Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Fabulous Freebies & Finds - Yankee Candle does it again!

I don't know if you took advantage of this last time I posted it but it is such a GREAT deal! The Yankee Candle Company (http://www.yankeecandle.com/cgi-bin/ycbvp/retail.jsp) has their tarts and votives for $1 again!! When I posted this before, I went to my local Ben Franklin Store (http://www.benfranklinstores.com/) since they have such a big selection of Yankee Candles . They even had some of their Christmas scents in the back that hadn't been put out yet and a sweet lady went to get several votives of my favorite...Christmas Cookies. YUM!! These make wonderful gifts for friends, family and teachers. The promotion price will automatically be applied if you use code #TS910A2 when ordering online. If you would like to shop at your local store and not pay the price for shipping, you can grab the coupon here http://www.yankeecandle.com/yc/html/retail/Email_HTML/webCoupon_TS910A2.html

Harvest blessings to you!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Family Pics September 2009

Where does the time go?? It seems like I have less time every day. Here it is nearly the end of October and I'm just getting our September pictures on our blog.

Last month I caved and let the girls get a pet...make that 2! What was I thinking?? Oh yeah. I was thinking, how much I truly love them and I gave up on our pet-free home. You can only suggest a pet rock and a chia pet so many times before you have to give in. How long do cats live?? Oh yeah...longer than I want to think about. It's a love-hate relationship for me right now. They can be cute one minute and then I can completely lose it over the odor and the cat litter that's on my bathroom floor (among other things)!

Katelynn and I both have September Birthday's that are one day apart. The girls made me a pancake breakfast before church for my Birthday. I was awoken quietly by them to come down for a nice breakfast that they made with dad. Upon entering the kitchen, there was the site of flour all over the island and stool. They said I wouldn't have to do a thing since it's my Birthday. That lasted about 20 minutes. Looking back now, I love the effort and thought that they put into making my day special. They are so sweet!

Sally, our exchange student fits right in with our family. She has such a sweet smile. She loves to help me in the kitchen and is getting used to me taking her picture. Little by little I'm getting more pictures of her. We feel so blessed to have her staying with our family for this school year.

You only live once, make it count.

Friday, October 16, 2009

100 Fun Fall Things To Do (Scroll over words to find fun links!)

Pick Apples
Carve a Pumpkin
Make a Halloween Costume
Throw a Fall Craft Party
Bake Pumpkin Bread or
Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies
Decorate your house for fall
Volunteer as a screamer at your local haunted house
Make a
gingerbread haunted house with your kiddos
Go on a hayride
Plant mums
Brew cider
Make chili and invite neighbors over to watch football on TV

Build a tent with blankets and sheets, chairs and chip clips
Make playdoh and play with it!
Build a fire and snuggle

Rake leaves for an elderly neighbor
Roast tomatoes and garlic for an awesome homemade sauce
Make handprint canvases and display them

Finger puppets!
Make a recipe book of your tried and true favorites

Call an old friend
Plant bulbs for spring

Fertilize evergreen trees
Create Halloween Silhouettes using black vinyl and your Cricut (or
Scary Window Silhouettes here)
Get an early start on handmade Christmas gifts
Create a Spooky Tree
Donate old clothing and give it to a charity
Share a ghost story with kids
soft pretzels
Host an indoor picnic
Have breakfast for dinner

Make a pinecone bird feeder and hang them outside
Make a homemade heating pad on a cold night
Make a collage like this one.
Take a walk and collect leaves.
Wear a poncho
Sign up for Story time at the local library

Swap DVD's with a neighbor and hibernate for a "date night"
Read "How to Eat Fried Worms" with your kids
Learn to crochet, quilt or knit
Embellish a bedspread or quilt

Paint a room
Take a road trip

Take a family photo for Christmas cards
Do some early Christmas shopping
Scrap with your dearest gal pals

Organize a neighborhood bonfire
Make & eat edible eyeballs
Attend your local high school's homecoming game or parade
Bake an apple crisp
Clean your junk drawer
Write your parents a letter by hand, expressing your love and appreciation
Try a new recipe that intimidates you
Learn to can tomatoes

Make loaded apples and share
Write or email your favorite teacher and tell them what they meant to you

Make a fall garland and hang it
Have a favorite photo enlarged on canvas

Learn to make homemade pot holders
Cream of Potato soup. Enough said.

Make white trash and send some to school for a favorite teacher
Volunteer at school for an upcoming project
Make S'more Popsicles
Bake these adorable spider cupcakes
Make homemade toffee and eat it all by yourself
Print off games/puzzles online for bored kids
Buy and wear leg warmers
Make a pom pom scarf

Make these adorable cuff bracelets
Decorate the outside of your house with orange lights and hay bales for fall
Scare someone and LAUGH
Host a trunk or treat at your school as a fundraiser

Spend a whole evening looking at finished scrapbooks
Hang artwork your children created

Take tired fall decor to someone who might appreciate it
Dinner in a pumpkin--totally delish!

Collect pinecones or acorns and display them in a glass dish
Let kids play with sidewalk chalk in the garage on a rainy day

Teach your children to scrapbook and let them create!
Give yourself a spa night in your own tub
Stay in your pajamas all day long--as a family
Bake a lot of mini loaves of bread and freeze some
Learn to play backgammon
Take an online class of some sort
Make Spider Web Balloons
Organize your scrap space
Visit a local recycle center

Make cookies for local firefighters and thank them (police officers, too!)
Give sunflowers to a total stranger

Have a
Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino at Starbucks Create a Countdown to Halloween Calendar or banner
Cowgirl Cookies in a jar

Make Halloween Twinkies
Research your family tree
Host a pirate party
Host a pig roast or a clam bake
Make favors for a Halloween party
P.S. I found this great list on another blog and wanted to share it with you. Enjoy!