Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Top 5 ~ Halloween Edition

I had originally thought about not posting a Top 5 because this week has not been extremely kind to us.  On Monday, my grandmother died.  She was the last living grandparent I had and we celebrated her life on Wednesday.  Our already busy schedule was even more so this week with all the Halloween activities going on at Alise's school and the teachers did not let up with homework and tests.  And with our already crazy schedule, the week was just that much busier for us!

As I was looking back over my Halloween Pinterest Board this week to double check some pins that I plan to use for our Halloween party Saturday night, I decided to post my Top 5 Halloween ideas.  Here are the ones I used or planning to use this weekend:

{one.}  I decided to use this idea for Alise's class Halloween party at school.  It was simple, simple to do - if only I could get everything I needed together at one time, but I forgot a few items and had to make several trips back to town.  I made this prop into a Halloween Jeopardy-type game with clues/jokes that the kids have to answer.  I even included a "Double Jeopardy" and candy to spill out of the bowl when it's "punched."  I'll try to do an entire post on this Halloween Jeopardy idea next week!  I'll also let you know what the kids thought of it!

30 Awesome Halloween Games for Kids

{two.}  We decided to "Boo" our neighbors this year!  Here's the FREE printables I used to do it!
You've Been Booed! is a Fun Halloween Tradition! Free Printable Tags, Ideas and Instructions
Now, the funny thing about this story is that Alise got caught!!  I told her to ride her bicycle over to our neighbors house so that if their front window was open, they would just think she was riding her bike up and down the street.  A perfect example of Baby Girl not listening to what I tell her!  What did she do?  She walked across the yard and Ms. Louise saw her and met her at the door!  Darn it!  Oh, well!  Our neighbors are great and we even got booed late Sunday night ourselves!!

{three.}  I found the crazy eyes for this fun project at Walmart.  I plan on making these tomorrow for the party at our house.
Gooey Monster Eye Cookies Recipe

{four.}  I really want to pull this punch off tomorrow night for the party.  Have you ever made the smoking cauldron punch?  Well, I haven't, but there's a first time for everything!
Non Alcoholic Smoking Cauldron Punch :: Dry Ice is added to the "Cauldron" & is NOT in the punch. Recipe on the site.

{five.}  Instead of making individual baggies of these great treats, I'm going to  put them in individual bowls with food tags so that the kids can just grab-and-go!
Witches Warts- Chocolate Chips  Ghost Poop- Mini Marshmallows Monster Scabs- Graham Crackers Jack o Lantern Teeth- Candy Corn

The tradition continues!  Tonight we're trick-or-treating with the same family we have been for going on nine years!  Our sweet girls don't have many years left for doing this, so we're enjoying it while we can!  On Saturday, Alise's entire 4th grade class from her school will be at our house for a fun-filled Halloween party complete with a flashlight scavenger hunt, a bonfire, hot dogs and a hay ride - that is, if we can find some hay!  Preferably FREE hay! 

I hope everyone has a very scary Halloween!  Stay safe!!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy Halloween 2014!!

One of these days, I'm going to be SOOO darn glad I did this!

Alise's Halloween costumes through the years: 2005 - 2013!  Seeing these pics bring tears to my eyes!  Love you, Baby Girl!!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Top 4

Happy Friday, Everyone!

Let me just say that I don't think there is a single person who is more ready for this weekend than me, myself, and I!  This week has been a hard one!  So Mr. Horton is treating me to dinner and a movie tonight while Alise is at a slumber party.  We're planning to see "Gone Girl."  And nope!  I haven't read the book, but I know a little bit about it - except for the end, which I hear is very twisted.  I hope I'm not disappointed.

In the meantime, let's get to it!  Here's what I'm loving this week!

{one.} I am IN LOVE with Essie's Shearling Darling nail color this fall!!  For someone that really struggled with finding just the right color for the dark-is-darker trend, I'm excited!  I wanted to wear the darker polish colors, but I could never find one that looked good with my skin tone.  Now, in my opinion, the picture below shows the color to be a little more "redder" {Is that even a word?} than it really is.  On my nails, the color is a very dark chocolate/maroon color.  It isn't black, which was a color that I knew I definitely didn't want. From a die-hard OPI polish girl, you know it took alot to get me to try another brand and so far, I'm really impressed!  The color is long lasting and I can go two weeks between polish changes.  Try it and let me know what you think!

{two.}  I recently switched to an Aveda salon for my hair care needs and my stylist suggested I try their brand of shampoo and conditioner in their Be-Curly line.  I don't buy high end shampoo and conditioner, so I was a little leary of taking her up on it, but I did. And I'm loving the results!  My hair is more curly, not kinky, but I never thought it could get any curlier, and so much softer.

{three.}  And speaking of hair, I loved this post about hair color for Fall.  For the first time ever, I went darker for Fall this year and added some low lights.  It was nothing drastic and people hardly even noticed I had done anything - especially after the color lightened within a few weeks.  Now I'm even thinking about going a shade darker. "Yikes!" says this always-been-a-blonde girl!!

