Happy Halloween Week! We had so much fun with our little pumpkin at the Destin Fall Festival earlier this week and with her cousins on Halloween night.
As Chatham and I were watching Stranger Things (the perfect combination of creepy and campy) after CM’s bedtime on Halloween, I reflected back to a year ago when we were watching the first season of Stranger Things the very same night, but with a fresh, new, tiny human sleeping in the Rock N Play next to us. That seems like so long ago and just yesterday at the same time.
We didn’t have a single trick or treater this year (thank you, cul de sac living), but I did spend twenty minutes trying to find a multipack of candy that tastes good but doesn’t contain peanuts! Fellow mamas of children with allergies, my heart goes out to you!
Here are a few more things that brought me joy this week:
Dirty John Podcast
CM and I went to Mentone, Alabama, last weekend for a childhood friend’s wedding and to see my family. On the seven hour drive home, I binge-listened to Dirty John, a true crime podcast in the same vein as S-Town and Serial. Dirty John, about an online dating romance gone seriously wrong, is made up of six episodes around forty minutes each, and I listened to the entire series straight through.
I try to listen to these types of podcast series knowing as little as possible going in, so I recommend you just take my word for it and start listening rather than try to find out more beforehand.
Mentone was in the 30s and 40s when we were in town, which was so exciting for me after experiencing a way-hotter-than-usual October here in Destin. After digging through last year’s winter clothes, I put together this look for my friend’s wedding.
I LOVE this classic navy sweater dress that I got from J. McLaughlin a few years ago. It is so comfortable and feels like I piece I’ll keep going back to for years to come. They have it stocked for this season, but in a gorgeous gray (linked below).
I bought these Jessica Simpson over-the-knee boots three years ago and have gotten so much wear out of them! I love the look of over-the-knee boots with a sweater dress that hits right at the knee… You can keep warm in the cold without having to wear tights! I found some knockoffs that look exactly the same for half the price linked below.
Carla May’s sweet gold star sweater dress with a tutu was a gift from one of her godmommies, and it was a perfect look with thick tights for the cold evening. She had some adorable sweater-material Ugg boots on (linked below), but she kicked them off before we could snap a photo. She has so many precious pairs of shoes, but she hates wearing them these days!
Lil Cactus Smocked Baby Outfits
Last year, I was finishing my MBA, had a baby with colic, and developed a case of shingles on my face at Christmastime, so I didn’t get to experience the magic that is holiday-themed smocked baby outfits (insert all the heart eyes here).
Yesterday, I stumbled upon a great sale on Zulily of Lil Cactus smocked baby outfits. Lil Cactus is a brand I had never heard of before, but they offer cute inexpensive outfits, and the brand seems to have decent reviews online. I ordered the white corduroy dress for CM, and I am hoping it arrives soon so that we can take photos for our Christmas card! Here are a few of my favorites from their Holiday collection: