Friday, October 18, 2019

Costume Fun

Bennett got a Spiderman costume for Christmas last year and thus began his deep, deep love for costumes. I'm not exaggerating when I say he dresses up in costumes every single day and our costume collection is quickly growing. He has a lot of cool costumes but his very favorite is his Spiderman. He isn't even a fan of Spiderman but he loves the costume. Since he loves it so much I decided I needed to get a photo of him in it so I will always remember his love for his Spiderman costume.
Earlier this week I was feeling inspired and thought it would be fun to get some photos and attempt to photoshop them a little bit. I never use photoshop, like ever. I edit all of my photos in Lightroom and only use photoshop when absolutely necessary. Photoshop is very time consuming for me. We got a family photo this summer at the beach that someone kindly took for us. The photo was great but there were so many people in the background. Since it was our only family photo from our trip I was willing to spend the hours (yes, hours!) to photoshop the people out. The final product was beautiful but it took me foreverrrrr to cut the people out then recreate the ocean waves, sky and beach, blend it all together, and make it look natural. You can see that family photo HERE if you so desire. All that to say--I don't use photoshop because it takes me so long to do it BUT photoshop can produce some super cool stuff and when I have the time to play around with it, I enjoy it. When Campbell saw what we were doing he wanted in on the action and thus we got some super fun photos!
I'm all caught up with my work (super busy right now with fall family photos) and I'm going to enjoy my free time for the next 15.5 hours (I have a sunrise session tomorrow morning). My littlest is napping and my bigs are watching Masha and the Bear (they love that show!) so I'm going to play around in photoshop some more to see if I can come up with some cool ideas for our Halloween costume photos! Hope you all have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Halloween Treats

With Halloween right around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to share these fun, delicious treats with you today. My kids love baking and helping me cook and I enjoy letting them do it (when I'm in the right mood for it!). These festive treats are a great activity to do with your kids and bonus--you get to indulge in a delicious sweet when it's over. Click the link under the photo for the recipe.

I've shared Pretzel Hugs on here before. They're one of my favorite treats to make. They're super quick and easy to do and great for parties. My kids can easily help me make these and they love to do it. The great thing about Pretzel Hugs is you can easily theme them for any holiday or celebration. These Halloween ones are so fun! Bennett just saw this picture and declared "I want to make these!!" so it looks like we'll be making these later today. Honestly, can't wait! So fun!

Turn your leftover Halloween candy into brownies! So adorable and fun! Perfect for kids and adults!! Bennett and Campbell are having Halloween parties at school, I'm thinking Bennett's preschool class would love these treats for their party. I may have to make them for him and his little friends!

If brownies aren't your thing, stick your leftover Halloween candy into a pie! I've done this many times after Halloween in order to use up all of that candy. Now that my kids are older they are getting good at this trick-or-treating business and their candy buckets are now over-flowing with goodies--too many goodies. Using their candy for brownies or a pie is a good solution to make the candy go away quicker!!

Brownie S'mores with a Halloween twist. How cute! I haven't made this recipe yet but I pinned it years ago and I'm thinking it's time. My boys would love this treat and it sounds delicious. It's a little more time consuming than the other recipes but it would be a perfect thing to do on a cold, rainy October day. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Orange You Glad It's October

It seems like every fall I'm on the hunt for the perfect hat and never can seem to find exactly what I'm looking for. This year I found the best hat I've ever had. The color is perfect and the fit is just right!! I have so much new growth from my hair falling out postpartum. I lost it around 4 months PP and now it's back in and it is thick. Like, thick thick thick. I blame and also credit this to Monat. I'm glad my hair is coming in so thick but it looks absolutely awful around my hairline. I'm soooo ready for it to get a little bit longer so it's not as noticeable but until then--hats. 


