fall photographer: pumpkins, costumes, and gorgeous fall light with my girls

I cannot believe that Halloween is tomorrow!  Where does the time go?!

We finally made it to the pumpkin patch this past weekend.  I took the big camera and got some good shots!

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Gah!  That sunflare!  My beautiful girls!  I love it!

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Even though it was a super hot day, they had an awesome time!  We got them tickets for the corn maze, pumpkin painting, sand art, and a horse ride.  We all devoured homemade strawberry lemonade!  Saturday awesomeness!

The girls had several opportunities to wear their costumes already.  They got to wear them to fall night at a friend’s school last Friday night, and they got to wear them to their dance classes all this week.

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I got lucky and didn’t have to spend too much money on costumes this year!  Whew!

Lola wanted to be a cowgirl this year.  She has been obsessed with boots and horses ever since horse camp this summer.

All I had to buy was the hat and the kerchief. I found the hat at the Halloween store fore about $12 and the kerchief was less than $1 from Wal-Mart.  The dress is one that I had bought several years ago from Forever 21 kids.  The boots are hand-me-downs from a friend.

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Ellie has changed her mind several times this month!  First, she wanted to be Elsa, and then a bumble bee, but when she saw the Jasmine costume hanging in her older sister’s closet, she had to be Jasmine.  For dance class, last minute, she told me she wanted to be something else.  We looked in older sister’s closet again, and spotted the long-forgotten strawberry costume that I handmade maybe 6 years ago.  She tried it on and couldn’t be cuter!  She also told me already that she wants to trick-or-treat as a strawberry.

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The girls love their costumes, and I’m so glad that I didn’t have to either a) spend $50+ dollars on a costume, or b) spend hours making one this year!  I probably won’t get this lucky next year, so I’m enjoying it for now!

Are y’all ready for Halloween?  Any traditions?  Every year, we carve our pumpkins the night before Halloween, and then we go trick-or-treating as a big group around our neighborhood & then get Rudy’s bar-b-que afterwards on Halloween night.

Have a safe Halloween, and happy Thursday!

Healthy snacking: nature box

Hi!  I love getting packages in the mail & I love subscription boxes.

Today, I’m talking about nature box.  *not sponsored*  Nature box is a monthly snack subscription box.  Their snacks are nutritionist approved, and free of artificial sweeteners, flavors, and colors.  I’ve seen nature box subscriptions floating around, and when I found out that you could get a free sample box, I decided to give it a try.  I only paid $1.97 shipping, and a week later, my nature box arrived in the mail.

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I received a full size bag of Cashew Crumble, and sample size bags of

  • Sea Salt Sun-Crunch
  • Garden Tomato Crunchies
  • Coconut Cashews
  • Cinnamon Swirl Kettle Kernels.

We love the snacks!  Our favorite is the cashew crumble…cookie coated cashews?!!!  yes, please!  My girls also really like the cinnamon swirl kettle kernels.

The monthly subscription is $19.95 / month + $1.97 shipping for 5 full sized bags of snacks.  At first, that seemed like a high amount to spend on snacks every month, but I spend that much at a grocery store anyway on chips, gold fish crackers, nuts, fruit snacks, etc.  You can choose the snacks you get every month.  They have all sorts of snacks like bars, nuts, fruit chews, pretzels, granola.  I’m willing to try nature box out for a while to see how much we actually get and to see if we really like the snacks!

My daughter takes a snack to school every day.  Previously, she’s taken snacks like gold fish, breakfast cereal, peanut butter crackers, & pretzels.  Hopefully, nature box snacks will provide a healthier option.

If you’d like to give nature box a try, go to naturebox.com for their trial offer, or use this link to get $10 off your first month:  http://naturebox.com/offer/lp/t/2/nosc/lp-one.html?utm_campaign=Home+Page+-Widget+Overhaul&promo=share10&utm_content=email&utm_source=Friendbuy&fbuy_ref_code=bl_wU&utm_medium=referral

happy Friday friends!

getting crafty: hand made gifts

I am a giver.  I love giving gifts to friends and family.  When I have the time and the motivation, I like to put some thought into celebrating the recipient and make hand made gifts.  I think it adds a nice personal touch.

Some gifts I’ve made previously include scarves, baby quilts, cards, photo books, personalized bags, cookies and cakes.  This time, I decided to try and make a crayon roll for a sweet little girl.  A one year old may be too young for crayons yet, but we all know how time flies!  She’ll be an artist in no time!

