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Thursday, October 20, 2016

a little camera time

I finally decided I needed to attempt picture of little Zoey,
I used to capture a million little shoots of Lexi when she was little..
so I asked Lexi to come with and be on "helping duty" hoping to get zoey to smile for the camera.
but no bueno - she is way to busy and toddler-hood is in full force around here!
Zoey wouldn't sit still so I just photographed some candid shots,
which I am totally ok with!
Lexi even let me snag one of her! ;)

love you two!!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Creepy Halloween Invitation

Say Hello to the most morbid Halloween Save the Date invitation you ever did see!
I finally re-created my favorite Halloween Invitation I first made 5 years ago!

These invites are best for smaller gatherings because the book portion can be quite a lot of work!
So cutting out 10+ books would not have been fun!
But the work sure does pay off when you see how it all comes together!!

I figured I would do another tutorial on how to make these gory invites!
so first things first,

First you want to find books!
You want to grab thicker old books and aim to spend around 50 cents- $1 per book.

Thrift stores now days are charging $2 for a single book.. and I just didn't want to add that into the budget so I kept searching! I visited 4 different stores (2 thrift stores, a book store, and finally landed myself at an antique mall-- and found one of the vendors selling most if not all of their books for 50 cents!)
Buying Books for decor have become popular..
and the thrift stores have definitely caught on and price accordingly!
So finding some for 50 cents a piece was getting tricky!
BUT don't give up! There's somewhere out there for the price you need!!

After you get your books.. you can either keep them the color they are
or you can spray paint the hard cover black..
I didn't spray paint them the last time I made these as invitations
but I decided I wanted them all black this go around!

I used press n seal to wrap the book pages & wash tape to make sure the top book fold was covered.

You are going to use an exacto knife to cut out a rectangle.
This will be the Hot Dog/Finger's resting place.

This part is also that most time consuming part of the project..
The older the book pages are the more fragile you will need to be when cutting out the pages..
the old pages tend to rip easier when cutting multiple pages because the paper is softer & thinner.

I tried to do 15 or so pages at a time and aimed for a 2" deep hole in the book pages.

Get your Finger's Ready..

Cut your hot dog a little shorter (gage it with the length of your own finger)
then cut the nail beds out and add three slices for where the knuckle creases should be.
After your finger's are cut then you can roast them or microwave them.

Last time I made these I did it in the microwave.. this time we roasted them
just like you roast marshmallows for s'mores!

I think these finger hot dogs would be amazing as an appetizer or in their hot dogs to serve the kids!

After you are done roasting them
Tie a knot using twine around the hot dog finger.
(this is where the "don't forget"part comes into play)

Get your hot-glue gun going
1st, glue down the Spanish moss around the inside corners of the cut out
2nd, hot glue the hot dog/finger down in the middle!

After it is hot-glued down you can smear some ketchup on top of the nail bed.
(Just make sure you get the juices out of the ketchup first
before you start squeezing ketchup juice onto everything)

Print out the actual details for the party on a separate piece of paper..
cut it down to just about the size you need and then burn the edges for a more eerie feel!
(I'd recommend doing this at a sink in case things get outta control ;)

Now you're all set!
Let the ketchup DRY as best it can before closing the book!

Then wrap the book with twine & add a label with the guest name & leave it on their doorstep!

I also had an alternative way I packaged and delivered it the first time I made these
if you want to check out another look..

Hope these help inspire you the next time you're planning a Halloween Party!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Halloween Dinner & Netflix Night!

Last night we had our annual Halloween Dinner & Movie night!
Where we have a Halloween themed dinner and watch a Halloween movie on Netflix!

I usually try to do it the first of October to get us all in the mood for Halloween and it's always a good time to bring out all of our scary decor for the month! I kinda cheated this year and brought out some of the decor before our designated night but it's always fun to see Lexi's face when she gets home from school!! She couldn't wait for the night and she kept getting annoyed when I kept pushing the night back -- but with our schedules this week it was too crazy to do it any sooner!
BUT it did make me feel good (and makes it worth it) that she was looking forward to this little tradition we started a couple years ago! (last year's theme night, and year before that theme night)

We have been on a Hotel Transylvania II kick over in our house and it worked perfect for our Movie Night! Zoey calls it "bla, bla bla" and the phrase "crazy coo coo" has been on a run in our house!

LOVE this family night tradition and love these girls for making these holidays so much more fun!

I brought home our skeleton yesterday from Target and Tyson named him Leonard!
I'm tempted to go buy him a friend.. but maybe I'll wait for next year! ;)

We had soccer practice last night so I had it all set up for Lexi when she got home from school and then we just did the dinner and movie part after we got home from that!

I had bought those cute little haunted houses from Target's dollar section and they were perfect for the girls to color (chalk comes with it) while they waited for dinner to be ready!

We had our traditional chicken tortilla soup with Bat tortillas & I ended up making monster chocolate covered pretzels (saw the idea off of this Facebook video ) for our dessert!

Monday, October 3, 2016

our week and busy schedules ahead!

We found the cutest and softest pjs at Costco last week (Carters brand)! But shortly after our trip home both girls had swapped into them! Is that gross? Do you guys make sure to wash everything before your kids wear the clothes? I'm thinking our playroom needs cleaned asap! I usually wait till all the play dates are over for the week before I do clean up and our upcoming week is going to be crazy busy! We have two soccer games on Monday & Tuesday.. plus practice on Thursday.. and a bunch of other stuff going on! It's a good kind of busy so I'll take it! :) Hope you guys have a good week!!

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