Phoenix Halloween Costume Drive, Benefiting Children in Foster Care

Halloween Phoenix Costume Drive

I am writing this post to see if you have old Halloween costumes lying around your house. If you do, please consider donating your used (or new!) Halloween costumes for foster kids in the Phoenix area. Grade Potential kindly reached out to share the great news that they collect and distribute hundreds of Halloween costumes each year to local area children to make their Halloween fun and memorable. I think I made it through four words of their email before I was jumping out of my chair looking for ways I could help.

There are three Halloween costume drive drop off locations:

A Place to Call Home
1830 S. Alma School Rd. #122
Mesa, AZ 85210
(480) 456-0549
Drop off hours: M-F 8am – 5pm
(480) 456-0549

HRT Foster Care
1951 W. Camelback Rd
Suite 450
Phoenix, AZ 85015
(602) 433-1344 ext 147
Drop off hours: M-F 9am – 5pm
(602) 433-1344 ext 147

HRT Foster Care
2131 E. Broadway Road
Suite 14
Tempe, AZ 85282
Drop off hours: M-F 9am – 5pm
(602) 433-1344 ext 147

Costumes are accepted between September 25th and November 17th (for the next season). You can learn more on their website, here. Please, please, please consider donating your old Halloween costumes – or maybe even picking up a new one while you’re out shopping for your kids.

Speaking of costumes, I want so badly for Nolan to love his Elmo costume but by the looks of things … we may have to find another option. Or, maybe he’s just teething and grumpy. As soon as his stubborn molars come in, I’ll try again. What do your kids want to be this year? Kelsey wants to be a witch princess (?) and Colton wants to be Flash, Hulk and Darth Vader. Oh boy.

Halloween Kid Costumes

Halloween Kids Costume Elmo

Halloween Kid Costumes

Elmo looking at Elmo. Mind blown.

A Sheraton Staycation in Phoenix

What a day! My family stayed at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass over the weekend and invited us to come down and lay by the pool. Little did we know the resort had a ton of activities for kids! And by a ton I mean they had a BALLROOM filled with inflatable bounce houses (with a bar for the adults!), pool DJ, water slides, food, games, music … it was truly a great day spent poolside.

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Hi, mom and dad!

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Kelsey bought these pineapple shades when she was four years old. Three years later and she still loves them!

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Mornings with Nolan

Nolan has transitioned out of his crib and into a big boy bed. Which makes for really hard evenings for us. He comes into our room throughout the night wanting to sleep in our bed. We have to take turns walking him back to his room in an effort to teach him to stay put throughout the night. It’s an exhausting process when your used to getting sleep. This morning, Nolan woke up extra early so we watched the sunrise and picked flowers from our front yard. It sounds peaceful (and it really was for about 5 minutes) before the door shut on his foot and Ryan told him he couldn’t drink my coffee. These are the moments I treasure though because I know he’ll be a teenager within a blink of an eye.

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phoenix many hats of a mom blogger

phoenix many hats of a mom blogger

Sister, Sister!

My sister-in-law, Sabrina and my brother, Shaun are in town this weekend. We’ll be spending the afternoon at their resort pool, a much needed staycation for us since we still don’t have our backyard built. Have you ever been to the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass pool during the summer? They have so many family-friendly activities, I’ll let you know how it is.

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Last night we had a great dinner at my parents house. I really need to get my mom stemless wine glasses because whenever we have a drink, she uses her wedding china. Not that I’m complaining because it’s beautiful but with my three kids running around it makes me incredibly nervous.

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Sabrina and I managed to snap a photo amongst the chaos last night. Oh, and I cut my hair 8 inches! 8. inches. Change is a good thing, don’t ya think.

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Do you see Kelsey’s choker? Her friend at school bought her that and she wears it all of the time. How cute is that? She’s turning into such a big kid. And look how tall Colton is! He’s four, people. I bet he passes Kelsey is height by the time he’s five.

