Pinterest Halloween Recipes Tested!

With Halloween only a few days away I thought I would test out some Pinterest Halloween "recipes" that I found!

First I wanted to try this Graveyard Taco Dip. Taco dip is a staple at any event we host so this seemed like a great way to make it a little spooky.

This one looked relatively easy so I was excited to give it a try. First step is to make your favourite dip. I have a favourite taco dip that I love making but the only thing I did differently was to put the cheese under the salsa so the top layer looked a little more like a graveyard. 

Next, I cut a tree and some tombstone shapes out of the tortilla shells. I cut a few trees and a variety of tombstone shapes and sizes because I wasn't sure what would work best. I also cut out a skull because, why not.

The tortilla tombstones and tree are then baked at 350'C until golden brown. I just kept setting them for 5 minute timers until they were done. 

Once the tombstones cooled I wrote little names on them with a sharpee. I didn't have an edible marker and didn't want to buy one so I just made sure no one ate the tombstones. The tombstones and tree stood up in the dip easily and even though they will get soggy it didn't cause them to fall.

I loved how this turned out and it was such a simple and inexpensive way to make a dish I was already going to serve spooky for Halloween! This one is a Pinterest win in my books!

My final product!


Next up was the Pumpkin Patch Brownies. I was the most excited to try making these because they are so adorable!

The first step is to make brownies or to buy them pre-made. 

Next, take your popsicle sticks (I bought "wooden art sticks" from the dollar store and they worked well) and cut them up. You'll want a few longer sticks and then 3 or 4 shorter sticks for each larger stick. The size of your signs will probably depend on how big you are making your brownies. 

I tried gluing a sign together before writing on it but I ended up preferring to write on the sticks before gluing. I wrote 'Pumpkins' on one little stick and '50 cents' on another with a sharpie and then glued them together into little wooden signs.

Once the glue on the signs is dry you're ready to make your pumpkin patch! It's just a matter of arranging the brownies how you would like and then adding the signs and pumpkins! I didn't put the oreo crumble on mine because I didn't feel like dealing with the mess haha. This one made me so happy. I honestly don't think I will be able to serve regular brownies ever again. I definitely recommend giving this one a try!

My final product!


 These bats just looked so darn cute I had to give them a try. 

 This one felt more like a craft project than the other ones and would actually be really fun to do with kids. I know peanut allergies are common so if you're child can't handle peanut butter cups, I think these would be just as cute with peppermint patties or any other chocolate treat of a similar size. 

First step is to get the peanut butter cups out of their wrappers. Then it was time to break the oreos in half and scrape the icing off. I used decorative icing to attach the oreo wings to the peanut butter cups. If I were to do this again I would use chocolate icing because you could sort of see the white icing. 

I didn't buy edible eyes. I just used white decorative icing and silver balls as eyes which worked well.

These were a hit with the kids so I do think this would be a fun activity for them. They were cute but I don't think I would make them again unless I had kids with me!

My Final Product


This Pumpkin Veggie Platter was a last minute decision. I was planning on making a veggie platter and had seen a photo of a pumpkin version on pinterest so I decided I would give it a shot. It was harder than it looked to get the pumpkin shape but once I did the rest was easy. I also had only purchased a few veggies so I had to improvise. I think it turned out cute and didn't cost any extra money so that's a win for me! I don't think everyone noticed it was a pumpkin but I knew, which is all that matters lol.


So those are my Pinterest Halloween Recipes tested! Overall I think they turned out very similar to the photos I found on Pinterest and they weren't very expensive to execute. If you're looking for a cute and easy appy or treat to bring to a Halloween party this weekend I definitely recommend these! Or, if you're like me and enjoy having some delicious food available while handing out candy these are some great options. 

Happy Halloween from my little helper and I!


The Ronald McDonald House A Night To Dream Gala

Every year I look forward to attending the Ronald McDonald House Charity Gala. If you don't know about the Ronald McDonald House take a look at their website because it's such an amazing house. It provides housing for families of sick children who have to travel to Vancouver for their child's care.

After Thomas was born he spent two days in the NICU and it was such a humbling experience.  I remember how emotional and scared I was when we were told Thomas might have an infection and that he would need to be transferred to another hospital and into the NICU. There were so many unknowns at that point which was really scary. We were so fortunate that his stay was short and close to home but while we were in there we connected with some of the other parents. Some of them were there for 3+ months with their little ones and had traveled quite far to be there. Their stories will stay with me forever.

