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Halloween

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Happy Saturday!  More importantly, Happy October! This is my favorite time of year, and not because Bath and Body Works has the best fall candles. It's because my favorite holiday lies in this month. If you follow me on social media you probably already know it's HALLOWEEN!!!
I'm the crazy neighbor who starts decorating in mid-September.  From the bathroom to kitchen and the hallway, my whole life turns into a big Halloween show!
I thought I would share some Halloween joy in  hopes of inspiring others to take part in my favorite holiday. 
 This picture was taken last year.
I have to tell you that I actually considered making this our Christmas card last year. I got extremely creative and decided to sew my own costume, and I loved the way it came out!
 There is no such thing as too many decorations!
 How cute are these bowls?! Found them in the Target $1 section.


Halloween cups (click)



Dinner Party on a Budget

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Happy Tuesday! Once again it's been a crazy week, but as moms we just have to power through it.  Since my mom's birthday is coming up, I thought it would be ideal to throw a small dinner party.  These are my go-to tips on throwing an over-the-top dinner party on a budget.

Flowers are everything. A floral arrangement can take a simple table and make it into something amazing.  Now we all know flowers can get pretty expensive, so my key to fixing that is fake it till you make it, or at least partially fake it.  When I make my arrangements I normally buy inexpensive yet strong scented  flowers.  Why? Because sometimes faux flowers have a plastic smell.  Since more than half of our arrangement is faux, you would want something like lilies that will over power that plastic smell. 




When it comes to fine china I have mixed feelings. When I moved into my house I purchased 6 full sets of Lenox dinnerware with a silver trim. Love them, but not for a dinner party. As we speak they are beautifully …

Trinity's 7th Birthday (On a Budget)

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Happy Tuesday!  First, I would like to send prayers out to everyone who has been affected by Hurricane Harvey. 
This past weekend was Trinity's 7th birthday. Just like any other time, I made sure I planned a budget for her party. 
The #1 thing when planning any kind of party is TIME. For myself I normally start planning her party in late June / early July.
HOW TO PLAN  The first thing was figuring out what kind of party she wanted. This year she was all about a superhero pizza party. So after some research, I found a local pizza place that offered a make-your-own-pizza party. My goal is to send invitations out a month in advance, so after we made our invite list I got started on the invitation design. When it comes to invitations, I like to get creative and make invites that correspond with the party. 

First I ordered plain white pizza boxes.  On my computer I made the labels, party information, and I googled a picture of a pizza.  I used a glue stick to glue everything on the box.  For th…

The Organized Kid

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Happy Monday everyone! School is back in session for most kids which means.... Time to get your kids off their summer schedule and on that early morning school schedule. 
I'm a big believer in giving kids responsibilities such as chores around the house. I promise parents this will help them / you in the long run. About a year ago I came up with an idea to help Trinity remember her daily to do's around the house. 
All you need is a hanging jewelry organizer, 2 different color index cards, and a pack of post-it. (I covered everything in contact paper, but this is optional)


Trinity is a visual person just like me. If we see it more than once we'll remember to do it. From experience, it's better to have a list they can look at rather than being reminded 30 times a day - which can feel more like nagging.


I keep everything in order so it's easy for her and myself to follow. On school mornings she wakes up and gets herself ready. After she's finished in the bathroom she norma…