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Halloween Decoration Ideas

Holy cow, Halloween is almost here and I’m behind the eight ball! My kids have been pointing out some of the homes in the neighborhood that have already decorated for the spooky holiday and asking when we will decorate our own home. This weekend I tell them knowing that I’ll have to keep my promise.

So to get me and many of you inspired and motivated for Halloween decorating, I’ve pulled several of my most popular images from my Halloween Pinterest board to share.

spooky fireplace mantel // halloween decorating ideas #halloween

Love this spooky fireplace mantel created by The Design Daredevil. She keeps to a black and white color palette which is also a fave for Halloween decorating.

no carve pumpkin decorating idea // halloween decor

No carve pumpkin decorating ideas are always up my alley. Love this spotted in Midwest Living with fluttering butterflies and harlequinlike masks.

DIY hanging spiders // halloween decorating ideas

 

Love this simple idea of hanging black paper spiders from helium balloons via DIY Studio. Super fun and easy Halloween project!

black cat pumpkins // halloween decorating ideas #cats

How clever at these black cat jack-o-lanterns? Such a fun way to greet trick-or-treaters!

We've Been Boo'd // Halloween Fun Ideas

Getting Boo’d is always fun for the kids. Love this door-tag idea – printable found here.

DIY mini carmel apples // halloween ideas #apples

Not decor, but really love these mini caramel apple idea via the Inspired Dreamer! Love that they are bit size! Totally going to try this.

Frozen Bananas & Yogurt Ghosts // Healthy Halloween Treats

These frozen bananas and yogurt ghosts are also a great Halloween treat idea for the kiddos. Healthy too! Here’s the recipe.

Don’t all of these creative Halloween decorating ideas and yummy treats get you in the mood to start decorating for Halloween?

happy decorating,

cristin

OTHER HALLOWEEN ARTICLES:

Halloween Decorating Ideas :: Witch Theme

Halloween Decorating Ideas :: Spiders

You’ve Been Boo’d

 

 

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Read full story By on October 9, 2014 in baby and children, DIY, Entertaining, Halloween, Holiday, Tips/Tricks

Friday Finds :: Fave Memorial Day Sales

disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means Simplified Bee receives commission if you make a purchase using these links.

 

Memorial Day weekend is here! The day marks a special day of remembrance for the men and women who lost their lives in service of the United States of American. Many celebrate the weekend with backyard bbqs, picnics in the park and lounging at the beach. Wherever you are this holiday weekend, you don’t have to miss out on all the amazing deals from retailers because most can be found online. Here’s a round-up some of my favorite online Memorial Day Sales you’ll have to check out!

memorial day sales

Tom's // Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale


Nordstrom
: Half-Yearly Sale for Women’s & Kids (Spring markdowns on women’s & kids apparel, shoes, accessories and more) // Ends June 1 // Loving the classic summer stripes by Toms currently marked down!

white rattan scroll headboard // girl's bedroom

 Serena & Lily20% off everything // CODE SUMMER20 // Loving the vintage inspired rattan seahorse headboard featured in the little girl’s room above!

daydream believer t-shirt - Kids Gap #sale

Gap: Take 40% off regular price styles! Use code EVENT. Restrictions apply. // Ends 5/26 // I’m going to have to pick up this girl’s “daydream believer” tee!

indigo tie dye dress - Joie

Joie: Receive an extra 20% off sale items through 5/26 // CODE MDW20 // Loving the indigo tie dye dress above for summer – it’s under $100 with the promotion!

white snake skin handbag // Loeffler Randall #sale

Loeffler Randall: 30% off // Ends 5/26 // Loving the selection of handbags – the white snakeskin bag is stunning!

Channels Wallpaper in Beige by Kelly Wearstler #sale

 Kelly Wearstler: 20% off sitewide with purchases $250+ // CODE KWFAMILY // Ends 5/26 // I’m a huge fan of Kelly’s designs and love her fabrics and wallpaper especially. Channels in Copper/Beige (above) is a current fave!

