Halloween (And Fall) Decor Around Our Home

Every year I am always so excited to pull out all of our fall and Halloween decorations and start making our home feel festive. We typically make a fun Sunday afternoon of it, and turn on a Halloween movie to watch while we decorate. Most years we wait until just after Cole’s birthday, but this year I really couldn’t wait and we decorated about a week before his party. While our decorations have now been up for several weeks, I’m finally getting around to sharing all of the fall and Halloween touches around our house!

Tray // Towel (Target, similar) // Candle // Vase (Arthur Court, similar) // Similar Velvet Pumpkin // Similar Metallic Pumpkin

Olive Plant // Sign

Similar Halloween Sign // Similar Halloween Tray // Chairs // Paper Towel Holder // Utensil Holder

Plant // Similar Metallic Pumpkin // Skeleton Hand // Spiderweb bowl (Target, similar) // Similar Pumpkin Filler

Faux Fur Pillow

Plaid Pumpkin // Similar Glass Gourd // Similar Velvet Pumpkin // Crows // Similar Skull // Bats // Wreath (Target, similar)

Spiderweb Mantle Scarf // Similar Faux Fall Leaf Branches

Photo Printable // Book Cover Printable

Creepy Cloth Lamp Covering // Similar Spooky Tree // Suede Pumpkin // Similar Book Decoration // Similar Skull // Similar Velvet Pumpkin // Rat // Spider // Spider Web

Creepy Cloth // Crows // Candlestick Holders // Gold Pumpkin // Similar Glass Pumpkins // Similar Velvet Pumpkins // Orange Pillows

Black Succulent

img_6794Fall Wreath (old – similar) // Plaid Mat // Door Mat (old – similar)

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Our Halloween Costumes Over The Years

As I’m sitting here planning our Halloween costumes for this year, I thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane and share all of the costumes we’ve worn over the years! We haven’t accomplished it every year, but many years we’ve done family theme which we are doing again this year – and it is a lot of fun! Plus I know we only have a few years left before I’m quite certain Cole will be too “cool” to dress up with mom & dad, so I want to make the most of it while we can.

Baby Lion

Lion Costume

Yoda

Yoda Costume

Hippie Family

Cole’s Hippie Costume // My Pants, Glasses, Similar Headband // Hubs’ Wig, Vest, Glasses, Peace Medallion

Firefighter

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Firefighter Costume

Skeleton

Similar Skeleton Sweatshirt

Scarecrow, Pumpkin, and an Astronaut

Similar Overalls, Bandana, Similar Straw Hat // Astronaut Costume // Pumpkin Costume

Star Wars

img_6606Princess Leia Costume // Yoda Costume // Luke Skywalker Costume, Lightsaber

The Nightmare Before Christmas

img_6639-e1570162750394.pngSally Costume // Jack Skellington Costume // Similar Lock Mask, Devil Tail // Oogie Boogie Mask

An Astronaut and a Bandit

Astronaut Costume // Bandit Costume

Jessie and Buzz Lightyear

Jessie Costume // Buzz Lightyear Costume

Spongebob Squarepants, Patrick Star, Sandy Cheeks, and Mr. Krabs

Spongebob Costume (DIY), Socks, Shoes // Patrick Costume // Spacesuit (DIY), Astronaut Helmet, Chipmunk Tail // Crab Mittens

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Trader Joe’s Fall Picks

Trader Joe’s Fall Picks

You know fall has officially arrived when Trader Joe’s rolls out all of the fall and pumpkin goodness. Grabbing some of my favorite fall goodies there is always a must, and when I went the other day to check out their fall offerings, I was excited to find several new items I’m looking forward to trying out!

OLD FAVORITES…

Canned Organic Pumpkin: I always have a can or two on hand for fall baking. Their organic pumpkin is really reasonably priced!

Pumpkin Spice Coffee: I’ve heard mixed reviews from people on this, but I personally love it and stock up every fall. My husband who isn’t big into pumpkin flavored coffee actually really likes it too.

Pumpkin Cranberry Crisps: A must have and are great for a snack on their own or for adding to a cheeseboard.

Pumpkin Butter: This stuff is heavenly and can be used for so many things. We even like it on basic toast but it’s fun to take it up a notch and put it on homemade pumpkin bread.

Halloween Joe Joe’s: My kids DEVOUR these. A box doesn’t last long at our house so I seriously have to keep them hidden and dole out a few at a time. Adding one or two to a lunchbox is a great treat.

Pumpkin Organic Frosted Toaster Pastries: A fun weekend breakfast treat to have on hand.

Pecan Pumpkin Oatmeal (not pictured): I have some packets lying around that are leftover from last year (and still good!) so I didn’t buy more this trip. But I totally recommend it – it’s a delicious instant oatmeal!

Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix (not pictured): I recently bought Kodiac’s pumpkin pancake mix, so I held off on buying any more on this run, but we’ve tried this before and this makes really good pancakes!

Pumpkins: Trader Joe’s has great prices on pumpkins. Even their “fantasy” pumpkins (the fancy Cinderella kind) are only $5.99 which is way cheaper than I’ve seen them anywhere else.

Vanilla Pumpkin Candle: Trader Joe’s candles are SO good and so affordable. I always grab several whenever I go. They also had an apple one which was too sweet smelling for my liking – but this scent is perfection.

NEW FINDS…

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese: Ok I’m pretty sure they’ve actually had this one around for awhile, but I tried a sample for the first time the other day and really liked it! Will definitely make for a great busy weeknight or lazy weekend meal for the kids with a side of veggies.

Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Casserole: While the kids have noodles, this looks like a delicious low carb option for the adults. I’m excited to try this one.

Pumpkin Spice Pumpkin Seeds: My whole family (kids included) like pumpkin seeds as just a snack on their own – but the seasoning on these has me excited to make some fun uses with them! I think they would be great on a salad, with a cheeseboard, or on a smoothie bowl.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookie Mix: So I’m a bit of a snob about baking with mixes (I just don’t do it) but Trader Joe’s rarely disappoints me so I’m willing to give theirs a go. I’m actually super excited to try these and if they end up being a hit, I’m grabbing a few more canisters to get us through fall.

Maple and Sea Salt Kettle Corn: My kids are huge popcorn junkies, so this is definitely going to be a fun fall treat for them. It would be great for a family movie night, or even just a fun snack in their lunchboxes.

Cinnamon Bun Spread: My kids love toast and eat it often for breakfast, so I thought this would be a fun special treat! I can imagine it would also be amazing on French toast, pancakes or waffles. (Spreading on pumpkin pancakes perhaps?)

Pumpkin Bisque and Autumnal Harvest Soup: On a chilly day, there’s nothing like a warm fall soup. These will definitely make life easier for me on a busy day when I don’t have time to let a homemade soup simmer for hours. These would also be great as a light appetizer on Thanksgiving if you are having a later meal!

Fall Leaf Tortilla Chips and Fall Harvest Salsa: My kids love chips and salsa, and having a special fall themed version is just too adorable.

Hot Cocoa O’s: We’ve tried (and liked!) the pumpkin O’s, but when I saw these I knew these would be right up my kids’ alley. One of their favorite cereals is Annie’s cocoa bunnies, so I’m guessing these will be a hit (especially with the added marshmallows).

Organic Pumpkin Spice Granola Bark: This looks like an amazing grown up treat and would be great to have on hand around the upcoming holidays! (If I don’t eat it all first)

Pumpkin Spice Face Mask: Ok this is SO extra. And kind of ridiculous. But isn’t pumpkin supposed to be good for your skin? Or something? All I know is I love pumpkin so why not put it on my face. I’m totally trying this.

Haunted House Chocolate Cookie Kit: Last year at Christmas I made the huge mistake of buying one gingerbread house and making the kids share. Let’s just say…there were lots of disagreements about how the house should be constructed and it was a lesson for mom. Just get 2 houses. So for Halloween I grabbed two and I think this will be a super fun activity for them! We have a few long weekends coming up in October so this will buy me a few hours of keeping them entertained.

STILL WANT TO GRAB…

Pumpkin Rolls with Pumpkin Spice Icing: I totally intended to grab a tube of these and forgot. One of my favorite fall treats is these homemade pumpkin cinnamon rolls, but homemade rolls are an all day chore. While they are totally worth it I don’t always have the time. These would be a great quick and easy option.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese: I think this would be absolutely delicious on homemade pumpkin bread. TJs also has pumpkin bagels this fall too for a double pumpkin breakfast! You could also make a killer cream cheese frosting with this.

Petite Pumpkin Spice Cookies: A fun lunchbox treat or a cute treat you could leave in a little bowl over the Thanksgiving holiday or any other fall gatherings.

Happy Friday!

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Simple Go-To Summer Breakfasts For the Family

Simple Go-To Summer Breakfasts For the Family

Anyone with kids knows, summer meals/snacks are no joke. My kids love to eat around the clock in the summer and are constantly requesting snacks all day long. One big way to help combat this is filling them up with a big breakfast, and one that doesn’t take me all morning to prepare! Here are some of my simple, summer go to breakfasts for the family!

Overnight Berry Croissant Bake

Casserole dish

Ingredients

  • 3 large croissants, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen berries
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup milk

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×9 or 8×10 baking dish with cooking spray.

Add croissant pieces to baking dish. Sprinkle berries evenly over croissants.

Beat cream cheese for 30 seconds with electric mixer. Gradually add in sugar, eggs, vanilla, and milk. Continue to mix until well blended.

Pour cream cheese mixture over croissants and berries.

