Book Page Halloween Watercolor Art

Have I mentioned that our dog chews up books when she’s mad at us? Well, apparently she’s mad at us a lot lately because my torn up book pile downstairs is growing …

So, what am I doing about it?

Well, last week I raided my boys’ craft stash to find their watercolor paint, and made some festive Halloween inspired ‘art’.

Note:  I say ‘art’ in a very loose sense of the word.  

My kids could make this art, BUT I kinda love how it looks on my wall.  And it was free, so that helps, too.  You may have spotted this art in my Halloween Home Tour that I shared last Friday.

Check out the tutorial over on Juggling Act Mama!

Book Page Halloween Art |  View From The Fridge


JAM tutorial


Or stop over and check out all of our Halloween decorations this year:

Halloween Home Tour from View From The Fridge. Lots of fun, simple, and unique ideas

On another note … we had an absolutely gorgeous Fall weekend here.  The kind that you never want to end.  The kind that make you love living in this state (until you realize what’s coming next).  It was also the kind of weekend that made up for our rainy spring this year and horribly cold winter.  Makes me almost forget those months.  Almost.  

We managed to take a couple family pictures, too!

Book Page Halloween Art |  View From The Fridge

Ben is shoe-less and looks a bit like a linebacker in his enormous sweater, but I love these pictures!

Book Page Halloween Art |  View From The Fridge

Happy Monday!  How was your weekend?  Did you get lucky with the weather, too???



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Halloween Home Tour & Blog Hop

Halloween Home Tour & Blog Hop

Happy Friday!  There are exactly two weeks until Halloween … two!  Do you decorate for the holiday?

We have some neighbors that go ALL OUT.  It’s awesome.  But I also know lots of people that don’t decorate for Halloween (besides maybe a couple pumpkins out front).  We’re somewhere in the middle.  I hate clutter.  I hate extra stuff, but I do love changing things up once and a while.  I also love how Owen gets excited about holidays now, and the decorations that come with them.

So … whether you’re anti-decorating OR all about it … we’ve got a ton of fun homes to ‘tour’ today.  They might serve as some inspiration if you love decorating for Halloween OR, if you’re not a decorator … it’s super entertaining to see what others come up with.  I’m simply amazed with the creativity of these other ladies!

So … let me show you around our home, and then be sure to stop over and check out the other homes on the tour!

I’ll warn you now, we don’t do scary.  Or gross.  At least not yet.  My boys are still little, so we like pumpkins.  A couple bats and one skull make an appearance in our decor this year, but mostly … pumpkins.

Anyway … on with it:

Halloween Home Tour from View From The Fridge. Lots of fun, simple, and unique ideas

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Big Boys’ Room Week 3 {One Room Challenge}

It’s Thursday, and surprising, I’m actually ON TIME with my One Room Challenge update this week.


I haven’t been on time for anything yet this week.  Nope, not preschool for the boys, not playdates, and not group fitness class at the gym (thus I ended up front and center right next to the instructor … not ideal as I’m not in great shape and forgot my hair tie #hotmess … literally this time).  Sidenote:  Have you noticed I seem to use that hashtag about once a week?  I should do something about that.  Hmmm ….

But back to the challenge, the room, and progress …


This is the second week of work, but the third post on this ‘challenge’.  The One Room Challenge is brought to you by Linda at Calling It Home.  I’m joining in with 96 other linking participants (bloggers) to challenge ourselves to finish redoing one room in SIX weeks (which is actually only 5 weeks of work).

At View From The Fridge, we chose to finally finish up Owen and Charlie’s Big Boy Room.  I shared the mood board two weeks ago:

Big Boy Room Transformation; Week2 of the One Room Challenge  |  View From The Fridge


Just a side note on that mood board … we can’t actually get all those exact items (some are a bit spendy) … they’re just inspiration.  Just don’t want you to get your hopes up that our room will look just like that inspiration board.

And last week, I shared all of our destruction in the room (carpet OUT, trim OUT):

Big Boy Room Transformation; Week2 of the One Room Challenge | View From The Fridge


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Easy Last Minute DIY Halloween Costume: Piñata

Easy Last Minute DIY Halloween Costume:  Piñata

It’s mid-October, and that means you still have a couple weeks to find that perfect costume.  That could be plenty of time for you.  However, if you’re like me, you’ll wait until the very last minute and go into panic mode.

Well … If you also always seem to be behind the game (or maybe I’m just a chronic procrastinator?!?), I’ve got a fun idea for you:  A DIY Piñata Costume!

 Make this easy DIY Piñata Costume for Halloween this year!  Great last minute idea!  See the full tutorial at View From The Fridge

Okay … my modeling skills could use some work, but you get the picture.  Best part about this costume?  You probably have most of the things needed on hand already.

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Pumpkin Tree Stump Welcome Sign

Last weekend we had a party at our house.  It’s been a while since we’ve had a crowd over, and I have officially decided that I’m just not a good host.  We hosted a ‘Living Room Concert’ by Ben Kyle from the band Romantica (they’re local in Minneapolis, but have also played at SXSW and other bigger venues, so you might know ‘em).  I had grand plans for the food, drinks, and decor, and then I always run out of time.  My sangria wasn’t made.  Matt’s Apple Cider Bourbon drink was still simmering in a pot on the stove.  My cute chalkboard labels for the food were sitting in a pile at one side of the table …. blank (where they remained the entire party). The food was still on the catering trays (I totally wanted to put it on my own trays and pretend like I made and prepared it all …  #liar).  I was just lucky to be showered and dressed, I guess.

But … I did make a cute Pumpkin Tree Stump Welcome Sign for our porch (priorities, I tell ya!).  I’m sure no one even really noticed it  … or cared about it (probably would have much preferred the Sangria to be made instead), but anyway … I’m sharing it with y’all today.

The Living Room Concert, however was a total blast!  He sings a little … tells some funny stories of growing up in Ireland (and then in North Minneapolis), his wife and 4 kids, his career as a singer/songwriter/band member, and his family and life in general.

Here’s a little snippet from one of his songs (Baby Ben and I were chillin’ in the back row for the show, and this is the best recording I could manage with one hand free and only a phone on me):

It’s hard to tell from that little snippet, but he was AWESOME and so entertaining!  I just hope everyone else that came enjoyed it as much as we did!

But, back to the all important details on the night (ha!), and the reason why you’re probably here …. the Tree Stump Pumpkin Welcome Sign on the front porch …

Wood Stump Pumpkin Welcome Sign  |  View From The Fridge

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