Friday, October 30, 2015

Happy 3rd Birthday, Connor!

Happy 3rd Birthday, CJ! As we celebrate you today, I want you to always know two things: you are loved beyond measure and the core of our family. You have done so much for Daddy and I in your short three years and I can't imagine all you are going to accomplish in your lifetime. As I write this, you are sleeping upstairs and I can't help but think the next time I see you, you'll be a 3 year old. Time has gone by so fast but every single moment is imprinted on my heart.


If I had to sum up your personality in a single word it would be hilarious. You are so dang funny. And quick to think of a remark that usually leaves us in stitches. You are one smart cookie and I can't wait to see how you acclimate to school. I do worry about how you'll handle structure as you aren't one for being still for too long but in true Connor fashion, I'm sure you will do well. I have big dreams for you, as does Daddy, but when I think about what I want from you as a 3 year old or a teenager or a 30 something husband and father one things comes to mind - happiness. I want you to always be happy. To always have joy in you heart, to look for the joy in every day moments.


You have really grown in the last three months or so. From your independence to your ability to communicate, you've really blossomed. You've never shied away from social settings and that's still the case. So much so that you usually throw a fit and cry because you don't want to leave your friends. Oh and you have so many best friends. You meet someone new, spend a couple hours with them and instantly, they are your new best friend. I hope you always have a love for others. You see everyone as a friends and I hope you always treat others as kindly as you do now. If you do, it's a quality that will take you far.


As we celebrate you today, know that you are loved and cherished so. Having you completed our family in ways I didn't even know we needed completing. Through your big smile and even bigger heart, the world is a better place because you are here, Connor. Now, let's go celebrate you!

We love you a bushel and a peek!
Momma and Daddy
 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Guy Behind The Blog || October

Last month, James took over when he answered a handful of questions in "The Guy Behind The Blog" series. Y'all loved it so much and I enjoyed hearing James's answers so I figured I'd keep the trend going and have the Mister host again.


We’re headed into fall, which means cooler temps for most of us…are you a warm weather or cold weather kind of guy? I really like fall and spring temperatures, but overall I am a warm weather guy. I like to be outside with Connor at the park when the weathers warm it's the best.  

What's the best Halloween costume you've ever worn? Several years ago I was an executive at a company that made deliveries to customers. I dressed up like a legit woman and handed out candy on all of our customer deliveries. It was well received and we all had a good laugh.  

What's your favorite Halloween candy? Dots. (Which I think is such a lame answer! In my opinion, if it doesn't include chocolate than it's not candy.) 

What are your favorite parts of fall (ex: football, the weather, Thanksgiving, etc)? I really like the Fall temperatures, outdoor fires and pumpkin pie.

How do you feel about pumpkin spice lattes? I think they're a latte hype. (After I laughed about his hilarious use of words, I gave him a bit of side eye.)

I can't wait to see what he has to say about Thanksgiving and Christmas since I'm the wife who has no limits and goes all out. Hopefully he can keep his cool when answer how he feels about Christmas shopping! I'd love to see what your significant other has to say so if you are linking up with Betsy, let me know so I can check out your post. 

Make sure you mark your calendars for next month's link up and note the questions below...the link-up will go live a week early on Thursday, November 19th and stay open until Friday, November 27th.  Link up anytime in that week!

1. What sports did you participate in as a child? What sports did you watch growing up?
2. If you could line up your ideal Super Bowl, who would be facing off, where would they play and who would you pick to win?
3. Do you prefer the summer or winter Olympics? If you could participate in one Olympic sport, what would it be?
4. What is your favorite food to eat at a sports party (ex: World Series, Super Bowl, Stanley Cup, etc.)?
5. Who is your all time favorite athlete and why?
 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

"It's Worth It" - October

In just 2 days, we will be parents to a 3 year old. It blows my mind to think that's even possible because to me, we've always been a family of 3. I've always been a Momma and our world was lacking so much joy and happiness until we meet Connor. Along the way, I've had to really embrace a life - motherhood - that's totally unpredictable but totally worth it.


