Loving reading all your entries for our Healthy Monday giveaway! You can still enter until Friday here. If you can tell by the pops of gold on our concrete accessories I really like hints of gold. In the past I've done color gift guides and will be doing a few more for the holidays this year. I'm hoping to have my Christmas shopping done before Thanksgiving, but we'll see if that really happens.
If you are needing a little motivation to stay healthy over the holidays here it is. I met Diana of
Livy Love Designs in February. She is beautiful inside and out. The same month I met Diana she decided to start exercising and eating healthy. Since February she has lost over 70 pounds!
To help you feel cute and healthy over the holidays we are giving away a $40 gift card to Lululemon.
Details to enter below.
To enter follow us here on Instagram and leave in the comments of this post how you stay healthy over the holidays. Tell us about your favorite exercise, music, or what helps you stay mentally sane over the holidays.
For a bonus entry post a pic to Instagram with #healthyholidaygiveaway of how you stay mentally or physically healthy over the the holidays.
The winner will be announced Friday!
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For the second year in a row we took our four kids to Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland. We purchased our tickets for a Tuesday night. With your tickets you are able to enter the park at 3:00 p.m.. Guests that don't have tickets to the party must leave at 6:00 when the party officially begins.
Here are some things that have worked for us at the party:
When you get in the park they give you trick-or-treat bags, but they fill up quickly. We brought a fabric grocery bag to combine our candy in.
Bring a stroller. They give out so much candy so have something to hang your candy bags on. They get sooo heavy!
The areas that candy is given out are called candy trails. They are everywhere in the park.
The less busy the part of the park the less busy the trails are.
Don't just go through the candy trails. The lines for rides are almost all shorter than usual.
If you want to see the characters get in their lines early. There are lots of characters to see. Some are at dance parties you can dance with. The Disney Villains all do a closing act together at the end of the night by the main entrance.
Besides the normal fall/Halloween decorations they add even more during the party.
The best view for the Fireworks is in the area to the right of the castle.
They do two Halloween parades and the second one is much less crowded.
Our 1 year old fell asleep in her stroller by the end. It goes until 11:00 on Tuesday night. We came home with so much candy our trick-or-treaters will be getting treats imported from Disneyland!
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We are so excited to share Halloween bag ideas from Taryn today. Taryn contributed a darling Valentines DIY back in February.
Here is Taryn:
last minute halloween bags with a twist...
Every year we like to have a theme for our Halloween. This year it has evolved as we've gone along. At first I was thinking we could do tall tale characters that way they would be school character parade ready. But of course my 1st grader couldn't figure out something that fit into that he was interested in. My 3rd grader was planning to be a Paul Bunyan for school- easy lumber jack, my pre-schooler Davy Crocket- easier had everything on hand for that one. So when my 1st grader decide he wanted to be a scout for school, but something scary for halloween night. We had to figure out how to fit everything in and without having to come up with more than one costume for everyone. So here is what we ended on. My 2 year old dressed as a genius for our first Halloween party. The story goes that he decided to experiment on himself since he had all these manly brothers: a lumber jack, a scout, and an explorer. He ended up turning himself into an evil genius and decided to turn his brothers into monsters. So for Halloween night we will have an evil genius and his big brothers. A lumber jack-werewolf, zombie-scout, and vampire-explorer. Yes its a bit of a stretch I know but everyone around my house is happy about it so I call it a win-win.
So then all we needed were some new Halloween bags. The old halloween bags I made for my boys were totally worn out. I needed something simple and quick, but that i still loved. I decided to buy pre-made canvas bags (at wal-mart) that way I wouldn't have to do any sewing this time around. I wanted something Halloween-y but also something that was a little different. I came up with a moon - werewolf, brains - zombie, red cross - vampire, equations - evil genius.
moon bag- I just used items around my kitchen to trace one large circle and a few smaller circles onto my bag and then mixed black and white paint to paint in my moon.
zombie bag- I had some stamp making supplies at my house, they were a gift from my boys one christmas and they have really come in handy for all sorts of projects. So for my zombie bag a made a brain stamp. I then traced some evenly spaced circles on the bag and then used black paint to stamp the brain stamp i made into each one. I them painted over my traced circles with black paint.
vampire bag- This one was simple. i just used painters tape to make the outline of the cross, to make it easier and make sure my lines were crisp I did the vertical line and then the horizontal line making sure i pressed tight on my edges before applying the red paint.
evil genius bag- I put down some painters take to make a square to give me guide lines to stay in. I actually searched for images of equations on google. I found an image I liked and first copied it down in pencil and then traced it with a fine tipped pen.