Hello, Friday! Link Roundup

Happy Halloween! Do you have any fun plans?

I’ll be taking it easy this weekend, but my husband will be running the NYC Marathon! He’s very excited.

This past week has been very busy. I dragged my butt out of bed super early to catch the sun rising over the Brooklyn Bridge. It was definitely worth it. Then my husband and I walked to Prospect Park in search of some fall color. There was a little, but the leaves seem to wait until November to change here.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that we went to the Tompkins Square Halloween Pet Parade, as well. It was complete pup-damonium (sorry). People take that stuff pretty seriously!

Here are my favorite links from the week:

Brooklyn Bridge Sunrise | Hello Little HomeThe sun rising over the Brooklyn Bridge.

Check out this gorgeous Cake a la Celine over at Camille Styles.

Code Your Own Monster for Halloween with Google!

Lydia’s Flexitarian Kitchen has a recipe for Spinach with Raisins and Pine Nuts that looks delicious.

Brooklyn Bridge Sunrise | Hello Little HomeKrafts & Kiddos has 10 Tips for Raising Grateful Children.

These Chocolate Caramel Butterscotch Bars from The Pioneer Woman looks decadent.

Not Eating Out in New York shared a recipe for Apple Cheddar Scones with Rosemary. Doesn’t that sound perfect for fall?

Geese in Prospect Park | Hello Little Home Geese in Prospect Park

Get Thick Lashes with a quick tip from The Beauty Department.

Craving comfort food? Hello Natural shared 15 Healthy Spins on Classic Mac n’ Cheese.

This Easy Handkerchief Necklace from Flamingo Toes is so sweet.

Fall Color in Prospect Park | Hello Little HomeTreat yourself to a Vegan Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie from Veganosity.

Don’t miss this Hocus Pocus – Ode to Binx Wreath from Little Miss Celebration … so cute!

Fall Leaves in Prospect Park | Hello Little HomeMy mom used to make a recipe very similar to these Crispy Parmesan Potatoes from Views from the ‘Ville. They were delicious, so I’ll be trying this recipe soon!

Cure your In-N-Out cravings with this Animal Dip from House of Yumm.

Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade | Hello Little HomeSo many cute pups, plus one hairless cat!

Save during weekend sales!

  • Amazon: shop Countdown to Black Friday deals!
  • Target: shop the Super Clearance Event and save up to 65% on Clothes, Shoes, Home, and more (through 11/1)+ get free shipping on any order!
  • Kohls: take 20% off select Home Decor, Accent Furniture, and Holiday Entertaining Essentials with code ENTERTAIN20 (through 11/1).
  • NYDJ: ends today! Take 15% off Everything with code TREAT15 (ends 10/31)!
  • Forever 21: save 20% during the Friends & Family Sale with code F21FRIEND (through 11/2).
  • C. Wonder: it’s a Monster Sale! Get 30% off Clothing and Shoes (through 11/4)!
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  • philosophy: shop the new philosophy outlet and save up to 60%!
  • Poppin: enjoy 20-60% off select products!
  • NOVICA: save up to 15% off artisan treasures from Mexico (through 11/2) + enter to win a $1,000 global shopping spree (ends 11/3)!
  • World Market: save 25% on all furniture PLUS save an additional 10% on everything else in the store with code doublewow!
  • Home Decorators Collection: get 20% off + free shipping on all rugs and a free rug pad (through 11/3).
  • Sur La Table: save up to 65% off Thanksgiving Cookware, Bakeware, and more.
  • Art.com: save 25% on all Art, Prints, Posters, Decorative, and more with code THANKS25!
  • Hancock Fabrics: shop the big 7 Day Sale and save up to 50% + get 10% off your entire order with code AFCTN + FREE shipping on $60+ with code SHIP60A (through 11/5)!
  • Lonely Planet: planning a trip? Take 50% off all eBooks (ends 11/2)!
  • Living Social: pay just $45 for a Sam’s Club Plus Membership and you’ll receive a $20 Sam’s Club Gift Card + 4 Free Merchandise Vouchers!
  • Groupon: It’s Deal-O-Ween at Groupon! Save up to an extra 30% on select local deals (through 11/1) + take 10% off 1 Sporting or Outdoor Goods Deal with code SPORT10 (through 11/2)!

