Friday Favorites: Carving Pumpkins, an Easy Kid Craft & More...

Today I am linking up with some other bloggers (AndreaErika Narci ) for Friday Favorites sharing my Friday Favorites.  If you are visiting from one of their sites, welcome.  If it's your first time here, you can read more about me here.  

It's been a crazy week!  

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. {2 Corinthians 12:9}

I want you always to know I am only one moment away from hot mess status, it's most certainly not perfection around here but thankfully His grace is sufficient especially in our weakness.  Amen????

Okay I have lots of fun stuff let's go!

Carving Pumpkins

Remember we picked them here

 We had a beautiful fall day to carve and make a mess on the back deck.  Both of our big kids had very specific plans for their pumpkins.  Solon is a Michigan fan (because our Cyclones stink) and he wanted M eyebrows to show his Michigan love.  Vera wanted her pumpkin to have glasses.

Lucy was a fair weather pumpkin carver (she enjoyed opening and closing the screen door).  So, the kids and I took the drill to hers and made polka dots with different size drill bits.  

I grabbed some LED candle votives at Dollar Tree, placed the candles inside and we were in jack o'lantern business.  I forgot to spray the insides with bleach to prevent rotting but there's my tip for you to create longer lasting jack o'lanterns! 

I shared this week about how we share the Pumpkin Parable with our kids as we carve pumpkins.  If you want to know more, check out this post.

New booties

I love my new Toms Deia booties.  

Apparently, so does everyone else because they are selling out like crazy.  I got mine at Brown's Shoe Fit and if you are local, Justin will hook you up!  He even sprayed complimentary weather protectant on them for me so I could wear them right out of the box which I sure did.  I wear mine with socks like these

Oh, hey Toms Deia booties and leggings I love (detailed next)!  I got to go out with a friend for dinner last weekend and her hubby watched all 6 kids.  #saintstatus

Favorite Leggings

We are all looking for good leggings because it's the new yoga pant.  A blog I follow recommended the HUE  wide band leggings here.  They are super comfy, not too thick but not too thin (you don't see undies when you bend over ;).  I don't have to hike them up all day.  I wash and dry them and have had my pair for over a year with great success.

You might remember on Wednesday I said this is my favorite outfit (basically pajamas for day).  
You can find yours here.  I suggest sizing down, I normally wear medium in bottoms but I wear a small in these!  There was 1500+ reviews on Amazon and 4.5 stars so don't just take my word for it!

...and here's another shot of nearly the same outfit with the leggings (told you it's my uniform, that sweatshirt tunic was Target last year and I sized up so it covered everything ;)

Angels Walking Series

Darn you Karen Kingsbury! The books don't end nice and neat so I went from book 1 to book 2 to book 3 in just over a week.

If you want to see what else is on my nightstand, check out my What's Up Wednesday post.  I have been on a major reading kick lately.  Fall scream curl up with a book and a cup of coffee...lots of coffee due to the reading and lack of sleep.  It's a vicious cycle I tell you!

Easy Halloween Craft

Vera LOVES to craft (I cannot emphasize that enough).  I can't always buy the box craft kits because you know money doesn't grow on trees and did I mention we craft a lot?  So, we finished a jar of salsa the other day and I thought, hey we have a craft in the making here.   

We scrubbed off the label (soak in hot water first), paint the exterior with craft paint (we used these) and then one dry she drew on a face with a sharpie marker complete with tears and a band-aid.  We popped an extra votive inside and it is a nice little decoration sitting by my sink.  You could make a ghost or mummy with white paint or get really crazy and cut tissue paper in strips and whip up some paper mache with flour and water!  

It's a cute little project for your Halloween weekend.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

 I would be remiss if I didn't mention during Breast Cancer Awareness month that my mom is a SURVIVOR!    Cancer stinks (insert stronger expletive) but our happy faces right there is because my mom is cancer-free because of early detection with a routine mammogram - ladies go get squished, it saved my mom's life! 

Looking ahead to November...

A giveaway (pinch me!)

A new series is coming

Join me for a link party 10 on (November)10th.  
This month we are talking 10 favorite Toys, just in time for Christmas wish list making!

And on that note, don't forget to follow me on Instagram and Facebook.  

I would love to connect with you so leave me a note in the comments!  

Have a great Halloween weekend!  

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