Friday, October 30, 2009

Let the Festivites Begin!

Last night was a blast! The girls loved making their own Mummy Dogs and scooping out the guts of their pumpkins. We helped them carve. Lily chose a cat, Mandy chose a bat, I went with a silly jack o latern face that was simple but cute cause my hand was hurting by the time it came to my pumpkin. Shane picked a headless horseman. They all turned out great! And Shane's choice picked out our movie for the night too. We ended up watching Legend of Sleepy Hallow (kids version) I may have gotten to comfy and I may have dozed a little during it. Then it was bed time for the kiddos and Shane and I watched Sleepy Hallow (the Johnny Depp one). I may have fallen asleep 15 minutes in. I must of been tired from all the fun!

Tonight we had a pretty big night. Lily had a fall festival at her school. We did everything, the duck pond, the giant inflatable slide, the jump house, face painting, fake tattoos, bowling, ring toss, cake walk,visited the book fair, met "Sparky" the firefighter dog, and sand art!

The face painters were kinda lame. Lily wanted bats. Lady couldnt do bats (come on! not that hard! get it some what like a bat and she will be happy!) She tried to talk Lily into a dog. Lily didnt want a dog. She suggested a butterfly (yep she can do butterflies not bats...) Lily didnt want that either. But Mandy did. Lady did HALF a buttefly put a couple swirls on the otherside of her face and called it done. I was annoyed it was half a butterfly.... but I didnt say anything to Mandy cause she was happy, so I was happy. Lily then decided she wanted to be a cat. Hers was complete and cute and Lily was happy. Later they got fake tattoos of a butterfly and a cat to match their facepaint.

We did the cake walk and the girls competed with 5 other contestants. Mandy won the first one. She was sooooo proud. She picked out a carrot cake. (and it smelled soooooo good) Then Lily started doing it again and we didnt have the heart to stop her, so we gave more tickets to let her play another round. She won! She picked out a cookie cake. Shane thought we should of taken them to get lottery tickets since they were both so lucky! hehe

Between the sugar cookies we have been making, the two cakes won at the cake walk, the two pies Shane walked in with yesterday, the cotton candy, the caramel apples and all the candy we are gonna get tomorrow trick or treating we are gonna be on sugar highs til new years just from this week! I may have to send some of it off to other peoples houses and make them deal with it! muahahahahaha!

By the time we got to the book fair the girls were exhausted. Mandy laid down in the floor. When Shane took a couple steps Mandy would get up and move with him then lay down next to him. Lily wanted all the non book stuff there or books that she had no hope of reading for a couple more years. I asked her to start off by picking a book she could read. She started to whine and cry saying she could read any of it. Even putting on a show about how she couldnt read a book I handed her that I know she can read. *Sigh* ahhh 6 year olds.

We came home and watched Hocus Pocus and the girls headed off to bed. I hope they sleep good cause tomorrow is gonna be another long fun filled day!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Halloween Family Night

Busy weekend coming up! Since we aren't going to be home tomorrow and Saturday, I thought tonight we could have a family night tonight instead. We will be making our mummy dogs, baking ghost cookies, and then carving pumpkins. After that we are gonna bake the seeds. YUM!

Then settle down and watch a movie or two. I'm still trying to decide what movies to watch. I'll probably take a vote : P Here's some of my options:

1) The Adventures of Ichabod Crane (The Legend of Sleepy Hallow)
2) Ernest Scared Stupid
3) HalloweenTown
4) Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie
5) Haunted Mansion
6) Corpse Bride
7) Hocus Pocus (My favorite!!!)
8) Its the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
9) Nightmare before Christmas
10) Addams Family

Ack! Decisions, Decisions! What is your favorite Halloween movie?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Softlips Giveaway

Brandie over at Free Sample Freak is having this great giveaway!

Softlips chapstick is without a doubt my absolute favorite chapstick. It goes on smooth and light. It feels great and doesn't get sticky like some other chapsticks can.

Softlips Limited Edition Winter flavors
with SPF 20 come in 4 flavors I cant wait to try:
Winter Mint, Sugar Cookie, Sugar & Spice, and Sugar Plum Berry

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Halloween Flashbacks!