Cute Puppies | Hello Little HomeMore cute puppies! After making tons of silly noises trying to get their attention, I turned around and the owner was standing right behind me … embarassing!

Finally, let’s celebrate this scariest of days with a Witches’ Brew Cocktail (otherwise known as Apple and Pear Sangia) from Silver Pennies. Cheers!

What are you up to this week? Any fun plans?

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Tips for Decorating with Travel Souvenirs

One of my favorite pastimes is traveling. Whether the trip is near or far, I love experiencing different cultures, trying new foods, and seeing a bit of life in a new place first-hand.

Oh, and I should mention shopping, of course! It’s always fun searching for the perfect souvenir to take home with me.

I look for souvenirs that will fit naturally into my eclectic decor, and I love seeing these little reminders of my trips every day. Today, I’m sharing my favorite tips for decorating with travel souvenirs.

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Easy Cake Pop Tutorial

I have always wanted to learn how to cake pops. They are just so cute, and of course, they’re awfully delicious, too.

As much as I’ve wanted to make cake pops, I’ve been a little intimidated. They look so tricky with their perfect shape and pretty colors. So when my husband needed a dessert for his office’s Halloween luncheon, I decided to finally conquer my fears.

Have you heard of Craftsy? They offer online classes taught by expert teachers on all sorts of creative topics: drawing, sewing, knitting, jewelry making, photography, and more!

In addition to all the classes you can purchase, they offer a bunch of free classes, one of which just happens to be Creative Cake Pops. Today I’m sharing everything I’ve learned in an easy cake pop tutorial!

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Fall Boots and Booties on a Budget

Come fall, I live in boots and booties.

I just love how the perfect pair can pull together the most basic outfit, like jeans and a tee, or elevate a more dressed up look. They come in so many styles and are a great finishing touch to any outfit.

The only downside to boots? They can be pricey.

It is possible to find a gorgeous pair, even if you are short on funds though. I had so much fun searching for fall boots and booties on a budget. Someone please send me one of each, please!

Fall Boots and Booties on a Budget | Hello Little Home #FallStyle #shoesI focused on finding quality boots at great prices. The boots are all under $150, and the booties are under $100. Some styles are well under those price points though, so there is something for every budget here!

  1. Sam & Libby ‘Anya’ Heeled Shootie. I love the triple strap detail on this sleek style, which comes in black and grey.
  2. Very Volatile ‘Carmi’ Riding Boot. A classic, no frills style, available in tan and black, with a great strap detail.
  3. Mossimo Supply Co. ‘Jessica’ Suede Stappy Boots.  I’m crushing on gray boots this fall (although these also come in cognac and black), and these have an awesome wraparound strap, too.
  4. Dr. Scholl’s ‘Argonne’ Tall Boots. If you’re looking for a classic boot with a walkable heel, this is it!
  5. Lucky Brand ‘Bartalino’ Bootie. This is such a sleek little bootie, and I absolutely love the zipper detail. These come in pewter, leopard (!), brown, and black.
  6. Target ‘Karri’ Tall Riding Boots. A super classic boot at an amazing price point!
  7. Sole Society ‘Kemi’ Suede Fringe Booties. I love these cuties that come in tan, grey, and black. Want a little outfit inspiration? I saw someone on the subway wearing very similar fringed booties, jeans, chambray shirt, and a faux fur vest. She looked super chic.
  8. Bella Vita ‘Camy II’ Tall Boots. How gorgeous is the rich navy color and gold zipper on these beauties? They come in black, taupe, and navy.
  9. Sam & Libby ‘Hudson’ Tall Riding Boots. These boots kick classic up a notch with a visible gold zipper and channel quilting on the cuff. Available in black and brown.
  10. Nine West ‘Nero’ Back Zip Booties. So sharp! The dipped vamp on these booties will elongate your legs and the hidden platform makes them way more walkable than they appear. They come in gray and black.
  11. French Blu Tall Quilted Boots. These classics are all about the quilted shaft and chain detail around the ankle. They’re super affordable, too!
  12. Mossimo ‘Lina’ Buckle Ankle Boot. Obviously, I can’t get enough straps, and the cutout detail on this pair is pretty fab, too! Available in taupe and black.
  13. Sole Society ‘Roxine’ Booties.  Talk about an eye-catching pair of shoes! If red isn’t your thing, you can also find these in tan, black, and navy.
  14. Aldo ‘Valkyrie’ Knee High Boots. Fake long legs and pair these over-the-knee boots (available in cognac and black) with a pair of skinny jeans or skirt.
  15. BC Footwear ‘Save Me’ Booties. These streamlined booties have a gorgeous snakeskin detail around the ankle, and the mini wedge is super walkable. Available in stone and black.
  16. Aldo ‘Leona’ Slouchy Boots. This comfy pair is the boot equivalent of a favorite sweatshirt! They come in black, grey, and cognac and would look beautiful paired with leggings or skinny jeans and an oversized sweater.
  17. Sole Society ‘Kai’ Motorcycle Boots. Add a little edge to your outfit! These boots are available in black, dark brown, and mushroom.
  18. Steve Madden ‘Regennt’ Leather Booties. This strappy pair, available in brown and black, has a fun western vibe.

