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5 Family Costume Ideas

Halloween is right around the corner and it’s time to get spooky and have some fun! Today I’ll be giving you top 5 family costume ideas! I love a good couples or family costume. So excited to dress up this year. My husband and I will probably do something from Harry Potter!

  1. Adam’s Family – With the new movie just releasing- THIS is a great idea for 2021

2.Incredibles is a fun Disney family costume

3.Paw Patrol

4.Superheros is a classic favorite of mine

5.M&M’s

These are all great choices and so much fun to do as a family or couples. Let loose, relax and enjoy your spooky night out with family and friends!

Katie <3

 

 

Beauty, Fun

Fall Boot Looks

I don’t know about you but I love an amazing boot to build my wardrobe around. Maybe a nice chunky heel or some fringe? Tall or short- there certainly is a boot for you! Just this past weekend I built my look on brown suede ankle boot, chunky heel with fringe. I wanted something fun for an outdoor wedding I was attending, I got so many compliments!

Here are my top 5 picks this season:

  1. Faux suede uppers rise above the ankles and highlight a front lace-up design- 5 different colors- I personally love the Navy.

2. Buckle Strap Heels Ankle Boots- I love the taupe color but they are all great

3. Classic Combat boot- I’m obsessed with these white ones!

4. Knee High Boot    

5. Tassel Decor Point Toe Chunky Boots

 

I usually get my fashion vibes from SugaredStilettos

Definitely recommend you guys check out her IG and her blog! She’s awesome and always showing the newest and hottest trends in fashion!

 

Katie <3

Fun, Travel

5 Fall Foliage Adventure Ideas

5 -Fall Foliage Adventures

One of my favorite times of the year is leaf peeping season. It is fun for the whole family and you can make it more adventurous with little games to play as well. This will help keep the kids occupied while you enjoy the beautiful scenery.

  1. Go for a long scenic drive. There are many scenic roads that are perfect to see these vibrant colors.
  2. Go to a local state park and hike. Hikes vary from easy to difficult- research areas with variety. 
  3. Visit a local park and pack a picnic, some hot cider and a blanket. Sit and just soak up all the beauty nature has to offer.
  4. Go on a train ride that travels through areas where the views would be scenic and transport you away from your day to day
  5. Take a boat cruise on a river or lake- these are always so enjoyable and give a different view than from the road!

Depending on where you live, I’m sure there are so many other ideas you can do to see it, but living on the East Coast in Connecticut, we are lucky enough to see fall foliage everywhere.

What do you like to do to experience the fall weather and the beauty nature provides the world with?

For me, I love photography and hiking or kayaking- It gives me such a peace, calmness, and creativity. I feel so much better after venturing out for a while.

Go out and find some adventure 🙂
Katie

Fun, Travel

Labor Day Festivities

Labor DAY!

Do you know why we have the first Monday off in September?

“Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers and is traditionally observed on the first Monday in September. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894.” (history.com)

It’s important to always remind ourselves why things happen today. It’s also the last ditch effort to embrace summer before fall sweaters, boots and pumpkin everything happens.

How are you celebrating? I go to SC every year to visit family and have a long weekend of fun in the southern sun. There are always parades on the water and land and it’s usually beautiful at 80 degrees. We end up having tons of seafood and fun .

Are you thinking of a picnic? Having a party? Or going away for the long weekend? Whatever you decide I’m sure it will be great and dazzles with red, white and blue everywhere.

Here is a cute recipe for the holiday:

Labor Day Popcorn
Popcorn Themed Ingredients:
Plain popped popcorn (no butter)
Wilton royal blue candy melts
Wilton bright white candy melts
Wilton red candy melts
Red M&Ms
Patriotic nonpareils
Patriotic star confetti sprinkles

How To Make Red, White and Blue Popcorn:

Line a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper. (This is not going in the oven, so you can use either.) Spread the popped popcorn in a single layer on the lined cookie sheet. You can use pre-packaged plain popcorn or you can pop your own. Read how to make Instant Pot Popcorn.
In a microwave safe bowl, microwave the blue candy melts for 45 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir until completely melted and smooth. Using a spoon, drizzle on top of the popcorn. Immediately sprinkle the patriotic nonpareils on top of the melted blue chocolate.

Add the white candy melts to a separate microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 45 seconds. Stir until melted and smooth. Drizzle on top of the popcorn. Before the white chocolate hardens, sprinkle patriotic star confetti sprinkles on top of the melted chocolate.

In a third microwave safe bowl, microwave the red candy melts and drizzle all over the popcorn. Immediately place the red M&M candies on top of the melted red chocolate.
Place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator and chill for 1 hour to allow the chocolate to completely harden. Once hardened, break the popcorn into bite-size pieces.

 

Fun, Travel

Soaking Up the Last Bit of Summer!

Summer is Ending. Kids are headed back to school next week! 

As September is upon us, it’s time to make those plans for some last minute summer fun. There are so many things you can do that are fun and local. Have you visited your local zoo, gone mini golfing, or had a picnic in a local park? No matter where you live, I’m sure this article will help drum up some ideas to explore for you and your loved ones. 

For adults, I love going to local breweries and wineries to support local businesses. It’s like an adult picnic! Grab some friends or a date and pack some cheese, crackers, fruit and veggies and enjoy the day. You can also go to new local restaurants and have a date night or girls night out. I love getting out and going to a concert or a bar with local bands to dance the night away or just enjoy from the bar. There are so many great outdoor areas that make a cool ambience and unique experience. 

For families, there are fairs, petting zoos, farms, and other cute low key local hotspots that are sure to impress and not break the bank. Or how about a water park or amusement park for the day to get some thrill and exercise for the kiddos. There’s still time to go pick fruit and have a day to visit a local orchard. Sunflower mazes are going on and in full bloom. There are always pop up markets, carnivals, and parades that kids would love too. And many towns do touch a truck experiences this time of year. 

If you can, plan a beach or lake day to just relax and get some time to slow down. OR maybe plan a day trip to somewhere you have been wanting to visit.

School time and the holidays are upon us. Stay safe and much love! Enjoy the last bit of summer.

~Katie

Fun

Summer Family Fun Ideas

Summer is going by so fast, but have no fear there is still time for family fun. Join me as I break down the top 5 family fun things to do that won’t break the bank and are enjoyable for everyone.

 

  1. Mini-golf (my personal favorite) This activity is long enough but not too long. It’s a fun morning or evening activity for all ages.
  2. Beach day or lake day- pack the family up and head to the sand and water for a fun day of building sand castles, swimming, and reading (for parents)
  3. Picnic in the park- pack a fun lunch and snacks or dinner and bring a ball or cornhole games and just enjoy the great outdoors.
  4. Petting zoos or aquariums- with the pandemic hopefully behind us- many places have been letting kids in for free or at a huge discount. Go on a fun learning adventure today!

Since we are from all parts of the world, use this list as inspiration to plan a fun family day that is full of pictures, memories and laughs! Before you know it, it will be back to school and the fall will be upon us. 

 

Bringing the family together will allow everyone to take a break from work, phones, and give you a chance to reconnect and enjoy truly being together. So make the effort to minimize phone use and talk to one another. 

 

I’m planning a mini golf session this weekend and excited to have some quality family time and take time to refuel before going back to work Monday!

 

You can even make a game out of these activities to help the family engage and get into the activity together like a scavenger hunt or I spy type of fun. Or maybe a writing activity after to talk about their favorite part of the day.

 

Enjoy the day and can’t wait to see where it takes you!