Last Minute Halloween Table And Costume

I absolutely love Halloween… It’s definitely one of my favorite holidays. It’s the one time of year you get to dress up as whoever or whatever you want to be whether it’s your favorite tv/ cartoon character, a zombie, throwback era, or your alter ego; all without judgments or awkward looks.

My favorite part of this ghoulish holiday is creating my own costume and of course designing a table.

Come take a peek at my halloween.

Cookie Lyon Costume

This year with all the rage of the Fox hit show Empire, I decided to be Cookie Lyon (who doesn’t want to be a music mogul/ ex-con for a day, right?) this costume was created with things I already had in my closet (and borrowed from someone else’s closet).


 Here’s how you can pull it off too:

  • Dress from JCPenney
  • Chinese Laundry Black Knee-High Boots from Amazon
  • Fuchsia Gloves with matching Fuchsia Clutch
  • Borrowed Furs
  • Ponytail

Doc McStuffins Costume

My 2 year old loves Doc McStuffins and Minnie Mouse. So hard to choose which to be but we (I) ultimately decided to go with Doc McStuffins; especially since she has the entire set of characters.

  • Doc McStuffins Lab Coat and Stethoscope from Big Lots (came as a set)
  • Doc McStuffins Pink Sparkly Shoes from JCPenney
  • Doc McStuffins Headband from Party City
  • Striped Purple Shirt and White Leggings from Wal-Mart (I cut the sleeves from the shirt and attached them to the bottom of the leggings with a Halloween-themed button
  • Handmade Book of Booboos with Crayon

Halloween Tablescape

  

  
  

Labor Day Backyard BBQ

Sadly, the hot and humid summer is coming to an end and what better way to celebrate the last holiday of the season than a relaxing BBQ as we transition into fall (my favorite time of the year, especially since it’s my birthday).  This BBQ is inspired my dad (September 1, 1940 – December 2, 2006) who loved the outdoors and loved spending time with his family.  Each year, because his birthday fell on or near Labor Day he would tell us he was giving us the day off from school as a gift. (Lol).  He would take us camping (which I truly enjoyed, but my sisters were total divas and could do without) and we would enjoy the serenity of Mother Nature…. really great times. Take a look at by Backyard BBQ.

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Here is how you can recreate the look:

Supplies

  • Plain White Tablecloths– In case you haven’t viewed my previous posts, I absolutely love white tablecloths. I have them in every size, shape, and design.  While I have many colorful ones, my go to is white. Since there was going to be BBQ involved, I didn’t want to use my nice tablecloths and therefore found industrial tablecloths at Sam’s Club.  Other tablecloths can be found here and here.
  • World Market Oasis Green Buffet Napkins – Dress up your table with these fresh green buffet napkins. I decided to roll them up and tie them with tan twine to add a little bit of character.  Be creative in your presentation. Other napkins can be found here and here.
  • Green Poly-Braided Coasters– These coasters went perfectly with the décor of the table setting.  Love, love, love them. Others can be found herehere, here, and here.
  • Pier 1 Mesa Placemat – I absolutely love this placemat; it’s round and the color reminds my of the neutral tones in Mother Nature. So many color inspirations come to mind throughout any season you choose to use them in.  More placemats can be found here, here, here, and here.
  • Lime Green Square Plastic Plates- One of my Dollar Tree finds (Did I tell you how much I love Dollar Tree… Who would’ve thought you could incorporate items on the cheap to create a chic and elegant look?).
  • Pier 1 Shutter Lantern– This beautiful lantern created the ambiance for the BBQ exuding a calming atmosphere filled with love and laughter. Copper toned metal with a mix of weathered pine and a braided linen handle tied the multiple aspects of this tablescape together; just add a white candle. (Plus, my mother-in-law raved over them). Other lanterns can be found here, here, here and here.
  • World Market Rattan Tray & Caddy– One of my favorite kitchen duos, the tray and caddy helps to keep everything organized for your BBQ.  The caddy offers 4 compartments for BBQ necessities like silverware, skewers, and napkins. A gorgeous decorative piece, the tray can hold condiments, snacks, and other accessories to keep things tidy on the food table. More trays and caddies can be found here, here, here, here, here, and here.
  • 1-Gallon Beverage Dispensers– A wedding gift, this beverage dispenser was perfect for our Backyard BBQ serving refreshing lemonade and hawaiian punch. Super easy to access and great for the kids. Other dispensers can be found here, here, and here.

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Recreate your Backyard BBQ and create memories… Love you Daddy and Happy Birthday.

