Flowertown Festival 2015: An Anticipatory Post

This coming weekend will be the second year I participate in the massive Flowertown Festival 2015 in Summerville, South Carolina.  It’s three long, hot days of aa-mazing homemade crafts, clothing and artwork.  Hundreds of Thousands of people flock to the Lowcountry to wander the quaint streets of Summerville for the weekend, or participate in the equally famous Cooper River Bridge Run in downtown Charleston {held on Saturday morning.}.  And just like last year, I’m equal parts stressed, anxious, nervous and excited!!!

Flowertown Festival 2015: An Anticipatory Post

This year, I shook up my inventory a little bit by adding some new merchandise.  I am getting rave reviews about my new bibs.  They are adjustable in size, so they can fit babies or toddlers.  Soft cotton designs on the top, and absorbent terry cloth on the bottom to soak up…everything.  And you can get them with OR with out a pacifier holder.  The ones with the holders use a snap to keep that paci attached and ready…it’s been a huge help with Lincoln, who is just now figuring out how to FIND his paci to sooth himself.  These bibs don’t let it get far!  Here’s a sample:

Bibs with Pacifier Holders in Palmettos and Pigtails' Etsy Shop

Bibs with Pacifier Holders in Palmettos and Pigtails' Etsy Shop

And here are some of my newest prints that have matching burp cloth sets!

Bibs {also available with Pacifier Holders} in Palmettos and Pigtails' Etsy Shop

Burp Cloth Sets in Palmettos and Pigtails' Etsy Shop

Burp Cloth Sets in Palmettos and Pigtails' Etsy Shop

As always, my burp cloths are my biggest sellers.  They come in packs of 3 and are triple-ply cotton and flannel for extra soft absorbency.  Lots and lots of new prints this year, including some more modern fabric that was a little out of my comfort zone, but hopefully y’all will like them!!

Burp Cloth Sets in Palmettos and Pigtails' Etsy Shop

Burp Cloth Sets in Palmettos and Pigtails' Etsy Shop

Burp Cloth Sets in Palmettos and Pigtails' Etsy Shop

My pacifier clips have gotten a makeover this year.  They used to attach to the pacifiers with velcro, but now, they attach with either snaps or elastic.  The elastic ones work with just about any brand of pacifier I’ve ever seen, including the popular green hospital round pacis.  Just thread the elastic through the hole or the handle, and pass the rest of the “leash” through the elastic too to secure.  Easy Peasy!  Look for the oh-so-popular Fox and Mustache prints, as well as some new colored rosettes this year.

Universal Pacifier Clips in Palmettos and Pigtails' Etsy Shop

Universal Pacifier Clips in Palmettos and Pigtails' Etsy Shop

I have decided not to make the carseat carrier cushions any more, so I’ll only have a few of those out at the festival, as a last chance buy.  But I have plenty of Door Hushers this year!  These are some of my best sellers.  The elastic wraps around the door knobs on your kid’s bedroom door, and the fabric part covers the latch so the door closes silently.  It fits snug enough for the door to stay closed, but lets you sneak in and out of baby’s room without having to turn squeaky knobs!

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 I’ll also have an assortment of shabby flower clip that can also be used on headbands.  So, if you are going to be in the Lowcountry this weekend…come on out and see me!  I’ll be located on the sidewalk in front of the tennis courts {where I was last year}, right before you hit all of the restaurant vendors!  And for you, loyal readers, get 10% off your regular priced purchase with the secret code FLOWER.  Make sure you mention that you saw it on the blog!

Come find me! {Look for the YELLOW DOOR!} Follow #YELLOWdoor to see what I’m up to this weekend!

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Last Minute St. Patrick’s Day Ideas

Alright….who’s on top of their game this year?  Are your sneaky little leprechauns ready for another big day tomorrow?  I’ve gotten lucky so far, and my kids are still smitten {every year} with the same old pranks and silliness that Pete the Leprechaun leaves.  Occasionally he’ll find something fun on pinterest to try, and will leave a little gift or a game, but for the most part, he just pees in our toilet and leaves his little footprints around.

