T minus one month until Halloween! For some of you, this is no big deal. For others, this means an excuse to host a fun party – for adults and kids alike – and to perhaps snag up a few new items to make your party go from good to great. This year, I may be in labor for Halloween so I am not planning anything big. Instead, I had some fun curating 10 Halloween party hosting essentials. All sources listed below (just click on the names) and some things are on sale and are going fast! Happy Halloween!
1. One Kings Lane Trick or Treat Sign $25 // 2 One Kings Lane Stripey Straws $19 // 3 West Elm X-Ray Glassware $39 // 4 One Kings Lane Silhouette Luminaries $19 // 5 Pottery Barn Outdoor BOO Banner $19.50 // 6 One Kings Lane Faux Crocodile Tray $25 // 7 Pottery Barn Skeleton Cocktail Napkins $22 // 8 Williams Sonoma Skull Coasters $12 // 9 One Kings Lane Pumpkin Tree Place Mats $35 // 10 Pottery Barn Pumpkin Drink Dispenser $55
Ahhh! I have been crazy these days and my poor little blog has taken a back seat. Why? A couple reasons. One, we just moved into our new house a couple weeks ago and unpacking and nesting and nesting and nesting has taken over my spare time. Did I mention nesting?! Two, I have so many thoughts and things to say and feel like it requires some space and I just haven’t had it.
So. Here I am. And one of the things that is on my mind is this baby girl that continues to wiggle and kick and grow in my belly. I am a little over 34 weeks and I am at the stage of complete panic and fear and excitement (and about 20 other emotions). And in the midst of a midnight Google search to help ease my fears, I came across a post from The Glitter Guide from last Mother’s Day. A few mom share their advice and words of wisdom on motherhood and I loved reading and wanted to share. And I promise to get back into the swing of things and share some updates on our house, home inspiration, prepping to deliver a baby and a few hormonal thoughts in between
I received the below forward from a dear family member a couple weeks ago. First, I have to say getting a “forward” was sort of nice. Remember those email “forwards” which are now really the crux of social media? In the world of content overload, this email actually did stop me and slow me down for a few minutes to read. Funny how email forwards are a thing of the past!
And it struck a chord with me because lately, I have been pursuing and focused on many of the things God does NOT care about. Focused on things vs. people. Focused on projects vs. serving in a meaningful way. Focused on myself vs. others. This happens, life happens and sometimes we – ahem, I – end up needing to reevaluate, adjust and refocus. And this is the beauty of life. That each day is new, each moment is new. And we have chance after chance to learn and grow and spend our precious minutes on earth on the work that matters. The people that matter.
So, without further ado, here is the forward. I hope it helps you as it helped me. And I don’t know the original source to give credit.
I grew up with practical parents. A mother, God love her, who washed aluminum foil after she cooked in it, then reused it. She was the original recycle queen, before they had a name for it… A father who was happier getting old shoes fixed than buying new ones.
Their marriage was good, their dreams focused. Their best friends lived barely a wave away..
I can see them now, Dad in trousers, tee shirt and a hat and Mom in a house dress, lawn mower in one hand, and dish-towel in the other. It was the time for fixing things.. A curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door, the oven door, the hem in a dress. Things we keep.
It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy.. All that re-fixing, eating, renewing, I wanted just once to be wasteful. Waste meant affluence. Throwing things away meant you knew there would always be more.
But then my father died, and on that clear winter’s night, in the warmth of the hospital room, I was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn’t any more.
Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away…never to return.. So… while we have it….. it’s best we love it…. and care for it… and fix it when it’s broken……… and heal it when it’s sick.
This is true. for marriage……. and old cars….. and children with bad report cards….. and dogs with bad hips…. and aging parents….. and grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it.
Some things we keep. Like a best friend that moved away or a classmate we grew up with.
There are just some things that make life important, like people we know who are special…….. and so, we keep them close!
I received this from someone who thinks I am a ‘keeper’, so I’ve sent it to the people I think of in the same way… Now it’s your turn to send this to those people that are “keepers” in your life. Good friends are like stars…. You don’t always see them, but you know they are always there. Keep them close!
TEN THINGS GOD WON’T ASK ON THAT DAY.
- God won’t ask what kind of car you drove. He’ll ask how many people you drove who didn’t have transportation.
- God won’t ask the square footage of your house, He’ll ask how many people you welcomed into your home.
- God won’t ask about the clothes you had in your closet, He’ll ask how many you helped to clothe.
- God won’t ask what your highest salary was. He’ll ask if you compromised your character to obtain it.
- God won’t ask what your job title was. He’ll ask if you performed your job to the best of your ability.
- God won’t ask how many friends you had. He’ll ask how many people to whom you were a friend.
- God won’t ask in what neighborhood you lived, He’ll ask how you treated your neighbors.
- God won’t ask about the color of your skin, He’ll ask about the content of your character.
- God won’t ask why it took you so long to seek Salvation. He’ll lovingly take you to your mansion in heaven, and not to the gates of Hell.
- God won’t have to ask how many people you forwarded this to, He already knows your decision.
Last month I had my bebe shower and it. was. perfect. I am so thankful to my sweet friends, mom and sister for doing this for me! When I finally got to the point of my pregnancy where I needed to start thinking about a shower, I knew what I wanted: A Vintage French Baby Shower, around lunchtime, some champagne and my closest friends and family! From the food to the drink and all the sweet details in between, my vision was classy French with soft-toned pink/peach/ivory colors and decor. Here is a recap of the celebration…enjoy!
Setting the Tone // The Invitation!
Source: Posh Paperie
What Matters Most // Food and Drinks!
Source: My close friends and Chicago restauranteurs, Rayah and Mutaz Abdullah (they did an incredible job catering…homemade potato chips, French bread baked the day of the shower for the sandwiches, an incredible cheese spread, simple mixed greens with homemade dressing…perfection!). And of course, some sparkling Rose to toast at the soiree!
The Heart and Soul // My People!
I love the picture of my sweet friend Vaneesha praying over our food and bebe U!
Wrap It All Together // The Thank You Cards
Source: Posh Paperie
Photography: And a HUGE thank you to Danielle Moss for her amazing photography skills!