Fall Festivities

Oh, the wonder and fun moments of Fall. I truly LOVE the smell that fills the air from the freshly fallen leaves. I walked yesterday through the woods near my home and listened to the wind howl and watched the leaves spin through the air to gently touch the ground. It was magical, so I thought it would be fun to create a list of things that can make fall a little more magical…enjoy.

pumpkinpatchVisit a pumpkin patch. We go to the same pumpkin patch every year, take pics, pick our beautiful, round, giant piece of Halloween. A pumpkin is one of the biggest symbols of halloween. Think about it, hand carved, you create an image that will glow with light during a time of darkness. It is a great symbol.

halloween-partnerCreate a Place of Memories: This year I wanted to create something that held all of our past Halloweens together as a family. It was so fun to reminisce, to see our family costumes, to think of the fun, Halloween festivities. I put them all together and created a fun memory book. You could also have prints made, frame them in festive frames and have a special spot in your home to remember your past Halloweens.

a-perfect-fall-walkFall Fest Walk: Find a empty river bed, a place where there are lots of fall leaves, lots of trees…take your kids, cousins and walk. I just recently took my little nieces and nephews on a nature walk up a nearby canyon. They noticed everything—the spooky looking caves above us, the big rocks that were a perfect picture point, the colors of the leaves, they ran with excitement and wonder. So fun!! Nature is always a good thing.

IMG_3461Take pics: I have been taking videos of streams running with leaves floating by, the details of leaves, the colors, the change, the people I love and enjoy. Take pics of your kids throwing leaves, sitting in a pile of leaves made to look like a nest (we do this every year), on a bridge, hanging from a tree…

6a00d8358081ff69e2017d3ca9c72b970c-800wiInvite friends or family over for a chili night: Every Halloween night we have everyone bring over a batch of their favorite family chili to share. It turns into quite the contest!! make it fun with silly prizes like the chili with the most beans, the chili that is meatless, the chili that leaves you with hair on your chest, etc.

caramel-apples-su-1110242-lMake caramel apples: We are going to do this in the next couple of weeks. It is on our Must Do list!!

Pumpkin_Cookies_LR_130922_IMG_4299Deliver something yummy: At our house we love to make a batch of cookies (usually pumpkin) & deliver them in a cup. I know that is a little unusual, but it makes fun CUPS of COOKIE LOVE. What is better than that!!

very-cute-thankful-treeA Thankful Tree: I just came across this idea. I have done this around Christmas with paper chains, but during Halloween and into Thanksgiving would be perfect. Here is the cute idea…http://www.simplyvintagegirl.com/blog/index.php/2010/11/27/the-thankful-tree/

IMG_2057-001Make something magical: I just had a couple of my nieces visiting & we headed to the dollar store to find supplies to make small fairy houses. They turned out darling. They got small fish bowls and added moss, twigs, acorns and made their own little scenes. My daughter found a clear glass mug that she turned into a snow scene with a snowman & a twig tree that she adorned with glitter ornaments she made. They were all so magical. I will see if I can find an image that resembles their creations, so you have an idea.

SN_cover_225Read a fun Halloween Story: I just purchased Walter Wick’s Can You See What I See? On a Scary Night for my daughter for Halloween. We LOVE doing these picture puzzle books together.  Here are some of Amazon favorites that got higher stars…Ten Timid Ghosts, The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, Room on the Broom, The Night Before Halloween, Big Pumpkin…

The-Good-Witch’s-Charm-Hallmark-14Watch a fun Halloween Show together: At our house we love the Hallmark series “The Good Witch” (There are about six different movies), we also love Bewitched with Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell, Twitches, Casper, We just watched a cute family show, “The Dog Who Saved Halloween.” We are not into scary!! Find something everyone will enjoy.

glowing_easter_egg_huntFun Glow in the Dark Candy Hunt: For Easter we put glow sticks in eggs, so I thought you could get eggs or some other halloween container & put glow sticks inside with some fun candy. Then take the eggs out into the dark night and then have the kids go find them.

Tate Reading with SunnyWith the time change bundle up early and read a good book together as a family: For fall break we started the book, The Alchemist which is a great read. Find something everyone will enjoy reading. Even if you take fifteen minutes before bed or just schedule some quiet time right after dinner.

Simmering-Fall-Potpourri1Make a fall potpourri: I LOVE watching my husband put on his domestic side. He enjoys cutting up apples, putting in cinnamon sticks and filling the tiny crock pot we have to fill our home with the aromas of fall.

IMG_2424Enjoy a beautiful bonfire: We LOVE bonfires at our house…with or without smores. A warm fire seems to make the fall a little more bright and brings in the warmth of those we love.

00ba14dbf4a6b157c170ec0733c52e1dBundle up: Pull out the candles, wash the cozy blankets, buy some new cozy socks…its fall.

ec7682a66109adc0a626f59164620f20Make something sticky to share: My husband LOVES making puffed rice balls. Make something sticky like caramel corn, puffed balls, rice crispy treats, Chex mix, etc. Share some sticky goodness.

silouetteenhanced-buzz-22318-1364251843-10Star gaze: This is always fun to bundle up in sleeping bags or a bunch of blankets & lay out on a chili night & watch the dark night sky.  You could even get camp chairs and hot cocoa & just be together.

