Talking All Things Pumpkin Spice

In this week’s episode of Long Story Short with Megan and Wendy…

We heart Fall. Well, at least Megan does. I used to really love Fall but that love affair ended many years ago. I will say though that my PTSD is finally wearing off a little as I have found myself yearning for all things Fall. Like, all the candy and meatloaf.

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Favorite Halloween Traditions: The Boo Bucket

College football on the television, Crock Pot recipes in the Pinterest feed, and a Pumpkin Spiced Latte on the Starbucks  bar…Fall is around the corner, isn’t it?

Looking back through my archives, I don’t think I’ve ever written about Halloween here on the blog. There was this post about my Mixed Up Feelings for the season, but other than that…nothing.

So, I thought I’d get on the broom stick early this year and share a couple of traditions we always make sure to do this time of year. Today’s post is a first in a series of three and I’m talking about Boo’ing your neighbors.

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True story: Our house has never been booed. I remember seeing “BOO!” signs on our neighbors’ doors long before I had a kid of my own and couldn’t wait to start that tradition because who doesn’t like surprise gifts waiting on their door step. I figured we would do a few peeps and then we’d definitely get booed back. Two years since we started this tradition…still waiting.

We like to Boo our neighbors with treats they can make. While I think it’s special to give homemade goodies to friends and neighbors, do you really think someone is going to eat something left on their door step anonymously? Yeah, probably not. So, we pack up Halloween themed buckets (you can find them at any drug store or dollar section for a couple of bucks) and fill them with holiday themed cake mix and frosting. Cake mix and frosting is cheap, yo. Find a coupon and get yourself a couple of boxes. I think it’s fun to include Halloween themed cupcake liners and cupcake toppers, too. I’ve been lucky to find super adorable trimmings at Home Goods, Target, and Michaels. Dress it up with some Halloween tissue paper and ribbon and  you’re done – almost.  Local friends: if you find one of these baking Boo buckets on your door step…guess who it’s from!

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Now, you can’t forget the Boo sign! It’s the most important piece because you want your friends or neighbors to hang the sign on their front doors to let any other potential Boo’ers know someone has beat them to it. Also, I’ll think it’s kind of a non-verbal acknowledgement to say “Hey, we got your Boo bucket!”

The chandelier Boo sign we used last year came from The TomKat Studio. I thought it matched nicely with the swirly black and white tissue paper – cute, right? I’m including a couple of link to my favorite Boo signs out there too:

Orange and White stripes with Spiders from Grey Square Designs

Cartoon Frankenstein from Happiness is Homemade

Orange polka dots with black cat from Nola Mommy

Green with Black Bats from Anders Ruff

Simple and Cute Ghost for Neighbors or Office

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>Up next: Ideas for a killer, er…fun kids Halloween party including Halloween themed snacks and games! Be sure to check out my seasonal Halloween board on Pinterest too! I’m pinning tons of ideas for our annual party!

The Season Brings Mixed Emotions

This post has appeared on the blog several times over the years.  The season still brings many mixed emotions with some even calling it “post traumatic stress disorder.”   I’m glad that we’re almost done with October and now it’s time for the annual digging in of the heels as the holidays approach.  Enjoy.

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Fall brings mixed feelings for this girl.

I get why everyone loves the season because I used to love it too.

As a child and young teenage, I looked forward to going back to school because I has always hoped the new year would be somehow different than the previous.  I secretly also wanted my friends and I to break out into song on the school steps wearing our black Ray Bans like Michelle Pfeiffer did in Grease 2.  Yes, I might have been a dork.

As an adult, I longed for the glowing sunlight on a late September afternoon.  Nothing beats sitting out on your front porch basking in that last hour of light before the sun drops into the ocean.  I adored Halloween too, always taking great pride in decorating our home for the holiday — even before we had kids of our own.  Speaking of children, I wished for an October baby so that I could host a ghoulish-themed birthday party like the one I had seen in the movie Hanging Up.joseph-campbell-quote

My love affair with Fall ended though in 2008 when I was diagnosed with cancer.

I was completely blindsided and it crushed my well laid plans. That year was our baby’s year of “firsts” – Halloween (and no, I didn’t get an October baby but instead a January baby and we have rain on her birthday instead of falling leaves – but I digress), Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Those “firsts” went on as planned but it was definitely not what I had dreamt them up to be.

And here three years later, Labor Day behind us, and headed back into the season that changed me. It stirs up feelings I would rather just forget. I can’t help but look at the calendar and see October 15 as the day I was diagnosed, or October 23 as the day I had a 5 cm cancerous tumor removed from my left breast, or November 20 as the day nurse Rita injected two different chemotherapy drugs into my veins.

I hate that I haven’t been able to move on or forget just a little.

I desperately want to crawl under my blankets on those anniversaries but doesn’t that mean that cancer wins a little bit?  I can’t allow that.  So, this year I will look forward to the Fall like I used to. I will unpack those cute decorations, I will throw a ghoulish Halloween party for the little one, I will bask in the afternoon sun, and maybe I’ll even watch Grease 2 for old time’s sake.

All Mixed Up for Fall


Fall brings mixed feelings for this girl.

I get why everyone loves it because I used to love it too.

As a kid, I was the one who looked forward to going back to school – and ONLY because I had hopes the new year would be somehow different than the previous. I secretly also wanted my friends and I to break into song out on the school steps wearing our pink jackets and black sunglasses a la “Grease 2.” I was such a dork.

As an adult, I adored the glowing sunlight on a late September afternoon. I had always loved Halloween too, so I took great pride in decorating our home for the occasion – even before we had a child. And speaking of, I REALLY wanted to have an October baby so that I could throw a ghoulish-themed birthday party like one I had seen in the movie “Hanging Up.”

My love affair with Fall ended though in 2008 when I was diagnosed.

I was completely blindsided and it crushed my well laid plans. That year was our baby’s year of “firsts” – Halloween (and no, I didn’t get an October baby but instead a January baby and we have rain on her birthday instead of falling leaves – but I digress), Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Those “firsts” went on as planned but it was definitely not what I had dreamt them up to be.

And here three years later, Labor Day behind us, and headed back into the season that changed me. It stirs up feelings I would rather just forget. I can’t help but look at the calendar and see October 15 as the day I was diagnosed, or October 23 as the day I had a 5 cm cancerous tumor removed from my left breast, or November 20 as the day nurse Rita injected two different chemotherapy drugs into my veins.

I hate that I haven’t been able to move on or forget just a little.

I desperately want to crawl under my blankets on those anniversaries but doesn’t that mean that cancer wins a little bit?  I can’t allow that.  So, this year I will look forward to the Fall like I used to. I will unpack those cute decorations, I will throw a ghoulish Halloween party for the little one, I will bask in the afternoon sun, and maybe I’ll even watch “Grease 2” for old time’s sake!