I thought I would do a quick post in between finishing up Halloween costumes and craft faire projects. Yikes! I am feeling a long night ahead of me. We like to make some extra special treats for our friends. We are big fans of s'mores and when I spotted the fun orange pumpkin marshmallows I knew I needed to do something with them. A few years ago we made Spooky S'mores and I thought I would update it with a fun monster topper to go with the orange marshmallow. To download the toppers click here.
To make the Monster S'more Treats you need:
- Monster Bag Topper
- miniature Hershey Bars
- Large Marshmallow or a fun Holiday Peep
-clear craft bags
Hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween!
It's Halloween week, and while the warm temperatures might make it a little harder to get into the fall spirit, we decided to celebrate the season with a little science project. Auntie Erin invited us over to mix up some witches brew and everyone, including my little dude loved it. My little dude loved it so much, he was licking the vinegar right off the spoon...whatever floats your boat. I am always game for a project that is organized by another mama at her house, it doesn't get much easier than that! There wasn't any real measuring to the activity, we just gave each kiddo a bowl and let them have at it.
plastic creepy crawlers- we used spiders
wooden spoons or spatulas to mix with
We counted out our creepy crawlers, dropped them into our bowls, sprinkled (actually more like dumped) a few heaping tablespoons of baking soda on top and, added a few drops of food coloring, and then poured in the vinegar. The kiddos loved watching it bubble and when the bubbling stopped, they mixed it up and added more baking soda. It was a perfect way to spend a very un"fall"ishly warm day just a few days before Halloween!
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So I have been working on my living room since we moved in...six years ago. It has gone from formal kid free living room, to housing a couch that doubled as a trampoline, to a giant empty room waiting to be decorated. I wish I had photos of every stage, but I never thought to take room photos as I went about my day...live and learn. I finally decided I was done living with an unfinished front room and decided on a fresh new color palette of coral, navy, white, and gold and ran with it. My accent wall was painted a fabulous shade of coral and my amazing father helped us create white built in bookshelves and then the room sat...and sat.
We realized at this point that we should have extended the laminate flooring we had done throughout the whole downstairs just last year when we remodeled the kitchen, so in classic Tiffani fashion, I had the flooring finished in a second, more labor intensive phase...and I couldn't be happier!
I then found a black statement mirror at Home Goods and repainted it with Glitterblast in gold- if you haven't discovered Glitterblast yet, go right now...stop reading and find something, anything, you need to make sparkle. This stuff is AMAZEballs- shout out to my sister for introducing this into my life. My husband should be a little worried- if I can paint it, it may just end up glittered!
On a whim I found two darling navy and white chairs ON SALE at Target, SCORE!, and the softest rug you have ever felt from Costco. Seriously soft, like my toddler goes and just lays down while drinking his morning smoothie, doing nothing but resting on this rug, soft.
And that's where we stood- the room still needed something...so I bought some fabric and decided to cover every old throw pillow in my house, 14 to be exact.
I am in love with the new space, it makes me smile every morning I come downstairs. My annual photo books have a new home and all of our homemade quilts and throws are on display in wire baskets. The window seat's drawers are the perfect place to store extra pillows and bedding for overnight guests (our window seat is slightly larger than a twin mattress so it's perfect place for a good night's sleep!) and any extra supplies (can we say folding step stools?). I hope you enjoyed the "tour" through my new living room space. What home areas have you been making over lately??
I thought I would quickly share one of my favorite salads that I ate at least twice a week with our garden tomatoes. It is super easy and so delicious.
This salad has spring greens (baby spinach could also be delicious), fresh garden tomatoes sliced, fresh mozzarella sliced, torn basil leaves, balsamic dressing, and homemade croutons.
Homemade croutons are so easy to make and I think make all the difference. After eating fresh homemade croutons, it is almost impossible to eat store bought croutons. To make croutons I don't do anything fancy. I slice up a loaf of sourdough or french bread into cubes. I drizzle the bread cubes with olive oil and a few tablespoons of melted butter. Into the bowl with bread cubes I sprinkle garlic (fresh or dried), basil, and parsley. I give it a good toss and put them on a lined cookie sheet. I put the pan in a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes. At about 10 minutes I give them a stir. Super easy and super delish!
I am looking forward to enjoying the next few weeks of my garden tomatoes, but I'm curious what fall vegetables will you be putting in your salad?
It's back to reality and the California heat!!! I spent an amazing couple days in beautiful Iowa. I went with family to visit the family farm and I was in love.
We're excited to be hosting a local artisan craft faire this year to help our friends and family get a jump start on holiday shopping! If you're interested in more details and want to come check out all the fun, drop us an email and we'll keep you posted with all the details as the day approaches! For now, mark your calendar for Sunday, November 2nd, starting at 10am, we hope to see you all there!