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Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween Friends!!!

The day is finally here and teachers everywhere are ready for that bell to ring so all the excited little (and big) trick or treaters can get to it.

I hope wherever you are the weather cooperates and you have a safe, enjoyable evening.

We will be passing out candy to all the little cuties that come by our house. The tiny ones always get me. 

If you are in need of a last minute pumpkiny treat today check out these recipes.




Happy Haunting!!!

Lisa
XOXO

Friday, October 28, 2016

Friday Favorites - Back Home Edition

Have you ever had what felt like the shortest week in the history of the world?
Well for me, this was that week.

Being out of town for almost two weeks makes me lose track of the days and therefore the weeks as well. I came home Tuesday night from all my visiting and BOOM, the next thing I know it's time for Friday and all my favorite link ups.

Today I'm super excited because the girls over at HF4F (High Five for Friday) are making me their featured blogger today. I'm beyond flattered and thankful to them for allowing me to have such an honor. Be sure you stop by and check out Katie's blog at A Cup of Tea, Tif at Bright on a Budget and Della at Della Devoted.

While you're at it you'll probably want to check out all of these links ups and find some fun things to read about.

               Friday FavoritesFive on Friday / Friday Favorites / oh hey FRIDAY

So now to find out what made my list this week...

ONE

Getting to spend some time with my mom and dad was wonderful! It's so special to go "home" and just enjoy being together and visiting family and friends.

TWO

The What's Up Wednesday link up brought back some really sweet memories of Halloween's past with my kids. It turned into a real walk down memory lane. You can read about it here if you missed it Wednesday.

THREE

This is a terrible quality picture but the lighting was bad in the room. While I was home I got to meet this little doll baby. She belongs to my cousin and his wife. She was born the 4th of July and I believe she's going to be a real "firecracker".

FOUR


I'm a self professed drug store (translated Target) shopper when it comes to hair care but when I was home I got my hair cut by my friend who did it when I lived there. I asked her what I needed to be using and here are the products she recommended. I'm LOVING them and feeling like doing something good for my hair.

Pureology is a multi-tasking hair treatment for use before any of the other products.
Guts is a volume spray that has a slight foam quality.
Iron Shape 11 is for use before the flat iron, but after blow drying.
Satinwear 02 is applied after the Pureology and Guts before blow drying.

FIVE


I also purchased a new flat iron. My hair was getting really fried especially around my face. I asked Jeniffer about it (my friend who cut my hair) and she said sometimes when flat irons are about to go out they'll over heat and do that to the hair.  Honestly this is the first "professional" grade flat iron I've purchased and I'm really liking it. I can tell a difference in the quality and the way it works on my hair.

SIX


I broke out my Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Candle this week. This smell is one of my favorite scents this time of year. I love the glow of a candle and the warmth it adds to a room.

SEVEN


CHOCOLATE!!!
For our anniversary I gave Kent a box of Godiva chocolates. Dark chocolates to be exact. These are in my humble opinion some of the best chocolates in the world.  Did you know you can become a Godiva Rewards member? You sign up online or in a store. After your initial purchase of $10 you are entitled to a free chocolate once a month for a year and then as long as you make another purchase it continues for the next year.  YEP, a FREE chocolate. We usually get a treat when we are out shopping.
#whodoesntlovefreechocolate #wedo

EIGHT


Yesterday I shared how to make these cute and yummy ghost and mummy cookies. They are the perfect treat to take to a party or give to special neighbors or friends.

Are you gearing up for a big pre-Halloween weekend? I'm sure there are lots of parties and excited little trick or treaters. Whatever your weekend holds I hope you enjoy it.

See you back here Monday!

Lisa
XOXO



Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Sweetest Little Ghosts (& Mummies)

A long time ago I started making "ghost" cookies for my kids and Kent at Halloween. 
They were a big hit so they pretty much became a tradition.

This year since we were going to be visiting them during the month of October I decided to make a double batch so they'd have enough to share. As I was making them I remembered seeing "mummy" cookies made the same way, so I did half mummies and half ghosts. 
#superspooky

These cookies are so dag-on cute, but extremely easy at the same time.
#winnerwinnerchickendinner


Here is what you will need.


These are seriously so easy.

Break up the almond bark in pieces and put in a microwave safe bowl. You can do it on the stove top, but I prefer this method.

Begin melting 1 minute on high. Take out a see if you can stir and then return to the microwave checking about every 30 seconds until it is melted and stirable.

While the bark is in the microwave place a large sheet of wax paper out to place the dipped cookies on.


At this point you are going to likely need to restrain yourself from eating this by the spoonful.
#trustme



 I find a fork to be the easiest utensil to use. You can tap it on the side of the bowl to get the excess bark off or gently shake it back and forth which will give you a smoother coating. (that's what I did)



Continue dipping until all the cookies are covered. Allow the "chocolate" to set up, which doesn't take long.


Place black candy melts in a ziploc bag and microwave for 30 seconds. Check to see if they are melted and continue microwaving in 20 second increments until you are able to "mush" them together.

Cut a tiny corner off the plastic bag.

Pipe on eyes and mouth for ghosts and just eyes for mummies.

To make mummies, put melted bark in ziploc bag, cut off small corner and make a ribbon effect back and forth across the cookies. Once the bark is set up you can break off the overhang to clean up the sides.


Could these seriously be any cuter? And when you taste them you will fall in love. The mix of peanut butter cookies and almond bark is sheer heaven.

Here they are all packaged up and ready to travel to Nashville for the kids.

They all fit perfectly in this bag and Kent was in charge of escorting these little guys on the plane.



