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Halloween at our house & a bat diy tutorial.

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared anything around the house. It’s been a while since I’ve given any kind of tutorial about anything. It’s been awhile since I’ve wrote about anything other than what I’m wearing or how busy I am, if I’m really honest.

Monday’s are typically work-at-home days for me. I love this because I can multi-task, like throw in a load of laundry, vacuum the car, or decorate the house for Halloween in order to surprise the kids.

Can you figure out which one of those three I did today?

The kids loved that when they walked through the door our house was ready for Halloween. Lexie said, “is it a haunted house?!” and they loved even more that I had a fun after-school-snack and surprise for them. & I loved that it bought me a few more minutes to get a little work done before diving into homework help and dinner prep.

Oh…and one of my favorite parts of our Halloween decor? The bats are back! Here’s a simple tutorial. 1) Buy a piece of black poster board and cut it into like 4×4 inch squares. 2) Cut the top of the bat. 3) Cut the bottom of the bat. 4) Crease the wings & then tape ‘em up.

bat decor tutorial

& finally…here’s halloween at our house (or our little haunted house, as Lexie called it) this year:

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wiww: randomness.

I’ve still got a ton that I want to share about #inbound14, because this was just the tip of the iceberg. But first, I’ll have to find time to do write it all down. So, until then, I thought I’d share a little wiww because we all know how easy & fun these posts are. Now that I write for other people’s blogs for a living, I obviously don’t have time to write for my own (sorry ’bout that!). One of these days I’ll get it all figured out.

Look #1. This is my, “I just got back from Boston & wish it were feeling like fall here because it totally felt like fall there” look. You can totally read it on my face. & the fact that I was trying to push a sweater in high 80s weather. My excuse? I was going to the grocery store and we all know how cold the freezer section can be. Top: I think Old Navy, loooong time ago. Sweater: Target. Shorts: Old Navy. Sandals: Target, loooong time ago. Shades: Tucker’s cheap $1 Spot ones because I need new ones. Bag: Target. Do we see a pattern here? Old Navy, Target, Old Navy, Target, Target, Target….


Look #2. I wore this to work on Monday. I’m always in the office Tuesday through Thursday, pop in sometime on Mondays & Fridays between meetings, volunteering at the kids’ school and cleaning house or grocery shopping. This week I spent all day in the office on Monday because there was just too much to do coming back from 4+ days away. Pocketed Romper (say what!? We love pockets in anything, right? And the fact that this is not a dress and really a romper? Even better. Well, until that awkward moment in the bathroom when you pretty much have to get completely undressed to go. Ya. Don’t love them so much then.) anyways, Pocketed Romper: Target. Sweater: Hmmm. Good question? Sandals: Target. Bracelet that you can’t really make out? Evil Eye, Greek tradition, that Lilah wants to buy one of to give her BFF at school after she wore hers to school Monday, too. Oy, this girl.


So there ya have it. Me checking in, sharing what I wear, and procrastinating about everything else. Am I the only one that feels like this constantly?! Please say it ain’t so.

pleated poppy

Attending #inbound14

Something I never would have gotten to do in my old job is what I’m doing this week.

In fact, I had to fly on a plane this morning from Orlando to Boston (and I don’t like flying at all) but when I posted my worries about flying, a teacher friend I used to work with asked, “Question– where would you rather be, flying or teaching? Have a great flight!”. Haha.



It’s sad to say that I don’t miss teaching as much as I thought I might. I mean, it’s what I went to college for. What I invested time and money into doing as my career and spent the last 8+ years doing. But this new gig? It’s so me.

And the fact that I get to geek out all week with other people that get what inbound is all about, in a great city (seriously, the weather here in Boston today was gorgeous. Especially compared to Florida right now!), is just icing on the cake. We spent the day exploring the city with an official Boston Duck Tour and then took an inside peek at Fenway Park (which was way cooler than I expected it to be. Tons of history in that stadium!).




So tonight, after a loooong day, I’m going to try to get some sleep so that I can get all that I can out of my first full day of #inbound14 sessions. & just maybe I’ll sneak a Lobster Roll in at some point during the trip.

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Surviving the first week.

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Firmoo: a review.

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4 on 14.

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