Friday, October 29, 2010

Decorating Halloween Cookies

Our final Halloween project....I hope everyone has a spooky spectacular Halloween!!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Halloween Costumes

 I made my kids costumes last year and spent 10.00 total by making them myself--.....because of our recent move, I was convinced that I would have to break down and buy costumes this year.........
but, I found time to make them YAY....and the best part is that I used scrap fabric and embellishments that I already had!...Which gave me a grand total of zero dollars and zero cents woo hoo---that just gives me more money to decorate our new casa!
OK, so this year we used the PB kids donut costume as inspiration and this is what I created--my daughter is soo happy! I just had to have my son dress up as a cop in a donut shop for the pics hee hee--even though he made me promise to tell everyone that he is NOT going to be a police officer....he actually decided he wanted to be a shark (his costume from a couple of years ago)......

Here is a pic of their costumes last year.....I can not believe how much my little cup cake and hamburger have grown in a year!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Carmel Apples

We have not done the carmel apple thing in a couple of years.........I think I may need to break down and gather all of the ingredients----they are so fun and OH sooo yum!!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Cinderella's Carriage

We decided to decorate a special pumpkin for my daughter........I am going away on a girls trip and will not be home for Halloween and my son is flying up to visit friends from our old neighborhood on my little princess will be home alone having fun with Daddy!
We decided to make Cinderella's carriage out of a 'Fairy Tale' pumpkin! We collected trinkets from all over the house and used a glue gun to attach them--the scary thing is---I did not have to buy a single item for this project.........the craft supplies are endless in this house!
We used the Topsy Turvy Cinderella doll to accompany our fancy fairy tale pumpkin........Happy pumpkin decorating everyone!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Jimmy Buffet Inspired Birthday Celebration

We had a family birthday celebration for my husband over the weekend--we just moved into a new house so this was our first big get together! Our new backyard has tropical landscaping and my husband is a huge Jimmy Buffet fan (he is actually at a Jimmy Buffet concert as I write this post!) we thought it would be fun to host a Jimmy Buffet inspired BBQ!

Going with our Jimmy Buffet theme...we decided to have 'cheese burgers in paradise'. I got my husband a new grill for his birthday and he was excited to break it in!
I made a tropical veggie tray and a fruit arrangement to have with our 'cheeseburgers in paradise'.

We had a few 'boat drinks'.......

I made pillows out of my husband's old Hawaiian shirts to use as decor on the backyard furniture.

I also used Hawaiian shirts to decorate the fence and we used Hawaiian shirt cloth napkins.....
and of course we had a few margaritas in 'Margaritaville'!

My son dressed up as a 'cheeseburger in paradise' for the party he made a great mascot and he also took this close up of the hibiscus behind him in the photo.
Everyone had a great time and we look forward to many more parties in our little backyard paradise!

Mini Ghost Cupcakes

Well here I am making Halloween cupcakes with the kids when I should be at the gym! I am leaving for vacation in a little over a week and I need to be bikini ready....oh well, they are mini cupcakes so they do not count right? hee hee
I love all of the holiday Peeps ...these ghost Peeps are too cute and they made our cupcakes look extra SPOOKY!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Poolside Lunch

I had a couple of girl friends over for lunch today........ we had a great time eating, drinking and enjoying the gorgeous weather. It is so great to be settled in and finally start enjoying our new home!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Haunted House

We love decorating the holiday ginger houses....we do them for ALL of the holidays. The kids spend so much time designing their house---such a great rainy day activity. I try to buy them on sale at the end of the season and save them--especially because we do not eat them!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


I love my donut maker!....There is a similar model out that makes mini cupcakes--so fun. I love that we can bake and not heat up the whole it allows me to control the ingredients and make a more healthy/not fried version of the donut....I enjoy baking my own treats....I am really tricky and choose whole wheat flour and sneak in flax seed....see donuts do not have to be too 'scary' to eat!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Halloween Carnival

Every year we have a Halloween carnival in our backyard! These photos were taken at our party last year--we recently moved and I am not sure if we will be able to do it this year......I use a variety of games that I have collected over the years from previous parties and add a Fall/Halloween spin to them! Fun is had by all at our Halloween Carnival!!
My son performed and shared 'magic tricks' with all of the kids at the party!

Tin can alley...the kids love this game--!

We had a tiki toss game where the kids tossed little foam skulls through the tiki's mouth....and a pumpkin toss through the farm....I had little pumpkin erasers and pumpkin bubbles as prizes.
The kids won blood shot eye lolli pops and gum balls for the bulls-eye game!

face painting.....

I used this calendar as a game too....the kids picked a number and found their prize!

and yummy spooky treats!


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