Happy Memorial Day!

cristin

 

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Read full story By on May 23, 2014 in bedrooms, beds, discounts, fashion, Features, friday find, Friday Finds, Holiday, wallpaper

Healthy Root Beer Float with Zevia

Recently the smart soda company, Zevia asked if I’d participate in a their “Flavors of Summer” campaign. I love Zevia, so it was a hands down yes. In fact, my family and I have been drinking Zevia sodas for years because they taste great and are sugar-free. What makes Zevia sweet you ask? The sweetness comes from the plant-based ingredient stevia – which makes it all natural and zero calories. Because there are no refined sugars or artificial sweeteners, Zevia is a healthier soda and a smart choice. 

summertime root beer float table - simplified bee

For the campaign, Zevia asked me and a few other bloggers to create a summertime drink using one of their 15 yummy flavors. I polled my kids and they selected Zevia’s Ginger Root Beer. It’s what we use to create healthy root beer floats – the kids LOVE them. It also inspired me to created an intimate summertime root beer float party for kids.

healthy root beer float - simplified bee

Using a dairy free, coconut ice cream, I added two scoops to a chilled Zevia Ginger Root Beer, popped in a straw and a spoon – that’s it. So simple. It wouldn’t be the “Simplified Bee” if it was a complicated drink ;)

Zevia sugar-free root beer floats - simplified beesugar-free root beer floats - simplified bee

This healthy root beer is a great choice for kids with food allergies or sensitivities because with Zevia and coconut ice cream they can be made sugar-free, dairy-free and gluten free. It would be fun served at a summertime kids’ birthday party because always nice to have a dessert that the whole party can enjoy!

Check out all the other fun drink creations from other bloggers, vote for your favorite on  Zevia’s site or Facebook page!

root beer float table idea - simplified beesummer root beer floats table - simplified bee

For the decor, I selected a festive southwestern inspired table runner. The beautiful pattern and muted color palette inspired me to create the box and tray. I’ll be covering how I did it in a follow-up post.

earth-friendly party cutlery by susty party - simplified bee

And how cute are the compostable wood cutlery with grey stars? Susty Party supplied them and the other party supplies (including the plate below) that are all non toxic, renewable and compostable. Love that!!!

Zevia root beer float party - simplified beeZevia Flavors of Summer Pinterest Contest - Win $500

I’ve pinned all of my party images on this Pinterest board. Zevia would like see your own party details and what flavor inspires you the most too! Enter the Zevia Flavors of Summer Pinterest Contest and you may win a $500 grocery gift card.

Can’t wait to see your which flavor of Zevia you choose!

Cristin

*this post was in collaboration with Zevia and Susty Party, but as always my opinions are my own

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Read full story By on May 7, 2014 in Entertaining, Features, Holiday, Parties

Pastel Easter & Spring Inspiration

It’s only a few days away, so wanted to pass along some inspiring Easter ideas courtesy of Ikea. A soft pastel color palette is always a great direction for an Easter tablescape. This one created by Ikea features ARV dinnerware in pink and white has a simple and rustic look, but it also expresses a soft touch with the wave-shaped edge.

pastel Easter table setting #Easterpastel Easter table setting #Easter

In addition to the setting the table, I also love the idea of hanging seasonal art prints and graphic posters like this message of springtime! A different and nice way to display prints is to use a pant hanger like seen below. 

Hang Out It's Spring #art #ikeapastel clothing hangers from Ikea

As you transition your wardrobe from winter to spring, it a great time to give your closet a little makeover. One way is to unify the look of your hangers. Love these painted in springtime pastels too!

happy day,

cristin

*photo credits: Nina Broberg (poster & hangers) and Ragnar Ómarsson (Easter table)

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Read full story By on April 14, 2014 in Closets, color, Easter, Entertaining, gallery wall, Holiday, Organization, spring