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We LOVE Fall…

12145119_1691364757753297_558587174_nWe love Fall. I use a hashtag with this phrase {#welovefall} because I truly love it! My family has gotten on board because they don’t’ really have a choice. So when I say “we” it may truly be “me” who loves it.

In light of this love of a season, that comes and goes so quickly, we have enjoyed the pumpkin patch, a corn maze, dressing up as a family for Halloween, Trick-Or-Treating with our neighboors, a Costume Bash with Quest {a ministry of young adults at church that we just LOVE} and school parades and crafts. It was super fun to dress up as the Incredibles family. We are just the right cast of characters to reflect this funny cartoon fam. And while everyone I saw that night thought I had cut and colored my hair I assure that my loyalty to a costume does not run that deep.

We have been busy and were totally sick of the heat until this past week or so. I got to tap into my creative outlet by making a funny Nutella costume for our favorite babysitter {and friend} Shawna. And of course a Halloween party is just not complete without a puking pumpkin…right? I’ve also enjoyed a few PSL’s {pumpkin spice latte’s} and planning for a few events at church.

We are always at work around here but loving our silly, crazy little life {well most of the time}. You will find me posting most of my creative adventures and family photo’s on Instagram {you can follow me at: everydayvalentine}.

So as the cold weather and time change are settling in {they sort of collided all at once} I’m thankful for a chance to hunker down a little and stay warm under piles of cozy blankets every evening.

What do you do this time of year to celebrate Autumn?

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random THANKGIVING stuff

It’s Thanksgiving week! Yay! Here are a few last-minute tips for the coming week:

Check out my Travel Tips HERE & being road trip ready HERE.

Enjoy and Happy Travels!
And of course there is even more to check out on my Pinterest board: travelBUG

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THESE cookies. Divine!

Great hostess gift or take-a-longs for that crazy Black Friday shopping!

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They are delicious & so pretty!

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Check out my Thanksgiving kids table decor & crafts from last year HERE!

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{31 days recap & happy halloween}

Okay friends! So I am finally finishing up my 31 day project. Just a few days late! Life with a newborn and Halloween and homework and a house that never stops needing care has gotten the better of me. But I’m pressing-on because I have loved your feedback about motherhood. It seems that I’m not the only mommy out there who adores my kids and struggles with the tricky parts of motherhood all at once! If you haven’t had a chance to read along you can find all the posts I managed to write {i skipped a few days} HERE. Thanks  to the nester for this fun challenge and thanks to all of you for listening to my musings and my heart!

Cannot wait until next year…wonder what I will write about then!?!

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Also, how was your Halloween?

We had a crazy day of rain, a sleepy baby who wouldn’t nap, fun costumes, parades, parties, trick-or-treat in our neighborhood.

It was fun and tiring.

This was our take on FROZEN!

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Here they are at the school parade. Grant was a ninja by day and Olaf by night! Paigey loved being  Elsa! 8 out of ten girls did too! It was adorable!

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canvas fun {holiday hospitality 101}

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My sweet friend Ann {and mentor mom at our MOPS} came up with this very creative project. Ann is the closest person to Martha Stewart that I know. She sews, cooks, bakes, crafts…she is an amazing Grandma and just knows how to do a lot of things that most of us cannot seem to get around to learning. I hope you enjoy this project she came up with. The possibilities are endless. Make them with holiday art, sheet music, family pictures…whatever you can imagine! This would make a great activity for older kids, a nice hostess gift or simply a nice way to decorate your own home. Have fun creating! HERE is another great canvas tutorial method with photos if you need further inspiration. {P.S. Be sure to print images from the internet that you have been given permission to print…there are several site like the graphics fairy that have tons of free vintage images. You just don’t want to “steal” someone original work…so just check your sources.}

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Canvas Fun: Make Your Own Holiday Wall Art

Mod Podge on Canvas

Materials needed:

White Artist Canvas 8 X 8 or size you prefer

Picture of your choice, printed on an ink jet or laser printer

{in the same size as your canvas}

Mod Podge (I use Matte finish)

Paint Brush or Foam Brush

Acrylic Paints

Glitter Glue

Embellishments

Directions:

  1. Using a paint brush or foam brush, lightly coat the surface of the canvas with Mod Podge. Be careful to completely cover the canvas, but don’t apply too thickly.
  2. Turn your picture over to the wrong side, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge. Again, do not apply too thickly but cover entire surface.
  3. Place wrong side of picture on top of canvas and smooth out with your fingers. Don’t press too hard as this can cause damage to the print, but try to get all of the bubbles out.
  4. WAIT! This is the hard part! You have to wait until your canvas is completely dry before you put your next coat of Mod Podge on. I usually wait at least 6 hours or overnight.
  5. Once canvas is dry, put a light coat of Mod Podge on the top. Let dry and repeat this process. Two to three coats will do the trick.
  6. Make sure your canvas is dry before you start embellishing. This is the fun part! Be creative and use whatever you want to enhance your picture.
  7. When you’re done embellishing you can apply a spray-on Acrylic finishing coat if you wish (EnviroTex High Gloss Sealer)

Homemade Glitter Glue

{that won’t flake off}

Materials needed:

1 T Mod Podge

1 T Glitter (I prefer the fine glitter, but both will work)

Popsicle stick

Directions:

Mix the Mod Podge and Glitter using a popsicle stick. It will look somewhat thick and opaque. Use a paintbrush and adhere to the surface you want to cover, as you would paint. Don’t worry about the opaqueness while applying. It will dry clear and sparkly!

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