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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Show Me Saturday #5 {Come Link Up}

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You are a bunch of AMAZING crafters! We wish we could feature you all, but since we can't, we're keeping up with your stand out projects on the Show Me Saturday Pinterest board. We'd love it if you followed along too!


Don't worry, we're still showing off features on the blogs! Here are my picks for the week. You can stop by Ashley and Lindsay's blogs to see their features too.

Uhm, I want this ceiling!! The Heathered Nest shows us how they got their beautiful barn wood bedroom ceiling.



Bre Purposed made old end tables into gorgeous two toned end tables with french script on them.
 
French Script Two Toned End Tables
  
Simply Suzanne made Molasses Spice Cookies. Need I say more?



 I've never tried chestnuts, but this Chestnut Cinnamon Coffee Cake from Baking in Pyjamas makes me want to try them.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Real Life - October

October is always a busy month for our family. There are so many October birthdays for us. Plus it's the month when everyone is hosting a fall festival and our N.C. State Fair comes to town. It's always a lot of fun.

Our Alma Mater, Campbell always has their homecoming in October. Hubs and I are a bit jealous of all the changes and growth the school has made since we graduated. But, we're glad to see it too. The girls aren't old enough to withstand us staying for the football game, but got to chat with my old adviser, went to the parade where the girls loaded up on some pre-Halloween candy, and rode on a real camel.



Then the next week, Hayley had her birthday. I can't believe my baby turned 3! I mean, she's so tall, I sometimes forgot that she was only 2 and I'm her mom. But now that she actually IS 3 years old, my little mommy brain can't comprehend how much time has passed.

To celebrate, Hubs took the day off work and we went to the State Fair. The girls had the BEST time. They rode rides, played games, rode some ponies, ate some cotton candy. If I put all the pictures on here, you'd be here for ever, so I won't do that. But here's a few...




Isn't this just the sweetest picture of the birthday girl and her Daddy.


And of course, today is Halloween. Hayley isn't much into dress-up. (I don't know what that's about.) But Caitlin has always loved to dress up. She has changed her mind about her costume at least 3 different times. But I think she plans on being a kitty cat tonight.

She was a cat for dress-up day at dance class and I guess it stuck. Hayley let me color a nose and whiskers on her face that day.


Sadly, Hayley and I will be staying home instead of going to Trunk or Treat tonight. She's come down with a mild case of croup. No fever or anything, just yucky barking cough and hoarse voice. She probably could go for a little bit, but I don't want to risk any other kiddos getting sick from her.

Hubs is in the kitchen right now making his ridiculously hot chili. Like seriously... it's got jalepenos, serranos, habaneros, and just about any other hot pepper he can find. Not for me. I'll be making some that's a little easier on the tummy and share that with you later.

Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Last Minute Halloween Party Ideas

There's only 2 days left before Halloween! If you're like me, you're in a scramble. We have a Trunk or Treat party to attend at our church. And that means I've got to get the kids in costumes, food prepared, and a Charlotte's Web themed trunk to put together. I'm honestly not quite sure how I'm going to pull it all off.

If you're like me and on the hunt for easy DIY Halloween decor, snacks, or drinks to plan a last minute Halloween party, you're in the right place! Today's post is all about DIY Halloween Party Tips!

Halloween Party Planning

Simple Halloween Decor

Let's face it. Fun decor totally sets the mood for any party but no one wants to spend hours creating complicated props. Here's a few projects you can whip up in an afternoon.
It only takes a few supplies to create a Jack o'Lantern Balloon Garland. Use it inside or out for a fun "pop" of color.

balloon garland

Easy Honeycomb Bat Decorations are simple enough for your kiddos to make!

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Easy Honeycomb Bat Decoration // My Creative Days

The entire neighborhood will love you if there's a Giant Candy Pumpkin at your party!

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Giant Candy Bucket Pumpkin // 3 Little Greenwoods

If you've got a little bit more time to spare this Day of the Dead Party Frame is to "die for". ;)

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Day of the Dead Party Frame // Home. Made. Interest.

Crafts

Add a little bit of craftiness to the party with this Mama and Baby Spider Tutorial. Love those googly eyes!
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Mama and Baby Bat Tutorial // Graceful Little Honey Bee

Treats for the Little Ones

These brightly colored Candy Corn Treat Boxes pull double duty as great tabletop decorations and treat boxes of the littles. I love how you don't have to own a fancy machine to make these!

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Candy Corn Treat Boxes // Little Miss Celebration

Many families have food allergy issues to deal with during Halloween. Why not have a few non-candy treats for those children? Here is an entire list of items to ditch the candy on Halloween.

Tips to Ditch the Candy on Halloween
Tips to Ditch the Candy on Halloween // The Kennedy Adventures

Party Food and Drinks

Halloween is the best for making fun treats to eat!
Caramel Popcorn Balls are a classic!

Popcorn Balls by Yesterfood 
Caramel Popcorn Balls // Yesterfood

Candy Corn everything is good. Try these Candy Corn Cupcakes - they are quick and easy to make!

Candy Corn Cupcakes // Gingerly Made

Why not add a little bit of fruit to their day by serving smoothies? Peaches and bananas look so yummy with a jack-o-lantern face!

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Jack-o-Lantern Smoothies // The Seasoned Mom

Vampire donuts are the perfect, super easy treat!

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Halloween Donuts // The Pin Junkie

All those little sugared up children are going to need water to quench their thirst. Make plain water bottles fun with a Dracula cape!

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All of these projects and recipes came from our wonderful followers who shared their creativity at our Show Me Saturday Linky Party! We would love to have you join us this week!

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Northpole by Hallmark GIVEAWAY

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.


