6 In Nesting


Nesting - fall scene woman standing in front of red truck with mums and pumpkins at Tiashoke Farm in Upstate New York

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Nesting on this rainy October Sunday.

It has been a busy few weeks between our older son’s 7th birthday, school functions and all the Halloween things.

Rick and I always swore we would never let the kids have video games. Well for lucky number 7, we gifted our oldest a PlayStation 5. To see the expression on his face and the tears of joy when he opened it was totally worth it. Throughout the week, I found myself sitting down on the couch with him playing Madden and The Show. I enjoyed getting a friendly competition going and spending time with my son and sharing his love of sports. I learned a very important lesson this week. It doesn’t always have to be all or nothing. I am like this with alot of things in life. Either being super strict with my eating or bingeing, really trying to save money or spending frivolously. Things don’t always have to be one extreme or the other. We can set healthy boundaries and enjoy our guilty pleasures. So my inspiration to you this week is to incorporate a healthy balance!

We had a Halloween party last night and the kids had a blast. But I think Rick and I had more fun. Clearly I am rooting for Team Swelce and am going to be devastated if this doesn’t end all too well.

Linking our costume deets here if you’re looking for an easy couples costume.

Halloween costume idea for couples - Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce in Kansas City Chiefs shirts

Do you have a good fall nail color? Mine for years has been OPI Lincoln Park After Dark.

Here’s what’s been happening lately on the blog:

Earlier this week the ladies from The Cozy Creative Collaborative and I got together for this month’s share which was all about pumpkins. I shared these delicious pumpkin magic bars. Click here for the recipe.

Plus check out some other fabulous pumpkin ideas like a pumpkin sugar scrub, and a gorgeous pumpkin centerpiece. Click here to see it all.

The best pumpkin magic bars cut up on cutting board with pumpkins and decorative lantern

If you’re looking for a fun way to booze your friends, I’ve got the perfect free printable and easy DIY. Click here for the printable.

Now Drink Up Witches!

Drink Up Witches, You've Been Boozed printable on bottle of wine with witch hat for Halloween.

And a drum roll please…

Amazon Gift Guides are here!!! Click here to see them all! There’s gift ideas for EVERYONE!

What I’m Watching

If you’re looking for a suspenseful series, may I suggest Fall of The House Of Usher (currently on Netflix)? Soooo good especially if you’re a fan of Mike Flanagan’s other works like The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor.

I need to catch up on The Golden Bachelor and also Real Housewives of New York City.

What I’m Reading

I just started The Only One Left by Riley Sager. He’s one of my favorite thriller authors.

I’ve got more fall book recommendations here.


Here are some of my favorite things I found on the internet throughout the week:

5 Things Taylor is Teaching Us About Our 30’s

These faboolous ghost napkins for your Halloween table.

How to Make Ghost Napkins for Halloween - Midwest Life and Style Blog


How gorgeous is this Cinderella Pumpkin bundt cake from my friend Wendy? Linking her recipe here.

An image of a pumpkin-shaped cake with a natural stem sitting on a cake plate with fall leaves surrounding the plate.

75 pumpkin carving ideas to give you inspiration.

DIY a Glow in The Dark Candy Bucket for your Trick or Treaters. Love this idea from Coco at The Crowned Goat.

Glow in the Dark Halloween Candy Bucket with Orange Bow and Glow in the Dark Bugs-The Crowned Goat

And stay tuned this upcoming week I’ll be sharing easy last minute Halloween ideas and recipes for Souptober!!!

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  • Reply
    Laura @ Our Grand Lives
    October 23, 2023 at 7:53 am

    I ❤️ your Halloween costumes! My grown daughters and I are all Team Swelce, too, and can’t get enough! Love that ghost napkin idea, too! That would be fun and easy to add to any Halloween tablescape!

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    Anne Sweet
    October 23, 2023 at 2:25 pm

    I love the costumes and the bundt cake. The pumpkin magic bars looks really yummy. I think I’m a bit too much of a scaredy cat to watch Fall of the House of Usher. The preview had me a little confused, It didn’t look anything like The haunting of Hill House.

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    October 23, 2023 at 4:08 pm

    Aw, I have fond memories of playing video games with my boys too and yes, I completely agree so many things in this life are not all or nothing and a bit of balance works much better.

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    October 24, 2023 at 11:19 am

    You guys look amazing, Nicolle! I love that you go all out for Halloween and the holidays. My parents do too and the littles totally lose it in the best possible way when they see everyone dressed up. Several years ago, Jon Acuff told our mastermind group to “Care about the things your people care about” and it was in reference to building better friendships, and family/partner relationships. I always try to remember that when it comes to the littles because I know things like video games, sports, concerts and time spent being silly are so important to them even if I have to google “what is Roblox” to better understand what they are excited about, it’s worth it in the long run to help them make extra special memories! Anyway, thanks for sharing my Halloween bucket I really appreciate it. Hugs, CoCo

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    October 26, 2023 at 8:30 am

    We have found that the Nintendo Switch has been a good bonding experience for the boys: with a 3 to 4 years difference between all of them, it is something that they enjoy playing together. And us parents like a friendly Jeopardy or other game competition with them too.

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    Paula Short
    October 26, 2023 at 9:24 am

    Nicolle, what a fun week. Happy belated Birthday to your son. Back when my girls were little it was all about the Wii. And indeed we had fun.
    Visiting today from Sunday Sunshine #11&12

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