New Halloween Traditions
My wine & witches party started out of a necessity; the need to keep the fun in Halloween. It was a little too quiet the first year my children chose Calculus homework over trick or treating.
The first year my youngest stopped trick or treating was a right of passage for him and us (his parents). It was the year I decided to create a new tradition for all of the moms. We deserved to have a little fun after years of costume ideas and candy-fueled stomach aches. It was time for the moms to have a little fun.
Wine & Witches Party
I started a new tradition to host a wine & witches party for the moms of my son’s #squad. I host a more casual wine and witches gathering for my friends in the neighborhood. The parties are a few days apart so I have time to regroup. Each mom brings a small appetizer or dessert to share.
It has become a fun, new tradition for the next stage of our lives.
Wine & Witches Party Decor
With a new Halloween tradition, I wanted fun witch decor stuff. Apparently, the retailers know this too because I find plenty of mom theme party decor items.
I found this sign at the dollar section at Target back in September. This was my second year hosting this party and it’s fun to find a few decor items to decorate for the theme. I grabbed with my wine & witches party in my mind.
I found this funny sign at HomeGoods.
And, these napkins were a fun addition too:
Do you have any fun new traditions for Halloween?
I woke up this morning and turned on the Denver station KUSA and caught a glimpse of this story. It’s about an eight-year-old boy who lives with spinal muscular atrophy who is confined to a wheelchair. Now meet Mr. Mike, a neighbor and a friend, who wanted Cole to have a night of trick or treating. So Mr. Mike created a Halloween costume to incorporate Cole’s trusty sidekick (his wheelchair). What Mr. Mike built in his garage was the best Halloween costume EVER! Oh, and it was a top-secret mission too!
Best Halloween Costume Ever
Mr. Mike created a TIE fighter – or a ship belonging to the Imperial fleet (the bad guys) in Star Wars. Apparently, we have an Imperial Fleet hovering around Parker, Colorado a suburb southeast of Denver. And, no doubt Cole is commander of this fleet.
And, all Cole needed to make this costume complete was a Star Wars theme mask and a Nerf gun. Which was an added bonus for his mom!
Cole will definitely win the best costume at the school’s annual parade. And, if Cole isn’t already the most popular kid in his class (check out his adorable personality) he will be with this Halloween costume. I think Mr. Mike might get a few more requests for design plans! I love this story. I don’t think we have seen the last of this Halloween costume story between two neighbors.
Oh, and the best part.. this was a surprise for Cole. Oh and the other best part; his parents plan to share this costume in the SMA community for other children.
This best Halloween costume ever story will warm your heart. We need more feel-good news stories. Please share!
Best Halloween Costume
We got back late last night from the gut wrenching college drop-off (a little dramatic imagery). Our son had a huge smile on his face and I did my best not to ugly cry in the hallway of his dorm! I reassured him they were happy tears!
Not a bad view from his dorm room:
college drop off
This Colorado boy made sure to show his allegiance to his state and his Denver Broncos. Both gifts from family friends who know Erich is only as happy as the outcome of the Monday morning Bronco injury report. State and sports flags are great ice breakers for move in day. Parents and students instantly make connections or friendly rivalry stories.
The campus was lined with banners like this one below. There is a different one in the background. With every college visit, I took photos of similar campus banners. They are inspiring and subtle reminders to students of their responsibilities beyond the classroom.
retail therapy after college drop-off
So with college drop-off done it was time for me to have a little retail therapy.
There’s a reason it’s called retail therapy. Here are a few deals and sales this weekend. I ordered a few candles from Bath & Body on with an additional 25% discount with the code: AIRISCRISP.
Thinking ahead to stockings by the fire. I found these burlap stockings over at this daily deal site. No kids? These would be great for your furry family members or neighbors too!
A little retail therapy is a perfect way for me to look forward to the new season. And, wait for the familiar sound of the doorbell and familiar sound of the truck pulling away from the curb. “Mom, you have a box on the front porch.” Just what the doctor ordered!
