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  • Falling for Fall: Halloween & Family Outings

    The best season of the entire year always feels like the shortest. Virginia is absolutely GORGEOUS this time of year!  We had to make the most of every single beautiful day! 

    Went to Nalls Produce to pick out our pumpkins this year! They had all sorts of cute Halloween displays and activities for kids. Of course, Cam is too young to run around and play, but he loved seeing the farm pig, chickens, pumpkins and other kids. We had SOO much fun! Oh, I should also mention it was 80 degrees on this day. So weird! 

    A sweet stranger offered to take a quick fam photo of us <3

    Camden is pretty stoked on leaves. He loves to grab them and crunch them in his hands.  Beanie- Amazon | Flannel Shirt- Old Navy | Therman- Carters | Pants- Zara | Boots- Dr. Martens 

    Del Ray, Va.

    Old Town, Va.

    Old Town, Va.

    There was a crazy 80 degree day, we spent it outside of course! Pants- Zara

    Skeleton PJ's the day before Halloween  Beanie- Amazon | PJ's OshKosh

    Leaf hangs with our friend, Kelly.  Sweater- Target | Beanie- Amazon | Selfie Stick- Amazon

    Bloody cupcakes for Halloween 

    Leela, Fry and Nibbler from Futurama.  I had SO much fun DIY-ing these costumes. It was surprisingly easy! For Leela, I bought a sheet of plastic needlepoint paper and drew/cut out her cyclops eye. Then, used black elastic to create the band. For the gauntlet, I used foam sheets. I already had black pants and a white tank top. My costume cost $3! Fry was super easy as well! Orange wash-out hair dye which I found for $2 at Target, red dress-shirt and jeans from Good Will, cost $10, Phil already had a white t-shirt and black Vans shoes. Nibbler was a little more work, but it was still quite cheap! I had a plain black beanie and used felt to create Nibbler's face. For his middle eye, I used a couple black pipe cleaners that poked out the top center and hot glued a foam ball to it. I sewed the pipe cleaner into the hat to secure it. For the red cape, I bought the cheapest red fabric I could find from Handcock Fabric ($2). Camden already had black pants, and a black hoodie. I used a piece of tan felt to make Nibbler's belly. 

    Took our Futurama costumes to the Del Ray Halloween Costume Parade. So many wonderful costumes, we were so happy to be apart of it. 

    Carved a cat pumpkin, of course! Tip to keeping your pumpkin last longer: mixture of equal parts water and bleach. Spray the exposed pumpkin flesh. 

    And because you can't just have one costume for your first Halloween AND this is the year of Star Wars... Camden was Yoda on actual Halloween. I found the crochet beanie on Etsy, the mini lightsaber from Target dollar deals section, and I made his little tan robe. He already had brown leggings. 

    We walked around town for a bit so Camden could show off his rad Yoda costume. 

    My Halloween make up this year. Pop art gal <3 We sat outside, listed to the MIsfits, handed out candy and had a pizza and wine party. It was the best Halloween ever! 

    First pumpkin pie of the year and a test run for Thanksgiving! 

  • Camden's 6 Month Update | Happy Half Birthday

    Weight: 20 lbs

    Length: 29.5 inches

    Diaper size: 4

    Clothing size: 9 - 12 months

    Health: Healthy and happy! 

    Sleep: Our little guy is still a super sleeper but I have noticed a few hiccups in his sleep schedule that coincide with meeting milestones in his development. Camden has been working hard on rolling over and sitting up and both developmental peeks have resulted in fussy nights. They only last for a few nights, thank goodness! The worst was just a few nights ago. Camden started rolling over from back to tummy in his crib, and he would get stuck. He hadn’t figured out how flip over on his back, and got crazy frustrated. A few times, I would go into his nursery and help him (after waiting about 10 minutes for him to try and nail it himself), but eventually he found comfort in sleeping on his belly. 

    Diet: We started introducing Camden to a few solids foods this month. He has been showing interest in what we are eating so we thought we would give him the chance to explore. We have given him sweet potato and banana… both of which ended up everywhere except for in his mouth. I love watching him play with his food and figuring out what he is supposed to do with it. A few times, small pieces found their way to his mouth but he was NOT having it and spit them out. I think he is just nosey about what we are eating and wants to be apart of it, but not quite ready. 

