DIY Forrest Gump And Jenny Costumes

Have you decided what to be for Halloween this year?

Um, you might want to think about it, it’s today……

I realize I’m a bit late on this one, so let’s pretend it’s more of a reveal, like “Hey, everyone, look how good looking I am!”

No? Ok, well fine 😛

Forrest Gump And jenny Costumes

So Halloween…..

I’m the first to admit that I’m not a fan. Not of the dressing up part, because besides all the candy that’s the only good part. I hate being scared, I hate being out past dark, and I really hate being super uncomfortable having to be around all the girls showing off every inch of skin and leaving nothing to the imagination in sub-par weather in the most ridiculous costumes of all time. I’m lookin at you “sexy ebola virus” Ah college, how I don’t miss you.

Since I’m an adult now and everything I won’t have to worry about the sea of flesh parading itself around the various Halloween parties this year. (How are you not cold!!)

Of course we can’t forget that my purse strings are tighter than trying to fit into spandex two sizes too small, so I’m all about thrifting.

Hippie Costume

 

And because I force JB to do cute things with me against his will with the promise of pumpkin treats and doing his laundry, he placates me sometimes. He did shoot down several of my ideas before agreeing to this couple’s costume. Ideas that in my mind were golden with Danny and Sandy from Grease, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, and Fred and Wilma Flintstone among them.

Honestly though, I think we settled on the best possible idea. Forrest Gump and Jenny. Not only is it one of my favorite movies ever, but seeing JB in tiny red running shorts is too awesome to pass up.

 

So how did we get our costumes together? Thrift Shop, duh! “Saving my money and I’m happy it’s a bargain” Macklemore anyone?

I dragged JB to Goodwill with me first where I usually have tons of luck finding exactly what I went in looking for.

I’ll be honest, it took me 4 trips to Goodwill to finally find the dress that was perfect for my costume, so I suggest starting a bit early if you’re a single-track mind like me and won’t change their vision of what they want to look like.

Because when one is a hippie they frolic in fields right?

Because when one is a hippie they frolic in fields right?

FORREST GUMP COSTUME

JB was easy, all he needed was a white shirt and tiny red shorts. Plus a beard and wig duo we got from Party City. Easy, Peasy, he’s done.

Sure he could have bought one to be have exact replicas but those are so boring (and expensive!) However, this is the look we were going for…

So the beard cost quite a bit at $22, but the rest clocked in at $2 so not horrible. He already had the Harvard hat, red shorts, and tall white socks.

I got the yellow shirt (1) at Goodwill for $2

Total = $24

Forrest Gump Costume

JENNY COSTUME

Mine was a bit more challenging. Now obviously Jenny goes through, like a billion looks so lots to choose from. I went for the classic hippie look, that way even without JB I looked dressed up. Plus who doesn’t want to be a hippie sometimes.

So I wanted a white lace and/or flowy dress, fringe vest, and flower crown. I was already planning on wearing my tall brown boots so that was all set.

hippie costume

JB actually bought me a flower crown (3) at Party City for $5 but I wanted to DIY it to make it cuter. Michaels was having a sale on Fall flowers so I got $3 worth of flowers plus $2 flower tape. Had JB not gotten me the flower crown which I used as a base, this project would have been a total of $5.

I got the dress (1) and vest (3) at Goodwill for a total of $7 and $2 respectively.

The vest is actually a man’s large brown shirt with the picture of a whooly mammoth on the front which I chopped up and turned inside out and I am so in love with how it turned out! Yay me!

Total = $14

Jenny Costume

So there ya have it folks. Pretty cheap and extremely easy DIY Halloween costumes!

I’m becoming more of a Halloween person as I get older, I mean the whole couples costume thing is pretty fun. I would have loved to do the whole DIY girl group thing back in the day but not having friends kinda puts a damper on that kinda thing. Kidding, I wasn’t as cool in college as I am now. Obvi.

And one more photo of me becasue getting JB to take as many photos as I want is rare. Yay Holidays!

And I’m a bit conceited about the whole look…I mean, I look good 😉 And that flower crown, watch out world, you’ve got another flower child on the loose!

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Are you dressing up for Halloween this year?

What’s been your best DIY costume ever?

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Secret Blogger Club (20)

Y’all, there’s only two more days in October!

What the heck calendar! How we get here?

