A Fun Indoor Play Idea For Winter Break

A Fun Indoor Play Idea For Winter Break

My kids absolutely love camping. They have the time of their lives when we go and they constantly talk about being so excited for summer to go camping again. A few weeks back on a day home from school, Evan started complaining about being bored and wanted to do something “special.” He found our camping lantern and was playing with it – and I had the idea to turn our living room into a campsite for the day! I set up his teepee with his nap mat, all of his stuffed animal friends, some dishes and cookware, and his lantern with flashlights – and he had the absolute best time playing camping! We even had a special camping dinner (hot dogs of course!). And when evening rolled around I also got out my s’mores maker and a star projector to make it feel like we were out under the stars. I turned on the fire so he could have a real campfire too. This turned into days of fun and will be a great way to keep my kiddos entertained during cold winter days!


This would also make a really fun Christmas gift! Here is everything you need to create a fun indoor campsite…


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Teepee – This is a really great price for a classic striped teepee

Nap mat – This comes in a lot of print options, and would also be great for on the go with littles who still nap!

Lantern – Looks just like the grown-up version

Star projector – Having a room full of stars makes it feel almost like the real thing

Camp Accessory Set – This set has everything including a pretend campfire

Smores maker – We use our s’mores maker fairly often, and is fun for playdates or just a special treat


Our Favorite Family Christmas Pajamas

img_8836My Pajamas | My Beanie | Boy’s Pajamas

One of our favorite family Christmas traditions is matching family pajamas! Every Christmas Eve before we go to bed, we all gather under the tree to open one present – which of course we all know is our matching Christmas pajamas. We wear them to bed, and then we all match in the morning while we open presents. It is something our entire family looks forward to every year!

In addition to our special Christmas Eve set, I typically do a few more matching sets for the boys – one for photos with Santa, and another under the tree to open Christmas Day. Sometimes I can’t help myself and we even end up with one more set for the family to coordinate leading up to Christmas (what can I say…we love pjs!). That said – clearly we aren’t the only ones because I have found that family pajamas frequently start selling out in November, so I definitely recommend snagging them sooner rather than later. Here’s a peek at some of the pajamas we’ve worn over the years…as well as some others that I’m loving this season!

Plaid Pajamas

My Pajama Bottoms | My Pajama Top | Beanie | Slippers | Boys Pajama Bottoms | Boys Pajama Tops

Plaid Pajamas (Burts Bees – print no longer available. Here are Stripe or Fairisle options)

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetPlaid Family Pajamas (No longer available – similar)

Striped Pajamas

img_8870Pajamas (This Season’s Print)


And a few more this season that I’m loving…

White Tartan PJsTree Print PJs | Red Fairisle PJsHoliday Car PJsRed Plaid PJsChristmas Light PJsSignature

Countdown To Halloween

My Costume | Booties | Cole’s Costume | Handcuffs | Evan’s Costume

This past week we’ve been trying to have all the Halloween fun we can possibly have! Over the weekend we attended the Old Idaho Penitentiary’s annual “Frightened Felons” night which was an absolute blast! We got dressed up in our SWAT and prisoner costumes and spent a spooky evening going through the haunted house, listening to ghost stories, playing games, drinking cocoa, and touring the old buildings. They had these super cool projections up showing pictures of actual prisoners there from years ago and the dark grounds were so spooky at night! There was a paranormal team there which was really interesting and you could also take a self guided tour. The old execution room was especially creepy to see at night (and they even added a dummy for dramatic effect). This was one of the coolest Boise events we’ve done and I can’t wait to go back next year!

We also spent an afternoon biking around town and looking at Halloween decorations. There was a house we came across that was absolutely incredible – they totally nailed it! The animatronics all talked and the Zombie especially was just so good.

On Sunday it was time to check a few must do traditions off our list…make Halloween sugar cookies and carve our pumpkins! We always make a fun day out of it by watching a Halloween movie marathon during the day while we bake and decorate cookies – and in the evening we turn on Halloween music while we carve!

Over the weekend we got “Booed” and “Booed” our neighbors as well which is such a fun tradition! Both of our neighbors on either side of us no longer have littles at home, so we put together “adult” Boo Baskets with some Trader Joe’s goodies and mini pumpkins (these would be cute hostess gifts for Thanksgiving!).

This week has been super busy with not only getting ready for our own Halloween activities, but also prepping for Halloween class parties at the boys’ schools! This morning I helped out with Evan’s party and threw together this quick bandit costume. This would make a great last minute costume that you can pretty much throw together with things you already own!

Shirt (Uniqlo – similar) | Jeans | Boots | Gloves (similar) | Beanie | Similar Mask and Money Bag

Tomorrow is Cole’s class party and I volunteered to put the entire party together. For Cole’s party I pulled together some inspiration online and created a little board of ideas! I’m also planning a few activities and put together some simple little goodie bags for the kids to take home.

Cupcakes | Punch | Jello Brain (Mold) | Skeleton Meat & Cheese Platter

Goodie Bags | Similar Note Pads | Similar Pens | Similar Halloween PopsVampire Teeth | Glow Sticks

This year for Halloween we are going to be…Zombies! Cole decided last year that’s what he wanted to do this year, so we are making it happen for him. We did a trial run of our Halloween makeup looks this week so here’s a little sneak peek of our Zombie looks. (I plan on going a bit heavier with makeup for the big night but just wanted to get an idea of what I wanted.)

My makeup totally freaked the kids out so I think I accomplished my goal! And if you need a last minute costume for tomorrow, this is totally achievable.

What I used to create our Zombie look…

Foundation | Red, Taupe, Brown, & Black Eyeshadows | Liquid Latex | Gel Blood | Zombie Blood | Hairspray

For the makeup I applied foundation for a smooth base (& applied to lips as well) and then contoured our faces (where I would normally contour) and around our eyes with the eyeshadows starting with red and working my way up to black. For wounds on Cole I applied gel blood and added more in the center to make it darker and add dimension. On myself I created a large wound with layering liquid latex with pieces of tissue paper (there’s lots of tutorials online!), and then made it look more natural by applying foundation & shadow to the tissue. I tore open the center of the tissue & layered black gel eyeliner, gel blood, and zombie blood in and around the edge of the wound. Then I dribbled zombie blood all the way from the wound down my neck. The whole look is actually surprisingly simple and quick for a pretty big impact! I’m also going to tease and spray our hair to look pretty wild.

For our zombie clothes, I went to Goodwill and bought items in all neutral colors (browns, grays, blacks) and then I shredded them a bit with a serrated knife. To make them look dirty I filled a few spray bottles with fabric dye mixed with water (I did one green & one brown) and randomly sprayed & smeared on the clothes and then let them dry. (Make sure to wear gloves for this) Once dry I added random sprays and smears of fake blood.

Wishing you a safe and fun Halloween!


Life Lately

We’ve hit peak foliage time here in Idaho, and it is really so incredibly beautiful right now that I am doing all I can to soak it up. Evan and I had to go run errands the other day and we made a detour to take a quick walk in the park.

My Sweater | Blazer | JeansShoes | Bag | Sunglasses | Earrings (Celine – similar)  ||  Evan’s Shirt (old – similar) | Pants | Jacket | Shoes

The other night I had an unofficial girls night out with a meeting for Cole’s school art auction committee. Yes it was technically work, but we made a little time for some drinks and fun chit chat!

Tee (similar) | Jacket (Zara, old – similar) | Jeans | Booties | Bag

We also attended Cole’s school’s annual “Boo Bash” which is a fall carnival where the kids get to wear costumes, have dinner, and play some fun games. For the evening’s grand finale, the teachers put together a choreographed 80s dance routine which was pretty dang awesome! Evan had picked out this costume awhile back to wear to his school Halloween party, so Cole thought it would be fun to go as a team and be Evan’s prisoner for the night.

My Sweater (J Crew, old – similar) | Jeans | Belt | Shoes (J Crew, old – similar) | Bag  ||  Cole’s Costume | Handcuffs  ||  Evan’s Costume

We had a three day weekend last weekend which was much needed. We’ve not had a ton of rest time since school started, and that extra day off was so nice. As I shared in a previous post, we spent a day out at the local pumpkin patch which was a ton of fun.

My Sweater | Jacket | Scarf | Jeans | Boots  ||  Cole’s Shirt | Jeans | Similar Shoes  ||  Evan’s Shirt | Jeans | Shoes

We had an absolute crazy storm last Saturday which did quite a fair amount of damage here in the valley. We were lucky to not be too affected in our neighborhood, but there were lots of downed trees and power lines, as well as property damage. With the unpredictable weather we decided to play it safe and skip soccer, and instead went out to breakfast. I ended up taking the kids to IHOP for their Addam’s Family breakfast specials, and then we picked up one of Cole’s friends and went to go watch the movie at the theater! It was a really cute movie and the kids enjoyed it.

My stormy weather look for the movies…My Sweater (old – similar) | Leggings | Coat (Burberry, old – similar) | Boots (Sperry – similar) | Bag

Wednesday I got to go on a field trip with Cole to one of my favorite places here in Boise – the MK Nature Center! We learned a ton and I love getting to share these experiences with Cole and get to know his friends and classmates a little better.

It has become an annual tradition to snap a few fall photos of the boys, and the other day we took a few minutes to take some pictures. Here’s a few of my favorites!

Cole’s Shirt | Jeans | Similar Shoes  ||  Evan’s Shirt | Jeans | Shoes

This week we have parent teacher conferences, which for the kids means a four day weekend! We are enjoying the break so far with a trip to the orchard to pick apples yesterday, and looking forward to some more fun fall and Halloween activities this weekend.

Happy Friday!Signature

Halloween At Home

This past weekend my kiddos had a three day weekend which we filled with lots of fun activities and time with friends. By Sunday we were all pretty tired, so I thought it would be fun to have a low key Halloween activity day at home. We ate a themed lunch, made some fun crafts, and watched a not too spooky movie.

Plates // Napkins // Cups // Spoons // Halloween Shaped Pasta // Leaf Shaped Tortilla Chips // Fall Harvest SalsaSimilar Halloween crafts here & hereJack o Lantern Shirts (similar herehere and here)


Cookie Haunted Houses


Fall At The Farmstead

Fall At The Farmstead

My Sweater (J Crew, old – similar) // Jacket // Scarf // Jeans // Boots  —  Cole’s Shirt // Jeans // Shoes (similar)  —  Evan’s Shirt // Jeans // Shoes

One of our favorite annual fall traditions is to spend an afternoon at the pumpkin patch. Our favorite place to go here in the Boise area is The Farmstead – and we were doubly excited to go this year to check out their new location that they just moved to this year. While the location is new, most of our favorite activities at the Farmstead have remained the same. There is nothing like spending a crisp fall day on the farm drinking hot cider and cocoa, shooting apples, sliding down the potato sack slide, getting lost in the corn maze, going for tractor rides, and of course picking out our pumpkins.



Life Lately

Life Lately

My Sweater // Jeans // Booties // Bag // Sunglasses — Cole’s Tee // Jeans // Shoes — Evan’s Tee (Gymboree, old – similar) // Jeans // Shoes

Fall is officially here and I’ve made it my mission to check off all of our fall bucket list activities! In between our typical routine of school, extracurriculars and lots and lots of birthday parties, we we’ve finally been able to start having some fall fun. Last weekend Cole went to another friend’s birthday party, but after we were able to squeeze in one of our favorite fall activities – the fall festival at the Idaho Botanical Garden. This is such a fun annual event with live music, food trucks, and fun crafts/activities for the kids.

This past week was bitterly cold here in Boise! We had record low temperatures and woke up to 20 degree temps a few mornings. It has definitely served as a reminder to us to get outside and enjoy the mild temps while it lasts, because those colder temps will be here to stay awhile before long! We’ve taken several walks and bike rides to the park to play in the leaves.

My Sweater (Nordstrom, old – similar here and here) // Jeans // Boots (Sperry, old – similar) // Sunglasses // Bag  —  Evan’s Tee (similar) // Joggers // Shoes

Evan also attended a sweet little birthday party for one of his school friends at the Nature Center. They had a scavenger hunt and it was so cute! Cole ended up tagging along and even had fun participating in the hunt. The nature center is one of my favorite places to visit in the fall too.

My Sweater // Jeans // Boots // Jacket // Bag // Sunglasses — Cole’s Vest // Shirt // Jeans — Evan’s Shirt // Jeans // Shoes

One of my fall bucket list activities this year was to actually attend a football game – we never miss our Boise State Broncos on TV but haven’t been to watch them in a few years. This past weekend we went to watch them take on Hawaii at our homecoming game! It was not only a great game (and win!) but it was a record attendance crowd just shy of 37,000 people which made it even more fun. I bought this bright orange, balloon sleeve sweater specifically for the game – but it will actually be cute to wear for upcoming Halloween festivities too!

My Sweater // Jeans // Boots (Marc Fisher, old – similar) // Coat // Lipstick (Lady Danger) — Cole’s Jacket // Beanie

The game ran super late and we didn’t even get home until after midnight, and we are all still pretty tired today. We have no school this coming Friday and we are all looking so forward to this upcoming 3 day weekend! Hope you are having a great Monday!Signature