Am I the only one who laughs each time I see a "Simplify" sign in someone's home? They are becoming quite trendy right now. I have one too. Mine is written in crayon on a sticky note stuck to my bathroom mirror. Now, that's a real "Simplify" sign.
Speaking of simplifying my life, I was stressing out over the kids' Halloween costumes. I spent hours trying to figure out how to make "Talking French Fries" and the "In-n-Out" guy. Not that it wasn't feasible. I read all y'all's blogs and I know some people find a lot of pleasure in spending hours creating their child's Halloween costume, but for me, it just seemed tiring. That was when I discovered this great thing called online shopping. I sat the kids down at the computer with me and let them pick out new costumes. Easiest thing ever. I always knew throwing money at a problem was the best solution.
Luke chose this Iron Man costume from Target. Charlie wanted to be a bumble bee from Old Navy. So glad this is done.
Something else that seems crazy, and kind of flattering, is the number of Halloween parties we've been invited to this year. I don't ever remember it being this overwhelming. Maybe it's the age of my kids and the fact that everyone feels the need to overcompensate since Halloween is on a Sunday this year. So, I found another way to simplify when asked to bring a treat -
Pillsbury Ready to Bake Cookies! You can't dumb down cookie making anymore than this. True, they are full of junk, but kids don't care! A mother at Luke's preschool party today complained about staying up all night to make these cute chocolate dipped pretzels that looked like scary fingers. I laughed to myself as she spoke, thinking about the 30 seconds I spent putting those cat cookies on a cookie sheet.