Hello Everyone!

Today Kyra and I are going to be carving pumpkins, watching silly movies, and eating WAY more candy than we probably should. Normal blogging will resume tomorrow!


Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

What I hope you see when you see me....





Acceptance- When you are with me I hope you know you have permission to be completely and utterly yourself. 
No Matter Race, Religion (so long as you aren't trying to convert me), or Gender. Be who you are. 

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You wanna bliss out over something that others might consider geeky/weird/basic? You go for it. 

I am not going to judge you for loving Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Uggs.
Love D&D and World of Warcraft, Awesome.
If you prefer quilting or gardening. Sounds great. 
Wanna dress to the nines everyday? Cool. 
Wanna wear leggings and sweaters all winter? You do you.
Are you wearing the same thing today as you did yesterday? Girl I feel you.
Got a set bedtime for your kiddos so that you have time to yourself in the evenings? Sounds good to me. 
Let your kiddo play until they crash? Yep I get that too. 

It takes a lot for me to not accept someone as they are but there are things I won't tolerate. Hate for one. Sexism, Racism, Ignorance, Cruelty....those I cannot and will not accept. 

However if you are just trying to live your life and enjoy the things that make you truly happy then I am so happy for you and accept you for exactly who you are. I hope you know that. 


Happiness- I have always been told I'm a happy person and for the most part I agree. I let myself get overly excited about small things. I laugh a lot and smile pretty much most of the time. To be fair while I've had my trials my life hasn't been bad by any measure so I have a lot to be happy about. However I hope that I can convey that happiness to you. I hope that when I'm laughing and smiling and generally in a good humor that it spreads to you too. This world needs a little happiness and I hope that my inner child, being a four year old that expresses itself loudly and wildly, puts that out into the world.  

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Kindness- I like to think that I am kind. I have my moments of snark and sass but for the most part I hope that I am kind and I hope that others see me that way. There isn't much to elaborate on this one...I just hope I am doing my best. 
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This blog post is part of the Back to Blogging Linkup that Alyssa started. Check it out and others like it here. 

DIY Steam-Pumpkin

I really like Steampunk. I love the style and I love the look. This year I decided that I would test out my own Steampunk skills by making a Steam-pumpkin! 


Here are the steps to make your own!


First: Gather the supplies!

 Foam pumpkin from Dollar Tree. Foam strips that I picked up at the thrift store but you can find these at any craft store. Two part epoxy. Hot glue and hot glue gun. Black paint and paint brushes. Metallic Rub and Buff.



First off I started by cutting up the foam into random sized strips. Then I it was time to hot glue them to the pumpkin! 


After each bit was hot glued then I started with the two part epoxy and made little rivets. Now this part was a bit of a pain as the epoxy gave me a lot of trouble. I think that just little drops of hot glue would have worked but then again it might have just been user error with the epoxy! Either way start going to town making rivets!


Next step was to paint it all black. You could have done any color really but I was going for a more silver/black theme with my pumpkin. 


Now for the most fun part! Using metallic rub and buff I took a rag and started buffing the rub and buff all over the pumpkin. There were places I got a little heavy handed but you just have to keep working it until you get the look you are going for. 


Once you are done you are left with an awesome Steam-pumpkin! This was a really fun project and I am looking forward to doing more like it very soon! 


What do you think? Do you enjoy these type of DIY projects? Would you like to see more? Let me know in the comments below! 


In Which We Catch Up

Hey there Everyone. 

So apparently I took a little blogging break without really planning to take a blogging break. It kind of came out of nowhere and the time passed so quickly that I didn't really realize just how long I was away. 

So here's a list of things I've been doing instead of blogging these past few days (or week, whatever)


1. Writing- Only long hand in a notebook. I'm prepping for NaNoWriMo again and I've been writing a lot more. However it only seems to come to me if I work it out longhand so I haven't even cracked the computer. 

2. Friends- Last weekend (not this past one the one before it) I had friends come into town. We all went to the last weekend of The Renaissance Festival, played lots of games, and just hung out. So obviously no blogging went down. 