Oh well, time marches on and I for one am excited because we’re one month closer to Christmas which (not to overlook the Day of Turkey) but my entire family will be home for Christmas for the first time since we all lived at home. I can hardly contain my excitement!! Eeeeeeee!

Considering we have family members spread all up and down the East coast, plus a father in Europe, that’s kinda  big deal.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Today is still October 29th and we have some Club business to take care of.

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SECRET BLOGGER CLUB

>> Things Only Books Lovers Will Understand by See You in a Porridge. I couldn’t help myself. Books are my only friends some times so I understand all the feels. You will relate if books are your life, but you’ll also relate if you just read occasionally. Go feel the feels people. Feel the feels.

>> No More Disclaimers by The Cunningham Two. I know Stephanie and I aren’t the only ones to do this. Seriously, every time I serve dinner to JB I preface it with a, “it’s not my best work” or a, “idk I hope you like it.” When com’on, JB will eat anything and I’m a pretty dang good cook anyway so what the heck? Here’s to no more disclaimers!

>> How to Show Some Long-Distance Love to Your BFF by Helene in Between. Um, y’all know I move approximately every 2 years (up till now) so I’ve got besties residing in multiple states. That means lots of long-distance love. And it goes both ways too! One of my best friends sent me a flower arrangement for my birthday this year! I meant so much to me, and also got me planning ahead for hers coming up ;D

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>> Six Tips for Decorating Small Spaces and Rental Homes by Our Fox Tales. I not only live in a small space (hello studio apartment I can almost touch all walls at once in) but it’s a rental. Kym is the most adorable anyway so why wouldn’t you take decorating advice from her? I would show you pictures of how I decorate my apartment but I want us to still be friends afterwards….

>> 10 Minute Halloween Costumes by Wife in Training. Um, guys….It’s Halloween this weekend. As in Saturday…like two days…. Are you ready? Got your costume? I’ll be sharing mine tomorrow so be sure to come back. I’ll give you a hint, it involves fringe and flowers. In case you haven’t deemed your Halloween costume as priority numero uno, Lindsay has some awesome ideas for you….

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Winter Office Wardrobe Must Haves

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Have I told y’all I finally got a full time gig?

I didn’t think so. I’m actually on my way to CT for a training seminar today. So yay me, I’m the official new Wellness Program Coordinator at an Independent Living Facility here in Mass.

The name says it all. I schedule and coordinate all programming in the community including outings, performances, clubs, groups, fitness classes, challenges, etc, etc….

There’s a knitting group (love), book club (double love), and all activities are over by 4pm….um my life…..Can we all say perfect job for me together?

So with this transition from working in mostly a gym setting to an office every day means I need to step up my wardrobe game….like big time.

Winter Office Wardrobe

Scarf (now $7) / Dress (under $10) / Boots/ Leg warmers (only $7!)

No more tights and gym shoes for me. Nope! I gotta trade in my dri-fit for silk and whatever the heck else real clothes are made of. Cotton?

I’m not starting completely from zero though, I’m not that much of a kid still….just mostly.

So once I knew I got the job, I started looking for more office attire. Without that first paycheck though, that means I’m shopping on fumes. As in my budget is pretty tight right now, but I still wanted a “congrats on your first day of an adult job” outfit.

Here’s where Sammy Dress comes in.

They have a ton of cute clothes with very affordable prices. Best part is that customers actually upload photos of themselves wearing the clothes so you can see how it looks on a real person!

I don’t know about you, but seeing anything on a model is gonna make it look cute, but what about someone who looks like me?

Now I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan of dresses. Especially in the Fall/Winter. Toss on a dress over a pair of leggings, add boots and viola! Perfect and cute office attire.

Of course being the youngest person at work by 50 years doesn’t set the bar too high….

Anyway…..

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Since it’s winter, a scarf is another must-have. It’s cold outside and sometimes warm in the office which means scarves are great layering pieces! And who doesn’t love scarves? I’m an addict. Some girls collect shoes or bags, I collect scarves like it’s my j.o.b. I also make a lot of scarves (high five for the knitters of the world!) so I have a constant supply to satisfy my need.

But now how do we make this super adorable outfit look professional and not just cute? Put a blazer on it!

At least that’s what I do. Check out a few of their blazers here.

