painting pumpkins!

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last week, we took our pumpkins we hand picked at the pumpkin patch on a little adventure to central park to get painted! we loaded up the bucket bike with said pumpkins and supplies and treats and were on our way.  lately, samson has been wanting to be a “scary pumpkin” for halloween, so he kept saying he was going to paint his pumpkin “scary,” and also, “paint him green. because you know scary pumpkins are green, mom?”


Lands’ End sent the kiddos these new adorable halloween totes (which we’re so excited to use next week trick-or-treating in the city!).  they actually glow in the dark, and we got them personalized by monogramming our kids’ names on the back side of the tote too!

we were so impressed when we first held these totes because they are made from that same thick cotton canvas material that Lands’ End uses for the canvas totes they’re known for. they have a reinforced bottom and handle so they’re sturdy and hold things really well, but they’re still collapsable which is kind of amazing considering we stored two of those big round plastic orange pumpkins from the drug store in josh’s closet for a couple years even though we didn’t have any space for them. wish we had known about these!

the plastic buckets used to fall down from josh’s closet and every time he would say to me, “UGH! why are we storing these huge plastic things again?!” we finally gave them away after last halloween and weren’t sure what we were going to do this year. well, josh, your problem is officially solved! and, you’re welcome! ;)


also something worth noting, mister conrad is wearing all of the clothes samson wore JUST LAST YEAR. this baby is getting so big so fast, it’s insane. only ten months old, but going on two. what even was life before conrad?! i’m so happy he’s here. he’s such a sweet ham and i can’t get enough of him.


we were able to steer the whole “i’d love a bike for christmas” thing out of mind out of sight last year when eleanor and samson started bringing it up. they’ve begun campaigning once again for their own bikes for christmas this year and i’m struggling making an opposing argument.  but like, HOW do we pull that off in the city?!


the upper west side does holidays like no other neighborhood when it comes to stoops. and excuse me while i jump ahead, but does this not get you crazy excited for christmas in the city?!


i have to say, how did we not end up with acrylic paint all over our clothes? it’s a miracle! and off mister samson goes painting that scary pumpkin GREEN.


this face eleanor made on my pumpkin was quite impressive.


the scary pumpkin, all finished. he’s currently sitting on our dining room table acting super scary every time i walk by. ;)


painting pumpkins was a lot of fun this year. we’d still like to try to carve one together over the next few days, just because it’s tradition. but i love how painting them really allowed the kids to be involved more than carving does. i think we’ll try to move forward with a little of both in the years to come.

thank you to Lands’ End for partnering with us on this post!

  1. Esther

    Sweet photos! Dreaming of a cool fall in sunny LA!

  2. Michelle J

    Love the pumpkin painting. What a great way to involve the littles with out using sharp objects!
    I can not wait to see Christmas in the city! It is a goal of mine to spend a few days in NYC during Christmas time. I am sure it is just magical.
    Also love the Madsen bike! It is on my Christmas list. :)

  3. Kristin

    Absolutely loved the pictures!!!! I always let my girls paint pumpkins every year along with carving at least a few, you just have to!!!! Lol….Thanks for sharing such sweet photos, and I love the buckets!!!!xoxo

  4. Rachel

    I love your boots and hat! Where are they from?

  5. Lu

    What a great Halloween activity! Your kids are just the cutest! Naomi, would you mind sharing your outfit details (especially the boots)? I love your outfit and have been on the hunt for a pair of boots in that color. Thanks!

    • TAZA

      thank you, my boots are from land’s end!

  6. Mary

    Many thanks to you and your commenters for pointing me to Madsen Cycles. I am completely obsessed! What an upgrade from the bike trailers. Now to find everyone who may possibly feel inclined to buy me a Christmas present and convince them to pool their resources…

  7. Carly

    I hope Samson sticks with the scary pumpkin idea. I can not wait to his outfit!
    All the stoop pictures are making me wish I lived in NY. They are so pretty
    Dresses & Denim

  8. Erin

    Cute photos! So I am just wondering how you store your bucket bike?!

  9. Glenny

    your photos are inspirations! :) love your shirt, where is it from? thanks!

