1. Making wish lists.

2. Testing pie recipes.

3. Good Eats on Netflix.

4. Watching Disney’s Robin Hood for the millionth time.

5. Knowing that although it is, at times, insanely stressful being a stay-at-home mom, it’s the best job I have ever had.

To learn more about the Grace in Small Things Movement, check out the website here

Photo by Arbine Villanueva-Hoapili

I know, I know. It’s not Friday. But I don’t really care. I still wanted to participate in this past week’s #Fandom5. This time, it’s all about Halloween Costumes!

Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan – Oh. Em. Gee. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I LOVE this comic and Kamala Khan. So, so good.

Maleficent – This movie was just okay, but, holy smokes, that costume and those wings are something else.

The Arrow – Alright, so Ollie sinceriously has some issues, but I really want to dress up in his crime fighting outfit. And after Halloween, I don’t see why you wouldn’t be able to use it on a regular basis. You know, for a PTA meeting or grocery shopping.

Oswin/Clara – I realize that there are a ton of Clara haters out there, but that doesn’t bother me. I adore her and want her entire wardrobe. C’mon, how gorgeous was flapper Clara?

Kate Bishop a.k.a. Hawkeye – She makes aviators look so freakin’ cool.

Thanks again to Megan of The Nerdy Girlie and Kristin of Super Space Chick for creating 5 Fandom Friday!

Image Credit
Ms. Marvel | Maleficent | The Arrow | Oswin/Clara | Kate |

Grief is a tricky thing. Sometimes it can quietly creep up on you, with just whispers of sadness. Other times it can completely consume you. And not matter what you do or how much others try to cheer you up, the pain just hurts. So much.

There are a couple of times of the year when this grief wallops me. The end of April and the middle of October. I usually try to keep this darkness to myself because things still need to get done. Obligations still have to be met. Family still needs to be taken care of. Dinner still needs to get on the table.

I keep going.

Because there is no other choice.

1. A cool morning breeze.

2. The comfort of your own bed after a really long day.

3. Kind words from a stranger.

4. New places to research for a potential trip.

5. The smell of freshly baked bread.

To learn more about the Grace in Small Things movement, check out the website here.

Photo by Arbine Villanueva-Hoapili

Does everybody know what time it is? 


A couple of Saturdays ago we took our kiddos to The Home Depot for a FREE kids workshop.

Our 5-year-old, with a little help from my husband, built an EMS truck.

And since it was Fire Safety week, the girls got to go inside a firetruck.

I’m so proud of my little builder.

Some things of note: If you would like to attend a workshop at The Home Depot I recommend registering online and arriving early. We arrived about twenty minutes before it was supposed to start and there was already a line forming.

One thing that could be improved is the check-in process. I think that if you have pre-registered, you should be able to stand in a separate line and go into the workshop first. There were a ton of people who didn’t pre-register and it took quite a while for them to fill out the paperwork and get checked in. A little more organization would go a long way.

For more information about free kids workshops at The Home Depot click here.

Photos by Arbine Villanueva-Hoapili

*This is NOT a sponsored post. I am in no way affiliated with The Home Depot

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