Monthly Archives: October 2011

baby style: halloween costumes

For this weeks baby style post we just had to show you are little darlings’ Halloween costumes and a few photos from our time at Franklin’s Pumpkinfest.  We met up with our friends Kirsty and Stu and their little Toby.  He and Matilda had adorable coordinating costumes as a cowboy and an indian.  Dylan went for the vintage Strawberry Shortcake look.  Matilda’s costume was handmade by her crafty mom.  Dylan’s costume was handmade by my crafty mom.  These little kiddos stole the show on Saturday as evidenced by the papparazzi photo below.  They drew a crowd of onlookers just telling us how cute they were all dressed up.  I mean what can we say?  They were right!  What did your little ones dress up as?  Did you dress up as well?

weekend giveaway!

We are so excited about this giveaway from Tweed Baby Outfitters! Last weekend at the Edgehill Village Artisan Fair Maggie had people enter for the Nashville Moms/Tweed onesie giveaway. We wanted to extend it to our readers as well so this giveaway is a special weekend edition for our loyal readers! We will announce our winners on Monday morning. What do you have to do to win?! Leave a comment on this blog telling us which of the following things you did:

- follow Tweed on twitter

- “like” Tweed on Facebook

- follow The Nashville Moms on twitter

- bonus entry: tweet about how much you love @tweedinashville and @nashvillemoms !

That’s all! So easy right?! Check out this adorable long sleeve onesie is from La La Land which is exclusive to Tweed. These are designed and manufactured in Chicago, IL by mom of two Betsie Haan. Maggie is also giving away a box set of Trumpette cowboy/cowgirl socks! Dylan has these and we adore them. They are perfect for a Nashville baby!

Do you have a product or service you want us to review or giveaway? email us thenashvillemoms@gmail.com!

weekend fun: October 28-30

It’s Halloween weekend!  I am usually not such a Halloween fanatic but boy am I excited to dress up my little one.  My mom hand made her costume and it is pretty adorable.  Rachel made Matilda’s costume too, so keep an eye out on the blog for some handmade costume cuteness.

Friday October 28

- Halloween Carnival:  all ages can participate in a costume contest, play carnival style game, enjoy face painting and more at Barfield Crescent Park Murfreesboro 697 Barfield Crescent Road Friday- Saturday 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm activities are 50 cents each.

- Spooktacular Halloween Party:  ages 8 and younger can enoy relays, games, songs, puppets and more at My Gym 330 Franklin Road Brentwood 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. ages 3 and younger, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. ages 2 – 5, 4:45 – 5:45 p.m. ages 3 – 8, 6 – 7 p.m. ages 8 and younger; $1 members, $5 non-members; to register, call 371-5437.

- Antiques at Music Valley:  go to the fairgrounds for this huge antique market.  So many treasures to be found! Thursday- noon to 5 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $12 per day includes both shows.  625 Smith Avenue Nashville 37203

Saturday October 29

- Pumpkinfest in downtown Franklin:  We are looking forward to Pumpkinfest and dressing our little ones up in their costumes.  You will find all kinds of food, crafts, music, and more.  If you see us come say hi!

Sunday October 30

- FREE Community Trick or Treat: ages 12 and younger and participate in a costume contest, play games, trick or treat, and more at Belle Meade Plantation 5025 Harding Road Nashville 1:00 – 3:00 pm

- FREE Fall Family Funfest: all ages can enjoy an afternoon of fun with inflatables, character appearances, and live music!  The first 300 kids can decorate pumpkins. Stones River Mall Murfreesboro 2:00 – 5:00 pm

to do: The Loveless Cafe

One of my favorite places to eat here in Nashville is the famous Loveless Cafe. I especially love going in the fall as the drive out is so pretty. We usually go for a little drive on the Natchez as well (stay tuned for a post on that coming up!) when the leaves are changing because it is just so lovely.

My dad was in town for the day with work and I was able to steal him away for a trip out Highway 100 for lunch. I had been craving some yummy biscuits and he was more than happy to oblige. As usual there was a wait when we arrived so we just walked around the shops, took some photos, and perused the Hams and Jams shop. When our name was called we quickly ran to our seats and devoured the hot biscuits as soon as our waitress brought them out. Dad ordered the fried chicken, I ordered the BBQ and Dylan got a grilled cheese and green beans. Obviously we loved our food because it was all gone before I could snap a photo!

