Happy Halloween!

halloween-bucket-signHappy Halloween!  Wishing you a day of treats and a night of sweets!  My husband and I both like to take the kids out trick or treating.  We make sure to leave a big bucket of candy out so that people can still trick-or-treat at our house.  The first year we did this, my husband was out-of-town and I tried to take both kids (one was 2 at the time) by myself.  Needless to say we lasted all of 10 minutes and then we came home.  To an empty bucket of candy.  Some hooligans took it ALL.  The years after that have been much better.  But I still don’t want to chance it.  This year our bucket will have a friendly reminder.  How many of you think this will get my house egged?



Me time with Hershey’s and PEOPLE Magazine

*This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®, PEOPLE Magazine & Hershey’s, but all my opinions are my own.  #HersheysPeople #pmedia http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO

Hershey's-Dish-Candy-and-PEOPLE-MagazineIsn’t it amazing when two of your favorite things come together?  I try to limit my candy eating as much as possible but there are times when a good piece of chocolate is exactly what you need.  And I’m an absolute magazine fanatic.  Reading a magazine while eating chocolate?  That is a good moment.  And sadly they are very rare.

centerpiece-for-halloweenLast week while shopping at Target, I used my coupon (there are a limited number of prints available for this coupon so hurry, only available while supplies last!) to get $2.00 off PEOPLE Magazine and a bag of Hershey’s Dish Candy (you know, not full size bars, but candy that would be suitable for serving in a dish).  Growing up my grandmother always had a candy dish filled when we visited.  It is something I have always thought I would have in my own home.  But with children, that candy dish never stays filled.  In an effort to curtail cavities I have opted to keep the dish put away.  But there is one time of year when I do keep a dish with candy in it, Halloween.  My husband and I have been finding that the candy the kids bring home from trick or treating is sub par.  So we keep good candy at home for us to munch on.  Since we don’t have many places to put up Halloween decorations around the house, I decided that this year we would do a Halloween centerpiece on the dining table.

pumpkin centerpieceAlong with the little sticky rats and some hand decorated pumpkins I tucked in a small cake stand, that I got from A Fabulous Fete, to hold the candy dish.  This makes it a little more difficult for the kids to get to (but not much, I’ve had to stop them from eating it before dinner time on quite a few occasions).  My husband has a go-to candy bar, year round.  A simple Hershey’s chocolate bar really makes him happy.  I prefer the Special Dark.  So the classic bag of Hershey’s Miniatures makes us all happy.
Hersheys-and-teaI have 9 hours a week, when the stars align, and both kids are in school.  This is when I cram in everything I possibly can.  I usually work non-stop during these hours.  But lately I have been realizing that it is perfectly acceptable for me to take a time out.  I feel so refreshed when I just sit and do something for myself.  It may only be 10 minutes but it makes me happy.  We’ve only had one cooh-ish, Fall-like day in So Cal so far, but it was enough to get me craving a nice warm cup of Earl Gray tea which goes amazing with Hershey’s Dish Candy.

people-magazineAnd I can’t just sit there and stare at the wall with my chocolate and tea.  This is my chance to read something light and get caught up on my news.  While some celebrity focused mags are super salacious and negative, I prefer to read something, like PEOPLE Magazine, that has human interest stories, great reviews of movies, TV shows and music, and stories that are more about someone’s life and how they have overcome obstacles rather than what they are eating and what clothes they are wearing.  I buy them almost weekly, but sometimes they stack up and I have several to read through at a time.

relaxing-with-hersheys-and-peopleDo you hear that?  Just me slurping on my tea and crumbling empty chocolate wrappers.  Bliss!  I will make this chocolate last through Halloween though.  I won’t be a hog and keep it all to myself.  I’ll make sure I save the Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars for my husband.

kids-like-hersheys-dish-candy-tooOn VERY rare occasions, I will try to get a few minutes to myself with one of my son’s around.  It is an advanced maneuver that I haven’t truly mastered yet.  As you can see, he also likes chocolate.  My other son has food allergies so when the kids get candy together, they usually have something sour.  But this little guy LOVES chocolate.  Since I was feeling generous, I let him have a little chocolate tasting and try all the flavors.

chocolate-tastingHis choice?  Mr. Goodbar.  It was fun getting to share a few special moments with him and his treats.  I guess having “me time” isn’t all its cracked up to be.  :)  And a few minutes later, the candy was put away and his older brother got home from school.  Both boys were immediately dressed in their Halloween costumes, running around the house trying to out ninja each other.  And just like that, back to reality.  And its not such a bad place to be.

