Life Lately

I decided that I want to start sharing a weekly update telling you what is going on in my life and what my family has been up to all week. After all, motherhood is more than just cute recipes and movie nights, it’s often monotonous and tiring, and I want to share it all with you! So, I hope you don’t mind these posts that will give you a little look into my life.

Recently, I signed my daughter up for dance class at a local dance studio. Before Covid, I tried to do many activities (music class, playgrounds, etc.) outside of my home to help socialize her. She has always stayed home with me and is very unsure around other people, so I’ve tried really hard to expose her to new people and new situations. Now that we are home all the time, I’ve been struggling to find things for her to do. Luckily, a dance studio that is close to my house, has social distancing measures in place, so I decided to sign her up. She is starting to enjoy going to dance class every Monday, and she is finally warming up to the idea of being around other children (thank goodness).

Besides dance class this week, we also did a really easy craft that I shared on my Instagram, but I figured I would share it on my blog. I am always looking for easy toddler crafts, and the one that I came up with this past week was perfect for Halloween. Essentially, I took a white foam board and cut into the shape of a Mickey Mouse ghost with my Exacto knife. I then covered the foam board with glue and allowed my daughter to stick cotton balls all over it. Finally, I added black construction paper Mickey Ears and a face. It was the cutest craft, and I loved how it looked on our mantle for Halloween.

We finished out all of our Halloween activities this week including our It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Movie Night that I wrote about here.

On Saturday night, my family came over, and we put together a small “Halloween Carnival” in my backyard for my daughter, niece, and nephew. They played games and won prizes. I made a delicious Halloween-inspired charcuterie board for everyone to snack on, and my friend Suzanne made us the perfect Mickey Halloween cookies. If you are in the San Antonio, Texas area, make sure you check out Suzy Homebaker.

We finished Halloween by doing some socially distanced trick-or-treating around our neighborhood on our golf cart. This year, my daughter was Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, and of course, my husband, puppy, and I had do dress up as the Scarecrow, Lion, and Tin Man. It was such a fun Halloween full of so many wonderful memories.

Today is November 1, which means I have the ultimate internal debate: when do I decorate for Christmas? We usually jump right into it, but this year I am thinking about waiting a couple of weeks and enjoying fall for awhile. Although, I’ve already started listening to Christmas music. I can’t wait to see what this week brings, and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Sending love and magic.

Dinner & A Movie Night: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

For the first time since starting our Friday night movie tradition, we decided to watch something other than a Disney movie. I felt like we needed to watch one of my favorite childhood Halloween movies, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Luckily for me, my mom is just as “extra” as I am and decided to plan a special movie night for my daughter, niece, and nephew. I helped (a tiny bit, haha), and I wanted to share our fun night with all of you. 

If you have never seen It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, you are missing out. In a nutshell, the film follows the Peanuts gang as they celebrate Halloween and Linus as he waits for the “Great Pumpkin.” This classic Halloween movie is something that you can watch over and over.

For our movie night, my mom wanted to do something exceptional. She decided to make private tents for each kid to hang out in while watching the movie (perfect for social distancing). At one point, she was going to build each tent from scratch until I found these tents on Amazon. (Please note that I am an Amazon Affiliate, and if you purchase through this link, I will receive a small commission). We found the perfect Snoopy bed sheets at TJ Maxx, and my mom cut them and sewed them to make tent covers and bedding. The tents turned out amazing, and the kids were all excited. In fact, they were so excited that they do not want the tents to be taken down (ever).

Dinner for the kids was so much fun; my mom made a great spread of snacks that were all cute (and yummy). The main entrees were mummy dogs and jack-o-lantern quesadillas, perfect for three kids. For sides, there was a veggie tray (with a hollowed-out pumpkin to hold ranch dip) and a delicious cheese ball (that looked like a pumpkin). Finally, there was an apple crumble, orange sherbet, and “rocks” (Rice Krispies treats dipped in white chocolate) for dessert. It was a perfect meal for watching It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

It was wonderful to see the kids enjoy their movie together. They had so much fun playing in their tents, eating their treats, and curling up to watch the movie together. Having this Halloween movie night is something I am sure we will repeat in the future, and we all enjoyed spending time together and starting new family traditions.

I hope this inspires you to have a movie night with your family, and I hope you have a safe and fun Halloween.

Sending love and magic.

Happy Haunt Pudding Cups

Halloween is getting closer, and I still have so much fun to cram into these next nine days! We have gone back and forth about what we will do on Halloween but have decided that we will have a small get together at our house rather than Trick-Or-Treating. We plan to invite my family over, play games in the backyard, and eat lots of yummy food (I also plan on putting out packaged bags of Halloween Candy for trick-or-treater in case we have any). Today I wanted to share a simple, silly recipe that I plan on making for Halloween “party”, Happy Haunt Pudding Cups.

There are two steps to making this cute pudding cup, first, you will need to make your Mickey Mouse Ghosts. You can make these ghosts in advance and have them ready to go. Once the ghosts are complete, the pudding cups take just minutes to assemble.

Mickey Mouse Ghosts

White Card Stock

Flat Toothpicks

Glue Stick

Open the “happy haunt” PDF above the Mickey Mouse Ghosts and print out this PDF on white card stock. Carefully cut out each ghost. On the back of each ghost, spread some glue with a clue stick, place a flat toothpick, and a small second sheet of scrap paper. Allow the ghosts to dry for an hour.

Now that you have your cute Mickey Ghosts prepared set them aside while you make you get your pudding cups together.

