Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration

Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration

Get into the spooky spirit with this easy Halloween DIY!

T minus 1 week until Halloween and if your house is anything like ours, the kids have been counting down the days for weeks. It’s safe to say we’re all looking forward to October 31 and we’ve had some fun decorating around the inside and outside of our house plus enjoying some Fall/ Halloween activities, including making a few DIY Halloween decorations (check out this DIY Ghost Garland from last year). We avoid the scary stuff since the kids are still young, but we load up on pumpkins, bats, and spider webs and this year we added this DIY Halloween decoration using a branch and some spray paint.

All you need are 3 materials to make this creepy DIY Halloween decoration that’s great for inside or outside

Materials

  • black spray paint
  • twigs or branches with leaves trimmed off
  • optional: crows, spiders, or other creepy creatures

Directions

1.Start by trimming your branch of excess leaves, etc and brushing off any loose bark and dirt.

2.Give branch 2- 3 coats of black spray paint, allowing to dry between coats. If you prefer, you can skip adding in creepy creatures and keep the branches unadorned.

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3.When dry add in any creepy creatures that you like. I found some fake crows at our local dollar store and perched them on the branches, wiring them on. Easy! A glue gun or black pipe cleaners would also work.

Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration

I only made one of these for outside our front door, but love the idea of creating a mini-forest in our front yard along our walkway or making smaller ones for a Halloween party table.

Tip: Secure your branch(es) in a pot or other container to hold upright (sand, soil, or gravel work well). If you’re making a smaller, tabletop version, place branches in vases for a party table backdrop or centerpiece.  Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration  Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration 

Looking for some other fun ideas for Halloween? Check out this round-up of family-friendly activities in the Vancouver area over on Ava to Zoe and these cute Halloween marshmallow pops to make with the kids!

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Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration

 

Save the Date: Vancouver Baby and Family Fair {+ Giveaway}

2018 Vancouver Baby and Family Fair

The Baby and Family Fair is coming to Vancouver on October 27 and 28, 2018

… and is the perfect time to shop for everyone in the family in one place. Find a variety of family-related exhibitors including Mabel’s Labels, TJ’s Kiddie Store, West Coast Kids, and many more. This event is a great chance to chat with professionals, ask questions, and stock up on items for everyone from baby(and bump!) to the grown-ups in the family. Thinking of attending? See how to win tickets below!

What’s at the Baby and Family Fair

  • goodie bags for the first 100 people on both Saturday and Sunday
  • 100+ exhibitors
  • live entertainment
  • meet and greet with PJ Masks
  • kid’s fashion show
  • feeding area for little ones
  • changing station stocked with diapers
  • Diaper Dash baby racing
  • …and more!

Baby and Family Fair event Info

Location

Canada Place, East Facility Hall A

Vancouver, BC

Hours

Saturday October 27- 10:00am – 6:00pm

Sunday October 28- 10:00am – 5:00pm

Tickets

Please note CASH ONLY AT THE DOOR

Day Pass

Adult $15

Senior/Student/Military Day Pass $10

Weekend Pass

Adult $22.50

Senior/Student/Military $15

Whether you’re expecting, have a baby or toddler, or older kids, the Baby and Family Fair is a great event for the whole family!

For more information about the Vancouver Baby and Family Fair, click here

Looking for more fun Fall ideas to do with the family? Check out this quick and simple Halloween DIY or check out the blog’s Fall and Halloween Pinterest boards!  

Enter to Win a pair of tickets (4 pairs up for grabs!) to the 2018 Vancouver Baby and Family Fair!

Please note: Winners must be able to attend the event on either Saturday October 27 or Sunday October 28, 2018

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Roast Potato Soup Recipe: Comfort Food Season is Here!

roast potato soup recipe

If you’re looking for something tasty to enjoy on a cool Fall day, this roast potato soup is the perfect comfort food to cozy up with.

We all love a good soup to warm us up when it’s cold outside, don’t we? I’m not even going to pretend that this is a light, low-fat, etc meal idea. But it’s delicious and simple to make, with just a few simple ingredients.

This recipe is comfort food through and through, but hey, we all have to indulge a little, don’t we?

I originally shared this recipe on the La-Z Boy Lifestyle Meets Comfort blog, but after a request from a friend, I’m sharing it here as well. I owe my brother for sharing this recipe with me and ever since I first tried it I knew it would be one I made again and again and again. It’s a crowd pleaser, promise.

The next time you’re in the mood to make soup, I hope you’ll give this recipe a try!

roast potato soup recipe

Ingredients

5- 6 large potatoes, washed and cut into large chunks (peeling optional based on preference)

3 medium white onions, sliced thin

½ cup butter + 2- 3 tbsp

3 tbsp olive oil

½ bulb garlic, peeled and minced

6 cups whole milk (+ 1- 2 cups more to achieve desired consistency and flavour)

Salt and pepper to taste

Chopped bacon to garnish

Directions

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl toss potato chunks in olive oil until evenly coated.

roast potato soup recipe

2) In an oven- safe dish, spread potato chunks evenly in one layer. Bake in oven for 40- 45 minutes, until golden brown.

3) While potatoes are roasting, heat a frying pan over medium heat. Melt ½ cup of butter and reduce heat to low. Add the onion slices and minced garlic and toss in the melted butter.

4) Caramelize until the onions are golden brown and remove from heat.

roast potato soup recipe

5) Remove potatoes from oven and mash to an even consistency (they do not have to be completely free of lumps).

roast potato soup recipe

6) In a large pot, warm milk over medium heat and add potatoes, onion, and garlic. Stir until well blended. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

roast potato soup recipe

7) Remove half of the soup and pour into a blender; pulse until it has reached a smooth consistency. If you prefer a smooth soup, repeat this step with the remaining half of soup.

roast potato soup recipe

8) Add all of the roast potato soup back into the large pot and place over medium heat and allow to simmer for 5- 10 minutes. Taste test and add more butter and/ or salt and pepper for flavour.

9) Finally, garnish the roast potato soup with chopped bacon bits for garnish and serve immediately, or allow to cool completely and reheat portions as desired.

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What are your favourite comfort food recipes?

If you try this recipe I’d love to hear what you think! For more great recipe ideas, check out the blog’s Recipes Page.

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This roast potato soup recipe is comfort food through and through and oh so delicious!

  

Inspired by Pinterest, Find it on Barter Bay: 5 Reasons to Love Second-Hand Shopping

second-hand shopping with Barter Bay

Ok let’s be honest, Pinterest is addicting! How many times have you pinned away only to realize it’s an hour later and you’ve planned rooms for a house you don’t yet own, jumped into the deep end with recipes to try, and found enough outfits to last you until next year? Well now I’ve got a little something to help you with that Pinterest addiction and help you score some great finds for less: meet Barter Bay a new fun (and safe) second-hand shopping experience! View Post

Easy Gluten Free Apple Crumble Recipe

gluten free apple crumble recipe

Comfort food season is right around the corner and what’s better on cozy evenings than a plate of warm, yummy apple crumble? Top with some vanilla ice cream for extra decadence… yummmmm. A friend brought one over a few weeks ago and when a neighbor gave us some apples from her tree I knew exactly what I wanted to make with them. Gluten-free crumbles are an easy way to combine all the goodness of a pie without having to fret over perfecting the crust (something I’m trying to find a good gluten-free recipe for).  View Post

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