Pumpkins And Bats And Mice, Oh My!


Halloween decorating was a lot of fun this year.


Our fireplace mantle in the living room. h1Pumpkin topiareies that I made, probably my favorite addition this year.h2I scored both led candles and the witch pumpkin on clearance at Kohls last year a few months after Halloween so they were nearly 70% off!w3I repurpose our usual candles for every holiday by just adding ribbon. Cheap, quick and always adds a lot of holiday feel to every room. h3w1Bath & Body Works Trick Or Treat candles worked in perfectly.w2I added a little Halloween spirit to the kitchen as well.w4

Lovey’s favorite decoration, Mr. Pumpkin. He talks when you press his nose. He’s a pretty fun fella’ and I can see why he’s Lovey’s favorite.h4Our entry table all dressed up for Halloween.

I love being greeted by a table of cheer, whatever season it may be, when I first walk through our door. It’s always the first area that I decorate and the last one that I put away until the next year. h5w6I brought the wreath in that I made last year from hanging on the front door and found it a new home on the entry mirror.w5I was so pleased with our stairs. Cute and just a touch of creepy with the mice cut outs. Decorating our stairs this way will definitely be a Halloween tradition from now on. h6


Snow Flurries

We had a unseasonable cold spell last week that brought record snow flurries our way. Lovey was already off from school that day and Mister Mister ended up having it off from work as well because of freezing temperatures. We didn’t mind, cozy pajamas and snow gazing was perfectly fine with us.f4

First Field Trip

I had the pleasure of accompanying Lovey on his first field trip. We saw a local children’s theater’s production of Annie the musical. Lovey and I had watched Annie the movie several times in preparation of his field trip so it was fun to listen to him sing along to all the songs; “…I love you tomorrow! ♥” Someday we are going to see a broadway show together but for now this was a good start!

f1Getting morning work done before heading out.f3The kids were all excited that they got to wear special name tags while on the field trip.f5Lovey’s first school bus ride as we made our way to the performance hall.f7These cute boys giggled through the entire show.f2A lot of firsts marked off for this little guy, first field trip, first bus ride and first musical. I’m glad I was able to be there with him and snap a few photos along the way for the scrapbooks!f6a


Counting My Blessings On A Sunday Afternoon

Counting My blessings On A Sunday Afternoon 

is where I reflect on a few of the many blessing and special moments in my life at the end of every week♥    cmb1

 This week I am especially thankful for!…

~I had the pleasure of accompanying Lovey on his first school field trip. We saw a local children’s theater’s production of Annie the musical. Lovey and I had watched Annie the movie in preparation of the field trip so it was fun to listen to him sing along to all the songs… “I love you tomorrow! ♥”

~A new throw pillow that I absolutely love. It’s a pretty burnt orange which works in with all the earthy tones in our home and it has white writing that says “home is where the home is.”

~There were a few days of high winds in our city which knocked out a lot of people’s power but luckily we were spared.

~Those same winds brought an unusual cold front for this time of year which produced surprise snow flurries one afternoon. Mister Mister had the afternoon off from work because of the freezing temps so the three of us cuddled up together in Mister Mister’s and my bed and watched a few red box movies.

~My ipsy came a week early and it very well may be my favorite one that I have ever received. Double happy!

~Sunday funday, a tried and true evening at Chuck E. Cheese with our little guy. It’s amazing the decimal volume I am willing to endure for pizza and of course Lovey’s happy smile.  

Thank You Lord,

for Your many gracious blessings in my life!

Ipsy Street Style

ipsySeptember Ipsy ~ Street Style

What I received in mine!…

*Cailyn lip gloss. I loved this! Beautiful color, perfect for fall. Definitely my favorite product in this month’s bag.

*Crown crease/shadow brush. I use my Urban Decay Naked eye pallets 99% of the time so I didn’t really need this but that being said, it seems to be of good quality and I will eventually use it with some of my odd and end shadows.

