Happy Halloween, Everyone! What will your costume be this year? My kids will be a Ninja, a Duck, and my baby will just have dog/cat ears on.

My kids had their costume parades at their schools today & I saw some cute ones! I love when people take their time to make something really unique. Me on the other hand, did store-bought again! Finding the time to actually make a costume is not even in my mind at this time :)

Anyway, here are the cute costumes I saw. I took pictures but have to check them before I post them. They are not my kids so I want to make sure you can't see their faces.

Spaghetti & Meatballs...............Spaghetti was made from the thick strings of a mop.
Not sure what the meatballs were made of. He just had
the food sewn onto his regular clothes in splatters everywhere.

Jellyfish......................................This girl had a mushroom-type hat on with pretty sparkly streamers hanging down. She also wore a matching aqua-ish top and pants.

Paper Food Store Bag.................This girl wore a huge brown paper bag and had carton of eggs, and other food boxes popping out of the top where her shoulders were.

OK, off to finish prepping for our Halloween Party tomorrow!

Have a great one :)


Babies are so cute...

Babies are so cute & sweet :) I love when they are swaddled too! Just like a little burrito :)

Above is my Swaddled Baby Return Address Labels that I offer in my ETSY shop. Below are different versions. These are great on envelopes when mailing Birth Announcements and Thank You notes for all those baby gifts.


So happy it's Friday! It is supposed to rain tomorrow but that's OK. The rain makes the colors of the fall leaves so brilliant. I love the Fall...the cool crisp air is wonderfully refreshing.

Have a great weekend!

Sweet & little Spicy snack...

I just had to share this surprising little treat with you...

I was at a party & my friend had these out for some appetizers. Ignore my lovely paper plate. At the party, each ingredient was in a their own nice glass dish so you could assemble them yourself.

Anyway, they are sooo yummy! I wasn't sure about a Pepper & Onion Relish but it was so sweet with a little spicy kick to it. The Relish is from Harry & David.




A professor stood before his Philosophy class and had some items in front of him.
When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.
He then asked the students if the jar was full.
They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar.
He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.
He then asked the students again if the jar was full.
They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.
Of course, the sand filled up everything else.
He asked once more if the jar was full.
The students responded with a unanimous "yes."

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and
poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand.
The students laughed.

"Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided,
"I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.

"The golf balls are the important things - your God, family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favorite passions -

Things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

"The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car.

"The sand is everything else--the small stuff.

"If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued,
"there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.

"The same goes for life.

"If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

"Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Play with your children.
"Take time to get medical checkups.
"Take your partner out to dinner.
"Play another 18.
"There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.

"Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter..

"Set your priorities.
"The rest is just sand."

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.
The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked.

"It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a cup of coffee with a friend."


Can I finally pull off a Halloween party?

Like my little Happy Spider?

Ever since my little boy was 6 months old (he's now 6 years old) I have been wanting to throw a Halloween party. Between 2 moves, 2 more pregnancies, my lovely "organization skills" and life in general, it never happened. Also, the first year was a waste because why would I throw a Halloween party for a 6 month old in the first place? We could have done it for the adults to socialize and joy of seeing their little ones in costumes but we didn't know many people in our area then.

Anyway, we are officially having a Halloween party this year! Wish me luck in that it goes smoothly and that the kids have fun! I always put way too much pressure on myself when it comes to parties. I stopped having them before I turned 10 as I was always afraid that no one would show...Or, worse yet that they would show and they would not have any fun. Can you believe I thought like that so early on? I was painfully shy & insecure as a kid and am so glad I'm not like that now. Well, at least not most of the time :) I want my kids to grow up secure and confident!

OK, baby is crying so I have to go. Enjoy your day!