Knife-Free Jack-O-Lanterns from Charleston!

From Debbie in Charleston, South Carolina–her three beautiful kidlets trying out the Bebe au Lait Halloween project. And we say “yay!” to any project that keeps three kids under the age of three busy for an hour. We really like Rebekah’s idea of eating the stem ;)  We also really liked how Debbie added to the project by masking off a pumpkin face before painting, so clever.

Debbie's South Carolina Kidlets Doing the Pumpkin Craft from our Halloween Newsletter

Debbie's Kidlets Doing the craft from our Halloween Newsletter!

She said: Here are my 3 children Jacob (3 years old), Aaron (2 years old), and Rebekah (7 months old).  All they wanted to do was smear the chalk over the pumpkins, but they spent an hour doing it!  Thanks for the idea!!

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Haven’t Decided on Baby’s Name Yet?

Lilia, who was almost a Lauren

Lilia, who was almost a Lauren

There are so many naming sources out there, but my favorite is this one–Nameberry which has a list of what Supermodels have named their kids. It’s just for fun and it might just make that family name your husband is pushing for sound really normal.

And my trick? I put first and middle names on sticky notes and we posted them in the kitchen. So while I was pregnant we would add, subtract and re-arrange names until we settled on our favorites. Because one day they made sense to us and the next they didn’t.

Best of luck.

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The Knife Free Jack-O-Lantern

We wanted something fun for our Play Group to celebrate Halloween that would be interesting for us, fun for the kids, and easy to do so we could pass along the idea to our friends. Inspired by a Matthew Mead idea from his amazing book of Halloween ideas called Halloween Tricks and Treats, we created the Knife-Free Jack-O-Lantern Party.

The Prep: 3 days prior to event.
(1) Find small-medium sized pumpkins that don’t have super deep grooves and still have some stem.
(2) Prop them up on rocks or wood on a newspaper-covered area and paint them with spray-on chalkboard paint in black (from Home Depot or other paint store). We used one spray paint can to cover our five pumpkins. Let dry for 36 hours.
(3) We made cookies (Banana-Chocolate Chip from Martha Stewart) and bought Halloween candy to create a happy, sugared frenzy for our craft. You can make the cookie dough ahead of time, freeze it, then thaw day-of and bake.

The Party:
(1) Cover the table with a drop cloth or machine washable tablecloth.
(2) We created a station of pumpkin, treats, and tools for each child and had them some to the Play Group already in their costumes (which they readily wore before Halloween!).
(3) Introduce them to the spooky black pumpkins and have one for yourself, &/or each mom and dad, and put chalk to pumpkin to create your own design. Note: you can erase and start over, but the black paint does chip off a bit, so you might want to have a chalkboard eraser handy. This can also be fun, letting the kids do more than one design if they don’t like the first.

Success! We had a great time with kids ranging from age 2-8. And every neighbor has already stopped by to see if the black pumpkins on my front porch are real. Great fun.

Send us pictures of yours and we’ll post some of them: Halloween@BebeAuLait.com

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The Secret to a Quick, Put-Together Look

Two things ladies. Sunglasses and a great, trench-length coat. My one purchase this year for Fall/Winter (I like to add in 2-3 pieces typically, but the r-word is in full effect) is this Trovata coat. Yes, it’s cream colored. I coated it in Scotch Guard and carry a Tide Pen in my handbag + the kids know when mommy’s wearing her “fancy coat”. I love it because you slip it over whatever cozy clothes you may have, add in some boots and big sunglasses and then your lack of makeup and un-perfected hair stand a chance of going unnoticed! Here are two celeb moms and their go-to coats: one of Claudia Schiffer and the other is Salma Hayek–who both look outstanding.

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