DIY Halloween Costumes

When my publicist booked our Halloween segment on WSFA’s “Alabama Live” I had a minor freakout moment. He said, “it might be fun to do halloween costumes or something”. “Excuse Me”, I thought to myself. “Halloween costumes?” Then he said, “What about costumes for kids”? All I could visualize in my head was children running around a TV studio breaking things, climbing on cameras, tripping over cables and not cooperating. Well, it wasn’t quite like that, but close….

We started the segment with some Quick Tips for throwing the perfect Halloween party. If you’re the “Room Mom”these ideas are perfect  for you kiddos class at school. If you missed the tutorial on those cute monster doughnuts, you can read it here 2016-10-25_0023 We quickly transitioned from party ideas to costume ideas. Sometimes you can get so caught up in making sure the party is perfect (because you want to show up all the other moms) that you forget you have a kid that needs a costume too.

A few last minute touch ups and a quick pep talk, our cosalmost ready to go live! 2016-10-25_0018 2016-10-25_0017 I mean, look at them have you ever seen anything cuter? I die over that Chocolate Chip Cookie and Milk Man. It’s the PERFECT sibling costume pair.  2016-10-25_0015 2016-10-25_0016 If you’re thinking about making the Strawberry Costume for you little one its super simple. You’ll need a few things:

Red Dress | White Felt | Strawberry Hat Template | Green Poster Board or Cardstock |Small Cup or Small Round Box (I used one a small Pringles can) | Ribbon or Stretchy Head Band | Hot Glue Gun | Velco Dots | Scissors

1. Cut out a couple of size leaf shapes from your poster board.  | 2. Run your fingers over the leaves multiple times to give them a curved look. | 3. If using ribbon instead of stretchy headband,  poke a hole on each side of your can. Cut two pieces of ribbon, long enough to tie around your head and string one through each hole, tying a knot to secure.| 4. Starting at the front of your can, overlap the leaf pieces around pringle can and secure with hot glue.  | 5. Glue a second leaf right next to it, and continue gluing leaves on (one by one), working your way around the can until it’s covered. |6. Cut a tall stem shape out of your poster board/cardstock. | 7. Fold over about 1.5″ to form a tab at the bottom and glue to the top of your cup. If your stem needs support, cut a small strip of poster board and glue it to the stem and to the cup, letting it curve in the middle to stabilize the stem |. 8. For the dress, cut out a bunch of tear drop shapes from white felt. If you are looking for a non-permanet attachment, Attach to dress with velco dots.

2016-10-25_0019 and if you’re looking to make that adorable Orange Soda costume you’ll need:

Orange Dress | Letter Template’s  | 8″ Aluminum Pie Tin | Silver/ Gray Cardstock | Hot Glue Gun | Headband | White Felt | Temporary Hem Tape 

1. Cut two 2-inch wide strips of silver cardstock. Accordion fold each strip in about 1/2″ sections. | 2. Hot glue the ends of both strips together, forming one circle shape. | 3. Hot glue the folded cardstock around the edge of the pie tin. | 4. Hot glue a stretchy headband to the bottom of the pie tin. | 5. Cut out the soda label letters of your choice. Then, cut a “stripe” of felt, a few inches shorter than the length of your label. | 6. If the adhesive felt you bought has a strong enough adhesive, you can just adhere it as-is to your dress If not, I recommend applying hem tape to the back for extra security and/or tacking each letter on with a needle and thread. 2016-10-25_0014 Of course, WSFA’s Amanda Curran couldn’t pass up a photo op with the cutest orange soda bottle in town.  2016-10-25_0020 HUGE THANK YOU to producer Shelia and the WSFA team for always welcoming me with open arms and not giving me the eye when I roll in with all my extra baggage, balloons and confetti.

Oh, while headed to the airport after our segment, I heard my voice as I turned the corner and looked up and saw those little cuties on the screen. 2016-10-25_0021

DIY Halloween Doughnut Treats

When I was in grade school my Mom was always doing the most when it came to being class Mom. I remember those kindergarten parties like it was yesterday. As class Mom, it’s your responsibility to impress all the other Moms that might show up to the Halloween party. A lot has changed over the last few years and for some odd reason folks are just much busier and busier these days and don’t have time for creating those cute little baked goods for each kid in their son/ daughters class. Moms, Look no further…I have just the perfect, easy, inexpensive and (most importantly) FUN way to do so without breaking the bank (Under $10.00).

It’s simple. We picked up a dozen Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnuts , a set of plastic vampire teeth and a box of eyeballs.


Step 1: Squeeze the plastic teeth shut and insert them into the center of the doughnut.

 Step 2: Push candy eyeballs into the doughnuts above plastic teeth.

Super simple, so simple you could event let the kiddos help out. What teacher doesn’t love sticky fingers?! I grabbed a few sprinkle doughnuts and cupcakes for safe keeping.Who knows, there might be so picky kids in your daughter’s class.

If you try this project, we’d love to see the end results. Use the hashtag #EGCcelebrates when posting your photos on Instagram.

Photo By: Milly Photography




The Ultimate Tailgate Party

After months and months of waiting, the wait finally over. Football season is here! If you’re from the South you know just how big of a deal college football is. As most of you know, I could care less about football. I still don’t fully understand how the game is played. But that doesn’t matter. It doesn’t stop me from throwing one heck of a tailgate party.

