What a week! And it’s only going to get crazier! Is everyone ready for the Halloween madness that is about to ensue? We have several parties on the weekend’s agenda. YEA. One I have to bake something for. BOO. I’m quite sure a good time will be had by all. Despite the baking. But before it’s time to costume up, here are a few things I’ve been wearing lately.
First I’m sharing some of the purses I’ve been using this Fall. I never spend a crazy amount of money on purses because I like to mix it up and use a different one about every other week. A lot of times I’ll use the same one for a few weeks during the day, but switch purses when we go out at night on the weekend. Here are a few of my recent favorites…
This purse used to belong to my sister. But then I saw it and fell in LOVE with it. Isn’t it fabulous with that orange lining and green zipper and stitching!? My sister agreed it was way more of an Erin purse than a Carly purse. So after she used it for a few months, she mailed it to me. That was several years ago and I’ve used it every Fall ever since! It’s too small for every day, but I use it a lot when I go out.
Speaking of scoop necks, I wore this simple grey scoop neck top this week. Bought it last year at Express? Maybe Limited. One of the two.
Another simple sweater. I like the button on the neck. This one is from Banana Republic. Funny. When Car and I were in New York we walked in a Banana Republic and both said at the same time “ahh…feels like home!” We love that store.
But I did love the color and I did love the lining so I bought it in an attempt to branch out from my clothes comfort zone! And because my sister can be extremely persuasive when she wants to be.
I can’t believe Halloween is here in less than a week! Soon it will be time for Christmas!! YEA!! Sorry. I know. I’m totally one of those annoying people who bypass Thanksgiving and leap to Christmas the second November 1st arrives. I know some people get annoyed when stores start putting Christmas stuff up in August but I’m not one of them! I say BRING. IT. ON. I can’t help it! December is too much fun! But even though I’m ready to deck the halls and trim the tree, my kids are pretty pumped for Halloween. We are having fun around here doing a few things that have become October traditions in our house so I thought I’d share them with you!
First up – our spooky spiders. My girls and I love blow pop suckers so this is a fun little treat we like to make. Very simple. You just need suckers, googly eyes, and pipe cleaners. You can find the full directions here.
Our neighborhood has such a fun tradition of doing the “BOO GHOST” each October. We just got “boo’d” last week. When you get “boo’d” you receive Halloween treats and a picture of a ghost along with a note on your doorstep. Here is what the note says in case any of you want to start this in your neighborhood (probably next year since I didn’t have my act together soon enough to share this before the last week of October).
I started a little tradition of buying my girls a fun Halloween Activity Book from Barnes and Noble each year. I didn’t mean for it to be a tradition. I bought them Halloween Activity books a few years ago and they loved them so much that now I do it each year. Just a fun little Halloween book to color when they are waiting for daddy to get home or taking a break from homework. This year I bought them each a Halloween My Little Pony workbook.
They came with stickers and have been a huge hit! We have pictures like this one all over the house. Some may prefer skulls and werewolves. We prefer pumpkins and ponies. :)
I made this fun little treat for my girls one year and now they beg for it every October. I just tossed some of their favorite snacks together – popcorn, pretzels, fishy crackers, m&m’s and of course candy corns! I mixed it all up in our favorite pumpkin bowl and wa-la! A Halloween treat that is perfect to munch on while watching your favorite spooky shows. And since I’m sharing our favorite Halloween books, I’ll also tell you our favorite Halloween movie. It’s called The Teacher from the Black Lagoon… and More Slightly Scary Stories (Scholastic Video Collection) and it’s a good one! I would recommend this for 5 year olds and up (not toddlers). Very spooky tales. The last story seriously scares me more than my girls. Not that that’s saying much.
Cheesecake Factory! Located right next to THE CONTAINER STORE! (What was that? — angels singing in the background?…I know I wasn’t the only one who heard them…) I told my cute friend Darci we would have to get sitters earlier or eat fast so we would have time to shop after dinner. I can’t be that close to this beloved store and not pop in! Lucky for me there was a 50 minute wait for dinner. 50 minutes? Hmmm… I knew just how we could spend our time!
And what did our husbands do while we shopped? They had a delightful time catching up. Just look at Kenny. Patiently waiting and visiting while holding my camera bag and future purchases. Now that is a good man! Our husbands had so much fun visiting that the time just flew by. Darci and I decided this is how we are going to do all of our Christmas shopping. The men can come along and keep each other company and hold our stuff while we tear it up. Win win for everyone!
Aside from the obvious location of being next door to my favorite store, this is reason #2 I needed to head to Cheesecake Factory. Their pumpkin cheesecake. Is your mouth watering yet? It’s seasonal so you can only get it for a couple of months. And it is HEAVENLY. It’s an October tradition to eat our pumpkin cheesecake at Cheesecake Factory. Talk about a perfect date night. And a great end to what started out as a not so great day.