Monthly Archives: October 2011

Last Minute {Pumpkins}

We didn’t get around to carving pumpkins until yesterday… the day before Halloween ūüė¶ Mom fail!!

Anyway….I was “browsing” Pinterest yesterday morning and found a link to free Angry Birds jack-o-lantern templates. My 14 yr old son, Dylan, thought that was cool so he decided to carve the yellow bird. I think it looks really good!

My¬†plan was to drill holes with various sizes of hole¬†saws¬†all over my pumpkin creating a polka dot effect. But, my husband’s drill battery started to die during the process. I¬†had to¬†improvise.¬†¬†The start of¬†3 drill holes became the eyes and nose. Then, I very roughly carved a¬†thin mouth with a serrated steak knife. Not the look I was going for AT ALL, but it’s still a cute pumpkin.¬†My favorite part… the super tall stem!!

My goal for next year… to carve a few very cool,¬†unique, and fun pumpkins a week¬†before Halloween. LOL ¬†Oh…and to be sure any tools that I plan to use are fully charged.


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Trick-or-Treat {Costumes}

Halloween= costumes, trick-or-treating and loads of candy!

Last year was my daughter’s first Halloween and my middle child was almost 3 yrs old. I was thrilled to be able to dress them in coordinating costumes. My two little “creepy crawlies”…… 8-month-old Harper dressed as a ladybug (from Carter’s) and her big brother, Lincoln, dressed as a spider (from Pottery Barn Kids). My 13 yr old son, Dylan, decided not to coordinate with his much-younger siblings….which I was fine with since he was clearly old enough to voice his own opinion.


Months ago,¬†I¬†started brainstorming fun duos for this year.¬†I had a few great ideas in mind… Little Red Riding Hood & the Wolf or Dorothy & the Tin Man or boy & girl garden gnomes….. However, something happened. Something unexpected. Something I wasn’t prepared for yet. It seems that Lincoln is now old enough to voice his own opinion (at not quite 4 yrs old).¬†¬†He will be trick-or-treating in a Mario costume this year. Unfortunately, he¬†absolutely refuses to wear the stick-on moustache ūüė¶

As much as Lincoln tried to convince me to dress Harper as Luigi and as much as I wanted the two costumes to coordinate, I did not give in.

Harper¬†will be¬†an Iowa Hawkeye Cheerleader…and¬†hopefully she’ll actually carry the pom-poms when it comes time to go door-to-door in our neighborhood.

Maybe they’ll let me dress them in coordinating costumes next year.


Who/What will your children be dressing as this Halloween?? Are you one of those amazing moms that makes costumes for your children? Or do you go the store-bought route?






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Autumn {ENTRY}

Front door all ‚ÄĚdressed-up‚ÄĚ for Autumn.

I tend to use elements that can be used throughout the season, instead of focusing on Halloween. Not because I don‚Äôt love the spooky holiday. I just don‚Äôt have the time, energy or extra money to spend on re-decorating the porch every few weeks. However, I finally gave in and bought this rug a couple days ago at Target after walking past it on numerous shopping trips, debating whether or not my entryway ‚Äúneeded‚ÄĚ it.

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The wreath was made by my mom several years ago.

Its simply an oval grapevine wreath and one branch/pick of leaves & acorns attached with wire.

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During the spring & summer months, the tall black pot is home to a kong coleus and a trailing coleus. But when Autumn approaches, the plants are removed and in their place… straw, a pumpkin, and my creepy black crow welcome guests to our home.

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The front porch sitting area.

The perfect place to sit and indulge in pumpkin spice lattes on crisp Autumn mornings. Or enjoy a glass of Harvest Blush from Cedar Ridge Winery in the evening while chatting with neighbors.

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I absolutely love gourds… the various colors, the different shapes & sizes, and the interesting textures…. so fun to decorate with!

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Natural elements from local pumpkin patches (including a cinderella pumpkin, a mum, gourds, and a straw bale) along with an apple basket make up this display.

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I adore this Cinderella pumpkin!!

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Linked to: Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest , Weekend Wrapup Party at Tatertots & Jello  , Tickled Pink Fridays at 504 Main , Home Decor and Organizing Link Party at Organize & Decorate Everything and  Friday Free for All at Young and Crafty.


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Mantel {ENVY}

As I decorated for Halloween, I realized that I have a serious case of “Mantel Envy”. I want a mantel to decorate! I mean, what good is our gas fireplace if it doesn’t have a mantel for me to create a fabulously spooky Halloween display?!

I could sit here and pout¬†all day about my lack of a mantel, but I won’t. Instead, I’m sharing¬†some of my favorite Halloween mantels that created this sad case of “Mantel Envy”….

From Organize & Decorate Everything

From Pinterest

From Down the Primrose Path

From Finding Home


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Completely {BATTY}

I went completely BATTY decorating my dining room for Halloween…..

However, I can’t take credit for this fun and simple paper bat idea. I saw it on¬†MADE¬†(a blog that I love) and just had to recreate it using my own bat template.

My supplies: black construction paper, a chipboard bat template (leftover from last year’s¬†Halloween crafts), pencil,¬†scissors, and painters tape.

What I did: First, I traced the bat onto construction paper. I was able to get two bats per sheet of paper. Then, I cut it out and used a loop of painters tape along the middle of the backside of the bat. Finally, I hung them in a flying pattern along the 2 dining room walls with the help of my 3 1/2 yr old son, Lincoln.

But, I didn’t stop there. I added a few more Halloween decorations……

My favorite BARGAIN purchase this year…. the black glittery candelabra from the dollar section at Target¬†for only $2.50

My favorite HANDMADE purchase this year… the fabric Halloween pennant banner made by my talented and creative¬†friend Jenny with Tinkles N Toots. Check out her wonderful creations!¬†I¬† have a “thing” for fabric pennant banners. LOVE them!

And the dining table centerpiece. The glittery green pumpkin…another $2.50 find from the dollar section at Target… gives just the right “pop” of color to the otherwise black & white centerpiece.

I linked to:

{Sundae Scoop} Link Party at I {heart} Nap Time  , Show and Tell Saturday at be different act normal , Free For All at Young and Crafty, Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest , Whatcha Got Weekend at Lolly Jane Boutique , Halloween Link Party at eighteen25  , Just A Girl , Frugalicious Friday at Finding Fabulous for Less and Home Decor and Organizing Link Party at Organize & Decorate Everything.

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Autumn {LOVE}

Autumn is my favorite season! I love everything about it….the beautiful leaves changing colors, the cool crisp air, snuggling in flannel sheets, sipping hot apple cider, eating anything made with pumpkin, trips to the pumpkin patch, picking apples at the local orchard, and football.  Oh, let’s not forget Halloween!  I just simply love it all! (well, with the exception of horror movies and haunted houses and anything else that might scare me to the point of wetting my pants. lol) So, for  the next few days I will be sharing some of my favorite Autumn things from décor to kids’ crafts to recipes.


One of my favorite Autumn things…¬†Our Wedding!

I love Autumn so much that I planned¬†our outdoor wedding at Palisades-Kepler State Park during the peak of the season. October 4, 2008.¬†Our wedding colors were chocolate & burnt orange. I was thrilled to use Autumn accents…mums, pumpkins, gourds, and leaves in the wedding decor.

Bridal bouquet with Mums, Tulips, Pincushion Protea, Hypericum Berries and more.

Looking back, I still love the mums, pumpkins, gourds &¬†colorful leaves… but even more importantly… I love my husband!

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