DIY Cardboard Pirate Ship Wagon Tutorial

As I mentioned in an earlier post, we're doing a Peter Pan theme for Halloween. We plan to pull the kids in the wagon, but obviously they needed a pirate ship wagon instead of a regular one (obviously...because I'm a little DIY crazy). This took far less time than I expected and turned out even better than I had pictured. I looked on Pinterest to get some ideas for how I wanted it to look, and then set to putting it together.


Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Stuffed French Toast

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As some of you probably know, I've been on a very low carb diet for a while. It was great, but my body needed some carbohydrates. I love being able to have simple things like bananas again and I don't feel so guilty when I have a little chocolate now. My switch back to a "regular" diet came at the perfect time because Chiquita is running a great contest right now called the Chiquita Cooking Lab. I was sent information about it as a Moms Meet blogger and how it works is every week there are 3 new ingredients (1 being bananas) and you create your own recipe using those ingredients plus any other ingredients you might want. Every week they draw a winner and you could win up to $4,000. Here are the ingredients for this week:


Disney's Peter Pan Boho Chíc Tigerlily Inspired Halloween Costume

For Halloween we're going trick-or-treating as a big group and our group theme is Disney's Peter Pan. I'll be going as Tigerlily. I tried getting a costume online and even ordered a few from Amazon (woo woo for free Prime shipping and returns), but honestly, they looked terrible. So many of the costumes are too short or just very ill fitting. Not to mention most of these costumes are for woman a good bit skinnier than I am.

I decided to just come up with my own Tigerlily inspired costume using real clothes that I can re-wear. The dress cost me about the same as the actual costumes (since I had most of the stuff already at home), and now I've got some cute stuff to wear all fall. Check out my look below:

Dress: Old Navy
Necklace: Etsy
Boots: Target
Belt: Target
Head dress: Etsy

I'll post pictures once we're all is costume to share soon. What are you or your kids going to be for Halloween?


Make it Monday: Easy Q-Tips Skeleton Halloween Craft

Despite it being Fall, Florida doesn't believe in Fall weather. We've still had some hot afternoons lately which means inside activities for us. The Nugget has some cool skeleton pj's and has been pretty into skeletons since they're all over the place for Halloween, so I thought I'd set up a skeleton craft for him to do. This is easy and all you need is:


Periods: To Cup or Not to Cup?

So as the title states, I'll be talking about periods. Gasp! The horror! So if that grosses you out or it's just not your cup of tea, keep scrolling :)

I've had this come up multiple times in different conversations with women - the period cup. There are a few kinds out there...Diva Cup, Lunette Cup, a semi-reusable cup, and now there's this cool new cup that's been floating around on my Facebook called the Lily Cup Compact. My answer will forever be - heck yes to the cup.


My Top 3 Holiday 5k Races in Orlando

Race season is here and the holidays are just around the corner. Some of my favorite races in Orlando are holiday themed and I've already been figuring out how many 5k's I can realistically sign myself up for. I've ran up to 2 miles so I know I can do just one more to hit a 5k. Here are my 3 favorites in the Orlando with the coolest courses and great entertainment that I'm hoping to sign up for.

The Give Kids the World Gingerbread Run 5k is an annual event that celebrates the joys of childhood and inspires hope for families who need it most. It is a professionally timed race that can be walked, run or strolled. The race winds through the 70-acre whimsical Give Kids The World Village, past snoring trees, magic castles and the world’s largest CANDY LAND game. This race is for an amazing organization and it includes a MEDAL! It's on November 8th.

The Vanessa Welch Reindeer Run benefits the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Program at Florida Hospital. The course goes through Sea World Orlando and all of their holiday displays. There's a lot of entertainment during this course as well as a costume contest and a fun run for kids. This will be my third year running this (hopefully) and this was actually my first 5k race. It is on December 13 which is my anniversary and I will totally be having the Hubs do this with me :)

The Light Up UCF Knight Run is a fun run that takes you through the camps of UCF. A portion of each race registration goes to support Second Harvest Food Bank and Knight-thon: UCF's Dance Marathon benefiting Greater Orlando Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Each registrant will receive a goodie bag, race t-shirt, and ice skating voucher at Light Up UCF! Dress up in your best holiday costume to run the race and enter the costume contest for prizes. Light Up UCF is a fun even to take the family to even if not running the race and has a lot of great activities. This race is on November 15.

One other race worth mentioning is Disney's Mickey's Jingle Jungle 5k. This race has long since sold out, but it always looks like so much fun. It's been a while since I've run a Disney race, but to say they have the best entertainment is an understatement. This is something I hope to do next year and to sign up Nugget for the fun runs too.

Are you planning any good runs for the season? Feel free to share :)


Sustainable Suds with Wisdom Natural Brands Eco-Friendly Soap

I received a sample for this review/feature. Opinions expressed are my own.

Between a 3-year old, a husband that likes to work outside, and me going to the gym multiple times a week, we go through a lot of soap in our house. Finding a good all natural product isn't always as easy as you would think. While I love using liquid soap on a loofah, my husband much prefers a bar soap. Despite the simplicity of a bar of soap, it's surprisingly difficult to find one that is all natural and without parabens and artificial fragrances. I was excited to learn that Wisdom Natural Brands was re-releasing their Cream of Coco soap because I knew it would be the perfect fit for my husband.

The hand-cut, Cream of Coco soap is made from an edible nuts from Mbocaya trees - only grown in Paraguay. It is a sustainable soap that gives people a cleansing experience and also provides an earth-friendly, cruelty-free option. The combination of Mbocaya nut oil with three other simple ingredients creates a unique soap that cleans effectively without aggressive chemicals, perfumes, or dyes.

My husband was worried he was going to smell tropical, but was pleasantly surprised by the light, soap scent. It lathers up fairly well, especially given that it is all natural. Typical soaps always make his skin feel tight and stripped of moisture, but the Cream of Coco soap left his skin feeling soft and clean. This soap can be used on the body and face and is a great gentle cleanser that I think would work well with all skin types and for any age, from baby and older.

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