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Weekend Roundup: Halloween plans, easy pumpkin vase and other stuff

What are your plans this weekend?

We are having a “Halloween party” with a dear friend who loves tacky spookiness as much as we do. Our Halloween party tradition usually includes her coming over with a festive dessert in hand, mulled wine, a scary movie and costumes foraged from our closets earlier that day. Our friend is single and young and there’s nothing from stopping her from spending this prime Saturday night out on the town in costume with better looking friends. But she’d rather spend it holed up on the couch with our dorky little family and our dorky little Halloween traditions. It’s one of the many reasons we love her.

I’m also basking in lazy times with family. I gave up on feeling guilty for relaxing together earlier this year. I used to pack our weekends full of activities, but I am learning how important it is for us to do nothing in each other’s company.

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We do a final walk-thru of our home tomorrow and get keys on Tuesday! Speaking of homes, I found this hand-stamped wall project on A Beautiful Mess blog and thought maybe I’ll try it on a wall in the new place…If I’m up for taking a risk like that.

You’ve probably seen this beautiful series of photographs of a baby’s nap time dream adventures floating around the Internet. If you haven’t, check it out. All I have to say is Baby G has NEVER had the temperament that would allow me to put her in costume and surround her with props and take pictures while she peacefully sleeps on the floor. That creative photographer mom Queenie Liao has no idea what an easy baby she has.

I’ve loved Henry David Thoreau’s words, “All good things are wild and free” for Baby G so much so that I have the phrase hanging above her crib. I found this beautiful image on Pinterest this week featuring the words and fell in instant love so of course I had to share with you.

Also, if you’re looking for a really lazy fall decoration, I spent about three minutes this morning turning a pumpkin into a vase for hydrangeas, an idea I originally found on With Love From Kat. Here’s my version:

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I hope you all have a great weekend and that you get to spend some time with your families.

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