Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday Favorites: Spooky Style for the Whole Family

Hello Friday, we are so glad you are here! 

Have we mentioned how much we love the weekend? 

We are so looking forward to the weekend. One of us will be rocking the mom life (but the mom life with out a super early alarm clock totally rocks our world!), and one of us is headed on a plane for a kid-free weekend. Either way - winning!

Before we get to that we have a fun little post in store for you. 

Today we are linking up as usual with some of our favorite bloggers for Friday Favorites, but we are going to switch it up a bit this week and share one of our favorite topics - holiday theme wear. ;) 


Break out the pumpkins! Break out the fall themed plaids! Throw on a monogram! Never ones to miss out on a good opportunity to flaunt some theme wear, Halloween season has officially arrived, and WE. ARE. READY!!

We deck out our homes for each season and sometimes (read: all the time) we think it's fun to join the party and get in the spirit ourselves too. Halloween is the ultimate of theme wear seasons. From fun tees to spectacular costumes - there is no shortage of super cute spooky style for the whole family! Today we thought we'd let you join in our theme wear kind of crazy, and are sharing some of our favorite Halloween themed finds.

Pajamas

Pajamas might be our favorite way to show our spooky spirit. Each holiday we have a set or two of fun holiday pjs on hand for the kids. It's an easy way to coordinate them, and they think it is so much fun to match each other or one of us.


With all of the glow in the dark options, spooky characters, and fun accessories (hello super hero cape!) they love the moment they can get into their Halloween pjs.


L.C. was so excited about this cute witch themed set she didn't even wait until bedtime to put them on. She came home from school and changed immediately. It's just too cute how excited they get over holidays. If we could freeze that forever...

{Scary Cute Pajama Set}

Sometimes we match, and sometimes we don't, but either way there are tons of fun options to help everyone get in the spooky spirit. 


We love these ladies ghost pjs! They also coordinate with a super cute toddler set too! 

For kids there are endless options...



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But one of our favorite lines is the Jammies for Your Families. You can coordinate across siblings, both for toddler sizes and older sizes, as well as across genders. 



Even your little one's doll can match! How adorable is that?!


Tees

Tees are the easiest way to have a little fun on Halloween. It's also the easiest way for the whole family to show a little Halloween spirit.

Cute monogrammed halloween baseball style tees! Feathered Nest Boutique has the cutest tees!

The kids love when we show up to their classrooms and we are "dressed" up too. Our friend Kathryn at Feathered Nest Boutique made us the cutest Halloween tees this year!


Her baseball tees are always so soft and comfortable. These monogrammed tees for Halloween are perfect too because they don't scream "Halloween!". We can wear them in just about any scenario we have this month while still looking fun and faboolous! ;)


The fact that she brought to life one of our favorite Halloween movies has us swooning! (For those not in the know... Go download Hocus Pocus. Watch with the kids. Thank us later.)


We've also spotted some other cute tees while we have been out and about. Here are some of our favorites and several are under $15 (click tees for details)...


There are always a ton of tees for the kids to choose from. The toddler set has been sporting these fun Halloween themed tees since October rolled around.


L.C. also has been sporting this cute candy corn baseball tee from Target. It's been her favorite and I can't wash it fast enough.


Note: It runs a little small. Keep that in mind if you want to get it for your candy corn little cutie too.

Target has some awesome tees this year for all of the little ones. These are just a few of our favorites in rotation.  (click picture for details)


And because it's usually so hard to find cute boys tees, we did a little more extensive research and found some fun tees available at other shops. We were so excited to find some really cute ones this year!

Accessories

One of the easiest ways to add a little Halloween spirit to your outfit without going overboard is with fun accessories. It's also a little something you can slip on and off easily if you need to. Going to the kids school? Fun witch hat themed earrings totally work. Going to a business meeting? An easy switch! Accessories are the best, and we've found a little something for everyone in the family!

We are almost out of the tiny tot phase of life, but we just couldn't resist these fun little Jack-o-lantern mocs for B.C.  

How cute are they?! They come in a ton of different colors, and there are a few different Halloween options, but these are our favorite!

These holiday earring packs are so fun, and we love how discreet they are. The bat earrings are perfect for our super hero theme we have going on this year, and the spooky spiders earrings are a hit amongst the boys of the crew. 


We aren't sure if this fits in the accessory category, but these fun Halloween drink huggers are too cute not to share, and this time of year we always carry them with us. That counts as an accessory right?