Do you ever get so excited about a dozen projects and then not start any of them? Not one. Do you ever get nothing done? August is a month where I am long on lists and notes and short on the execution. It’s one big loop of ideas and inactions.
The other day I ran into Home Depot with a LIST. A list full of dimensions, brands and paint colors in my head. And, I became instantly overwhelmed by the decisions. It didn’t help that it was a hot and muggy day in Denver (we don’t get many muggy days).
Do you ever…
I have 20 drafts of posts started and not one post ready to go. It seems every post needs a photo or the words just don’t come together on the page.
Or, usually what happens is I have every intention of starting a project. But then that new, pending project needs some pre-project to get started on the original project. It’s like a hamster wheel of projects in my head.
Does this sound familiar to any of you? Someone say yes!
I think August is the month of transitions.. kind of like January. You know in January I have new goals and resolutions, but it takes me until the end of January to settle into the new year.
August feels similar to me. Nothing gets done. Zero.
That is until I get into a rhythm or in my case a new routine; a new routine in our family.
My son, our son, the brother to a sister and younger brother, leaves for college in eight days.
He is ready to start his new chapter. I think my disordered mind and lack of a routine is my way of preparing for my next chapter.
Yes, there will be tears and fears and sleepless nights. AND, there will be new opportunities and projects for me. And, you know they have at Target in August. My sister would yell candy corn!
They have new calendars in August.. like the ones in January, but these calendars begin with the school calendar. I think it is a sign that I will be okay in the days and months ahead. He is ready and I will be too!
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Hi, everyone! It’s Friday! What a crazy week! We are ready for a weekend around here. We got some much-needed rain and it gets my heart looking to fall….
But… not just yet. Before my hack-a-blog fiasco I shared my favorite clutch. It was on the lowest shelf tucked under a stack of misfit clothes at Target. I get more compliments on that $17.99 navy and white, with a pink color block and tassel than any bag I own. Seriously. It stores everyday essentials and it was the perfect size for my i-pad mini. It’ done more travel time than any other bag.
But, here’s the trouble with totes, clutches, and bags; I always want one more. Today’s Favorite Finds features totes and clutches I have my eye on… for next spring.
favorite clutch for summer
I have my eye on this one I found online. It’s more than I want to pay for an accessory that I won’t use year round. And, I’m not sure how long into a new season I can carry it. But the color and the stripes are perfect for next spring and summer. At $88.00 I hope to see it hit the sale tab soon!!!! I just noticed the signature little whale in the corner. Dang! I’m watching it!
vineyard vines clutch
Did any of you catch the Live Fashionable flash sale last Monday? I got this bag on sale but I have not opened the bag yet. The tote I originally wanted was not on sale so I opted for the one further on the page. I’m a little nervous to open it because I think it’s a bit smaller than I expected.
My sister and daughter are yelling at me telepathically to open the damn bag. It’s seriously sitting next to me in my office. What if I don’t love it?
live fashionable | mission
Here’s the one I planned to buy:
And here’s the one I ordered, the Abera, on sale. Read about this cool company and their mission. It’s why I buy from them. Read about it here.
I found this Vineyard Vines Neon Dipped Straw Tote that is less than the striped clutch. It might be cute next summer. Maybe it will go down in a price a bit more! I’m watching you …. neon dipped straw tote.
Nordstrom Sale Finds
This weekend I will be checking in to see if any retailers drop these prices. Have you hit the Nordstrom sale? I just ordered these Tom booties. I have similar ones from last year and wore them more this summer than all winter. These booties look so cute with denim.
I really wanted this loungewear sweater and it sold out. Hold up… it shows in stock! See ya guys later! #suburbanmomprobs #needvswant #nordstromsale
I’m back from a whirlwind trip to the Haven Conference in Atlanta. I went for DIY inspiration and to support KariAnne’s #soclosetoamazing BIG news. It’s ironic the title of her book because I don’t think my sister and I came close to amazing during our adventures of traffic and travel.