3. I had all sorts of good intentions about writing about my weekend with my friends but then I started working on Halloween projects. I had started by DIYing my costume for Ren Fest (with LOADS of help from my Mom) and then the urge to make crafts has taken over. I hope to have a tutorial post on this little beauty up sometime this week. 

4. I've felt super guilty- I haven't been keeping up on blog comments and therefore felt like I should catch up on those before I wrote any more posts of my own. I apologize for taking so long to get through all of them and I feel horrible that I haven't even scratched the surface of the Book Linkup posts! I will get to them! 


5. Life. Life just kind of happens and I've been dealing with it as it does. It is no secret I have been in a weird funk for a bit now and I'm just trying to take each day as it comes. Sometimes I get overwhelmed and being a Mom is the only thing I can accomplish that day. And sometimes that means several cups of coffee and a little help from Disney. It is what it is. 


Anyhow I am hoping to get back in the swing of things this week. I have a lot of blog posts I want to finish and get up and a lot of posts I need to read and comment on! So here we go Monday....Let's do this. 


Currently....October

Working On: Catching up on blog posts and working my way through the Show Us Your Books Linkup posts and comments! 


Watching: ALL THE THINGS. Over the weekend we worked through AHS: Hotel which wasn't bad but not my favorite season. We watched Season 2 of The Ranch which I LOVE. We also started watching Westworld which is really intriguing. I started watching This Is Us and so far I love it. Then I started American Housewife which had me laughing out loud. Fall is TV time around here if you couldn't tell and I am very excited that none of these shows featured a princess named Sofia, a pig named Peppa, or a duck named Quack! 



Reading: Just started Bad Girls Don't Die. Too soon to tell on this one if I will like it yet. Not bad so far. 

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Loving: Lush! The other day was my first time purchasing anything from there and I am so thrilled with what I got! I will admit I was bummed I missed out on the Halloween ones but I really love the smell of the Christmas ones! Lord of Misrule smells so nice my husband even swiped some! And the Raspberry Jam bubble bar made about a million bubbles and it was so relaxing! Will for sure be buying from Lush again soon! 

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Wanting: This set from Sephora. Totally going on my Christmas/Birthday List!

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Excited: My best friends Amanda and Matt are coming up this weekend so we can all go to the Ren Faire! I AM SO EXCITED. We will be dressing up and this is Amanda's very first Ren Faire! It's going to be amazing! 
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Dream Loot Crate: Studio Ghibli

You all know I love my monthly Loot Crate. In fact I dedicated an entire post to my Fangirl Crate just a few months ago. Seriously this box makes my little geek heart happy. 

So I was asked to put together my "Dream Crate". Basically a crate that I designed for myself with awesomeness encased within. 

My first thought was I was going to do a Harry Potter crate. Then they announced THIS AWESOME HARRY POTTER CRATE

So I needed a new idea. 

I got to thinking about all the things that I love to geek out over and finally it came to me. 

Totoro. 

We love Totoro in this house. My daughter watches it probably at least four times a week. In fact I don't think that there is a week that goes by that Studio Ghibli isn't played in our household. 

So I give you: 

The Studio Ghibli Dream Crate




1.Totoro Plushie   
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Everyone Needs a Totoro plushie. We have three and I would happily have a million more.

 
2. Soot Sprite Keyring 
 Soot Sprite Keychain - Polymer Clay Accessories

Who doesn't want Soot Sprites? These little cuties would make awesome traveling companions! 

3. Princess Mononoke Crystal Necklace 
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I don't know anyone who watches this movie without wanting this necklace. Beautiful and epic.

4. Calcifer Socks 
 Socksense Howls Japan Animation Women's Socks 3pairs(3color)=1pack Made in Korea at Amazon Women’s Clothing store::
 "May All Your Bacon Burn!" Calcifer is sure to keep your toes warm!


5. Spirited Away Artwork
 Vintage Spirited Away Hayao Miyazaki Minimalist Poster, Vintage Poster, Minimalist Poster, A3 Print (11.7x16.5 inches)
Just because it is beautiful. 

 
6. Studio Ghibli Shirt with collage of all the characters
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 My favorite crate items are usually the shirts and this one is an adorable collage of all the excellence that is Studio Ghibli! 



