Mazie and Hazel

Written on 06/25/2013

Since I haven’t blogged in about 100 years you probably aren’t too aware of my new and improved Etsy Shop, Mazie & Hazel. It started as a place where I sold vintage goodies and evolved into my handmade hair accessories. I hand make each creation using high end wool felt and other wonderful materials. Each piece is unique and beautiful! I love using bright colors and glitter to adorn my pieces. Some are simple and some are more detailed. Prices start at $5 and go up to $18. Just to make it even better I am offering a 15% discount code for my blog readers! Just use this code when you check out of my shop for 15% off your purchase. I’m planning a little giveaway soon as well to help spread the word!

Peace out!

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A whole lot of living going on.

Written on 06/14/2013

You have to start back somewhere. Last I read we bought our current house. We hadn’t moved in yet but as of now we have been in it for about 3 months. We’ve closed some serious chapters since I have last blogged. Life is so surprising. It goes by so fast, especially when you reflect on all that has happened in the past 4 months. Cohen finished Kindergarten. She will be a first grader come Fall. Isla will be in preschool 3 days a week. I completed a chemistry series and a writing class. I will be conquering my biology classes starting this Fall. It’s all so strange! But good! Except for the fact that my babies are growing up, that just makes me depressed. I turned 29. We celebrated Easter. We celebrated Cohen’s 6th birthday. We visited the beach for mother’s day. My beautiful Grandma turned 90. I did a very fun Spring craft faire. We moved; let’s not forget how insanely awful moving is. We’ve lived and loved a lot. Now for some pictures!

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The Girls enjoying their new room.

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Penny helping me craft in my new and very messy sewing/craft room.

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Some bibs I made! Love them!

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Goodnight hugs from Uncle QuinnIMG_0579

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We celebrated Brynnie’s 2nd birthday in May!

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Cohen had her last kinder feild trip to the stinky dairy farm! She got to feed a baby cow! I may or may not have fed one too…. and kissed one between the eyes.IMG_0600

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Look at that face!IMG_0612

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What you get when you only have one picture taken. Oh well!

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Mae Evelyn is BORN! :-)

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Some adorable hair goodies for sale in my etsy shop!

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My doll on her last day of kindergarten! First grade here she comes!IMG_0748

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Restin’.IMG_0785

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Mommy/daughter date in June. IMG_0938

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The sunset at our new house. Amazeballs.

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Getting some snuggles from little Mae mae moo.IMG_1228

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So far I haven’t allowed Mt. Everest again…. let’s hope it stays that way! This was a LONG night!

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Loving our new backyardIMG_1329

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Snazzed up the Entry on our home!IMG_1413

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A perk to Cohen finishing school a couple weeks before ery’ one else!
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The girls finished room!

Beds from Walmart.com (Jenny Lind Beds)

Bedding from Ikea

Pillows from Costco

Bookcase thrifted

Storage from Target

Custom Art work

Frames from Marshalls

TeePee thrifted and re-covered from Ikea table cloth

Large chalk board made from thrifted frame

Curtains and polka dot rug from Ikea

Book storage from Target

Wall paint color is “Light French Gray” from Sherwin Williams
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Cohen is learning the Ukulele!! I love her.IMG_1680

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One of my favorite things to do in my new hood. Run!

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Soaking up Summer and the daisies

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My beauty modeling a headband for sale in my Etsy Shop.

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Turbin Headbands. For sale in my Etsy Shop!IMG_2029

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A June trip to the lavender farm. IMG_2094

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An oldie but goodie of Pup before she got a haircut.

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Moving backwards to Feb. My 29th birthday!IMG_5755

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My new sweater from Vin for my 29th.

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This is at our apartment in Feb. Co modeling her Valentines attire.

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I conquered my Chemistry class…. looks exciting doesn’t it?

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Quick little beach tripIMG_6020

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My baby heading to school.IMG_6216

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We bought our house in Feb. We had it all painted. This is the progress! Paint color is Benjamin Moore Cape Hatteras Sand. IMG_6816

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James hanging up the girls new chandelier! IMG_6841

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My ladies helping move. IMG_6869


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Outside lights hung on our little porch! LOVE.

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New pulls. The holes were too wide for the ones I originally wanted but these worked fine.

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Pup loves her new house. (Wall color is Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter)

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Ella having a little play date in the new house!

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My new velour furniture. Love it!

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Miss Vera came over and made us bagel sandwiches. YUM!IMG_7127

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Moving in!IMG_7245

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Rapunzel. All day. Every day.
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Jess before she had Mae. Isn’t she gorgeous! IMG_7572

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Easter with these peeps!

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Boom. Chemistry done!

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Cohen on her 6th birthday!!IMG_8150

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After a neighbor called 911 (she was fine by the way) the girls caught the attention of the firemen and got a personal tour of the engine! What a great birthday surprise for Cohen!IMG_8438

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Guest Bath (Revere Pewter)

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Isla and I thrifting for some plates for my plate wall.

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The Plate Wall completed!

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Some Pre-Summer decor for my dining table.IMG_8495

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Al these beauties are for sale in my Etsy Shop! $5! IMG_8647

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Recovered this old bench with a curtain from target! It was cheaper than buying home decor fabric!

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My breathtaking BFF in all her preggo glory!! IMG_8690

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Stabbed my own finger with a knife. After a very stressful and bloody night, trip to the doctor and  x-ray I was ok.

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A peek at the guestroom.IMG_8762

Stab wound all wrapped up.IMG_8782

These bows are also for sale here!IMG_8786

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We had a rapunzel princess date! Rapunzel wigs for everyone! IMG_8938

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Cutest little felt bow clips! $6. Mazie And HazelIMG_9112

Re-painted my old shelf and added some decor.IMG_9128

Baby shower for Jess! Come on baby Mae :-)IMG_9137

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Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter in my Hall. I love it.IMG_9239

Orange Smiles!IMG_9282

Enjoying my coffee in the sunshine!IMG_9295

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Our little porch garden!IMG_9354

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Happy late birthday, Cohen!IMG_9386

Hi Mae!! Welcome to the world!!IMG_9392

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Liv turned one!! I got to take a few pictures of her. What a gorgeous baby and a gorgeous night!IMG_9424

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I got to participate in a SUPER fun little Spring Faire in April!IMG_9450

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Sunshine and sprinklers in the Spring!IMG_9506

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Some of my Mazie and Hazel goodies!IMG_9559

The Jane Austen Faire was amazing!IMG_9561

My booth at the Jane Austen Faire!IMG_9563

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Most of these hair goodies are also for sale in my Etsy ShopIMG_9580

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Baby Sloane was born! Congrats to my beautiful step sister and brother-in-law!IMG_9583

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SWOON!!!! IMG_9587

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Oh. That’s just me on my way to shoot a commercial for my dentist!! You can watch that goodness hereIMG_9613

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Just a typical morning. Apparently I needed my glasses and a starbucks. This means I had a serious headache!IMG_9692

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Freckles= Summer!IMG_9751

My very own grown roses!IMG_9810

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 Well there you have it. This last picture is my amazing and precious 90 year old grandma. I cherish the moments I have with her. I was curling her hair for her as she hasn’t been able to get to the salon due to some serious pain she was having. Thankfully she’s had some treatments to help with the pain but we are still praying she gains strength!

I hope you weren’t overwhelmed with all the updates in one blog post!! Now I am crossing my fingers I keep it up ;-)

 

Sincerely,

Kesha.

 

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Wow…. have you given up on me??

Written on 03/05/2013

I probably would if I were you! Something kinda happened to me when we moved into this lil itty bitty apartment. My motivation for anything other than survival became zilch  Even as I type this I am being bombarded with screams, questions, whining, jumps from the couch onto my lap, spilled water, requests for candy, food, snacks and pure insanity from my girls and it’s kinda taking everything in me not to take my lap top into my car so I can write just HALF a blog for crying out loud! Anyway….

There’s been SO much going on since my last post.

Biggest thing is we actually for REALs bought a house. Yes. I have the keys and debt to prove it :-) We couldn’t be happier and each day I am closer and closer to a hot cup of coffee, birds chirping in my backyard, rainbows above my head, unicorns dancing around me, my girls playing outside and ME sitting peacefully at my new kitchen table in my new house writing a BIG blog basically recapping our lives since Christmas!

It will happen.

Until then….. I will keep on keeping on!

Kesha~

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Mod Cloth Rules!