Here are some of Katie's friends enjoying their spooky treats.


I've seen lots of variations of these on Pinterest. Check out my Cookie board here. You can make snowmen, Santa's, referees, ice cream cones, ladybugs, reindeer or whatever you can think of.

Let me know if you try them and how your family likes them.

Happy Haunting!!!

Lisa
XOXO



Wednesday, October 26, 2016

What's Up Wednesday

Holy October Batman...this month has flown by. I guess that's what happens when you are traveling for half of the month.

I can't believe Halloween is Monday!
#andallthelittlekidsareready

Well the last Wednesday of the month brings with it "What's Up Wednesday" and the chance to find out what's new in blog-land, so let's link up with MelShay and Sheaffer and find out "What's Up"


Here's what you'll find out.


What we're eating this week...

That's a great question. Since I've been out of town for almost two weeks and just got back last night, your guess is as good as mine.
#timetogotothestore #motherhubbardscupboardisbare

Kent told me he almost opened the fridge and took a picture to send me with the caption
"Come home"
hahahahahahaha

What I'm reminiscing about...

Honestly, you'd think after just spending a week at home with my parents that I'd be reminiscing about all sorts of things but I'm really focused on the present. I've got a lot to get done and all I can really think is...the holidays are coming, the holidays are coming.

What I'm loving...

The cooler temps. I'm finally able to wear some my fall clothes, sweaters, and booties...WHICH I LOVE. I took my booties on my trip and I swear I wore them almost every day.


 Of course one of the first times I wore them it rained and the toes got water stained. (as seen above) I wet them a little more with a damp washcloth and then dried them as much as I could with a dry washcloth and was able to blend it into the toe. Now they look like they are slightly burnished and no one is the wiser.

What we've been up to...

I don't think I even have to tell you this one.
#traveling

What I'm dreading...

I both look forward to and dread the holidays at the same time. I have a love/hate relationship with decorating. The remainder of the year is just going to fly by and that makes me both happy and sad. It gives us more opportunities to see the kids and my family, but it also means another year will draw to a close.

What I'm working on...

I've got several projects on my "to do" list from painting a chest of drawers and an armoire to getting Christmas shopping done to thinking about decorating to getting ready for Thanksgiving. I'm all over the place as to what to do first.

What I'm excited about...

THANKSGIVING
Katie and Benny will be here and Katie is bringing at least one friend (Cassie) and maybe another. It's going to be so fun to have a house full of kiddos.

What I'm watching/reading...

I have to confess that I've never read an entire book in one day, until yesterday that is. I had 2 flights to get me back across the country and so I had about 6ish hours of time to read. I had picked up a book before I left Nashville to have while traveling but had barely made a dent in it.


I figured out after I read it that it's the second in a trilogy so of course now I've got to find the first and last and read them too. I liked it. (YAY) There are A LOT of characters written about and it took me a while to get them all straight, but I finally did and once that happened I was able to watch it play out in my mind. This book is all about an extended family and it reminds me slightly of Chesapeake Shores if any of you have been watching it on Hallmark. (if you haven't, you might give it a try...we really like it)

What I'm listening to...

Silence. 
It's early morning and my body clock is on East Coast time but I'm back on the West Coast. It'll take a few days to get back to my normal schedule.

What I'm wearing...


I finally got to wear my new Free People "sweatshirt" I purchased before my trip. It's not really a sweatshirt but it's the perfect weight, soft, comfy, roomy...all good things.

What I'm doing this weekend...

I have absolutely no idea.
HAHAHA

What I'm looking forward to next month...

Having these 2 college kids home for a week and celebrating Thanksgiving with them.

What else is new...

I started using my Lash Boost last night and can't wait to watch my eyelashes get thicker and longer.
#yesplease


Lash Boost launches to the public on November 2nd and it's going to go like hot cakes.
Contact me to get your own and watch your lashes become longer and thicker right before your own eyes.
#whatametaphor


BONUS question 
What is your favorite Halloween/memory/picture...

Oh how I wish the digital age had arrived a little earlier. Most of my photos from when my kids were little were made on film (full disclosure - even when the digital age did arrive, it took me a while to get on board and I continued using my old standard 35mm camera...I don't like change)

Every Halloween when they were little our neighborhood had a pizza party and parade with all the kids in costumes around the neighborhood streets. My friend Cindi and I were in charge of the pizza party for several years. 

When the kids were really little I always made their costumes, but once Benny particularly got into race car drivers and ninjas we bought those. 
#sweetmemories #trickortreat

Benny's 1st Halloween

I told y'all in this post my love for M&M's runs deep. Benny's first Halloween costume (I made) was a blue M&M.

 Cutest little Pooh (made by me)

And I just love this one where he's trying his hardest to reach the doorbell
#alltheheartsplease

ARGHHHH!!! and little sister is now Pooh
#moreheartsplease

Power Ranger and bunny
#everybodysayawwww

 Benny has always LOVED having his picture made...NOT!!!


 This clown costume was mine when I was a kid. My mom made it and saved it. Now I have it and maybe someday my grandchild will wear it.

 The Hannah Montana wig has come in really handy for Halloween quite a few times.


Well that just turned into a fun little walk down memory lane. Don't you just love the precious little ones that come to your door dressed up? We sure do and I can't wait to have grand-babies to build new Halloween memories with...BUT NOT YET ;)
#graduatecollegeandgetmarriedfirstPLEASE

What's up with you this month? Shout it out in the comments.

Happy Wednesday friends!!!
Lisa
XOXO


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