halloween

October Favorites

October is undoubtedly my favorite month of the year, mostly because Halloween is my favorite Holiday. I decorate the last night of September so that I can enjoy the Halloween decor all month long. My house is currently decked out in all things black, white, purple, and orange. The weather in Atlanta is finally cooling off so it’s been nice being able to enjoy the outdoors again. With a new month comes new favorites, and I’m excited to share some things I’ve been loving lately. 

You know how much I obsess over June & January basics. They make the most amazing pieces so that your kids can coordinate without being too matchy {see more here and here}. Their black and white pieces are perfect for October. 
I really look forward to transitioning from my bright summer bag into a fall bag with a softer color. This peach hobo goes great with all the neutral colors I wear during the cooler months. 
Fall baking and eating is a must in my house. Give me anything apple or pumpkin flavored and I’ll be happy. I am dying to make this donut milkshake and these pumpkin cinnamon rolls. We visited an apple farm last weekend and came back with over 40 apples. I’ve been making a ton of yummy  recipes this week. 
I’m loving an Earth tone lip color. I have several friends who swear by LipSense so I finally gave them a shot. They have a vast selection of colors to choose from and my favorite so far has been the Pink Champagne. It goes nicely with my skin tone without being too overpowering. Just like the brand claims, it really does last all day long. I can eat, drink, kiss my husband, etc and it doesn’t fade or rub off and it is waterproof. I love that you can create your own color pallet by combining shades. 
This pumpkin candle has been burning non-stop in my house. The smell is not too strong and these candles last forever. They have the best fall scents and the Halloween packaging is so cute. 
I know you have all seen the adorable Cat & Jack line at Target for kids and I cannot rave enough about the pieces. The prints and patterns are so unique and fun and I love that the clothes have a 1-year warranty. This pom pom skirt is so fun and I cannot wait to style it on Evelyn. 

On Henry: tee // shorts {sold out, similar pants}
On Evelyn: bat headband // dress // socks 
This weekend we are finally hitting up the pumpkin patch which we visit every year and I cannot wait to get my hands on some white and pink pumpkins. I’ve been spending way too much time on Pinterest lately and I am finally going to tackle my “Fall front porch” goal so send some Pinterest-win magic my way! Happy Wednesday, everyone! 

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Sibling Style: Halloween Pajamas

There is nothing cuter to me than festive holiday pajamas for my littles. Halloween, Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day … I am such a sucker for the cute coordinating and matching pajamas and can never settle on just one. I’m sharing my favorite sets for brothers & sisters today and busted out the kids Halloween pajamas last night. Since I’m not a huge fan of pink, I bought the skeleton set below in black for Henry and Evelyn and love how cute they look. Also, it’s almost impossible for Evie to stay still for pictures unless she has a sucker in her hand. Anyone else in that stage? 
Monster // Cat  – Good Witch // Up All Night

Evelyn’s bow c/o La Petite Barette

Happy Monday, everyone! Today marks 6 weeks until Halloween! 

Halloween 2015

The past six weeks it has rained probably 4 times a week here in Atlanta. Luckily the rain held out  on Halloween so I’m not complaining. The weather on Saturday was perfect. Nice and chilly in the morning and it warmed up a little by the time we headed out trick or treating. We are finally at the age where we can take Henry to different actives and he can really understand and participate in what’s going on. There were three different trick or treats this year starting with trunk or treat at the Johns Creek Police Department. Henry chose to be Captain America and I chose a flamingo costume for Evelyn. When I saw it for $20 at Target I could not pass it up. We had some pink Gap tights already which matched perfectly. The officers, staff and firemen at Trunk or Treat were so nice to all the kids and Henry had a blast seeing all the police men. He is obsessed with taking his sister to jail when she does something he thinks is bad 🙂
Saturday morning was trick or treating at the Avalon and Henry wore his Captain America costume again. A friend of mine had the best idea of twinning with our baby girls and I am shocked I was able to put together our matching costumes within two days. I borrowed a Mandy Tangerine Baby Turban from a friend, and found the rest of the costume at Target (leggings, cami and perfectly matching sweater just like mine, also from Target). I completed the look with mommy and me Starbucks cups.
Every year we always have a mini Halloween party at our house before we head out to trick or treat. We had plenty of cookies, cupcakes and candy to last us for days. For dinner we chose a build your own nacho and taco bar which was super easy. We prepped, chopped and cooked everything at nap time and put in the crock pots/serving dishes just before friends came over. It was a super easy and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like Mexican food.

For Halloween night the kids costumes of course had to have a theme. Since Henry is obsessed with fire trucks, he was a Fire Chief and Evelyn was his trusty dalmatian puppy. It was the perfect duo for the ages (almost 3.5 and 9.5 months). Just like in years past, I always take our “formal” costume pictures the day or two before Halloween. The day of is so chaotic and you run the risk of not getting good photos or having your child spill candle wax all over his costume (like last year). On Friday we visited our local fire department to get a few pictures. They were so nice and accommodating and let Henry check out all the ladders, sit in the drivers seat, turn on the sirens, etc.

This marks four years now where we’ve spent Halloween with our sweet friends. I love our little tradition and seeing the kids grow.
Now that November is basically booked up with Momsgiving, Play group Friendsgiving, a concert, family pics and of course actual Thanksgiving with family in town I feel that this month is going to fly by and Christmas will be here before we know it!

