Pumpkin DIYs & My Hips Don’t Lie

It’s Friday and I’m tired. We took Harper to go “Trick or Treat with The Greeks” last night and her elephant Halloween costume was a hit. Frat guys and sorority girls love children who are dressed up as animals. Who knew?!

Because we went out last night and Harper’s daycare is having a costume party today, Halloween festivities are officially over for me.

In the spirit of Fall and because I haven’t finished decorating for the season, here are some DIY projects I found floating across the interwebs.
Fabric Covered Pumpkins– simple and straightforward.
Fabric Pumpkin DIY
5 Minute Fall Felt Leaf Garland– Do you know how to tie a knot/bow? You can do this.
DIY Glitter Pumpkin– A very simple way to glam your place up for Fall or Thanksgiving.
Autumn Leaf, Mason Jar Candle Holder– If you already have mason jars laying around, this project will cost less than a pumpkin spice latte. The Dollar Tree has leaves that look just like the ones used in the tutorial. Trust me, I’m the proud owner of two packs.
Fall Leaf Mason Jar Tutorial
Are you celebrating Halloween? Post your Instagram or Twitter deets if you have a public profile. We want to see those costumes!
This post was fueled by coffee, a mushroom and ham omelette and the Halloween Metal Radio station on Pandora.


Elephants, Croup & Halloween

I don’t have my glasses today so typing this post is going to be interesting. You’ve been warned. We took Harper to Boo at the Zoo on Friday night as our first Halloween event this year and had a blast until we ended up at the after hours clinic.

Boo at the Zoo via Earl-Leigh Designs

Tons of Fun via Earl-Leigh Designs

Originally, I was going to make Harper an Itsy Bitsy Spider costume because she’s obsessed with that song. We had planned to attend an event happening on Saturday, until Mike realized that he was one of the vendors at a local comic book shop’s event during the same time frame. The life of an artist’s wife involves a lot of rescheduling and rethinking. We decided to take her to Boo at the Zoo on Friday night, which did not leave me enough time to complete her Itsy Bitsy costume…so Amazon to the rescue. I love Amazon Prime.

Boo at the Zoo via Earl-Leigh Designs

Harper loves “elf-phants” so she was tickled to pieces that she got to dress up as one. I bought a canvas bag and added a little personal touch with “Tons of Fun” in glitter across the front because glitter is always appropriate. I’m going to add some peanuts to the front before Halloween.

Boo at the Zoo via Earl-Leigh Designs

Sorry to switch up the picture formatting on y’all but I had to show Harper’s first experience with trick or treating. She liked getting candy and other goodies but didn’t get why we kept telling her to say “trick or treat”. We had a great time looking at the animals, getting free stuff and dancing. There was even a foam pit…that I have mixed feelings about. Foam seems like an 18 and up type activity but maybe that’s just me. Haha!

I had to drag my poor little elephant off the dance floor because she just didn’t seem like her normal bouncy self. She was still trying to get her boogie on!  As we headed away from the music and squealing kiddos, I noticed some slight wheezing. We called the on-call nurse at the pediatrician’s office and were directed to take her to an after hours clinic. Croup. Friday morning she was fine, she had a little cough but that’s it. Because Harper was a preemie she’s more susceptible to respiratory issues and the doctor thinks that being at the zoo set her over the edge.

Boo at the Zoo via Earl-Leigh Designs

She’s back to dancing wildly and singing her heart out now. Thank goodness! She’s feeling better and I can stop silently freaking out.

This mom shit stuff is stressful.

Do you have any plans for Halloween?
What costumes are you working on?

This post was fueled by Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Coffee, Passion Pit and the anticipation of training shoulders today!


My Week As A Stay-At-Home Mom

Harper’s daycare is closed this week for whatever reason so this mama skipped out of work. Being a stay at home mom is hella hard! My house is a mess, I’m tired of cooking and we don’t have anymore wine. Ha!

One thing that I have learned this past week…16 month olds need assistance when painting their nails.

I think she missed a spot. Don’t worry, it’s baby safe nail polish. I’m just hoping that her shirt can be saved because well…there’s always a causality. She was really proud of herself and kept pointing to her toes all day! I will confess that we only got the one foot done. It was REALLY messy.

I’ll try to pop in again this week but for now…


What are some ways you keep your toddlers active? The Easter Bunny hop has been a crowd favorite over here.