{four.}  I've heard of Lisa Leonard's jewelry before, but I don't own a piece. I'm not even sure how I came across her Nativity Scene, but for this collector of such, I was in love with it!  Unfortunately, I think the item has currently sold out.  However, be sure to check out her Christmas ornaments, too.  I may have to get my Nativity fix by purchasing an ornament instead.  I really like this one and I think it would make a great gift for Alise's teacher.

nativity ornament {pewter}

Only four items on the list this week, but I keep telling myself there should really be five.  I feel like I'm forgetting something really, really important, ya know?  Oh, well.  I guess it can wait until next week!

Enjoy your weekend! 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


This week, I've come down with a case of the blah's.  I like to think of it as "my-forties-are-catching-up-with-me" syndrome.  My entire body aches, especially my back.  I'm scared to say that I haven't had a migraine yet for fear that I might jinx it, but at this point, that's about all that hasn't hurt or ached this week {as of this writing, anyway}.  My metabolism is shot to you-know-where.  I can eat something and I feel like it just sits in the pit of my stomach.  For now, the cooler temps are the only things drawing me out of the bed at five o'clock every morning to walk three miles and yesterday morning I woke up in wet sheets due to night sweats.  I have this awful metallic taste in my mouth that requires me to chew gum nearly all day.  I also think I'm getting a stye.  It's just so depressing to get old.  So I scheduled a "hair mask" appointment at the salon last night while Alise was at art lessons and I felt a little better.

Seeing Alise's test schedule for the week on the way to tumbling Monday evening CERTAINLY didn't help matters!  Nine tests, y'all!  NINE FREAKIN' TESTS!!  Y'all don't know how close I came to throwing my hands up in the air and saying, "I'm done!"  But I feel like with the new nine weeks beginning, I just can't do that.  It's easier to do at the end than the beginning.  So this week, we're identifying U.S. cities on a map based on longitude and latitude degrees, multiplying 2 and 3 digit numbers, and studying reproduction.  Yay me!!

The beautiful menu I posted on Monday flew out the window as well this week.  We had cereal for supper last night.  Cereal.  And it was oh-so good.  Wayne is off work for the next three weeks on vacation, so our meals will be simple and probably come from the freezer. What can I say?  I like to take advantage of having a Mr. Mom at home to make supper even if it means having the same ol' same ol'.

On the brighter side, plans for the Halloween party for Alise's class are coming together.  I've finally finalized the clues for the flashlight scavenger hunt and I think the kids are gonna love it!  I've decided to buy most of the food instead of preparing/baking it myself.  I don't need anymore stress right now.  I'm all about easy peasy these days.  Alise says her friends are really excited and looking forward to it.  Next Tuesday, we have Pumpkins on Parade at school and this is the first year that Alise decided not to enter a pumpkin in the contest.  She still wants to go to the hot dog meal and carnival though that evening.  Then, Friday night is Halloween and we will be spending it trick-or-treating with our friends as always, with snacks at our house afterwards.  And then Saturday night is the BIG party at our house.  Can you tell we like Halloween?  I finally tossed the ol' poodle skirt last year, so I'll be costume-less.  I just haven't had time to figure something else out.

Here's to hoping for a better end to this week!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pumpkins & KISS

On Saturday afternoon, I convinced Princess Leia to ride with me to the Pumpkin Patch for our annual Halloween costume pic.  She didn't want to get out of the car.  Imagine that!  For the first year ever, she was embarrassed to be at the Pumpkin Patch dressed in her costume.  I told her if she was old enough to dress up and trick-or-treat for Halloween, she was old enough for a picture.  (I don't have many years left, folks, so I'm beginning to grasp at straws!)  There weren't that many people there - babies, in fact, that could care less what she had on.  However, she did get two compliments!

My parents had wanted Alise to spend the night Friday night, but it was our last home game and the last time for Alise to cheer with her Big Sis during the second quarter or the game, so she asked if she could come on Saturday.  While she was at my parents, Wayne and I went out to eat after the whooping Alabama gave Texas A&M that afternoon!  We were starving!!  And we wanted to try a Mexican restaurant that had just expanded.  I had actually eaten there for lunch a few weeks ago with a friend and the food was delicious!  However, Saturday night was a bust!  I was so disappointed.  But we were SO stinkin' hungry, we gobbled it right up anyway!  Who charges for extra tortillas these days??  Good grief!

Here's a picture of the outfit I wore on our date night.  I was so pumped about piecing this outfit together!  I bought the graphic KISS tee a few weeks ago when Target had them on sale.  I had been wanting a graphic tee to wear under jackets and since Mr. Horton likes KISS, I thought he might like the shirt, too.  When I showed it to him, he grinned.  I paired it with a military jacket that I bought at Target last year, skinny jeans from Forever 21 from last year and my cowboy boots (Necklace is from Charming Charlie's).  I think this will be my go-to outfit for Fall!!

On Sunday afternoon, Alise and Wayne headed to the woods!  They put out corn feeders and rode the four wheeler.  She had a great time spending time with her Daddy!