So there you have it. My Dream Crate! Anything you would add to this one? What would you put in yours? Be sure to keep up with Loot Crate for more Monthly Nerdy Awesomeness!




 


What I Read: September 2016

It's that time again!


1. The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop and Cafe by Mary Simses- I was drawn into this book by the cover. It just looks so homey and cute! Also it inspired me to make muffins as you saw in this post. They were delicious. The book itself? Equally delicious. An easy and fun read that I would recommend to anyone looking for something sweet and light. Also I wish I could open a bakery some days, but I think the point is to sell things and not just eat all the sweets that you like!

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2. Murder Has Nine Lives by Laura Levine- I love this series. Sure it is predictable and silly but that is my favorite thing about it. Just pure hilarious fun with Jaine and her cat Prozac. I also love the silly antics of her father and mother via email. It never ceases to amuse me. I read this in one night so you know it is a quick read and as stated fairly predictable in the overall "murder mystery" department but still very funny.

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3. Elite by Mercedes Lackey- I have been waiting for this sequel since last year and the day it came out I downloaded it and began listening immediately. It took two days to finish and I loved every single minute of it. Much faster paced than Hunter this book had me on edge and guessing. I love the introduction of the new characters on the Elite team and I really enjoyed that there was much less world building and fashion talk in this one. I would HIGHLY recommend this book for anyone that loves fantasy and post apocalyptic worlds. Mercedes Lackey has been a favorite author of mine for years and this new series is giving me life. I cannot wait for the third book to come out now! 

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I didn't get as much reading done this month as I would have liked but what I managed to read was awesome so I am calling it a win!

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Life According to Steph

Friday Favorites 10/7

TGIF! Time for some favorites! 


Fashion: 
Adorable boho look for fall. White oversized sweater and flares. Pair with a felt large brimmed hat. Stitch fix fall 2016. Stitch fix fashion trends.:
It's Sweater and Jeans weather! YAY!
Cat Pearl Earrings:
I need these. So cute.
Beauty: 
Turquoise green eyes and makeup:
Loving this green look. Going to have to try that one next!

Nerdy Girl: 
Felicia Day and The Truth About The Gaming Thinking:
So. Much. Truth.

Funnies: 
Yesterday’s eyeliner can be todays Smokey eye if you believe in yourself.:


LOL:
Don't ask a Stay At Home Mom what she does all day. Seriously.


Song of the Week: Heathens by Twenty One Pilots. Just has the right feel for this week. I've listened to it approximately 9 billion times this week.




I am still behind on blog stuff this week. I have been working on some bigger posts that have been taking up a lot of time because I want them to be perfect! Hopefully next week I will be back to my normal schedule! Have a great weekend everyone! 

In Which There Were Many Festivals




Saturday: Our town was having the annual Applefest and of course that meant it was a madhouse around here. However Robert decided that this year we would try and benefit from it a little and opened up some space to let people pay to park in them. I have to say that it was a HUGE success! It was super easy and people were so happy to get to park so close to the festivities. We actually made a good amount of money and will be for sure doing the same thing next week during the annual Irish Festival! 

We also did a little bit of Halloween crafting but nothing is finished yet so I don’t have pictures to show you all. Hopefully we will have them completed within the week!

Sunday: We made plans to go to the Renaissance Festival with Robert’s brother and his family. It was a really beautiful day out and it was the perfect day for walking around. Kyra dressed up as an archer and she LOVED the costume. It was super comfortable and she loved getting compliments. 



The festival always has awesome things to do and see but Kyra really loves the petting zoo. Goats, a donkey, pigs, and sheep…she loves them all.




She also convinced Daddy to carry her around for a bit. We had the stroller but she still managed to get him to carry her on his shoulders for a while. 



The Children’s realm was a big hit this time too. I only got the one picture because I was busy chasing her up and down the slides. Sometimes you just have to put the camera down and just join in the fun! 


I did snap a selfie before we went in because I was feeling my makeup. I needed photo evidence!





It was a great weekend and very busy too! How was yours?
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