Our Halloween Traditions and a Spooky Halloween Lasagna

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love dressing up, carving pumpkins, taking the kids trick-or-treating, and making fun Halloween-themed snacks and crafts.

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However, I’m not a big fan of scary movies or haunted houses. I’m such a scaredy-cat! Although believe it or not, Josh and I saw The Ring on our first date back in 2002. Soooo creepy! (The movie, not our first date. Ha!)

Before we had kids, we’d always either dress up and go out bar-hopping, or host a small Scary-Movie-Night party at home with some friends. The past few years we’ve just had a couple of close friends over for a Halloween themed meal, and then headed out to trick-or-treat either in our neighborhood or at a local trunk-or-treat.

Here are a few pictures from Halloweens of the past:

Circa 2008. We look like babies!

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2009. The one and only time I wore one of the “sexy” Halloween costumes. At the time, I thought I looked great. Now I’m rolling my eyes and wishing someone had told me to me put on a sweater…

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A few pics from a party we hosted in 2011. (Excuse the quality of the photos. This was obviously before we had our good camera!)

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2012 – Graham’s first Halloween!

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2013 – The cutest little lion!

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2014 – Maddie’s First Halloween!

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A few pictures from 2015 when we had a blast at a local trunk-or-treat.

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2016 – The first year when both kids picked out their own costumes. Graham was all about this spooky skeleton costume and Maddie wanted to be a “pink monster.”

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Josh and I dressed up too last year. Ugly witch and Clark Kent!

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We haven’t figured out what we’re all dressing up as this year. Gotta start brainstorming!

And, of course, my favorite Halloween tradition – our spooky Halloween Lasagna! We actually call it Lasagnaaaaaaah because it’s so scary it’ll make you SCREAM!!! I always use the Pioneer Woman’s lasagna recipe – it’s super tasty. Then we use grated Parmesan for the face, pepperoni and black olives for the eyes, and green olives for the teeth. My kids always get a kick out of the finished spooky face, and we all love digging into the lasagna!

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These eyeball oreo truffles are also a perfect spooky dessert!

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What are you planning on doing for Halloween? Do you have any Halloween traditions?

 

If you love this post, you should also check out this Jack-o’-lantern Pumpkin Pie!

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Easy DIY Girls Weekend Gift

A few weekends ago I took off for a girls weekend with a few of my mom-friends. There’s nothing like a weekend away from your family where you can spend all your time…complaining about your family, right? Ha! Seriously though, when we weren’t talking about our kids or our husbands, we were sipping on wine and cocktails, playing board games and card games, snacking on junk food, and laughing the hours away! It was the best. A much needed break for all of us tired, worn out mamas.

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Tasty Treats to Whip Up When a Friend Comes Over

*This is a contributed post. I only accept contributed posts when I feel they can be relevant to the readers of Sunshine and Holly.*

There’s nothing better than eating good food with good friends, am I right? Before kids, Josh and I were always entertaining! We loved throwing dinner parties, cocktail hours, and seasonal parties. One year, my best friend Lauren and I threw an epic scary movie night for Halloween. These days, I mostly just host play dates and small groups from church. But I still love planning out snacks for my guests. If you’re looking for a few good recipes that will show your friends you care, here are a few ideas for tasty treats to whip up when a friend comes over. 

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5 Thoughts I Had While Spending 2 Hours at Chick-fil-A

I love Chick-fil-A. They have some tasty, tasty food, decent coffee, and great customer service. And those milkshakes? Oh yeah!! But best of all, they have an indoor, climate controlled play area where my wild children can burn some energy while I sit and take a much needed mom-break.

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But there’s such a thing as too much of a good thing. On Tuesday, we spent 2 hours at Chick-fil-A. I took the kids to play and have dinner since Dada was traveling for work. And I have to say, that 2 hours is too long to spend at any restaurant with kids, even Chick-fil-A.

5 Thoughts I Had While Spending 2 Hours at Chick-fil-A:

1. Chick-fil-A is the only place where it’s socially acceptable to let a bunch of young children run around a restaurant barefoot. And go to the bathroom barefoot. #gross

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2. When another parent walks into the tiny, enclosed play area that smells of toddler sweat, bare feet, and dirty diapers, and has at least 5 ice-cream-high-induced monkeys…er…kids running around, jumping, and screaming, I want to say to them, “Welcome to Hell.”

3. Forget frosted coffee and lemonade. What we really need up in here is some frosty alcoholic beverages.

Me: “Can I get a margarita?”

Chick-fil-a employee: “Of course! My pleasure!”

4. Is that my kid licking the slide? OMG she is!!! “Stop!!! Don’t lick the slide!!” Gag me.

5. When I get to the point in my life where I don’t have to stop, mid-bite, into my spicy chicken sandwich to hop up and go wipe someone else’s butt…that will be a good day.

 

So I learned my lesson. 2 hours is too much at Chick-fil-A. Unless they really do start serving margaritas…

Do you think that the cows would tell us to eat more chicken AND drink more tequila? Because I’d be all about that.

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Do you love Chick-fil-A?

 

A Love Letter to My Village

Motherhood is tough. Motherhood is messy. Motherhood has kicked my booty. The first few years are some of the hardest. So much crying (both me and the babies!) and the never ending cycle of feed, burp, change diaper, rock to sleep, over and over and over and over. Then there’s the whining, the tantrums, the constant questions, the potty training, the messes…it’s enough to drive a person completely crazy or send them into a dark depression!

So what gets us through it? (Besides lots of coffee and wine.) What is the light, the breath of fresh air, the hope for all the lonely, tired, lost mamas out there?

It’s our village – the group of women and men surrounding us, lifting us up, encouraging us, and helping out during some of the most difficult years of our life. Every mom needs her village, and I’ve been so blessed with mine. There have been so many people over the years who’ve been a rock, a shoulder to cry on, an inspiration, a light.

And I just wanted to take a minute to thank them.

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