Oct 18, 2017

A Fun Halloween Party

A couple of weeks ago I invited the kids over for one of their favorite meals, roast beef with all the trimmings.  And then Brooke realized it was the last weekend before Halloween that everyone could get together so she asked if she could host dinner to celebrate Halloween.  And of course, I said yes!

I forgot my camera so I had to use the next best thing, my iPhone.  The pics aren't as clear as I'd like them to be.  :(

Brooke LOVES decorating for Halloween as much as I love decorating for Christmas.  Her birthday is on Christmas Eve and Justin's is on Halloween.  She keeps asking him to trade birthdays with her. :) If only it were that easy.

I loved the skeletons Brad hung from the chandelier in the foyer.  Such a cute idea!

I love these pumpkins.  Who said pumpkins can't be glamorous?

The dining room was all set for dinner with really cute Halloween dishes.

The table cloth is a sheer black web.

Her Disney Halloween collectibles were displayed on the mantle in her office.

This pretty pumpkin was displayed on the island in the kitchen.

I couldn't help but smile at this pretty skull hanging on the pantry door.  I just love black and white.  It is so striking.

In the family room she had a cute vignette.

Can you tell these are spider candles?

I'm loving the combination of the black pumpkin and the copper spikes.

This is a cool looking candle holder that looks like bones.  It's much prettier in person.

She had these cute glasses, napkins and plates to match.  I didn't get any pics of the eyeball ice cubes.  Ooooh!  They were creepy.  They looked like real eyeballs.  They were slimy, too!

Brooke made the cake and Sweet P decorated it to look like a brain.  I think she did a really good job.

Brad cooked beef and chicken fajitas and they were delicious.  The cake was yummy, too!
We had a wonderful time watching the original Ghost Busters movie.

Hope you had a great day!

Take care,




Oct 13, 2017

Sweet P and Her Love of Gymnastics

Our sweet granddaughter, Sweet P, had a gymnastics meet over the weekend and is going to state!  Woo hoo!!!  We are so proud of her.  She is very focused, determined and works hard to accomplish her dreams.

Sweet P eats, sleeps and drinks gymnastics.  She is always showing us something new she has mastered.

Mr. W and his sweet friend Mr. B are very good buddies.  They plan ahead what games they are going to bring so they can share them with one another while their sisters compete.  The funny thing is they look a lot alike.  They are so cute!  Don't you just love the masks?

I want to thank Gina and her husband Jason for sharing these amazing photos.  Jason is a very gifted photographer.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!



Oct 12, 2017

The Christmas Gate Book Review

Today I am writing a book review on "The Christmas Gate" by T.A.Cline.  If you know me, you know I am a HUGE fan of the Christmas holidays.  I love decorating our home "over the top" for family and friends to enjoy.


I recently joined Authors Den so I could request books from authors in exchange for honest reviews.  Naturally, I chose "The Christmas Gate" as my first read.  :)  Imagine that?!

I received my book on a Friday afternoon and read it that evening.  I found it to be a great read...I didn't want it to end.  It is a heartfelt story that will move you to tears.  A story about forgiveness and faith.  T.A. Cline does a wonderful job of reminding us all the true meaning of Christmas.  I am very excited to see what happens in The Christmas Gate II coming out this Fall.

Can you believe he autographed my copy?  :)  I am over the moon and will display it on our coffee table for all to see!

So head on over to Authors Den if you love to read.  You don't have to have a blog to post your reviews.  You can post them on Authors Den, Amazon and Good Reads.

Hope you have an amazing day!!!

Take care,



Oct 5, 2017

A New Look For An Ugly Fan

Today I am sharing with you a project I did before Hurricane Harvey.  I had an ugly black fan I really wanted to make pretty.  Truth be known, I have admired the really nice fans for years but I refuse to shell out the money for one.  Like this beauty at Bed Bath and Beyond for $99.  :)

So I took apart my fan and spray painted it.  I used the Rust-oleum Metallic paint for the grill and the blades.


I don't have any pics of the base being painted.  I used Rust-oleum White paint for the base.

I am very happy with the way it turned out.  It blends in with the room now instead of sticking out like a sore thumb.  It has a much softer look.

Do you have anything around the house you feel needs an update?  All you need are a couple of cans of paint and a little time.  Oh and some decent weather!

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Take care,



Oct 4, 2017

A Dose of Reality

Over the weekend, the hubs and I went to Home Depot for a couple of items.  Mostly of the garden nature.  After we were finished, we went into the main store to see if there was anything else we needed before heading home.  I walked in expecting to see their Halloween/Christmas decorations displayed.  I wasn't looking for them...just expected to see them.  Imagine my surprise when I saw rows and rows of supplies needed by those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  Lives that were turned upside down and inside out.


I don't live in a bubble and I am fully aware of the impact Hurricane Harvey made on our city.  Don't forget the hubs is a commercial adjuster and he has been crazy busy for weeks now.  Probably will be thru the end of the year.

We have friends who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey as well.  It's real.  

We passed by the display of Moisture Meters and the hubs was blown away by how many they had in stock.  He said they usually only carry a few.

The impact of Hurricane Harvey will continue to be felt for a very long time.  We have families coming to CHH (Christian Helping Hands) that are in great need of supplies.  Many left with only the clothes on their backs and are living in hotels until permanent housing can be found.  Children lost their school supplies among so many other things.  Thanks to the many, many donations we have received from across our great United States we are able to provide much needed supplies to those in need.

I want to thank everyone for their many donations.  Our hearts runneth over because of your generosity.  As Robbie, the Director of CHH, reminds us often "we are all God's children".


Hope you have a blessed day!

Take care,