Halloween nail giveaway!

Halloween nail goodiesHappy hump day everybody! I’m excited for Halloween being just around the corner, so I wanted to share a flash giveaway with you guys. This will only be open through Saturday, so get your entries in now! One reader will get the Halloween nail goodies pictured above, with polish, stickers, and glue-on nails to choose from to complete your Halloween look. U.S. readers only. Good luck!

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Hello October, my favorite month

Hello October, my favorite month

Hello October, my favorite month. Time for boot socks and scarves and cozy blankets, for piping hot mugs of cider and tea, for stacks of books and fireplaces to read them by.

This is a month of chilly nights and foggy mornings that wrap the world in mystery, but also of sunny afternoons for exploring apple orchards and window shopping with best friends while sipping pumpkin coffee. This is the month between the hot, busy days of summer and the cold, dark days of winter, when the world slows down for a little while and everything seems perfect for a few short weeks.

I’m so excited for the start of October. I know some people see spring as the season of rebirth and autumn as one of death, but I’ve always though October offered rebirth in its own way. It’s a time in-between the rushed seasons of summer events and winter holidays. There’s a chance to slow down, take a deep breath, and reset your focus. The air changes, the light changes, everything feels and smells different. It’s always felt very much to me like a season of renewal of a different sort, a season to let go of things, to change.

I’m excited to go hiking, to explore a corn maze and carve a pumpkin, and to warm up the kitchen with fall baking. I have a lovely TBR pile waiting for me and some cuddly cats to share it with! I have Halloween decorations to put up and a stack of horror movies to watch. I hope you’ll follow along here on the blog and on Instagram, and share your autumn adventures with me as well! I have some photo challenges and giveaways to share as well, and I’m sure you don’t want to miss any of that!

Hello October, I’m so glad you’ve arrived once again!

(Photo credit: Autumn Mott via Unsplash)

Steampunk vampire hunter OOTD

I was feeling really bored yesterday and started playing around with some new makeup to create a goth look. And then since the makeup didn’t fit with my sweatpants and t-shirt, I started digging through my closet for the most steampunk or goth clothing I owned. My husband had the bright idea to take some pictures and this is what we ended up with. (And yes, it’s snowing in the pics! Our first real snow of the season!)

Steampunk vampire hunter (goth black outfit #OOTD)

I didn’t dress up for Halloween this year, but this is what I had in mind. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t have gotten away with it at work though…especially if I showed up carrying a sword and had a pair of sais stuck in my boots. ;)

Steampunk vampire hunter (goth black outfit #OOTD)

And let’s be real—no real steampunk vampire hunter would chase monsters in high-heeled boots. My feet hurt after just running around the yard for half an hour. And I’m missing a good crossbow or some outlandish steam-looking weapon firearm, which I have yet to procure.

Steampunk vampire hunter (goth black outfit #OOTD)

But it’s pretty fun to dress up and play around at home. Even if the neighbors drive by and stare. Oh well, might as well give them something good to stare at!

Steampunk vampire hunter (goth black #OOTD)

(Steampunk vampire hunter weapons: my own. Pants, top: Walmart. Boots: Payless. Corset: thefashioncorsetshop.com. Necklace: Vivo. Rings: vintage, Walmart, Icing. Makeup: Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips eyeliner in Black, Urban Decay Naked 2 eyeshadow palette, Essence Get Big Lashes mascara, Wet n Wild Fergie Pagan Angel lipstick.)

Happy Halloween from Skittles, Guenhwyvar and Jiao!

Happy Halloween from Skittles, Guenhwyvar and Jiao!(L-R: Skittles, Guenhwyvar, and Jiao)

Happy Halloween from the kitty crew! Yes, you read that right…we’ve expanded our little brood to include two new cats! We actually adopted them in September but I’ve been so busy that I haven’t gotten around to writing a blog post introducing them, though I have put up some snaps on my Instagram page. Skittles is six and Guenhwyvar is one, so they’re kind of bookending Jiao, who is about four.

I plan to write a longer post later in the week with more pics and the story of how they came home with us, but for now, enjoy these pics of them in their little pirate hats, and have a happy Halloween!!!

Spooky OREO Spiders and Eye-Popping Fanta Punch

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Spook up your Halloween bash with these Spooky OREO Spiders and Eye-Popping Fanta Punch! #SpookySnacks #CollectiveBias

I’m at a weird time in my life when it comes to planning holiday parties. Some of my friends are still child-free, while others have five-to-ten-year-olds in tow. Planning a holiday get-together, then, means coming up with a balance that will keep adults and kids alike entertained, and that’s especially true with holiday recipes! I want to serve items that look and taste good, but they still need to appeal to kids who might have a picky palate.

Since Halloween is around the corner and I’ve been thinking about having a party, I decided to test-drive a couple of fun recipes that would be kid-friendly for little guests. The best part is that you have kids of your own and they want to get involved with making snacks for a Halloween bash, these recipes are simple enough that the kids can help out in the kitchen! Read on after the jump for step-by-step instructions and more photos.

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