Friday, October 26, 2012

Midnight Margarita Recipe for Halloween featuring CASCAL

If you don't have kids Halloween can be kind of boring, but have no fear - enjoy a Midnight Margarita and have a party!

Midnight Margarita Recipe


1 1/4 oz Tequila
1/4 oz Cointreau
1/4 oz Grand Marnier
Juice of half a small lime
2 oz Cascal Fresh Tropical


Add all ingredients in mixing glass, over ice, except Cascal Fresh Tropical. Shake hard, strain out well into cocktail glass filled with ice.  Top off with Cascal Fresh Tropical. Stir Gently.  Garnish with lime wedge.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

My Me Time: Online Bingo

I spend most of my time looking after my kids, and, although it keeps me occupied, there were often times when I’ve put them to bed and found that I have nothing to do. I’ve done all the chores, read the newspaper and checked my e-mails, and feel the need to do something fun. I spoke to a friend of mine about how bored I got, and like me, she’s a stay-at-home mom. She had the same problem as I did, but she told me about bingo at Ladbrokes and how it kept her entertained.

A while ago, I used to play bingo all the time at the nearest social club with my friends before I first became a mom, but as I became busy with motherhood, I found that I didn’t have enough time to play. Fortunately, my friend told me that I could play bingo online at any time of the day from the comfort of my own home, so that’s what I decided to try and see if it was all she said it would be.

She was right – playing online bingo was a lot of fun. I could play themed games, 60-ball, 90-ball and 75-ball, and could even play for big prize jackpots. Also, I could talk to other players in between games if I had a spare hour or two to myself, and have made a couple of new friends from it. In many ways, playing bingo online is far more exciting than doing so at the social club, and every time I log on, I get the buzz I used to get when I played it all those years ago.

This is a featured post for Ladbrokes.

Halloween Math Tips by Bedtime Math

Halloween is just days away, and kids everywhere are putting the finishing touches on their costumes and getting ready to trick-or-treat.  As the spooky holiday approaches, there are plenty of opportunities for parents to engage their little monsters in math in fun and tasty ways, says Laura Overdeck, mother of three and founder of the popular Bedtime Math national online community.

Several of Laura’s best Halloween math tips, which you can feel free to share with your readers, are below.

1.      Make counting fun with candy: Halloween candy is perfect for practicing counting. When you get home from trick-or-treating, your kids will love to count all their candy to see how many treats they picked up. You can also count by specific candy type (Candy Corn, Gummy Worms, etc.) or by general category (chocolate candies, gummy candies, etc.). If you want to get fancy, older kids can count the number of little candies in a packet, then multiply out over several packets to guess the total number of candies they scored.

2.      Learn about geometric shapes with a jack-o-lantern: Everyone likes to carve pumpkins for Halloween. As you and your little ones work on your jack-o-lanterns, introduce them to different geometric shapes. A pumpkin is round, of course, and you can carve triangles as eyes, squares as teeth, and countless other shapes to make your pumpkin unique.

3.      Trick-or-treat distances: While walking from house to house to trick-or-treat, have your kids count how many steps it takes to get from one house to the next. Compare these numbers to introduce them to the concept of ‘distance’ – if it takes twenty steps to get to one house and forty steps to get to the next, which one is further away?