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Halloween Nail Art

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I know I’ve said it before, and I am sure I will say it again, but I LOVE Halloween!  There is just something about it that I love.  It is probably because my mom has always loved it, and I’ve just carried on that feeling.  My girls are picking up on the excitement in the air.  Not only do we have a fun holiday coming up, but I am actually scheduled to have my baby on October 29th!!!!  Holy cow!!!  Did you guys realize I was so close to having this little baby?!  The thing about the date is that it means that I will be in the hospital on Halloween.  I am trying to still have as much fun with my girls as I can even though I won’t be able to get them dressed in their costumes and take them trick or treating.  That being said, we have been having fun with the Halloween themed lunches, and I decided that we shouldn’t just stop there.  I was thinking about something we could do and decided that some Halloween nail art would be a blast!!!

Halloween Nail art

I have never had a really steady hand when it came to painting with nail polish, so I decided that I would turn to my Cricut Explore for some help.  I have heard that the Explore could get some tiny precise cuts, so I really put it to the test.  I cut out a bunch of different Halloween shapes and I am SO impressed with how well it worked!  I think we will be doing this for every holiday!  Check out these fun shapes!  They are all under 1/2 inch wide.

Halloween nail art ideas

For the Design Star challenge, my team decided to go with a black and white Halloween theme, so I bought black and white nail polish and I also had a white nail pen (to do the polka dots and stripes with.)  Addie wanted to have spiders and spider webs on her nails, and I think it is probably the cutest thing I have ever seen!  I am totally biased of course.  We started with the base nail polish colors and then got to work adding the vinyl shapes.  To hold the vinyl in place, I have gel nail polish and the lamp to go with it and used a top coat to really seal it.  I knew it would give extra protection to use it, but I am sure that a few coats of normal top coat would work as well.

Halloween Nail art ideas 2

My sister came over to join in the fun, and we went with bats and spider webs.  Both of us thought that the spider webs looked so cool on Addie’s fingers that we had to add them in to the mix.  We went with stripes instead of polka dots on my sister’s fingers and I really love the way they turned out!  To get the spider webs to work, I had a small pair of nail scissors that I used to help cut the vinyl to the right size.  They worked perfectly!  I also used the scissors to cut a bat in half to add to her nails.

Halloween nail art 2

Aren’t these so fun!?!  I knew that the Explore could do a lot of stuff, but I really am impressed with the detail I was able to cut.

Halloween toenail art

Last, Lillie wanted her toenails painted, so my sister got to work on her nails and did exactly what Lillie asked for.  To say that she loves them would be an understatement.  My girls were so excited to get primped, and I love that I was able to celebrate Halloween with them, albeit a little bit  a lot a bit early.

What do you think? Would you ever try this out?  I think you should ;)

If you need some more black and white Halloween goodness, check out the posts from the rest of my team!

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Frankenstein Chicken Wraps | Healthy Lunch Ideas

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This post is sponsored by Intermountain Health Care.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Frankenstein chicken wraps

Can you tell that I have had a LOT of fun coming up with these themed lunches?!  I really have!  My girls have loved it too.  Not only are we having fun making lunches together, but they are actually eating all of their lunch every day!  I call that a mom win since I have made sure that each meal covers each food group.  This meal was one that I felt like patting myself on the back for.  I got my daughters to eat spinach.  Yes, you read that right.  Spinach.  The Frankenstein chicken wraps are made with spinach tortillas and my girls ate them like they were the best things on the planet!

chicken wrap lunch

For this lunch, I cut up some leftover chicken that I had made for dinner another night into strips and put it in the wrap with some shredded cheese.  It was like a chicken burrito because of the spices that I had on the chicken previously.  I folded it up and then cut some cheese to make hair, eyebrows and lips.  Last, I cut some olives for the eyes, and cut cheese and olives for the bolts at Frankenstein’s neck.  To attach the bolts, I used toothpicks.

Chicken Wraps

paper1I served this lunch with some fresh watermelon slices and baby carrots.  Who knew that taking a little extra time to plan would make lunch time so much easier!  Every day, I had a list of everything that I was going to serve my kids that day.  I didn’t even have to think about it because I had put in the time beforehand.  It took the guesswork out of “what are we having for lunch today?” so that I could plan my time accordingly before my daughter had to go to school.  One thing that Intermountain Live Well has done that will help with the extra planning is they have made free printables for you to use!  I think they are so helpful!  You should go check them out and print them for yourself!

While you are at their Facebook page printing things off, you should also enter for a chance to win the Rubbermaid LunchBlox system for yourself.  They are giving away 8 during September, so you have plenty of chances to win! Be sure to check back tomorrow for my last spooky lunch idea!

Frankenstein chicken sandwich

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