Let rest for at least 20 minutes or refrigerate overnight.

Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown and set in center.

Serve warm with powdered sugar sprinkled on top

My big kiddo loves croissants, so when I saw some fresh baked croissants in our local bakery the other day, I grabbed them and decided to make this casserole. It was a huge hit with both kids, and would be great for entertaining too! Plus it literally takes just a few minutes to whip together & then simply pop in the oven in the morning. (Recipe via Happy Go Lucky)

 

Instant Pot Oatmeal

Instant Pot

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon butter (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)

Directions

Combine ingredients in the Instant Pot.

Close the lid and make sure the sealing valve is turned to the sealing position.

Press the “manual” button and make sure the Instant Pot is on medium pressure.

Adjust the time to 4 minutes

When the oatmeal is finished, use the quick pressure release method by carefully turning the sealing valve from the sealing position to the venting position. Make sure your face and hands are not over the valve when you do this.

When the pressure has released, serve and top as desired!

When we go to hotels my kids absolutely love the slow-cooker type oatmeal there. I am someone that never remembers to start a crockpot hours ahead of time – so the instant pot is truly my best friend. I can whip up oats that taste like they’ve been cooking for hours – in just a few minutes! This is a frequent go-to and it makes enough for leftovers to last a few days. I typically top ours with a little brown sugar, berries, and a few mini chocolate chips – but the possibilities are endless! I think banana, coconut & a little nut butter sounds amazing! (Recipe via Don’t Waste the Crumbs)

 

Smoothie bowls (and popsicles!)

Popsicle molds

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cup mixed frozen fruit of choice (our go-tos are mango, dragonfruit, açaí, blueberries, and strawberries)
  • One banana
  • One scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey (can also substitute Truvia or raw sugar)
  • 1 cup milk (can also sub soy or almond milk)
  • Optional additions: handful of spinach/kale, 1 tbsp chia seeds

Toppings:

  • 1/2 cup granola (we like bear naked berry)
  • Choice of toppings: Fresh berries, sliced bananas, chia seeds, coconut, cocoa nibs, goji berries, drizzle of honey

Directions

Place frozen fruit, banana, milk, protein powder, honey (and spinach/chia seeds if desired) in blender & mix on high. Add more milk in small increments if mixture is too thick to achieve desired consistency.

Place 1/4 cup of granola at bottom of bowl, pour smoothie mixture over top, then top with remaining 1/4 cup of granola. Top with choice of toppings.

Any remaining smoothie mix I place in popsicle molds and freeze for a few hours or until set. These make for a great afternoon snack!

When it is scorching hot out, this is the perfect breakfast. And the other great thing about this, is there are so many endless possibilities of flavors! My kids typically love mango/banana/dragonfruit – but we often experiment with different flavors. And we always freeze any leftovers in popsicle containers for an afternoon snack!

 

Breakfast Egg Muffins

Muffin tin

Ingredients

Eggs:

  • 10 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne

Egg Muffin Ingredients:

  • 1 cup ham diced
  • 2 green onions diced
  • 1 large slice red onion diced
  • 2 ounces cheddar jack cheese shredded or diced
  • 4 ounces cheddar/Monterey jack cheese shredded or diced

Directions

 Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a 12 count muffin pan with non-stick spray.

Crack eggs into a medium sized mixing bowl, add spices and whisk to combine.

Begin layering ingredients in the prepared muffin pan, leaving a bit of the ingredients to top your egg muffin cups at the end. Carefully pour your whisked eggs into the muffin tins until they are about halfway full, let settle and add a bit more. You want your muffin tins filled almost all the way to the top. Once your muffin tins are filled, take a fork and lightly stir each of the muffin tins to mix everything together. Top with reserved ingredients and bake for 25 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let sit in the muffin tin for 1-2 minutes. Run a sharp knife around the edge of the muffin tins and gently remove from the pan, using the tip of the knife under the muffin to gently lift out.

For a savory breakfast you can make ahead, and have perfectly sized portions to grab throughout the week – it doesn’t get better than this! You can also customize these however you like – I think they would be great with turkey bacon, or an all veggie one! (Recipe via A Wicked Whisk)

 

Kodiak Protein Waffles

Kodiak Frozen Protein Waffles

I can’t exactly count these as a recipe – but they are such a great, quick option I can’t not list them! My kids also love the Kodiak Protein Pancakes, but for a morning when I just want to get something together quickly (and don’t even want to turn on the stove!) these are winners. I feel like I’m feeding my kids something a little healthier than a typical freezer waffle, and yet it’s still a sweet (and protein filled) breakfast my kids love. There are multiple flavors to choose from, but my kids’ favorite is the Buttermilk and Vanilla. I will typically jazz them up a bit with a dusting of powdered sugar, a few mini chocolate chips, some berries, and Trader Joe’s vanilla bean infused maple syrup. I typically buy these at our local Albertsons, but Target carries them as well! (Check to see if your local Target carries them here)

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Life Lately

Life Lately

(Summer day on the Boise river)

This probably wasn’t one of my better ideas, but I signed Cole up for summer camp last week. It wasn’t that the camp that wasn’t fun (he attended a really neat STEM camp and had a blast!), it was scheduling it for the week after the 4th of July weekend. After a fun filled holiday weekend with some super late nights, it was ROUGH getting up and out the door early. We are all still feeling pretty tired, but it did make us start going to bed at a more reasonable hour. Evan is going to camp this week, which has been a bit easier on us now that we’ve had some time to adjust.

