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halloween memories

fall is so full of memories!
i got lost in the fall photos and blog posts over the last 9 years.  🙂
and then got into the photo albums too.
i couldn’t find ALL of our halloweens because half of our photo albums are still at the Craft House – oops.
we have had 21 Halloweens – that is a lot of costumes and pumpkins!
img_0081img_2869 – wonder woman

fullsizerender-13– panther, princess, cowboy & a boxer

6a00d8341c469c53ef0133f5521a67970b-700wi6a00d8341c469c53ef010535e1fda2970b-640wiimg_9348pp_w775_h516fullsizerender-20 – princess leia


6a00d8341c469c53ef010535cec9da970c-600wi – super girl

fullsizerender-23 – lauren was a mama cat with four kittens

img_9736pp_w775_h7756a00d8341c469c53ef0120a5e92c19970b-640wi6a00d8341c469c53ef0133f57db249970b-700wifullsizerender-18559446_10151236509704771_1030187947_n6a00d8341c469c53ef0154371065db970c-700wifullsizerender-17 – robin

6a00d8341c469c53ef0120a645fa9a970b-300wi – annie wearing this lion costume that ALL five kids wore at some point

6a00d8341c469c53ef010535d9aff9970b-640wi6a00d8341c469c53ef0120a6168984970b-640wi6a00d8341c469c53ef010535ceca0b970c-600wi sean as….. death?

6a00d8341c469c53ef01348871f823970c-700wi6a00d8341c469c53ef010535d4d6ff970b-300wiimg_6649_2fullsizerender-12img_6328_2 – a bat

img_0811pp_w775_h5166a00d8341c469c53ef017ee42cf537970d-700wifullsizerender-16 – sean as a strawberry   🙂
that was the first costume i sewed myself!

6a00d8341c469c53ef0134889deb9d970c-700wi– football player, bat girl and Dorothy

6a00d8341c469c53ef0154369bcb16970c-700wi – cheerleader

fullsizerender-96a00d8341c469c53ef0133f57db8a5970b-700wiimg_6319_2 – professional skateboarder
fall4pp_w775_h484– cow girl, gorilla & witch
6a00d8341c469c53ef010535c8d647970b-650wi – pirate
img_3013pp_w775_h581fullsizerender-11 – dalmatian, black panther, cheetah & lion
my mom made the panther, cheetah, tiger and a bumblebee costume over the years
we still have them!
img_2936pp_w775_h581img_0086fullsizerender-10– 8 months pregnant with annie at the pumpkin patch

img_7698 – unicorn
fullsizerender-14 – tiger
fullsizerender-7 – princess leia, darth vader, pirate, blue power ranger and a cute baby   🙂

6a00d8341c469c53ef0120a69b71e6970c-640wifullsizerender-8fullsizerender-15 – cheetah

gosh i love these people like craaaaaazy.
my heart is full.
filled to the tippy top with love right now.

Octobers are THE BEST!!!

Jenny B. - Aahhhh! I love when you do these posts (I think you did one for first day of school recently too?). Anyway, I love them, but they make me cry! And they’re not even my kids! Sigh…

se7en - Oh my word I think I have been following your blog forever and memories of little superheroes came flooding back!!! How rich are these memories… tooo sweet!!!

chrissi - love each photo. you do halloween so well.

KWolff - Reading through this post made me want to curl up in my office and start going through boxes of old photos to find Halloween shots. If I hadn’t had to stroll the neighborhood with my favorite 5 year old werewolff I probably would have.
Your photos are great. I love that the costumes varied from homemade to store bought to everything in between. That’s the way our Halloweens are. It sure makes for some fun photos!
Thanks so much for sharing.

sharon / tpt - sooo full of memories. there is something so so special about fall. it makes a momma cry! our babies…
happy fall season to you! enjoyed the memory lane~

cathie w. - This was so fun! My kiddos are still pretty tiny – so I’m looking forward to being able to flip through all our photo memories when they’re big ole’ teenagers.

Jenny Joy - I loved this so very much!!!

Renee Cook - Omg. Stop. I have 3 under 4 & this makes me want more so that I can haveadorable photos of many many children in 15 years!! They are all so cute.

Tiffany - What a kick in the pants to get my photos organized!!

tasha roe - so many great memories! makes my heart happy

Jamie Burdorf - These are absolutely priceless. A good reminder you can never take too many pictures!!

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fun finds this fall

i love this super cute fall take on the monogram!

i LOVE these Squeeze Paint Pumpkins!!! WOW!

chalkboard and chevron pumpkins are both great ideas!

there is a tutorial on how to make this monogrammed pumpkin HERE.

i don’t think i’ve ever seen a Halloween entrance like this!  Pretty cool!

love the colors on this fall garland!

this scarf would be PERFECT for fall!

of course Oh Happy Day has the coolest ombre pumpkin centerpiece!

emoji pumpkins?! YES!!!  Raising Up Rubies has the best ideas!

“rainbow” pumpkins! love this easy idea!
Ikat patterns on pumpkins?  AWESOME!

using leaves as stencils!

this wreath is a mix of fake and real leaves to make it look GREAT!

this pumpkin garland is very sweet.

velvet pumpkins GALORE!  I love the deep colors of this table!

