Dunkin’ Donuts Mug Up Contest: October

COFFFFFFEEEEEEEE. You guys know I love coffee. I didn’t start drinking it till I was in grad school and now I wonder how in the world I lasted so long without it. It starts my morning every single day. So I’m excited about this new contest with Dunkin’ Donuts to share with you guys!

Dunkin’ Donuts Mug Up Contest

Every month through next year you can enter to win awesome prizes simply by uploading a photo of you and your coffee related to the monthly theme! Fun, right?! It’s like those photo-a-day challenges with

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Step2 Halloween Giveaway! Wagon & Safety Sam

You remember our Step2 wagon? We’re bringing it inside for the season soon and I will be showing you how we use it during the fall and winter… wagons aren’t just for summer! So keep an eye out for that post and in the meantime… win your own!

The ghosts and goblins will come out to play in a few weeks and what better way to trick to treat than in a wagon, from Step2?

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halloween with the wizard of oz

I wasn’t sure how I would beat my homemade skeletons from last year… my preggo skeleton costume was a big hit and I worked hard on those babies.

This year, we were a family of FOUR! I wanted something creative and fun, but easy to make at home. We love the Wizard of Oz (clearly… two years ago we went as a Lion, a Tiger, and a Bear – OH MY!) and Ryan’s costume from his first Halloween in

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Hostess with the mostess!

This post brought to you by Hostess Cakes. All opinions are 100% mine.

I loooove Halloween and everything that comes with it–making fun halloween costumes, decorating the house, doing crafts with the kids, and creating special spooky treats. Growing up, my mom always made pumpkin sugar cookies every year…. a tradition I want to continue with my kids! But I like making fun, new stuff, too… and I blame Pinterest 😉 So many fun ideas on there!

Everyone loves Hostess Cakes, right?! I mean, we grew up on them. They’re

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DIY kids ghost shirt for Halloween

Last year we made spider shirts for Halloween with Ryan’s handprints. He was so proud of that shirt and wanted to wear it all the time… it’s a little too small now so I wanted to make new ones. And now that we have child #2, I wanted her to make a shirt, too!

I couldn’t find plain orange shirts this year so I went with the black ones. Luckily they had Rebecca’s size, too (in the boys section). Hmm… what to put

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sweet and salty halloween treats

The first time I saw this simple and delicious treat was at Christmas time years ago. My great friend Jacalyn always made them. Then I started seeing them for fall or halloween treats with candy corn instead of red and green M&Ms.

Well… I went to the store to make these for the fall… I got excited by the cooler weather and our trip to northern Wisconsin… but it seems I was a bit ahead of the game. The grocery store didn’t have any candy corn out yet!!! AHHHHHHHHH!

I was totally bummed, but

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Ryan’s first pumpkin carving

During the week before Thanksgiving, Ryan and I carved a pumpkin–on the day he turned 22-months-old, actually! (Oct 27). We didn’t carve pumpkins last year, which disappointed me, so we had to this year, especially now that Ryan is old enough to help!

yay, let’s get started!

Ryan is really funny about being messy–he HATES it. If he gets one tiny piece of anything on his hands, you’ll know about it. I did the cutting (obviously) and Ryan insisted I do the

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