Last mInute ideas for Leprechaun antics for St. Patrick's Day

But today I thought I’d give you a little recap of some of the nonsense that Pete has brought to our house….ya know, just in case you need some last minute St. patrick’s Day ideas.  One year, he captured a rainbow and brought it to us in a jar….it felt a little like slime!

=Last mInute ideas for Leprechaun antics for St. Patrick's DayAlong with the rainbow came a note and a pot of green leprechaun candies…I never was very good at following directions…

Last mInute ideas for Leprechaun antics for St. Patrick's Day

Pete also leaves decorations and mischief all over the house…between footprints that look suspiciously like the pinky-side of one’s fist dipped in green paint…to dry erase markers on mirrors and chalk on the trashcan.

Last mInute ideas for Leprechaun antics for St. Patrick's Day

Last mInute ideas for Leprechaun antics for St. Patrick's Day

Last mInute ideas for Leprechaun antics for St. Patrick's Day

Using food coloring at the bottom of glasses and the pancake mix bowl {the night before so no-one notices at all!}, milk and pancake batter magically turn green when they are witnessed being poured normally!

Last mInute ideas for Leprechaun antics for St. Patrick's Day

Last mInute ideas for Leprechaun antics for St. Patrick's Day

And last year, the girls woke up to a scavenger hunt that NOT ONLY got them completely ready for school, but also led them to little pots of gold!

Last mInute ideas for Leprechaun antics for St. Patrick's Day

For the complete instructions and clue download, see the original post.

I’m not sure what antics Pete will come up with this year, but it’ll be a fun morning!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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DIY St. Patrick’s Day Bubblegum Necklace

I have a confession.  I have become an online shopper.  I say that like it’s taboo.  My thoughts immediately go to a childhood friend’s mother…who I would catch watching HSN in the middle of the night, phone and credit card in hand.  But I guess it isn’t strange at all nowadays…even downright thrifty, with the online coupons and daily deals sites.  I’m even an affiliate at zulily.com, Jane.com, and Pick Your Plum.  And let me tell you, it’s dangerous.  They have really cute stuff on there.  Stuff you didn’t know you wanted or needed.  And you better get it now, because it will be gone in the next five minutes and you will never see it again.  Ever.  But this marketing strategy has worked like a charm on me because I have purchased more items online this year then I have in stores for the past 5 years!

 One of the items I’m seeing over and over on these online sites is bubblegum necklaces for little girls.  They are big, chunky, brightly colored round beads that have patterns on them, and are hung close to the neck.  Like, a little girl version of the southern pearls.

{Leprechaun Pearls} DIY St. Patrick's Day Bubblegum Necklaces

And online, these silly things are like $14.99.  Nope.  I figured there had to be a way to easily make them on my own.  And with St. Patrick’s Day coming up, it was the perfect excuse to make some bright green ones.  Lincoln will have his DIY Shamrock tee-shirt, and my girls will have their own Leprechaun Pearls {I’m officially coining that phrase…}

Leprechaun Pearls cost about $4 to make for a total of 4 DIY St. Patrick’s Day Necklaces {with many materials left over at the end too!}, and take about an hour and a half including baking time.

{Leprechaun Pearls} DIY St. Patrick's Day Bubblegum Necklaces

You’ll need:

An old cutting board {that may get stained from the clay}
A sharp knife
A shallow dish {for rolling balls in glitter}
A jelly roll pan
Some ribbon or yarn
Some glitter
A paperclip
Parchment paper or foil to create and bake on
Sculpey Clay {or other oven bak clay} from craft stores

{Leprechaun Pearls} DIY St. Patrick's Day Bubblegum Necklaces

Your clay will come in packages that have four rectangles in them.  Cut those apart with your knife, and then divide each rectangle into four smaller pieces.  Each of the smaller pieces is how much clay you will use for one bead.

Roll the 4 small pieces into balls.

{Leprechaun Pearls} DIY St. Patrick's Day Bubblegum Necklaces

If you want, divide the small pieces in half and combine two colors gently.  When you roll it into a ball it will create a marbleized effect.