We had a lovely daddy/daughter/granddaughter lunch at the Loveless. I think Brad and my mom were jealous that they were not able to join us, but I just think that means we have to make another trip soon!

Have you been to the Loveless? What is your favorite thing to eat there? It is a hot spot for celebrities, have you seen one there?

Everywhere we go Dylan makes new friends!

mommy and baby being silly

Happy Fall Y’all!

Last weekend, we invited some friends over for a fun party celebrating my favorite season, Fall! We had everyone bring a fun dish to share, and a pumpkin to carve or paint, and we had a blast! Joy and I made the cute candy corn bunting adorning my front door out of paint chips!

The leaf garland across my china hutch was made from leaves I bought 50% off at Joann!

I made Salted Caramel Apples for the first time, and have been eating them all week! I am obsessed, and think they should be a year-long treat, not one reserved only for autumn.

I found this cute Bucket list on Pinterest and printed it as a takeaway for everyone that came to the party!  I also set up a little food labeling area, so that everyone knew what they were eating.

I found this HUGE sheet of Halloween temporary tattoos at Target in the $1 bins (my favorite place to shop for seasonal items!) Matilda got her first tattoo!! I’m so proud;)

I set up a cute little photo booth in my back yard (where we spent most of the day, as the weather was GORGEOUS and it was the perfect place to carve pumpkins!)I glued scrapbook paper to the front of these adorable wooden holiday masks I found at Joann – I think they are meant to be painted, but I thought this looked a little more grown up! I also reused some of the felt masks from Matilda’s birthday party for the photo booth.

(adorable fall party babies!)

My friend Kirsty made these adorable cake pops from scratch. I’m a little terrified of the time that goes into make these, but I loved eating and looking at them:)

Hope you enjoyed this little peek into my fall party! We had a perfectly lovely afternoon, and I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon than with good friends, yummy food and pumpkin carving!

DIY: paint a pumpkin

I decided to paint a pumpkin instead of carving one this year.  I love the way it turned out and will definitely do it again in the future!  This was a very easy process and one you could quickly DIY.

I wanted to do a pumpkin that could last through the fall and not just be for Halloween so I chose to paint “give thanks” on it.  I went to my favorite font site, dafont.com, and found one I liked. I printed it out on a plain white piece of paper.  I then held the paper on the pumpkin and used the non paint end of a paintbrush to trace the letters.  I ended up going back over it once to deepen the lines so I could easily see them when I painted.  I then chose my pretty metallic copper paint and painted over the indented letters.  This could be done freehand but I would probably have slanted the word or made it look much worse.  I did freehand some flowers on each side of the words just to add a little extra pretty.  It now sits on my mantle along with my fallen leaf garland.  I gathered a bunch of fallen leaves on a walk around Radnor Lake and quickly strung them together with a needle and thread. I love the way it looks like fall without looking too Halloween-y.  This garland may be something I do each year.  It could be fun with some pretty red or yellow leaves!

- JOY

mom spotlight: kandra

I met Kandra over 5 years ago when Brad and I first moved to Murfreesboro for him to finish school. I actually filled in at her work temporarily while she was away for a little bit. She is such a sweet spirit and I am so grateful for her friendship. She is the mom of two adorable little girls. She has an awesome blog- check it out here.

I am happily married to my best friend and we are about to celebrate 10 years of wedded bliss! We have two beautiful little girls through the amazing gift of adoption! We are currently in the process of our 3rd adoption! I am passionate about orphan care and am the director of events and fundraising for The 1:27 Call. It is a non-profit orphan ministry! I am very involved with adoptive families in my community with a heart for the orphans and long for the day when there are no more!

tell us your name/twitter/blog/website/etc: Kandra www.blessedbentons.blogspot.com

favorite place to go for a picnic in nashville: Honestly, we do more picnicing in the ‘Boro along the Greenway

favorite thing to do with your family in nashville: Anything to do with celebrating music!

favorite yearly festival in nashville: Christmas Lights in Nashville and Brentwood

best kid friendly restaurant in nashville: Spaghetti Factory or California Pizza Kitchen

best date night sans kids in nashville: Stoney River (our Favorite restaurant) followed by the Symphony or TPAC

favorite obgyn/midwife/pediatrician: We love our pediatrician! Dr. Joshua McCollum

favorite children’s shop in nashville: Hands down, Designer Finds in Green Hills!

