DIY Woody Costume

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Ok, I’m so excited to share with you the what I call my “semi-homemade” Woody costume I put together for JD this Halloween. It was super simple, and fun to put together. Here’s what we did to get the look:


Yellow shirt. We got ours from Crazy8 on sale for $4.99! And, I love that he can just wear it anytime after Halloween is over.

Jeans. We already had these so that part was easy peasy!

Cowboy vest. I got the materials for $4.20 from Joann’s. Take advantage of their coupons! I used the tutorial for the vest from Simply Crafted.

Hat, belt & gun holder were 25% off at the Disney Store, so we paid just under $10 for these items.

Bandanna – We found this baby for a $1 at the Dollar Tree! I was going to use the leftover fabric from the vest, but saw the bandanna at the Dollar Tree and thought, “why not?”

Badge – you can make your own or just buy yours online at Amazon for $5.

Boots – Ok, these were the most expensive thing we had to buy for this costume, but I could not stand those foam boots they use for costumes, and even though I am not a fan of cow boy boots, we found these really awesome Toy Story boots that light up from Sears for $30. So, if you already own a pair, or can borrow some from a friend/cousin, then this will be the least of your worries. To justify this purchase, he will definitely be putting these to use when he helps out in our backyard with dad.

And that’s it! JD had fun going on a hunt for all of these items, and kept us busy on days where we needed to pass the time.

My absolute favorite part about this Halloween is how cute these two boys are in their Toy Story costumes! Stay tuned to see how my Jessie costume will turn out…


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Halloween Countdown Printable

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October is a busy and crazy month for us in our home. We have 2 more weeks until we are reunited with my husband, 3 1/2 weeks until Disneyland, 4 weeks until we move to Washington, and less than a week after that we celebrate Halloween! I wasn’t kidding when I said our month was busy… We have so many exciting things happening in the month of October, and JD is such a silly kid, he has to know when everything is happening. Because of this, we have to have countdowns to help him out.

We love countdowns in our house, and now that JD is familiar with his numbers, this is a great way for him to learn addition and subtraction. Now, if you’re like me and you just like to cross off days and see how many more days we have left until a certain holiday or big day, then this is just the thing for you. And, if you are in need of some more decorations in your house for Halloween, you’ll enjoy seeing this Halloween Countdown Printable everyday.

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Halloween Countdown Printable – download here

Check out last year’s October 31st & Countdown Printable

Friday Favorites: Pumpkin Decorations

Nothing says fall like pumpkins! And, if you find the perfect pumpkin patch, pumpkins are a great way to decorate your home for the holidays if you’re on a tight budget.

Last year, when we lived in Monterey, there was a family run pumpkin patch called Borchard Farms that sold pumpkins for an unbelievably great price! We took my mother in law with us and she went a little wild and bought a cart full of pumpkins. They had a variety of pumpkins and some pumpkins you don’t see normally.

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So, if you’re lucky enough to find an affordable pumpkin patch, or just need a new way of decorating pumpkins, here are a few ideas this fall and Halloween.


Glittered Gourds – The Next


Confetti Pumpkins – Hometalk


No-Carve Typography Pumpkins – Fairgoods


Glitter Monogrammed Pumpkin – Unoriginal mom


Orange & White Centerpiece – Midwest Living


Dollar Store Pumpkin Topiary – The Kim Six Fix


Blooming Pumpkin – Southern Living

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DIY Chevron Pumpkins – My Sweet Savannah

Halloween Goodie Bags

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I am so excited for Halloween, and there are a couple of reasons for it. Number one, my husband has been away for army training since the middle of June, and two weeks before Halloween he’ll finally be done and be back home just in time for trick or treating. Number two, I’m pretty excited about my kids Halloween costumes this year. JD is only 4, so it took him a while to finally decide what he was going to be for Halloween. When he said that he wanted to be Woody for Halloween 3 times in a row, I knew he had “made up his mind.” I decided I was going to be ambitious this Halloween and “make” his costume this year! And when I say “make,” I mean pulling stuff together to make a costume, but hopefully not wasting too much money and maybe get to use some of the stuff again after Halloween is over.

With JD being Woody, Danny who will be 2 in three months (that’s so crazy!) will be Buzz Lighter! They’re going to look so cute together! My husband and I like to dress up too, so I’ll be Jessie and my husband’s thinking of going as Andy. JD and I kept coming up with a few different options for him… but he didn’t like the idea of being a green soldier, Rex, Mr. Potato Head, or the Piggy bank. At least Andy will be easy!

So, with Halloween on my mind, I’m getting a small head start on some Halloween printables. These Halloween Goodie Bags were quick and easy to make, and that’s what I love about them. I whipped three goodie bags in less than 10 minutes (that includes printing the printables, cutting, and setting up the sewing machine).

If you’re looking for something fun for your kids to pass out in their classes this Halloween, you’ll definitely be needing these!




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Small candy (Candy Corn, Hershey Nuggets, fun sized Kit Kat, etc)

Here’s how:

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Cut out your printables.

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Fold them in half. This makes it easier to sew without having to worry if the papers aren’t lined up.

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Sew 3 sides and leave the top open.

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Insert your candy of choice. It’s best to use small candy with these, like candy corn, or 1-2 Hershey Nuggets, etc. These aren’t very big pouches.

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Sew the top closed and you’re done!

If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can staple the sides closed. If you don’t want to sew or staple them shut, I’ve included the front of the goodie bags that you can cut out and paste onto a bag. They’re perfect for any Halloween occasion, and your friends will love them!