From workouts with our water bottles to our happy hours on the porch, these can huggers make for a fun little way to celebrate Halloween. We just love all the fun sayings! They come in 12 different options and a variety of patterns. They also make for a great little gift or addition to a "Boo" basket if you do that in your neighborhood. 


Now for bags we like to accessorize a little more subtly, and opt for a fun black and white patterned one. This way we coordinate with the theme, but it's a bag we can rotate in out for football games since it coordinates with our teams colors (Go Dawgs! Go Falcons!), and for various occasions throughout the year.



Our favorite is this striped one. Jen has it in both black and white and the navy version. It's the perfect size tote and works well as a diaper bag too. Bonus: It is wipeable as well!

Here are some of of our other favorites as well as some we have our eye on!



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And there you have it...our favorite spooky styles for everyone! We just love how fun this time of year is, and are so glad we have a few more weeks to enjoy the spirit of Halloween with our kids!

What are some of your favorite things to wear to get in the spirit of Halloween? 

Happy weekend everyone!!



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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Kitchen Confessions: Easy Halloween Cookie Sandwiches

We're in full blown Halloween mode around here.  Costumes are picked, decorations are out, and we've got our school's fall festival this weekend.  It's always such a fun event with inflatables, face painting, games, and more.  There is always a pumpkin auction and each class has a parent decorate craft pumpkins to be auctioned.  This year I did two of my three kids' classes.  


Boo-Boo's class theme is a bear cubs so I'm hoping someone will purchase this and donate to their teacher to have as decoration for the classroom.  


Also, as part of the fall festival they have a bake sale and ask parents to donate treats and goodies.  I usually try to come up with something different each year and have done a variety of things in the past: 


This year I saw a video going around on Facebook and it had the best idea!  I wish I could find it and give them credit, but it seems lost somewhere in Facebook world now.  Just know I didn't come up with this idea, but I will tell you I can certainly execute it!  Halloween Cookie Sandwiches were SO easy to make and are so yummy to eat! 


You start with store-bought sugar cookies.  You know the ones with the cute little holiday designs?!  They have them for every holiday so I'm thinking this is going to be a dessert we make for just about any and every holiday from now on. 


Bake the cookies following directions on the package and allow to fully cool. 


Next, using store-bought cake frosting I spread a little frosting on the bottom of one cookie and stuck it together with the bottom of another cookie.  


Lastly I rolled the exposed edges of frosting in Halloween sprinkles and called it done!  I mean, so simple, so cute and so delicious! 


When the kids saw them they were so excited until I told them these were for the bake sale.  However, I made extras and let them taste test for me.  Blondie declared them the best thing she has ever had. Ever.  She assured me these would make tons of money for the bake sale. :-) 


I'm going to package them up in clear baggies and turn them in to the school tomorrow!  And now more sugar cookies are on my grocery list because the kids want to make some more of these fun treats!  


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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Tips for Decorating for Fall

So it still feels like summer here in Hotlanta, but that hasn't stopped me from embracing all things fall!  I just love decorating for holidays and fall is one of my favorites. I have some things I put out just for Halloween and others just for Thanksgiving, but a lot of if it can be switched over to the next holiday by changing a ribbon or something easy like that.  However, a lot of the things around my house can stay out until I decorate for Christmas.


I didn't really start getting into decorating for holidays until I became a mom. I mean, I had a few things here and here, but when my kids were really little I started decorating more because it just made things feel more fun and festive for them!





We're over on Savvy Sassy Moms today sharing 7 tips for adding some fall style to your home.  Head on over and check it out!



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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Kitchen Confessions: Pumpkin Spice Parfait

Everywhere we look we see pumpkin. And we're okay with that. Because we are all....


We are most definitely all about the pumpkin everything. Pumpkin is one of our favorite flavors, and not just in the Fall. We love pumpkin year round, but it's so nice that this time of year pumpkins are in season and we can enjoy it even more.

The moment it turned Fall-ish (and because it is the South I'm totally going off the calendar and not the weather because today it's 90 degrees!), we dusted off our cookbooks and bookmarked some of our favorite pumpkin recipes to put on our menu.  From appetizers to delicious desserts the pumpkin options are endless!


I love love love the yummy pumpkin bread recipe Carrie Beth shared last year. I've been majorly craving it for months, but haven't had the time to make it. Sometimes I just need something quick and easy to satisfy pumpkin craving. I stumbled upon these Krusteaz baking mixes and let's just say we are slightly addicted.


They are so yummy! I love that they only require a few ingredients, and they are usually things I already have on hand. I can make a quick and yummy dessert that everyone loves with very little effort. Now that's my kind of pumpkin everything!