{Leprechaun Pearls} DIY St. Patrick's Day Bubblegum Necklaces

Roll some of your balls in the shallow dish of glitter.  Roll the ball with glitter in your hands again, so that the glitter is gently pushed into the clay {this will prevent a glittery mess each time your daughter wears her necklace}.

{Leprechaun Pearls} DIY St. Patrick's Day Bubblegum Necklaces

So pretty!  If you are a little OCD like me, make sure you have enough of each design to create some pattern for your necklace.

{Leprechaun Pearls} DIY St. Patrick's Day Bubblegum Necklaces

Open one end of your paper clip, and use it to poke a hole in each bead.  You want to move the paperclip around inside the hole to widen it enough for your ribbon/yarn to go through.  There shouldn’t be any hole shrinkage in the oven.  Spread all the beads out on foil on a jelly roll pan {a cookie sheet with edges}.

Bake for an hour at 275 degrees.  Let cool completely.

{Leprechaun Pearls} DIY St. Patrick's Day Bubblegum Necklaces

Measure your ribbon around your daughter’s neck, and then add about 6 more inches to the length….you can always trim it after the beads are on.  Fold the ribbon in half to find the middle, and working your way from the middle, lace your beads.  I laid all mine out in order beforehand.  I highly recommend tying a knot in between each bead, to keep them in place.  Also, you may want to use a lighter to seal the ends of your ribbon to prevent fraying.

{Leprechaun Pearls} DIY St. Patrick's Day Bubblegum Necklaces

And that’s it!  SO pretty!  The beads should be really hardy…my girls have dropped their necklaces several times and we haven’t had any breakage.

{Leprechaun Pearls} DIY St. Patrick's Day Bubblegum Necklaces

The project was a hit because even the little ones could do it {with a little help rolling into balls}.  The little boy next door even came over and just made “marbles” instead of beads.  Obviously, these will be choking hazards so keep ‘em away from kids under 3!

We are excited to make more of these in different colors!
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A Dr. Seuss Door

Do you remember when we were in elementary school, there was always a “Class Mom?”  You know, that one mom who was in charge of organizing all of the class parties, collecting money for teacher gifts and helping to color/cut/laminate everything?  I always envisioned that would be me.  And maybe someday it will….I love that kind of stuff, and the nod to my former teacher-days.  However, with Lincoln still in a stroller and Millie only in school part-time, it’s really hard to get all three of us up to Jayna’s kindergarten to even have lunch with her for 20 minutes, let alone volunteering to help with art projects or reading tests.

So when Jayna’s teacher asked if I wanted to possibly be in charge of decorating their classroom door for the month of March, I jumped at the chance.  And then I realized that March is Dr. Seuss month!  Hooray!

I immediately began Pinterest-ing ideas for a Dr. Seuss door.  I finally settled on The Lorax theme, and began sketching out The Lorax himself using the picture from the cover of The Lorax (Classic Seuss) book.  I was amazed at how easy he was to draw, and how handsome he turned out!

The Lorax themed Dr. Seuss door for the classroom - Palmettos and Pigtails

I make the truffla trees out of crinkled and twisted brown paper, and tissue paper pom poms that I made.  I’ve gotten to be a pro at making them, ever since I used them for Millie’s Very Hungry Caterpillar first birthday party!

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I think the end product turned out quite cute, although I kind of wish I had added a quote or wording of some sort.  And Jayna was loving life since we were able to join her for lunch and she could show off her siblings to her friends!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day! We celebrated with heart shaped pancakes and a photo shoot!

Valentine's Day Photo Shoot with DIY T-Shirts

Valentine's Day Photo Shoot with DIY T-Shirts

Lincoln was a little drooly…

Valentine's Day Photo Shoot with DIY T-Shirts

My little loves!

Valentine's Day Photo Shoot with DIY T-Shirts

For the tutorial on how to make their adorable t-shirts, check out this post, or even this one!

Hope your day is filled with hugs and kisses from the ones you love!

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DIY Valentine’s Day T-Shirts

I know, I know.  I did these posts out of order.  The whole project started with my St. Patrick’s Day T-shirt, but after that turned out so cute…I thought I’d make some more!  And the girls were able to help make their own Valentine’s Day T-shirts.

