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A dose of happy

If I’m honest, when it came to Halloween this year, my head just wasn’t in the game.

But, last night, when I dressed Katie and Matthew for their evening of fun, all of that changed.

As I braided Katie’s hair and secured the Velcro of Matthew’s race car driver suit, I was reminded that they are just what I need.

A light-hearted night of trick or treating was a beautiful reminder to live in the moment.

And for the millionth time since they were born, my heart nearly exploded from gratitude.

Halloween costumes

Doc McStuffins costume

Lightning McQueen costume

Pumpkin Spice M&M bark

If you’re more than a little obsessed with pumpkin and see autumn as the perfect time to eat all. the. pumpkin. things., this recipe will likely be your bliss.

Dark chocolate Pumpkin Spice M&M bark

I stumbled upon Bree Hester’s Halloween bark late last year, which planted a seed for this year. And when I saw the new Pumpkin Spice M&Ms, I knew I had to create my own take on Bree’s recipe. Stat.

Pumpkin Spice M&M bark


  • Pretzel sticks
  • 10 ounces dark chocolate morsels
  • 12 ounces white chocolate or white candy melts
  • 1 bag Pumpkin Spice M&Ms
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • Orange sugar sprinkles

Dark chocolate Pumpkin Spice M&M bark


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Have your assistant break up roughly 40 pretzel sticks into bite-sized pieces.Dark chocolate Pumpkin Spice M&M barkDark chocolate Pumpkin Spice M&M bark
  3. Melt dark chocolate on 50% power in 30-minute increments, until melted.
  4. Evenly spread dark chocolate over parchment paper.Dark chocolate Pumpkin Spice M&M bark
  5. While chocolate is still warm, sprinkle with broken pretzels.Dark chocolate Pumpkin Spice M&M bark
  6. Place in refrigerator and allow to cool completely.
  7. Melt white candy melts according to package directions.
  8. Spread melted white candy over pretzel layer.
  9. Top with M&Ms and chocolate and orange sprinkles.Dark chocolate Pumpkin Spice M&M bark
  10. Place in refrigerator and allow to cool thoroughly.
  11. When completely cooled, break into small pieces and store in refrigerator. (If you don’t eat it all in one sitting, that is!)

Dark chocolate Pumpkin Spice M&M bark

Candy Corn, Glitter, Pinterest, and the Crafting Rule of Three

Before I begin, let me make something super clear.

I am not crafty.

At all.

I own a glue gun, but I’m too scared to use it, as I’m certain I’ll end up in the emergency room with third degree burns and four fingers glued together.

When it comes to crafts, I have one rule…there may be no more than three steps from start to finish.

I’ve done a pretty good job of avoiding crafts until Pinterest came along.

This past weekend, Katie and I tackled not one, but two of the projects that I have pinned to my Autumn Pinterest board.

Here’s the first…

candy corn decorations, Halloween crafts, easy craft projects

And here’s how we did it…

1) Find a glass vase

2) Dump in a bag of candy corn

3) Insert a pillar candle

See? Super easy.

And here’s the other project that we tackled…

halloween craft, glitter pumpkins, crafts and pumpkins


halloween crafts, autumn crafts, pumpkin crafts


And here’s how we did it…

1) Brush mini pumpkins with white glue (we used a bag of fake pumpkins and gourds from Michael’s)

2) Sprinkle fine glitter all over pumpkins

3) Allow to dry on a baking rack


See? Three steps each.

Happy daughter, uninjured mother. Win, win!

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