Over the weekend I needed a dessert for a dinner, but with sports and other activities didn't have a lot of time to make something extravagant. After doing a little brainstorming I came up with these easy Pumpkin Spice Parfaits.


Because I already had some Krusteaz Pumpkin Spice Quick Bread on hand it cut my prep time down to nothing. Not to mention so. much. YUM!!

If you want a little pumpkin spice fix, or need a quick dessert option for the upcoming holidays this is definitely a recipe to put on your radar.

Pumpkin Spice Parfait Recipe. So easy and so yummy! Can make in just a few simple steps! Great dessert for fall and holiday parties.

PUMPKIN SPICE PARFAIT

Serves 6-8
Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients
  • 1 box of Krusteaz Pumpkin Spice Quick Bread
  • 10 oz of heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups of chopped pecans
  • 1 can of whipped cream
  • 1 tbsp of cinnamon and sugar
  • Optional: cinnamon stick for garnish


Instructions
  1. Bake Kruzteaz Quick Bread according to instructions. 
  2. Let bread cool then slice and set aside. 
  3. In a trifle dish or individual serving pieces (we love to use mason jars!) spread the bottom with a small amount of heavy whipping cream as your base layer. 
  4. Break slices of the bread into large pieces and layer over the whipping cream. Then layer with whipping cream, pecans, and bread. Repeat until filled to the top. 
  5. Top off with whipped cream. Sprinkle lightly with the cinnamon/sugar mixture and a few pecan crumbles.
  6. Garnish with cinnamon stick. Serve and enjoy!



Note: Might also taste yummy garnished with drizzled caramel or butterscotch chips!

Such an easy - yet yummy - dessert! I love that the quick bread mix was able to help me in a pinch, and I know it will be a favorite of ours all season. 

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What is your favorite pumpkin recipe to make during the Fall? 

Jen

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

SUPER Cute Halloween Costumes

It might just be the beginning of October, but we've had Halloween on the brain for months now in this house. The moment the kids started noticing the Halloween catalogs in the mail, the strategic planning began.


For weeks The Cutes poured over all those glossy pages full of costumes.


They discussed. They planned. They negotiated (Secretly I hoped all after all these years, all three would coordinate!). And in the end they chose things on opposite ends of the Halloween spectrum. 

Go figure. 

Cute is still determining his final choice, but currently "a bad guy, skeleton ninja" is the reigning favorite. And just in case you were wondering...such a costume does exist

L.C. is obsessed with the D.C. Superhero Girls. She saw the superhero girls costumes in the Oriental Trading costume catalog, and instantly made her decision. Her only debate was choosing between which character she would be. After going back and forth between Harley Quinn and Super Girl, she decided Super Girl was the winner. 

Baby Cute was dubbed Bat Girl shortly after. 

Listen, I can at least have two out of the three coordinate! I figure this is as close as I will ever get because as history has dictated by the time they hit that 2-3 age range they formulate an opinion, and next year I will have no shot. 


The costumes arrived this week and they are C.U.T.E!! Oriental Trading always has such a great selection of Halloween costumes, and I love how quickly they shipped so that we are able to make sure everything fits and looks just like we want it too. There were several options available for both characters, but we chose this Super Girl and this Bat Girl.  


L.C. was jumping for joy on the front porch when she opened up the package, and instantly wanted to put hers on. 


She posed for a minute, but then she was off showing me all of Super Girl's moves. 




I love the details of the costume. The tutu is darling and those cute little gauntlets might be my favorite part. I ordered the small, and it was just the right size for a size four. It might be a little big, but I know that she will want to wear this well past Halloween.


B.C. is still clueless about what is going on, but once she saw she had a costume just like L.C.'s she was all in. She was so excited to put it on. 


I mean...cuteness overload

After seeing all this adorableness, I might have to squeak one more year out of coordinate costumes. The little belt. The gauntlets. The Bat Girl costume is just too much!  

I might have to let her wear it forever. 


I ordered the x-small and it worked perfectly for her. I was nervous because the packaging says 2t-4t, but luckily after reading some suggestions from Oriental Trading I realized it was the perfect size on her. So overall I would say both of the costumes run a little small and order up! The Bat Girl costume also came with a super cute mask, but B.C. was not having any part of it. Here's hoping by Halloween she changes her mind, but either way super cute!


Once I get Cute confirmed, we are all set and ready for Halloween! 


I'm not sure who is more is excited - me or the kids?! I can't wait to see my little super hero girls running around trick or treating! 

What are you or your little ones dressing up as this Halloween? 

Jen

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