Crown and coke anyone?

So, I kind of like Halloween, and I kind of love handmade costumes… and candy. This year Andy and I decided to be Crown and Coke for our friends Halloween party. That’s right, we left baby boy at home with a baby sitter for an adults only evening! If you’re throwing a Halloween party, I highly suggest setting up your bathroom to look like a murder scene… so creepy and awesome! The Crown bottle bag looks tricky, but I assure you this is not a hard costume to make! You have to sew 2 straight-ish lines and then the most time consuming part is embroidering “Crown Royal” on the front of the bag. Here are all of the deets on our DIY Crown and Coke couples costumes!

DIY Crown and Coke Couples Costumes


Here’s what you need to make the Crown Royal bag:

  • 3 yards of purple fabric… bring a Crown Royal bag to the fabric store to match the best color. I just bought cheap cotton fabric!
  • A spool of thick gold cording for the draw string
  • Gold yarn and an embroidery needle

So, here’s how I made the Crown Royal bag. I laid out my 3 yards of fabric, found the center and cut a hole for Andy’s head. I’m not a perfectionist. And it is just a Halloween costume, so I don’t measure or do anything too fancy. Like so…

DIY Crown and Coke Couples Costumes


Then, I placed the gold cording around the neck hole and literally just sewed it into place with a zig zag stitch. I sewed the sides up leaving space for 2 big arm holes. And voila you have yourself a purple sack! Like I said above, the stitching of the Crown Royal onto the sack was the hardest part. I used a white pencil and hand wrote Crown Royal in my fanciest hand writing. Then, I used my embroidery needle and stitched over my white letters with gold thread. I used the same gold thread and stitched around the neck and half way down the sides of the sack. (I got lazy!)

DIY Crown and Coke Couples Costumes


To make the coke dress and hat, you’ll need:

  • A red strapless dress
  • Silver Duck Tape
  • One sheet of white Duck Tape
  • Cricut Explore machine
  • Cardboard
  • XACTO knife
  • Cutting board
  • Hot glue gun
  • Plastic headband (I used black since my hair is dark!)

The dress literally took about 10 minutes to craft up. I could not have done it without the Cricut Explore! I uploaded an image of the Coca Cola logo, using this tutorial. Make sure that you have your dial set to custom and choose the Duck Tape setting before cutting. And then voila, the magical machine cuts out your perfect logo and you just tape on yourself! I love that, because then you don’t even ruin your dress! DIY Crown and Coke Couples Costumes



Now, to make the fancy facinator coke tab! This takes a little more crafting. I doodled an outline of a Coke tab onto a cardboard box and cut it out with an XACTO knife. I used a dinner plate to trace a perfect circle and cut that out of cardboard too. I covered them both with silver Duck Tape and hot glued them together. Easy!

DIY Crown and Coke Couples Costumes



My giant coke tab getting covered in Duck Tape:

DIY Crown and Coke Couples Costumes


A little tip: Duck Tape easily rips with your fingers vertically. This will help easily cover the skinny parts of the tab! Oh and I covered the front and back of the tab and circle!

DIY Crown and Coke Couples Costumes

Then stick your fancy hat in your hair and start poppin’ bottles… or tabs, hardy har!

DIY Crown and Coke Couples Costumes

Oh and remember how I mentioned murder scenes in the bathrooms, check it:

Halloween party ideas

For more fun Halloween couples costume ideas, Andy and I have been Fred and Wilma:

Fred and Wilma costume


Bob Ross and a happy tree:

DIY adult Halloween costumes


And one year, we couldn’t get it together and last minute whipped up a 70’s girl and a 7 year old!

Couples costume ideas


We’ve also been Dorothy and tin man from Wizard of Oz (tin man was store bought) and a ladybug and sumo wrestler (more of those pics here). We are (fingers crossed) going to have different costumes for Friday night! We’ll see how that goes! Cheers to costume making fun!

Candy recipes and crafts

So the kiddos are about to go trick or treating and bring home, excuse my french, butt loads, of candy. What do you do with all of that candy? I remember the insane amounts of candy my brothers and sisters and I used to bring home, it was crazy town. There is no way any family should eat 26 pounds of candy! I’ve rounded up 44 candy recipes and crafts that anyone can make with the Halloween candy surplus! Plus a few other fun things to do with leftover Halloween candy like send it to our troops, save it for ginger bread house making, or make business cards with it!