Last week I was invited on WSFA’s Alabama Live for a quick segment on how to plan the Ultimate Tailgate Party. If you missed it, you can watch it HERE. We could talk all day long about how to throw a party, but some many people are visual learners like myself, so I decided to style a mock tailgate party. I called my friend Lauren at Milly Photography to capture it all.  2016-09-25_0007 When planning any event, wedding or party there are always a few MUST-HAVES. A tailgate party is no exception. We’ve come up with 3 things that are essential for any tailgate party. The first, You can’t have the proper tailgate party without Entertainment. Wether that’s a game of corn hole, tossing the football on the lawn or cranking up the music. It’s a must! 2016-09-26_0001 Next, you can’t have a tailgate party without you team spirit. Bring you shakers, table clothes, flags and foam fingers. It certainly adds to the festive table decor.  2016-09-25_0002 2016-09-25_0016 2016-09-25_0001 I’m the type of person that will spend extra money on fancy paper plates or cute striped straws, but I’ll buy a cheap lawn chair to save a few bucks. I’m a party planner, don’t judge me! That’s exactly what I did here– We picked up a $6.00 chair from Wal-Mart instead of purchasing one of those fancy $50.00 legit team chairs. I found these inexpensive pillows from the “Dollar Spot” at Target and with a little iron on transfer, I created a custom pillow for under $10.00. Super easy! ANYONE can do it.  2016-09-25_0014 Last but not least. It’s IMPOSSIBLE to throw a tailgate party without the proper food and drink. BBQ sliders, wings and chicken fingers are a few of my favorite easy pick-up foods. But I was recently introduced to a quick and easy sausage dip that is TO DIE FOR. You HAVE to try it. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Sausage Dip

(2) 8 Ounce Cream Cheese | 1 Cup Sour Cream | 2 Cups grated cheddar cheese | 1lb of Ground Sausage | 1 can of Diced Green Chiles

*Brown and drain sausage. Mix with all other ingredients. Bake at 350 for 1 hour.

If you choose to wash it down with a cocktail, we suggest doing it with a little team spirit, of course. Our friend and one of our favorite past brides, Jean helped us round up a few recipes that are sure to impress your tailgating guests. For the Auburn Fan….

Aubie Palmer Cocktail:

1.5 Old Forester Bourbon  | 1.5 Lemonade | Top off w/ Milos Sweet Tea

2016-09-26_0002 and of course, we can’t leave the Alabama fan out. A yummy fruity drink fits them properly, I think.

Yellowhammer Cocktail:

3/4 oz. White Rum | 3/4 oz. Coconut Rum | 1/2 oz. amaretto | 2 oz. orange juice | 2 oz. pineapple juice

2016-09-26_0003 and for those that choose to have a classic game soda, barqs glass bottle root beer will hit the spot.  2016-09-25_0008 2016-09-25_0005 After all those yummy eats and drinks, you have to have a quick sweet treat before entering the stadium. We stopped by Liger’s bakery for those. You can’t go wrong with THE BEST petite fours in town. Their also famous for those mint thumbprint cookies, too, but my personal fave….the Iced Sugar Cookies.  2016-09-25_0012 2016-09-26_0004 As promised on WSFA’s Alabama Live, I’m giving away a pair of tickets to the AUBURN vs. ALABAMA A&M Homecoming game. It’s super easy to win– all you have to do is comment this post. We’ll select a winner Saturday, October 8th. Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. A for making this giveaway possible.  2016-09-25_0009 HUGE thanks to Joyce Hubbard for letting us borrow her Auburn Orange truck. It was PERFECT! And of course, my Granny. Those Liger’s goodies wouldn’t have brought themselves. You’re the BEST!

It’s Not Ok to Pretend to be Ok

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For those of you that know me personally, you know that the last several months to a year of my life have been pretty hectic on a personal level. Depending on the day, it’s sometimes hard express my feelings to those around me. Not because I am afraid of what people will say, but because we live in a world where it’s not cool to not be ok. The sad truth is today’s generation is only about showing the “good stuff”— They don’t want people to know they don’t have it all together. It’s ok to hurt. It’s ok to be stressed out. But it’s not ok to Pretend to be Ok.

In dealing with hurt, pain and a lot of unanswered questions the last year of my life, there are 3 things I’ve learned and I want to share with you.

  1.  It’s Ok to Not Understand—Trust Me this is something I know all to well. There will be somethings in life that will not come with an answer. There will always be things that we aren’t going to understand but it’s ok to not understand. My grandmother told me recently “It’s ok to not understand, sometimes that the first step to becoming ok”. It’s not wrong to admit you don’t understand.
  2.  Cry— It’s not just for babies. There is nothing wrong with crying. End of story. Let it out!
  3. Stress— It’s a part of life. If you don’t get stressed you should probably see a doctor. I’m not saying it’s ok for stress to consume your every thought and every move, but it’s gonna happen. I think one of the biggest things I’ve learned recently is that stress will only last as long as you allow it to. Don’t let stress control you.

Remember, It’s Not Ok to Pretend to be Ok.