  10. These photographs are absolutely adorable! I love the idea of painting pumpkins. They last way longer and are so versatile! Brilliant!

    Holly X

  11. Lindsay

    Fun idea to paint, and I LOVE the bucket bike, but I’ve been wanting to ask forever…where do you store it when you’re not using it? I love the idea of it for our fam, but don’t know how to make it work in our apartment.

  12. emily

    so adorable :) may I ask where your sweater is from?

    • TAZA

      it’s from land’s end!

  13. I’m so impressed by the way you are able to carry so much in your bike buckets! I tried hauling groceries home in my bike basket this summer and it was quite the disaster…I guess practice makes perfect!

    • TAZA

      yes, i once loaded it up at trader joe’s and it was a struggle heading home. haha! josh usually does all the peddling!

  14. Bridget

    So sweet! I totally agree – painting pumpkins with little ones is so much more fun! Great post. :D

  15. Paige

    Such a fun activity! You can tell your kids are having the best time! Those little smiles are too sweet!


  16. okay 1- what a fun fall activity. 2- holy cool bike with a barrel.3- look at your cute outfit! i’m taking notes as fast as i can. xo

  17. Carlee

    Looks like SO MUCH fun and a little messy too;) And Conrad is such a cutie.

    Little Sloth

  18. Lisa

    These photos are so precious! Conrad is growing up so fast.

    Quick question – where did you get your jeans? I love them!

  19. hanna

    This is so cute! Love your family –Hanna Lei

  20. Christy

    No helmets?

    • TAZA

      we actually just walked the bike to the park to use it to transport all of our pumpkins and supplies!

  21. Julie

    At first when you mentioned how you could pull off riding bikes with kids in the city, I thought, “in the church parking lot!” Because that’s a favorite spot for us. But then I realized, you probably don’t have a parking lot at church in NYC! ☺️ Wish I had a different solution for ya. Anyways, this is my first time commenting but I’ve read your blogs for years and absolutely love it. ?

  22. Ashley

    You look amazing!!! Looks like the whole gym thing is working for you!

    • TAZA

      um, you’re the nicest person ever! thank you for saying that!

  23. Hello Taza. It has been a good activity to read your blog every morning and see how’s your family enjoy the day. I’m a newlywed and love to get inspirations from your blog to brighten up our relationship. So thank you for being here and share all things nice.

    Send love from Indonesia. xoxo

  24. Kiki

    Love the vibe of your every photos!!
    Could you share what camera that can bring out such great pieces?

    • TAZA

      thanks! using my canon 6D!

  25. Livia

    Lovely pictures! I can’t believe it’s the same clothes from Samson last year. Conrad is a big boy!! I have also been dreaming about a bike like this to take my boys, they can be quite expensive, at least where I live. xx

  26. Deanna

    Cute photos! Love this time of year. Wondering where your hat and your kids’ hats are from?? As the weather cools down, I’ve had winter hats on my mind.

  27. Jessica

    I know how many questions and requests you get about all your stuff ’cause lets be honest, your style is amazing, so i REALLY tried to find this answer in the FAQ and other comments of posts to see if i could save you the trouble but didn’t have any luck. I know you use a canon 6D but how do you make your color so perfect in your photos? Is it because of what you do with photoshop or is it just because that camera is bomb? The color just pops like nothing ive seen before!
    I would appreciate you giving me your tips so much!

  28. Carly

    Ah!! I love these pictures! They are absolutely adorable!! It looks like such a fun family day!And those totes are perfect. Way cuter than the cheap plastic dollar store bins. Great post! I agree with your son too…green pumpkins are way scary! ;)


  29. This looks incredibly fun! What a great idea for some family time!

  30. Lauren

    i just love these photos! your children look so happy!

  31. Maggie

    love your beanie! May I ask where it’s from?

  32. Sidse

    Hi Naomi,

    Autumn in New York looks absolutely stunning! I hope you had the best trip to Peru!

    My brother recently bought my nephew one of these I’m sure it’s not exactly what Samson and Elanor had in mind, but it might do the trick, and you can “free” them once you get to a parking lot or somewhere else safe.


  33. liz

    How are those lands end boots, honestly? I’ve been thinking of getting them