My Mom Halloween Costume

Oct 29, 2014 by

Are you excited for Halloween?


I’ve never been a huge Halloween fan.  The whole concept seemed silly to me.  Why would you want to dress up as someone else and walk around begging for food?  Ok, so I dumbed it down a bit, but you know what I mean.  This year the girls seem to be excited about it more than usual.  Kitten is older now so she understands it better and for whatever reason they are super pumped about their mom-made M&M costumes.  (They look pretty cute if I do say so myself.) And I’m very happy that they won’t be one in a sea of 50, 000 Elsas this year.  BORING!

Seeing them excited about their costumes got me thinking about costumes in general.  After all, Halloween is a great time to pretend to be someone you’re not.  A superhero, a princess, a fairy, or a doctor.  The possibilities are endless.  If I was going to pretend to be someone I wasn’t who would I be?

Letting My Daughter Make Her Own Choices (Even When This Makes Me Cringe)

Oct 29, 2014 by

Last year my then 2-year-old decided to be an electrician for Halloween (like her daddy). I was over-the-moon about this! Working in the field of women’s rights, I know that girls are often steered away from non-traditional jobs/fields even though they are more likely to provide higher wages and better economic stability. So when my girl picked electrician as her choice of costume I got on board immediately. I ordered her a tool belt and construction hat and she even wore some safety glasses. She loved it and I beamed with pride thinking of my little girl bucking gender stereotypes at such a young age.


Three Pumpkin Hacks

Oct 22, 2014 by

Happy Fall!  It’s my favorite season and I know many people feel the same way.  Although it does seem like the hype and commercialism of all things fall has gotten a bit out of hand.  Amiright?  If you have the time check out this post that had tears streaming down my face I was laughing so hard. (Beware: there is lots of salty language in the post.)

Everyone is pumpkin crazy.  I seriously think there are people out there that think they like pumpkin because of all the hype but really don’t.  I might be one of those people.  It all sounded good at the time.  Although after one Pumpkin Spice Latte I was all set, that shit tastes like soap to me.  And I despise pumpkin pie.  It’s a consistency thing.  Yuck.  There are two pumpkin flavored things I like that I’m going to share with you to make your fall life simpler.

Halloween Gratitude

Oct 31, 2013 by

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” – Thornton Wilder

I’ve had a busy, frustrating week. I knew this week would be busy with all the work and outside work stuff that was on the agenda, but it just seemed like nothing was easing up or even remotely going smoothly. Weeks like this you feel like your heart and brain are constantly racing and trying to get ahead, your body feels exhausted and the piles seem to keep growing.

I left work unsettled at least a good 90 minutes after I’d hoped to and I was not looking forward to the chaos that would be involved with Halloween festivities. We have people over, Lo always puts lots of food out, the kids run around like lunatics and this is all BEFORE the trick-or-treating. I was hoping for a calm evening because I was unable to stop thinking about unresolved items at work.

The Scariest Thing About Halloween

Oct 11, 2013 by

Last night I asked “A” what he was thinking of being for Halloween this year.  His response was less than enthusiastic.  “I don’t know.  I haven’t thought about it,” he told me.  Frankly, I couldn’t have been more shocked than if Count Dracula himself appeared in front of me.  This was the kid who had his costume picked out months in advance…with back-up costumes at the ready in the event that someone else in his class, or another neighborhood kid had the same idea.

Maybe his lack of zeal about the holiday is due to the fact that Halloween was “cancelled” the past two years thanks to some freakish weather – last year’s disasterous Superstorm Sandy, and the previous year a six-inch snowstorm blanketed southwestern Connecticut, knocking down trees and power lines and making it unsafe for trick or treat-ers.  Although we improvised with a trunk-or-treat in the school parking lot and impromptu pizza party at our house, it was just not the same – it felt too “forced” – the spontaneity of the holiday was just not there…but it was better than nothing.

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