Couples Costumes

Time to get sexy, smart, and spooky this Halloween! Check out these fun Halloween couples costume ideas.

1. Cowboy & Cowgirl

2. TV or Movie Couple

Sandy and Danny (Grease)
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Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Mr. & Mrs. Smith)
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Angel and Buffy (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
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Jim and Pam (The Office)
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Woody and Jessie (Toy Story)
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Paula Deen and butter
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3. Combos

Salt and Pepper
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Jack & Coke
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Pizza and Delivery Guy
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Hunter and Deer
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Although, if you want to go as a doe, forgo the antlers--that makes you a buck!

4. Something Punny

Tooth Fairy
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Party Animals
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Fifty Shades of Grey
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Hawaiian Punch
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5. Iconic Country Couple

Johnny Cash and June Carter
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6. Topical

Uber and Lyft
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Snapchat Filters
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Netflix and Chill
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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Playlist To Get You To The Weekend 10/9

1. “Head Over Heels“ by The Washboard Union

2. “Sue Sets Down” by Chris Buck Band

3. “Slow Burn“ by Tim Hicks

4. “Die A Happy Man“ by Thomas Rhett

5. “With You I Am“ by Cody Johnson

6. “What Ifs” by Kane Brown

7. “Everybody We Know Does” by Chase Rice

8. “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight“ by Hank Williams Jr.

9. “Sunday Morning Coming Down” by Johnny Cash

10. “Friends In Low Places“ by Garth Brooks

Types of "Season" People

This isn't like a Buzzfeed quiz where I provide you with a bunch of questions and pictures to click on and then at the end you get the opposite of what you thought you were going to get, but you'll take it anyway.

1. Fall Person
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Likes: Pumpkin flavored everything, Halloween, spooky stuff, costumes, fake blood, "sweater weather", raking leaves, bonfires, football, harvest season, lattes, school starting

Dislikes: Raking leaves, humidity, people who skip Halloween and Thanksgiving and go right to Christmas, "I miss summer!" Facebook posts

Wardrobe: flannels, beanies, boots, scarves, cardigans, t-shirts, leggings

Notes: Fall people and Spring people normally get along wonderfully for they are mild versions of Winter and Summer people. Fall is nature's last hurrah, before the kiss of death of winter. Fall people revel in the warm colors, chilled nights, and constant smells of cinnamon and pumpkin.

2. Winter Person
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Likes: Christmas, snow, cold weather, Christmas trees, hot chocolate, being cozy, Christmas music, decorations, Christmas presents, shopping, candles, cookies and other sweets, sledding, New Years Eve, Valentine's Day

Dislikes: warm weather, summer, being sticky, sweating, the sun

Wardrobe: hoodies, sweatpants, lots of red and black, wool, flannel, hats, sweaters--so many sweaters

Notes: The holiday season is a big deal, being cold is never a problem, makes for the best cuddle buddies

3. Spring Person
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Likes: pastel colors, rain, candy, baby animals, wild parties, cleaning, exercise

Dislikes: extreme temperatures, summer people and winter people's constant complaining, allergies

Wardrobe: t-shirts, capris, ankle boots, flats, light cardigans, skirts

Notes: Spring people are a breath of fresh air. They are organized, detail oriented, and peaceful.

4. Summer Person
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Likes: sunshine, the beach, tanning, swimsuits, ice cream, parties, fruity flavored drinks, mason jars, denim

Dislikes: being cold, tan lines, sunburn, warm beer, other seasons, school

Wardrobe: tank tops, bathing suits, shorts, sundresses

Notes: "I live for the summer!" is probably something that is often said, chill and not at the same time, ultimate hosts for parties and gatherings, has great taste in food

 

October 03, 2017 by Lexx Fusco

Playlist to Get You to the Weekend 10/2

 

  1. “Big Canoe” by The Carolyn Sills Combo
  2. “Worth the Fight” by Austin Hanks
  3. “The Fighter” by Keith Urban
  4. “Love Triangle” by RaeLynn
  5. “My Girl” by Dylan Scott
  6. “How Forever Feels” by Kenny Chesney
  7. “One Horse Town” by The Road Hammers
  8. “Gonna Know We Were Here” by Jason Aldean
  9. “Shut Up and Fish” by Maddie & Tae
  10. “Crazy” by Patsy Cline

Snack Like a Southerner: Coconut Granola with Blueberries and Hazelnuts

Coconut Granola with Blueberries and Hazelnuts by The Lemon Bowl
(thelemonbowl)

-3 cups old fashion oats
-2
cups Chopped Hazelnuts
-1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
-1/2 cup flax seed meal
-1 tsp cinnamon
-1 tsp salt
-1/2 cup coconut oil melted
-1/3 cup honey
-1 cup dried blueberries

Step One:
"Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees."

