Friday, October 31, 2014

A ‘Tumble Leaf’ Halloween.

Last night was trick-or-treating in Wheeling.  Holy cow did we have fun.
But first…we had to get dressed!


Bennett and I got to be the supporting characters of Louis’ Fig the Fox character from Tumble Leaf.  Bennett was a hedgehog named “Hedge” and I was a pink bear named “Maple”.  The costumes aren’t exactly something you can find in a store, and we aren’t exactly people who buy costumes.  So these babies were all put together from scratch (minus Bennett’s jeans, of course).  I think we did pretty great!


Did you know that finding a simple fishing/utility vest is impossible?  I had no idea!  I went to Wal-Mart thinking they’d have something for me to complete Maple’s costume with in the fishing/hunting department.  Nope.  I was mildly in a panic last night because I didn’t have it together…and then we decided to cut apart an old, ripped pair of Bennett’s khaki pants.  Tada!  A vest was born!

The best part of making you own costumes (besides the fact that they’re guaranteed to be unique) is that the cost can stay down pretty low.  I think for all three of us, it only cost around $50 for the costumes in total.  No too shabby at all.  Plus we made them out of mostly fleece so they were super warm to wear while walking around in the cold-ish dark last night during trick-or-treating.


Speaking of trick-or-treating, we were lucky enough to be invited over to our friends’ house to join in on their festivities.  Louis had a BLAST.  We all did.  This is the first year of trick-or-treating for our kiddo that it hasn’t rained on us…so that added to the fun experience.  But there were also three other cute kiddos his age for him to play with before we headed out, to run to the doors with and to share in the excitement of Halloween with.  So fun.  I’d do it all over again if I could.

Happy Halloween!!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

My Favs on Thursday | Art With a Twist


My Favs on Thursdays is a weekly linkup that I co-host with my girls Nicole (
Designs by Nicolina) and Meghan (Hayes Days).
What is your favorite thing this week?  Don’t forget to add your link to the bottom of this post.
I’d like to consider myself a hard worker.  A dedicated “employee” to my home-based business.  Someone who goes way over the 40-hour work week to make sure I get everything done and have happy customers.

But when a certain little boy looks at me with his beautiful blue eyes and says, “Let’s have a Momma-Louis date,” absolutely everything gets dropped and I make it happen.  No work is ever more important than one-on-one time with the kiddo. 


There is a fairly new business in Wheeling called “Art With a Twist”.  It’s located in the Centre Market District of our sweet little town and I simply adore it.  We’ve only been in a couple of times but never to sit down and get to business on painting something.  I thought it’d be the perfect date place for Louis and me.

There are a ton of ceramics to choose from.  Mugs, plates, functional things, decorative things…the works.  It took a bit for Louis to settle on something but we picked a gingerbread man plate.  I was thinking it’d be super fun to give cookies to Santa on plate that we’d made.


They had a bunch of colors of glaze to pick from.  We settled on the traditional g-man colors.  And of course Louis threw a little blue into the mix.  You know.  To shake things up a bit.  He’s a wild man.

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We left it there for the owner to fire for us.  I tried to explain to Louis that we will have a beautiful, shiny plate once it’s all over.  I think he mildly grasped the concept.  He wasn’t even sad that we had to leave it there (which is something I had kinda prepared myself for).  I think we get to snatch our cute plate on Friday and bring him home with us.  I’m so excited!

Art With a Twist is great for moments like this, when Louis and I randomly decided to do something together.  Walk-ins are welcome and the prices are pretty great.  They also offer different event nights (Glaze ‘n Sip) and you can schedule parties there.  AND, something I find super cute, they’re having a Spider-Man painting event where the kiddos get to paint a Spider-Man ornament and Spider-Man is there in person to have them hang out and take pictures with.  So awesome!

I’m glad this gem exists in our little city.  I think this would be super fun to return to with my niece and nephew in-tow.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Calling All Artists: Handmade for the Holidays

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It’s that time of year again!  The mega shopping season is seconds away and you can bet your butt that I am going to support small, indie, local businesses as much as I can.  And I think everyone else should do the same.

This will be the third year I dedicate some of my blog space to the artisans I think are worth checking out and hitting up for your family’s gifts.  Stocking stuffers, unique items, personalized goodies, the works.  I’m excited!  (You should be too.)

If you are a vendor and are interested in being a part of this gift guide, please email me ( and I’ll get you set up!  The best part of this guide?  It’s free.  FREE.  Zero dollars and pennies.  You don’t have to pay me to talk about you.  I’m stoked to have you share some e-space with me!

There will be a dedicated page that will be featured until December 31.  And you have an option to have your very own solo blog feature where I can share you with my readers.  This feature can be as fun or as business as you’d like it to be.  Sky is the limit!  I’m often more apt to buy from an indie business owner when I know more about the person behind the items.  I can’t be the only one!

The only requirement I have is that you have a linkable storefront.  Something a person can go and purchase an item from without having to jump through a bunch of hoops.  Etsy, Storenvy, your own dedicated website, etc.  As long as there is a cart to drop an item into and purchase it from…I want you!

Space is limited.  I need your information by November 8, so don’t wait! 

Not a vendor yourself?  Share this with someone you think should be featured.  I’m always looking for new goodies for my family members (and myself…let’s be honest).

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