Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween...

This years objective for Halloween:

make it Spooky, but not Scary.

This was the first year that the boys begged me to go scary with the decor. But with a 4 year old little girl, I just can't do scary.

The compromise: Skulls and Spiders with emphasis on Trick-Or-Treating!

The boys are happy because they are way into the skulls, but Ellison is happy too because none of it is scary enough to be nightmare-inducing!

And that makes Mama very happy!


First, I needed a few candle holders. I lucked out when our local thrift store had these...

A few coats of glossy, black spray paint later and they were perfect for my Halloween mantle...

I found this spidery runner and laid it down first...

Added a few skulls (the boys love this one the most!)...

A free printable from The Graphics Fairy - LOVE her!

And four cute, little bottles with skull stoppers from TJ Maxx...

Some candy corn for color and to reinforce the "Trick-Or-Treat" theme...

A little bit of Spanish Moss here and there...

Candles and Spiders...

And the coolest glittery, black paper chandeliers from Martha Stewart and JoAnne Etc...

I hung one on each side of the mantle...

And Halloween just wouldn't be complete without a few stray crows...

A little more orange, by way of a framed greeting card...

and a Jack-O-Lantern...

And it all comes together to make a slightly-Spooky-but-not-Scary Halloween mantle!

The skeletons found themselves placed around the house, which the kids (and Will too!) love moving into different poses! This one is by Martha Stewart from JoAnne's...

love him - he's a keeper!

Some sticky spiders...

and spider webs...

were just enough to make the house feel ready for Halloween!

It was fun to have the kids fully involved in it this year. Here is how Ellison decorated when we first open up our Halloween boxes...

She was super proud of herself!


And Mummy Pizza's were a huge hit!

Will and I got lucky this year - my best friend hosted a Costume Party on Friday night and it was SO much fun!

Here are a few of us girls...

(my BFF - Medusa)

And now it's dark and the kids are chomping at the bit to get out there and start ringing doorbells!

Off to Trick-Or-Treat!


Be safe!

Friday, October 15, 2010

A Subtle Reminder...

Because it is the little things that make a house a home...

I had been wanting to put this saying above the doors in our hallway for quite a while, and I knew that Eileen (the one and only "Leen The Graphics Queen") was just the girl to help me do it!

She was able to match the font in the header of my blog perfectly, and sized it exactly how I asked her to...

Now, I would love to say that I was cool as a cucumber while putting it up, but in all reality, I was super nervous that I was going to mess it all up. Luckily, Eileen sends clear and precise instructions with her decals, so it certainly wasn't that I didn't have the "tools" necessary to do it correctly. For me, it was that I had chosen the font that I love - thin and scripty and, most importantly, believably hand painted. But these three things were also what could have led me to mess the whole thing up!

Thank goodness that my nerves didn't get the best of me!

I *love* it!

What I love most about the decal:

1. It has a matte finish, so it doesn't show the texture of the wall underneath it.

2. It is super thin vinyl. I was really surprised when I opened the cute, little box from Eileen and saw the material. This is not your average, store bought decal!

Which leads me to...

3. Thanks to #1 and #2, it really, truly looks like it is hand-painted! Which would not be out of the ordinary for me in my home. Before now, I always hand-painted my words and quotes directly onto the wall or a sign. But let me tell you, those days are gone!


I will happily say that I no longer have an aversion to vinyl wall long as they are from Eileen.


I am so glad that this is the saying that I chose for this space. I love that it has more than one meaning for us, that it sits in the center of our home and that it is a daily reminder to keep in mind what is really important.

A huge Thank You to Eileen for creating exactly what I had imagined!

You're the best! XO


Do you have a favorite saying that you would like to put up in your home?

Be sure to check out Leen The Graphics Queen's website and blog.

You will not be disappointed!

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Girls Weekend...

My best friend, Kelly, and I have been planning a Girl's Weekend for......ever!

At least, it felt like forever.

(It's been 8 years in the making!)

But the first weekend of September, we had luck on our side. With only four days notice, the stars and planets aligned and we miraculously got the chance to leave our kiddos at home with our husbands and take off for some much needed rest and relaxation.

And shopping.


We spent that Friday morning doing our everyday Mom duties, but the moment the kids were safe and sound at school, we hit the road.

Destination: Pacific Beach, WA

More specifically, The Coastal Nest.

We had a great time!

I could go into all of the details of the cottage, but really, the photos speak for themselves.

First, a quick rundown of the spaces:

The Living Room:

The Kitchen:

The Dining Area:

Bedroom #1:

Bedroom #2:

And The Bathroom:

The Coastal Nest is certainly quaint and cozy!

But what makes this cottage so adorable and comfortable, is Lisa's obvious eye for details and decor.

Take a look to see just what I mean...

(Click on the photo to be taken to the Coastal Nest Facebook Page, and let Lisa know that Karla from ITLT sent you!)

The moment that Kelly and I walked in, I knew I would be stealing some of Lisa's ideas and using them in my own home.

The cottage is brimming with inspiration!

To see all of the details of the Coastal Nest, check out Lisa's blog at:

And if you are interested in staying at the Cottage, Click Here for rates and availability.


Many thanks to Lisa for letting us stay at the Coastal Nest on such short notice!

You have a sweet little spot there!