DIY Valentine's Day T-Shirts

To see a detailed how-to tutorial, check out my St. Patrick’s Day T-shirt post.  But once again, you only need:

DIY Valentine's Day T-shirts

You’ll also need a piece of cardboard for the inside of your t-shirt.  Cut out some hearts and arrange them on your shirt.  Dry iron them on, ironing for about 15 seconds.

DIY Valentine's Day T-Shirts

With each color of permanent marker, make small dots all around your heart cutouts. Make sure some of them go right up to the edge of your cut-out, but don’t fill in all the gaps around your cutout, or it will just look like a line.

DIY Valentine's Day T-Shirts

You can see in the picture above that we did too many dots close to the cutout edge and it ended up looking like a drawn line.  And Millie accidentally held the marker down too long in some areas, which made it look like the shirt had stains.  But…. She made it herself, and it turned out quite cute once she got her rhythm down!

DIY Valentine's Day T-Shirts I knew Lincoln wouldn’t want a bunch of hearts on his onesie, so I went with a red, grey and light blue arrow.  I sketched the arrow out on the freezer paper before cutting it out.

DIY Valentine's Day T-shirtsI love that they coordinate without being too matchy-matchy.  Perfect play clothes for Valentine’s Day!

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DIY St. Patrick’s Day T-Shirt

Today’s tutorial is one of my favorites so far.  It was so stinkin’ easy, and I just loved how it turned out!  If you like this tutorial for my DIY St. Patrick’s Day T-Shirt please share and pin it!  Spread the love!

DIY St. Patrick's Day T-ShirtMaterials:

iron
a clean t-shirt
permanent markers of various shades of the color you want
freezer paper {NOT WAX paper!}
piece of cardboard for the inside of the shirt
DIY St. Patrick's Day T-Shirt

Use the wax paper to cut out your design.  You can use a pencil to sketch it out first, just be sure that you keep in mind that the waxy side of the paper will be ironed down onto your shirt.

DIY St. Patrick's Day T-Shirt

Be sure your iron is NOT on any steam settings, and gently press down onto your wax cutout.  Do NOT move the iron around.  The picture above was posed…when I actually ironed on the shamrock, I covered the design completely with the iron.  Press for about 15 seconds and then lift straight up.

DIY St. Patrick's Day T-Shirt

When your cutout is ironed on, insert a piece of cardboard into the inside of the shirt.  The permanent markers WILL bleed through, so this is essential!  I chose several shades of green, and then a contrasting brown color for my shamrock.

DIY St. Patrick's Day T-Shirt

I started out with one color and just made random dots all around my cutout.  Be sure that you make quick, straight up-and-down marks, so they make dots and not lines.  Repeat with all of your colors.  Be sure to get some dots right at the edge of your paper cutout.  Do NOT fill in all gaps around the edge of the cut-out!

DIY St. Patrick's Day T-Shirt

I made my dots more concentrated closer to the edges of my cutout, and then spread them out more and more the further away I went.  I really like how that turned out!

DIY St. Patrick's Day T-Shirt Tutorial

When you are finished with your dots, just peel your cutout off of your t-shirt.  Isn’t it cute?  Now nobody’s pinching my baby!

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{From the Archives} DIY Mr. Potato Head Felt Board

This is one of my favorite posts.  I love the kids.  I love the party theme.  And I love my readers….who clearly also love this post {or at least they love Mr. Potato Head!}, because this is one of my most read articles!  Take a trip down memory lane with me today!

June 2013

A couple of weekends ago, Millie’s boyfriend turned two.  I say boyfriend, because:

a) she looks forlornly out the window waiting for him to come home each day,and b) I caught the two of them canoodling over dinner the other night!Seriously though, I love this little boy!  Isn’t he adorable!?!  And his mama threw an awesome “Toy Story” Themed birthday party for him, complete with “Toy Story” jump castle {see it in the background?}.  Did you notice the “Woody” and “Jessie” outfits?

