Spooktacular Halloween Mini Guide

The month I have been anticipating all year is finally here! Happy October Friends ! I have so many plans for this month, it's really kind of nuts. I'll probably do more blogging this month than I have done in the few years I've been blogging -- I don't know if I should be boasting that, but hey, better now than never, right? Usually I attempt to participate in "Blogtober", but this year I'm going to be doing October my way. 

I thought I'd start off by taking a look back at last year's Halloween, mostly because Halloween is our preferred holiday and Lyla's costume was spooktacular. ( yea, you're going to have to get used to my cheesy puns this month) Last year, we didn't get to spend Halloween with Alan, due to a deployment literally two days before Halloween, so that was pretty sucky for all of us, but we were grateful we had the beginning of the month to do things like pick pumpkins, decorate, watch Halloween movies etc. Alan was pretty crushed that he wasn't going to be able to take Lyla trick or treating, but luckily, Lyla's costume arrived just before he had to leave so he was able to have sneak peek of her in it.

I was so happy (and maybe a tiny bit proud) when Lyla told me she wanted to be a vampire for Halloween. I mean, princesses are cute and all, but com'on, it's Halloween. -- and she plays princess every other day. I was determined to find her something that fit and that was cute, everything I saw in store isles was neither of those haha. I had to turn to my trusted H&M for the perfect attire and long and behold, I found her the perfect little outfit. It had this spiderweb detailed cloak attached that we draped over her head for more of a moody look, and the dress was embroidered with rhinestones -- It was just the most perfect Halloween look. You can find a similar dress, here, and pair with some black booties. 
For her makeup, I stayed far far away from the creams. That stuff is messy and unnecessary. If I'm going to be walking around with a toddler all night, the last thing I'm going to want to do is wake up the next morning and clean face makeup from her carseat. (Let's be honest) I think I ended up using a palette from too faced for her eye makeup similar to this. To complete her look, I added some red lipstick and fake blood around her mouth by drops and let it drip to create a more natural look (as natural as blood around the mouth can be haha). In case you mamas run into the same problem, she really wanted the fake blood, but letting it dry I think was a little too agonizing for her, so to help I gave her a piece of candy to suck on and she forgot all about the weird dripping sensation.

Her costume was a hit, everyone asked where we got her outfit and how we did her makeup, which is what inspired this post. These picture definitely have to be some of my all time favorites, stick around for what we have planned this year! 

All The Things I love About Autumn

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Yep, you thought it, fall (Autumn) has officially arrived. I am not even the slightest bit ashamed to admit that I have been waiting for this moment since, Easter -- but if I'm being honest, since last Halloween. So, why do I love fall so much more than all the other seasons? Candy Corn. (I'm being honest, remember?)

It's the smell of sweet cinnamon pumpkin in every room. It's the coziness you feel listening to fire crackle while snuggled in blankets. It's the various shades of reds and yellows that take me back to my childhood years, when my siblings and I would jump and play in a pile of freshly raked leaves. It's the way the gloomy skies and crisp air assert an overwhelming feeling of tranquility into my life -- which I have been yearning for, 2017 has been on hell of a year for me. It could be all the things listed above and many more, but for some reason I am happiest, I am most calm and I am most content during fall. 

What are your favorite things about fall?

Things you can look forward to this season on the blog 

Warm & cozy home decor
Pumpkin, Pumpkins, and more pumpkin. 
Apple Picking
Scary Movies
Fall Date Ideas 
Halloween Favorites
Our favorite recipes 
Fall Guides
Holiday Prep 

... and so much more. 

I hope you join us this Fall !