891 pounds of candy – amazing, right?!

If you are interested in donating your candy to Operation Gratitude, you have 3 options.

We do not have a local Candy Give-Back location so we are going to send our own package.  I am planning to fill a flat-rate box, but Skater Boy just told me that he is not trick-or-treating this year (yeah, we’ll see).  As a result,I might not fill the box I am planning to use.

So, if you live in the Reading/Berks, PA area and have some leftover Halloween candy you want to add to my package, leave a comment or send an email.  If I have enough space in the box, I will gladly include your donation.

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Other Ways to Help

Donating our leftover Halloween candy is the way to go for my family this year – how about you?  But support is not limited to donating Halloween candy alone.  On their website, Operation Gratitude has many different ways to aid their mission.  I am still looking at their wish list items to see if my family can help in other ways.

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Crafters Needed!

And, if you are a crafter like me, Operation Gratitude is always looking for handmade items (knit/crochet scarves, paracord survival bracelets, bandana cool ties, etc.).  I am planning to make some Handmade with Love Drawstring Bags (you can make 8 bags from ½ yard of fabric and they are really easy to make) to round out our Halloween candy donation box.

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If you plan to send any donation to Operation Gratitude, complete a donor form and mail to:  Operation Gratitude, 21100 Lassen Street, Chatsworth, CA 91311.

What do you plan to do with your leftover Halloween candy this year?  Ever think about sending it to the troops?  If you do send a donation, let me know in the comments below!

Add a Little Shimmer to your life today by doing some community service.

Nicole Warren-Missimer

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Halloween Planner Stickers Exclusive subscriber content!

I am just sharing a super-short post today.  But, Halloween is coming sooner than we all think.  And, since I really like Halloween and I love planner stickers, I had to put the 2 together – Halloween Planner Stickers!

Halloween Planner Stickers

But, I’m trying something different in this post (and I’m crossing my fingers it all works).  I am making these special planner stickers available to my email subscribers only!

Halloween Planner Stickers

Halloween Planner Stickers

These stickers are super cute and would add a little shimmer to your Halloween week!  I’ll be putting them in my planner later this afternoon.

To get your Halloween Planner Stickers, subscribe to my email list (and you must confirm your subscription).  When you receive the subscription confirmation thank you email, you will see a link to previous exclusive content – go to Halloween Planner Stickers.

Grab them now while you can!

Halloween Planner Sticker stats:  I made these stickers to fit the Erin Condren Vertical Life Planner (I try to get the measurements exact, but they may print smaller or larger).  If you have the horizontal planner of any other planner, feel free to resize to fit your planner.  Assortment of Halloween Celebration Elements images are free images created by Freepik from www.freepik.com.  I did crop, change contrast/brightness, etc. to fit my needs.  Also, the icons are from flaticon.com.  Television and storm cloud icons made by Prosymbols , first aid kit, spoon & fork, grocery cart, trash container, recycle symbol, slow cooker, cooking pan, hair, scissors, take out, skateboard, and planner icons made by Freepik,  Vacuum cleaner icon made by Creaticca Creative Agency, and cloud, cloudy, and sun icon made by Iconnice – all from www.flaticon.com
These planner stickers are my personal creation. Please do not sell them.  If you would like to share them on your blog or website, I only ask that you give me credit and a link to this blog post.  Thank you!

How are you adding shimmer to your Halloween?  Let me know in the comments below.

Don’t forget to Add a Little Shimmer to your life today.

Nicole Warren-Missimer

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FREE Fall Planner Sticker Printable for the ECLP Otherwise known as- a planner can change your life



Do you use a planner to manage your life?  In A Journey Begins with One Step I wrote about how using a planner was one of the tools I used to get off the couch when I was deeply depressed.  Experts in child behavior profess that children crave structure.  Well, I think adults do, too.  So, with this in mind, a few years ago I went and bought a small, cheapy planner from Walmart. Having a written schedule to follow helped me start to get everyday jobs accomplished.  Once I began to finish the “easy” tasks, I started to undertake more difficult and time-consuming tasks.  Using my planner is only one of many strategies I use to stay off the couch (for the most part).  Nonetheless, my planner helped to change my life.

Scheduling with my planner has worked well for me and now I am just a little bit obsessed. Consequently, I have progressed to designing my own planner stickers.  And, I am serious about my stickers.  Once I put a sticker in the book, it stays there – no changes.  (If you continue to read Adding Shimmer to Life, you will find out how much I hate change).


I am so serious, a little too serious, about my stickers that my family teases me about them.  Oftentimes, I say, “I made a sticker and it is in the planner – you can’t change it now.”  Of course, I don’t really mean it (well, kind-of). But, hey, removing a sticker either tears the paper or leaves a sticky residue.  This is a huge problem for me – a tear or a dirty spot (you know the dirty spot that appears after you remove something sticky) mars my planner.  Therefore my planner is less pretty.  Less pretty = less happiness in my world. (Are you catching the humorous exaggeration here?  I am exaggerating, right?)


