Monday, October 31, 2016

Past Halloweens / Fun DIY Costume Ideas

As I may have mentioned before, I LOVE creating Halloween costumes!  It is something I look forward to all year.  I have made several of my own costumes throughout the years, but now I get to channel my creative energy into making costumes for my boys.  In the spirit of Halloween (how did it become the end of October already???) I thought I'd share some of my past creations.

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Pumpkin Patches Galore!

In this day and age of excess, we decided to hit up 4 separate pumpkin patches this year.  One of which we actually visited twice.  Ahem, can we say overkill?  However, in my defense, we have had BEAUTIFUL weather here this month, so I figured we might as well take advantage of it and go do fun things while we still can.  A couple of months from now we will be snowed in and wishing we could swim in the kernels of the corn pit once again.

mug shot anyone?
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

DIY Tractor Halloween Costume

My son is OBSESSED with any sort of farming or construction machine.  Tractors, trailers, combines, excavators, backhoes, bulldozers, rollers, cranes, get the point.  I know more about construction and farming vehicles then I ever thought I would.  So, when you ask a little boy what he wants to be for Halloween, guess what he said?  Yep!  Tractor.  Well, backhoe to be exact.  He had a hard time deciding between the John Deer combine and the Caterpillar backhoe, but eventually the backhoe won.  I think it was the dual buckets that helped him finally make a decision.  At any rate, I was glad he picked one because I was anxious to get to work on it!

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Neiman Marcus Dip

This is one of those recipes that is SUPER easy and DELICIOUS!  The best kind of recipe if you ask me.  I have no idea why it's called Neiman Marcus Dip though.  I can only assume it originated from a Neiman Marcus cookbook, but I don't own one, so I am not for sure.  But what I do know is that it's a crowd pleaser.  I have tested this hypothesis time and time again without fail.  I mean, how could you go wrong...bacon-mayonnaise-cheese!  Hell yeah!  So join me in making this tasty appetizer with a mysterious name!

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Girlfriends are Good for the Soul

My dear friend, Carey flew in from Portland to visit me!  It's always great to see her and catch up on each other's lives.  She's one of those true know the kind...the friend you might not call as much as you want to, or might not text as much as you should, but no matter the time spent apart, you just pick up where you left off and never skip a beat.  I cherish friendships like that!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Fall Cardigans

I have been loving all the new cardigans and wraps for fall!  We recently had a quick tease of cooler weather here in Kansas City, so it got me in the mood for some cozy sweaters and wraps.  It's warming up again, so even though I won't be able to break out my cardigans just yet, it's fun to see what's out there in anticipation of the cooler weather that is hopefully just around the corner!

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Halloween Home Tour 2016

I love, love, love Halloween!  I just think it is so much fun and it's a chance for everyone to be a kid again!  My boys have really gotten into the Halloween spirit too, so that makes it even more fun to decorate and construct costumes.  Speaking of costumes, we have been hard at work making them so hopefully I will have another post soon with details!  Both boys really like to help me decorate.  I am a bit of a perfectionist, so after becoming a parent, I have had to learn to let some things go.  It's not the placement of the pumpkins that matters, it's the joy on their faces when they are the ones who get to decorate.  At least that's what I keep telling myself.  It's hard though.  Sometimes I just really want to rearrange things!  Any who, here's a quick tour of our home this year!  Happy Halloween!

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Burgundy and Navy

Burgundy and Navy are everywhere this fall.  I'm down with these deep jewel tones right now.  Burgundy has many alter egos: wine, bordeaux, berry, maroon to name a few.  These colors look great on any complexion.  They compliment each other when worn together or look great alone!  I'm a huge fan of anything that won't show the red wine I accidentally spill on myself!  No, seriously.  I've actually banned myself from drinking out of stemmed wine glasses.  At home anyway.  Nooooooo, I don't ask for my wine to be served in a water glass at restaurants.  So far, my track record of keeping the glasses upright at restaurants is actually pretty good.  Although, I just jinxed myself with that braggadocios comment.  And I know what you're thinking...If I wasn't such a lush, I wouldn't be spilling my wine.  But that's really not it!  Seriously!  Well maybe sometimes.  But most of the time I'm just clumsy.  Anyway, what were we talking about?  Oh yeah!  Fashion!  Here are some of my faves at the moment. Some of these items below come in either burgundy or navy.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Chase's 7th birthday: Mad Scientist

My little scientist is turning 7!  It's hard for me to believe.  No, really.  I even created his invite and wrote, "Chase is turning 6!"  I'm obviously in serious denial that I have a 7 year old!  7 just seems so old.  How can I have a child that old already?  At any rate, whether I'm ready to accept it or not, it was time to celebrate.  And, Chase wanted to celebrate Mad Scientist style!  

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

DIY Slime

I remember making slime as a kid.  I was fortunate to have a very crafty mother, so we made lots of different things growing up.  And, with 2 brothers, slime was a very popular item around our house.  So now that I have 2 boys of my own, it's fun to see how much they enjoy not only playing with the slime, but enjoy the process of making it too!

With just a few ingredients, it's sure to create some fun for your kiddos.  Mine can play with this stuff for hours.  It's a perfect rainy day activity!

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Magic Balloon Inflation / Baking soda and vinegar experiment

If you are looking for a cheap, quick science experiment, look no further then your pantry.  Mixing baking soda and vinegar causes a bubbling reaction that is sure to excite any child!  My son has spent countless hours mixing these 2 ingredients over and over and over, and he never bores of watching the "explosions".

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Mad for Plaid

There are so many cute plaid shirts and accessories out there this season!  And, I'm not talking lumberjack style plaids.  They are all colors, and all fabrics.  You could style them with jeans, a skirt, a vest...they are more versatile then you may think!  Move over Paul Bunyon!  Here a few of my favorites:

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Sugar Detox: Week 4

I made it! My goal was to go sugar free for 4 weeks, and I made it!

I can't say that I completely 100% abstained from sugar, but I did a damn good job.  I am proud of myself and I am looking forward to continuing these eating habits in the future.  This past week was my son's birthday, so I enjoyed a small piece of birthday cake.  (And I'll admit that I snuck a lick or two of the batter while I was making it).  I was happy with myself that after eating only 1 small piece of cake, I was truly satisfied!  In the past, I would have taken a much larger piece, with extra icing and ice cream on top, and then wanted more.  THIS was my goal.  I want to be able to enjoy a treat periodically without feeling like I want MORE.

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Elephant Toothpaste Science Experiment

My son LOVES to do science experiments.  We have several different experiment books, all sorts of science kits, and a whole cabinet full of ingredients for experimenting.  Sometimes he likes to follow the directions and do an actual experiment, and other times he enjoys mixing things together to form his own creations!  I have found that purchasing random ingredients from the Dollar Store keeps us both happy.  I don't mind that he is wasting these ingredients on his bizarre experiments, and he is happy that he can have free reign to be the scientist he wants to be!
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Chase's 6th Birthday: Radioactive

This boy is not interested in trains, or trucks, or super heroes.  No.  He requested a birthday party that was RADIOACTIVE!

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