weekend haps

fall fields

It still doesn’t feel like fall in Michigan, we had high temps in the 80s over the weekend; but it certainly is looking like fall here which is nice. We spent all afternoon on Sunday raking and picking up seed pods that have fallen out of our locust tree and leaves in our yard. We also planted our rose bush in the backyard, which I hope will do well over the winter and bloom again in the spring/summer next year. It was nice to spend some time sprucing up the house, both inside and out, and put out a few decorations for Halloween. And with Halloween in mind…

Maddy will just close her eyes through the scary parts. 😉

#doglife

by Valerie | 10.09.17 | Around our home, For Funsies, Garden, Holidaze, Marvelous Maddy | No Comments »

Halloween weekend

Trick or Treat

Halloween is almost here and with the holiday ahead in mind, here are some Halloween-themed goodies for your enjoyment:

DIY Halloween masks

by Valerie | 10.28.16 | For Funsies, Holidaze | No Comments »

Weekend Getaway and All Hallows’ Eve

Up North - October 2015We spent a really fun weekend in northern Michigan; we saw some beautiful sites and were pleased to see there was still plenty of amazing fall color. We visited Kilcherman’s Christmas Cove Farm, where they not only have an impressive selection of antique apple varieties, but they also have one of the largest pop bottle collections on display; we chatted with one of the owners, who was so kind and friendly – she said her husband had gotten into growing antique apples because he used to play baseball in the orchards. When I asked her what her favorite apple was, she explained that they didn’t have it anymore as the tree had died after the hard winter they had, but we did take home her second favorite apple and a selection of a few others too. Kilcherman's Christmas Cove Farm

Kilcherman's Christmas Cove FarmWe also stopped by the Gwen Frostic studio; such a charming little place and what beautiful paper products filled with images of flora and fauna! It was almost too perfect, as we were checking out a little chipmunk darted across the shop floor – to which the staff happily commented, “He lives here, he’s getting ready for the winter.” Before we left, we also made it to the Grand Traverse Lighthouse, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, some beautiful hiking trails, Fishtown, and no trip to the area is complete without a stop for pasties and apple dumplings at Mr. Foisies

Up North - October 2015Up North - October 2015Fish TownUp North - October 2015Melody was happy to join us on our adventure too. And we enjoyed celebrating Halloween and making DIY masks during our weekend getaway as well. Up North - October 2015DIY Halloween masks

You can view more photos from our weekend here.

by Valerie | 11.02.15 | For Funsies, Holidaze, Princess Puppy Pants, Travel | No Comments »

creative costumes

Costume Party


Halloween is now just two days away. If you’re looking for costume ideas and you suddenly find yourself in need of one (D’oh!), never fear…there are plenty of creative and fun, DIY options out there; take a look at these art history-inspired costumes, for example. I am lucky to be married to an incredibly creative and crafty fella myself, who came up with and made this pixel-head costume all by himself back in 2010; this came after his equally amazing, homemade robot costume. How about Magnum, P.I.? Now sit back, relax (perhaps with a glass of 19 Crimes Red Blend, which I think is appropriate for the holiday), and enjoy the holiday! Costume Party

by Valerie | 10.29.15 | For Funsies, Holidaze | No Comments »

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!!! Just a few fun things, for your holiday enjoyment:

Happy Halloween

by Valerie | 10.31.14 | For Funsies, Holidaze | No Comments »

weekend haps

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After a busy work week, we found some time for some much needed r&r over the weekend – I watched one of my favorite Halloween movies, enjoyed our fireplace, and did a bit of decorating around the house. Ryan did some yard work too, mowing and raking leaves, cleaning up some of our garden beds for the season (he pulled quite a lot of herbs which we’re hoping to dry and use throughout the winter). And Melody enjoyed a nap near the sunshine coming in the window on Sunday afternoon; she’s a professional at that!

Jack-o-lantern

Sun napping

by Valerie | 10.13.14 | Around our home, For Funsies, Holidaze, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

All Hallows’ Eve

Happy Halloween! We had a great time carving pumpkins with friends last night. Our neighborhood is a bit of a maze, we live in a cul-de-sac, and it’s supposed to rain all day today – but I’m hopeful that none of this will deter trick-or-treaters from our house. We bought lots of candy and carved 8 pumpkins, most of which are directional arrows to encourage trick-or-treaters to stop by our place tonight. I’m crossing my fingers.

I also made seasoned, toasted pumpkin seeds for the first time and I think they turned out pretty good; I don’t know why I’ve never done that before as it wasn’t too hard (just takes time to separate seeds from the pumpkin guts) – I just rinsed the seeds, patted them dry, placed them on a baking sheet, tossed them in olive oil, sprinkled Miracle Blend seasoning on top, and let them toast up in the oven (oven set to 300) until they looked/tasted done.

Have you seen today’s Halloween-themed Google doodle?

by Valerie | 10.31.13 | For Funsies, Holidaze | No Comments »

I want candy

With Halloween (my second favorite holiday, by the way) less than a week away now, here are some fun things for your viewing/listening pleasure:

  • I’m looking forward to carving pumpkins just as awesome as those we did last year!
  • I enjoy good tunes on a daily basis and Halloween is no exception. You can find lots of Halloween-themed playlists through free streaming radio sources like Songza (my personal favorite) or check out these blog posts on Apartment Therapy and Design Sponge on the subject.
  • Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups are just way too good… I can’t stop eating these!
  • One of my October/Halloween traditions is watching this and this.
  • Ornamental Hermit – I find this odd and a little creepy.
  • I don’t think I’ve ever seen this video until now…yep, I wasn’t missing much – but I still like the song for Halloween.

What are your Halloween plans, costume(s), treats?

by Valerie | 10.25.13 | For Funsies, Holidaze | No Comments »

Happy Halloween!

Once upon a Halloween, a long, long time ago…

by Valerie | 10.31.12 | Holidaze | No Comments »

All Hallows’ Eve eve

Happy All Hallows’ Eve eve to you all! In preparation for Halloween, we carved 4 pumpkins – well, by “we” I should clarify that I mean mostly Ryan & I helped with one of the jack-o-lantern faces. He did these fun, two-sided pumpkins – one side spells out “trick or treat” & the other side is full of smiling jack-o-lantern faces.

by Valerie | 10.30.12 | For Funsies, Holidaze | 1 Comment »

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