G.I. Jane and my troops

October 20, 2014

The Rhodes have been deployed to bootcamp for Halloween!



We have deep soft spots in our hearts for the national guard. And it was an easy decision to pick this theme for our family this year – however, Mr. Rhodes was the most excited. He has said numerous times over the years that he wishes he would have spent time in the forces, and this guy was a kid at heart when it came to dressing up.

We took our family to the local Army/Navy store weeks ago to pick out these costumes and dog tags, we purchased some items used, and some new. Mr. Rhodes wanted all legit-used pieces,


horses with hobbies costumes via seejaneblog

horses with hobbies no masks via seejaneblog

do you remember when i said our halloween costumes were really easy and teenager-friendly this year?!? well… do you agree? i have had a quirky obsession with these horse head masks for a long time now – but couldn’t justify buying them just for fun… so, halloween was the perfect reason to splurge! {on something so ridiculous!}

my kids each had their own ideas for what they wanted to dress up as this year, and as i started thinking about the little barbie that wanted to trick or treat in her barbie car, and two skate-boarders that want to go trick or treating on their long boards,


gatehouseno1 open house via seejaneblog

you guys know i have a soft spot for events. and creating. so, when stephanie {the owner of gatehouse no. 1 in orem, utah} asked me to be a part of her open house i was thrilled! plus, i was able to teach a fall decorating class and plan a make & take with one of my all-time favorite ladies – courtney snowden! double thrill!

if you came to the open house, thank you so very very very much – it was such a fun evening packed with festive cheer. gatehouse no. 1 is a really impressive home furnishings store, and if you are coming to utah,


hello friends!  i am trying to get back to a regular routine of blogging, and posting. my goodness, the past three months have been a whirlwind! to start off this goal, i have a fun event this week, and would love to see all my local buddies and readers!

on thursday, september 12th – THIS THURSDAY – IN TWO DAYS! – i will be doing a demo with my darling-talented friend courtney snowden at gatehouse no.1 in orem! it is the fall open house for gatehose no. 1, and we will be giving a demonstration including ideas on how to decorate your homes for fall/halloween + sharing ideas on hosting this season. also: there will be a fun make’n take that we are creating this week!


believe what you see – those are christmas tree lights in the background of our halloween dinner…

when hurricane sandy was en route to our state, and we were on day two of sitting in the house i told the kids maybe we’ll put the christmas tree up if we get really bored… and when you even mention christmas tree to a six year old girl. she doesn’t let you forget. ::smiles::

first things first — husband made it home safely and in time for halloween! {booyah!} AND! he brought us all cafe rio for dinner the night he flew home to boston from utah.


a few last-minute ideas for halloween today if you are hosting a party, or want to feel festive at home!

1 – we call it “boo-ing” some call it “ghost-ing” this year we boo’ed with boo-books & treats! if you want to do this in your neighborhood, i used this free printable.
2 – using fruit cups and clementines, a fun idea via caroline.
3 – we kept our pumpkin decorating very simple this year with stickers.
4 – my kids had a small party at school, but everything needed to be healthy & store bought. i put together this vegetable skeleton via kraft recipes.