Do you love boots as much as I do? Which is your favorite pair?

I’m linking up with Your Whims Wednesday, I Feel Pretty, and What I Wore.

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Quinoa with Roasted Tomatoes, Kale and Feta

My husband is running the New York City Marathon this coming Sunday. Personally, I’m not a fan of running. I can’t think of anything much worse than running 26.2 miles and prefer cheering from the sidelines. Yikes … but he loves it!

This will actually be Joel’s fifth marathon. He’s also run the Chicago, New Orleans Mardi Gras, Avenue of the Giants, and Rails to Trails marathons. I think that officially qualifies him as a marathoner, don’t you?

Running that long of a distance requires a lot of commitment, and as the race approaches, our lives inevitably begin to revolve around his training. Our weekends are ruled by his long runs, discussing the route, and sometimes there’s even a trip involved (definitely my favorite part).

I may not be up for the running, but I have no problem getting behind the nutritious food! Joel will be watching what he eats this week, and this Quinoa with Roasted Tomatoes, Kale, and Feta is the perfect healthy (and delicious!) meal to serve him.

Quinoa with Roasted Tomatoes, Kale & Feta | Hello Little Home #Vegetarian #MeatlessMondayThis Quinoa with Roasted Tomatoes, Kale, and Feta is a one bowl meal that’s packed with good-for-you ingredients!

  • Quinoa is an amazingly nutritious whole grain that’s full of protein, low in fat, and a good source of iron and fiber.
  • Kale is a super food rich in phytochemicals, flavonoids, minerals, and vitamins (one cup more than fulfills your daily requirement for vitamins A, K, and C).
  • Tomatoes, another super food, are rich in nutrients and a good source of minerals and vitamins, especially C. They are also a great source of lycopene, a disease-fighting antioxidant.
  • Chickpeas are a fat free, high quality source of protein and fiber.
  • Onions and garlic are full of phyto-nutrients, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants, all of which have proven health benefits and may help fight infection, cancer, and heart disease.

OK, enough about the health benefits, let’s talk about how good this dish is! Quinoa is one of my favorite foods. It’s easy to prepare and delicious. I wanted to add as much flavor to the quinoa as possible, so I cooked it with sauteed onions and broth.

The quinoa is served mixed with garlicky kale and chickpeas and topped with juicy roasted tomatoes and tangy feta. Yum!

Perhaps best of all, this Quinoa with Roasted Tomatoes, Kale, and feta is quick and easy to prepare. Everything is cooked separately, but at the same time, so you can have it on the table in the time it takes to steam the quinoa!

