Life with Avery: Family Halloween Costume

Avery’s first Halloween ever?!? You know I had to go big. She needed to know that we take Halloween incredibly seriously around here, and this year was no exception. The day of Halloween was very busy, as always. I had to get into full costume for my work Halloween...
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5-Minute Bean Dip

Hello, November! You really snuck up on us this year. I guess time flies when you have a 4 month old. My husband was excited to plan this year’s Halloween Party, and he definitely didn’t disappoint! The day of the party I had a work event, so I didn’t have my...
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DIY Fortune Teller Halloween Costume

  If I am being completely honest, I was not feeling Halloween this year at all. Just the thought of finding a costume sounded exhausting! At the end of every day all I want to do is jump into my pajamas and snuggle with my little one. It’s so unfair they can...
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Bow Tie Baby Shower Favors

Leave it to my mom to create a baby shower favor in less than an hour. The night before her friend’s baby shower, she got a phone call and was asked to create a small baby shower favor. I asked, “Mom, are you sure you have time? You don’t even have any...
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Life with Avery: Pumpkin Patch

A few weeks ago, I was scrolling through my Insta feed and saw THE most adorable pumpkin patch photos on Hello Fashion. Her family looked exceptionally cozy in their fall scarves and tall winter boots. I immediately started looking for the perfect outfits for Avery’s...
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Life with Avery: Family Halloween Costume

Avery’s first Halloween ever?!? You know I had to go big. She needed to know that we take Halloween incredibly seriously around here, and this year was no exception. The day of Halloween was very busy, as always. I had to get into full costume for my work Halloween costume party and transport my gypsy box to work all in one piece (this proved to be a rather monumental task).

Thennn I had to make sure everything was ready to go for the evening. It was only right that Bobby and I played a part in Avery’s halloween costume. We wanted to show her off to all 6 neighbors we know on our block (I know, we’re so social!)_and we had to do it early since kids start lining up for my husband’s Halloween haunted house around 6pm.

We decided to base our costumes on Little Red Riding Hood. The week before Halloween, I walked into my local thrift store and found the perfect grandmother’s dress/moo moo for just $7. I added a low bun, flats, and my mom’s reading glasses, and voila! My costume was complete for only $7. Avery’s costume was purchased HERE and fit her juuuust right. That girl is growing at a rapid rate and I thought by the time Halloween rolled around it might not fit. Thankfully, I was wrong – it fit her just right. It’s a good thing she hasn’t been on a growth spurt, though, because if she’d had just a few more ounces of milk that day, she may have busted the seams!

 

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I loved all the family costume ideas I saw this year – there was so much creativity! It was a long and exhausting day and if Avery could talk, she would probably say, “but Mommy, what tired eyes you have.” I love the way our costumes turned out – it was totally worth it.

I hope our costumes give you a little inspiration for next year. Only 349 days until Halloween!


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5-Minute Bean Dip

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Hello, November! You really snuck up on us this year. I guess time flies when you have a 4 month old. My husband was excited to plan this year’s Halloween Party, and he definitely didn’t disappoint!

The day of the party I had a work event, so I didn’t have my usual prep time. Thankfully, Halloween is totally his thing, so he had the décor and party ready to go – we just needed to add snacks. I had an absurdly busy day and there was no way I was going to be able to prepare something in advance, so instead I ran to the grocery store the night before to grab boxes of ready made cookies and brownies and about 10 bags of chips. While I was in the snack aisle I figured I would search for something more…something simple that would also soak up all that alcohol.

If you are a food blogger and the party is at your house, you’d better have something at least semi-homemade so you don’t look like a fraud! So in typical food blogger fashion, I logged into my Pinterest app and searched for “easy bean dip.” One of the first recipes that popped up was “easy five minute bean dip.” 5 minutes? I’ll take it. Like most of my recipes, this recipe is embarrassingly easy to make as long as you have five minutes and the very basic ingredients in your pantry.

My grandma would have a heart attack knowing I served beans from a can. Shh, don’t tell her!

I suggest grabbing a bag of Frito scoops to serve with this dip. It only takes 5 minutes to make and will disappear in less time than that!

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5-Minute Bean Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin (or more to taste)
  • tortilla chips or frito scoops

Instructions

  1. Combine beans, cheese, sour cream, and cream cheese in a bowl until well combined. Add taco seasoning and salsa.
  2. Bake dip at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
  3. Serve with tortilla chips or frito scoops and enjoy!


DIY Fortune Teller Halloween Costume

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If I am being completely honest, I was not feeling Halloween this year at all. Just the thought of finding a costume sounded exhausting! At the end of every day all I want to do is jump into my pajamas and snuggle with my little one. It’s so unfair they can wear onesies all day!

As Halloween got closer, the crazy competitive side of me began to emerge and I wanted to win my workplace’s Halloween costume contest. I searched online for some inspiration – I wanted to find something that wouldn’t require too many purchases or much time. Last year I was able to create my Halloween costume two or three days before the big day, plus I could wake up super early. I had no idea what would be in store the day before. We are officially teething here in the King home, which means short naps and cruelly long nights for me – I needed something easy!

My husband spent the week before Halloween prepping for his annual haunted house, which means all of the life-size mannequins that live in my attic come out to make their grand debut. I, however, took ages before I finally decided on being a fortune teller. The Friday before Halloween I went through my closet and found a few items I could use for my fortune teller idea. I also snagged two unused boxes from work and purchased 3 cans of black spray paint and some black duct tape. Once the box was assembled, I ran to Joann’s on Sunday evening to gather some material to pull it all together. It may have been relatively last-minute, but it was enough to win first place! Check out the pictures below!

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Madam Yvette predicts she will win again next year!


Bow Tie Baby Shower Favors

Leave it to my mom to create a baby shower favor in less than an hour. The night before her friend’s baby shower, she got a phone call and was asked to create a small baby shower favor. I asked, “Mom, are you sure you have time? You don’t even have any supplies!” She calmly responded, “I have clear bags and paper; that’s all I need.”

She rummaged through her things and found twine, black and white paper, and clear bags. She printed these simple bow tie thank you tags and cut them out with her circle punch. Fast forward an hour and – voila!

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Who doesn’t love to eat kettle corn? I deeefinitely never shovel handfuls of it into my mouth. These are the perfect little treat for your guests to take home. You simply need the following supplies:

White cardstock
Black cardstock
Twine
Kettle Corn
Clear bags

Hopefully these adorable little favors give you some inspiration for your next event!

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