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Striped Goodie Bags Printable – download here

Front printable – small | large

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Polka Dot Goodie Bags Printable – download here

Front printable – small | large

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Pumpkin Goodie Bags Printable – download here

Front printable – small | large

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He was pretty happy to be eating candy. Danny was napping and missed out on the photo op!

Last Minute Halloween Party Printables

Throwing a Halloween party and don’t have much time to go out and buy decorations, or on a tight budget? These printables will go perfectly with your party and all you have to do is download and print them off and you’ve got decorations for your upcoming bash. Your guests will love these and never know that you didn’t have a chance to make it to the store or on a strict budget.

halloween-invitation-displayHalloween Party Invitation – grab them here

Gift Tag DisplayHalloween Gift Tags – grab them here

Food-LabelsFood Labels – grab them here

October-31-DisplayHalloween Printable – grab them here

Happy-Halloween-DisplayHappy Halloween Printable – grab them here

Spooky-photo“Spooky” Halloween printable – grab them here

banner solo displayHalloween Banner – grab them here

IMG_2502 copyCupcake wrappers & toppers – grab them here

Halloween Cupcake Wrappers & Toppers

IMG_2502 copyI can’t believe we have less than a week left until Halloween. I know that this upcoming week will probably be filled with Halloween celebrations, and these Halloween cupcake wrappers & toppers are a great addition to any cupcake that is in need of a festive decoration. Use these for your Halloween, party, potluck, or a sweet treat after trick or treating! My favorite part about these cupcake printables is that you can mix and match each one. Your friends are going to love your cupcakes!

cupcake-wrap-orangeCupcake Wrapper Orange – download here

cupcake-wrap-blackCupcake Wrapper Black & White – download here

cupcake-toppers-variousVarious Cupcake Toppers – download here

cupcake-toppers-dotsPolka dot cupcake toppers – download here

cupcake-topper-stripesCupcake toppers striped – download here

cupcake-topper-chevronCupcake toppers chevron – download here

Food Labels – Free Printables

Food-LabelsMy family and I have started a countdown by doing a “13 Food Days Of Halloween.” For the last 13 days of October, we’ve been creating some tasty Halloween Foods and sharing them on Instagram. If you’re not already following me, be sure to follow me here and see what we come up with next!

With each Instagram post, I’ve been displaying a new printable for you to download. These food labels go perfectly with the gift tags I posted last week. Use these for your Halloween party to make your table setting look festive and get your guests into the spirit of Halloween! These food labels are left blank so you can fill them in to go along with your Halloween platter.

IMG_2299 copysm“Orange & Black” Food label – download here

IMG_2345 small“Orange Chevron” Food label – download here

IMG_2381sm“Orange Striped” Food Label – download here

Friday Favorites – Halloween Party Printables

Halloween-party-Printables-DisplayNot enough time to go out and buy Halloween decorations for your party, or simply don’t have the budget for decorations? Need help coming up with a cute party favor, or making your treats look fancy? Here are my favorite party printables to go along with your Halloween party. Mix and match each printable, or use one of the party packs listed below to create the perfect look!

Witch Hallloween PartyOreo Witch Shoes & Free Printable Tag – Your Home Based Mom

printableHalloween Carnival – Confetti Sunshine

Monster-Party-www.the36thavenue.com_Monster Party & Free Printables – The 36th Avenue

IMG_2273Halloween Party Printables – Three Little Monkeys Studio

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halloweenbagtoppersHalloween Joke Toppers – 30 Days Handmade

Halloween1Halloween Party Time – Mom’s Best

halloween-water-bottle-wrapsHalloween Printables – The Dating Divas

halloween pic set1Halloween Treat Labels – Print Your Party

Halloween-Candy-Bar-Wrappers-Todays-Creative-BlogHalloween Candy Bar Wrapper – Today’s Creative Blog

Full-Collection-580x410Retro Halloween Printables – Cherries n’ Berries

Free-Halloween-PrintablesHalloween Party Favors – Living Locurto Party Printables – Kara’s Party Ideas

free-halloween-party-games-webHalloween Games – Card Store Cupcake Printables – Boulder Locavore

6a012876eb143a970c019affdd0cf8970b-800wiCarnival Cupcake Walk Kit – Honest to Nod

6a00e54eee8f8688340133f5394a3a970b-800wiCreepy Halloween Treat Labels – Celeste Rockwood-Jones


Spiders in a Bag – Moritz Fine Designs

kalico printableHalloween Printables – Kalico Design

Spooktacular Halloween Gift Tags – Free Printable

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This is the last Halloween Gift tag… for now! But I had to share just one more. Like the last post, these gift tags were intended to be printed front and back, but you can also style these the same way as I did in the picture. Jazz up your Halloween gifts or party favors with these fun gift tags. Your friends will love these!

spook-green-display“Spooktacular Halloween” green – download here

spook-display-orange“Spooktacular Halloween” orange – download here

spook-display-purple“Spooktacular Halloween” purple – download here

FREE Halloween Gift Tag Printables

Spooky Tag displayCan you tell I’ve been on a “gift tag” frenzy lately? I love making sweets, especially this time of year but most of the time there’s always way too much for my family, so I need to get rid of it somehow. The easiest way for me to get rid of them is giving them away to my friends. Use a plain old brown bag or make your gift extra fancy using these tags and your friends will not only love your treats, they’ll love how cute they look too. These tags were intended to be printed on the front and back, but they also look just as cute the way they are displayed the pictures.

Spooky Tag“Spooky Treat” gift tag – download here

Spooktacular“You Are Spooktacular” gift tag – download here

PUmpkin Halloween

“Pumpkin Halloween” gift tag – download here