Written on 11/24/2012

This store is so fabulous. I’ve been online searching for unique gifts for friends and I saw that they are giving new customers $15 off a purchase of $50 or more! So, of course I am sharing the love! So go on! There’s about any and every cute, gorgeous, wonderful, and unique thing on this site you could imagine!

 

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Tis the season!

Written on 11/21/2012

Ok friends! I know more of you are craftier than you let on so I am going to share some fabulous gift making ideas for you! I’ll probably be at the mall buying up gift cards and already made gifts but I’ve proven myself in the “make-a-gift” section in life, now it’s your turn! It’s fun, rewarding, creative and best of all…. anyone can make their own beautiful and unique gifts.

When you make a gift for someone you want it to be nice. It can be borderline “preschool” when you just whip up a handmade gift. You need to think outside the box. You need to think of things YOU would actually buy!

When I think of these things I come up with a few ideas…

Cosmetics

Candles

Scarves

Jewelry

Ok, let’s start with these things.

Cosmetics. I know. You’re all like “WTF!?” but seriously! Make someone their own delicious hand lotion! Check out this easy and adorable lotion recipe I found

You could also make someone a delicious salt or sugar scrub. In case you missed my post last year…. here’s another fun easy recipe. I LOVE salt and sugar scrubs. And they make amazing gifts!

Candles. Again. So easy and who doesn’t love a stinking candle!? There are so many places to buy the materials needed. Just google what you are looking for. Etsy is a great place for supplies as well!

A cozy yummy scarf to survive winter in Oregon. This makes as much sense as drinking a bottle of wine and two Twix bars after a long hard day with your kids. In other words, it’s genius!

Now this does require some sewing skills. If this just gave you a mini heart attack this one is WAY cute and sewing machine FREE!

Now. Jewelry. This could go really well or really bad. Bad as in you could lose a friend so choose this option wisely. This one is probably no-fail. But don’t hold me to that. And you probably don’t want to make every girl in the church choir one or you might want to start screaming profanities and stabbing people’s eyeballs out. (It looks pretty detailed and time consuming).

So if you have as little patience as me…. this might be better.

So there’s a few things to start with. If all this handmade is making you throw up a little in your mouth, just shop handmade and call it a day!

 

 

 

 

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Using e-bates to get money!

Written on 11/19/2012

So I wanted to post this before I forgot! My brain is officially mush after last weekend! Post on that coming later…

Anyway. If you are like me and you love shopping online this site is stinking amazing. I’m seriously NOT into signing up for stuff online that promises money back etc. but a friend who is a major legit coupon queen shared it and because I totally trust her I checked it out. It’s bomb.

Basically you go to the site, sign up, choose the store you want to shop at (there’s literally about any store you could think of) some of my frequents include, Nordstrom, Old Navy, Amazon, Groupon Etc…. Anyway you get a percentage back for whatever you spend and they mail you a check every 3 months. And they automatically give you the latest coupon code to use before you shop! ALSO you get a $10 gift card (I chose target) when you spend your first $25! I’m a little giddy.

Another thing. The Thomas family doesn’t use Credit cards. We don’t even have one! We’re cash or nothing kinda people so this is a great way to get some rewards for shopping without having to sign up for a credit card.

So do yourself a favor and go sign up. And share this goodness with friends!

 

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That little thing called “The Holy Spirit”

Written on 11/12/2012

It can be a tricky thing. It sounds all like, “Duh. It’s the holy spirit and when you trust in Jesus you like live by it and stuff. BAM!”

There’s so many bible verses about it. They sound so encouraging and so promising. One of my personal faves is Galations 5:16-26.

Galatians 5:16-26 (Source: Biblegateway.com)

New International Version (NIV)

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever  you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

 

But in life and reality walking in the spirit is no easy task. It’s not even all that easy (for me) to understand in fact. I like to think of it as  a way of my mind and heart being led. I see something, I think one thing, then I think of how not nice that was to think it, then I fight with all my might not to SAY it, then I don’t say it and I am oh-so-grateful I didn’t. Or I DO say it and feel instant regret and sometimes I even live with a few repercussions, all because I didn’t listen to what The Holy Spirit was telling me. I was acting out in my flesh.

 

Let’s use instagram as an example.

Rhonda (Not real) posts a picture of a big fat cheeseburger with this as her caption,

“Well, I guess the baby weight will have to wait!”

A few facts about Rhonda.

-She’s gorgeous

-She’s insanely skinny and probably only gained 3 lbs when she was preggers.