Quinoa with Roasted Tomatoes, Kale & Feta

Yield: 4 main dish servings, 6-8 side dish servings

Quinoa with Roasted Tomatoes, Kale & Feta

Ingredients

  • 6 tsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa, well rinsed
  • 2 3/4 cups vegetable broth, divided
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 lb. cherry tomatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 (15-oz.) can chickpeas
  • 1 bunch kale, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 lb. feta, crumbled
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Heat 2 tsp. olive oil in a large saucepan with lid.
  3. Add onion to oil and cook until it starts to brown, stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir in quinoa.
  5. Add 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth to quinoa and bring to a boil.
  6. Cover pan and reduce heat to a simmer.
  7. Cook until quinoa is tender and broth is absorbed, about 15 - 20 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, cover a baking pan with tin foil and coat the foil with nonstick cooking spray.
  9. Add the cherry tomatoes to pan in a single layer.
  10. Drizzle the tomatoes with 2 tsp. olive oil and stir to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Place tomatoes in oven and roast until most of the tomatoes are popped, about 10 - 15 minutes.
  12. Remove from oven and set aside.
  13. While tomatoes are roasting, combine 2 tsp. olive oil, garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, and 1/4 tsp. salt in a large pan.
  14. Place pan on stove and heat to medium.
  15. Cook until garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  16. Stir in chickpeas.
  17. Top chickpeas with kale and 1/4 cup broth.
  18. Cover pan, bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer.
  19. After a few minutes, stir kale and cover pan again.
  20. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until kale is wilted and tender (about 10 minutes).
  21. Season kale to taste with additional salt, if desired.
  22. When quinoa is done, stir in kale mixture. Taste and season with additional salt, if desired.
  23. Serve quinoa topped with roasted tomatoes and sprinkled with feta. Enjoy!

Notes

  • - The kale cooks down a lot, so feel free to add another bunch if you're a kale lover.
  • - Instead of topping the quinoa with the tomatoes and kale, feel free to mix all the ingredients together. It will taste just as good, but won't be quite as pretty!

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Quinoa with Roasted Tomatoes, Kale & Feta | Hello Little Home #Vegetarian #MeatlessMondayAren’t the roasted tomatoes gorgeous?

Quinoa with Roasted Tomatoes, Kale & Feta | Hello Little Home #Vegetarian #MeatlessMondayQuinoa with Roasted Tomatoes, Kale & Feta | Hello Little Home #Vegetarian #MeatlessMondayThis recipe is flexible, too. If you are serving a vegan, just leave out the feta and make sure to use vegan broth to cook the quinoa. It would also be good with chicken added if you’re serving someone who just can’t live without meat. I think we all know a few of those people!

Are you a runner, too? What about marathons … lifetime goal or potential nightmare (ha!)?

I’m linking up with these link parties, as well as Much Ado About Monday, Lou Lou Girls, Tutorials & Tips, Inspire Me Tuesday, Wine’d Down Wednesday, and Tweak It Tuesday.

Hello, Friday! Link Roundup

Happy Friday, friends! Thank you so much for stopping by today. How has your week been?

Unfortunately, I’ve been a little under the weather this week. I have chronic shoulder/neck issues and had a flare up last weekend, which led to lots of pain. Then, that transitioned into a migraine, which has been hanging on these last few days. Blah. I’m finally starting to feel better and hoping the upcoming weekend makes up for the last few days. Ever have one of those weeks?

Thankfully, I did sneak in a little fun last weekend. My husband Joel and I took a trip to the Bronx and Pelham Bay Park. The fall colors were absolutely gorgeous! It was a sunny and chilly and felt like the first real fall day.

The park is huge, and we saw the smallest bit of it, so I’m hoping to return again. Maybe on a warmer day, so we can visit the beach!

Here are my favorite links from the week:

Pelham Bay Park | Hello Little HomeBeautiful fall colors in Pelham Bay Park.

I can’t wait to try these Cauliflower Fritters with Tahini Yogurt Sauce from Scaling Back.

Love this roundup of 17 Ways to Repurpose Old Silverware from Dukes & Duchesses … you have to see the tiny, gorgeous bud vase!

Treat yourself to this Caramel Apple Cider from Five Heart Home. Yum!

This free #Blessed Printable from My Fabuless Life is timely as we head into the holidays.

I can only imagine how good these Pumpkin Ginger Cookies from A Dash of Sanity smell while baking … until I make my first batch that is;)

Giant Leave at Pelham Bay Park | Hello Little HomeA leaf bigger than my head!

Do you knit? These Colorful Coffee Cozies from 4 You with Love look like a great way to use up odds and ends of yarn.

I want these Pumpkin Quesadillas with Black Bean and Sweet Potato Salsa from Simply Suzanne’s Home in my belly ASAP.

