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Easy Halloween Treat with a Little Life Lately

It’s official! The countdown is on!

T-61 days until Baby Kemper #3 makes her appearance! At my doctor’s appointment yesterday I just happened to ask when would be the socially acceptable time to schedule an induction, because…well…it’s me. I need a plan. I need an end to work towards. I need to just know exactly where my kids will be and how I’ll get them there…9 weeks in advance. 🙂

So without mocking me (bless her heart), my doctor got in touch with the hospital scheduler and I’m officially on the calendar for Baby Girl’s appearance December 18th at 6am! 💕

In the meantime, bring on all the fun holidays with the boys and all the time we can spend as a small circus instead of a full-size traveling one.

We’ve been hitting up every pumpkin patch in town and spending all the time we can outside. The weather’s finally broke and with it, my ability to spend more than 30 minutes outside playing.

Those faces bring me so much joy!

Colton started soccer this month and has already received most improved player from practice #1 to practice #2. 🙂 Most of the first day was spent laying in the grass and not following directions so the bar was pretty low, but he did GREAT day 2.

He really does love anything to do with sports and kicking, hitting, throwing, holding, ANYTHING with a ball. When we took him to the last KC Royals game of the season, he may have been more interested than I was for the better half of the game. Interests change so much as kids change week to week, but he may have a real streak in him that I’m excited to see develop.

And we couldn’t go a year without getting the crew out to Columbia, MO for a Mizzou football game…especially before they start playing teams like Alabama and Georgia and tickets go through the roof in price! We’ll stick to games against Troy where it’s forecasted to rain at kickoff. Those are a little more reasonable for two toddlers who may or may not make it through one full quarter. 🙂

Other than Jacks being a rock star at preschool and Colt insisting he never wants to go (🤨), we’ve been hard at work getting our Baby Nursery finished before I’m no longer able to function after the kids go to bed.

After Jerod scraped the popcorn ceilings, we priced out painters to finish them but the price just didn’t match what the outcome would be. That much money for a ceiling paint job?! Nah. We went another direction and it’s coming together BEAUTIFULLY!

Beautiful, right?! 😉

Wait until you see what it’s turned into in just the last week. Jerod is doing an amazing job and I can’t wait to share the final result the end of this month. Stay tuned!

Simple Halloween Treat!

With Halloween just around the corner, we have really leaned in over here at the Kemper house. All the Halloween music, the movies, the decorations. Did you see what I snagged this year for the house? Check out my Inexpensive Halloween Decor that I purchased this year!

The bats I bought have been a HUGE favorite at our house this year!

DIY Welcome Wreath Tutorial

Along with all the spookiness around the house, we’ve been baking all things fall and Halloween. You know how much I love to get my kids involved in the process, so this week we took to making a simple, kid-friendly batch of Halloween Muddy Buddies to share with friends!


10 cups Rice Chex (roughly the entire box)

3/4 cup peanut butter

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Any Halloween additions – I used mini Reese’s peanut butter cups, Halloween sprinkles, and broken Halloween Oreos (all found at Target!)


Pour 10 cups of Rice Chex in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.

In a glass bowl, place peanut butter and chocolate chips. Melt in microwave in 30 second increments, stirring after each 30 seconds. It takes roughly 90 seconds in total.

Slowly pour melted chocolate/peanut butter mixture over the cereal and gently stir until all cereal is completely coated.

Add cereal mixture to a large Ziploc bag filled with powdered sugar. Shake until cereal is fully coated.

Lay out wax paper (or parchment) on your countertop. Spread out coated cereal in a thin layer. Add in all your Halloween additions (sprinkles, cookies, candies, etc.). Store in an airtight container for up to 1-2 weeks, but good luck keeping it around that long! 🙂

We’re adding this treat to our “Boo Buckets” for our neighbors by putting our spooky mix in mason jars. We think they’ll love it just as much as we do!

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