I never imagine myself as a mom. I always had the motherly instinct so many talk about and growing up it was put to use often with my younger brothers but I didn't see myself raising a family. I thought I'd be a career women with a marriage that was focus on business instead of toddlers. Boy was I wrong and man has it been worth it.

The moment I learned I was pregnant with Connor, I knew that I would never be a working Mom. My heart was telling me that being with this boy everyday was my calling. Days as a SAHM are much harder than I expected. My worst days at the office are nothing in comparison to what I deal with when Frank shows up. But the sleepless nights, the tantrums, the picky eating have been worth it because this is the only chance Connor gets at a childhood and I'm determined to make it the very best.

Our days/weeks/months are peppered with moments that make to truly question my sanity. But other moments like the one captured above, when Connor asked me to kiss his cheek so he could wipe it away, make for moments that I would never trade for anything in the world. A little bit of happiness in a sea of chaos is all it takes to make raising a family totally worth it. 

 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

MTT :: Our Apple Pickin' Adventure + Fall Festivites

For someone who claims to LOVE ALL THINGS FALL what I'm about to confess is going surprise you. I a) don't like carving pumpkins and b) have never been apple picking. I don't like the mess or work that's involved in carving a pumpkin. I'd much rather have a beautifully full, carve-free pumpkin sitting on my porch than one that's cut to pieces. And apple picking? My whole life I just picked up a bag of apples from the grocery and called it a day. Until this year. This year one of my Fall musts was to go apple picking and apple picking we did!


Let me first say that from here on out apple picking will be known as apple pickin' simply because that's how Connor says it and it's the cutest thing I have ever heard. I didn't even want to correct him because it was so dang cute hearing him say pickin'; my little Texan. Connor and I invited Macie and Kari with us as they've never been apple pickin' together either and things are always more fun when friends are involved. We visited a orchard about 25 minutes away and it was a bit windy the afternoon we went, but totally worth the drive. The kids had a blast and I was able to experience apple pickin' for the first time with some of my favorite people.


We picked pumpkins - not to carve but for decoration purposes only - and walked away with enough apples to last a while. Never in my life did I know there were so many kinds of apples. Our orchard had rows and rows of apples, making a map very useful for our adventures. I also picked up chocolate almond muffins to bake and let me tell you they were so tasty and well worth the price!

We've had such a fun Fall. It's our first in Ohio as a family of 3 and I've been trying so hard to find new, fresh ways to spend our weekends. Here is a list of ideas of outdoor activities to make the most of your family's Fall this year.

Pumpkin Patch/Carving || Festivals || Parades || Ghost Tours || Football Games
Scavenger Hunt || Nature Hike || Farmers Market ||Haunted Houses

What's been you favorite part of Fall this year? Mine? The weather! Nothing beats 65 degrees with clear skies and a light breeze. Yesterday was my picture perfect idea of Fall!


Beth - Our Pretty Little Girls ~ Michelle - Grammie Time 
Keri - Living In This Season  ~ Christina - Waltzing In Beauty
Lauren - Simply Free ~  Becky - BYBMG
Jess and Katie - Sweet Little Ones ~ Whitney - Polka Dotty Place
Laura - Life Is Beautiful ~ Elizabeth - All Kinds Of Things
Sarah - Abiding In Grace ~ Stephanie - Wife Mommy Me
Emily - Morning Motivated Mom
 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Currently with Amanda Moments & WMM

Two months ago Susannah announced a new blogger project called the Solidarity Sisters and I've been mingling since day one. Solidarity Sisters allows you to meet a new blogger each month, make connections, share blog knowledge with each other and do a blog post collaboration. Susannah paired each and every blogger together based on expectations, what your lives and blogs were like. This month, I was partnered with Amanda from Amanda Moments. Amanda won my heart with her ability to conversant via e-mail. With e-mail in the palm of our hands, I love connecting with someone who responds to my messages like we are best of friends or having a face to face conversation. Amanda and I were tasked with promoting each other this week and I instantly thought of a "Currently" post with a Fall theme. So to kick off the week, we are joining Becky over at Choose Happy to share what's going on in our lives this Fall.


