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Count your blessings Thanksgiving Wood Sign

Count your blessings Thanksgiving Wood Sign

I love the holidays and I love decorating for the holidays.  My husband however hates Thanksgiving, its kind of funny but he just associates the holiday with awkwardness.  I on the other hand love a special occasion.  Thanksgiving is an especially beautiful holiday in my mind because we are reflecting on all that we are thankful for and those we love in our lives.  I have so many blessings and yet I fail to recognize them often, maybe this little sign will remind me to stop and count my blessings more often.  Here's to getting ready for the rush of holiday season! 


Hamburger Stew

Hamburger Stew Recipes

Are there times of year where you feel more excited about being in the kitchen? I always feel like fall reinvigorates my desire to cook up something delicious for dinner.  This hamburger stew is great because its simple, easy, has veggies in it and it screams comfort food.  I love it on a cool day with some yummy rolls on the side.  I mean lets be honest I could eat some sister Shubert rolls on the side of any dinner. :) 


Halloween Snacks: Vampire Oreos

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Halloween Snacks: Vampire Oreos #SpookySnacks #shop

Ok friends the things that can be done with an Oreo cookie are pretty endless, especially around Halloween. Do you remember my zombie Oreos from last week or those fun spiders from last year.  Well today I bring you Oreo vampires.  These guys are probably the most simple Oreo creatures I've made because there is no coating involved, just a few tubes of store bought icing and you've got some fun cookies to share when your kids get home from school or for a Halloween party.  BTW can you believe that Halloween is in less than 2 weeks. I better get started on our costumes! Speaking of Halloween parties have you tried the different versions of Wheat Thins? I'm totally in love with the honey mustard and they are perfect for serving with dips next Saturday night. :) 

Halloween Snacks: Vampire Oreos #SpookySnacks #shop


Halloween Decor: 3 Free Halloween Poem Prints

Halloween Decor: 3 Free Halloween Poem Prints

Halloween is such a fun holiday, I've always loved dressing up and getting free candy as a kid felt like the most amazing thing ever.  Today I love coming up with our family costumes and decorating our home for the season.  I love that I don't have to go around buying a ton of gifts and that its mostly a stress free holiday.  As I was pulling out our decorations this year I decided I needed a few extra framed prints and so I made these fun Halloween poem prints for my home and for yours.  Keep reading for all the links to download them for free and add a little extra to your halloween home decor this month!


Princess Costume Party for Sleeping Beauty!

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Princess Costume Party for Sleeping Beauty! #DisneyBeauties #shop #collectivebias

Do your kids get excited when new movies are released? My kids aren't quite old enough to know such things, but I have to say that I actually get excited because it means something new for them (and lets be honest, me) to watch during the day.  I think its clear from the Minnie Mouse post that I'm a huge fan of all things Disney, so we knew we would buy the Sleeping Beauty DVD as soon as it came out to add to our awesome Disney movie collection.  I made watching it a special occasion and we had a little princess party with a few of our friends.  June thought it was all very fun.  I had everyone come in princess dresses and then gave each princess a little set that came with a crown, necklace and earrings.  The girls loved it and looks so adorable in all their princess gear! Keep reading for all the adorable pictures and a recipe for Princess Popcorn!


Butternut Squash Risotto

Butternut Squash Risotto Recipe

This recipe is one of our standard family favorites for dinner in the fall.  It may take a little more time than you normally spend cooking dinner but its totally worth it.  Risotto is typically served as a side dish so if you feel like you want to serve it up with a roasted chicken for a fancy dinner it would be a perfect pair.  We however love to just have risotto for dinner. :) I love fall foods and the flavors of fall and butternut squash just really tastes like fall to me. 


DIY Inspired Link Party + Features

All Things Fall Ya'll! Blog Hop & Giveaway

I'm super excited to be bringing you some great fall ideas along with a fantastic giveaway! I've teamed up with a ton of other awesome bloggers and we've got enough crafts, recipes and home decor to keep you clicking for hours.   In addition to the awesome blog hop we are giving away over $1000 in cash prizes, awesome. Scroll down, click around and find some inspiration!

All Things Fall Y'all Blog Hop & Giveaway 4 prizes

Meet this Mormon

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We belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints otherwise known as "The Mormons". We are proud of this part of who we are! We are excited to team up with over 65+ of us strong... to extend an invitation to see a film. A film entitled "Meet The Mormons". This film is not meant to be an "in your face" - you must join our church film. It is simply designed and produced to uplift and inspire you through six stories of those of our faith who have followed promptings to follow Christ more fully in their lives. We hope you take the opportunity to enjoy this film. We hope your hearts are made light as you feel the goodness that comes from following our Christ and Savior. All proceeds from the film will be donated to The American Red Cross. So not only will you be uplifted and inspired, your money will be going to an amazing charity!!

