Do It Your Freaking Self

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Dark Chocolate Orange Cranberry Bark

This might seem like sacrilege and try not to fall out of your seats when I say this but….I think I may be pumpkin spiced out. Whew. That felt good to get off my chest.

But seriously though you guys, I love fall and all that it brings. I love sweater weather and pumpkin spice and pumpkins and all that stuff but I think I hit pumpkin spice overload what with the latte’s and cheerios among other things. So… what is a girl to do?

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I turned to all things rich and tangy and whipped up some dark chocolate orange cranberry bark to satisfy my sugar and my spice cravings and you know what? It hit the spot! This bark is makes a perfect addition to any party, as a holiday gift or just because. With hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, this bark is sure to bring a smile to anyone looking to dig into the more tangy flavors this holiday season!

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Potato Stamp Matilda Wormwood Hoodie

When most kids were having their “go outside and run around the neighborhood” phase, I was in my “stay inside and read a book” phase. Yes folks, I was not the most active of children. Does that surprise you? It shouldn’t. But before you start worrying about my health just know that I was at dance class a lot. Like 3-4 nights a week a lot. I just wasn’t a big fan of being outside or sweating or things that go with that.


Okay, so that stay inside and read a book phase…. I liked to read a lot. I remember staying up all night to finish books and somehow making it up in time to go to school or church the next day. I still do that in fact. I fell in love with the character of Matilda Wormwood who shared a love of reading and learning. Matilda was magical, mysterious and overall amazing.  So of course while I was creating a hoodie based on another Roald Dahl work, I felt like I needed to honor Matilda in the same way.

Time: 1hr
Cost: $15 or less
Literary level: Genius

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Felicity Fox Hoodie

If you tuned in earlier this week, you would have read several sentences extholling my love for one Felicity Fox, because yes, she is a badass.

I was at the thrift store last week and found this amazing golden hoodie that was just SCREAMING to be turned into something, and as I was planning on continuing with the fox theme anyway so….. I bought it and turned it into this super fun Felicity Fox inspired apple print hoodie!

Create your own Felicity Fox inspired hoodie just in time for fall and Halloween!

Yes, you heard me, apple print. What is it with me using food as stamps? Well, for one thing, its cheap. I don’t want to pay $12+ for a stamp that I can make with a 50¢ apple AND get a snack out of it. (I ate the unpainted half). Want to make one in time for halloween or just to have a conversation starter?

Time: 1 hour + dry time
Cost: $15+ (depending on cost of hoodie)
Wes Anderson Level: 12

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DIY No Sew Fox Ears Headband

You guys, for some reason I’m in love with foxes this week. Honestly, fall means orange and fuzzy and stealing yummy treats from my friend’s kitchens, which basically means fall = foxes. Right? Maybe?

Okay, so the real reason I made these ears is because I found myself watching The Fantastic Mr. Fox a few nights ago and pretty much fell in love with Felicity Fox. Let’s be honest here even though Mr. Fox tries to run the show, Felicity is there to reign him in and basically be the voice of reason for the entire fiasco.

© Fox Searchlight Pictures

© Fox Searchlight Pictures

Yes folks, she is a badass. If you’re feeling similarly inspired by the Wes Anderson adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic, grab some felt and a glue gun. Its about to get foxy up in here with these DIY Fox Ears Headband!

Time: 15 Minutes
Cost: $5-10
Foxy Level: Like… 2?

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DIY Halloween Glitter Pumpkins

I’m going to preface this and say that it has been a ridiculous amount of time since I have gotten to carve a pumpkin. So if you want to come over and get messy and do that with me, I am down.

That being said, I somehow ended up with 6 foam pumpkins from the dollar tree this year. I honestly don’t know how it happened. They just seem to multiply like tribbles or something. I made it my mission this week to “edit” at least one of them so I could join the cool club of wonderfully painted and decorated pumpkins. And you know what…. I did it.

Transform foam pumpkins from the dollar tree into chic DIY Glitter Pumpkins for you halloween and fall decor!


Grab some paint, glue and glitter and no one will believe that these glitter pumpkins cost you less than $5 TOTAL. Seriously. Everything came from the dollar tree. Even the paint. Girl get on it!

Time: 30 minutes or less plus dry time
Cost: Under $5
Spooky level: 2…. they’re cute!

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Halloween Glow in the Dark Slime

Well, it is officially less than a month away from Halloween, which means a few things.

1 – That I’m no longer looked at weird for already having my livingroom decorated.
2 – That ya’ll are finally preparing for your halloween parties, and
3 – It is totally okay for me to buy and eat an entire package of Reeses Pumpkins…. right?

Create your own borax free Halloween Glow in the Dark Slime with only 3 ingredients! Fun for everyone and great for non-candy halloween favors!

So let’s talk about one of my favorite kiddo projects shall we? Slime. It’s really amazing as project that kids can make and it doubles as a sensory activity. Kids can get messy (I usually have them work sans shirts) and then wash off. Everything in slime is body safe so I don’t worry about it iritating their skin. Glow in the dark slime is also one of my favorite projects for Halloween time! It keeps the kiddos busy, makes an adorable party favor and everyone likes to pretend they’re a mad scientist right?

Time: 10 minutes or less
Kid engagement time: 1 hour+
Cost: $2 or less
Fun level: 10

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BOO! DIY Halloween Typography Vase

Add some DIY Typography to your halloween decor with this easy BOO! DIY Halloween Typography Vase!

Hands up if you never get out of Target without spending at least $50. The whole “make a list and stick to it” thing? Out the window the minute I hit the home decor section or the dollar section. And lord help me if I go through the kids bedding section because that is where I find unicorn sheets I never knew I needed (and I did, let’s be honest). What is your favorite random Target buy?
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Anyhoo, Halloween is in full effect at the good ol’ Targé and I came home with some interesting decor. One of my favorite random finds was not in the home decor or halloween sections, but from the party/craft section. Target has a wonderful selection of craft items and they’re exactly what you’d expect…cute and trendy. I ended up with this paper mache BOO sign that you’re supposed to paint… but I ended up taking it a step further.

Have a look and see what got made!

Time: 15 minutes + dry time
Cost: $5-10 depending on cost of flowers
Trendy level: A conservative 9

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The Best Pokemon Halloween Costumes You Will Ever Need

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Pokemon fever is still in full swing, and if you’re anything like me, you’re looking for the perfect pokemon halloween costume that doesn’t involve too much effort (because you also have to make the kid’s costumes too). And let’s be honest, as cute as Pikachu is, not all of us want to be him for halloween.

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So! Whether you’re a trainer, a pikachu, a charizard or squirtle, here is everything you could ever have to look for in Pokemon Halloween Costumes.Everything you need for your Pokemon Halloween costumes. For kids, adults, babies, and fur babies! Pokemon your Halloween!

What are you going as this year? The girls I sit for have changed their mind three times already, so it’ll probably be a last minute scramble for us as well.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children DIY Gallery Wall

I don’t know about you guys, but one of my favorite things about Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was the photos that came with it. If you haven’t read the books yet and are just waiting for the movie to come out first, it’s important to note that the entire series was inspired by found vintage photographs that looked a bit… peculiar. Throughout the book series, these peculiar photos are interspersed with the story, giving the reader a visual on the characters even without a film. The cool part is that these photos are not photoshopped, but are probably photography tricks old timey photographers used.


With the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children premiere and halloween looming, I though it would be a perfect way to credit the work by creating a gallery wall. Here’s the thing… they always look super complicated. On pinterest you see all of these frames strategically hodge podged and you sit there thinking… I would totally mess that up. Yep. Right there with you. BUT!!! It’s actually really easy… and cheap! Come with me on a decorating adventure will you?

Time: 2+ hours
Cost: Under $10
Peculiar level: 8

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How to Make a 5 Minute DIY Skull Vase

Does anyone skip fall decorating and go straight for halloween? I figure it’s probably easier for me to do halloween first instead of fall – halloween – fall again.

Okay, so I maybe went a little overboard with the halloween this year, but whatever. I’m a crafter. If you don’t have a ton of time to create things and are on the broke boat, you can still do amazing things for super cheap. You just need some ingenuity and a trip to the dollar store. This 5 Minute DIY Skull Vase can be made for under $5 (including fake flowers) and are great for your halloween and Day of the Dead decor.

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