Friday, October 30, 2015

Top 7 Pope Francis Memes ~ QT 10/30/15

As are many of you, we're big fans of Papa around here......
Although it was a good five weeks ago today that we were blessed to attend His mass
at The Garden, we're still riding the Francis High.
My younger son and I happened upon a few fun memes recently
while doing some reading up on our Holy Father's life 
before priesthood and papacy.....
I thought I'd stick them in a QT, because .....
well, why keep the the enjoyment for ourselves? 
You may have seen some or all of these....
And, by the way, here's my (lengthy but newsy
and picture-laden) post on our day with Papa
in case you'd enjoy a peek at the festivities.

Anyway, enjoy friends!!!
I don't know quite which one is my fave!














Hey, head on over to Kelly's for others' quick take posts!
They are always wonderful!
Thank you for hosting, Kelly!!



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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Same Photo, Different Angle ~ TT/WW


Hi there friends~~~ 
Thanks for stopping over for some Theme Thursday fun!
For Micaela's theme this week, "same picture/different angle,"
I kind of cheated by not stretching my photographic skills
 and instead "recycling"  shots from our travels.
I've lots of history and culture here from our 
trip to  Mesa Verde in Colorado, summer 2014 .....
I really loved these two pictures of the Puebloans' amazing cliff dwellings
that we took from slightly different perspectives.....:



And yes, if you've not traveled to Mesa Verde, those are tourists
and you are allowed to climb in  (many) of the rooms!
Absolutely breathtaking!

That same summer, we also toured and hiked 
I remember taking several shots as we approached the  world famous
 Delicate Arch on our three mile walk killer hike
 out to a pretty deserted canyon area
where  only die hard outdoor nuts ----- 
and crazy people like us---- trek.
But it was worth it.
So I glanced through my 2014 photo  files and found them:






The miles back to the parking lot, up and down hills
 and on some red sand, 
went pretty quickly as we raced a serious thunderstorm.
We tied...... not too bad....!




Well, that was so much fun to re-live! 
Please visit Micaela for more TT fun!!
And  for you blogger friends who'd like to link up 
as well as perusing  themed posts~~ here's the scoop:
Come join in with the lovely group of bloggers each week :)
I'd love to chat further, but life has given me only a
 little down time lately..... I hope to be back soon!


Did you know, by the way, that I'm a Compassion Blogger?
Wait til you see these adorable faces!

  
 
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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Sun Flares ~ Theme Thursday/ WW

Have you heard the  Big  News in the blogosphere?
Theme Thursday is BACK!
Micaela, an awesome, west coast homschool mom 
 blogger is graciously hosting 
the fun photography linky which was 
where I met many of my blogging buddies.
I believe I met Micaela through TT too,
back in the day when Cari was hosting!  

Checking out bloggers' photog skills and mishaps and
most entertaining of all---  reading the back story behind
them all ------- is a blogging highlight for me!

So onto this week's theme:
SUN FLARES

These first couple of photos were taken in summer, 2013 by
the briny, sticky, muddy shores of The Great Salt Lake.


I was definitely in the right place at the right time, as they say, 
as the sun descended.


This summer, 2015, I captured this gorgeous sunset in San Diego......
how perfect.




Just the other day, driving west, I happened upon a sky
 that looked like it'd make a lovely sunset photo!



And - - while not exactly a "flare,"
my son  snapped a few amazing
 Super Blood Moon  a few weeks ago. 
Here are two of his two dozen or so~~ 


So lucky that we had  great weather for the rare event!
Thanks, friends, for stopping by!
Please visit Micaela for more TT fun!!



Did you know, by the way, that I'm a Compassion Blogger?
Wait til you see these adorable faces!

  
 
Friends, as always,  
thank you for stopping over and 
spending some of your precious time 
here at my home on the web!
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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

5 Halloween Must Haves ~ Frugal Tricks & Treats Too Cute to Spook! Plus a Walking Dead Make Up Tutorial #5faves


Hi there friends and welcome!
Thanks for stopping by for some Autumn/Halloween fin!

The Fall is my most favorite season - - 
the colors, the foods and treats unique to Autumn alone,
 the newness of a fresh school start, 
the crispness in the air,
Fall decor for outside and in,
memories of trudging through the neighborhood with the boys when they were little...
so much more.....
I'm so happy to share with you  a handful of "must haves" for this season!
Enjoy...
Happy shopping and Happy haunting! 

~ 1 ~

More Cute Than Scary costumes
We don't have a dog,
 BUT we had to purchase  one of these for our friend's beagle recently!
It was a special occasion and this fit the bill!




          

         
Guess which one???

Do you love how stinkin' adorable these costumes are??
As if pugs aren't cute enough...a pug in costume!
I can't stand it.



  ~ 2 ~ 

Isn't it easier to sit at home on your laptop and "pick up" the necessities
for The Big Day?
Ah, the scent of the chocolate, the sugar, the yummies!
For all those costumed cuties who come to your door for  treats~~~
here ya go.
Lots of candy links and at great prices!!









~ 3 ~

If you're into Spooky Effects.....
you'll enjoy perusing this selection of items galore
for your very own haunted house!
We have a few of these accessories  set up by the front door as kids
come by...the fog machine and strobe lights are soooooo fun and
 add an eerie  atmosphere. 




A plus: the disco balls and strobe lights are perfect for any gathering,
any season! You can easily set them up in your den or deck along with 
your music at the next birthday party!  
Such a festive look! 
And we've used our strobes for so many birthday gatherings now!
They are always a hit!



~ 4 ~
Handmade Halloween ~!!
Did you know that amazon now offers handmade specialties?
These sweet decorations are right up my alley and 
I'm hoping you'll enjoy as well.....
Take  a look~~




So darling!





 ~ 5 ~
Zombie Central
For little undead kids running around  trick or treating
with a look  to rival
The Walking Dead cast, here's some make up  and liquid latex
If you're wondering how what the latter two items can achieve in 
a to-die-for ( haha see what I did there?) ghoulish look,
check out the final product of  my son's creativity and patience ~~~~~




So how did he concoct such a realistically repulsive look?
He recommends this tutorial

'"Walking Dead' Zombie Makeup Tips and Tricks |
 Greg Nicotero Interview."

Gross right??
And oh yeah, you'll need some vampire blood to, you know,
make that wound even  more stomach turning~~


A pint of the stuff goes a loooooong way and it's a steal right  here.


Hey, for a whole bunch of fun Halloween/Fall crafts and books,
please visit my post
Halloween/Autumn Fun:  
7 Crafts, Treats, Literature & Decor 

I promise, none of the crafts are as disgusting as the zombie body parts  above!


I've used my amazon affiliate link  in this post, which means a tiny portion of  items you purchase when  you click through my blog is credited to me. 

Thank you.




Did you know, by the way, that I'm a Compassion Blogger?
Wait til you see these adorable faces!

  
 
Friends, as always,  
thank you for stopping over and 
spending some of your precious time 
here at my home on the web!
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Please head to Jenna's for  many others favorite everything!