Tons of candy recipes and crafts

17 ways to use candy in crafts

1. Starburst wrapper bracelet

2. Make candy trees for Christmas

3. Candy wrapper light switches

4. Save it for decorating ginger bread houses

5. Make a November advent calendar

6. Make candy trains

7. Candy wrapper headbands 

8. Make a candy card and send to Grandparents

What to do with leftover candy

9. Make and hand out butterflies

10. Candy wrapper pencil cube

11. Turkey hand cookies

12. Oreo turkeys

13. Make a pinata and fill it with candy!

14. Hand out turkey toes to neighbors

15. Decorate a cake (and bring it to a nursing home, police station, or fire station!)

16. Make candy sushi

17. Make business cards (tutorial coming soon!)

Candy recipes and crafts



14 ways to use candy in recipes

1. Peanut butter Snicker brownies

2. Chex Mix

3. Candy bar pie

4. Make mud pies

5. Applesauce with red hot candie

6. Candy corn no bake cookies

7. Snickers carmel apple salad

8. Biscoff Rolo popcorn

9. Deep fry a Snickers bar, because you can.

10. Make owl brownies

How to make owl brownies

11. Make 2 ingredient cookies!

12. Jolly rancher lemonade

13. Starburst infused vodka

What to do with leftover candy

14. Skittles vodka


12 other interesting ways to downsize your Halloween candy stash

1. Sell you candy to your dentist! Most dentist pay $1 per pound of candy that you bring in. If you live in the Austin area, here is a great resource of dentists who participate!

2. Send it to Operation Gratitude… This candy will get sent to our troops in care packages! How awesome is that?!

3. Freeze it! You can add a few pieces of candy to milkshakes, ice cream, or cookies throughout the year!

4. Add a chocolate (or 3) to your morning cup of jo!

5. Bring it to your office and share!

6. Send some snail mail packages to college age kids in your family!

7. Send candy to Operation Shoebox. They also send care packages to our troops!

8. Use candy as BINGO pieces!

9. Save some to make s’mores all winter long! A Resses Peanut Butter Cup makes a s’more magical. True.

Candy recipes and crafts

10. Donate your wrapped Halloween candy to The Ronald McDonald House!

11. Use candy to teach little ones estimation, patterns, sorting, graphing, or word problems!

12. Do sink versus float test with your candy!


Maxwell monthly (The first 6 months!)

I had big plans to do a monthly Maxwell update. Yea, that big plan went right out the window oh… about 6 months ago when I realized being a new mom was insanity! Alas, I bring you 6 months of Maxwell updates all in one little post. My sweet baby is a curious, smiley, determined little munchkin who is on the move, all of the time! And getting bigger way, way too fast. Oh and if you are new here, here’s the pregnancy announcement, gender reveal party, natural birth story, and his black and white nursery!

0-1 Month:

  • We gave Maxwell his first bath at home on 3-28-14, 5 days after he was born. We were scared!
  • Maxwell took his newborn pictures on 4-4-14, so stinkin’ cute!
  • We left Max at home with Grammy and had a sushi dinner date.
  • He took his passport picture!
  • Dyed his first Easter egg (with a lot of help!)
  • Started smiling and loves celling fans!

Baby photography

1-2 Months

  • Went to his first baseball game!
  • And museum!
  • Maxwell starting blowing tons of spit bubbles and smiles all of the time!
  • He loves rocking on the front porch and staring at celling fans!

Baby photgraphy

2-3 months

Baby photography


3-4 months

  • Max giggled for the first time at 3 months and 1 day old!
  • Maxwell went on a boat ride for mom’s surprise party. Not a huge fan of life jackets!
  • He went to 2 blog conferences in Utah and Georgia via plane with mom!
  • On 7-12-23, you started doing multiple rolls and moving all over the place!

Baby photography

 4-5 months

  • Maxwell is up on all 4’s!
  • He can sit up for a few seconds by himself.
  • Traveled to New England to visit mom’s bff! (Free things to do with kids in Rhode Island and NYC)
  • Started sticking out his tongue all of the time!
  • Maxwell had his first sleepover with his great aunt while we mom and dad went to a wedding!


Baby photography

 5-6 months

  • Pulled up in his crib for the firs time!
  • We had to lower the crib all of the way and remove the bumpers because he was using them as a ladder!
  • Started for real crawling on 8-31-14, 5 months and 8 days old… He’s officially on the move and into everything!
  • Loves turning the pages of books, playing with his soccer ball piggy bank, putting tags in his mouth, playing with his sound machine, pulling up on anything, and taking walks in the stroller!
  • Tried his first real food, sweet potatoes! Not a huge fan.
  • Maxwell sits up very well now.
  • Discovers something new everyday! (Fireplace, vents, lamp cords, shoes, his closet, the printer, opening cabinets) We have to get this house baby proof!

Baby photography

I love looking at how he’s grown over time, his hair has gotten so thick! And he’s just so stinkin’ cute!

baby photography monthly picture idas


And here his is super cute 7 month picture, we took last week! He’s pulling up on everything, says “dadadada” all of the time. And stands on his own for a few seconds at a time! Oh and all of these pictures are taken on random quilts, rugs, pieces of fabric, and blankets we have at home. The blocks are from CB2, but I think they are discontinued. Boo. My friend got them to use as decor for one of our baby showers and I love them! Anyone else have a fun way to docuemnt their little ones? Do you take monthyl or weekly pictures? Have any advice for teaching a 7 month old not to pull on lamp cords? I’d love to hear…