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Are you ready for Halloween?  We have been gearing up with multiple costume changes (even for Louie) – but sadly it may be raining too hard tonight to give out as much candy as we have in years past… Not sure exactly what mashup of costume Ezra is coming up with, but his goal is to ‘not be too scary’ – and Zoe is apparently going for ‘Ginny Weasley’ from Harry Potter’s series.   This is the first year in awhile that I haven’t had to make costumes from scratch, but we are just reusing everything we find around the house… what are your plans?

Happy Halloween~ !

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I love this tradition we have of having our own party in the alley for Halloween.  Residents came up with their own ‘station’ to have in back of their home or in their garage.  We made a photo booth of sorts (selfie station) and there was a cookie decorating zone, a ‘chocolate (fountain) bar’, potions-making station, apple bobbing area .. and of course we had to finish the fun all up with a ‘make a mommy into a mummy’ out of toilet paper contest.

 

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We have cousins Stella and Allison to thank for turning our attention to My Froggy Stuff and their super fun youtube channel. The Froggy Stuff gals know how to occupy my kids’ cold winter days with DIY crafting for miniture rooms and spaces. I guess it all started when Zoe starting to request a ginormous Barbie Townhouse for the holidays … and all that pink plastic in our house kinda scared me. So I gave the kids an old Ikea credenza that we were not-quite-using anymore and .. voila! My kids wallpapered, created additional bunk beds and lofts and pasted in fake wood flooring and .. well they just keep going. Ezra is mastering his ‘contractor’ skills while Zoe enjoys creating a mini version of her ‘future gluten free cafe and art gallery’. I highly recommend upcycling an old bookcase over buying more pink plastic housing for dolls:

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and some others that I’ve seen online! How clever are these?

and we are kinda obsessed with making donuts out of cheerios (gluten free, of course):
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Zoe and I were on the same page with loving this birthday party idea!  Our neighbors had a sewing party, where all the gals brought their 18 inch dolls and made a dress for them!  Zoe got a little sewing machine for the holidays last year, so she was obviously thrilled to make some more clothes.  There was a runway (where the dolls rested) and a space for cake and pizza.  If they had this when I WAS a kid, I would’ve tried to live here:

http://thefashionclass.com/

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What a lovely title to find in my inbox, eh?  This Timeout story is from a Timeout.com update that I get weekly .. and is so fun, I just had to share.  Here’s to turning something ‘unused’ to something enlightening!

Photos here are via @lewismillerdesign Instagram, and Irina Arakas from the Timeout story link above:  

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“Mysterious, gorgeous flower designs have been showing up unannounced around the city, only to be stumbled upon by New Yorkers delighted by their arrival. Slowly, the flowers are picked off by passersby until the city streets return to themselves, barely a trace of the abundant blossoms remaining.

The creative team behind the phenomenon known as the Flower Flash is Lewis Miller Design, a floral and event design group led by Lewis Miller. Miller first came up with the idea last year after searching for a way to feel more deeply connected to his craft, says Irini Arakas, the firm’s director of special projects. After many long, therapy-like discussions, Arakas noted that no one had ever done guerrilla or street art with flowers. Soon after, five members from Lewis’ team were up at 5am to make it to Central Park before dawn, flowers in hand. They reused dahlias and carnations from a previous event to create a psychedelic halo around the mosaic that reads “Imagine” at the John Lennon memorial. Soon, the internet erupted with joy, and the Miller team has been Flower Flashing us ever since.  The project appeals to Miller because it’s a “random act of kindness,” Arakas says. “It’s about designing on the fly, which is the exact opposite of what he does [at work].” Arakas scouts the locations, looking for a spot with plenty of texture to blend in with lush of the florals. “I’m a native New Yorker, and I do find [city streets] gritty, but Lewis has this unbelievable way of looking at the city because he’s from Northern California,” she says. “A sidewalk littered with bubblegum, he calls them polka dots, or the crosswalks, he refers to them as zebra stripes. He has a very romantic lens with which he looks at he city. I’ve adopted that mindset.”  

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Kudos Lewis Miller Design!

 

 

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What does Zoe do when Ezra is away at camp by day and she’s bored? Get creative of course!
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and of course when Ezra got home, he also had to contribute:
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I love that the city put in these amazing cherry blossom trees on our block.  For one brief week in the spring we get trees full of pink flowers and then – bam – it’s like someone sneezes and they all fall off the trees all at once!  Nothing like a blanket of pink petals under your feel.  Even Louie is afraid to soil it.

Meanwhile Zoe is prepping to be a ‘Lost Boy’ in her school’s upcoming “Peter Pan” play.. we’ve been working on adding scraps of fur and twigs to her costume (but of course she wants it to be ‘glamorous’ at the same time).  I should add that Zoe has been studying to present ‘The Life of Coco Chanel’ to her class.  Check her out below – beret and French accent ready to go!  And we made a trip to Boston for cousin Sophia’s Holy Communion.  These girls and their heels!  Adorable..

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the neighbor’s magnolia tree

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thanks to Aunt Semi for this photo

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