I have yet to wear my brand new blazer to work yet, but I’ll let you know how it goes over in my office of two.

So those are my favorite office picks, now I wanna hear yours!

What is your favorite office attire?

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Happy Thursday Friends!

I have such a treat for y’all today. A Co-Host!!  Myra from The Little Aslam!

She emailed me about co-hosting and I’ve got this horrible habit of never being able to say no, not that I would anyway. (hint, want to join the co-host fun? email me!)

Anyway, be sure to linkup below and let’s be friends!

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>> 7 Must Have Apps for Bloggers by The Blogging Brew. There were a few on her list that I already use but some new ones too. And nothing annoying and simply trending , but real useful apps!

>> 5 Ways to Help Your Fellow Blogger by See You In A Porridge. Now y’all know Kristen is one of my absolute favorite bloggers in all of Blogland, so when she wrote this post about helping other bloggers how could I not share it? Especially when I hold a weekly linkup all about helping other bloggers? You can see how easy it was to include it.

>> 7 Steps to Survive Your Twenties Life Crisis by May Living. Um yes. I think I have a Twenties Life Crisis at least once a month if not more often so this post spoke to me in so many ways it’s not even funny. Unless you’re JB and are on the receiving end of my crisis in which case you might find it funny…..

>> Beef and Broccoli Crock-pot Recipe by Anchored to Sunshine. I don’t even care that this isn’t really a “Fall” recipe, I’ve been wanting to try a beef and broccoli recipe forever but have never felt like I could. I don’t have a kitchen and only a small dorm fridge. Hazards of small apartment city living. Anyway, Amanda proved that I can do it! So whatever, it’s not a Fall recipe but that won’t stop me from making it next week!

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Small Town Fall Festival

Welcome to Wednesday Friends!

I finally got around to editing my photos from over the weekend. Not because I was too busy to do it of course. I only had a few episodes to go in the final season of Drop Dead Diva which of course took precedence over anything else in my life during my free-time. I’m what you can call a prioritization juggernaut.

Really the fact that I even have photos from that day is a victory. I usually either forget to take pictures, am too shy to ask anyone to take photos for me, or just plain forget my phone at home. It happens more often than I’d like to admit. I think my current record is having to turn back around three times for forgetting something. I’ve really got my ish together ya know?

Fall Festival

I was attempting to show you how awesome the solo cups I DIY’d into pumpkins looked on the trail but when the Sun was up you couldn’t really tell, as it got darker my photos turned out hazy like the one above and you still couldn’t tell, and once it got dark my phone couldn’t get a good photo. So this is what you’re left with…..

I am proud to report that I walked the haunted trail at least 7 times and was only scared for the first few. After that the kids knew when it was me and stopped trying to scare me. The final run through I filmed a few of the creepier scenes and got scared again but ya know, I’m alive and well so it all worked out 😀

So in case those last few sentences were confusing, or y’all just didn’t know, I’m still working a few hours a week at my local YMCA over some of their youth programs which includes the Teen Group aka Leaders Club. I’m the leader of the Leaders Club. So yea, Adulting.

I was also on the committee for the Festival, Though mostly because I had nothing else going on in my life at that point, not because I possess creative prowess. Oh and because there was free pizza at the meetings….thumbs up!

My portion didn’t happen until that night though so I convinced JB to come with me and invited his sister and family. We missed out on the hot air balloon rides by the time we got there but rumor had it that it was a bit too windy anyway so not many people go to do that.

I think the bets part was watching JB’s niece run around after the mascots. Here she is meeting one of her heros. No warm hugs were given though, she got scared as soon as Olaf got too close for comfort. Comfort levels are a bit different when you’re only  2 feet tall I guess. I wouldn’t know, I’ve always been at least 5 feet tall, just look at my awkward elementary school photos…..

Ty and Olaf

As obsessed as she is with Frozen (specifically Elsa), Elmo was probably her favorite. It took about 7 encounters before she would actually give him a high five and then two more for a hug, but when you spend an entire hour following him around, it wasn’t hard to “run” into him.

Also I don’t know if you can tell but she’s wearing an Elsa dress under her dinosaur hoodie. That kids got style and she’s already cooler than me.

