Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Happy Halloween! Our Costumes inspired by our favorite movies! {#StreamTeam}

Thank you to Netflix for sponsoring this post! 
Happy Halloween!  Just wanted to show off the kids costumes this year.  They are all store bought (I know bad craft blogger), sometimes you gotta know when fold 'em!  

All the kids costumes are inspired by thier favorite movies or shows.  We have Netflix and LOVE it for the family!  I love that I can set the kids "station" to kids only shows.  They have a couple different kids setting depending on how old your kids are. 

Our oldest son is 6, and is totally into the Spy Kids movies. All of the kids are actually.  I know this costume is really supposed to be a solder of some sort, but he totally thinks it for a spy kid so it works! 

Our daughter is a Butterfly Fairy Princess.  Inspired by the Tinker Bell movies. These are also a huge hit will all the kids.  

And the Baby is a puppy dog.  He loves dogs in real life and on TV.  With Clifford and Hundly (from Curious George) being some of his favorites. 

So, what are you (or your kids) being for Halloween?

*Disclosure: I am part of the Netflix Stream team.  However all opinions are 100% honest! 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Tissue Paper Pumpkins {Tutorial}

I am here with another super easy Halloween Decor!  You might notice that we don't do scary around here.  I am just not into it, but we are still very festive!  I love fall colors and pumpkins that that is what we decorate with! These Tissue Paper Pumpkins are super easy and add such a big bang! 

Here is what you will need:
1. I got the kit from Martha Stewart (available at Michael's) but you totally can make this with orange and green tissue paper!  You need 2 pieces of green paper and 10 pieces of orange.
2. Stack you tissue paper with both pieces of green paper on the top.
3. Accordion fold about 1.5 inch wide folds.  Wrap a wire or tie a string around the middle
4. If you want you can cut the ends to be rounded.  I would do this after you folded it.
5. pull up the green tissue first. and bunch them together to make the steam.  try and pull the green tissue paper up to the center to make it as tall as possible. 
6. Fluff out the orange tissue paper but pulling up to the top and the bottom to make the pumpkin shape. 
7. Tie a string to the wire and hang from your ceiling. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Easy Shabby-Chic Pumpkin Lights Garland

I am teaming up with QVC to make this cute halloween decor! 
Need super easy and cute Halloween decor?  You have come to the right place! 
Here is what you need to do: 

1. Gather supplies: Pumpkin Lights Strand, Fabric scrapes or fat-quarters in fall colors.
2. Rip your fabric into 1.5 inch strips
3. I find it is easier to hang the fabric on the light strand if they are hanging up.  Fold your strips in half and make a loop over the strand.
4. Pull both ends through the loop to "knot" it onto the light strand.
5. Repeat and repeat making a pattern across the light strand.  I put 2 fabric strips in-between the lights. If you want a fuller look you can put more. 

It also looks great for Christmas!

Need some more Holiday decor ideas?  Check out Your Home with Jill:
QVC’s Jill Bauer hosts the network’s popular show, You’re Home with Jill® and provides fans with simple solutions for their busy lives through innovative products, a library of stress-free DIY projects, and crowd-pleasing recipes. Fans can connect with Jill on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram @jillbauerqvc.

**Disclosure: I was provided with the Pumpkin light strand for free, however all my project ideas are mine and my opinions are 100% honest. **

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Frosty4Adoption - a win/win!

 One look at our family and you know that adoption is near and dear to our hearts.  Finding Forever Families for children is something I pray for regularly.  Both Jeannine and I have adopted kids into our families (Me through international adoption and Jeannine through foster care).  You can read about my family's adoption story here and Jeannine's family's adoption story here.

I love that our family was formed with adoption and I am so proud of my children!  

So, needless to say it was really easy for me to get behind Wendy’s® #Frosty4Adoption Coupon books!  I mean you pay $1 and get a coupon book full of FREE Jr. Frosty coupons!   Ninety cents of every $1 Halloween Coupon Book sold between September 13 – October 31, 2014 will benefit the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption®. Coupons are valid for use: November 1, 2014 through February 1, 2015.  It's a total win-win!  You get donate to a great cause and you also get free Jr. Frosty coupons too!  

Did you know that Dave Thomas (Founder of Wendy’s® ) was adopted himself!  It is why he has such a passion for it and created The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption®

  • The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption® believes that we have a responsibility to be the voice of foster care adoption, so that every child finds a family. As founder Dave Thomas said, “These children are not someone else’s responsibility. They are our responsibility.” The DTFA exist to find homes for children who are waiting to be adopted from foster care in North America.

  • I love  Wendy’s® - my favorite is the baked potatoes!   Yum!  So it was easy for me to go through the drive thru, pick up a loaded backed potato and get a coupon book too.  

  • Did you know that there are more than 100,000 children in foster care awaiting adoption?  It is easy to get behind this cause!  And for just $1 you can help! 

    • Visit your local Wendy’s® to purchase a Jr. Frosty™ Halloween Coupon Book* for $1, which benefits theDave Thomas Foundation for Adoption)®!
      *Coupon book may contain coupons for 5 or 10 free Jr. Frosty™ treats. Prices and participation may vary. Ninety cents to every $1 coupon booklet sold between 9/15/14 and 10/31/14 will benefit the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption®. Coupons valid from 11/1/14 through 2/1/15. ©2014 Oldemark LLC

    I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014

    Halloween Garland that is so easy it's SCARY!

    I am so excited to be joining a bunch of other fun bloggers in the FREE Printable Halloween fun! 
    I created a Halloween garland that is so easy, even your kids can join in on the fun of making it!

    1. Print off the FREE Halloween Printables by Jen Goode, and grab some crayons.
    2. Color the pendents to look like candy corn or pumpkins or what ever halloween thing you like!  We keep it as non-scary around here!
    3. Punch holes in the corners and pull some baker's twine/yarn through. 

    The kids loved helping! Even the baby got into it! And since you can print off as many as you want every room in the house can get decorated! 
    Such an easy way add some Halloween fun! 

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