Maybe not our first halloween, but definitely our first time trick or treating— as a family of two AND as a family of three πŸ™‚ Marlowe probably could have been ready to do the whole dress up and door to door thing last year, but with it being the beginning of daycare life, the poor bug was sick last year. This year? She was ready (and excited), no one was sick, and magically (without asking) Alex had the holiday off of work! (His new job has been too good to our family!) I had been asking Marlowe just about everyday what she wanted to dress up as for halloween, but of course the answer changed EVERY single time I asked her. The costume she ask for most was a troll. It would have been fabulous, except it probably would have taken a haircut to get all her wavy locks sprayed up into a peek and I’m just not ready for that yet. So a ladybug it was— the ONLY thing she found she wanted at the halloween store.

The weather was nice on halloween (it’s actually the best it’s been all year lately). After an easy day at home, we packed into the car and headed south to trick or treat with Steph’s family. It was perfect. All the kids (there were six total?) were great, the neighborhood was busy, and Marlowe was a trick or treating expert from her very first house. Marlowe and Cameron were in charge of holding each others hands all night, which was perfect in every way. They’re adorable together and Cameron is the sweetest kid ever. Steph already know, but I plan on stealing him for my own one day. The grownups followed the kids along– while Marlowe had her very first (very successful) halloween night ever. I asked her which she likes better— christmas or halloween— and it’s halloween for sure— at least for now πŸ˜‰ 
I’ve had a lot of people email me asking what I plan on doing as far as candy/vegan stuff/trick or treating/whatever—- well, this year, it’s pretty easy. She’s only three after all— I can just offer her the vegan stuff (lollipops and things) and hand over the chocolatey-milk + carmine filled stuff to Alex. I’m sure it’ll get harder each passing year, until she get’s to the point where she can decide for herself what she wants to do. I’m not sure how it’ll all work out, but I’m hoping candy trades will work— regular candy for vegan candy or regular candy for other rewards. Day by day πŸ˜‰ 
I hope everyone had a great halloween week/weekend. It’s been kind of perfect over here. We’re fighting off some potential colds, but otherwise, time around here has been spot on— perfect weather,  the beach, trolley rides, two plant sales (same sale, two different days), two parties, so many friends, and open windows! Happy new week friends– look out for an awesome giveaway coming shortly πŸ™‚ 


  1. What a cutie!
    And what fun to see the kids trick-or-treating in those skimpy costumes! Up here in Canada we had to supersize the outfits so they would fit over extra sweaters, and sometimes snowsuits!

  2. What an adorable little Ladybug! πŸ™‚
    And what fun to see the kids all trick-or-treating in skimpy costumes! Up here in Canada we often had to supersize the kids' outfits so they would fit over their snowsuits!

  3. What an adorable little Ladybug! πŸ™‚
    And what fun to see the kids all trick-or-treating in skimpy costumes! Up here in Canada we often had to supersize the kids' outfits so they would fit over their snowsuits!

  4. Oh my goodness, that picture of her with the little spots on her face is crazily adorable! She was a beautiful ladybug – and her sweetness really shines through, even in photos. πŸ™‚

  5. I vote picture #3 to be printed on canvas and put in your hallway where the entry bench is! its the perfect welcome when walking into your home. πŸ™‚

    • It'll probably happen when she's 30. I have yet to print any of her baby pictures even. Haha. And I've had a stack of photos waiting to be hung for about 6 months now πŸ™‚ But really, that would be a great spot πŸ™‚

  6. a friend of mine has a 5 year old, and what she does is get him some exciting treats (like vegan cupcakes with icing pumpkins on top, or cool looking bat cookies) and trades with him. He loves it so far!

    • Yes exactly! I'm glad to hear someone else has done/does this πŸ™‚

  7. Pic #2 is the sweetest. She is the prettiest little ladybug around! Love that it worked out with weather and days off and no illnesses this year.

  8. My daughter was also a ladybug this year! She also picked out the costume herself! (she's 2 1/2) She got her pumpkin filled the brim! I swear the thing weighs like 5 pounds… I think people give away extra candy for cuteness.

  9. Glad your halloween went so well! I didn't get to spend a halloween with my little one this year. I'm away from home. πŸ™ But next year for sure!