Around here we love Halloween! Both (yep both) my parents were born on Halloween and when we lived in Arizona my dad would dress up in this black robe put on a skeleton mask and have a sword in his gloved hands. He would sit so very still and after the kids got their candy he would start following them down our long darkish pathway to the driveway. I could almost trick or treat in my own driveway since kids seemed to drop stuff as they ran away sometimes. It was wonderful!

Our town was small but Trick or Treating was amazing. We knew all the short cuts and could get from neighborhood to neighborhood easily (though those short cuts were kinda scary late at night!)

Now living in the bible belt, Halloween is pretty weak (and very disappointing to a person who loves Halloween like me!) We usually hit the mall to see all the costumes then hit one suburb til the girls dont want anymore candy (or we run out of houses whichever comes first) My family and My sisters family always end up at my parents house to celebrate. One year Shane was talking and holding the gorgeous fall cake I picked out for their birthday and let it slip and it hit their wall, staining it red and orange. We still tease him about it.

Anyway, you know I love costumes and I wanted to share the costumes my girls have worn in the past years! And since this is my blog I'm going to!








I can't wait to be able to add this years!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Halloween Dinner- Mummy Dogs

I'll be the first to admit that I cant cook. If it requires more then 5 steps to make I cant do it... it will end up ugly, inedible, or charcoal. Thank you inventor of the microwave! You are my hero! My kids and I would have starved to death by now without our trusty microwave!

Thankfully though, I'm one smart cookie and I married a man that can cook and cook well. I'm telling ya, I caught a good one and he's never getting away! lol

However "Mummy Dogs" are something even I can make! Ever heard of "Pigs in a blanket"? My mom used to make them a lot when I was growing up and my girls love them too. So when I saw this idea several times this year I knew I had to make them myself!

Its easy peasy! Here is what you need:
1 tube of crescent rolls will make about 10 hot dog mummies.

Hot dogs
Crescent Rolls
Ketchup or Mustard (Mandy prefers Ketchup, Lily prefers the Mustard)
Cheese (optional)

If you are going to add cheese you can start off by slicing the hot dog. DO NOT CUT IN HALF! just a small slice down the middle will do. Stuff it with cheese. It doesn't have to be pretty, you wont see this when we get done!

Unroll your crescent rolls and separate at the separate at perforations, creating 4 rectangles. Press remaining perforations to seal them so they don't separate into triangles instead of rectangles. Cut 10 strips from the dough. Wrap 4 pieces of dough around each hot dog to look like "bandages," stretching dough slightly to get more coverage from the dough. At one end of the hot dog leave a small spot uncovered for the face.

Bake 13 to 16 minutes at 375°F. When they are done use the ketchup or mustard to do two dots for eyes in the space you left uncovered. You can do a mouth too if you wish!

Then Eat and enjoy! I'm going to be making these before we head out for our Trick or Treating so I can get the girls to eat while thoughts of costumes and trick or treating fill their heads with excitement!

Go here for a free printable coupon for $1.00 off Pillsbury Crescent dough, along with a picture of the some mummy dogs and other yummy things made with Crescent rolls.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Blogger went down

Blogger went down early this morning when I was working on changing my layout. Talk about frustrating! Right in the middle of testing some coding and *BOOM* error! Finally I was able to finish my coding for this morning (gonna try more later tonight) after an hour and a half.

I know the new layout isnt very "fall like" but I just couldnt resist as I played around with the colors from my digital scrapbooking kit I made for Easter 2008. I love the colors together. I may make a fall version too... maybe ;) Until then I hope you like the new(est) layout and that it isnt too bright/wild/fugly for you!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Halloween Costumes

The other day we went costume shopping for Halloween. Before we left Lily said she wanted to be a snake. Mandy wanted to be a crocodile. Way to make it easy on your parents, girls!! Shane found the cute bat costume. Mandy loves it! Wings and new black boots?! She's in heaven! Lily was revolted. At first. She had decided she wanted to be a zombie while we were gone.