Halloween Favorites

You know fall is right around the corner when Gap breaks out the Halloween pajamas. I almost screamed in excitement when I saw them on their site a few days ago. Then I started frantically searching other online shops to see if they had their Halloween clothing out yet and low and behold … they did! I am dying over these mummy PJs for Henry and this cat nightgown for Evelyn. We are suckers for anything cats (well mostly just me). I really need to start a petition to have Gap make adult Halloween pajamas.
This year is going to be extra special because I have a little sweet baby to experience this holiday with. It has been so fun in the past dressing Henry in themed gear for nearly 7 weeks (let’s face it, I start busting out the Halloween clothes mid September). But this year I get to play around with tutu’s and booties and bows … OH MY! I also finally decided on our family costumes and cannot wait to get started on decorating the house. I say this ever year, but fall is THE best time of the year for our family. We always have the best time and have loved creating little traditions together.
I am obsessed with the clothes and accessories I have seen this week and cannot wait to start hoarding for the kids. Since I cannot dress them in pajamas all month, I have chosen a few key pieces that can be easily mixed and matched. Enjoy!
Baby Girl: Onesie // Head Wrap // Tutu // Booties
Toddler Boy: Mask // Hoodie // Jeans // Shoes

UP Halloween Costume

Happy November! Yesterday in Atlanta was super cold and windy, so we hung out inside in our PJs all day relaxing around the fire after a super fun (and long) Halloween. We had friends over on Friday for dinner and sweets before we headed out to go trick or treating. This year was so much different than last year, where Henry and his friends stayed in the wagon and I collected his candy. This year, Henry wanted to run to each house and was obsessed with ringing the doorbell as many times as possible and grabbing as much candy as his little hands could carry. He was even trying to go into people’s homes 🙂  Before Henry was born, I had seen these photos of the UP Halloween costume and I knew that one day he would dress up as Carl. Luckily he owned all parts of his costume and my husband made his “cane” out of PVC pipe, tennis balls and spray paint. It has definitely been the cutest one yet! Our dog Dixie slightly resembles Dug from the movie and they looked so cute together.
Blue Cords /  Moccasins / Cardigan, H&M (sold out, similar here) / Bow TieGlasses
My mom and I decorated the “party room” as Henry calls it and made some treats and punch for the party. They were definitely the most fun to make and very festive. Henry loved showing all of our friends who came over the room and when we were decorating it he would say “wow, perfect! I love it!”
I already can’t wait for next year when we will have TWO kids to dress up 🙂 Also, there are only 7 Sunday’s before Christmas and 9 Sunday’s before our new baby joins our family!

Weekend Wrap Up

The first weekend of October is always one of our favorites. My husband’s birthday is on the 5th and along with that celebrating we also head up to Burt’s Pumpkin Farm to get our pumpkins for the season. This was our third year going as a family and definitely Henry’s favorite. This time he was old enough to pick out his own pumpkins (all 300 of the little ones that wound up in our wheelbarrow), “ride” the tractor and we even went on hay ride. He was such a good boy and had so much fun running free and exploring. It’s crazy to think that next year we will be going with a 3 year old and a 10 month old! 

After the farm on Saturday we went to visit my best friend and her husband at the hospital. She had just given birth to their baby girl the day before and I was so anxious to meet her. She is such a sweetie and is just perfect. Our daughters will only be 3 months apart and it will be so fun watching them grow up together. I can’t wait to see her again soon <3

 On Sunday my husband turned 33. I let him sleep him and woke up with Henry at 6:30 (not by choice. Our son is an early bird!) I made him french toast on sourdough bread which was so good and we relaxed around the house for a few hours. We had a sitter come for Henry so we could have an adult day. My mom and her husband treated us to Top Golf (our first time!) It is such a fun place and the weather was crisp and cool, perfect for an outdoor day. The food was also very good (I was expecting bar food) and there were a lot of options to choose from. There were also TVs in our bay and the Falcons game was playing … so perfect. 

Tomorrow we are extending the celebration with dinner with some friends at Pampas Steakhouse and then it’s back to Halloween and Fall activities 🙂 

Brian Urlacher Costume

Happy November 1st! I am not sure where the month of October went but Halloween was so much fun this year. We had 10 of our friends come over (5 couples and their toddlers/babies) with a total of 12 adults and 6 kids. It was the perfect size group. This year was Henry’s second Halloween but his first one trick or treating. For his costume, we decided on Brian Urlacher from the Chicago Bears. My husband has joked that he has always resembled Urlacher because he is bald (for the most part) and rarely smiles in pictures. See the resemblence below? 🙂
Since my husband and I love dressing up for Halloween, we are all about the family costume. I went as a Chicago Bears fan (which involved me wearing a Bears t shirt. I know, how original) and the hubs went as the SNL Da Bears Superfan. We ordered him a vintage Bears sweatshirt from Ebay and he completed the look with aviators, a Bears hat, cigar and stick on mustache. Here is a refresher from the SNL skits:
And my husband with his mini Brian Urlacher!

 

 

 

After pictures our friends came over and we drank some margaritas, caught up and feasted on tacos! We were in charge of the taco bar and drinks and everyone else brought a side. It was so easy to do. Everything tasted amazing! My friends all did the best Halloween themed treats and they were almost too pretty to eat!

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a better shot of the Seven Layer Spider Dip my friend Kelly made:
My friend Joleen made these incredible chocolate and caramel apples too! {thanks for the pics!}

 

After dinner and lots of crying babies, we decided it would be best to get the gang outside for pictures and then trick or treating! We only hit 4 houses and I think that was our limit because a few of the kiddos (mine included) were over it! They really didn’t have any idea what was going on, they just thought they were going on a big group walk with friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

{carrying Henry’s helmet with candy and my drink of course}

 

{sweet Harper giving Henry a kiss}

 

 

 

I hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween!

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