    Loves: Being held, being social, parks, coffee dates, walks, being tickled, being read to, bath time, Emily (♥), grandma and grandpa, sucking his thumb, Alkaline Trio (got that from Phil), girls (not thrilled, but whatever), other babies, nap time.

    Dislikes: The kid HATES being alone. I mean, I get it, Mom and Dad are pretty cool but he definitely has separation anxiety. So, I am working on teaching him that being independent is ok, and Mom and Dad are always near by. 

    Milestones: Camden has hit so many milestones this month. He can roll over, he can sit up on his own and he has started saying “da-da”. 

    He is such a wiggle worm and we literally can’t take our eyes off him even for a minute, he will end up on the other side of the room. I think it may be time to get a baby jail.. I mean, play yard for him. :p

    Speech: If he is not sleeping or eating, he is talking. He talks to his hands, to his feet, to his toys, to Emily, to Mommy and Daddy. He is just full of stories. He has been saying “da-da” a lot lately which is SOOOOOOO cute!!!!!! He has the sweetest little voice, I can’t get enough of it. 

    ♥HALF BIRTHDAY PHOTOSHOOT!♥

    DIY pipe-cleaner crown (tutorial). Onesie: Whistle & Flute | Skeleton Bear: Caters 

    THANK YOU Mermapillar for the Panda Pillow! 

    Snug as a Bug Clothes outfit. THANK YOU! We are so happy it finally fits him! 

    Printing memories using my Polaroid Zip Printer! (THANKS, Polaroid

    We love out kitty care package from Whistle & Flute!! THANK YOU!

    New Lily Jade diaper bag! WE HEART THIS BAG! Read my full review THANK YOU Lily Jade!! 

    Pretty baby is ready for Halloween! Skeleton PJs: OshKosh

    Camden LOVES Chesty! Pants: Zara | Top: Likely Baby

    Family days are the best days! Hat: Target

    Chilly fall days! One-piece sweat outfit: Carters | Hat & Shoes: Marshalls 

    First time sitting up for more than 3 seconds! GO CAM!!! Pj's and socks: Carters 

    Playing with sweet potato 

    Meeting his great grandma!

  • 17 Week Update & Bump Photo/Halloween Costume and My Own Newborn Photo!

    (Halloween costume! Mama cat) 

    How far along? 17 weeks!

    Total weight gain/measurements: Gained 1 pound this week! I am at 106 lbs now!

    Maternity clothes: I've been obsessed with H&M Basic long sleeve shirts. They are comfy, simple and stretch a ton. I am going to try and get away with wearing these as long as possible! 

    Stretch marks? No. 

    Sleep: Sleep has been GLORIOUS this week.  Except waking up every single morning at 4:30 to pee. 

    Best moment this week:  We are planning a pretty cute gender reveal! I can't wait!! Also baby flutters are starting to get intense and I am pretty sure kicks will be happening soon! My boobs stopped hurting! Weeee!!! 

    Miss anything? Not really. 

    Movement: Flutters!

    Food cravings: Doritos 

    Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing new. Still can't stand Old Bay or popcorn (barf!!)

    Gender: Will find out in the next few weeks! 

    Symptoms: Peeing all of the time!

    Belly button in or out? In!

    Wedding rings on or off? On!

    Happy or moody most of the time: Happy and excited all week! 

    Looking forward to: Sonogram appointment in a few weeks to find out if we have a boy or girl!! 

    This photo was sent to me last week. Just a couple of hours old. May 18, 1985. (There! Now everyone knows how old I am, lol) I was SO red! 

  • Spooky Halloween Bark

    Halloween Bark is the perfect treat to bring to a Halloween party or to give to your friends/family as gifts! 

    You will need:

    12-14 orange and black sandwich cookies, broken up into large chunks
    1 cup pretzels, broken into pieces
    1 pound almond bark or white chocolate melts
    1 1/2 cups candy corn
    20-30 candy eyeballs
    1-2 tablespoons of a variety of Halloween food sprinkles

    Directions:

    1.  Melt almond bark according to package. I slowly melted mine in a sauce pan over a low heat, until smooth and shiny. Make sure to stir frequently to prevent burning.

     2. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the on a parchament paper-ed cookie sheet, spreading with spatula to coat evenly.

    3. Sprinkle pretzels, cookies, candy corn, candy eyeballs and food sprinkles over the chocolate while it is still wet.  Place cookie tray into refrigerator until set and firm.

    4. Once solid, break apart and enjoy! 

    HAPPY HALLOWEEN! <3