I asked her, "Lily, do you even know what a zombie is?!" She told me "They have green skin, black hair and walks like this." *Does the zombie/frankenstein walk* "See Mom! I know what a Zombie is!" We decided that if she was still insistant on hating the bat we would take it back in the morning. While putting her on the bus the next morning she told me she was happy with being a bat. Success!!

Im hoping to make the girls matching bat necklaces in the next day or two for them to wear with their costumes. Hopefully I can borrow a camera once they are made and post pics of them here.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

My Little Pony: Twinkle Wish Adventure Giveaway

Free Sample Freak has a great giveaway for a My Little Pony: Twinkle Wish Adventure DvD! MLP is a classic toy and have been a favorite toy and movies as far back as I can remember. Head on over to Free Sample Freak and join in the giveaway for your chance to win!


7 years!

Yesterday, my husband and I celebrated 7 happy years of marriage! It's hard to believe its been this long already, and I can't wait to spend more years with him <3.Sweetest Day. Some people believe that it was a holiday made by the candy companies to make money.I dont care if it is, its the thought behind it that counts, hehe. Once known as a day to spread love and cheer to the unfortunate, this popular holiday in the northern U.S. is now known as a day to show affection to the loved ones in your life. We thought this would be the perfect day to get married. It fell on October 19th that year.

Our wedding was simple but beautiful. Our colors were burgundy and hunter green. We were both 18. Most people think young marriages don't work. I think so far we are debunking that misconception pretty thoroughly. So heres to the first day of our 7 years of marriage. I'm lucky to be his wife!

*Apparently I don't have many of our wedding pics on my computer right now and a scanner that refuses to work with Vista keeps me from posting more right now :(

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Bucket List

In 2007, the movie "The Bucket List" came out. It stars Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. The movie is about Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers have nothing in common except for their terminal illnesses. While sharing a hospital room together, they decide to leave it and do all the things they have ever wanted to do before they die according to their bucket list. In the process, both of them heal each other, become unlikely friends, and ultimately find the joy in life.

Being someone who likes to make lists I could not resist making my own "Bucket List". I find all of them intriguing. To me it allows a glimpse into the people who write them, and in my opinion everyone should have a bucket list! Course you want to actually DO stuff on your bucket list too! My own personal bucket list has things that range from easy and cheap, such as #40. Make Candy Apples to ones that are gonna be quite expensive and may take many many years before I get the chance to cross it off my list such as #5. Take a long road trip. They are listed as I thought of them. Not in order of importance. When I think of something its added to the list.

Some more things on my list are:

2. Have a weekend ROMANTIC getaway
6. Have my picture taken with all 50 "welcome to" state signs
13.Write a book
25. Go whale watching
41. Name a Star
48. Read all 100 books on my reading list
52. Take another road trip with my dad

I've already knocked one off my list:
38. Walk through a real castle.

In 2000 I was lucky enough to travel to Germany for a student exchange. During that 6 weeks, my class went to many different historic places, including Heidelberg Castle.

Do you have a bucket list?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

My first blog award!!

I was given my first blog award! It made my day! It was given to me by my friend, Justine, from Silent Storm. Her blog is great, you should really check it out! Thanks Justine!

The Best Blog Award rules are:

To accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who gave it to you and his/her link. Pass it on to 15 other blogs you have recently discovered and think are great! Remember to contact the blogs you choose!

1. Coming Clean: Confessions of an Imperfect Parent
2. Blue Cricket Design
3. Controlling My Chaos
4. Homemade by Jill
5. Homemaking Fun
6. Life as we know it
7. Mommy Blessings
8. Not so idle hands
9. One Day When I Have Time
10. Reinvented
11. Stitchin' Time
12. The Idea Room
13. The Queen of my House
14. Thrifty Decor Chick
15. The Magic Onion

All of these are really great blogs from funny and creative women! Please stop by and check them all out!


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Birthday Flashback & Rainbow Cake

I'm still sick over here, but starting to feel some better (thankfully!). Since I still don't feel 100% I'm still working on stuff on the blog, and thought I would share a couple pictures and ideas from Lily's 6th birthday party last month.