Step Two:
"In a large bowl, toss together oats, hazelnuts, coconut, flax seed, cinnamon and salt."

Step Three:
"Drizzle oat mixture with melted coconut oil and honey then use a rubber spatula to make sure all ingredients are evenly coated."

Step Four:
"Line a baking sheet with oven-safe parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and spread granola mixture out in an even layer."

Step Five:
"Bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes, stirring once halfway through."

Step Six:
"Let granola cool on cooling rack for 30 minutes before pouring into a large bowl. Toss dried blueberries into the granola before serving."

Playlist to Get You to the Weekend 9/25

 

1. “Friday Night” by Eric Paslay

2. “Summertime” by Kenny Chesney

3. “I Like It, I Love It“ by Tim McGraw

4. “Party For Two“ Shania Twain and Billy Currington

5. “Back To You” by Jason Blaine

6. “Yeah Boy” by Kelsea Ballerini

7. “Sober Saturday Night” by Chris Young

8. “Black” by Dierks Bentley

9. “We Should Be Friends“ by Miranda Lambert

10. “Road Less Traveled“ by Lauren Alaina

Fall Wishlist

The leaves are changing, temperature's dropping and everything is pumpkin spice flavored...fall is here! What is on your wishlist to do this autumn? Check out some of these ideas to have a fancy redneck fall!

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ACTIVITIES:

  • Pumpkin picking
  • Pumpkin carving
  • Rake leaves (subsequently jump in leaves, repeat)
  • Clean out your closet
  • Thrift store shopping
  • Buy new boots
  • Fall cleaning (tidy up home, transition from warm to cool, get ready for holiday decorating, etc.)
  • Apple picking
  • Get cozy (go candle shopping, purchase or make new scarves or socks, etc.)
  • Watch scary movies leading up to Halloween
  • Hayride
  • Corn maze
  • Early holiday shopping
  • Explore a park or forest
  • Create your own fall DIY decorations
  • Bon fire
  • Take lots of photos
  • Pick a challenge
  • Build a blanket fort and tell ghost stories
  • Write something
  • Have a "sweater weather" picnic
  • Horseback riding
  • Redecorate
  • Tailgate
  • Watch football

DESTINATIONS:

  • Brewery tour
  • Zoo
  • Pumpkin patch
  • Local orchard
  • Local fall festivals
  • "First Friday" events
  • Flea market
  • Haunted House
  • Corn Maze

GOALS:

  • Read a new book
  • Start a new TV show
  • Start considering New Years Resolutions
  • Create a holiday budget
  • Try 10 new things
  • Complete 2 seasonal challenges

FOODS TO EAT, DRINKS TO SIP:

  • Pumpkin spice latte
  • Pumpkin bread/pie/cookies
  • Apple pie
  • Apple cider
  • Hot chocolate
  • Mulled cider
  • Pumpkin beer
  • Squash
  • Turkey
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Candy
  • Red wine

PARTIES TO THROW: 

  • Halloween or Costume party!
  • Game Day party
  • Pumpkin Party (pumpkin flavored everything, pumpkin carving, etc.)
  • Pie Party (get a gaggle of pals together to make a bunch of different fall pies)
  • Bonfire Bash (gather around a bonfire for s'mores, ghost stories, and warmth)
  • Mull It Over (make a variety of fall mulled ciders next to a s'mores bar for a night of sweet--and possibly boozy--fun)
  • Swap, Sell, Share (you and a group of friends clear out your closets and swap, sell and share items with each other--don't charge for items over $5)
  • Parties People Should Totally Be Throwing
  • Party

Check out here, here, here, and here for more fun fall ideas!

Snack Like a Southerner: Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Pinwheels

Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Pinwheels by Minimalist Baker
(minimalistbaker)

Ingredients:
-8oz cream cheese
-1/2 cup lightly packed (50 g) sun-dried tomatoes (dry, not in oil), chopped (plus more for topping)
-1/4 cup lightly packed (45 g) frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
-2 large cloves garlic, minced (~2 Tbsp, 12 g)
-1/4 cup parmesan cheese
-Pinch each sea salt and black pepper
-2 large flour tortillas
-24 fresh basil leaves, divided

Step One:
"Add cream cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, garlic, parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper to a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly to combine."

Step Two:
"Divide filling between two flour tortillas and spread into an even layer all the way to the edge. Top each with 10-12 fresh basil leaves (leaving one edge bare so the tortilla can stick to itself). Press basil down slightly to adhere."

Step Three:
"Tightly roll up tortillas from one end to another, starting from the end with basil all the way to the edge, working toward the end that's slightly bare."

Step Four:
"Once rolled up, squeeze gently to compact everything and lay seam-side down for slicing."

