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10 Quick and Easy Halloween Crafts

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Halloween is just a day away, and, let’s be honest, not all of us are totally prepared. (Yeah, it totally snuck up on me this year, as usual.) Thankfully, I do have a few decorations around the house (shoutout to my stepmom for helping me out there!), but I could still use a few more.

Of course, I refuse to pay full price for decorations that will only sit around my house for a couple of weeks each year, so buying Halloween decor before November 1 isn’t going to happen.

My solution: simple crafts.

Here are a few crafts that could be done quickly and easily. And most of these are fairly cheap, too!

  1. Plastic cup tea-light holders (just be sure to use LED tea lights) from The Secret Post
  2. Flying ghosts (view on slide 2) from DIY Network
  3. Chalkboard painted pumpkins from Paper Princess Studio
  4. DIY string lights from Good Housekeeping
  5. Paper plate spider candy holder from The Ramblings of a Crazy Woman
  6. Painted Mason Jar Halloween Flowers from Family Fresh Cooking
  7. Pumpkin Lollipop Holder from Martha Stewart
  8. Spooky, Creepy Lollies (3 ways: spiders, jack-o-lanterns and ghosts) from Apartment Therapy
  9. Pumpkin center pieces from Bean Talk
  10. Lacey pumpkin from Better Homes and Gardens

Will you be making any last-minute decorations for Halloween? Tell me about them in the comments.

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Humpday Happiness 10.16.2013

humpdaycamelHappy humpday to ya!

Despite that I spent all of yesterday thinking it was Wednesday, and despite that I spent the entirety of that not-Wednesday fighting a killer headache, I’m feeling pretty happy today if for no other reason than today is Wednesday and I’m headache-free.

Here are some other things that have been making me happier lately:

A pumpkin pie Blizzard at DQ

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Thanksgiving chipmunks

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“The Little Mermaid” as a Happy Friday gift from Josh

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Throwbacks with Breaking Benjamin

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Dinner with the bestie

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My cousin’s wedding

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Batman: Our neighbors’ husky puppy

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Want more happy moments? Follow me on Happier for a daily dose of happiness.

40 Recipes to Try This Fall

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It’s fall, y’all! (Yep, I’ve been holding onto that one for a while.) And since I forgot to post some sort of “hello, fall” something on Sunday, well, you get it now.

I know most people probably hear fall and think of pumpkins. And, I mean, I do too. But I also think of butternut squash, sweet potatoes, candy corn, hearty soups and stews, chili and, believe it or not, apples (often covered in some sort of nut and/or melted candy).

Obviously, it’s all about the food.

Speaking of food, I’ve rounded up 40 delicious-looking recipes that I think will be perfect for fall. Some of these I’ve tried and loved (looking at you, Pumpkin Chili). Some of them are still on my to-do list (hello, Halloween Puppy Chow). Either way, you’re sure to find something you’ll love this season.

  1. Pumpkin Pie French Toast
  2. Mexican Pumpkin Soup
  3. Halloween Puppy Chow
  4. Whole Wheat-Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread
  5. Halloween Caramel Corn
  6. Hearty Chicken Pumpkin Soup
  7. Pumpkin Pie Fudge Brownie Bars
  8. Make-Ahead Stew with Fall Flavors
  9. Sweet Potato Breakfast Skillet
  10. Butternut Squash and Kale Soup with Fresh Herbs and White Beans
  11. 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Brownies
  12. Easy One-Pot Butternut Squash Shells & Cheese
  13. Mini Pumpkin Bread with Cinnamon Pepita Streusel Topping
  14. Pumpkin Baked Doughnuts
  15. Sweet Potato Cubes
  16. Naked Pumpkin Chili
  17. Candy Apples
  18. Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate
  19. Hasselback Sweet Potatoes
  20. Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cloud Frosting
  21. White Chocolate Candy Corn Popcorn
  22. Pumpkin Spice Buddies
  23. Clean Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
  24. Pumpkin and Sweet Onion Quesadilla
  25. Salted Caramel Chocolate Skillet Brownie with Caramel Ice-Cream
  26. Pumpkin Breakfast Pies
  27. Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup
  28. Gluten-Free Apple Cake Muffins
  29. Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup
  30. Apple Cider Spice Bread
  31. Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer
  32. Butternut Squash and Kidney Bean Chili
  33. Sweet Potato Doughnuts
  34. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pancakes
  35. Broccoli Cheddar Soup & Oktoberfest Beer Bread
  36. Sparkling Pumpkin Cider Beertail
  37. Mashed Sweet Potato Casserole
  38. Starbucks Pumpkin Pound Cake
  39. Crock Pot Black Bean and Sweet Potato Turkey Chili
  40. Spicy Southwest Pumpkin Soup