Smile for the Camera and Say, “Trick or Treat!”

TinkerBell & Thomas

Warning: Adorable photos of the Kahuna Kids ahead. Need to add to your own adorable collection of your kids in costume? Chekc out the free event happening at Portrait Innovations (more details below)

Three Cheers for October mini-skit:

Location: My home

Date: October 1, 2015


Meg: “Mom, what day is it? ”

Me: “October 1.”

Meg: “Hooray! Only 30 more days until Halloween!”

We love Halloween around these parts. The kids love to plan their costumes, and well, I admit it, we all love candy. We decorate with pumpkins, we burn some pumpkin spice candles, and we can’t wait to trick or treat in our new neighborhood!

My kids were costume ready by about October 2nd this year. Meg’s going to Maleficent and soooo excited. Andrew’s going to be “the ghost reaper” which may or may not be a real thing, but he’s pretty excited about his mask and the new sword he got for the occasion. We will probably do a trunk or treat event somewhere, and then be in costume most of Halloween day.  We might even find some other excuses (Not that you really need one! It’s October!) to wear the costumes out and about.


Halloween-contest-iamge-e1445013524437Portrait Innovation Free Event & Contest – If you are looking for a reason to let your kids out in public wearing their costumes AND you wouldn’t mind be entered to win $5000, plan on swinging by a Portrait Innovations studio next Monday. They’ll have fun for the kids, a chance to enter the Halloween Portrait Contest, and everyone will
go home with a free Halloween portrait. How fun is that?

What: Free Halloween Portraits and a chance to enter the Halloween Boo-tiful Portrait Contest

Who: Kids in costume and their parents

When: Monday, October 26 from 4-6pm

Where: Portrait Innovations, with locations in Carmel, Muncie, Plainfield, and Greenwood

Free costume portraits will be taken at all Portrait Innovations studios (including the 4 central Indiana locations). You’ll receive a free 5×7 portrait of the kiddos in costume, plus 3 digital images. The kids in costume will receive free candy! You’ll also be eligible to enter your free portrait in the Halloween Boo-tiful Portrait contest, where there prize is $5000!! That buys a lot of everyone’s favorite candy!

For more details on how the contest, see the details here:


Disclosure: Thanks to Portrait Innovations for sponsoring this post and this trip down the lane of “Halloween’s Past”

Studio Movie Grill Fights Hunger- $5 Movies, A Great Cause and a {Giveaway}

SMG Fight Against Hunger

**Edited 10/19- comments are now closed! Congratulations to Brooke, winner of the movie passes! Enjoy! **

Is anyone here counting down to the Hunger Games: Mocking Jay part 2? Anyone live with someone who is? I’m the Hunger Games fan n my house, and there’s only one month to go. In anticipation of the final movie’s release, the Studio Movie Grill is taking a bite out of real hunger.

Next week, from Monday, October 19 – Thursday, October 22, all 23  Studio Movie Grill locations will host  $5 movies  (what a steal) AND all tickets proceeds will benefit local food banks. If you’re on Fall Break next week, make a plan to go see a movie- it’s for a great cause! Locally, proceeds will go to Gleaners Food Bank.

In addition, Studio Movie Grill will donate 10% of all Hunger Games themed gift cards sold between October 23rd and November 25. Does your family traditionally see a movie over Thanksgiving? Buy a gift card after October 23rd and surprise the Hunger Games fans in your life!


Chances are, if you’ve never been to Studio Movie Grill, you’ll want to go again and again. So, I am giving away a set of tickets to use anytime! To enter, tell me one movie you’re looking forward to in the next few months.

Extra entries: Share this giveaway on social media, leaving a comment for each share. (So a comment for a tweet, a separate comment for a Facebook share)

Giveaway will run til about 9pm Monday evening, the winner will have 24 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Disclosure: Thanks to SMG for sending my family to the movies, as well as

#NoTimeForFlu – Learn the Facts, Bust the Myths

fluLast year at this time, I was hella-sick. A nasty, nasty case of pneumonia sidelined me for weeks, and I really wasn’t myself until well after the holidays. During that time, I was hyper aware  that I wasn’t quite well enough to get a flu shot, but that the minute I was well enough, I needed one. I never wanted to get that sick again, and if a quick shot would do the trick, sign me up.

I’ll admit it- I never made getting a flu shot a priority until last fall. Now, getting the family vaccinated is on our Fall Break to-do list (hooray!). Why are we getting vaccinated?

To sum it up in a hashtag? #NoTimeForFlu

Seriously. With work and schoo
l and gymnastics and Scouts and church and life…we have no time to be sick.

Here are some quick MYTHS about the flu and the flu vaccine-

I only need to be vaccinated once – MYTH! 

TRUTH- You need to be vaccinated every year, because each vaccine is formulated with the strains of flu expected to wreak havoc.

I can get sick from the flu vaccine- MYTH! 

TRUTH – Contrary to the misinformation
out there, you can’t get the flu from the flu vaccine. You just can’t- the contents of the vaccine included dead viruses, which can’t infect you.

It’s too early to be thinking about the flu- it’s only fall, y’all- MYTH!

When I was knocked on my rear last September, they did a flu test. The doc said they were already seeing a lot of positive flu tests….in late September. As soon as the vaccines are available, it’s time to get vaccinated.

Ready to get your flu shot? Visit the Minute Clinic inside your local CVS pharmacy – they vaccinated patients ages 18 months and over at most locations (call yours to confirm they have the dose you need).

Are you ready to learn more? To learn more about the flu, how to keep yourself healthy, and what to do if you do get sick visit and MinuteClinic’s vaccination offerings at:

Disclosure: Thanks to MinuteClinic for sponsoring today’s discussion. All opinions are expressly my own.