Whenever a holiday passes, it's a good opportunity to take stock. As you pack away costumes and decorations, take a moment to reflect for next year: what worked and what could you do to make it more fun and less of a hassle?
Did you wait too long to buy your children's costumes? Did you break your diet eating all of the Halloween candy?
Like all of you, I strive to create a beautiful and peaceful home. As I mention often on my blog, I work outside of the home full-time. Being a working mom, if I don't stay on top of things by planning carefully, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed out.
It may be old-school, but keeping an old-fashioned calendar to record party dates really keeps my family on track.
|My Gooseberry Patch wall calendar|
My little guy loved going to the calendar each day for some holiday family fun.
Even our fur kids weren't left out.
We bought some special Halloween doggie cookies for Ollie and Autumn.
We decorated indoors and out to create a spooky and festive atmosphere. Even the playhouse was decked out with orange icicyle lights and whimsical decorations.
I'm more a fan of the cute than the creepy at Halloween - especially with a young child.
We made a few of these wooden pumpkin luminary boxes years ago.
Of course Halloween wouldn't be Halloween without carving pumpkins...
These were my son's pumpkins
I drew the simple designs, and he (with help from his dad) carved them.
Our big one was a bit more sinister
with marble eyes and fang-like teeth.
little touches inside look magical, too...
Magical scent of the season
Candy Corn Candle
Eerie mouse silhouettes running along the stairs...Eek!
And all dressed up for trick-or-treating...
We hope you, too, had your best Halloween ever!