Ghouls Night Out

Hey pumpkin! It’s almost Halloween! Which means it’s not only time to find a costume for your dogs…er, for yourself, it’s also time to carve pumpkins!  If you’re like me and a lot of my friends you don’t have either the skills or the desire to gut and carve a pumpkin, every year.  Which is how we decided to do a Pumpkin Painting Party, instead!!

This party is super easy to throw together for your family or your friend group, or both!  Start by searching Pinterest for some inspiration.  You can view my board here.  Then stock up on sponge brushes, paper plates and paint from Hobby Lobby; the Anita paint is only .77 cents and works great.  Don’t forget your pumpkin!  No theme night is complete without the food! Here are some Halloween inspired food dishes of varying skill levels, to help take your party to the next level!

Monster Rice Krispies: You can make your own rice krispie treats or you can buy the pre-packaged kind (like my mom did).  Melt bakers chocolate and add food coloring, dip the rice krispies then add edible eyeballs from Hobby Lobby. Chef: Diane Pinckard (mom)

Mummy Brownies: These were so good and tasted delicious! Boxed brownies, icing and edible eyeballs from Hobby Lobby is all it takes to make these boo-tiful treats! Chef: Malinda McCrary

Puking Pumpkin: .75 cent pumpkin from Wal-Mart and carefully arranged guacamole from Aldi, makes this the easiest and cheapest dish to make! Chef: Me

Witches Brew: Lime Jell-0, sprite and pineapple juice (vodka is optional).  To keep your jello based drink liquid, don’t put it in the fridge for too long.  Take it up a notch by adding dry ice! Chef: Brie Gajda

Witches Brooms: Pretzel sticks and Reece’s cups! Taylor used a small pumpkin carving kit knife to make the initial hole, before sticking the pretzel in. Chef: Taylor Tatum

Spider Web Taco Dip: Grab your favorite dip ingredients and use sour cream to make the web, don’t forget the spider ring! Chef: Mary & Chris Anderson

Ashley was gracious enough to host a potentially messy girls night on her deck.  At the end of the night we voted for our favorite pumpkins, aka the HalloQueen and the Pumpkin Princess!  I found fall leaf ornaments at Hobby Lobby to give as prizes.

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I loved seeing the different materials everyone used to create their pumpkins, and how different each of our pumpkins turned out!  We had everything from thumb tacks to vinyl to rhinestones.  So here’s the question: are you a pumpkin carver or a pumpkin painter? Let me know & share your pumpkin pics in the comments!

XOXO,

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Girls “Light” Out!

It’s officially fall which means the air is getting crisper, our DVR is full of Hallmark original movies and the candles are burning non-stop. Last week a few of us girls got together and attended our first candle making class in downtown Greenville, South Carolina. It was scent-sational (see what I did there) and I officially have a new Fall Kick-Off Tradition!

Magnolia Scents by Design has a location in downtown Greenville, S.C and Independence, Kansas.  At both locations you can make your own soy candles, including picking your scent, mixing your own color and naming your candle!

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All the materials are provided for you, so all you have to do is show up ready to have fun and get creative!  The most important lesson we took away from this class was that size matters…when it comes to wicks.

Pro Tip: If you want to know what color your candle will be when it dries, just tap a little bit of color onto a paper towel.  Trying to find our perfect color shade was definitely a team effort!

The whole process takes roughly an hour and as Jessica put it, “there was pretty much no way to mess it up”.   The fact that all of our candles looked and smelled amazing, despite some of us *almost* forgetting to add our scent (Malinda) and some of us adding WAY too may color drops (Brie), is testament to that.

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Our candles were ready to be picked up less than two hours later.  The whole night was a blast!  Any event that allows me to make something useful and beautiful while also making fun memories with my friends is a win in my book.

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Special thanks to Taylor, for being such a great (and patient) teacher!  Don’t forget to name your next candle “Taylor Made”!

If you’re in the Greenville or Independence area, do yourself a favor and check out Magnolia Scents!  They offer several candle making classes each day, and if you don’t have time to make your own you can still pick one up in store.  I highly recommend the Cookie Shop scent.

 

XOXO,

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P.S. Here’s a picture of us with my sweet parents, who were in town visiting from Texas.  And everyone knows my favorite dinner spot in downtown is Trio!

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Shop similar dresses to mine:

From Top Left to Bottom Right: Trapeze Dress, Ruffle Tie Neck Dress, Pintucked Swing Dress, Cinched Waist Floral Dress, Floral Flutter Midi Dress, Payton Cinched Waist Dress

Friday Favorites 4/21/2017

We spent last week in Florida (amazing), and I’m still trying to remember what day it is.  Isn’t that the best part about vacation, not having to keep up with the days?  Now it’s back to the real world, luckily my real world is pretty fantastic.  Right now I’m curled up with a cute puppers and eating cotton candy, so life is pretty sweet.

Favorite Snack Food:  The Fluff Factory Cotton Candy! Y’all I don’t typically eat super sugary sweet stuff, but the flavors are insane!  Currently inhaling Salted Caramel Cotton Candy and contemplating if I need to join a support group.  Thanks to my mom for getting me addicted and the lovely ladies at Silver Star Mercantile for hooking me up!  If you’re in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, head to downtown Carrollton and check them out!  They always have super cute stuff (it’s not all food), including our favorite jalapeno jelly! 

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Salted Caramel not pictured because I ate it all…

Favorite New Tradition: We decided to officially set aside one night a month for Ladies Night!  So much easier to just have a date in the books so there’s always something to look forward to!  If you’re in Greenville, SC and you see a group of 10+ girls out on the 3rd Monday of the month it’s probably us!  Feel free to buy us guacamole and offer to take our picture!  Shout out to the staff and manager at Chuy’s for giving us the history and fun facts about the restaurant!

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My friends are like really pretty.

Favorite Meal: Salmon and Pesto Flatbread.  I mean, those 4 words are magical sounding, you know it’s going to be amazing.  I had this multiple days in a row for lunch, because  I love myself and want to be happy.  I will be attempting to recreate this recipe from Fresco’s, this weekend – follow my Instagram story to see how it turns out!

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Favorite Gift Idea:  I came across this while researching gift ideas for a friends annual beach trip (Hi, Brie!), and immediately fell in love!  If you travel a lot, have a friend that travels, or have ever left your house – you need this!  It’s a travel phone charger BUT it’s pretty and conveniently hooks to your purse or key chain!  Unfortunately it’s only for iPhone, iPod and iPad, us Android users have to just sit in envy!


Favorite New(ish) Podcast:  In The Dark is such a well done podcast.  It follows in the footsteps of Serial, which I absolutely loved.  It chronicles the 27 year old case of a missing 11 year old boy from a rural Minnesota town.  The best part about this podcast is the resolution, it may have taken 27 years but the abductor has been captured.  An interesting fact, this case actually lead to the creation of the “sex offenders database”.  I found it fascinating and maddening at the same time.  If you listen to it, you’ll understand the maddening part immediately.  Let me know some other podcasts I should listen to, and if you’ve listened to In The Dark!

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Thanks for reading, you guys are the best!  Feel free to share your “favorites” from the past week with me or what fun plans you have for the weekend!  I’m off to finish Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.  It’s one of those can’t put it down but also don’t want it to end type books!  Don’t forget to hit that subscribe button!

XOXO,

Sara