All that was missing was a party game, so I volunteered to make a Mr. Potato Head Felt Game {kind of a twist on Pin the Tail on the Donkey?!}.   And I couldn’t believe how easy it was to do.  I started with a large piece of felt that was the size of the easel we’d be putting it on.  I then “sketched out” with a skinny marker on felt, one half of the Potato Head.  I’m terrible at making things even, so then I folded the felt in half and cut on the line I had drawn, creating a mirror image on the other side {and a perfect Potato Head!}.

I hot glued the blank potato head onto the background felt, and cut little slits at the top of the background, where I tied ribbon through to attach it to the easel.  The greatest thing about felt {other than that it sticks to itself}, is that it doesn’t fray!!DIY Mr. Potato Head Felt Board and Toy Story Party from PalmettosandPigtails.comI used the Mr. Potato Head toys that we got at Disney as my model.  Then, folding all the rest of the felt in half {to make everything even}, I sketched and cut out eyes, a red nose, mustache, feet, ears and mouth.  I did the same for the hat as well, adding a second layer of a black felt strip to give the lip of the hat a little dimension.  I also added black pupils to the eyes.  I’m not the greatest artist, so I tried to keep it simple!  And I didn’t even attempt to go authentic on the hands….five fingers and I was happy!I don’t think anyone actually played the game, but the kids had a lot of fun creating silly Potato Head faces!

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{From the Archives} DIY Yarn Ball Wreath

It’s Throwback Thursday!  Here’s one of my favorite DIY’s from 2011.

It’s been a hand-made Christmas this year for me….well, decoration-wise anyway.  With a new house comes a craving for new decor.  So, inspired by Pinterest and my fellow bloggers (and a little bit of Martha Stewart!), I set out to create.  One project was a new wreath for our porch door.  I made a burlap fall wreath, but obviously it was time to replace that.  I found this cute little number on Pinterest, and decided to try to replicate it.

DIY Yarn Ball Wreath TutorialHere’s how I made my Yarn Ball Wreath:

I bought red and white yarn, and a spool of jute (twine), and a wreath form.  You’ll also need thick ribbon, scissors and hot glue.  I cut each page of the newspaper into quarters, and then crumpled them into balls.

DIY Yarn Ball Wreath Tutorial

DIY Yarn Ball Wreath TutorialI decided that the base of my wreath was going to be red, so I tied a knot around the wreath form at the seam and slowly wound the yarn around it, being careful not to overlap and to keep the yarn tight.

DIY Yarn Ball Wreath Tutorial

DIY Yarn Ball Wreath TutorialWhen I reached the end, I just tucked the yarn under….not very sturdy, but I’d be glueing on my ribbon holder on top, so it’s ok.

DIY Yarn Ball Wreath Tutorial

DIY Yarn Ball Wreath TutorialI secured one end of my ribbon where I had tucked the end of the yarn, using hot glue.  Do not secure the other end of the ribbon yet.

DIY Yarn Ball Wreath TutorialThen, with a second piece of ribbon, I formed a loop and hot glued it on top of the yarn and the already glued down part of the ribbon.

Then I took the first ribbon and wrapped it over the second loop and secured with hot glue.

DIY Yarn Ball Wreath TutorialMoving on to the yarn balls.  Just wrap them tightly around the newspaper balls.  You want the newspaper to be completely covered, and its ok that the balls are slightly different sizes.  I made about 22 of the red and white, and 8 of the twine.  Even though technically I am finished with my wreath, I still may go back and add some more balls to the sides and top to give it some more depth and bulk.  You can always add more, so I’d start with just 20 or so.  Find something good on TV because these take awhile!

DIY Yarn Ball Wreath Tutorial

DIY Yarn Ball Wreath TutorialJayna decided she wanted to help wrap some balls too…..I’m thinking her fine motor skills aren’t quite there yet, what do you think?

DIY Yarn Ball Wreath TutorialBut she was ok, she settled for naming her new baby “Yarnie” and toting it around with Pink Baby.

DIY Yarn Ball Wreath TutorialReady to glue on!

DIY Yarn Ball Wreath TutorialStart slowly, and layer as you go.  Remember that there is newspaper in the middle, so the balls can kind of be squished to fit where you need them.

