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?


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


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!

hippie costume

Are you dressing up for Halloween this year?

What’s been your best DIY costume ever?

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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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Halloween Contest with & PicMonkey

Happy Monday Friends!

I come to y’all today with such a fun contest! has partnered with PicMonkey to show off our pet costume skills called #FrankenPet And while I may not love the whole dressing myself up for Halloween, I DO love a good pet costume 😀 Cute animals in costume, what’s not to love?

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First off, is basically an online pet-sitter finder (did that even make sense?) One would go to to either find a pet-sitter for their pets or offer their pet-sitting skills. Pretty convenient so little Fido doesn’t haveta go stay in a kennel. Boo 😦

I feel as though I don’t need to explain PicMonkey to anyone, but just in case you haven’t sipped the Blogger kool-aid yet, it’s the most amazing photo editing site available. Not an opinion but a fact. They have a billion (also a fact) fonts, overlays, frames, and other editing tools to use.

Would you like to win a Go-Pro as well as free use of the Royale features on PicMonkey for an entire year? Le, duh. You’ve come to the right place 😀

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Ok fine, so I do dress up too….who wore it best?

Contest Rules:

Between now and Halloween (aka Friday), create and share your photos online and be sure to tag them with #FrankenPet. When you tag your photos with #FrankenPet, you’ll be entered to win the grand prize: a GoPro camera and mount plus a year of PicMonkey Royale!! Additional runner-up prizes will also be given out.

One winner and one runner-up will be chosen in each category: “Creepy Canines,” “Scaredy Cats,” and “Other Beasts.” One grand prize winner will be chosen from each category so I guess if you’ve got more then one pet, get to snappin those photos!!

For more details on the contest you can click over to <<That link goes straight to the contest rules, I wouldn’t Trick you….I’m all about the Treats, duh 😉 Speaking of sweet, also gave me a Promo Code for my readers. Use Code BLONDER20 for $20 off your dog boarding! My Mommy boards my dog but for an occasion when she can’t I’m all in!

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She loves me….aka I’m holding her for these totally non-staged photos and she’s attacking my face to get away so she can chew her sweater off….

Have I convinced you to join in the fun? I know I’ll be sharin my spooky(?) pet photos because what’s more fun then dressing up an already adorable pet and taking pictures of it? Maybe a human baby, but let’s not push it…..

Now I demand ask kindly but with much gumption, that you also tag me in your photos so I can see them all!! (I might even pick my own and re-tweet/re-gram/re-post/re-whatever it)


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**All photos must be created and shared between October 15, 2014 and 11:59pm on October 31, 2014. The winners will be announced on November 5, 2014.

***This is a sponsored post and I’ve been compensated, however, all opinions are my own. Plus dressing pets up is fun and I woulda done it anyway 😛

My Weekend in Photos

I’ve been so busy trying to get ahead in class and work I haven’t had much time to write.  Though over the next two weekends I’ll have lots of fun race stuff for y’all.  Anyway, since I know you’re dying to know what I did this weekend (read that with a heavy dose of sarcasm)  I’ve included lots of pictures for your viewing pleasure…..

First up I got this little lovely bear in the mail today from my friend up North.  Now I can rep both my teams in style!!


Next up I spent Friday night babysitting for a friend and being ignored by their dog……I did get to watch Zoolander while eating free pizza so it turned out alright 🙂


Kicked off the Halloween month with a  Zombie play….it was a comedy, I don’t mess with that scary stuff lol


Attempted to mail my FoodiePenPal box, and severely misjudged the Post Office’s hours so that’ll haveta happen tommorrow…..Ooops


Spent way too long trying to do my laundry (the dryer decided not to dry my clothes…thanks dryer…)


But it was totally ok, b/c this little guy was outside the window to distract me from my rage 🙂


And finally I got some new runners, Brooks Adrenaline!  Super cool and didn’t make my knee hurt at all, but the balls of my feet were on fire after 2ish miles, so sadly I’ll be returning these beauties tomorrow as well 😦


So the hunt for new running shoes is still on, my old ones will have to suffice for this weekend (BOURBON CHASE BABY!!).  So that’s one Marvelous weekend for me, disappointing purchase and crappy timing aside.

How was your weekend?


“All life is an experiment.  The more experiments you make, the better.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson