halloween costumes…and favors to match

Our mom {one truly amazing woman} is what we call match-matchy. She likes to match everything, perfectly…all the time. It stresses her beautiful mind when colors or tones are slightly off. Jenna, on the other hand is the total opposite. She prefers for things not to match, and finds a way to make it work. Now can you imagine the scene at our house every morning before school when Jenna walked down the stairs and saw or heard my mother’s reaction to her mis-matched clothes? Oh the memories!

We never really thought about matching our kids costumes to Halloween treats they bring to school…until today.

Our kiddos are going to be Toothless and Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon, and Periwinkle from Secret of the Wings. Here’s what we came up with for matching favors…

Toothless
Favor | Costume
Favor is made with Astrobrights Papers and a modified free printable found at Confetti Sunshine. We used Microsoft word to modify the size and add Dragon Egg text. Fill easter eggs with skittles, m&m’s or whatever egg-like candy you choose and place in a bag with shreds that resembles a nest.

toothless costume and favor

Periwinkle
Favor | Costume
Create pixie dust with Jelly Beans. Place the jelly beans in a clear cellophane bag, wrap the bag with green tissue paper, tie a bow, then add a cute pixie dust label.
periwinkle and pixiedust

If you prefer non-candy options and your little one is dressing up in one of the popular costumes below, you might just be bitten by the ‘matching bug.’

Rapunzel
Favor | Costume

rapunzel halloween costume and favor

Spiderman
Favor | Costume

spiderman halloween costume and favor

Dorothy
Favor | Costume

dorothy costume and favor

Pirate
Favor | Costume

pirate costume and favor

Olaf
Favor | Costume

olaf halloween costume and matching favor

{images via j. sorelle, Paging Supermom, JC Penney, Reading Confetti, Oriental Trading, Target, Pottery Barn Kids, Party City and Spirit Halloween}

live in leggings + giveaway

white plum leggings_jsorelleWe are sisters. We all have brown hair and brown eyes. We are all moms and wives. We have similar morals. We are all stubborn. We all love our family.

We are also VERY different. Our personalities are different, our body types are different and our styles are different. Jessica, unorganized and wanna-be-Martha, prefers to live in leggings, UGGS or tall, rider boots and long sleeve shirts {no itchy sweaters for her} throughout the winter. Jenna, super organized and total type-A, wears heels 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. She is obsessed with black and white. She loves to dress up and create her own trends. Jodi, honest and matter-of-fact, loves her leggings and yoga pants, bright colors and UGG boots; however she has had to dress a big, beautiful bump lately. Oh, and let’s not forget that Jessica will always have a tummy bump {I can totally relate to what Jennifer Garner said on Ellen…you go girl}, Jenna will always have a skinny, model-type body. Jodi will always need to manage her thunder thighs. Jessica and Jenna will always have flat, mom butts {until we make it a priority to change that} and Jodi will always have a bubble tush. It’s all who we are, and it’s what God gave us to work with and embrace.

Well, guess what? We all found one thing we love to wear – and we can all make it work to fit our body types personality. White Plum leggings. Ladies, let us tell you – they are heavenly. They are one size fits all…even a preggo mama, with an 8-month-big belly found them comfortable.

white plum leggings_jsorelle

Jessica was fortunate enough to meet White Plum’s creator and founder, Hilary, and  social media guru, Liz, at Alt this summer. They were lovely. They had amazing business cards, and by business cards, we mean, a beautiful scarf and necklace. They were kind. They had a good, success story. And, even better, they sell great products at reasonable prices.

Lucky for y’all, White Plum is giving away a pair of leggings today. There is something for everyone – every color and pattern your fashionista mind can imagine. See the Rafflecopter information at the bottom of this post to enter.

white plum leggings_jsorelle

white plum leggings

And that’s a wrap!

white plum leggings_jsorelle

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

j. sorelle received products for this post, however we love White Plum even if they didn’t send us product, and all opinions are ours, we promise. 

{images via j. sorelle}

a witches brew everyone will stir over this halloween

witches brew_jsorelle

We have exciting news…Jessica is a contributor to Momtastic. So, if you haven’t visited Momtastic already, make it a point to stop by. Whether you’re in the mood for Hollywood’s latest entertainment news, snack and dinner ideas, family and relationship advice, decor and entertaining tips, DIY ideas or the latest fashion trends, you will find Momtastic to be an amazing resource.

Yesterday, Jessica shared a fabulous, brewtastic Halloween favor idea and FREE PRINTABLE {by Jenna at Fleur de Lis} with an adorable poem, so don’t wait any longer and click here.