DIY Yarn Ball Wreath Tutorial

DIY Yarn Ball Wreath TutorialTada!  Great, bright addition to our living room!  And because I only used red, white and natural colors in my yarn ball wreath, I feel like I can leave it up through the entire winter season…straight through Valentine’s Day!

DIY Yarn Ball Wreath TutorialSee on the left hand side where you can still see some of the red yarned wreath form?  That’s where I will probably end up adding a few more….you know, in my spare time!

DIY Yarn Ball Wreath Tutorial

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DIY Halloween Costumes 2014

Happy November!  Did y’all get this month’s Cleaning Calendar?  I know it’s been a whirlwind of a weekend with Halloween falling on Friday this year.  My girls begged and pleaded to be Ana and Elsa this year {along with all of the other little girls in America}, but  I played Mean Mommy and nixed the idea immediately.  Not that there is anything wrong with the Frozen chicks, but I favor more creative Halloween renderings, and as far as I was concerned…it was a safety issue to keep up with my girls in a sea of Elsa.

DIY Halloween Costumes for kids:  In 30 minutes or less! from Palmettos and Pigtails

So instead, I pulled up a bunch of DIY costumes on Pinterest and let them choose their own.  Millie was easy, and chose Cotton Candy.  Jayna, on the other hand, chose A Needle and Thread.  Don’t get me wrong, a super cute costume.  But I know my limits, and that was not going to turn out cute at all.  Luckily, when we were up in Maryland a couple of weeks ago, Betsy was able to convince Jayna to be Red Riding Hood.  And she was perfectly content to wear one of her school outfits and the cape.                Costume Number One: Done.

DIY Halloween Costumes for kids:  In 30 minutes or less! from Palmettos and Pigtails

Millie’s costume was super easy.  I used a pillowcase as a base, cutting a wide neck hole and armholes.  I sewed around the neck hole and inserted a ribbon, which would serve as a drawstring on the finished costume.  I did the same at the bottom of the pillowcase.  If I were to make this costume again, I’d use elastic and sew it in completely…the ribbon was hard to find, tie, and untie amongst the fluff.  I spray painted a bunch of pillow fluff pink and let it dry completely.  Then I used hot glue to adhere it to the pillowcase, and to a rolled up piece of poster board for the cone.  I used A. Lot. of hot glue. Millie wore the costume to school first, and almost all the cotton got pulled off by other kids, or snagged.  Luckily, I had more cotton, and secured it better after she got home.

DIY Halloween Costumes for kids:  In 30 minutes or less! from Palmettos and Pigtails

Although Millie picked out her costume, she was less than thrilled to wear it, once it was finished.  But after Mean Mommy made her put it on at school, and she had about 30 people tell her how cute she was….she changed her attitude, and was silly Millie once again.

DIY Halloween Costumes for kids:  In 30 minutes or less! from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Halloween Costumes for kids:  In 30 minutes or less! from Palmettos and Pigtails

Lincoln’s costume was a bit of an afterthought.  I had seen the Popcorn costume on Pinterest, but it was to use on a Front Carrier…and I was NOT about to lug 16lb Lincoln around in a front pack for two hours.  No, I needed something that would make the stroller part of his costume.  And it was going to be cold.

So I piggybacked off of the Popcorn costume, glued some popcorn to an infant hat, and bought some cheap felt.  I cut the white felt into a rectangle that would be wide enough to drape over the front and sides of the stroller.  I measured the width of the front of the stroller {the part that would cover the baby}, and sewed two seams so that the felt would drape {and stay} over the sides of the stroller.  Then I cut the red felt into 1 inch wide stripes and cut out the letters for POPCORN.  Then I hot glued the stripes onto the white felt, cutting the ones in the middle so that POPCORN would show up clearly.  Then I cut the top of the “popcorn box” into zigzags.  I was able to bundle the baby up and the felt covered up his outfit and blanket, and even his toys!

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Such cute costumes, and so easy to make!  Add an Olaf and The Flash, and we were ready for some Trick or Treating!

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Happy Halloween!

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