Mini Pumpkin Spiders!

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I know this is last minute, but I couldn’t help sharing this SUPER cute Halloween decorating idea – mini pumpkin spiders! I pinned a version of this a few weeks ago, and promised myself I would get my act together and make these guys happen. And lookie there, I actually followed through on something! I took the original version and tweaked it to make it just a tad more “kid friendly”. Here’s how it works:

You’ll need:
A bag of mini pumpkins
Carving knife
Small scoop/spoon
Googly eyes
Hot glue
Pipe cleaners
Battery-operated tea lights

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First, open up the top of your mini pumpkin and scoop out the innards just like you would with a regular pumpkin. Make sure you start with a smaller hole on top, and then enlarge as necessary for your tea light. Better too small, than too big – you want them to sit on the hole, not inside the pumpkin.

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When scooping, I found that a leftover baby-sized spoon works perfectly!

Next, “drill” four holes on each side of the pumpkin – these will allow you to easily stick the pipe-cleaner legs in. Again, better smaller than too big, you want a tight squeeze to hold them in place.

I cut all my pipe cleaners in half, and then took a little off the end for each leg. Bend them however you would like to shape the legs … spiral, bowed, angled, or make them all different!

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Use your hot glue to glue some googly eyes on the front. As I look at these guys again, I wish I had bought different-sized eyes so they could all be unique. But any eyes will do – it gives them personality.

Now, place your tea light inside and you’re done! We’re going to set them out on the front porch for Halloween night amongst some fake spider webs with our other regular-sized pumpkins, but they would be great as spooky party table decor as well!

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The whole project (carving and creating all five), took about 45 minutes. Enjoy!





Stitch Fix Review: Box #8

I’ve been meaning to do another one of these Stitch Fix box reviews – and then, well, life. I’ve had more than a couple show up since the last time I blogged about a fix I received – some have been really great, some … not so much. BUT – I’ve stuck with it, and I’m really glad I have because I feel like my “fixer” and I have really meshed in the past couple of boxes and we seem to have a grove going. I’m currently signed up for a monthly box which is awesome for my “I love new clothes” obsession but maybe not-so-great for my wallet … but I digress.

If you’re new to the whole Stitch Fix experience, this is basically how it works: you subscribe, fill out a questionnaire about your fashion preferences and sizing, and let your Stitch Fix stylist pick out five pieces of clothing/accessories. You pay $20/box, and then get to put that $20 towards anything in your box you keep. You send the rest back in an easy-peasy pre-paid envelope, or keep it all and get 25% off the total box fee – your choice.

Alright, let’s get to it. These were the pieces in my most recent Stitch Fix:

Moon Collection Alexander Graphic Knit Drape Front Cardigan an RD Style Milena Moto Pull On Legging Stitch Fix

Moon Collection Alexander Graphic Knit Drape Front Cardigan – $68

My stylist (the amazing sneak that she is) saw that I had several cardigans like this pinned on my Fall 2014 Fashion Pinterest board and even though I had sent a cardigan back last box for being “too heavy” knew I would love this piece – and she was totally right. I LOVE this cardi. It’s super soft, very chunky, and will be great with either leggings or jeans for the fall and winter. I’m totally keeping it!

RD Style Milena Moto Pull-On Legging – $58

I really, REALLY, liked these leggings. Not only were they super structured and very comfy, they had this cool ribbing detail at the knees which added a little extra something to their look. The good news? Trying these on at home has inspired me to be a little more daring and add a pair (or four) to my wardrobe. The bad news? I wasn’t willing to part with almost $60 for leggings – so back these went.

Market and Spruce Benzer Mixed Material Sweater Stitch Fix

Market and Spruce Benzer Mixed Material Sweater – $78

Totally dug this sweater as well – as did the Husband. I really liked the extra length that the faux under shirt gave, allowing it to pair perfectly with the leggings. Add in some fun boots, or even cute ballet flats and you’ve got yourself a super cute outfit for fall. However, once again, I just wasn’t willing to pay almost $80 for this very light weight sweater, so, back it went.