Are you thinking about Christmas yet? I sure am. I'm not passing over the other holidays coming, but Christmas is my FAVORITE holiday of the year. I love the Reason for the Season, the excitement, the spirit of giving, the joy, time with family, and the special traditions we have year after year. I'm especially excited to start a new tradition of #NorthPoleFun with my kids this year thanks to Hallmark and their new Northpole Collection.

We were sent the cutest book and toy from Hallmark and had to give it all a whirl before officially decorating for Christmas.

Reading a Special Book:

One of our family traditions, and not just at Christmas, is reading before bed time. It's a special quiet time we get with our kiddos. So reading Once Upon A Northpole Christmas felt perfect. The book is all about how Santa needs our happiness and cheer in order to deliver gifts and bring Christmas to everyone. But Christmas cheer is at an all time LOW. So, one little elf devises a plan to save Christmas.

It's a really sweet reminder that Christmas isn't about the hustle and bustle or toys or any of the trivial things that we get sucked up in. It's about JOY. You'll have to read it though to find out what the little elf does or what exactly brings joy to people. (wink)

As you can see, my girls were totally focused on the story and that doesn't happen all the time.

Leave Something Special for Santa:

Then on the book was a "Find Me Santa" ornament. This is a genius idea for people who may have to travel for the holidays. While we'll be home this year, we have family on the West Coast. And if we go there for Christmas, how will Santa know where to bring our gifts?? This beacon snowflake is how. You write your name on the front of the snowflake, press the button for 4 seconds on Christmas Eve and it will light up for 4 hours letting Santa know where you are!

We always leave Santa some milk and cookies for the night, now we'll turn on our beacon too.


Countdown to Christmas:

But I'll have to say, that of all the things that we were sent, the Northpole Communicator is our favorite. It's an old timey communicator that lets you talk to the North Pole!

You can only talk to them once a day during the month of December. I mean, Santa and those Elves are busy, busy, busy. They can't stand around all day chatting. But once a day, you can dial in and get a special message.

I have been on the look out for some kind of Christmas countdown that my girls would just fall in love with and I think I've found it. I mean, look at how cute and excited they are. And the only message they are getting is

"Hello, this is Clementine Bell, one of the North Pole Elves. We can't talk right now, but check back on December first."


Would you like to win something from the NorthPole Collection from Hallmark? Enter the rafflecopter below and you might get a special surprise for Christmas too!

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Metallic Clay Leaf Bowl


My girls are getting old enough that they want to start giving gifts now; birthdays, holidays, it doesn't matter, but they want to be part of the gift giving experience. However, they are too young to understand the concept of money. I suppose they think that stuff just appears. So instead of giving them money to buy presents, we are trying to encourage them to get creative and make gifts for people. These metallic leaf bowls are a perfect example of something my girls can make (with help) and give. 

We've been going on a lot of nature walks and collecting leaves, acorns, pine cones, whatever the girls see that interests them. Anyway, we found these humungous leaves. I don't know what kind of tree they're from. I'm guessing maple, but I have no idea which kind. Anyway, I had seen some leaf bowls on Pinterest and knew that I wanted to make some with these big guys.

**Our work area has terrible lighting and no matter how much I fiddle with my camera settings, I have trouble getting a decent pic. So, please look past the lighting issues.**

Supplies:

Air dry clay
Leaves
Rolling Pin
Butter Knife
Aluminum Foil
Wax Paper
Paint & Brushes

Make It:

Start by rolling out enough air dry clay to lay your leaf on. Don't roll out your clay too thin - it will crack when it dries. 1/4 inch thick should do well to prevent cracking but also be thin enough to make a good bowl.


Use your butter knife to cut out the shape of your leaf.


Tear off a long strip of aluminum foil. Wad up length-wise to create a foil "rope". Circle around to make a hoop for your bowl to sit on and dry.

When it's set on the foil hoop, shape your bowl. Press it down into the hoop a bit to make it have some depth. Curl edges up or down to give it more movement and motion.

Let it sit somewhere safe to dry overnight at least. I actually let mine sit out for two days. When your bowl is dry, you can paint it any color you like. I used metallic colored paint.

If by chance you do get a crack, I did, you can fix it with some Mod Podge. Make sure to put the Mod Podge in between the cracks and then cover your whole bowl with it too. It doesn't effect the feel of the bowl at all.


These bowls can not be used for food or drink, but do make some pretty jewelry holders or just decorative pieces for around the house.


Have you worked with air dry clay or made any gifts with it?

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Show Me Saturday #4 {Come Link Up}

Welcome back to the Show Me Saturday link party!

Please follow each of the hostsess in some way.

3 Little Greenwoods 

Gingerly Made 

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You are a bunch of AMAZING crafters! We wish we could feature you all, but since we can't, we're keeping up with your stand out projects on the Show Me Saturday Pinterest board. We'd love it if you followed along too!


Don't worry, we're still showing off features on the blogs! Here are my picks for the week. You can stop by Ashley and Lindsay's blogs to see their features too.


I am ga-ga over this burlap and lace table runner by Making it in the Mountains. Gorgeous!





Burlap & Lace Table Runner :: making it in the mountains #tablerunner #burlap&lace #burlaptablerunner
USS Crafty made these adorable Owl Mug Rugs. They are just too-hoo cute!


 I'm going to be making some customized Christmas presents thanks to this tutorial by Home. Made. Interest.

Monogram Picture Frames are the perfect gift for weddings and anniversarys and now you can make your own! #monogram #gift #silhouette

 Hello Little Home made some delicious looking Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake Parfaits. Yum!

Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake Parfait | Hello Little Home #Dessert #SaltedCaramel #Recipe
  
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