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Five Halloween Treat Ideas

Trick or Treat season is finally upon us!! We are so excited for all of the festivities to begin! We are hosting our annual Halloween party (with a whole new crowd this year!) and our favorite Halloween weekend brunch. I rounded up five of our favorite sweet treat ideas for those of you hosting or contributing to parties, or even better, just to make memories with your kiddos and deliver to your family, friends & neighbors!

Halloween Popcorn Bark // This is our favorite snack to make for every holiday, but it is MOST fun for Halloween because, candy eyeballs!!! This is super simple and funnnnn to make with little ones. On a huge sheet of tin foil, lay out pretzel sticks & chex rice cereal. Melt a tray of white almond bark, and drizzle half of it over the first layer of snacks. Then, layer on a bag of white popcorn (we use orville redenbacher tender white, the best popcorn ever!) onto the mixture while the bark is still wet, drizzle the second half of the tray on top, and sprinkle with toppings of your choice. Like candy eyeballs, sprinkles, candy corn, colored m&ms, chocolate chips, etc. Let the entire thing harden (maybe 15-20 minutes) and then break it apart into chunks to place in a bowl for serving. It is so yummy and SO addicting!!!

Mini Chocolate Bat Bites // Ok these are SO fun & easy, I know my girls would have a blast making these, definitely a fun project for kids of all ages!

Frozen Boo-Nana Pops // Love these for even the littlest kids, also a healthier option amidst all the sweets & treats of the season!!

Candy Coated Caramel Apples // The most fun way to use up leftover Halloween candy!

Movie Night Marshmallow Popcorn // We are big time popcorn lovers over here, if you can’t tell. This popcorn recipe is another tradition we do every year, usually right after Halloween, but it is good all season long!

I would love to hear your favorite treats & traditions, share any favorites below!! Hope you are all having the best October so far!! XO

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For the Easter Basket

Easter is almost here which means we are starting to pick up a few things to fill the girls’ Easter baskets! Easter is always such a fun & special day in our house, the girls absolutely love doing their egg hunt & we love getting to host family for brunch after church. I started looking for a few good books, some small things to fill plastic eggs & always something else special for each girl to have in their basket, so I am sharing a few of my favorite finds & things I am loving!

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Harper is in need of a new pair of boots for Spring, and I just can’t pass up the bunny ear rain jacket for this extra rainy season we have had, so into the Easter baskets they go!! The rest will be filled with all the fun little surprises like hair bows, bubbles, gel pens, bunny grahams, gum (because my kids are addicted) and probably a never ending supply of stickers. What’s going in your little ones baskets this year?! XO

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Welcome 2018!

Happy New Year, friends!! I can’t believe it is January, our tree is still up, the house is covered in pine needles & puzzle pieces, and we have gotten pretty used to not being on any sort of schedule whatsoever. I have loved having all of the kids home, and Brandon home for the most part as well, getting sushi as often as possible. Not sure I’m ready for the kids to go back to school next week (or to be packing lunches again) but I know it will feel good to get back into a routine!

January always feels like a break to me, I need it to reset & recharge my batteries after months of hustle & bustle. I went back in my planner to see what I wrote down for last year’s resolutions, really to see how we did, and here is what I said:

More memory making, less social media. More new recipes, less donuts. More date nights, less obligations. More presence, less multitasking. More praying, less worrying. More intention, less clutter.Β MORE LOVE, less of everything else.

It made me smile, because I honestly feel like 2017 encompassed all of those things. So this year, we are keeping these, less as resolutions and more of just our family motto.

And in addition, we are going to put a huge focus on wellness for our family. I had a big health scare in December, and without going too much into detail, everything can basically be linked back to what I am putting into my body, the products we are using in our home, and not getting enough sleep (I am a total night owl and can never talk myself into going to bed). So this year, we are reevaluating all of the food we eat, ditching sugar & processed foods as much as possible, and hoping to cut out red meat & soy. This isn’t going to be easy but it is going to be a priority. We are going to use our essential oils to stay on top of our wellness & rid our home of as many toxins & chemicals as we can.

Would love to hear your goals & plans for 2018, and if they align with ours, I can’t wait to jump on this wellness journey together!! Cheers to an amazing year, we can’t wait to share all of the fun things we have in store with you!!! xo

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