She also went in a few of the bouncy houses and tossed some rings at the carnival games. At one point we (TY and I) challenged “Uncle” (JB) to a relay race and I thought I was gonna eat dirt after the dizzy bat portion. JB’s Brother in Law got it all on film but I have yet to see it so until I can, you don’t get that hilarious video of 6’5 JB racing 2ft tall Ty as I tip-toe behind her on the balance beam.

Our last stop was the pumpkin patch of course. Scratch that, Ty rode a pony and cried when she had to get off, but happy again when she got to pick out a pumpkin and leave with a goody bag. I think her dad was more excited though because he immediately pulled out a DumDum and ate it. That’s called Parenting done right.

Ty and Pumpkin

The pony ride definitely got the biggest grin you’ve ever seen. I think we all know what she’ll be asking for for the next decade of her life. You’re welcome for introducing that to her 😉

I did snap some “family” photos of everyone too but since she’s not my kid I don’t like sharing too much of her here. Judging from these photos, just the back of her head is. If you were to steal my phone and look through my picture roll you’d think she was my kid though. Or you’d think I was a creeper, which JB says I am so I’ll let you make up you own mind about what to call me.

I’m just gonna leave you with this photo that near about melted my heart to see….

JB and Ty

Seriously a kid and her Uncle may be the cutest thing ever, second only to a Dad and his little girl. specifically if that dad is my husband and the daughter is mine. I imagine that’s a pretty heart melt-y moment.

Have you been to a Fall Festival in your area yet?

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Easy DIY Halloween Pumpkins

Happy Friday Friends!

I’ve got the cutest and easiest Halloween DIY craft for y’all today. Really absolutely no skill is required to make this decoration either. Trust me, an artist I am not.

I actually got this idea when my Teen Group at the Y was put in charge of the Haunted Woods at our annual Fall Festival. We essentially had a zero dollar budget which means we had to get creative. Now I’m the first to admit that I’m not all that creative. This is where Pinterest comes in. I seriously have no clue how society functioned before Pinterest.

DIY Halloween Pumpkin Decorations

This craft is not only easy to create, but also cheap!

I didn’t actually follow a “tutorial” for this because seriously you can just look at the picture and know what to do. Like buy, draw, light….easy peasy.

I admit I didn’t draw them all myself. The bag of solo cups comes in a pack of 50 and ain’t nobody got time for that. So I recruited my Teen group to draw the remaining cups once I finished my 5 masterpieces. Ok fine, passable works of art at best, but I never claimed to be an artist. Quite the opposite actually 😉

What you’ll need:

-Orange solo cups

-Black sharpie

-Tea Lights

No kidding, that’s all you’ll need.

DIY Halloween Pumpkin decorations

Start by Googling pictures of jack-o-lanterns. I kid you not, I actually had to look up jack-o-lantern faces because that’s the lack of creativity that resides in my head…..

Once you have the faces you want, grab that sharpie and get to work! Most of mine turned out quite well and exactly how I wanted them to, however I did have a few…um….mistakes….

But this is a cute post so I won’t show you that guy…..

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After you’re done, simply pop a tealight under them, arrange them on your mantel, bookcase, stoop, anywhere you want and wait for the sun to go down. Once it’s dark and you turn the tealights on the real magic begins.

Easy DIY Halloween Pumpkin Decorations

I’ll have you know they’re more impressive in person where they blink and subsequently wink at you. They really are the perfect alternative to getting pumpkin goop up to your elbows. At least that’s what I told myself when I decided not to carve a pumpkin this year. Studio living is not for the faint of heart…

For our purposes, we lined the kiddy “haunted” trail with the cups added tea lights under them (on of course) and waited for our first visitor.

The big kid haunted trail was too scary for me to walk through so I can’t tell you about it, but here’s some photos of the creepy kids I work with. They almost convinced me to dress up and scare unsuspecting children with them, but I got too creeped out just watching them practice their scenes that I selfishly volunteered to man the kiddy trail. I’m such a giver.

So do you like the easy pumpkins?

Gonna give it a go?

Better yet, tell me your own easy DIY Halloween NON-scary decorations?

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How to Beat Football Widowry

Have you ever heard of a Football Widow?

It’s a thing, and I assume it could apply to any sports season your S.O. is really into.

Anyway, a Football Widow is “someone who has to deal with the temporary death of her relationship during football games.” So says Urban Dictionary. And ladies, we’re only at Week 7, which takes us to about the half way point so let’s buckle down and figure out how we’re gonna make it through the playoffs together.