{image via j. sorelle}

pomegranate and pear fall salad

fall salad recipe_jsorelle

The colors and flavors of this salad remind me of fall…and it’s so yummy and healthy, you will probably want it year-round.

Fall Pomegranate and Pear Salad
recipe adapted from Dr. Oz

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 3-4 oz. fresh crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1-2 pears, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups kale, stems removed
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1 romaine heart torn into pieces
  • 1 avocado, cut into small pieces {optional}

Dressing Ingredients

  • 1/2-3/4 small shallot, minced
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoons sea salt and pepper, or salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • 6 tablespoons Olive Oil

Directions

  • Add shallot, apple cider vinegar, yellow mustard, garlic, honey and salt and pepper in a small bowl, then whisk in Olive Oil.
  • Prepare salad with lettuce and toppings, then add dressing.
  • You may only need half the dressing for the salad. You can store the remainder of the dressing in the refrigerator for up to one week.

pear and pomegranate fall salad

{images via j. sorelle}

fall harvest party

fall harvest_astrobrightspapers

For us, fall is a time for football, family, crisp air, colorful leaves, scarecrows and fall harvest food such as apples, pumpkins and squash.

And, just like Anne of Green Gables, we, too, are so glad we live in a world where there are Octobers. So, we decided to celebrate all the things that make fall special…and we did it with Astrobrights Papers.

Honestly, {even with Jenna being obsessed with paper} we often overlook paper when it comes to party decor. We think about it for invitations and labels, but we forget that color paper can add creativity to every aspect of a party, from invitation to decor and table settings to favors. After our Fall Harvest party, we’ve come to the conclusion that…
1. We love Astrobrights Papers.
2. Color paper is a quick and cost-efficient way to customize and add color to any celebration.
3. Everyone needs to #ColorizeYourParty.

Here’s how you can #ColorizeYourParty for fall.

Fall #ColorizeYourParty Activity

  • Keep kids busy with a Dress Up the Scarecrows Activity. Find a scarecrow and clothing template like this, print on colorful Astrobrights Papers, then cut. The kids will feel so proud when their ‘art’ is on display too, so make sure to glue the scarecrows to a wooden popsicle stick, and stick them in a bale of hay.

DIY scarecrow dress up_astrobrights papers

DIY scarecrow dress up_astrobrights papers

scarecrow dress up_astrobrights papers

Fall #ColorizeYourParty Favors

  • Find a cute way to display the favors. We found that the best way to display our favors was a rotating card holder, of course colorized with cut-out images of harvest foods and labeled with cut-out paper letters.
  • Spread the love, and harvest food with seeds inside DIY pumpkin, apple and squash seed packets. Here’s a free seed packet template and how-to instructions are below.
  • Share the beauty of fall by printing seasonal photos of fall on white Astrobrights Papers, and add your favorite quote  to make it a piece of art.
  • Share your most delicious fall recipes with DIY pumpkin, apple and squash recipe cards designed by one of our own, Jenna. Print the fall recipe cards with this free template.

DIY seed packets_Astrobrights Papers

DIY seed packets_Astrobrights Papers

DIY seed packets_astrobrights papers

DIY seed packets_astrobrights papers

DIY recipe cards_astrobrights papers

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Fall #ColorizeYourParty Decor

  • Create a colorful background. Since we loved the quote “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers” so much, we wanted it to be a main focus. We used our Silhouette electronic cutting tool to cut words from the quote out of yellow Astrobrights Papers, then taped an orange piece of paper behind it for a pop of color in the background.
  • A fall party wouldn’t be complete with colorful leaves, so make sure to layer and scatter paper leaves everywhere.
  • For a full harvest effect, create a Fall Market sign. Cut out paper pumpkins, squash, apples, letters and numbers and tape them to a vintage window pane so guests feel like they enjoying a stroll through a lovely fall market.
  • Incorporate seasonal crops such as apples, pumpkins, squash, sunflowers, lanterns and bales of hay.

diy fall market sign_astrobrights papers

fall harvest party_astrobrights papers

fall harvest party_astrobrights papers

Tell us, how will you Colorize Your Party? For inspiration, check out Astrobrights Papers on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram.

Colorize your party_astrobrights papers{images via j. sorelle}

j. sorelle received products and/or payment for this post, however we love Astrobrights Papers even if they didn’t send us product, and all opinions are ours, we promise. View all of Astrobrights vibrant colors here