Monday, October 14, 2019

My Favorite Childrens Books For Halloween

I love reading to my kids. We read before bed every night and have their whole lives. I'm of the opinion that you can never have too many books and I especially love adding to my kids book collection. Every fall I enjoy going to the bookstore and getting my boys new Halloween books. We do the same thing at Christmas. It's a fun little tradition that we all enjoy. I have a basket that I keep seasonal books in and I store the books away once that season is over. This way the books feel fresh every year and my boys are always so excited to see their basket full of "new" holiday books and are anxious to read them. Today I wanted to compile a list of my favorite Halloween books that we love to read year after year! I linked them all via Amazon. Simply click the title under the book.

One of my very favorite, possibly my absolute favorite, books during Halloween is Room on the Broom. This book is so cute. It's about a witch who is flying through the air, keeps losing items, and as she flies down to retrieve them, different animals ask for a ride on her broom. They run into a scary dragon who likes to eat witches but the animals end up saving the day! This book captivates my children and I never tire of reading it to them!

We love the Little Blue Truck series and the Halloween story has always been a favorite of my boys. Little Blue Truck is on his way to a Halloween party and your kids can lift the flap to find out who is hiding beneath the figures in costumes that he encounters. 

Snowmen at Halloween is the cutest imaginative story. Halloween brings a snowfall, children build snowmen, then after the children go to bed the snowmen have their own Halloween fun! The illustrations are beautiful and the rhyming storyline is adorable. If your kids like snowmen, this book is for you!

Jellycat books are perfect for your tiny little readers! They are touch and feel and so sweet! The books have lovies to match and my babies love reading and feeling these. I read them to Wells now, even though he's only 8 months old!

Spookie Pookie is another great book for the little ones! This book will always remind me of Campbell when he was a baby because he loved this book!! Spookie can't decide what he wants to be for Halloween so he tries on several different costumes until he finds the one that's just right! A cute little rhyming book your toddler will enjoy reading over and over.

This book is new for us this year and my boys are enjoying it so much! If you're a Disney lover this book is for you. It's complied of 12 different stories from some of your favorite Disney characters. From Mickey and Pooh to Cinderella and Peter Pan, this big book is full of fun stories for everyone! We have all been climbing in bed together and reading one story each night. The stories are just the right length too--not too short, not too long. 

The sweetest story. This book is about a teacher who asks his students to count how many seeds are in three different pumpkins proving sometimes big things come in small packages! This book is good for a little bit older children (I'd say 5+) because they do some math by counting the pumpkin seeds but the story is captivating and even curious little toddler minds would enjoy the theme behind it!

The Scarecrow, while not necessarily a Halloween book, is a wonderful book to have in your fall rotation. This book is absolutely beautiful. The illustrations are gorgeous and the story will tug at your heartstrings. I won't indulge because I'd love for you to check it out for yourself and let the storyline be a surprise. Everyone needs this in their library!

Friday, October 11, 2019

TGIF

TGIF and hallelujah it's Friday!!
This week went by fast! I am excited it's the weekend because next week is fall break which means Campbell is out of school Monday through Wednesday. When I first got the dates for fall break it seemed far away and now we're here. This school year is flying by. I'm super pumped for fall break. It will be so nice to have a few days to take it slow.
Let's talk about October for a minute. There is something about October and being a mom to small children that I love and that is all of the Halloween cartoon episodes on Disney Jr and Nick Jr. I know that may seem odd but it gives me the warm fuzzies. I think because it takes me back to that first Halloween season as a parent (well probably the 2nd when Campbell was a little older) and it's like smelling a memory. Something about these shows take me back and I love the sweet feeling it gives me. It will be a sad day in my house when Disney Jr is no longer the desired channel of choice. Some parents may feel like it will be a happy day when cartoons are a thing of the past but for me, I'll miss it. I think I've watched Mickey Mouse every single day for the last 5 years and even though I've seen each episode approximately 1 billion times, I'm somehow still not tired of it yet.
It is COLD here in Northwest Arkansas today. In the 30's! Again with the warm fuzzies…..I'm loving it. I am over the heat and humidity and need some cool temps in my life. Every fall I enjoy taking my boys to Barnes and Noble to pick out a fun new fall or Halloween book and I think today will be the perfect day to do that! Hope you guys enjoy your weekend!!