Are you intimidated by power tools? Then don’t miss Rain on a Tin Roof’s new Power Tools 101 series, starting with How to Use a Drill. It’s full of great info.

Carb lovers: you have to check out these Bloomin’ Baked Potatoes from The Gunny Sack!

Stenciling is definitely not what it used to be! Get inspired with this roundup of 22 Snazzy Stencil Projects from Girl in the Garage.

Colorful Leaves at Pelham Bay Park | Hello Little HomeKicking around leaves with my fave fall boots!

This Linguine in a Creamy Artichoke Sauce from Lemoine Family Kitchen looks super delicious.

Make your own Coconut Oil Antibacterial Foaming Handsoap with help from Hello Natural.

These 1-Hour Fall Pot Pies from Minimalist Baker are the definition of comfort food.

Get a trendy eye makeup look with this Cut Crease 101 Tutorial from The Beauty Department.

Tatertots & Jello shared Grandma’s Famous Sugar Cookies, and they’re topped with cream cheese frosting … mmm!

Bronx Victory Memorial at Pelham Bay Park | Hello Little HomeThe Bronx Victory Memorial honors fallen WWI Soldiers.

Doing a little shopping this weekend? Don’t miss these deals:

  • Target: for a limited time, get free shipping on every order! Plus, get a free $5 gift card when you spend $15 on select Personal Care & Beauty items with code CARE5 (through 10/25).
  • Kohls: shop the Great Big Weekend Sale + take 15% off sitewide with code SAVINGS15 or take 20% off $100+ sitewide with code SAVINGS20 (through 10/26).
  • Nordstrom: shop Fall denim trends from 7 for All Mankind, AG, Hudson Jeans, and more. Plus get FREE shipping and returns.
  • Amazon: take 20% off boots for men, women, and kids (through 10/31)!
  • C. Wonder: take 30% off select styles – cashmere, bags, jewelry! – (through 10/25) + get a FREE belt and buckle when you buy a pair of C. Denim!
  • Dooney & Bourke: check out Dooney’s gorgeous new website + shop products under $100 while you’re there (including my fave, the Eva Small North/South Crossbody)!
  • Alternative Apparel: save up 75% on men’s and women’s clearance (through 10/26) + take 10% off any purchase with code AASHOPIT!
  • NYDJ: shop style steals under $100, plus enjoy free shipping!
  • Bauble Bar: check out the new Sale Section (new arrivals added every Sunday!) + if you haven’t already, sign up for email and get 15% off your first purchase!
  • Mr. Kate: shop the new sale section and save on some of my faves, like the Apparition Feather Ring and the Elizabeth Open Rose Cuff!
  • NOVICA: finish your holiday shopping now! Save up to 15% on all jewelry (through 10/26).
  • philosophy: get a deluxe sample of miracle worker overnight with any purchase using code ‘mwnight’ (through 10/27).
  • C.O. Bigelow: save 10% on your entire order with code COLUMBUS10 + save 20% on all C.O. Bigelow brand products with code SPOOKY20 + get free shipping over $49 (through 10/31).
  • World Market: save up to 50% on all bedroom furniture, plus use code SAVEBIG10 to save an additional 10% sitewide!
  • Home Decorators Collection: take 20% off + get free shipping on select Outdoor Rugs + get a FREE Rug Pad (ends 11/3) … perfect for high traffic areas inside!
  • Sur La Table: take 15% off 1 item with code SWEET14 (ends 10/27) + save 20% on the Scanpan Pro IQ Collection and get free shipping, too (ends 10/28).
  • Starbucks: shop the Fall Sale and save 25% on mugs, tumblers, pumpkin products, and more (through 10/31). Make your own Pumpkin Spice drinks at home!
  • Dylan’s Candy Bar: hard to believe, but Hello Kitty is 40! Pick up some goodies to celebrate.
  • Harry & David: take 10% off $99 sitewide with code TAKE10!
  • Paper Source: buy 1 Custom Stamp and get 1 free (ends 11/2)!
  • Hancock Fabrics: shop the Halloween Sale (get Halloween Cotton Prints for only $2.99/yard + more), plus take 15% off your entire purchase with code AVHFT (through 10/25).
  • Michaels: take 40% off any 1 regular price item with code SPOOKY13DAYS (through 10/27).
  • Craftsy: ends today (10/24)! Shop the Halloween Flash Sale and save up to 70% on fabric, yarn, and kits!
  • Gaiam TV: watch GaiamTV FREE for 10 days. Start Now!
  • Living Social: take 10% off Escapes deals with code 10TRAVEL(through 10/26). No max discount!

