How to make Halloween more snuggly less spooky for all the family.

As the nights draw in and the spooky festivities approach, I know my days will be filled trying to muffle the sound of the bloody fireworks and the hiding of anything remotely Halloweenesque to keep Lux from staying awake all night in fear of the scary ‘things’ out to get her. A year on and nope, Halloween is most definitely still not her scene.

Ok so I’m off the hook for making a witches costume, but I was wondering how best to deal with joining in the fun without ruling Lux totally out of the mix.
Along came a glorious and all importantly not so spooky post by @scoutandcokids and @think.make.share of the most beautiful, artistically painted pumpkins I have EVER seen!

Apparently, it’s very common to paint rather than scoop out your pumpkin in the States… Who knew…?
A total must see if you want to get in on the most artful Halloween ever! I thank thee from the bottom of my not so scary heart for bringing joy to my Halloween kitchen!! Be sure to check out their awesome pumpkin-ness.

I made my own today… OK, so I may not win any prizes with my own creation, but it was super fun and I’m now excited to go and get more pumpkins, more chalk paint or spray paint and see if I can improve as I go. Even Luxy can get into it! Woohoooo Boooo!

So how did I do it?
Well, handily the lovely people at Able and Cole delivered our veggies this morning and inside was a rather perfect (I can’t believe I actually managed to remember to order it) Halloween ready pumpkin.


Next up I raided the cupboards to see if I had any paint pots that might be suitable and found a variety of nice pastel shades to use. I had read that acrylic paints worked best but went with what I had. The wall paint tester (blue) was definitely not the best even after I washed and thoroughly dried the pumpkin but the chalk paint (pink) went on like a dream. (I had Rusto-leum Chalky finish)


Then the white I’ll be honest I stole from the pot I was using to upcycle some furniture which albeit rather too posh for a pumpkin worked fairly well. Thanks, Farrow and Ball.  I started with polka dots but as they ran a little while I was taking a little coffee break (oops) I opted for mini ghosts instead.
A sharpy was used for the ghost faces.

So here’s the DIY Roundup.
You will need:

– A pumpkin (Or squash, turnip etc)
– Chalk or acrylic paint
– Paintbrushes
– Sharpy pens, gold /silver pens, glitter pens (optional)
– protective mat, tray, paper, sheet of your choice
– Some crafty inspiration from the links below
– Steady hands

Get some more inspiration here:
Super cute pumpkin family makeover from Your DIY family
Also loving Studio DIYs Donut Pumpkins
These are just amazing, floral pumpkins from The Merry Thought
And these luxurious and cute black and white designs from Lovely Indeed.

So what are you waiting for? Get your POSH PUMPKIN ON!

I came across this a few months ago and did a little video review for you all.
This is suuuuch a fab little product and saves a LOT of time (which if you are a mum you are very limited of)

Stamptastic say that if you Hate sewing, ironing, nametapes, labels, schooluniform. Stamp Instead.

 

WATCH this and find out more! – They have just expanded into Christmas stamps and more 🙂

MONMUM Living just bought this amazing product from stamptastic. A name stamp for your kids and just about anything.

https://www.stamptastic.co.uk/

PLEASE NOTE DUE TO DEMAND, ANY NEW ORDERS WILL NOT BE DISPATCHED UNTIL 11TH NOVEMBER!

We are so happy and excited to announce that The MOR sweater (meaning mother in danish)  is finally live and living!
We hope you’re going to love them! Check out the MOR sweater and other designs HERE!

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View all Monmum charity sweats HERE
ALL PROFITS FROM THE MOR CHARITY SWEATER GOES TO BREAT CANCER CHARITIES.
50% OF PROFITS FROM ALL OTHER CHARITIES GO TO SELECTED CHARITIES. FIND OUT MORE HERE.

If you have read my post What maternity? And getting back to work after Cancer – then the Telegraph Women’s page has kindly added a further interview here.It seems it’s a common theme with many people feeling discriminated against when going back to work post sickness. Have a look here for the full interview!

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THE MOR CHARITY SWEATSHIRT – LAUNCHING SOON!!
We’ll also this month be launching our charity sweat, hoping to raise funds and awareness for #BreastCancer and #BreastCancerResearch.

The neon pink stylish MOR text on ash grey sweater has been designed and printed in the UK.
Scandinavian Chic! MOR means MOTHER in Danish, so get your scandi on and order one now.
Boyfriend Style.
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All profits from our Sweat will go to the following Charities!
@royalmarsden @BCCare @breastcancernow

Please note delivery will take 10-14 days