We came close to killing each other. Correction: one of us (she) came close to ditching the other one (me). So she is farther away from this close to amazing, than me.
This is how two sisters navigated traffic to get to Atlanta to attend the Haven Conference. And, we both lived to tell about it so I am using my blog as a platform to share my version of the sisterhood of traffic and travel.
before the traffic jam
I flew to Knoxville (Tennessee) to see my sister, brother in law and their niece who is staying with them during a summer internship. Knoxville was my first leg of the trip so my sister and I could travel together to Atlanta.
I now refer to Lindsay as my half-niece. I got to know my super cool niece when she offered to do our makeup the night before the traffic jam.
My brother-in-law, an award winning journalist and news anchor, captured a moment of bliss, more we headed into the silent abyss of a confined space on wheels. I love this photo.
Sidenote: My sister and I do not like photos of ourselves so it’s a big deal it’s in here. That’s what hanging out with a 21-year-old will do to your spirit…. we should have taken “our niece” on our road trip. I will share this fun drink later!
With fresh faces and water bottles, my sister and I loaded her car to travel down to Atlanta for the much anticipated Haven Conference. Haven is the mecca of DIY. If you have questions about this conference please comment or email.
traffic and travel
I should mention we are both directionally challenged. We missed the gene sequence that gives us the ability to read a map or directional signs.
Apparently, my sister prefers written directions over the more personal touch of me reading my interpretation of the map. Just sayin’.
My sister’s calculations put us in Atlanta right around three hours. Even though all three calculated routes put the drive closer to 4 hours. Just sayin’.
After a few hours, one of us made her own calculations to unload the other one (me) on the side of the road near Rome, Georgia. In my defense…
Someone has to fill the silence in the car.
My sister and I would agree I am the chatty one between the two of us. My sister refers to me as Gayle (King) and Tricia’s personality favors Oprah. And, I would love to go on a road trip with Gayle, and Tricia and Oprah can go read their favorite books and take a hike. Just sayin’.
Three hours into the drive to Atlanta, I figured out what the solid red line on the map app meant. I thought it was a heads up the highway was going to segue into a new number (highway).
How did I know the solid red line on I-75 ish meant 90 additional minutes of traffic?
I found an alternative route, where 45 minutes later we were at least 25 yards ahead of where we started when we crossed four lanes of traffic to exit the traffic filled highway.
Traffic, however, meant additional bathroom breaks. The traffic was not my fault. And, one of the few things I refuse to do on road trips is to use the facilities at a gas station or any place that requires a key.
God Bless our fast food establishments across the United States. Shout out to McDonald’s in Chattanooga.
This is the face my sister made pretty much every time I either asked for a bathroom break or apparently exceeded my words per hour for traffic talk. And, she’s not very nice about letting me know I am getting on her nerves. I was a little anxious about how we would do at the Haven Conference.
A conference with a lot of chit chat….here’s that face she made when she is about to tell me to stop doing whatever I am doing that annoys her. Or, I remind her of our mother. Let’s save that for another day.
At this point, I was a little nervous about how we would get along at the conference. One of us doesn’t blog because she is an 8th grade English teacher AND volunteers most of her free time here.
fast forward to the hyatt regency
Eventually, we hit the exit for the Hyatt Regency. It took us 22 minutes to move less than a mile. But, after 23 minutes we drove up to the valet. I was sweating. I haven’t even mentioned the heat and humidity. Colorado has no humidity. I was about to have a sweat induced psychotic break! And, then this happened….
My sister got her hands on the Haven bag. She smiled.. like a legit smile… not the teacher face smile after three hours of back to school night.
She is enjoying her bag this week whereas I had to ship it back to Denver so hopefully it arrives today!
