Halloween is the one day of the year that it is totally acceptable to dress up in a fun costume no matter how old you are! With me being such a huge craft nut I love it when someone goes all out and actually makes their costume from scratch. This year I took on the task of creating my own Halloween costume for a party I went to this past weekend. Here is a little sneak peak at what I dressed up as this year...
You will have to check back in on Monday to see my entire costume creation! Can you guess what I was? I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Halloween! 

What are you doing to celebrate Halloween today?


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Halloween is almost here so before you fill up on too much candy indulge in some spooky ear candy. Today I have put together a list of 10 spooktacular Halloween tunes that you can listen to while you are getting ready for a Halloween party or to play on loop while you hand out candy to all the trick-or-treaters that come by. You won't want to be caught dead without this great Halloween playlist!

1. Thriller by Michael Jackson

2. Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr.

3. Monster by Lady Gaga

4. I Put a Spell On You by Bette Midler from Hocus Pocus

5. Highway to Hell by ACDC

6. Disturbia by Rihanna

7. Superstition by Stevie Wonder

8. Time Warp from The Rocky Horror Picture Show

9. Men in Black by Will Smith

10. Monster Mash by Bobby Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers
Only 2 more days until Halloween! What is your favorite Halloween song to listen to?


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Happy Monday! I hope everyone had an amazing weekend! These first few weeks (or month!) of fall have been keeping me pretty busy. I participated in a marathon relay race, enjoyed some more great football tailgating, had fun with some friends at a Phil Vassar concert, had fun at a friend's house warming party and took a step onto the wild side and played paintball for the first time ever. And it doesn't look like I will be slowing down anytime soon with the holidays right around the corner. Though I can't complain as that just means there will be a ton of parties and holiday events to take part in. Before I get to caught up in the holiday event season here is a glimpse into what I have been up to this fall...

Celebrated our team's 2nd place division finish with our new Relay Marathon mugs...
Had fun at the Phil Vassar concert at JMU...
Brought out the infamous JMU sombrero for the annual JMU vs UR football game tailgate. I might need to make a new sign...
Attended a house warming party which is always a great excuse for some cookie decorating...
Never wanting football season to end, I ventured off to another game in Williamsburg with some of my favorite people...
And because I am always up for an adventure I signed up to play paintball with a group from the gym. I really had no idea what I had signed up for when I got there that morning!
What have you been up to so far this fall?


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Happy Friday!! Halloween is now less than a week away, but I know celebrations for this holiday filled with tricks-and-treats will be starting this weekend. To kick off this dressed up celebratory week of craziness today is actually Frankenstein Friday. Every year the last Friday before Halloween is Frankstein Friday where we celebrate the creator and the character of the classic gothic tale. So in celebration of this frightful holiday I found a great spooky treat that you can make to eat from blogger Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons!

Ingredients for 1 FrankenS'more Pop
  • 1 large graham cracker broken in half
  • 1 1/2 large S'more marshmallows
  • 4 mini marshmallows
  • 2 mini chocolate chips
  • green food color mist
  • lollipop stick
  • chocolate cookie frosting
  • black cookie frosting
  1. Spray your two graham crackers with the green food color mist.
  2. Next spread chocolate cookie frosting on the insides of both graham crackers. Cut 1 square marshmallow in half, press 1 1/2 marshmallows on the frosting and then press the two sides together.
  3. To add your Frankenstein's face take the black cookie frosting and squeeze on the top of the square to make the hair. Cut 1 mini marshmallow in half and attach them on your cookie with frosting. To finish the eyes add the mini chocolate chips on top of the marshmallows. Finally add the eyebrows and a mouth with the black cookie frosting.
  4. While your Frankenstein is drying, poke the lollipop stick through the inside marshmallow. 
  5. And for the final touch cut 1 mini marshmallow in half and press it inside the bottom sides of Frank. Take the 2 other marshmallows and press them onto those using a dab of cookie frosting to secure them to make the electrodes.

Happy Frankenstein Friday! What are you doing to celebrate Halloween this year?