She wanted a "Wizard of Oz" theme this year. Both my girls love watching "Wizard of Oz" with their grandma,(whose blog is Stitchin' Time). My Mom already had a gorgeous mural she painted of the wizard of oz scene and a tree she made to look like the apple trees for a party at work. We used those as decorations (unfortunately my camera is out of commission so no pictures of those unless I can get her to take some for me!).

While looking for inspiration on cakes I came across the wonderful blog The Idea Room and her wonderful rainbow cake. Since I cant bake (it doesn't end well) I left the cake up to my husband to make the night before the party. I guess telling him "Rainbow" wasn't enough to indicate that it should be assembled in "rainbow" order. I'm not sure if its the food coloring he used or what happened but all the layers with blue dye in them were crumbly, but he did his best and I think it turned out cute for our first try. Lily's first words when she saw it were "Oh Daddy! It's GORGEOUS!". My mom was kind enough to email me the couple pictures from her camera.

The cake

The Birthday Girl!

The reason Lily has a medal around her neck is because for favors, we gave out medals of courage (for the Lion) Little notebooks with hearts on the cover (for the Tin Man) Smarties candies (for the Scarecrow). I didnt get to go all out for Lily's parties like I usually do because of so many things going on but we all had fun and she had a great birthday!


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Case of the Yuckies & A funny video

Had to get the girls up this morning at 5 am so we could take Molly (our lab/mix/mutt) to get fixed. After spending two days barely able to function due to the flu, I'm starting to feel some better today. But Mandy and I are still taking it easy today.

Today we stumbled on this ecard at JibJab! My girls love em and since we all loooove Halloween around here, how could I resist! Now in this video are 5 creatures. Since our family only has four human creatures I had to use one of JibJab's "ready made heads". I couldn't resist making Robert Pattinson (Who plays Edward Cullen in Twilight) the vampire.

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Monday, October 5, 2009

New Look!

Added a new look to the plain boring blog that was here a couple days ago! Not quite done yet, but a major improvement so far! Plans to start digital scrapbooking freebies, and hopefully my first fellow blogger feature sometime this week!!


Friday, October 2, 2009

Whats in a Name?

Everyone knows that famous line from Romeo & Juliet.

"What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;"

Well I have spent a week trying to come up with a name that would serve the dream blog in my head justice. One that could be fun and themed (I work well with themes!) and have meaning. Night Owl Notions came to me last night. Ohhhhhh around 2:30 this morning it hit me with the thought "I need to go to bed and stop being a night owl!"

"Ooooo," I thought to myself, "I like that!" I started to roll ideas around in my head. Eventually the word Notions popped into my head. I liked it but wasn't 100% sold on it. So I took a trip to to see what it had to say about my potential word. It fit exactly what I wanted. Here is the definition:

  1. A belief or opinion.

  2. A mental image or representation; an idea or conception.

  3. A fanciful impulse; a whim. See Synonyms at idea.

  4. notions Small lightweight items for household use, such as needles, buttons, and thread.

[Middle English nocioun, concept, from Latin nōtiō, nōtiōn-, from nōtus, known, past participle of nōscere, to get to know; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.]

Considering this blog will be full of my opinions (everyone's got one!) the first definition was dead on. The second is of course all the ideas that rule my head, be they mine or someone elses! The third, who knows what may pop up based on a whim?! and the fourth, I plan to do many crafts with all the little assortments of notions!

So thats how "Night Owl Notions" was born!

Rebuilding the Nest

The title of this post reflects many things to me. I'm trying to form new habits around the house to keep organized and tidy. I'm starting a new blog since my old one is old and neglected and was made for me to use when I was creating things more frequently.

From time to time I plan to post some of my creations, have giveaways and freebies, but I also want to use this blog as a resource. There are hundreds of wonderful ideas I'd love to try but I can never remember what blog or website I saw them on. So I'd love to feature them here so I, and others, can find them easily.

I have a bunch of great ideas for this place so hang around. Ya never know what you might see here!