Alisa Burke has very fun painted pumpkins every year!

cute fall display with a tutorial at Happiness is Homemade.
more velvet pumpkins but in a totally different color scheme.

PopSugar shows you how to use watercolors on coffee filters with your kids to make this leaf garland.

how cute are these leaf paintings?!  love that!

every photo in this post looks like a movie set!  it’s crazy!

such a simple and beautiful way to say Happy Fall!


Cassandra - Using leaves as a stencil, genius…why didn’t I think of that!!!

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loving right now

we’ve been listening to this album Rend Collective Campfire II on repeat over here.
i want to go that campfire – they even have bunting!

61-drgedhnl and we are still HUGE fans of the first Campfire album too.
i can’t say enough how much i love both these albums.



anwfam-768x1024 loved this Ninja Warrior idea stephanie did for her son’s birthday party!
wishing i had some little kiddos to plan a party like that!


how amazing is this artist?!
i have been in love with Starla Michelle‘s work for quite awhile and i think you can guess why!
sm1 rainbow chickens?!!  YES!
rainbow peacocks and rainbow ducks, blue jays & owls!
on her site there are so many more beautiful paintings to admire.
not just birds  🙂  she paints everything!

halfmann_starla_abadhairdayforamericacopy i absolutely LOVE this one of Hillary and Donald!
she is SO talented!  I love all her colors and the depth in all her paintings.
you can buy originals and prints of her work at
AND you can also find her designs at Anthropologie!

pumpkin-dream-cake-2-smi want this cake for dessert and breakfast!
pumpkin is just sooooo yummy.
i am not into the pumpkin spice latte that everyone else is… but cake?
gimme all the pumpkin cake.


this fake commercial made me LOL for real.
it’s seriously not that far off.
google is a crazy!

Whitni - I looove when you do your favorite things posts. Beautiful artwork!

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my october meals

i am feeling ON IT as far as meals this month.
(at least i feel it somewhere right????)

i used my PaperWorks meal planning calendar.
annie gave me some ideas of meals she was hoping to have and we got to it.

i thought i would link most of the recipes to help you meal plan too.
maybe something you haven’t tried?
maybe something you forgot was easy?
i am not saying that any of these are healthy… but they are meals that my family likes to eat.


Tortilla Soup

Dr. Pepper Pork

Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

Grilled veggies

Chicken & Biscuits

Beefy Nacho Soup

Sloppy Joes

Sicilian Sauce & Pasta

Crockpot Honey Garlic Chicken

Pumpkin Waffles

Chicken Tortellini Soup

Chicken Enchiladas

Potato Soup

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches


Chicken in Parmesan with Sun Dried Tomato Sauce

and hey… moms of younger picky-eater kids… don’t give up hope!
my children were at one time the pickiest of eaters.
it has gotten so much better with age!
i think it will just keep getting better too!
there is a season of life beyond chicken nuggets and mac&cheese… i promise.
hang on.


You can subscribe to Paperworks and get meal calendars, grocery lists, chore charts, note cards, prints and extra fun goodies each month too.


Lisa - My peeps love your lasagna recipe!

KWolff - Thanks so much for this very timely post! We are still going strong with football/soccer/volleyball/orchestra/ROTC/dance/work that any menu suggestions are much appreciated. These all look like things I can fix and people can eat as they get in or out of the house. As much as I would love to sit down to dinner as a family it’s just not feasible right now. 🙁
So for the time being I’ll be satisfied just getting something good in their bellies! 🙂

Kimberly Dial - Thanks Meg! I’m gonna try several of these. I’m on that sweet potatoe and black bean chili immediately. Yummo! Thanks again for sharing!

GB Jost - Easy idea:

Every Wednesday night is “Breakfast Night”:

Eggs, bacon/sausage
Egg backed casserole with fruit

You get the idea…

Now that our kids are grown and doing their own meal planning, they also have Wednesday night “Breakfast Night.”

Ruth - Meg, Thank you so much for the dinner inspiration! I have made so many things you’ve suggested in the past because we have kiddos that nearly parallel your youngest 3 age and gender-wise! And I know what you suggest is something they will actually like…and it’s true, the older they become the more their tastes mature! Wahooo!!!!

carolyn - These look wonderful! Thanks for sharing. Must try those pumpkin waffles!

Kate @ Mom's Radius - I love this post! I just started planning my meals by month in September because I’m doing Whole 30. It’s making shopping, meal prep, and cooking so much easier. There’s no, “what should we have for dinner?” conversation. I am loving it!

Jennifer - I think home cooked meals are healthy. You are in control of what’s going into a meal. These all look and sound so delicious. I love that Annie worked on it with you. I’ve made the Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili…it is soooo good!

Sabrina - Thanks for the meal ideas! I always struggle in that area. I’m so glad to hear your once picky eaters are doing much better. I have three little boys that will hardly eat anything. It’s so frustrating. I just worry that they will miss out on all the delicious food out there because won’t eat anything. You give me hope. 🙂

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