Is it really Halloween already? November is this weekend? Where has this year gone?
Taking full advantage of still having control over Lily’s wardrobe choices I picked her costume this year. I’ve tried to ask her what she wants to wear, but she has yet to really take interest in choosing her clothes. This is fine by me because I like dressing her and I’m not looking towards the days she fights me on mixed matched outfits or totally inappropriate hem lines (I swear I’m going to blink and she will be 15 tomorrow).
Rambling off costume options Lily said yes to every one I gave her….including Rambo & a trash can. Not knocking those options…but just a demo that she will say yes to anything. Wanting to keep her costume easy and something I could semi create… I went with a bumblebee! A fabulous excuse to put her in a tutu.
This costume was even easier than her ghost costume from last year! I used a black shirt from Gap (that she already owned), pair of black shoes from Target (that she already owned) and I purchased a “bee set” from Amazon that included her wings, ears and the stinger that clipped to her tutu (cost $23 including s&h). The only thing I made was the tutu and I used the same steps from my super easy DIY tutu tutorial. I did purchase some black tights from Target the day before a costume festival only because Tampa received a random cold front.
The tutu literally took me 15 minutes to make and cost less than $5 for the tulle (I had plenty of elastic band from other tutus!). The tutu will be re-used whenever my husband’s beloved Steelers play. Being lazy I opted to just order the “bee set” from Amazon instead of driving around searching for one. After it was delivered of course I found bee accessories at my local Target. Oh well.
A shopping center nearby had a fall festival where kids could trick-or-treat at the stores giving all the kids a chance to sport their Halloween costume more than once (something all parents can appreciate especially if they spend time and $ making them!). When we put the costume on her to go she LOVED it!
She ran back and forth on our walkway as if she was flying…stopping to Buzz and shake her tush waving her stinger. I about died it was the cutest sight. It was also impossible to get her to stay still and take a decent picture…
This year she totally understood the trick-or-treating part. But like any inquisitive toddler she stopped constantly to spy inside her pumpkin and demanding to eat every single candy. Her father and I had a blast eating it later that night while catching up on our DVR.
Lily was beyond excited to see her girlfriend Makyla…who was the cutest little lamb!
And you gotta love a two year old toddler…the only way I got her to look at the camera with me is by giving this face…
And this lovely face with her dad!
It has been way to long since I have posted a recipe and today I’ve got a perfect one for the fall season! I was re-introduced to these delicious pumpkin cupcakes (or you can call them muffins if you want to munch on one in the am!) after I gave birth to Lily from my Cousin Kim. As a mom I am in constant search for easy recipes that actually taste good that I can whip up in a flash. I was shocked that I had this recipe all along in my family cookbook that my mom used to make as a weight watcher’s recipe (I’ve been told they are only 2 points).
This is a easy recipe…only takes two ingredients (you can add fat-free Cool Whip if you want)…is toddler approved (especially with the Cool Whip!)…they melt in your mouth…they’re quick…and there is little clean up (worth it just for this factor alone!).
(I had a toddler hovering so taking more photos was a little difficult!)
Two Ingredient Pumpkin Cupcakes (or muffins!)
1 box Spice cake mix (I like the Duncan Hines brand)
1 can of pumpkin
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and fill muffin tins with liners.
Using a hand mixer, blend the pumpkin & spice cake mix for about 2 minutes.
Spoon the mixture into the lined muffin tin and bake for 19 minutes.
Pop the cupcakes out of the tin and let cool on the counter.
You can eat these as is, or apply a small dollop of fat-free Cool Whip. You can step it up another notch by sprinkling crunched Health bits over the Cool Whip (your inner fatty will thank me!).
Have you heard of the blog Picky Palate??? Well head over there for her take on using these two ingredients with two others for some super cute (& delicious) pumpkin spice cookies! (Click Here)
If the picture above didn’t give away our big news then here it is….Lily is going to have a SISTER!
Mike will be living in a home filled to the brim of estrogen. I might be biased, but he is the best girl dad. He is the perfect companion when Lily plays with her dolls, he instigates routine dance parties every night (where he attempts to twirl like a ballerina) and he clips Lily’s bows in his hair just to make her smile (and often forgets about them for hours….of course I never remind him).
We are both excited and Mike’s wallet might have squealed yippee the loudest. I melted a few credit cards shopping for Lily before she was even born. This babe has a full wardrobe and she is only 18 weeks old today. Lily grew so quickly that she outgrew a lot of really cute outfits (some she never even wore!). So I’m thrilled to take out all the saved clothes and get a chance to see baby #2 wear some of my favorite outfits.
I’m still feeling the glorious morning sickness…but I’m happy to report it only hits in the afternoons and evenings. Usually I save Lily’s naptime and bedtime for my “blogging” time, but since morning sickness falls during that time I’ve obviously still slacked at regular posting….and I thank you for being understanding!!
Since announcing baby #2’s sex, I can share that I purchased the at home gender prediction kit by IntelliGender (found at drugstores near pregnancy tests). I didn’t take this with Lily so I was interested in what the results would say. The kit comes with a cup filled with crystals that you pee into in the morning. After waiting for five minutes the test will reveal the sex of your baby depending on what color your pee turns. As you can tell it said we were having a boy.
When I saw the results, I didn’t really believe them because I had a gut feeling we were going to be cheering team pink again. The test says you can find out as early as 10 weeks and we used it at 11 weeks. After taking it, I went online to read reviews and Mike and I laughed when a majority of comment threads showed that the test had been wrong for so many. If you are thinking of buying it….I say save your money (it’s around $40) or go ahead and buy it, but be warned do not use this test as an actual confirmation!!
So a big YAY for team pink!! Mike and I have started making lists of potential names. I thought picking a name for Lily was difficult, it’s even more challenging for this baby! We have to start from scratch because I don’t want to use any of the names we had on the list while searching for Lily’s name. So once a name is chosen of course we will share, because this momma will have the itch to start monogramming!!