For one week each summer, we are all (my parents, Hubby, Skater Boy, and Straight Shooter) at the beach house in Delaware.  Usually, just the kids and I go for long weekends.   This past summer, we were driving home from a nice dinner when Hubby mentioned that we might go home a day earlier.  I, of course, said that it would be impossible.  The sticker was already in my planner (I really didn’t want to go home early…yeah, that’s the reason).  After that comment, my parents, husband, and even my children spent the entire ride home making fun of my planner sticker addiction.  By the time we arrived back at the house, I had tears in my eyes and my stomach hurt from laughing so hard.

Since then, I endure horrible teasing about my planner – just because I try to make my life a little prettier.  Adult problems – life is so difficult.  (I really hope that my sarcasm is coming through in my writing. Otherwise, you might think I am actually crazy.)


OK, back to my planner use timeline.  After using my cheapy planner successfully for a while, I upgraded to an Erin Condren Life Planner.  If you do not know about ECLP’s (yeah, I am so cool that I use the abbreviation) and you use a paper planner, you might want to check them out.  If you like your things pretty like I do, this is the way to go.  They are a little pricey, but if you use your planner as much as I use mine then the price will most likely be worth it to you.

The reason I discovered ECLP’s and why I wanted one in the first place was, of course, because of something I saw on Pinterest.  Planner Stickers.  OMG, the sheer amount of free, pretty stickers available online was enough to have me drooling.  So, not only is the planner pretty by itself, I also had the opportunity to make it even prettier!  I immediately ordered my first Erin Condren Life Planner and life has never been the same.


When I first got my ECLP, I used some free printables for a few weeks. But I was not using all of the stickers and the free printables did not have all of the labels that I needed.  Wasting the paper and ink with unused stickers is not good.  Also, I really did not like having to write events in my planner that could be on a sticker.  I needed customized stickers to meet my needs (and cut down on the amount of writing).  That was it.  I had to make my own.


For a while, I copied and pasted designs, changed sizes, and added text.  Recently, I started to design my own stickers and now I am sharing my latest set with you.  Since I wanted a fall theme, I started with a photo of leaves that I found on Pixabay.com to start my creative process.  After I downloaded that first photo, I found a few more that matched (I have a thing with everything matching – it can be a problem).  Of course, I made a sheet of stickers with my personal preferences for my ECLP.  However, not everyone needs a skateboarding icon or a “Day 1 – Band & Swimming” label.  So I added to and deleted from my personal sheet.  The result – a printable  that I think will be useful to you. Click on the link below to download the FREE printable!

Leaf Planner Stickers


Many bloggers who share planner sticker printables cut their stickers with a cutting machine.  I am not at that point in my planner journey yet.  I am still “fussy cutting”. But to make cutting easier, I align the stickers and size the icons at 5/8”. And, I have 2 tips for easier fussy cutting:

  1. Use a ruler and craft knife
    • Press lightly to only cut the sticker paper and not the backing, too.
    • Cut the vertical lines first and then the horizontal ones.
  2. Use a 5/8” circle punch to cut the icon stickers.

Using these tips makes the job less time consuming compared to cutting each one individually with a scissors.


Alternatively, you may want to use your cutting machine.  For this, I created a blacked-out JPEG file below that will make creating a cut file on your cutting machine relatively easy.  A JPEG is the best I can do today; I am still using the free version of Silhouette Studio which does not have the option to make an SVG file.


If you want to be able to edit these stickers and you have Microsoft Publisher, click HERE to access the Publisher file.  With the file, you can edit sizes & text and add & delete stickers.

Now that you know how I manage life with my ECLP and make it pretty – How do you make your planner pretty?  Let me know in the comments below.

I hope you enjoy these planner stickers and add a little shimmer to your planner today!






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I am working on some Halloween projects – specifically a Witch Hat Door Hanger.  So keep checking back for that tutorial.  ~I am still working on the Ruffle Tote tutorial I promised in Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia – What is the difference? and I plan to share it soon.  However, Halloween is creeping up this year and cute Halloween projects are mandatory!


I made these stickers to fit the ECLP (I try to get the measurements exact, but they may print smaller or larger).  If you have the horizontal planner of any other planner, feel free to resize to fit your planner.  The leaf photos and backgrounds are free images from Pixabay.com; I did crop, change contrast/brightness, etc. to fit my needs.  Also, most of the icons are from free dingbat fonts except for:  the laundry basket, crock pot, and sneaker that are made by Freepik (www.freepik.com) from www.flaticon.com.  These planner stickers are my personal creation. Please do not sell them.  If you would like to share them on your blog or website, I only ask that you give me credit.

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