INSTAPOST: What We’ve Been Up To

It has been a wild ride with renovations, holidays, celebrations, and so much more! Here are a few snapshots of what we have been up to lately…

Saw an amazing Charlie Robison show at The Granada theater

Saw an amazing Charlie Robison show at The Granada theater

Ate a Hattie's!

Ate a Hattie’s!

We decorated for Halloween!

We decorated for Halloween!

I officially stained the banister, yes me! With no help from David at all. I am officially becoming a DIY girl

I officially stained the banister, yes me! With no help from David at all. I am officially becoming a DIY girl

The AFTER!

The AFTER!

I did A LOT of Halloween Baking

I did A LOT of Halloween Baking

Our BEAUTIFUL backsplash done by my man!

Our BEAUTIFUL backsplash done by my man!

Our Engagement Party!

Our Engagement Party!

HOLIDAY: Easy Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone! Have no fear, even if you aren’t huge on celebrating Halloween I have some SUPER EASY ways for you to get in the holiday spirit really quick! These are all quick fixes to a lack of Halloween spirit, or a busy schedule. Easy costumes, easy decorations, and easy halloween treats…Did I mention easy?!

Quite possibly my favorite halloween treat! How easy and adorable!

Quite possibly my favorite halloween treat! How easy and adorable!

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Turning a typical meal in to a Halloween themed meal real quick!

Turning a typical meal in to a Halloween themed meal real quick!

 

 

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These are always available at the dollar section in Target. Line the driveway and put a tea light in them to light the path for trick or treaters.

These are always available at the dollar section in Target. Line the driveway and put a tea light in them to light the path for trick or treaters.

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Too busy to make a treat? This is a great way to make a party necessity Halloween inspired.

Too busy to make a treat? This is a great way to make a party necessity Halloween inspired.

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All household items, and a great way to decorate with an impromptu Halloween party

All household items, and a great way to decorate with an impromptu Halloween party

My favorite EASY halloween costume for couples and for individuals. I mean who doesn't have a few basic black items in their closet?

My favorite EASY halloween costume for couples and for individuals. I mean who doesn’t have a few basic black items in their closet?

HOLIDAY: Costumed Kids

Happy Monday everyone! I think everyone in the corporate world is like me where they might need a little pick me up on a mondays. I thought I would get everyone in the Halloween mood, and life your spirits with some hilarious and adorable photos of my favorite children’s halloween costumes (because kids always look cuter!)

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From the movie UP! Love this!

From the movie UP! Love this!

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I don't know if this little girl will ever remember the Troll dolls, but I just adore this!

I don’t know if this little girl will ever remember the Troll dolls, but I just adore this!

Adorable brother costume!

Adorable brother costume!

A Crazy Cat Lady.

A Crazy Cat Lady.

A Christmas Story!

A Christmas Story!

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Madeline!

Madeline!

I mean this just will melt any Monday blues away! Adorable!

I mean this just will melt any Monday blues away! Adorable!

HAPPY HOUR: Spiked Cider

Happy Friday everyone! Nothing says fall in the Stephenson household more than pumpkin picking, apple cider, and some good pumpkin ice cream! This is the delicious recipe I will be serving up this weekend for our amazing fall weekend.

SPIKED CIDER.

SPIKED CIDER.

INGREDIENTS

1 Quart of apple cider

1 Package of mulling spices

Spiced Rum (We always prefer Bacardi)

 

DIRECTIONS

Bring the quart of apple cider and package of mulling spices to a boil.

Once boiling, turn the heat down to low and allow the mixture to simmer for 30 minutes.

Strain out all mulling spices, serve cider over 1 ounce of spiced rum.

 

The whole idea for spiked cider came when I saw this ADORABLE package of mulling spices at Kroger last week. You can find them at your local Kroger or Amazon!

The whole idea for spiked cider came when I saw this ADORABLE package of mulling spices at Kroger last week. You can find them at your local Kroger or Amazon!

 

HOLIDAY: No Carve Pumpkins

So last year David and I went to this amazing little pumpkin patch, drank cider, went through a corn maze, and of course picked pumpkins. Well the Halloween dream ended there because once we got home we didn’t do anything with our pumpkins! They sat around looking cute, but under decorated. If you’re like us and maybe are not in the mood to carve pumpkins this year, here are some great no carve ways to decorate your pumpkins!

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This would be such a great activity for a little one!

This would be such a great activity for a little one!

Painted and Pinned.

Painted and Pinned.

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I love this! Paint a pumpkin with chalkboard paint and use it as your Halloween Party Menu Board!

I love this! Paint a pumpkin with chalkboard paint and use it as your Halloween Party Menu Board!

Day of The Dead Pumpkin!

Day of The Dead Pumpkin!

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more ways to use every DIY girls favorite... glitter!

more ways to use every DIY girls favorite… glitter!

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Love this. All this would take is some white paint and a gold sharpie!

Love this. All this would take is some white paint and a gold sharpie!

I had to share this one because everyone knows I LOVE a good monogram. Plus as an added bonus.... that is my new future monogram!

I had to share this one because everyone knows I LOVE a good monogram. Plus as an added bonus…. that is my new future monogram! ­čÖé

 

HOLIDAY: Post Halloween Sale

Well one of my absolute favorite things is a good sale! Here are a few amazing online deals for Halloween decorations! It is never too early to plan next years decor! If anything catches your eye just click on the picture and you will be taken to the product’s website!!

Day of the Dead Table Runner from Pottery Barn! Originally $69 now only $16.99!!

Day of the Dead Table Runner from Pottery Barn! Originally $69 now only $16.99!!

Red Mercury Glass Vases for only $28.99 from Pottery Barn! Perfect for a creepy Halloween mantle or even a good early Christmas decoration buy!!

Red Mercury Glass Vases for only $28.99 from Pottery Barn! Perfect for a creepy Halloween mantle or even a good early Christmas decoration buy!!

 

Set of 6 Black Halloween Taper Candles from William Sonoma for only $14.99

Set of 6 Black Halloween Taper Candles from William Sonoma for only $14.99

 

Perfect for the Halloween Treats! A set of 4 Halloween Skeleton Cookie Cutters for only $3.99 from William Sonoma!!

Perfect for the Halloween Treats! A set of 4 Halloween Skeleton Cookie Cutters for only $3.99 from William Sonoma!!

For all those with kids here is the most ADORABLE Halloween Costume from Pottery Barn Kids for only $22.50 (originally $59!!)

For all those with kids here is the most ADORABLE Halloween Costume from Pottery Barn Kids for only $22.50 (originally $59!!)

WEDDING WEDNESDAY: Halloween Wedding

Of course for the Wednesday before Halloween I had to highlight the most interesting type of wedding I have found… a Halloween Wedding. For all those who love the spooky and scary, anyone Halloween obsessed would love this type of wedding! There are a lot of kooky things that can be involved with Halloween weddings but I picked my favorites, classy and Halloween obsessed. If you’re going to have your wedding on a holiday this is the one they go all out for!

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