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Creating a theme for your wedding is a great way to share a part of your life and personality with your guests. For those that have a love for baseball this week's wedding theme is perfect for you. It doesn't matter if you are planning a wedding to a baseball star or a baseball fanatic I found some ideas that will set your big day up to be a grand slam!
The Venue
This might surprise you, but there are a number of ballparks across the country that have suites and other large meeting spaces that they rent out during the off season for events. So if you are planning a baseball themed wedding or dreamed of having a wedding in your team's stadium make sure to pick a date during the off season so you can get in. When it comes to wedding venues this one will get you top points in creativity!
The Decorations
Last week in my baseball party post I shared with you some great ideas on how you can create some great baseball themed centerpieces for a World Series Party (which game 1 starts tonight!). To top that off you can also coordinate your florals for this baseball themed affair. Have your bouquets and the table floral toppers made into the shape of a baseball. 
The Cake
Since baseballs and wedding cakes are both traditionally white it is very easy to turn your wedding cake into a baseball themed masterpiece. If you choose not to have cake you can go with cake pops or chocolate dipped strawberries decorated like little baseballs. And to top off your baseball dessert this baseball cake topper is a must-have!
The Exit
Instead of rice, confetti or even sparklers give all your guests mini baseball bats to make an archway. Not only will these make the perfect exit for the bride and groom when they leave their baseball themed reception, but you can also have them engraved with your names and wedding date for your guests to keep as favors. 

What do you think about this ballpark themed wedding?


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This past week the girl's and I got together for our monthly theme dinner and had a great night of catching up, seeing our friend's new house and enjoying some amazing Chilean dishes. With the country stretching over 2,600 miles long, the country is known for a wide variety of foods. However, no matter where you are in the country you will find amazing seafood dishes as well as some great red wine. So we made sure to include those two in our girl's dinner menu. Here was our Chilean themed menu for the evening:
My only note on when I was making the papas duquesas is to make sure your oil does not get too hot. Somehow mine started to boil too much and the last batch of potato puffs I was cooking unfortunately had to be sacrificed to the trashcan. There is always some fun going on in the kitchen when we all get together. And of course I have some pictures of our delicious meal that we enjoyed to share with you as well.

Here we were cooking our potato puffs and green bean patties so we could serve them warm for dinner.
Our dishes cooked to perfection and ready to enjoy! Instead of cooking the scallops in one large dish Sam cooked them in small ramekins since there were only four of us.
Once dinner was over the red wine mousse was dished out and topped with sliced almonds and whipped cream. This was a very light dish and was perfect since we all were a little stuffed from the main dishes.
Next month...Egypt! Do you have any good suggestions for a dish I should make? Happy Monday!


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At every ballpark concessions stand across America you will probably be able to find hot dogs, chicken tenders, fries, peanuts, and cracker jacks. However, when I go to a baseball game I always like to see what specials that ballpark might feature. These featured dishes can be from a favorite local eatery or something that the park created themselves. While I have not been to Charleston's Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park where the RiverDogs play I have heard about their local fan favorite: the beer milkshake. The park's food and beverage director, John Schumacher, is known for his creative concessions menu and these beer shakes are only his most recent successful creation. And here is how you can make your own:
  • 7 oz of beer (heavier beers work the best)
  • 7 oz of ice cream
  • 1 oz flavored syrup
  • 1 oz malted milk poweder

To make your milkshake put all the ingredients into your blender and blend for about 5 seconds or until all of the ingredients are combined. You don't want to blend for too long or the shake will turn runny. Once combined pour into your beer glass and enjoy! 

You can mix and match your beer and ice cream flavors to create your ultimate beer shake flavor. The standard ones in Charleston are the Palmetto Espresso Porter & Chocolate, Sweetwater & Strawberry, and Guinness Caramel. The park featured a special flavor each month during their baseball season this past summer and are always looking for a new flavor to try out.

What is your favorite ballpark snack?


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And now there are four...baseball teams that is. Right now St. Louis, LA Dodgers, Boston and Detroit are battling it out in the National & American League Championship Series. With only a few more games left, this is the perfect time to start planning a world series party! No matter if your team is playing in this year's series or not, this is a great, low-key, event to host and one that everyone will enjoy attending. Here are some great ideas that you can incorporate into your World Series Party.
The Food
You can't get more traditional than setting up a hot dog bar for a baseball party. You can have a variety of hot dogs and sausages for your guests to choose from as well as a variety of toppings like chili, cheese, onions, relish, pickles, bacon, peppers, ketchup and mustard. To go along with your hot dog bar you can serve pretzel bites, popcorn, peanuts, and the American drink of choice: beer. Think of what you enjoy having most when you go to a game and bring it to your party! 
The Decorations
Baseball party decorations might be some of my favorite ones to create. Using apothecary jars, baseballs, mini wooden bats, and peanuts you can create some amazing centerpieces and displays. With everything non-team affiliated these decorations could be used every year for a world series or regular season baseball game celebration. 
The Apparel
This one is a must for baseball fans. For those who's teams are playing in the World Series showing up from head to toe in your team's apparel is the only option. If your team is not playing you can either choose one of the two teams left or show up supporting your team (since they will be doing so good next year!).

