Halloween Decorations: Keep it Local!


It’s amazing all the creative Halloween ideas that are bouncing around the blogosphere these days as Halloween rapidly approaches! We took the time to browse through some blogs from our fellow WordPress bloggers and here are some favorites!

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Halloween costumes, part 2!


In our neighborhood on Halloween, we have a tradition of gathering all the kids in the cul-de-sac for a pre-trick-or-treating costume parade. It’s a time for the kids to meet and show their costume creations. Continue reading

Green and Local Halloween Costumes

Happy Halloween!

Are you like me? Really wanted to dress up, but just never got to finish (or start) your costume …

Have no fear – there is still time to find a costume in Chapel Hill!

Did you know that Dance Design in Ram’s Plaza has over 700 costumes for rent!  Perhaps a few less to choose from at this point for today – but I bet there is something you can find!

And for those want the Vintage Look – I have several suggestions:

Clothing Warehouse on Franklin Street – may  have those final touches! Perhaps you are in need of a pair of sunglasses, a jacket or a special t-shirt. Stop by and check them out!


They still have MANY options for the perfect costume!

Still looking for the perfect accessory for the costume? Perhaps something with sparkles? Or perhaps you need a boa or vintage jewelry. Try one of the many thrift shops in the area – children and adults alike can find something perfect!

Crafty? Want to make your costume from scratch. Two places not to miss:

KatieBeth’s Learning Garden – Lots of crafts and supplies – both new and consigned.

For those willing to venture outside of Chapel Hill – You will not be disappointed at the Scrap Exchange and it’s new location.


It is not too late to have the coolest costume without leaving Chapel Hill and Durham.

Happy Halloween!

Fairytale Pumpkin

This post is from last year when I guest blogged for 42Local.  But I loved my Fairytale Pumpkin.

Had to share a picture of our pumpkin. It is called a Fairytale Pumpkin. I admit it – it doesn’t look like any I had as a kid. The name and look inspired me to do a little research. Though the origin of the Fairytale Pumpkins , also called a Muscat Squash, started in France, I picked this locally grown one up at Weaver Street Market.


Turns out there are lots of recipes out there using the Fairytale Pumpkin.  Everything from pumpkin soups to pies.  I have to admit I am tempted by one of my favorite chefs and Raleigh-based,  Linda Watson, Cook for Good has a delicious sounding recipe for Pumpkin Butterscotch Pudding.

Until it is time to cook this pumpkin, I cannot imagine a better one to be on the front porch.


I love the deep ridges and color of this pumpkin. I sometimes find myself dreaming of it  “magically” transforming into a stagecoach. I  bet you know what songs are being sung in our house right now, as my youngest studies her lines  as Jaq the Mouse, in the upcoming performance of Cinderella for the youth theater group, Broadway Bound.

Book Harvest

Guest Blogger: Klara, my oldest daughter
Every year for our birthdays, my sister and I ask our friends not to give us presents. Each year, we ask our friends to bring something to donate. In the past we have collected books for our school library, school supplies, food drives and pet supplies.
This year I decided to do a book drive for Book Harvest.
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A couple weeks before my birthday, we volunteered for Book Harvest.
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(My little sister is on the left)
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I saw how happy all the parents and kids were to have these books. I know how much I love my books and how important they are to me. I have dyslexia and it took me much longer to learn to read then most of my classmates. I know how reading has changed my life. I also love to have my favorite books by my bed and new ones to read.
I collected about 200 books for Book Harvest. Friends and family members cleaned out their shelves and brought their books to me. My sister and I looked at our own bookshelf and passed on some of our books. We went to the PTA Thrift Store and purchased additional books. I also heard from other friends who dropped off the books at different Book Harvest Collections (one at Flyleaf Books). My Uncle Jimmy said, since he lived in Michigan he would make a donation to his library in honor of my book drive.
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If you can, take a couple minutes to look at your own bookshelf. Maybe there are a few books you can donate.
And if you do not have a book to donate but you would like to Book Harvest has a wishlist. The list is on Amazon, but don’t forget you can still buy it locally. Maybe at Flyleaf Books, the Regulator or Letters Bookshop or one of our other local bookstores.