The Haven tote was loaded with Wagner, Ryobi, Deco Art samples, Beyond the Paint, SaltWash samples and so much more. And, the schedule included DIY workshops that included calligraphy and concrete. This was a fun project using m-d metal sheets and available at Home Depot. I had to leave my larger metal sheets with my sister because they would not fit in my luggage. We made lanterns and magnet boards. So much fun!
After a weekend of meeting new bloggers, making crafts, learning DIY projects we left happy and tired. And, the ride home was uneventful. In a good way!
Thanks, everyone! Shoot me questions about Haven if you are thinking about it next year!
Happy almost hump day! I am headed to the Haven Conference tomorrow with my sister. Haven is a DIY blog conference for inspiration, talent, and fun.
And I get to meet someone famous in the land of blogs and DIY. I get to meet KariAnne Wood from Thistlewood Farms. She has a book release this September.
I fly to Knoxville and together we take a Thelma & Louise road trip to Atlanta. The last road trip we took together was to Nashville. We have a history of getting lost in new cities. We played it safe and took the Nash Trash Tours.
My family appears a little too eager to get me out the door. Ha! My Berner, Chloe, slept next to my suitcase last night. She is my favorite. Wink. Wink.
This is my first Haven conference and I am excited and a little intimidated by all the talent. Hope to return to Denver with lots of fun ideas and projects. Check out my daily adventures on my Instagram.
Hi Everyone! Woke up to news of a fire in one of our favorite mountain resorts (Breckenridge). We need rain! We also need rain for our summer crops on the western slope and northern farmers. In Colorado, Summer means an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. And, there is a Farmer’s Market in cities and neighborhoods around Denver this time of year. There is something special about fresh produce in the kitchen.
Fresh produce becomes a part of the kitchen decor, menu, and lifestyle.
I used to buy the pre-seasoned veggies in the deli when I made fajitas or tacos. I think this crop of fresh peppers and onions changed my life. Look at pretty the colors in these peppers and onions. No filters needed on fresh veggies.
My younger son loves these mini peppers! They are great for lunches and a late afternoon snack. They are sweet and easy to add to just about any recipe.
Everything, even a bland salad, gets perkier with fresh produce. Oh, and olives… anyone else discovered the HUGE variety of olives in the market? Fresh veggies are an easy way to bulk up the mandatory dinner salad.
And fresh produce has been known to end up in my favorite beverages (this one is water)! Promise!
What’s your favorite produce during the summer? Any suggestions for winter?
Hi everyone! What happened to June? I have a son leaving for college the end of August so this is freaking me out! Which brings me back to how I de-stress. I run, break a sweat or eat chocolate. One of these things is not like the others…
This is the hill that leads out of our neighborhood. It’s steep and it’s a bear (and yes might see a mama bear and her cubs. It’s the hill when you see a neighbor chugging up the hill you roll down your window and yell a few encouraging words. But look at that sky! Colorado has over 300 days of sunshine a year!
a run with a view
The trouble with hills was over time my hamstrings and core said, “no more.” It’s been a rough year and a half figuring out the injury (need to treat the source, not the symptom). Blah blah blah. I do more physical therapy now than in the previous 20 years.
So my “team” suggested mixing up my runs with dirt (and tracks). I fought this for awhile because certain types of critters also like the dirt and the sunshine. And, I will do more harm to ankles, shins, knees and if I as much as see one of these or any variety.
On a particularly warm morning, I decided to try my knee (hamstring) on the dirt roads. I found a few snapshots of Colorado living along the way. 5280 is a reference to the mile above sea level. In our part of the city, we are above 5280. Because this is all I know, I have never noticed it.
Along with this route, there are usually buffalo roaming in the distance behind the fence. This is a 2 lane dirt road and although most drivers give a friendly wave to acknowledge the runners; it’s not a guarantee. It gets a little precarious around the bends and turns.
Some of you may have seen this on my Instagram feed over the weekend. This greeted me when I finished my run. It puts all of the struggles, pains, complaints in perspective. Have you been to Colorado?