LOVING
Amanda: The new fall TV shows. It's just so fun seeing which ones catch on and even which ones flop. I adore curling up on the couch with a blankie, cider and a kitty. I'm totally into the new Limitless show -- it's the surprise of the season in my book. I'm also enjoying the Last Man on Earth, Walking Dead,  Fargo, and The Muppets. I've already given up on The Bastard Executioner and Blood & Oil though.

Stephanie: Fall is when all my favorite shows come back from a Summer hiatus. Nashville, Scandal and The Good Wife are a must! I've been watching Nashville and Scandal from day 1 and spent the bulk of this Summer binge watching The Good Wife so I could watch it live when it returned this Fall. I've picked up a few new shows too - Blood and Oil (I know Amanda gave up but I haven't yet. I'm hoping it doesn't disappoint me!), The Affair and Homeland on Showtime and I'm slowly working myself into Gilmore Girls. I'm on season 1 episode 3. 

WEARING
Amanda: Scarves! I'm slowly embracing the start of fall with sweaters and scarves, but I'm still refusing to wear boots or jackets yet. I'm a summer lover and am trying to delay winter as much as I can!

Stephanie: Layers and sweaters and all the cozy pieces I couldn't wear in Texas. James got me a Ohio Home T shirt and I pretty much wear it any chance I get. It's the softest t-shirt in the world. Like Amanda, I'm wearing scarves too and have been toying with the idea of getting CJ and I matching ones this Fall. Is that too much? ... didn't think so!


PLANNING
Amanda: My scary movie marathon for Halloween. I love scary movies, but I've only seen the recent ones lately. This year, I want to watch ALL the Freddy and Jason franchise flicks, so I just made a list of all the movies and have lots of watching to do. There are like 20 movies on the list! So far, I've made it through the first three Nightmare on Elm Streets and first three Friday the 13ths. They're all really bad, but in such a great way. 

Stephanie: The last details on Connor's party that's on Friday. I can't believe he is going to be 3! How in the world is that possible! I'm also already thinking of Christmas party ideas for MOPS. I volunteered to plan our December play date and MNO and I have all these ideas (per the norm) and I can't wait to celebrate the holiday with my group. 

EATING
Amanda: Enjoy Life Soft Baked Snickerdoodle cookies. I just did a major haul at Natural Grocers and tried a bunch of new healthy snacks. These babies are clear winners! I also tried a Japanese sweet potato for the first time I got from there, and it was all sorts of delicious. I also got sucked in by their marketing to reserve an organic Thanksgiving turkey, and I'm actually really excited about preparing my first turkey this year!

Stephanie: Fiber One Bars in Pumpkin and Cinnamon Coffee Cake. On morning when we have to be out of the house early, I'll grab one of those, a banana and my coffee and hit the road. The Cinnamon Coffee Cake ones are so good. Like so good I could eat them for dessert. 

READING
Amanda: I recently finished The Martian, and it was AMAZING! Since then, I picked up How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran, and am actually a little disappointed. It's stranger than I was expecting. Next up: Fates & Furies for book club.

Stephanie: A month of so ago, I shared my Fall reading list and in true bookworm fashion, I've read 5 out of 6 books listed. I need to read Go Set a Watchmen still but haven't been able to get into the book so far. I put that and All The Light We Can Not See on the back burner and am currently reading For The Love by Jen Hatmaker. I need to read 5 books by December 31st to reach my goal of 40 books this year. I'm thinking from here on out, I won't be reading anything too heavy. 

What's currently going on in your world? We have a busy week ahead of us (weekend included) so we are kicking the week of with some errands and a play date with cousins.