Happy Haunt Pudding Cups

Food Coloring Pen

Milano Cookies

Crushed Oreos (crushed in a food processor or crush in a Ziploc bag)

Pudding Cups

Candy Pumpkins

Mickey Ghosts

Your Milano cookies will be your “tombstones.” I first planned to write on these with icing, but I found this awesome food coloring pen on Amazon and made decorating the cookies easy. You can write whatever you want on each tombstone; I just went with a simple “RIP.”

Remove the lid off of each pudding cup, and top with a scoop of crushed Oreos. Press one Milano cookie “tombstone” into the pudding cup. Add candy pumpkins and Mickey Ghosts to each pudding cup. Enjoy!

I love that you can make these pudding cups for a party, and they can sit out looking cute but won’t ruin. My husband and daughter gobbled these pudding cups up and are excited that I am remaking these cute snacks for Halloween.

Sending love and magic.

Spiderweb Mickey Pretzel Treats

Here is another quick and easy Halloween recipe for you! This is the perfect recipe to make with little ones and it’s delicious too.

Spiderweb Mickey Pretzel Treats

Waffle Cut Pretzels

Hershey’s Kisses

M&M’s

Mini M&M’s

White Chocolate Bar

Preheat your oven to 250°F. Cover a sheet pan in parchment paper and lay out waffle cut pretzels. Remove wrapper from each Hershey Kiss and place one Hershey Kiss on each pretzel that you have laid out. Place sheet pan in oven and bake for 3-4 minutes (or until Kisses are starting to melt).

Remove sheet pan from oven and top with 1 regular sized M&M and 2 Mini M&M’s in the shape of a Mickey Mouse. Once all pretzels have their M&M’s, place sheet tray in the freezer for 20-30 minutes. Remove pretzels from the freezer. Melt down your white chocolate in the microwave. Using a spoon, drizzle melted white chocolate over each pretzel. Enjoy!

My daughter and I had so much fun making this delicious treat together, and she had so much fun eating them up. I think we will add this to the list of snacks we will make for Halloween night.

Sending love and magic.

Mickey Halloween Chocolate Bark

Spooky season is officially here! I don’t know about you, but I love celebrating every holiday with exciting decorations, silly meals, and fun snacks. I am finally starting to decorate and prepare my home for Halloween, and today I wanted to share a cute and easy recipe for Mickey Halloween Chocolate Bark.

Last time I was at Disney World, I grabbed some bags of their Mickey Mouse pretzels and brought them home with me. I didn’t know what to use them for, but I realized they would be perfect for this treat. If you can’t find Mickey Mouse pretzels, have no fear, you can use any type of pretzel for this recipe!

Mickey Halloween Chocolate Bark

2 Baker’s Creamy Milk Chocolate Bars

1 Ghirardelli White Chocolate Bar

Candy Corn

Halloween Sprinkles

Pretzels

Start by breaking the milk chocolate bars into pieces and placing them in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring in between. Once the chocolate is completely melted, pour onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper or a silicone baking dish (I used silicone, it made the chocolate removal much easier). Top with candy corn, sprinkles, and pretzels.

Set chocolate in your fridge for 30 minutes. Once the chocolate bark is set, remove from the refrigerator and cut or break into pieces. Melt white chocolate in the microwave in 30-second increments, stirring in between. Once the white chocolate is completely melted, drizzle over cut chocolate bark. Return to the fridge and cool for another 15-20 minutes. Enjoy!

This Mickey Halloween Chocolate Bark is the perfect Halloween treat for everyone! It is silly and yummy and makes me so excited for Halloween. I can’t wait to share even more spooky snacks and meals with you this month, so stay tuned.

Sending love and magic.

Five Friday Favorites: Halloween Merchandise on shopDisney.com

I don’t mean to “frighten you prematurely,” but Halloween will be here before you know it! Yes, it’s only August, I wanted to share my five favorite Halloween items that you can find on shopDisney.com.

This post is not affiliated with Disney or shopDisney.com; I just wanted to share what I like! I may have placed a couple of orders already (shhh don’t tell my husband).

Mickey Mouse Halloween Candy Bowl

This Mickey Mouse Candy Bowl would be perfect for passing out candy or just as a decoration around your house. I love that this bowl is relatively large, and it says “trick or treat” on the back of it—the perfect piece of Halloween decor.

Mickey Mouse Halloween PJ PALS for Girls

I know I linked the girl’s pajamas, but shopDisney.com actually sells these precious Halloween pajamas for the entire family! (Spoiler alert, I ordered them). Disney’s pajamas are always excellent quality, and I think these are the perfect pj’s to throw on after a night of trick-or-treating.

Minnie Mouse Halloween Mug with Lid

I am an avid Disney coffee mug collector, and of course, I had to add this one to my collection! In all honesty, this might be one of my favorite mugs that Disney has ever made. This Minnie Mouse Mug is the only mug that you should use to drink pumpkin spiced lattes this fall.

Minnie Mouse Halloween Witch Sequined Ear Headband

Who doesn’t need a pair of Halloween Minnie Ears? These are just the cutest with the witch’s hat and purple bow. Even if you aren’t visiting the parks this fall, these ears would be perfect for any Halloween outing (or just wearing them around the house).

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Halloween Countdown Calendar

When Disney first launched its Halloween Merchandise online, I couldn’t find this calendar. Thinking that you would only be able to get this countdown from the parks had me a little upset, but, alas the countdown calendar is on shopDisney.com now! There is no cuter way to countdown the days until Halloween.

Even if you plan to stay home and social distance this Halloween, these five items can help make your Halloween a little more magical. Let me know in the comments below what your favorite item is. Boo to you!

Sending love and magic.