Eastchester Bay View Bronx | Hello Little HomeLooking over Eastchester Bay toward City Island.

Finally, how about a cocktail that’s perfect for cool fall weather? This Black Cherry Bourbon Hot Chocolate from Living Better Together looks simply divine. Cheers to the weekend!

What are your plans for the weekend?

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10 Fun Fall DIY Ideas

The weather here in New York finally feels like fall. In the past week, I drank my first cup of hot chocolate, wore my perfectly broken-in boots for the first time, and stopped wearing my sandals.

I’m a little sad about that last one, I’ll admit, but fall really is my favorite season. I love the colorful leaves and the crisp, cool weather that’s perfect for sweaters (also a fave of mine).

Fall always seems to pass by too quickly, so I’m trying to relish these beautiful days while they last. I also want to preserve a bit of the season, and a craft project is my favorite way to do that.

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3 Easy Halloween Costume Ideas

I love dressing up for Halloween, and I always have a few ideas in consideration throughout the year. This year, I’m inspired by TV shows and movies.

From Beverly Goldberg to Pippi Longstocking to the cast of Orange Is the New Black, these 3 easy Halloween costume ideas have something for everyone!

3 Easy Halloween Costume Ideas: Beverly Goldberg | Hello Little Home #Halloween #BeverlyGoldberg #TheGoldbergsBeverly Goldberg

Do you watch The Goldbergs? It is hilarious, and in my opinion, the mom Beverly Goldberg totally steals the show. She’s completely overbearing, loves her kids just a little too much, and regularly calls her beloved youngest son a “scrumptious snuggle bunny.”

Beverly Goldberg is all about over-the-top 80’s style, so start with the hair. Get a short curly wig and use a warm curling iron to mimic her curls. Then tease, tease, tease.

Choose a boldly patterned sweater and add the biggest shoulder pads you can find. There’s no better way to capture the 80’s than a pair of acid washed jeans and high top Reeboks, right? Ha!

Of course, you could always do a group costume based on the whole family, too! How fun would that be?

3 Easy Halloween Costume Ideas: Pippi Longstocking | Hello Little Home #Halloween #PippiLongstockingPippi Longstocking

There is no one quite like the strong-willed, independent Pippi Longstocking! I actually dressed up as her when I was a college freshman, and it’s one of my all-time favorite costumes.

Pippi Longstocking is an easy costume. Of course, red hair and perky braids are a must! If you don’t have long red hair, you’ll need a wig. Part your hair, real or otherwise, down the center and create two braids. Straighten out a wire hanger and run it through your braids. The hanger will hold them in place, and it’s much more comfortable than it sounds.

For the clothes, start with a colorful or striped t shirt dress and layer a bib apron over the top. Sew colorful gingham patches on your apron. Finish the costume with a pair of mismatched over-the-knee socks and a pair of black boots. How cute are you?

3 Easy Halloween Costume Ideas: Orange Is The New Black | Hello Little Home #Halloween #OrangeIsTheNewBlackOrange Is The New Black

Planning a group costume? I can’t think of a better idea than Orange Is The New Black, a show that I’m slightly obsessed with! If you haven’t watched it yet, you are missing out.

The best part about this costume is that it’s totally easy and comfortable, too. The uniform for every inmate (except for Piper and Red) is very similar. Start with a pair of tan women’s scrubs and layer a white tee underneath. Then add a pair of work boots and a prisoner name badge.

