Fall is quickly becoming my favorite season. And Halloween is right up there with Christmas for my family. Since having Olivia, I’ve rediscovered my love of celebrating holidays and creating magical moments with my girls.

One thing that’s different this time around though is how I use social media to inspire me when it comes to decorating and gift giving. I’ve come across so many amazing shops on Instagram and I’d love to share them with you.

Here are 10 small shops to help get you ready for Halloween!

Ellie and Piper – If you’re having a Halloween party, Ellie and Piper is the place to go. How cute are those skull plates?

Hooray Everyday – Adorable banners, garlands and festive holiday goods.

Occasions by Shakira – I am so excited that I stumbed on this shop. Shakira creates these amazing holiday kits that she calls, ‘a playdate in a box.’ Each kit includes seasonal items from other small shops as well as activities you can do with your kids. I ordered this Spooky Occasion Kit and can’t wait for it to get here. The kit includes a Halloween Tradition Guide with spooky recipes, a Halloween bucket list, and more, a small Bag of Monster Popcorn, movie might mini popcorn box, a reusable “Boo” Silly Straw, custom halloween matching card game, and more!

Against the Grain – these hand-cut wood signs are so much fun! There’s going to be a re-stock on 9/19 so set an alarm!

Pearl and Jane – So many fun garlands for the holidays. I’ve got a few already and just ordered one more! These garlands are a simple way to decorate for the holidays. String them up in the kitchen, on shelving, or windows. The perfect holiday accent!

Frost Your Cookie – Another fun find! This ‘Boo Your Neighbor Box’ is adorable. Scroll through the rest of her site if you dare. There are just too many yummy treats to choose from. And I think decorating cookies a great activity to do with kids of any age.

Chalk Designs By Me – Just snagged one of these beautiful hand painted signs.

Sprinkle of Whimsy – these are digital downloads that are fun to use for decorating. Print them out, stick them in a frame and add them on a bookshelf, in a gallery wall, or in the kids rooms.

OMG and More – I ordered 3 of these for the girls to wear! I was so excited they have a range of sizes which is always the hardest part if I want the girls to wear matching shirts.

Olive and Eve – Another set of printables. These are so sweet and I love the softer colors.

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I wish I could take credit for this idea, but I’ve seen a bunch of bloggers sharing their favorite things for the month so I’m totally jumping on the bandwagon. There’s no rhyme or reason for the items I’m going to share, just things I’ve found helpful or inspirational this month.

Your Summer Story Photo Challenge

I had to lead with my summer photo challenge, of course! We’re just getting started so it’s not too late to join. Just click this link and sign up! In our next lesson we’re going to talk about how you can take photos that tell a story so that you can capture your summer in a way that is memorable.

Hand Lettering Practice for Kids

I stumbled on this fun activity from Prairie Letter Shop while browsing Instagram and bought it for the girls and I to do together. It’s a super simple thing to do when you’re looking for a way to get the kids off their devices. It’s a downloadable packet with 18 pages that include simple handwriting, shading, cursive and doodling. I’m going to print the pages and probably use tracing paper over them to start. You can also stick them in a sheet protector and use a dry erase marker as well. Here’s a screen shot from a sample page.

DIY Sidewalk Chalk

Another Instagram find! @poppyspreschool has a great recipe for DIY sidewalk chalk that I can’t wait to test out. In fact, she’s got a ton of great ideas for play. Check out the highlight called DIY Kids on her account and you’ll find recipes for homemade play dough, finger paint, bubbles, and more.

Free Design Ebook from Sarah Joy

Now that the addition on our house is nearing it’s completion, I’ve been soaking up all the design inspiration I can get. I love following Sarah Joy for all things home decor and was so excited when she put out a free e-book with her top 5 design tips. She’s got paint recommendations in there, tips for buying faux greenery (which I have a ton of because I can’t keep a plant alive to save my own life!), and more. Follow this link to snag your copy!

If you end up loving any of these things like I have, leave a comment and let me know. Can you believe we’re headed in to July already?!

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