SolidaritySister
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Friday, October 23, 2015

Friday Favorites :: October 23

There are no words for how ridiculous this week was. From sickness to exhaustion to running behind in every aspect of life, I am glad to see Friday. I'll let my weekly Friday Favorites fill you in on the highs and lows of this week.

{ONE}
Here are this week's posts in case you've missed them...

{TWO}


Monday morning C woke up with a fever. Throughout the day, I was able to control it as long as I keep giving him medicine. Late that evening, I noticed he sounded hoarse but thought it was because he was tired. Nope. Not the case. Tuesday gave us a Croup diagnosis and pretty much controlled the majority of our week. As of this morning, we've been fever free for nearly 36 hours. C still has a cough but we are on the mend for sure.

{THREE}


Cooler months tend to lead to tons of baking. Join the ladies of Tuesday Talk for a Cookie Swap Blog Hop. I have a couple ideas of what I plan to share that day but overall, I'm really excited to snag some new recipes to add to my arsenal. 

{FOUR}


This summer I was lucky enough to attend a Harry Connick Jr. concert. My love of Harry runs deep. When I was in 6th grade, I had a "Hope Floats" themed birthday party so when One2One offered me a chance to listen and review his newest open (which is available today), I was all over it! I mean... it's Justin Matisse we are talking about here folks! But anyway, "That Would Be Me" is hands down my favorite album of 2015. This record gives you the Harry we know and love as musician but it's a bit more honest, a bit raw than usual, making me dig his music so much more. We got a preview of it this summer when we saw him in concert but it didn't do the record justice. If jazz/pop/rock is your thing, you have got to pick up this album. And because I love listening to his voice, here is an interview with Harry regarding the story behind the song "Do You Really Need Her?".

 

{FIVE}
Because C is feeling better, I hope to be able to run a few errands today. I plan to treat myself to a few must have Fall goodies (mostly in the form of caffeine). But I want to give you a chance to treat yourself, too! The following lovely ladies have joined me for a $100 Target gift card giveaway. Let's face it...Target has it all. Treat yourself to some new clothes, accessories, shoes, or home decor. Go ahead and enter...you're worth it!

Target Giveaway


Happy Friday, friends!
 
Each Friday Favorites post is shared in these linkups:
 I participated in the That Would Be Me album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Breast Cancer Awareness Month :: Chemo Care Bags

I've mentioned before that I'm in MOPS here in Ohio. This year I took a huge leap of faith and decided to step into a leadership role. I am our Service Coordinator, which gives me the task of finding and planning ways for us to give back to our community. As you know October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. To support and give back to those fighting such a nasty disease, we had a mom night in and put together Chemo Care bags for ladies currently going through the biggest battle of their lives.


Each lady who RSVPed to the MNI brought an item to stuff the bags with. Our Chemo Care bags included crossword puzzles, magazines, hand sanitizers (non-scented), boxed lemonade heads, lip balms, fuzzy socks, trail mixes, queasy drops, tissues, lotions, a bracelet, nail file, Jamberry kit and a knitted headband. We are going to give this to a local Pink Ribbon Girls location. Pink Ribbon Girls has a Love Your Girls program that provides education, outreach and support through our website, social and print media, public speaking forums, pink game days, community events, coffee talks, and collaborations with other organizations. If I've learned anything about cancer, it knows no age, race or social standing. Programs like this and others provide women of every walk of life the support they need when they need it the most.