The first game is this upcoming Wednesday, October 23rd. Who are you cheering for to win the 2013 World Series?


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With just over two weeks let it is time to start decorating for Halloween! Of course you already have your pumpkin carved and on display, and if not there is still plenty of time to host a fun pumpkin carving party night for you and your friends. Once you get your pumpkin carved there is still so many great ways that you can decorate for the holidays and be ready to host a spooktacular Halloween party. Here are ten great ways to celebrate and decorate for Halloween, DIY style of course!
1. Chevron Halloween Wreath. The perfect preppy Halloween decoration and blogger Tatertots & Jello provides an easy DIY tutorial on how you can make your own.
2. Creepy Spider Straws. Ever wonder what to do with all those spider rings? Here is the perfect party craft for them! Turn your party straws into creepy, crawly decorations by gluing the rings onto the straws.
3. Halloween Front Porch Arrows. This adorable DIY from The Happy Scraps lets you get as creative as you want and perfect for your front yard or a potted display you can place at your door.
4. Felt Halloween Pillows. Don’t leave your couch empty this Halloween holiday season. Halloween party guests will love to cuddle with these soft DIY felt pillows from I Dig Pinterest.
5. Halloween Burlap Banner. Just like the candy corn banner I shared with you, this “BOO” banner from blogger R & R Workshop is the perfect Halloween decoration idea to enjoy the entire month.
6. Ghouls and Ghost Glasses. Vinyl decals work wonders as you can add the vinyl faces to your normal glassware and then remove it after Halloween. Groopdealz has a great offer today on Halloween vinyl decals so you can stock up today!
7. Halloween Letters. Create your own Halloween letters to display with glitter, scrapbook paper, paint or ribbon. Then hang your letters on your wall with small nails or strung together for your door.
8. Floating Witch Hats. With some invisible thread, thumbtacks, and witch hats you can create your own floating hats to hang up this all Hallows Eve. Make sure you also have a place for the flying broom sticks!
9. Hanging Spider Balloons. The night of your Halloween bash create your own hanging spider balloons, like these from Studio DIY, to cover the ceiling. For those friends who may be terrified of spider just give them a heads up that they aren’t real.
10. Spooky Bottle Labels and Coasters. You can’t get much better than these free party printables from My Own Labels to turn all your bottles into spooky potions. Be careful what you drink!

What is your favorite way to decorate for Halloween?

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This has been one crazy pumpkin filled week, and there is no stopping yet! It is the season for all things pumpkin! Last week while I was doing some of my annual pumpkin/Halloween recipe browsing I ran across this amazing idea from SheKnows. It takes a little more work than making your standard loaf of pound cake, but will have all your friends gawking in amazement at how you made a loaf of bread with a pumpkin inside of it! Once you learn how to master making this pumpkin pound cake treat you can customize this for any holiday. Here is what you will need to make this pumpkin themed treat:

  • 1 (14-ounce) box pumpkin bread mix
  • 1 (16-ounce) box pound cake mix
  • Orange food coloring

1. Mix up pumpkin bread ingredients according to the directions on the box. Add orange food coloring to make it more "pumpkiny" looking (aka less brown).
2. Bake in a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan according to directions. Remove from oven before completely done, about 8-10 minutes less than instructed. Let cool, remove from pan and refrigerate for up to four hours. Cut cold pumpkin bread into large slices. Cut pumpkin shapes from slices and align them down the center of a lightly greased and floured 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.
3. Mix up your pound cake batter according to the directions on the box. Pour over your pumpkin bread cutouts in the pan, making sure to cover the tops of the pumpkins. You may have more pound cake batter than you need. Try not to overfill the pan. Bake according to the directions on the box. Let cool when done.
4. Once the cake has cooled, remove from the pan, slice and enjoy! All your guests will love the extra pumpkin surprise inside!
Do you have a favorite pumpkin themed treat you like to make in the fall?


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