I bought a few fabric squares and ribbon at JoAnn’s, picked up some twistable crayons at the grocery store, looked at some inspiration on pinterest, and got started.

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To add to the gift, I bought a little drawing pad from target.  I thought this would be a great gift for both baby girl and her mom!  Mom can simply throw the drawing pad and crayon roll into her purse or diaper bag…portable entertainment!

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I really love how this hand made gift turned out!  I can’t wait to make one for my 4 year old!

Do you make hand made gifts?  Got any good ideas?  I would love to know!

*edited to add this birthday card I made to include with this cute gift:

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(paper is dear lizzy, & the cork accent is maggie holmes)

Happy tuesday y’all!

preschooler fall craft & a little art tip

Temperatures will be in the low 90s today here in Texas, but we are still trying to embrace fall.

My 4 year old loves arts & crafts, so we decided to do a little finger paint project.

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Using our fingers, we dotted little pumpkins with orange kid-friendly paint.  When the paint was dry, we used a green marker to add the stem, a few leaves & curly vines.  (My 4 year old’s fingers are so tiny, they actually look more like tangerines, haha!)  We punched two holes on top, added a little ribbon, and now it’s ready to be hung up!

ART TIP of the day:  We use cheap paper plates for a lot of our crafts, especially painting crafts.  They are thicker than printer paper, so we don’t get the issues of ripping and warping.  It’s much cheaper than buying water color paper or an art pad.  I also think that the round shape and ridges around the outside give projects a more framed look, without having to frame!  I bought a pack of uncoated everyday paper plates from target (no need to buy the heavy duty), and it has lasted us quite a while.  You can find these at the dollar store as well!

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Happy crafting and happy Tuesday friends!

summer beach trip to Port Aransas, TX

It’s October already?  We finally got a break from the heat today, with highs in the low 80s, & we got a little rain last night!  Woo hoo!

Over the summer we took a little trip to the beach with our girls.  First, I’ll share a scrapbook page that I made with one of my favorite pictures from the beach.  Then I’ll share a little about our mini trip.

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I absolutely love how this page turned out!  I used some products by: pink paislee, studio calico, dear lizzy, my mind’s eye, pebbles, with some older products mixed in.

Now, onto our trip!  We had two full days at Port Aransas, TX with our girls!  My husband and I had just got back from our 10 year anniversary getaway to Colorado, so we wanted this trip to be all about the kids before school started.

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My girls love the water & the beach was no exception.  We hadn’t been to the beach since our 2nd daughter was born, and she’s 4 now, so it was high time to make a trip!  On our first day, we spent a few hours at the beach.  We packed a cooler with lots of water and some snacks.  (Seagulls made off with our full, unopened family sized bag of gardetto’s while we weren’t watching.)  Our 4 year old would go running to get a drink of water, scratching her tongue, saying the ocean was “too salty!” every time she got a little ocean water in her mouth.  LOL!  It reminds me of when our first daughter went to the beach for the first time when she was 3 and she asked why the ocean was “soapy,” and I tried to explain the waves & surf…

Here are my beautiful girls:

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We made plans kind of last minute, but we went on weekdays, so it wasn’t that crowded.

We enjoyed some yummy food while in Port Aransas.

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My absolute favorite place to eat was at Irie’s Island Food.  My chicken plate was delicious & they had fresh made beignets & yummy creme brulee.  You have to get there early though, because they are only open for lunch and they close when they run out of food.  For breakfast, we took advantage of the continental breakfast at our hotel (look at the size of that waffle!  You know what they say: Everything in Texas is bigger!)  For dinner we had Kody’s Restaurant & Bar the first night, and deep dish pizza from Slice of Chicago our second night.  We brought pizza back to our room, because we were all exhausted from our days in the sun at the beach.

The girls really wanted to try fishing, so we took them early one morning, and they were so excited when they finally reeled in a fish!  They both caught two little ones, before the sun & heat made us call it quits.

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Some other things we did in Port A, was of course souvenir shopping.  They both got the hats in these photos, and a bag of assorted shells.

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We went to eat ice cream, and we also visited the UT Marine Science Institute.  They had a little interactive educational set up for the kids.  The girls’ favorite part was seeing the tiny aquarium of sea horses & catching the magnetic fish.  At the gift shop, they both got to choose their favorite sea life book.  This is one of the books (from amazon.com):


…and that’s our amazing 2 days at the beach!

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Peace out Yo!  & have a great weekend!