Pumpkin Party

This is a little late but I still wanted to share. We have started a family tradition, a Pumpkin Carving Party! It has proven to be so much fun. It is a very easy party to plan since it’s casual. Dinner, snacks, and all the tools needed for carving and B.Y.O.P, bring your own pumpkin.Since we had little ones coming  markers, stickers, and paint were provided so they could decorate a pumpkin too.

He lined them up himself

He lined them up himself

I usually serve a bowl of warm apple cider, snacks, and a main course that is  make your own so everyone is happy, like tacos or chili. People can make it the way they prefer spicy, mild, this or that.This year we opted for chili because it was  cold outside, delicious, and affordable to make a large amount. The chili recipe is my favorite from Rachael Ray, Espresso Black Bean Chili, its very meaty and has tons of flavor. (You have to try it.)  For the chili I set out all the mix-ins so everyone could choose what they wanted; pickled jalapenos, sour cream, tortilla chips, cheese, etc.

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For Drinks I had warm apple cider, a single signature drink, Apple Cider Sangria, and a fun drink for the kiddos. I ended up making mango juice mixed with plain pellagrino, bubbly juice. All of which are set up to self serve so I don’t have to spend the night playing bartender.  I also made the doughnut recipes from a previous post, the apple cider doughnuts and pumpkin spice latte. We had other sweet treats, a veggie tray, and bags of chips.

Once everyone filled up on dinner, snacks, and drinks we got started with the carving. Most of the little kids opted to paint and use stickers so the adults could carve. We rolled out a painters drop cloth so when the carving or painting was done we could just roll everything up and toss it into the trash. It worked perfectly!

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I hope you try to plan a fun carving party!

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Mini Carwash

The last few days have been crummy but typical spring weather. Which means we have been cooped up inside. UGH! Can Summer get here already….that coming from the girl who LOVES winter. Its just been a long winter and a yucky spring.  We are ready to be playing outside with chalk and bubbles. It will be be here soon enough.  Back on point, Hudson would love to be splashing in puddles but there has not been enough rain…but enough to keep us inside…go figure. So I had to get creative with an indoor activity.

Hudson is OBSESSED with cars and trucks, that is putting it mildly. I carry a minimum of 5 in the diaper bag not including the handful he packs around. As mentioned before he loves puddles so I combined the two. An indoor carwash!!!!!! I put a little water and soap onto a baking sheet. I laid out a towel to limit the mess. Hudson washed his cars and trucks with a toothbrush. He had a blast and all of his cars were sparkling by the time he was done.

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Have fun Friends!

“Hearts” and Crafts

With Valentines Day right around the corner, I figured we needed to fill our house with even more hearts. A GREAT excuse to whip up a craft..or two. 🙂 This first one I wasn’t sure how it would turn out but decided whatever, if it was a complete disaster and didn’t work at least Harper would enjoy the painting any who.

First step, put tape in a heart design on construction paper.

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Then put your tot in a paint shirt and let her/him go wild 😉

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Yes it was all over the table too, and her but hey thats what washable paint is for right? While that was drying I added some purple food coloring and let her paint a couple other masterpieces.

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Then we proceeded to do foot and handprints on paper, then cut a heart around them 🙂 TOO CUTE! She thought painting her feet was the most hilarious thing ever…

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When the paint is dry, peel off the tape to expose the cutest piece of “heart” work EVER!!! 🙂 With the other paintings I cut random hearts out and hung on the window!

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Hope you have some fun these next couple days with your littles and have the best Valentines Day yet!

Fall Festivities!

Hey all!! Just wanted to share a few of my favorite things right now because October is my favorite month due mostly to my favorite season FALL!! AND it’s the start to the holiday season and holiday decorating..what I pretty much live for!! 😉 We all know I have a bit of an obsession for wreaths so I whipped up this fun Halloween one with a wire wreath, some burnt orange mesh, purple tulle, and the Halloween sign I had on my door last year! I love the way it turned out! I hadn’t originally planned on using the tulle but it was too bare without and you could see the wire wreath through it! I also am going to add some spiders but didn’t have any so they are on my list!
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One of my friends that lives across the street from me loved it so much she asked me to whip her up one as well so I went back to my ol’ fave yarn style and came up with this! I love this one so much too I was tempted to keep them both! 😉

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I also have a new fave cocktail I have to share because 1-it’s delicious and 2-it looks like it should have a Halloween name…my coworker calls it the strawberry shortcake so we will go with that until I come up with a new one. Maybe the unborn? (too gross)?! Probably, so Strawberry shortcake it is.. I changed up her recipe a bit and mine consists of vodka, cherry Dr. McGillicuddy’s, 7up, cranberry juice and cream (I use half and half which makes it look disgusting because it curdles) LOL I don’t measure anything..ever so just wing it and I’m sure it will turn out delish..trust me! This glass is my absolute favorite thing right now thanks to my FAB big sister for making us a set when I spied them last year on Pinterest..her version is so to die for I can’t even stand it!
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In case you wanted a full shot of these FAB nails you see as well here ya go! My maybe current Jamberry fave called Loud Mouth that I paired with a pixel tile accent, next set will be Halloween themed for sure but I just LOVE these! Link to my Jam page is on the side if you HAVE to get some as well! 😉

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I’ll leave you with some Halloween decor and an adorable tot bundled up for a park playdate! Happy October to all!
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Spring has Sprung….Inside

Today, the sun keeps poking out which has gotten me in the mood to decorate for Spring and Easter. I think everyone is desperate for spring to be here for good. But it hasn’t quite happened yet. A little change in decor will have to do until Mother Nature gets on the same page. [Read more…]