56558d1009153b890320a3393de01c2aMake a feel better basket for someone: What a nice gesture. During the season of colds and flus, there is bound to be someone you know that may need a small dose of goodness. Make them a nice basket with a magazine or book, a small blanket, some vitamins or tea packets and a sweet get well note. Making someone feel a little better is always a good thing.

halloween-boo8Boo to you: I don’t know about your neighborhood, but in mine there are people who make treats and “BOO” the neighbors. There is nothing like getting a sweet treat that you then spread the goodness. Here is a link if you would like to do something like this in your neighborhood. Happy Booing!  Here is a link to a bunch of ideas. Enjoy. http://itswrittenonthewalls.blogspot.com/2011/10/8-versions-youve-been-booed-fun-treats.html

No matter what you do this Fall..enjoy the moments, the memories, the FUN!! Happy Halloween & Fall Fest.  -H

Cup of God

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I love metaphors and Russell Simmons (Media Mogul) shared a good one during his interview with Oprah. “If God were the ocean, You’d be a cup of God.”  I thought that was beautiful…to imagine being a piece of God, oh how that would bring PEACE to everyone. I have heard Wayne Dyer talk about God being like a pie & we are each a piece, but to envision the beautiful ocean was even better for my soul. Beautiful.

Now, I do not know very much about Russell Simmons, but he shared some pretty profound thoughts & I can always admire someone who is trying to make the world a little better—especially when they have all the worldly things of success. Many people just keep trying to acquire more and more, and get stuck in a selfish cycle, but he seems to be a man that is trying to share a message of things that have helped his life and made it a little better. You have to appreciate that.

Here are some other take aways from his great interview…

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Happy Monday to you. -H  Peace Out!

A Special Tribute

when-you’re-on-a-journey-to-fulfill-yourI recently watched Oprah’s interview with Paulo Coelho, the writer of The Alchemist. I was drawn to this book years ago & read it while traveling through the beautiful Montana backcountry. The story of the Alchemist, to me, was a rich story of personal longing, finding deeper meaning and following one’s “Personal Legend.” While I was on my Montana trip I made a special purchase of a silver ring, that I still wear to this day, to remind me of the beautiful story held within the Alchemist…the story, the reminder to constantly be seeking my own ‘Personal Legend.’ If you have not read this book, I strongly suggest it. It is a true gift to your soul.

The-AlchemistI loved hearing the story of how this small book was a hidden treasure that took many years for people to find. This little book has a story of its own…Paulo had it published for the first time 25 years ago & it did not sell, so the publisher told Paulo he was done with the book. Paulo had written the book in two weeks & knew that it had something to share with the world, so he did not give up on this book. He had faith that doors would open & his book would find its way into the world. He found another publisher who was willing to take a chance on a book that had already been published and had few sales.

25 years later, over 65 million copies, and the most translated book…The Alchemist has won over the hearts of the world. Thank you Paulo. Thank you for a sweet gift that has touched many.

 

 

IMG_2031After the Oprah interview their was a sweet movie short that was shown & I wanted to share it with you…in the alchemist the main character is a shepherd boy, so this short is a different kind of shepherd or ‘guardian.’ Enjoy.

My favorite line from the movie short…“We are often asked if we think they are happy, that question assumes that natures goal is happiness. Caring for animals has shown me a much deeper objective, which may apply to all living things, so this is my answer…I watch them care for something outside of themselves and that purposefulness creates contentment.”

I LOVE that. I hope this post has brought you a little contentment to you today. Peace to you.  -H

A shout out to Everyday Heroes

THANK YOU!! THANK YOU. This post is to all those everyday heroes that don’t hesitate to help someone in need, people who dedicate hours to make a small difference in the lives of others, people who have huge hearts & a desire to help animals, people who take the time to teach our children, people who protect our communities, people who step forward in a life mission to change something for the better in our world, people who give, people who care, people all around us. THANK YOU. I heard this great song & felt a need to create a visual image of people doing everyday things that make a difference. Hope you enjoy!!  I then followed this video with some additional info. about some of the great people in the video.

Lou WegnerLou Wegner: Started volunteering at a shelter in Los Angeles & was astonished at the high rates of euthanasia, that he knew he needed to do something. From this inspiration, “Kids Against Animal Cruelty” was started. This organization has grown to 50,000 plus members and has chapters across the nation that are soley run by teenagers.  You go Lou!!  Here are some additional links about Lou and his work: Article in National Geographic http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/01/14/a-discussion-with-teen-actoranimal-activist-lou-wegner/     2013 Pet Hero Award Winner http://www.petphilanthropycircle.com/louwegner.html

kids-saving-the-rain-forest janine-ais-jen-storeJanine Licare: helped start this organization at the age of 9 with two other childhood friends. http://kidssavingtherainforest.org

CNN-FB-Banner-719x354Chip Paillex: I LOVE his story. It was featured on CNN heroes. Check it out!! Great beginning. Wow!! http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/04/living/cnnheroes-paillex/

be-a-hero-1There were a few more stories I added in the video–I found them in a great CNN article. Here are the rest of my heroes and then some. Enjoy their stories. People making a difference. http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/01/us/top-10-cnn-heroes/