Thursday, October 29, 2015

10 Fun Halloween Decorations

I love decorating for Halloween!  I've recently found some excellent decorations that I can't wait to try out next year.  I pulled out my decorations for Halloween a few weeks ago and realized that I really need to up my game.  My decorations are old and lame.  Here is a list of 10 fun decorations that I want to try out next year.  I bet they make me the best decorated house on the block!

1. Halloween Witches Cauldron - Princess Pinky Girl - This is the cutest thing ever!  It looks so easy to create.  I already know where I'm going to put it.

2. Floating Head Hanging Ghosts - Simply Designing - These are so cool looking!  I would have never thought to use mannequin heads. Great idea!

3. Floating Witch Hats - Polka Dot Chair - Love these! Melissa's luminaries are gorgeous, inexpensive, and fun.

4. Bats!! - Made - So many bats!! This is great =)

5. Concrete Pumpkins - Club Chica Circle - I wanted to do this for this Halloween!  Time somehow got away from me this year.  So cute....

6. Halloween Pillows - LincolnStreetBlog via Eighteen25 - Ugh, I just can't stand the cute!  These pillows are a must make for next year.  I can't wait to get out my dusty, unused sewing machine =)

7. Silhouette Windows - Who Arted? - What a great spooky way to dress up the outside of your home!  These windows are so fun.  The best part? I bet you have all the materials in your home right now!

8. Spooky Stairs - I can't find the source for this picture, the current link is unavailable.  But I think doing this to my stair case would be gorgeous!  I need a Silhouette Cameo....bad!

9. Spirit Jugs - Eighteen25 - Gotta start saving my milk jugs!  I think even different size jugs would be cute, too.

10. Myers Grave - 365 Days of Halloween - Wouldn't this just be the creepiest thing you've ever seen!!  I don't know if I could have this outside every day before Halloween, but it sure looks cool!

Leave a comment with a link to your Halloween Decorations, I'd love to see them!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Bullet Journaling and Planners

There is a new craze....well, new to me anyway.  It's probably not new at all!  I discovered bullet journaling and for the last 3 months my life has been changed..for the better of course!

It all started when I was scouring the corners of the network (ok Pinterest!) for free planner printables.  I've recently come to the realization that I can print off exactly what I need and have it bound at the local Office Depot for a few dollars.  Much easier.  However, in my searches I found a site that offers a different view to planners.  Bullet Journaling!
After watching this video I tried it for the entire month of August.  I learned that I am more organized when my list is in front of me, and that dumping my brain onto a page is very effective for me.  I played with the icons and layouts for a little while.

As you can see in one of my August pages, I was just trying to discover a fit for my planner.  I sectioned off the days one at a time, but not before the day was over.  I wasn't sure how much room I would need.  I have always been a weather junkie, so I knew I wanted to incorporate the weather for the day.  Big fan of colored pens and sharpies so I have a huge stash of those and they are coming in handy.

I still researched while I was trying this style of planning out and found some Instagram users, groups on Facebook, some boards on Pinterest, and a few planning and bullet journaling blogs to follow.

  • Meg Thomson - Meg's YouTube Channel is a great resource for setting up your bullet journal.  I actually got my headers and a lot of setup information from here.
  • Gretchen Hope - This YouTube Channel was another excellent resource.  She details which notebooks are good and has great Plan With Me sessions as well.

Here are a few of my October spreads.  You can see I found a different setup with the entire week in one view which works better for me.  I can see all the things I need to be aware of in the week, which is great for me as a mom with a busy child.  I can now see school events, doctors appts, sports activities, etc.  I'm prepared for the week, which is awesome!

October was a month for stickers and themes.  I discovered that I could make my planner pretty!  I am a new Etsy user and realized the potential of that site!  It connects me to many, many things: planners, printables, stickers, and more!  Here are some people and stores I love:

  • NicoleBasically - Great stickers for great prices! I just recently found this shop
  • That Washi Tape Girl - This shop has every style washi tape for every event you could imagine!
  • The Polka Dot Posie - Stickers and Planner Printables.  My next printed planner may come from this shop!

I'm really excited about my new hobby!  After my bullet journal is done, my next purchase might be an Erin Condren Life Planner....have you seen those things?!  Amazing! And the stickers that are available for those planners are outstanding.  I love having great options like free printables, Etsy, Erin Condren, Happy Planners, etc. so that I can find my planner peace by combining more than one.

Monday, October 26, 2015


by Janet Evanovich

256 pages
4 CDs

Published October 2006
Read October 2015

Patrick Hunter is a new small town pediatrician.....and he's also broke.  He meets Megan after his pet rabbit ate her skirt.  Then they set up an instant family when a woman drops off her baby and doesn't return.  After meeting their families and one disastrous Thanksgiving dinner, Pat and Meg realize they can't live without each other.

These are just a few of the crazy things running through Janet Evanovich's novel.  I do not usually read these sappy romances.  I picked it up at the library because, well, it's close to Thanksgiving and I just finished a few of her Stephanie Plum novels.  It was exactly what I thought; sappy, cheesy, and just plain fun.  Every once in awhile I need these books!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Three to Get Deadly

Three to Get Deadly
by Janet Evanovich

396 pages

Published 1998
Read (again) October 2015

Stephanie Plum is at it again.  She's got to be the most unorganized, unprofessional bounty hunter in the business.  This time she's after a sweet, candy shop owner known to the entire community as Uncle Mo.  Surely he couldn't have done anything wrong.  What she founds out astounds the neighbors! 

Apparently I just reread the first 3 books of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series and I didn't even remember it!!  I went to put them into my Goodreads list and they were already there....from 2010!  I don't know whether it's a good thing that I was just as intrigued to read them the second time, or the fact that I didn't remember I had read them already.  Either way, I will continue with the series this time, not reread the first 3 again.

Friday, October 23, 2015

The Confession

The Confession
by John Grisham

528 pages
5 CDs

Published 2010
Read October 2015

I've always been a fan of John Grisham.  He's actually one of the first authors I started reading consistently, especially after I read The Firm.  That was one of my very favorites; the movie was great too!  All his novels seem like they could have been pulled straight from the headlines and this one is no different. 

A white high school cheerleader is murdered and an African American male is accused and convicted.  Right before he is due to be executed the whole story changes.  Another man, a slimy predator already convicted of several crimes, walks into a minister's office to confess.  From there on it's a whirlwind of chaos and time crunching.  Who's innocent and who's to blame?  Another great from the master of legal thrillers!