DIY Halloween Shadow Puppets

My kids are at the age where shadows are exciting. They like making shadow animals with their hands or looking for their shadows (I think we watch too much Peter Pan!).

I try to make it fun without getting too spooky.  Its fun to be able to do projects and crafts with them.  I knew these Halloween Shadow Puppets would be a hit and I can't wait to share them with you!

Here is how you can make your own shadow puppets:

Creamy Cheddar Vegetable Soup Recipe

I'm a big soup fan. And now that its fall, its soup time! I've tried a lot of soups over the last few years and I recently combined my favorites (with some tweaks and changes) to make it just right.

Add any vegetables that you want the vegetables listed below are just my favorites.. carrots, celery, peas, broccoli, any veggies are yummy in this soup. I love it because whatever veggies I have on hand I can add.

Meet This Mormon

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We belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints otherwise known as "The Mormons". We are proud of this part of who we are! We are excited to team up with over 65+ of us strong... to extend an invitation to see a film. A film entitled "Meet The Mormons". This film is not meant to be an "in your face" - you must join our church film. It is simply designed and produced to uplift and inspire you through six stories of those of our faith who have followed promptings to follow Christ more fully in their lives. We hope you take the opportunity to enjoy this film. We hope your hearts are made light as you feel the goodness that comes from following our Christ and Savior. All proceeds from the film will be donated to The American Red Cross. So not only will you be uplifted and inspired, your money will be going to an amazing charity!!

We also would like to take a moment and share our personal testimonies, stories of our own personal conversions, and our own stories of how following our Savior, Jesus Christ has changed our lives. The light of the gospel of Jesus Christ offers a joy and hope that only following him can provide. We hope as you click through and read our stories and testimonies of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, you will feel uplifted and encouraged. We are by you! We love connecting with our readers, that is why many of us do what we do! Please be kind and considerate in your comments. It takes great bravery for us to open our hearts and our mouths to share with you such a tender and personal part of who we are. We share because we feel strongly the need to share the peace and the hope that is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I'm A Mormon #1
Anita | Live Like You Are Rich, Landee | Landee Lu , Tara & Devin | Salt & Pepper Moms , Mallory & Savannah | Classy Clutter Kelli & Kristi| Lolly Jane
McKenzie | Girl Loves Glam , Pam & Lisa | Over The Big Moon , Melanie | Forty Eighteen , Sky | Capital B Adell | Baked in Arizona
I'm a Mormon #2
Andie | Maybe I Will , Shatzi | Love and Laundry , Robyn | Create it Go , Rachel | R & R Workshop
Tiffany | Feel Great In 8 , Katelyn | What Up Fagens? , Brittany | BrittanyBullen , Ginger | Ginger Snap Crafts , Stephanie | Crafting In The Rain
Chelsey | Cee Me Be , Amber | Crazy Little Projects , Kallie | Smitten By, Elyse, Kristen, Lauren, Steph, Kendra & Camille | Six Sisters Stuff Annette | Tips From A Typical Mom
Kierste | Simply Kierste , Tayler | The Morrell Tale, Jennifer | My Daylights , Cambria | Live To Be Inspired, Danielle | Today's The Best Day
I'm a Mormon #3
Nat & Holly | My Sister's Suitcase, Britni | Play.Party.Pin , Montserrat | Cranial Hiccups ,
Heidi | A Lively Hope , Ashley & Meegan | Flats to Flip Flops
Kirtley | The Gist of Fit | Aubrey | Dreaming of Someday, Natalie| The Messanos,
Angela | Handmade In The Heartland

I'm grateful for this opportunity to share my testimony and a little bit about who I am.

I am a wife and a mother. I have been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints all my life. This is me and my dad at my baptism at the age of 8.  I have been pondering about that special day and how that is where my testimony of the church started.

There is so much I could say from what I learned during my life experiences and could probably fill up a whole post but my testimony is simple,

I am grateful for the knowledge that families are forever. That I will be sealed to my family forever. 
Grateful for temples that we can attend and to renew covenants we made. I know the blessings and peace it brings to my life when I attend.  No matter what I go through, I have a loving Heavenly Father who hears and answers prayers. That at anytime of the day I can pray. When I need help, need guidance, to be comforted, anything.  I know the Book of Mormon to be another testament of Jesus Christ. I know the Church is true. I'm grateful for it in my life. That I am not alone along this journey and that there is a plan beyond this life. That we will be reunited with family and friends that have passed on. We will live with Heavenly Father and Jesus again someday.

If you have any questions about what we believe, feel free to ask me! You can all see more info about the church at The message below is simple, "Come and see if the restored gospel of Jesus Christ enlarges and enriches that which you already believe".

Have a blog? Share you testimony of the church and add your blog link below.

Halloween Party Playlist

You've listened to my New Years Eve Playlist, 4th of July Playlist, and now here is the Halloween Party Playlist! These are the BEST Halloween songs and we have already been listening to the playlist this week.

The Playlist includes favorites such as Thriller, Purple People Eater, Monster Mash, This is Halloween (Nightmare before christmas), and some not so obvious Halloween songs but how could we not include them: Hedwig's Theme (Harry Potter), Headless Horsman (The Legend of the Headless Horseman) and I even added Grim Grimming Ghosts- music from the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland! 

A fun list of Halloween songs to listen to at home, at parties, or just for fun! 

Listen HERE. (not available on mobile phone.)

"Which Way Do You Face?" Free printable

General Conference has been so wonderful this weekend. If you aren't familiar with what LDS General Conference is, you can find out more info here. Twice a year, we get to hear from our beloved prophet and other leaders. It's a great weekend of learning, uplifting and family time. And cinnamon rolls :) Anyone can watch and I invite you to learn more about it and watch.

{Free Printable} Halloween Tic Tac Toe Game

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! I can't believe October is almost here. I created this fun Tic Tac Toe game to play with my kids. They are at such fun ages and games are one of our favorite things to do together. 

I am brave and beautiful

I am Brave and Beautiful - a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and I joined in!! Colbie's song says, "Take your make up off. Let your hair down... Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you... "
Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it off. You have to click play and see the beauty and bravery displayed and you might even recognize a few faces in there.

Me along with 101+ other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and sizes have decided to be Brave and Beautiful! You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don't need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instgram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in.
ALSO, if you tag it with a second hashtag - #ColbieTRY we just might be able to get Colbie Caillat's attention since she was the inspiration behind it all!

Are you brave and beautiful? I am, here I go...
This is my headshot for my blog. Hair done, make-up on, all ready to go! 
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