Family Picture with Daddy

7 Back to School Essentials (for Busy Moms)

Back to School is one of the busiest times of the year and can get a little stressful.  The secret to managing the stresses that come along with getting your child ready is preparation.  Here are 7 Back to School Essentials for the busy mom to get prepared for the new school year.

  1. Marc Fisher Day by Day Horizontal Tote (Macy’s) Sleek and styled for your daily endeavors, this classic carryall from Marc Fisher is the perfect choice. Rendered in smooth faux leather with polished hardware, the generous interior stashes all your here-to-there essentials.   Here is one in Red                                                                 Mark Fisher Day by Day Horizontal Tote
  2. Nike Downshifter Running Shoes (Amazon) Perfect for your daily trek, these women’s Nike Downshifter 6 running shoes ensure long-lasting comfort and stability.                                        Nike Womens Downshifter Running Shoe
  3. Jacqueline Three-Hand Date Leather Watch (Fossil) Rich leather straps and a polished round dial make Jacqueline this season’s most irresistible timepiece. This watch is interchangeable with many great color and fabric options. Jacqueline Three-Hand Date Leather Watch- Camel
  4. Green Tile Tea Glass Carafe (Costco Plus World Market) Out with the coffee and in with the tea.  There are so many benefits to drinking tea and now you have no excuses.  Brew hot or iced tea and take it to go with this double-wall insulated glass tea carafe which includes a strainer and an airtight lid.   My Morning Mate Tea offers a delicious  alternative to your coffee. More travel tea containers can be purchased herehere, and here.Laurent Tea Glass Carafe
  5. This is my Ulta Lip Collection.  Ulta Lip Crayon allows you to get great, long-lasting lip color, Ulta Brilliant Color Lip Gloss provides great color with a high shine finish and non-sticky feel (It is infused with Aloe and Vitamins A & E) that hydrates and conditions your lips, and Ulta Lip Primer helps smooth dry and textured lips creating the perfect canvas for comfortable, smooth and longer lasting lip color.                                                                                                                                                                  Ulta Lip Crayon     Ulta Brilliant Color Lip Gloss     Ulta Lip Primer
  6. Kate Spade New York Live It, Love It Journal (Barnes and Noble) I love a stylish and functional notebook to keep things all together, and this bundle of 2 gives me just that.  Other cute notebooks can be found herehere, and hereKate Spade New York Live It, Love It Journal
  7. Forest Feast Meal Planner and Shopping List (Amazon)  Showcasing photography and watercolor illustrations from Erin Gleeson’s Cookbook Forest Feast (Amazon), this 50-sheet pad features a Monday-to-Sunday grid for planning weekly meals and a perforated shopping-list section for keeping track of items to buy. The pad also has a magnetic back so that it can be displayed on your refrigerator.Forest Feast meal Planning and Shopping List

Lavender Tea Foot Soak

 

There is nothing I like more than a relaxing foot soak at the end of a hectic week. Try this ooh la la Lavender Dream Foot Soak the next time you need a few moments of bliss.

Ingredients:

Lavendar Dreams White TeaLavendar OilEpsom SaltBaking SodaBall Canning Jar- Pint

In a medium sized bowl, mix all ingredients together.  To store, pour ingredients into a mason jar. For immediate use, pour into a hot tub of water and immerse your exhausted feet. While soaking your feet, drinking a glass of water helps to remove toxins from your body. 

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Lavender is an herb that has many health benefits including alleviating muscle tension, headache relief, and providing soothing aromatherapy. The essential oil of lavender has antiseptic and anti-flammitory properties. 

Enjoy your happy soak…… Ahhhhh.

Teen Dating Violence

   1 in 3 high school students have been or will be involved in an abusive relationship.

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Is Teen Dating Violence a Public Health Problem?

Yes.  Teen Dating Violence is a Public Health problem that impacts our community for several reasons:

  1. The subject is misunderstood, under-reported by teenagers, unnamed, and unaddressed in our community.
  2. Teenagers has relationship beliefs that abusive behaviors are “normal” or “okay”.
  3. There are barriers to reaching out for help.
  4. Like adult survivors, there are serious lifelong consequences and health concerns.

What is Teen Dating Violence?

Teen dating violence is a pattern of actual or threatened acts of physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse, perpetrated by an adolescent against a current or former dating partner.  The abusive teen uses this pattern of violent and coercive behavior, in a heterosexual or same gender dating relationship, in order to gain power and maintain control over the dating partner.

What are the different types of Abuse?

