Happy Halloween my loves!

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Throwback Thursday: To Some Old Posts

1) Cake Batter Rice Krispies & Gooey Cake Bars

2) No Heat Curls– so easy and looks amazing after you sleep

3) Lunchbox Inspiration, what to pack for the week?

4) DIY Painted jars and vases

5) Wear your summer dresses this Fall easy guide on how to 

6) The Unfried Wedge

7) Frozen Yogurt Blueberry Bites, oh my!

8) Don’t miss these 10 amazing blogs you must read

9) “I will teach you to be rich” & how to come up with a 20% down payment

10) Zuppa Copycat Olive Garden Recipe to warm you up this Winter.

Tomorrow is Halloween and the last day of October! Can you even believe it? Last night I marked off another Fall bucket list item- Carve a pumpkin!

We hosted a little Halloween-themed shindig last night at our apartment with some girlfriends. I’ve wanted to have a Pumpkin Carving Party for years and always put it off because of the huge mess I imagined it would be. I didn’t really want to do it inside, and living in an apartment we have no yard to use but our dining room ended up being the perfect spot for this party and the mess was a lot less than I had imagined.

I had never used a stencil to carve a pumpkin before so it was a bit of a learning experience. My roommate cut her first and had a mishap having to use the other side of her pumpkin, it was pretty hilarious! I successfully created my owl-inspired jack-o-lantern!

The drinks were Cider and whipped vodka in cute mason jars with handles and fun straws. We had tons of fall themed snacks- candy corn, pumpkin cupcakes & candy corn rice krispies.

The Materials

Most of these pumpkin-carving materials are easy to get and relatively inexpensive. The actual pumpkin itself could potentially get expensive if you are paying for everyone’s pumpkin, so to keep costs down, ask your guests to bring their own pumpkin.

Large pumpkin

Newspaper or table cloth

Pumpkin carving kits or pumpkin carving tools

Pumpkin carving templates and patterns

Paint

Paint brushes

Trash bags

Snacks and Refreshments

It’s a fun idea to offer pumpkin-themed snacks and drinks. There are tons of festive snack and drink ideas out on the web!

Happy carving, my friends!

Wednesday Wonderings: Thankful

When you think about the month of November  which is now less than a week away most of us associate it with giving thanks and being thankful for what we have. Why do we only focus our attention on giving thanks in a given month when it should be year round. 

I have decided to challenge myself during the month of November to give thanks to something I am grateful for each day. If you want to participate in my be thankful challenge all you have to do is wake up each morning and ask yourself “what am i thankful for today?” write it down and make a list. It doesn’t need to life changing or require a lot of thought. 

While Thanksgiving only happens once a year we can all make resolution to wake up and express appreciation each morning. Thank a co-worker, a parent, a friend, a stranger holding the door or the waitress bringing you coffee and see if you don’t feel a little bit better after doing it. 

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Candy Corn Rice Krispies

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Can you believe it’s almost Halloween? I absolutely live for Halloween parties!  Halloween parties always have some of the coolest, craziest and most fun foods! Wednesday my roommate and I are hosting a Halloween pumpkin carving get together with some of our favorite girlfriends. Check out last year’s pumpkin carving masterpieces HERE! 

I wanted to make something easy, something cute, and something that I could whip up in no time at all.  Then I stumbled across these cute rice krispies on Pinterest. So fun, right?!  

Instructions:

  1. In a large saucepan, melt 3 Tbsp. butter over medium heat. Add in 4 cups marshmallows. Stir until combined. Mix in 3 cups of rice krispies. Immediately press into the bottom of a loaf pan. 
  2. Repeat the first step but this time stir in orange food coloring. When combined thoroughly, pour into pan over the first layer of cereal treats. 
  3. Repeat the step for the third time this time adding in yellow food coloring. Stir in rice krispies and then pour and pat into the pan.
  4. Let set for 2 hours, or until completely set.  Cut into 10-12 slices.
  5. Gently mold each square into a candy corn shape. 

Check out more of my favorite recipes | A-Z Recipe Ideas |

Halloween Inspired: 10 Scary Movies on Netflix

With Halloween less than a week ago what better time to start watching some scary movies. Whether it’s a classic like Scream you want to revisit, an old ’80s B movie you never saw or the Jennifer Lawrence thriller you missed at the theater, here are 10 of horror movies I will be revisiting this week on Netflix:

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1. The Blair Witch Project

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2. Scream

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3. Carrie

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4. Night of the Living Dead

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5. Children of the Corn

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6. The Cabin in the Woods

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7. Nosferatu

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8. Let the Right One In

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9. The Silence of the Lambs
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10. Rosemary’s Baby

I hope everyone had an amazing weekend and enjoyed the beautiful weather.  I spent Saturday celebrating my best friend since first grade’s birthday. We ended up having an eventful day outside sipping on a beer at The Rathskeller. We proceeded to enjoy some funfetti cupcakes, drink some birthday drinks and ended our night dancing the night away. What a great Birthday celebration!

| Brewbus from her last Birthday |

Now trending: Sweatshirt

Fall trends have always been my favorite. Thankfully for us laid back, comfy and casual is a trend again this year. If you know me then you know how happy this makes me. Oversized sweaters, leggings and boots are my go to once the weather starts getting brisk. As soon as I saw some statement sweatshirts out on the web it was love at first site. How cute would these sweatshirts be this winter paired with leather leggings or denim for almost any occasion?

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Other Fall trends you may have missed this season:

| Oxblood | | Combat Boots | | Denim Vest | | Military Jacket |

How to Make the perfect Wall Collage

I have been wanting to start gathering wall decor to decorate a wall in our new apartment come May. The idea is to hang a collection of fun art and frames that I have been collecting this year. 

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The first step is to of course paint your old frames that you have laying around or that you have found at a thrift store.  I used chalk paint but you could also brush on acrylic paint.  I have chosen to paint the frames yellow and grey to go with my grey and white striped duvet. 

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The next step is to order some sayings or art to put inside the frames unless you plan on making an open frame collage. I ordered two chalkboard prints below to add the the frames off of Jane.com.

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I hardest part is going to be when I decide to hang the frames and make the wall collage. One of the biggest mistakes people make when hanging something on the wall is they hang it too high. Pictures should be hung at eye level and the average eye level is 57″ from the ground.  With a collage like I am doing have the middle of your collage be at eye level. More pictures to come once I have a wall to hang the collage on. 

More D.I.Y Projects you may have missed: 

| Flower Crown | | Fall Wreath | | Chalkboard Drawer | | IKEA Bar Cart |

Around the Web

What are you up to this weekend? My best friend Kalyn is celebrating her golden birthday tonight and I couldn’t be more excited to spend the day with her. We have been best friends since 1st grade, went to different colleges and both ended up living in Indianapolis.  She is not only an amazing friend but a great person and I am so happy after all this time I can still call her my best friend. Cheers to 26!

 As Anne of Green Gables said, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” I am excited to go outside and enjoy this 70 degree fall day! Have a wonderful weekend, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

1) 10 things to do when you first wake up

2) How to master the J. Crew beauty looks

3) The perfect piece of toast

4) 10 pretty wallpapers

5) A guide to the perfect power nap

6) Is the tea the new coffee?

7) 12 clever ways to enjoy art in the kitchen

8) Homemade mocha nutella recipe

9) 10 favorite fall candles

10) Everything you need to know cooking blog