High Five for Friday

Oh man you guys. October is busy, busy, busy. I can’t believe another week has flown by…mostly because there is so much that I have to do next week that I’m kind of freaking out about it! Gahh! If I can pull it all off, it should be a great week. But man oh man…I’m gonna be cutting it close. Anyway, here’s to this week!

1. My poor baby boy is sick. I hate it. He has had a fever between 102 and 104 since Wednesday night, and it just breaks my heart how yucky he feels. His fever is the only symptom though…so other than just keeping it under control at home and making sure he stays hydrated, there isn’t much else we can do for him. I was up all night last night with him because he kept waking up almost every hour. Luckily he took a pretty good nap this morning so I got to nap. I hope he’s just teething again. I know teething fevers aren’t usually this high, but last time he had a fever this high four teeth broke through at once. So…fingers crossed it’s just teeth and not something more serious.

Sick Baby Cuddling

2. I have been trying really hard for the last week to keep on top of the house, and for the most part, I have done a really good job. It feels so nice to sit down at the end of the day and not have to feel overwhelmed by a mess. It’s hard, sometimes, living in such a small space–try as we might, every time we get rid of excess or clutter we turn around and something else has taken over the space. I’ve tried hard to change my mindset recently though. I can’t change my apartment, but I can change how I think about it!

3. Halloween is next week and I was pretty excited…until I found out Brinton had to work. I was hoping he would just work the morning shift so we could go out as a family in the evening, but no such luck. Honestly, I have never cared much for Halloween. It’s not that I don’t like it…I’m just kind of indifferent to it. I think Evan and I might just stay in this year (because let’s face it…he still can’t walk around on his own from place to place–or even eat the candy for that matter–and I don’t want to be trick-or-treating for myself), but we will still dress him up for our church Halloween party on Wednesday. I’m thinking he’ll be Charlie Brown. Hopefully I can find everything I need for his costume this weekend!

4. Earlier this week I went on a baking frenzy and baked two loaves of bread and made 32 tortillas all in a few hours in the afternoon. It has been so nice having fresh bread in the house this week. Nothing beats homemade!

5. Since Evan learned how to climb last week I have spent a good portion of the day, every day, picking him up and taking him off of our ottoman, the couch, and whatever he seems to be able to scurry on to. We went from having a minor need for a baby gate to an immediate need! Does anyone have any suggestions for a good baby gate that is extra wide (more than 5 feet) and is a walk through gate, preferably tension mounted? I’m all ears, if you do! Also, here is an adorable video of his first climb, which I happened to catch on video. Sorry for it being vertical instead of horizontal…there was just no time y’all. I’ve probably watched this cuteness overload a million times. Your turn!

Okay, well, I wanted to get this post up earlier today, but I spent all day cuddling with my baby boy instead. Some things just jump to the top of the priorities list, you know?

Linking up with Lauren ElizabethFriday Favorites, Five on Friday, and Oh Hey Friday!


Simple Halloween Craft Ideas

I love the idea of decorating for the holidays, but because we live in such a small space decorating usually isn’t something I prioritize. The issue really is that we have nowhere to store the decorations once the holiday is over…so I don’t even try to do anything. Christmas is the only holiday we have decorated for since we moved here! This year though, I realized I can still decorate to make it feel a little more “Halloween-like” here. I just have to be a little more creative in the decorations I choose.

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Materials: toilet paper roll, fall colored fabric squares (20″x 20″), and felt to make the stems. Just put your toilet paper roll in the center of the fabric square, and fold the edges up around the toilet paper and into the tube. Cut out a felt stem and decorate with some fake leaves if you have them. Done!

Eye See You Nails

This is actually a manicure I posted two Halloweens ago when I was barely starting to mess around with blogging. Paint your nails black and when dry, add two medium sized white dots. Let dry for a minute, and add two black dots on top of the white dots for the pupils. Let it dry and protect it with a top coat. Cute and spooky!