*Pacifica grey eyeliner pencil. Only half sized and not an automatic roll out pencil which I prefer since by the time I seem to get a pencil properly sharpened half of it is gone!… Still,  it’s a color that I don’t have so at least it’s something new.

*Nourish Organic face cleanser – cucumber and watercress. I wish ipsy would please, please, please quit sending me items from any of their organic lines. No offense to organic as whole but every single organic thing they have sent me has smelled terrible to me and will be getting zero use.

*Mitchell And Peach luxury hand cream. While not technically organic, this had a similar awful scent. So disappointed. On a random note though, it is made in England and since my mom loves all things English I will send it to her. Perhaps it will pass her scent test.

I like the bag, it’s a little edgy as I think they intended for it to be with the gun-metal grey color and silver studs along the top. The material is very thin and cheaply made though so I do not think it would hold up for long carried around in my purse.


September Instagoodnessinstagram

#Hello September #Monday, Monday #Pink is the new black #First day of Kindergarten #Family of 3 #Lovey’s big day #New chaptera6#Love notes #First day of school prayer #A is for… #Cubbies #Looking cool #Getting started #Congratulations balloonsa7ed

#Goofy boy #Dinner with my handsomes #Turkey sandwich a go #Flip flops and hat day #Planes #Grocery shopping helper #Yellow spinning fun #BB birthday gifts #DMV waiting

a1 #5 & 1/2 #Love of my life #Fun at the mall #Friday night party animal #Birthday cake truffles #Sundays with my boys #First pumpkin spice goodness of the season #Chuck E. Cheese chilling

a2#Cuddle boys #Silly sleeper #Coffee date with my love #Gold & white nails #TBT 2008 #Getting comfy #A rose for mommy #School picture day #Park play

a3#Like a boss #Life whispers #New bangs #Last day of summer #Green smoothie #Fall scents #A year of Ipsy #September Ipsy #Classic houndstooth

a4#Star gazer #The night before #Faith has wingsa5


Fall Scents 2014

f2Mister Mister always says that one of the things he most looks forward to coming home to after a long day at work is how inviting our home always smells when he opens the front door. With that in mind, I look forward to each season and incorporating its iconic scents into our space. Fall is always my favorite, perhaps it most reminds me of the scents around my childhood home as I was growing up and I find comfort in that. It’s amazing what a key role scent plays in our memories. Fall scents run from the first of September through Thanksgiving day in our home. Thanksgiving night or even the next day begins Christmas scents as decorating is in full swing. It may be odd that I have a rotating scent schedule but I like to plan ahead so it works for me!

Bath & Body Works is my favorite, they never disappoint and  I prefer them over Yankee and even Scentsy. I usually pick one to two scents that work together nicely. I’m a bargain shopper and love a sale and discount. I never pay full price so I am able to get enough to last the entire season and extras to share with friends and family. I like to share the smelly goodness!

Last fall I chose Pumpkin Cupcake and Nutmeg Spice. This year they offered the entire Pumpkin Cupcake line which I went with again but they only offered the wallflower plug-in bulbs in the Nutmeg Spice. New this year was the entire line of Harvest Gatherings. I instantly fell in love with the name and the scent so I had found our fall scent duo…

Pumpkin Cupcake: “Satisfy your sweet tooth with the scent of a freshly baked pumpkin cupcake covered in loads of rich buttercream frosting.” — My all time favorite fall scent each year. As long as they continue to offer it, it will be a staple scent in our home!

Harvest Gathering: “Enjoy the richness of Autumn in this mixture of red apple, cinnamon leaf and tart cranberry,” — Replacing Nutmeg Spice from last year, this is a truly fall scent, evoking chilly mornings and cozy evening by the fire.

I like to layer the scents between wall flower plug-ins – giving off the constant scent. Candles – for cozying up with my boys in the evenings. Antibacterial hand soap, simply a given and room spray – for an extra burst of scent love.