-She works out A LOT.

-She had no business saying anything about “baby weight” but whateva.

So in my mind when I see that I wanna be like

“Biotch!? WHAT baby weight! Geeze! I gained like 10000 lbs. THAT’S baby weight! You so skinny you can use dental floss and toilet paper!

But before my little chicken pecking fingers could type all that garbage out my mind had a serious cloud of conviction. I realized Rhonda is just like me. She’s a woman. She’s insecure. She’s seeking the world’s approval and most of all she was seeking love NOT hate. So instead of my brilliant comment I said nothing and prayed first for myself and then for her.

I notice several comments (same genre but not as clever as mine would have been) already building up. I was thankful my convictions refrained me from joining in. Next thing I know the picture Rhonda posted was deleted. She deleted it.

Now I imagine it was deleted because of how bad those comments made her feel and she was a bit embarrassed by them.

Sad story but there’s some truth to it.

I want to know what life is like living by the spirit all the time. I want my first reactions and responses to be love, not hate. I want people to see Jesus in me because of The Holy Spirit.

Let’s pray for each other. It’s simple.

Let’s pray that God will show us the simplicity of walking in the spirit. I believe the enemy (satan) loves to complicate this spiritual way of living because it is against everything he is.

‘Cause the Fruit of the spirit (Holy spirit) is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control.

Who wouldn’t want more of that?

 

 

 

 

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And the winner is….

Written on 11/10/2012

 

Thank you ALL for reading and entering! It was so wonderful and encouraging to see your sweet comments! Thank you and I am excited for future giveaways! They are SO fun! Hope to see you at the Heritage Faire!

 

Blessings!

Kesha.

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It’s a GIVEAWAY!

Written on 11/02/2012

In honor of me doing the Heritage Faire I decided to do a little Giveaway! Well, it’s not exactly little! It’s pretty dang good! So spread the word and I will choose a winner November 10th! Just leave a comment to enter! For more entries, share on Facebook. tag me and share this post. And if you are REALLY savvy, share this on instagram!

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Totes cray cray up in here!

Written on 11/01/2012

Top of the morning to ya! I’m sick as a dog and my house is a wreck but hey! I have two buckets full of Halloween candy to eat! I’m good! Since it’s been so long since I have blogged and I don’t even remember which events I have missed, let’s just pick right up and start with our family beach trip last weekend and Halloween!

Our little family escaped to the Coast for a couple nights. It was MUCH needed and well, there’s not much I love more than vacations with my family!  We swam, ate, lounged, shopped, ate more, slept, swam and even got to play on the beach a little. Penny was all up in that bizness! It’s pretty cute watching a ball of fluff run around on a huge open beach. My girls love the Oregon coast too. They don’t care about the wind or even the rain for that matter! They dig in and get right to work building castles.

Our little vacay came to an end and the next day was Halloween! Call me totes cray cray but we kinda love dressing up and getting candy. That’s really all Halloween is to us. The girls were exceptionally cute in their costumes and the weather gave us a break and we got to walk a few blocks with some good friends and get some good candy! Vin even trained Isla to ask if her daddy could have a piece of candy too so we totally scored doubles!

I’ve included some pictures of this and that. Enjoy!

Also, I want to let everyone know I will have a booth at the Holiday Heritage Faire again this year! It’s a gorgeous Christmas Faire that you wont want to miss! I’ve got mounds of goodies I have been making and sewing and creating! I can’t wait! Last year was awesome but this year will be even better! It’s a great place to get your Christmas shopping done! I’ll post a link to where you can snag up a coupon for the Pre-show, November 16th. You’ll get to browse around before the doors open Saturday and drink wine and eat yummy appetizers. Can you say Girls night!?

So visit HERE for the coupon and PLEASE let me know if you are going to come! I would LOVE to say hello!

 

 

 Now on to the eye candy!

 

Penny all fluffy before….

And Penny after a mad dash into the ocean. Naughty Pup.

Yeah, we need cake pops to survive Goodwill sometimes!

This little cutie had Orange Day. She helped me make that bow! She was all “Wow, Mom! You are like so good with that hot glue gun!”

Fall is glorious here in the valley.

Working the streets fo some canday!

Trick-or-treating!

And this was my view after the girls went to bed.

Thanks for reading!

Blessings!

Kesha.

 

 

 

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