  • Physical Abuse- Any intentional, unwanted contact with your body by either the abuser or an object within the abuser’s control (choking, hitting, shoving, throwing objects, etc.).
  • Emotional/ Verbal Abuse- Anything the abuser says or does that causes you to be afraid, lowers your self-esteem, manipulates, or controls your feelings or behavior. (threats, insults, “checking-in”, excessive texting, humiliation, isolation, etc.).
  • Digital Abuse- The use of technology such as texting and social networking to bully, harass, stalk or intimidate a partner.
  • Sexual Abuse- Any action that impacts a person’s ability to control their sexual activity or the circumstances in which sexual activity occurs, including restricting access to birth control or condoms.
  • Stalking- Being repeatedly watched, followed or harassed.
  • Financial Abuse- Using money or access to accounts to gain power and control over a partner.

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Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.  Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.  However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.

If you or someone you know is experiencing some form of relationship violence, help and information is available:

Center for Disease Control

Committed to stopping primary prevention of teen dating violence

National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline

Offers peer support

1.866.331.9474       Text “loveis” to 22522

Break the Cycle

Offers information on teen dating violence

New Orleans Family Justice Center

Offers services and resources in Orleans Parish  ***if under the age of 18, parental consent is required***

504.592.4005

All services listed above are FREE, SAFE & CONFIDENTIAL

White and Gold Tablesetting

Each year, my husband and I participate in Diner en Blanc New Orleans.  Diner en Blanc is an international concept that is best described as a massive “chic picnic” where all attendees dress in their most elegant all white attire. Each group plans and brings their own tables, chairs, tablesetting, china, decor, food, and beverages to an undisclosed location in a white picnic basket.

Take a look at our glamorous white and gold tablesetting overlooking the Mississippi River at the Riverwalk Plaza.

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MENU

STARTERS: Chef G. Garvin’s Crab Cigars w/ Sweet Chili Sauce, Prosciutto & Mozzarella Cheese, and Fresh Fruit

MAIN ENTREE: Pulled Pork Sliders w/ Cole Slaw and Reuben Sliders

SIDE: Cold Italian Pasta

DESSERT: Sucre Macarons and Pistachio Cake Topped w/ Shaved Milk Chocolate and Chopped Pistachios

DRINK: Le Grand Courtage Brut Rose Sparkling Wine and H2O

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Green Grass Agate Drop Earrings

These Green Grass Agate Faceted Drop Earrings are absolutely breathtaking, exuding beauty and sophistication; they offer versatility to brighten up any outfit.  These handmade earrings measure about 1.5 inches long, including the earwire. This natural gemstone exudes natural beauty with unique qualities.

Available for purchase at My Assorted Happy Etsy Shop

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Materials Used

  • Green Grass Agate Faceted Teardrop Gemstones
  • 2- inch 14k Gold-Filled Headpins
  • 14k Gold-Filled Spacer Beads
  • 14k Gold-Filled Earwires w/ Coil

A Little About Agate

Agate is a cryptocrystalline variety of silica, chiefly chalcedony, characterised by its fineness of grain and brightness of color. Although agates may be found in various kinds of rock, they are classically associated with volcanic rocks and can be common in certain metamorphic rocks.

Agate occurs in a wide range of colors and patterns.  Although some colors occur more commonly than others, almost all agate will be multicolored due to unique banding.  Agate colors can include black, white, blue, red, green, yellow, orange, brown, pink, purple and gray.

5 Summer Just Because Gifts

With all the stresses that we deal with between home, family, and work just a simple gesture can brighten someone’s day and rejuvenate them.  Here are some of my favorite just because gifts to give: 

  1. L’Occitane En Provence- Voyage en Provence Gift Set (L’Occitane En Provence)

LOccitane Voyage en Provence II

2.  Bromeliad Plant (Home Depot)

Bromeliad

3.  La Tour Eiffel Journal (Papyrus)

La Tour Eiffel Ribbon Journal

4.  Enamel Floral  3-Tiered Jewelry Stand (World Market)

Floral Enameled 3-Tiered Jewelry Stand

5.  Kiko Milano Perfect Gel Duo (Kiko Milano)

Perfect Gel Duo

And…. if you are the receiver of a “Just Because” gift, pass on your happy!


Hellooo!

J. Erin

Welcome to My Assorted Happy!  I’m Jennifer and am excited to share with you my assorted happy.  On this blog I will share my crafting projects, dinner party ideas, my love for all things happy, and tidbits about my life.

I am a wife and mother of three beautiful girls with a passion for advocating for those with no voice.

Thanks for visiting my blog and I hope you find your happy.