I mentioned on Friday that I hadn’t taken the time to do our Autumn traditions this year. On Friday evening, we set out to carve a pumpkin, something we have to do each year, of course. Luckily, we had help from Pumpkin Masters as using a huge knife like I did growing up is a bit scary with a toddler. Pumpkin Masters kits are an easy DIY way to carve pumpkins with your family.

Pumpkin Masters is available at grocery, drug and craft stores and then nationally at Target and Walmart. They have a huge variety of styles and skill levels. These awesome carving kits are a great activity for the family to enjoy together and a much easier and safer carving experience than what I’ve done in the past, especially with small children like Bodhi.

For our pumpkin, we went for a super easy skill level because we had no idea what carving with a toddler would bring. We used the shaving kit and made a spider. It’s simple but totally modern and bold, just the way I like it. Some of their other kits, especially the dots kit, are my style too and I still may try to do a second one before Halloween.

Carving out the bottom was new to me. I’ve always done the top, but this makes the pumpkin look flawless and their carving “knife” tool was so easy to use and much safer than a knife.

Pumpkin Masters Carving Contest

Pumpkin Masters is running its annual Carving Contest. To enter, Share a picture of your carving on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #PumpkinMasters2013 or send in your photos via email to to enter for the chance to win one of six prizes including $5,000 for the best pumpkin. Contest ends Oct. 31, 2013. Contest details and official rules are available here.

A giveaway

Pumpkin Masters is offering one Live the Fancy Life reader a box full of carving kits. If you haven’t carved your pumpkin yet, there is still time. One winner will be selected on Monday, Oct. 21 at midnight and that winner will be sent all kinds of goodness. U.S. Residents only please. Just leave a comment below sharing who you would spend time with carving pumpkins using your Pumpkin Masters kits.

Update: Jana wins the giveaway. The winner was chosen by

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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