Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Welcome to our link party!  This week will bring the start of the Fall season and, from the looks of our weather, time to bundle up!  Yes, I did have on my flip flops today but the nights are cooling down quite a bit.  I suppose it is time.....

What have you been up to lately?  Make sure you share with us below!

This week Staci shares a Halloween post.  Oriental Trading was good enough to send costumes for Staci, Jon, and Parker.  You can check it out HERE.


OUR SIMPLE HOMESTEAD   has a delicious recipe for Apple Pie with Crumble Topping.  Must try!
Apple Crumb Pie 

Leanna at Faeries and Fauna shares ideas for Elegant Fall Decor Tutorials.   So lovely!

Wife, Mommy, Me shares a fun printable Fall Scavenger Hunt List. 

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                                                            Grandma Ideas | Pinterest

Okay, here we go!  Show us your creativity!
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Our Halloween Costumes - Oriental Trading

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Hey everyone!  

It's almost the funnest and happiest time of the year!  HallowThanksMas! At our house we already have our Halloween costumes and couldn't be more excited to wear them when we won't get weird looks for going out and about in them!  Oriental Trading had our backs this year with some great and fun costumes.  It was a perfect fit for our family who loves Star Wars!

Parker (who absolutely steals the show in these pictures), will be R2D2 this year and we honestly cannot resist his cuteness when he's wearing it.  He's wearing a 12-24 months (he's 15 months) and it fits loosely which is perfect because he does a lot of running around!  Then of course there is the cute little cap it comes with.  He may not be old enough to understand what we are doing but everyone gets to say "aw" when they see him in it!  If you are interested in getting this costume for your little one, check it out here: R2D2 Halloween Costume for Toddler

Jon is dressing up as a storm trooper!  He got some fun looks rolling around with his helmet on and we had some good laughs.  His costume is a Large (he's 5'11 and 180 lbs.).  He said it was a comfortable fit but the material also made it easy to move around.  If you're interested you can check this out here:  Men's Deluxe Star Wars Stormtrooper Costume

As for me, I'm going as Princess Leia!  My main reason for going as her is I'm about 6 months pregnant now so I'll be even bigger at Halloween and this outfit is so comfy and will gladly go over my growing belly.  I also am wearing a Large (I'm 5'7 and pregnant so weight doesn't matter haha).  The wig is the most fun part of course!  It looks just like hers.  This also comes with the belt that you just tie on.  You can find this here: Women's Adult's Princess Leia Costume

We had a lot of fun wearing these (even in September) and can't wait to wear them again at Halloween!  Oriental Trading has a lot of other Star Wars costumes and other movies, tv shows, or whatever else your kid might want to dress up as!  So click on that link above and go check them all out!  Let us know in our comments what you are planning on going as!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Fall Crafts, Recipes, and Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make Link Party Sept. 16, 2017

Thanks for joining us this last summer weekend of the year!  Is the weather good in your area?  The temperature actually got down to freezing here last night!

I participated in a Dollar Store Challege recently with Beverly of Across the Boulevard, Laurie of My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies and several other bloggers so please stop by my post and then visit all the other ladies.  Some great, inexpensive decor ideas!

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These pumpkins are about as cute and clever as it gets!  My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies has made some awesome Felt Pumpkins!
Felt Pumpkins
Delightful E Made shares a delicious Pumpkin Cream Cheese Breakfast Braid! 

These headbands by Dazzle While Frazzled are so cute, creative, and easy!
How to make animal-themed headbands using craft felt | DazzleWhileFrazzled.com
Most Clicked:
Slow Cooker Green Beans and Tomatoes sounds just right for this late summer/early Fall time of year!  By Brooklyn Farm Girl.

Special Feature:
As our parents age, sometimes it's hard to know what they need or want for gifts.  A Woman in Her Prime has a thoughtful list of gifts for older parents.  I wish my parents were still here to pamper....

Gift ideas for elderly parents

Don't forget to sign up for Pinners Utah Classes--we will be there November 3rd and 4th to present our "Christmas Traditions, Decor, and Goodies" class.  Use code "chicks" (no quotations and not case-sensitive) to receive a discount for tickets and go to this link to get tickets!
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Thank you for partying with us!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Fall Crafts and Funtastic Friday 144

Funtastic Friday Party Hosts 
Welcome to Funtastic Friday for this week!  Is everyone having a good week?  We had a surprise here in Nevada yesterday--a tornado warning up at Lake Tahoe!  That never happens!  No damage as far as I have heard.

We are delighted to have Cristy from Happy Family Blog join us as a co-host here at Funtastic Friday--welcome, Cristy!

This past week I took part in a Dollar Store Craft Blog Hop for Fall, along with six other lovely bloggers.  Hope you will check out my contribution of a Fall Wreath.  

Ok, let's party! 

Make a fall burlap wreath with this simple technique!
Fall Burlap Wreath @ The Country Chic Cottage
Sherry and Donna's favorites Sherry's favorite - Marinated Cheese @ The Kitchen is My Playground Donna's favorite - Mason Jar Ring Pumpkin with Washi Tape @ Refresh Living Lacie and Angie's favorites Lacie's favorite - No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars @ Delightful E Made Angie's favorite - Plant Stand Makeover @ Run to Radiance Heidi and Debra's favorites Heidi's favorite - Fall Burlap Wreath @ The Country Chic Cottage Debra's favorite - Cream Cheese Danish Recipe from Scratch @ Little House Living Liz's favorite Liz's favorite - Pinwheel Petals @ Paper Seedlings Cristy's favorite - She did the smart thing and evacuated in advance of Hurricane Irma.
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Party in Your PJs 174

Howdy and welcome to our link party!  We love to see what recipes, crafts, diy, etc. that you have to share with us.  Each week your posts will be seen on four blogs--and each hosts chooses their own Features so make sure to visit each one--you could be Featured!

                                                            Grandma Ideas | Pinterest

This week I participated in a Dollar Store Fall Craft Blog Hop! Myself and 6 other bloggers have such different takes on our crafts--hope you will stop by--mine is a Fall Wreath:

Also, I want those who are affected by recent hurricanes, fires, and earthquakes to know that you are in our prayers.  I am from Jacksonville, Florida myself and I know that there is much destruction there, as with many other areas.  Praying for the safety and well-being of all, humans and animals.

Okay, onto the party!

Debbie at Debbie-Dabble Blog shared such a unique Halloween decoration --I love it!

Don't Sweat the Recipe shares a recipe for delicious Roast Beef Sliders with Horseradish!  This photo makes me hungry............

Roast Beef Sliders with Horseradish Sauce - A creamy, spicy, horseradish sauce, layered with thinly sliced roast beef covered with gooey, melty cheese in a hand size toasty bun. #gameday 

Painted rocks are the "bomb" right now where I live and so I thought how appropriate for me to choose this post by Try It--Like It. 


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Don't forget to get your tickets for Pinners Utah--use code "chicks" to get a discount!  Pinners Utah is November 3rd and 4th this year in Sandy, Utah.  My girls and I are presenting "Christmas Traditions, Decor, and Goodies" so hope to see you there!  Tickets here.

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