Friday, October 30, 2015

Have a Spooky Weekend

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Hello my little gremlins and ghouls :) 

What are your plans this weekend?

The lovely ladies I work with are throwing a little baby shower at the barn tomorrow, I'm super excited to get to see everyone all together before taking my maternity leave. Bonus...horses are involved. Other than a few projects around the house to finish up, it should be a pretty relaxing weekend. 

Here are some links to enjoy with your morning vice;

You have to check out this funny guide to trading candy.

What's the best dog breed for you?

Yes to all of these mac n' cheese recipes.

Pretty inspiration for decorating your front porch this fall. 

I hope you have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Halloween Movies You Shouldn't Live Without

Since we're pretty busy in the summer, we put our cable on hold and only use Netflix on our TV. BUT, for these next two months, I had to turn the cable on. 

There's something comforting about all of the nostalgic movies, holiday music stations, Hallmark shows, Christmas movie previews, and cooking shows whipping up Thanksgiving meals... even the news gets better

Here are my favorite Halloween movies I'm looking forward to catching.

7. Casper

6. Corpse Bride

5. Halloweentown 

4. Practical Magic

3. Rocky Horror Picture Show

2. The Nightmare Before Christmas

1. Hocus Pocus

What are some of your favorites? 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Baby Shower

Hello Lovelies :)

My sister, with the help of my grandma and a couple others, threw us a baby shower a couple of weeks ago. It was so beautiful I couldn't even believe it. It was very casual, but her adorable touches just made it so perfect. Baby and I were surrounded by love of friends and family and it was such a wonderful day.

I thought I'd share some pictures, if you're interested...

Monday, October 26, 2015

Halloween Costume Inspiration

I haven't been to a Halloween party in years (does that make me an old lady?), but for any of you with some plans and no costume, here are some cute and creative ideas that don't look last-minute.

My sister is making Lauren Conrad's adorable deer antlers.

Loving this super cute DIY strawberry costume by Kelly.

There are all sorts of tutorials around the web on how to make Maleficent's horns (and her cheekbones!)

Or you could take it back a few years to the days of Avatar with this tutorial on how to transform into Neytiri.

How fun are these black & white film noir costumes?

Because no Halloween is complete without skeletons

And don't forget about them, here are 57 pet costumes for your dragons (and cats).

Friday, October 23, 2015

Another One Bites the Dust

Okay, really, this was the first one to bite the dust and it happened a couple of weeks ago. 

It was a rainy, dreary day and we were going out to dinner for our anniversary. We left around 6 to head over to the lakeshore, all the dogs were tucked in and the chickens were still running around the yard...they head into the coop for the night a little before dusk. 

When we got home, I ran inside while Kelly went out to shut the coop up for the night. He came back in to tell me that there were only a few chickens in the coop - two were on top of their outdoor cage and the rest were huddled by the garage, shivering in the rain. He went back outside and put them, one by one, back into the coop. When he came back inside, he told me that we only had 14 in the coop, but he couldn't tell what kind was missing. 

In the morning, I went outside with one of the dogs, but didn't see anything strange. Pretty soon, I looked over at Crue and he was sniffing over by the woods. I went over and followed him and, sure enough, he found the poor little hen's remains. A pile of feathers, two feet and an egg. 

It was pretty stinking sad, not only that we lost one but the fact that it was one of the black chickens. See, they are the most friendly and will let you pick them up. Whenever one of us gets home during the day, they are the first to come running over and greet you and will follow you all over the yard, so it was extra sad that it was one of them. 

After knowing what we were looking for, I was able to follow the feather trail back to the coop door. It looked like something had come up and grabbed one as they were making their way back into the coop for the night, so the rest of them scattered fast. 

Since then, we haven't lost another. We've been very diligent about taking all four dogs out around the coop every day to have their scent everywhere and scare the animal away, we've also been trying be outside at dusk to close the coop right after the hens all go back in.  

We'll see how it goes as the weather gets colder and it gets closer to winter. 

Have you lost any of your feathered friends? What happened? What kind of animal was it? How did you fix the problem? 

Friday, October 2, 2015

October Bucket List

October arrived yesterday a crisp, cool breeze and blue skies splashed with fluffy clouds. It's the perfect weather for a comfy fall sweater, cozy scarf and a warm drink in your hands. Fall is my favorite time of the year and before it, too, slips away like all the months seem too lately, I made this bucket list of some of the things I'd like to do this month.

Build a corn shock and corn swag for decorating the front yard.

Take daily walks through the woods over the crispy fall leaves with our four mutts.

Buy Halloween candy.

Indulge in a pumpkin spice latte.

Go on an outdoor horseback ride.

Visit Crane’s U-Pick Orchard and Pie Pantry (Check!)

Decorate Halloween sugar cookies.

Organize the nursery after baby shower.

Have a Jack O’ Lantern carving party with friends… and save the seeds for roasting.  

Light fall scented candles every day.

Watch my favorite Halloween movie, Hocus Pocus. 

Make homemade pumpkin spice creamer.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Crane's Orchard and a Fly By

This past Sunday we went to one of my favorite places to visit in the fall, Crane's U-Pick. Nothing feels more fall-like than walking up and down rows of apples in the crisp air trying to find that perfect apple.

Here are a few more photos, if you're interested...
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