Having to travel to a hospital that's far away from your family and friends would be so scary and lonely. The Ronald McDonald House becomes a home and a support system for the families who stay there. Each year at the gala we hear stories from a family who has stayed at the house and it makes me so glad that a place like the Ronald McDonald House exists. What these families go through is terrifying so having that support system and a place to call home during their child's treatment is so important.

I wasn't ready to leave Thomas at home with a babysitter just yet so we brought him to the hotel with us and he stayed in our room with his Auntie Alicia while we were downstairs at the gala. He had so much fun with his auntie and after the dinner, speeches and live auction he put on his tux and came down to join us at our table.

The 2016 A Night to Dream Gala raised $415,000. It was really heartwarming to see so much generosity in one room. I'm so appreciative that every year we have the opportunity to support such an amazing cause.


A Sunday Coffee Date

Happy Sunday, friends! I have my coffee next to me so I thought we could have a little coffee date! Grab your coffee and let's chat!

Today I am going to attempt to finally tackle the daunting task of organizing our master closet. Or at least I'm going to finally come up with a plan on how I'd like to organize it. Probably the latter.

The rest of the house has been unpacked since right after we moved in but my clothes and toiletries haven't quite found their place.

I've walked into Walmart and Homesense more than once to find myself standing there staring at toiletry and makeup organization completely overwhelmed. I just have no idea how I want to organize under my sink. The bathroom organization is a piece of cake compared to the closet because at least it's budget friendly. We had such little space in our last bathroom that I just turned our second bedroom into my closet and vanity area. So I got used to having an entire room to store all of my crap stuff.  

This is my dilemma with our closet. Do I buy a few small temporary storage solutions or do we spend a little more and get a nicer organization system now? I'm not exactly sure what I would even want so what if we buy the nicer system and then decide we wanted something different? So do we go with the temporary storage items until we figure out what we want? Even though we are still spending money on the temporary storage? What's that? Just throw everything on the ground and lock the closet door? Done!

All I know is that I really want everything to have a place and I need to be able to see everything (within reason) or I will forget I own it.

In the grand scheme of things, I'm pretty lucky that my biggest challenge right now is organizing my closet so I can't complain. Also, I'm not in a huge rush to get everything put away so I have time to come up with a plan that checks all the right boxes. If you guys have any tips I'd love to hear them!

Some Thomas updates: On Tuesday he will be 16 weeks old and on the 5th he will be 4 months. WHAT? I already thought time was flying by but after having Thomas it has sped up even more. Although it feels like it's been a year since I was pregnant so actually, time is just weird.

We are seeing little Tommy C's personality more and more each day. Obviously this is my first go at this whole mom thing and I really didn't realize how much I would love watching him learn. The pride that comes along with seeing his growth and development every day just makes my heart so full. I'm that annoying mom who only wants to talk about my baby and I'm totally fine with that. I can't speak for the people I'm talking to but so far no one has yelled at me ;).

Lastly, I challenged myself to get 10,000+ steps every day for one year and today is day 50! There were a few days when I had a cold that I hated this challenge so much but otherwise I've really loved the extra motivation to get moving. I had slowed down on weighing myself because the scale wasn't being too friendly and I told myself I was probably gaining muscle (cue the queen of rationalizing) and I decided to focus more on the body photos I take each month. Today was when I took the third set of photos and I'm happy to see progress. I do think my losing fat/gaining muscle theory was at least partially correct because the number on the scale isn't much lower than it was 10 weeks ago but I can see that I am getting healthier and more fit!

I hope you all have an amazing Sunday. I have a few blog posts coming up next week that I am really excited for so stay tuned for those. Thomas has been patiently sitting on my lap watching me type since waking up from his nap a few minutes ago so I think we should go back to playing.

Talk soon!


One Year

Happy One Year Anniversary to my best friend and the most amazing father our son could ask for. I can't believe it's been a year since our beautiful Palm Springs wedding.

You can take a closer look at our wedding by looking here, here and here. It was such a perfect day full of love and laughter which was captured perfectly by our good friend Nick of Fresh Finish Media. I have been rewatching our wedding video all morning. It brings me right back to our day.

Kevin & Melissa Cartier (Wedding Film) from Fresh Finish Media

A few of my favourite photos captured by our talented photographer, Ashley.