Each character has their own quirks that you can bring out with wigs and other props. Here’s what you’ll need for a few of the inmates:

  • Alex: for Piper’s former lover, wear a black wig with a middle part and glasses.
  • Dayanara: for this knocked-up inmate, you’ll need a wig that’s bleached out at the top. Stick a semi-inflated beach ball under your scrubs for a baby bump, too.
  • Tiffany: for the former meth addict turned born again Christian, choose a long scraggly-haired wig . Finish the costume with knarly teeth and a cross necklace.
  • Sophia: for the prison’s hairdresser, pick a pretty wig with waves and make sure to do your makeup! Carry a pair of hair cutting shears and a comb, too.
  • Nicky: for this former addict, choose a voluminous, curly wig, and you’re all set.

The Costumes for Piper and Red are slightly different:

You’ll want a few guards to keep all the prisoners in line, right? Each guards on the show has a different look, but start with an officer uniform. Add a black wig and mustache, too.

What is your all-time favorite Halloween costume?

P.S. For more Halloween inspiration, check out my 4 Easy Halloween Costumes post.

I’m linking up with these link parties, as well as Wine’d Down Wednesday, Create & ShareWork It Wednesday, Create It Thursday, Fridays Unfolded, I Heart Naptime, Eat. Create. Party!, Flaunt It Friday, Say G’Day, Saturday Sparks, Much Ado About Monday, and Make Bake Create.

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Takeout Fake Out: Vegetable Tofu Lo Mein

I love Chinese takeout. Who doesn’t, really?

When I lived in San Francisco, I ordered from a place that was wildly inconsistent. Sometimes the food would be amazing, and other times, not-so-good. I always wished that I could figure out which chef was working before placing (or not placing) an order!

I was hoping for better options in New York, and I’ve definitely eaten at some great Chinese restaurants since moving here. Once again though, my neighborhood takeout options aren’t very good.

So I’m skipping takeout altogether and creating my own Chinese meals. This Vegetable Tofu Lo Mein is a favorite!

Takeout Fake Out: Vegetable Tofu Lo Mein | Hello Little Home #Chinese #vegetarian #vegan #recipeLo mein is something I rarely order, whether I’m eating out or ordering in. It just not the most exciting option, plus it’s often greasy and bland. Gross!

I love the idea of lo mein though, so I wanted to create a better option. My version isn’t greasy at all. Instead, it’s full of colorful vegetables and crispy tofu (sub your favorite protein, if desired). A delicious sauce pulls everything together.

Best of all, it’s super quick and easy. You’ll have this Vegetable Tofu Lo Mein on the table in the time it takes to cook the noodles. Sounds like the perfect weeknight dinner to me!

Takeout Fake Out: Vegetable Tofu Lo Mein

Yield: 4 - 6 main dish servings

Takeout Fake Out: Vegetable Tofu Lo Mein

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. linguine
  • 2/3 cup vegetable broth
  • 3 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. sriracha
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. corn starch
  • 1 (14-oz.) package extra firm tofu
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 small onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 (12-oz.) package rainbow slaw mix
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Add linguine and cook until al dente. Drain in a colander. Do not overcook!
  3. Meanwhile, prepare sauce by combining vegetable broth, soy sauce, vinegar, sriracha, sesame oil, and cornstarch. Mix well and set aside.
  4. Cut tofu horizontally into 3 slices about 1/2-inch thick.
  5. Place tofu slices on a few layers of paper towel. Cover with more paper towel and press, drawing out as much water as possible.
  6. Remove tofu from paper towel and cut into 1/2-inch cubes.
  7. Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
  8. Add tofu to pan and gently stir until covered with oil.
  9. Cook tofu, flipping when golden brown, until browned on most sides. It will take about 15 minutes.
  10. Cover a large plate with a few sheets of paper towel add add tofu. Sprinkle with a little salt and set aside.
  11. Return pan to medium-high heat. (There should still be some olive oil in the pan, but if not, add another teaspoon.)
  12. Add onion to pan and cook, stirring frequently, until browned.
  13. Stir slaw into onion and cook until it starts to wilt.
  14. Reduce heat to medium.
  15. When pan has cooled slightly, stir in garlic and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds to 1 minute).
  16. Stir tofu into vegetables.
  17. Add drained linguine to pan.
  18. Give sauce a quick stir and pour into pan.
  19. Use a pair of tongs (or two spoons) to mix together noodles, vegetables, and tofu.
  20. Remove from heat when sauce is absorbed.
  21. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
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P.S. My favorite New York neighborhood for great Chinese is Flushing, Queens. I love the noodles at Biang!, and the dumplings at Tianjin Dumpling House are super delicious and filling. After you eat, visit Flushing Meadows Corona Park to walk off your meal!