*This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®, PEOPLE Magazine & Hershey’s, but all my opinions are my own.  #HersheysPeople #pmedia http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO

Best of: Halloween

Fun ideas for Halloween crafts

I thought I would take a quick look back at some of the Halloween themed posts I’ve done in the past in case you all needed some more inspiration.

Perpetual Garland

Bleach Pen Jack O’Lantern Shirt

Pumpkin Inspired Clove Studded Oranges

Vampire Teeth Mobile
Halloween party favor idea

And then I found some photos of a little photo shoot I did YEARS ago.  For real, it must have been one of the first shoots I did.  And I’m not even going to link to it on account of how awful the post looks.  I created a bright and cheery Halloween table with lots of sweet treats and tons of bright colors.  I like this idea for a Halloween party favor.  Just use empty pill bottles, refill them with tic-tacs and create a new labels.

And do not forget to go check out the Zombie party! Jenny of Hank and Hunt did YEARS ago.  Unlike me, she NAILED IT!  It is still so good!

Easy Yarn Dream Catcher

Easy Yarn Dream CatcherMy oldest son has been asking for a dream catcher for quite a while.  So I decided to make him one with items I already had.  If this keeps him from coming in to my room at 3 A.M. I will be very happy.  It doesn’t happen often, but man, I really don’t like getting up at 3 A.M.

Dream catcher made from yarn and embroidery ringJust grab one embroidery hoop, some yarn and scissors.  I enjoy yarn.  Especially when it comes with a few colors in it.  I don’t know why that makes me so happy.  Maybe I feel like I’m getting a rad deal.  But this one certainly got me because of the black and white combo.

easy-yarn-knot-for-dream-catcherCan I really even call this a knot?  Just loop a piece of string, and pull the ends back through.  Then just pull it snug.

Easy Peace Sign Yarn Dream CatcherI liked how it looked with the yarn just hanging off the bottom of the hoop but decided to add the peace sign.

Ninja's Bedroom with Dream CatcherI couldn’t wait to show my son when he got home from school.  He loved it.  And then promptly moved on to his swords.

Bats like dream catcher's tooAnd just so you know, bats like peace sign dream catchers too.

Easy Wire Wall Signs for Halloween

pink and blackSo this is as spooky as I get for Halloween.  I’m a scaredy cat who would prefer to stay home on Halloween, not answer the door and be safe in my bed.  But I have kids, I’m an adult and I’m not lame.  (Ok, the last one might be debatable).  But I have been wanting to play around with wire for a while.  This seemed like the perfect occasion.  And I’m SO in to white pumpkins this year.  They are totally my jam.  I like how they look all squished and lopsided.  I think that is just perfect.

Black-wireWire signs are super easy to make.  You just need wire.  And scissors.  Duh.  My wire was 12 gauge.  Why does that make me think of rap songs and shot guns?

twist-wire-in-to-lettersAnd you need to be able to twist things in to specific shapes.  I love this gauge wire because it is easy to bend, holds it’s shape really well and doesn’t get all kinked up in the process.

black-and-pink-halloween-decorI kind of love it.  Its graphic, its kind of cute, its easy and it took me only a minute.  Can’t stop, won’t stop with bright pink, FYI.

easy-halloween-sign-diyAnd now that you know how easy these signs are, you can make them for anything.  Kind of adorbs for a kid’s name to hang in their room, right?  Maybe twisted in to “welcome” for by your front door.  And I would also love to spell out “happy birthday” for a  celebratory garland.  If you made one of these signs, what would it say?