If you'd like to donate bags to your local chapter, here are some great ideas on how what to pack in your bags from a quick Pinterest search, Chemo Bags ideas on Pinterest. I'm also having a Thirty One party on Facebook, where 20% of my consultants net sales are going to be donated to The National Breast Cancer Foundation. The National Breast Cancer Foundation was founded in 1991 by breast cancer survivor, Janelle Hail. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1980 at the age of 34. At the time of her diagnosis, there was little information about the disease, and she was forced to make a decision about her health with few options. After her treatment, Janelle made a commitment to help women around the world by educating them about breast cancer and the importance of early detection. NBCF provides free mammograms to women in all 50 states through their network of hospitals. If you'd like to shop and support my effort in providing NBCF a donation, feel free to join the party by RSVPing HERE.
 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Momma's {BIRTHDAY} Wish List

The older I get the harder it is for me to tell you something that I want for birthdays and Christmas. I say want and not need because I truly don't need anything. However with my birthday around the corner, I thought it would be fun to put together a wish list of things that I would love to receive. This also serves as reminder to myself of things I want if and when I get gift cards and birthday cash.

IKEA Rasjog Utility Cart || I'm slowly getting my office together and I think this cart would be PERFECT for the space I'm working with. I'd love to be able to store my paper goods, pens and other miscellaneous office supplies in this. I've seen this cart used so many ways and it would fit my office needs perfectly.

Hobby Lobby Gift Card || Pretty obvious, right? Hobby Lobby is my happy place this time of year. I have my eyes on a few thing that I'd like to snag for the house and my office so a gift card would be the perfect way to get such items "guilt free".

Herringbone Weekender Bag || Anyone who knows me knows I have more than enough bags but this one from Simply Made With Love is calling my name! I love that I could personalize it and let's face it, weekend bag or not, this bad boy would get so much use with all things a Mom has to carry for herself and a little one for weekly outings.

LORAC PRO Palette 2 || I won a LORAC eye shadow palette once through a blog giveaway and hands down this is my go to eye shadow. Not only do they go on flawlessly but they also stay on all day long. This is a big expensive for what I normally buy but I know that I'd use every color offered and it's quality makeup that I would enjoy using. 

Chalkboard Cork-board Combo || The office space I mentioned earlier? I have yet to decorate it because I've been waiting on the perfect board and wouldn't you know it? I discovered it on Amazon. In my head, I would have chalkboard art and an inspirational message on one side and use the cork-board portion to keep track of odds and ends.

Pioneer Women Cooks Dinnertime Cookbook || I recently discovered Pioneer Women; yes I've been living under a rock. I started following here on Instagram and let me tell you, just looking at her photos makes me feel full. Dinnertime is the one time of day that we always eat as a family so I would love to switch things up, add some variety in the kitchen with this cookbook.

And that's what a 30 something wife and mommy wants for her birthday! As much as I love being spoiled, the one thing I truly want most is to spend my birthday with family and friends. Being home has been everything I could hope for it to be but being able to spend birthdays with my loved ones is the best gift ever.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

My Thankful Tree {Craft + Printable}

There is something about this time of year that makes me a bit sentimental. Maybe it's because in our home, this is birthday season. James celebrates his birthday October 24th, Connor the 30th and I round things out with a birthday on November 1st. With the holidays coming in on the heels of birthday celebrations, I often find myself thinking how thankful I am for all the blessings I've been graced with. This weekend was perfect, with lots of family time, sunshine and memory making, which made me want to bottle it all up for later. Since I can't do that, I thought I would do something so that I was reminded daily of all I have to be thankful for.


What am I thankful for? The simply things really. As I get older, it's clear that I like simplicity in my life and it's the simple things that bring me the most joy. As I reflected on things this weekend, here is what I am most thankful for:

James || Connor || Family || Jesus Christ || Friends || My Parents || My Brothers || Sunshine
Our Home || Sleep || Books || Ohio || MOPS || Coffee || New Friendships

For this craft, I used washable ink on my fingerprints to create leaves. I then used fine tipped black pen to write what I was thankful for on the leaves. I left some blank just to add color to the tree. You could also use print and cut out paper leaves if you didn't want to do fingerprints. This would be a wonderful craft to do with your family, allowing each person to include their print on the craft. If you'd like to do this craft, simply print the image below out on card stock. 

With Thanksgiving approaching, I've been really focusing on giving thanks and showing gratitude this season. What are you thankful for this year? In what ways has your life been blessed?


