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Halloween is one of our favorite times of year! This year, we are keeping the festivities going with some fun new ideas and I still plan on eating REESE’s peanut butter cups all October long. One of the things we plan to do this year is “Boo’ing” our friends and neighbors. This is a fun and easy activity that will surely become a tradition.
Little unsuspected surprises have become even sweeter these days. I love this idea of surprising your friends and neighbors. Basically, the idea is you leave a little bag or bucket of Halloween treats on their doorstep and encourage them to do the same to some of their friends. Walmart makes it easy to get all of your supplies in one place!
Below, I’m sharing how to create your own “Boo” buckets to “Boo” all of your friends and help spread the tricks and treats.
You will need:
Paper (for your “Boo” tags – you can download below)
1.) Stock up on all of your favorite candies to fill your “Boo” buckets at Walmart. You can also find the buckets in the party section.
Fall is by far my favorite time of year! This past week I started adding some fall decor throughout our home. One of my favorite places to switch out the seasonal decor is our fireplace and mantle as it is the focal point of our family room. (You can see my post on how we whitewashed our fireplace here). I am in love with the way my mantle decor came out featuring this easy DIY fall garland. It was super inexpensive to make too as most of the things can be found at the Dollar Store.
Below I’m sharing my DIY fall garland and mantle decor so that you can
recreate the look too!
DIY Fall Garland
You will need:
faux leaves (I got mine from the Dollar Store)
Whatever else you want. Wooden beads would be cute too!
Thread the twine through the eye of your needle and tie a knot at the end.
Using your needle, puncture a hole through the leaf and thread the twine through. Next do the same with your foam pumpkins and acorns. You will need to exert a decent amount of pressure to thread the needle completely though the foam pumpkins and acorns.
Continue with whatever pattern you choose.
Once finished, cut the needle off the twine and tie each end.
Hang on your mantle, windows, doorways, or wherever you’d like.
I chose to go with more of a fall/harvest theme with pumpkins, leaves and flowers vs Halloween since I can keep it up throughout Thanksgiving but you can do whatever you like. And most of my mantle decor was $30 or less!
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The farmhouse window panes and boxwood wreath stay up all year long and then I usually just switch out the other pieces as the seasons change.
I got the glass vases and faux flowers from the Dollar Store.
I love these black tapered candlesticks which you can leave up throughout
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I recently popped into Old Navy to do a little fall try on session for you all. They had some great basics for layering for this season.
Here are some of my favorites from my Old Navy fall try on.
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First up, I tried a pair of their wide leg jeans. I like that these are a high waist to tuck in that mom pooch. I would definitely wear these with a heeled boot or wedges to give some height.
I paired my basic jeans and top with this utility jacket. I love that it has a cinched waist for a more fitted look.
This corduroy skirt would be super cute with some brown tights or leggings underneath and a chunky scarf as the weather gets chillier.
So you all know my love for pantsuits runs deep and so obviously this one had to come home with me. It was on sale leftover from the summer for $16 in store. I paired it with a burnt orange cardigan for a fall look. I think it would look super cute with a white jacket or cardigan for spring/summer as well.
(As I sit here putting this together I realize I may be obsessed with burnt orange)
I fell in love with these distressed boyfriend jeans! I loved them so much, I went home and bought them online for $24.99. (They came to $45 in store).
Paired with a graphic tee and cardigan it’s a cute casual look.
A few weekends ago we had our fall family photo shoot. I was so excited to have professional photos done of the family. This was our first time having pictures done of all three of us together since our newborn photo shoot.
I am absolutely in love with the way they all came out and thought I’d share some tips along with our photos.
1.) First things first, pick a photographer
This should be obvious, but choosing a photographer can be tough. I found searching through social media to be super helpful. You can look through a photographer’s work and choose someone who has a similar look that you are going for. Also ask your family and friends for any recommendations.
For our photos we went with Emma from Bella Baby Photography. I first met Emma when she came around and did newborn shots of the babies at the hospital where I worked. You definitely want to work with someone you click with and who you can be relaxed around.
2.) Choose your location
In choosing a location for photos, not only do you want a place with some aesthetically pleasing scenery, but I think it’s also special to pick a place your family loves or that has some meaning. We chose a nearby park that we go to all the time. For all of my readers who are local to the Albany area, we went to the Crossings Park in Colonie. Their grounds are absolutely gorgeous.
3.) Coordinate outfits
Remember the old days when families would get all dressed up in matching khakis and white shirts for their family photos? Oh man, I do. I can’t tell you how many photos my sisters and I had with those hideous backgrounds at Jc Penney’s or Sears with all three of us girls in matching dresses. (I think that was the thing back then).
It’s nice for your outfits to coordinate somewhat, but to me, I don’t like when everyone’s all matchy matchy. Instead, choose neutrals and then some accent colors. I really wanted my son to be the focus of our photos so I dressed him in a cute plaid shirt. I chose a nice gray sweater with a plaid button up for my husband and then a cute denim dress with a flannel scarf for me. I went with colors that would go with the fall scenery.
4.) Work around nap time, meals, and bring bribery
Ok so we all know that kids are totally unpredictable. Make sure the littles have had a nap and have full bellies so that they’re content. I am also a firm believer in bribery (whatever works right?). So pack some goldfish or M&Ms to keep those kiddos happy.
5.) Keep it simple
And lastly, keep it simple. While you want to have an idea of what you want, try not to plan too much and just go with the flow. You don’t need an elaborate outfit scheme or lots of props either. Honestly, I think sometimes the simpler the better. Just let them capture your family being you and having fun!