Happiness is ______ {2014-W42} #happinessis

making Halloween cookies

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day. Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you [...]

Dressing Up in Costumes from BuyCostumes.com

How to Dress as Abby Sciuto from NCIS

I’m a compensated BuyCostumes.com ambassador. I AM SO RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED! I haven’t been THIS excited about a Halloween costume in, oh, FOREVER! I love NCIS. I love Abby and Gibbs and DiNozzo and Duckie and McGee and Palmer and GOSH. ALL OF THEM. As soon as I opened the box from BuyCostumes.com and saw my [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W41} #happinessis

brother's sandwiches taste the best

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day. Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you [...]

Decorating for Halloween and Fall in the New House

Fall and Halloween Decorating 2014

YES! I love decorating so so much! Particularly, I loooove love decorating for Halloween and fall!! It was like Christmas unpacking our boxes from the movers – not only did we have a surprise in each box (because they weren’t packed properly – Christmas stuff in Valentines, Easter stuff in Fall/Halloween, etc), but we had [...]

Halloween Costume Shopping for the Family from BuyCostumes.com #OrangeTuesday

shopping Halloween costumes at BuyCostumes.com

As part of being an Orange Tuesday ambassador, last week we were assigned to shop for our Halloween costumes from BuyCostumes.com! I can’t wait to show you what we chose! Both younger boys have chosen to be Captain America – one will be the traditional with regular Captain America shield while the other one will [...]

Orange List: Hot Costumes and Party Trends for 2014 from BuyCostumes.com #OrangeTuesday

Captain America costumed family

I’m a BuyCostumes.com ambassador. Do you know what you’re going to be for Halloween yet? I’m still going back and forth on whether the family should do a group costume thing and be a super hero family. We’ve tried unsuccessfully to do group costumes in the past, but OMG, a family of supers makes me [...]

I’m a BuyCostumes.com Ambassador! #OrangeTuesday

Orange Tuesday

I’m sure you’re well aware how passionate we are in our love for Halloween. From Halloween parties and themed food to dressing up and decorating, we ADORE Halloween and get so excited once September rolls around, because that means it’s right around the corner! Eeek!! This year, we’ve got another reason to be excited! We’re [...]

Halloween 2013

trick or treating 2013

I got the suckiest pictures known to man this year. By the time we finished dinner, got dressed, and headed out, it was already sunset. Everything ended up blurry. I need to learn how to take better night pictures Here’s the crew, minus the hubs and baby – we had our neighbor-friend walk with us. [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Forty-Three} #happinessis

Alamo City Comic Con

2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so [...]

Hangin’ Out with Personal Creations’ #HalloweenHangout

Halloween Decorating with Personal Creations

It’s almost Halloween, yes!! I am so excited, our house already had fall decor up, but I hope to have the rest of the Halloween stuff up this weekend! Woohoo! Look at what I’ve done so far, though. (Isn’t that BOO-quet from ProFlowers adorable!?) Today I had the pleasure of participating in Personal Creations’ first [...]

Addicted to Dress Up

halloween family collage

Halloween’s over? I DON’T CARE. The costumes are still out. E-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e. I figure, as long as there is lingering Halloween candy, we should celebrate with dress-up, no? Besides, I canNOT stand the adorableness of an infant in a tutu, ruffles, and headband. Evidence: CAN YOU DIE FROM CUTENESS OVERLOAD? I think so. We love dressing [...]

25 Halloween Recipe Ideas You Can’t Miss {+ Link Up}

25 Halloween Recipes

I’ve been a busy bee rounding up some of the best Halloween Recipe Ideas I’ve found on the web. I enjoy “trading” my kids their Halloween candy for homemade treats and healthier candy (particularly since you can’t control what the neighbors give out). Check out these awesome Halloween Candy alternatives, or feel free to bookmark [...]

Halloween Schmalloween. Today is Mom’s Freaking Day Off!

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Today might be Halloween, but other than dressing up and trading candy, today shall henceforth be known as MOM’S FREAKING DAY OFF, YO! Friday, Saturday and Sunday were non-stop, mom’s-gotta-go-go-goooo kind-of days that make me pant in exhaustion just thinking about them. I tried to stop and take a belly bump pic, but honestly? I [...]

Halloween Recipe: Spooky Alien Cupcakes

spooky alien cupcakes

This recipe is pretty simple, actually. And ridiculously fun for your children to decorate. Pick out (or make from scratch) your favorite chocolate cake mix, poured into either a regular cupcake pan or a mini cupcake pan (as we did), frost ‘em with your favorite frosting (colored or otherwise), and decorate as you wish. The [...]

Halloween Recipe: Chocolate Pretzel Spiders

chocolate pretzel spiders

What do you get when you combine mini pretzel rods with melted chocolate chips drizzled on ‘em? A fun Halloween craft for your kids, that’s what! Chocolate Pretzel Spiders Bag of tiny pretzel rod sticks Bag of chocolate chips Microwaveable bowl Tea spoon Parchment Paper Baking sheet Open the bag of pretzels and spread out [...]

Halloween Recipe: Ghost Pudding with Homemade Whipped Cream Recipe

ghost pudding

Do you want something snacky yet simple to create for your Halloween party? Be sure to try this super quick and easy recipe for Ghost Pudding with Homemade Whipped Cream! Halloween Ghost Pudding One package of all-natural Butterscotch (or whatever flavor your prefer) pudding Whipped cream (recipe below) Mini chocolate chips (for the eyes) Prepare pudding [...]

Halloween Appetizers: Mummified Hot Dogs

mummified hot dogs

I’m a huge pigs-in-a-blanket fan, but cocktail weinies you often find are chock-filled with additives and preservatives, as well as the dough they use. We always buy Oscar Meyer franks that are all-beef and have no extra additives, preservatives and colorings, so we decided to create our own ghoulish creation for our Halloween, recipe inspired by [...]

5 Tips to Throw an Awesome Halloween Party (Post Sponsored by Kmart)

halloween party

My husband leaves this Sunday to go away for two weeks, and will miss spending Halloween with us. We decided not to let this news get us down, so we threw our own Halloween party this weekend, before he leaves, complete with Halloween costumes, Halloween decorated house, and Halloween party snacks out of this world. Tip #1: [...]

Homemade Whoopie Pies with Pumpkin Cream Cheese

Homemade Whoopie Pies with Pumpkin Cream Cheese

As you know, I bake my own desserts from scratch most of the time to control what goes into each recipe to ensure we eat all-natural and organics. For our Halloween Party, we used an organic boxed chocolate cake mix, which we thickened up with a little organic flour to produce chocolate cake-like cookies to [...]

Halloween Shopping at Target

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Is it any big surprise after his big Toy Story Birthday Party that Baby Dude wants to be Woody or Buzz for Halloween? Baby Sis has decided to go along with him again this year and she wants to dress as Jessie (last year they were Mickey and Minnie Mouse). Not impressed with the local [...]