Beth - Our Pretty Little Girls ~ Michelle - Grammie Time
Keri - Living In This Season  ~ Christina - Waltzing In Beauty
Lauren - Simply Free ~  Becky - BYBMG
Jess and Katie - Sweet Little Ones ~ Whitney - Polka Dotty Place
Laura - Life Is Beautiful ~ Elizabeth - All Kinds Of Things
Sarah - Abiding In Grace ~ Stephanie - Wife Mommy Me
Emily - Morning Motivated Mom

Monday, October 19, 2015

Costume Party Link-up Announcement

Halloween is fast approaching and after much debate, a fit or two, we've got our costume picked out and ready to go. This is Connor's 4th Halloween. He was just a day old for Halloween 2012 which didn't give me much time to prep for his costume but we made up for it in 2013 and 2014.


The last 3 years have flown by, which is evident in these photos. Oh my! How I wish I could stop time. But because I can't, I'm going to celebrate each holiday with our little guy the best I know how. This year, I'm joining a handful of Mommy bloggers to recap and share all the fun of Halloween 2015.


What better way to share our little ones and their Halloween festivities than with a costume party? Join Meghan, Jess, Crystal, Jessica, Jennifer and I on November 2nd when we recap all the fun we had this trick or treating season. All we ask if for you to share the party image (right click and save the photo above) and tag one of the host in your post. For those of you who aren't bloggers, you can join in on the fun, too! Share your photos on social media and use the hashtag COSTUMEPTY15 so we can see your photos, too!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Friday Favorites :: October 16

I hate to say it over and over again but can someone please tell me how time flies by so quickly? In less than 2 weeks I'm going to have a 3 year, Thanksgiving will be here before we know, which then ushers in Christmas. Can't we hit the pause button for just a bit? This Momma can't handle. What I can handle is the awesome week Connor and I had while Coxy was on a business trip. Now that he is home, I feel comfortable celebrating that I made it through a week of "single" parenting. Also, here are a few favorites from this week.

{ONE}
Here is what I shared Monday - Thursday this week. Wednesday's post includes a giveaway with your toddler in mind so be sure to check that out.
{TWO}

My name is Stephanie and I'm basic. I'm also okay with being basic. I fully blame it on being born on November 1st, which is all things Halloween, pumpkin and Fall. I don't see a thing wrong with being basic, either. I mean if being basic means I get to enjoy all the goodness shown in the above picture, than I would be happy to be basic all year long. (Side note: I may have just set a record for the number of times I used the word basic in one paragraph. #goals).

{THREE}
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I wanted to do something to bring attention to the disease, fight and victory. Last evening, my MOPS group and I got together and put together Chemo Care Bags for ladies who are fighting the battle. I'll have more details on that in a post next week. I'm also having a Thirty One party on Facebook, where 20% of my consultants net sales are going to be donated to The National Breast Cancer Foundation. The National Breast Cancer Foundation was founded in 1991 by breast cancer survivor, Janelle Hail. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1980 at the age of 34. At the time of her diagnosis, there was little information about the disease, and she was forced to make a decision about her health with few options. After her treatment, Janelle made a commitment to help women around the world by educating them about breast cancer and the importance of early detection. NBCF provides free mammograms to women in all 50 states through their network of hospitals. If you'd like to shop and support my effort in providing NBCF a donation, feel free to join the party by RSVPing HERE.

{FOUR}


I was showcased on XO Kerry's Motherhood Inspired post this week. Kerry's questions really made me think about myself as a Mom and what I want my message to be. Be sure to head over to her blog and check it out. She is also taking more Motherhood Inspired hosts so sign up. 
{FIVE}


I've been dressing up a bit more lately (read: I'm not in pajamas all day) and one thing I've been having a blast with is wearing some of my favorite pieces of jewelry. I recently was gifted my sterling silver Sideway Cross Bracelet from Ginny at Centime Gift. I hadn't heard of the company before but after scrolling through their site, feel in love with so many pieces. I landed on the my cross bracelet but wish I could have ordered a handful of other items. Some of the wish list items I have are their Coordinates Bracelet, Bar Signature Necklace and Mother's Ring. Because I love their one of kind pieces and amazing customer service, I've teamed up with the company to give one reader a $50 credit to their shop. Simply follow the steps in the Rafflecopter below. Winner will be picked Monday. 