19 Cooper Lincoln Button Up Longer Sleeve Blouse Stitch Fix

19 Cooper Lincoln Button-Up Long-Sleeve Blouse – $68

I really liked this blouse as well – especially the color (be still my heart) and the sweetheart neckline. This top was probably a tad short to be pairing with leggings, but oh well. It also would have been super cute with dark skinnies or even dress pants for work. Again, I wasn’t willing to shell out the moolah for it, but I totally dug the style. (Statement necklace in this photo is my own, bought at Sam Moon here in DFW).

Not shown in any of these photos was my 5th piece, the Market and Spruce Kristah Ruffle Knit Blazer. This little blazer was SO adorable, but alas, WAY too small. It came in a really gorgeous hunter green color and was tapered at the waist, with two ruffles that fell across the hips/butt in the back. It would have been perfect for dressing up dark denim at work or the holidays but man, it was tiny! So tiny, I didn’t even take a photo because you guys would have laughed me off the interwebz.

So, all in all, this was a great fix – I only kept once piece but that was more me needing to rein back on my spending more than the items not working for me. My favorite part about Stitch Fix is that it allows me to try new things on in the comfort of my own home, when I’m not rushed, pairing pieces with my own items, creating outfits to see how things work together. And even like in instances like this when I send most items back due to budget, now I know what I’d like to shop for in the next few weeks … in cheaper versions, of course.

This post is not sponsored in any way, but if you’d like to try Stitch Fix out, I’d love it if you would sign up through my affiliate link which throws a credit my way when you receive your first box. I’m already signed up for a November box, and excited to see what my stylist sends me next!

Kid’s Turkey Craft and Feather Hunt

This is a post I’ve wanted to write for almost a year – I wanted to blog about it last year after it happened, but realistically, who wants to read about a Thanksgiving craft in December? Exactly. So, here it is … apologies for jumping the gun before Halloween, but I need to get it up or there’s a good chance it won’t happen!

Let me start by saying this entire project was my mother’s doing. My mom is one of those special moms who really does holidays well – she always has, but as my sister and I have gotten older, and we’re not always all together for holidays, when we DO all get together, she tends to go all out. I have her to thank for my overwhelmingly romantic notions, and my OCD-perfectionist tendencies. My mother’s main goal in life has always been, and continues to be, to make other people feel happy, and welcome, and year after year she knocks it out of the park. Since she and my dad live about 5 hours away from us, we do holidays on an every other year rotation with the Husband’s family. Last year, we did Thanksgiving with my family, and Christmas with the Husband’s (this year, we’ll do the opposite), and because my mother couldn’t help herself, she came up with this amazing craft/feather hunt for the boys to do on Thanksgiving Day.

Kids Thanksgiving Thankful Turkey Craft

To start with, she bought a couple of styrofoam balls, covered them with cheap craft store feathers, and then added a beak, feet, and googly eyes – she also bought a big bag of long, brightly colored feathers for the tail feathers, but intentionally left those off. So, when we arrived, we arrived to Thom the (somewhat) naked turkey … sorry, I neglected to get a photo of said naked bird, but I mean, he deserved a little dignity, right?

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On Thanksgiving morning, my dad took the bag of tail feathers out into the back yard and “hid” them. We then sent the boys out back to find all the feathers, rescuing Thom from his indignity. They marched his tail feathers inside, excited to see what grandma had in store for them.

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My mom pulled Thom down, and told them that they needed to stick his feathers back in, but for every feather they found and returned to Thom, they needed to say something they were thankful for.

At first, they were thankful for the things you would expect 2.5 and 5.5 year olds to be thankful for – candy, Spiderman, cartoons, bugs, etc – but as the rest of the family added in our feathers, you could tell they were listening and starting to really think about things. Their answers became shifted to things like – daddy, shoes to keep my feet warm, my toothbrush, my teacher, my house. It was neat, as a parent, to watch that shift occur, to see them start thinking about the bigger picture.

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We won’t be at “home” for Thanksgiving this year, but I still plan on doing some version of this game with the boys again. Between all the food and festivities, it’s always important for us all to remember how lucky we are for everything we have. We might not have a ton of money in the bank, but our family is rich in other ways, and I want my boys to be aware of that – always.

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