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25+ Easy Halloween Ideas

Happy Friday! This has been a busy week. My Mother-in-Law Pat and Aunt Joni have been visiting and just left yesterday morning.

I had awesome time taking in all the sights and hanging out with Pat and Joni, who couldn’t be more fun. They were the best guests, and we did everything from David Letterman to Shake Shack. Sadly, I had to miss Drag Queen Bingo … next time!

My favorite stop was Ellis Island. It reopened recently after being damaged during Hurricane Katrina, and it was my first visit. Some of the exhibits weren’t fully restored yet, and I didn’t have enough time to see everything anyway, so I’m already planning a return.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I also attended Dooney & Bourke’s Spring 2015 Preview. It was such a fun event! I’ve been a fan of Dooney & Bourke for as long as I can remember, and I loved checking out the upcoming collection, which is totally covet-worthy, and meeting their team, who couldn’t be nicer. I even got to design my own bag (#LuckyLady)! I’ll share more photos from the event after I receive my bag.

25+ Easy Halloween Ideas | Hello Little Home #DIY #crafts #recipes #HalloweenPhoto sources (clockwise from top right): Cozy Sweater Pumpkins from Woods of Bell Trees, 5 Minute Toilet Paper Roll Bat Buddies from MollyMoo, Spooky Eyeball Punch and Graveyard Cupcakes from Happiness is Homemade, and DIY Scuba Diver Costume from Delineate Your Dwelling.

Since one of my favorite holidays is just around the corner, I’m skipping my usual link roundup this week and sharing 25+ Easy Halloween Ideas.

Sweets & Treats

It's Always Autumn: Mini Donut SpidersMini Donut Spiders from It’s Always Autumn

Spooky Eyeball Punch and Graveyard Cupcakes from Happiness is Homemade

DIY Halloween Beverage Bar from Clean & Scentsible

Halloween Chocolate Ghost Cake from Sewlicious Home Decor

Candy Corn Hot Chocolate from Your Homebased Mom

Dracula’s Dentures Cookies from The Girl Who Ate Everything

Candy Cane Sugar Cookie Bars from Dessert Now Dinner Later

Halloween Cake with Meringue Ghosts from Say It with Cake

Pumpkins

Cozy Sweater Pumpkins by Woods of Bell TreesCozy Sweater Pumpkins from Woods of Bell Trees

DIY Emoji Pumpkins with Free Printables from Brit + Co.

Copper and Paper Embellished Pumpkins from One Dog Woof

Mini Felt Pumpkins from onelmon

Decorations

Toilet Paper Roll Bat Buddies5 Minute Toilet Paper Roll Bat Buddies from MollyMoo

Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” Banner & Art with Free Printables from me

Simple Glam Halloween Wreath from The Scrap Shoppe

Free Sugar Skull Printable from me

DIY Sugar Skull Wreath from Kleinworth & Co.

Free Happy Candy Corn Embroidery Pattern from The Pink Samurai

Halloween Planter Decorations: Chalkboard Wood Bats from The DIY Dreamer

Costumes

DIY Scruba Diver Costume by Delineate Your DwellingDIY Scuba Diver Costume from Delineate Your Dwelling

Costumes from Your Closet: Lumberjack, Soda Jerk, or Mouseketeer from Lovely Indeed

4 Easy Halloween Costumes – Katniss Everdeen, Donatella Versace, The Royal Family, and Carrie (from the movie) from me

27 Fantastic Pet Costumes from Awesomely Cute

More!

Pumpkin Spice PlaydoughPumpkin Spice Playdough from While He Was Napping

25 Last Minute Halloween Ideas from me

Free Printable Halloween Bingo Cards from Makoodle

DIY Halloween Gift Tags from Artzy Creations

I’m always amazed by how creative other bloggers are! I hope you enjoyed these easy Halloween ideas as much as I did!

What are you up to this weekend? Any Halloween related plans?

P.S. Follow me on Pinterest to see more fun holiday ideas!

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