Spooky Face Clothespins 2

This is a fun craft that kids can have fun with too. I used googly eyes, jumbo fuzzy pipe cleaners, and felt to decorate my clothespins. I attached everything with hot glue, so if kids are participating make sure they only do the designing and an adult does all the gluing! I’m using my spooky face clothespins to hang our Halloween cards and other letters we are getting from family and friends. Fun!

Tissue and Cotton Ball Ghosts

My mom used to make these every year and hang them from our fans in our bedrooms, so when I see them, I always think of her. All you need are cotton balls, tissues, and some kind of string (I used dental floss). Place your cotton ball in the center of the tissue, fold the tissue down over it, and tie it off, leaving the string long enough that you can create a loop at the top to hang it with. Use a sharpie to draw a ghost face, and you’re done! *Bonus* Use fishing line to hang them with to make it look like they are really floating in mid air!

Ghost Footprints

Baby footprint crafts are always tricky. Luckily, you don’t have to try to get the footprints perfect for these ghosts to be adorable! All you need is paint, paper, and a baby. I mean…I guess you don’t have to have the baby. You can do it yourself if you want to. They would just be much larger ghosts!

Aren’t these cute? Other than the dry time for the nail polish, these crafts all take less than 15 minutes to put together. They are all relatively small too, so you can still feel like you’re embracing the holiday spirit without feeling like your house is being taken over by craziness.

If you’re looking for more inspiration, check out my Pinterest page to see what I’m feeling inspired by this year!

Linking up with Lisa for the Halloween Holiday link up!

Weekending, Pumpkin Style

This weekend we had so much fun! With the threat of Hurricane Ana, I wasn’t sure if rain was going to ruin our plans, but luckily Saturday morning was actually quite nice and we were able to head out early to go to the Aloun Farms pumpkin patch in Kapolei. Last year we weren’t able to go to the pumpkin patch for Evan’s first Halloween, so I was really excited that we were able to make it work this year! He is still a little young to understand what was going on, but we all still had fun.

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Two years ago when we went with our friends we decided it would be a fun adventure to pick our own corn…but we were so wrong! It was muddy, itchy, and the corn was kind of gross. We promised never again would we go corn picking! This year we decided to chance it and pick our own green beans instead. Green bean picking is super fun! I loved it, and even Evan could help a little. Plus the green beans have been delicious. I wish we had paid to pick two containers instead of just one!

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We ended up getting three medium sized pumpkins–one regular pumpkin and two white ones–and then a few minis. Evan was 100% convinced that they were balls, not pumpkins. We sat him down in a patch of them to try and get some cute pictures, but instead of being all Pinterest-esque…he just threw the pumpkins excitedly and yelled “ball!” Haha, oh well. It was adorable nonetheless.Pumpkin Patch 12Pumpkin Patch 13Pumpkin Patch 14Pumpkin Patch 15Pumpkin Patch 16

Yesterday was really rainy all day from the storm, but I’ve actually really enjoyed it. It’s humid as ever, but at least the temperature has cooled off a little. Hopefully this is the beginning of the somewhat pleasant “winters” we get here–I am so ready for the trade winds to pick up and the evenings to become cooler.

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend too!

Linking up with B Loved BostonChampagne and Suburbs, and Life of Meg.

Spooky-fun nails

For Halloween this year I didn’t do too much to dress up, but I did want to make my nails fun. Of course, I saw this on Pinterest (where else, right?) and I knew I had to try it. So simple!

I didn’t take step by step pictures for this one. I felt like it was pretty self explanatory. I used a base coat (my current favorite is by L’Oreal), two coats of Sally Hansen Hard as Nails black polish, and Sally Hansen’s French Tip white with a dotting tool to make the whites of the eyes. I used the opposite end of the dotting tool to go back in with the black to make the pupils, and then went over the whole thing with a fast dry top coat. I’m still shopping around for one that works well and doesn’t chip…I don’t recommend the one I have now. I don’t even remember the name. They held up as long as I needed them to though!

And yes, I realize that this post isn’t exactly timely anymore, but these were just so cute I couldn’t not share them.