Making our house a home

Our new house is feeling more like a home every single day. Our home, that is. It’s a strange feeling to move a few neighborhoods away from your old house. You end up driving by the old house whenever you find yourself in the area. Each time I do that, my old house feels more and more like a distant stranger. It’s a weird emotion.

This house, I love love love though. The other night our great friends came by to celebrate this new chapter. They brought their baby, Clementine, and “Colton’s best friend.” They brought wine. They brought gifts. And they brought great memories with them. These two (now, three people) mean so much to us and we loved sharing our new home with them.

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The kids were the best babysitters, never leaving her sight.

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Thanks to Kelsey, my 7-year-old, for this photo.

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We love you, Bocktings!

We’re all moved in!

We are all moved into our new home! Every box is unpacked. Every one. Everything is put away and we can now start to relax. It’s been an incredible few months … an entire year, actually, of packing, unpacking, re-packing, then packing again. I’m never moving again. Quote me on that. I’ll take post some photos of our new place soon, but for now … I’m going to put my feet up and relax. Who am I kidding, I’m going to help my husband hang ceiling fans. Jealous?

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He turns into a monster when he has too much video games, so he just got his games back. He hasn’t played them since February. Mostly because we packed them in a box so he would forget all about them. ha! Wish us luck now that the games have been found.

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Kelsey’s best friend, Avery came over today for a play date. I took the girls to Skateland in the morning for a birthday party and now they are enjoying cookies that I made for them. I actually made them for me, but if I say I made them for them then I don’t feel so guilty about eating 10 cookies all by myself. Okay, one cookie more and then we’re off to hang ceiling fans. 🙂

Not-So Basic Invite

I can’t believe I’m starting to plan Nolan’s second birthday party already! Sometimes I look at my little anchor of a boy and I wonder how he got so big! Yet other times I think, is he still only one? Time is funny like that, isn’t it? Recently, Basic Invite reached out to introduce me to their online stationary, including traditional birth announcementsbaby boy birth announcementsbaby shower online invitations and more! It’s actually perfect timing as I start to figure out what kind of theme Nolan’s birthday party will be. He loves trucks and school busses so maybe we’ll have a truck party. Or, maybe a construction party. Those were my thoughts, but then I saw these birthday party invitations from Basic Invite. Cute, right? 

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I’m really loving the lego invitation the most. He loves building things. So, who knows … maybe we’ll end up with a school-bus-lego-construction soirée. I have to believe he wouldn’t know the difference either way. As I started the process of putting an invitation together, I noticed how many color options they have! I’m not exaggerating, you can literally change up the colors of each element on the invitations to over 180 different color options. What an awesome way to make sure the card is totally unique to you.

Remind me I said this when February comes around and I have to design Kelsey’s birthday invitations. She is “over pink” now. Apparently, when you enter second grade pink is no longer a thing. Do you know how hard it’s been finding girl things that are not pink?! Impossible.

Follow Basic Invite on Facebook because you never know when they’re going to do a special offer. Right now, if you order birthday cards by Sunday you’ll get 40% off with code FIRST40.

Enjoy!

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This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 

A Flytographer in Paris

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Can you imagine having your own professional photographer follow you around on vacation, snapping candid photos of you and the remarkable scenery that surrounds? A professional photographer who captures exactly what you are seeing, while you stay present in the moment.

Well, my friends … have you heard of Flytographer? They are just that. A team of professional photographers you can hire for candid photo shoots in over 200 cities worldwide! My sister-in-law and brother just hired Flytographer to take photos of their recent trip to Paris. They had the best experience. Their local photographer, Krystal, took pictures on the streets of Montmartre – which is a scenic hill in Paris located in the artistic district. They also got some great shots inside Le Relais de la Butte (a charming cafe) and Patisserie Gilles Marchal bakery.

I was so impressed with how their photos turned out (although, I don’t think I’ve seen these two ever take a bad photo) that it’s inspiring me to start planning our next vacation! Here are some more of their photos that I just adore.

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Flytographer Paris

Paris Flytographer - Krystal

I can’t think of a better way to capture your special moments. In fact, I’m kind of in love with their business model. Check our Flytographer the next time you’re on vacation.