5 on friday: almost halloween

I can't believe we're already almost at the end of October. This month has been flying - probably because we've been non-stop busy around here. Between Ryan being stuck at Mountain Peak, the boys being sick for the past couple weeks and work and my shop blowing up, it's been madness. I wish I could say it will settle down soon, but I know it won't with the deployment coming up. So, it's time for another Friday five, and I'm linking up with A. Liz Adventures and Meet @ the Barre.

1. Halloween Costumes - I haven't finished the boys' costumes yet, but I promise I'll take lots of pictures! My mom is coming this evening, and I expect we'll have them finished by late tonight for the battalion Trunk or Treat event on the airfield. I've been waiting to DIY Halloween costumes for my kids forever…here's hoping they turn out as well as I want them to!

2. Winter is Coming - Yesterday. the boys and I took our early morning walk around Black River with Danny, and it was evident that winter is coming. There's a definite chill in the air, and before I knew it, we had snow coming down mid-afternoon! It's all gone now, but if that's a sign of things to come, we're in for a treat this year.

3. Holiday Goods for the Shop - My premium prints for the holidays came in this past week, and I gave a little sneak peek of what's to come for Black River Boutique! I'll be featuring everything from kinky-backed organic throw pillows, to pom bibs, to snowflake/cloud plushies and more. Everything is releasing on November 4th (next Friday!)

4. Nike + Training Club - Now that my kiddos are [mostly] better, I was able to finally get a few workouts in this week. I try to get at least 2-3 runs in a week, but for those days like today where time is limited, I've found this app is my go-to. I love that there are different workouts for everything from strength, to core, to cardio and beyond.

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5. Family Time - It's such a precious commodity these days. I talk about it all the time, but Ryan's deploying soon, and our new normal will have to kick in. I'm not looking forward to it, but it's the reality of Army life. So, we're doing our best to plan family time, trips around these parts and more. And, we have Spencer's second birthday party to plan! Ahhh!


  1. Ugh, that snow yesterday killed my soul a little bit! I'll be at the Halloween party tomorrow afternoon, so I'll probably see you there :)

  2. Snow already?! We have had some cool temps here in Pa but no snow yet! Can't wait to see the Halloween costumes!

  3. Snow?! At least it disappeared fairly quickly for y'all. Hope you get to enjoy some more fall weather before winter truly kicks in. Can't wait to see the DIY Halloween costumes! :) Happy Weekend!

  4. blah, i am not looking forward to winter at all! we haven't had any snow....... yet. it's coming though, i can feel it. i love that nike app but i don't use it anywhere near as much as i should. can't wait to see the costumes, and i love the things for your shop! that nutcracker print is fabulous.

  5. Oh my gosh -- snow?! I don't even remember the last time I've seen snow -- I think about 6 years. I sometimes miss it (we are originally from PA), but not any shoveling or bitter coldness. I love DIY Halloween costumes best!