(No I didn’t plan to dress them alike – and we were all laughing at them being dressed like twins when we picked Cole up from camp the other day!)

Cole’s shirt/shorts  —  Evan’s shirt/shorts/sandals (sold out, similar)

Aside from camp, we also took our first few floats down the Boise river this summer! Some friends of ours who moved to Australia were in town for a few weeks and we were able to get together to catch up and go for a float with them a few days ago. Floating the river is a Boise tradition and is a must do every summer. The kids always have a blast and it was even more fun for them with getting to spend some time with friends.

My swimsuit (J Crew, old – similar) // Cole’s suit // Evan’s suit

We’ve continued to bike quite a bit and have been going for longer evening rides. Although he loves riding on it, Evan gets pretty uncomfortable going longer distances on the co-pilot bike trailer – so we got him a bike cart he can ride in for longer rides. I wasn’t looking to spend a whole lot as I’m sure it won’t be too long before he’s riding his own bike, and I found this one at a great price! So far we’ve been really happy with it.

Bike Trailer

I’ve been working on a few house projects that I’ve been majorly procrastinating on for months. I’m not sure what it is about summer (maybe it is that we are home more) but I start feeling motivated to decorate and organize. One project I’ve finally gotten around to (after planning to get to it for the past year) was updating my desk area and adding a gallery wall. I’m not quite completely finished with the space, but here’s a peek at the completed gallery!

Gallery frames

We also added a loveseat to our living room! We have a large sectional in our bonus room/kids play room – but it seems we always end up gravitating more towards the living room and I decided it was time to add some more seating. I had been eyeing this one from West Elm – but after reading a lot of great reviews about Amazon’s in-house furniture lines Rivet and Stone & Beam, I decided to give Amazon a shot as the price was pretty dang impressive. And I have to say the quality really surprised me! The loveseat easily looks and feels like a much more expensive piece – and it is super comfortable too.

Loveseat // Fiddle Leaf Tree // Similar basket // Pillows (1,2) // Throw blanket (HomeGoods, similar) // Rug (Pottery Barn, old – similar)

I survived shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and Amazon Prime Day! Nordstrom was…interesting this year. It’s still a bit of a mystery as to what I will actually receive as several things in my order were canceled and a number of things still haven’t shipped (that are all sold out). Prime day was a much better experience and I’m happy I was able to get a head start on Christmas shopping! I bought each of the boys a new Osmo game as Amazon was having amazing deals on Osmo products during the sale (I got Detective Agency for Cole and Hot Wheels for Evan). I’m really liking this move that retailers are making to start offering deep discounts months before the holidays as I tend to procrastinate my Christmas shopping most years. (I would love to be one of those people who is done months in advance!) This week has been kind of fun with so many retailers having these Christmas in July specials along with Hallmark having their annual Christmas in July movies.

Hope you are having a great week!

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Amazon Prime Day Picks

Today is Prime day! So many great deals to be had for home/kitchen items, toys/kids gear, clothing, and shoes. Almost all of the items I’m sharing are items that I have and love and are all included in the sale!

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One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six // Seven // Eight // Nine // Ten // Eleven // Twelve // Thirteen // Fourteen // Fifteen // Sixteen // Seventeen // Eighteen (the double is also included!)

Happy shopping!

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites

Today is the day!!! Early access for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale will be opening at 12:30 ET today and there are some great things this year. I wanted to share a few of my favorite pieces from the sale in each category I’ll be shopping this year.

Sweaters

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One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six  // Seven  // Eight // Nine // Ten

Jeans

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One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six

Dresses

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One // Two // Three // Four // Five

Shoes

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One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six // Seven // Eight // Nine

Outerwear/Jackets

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One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six // Seven // Eight // Nine // Ten // Eleven

Activewear

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One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six // Seven // Eight

Pajamas/Lingerie

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One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six

Beauty

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One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six // Seven // Eight

Home

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One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six

Kids

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One // Two // Three // Four (I bought Ev this last year & it’s darling!) // Five // Six // Seven // Eight

I’m narrowing down my final selections and can’t wait to place my order! I’ll also be sharing some fit pics and reviews once everything arrives 🙂

Happy shopping!

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