Step Five:
"Use a serrated knife to gently cut tortillas into 1/2-inch slices. Between the two tortillas, you should have a total of 20-22 pinwheels."

Step Six:
"Arrange on a serving platter and serve immediately, or chill for up to 24 hours, covered in the fridge. Leftovers keep well in the refrigerator, covered, for 2-3 days, though best when fresh."

Playlist to Get You to the Weekend 9/18

  1. “When I Get Where I’m Going” by Brad Paisley
  2. “Lawn Chair Lazy” by James Barker Band
  3. “Red Dress” by Jojo Mason
  4. “House Party” by Sam Hunt
  5. “Sinners Like Me” by Erich Church
  6. “Make You Mine” by High Valley
  7. “My Kinda Party” by Jason Aldean
  8. “First City” by Loretta Lynn
  9. “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” by Luke Bryan
  10. “Pontoon” by Little Big Town

Blushing Belle: Wedding Themes

Weddings are extravagant displays that can be incredibly overwhelming and expensive--but most of the time, a lot of the details that people spend an irrational amount of time and money on are often forgotten. Selecting a theme for your wedding that tailors to you and your future spouse's life, personalities, interests, etc will make your wedding feel that much more personal, special, and memorable for everyone. It's also a way to flex your expertise, and revel in what you love with who you love! Consider some of these fun wedding themes that go beyond simple Pinterest boards and current trends

1. Movie Wedding

My fiancé and I are both aspiring screenwriters. We love movies and television so much that we spent a large chunk of change earning degrees in them. We spend almost every day with a script in our hands, or something on the TV. So we thought, why not make our wedding a movie? The Save the Dates are a script, the invitations are a movie poster, and the RSVP is a movie ticket. At the ceremony we will have a red carpet for the "premiere" as well as a step and repeat back drop for people to take pictures in front of to feel like they are a part of a real red carpet event. The wedding gifts are popcorn buckets with a "best wedding guest" Oscar inside, along with popcorn and movie candy. Each table is labeled by SCENE # and the place holders are casted with the guest name, and the accompanying actor that would play them in the movie that is our wedding. It was fun for the both of us to put details of our passion in our wedding because it's something that we will enjoy beyond the fact that it's our special day. Now we have made it ours by making it personal.




2. Holiday Wedding

Halloween, Christmas, New Years Eve, Valentine's Day,  or 4th of July have the obvious, and fun themes with endless potential. People are passionate about the most wonderful times of the year (I would have Christmas every day if it were socially acceptable). 
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3. Masquerade Ball Wedding

If you have a flare for the extravagant, then this is a theme for you. Yes, it's pretty common amongst large parties and fundraisers, but you have the opportunity to make the night unforgettable. Designing masks for you, your spouse, the bridal and grooms parties, etc, it's all part of this vintage grand design that has a regal air to it. 
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4. Pajama Party Wedding

Not that wedding dresses aren't beautiful, but sometimes people just would rather be in their PJs! If you find yourself among those that appreciate good snacks, gossip, slippers, and comfy attire, then a PJ party wedding theme is for you.
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5. Literary Wedding

Words are important. If you and your spouse found love through books and the written word, then share that with your guests! Revel in the greatest romances, loving characters, in order to start this new chapter in your lives off write
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6. Fairytale Wedding

Oh boy does this idea have plenty of variety to it. Whether you want to go classic fairytale with a big dress, fairy lights, and the glamorous ball theme or you want to go Disney Princess with it, the fairytale wedding is a classic, but forever personal theme.
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7. Murder Mystery Wedding

Okay, I know how GAME OF THRONES-y that sounds, but hear me out. Everyone knows how weddings and receptions go down, why not throw a little game and mystery into it? At the reception, something goes terribly wrong and someone is murdered! The reception is a game of whodunnit and suspicion that will make the evening fun and memorable.
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8. Throwback Wedding

Whether you're throwing it back to the 20's, 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's or 90's a throwback themed wedding is a fun nostalgic way to celebrate the future. Not only can you incorporate fashion and pop culture from the selected time period, but also including personal items, photos and motifs from the time period that you and your family have.
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9. Around the World Wedding

Send out invitations that look like passports. When your guests arrive they will find that the tables are themed from places and cities all around the world. The food, music and decor is diverse and culturally deep from the places you have been or want to go. This is a perfect theme for a couple with a deep wanderlust.
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10. Literally DIY Wedding

Okay, yes, you may include burlap and mason jars and paper flowers in this one, but the appeal in DIY is that you get to revel in your own success right? Why not allow your guests to feel the same way. Offer DIY opportunities at the tables, or at the reception. Like a build your own wedding favor, decoration, or little wedding gift for the couple. It's a fun activity to share with everyone, and it's a way to make your wedding personalized on a massive scale.
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HAPPY WEDDING SEASON!