favorite online place to shop for your baby: Strasburg

describe your parenting style in one word: Connected

what’s always in your refrigerator: Cream Cheese

last meal you made for your family: Homemade Chicken Soupfavorite book to read to your kids: It’s a tie between “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss and the “Llama, Llama” books

behavioral or physical trait you hope your kids don’t inherit from you: Eating Habits :)

traits you hope they do inherit: Faith

best piece of parenting advice you ever got: Never say your children will/will not do something….it will come back to haunt you.

favorite tv family of all time: Cosby’s

favorite toy as a kid: Probably my piano

favorite place on earth: Anywhere there is music playing…especially if it’s Christmas.

if you wrote a parenting manual or book what would the title be: Relationship not Regulation

favorite vacation as a child: St. Augustine, Florida

weekend fun: October 21-23

- Edgehill Village Artisan Fair: enjoy over 50 artisans, live music, special sales, fun for kids, and more in Edgehill Village from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm 1200 Villa Place Nashville

- The Nashville Flea Market is in town this weekend again! October is usually the largest market of the year so go and have fun hunting for treasures and bargains!

- Haunted Nashville won the 2010 Silver Scream Award for best haunt in Middle Tennessee. Best suited for ages 8 and older. 3436 Lebanon Pike, Hermitage. Tours last approximately one-and-a-half hours and run Thu – Sun as well as Halloween night (Monday, Oct. 31) beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $23 adults, $10 ages 12 and younger. For $30, adults can get the SlashPass, which includes shorter wait times and special offers. Get more information at 752-4292 or hauntednashville.com.

- Harvest Days and Bicentennial Celebration – Saturday, Oct 22nd – The entire family can celebrate autumn and Murfreesboro’s bicentennial in pioneer fashion at Cannonsburgh Village. Enjoy a day of old-time music and dance, hayrides, broom making, pottery demonstrations, blacksmithing, art and auto exhibits, plus shopping at more than 40 booths by local craft and food vendors. The free event takes place from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Cannonsburgh is located at 312 S. Front St. Call 890-0355.

- FREE Haunted Museum – Saturday, Oct 22nd – All ages can don costumes and head downtown to the Tennessee State Museum for it’s 11th annual ghost story festival throughout the facility. Make stops along the Ghost Trail for stories from the Bell Witch, the Cherokee spirit Spearfinger, John Murrell’s thumb and more. Kids who complete each stop receive a special prize. While there, be sure to check out the 3,500-year-old mummy, along with the mummified cat! Haunted Museum takes place from 12 – 4 p.m. and is free. The museum is located at 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Call 741-2692 or visit tnmuseum.org.

- Saturday, Oct 22nd – Kids Corral at Cheekwood: Young cowpokes can enjoy western-inspired art and craft projects and participate in challenges like calf roping and stick horse barrel racing. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 ages 6 – 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

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what they wore: baby style

When Rachel and I went to Atlanta a couple of weeks back we got all kinds of cute goodies for the girls.  Dylan is wearing a few of her new duds here.  Her top is from H&M.  Her striped leggings are from Baby Gap (their leggings are my FAVE!).  Her sweater is a thrift store find that I completely adore. The yellow hat was a gift from a family friend, but she was more interested in playing with it than wearing it.

Matilda didn’t really feel like participating in this style post, but she looked so cute, I thought she needed to anyway!! Her little dress (worn as a top) is one I got from the Little Sprouts consignment sale, her riding pants and cardigan are from Baby Gap, and her cute little shoes (seen in previous style posts!) are from Tweed!

to do: Edgehill Village Artisan Fair

I am in Atlanta this week while my my husband is in New York for work and am SO bummed that I am going to miss the Edgehill Village Artisan Fair on Saturday October 22.  If you are looking for something fun to do this is it! Take your family and go to Edgehill Village to enjoy 50+ artisan booths, tons of local food trucks, live music, and a kids corner sponsored by our friend Maggie over at  Tweed.  You will also find sales in some of Edgehill Village’s shops as well so you do not want to miss this!  You can find out more information on the fair’s facebook page.

Also- be sure to stop in Tweed because Maggie is doing a Nashville Moms giveaway!  You have to go to her store on Saturday to enter for the giveaway so go buy your little one something cute and drop your name in for a chance to win a little something fun Tweed!  We will announce the winner next week!

- JOY