Happy Friday, friends!
 
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Thursday, October 15, 2015

#MixInMonsterMash :: Snack Pack Made Fun

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MixInMonsterMash #CollectiveBias

I don't know what it is about the holidays but when Fall rolls around and the holidays inch closer and closer, all I want to do is bake and cook and create. One area that I've been focusing on more is allowing Connor help me in the kitchen more often. I want him to have memories of him and I in the kitchen to look back on as an adult. One easy way to get him involved is to make snack time fun. Thanks to a little Snack Pack influence, Connor and I created 4 Halloween themed snacks on Monday. Not only did we have a BLAST making our creations but they tasted pretty good too! 

 
Monday afternoon we packed up and headed to our local Meijer. I can't tell you how much I love our newly remodeled Meijer - the aisles are wider than other stores making shopping easier. It's clean and easy to navigate. Am I the only one who has a favorite grocery store and only visits that ONE location? Yeah, didn't think so. Snack Packs are fairly inexpensive but before you head out to Meijer to snag yours, be sure to sign up for their FREE mPerks program. Now through October 31st, there is a $1 off coupon when you buy 4 Snack Packs.  We had our list and we shopped for must have snack goodies.
  • Chocolate Snack Pack Pudding
  • Oreos
  • Gummy Worms
  • Candy Eyes and Pumpkins
  • Green Icing
  • Green Sprinkles
  • Black Decorating Gel
  • Nutter Butter Cookies

Once we got home, we got to working on our chocolate creations. We made 4 Halloween inspired pudding snacks: a Nutty Graveyard, Dirt Pudding, Green Marsh Pudding and Pumpkin Patch Harvest. First up was our Nutty Graveyard treat.


Remove the lid from your Snack Pack. Using the green sprinkles, cover the top of you container to create the appearance of grass. Using the black decorating gel, add eyes and a mouth to your Nutter Butter bar. Place your spooky Nutter Butter in the grass and add 2 candy pumpkins for decorations.  

 
Remove the lid from your snack pack so that you can add you dirt and worms. Using a small plastic bag, add 7-10 oreos and smash them to create crumbs. I used my rolling pin (which Connor thought was hilarious!). Dump the broken cookies into the top of your cup, creating your dirt pile. Place your worms in and around your Snack pack.


This was Connor's favorite to make and eat! ALL THE MESS! Open your snack pack and fill the top with green icing creating a bump as you go so you have somewhere to stick your eyes. Once you've filled the cup to your (or Connor's) liking, add the eyes. Now sit back and watch your clean faced toddler get messy real quick!


Lastly, it wouldn't be Fall without a pumpkin patch. I added a bit of icing to create a field (use your imagination, mmkay?) and added 4 jack o' lanterns. Simple but full of the Halloween spirit. If you want to make your own Halloween inspired treats, visit Snack Pack on Pinterest and Facebook.

Snack Pack are a consistent in our home. Each serving provides us with as much calcium as an 8 ounce glass of milk. And let's face it, chocolate pudding with sprinkles or pumpkins is way more fun to eat than boring milk. Since Connor is picky, I like being able to sneak things into his diet without him knowing. Calcium in items like Snack Pack help get the job done.

I had the best time putting together these treats with Connor. Getting him more involved in meal prep has been a fun (messy) experience for both of us but I'm loving the memories we are making in the kitchen. I can't wait to see what we can come up with for Halloween and Christmas! Yes! Christmas! Be sure to visit your local Meijer to pick up the goodies for your holiday treats! Don't forget your Snack Packs!