Oct 12, 2015

Spooky Outdoor Halloween Decorations

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year. I love transforming our home and yard for this ghoulish holiday. The temperatures in Arizona have finally began to drop below triple digits in the evenings, so one of the traditions my family enjoys is going on "Halloween walks". We scout out neighborhood homes with spooky decorations for fun. Today I have 10 of my favorite Spooky Outdoor Halloween Decorations I have found online.  

These are seriously the cutest little ghosts I have ever seen!! Jen Grantham at Crafty Home Improvement (Mis)Adventures created a tutorial that will teach you how to make these adorable Tomato Cage Ghosts. You can find the tutorial here.

2. Zombie Garage

If you have windows in your garage this will be the perfect addition to add spookiness to your Halloween Decor. Find the full tutorial at the Wisteria Garden Circle.

This scream worthy doormat is perfect for scaring trick-or-treaters on Halloween night. Find the tutorial here.

Just looking at these spirit ghosts are creepy! Follow the easy tutorial at Martha Stewart and you can spook everyone who passes by your yard!

I love this idea from Nifty, Thrifty, & Thriving. She turned her porch into the opening of the monster's mouth! Check out the tutorial here.

Stephanie at the TipToe Fairy created these creepy spider egg sacs. They are one of the easiest ways to make your house creepy without spending a lot of cash. Check out her tutorial here

This creepy mailbox craft is perfect to give neighbors a friendly fright! Check out the tutorial here.

This ultra creepy decoration involves using a mannequin.... and a little bit of digging in your garden or yard.... but it totally had me fooled! Check this link out for instructions and a few more ideas!!!!.

Sharon Marie from Made with Love... Props & More, created these Chicken Wire Ghost Dresses. They give the illusion of ghosts floating across your lawn. For the full tutorial go here.

Katie and Justin at Ruffles & Truffles created this imaginative and blow your mind creepy scene in their yard! Head over to Katie's blog to read all about the process they used to install cool skeleton feature and how you can make your own!

Whatever you choose to do for your outdoor decorations, make it creative and fun, involve the entire family, and create memories together. Which decorations are your favorite to do? Do you have any favorite tutorials? Please share them in the comments!

May 19, 2015

As You Wish Pottery Summer Classes (giveaway)

In just a few short days school is out for summer break in Arizona!!! Do you know what activities are going to fill your summer calendar? You must check out the pottery painting place As You Wish! It's more than an arts and crafts studio, its a place for people to create lasting memories -- something that is special and unique to them. Every summer they offer classes at all of their Arizona locations for ages five and up. I am excited to give away two certificates to As You Wish.

Last month, the girls and I were invited to a summer class preview party at As You Wish. The girls took a "Grilled Cheese Please" plate class taught by the fabulous Ms. Liz. Both girls had a blast getting creative and painting their plates.

When we arrived at the studio all of the supplies were ready for us to use. 
The girls enjoyed meeting the other kids in their class.

They got to squirt their paint right onto the paper and used a variety of different brushes and different objects to paint with, like sponges and pencils erasers! Violet is not a fan of grilled cheese so she decided to write that she loves cheese instead. That is one of the cool things about As You Wish; you can use your creativity to make what you want.

Plus you get to leave the mess at the studio! 
In September, As You Wish celebrates its 20th anniversary in business! Since opening it's first studio in Scottsdale in 1995 it has steadily grown to serve the Phoenix Metro area.

Their Summer Class 2015 program is called, "What color is your fun?" Each week the projects will focus on a different color of the rainbow while painting pottery and canvas and creating glass fused projects.  Summer classes are $25/class and are held from 9-10:30am M-F, June 8th - July 24th 2015. Classes are for children ages 5 & up for pottery and canvas; ages 8 and up for glass fused projects. 

Enter to win one of two certificates for summer classes valid for ONE FREE SUMMER CLASS! Voucher is valid for summer classes June 8 - July 24, 2015 in studio only. 

Learn more about As You Wish by connecting with on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

#asyouwishpottery #whatcolorisyourfun #ayw20

May 14, 2015

National Mom's Nite Out

This post is brought to you by MomSelect and National Mom's Nite Out.

Motherhood is an amazing journey! As we dedicate ourselves to raising our children, moms often forget to take time out for themselves. It's not uncommon for moms to get overwhelmed with full schedules that don't allow for quality time with friends. That is one of the reasons that Maria Bailey founded National Mom's Nite Out in 2008. National Mom’s Nite Out™ is an annual event held each year on the Thursday prior to Mother's Day. It gives moms all over the world the opportunity to join together and celebrate motherhood. It's an excuse to take a break from our usual day-to-day life and treat ourselves to a night with friends. 

I recently had the opportunity to host a get together in honor of National Mom's Nite Out. I chose to host the event outdoors on the patio. Ever since creating my space for my Outdoor Dinner Party in the fall, my patio is one of my favorite places to entertain.

National Mom's Nite Out and MomSelect sent me a party kit full of fun stuff that helped create an unforgettable experience for all of my guests.

The kit was full of great products from awesome sponsors such as Bicycle Playing Cards, MyPrintly, Entenmanns, and more. 

The party kit contained fun activities, recipe and craft ideas, and gift bags full of goodies for each of my guests. 

MyPrintly provided supplies for us to do a Wine Glass Painting Craft. 

Each of us created one-of-a-kind decorative wine glasses with paint. We sat around the table and decorated our glasses while getting tips from the more creative and artistic ones of the group.

We had a great evening chatting and celebrating our friendship. 

Motherhood is truly the most wonderful and fulfilling job in the world. Remembering to take care of ourselves will allow us to stay happy, healty and better mamas for our little ones!

You can learn more about National Mom's Nite Out by heading over to their website, and by connecting on Facebook and Twitter.
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