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Girls, you know the struggle I’m talking about. Trying to get your guy’s attention when there’s a football game on the screen. Competing for his eye contact when there’s a QB tossing a pigskin on in the background.

If you’re lucky his attention is only taken for one game. One shining team that has his heart and soul. One enigmatic team that takes up every one of his waking thoughts. One set of players that he knows their stats going back to when the entered the league. For me and mine that team is the New England Patriots. That means every Fall I’m in a relationship with JB and Tommy B himself. Although if I have to share JB with someone I suppose there are less good looking options out there…..probably not less dorky ones though….

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JB sends these to me on the reg……I don’t care if you love him or hate him, Tom Brady is one dorky white guy on the top of his game. #hatersgonnahate

Back to the real issue at hand….

If you’re not quite as lucky, your football widow-ry isn’t limited to just one team. For most, football is football and it doesn’t matter who is playing, your man will be paying more attention to how many yards are run than your brunch plans for the two of you. It’s a sad truth. I really don’t know how men prioritize their thoughts, but food is never far from the forefront of mine.

Anyway, this dilemma can sometimes bring tension into a relationship. Fights, silent treatments, “woman bring me a sandwich” moments. If this sounds like you, then look no further to the answer to your problem.

How to Beat Football Widowry

>> 1 Make Snacks! This might sound like the most cliche option possible, however if you’re anything like me you actually LIKE making snacks. I honestly make it a contest with myself and try to one-up my previous snack from the week before. I judge myself based on how many compliments I get. JB and I usually spend Sunday afternoons with friends watching all the games so there’s plenty of people around to boost my ego. I thrive on being better than everyone else so it’s an easy win-win for me. *shoulder shrug* 😉

I tend to stick to more dessert-y treats, but one of my favorite snacks were some pumpkin spice pretzels. Basic but delicious.

Snacks not your thing? move on to #2!

>> 2 Try Playing Fantasy. This is the first year I’ve ever played Fantasy Football and it had single-handedly improved my relationship with JB. I’ll admit that I’m still your typical girl who knows not that much about football. Wait, I’ll amend that. I know about the Game of football, but don’t ask me to name players and list their stats. All of which is pretty integral to being successful at fantasy football. However, JB also plays Fantasy, so now instead of him just talking at me, I can join in the conversation and excitement of the game.

Plus it makes the games way more interesting if you’ve got a player fro your fantasy team playing, or an opponent you’re facing. Trust me on this one. Give yourself a reason to be invested in the game.

Hate sports? Move on to #3!

>> 3 Don’t Make Him Choose. If you don’t listen to anything else I say, pretty pretty please listen to this. Do. Not. Make. Him. Choose. Between. You. And. Football!!! Seriously, you’re setting yourself up for a fight and inevitable failure. I’m not saying your man doesn’t love you. And I’m certainly not saying that he loves football more than you. However, think of some hobby, or interest, or anything that is your favorite thing to do outside of your relationship. Now imagine that right in the middle of doing said thing, your guy wants to talk about football or power washing the driveway, anything you could care less about. How do you feel now?

Maybe I’m the only one and you’re better than me and don’t get all annoyed. Good for you June Cleaver. But the rest of us normal people should understand.

Make it easier on yourself and your inner rage-y feelings and just let him enjoy his football.

Decided to let him enjoy football but now you’re bored? #4 is for you friend!

>> 4 Make Your Own Plans. This is where you get your similarly minded ladies together to do your own thing. Go hiking, shopping, or thrifting. Bake some cookies (pumpkin of course), some muffins, or an stellar brunch spread. Whatever your jam, get your lady friends together and have some fun together.

If you find yourself short on the friends thing, get your “treat yo’ self on! Run your errands, read a book, give yourself a manicure, eat some chocolate, do anything that makes you happy! You are a strong, independent woman and you don’t need a man to make you happy. (Although I’m sure he’s awesome)

I will admit that #1 and #2 are my favorite things to do during football season, but I really do love football season. It’s all weekends, friends, hot drinks, yummy food, and lots of laughs. Sometimes heartbreaks when you lose for two straight week in a row in your fantasy league, but ya win some, ya lose some.

So what about you? Love football?

Are you a football widow?

How do you cope with the season?

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