Have you heard ever heard this?

Have you heard ever heard this?

Is this your child?  I can't WAIT to go trick or treating in my queen costume! It is the bluest, brightest, BEST thing ever. AND I get to wear a crown. Mom! Dad! Have you SEEN me twirl in this thing? LooOoOOook. Are you looking?  Huh, what is that? Why are you handing me a sweater?  I’m not cold! A real princesses doesn’t wear sweaters. Please don't make me do this. Please, please NOOOOO!!! ::cries forever::

Choosing a child’s Halloween costume can be a chore.  There are quite a few choices (eye roll). It doesn’t matter whether you make your own Halloween costume or buy one from the store. The selection is HUGE!

So how do you help your child choose A Halloween costume? Sit with your child and brainstorm ideas, discuss your child’s interests and hobbies.

  • Maybe your little girl adores her afternoon tea parties with her teddy bears.
  • Whether it’s dinosaurs, football or bugs, their interests provide a starting point to build their costume around.
  • Does your little guy love to push his toy cars and trucks around?
  • If your son is a dinosaur expert, ask him to choose three favorite creatures he might like to be for Halloween.  Then together, look them up on the Internet go to the library.  After you have a picture make a plan of attack to make the costume.

There are tons of patterns available online and in fabric stores (such as Chateau Sew & Sew). You can easily make stuff. Capes, Animal Onesies, Princess Dresses, Cowboys, Fireman, Doctors or Super Heroes are a few of the many costumes you sew.  Patterns are easily found online.


If you plan to make your own costume and it requires accessories or a certain fabric, you could find yourself out of luck.

Be brave! Remember, there are hundreds of other parents doing the same thing as you!


Love you all!  


Remember to check out Monday October 9ths for Heart Shaped Potholders from Martha Stewart and come back Monday the 16th for Barn Star Throw Pillow Cover.

This is a great recipe.  Hope you will try it with your family.


Smoked Tri Tip


  • 3 pound tri tip roast, excess fat trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons Kinder’s Buttery Steakhouse rub
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce


  1. Remove tri tip from the fridge and let sit out at room temperature for 45 minutes.
  2. Preheat the smoker to 225 degrees for 15 minutes with the lid closed.
  3. In a small bowl, add the steakhouse rub, black pepper and salt. Stir to combine.
  4. Season all sides of the tri tip with the seasoning. Rub it into the meat on all sides and let it sit while the smoker is preheating.
  5. Place the tri tip directly on the grill grates and insert the probe into the thickest part of the tri tip.
  6. Close lid and smoke until the meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat reaches an internal temperature of 135° for approximately 1 ½ hours - 2 hours.
  7. Remove tri tip from the grill and place on a plate. Cover with aluminum foil.
  8. Increase the temperature to 450 degrees and let preheat for 15 minutes.
  9. Return tri tip to the grill, brush with barbecue sauce, sear for 4 minutes, turn over and brush with the remaining barbecue sauce, and sear for 4 minutes.
  10. Remove tri tip and let it rest for 15 minutes before slicing, making sure to slice against the grain.
  11. Serve with your favorite sides and enjoy.