Thursday, October 31, 2013

We're Off To See The Wizard...

We decided to do a Wizard of Oz theme for Halloween this year. A few years ago when Kadan was the lion we bought it too big for him. Now since he hardly grows it still fits. Yesenia's old Dorothy costume now fits Graciella. The problem was Kadan kept scaring her in his lion costume.
Yesenia wanted something "princess" and pink. So we used one of her Barbie dress up dresses to be Glenda the Good Witch. We spray painted a crown from Buffalo Wild Wings and used a pink star wand from the dollar section at Target.
The hardest was Adrianna's scarecrow costume. It was the first time I actually made something all the way from scratch. I used an elastic around her waist and tied glittery tulle on it. I hot glued a flower and some leaves on it as well. I was surprised she wore it as long as she did.

Then I was the wicked witch and my husband the tin man. I was going to paint my face green but I was afraid it would scare Graciella too.
Voila! Our Wizard of Oz family.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Happy Halloween

This time of year is my favorite. I love Halloween. Not the spooky, scary side of it. I love the decorations, dressing up, and candy part of Halloween. Most years we try to be matchy, matchy. This year isn't any different. We are doing a repeat of 2009, only our family has doubled. We are doing Wizard of Oz! Here are a few pictures from the past.
2009- Wizard of Oz

2010- Spiderman & Spidergirl

2011- Princess Peach, Luigi and Mario

2012- Spiderbaby, Spiderman, & Spidergirl

Pictures for 2013 are soon to come!
This week has been madness, so I am posting the winner to the gift card late.
Thanks for everyone that entered! The winner is...
 Candice Foster

Thanks for everyone that entered!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Wish Me Luck

I decided to be brave and enter one of those Facebook contests. One that you try and see who can get the most votes. I was going to do a giveaway for each person that liked my photo then they would got entered into a drawing for a $25 Visa gift card, but I didn't think that was fair to the other contestants.

So I am doing a gift card giveaway for following me via GFC or liking my facebook page
Just comment below that you follow my blog or you follow my Facebook page. I also have been having a writers blank lately. So tell me what kinds of things you like to read about on blogs.
 If out of the goodness of your hearts you want to like my facebook photo on Hapari's contest, warm fuzzies will be sent your way.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

American Fork Halloween 5K Fun Run

This Saturday is American Fork's Halloween 5K for Autism of Utah. I was lucky enough to giveaway an entry for it. The winner of this fun run is...
Megan Maibaum             

Congratulations. Please respond to my email within 24 hours, or I will have to pick a new winner.
If you want something fun to do this weekend it's still not to late to sign up for the fun run yourself. Visit for more information or to register.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Giveaway- The American Fork Chamber Halloween 5K Fun Run

The American Fork Chamber of Commerce is hosting a 5K on October 26th. Besides it being a chance to get out and exercise its an opportunity to support a great charity, and dress up for some extra Halloween fun.

The AF Halloween fun run supports the Autism council of Utah.  "The Autism Council of Utah is an independent council working to foster collaboration, communication, and learning among families and agencies. Our aim is to promote access to resources and responsible information for individuals of all ages who have, or are affected by autism, or related conditions."

The fun part about this 5K is you get to get one more use out of your Halloween costume. They are having a costume contest with several different categories. Even if your not racing you can come participate. If you have a family or group with a fun theme come enter and show it off. Judging starts at 6:30 and all are welcome.

The race starts at 7 pm at the American Fork Recreation Center, 454 N Center American Fork. Check in is between 5 and 6:30 PM.

Entry is $25 for adults which includes a $10 of egifts cards from Gandolfo's (Mmm Gandalfo's, I will have to go get me a polo grounds after the race ;), Yogurt Bliss, and Purple Turtle.
$18 without a shirt for adults, includes registration and egift cards.
$20 for 17 and under with a sirt.
$13 for 17 and under no shirt.
They can register at or

If you are registering 4 or more email Debby at for 10% off.

AF Chamber is also giving away 1 entry to their 5K Halloween fun run. Use the rafflecopter below to enter. FOR UTAH RESIDENTS ONLY.  Ends 10/20/13 at 12:00 AM. Must respond within in 24 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Saratov Approach Review- Best Movie Ever!

Saturday night my husband and I went out for date night. I don't like paying full price at the "big" theater unless I know I am going to get my money's worth. I knew this movie was going to be one of those times. I loved it so much I decided to share it with all of you.

The Saratov Approach is a true story about 2 young men who went to Russia to serve missions for the LDS church. While on their mission they were kidnapped in Saratov, Russia and held hostage for $300,000.  Here is the trailer for the movie.

Just watching the trailer makes me want to go see it again. This movie was directed and written by Garret Batty. Sometimes when I watch movies of a serious nature the whole movie can be so draggy and/or intense the whole movie. This movie not only has it's intense moments, but comedic relief and breaths of fresh air. The story moved and progressed perfectly. I also loved the ending. All to often the movie ends with the seen of the victims free and running away in the snow, with a quick blurb of where they are today. I loved that this movie went further. How did they get back home? How did their families react? and so forth.

The acting in this is phenomenal. Corbin Allred portrays the roller coaster of inner emotions spot on. He is and has always been an actor to keep your eye on in my mind. I wish I could expand on how great the acting was, but there is no better words or ways to describe it. They nailed the emotions so much on the head that at times I found my heart racing with them because I felt like I was right in the room with them.

Although this movie is what is considered "low budget" I would never have guessed. I thought it was so well put together and done. Keep in mind this is a true story. The actual victims helped in the process of the movie making. That is why I recommend bringing tissues to this movie. A rare request from me, I assure you. The movie could be easily daunting and horrific, but it is uplifting and full of hope. An inspiring message for anyone trying to overcome any kind of struggle. "Light always overcomes darkness" is a common theme through the movie.

Check out their Facebook page. If you go see the movie before October 14th you can get their soundtrack for free! The more people that see it, and spread the word, the faster it can go to other theaters outside of Utah. You can also request it to your area at