We also would like to take a moment and share our personal testimonies, stories of our own personal conversions, and our own stories of how following our Savior, Jesus Christ has changed our lives. The light of the gospel of Jesus Christ offers a joy and hope that only following Him can provide. We hope as you click through and read our stories and testimonies of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, you will feel uplifted and encouraged. We are by you! We love connecting with our readers, that is why many of us do what we do! Please be kind and considerate in your comments. It takes great bravery for us to open our hearts and our mouths to share with you such a tender and personal part of who we are. We share because we feel strongly the need to share the peace and the hope that is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I'm A Mormon #1
Anita | Live Like You Are Rich, Landee | Landee Lu , Tara & Devin | Salt & Pepper Moms , Mallory & Savannah | Classy Clutter Kelli & Kristi| Lolly Jane
McKenzie | Girl Loves Glam , Pam & Lisa | Over The Big Moon , Melanie | Forty Eighteen , Sky | Capital B Adell | Baked in Arizona
I'm a Mormon #2
Andie | Maybe I Will , Shatzi | Love and Laundry , Robyn | Create it Go , Rachel | R & R Workshop
Tiffany | Feel Great In 8 , Katelyn | What Up Fagens? , Brittany | BrittanyBullen , Ginger | Ginger Snap Crafts , Stephanie | Crafting In The Rain
Chelsey | Cee Me Be , Amber | Crazy Little Projects , Kallie | Smitten By, Elyse, Kristen, Lauren, Steph, Kendra & Camille | Six Sisters Stuff Annette | Tips From A Typical Mom
Kierste | Simply Kierste , Tayler | The Morrell Tale, Jennifer | My Daylights , Cambria | Live To Be Inspired, Danielle | Today's The Best Day
I'm a Mormon #3
Nat & Holly | My Sister's Suitcase, Britni| Play.Party.Pin , Montserrat | Cranial Hiccups , Heidi | A Lively Hope , Ashley & Meegan | Flats to Flip Flops

A lot of you know that I am a mormon, but you may not know what I believe or why.  My simple words today are about my Savior Jesus Christ.  I know He lives, I know that He knows me personally and cares deeply about me individually as well as you. I believe that He was a perfect human being sacrificed for us, a ransom made so that we as imperfect people could become clean.  I know that there is a divine plan for our lives and I know that if I pray sincerely I will receive answers from God. 

The first time I truly knew that God was real was when I was around 12 years old.  I was having a very rough day, feeling alone and sad and I was crying face down on my bed.  I kept praying over and over in my head "Are you there Heavenly Father? I need to know you're there" a very clear answer came to my mind that said "open your scriptures" I opened my scriptures, which were sitting on the nightstand next to my bed, and they fell open to a page in the Doctrine and Covenants- the first verse my eyes fell up on was 6:34 and it reads: 

Therefore, fear not, little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail.

As soon as I read those words I knew that He was real, living and cared about me just as I had been taught.  In that instant I had an overwhelming peace come over me that I know can only come through His love.  This moment truly changed my life because after that I have never doubted divine worth as a daughter of God, I have never wondered if I was alone because I know He is always there. 

I love to share my beliefs with others because the faith that I have brings me peace and joy daily and don't you want to share the things that make you happy? Truly there is nothing in my life more meaningful than my faith in my Savior.  Because of it I strive to better mother, wife, friend and woman.  Because of my faith I feel a real purpose in my life beyond coming up with new recipes and making cute crafts.  I know that my redeemer lives, its that simple and yet means so very much. 

Thanks for reading, if you have more questions about our church check out mormon.org and go see meet the mormons in theaters this weekend! :) 

I had been thinking about making iphone wallpapers and so here is my first one, grab it if you feel like it.

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Minnie Mouse Costume & DIY Trick or Treat Bag

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Minnie Mouse Costume & DIY Trick or Treat Bag

In this house there is no question we are all about Disney.  I think I kind of set out from the beginning to "indoctrinate" my kids with disney because I love it so much. Four years ago, before we had kids, Matt and I went to Disneyworld with my then 11 year old sister and as anyone would tell you I was by far the most excited one there.  So it thrills me to no end that June has latched on to Minnie Mouse as her favorite thing right now.  And by favorite I mean totally obsessed, she doesn't even talk all that much yet but she will tell you to go get her stuffed Minnie at bedtime if it's not in her bed, or demand to wear her Minnie pj's! We have a Minnie shirt that is worn the first day after laundry day every week and when we walk into Walmart she spots the Minnie balloon floating about the cash registers within minutes. So its no surprise that she just adores her Minnie Mouse costume. I'm excited for this Halloween, I think its going to be so fun that both of them will enjoy it and for the occasion I made her a Minnie Mouse trick or treat bag.  Its a fun simple DIY that anyone can do.