Halloween has historically not been my favorite holiday (since perhaps the age of 8); however, in recent years, I’ve come to appreciate the pretty Rifle Paper Co. cards, sweet pumpkin DIYs, and adorable little baby/toddler costumes. My favorite source of creative crafts is definitely Sugar & Cloth, and I love all of the costumes that Studio DIY creates.
In honor of next week’s spooktacular celebrations, I’ve put together my favorite paper goods, eerie crafts and creative costumes. This morning, one of my favorite blogs – Lark & Linen – published 12 ‘non-lame’ halloween crafts. It’s a great roundup too!
Do you love Halloween? Will you be trick or treating next week? If you need some baby costume inspiration, check out Hook, Thread and Tinker’s adorable roundup here.
“You’re my favorite creeper”? Um, yes. That and the orange monster. Oh and the gold leaf skull? How elegant. I love these cards so much. read more
I have been toying with the idea of a healthy apple pie for ages now, as anyone close to me knows I adore stewed apples. What exactly is a stewed apple? Simple. It’s when an apple is skinned (optional), cored, diced and popped into the microwave for about 2 1/2 – 3 minutes. It comes out soft and sweeter (how? I have no idea). I eat a stewed apple almost every single night after dinner. It’s the best dessert.
After scouring the internet, I found a lot of vegan apple pie recipes online, but none of them were to my liking (i.e. healthy enough). You don’t need all of that added sugar if you bake with a delicious apple (namely Honey Crisp).
I baked three batches of these vegan, gluten-free, refined-sugar-free, crustless apple pies, adjusting little things each time, and the recipe below is the winner. The ingredients make two servings – baked in little ramekins (I used these from Sur La Table).
PS Isla’s nursery is one of the finalist for Project Nursery’s project of the month! I would love your vote.
As I mentioned before in this previous ‘Isla Loves’ post, we love the Honest Co. Their diapers are absolutely adorable and getting them delivered to our doorstep is such a godsend. If you’re not using them already, I highly recommend that you sign up to get the premium diapers and wipes for less than $20 a week from Honest.com.
Not only do we use Honest Co. diapers and wipes, we also use the Shampoo and Body Wash. Sasha takes bath duties every night, and the two of them have a grand old time in her bathroom (lots and lots of giggles). Isla wriggles all over, and gets the suds in her eyes and is not bothered one bit. We love how soft it makes her hair and skin feel too – and the sweet vanilla-y smell is a plus.
The Shampoo and Body Wash only costs $9.95 for a 8.5 oz bottle, and it lasts for ages. I highly recommend you buy it, or… enter the giveaway below!
Whew – what a week! It ended on a rather low point – mastitis (again!). Mastitis is a breast tissue infection that, quite frankly, sucks. I had it for the first time 6 days after Isla was born (on Sasha’s birthday!). This time, I was able to identify it early, as I knew those flu-like symptoms weren’t the flu! Thankfully, we got medicine very quickly and started the antibiotics, and I’m feeling much better.
Besides mastitis, the week was wonderful. Kirby, one of my best friends, was in town for a wedding, so we got to spend most of the day together on Friday and had a quick little visit on Sunday. Sweet Lillian is just gorgeous! See photos of their last two play adventures here and here.
Other highlights include:
- Isla dying of giggles when Sasha was playing peek-a-boo with her (did you see last week’s giggle fit?)
- Kicking butt in Strike class (quite literally – it’s kick boxing) at Life Time – I am addicted.
- Attending Isla’s first neighborhood Spring Valley fall festival!
- Getting our house ready for Christmas, i.e. two trees are up (explanation soon!) – which included multiple trips to Hobby Lobby, Anthropologie, West Elm, Crate and Barrel, IKEA and Home Goods.
- Watching Captain Phillips – I never, ever watch TV or movies so had never heard of it, but I’m obsessed! Tom Hanks is incredible.
- Seeing my good friend, Melissa, on Thursday after she left the office – have missed her!
- Having friends over for Sunday lunch and then Sasha’s sweet cousins visit in the afternoon.
- Eating dinner at Ruggles Green – hands down, the Texas Goat Cheese Salad is the best salad in Houston, Zoe’s Kitchen and Adair Kitchen.
- Taking a trip to Common Bond – the very trendy new bakery in town (delicious coffee, lacking in vegan treats). I even updated my Houston weekend travel guide to include it!
How was your week? Tell me about it in the comments!
The sass.Ugh, over this. read more