“V O T E S F O R W O M E N”


Anyone else have that song from Mary Poppins in your head around election time?


We can vote!

Don’t waste it!

I know everything can seem confusing, but one thing stands true.  You need to vote.  My husband had some great words on why here.  There are so many things that can happen tomorrow.  There are few things that could make you too busy to  show up to the polls.  My friend comes to mind.  Her son is in the hospital.  She might not make it to the polls, but YOU can!!

More important than president could possibly be your congressman.  To me, this person is my voice and my representative.   He will sign papers and make decisions in my name.  I need to know that he will make the best choices for me and my family.  The best decisions for my area of San Diego.

If you live in District 53 of San Diego, vote Nick Popaditch to be your local representative!!

Who is your local congressional representative?   Check it out before you vote!

I will be voting for:

lower taxes

a lower water bill

my ability to care for those in need with my own money instead of allowing the government to do it

the consistution to be respected as it was meant to be

V O T E !


For a great resource for teacher kids the process of voting and why we do it, go to Kids Voting USA for great activities and explanations for those little ones.

Dressing Up ‘XII

So, here they are: the 2012 costumes.

Another Halloween came and went and so did my birthday right with it.  More on holiday birthdays another time.

Just to compare, here are last years pictures.  It’s amazing how their personalities are pretty much the same.  No big changes in that department.  Except this year, Faith has personality with no bangs.

Faith knew right away she wanted to be Pocahontas.  Hers was a lot of fun to make because it had fringe.  So much fun to cut!  Dean knew 6 months ago he wanted to be a knight like his brother was last year.  He actually stuck with the idea which is quite amazing for a 4-year-old.  Jack took a little time to decide but finally landed on Robin Hood.  We are reading the legit book for our school reading so it was on his mind.  Plus, I told him he could carry his “bone and arrow”, as he calls it.

We have lived in our house 4 years and every year we go to neighbor’s house behind us.  The first year we went trick or treating around here, people told us they hadn’t seen a kid trick-or-treating for 10 or 15 years.  Not very many kids around here at all.  Craziness.  In any case, our neighbors are so sweet to us when we come.  They have almost a little party for us with ice cream, candy, and even gifts at the end for the kids.  Isn’t that sweet?

After, we went over to some friend’s house for a party and to trick or treat where there are more kids.   I don’t have any pictures of that because of the always awesome time of year when the sun is shy and leaves early.   We had a lovely time visiting with many new friends.

You can see a few more on my Instagram:


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Pumpkin Decorating Ideas: Faces from Duct Tape


How many of you like pumpkins?  Yeah, me too.

Carving them?  Some of you?  Not my thing.

Do you like messes?  Yeah, I don’t either.

Do you like to do fall decorating projects with your kids?  Totally!

That’s why you’re reading this, right?

So, basically I created this project to be a fall activity, to do with your kids, which is not messy, still involving a pumpkin (although it is not being carved), and can still be used as a decoration.


To start, become familiar with what will be your new friend….DUCT TAPE.  We all love it and use it regularly.  I recently repaired my central vac hose with it,  “fixed” the bottom of my computer so it wouldn’t fall off, and put board game boxes back together with it.  It is an amazing invention and I am so very grateful to Johnson & Johnson for creating cloth backed tape in WWII days (yes, I totally googled that).

The brand Duck has since turn this remarkable product into something beautiful as well.  There are so many designs and colors to pick from so run out and grab some so you can start some projects, including these pumpkins.  While you are on their site, check out the amazing contest they are having right now.  You could design the next Duct Tape!

No-Carve pumpkin decorating with Duct tape:

I based my designs on a template I printed from Merrilee over at the always lovely Mer Mag blog (best wishes with the new bebe!).  She has a post on creating felt pumpkins with interchangeable faces and pieces.  You can find her template here, which can be used as a starting point for this project and you can also use to make her felt pumpkins.

I placed strips of duct tape on parchment paper so they would be easier to cut.  I just learned you can also buy duct tape sheets which would save this step.  Then, I drew the shapes from the template plus my own.  You could also cut out the template pieces and then place them on top of the tape so you can trace them if that’s easier. I added a few bird pieces (for Jack who requested it), a pearl necklace, some girl hair, a mustache, and some curly hair for Dean (also, by request).  Cut the shapes out and remove the parchment paper backing.

The faces are very easy to take off and move around as you please!

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(all photos above are with my iPhone 4s)

September brought:

a  lovely photo shoot with a friend

Nutcracker Auditions (She made it!)

the season of brussel sprouts

turning in our leased car (bye bye Mercedes) means driving my husband to and from his work this week

birthday donuts for the 4 year-old

birthday cupcakes…the dark ones, of course (chocolate)

meerkat birthday celebration with friends

putting our house on the market and cleaning like crazy people every day for house showings

first days of fall mean gingersnaps

local Bonitafest and supporting our congressional candidate

tailgating for the Jason Mraz concert and then getting to see Florence + the machine for $20 the next week

reading with guinea pigs

trying a new evening church service so we could enjoy some good family time in the morning

Happy Fall, friends!

What are you looking forward to?

(comment below)

Linking with Rebecca from Simple as That

How to watch Downton Abbey Season three in the U.S.!

Have you been watching?

No, I’m not talking about a show about dancing celebrities or some other kind of show where you watch celebrities apparently live “reality” as a housewife in the Orange County region of Los Angeles.  What could it be then?  Well, if you haven’t heard, a few of us Americans have transported ourselves into the early 20th century.  We have started drinking tea regularly,  added the words “quite” and “indeed” to our every day conversations x 2, become consumed with what Anna and Mr. Bate’s lives are going to look like with the recent changes in their lives, wondered if Lady Mary is EVER EVER EVER going to get married, and anticipated the next curious and hilarious thing the Dowager Countess is going to say.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about and consider yourself a lover of all period dramas, keep reading.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about and are looking for a new series to watch, keep reading.

If you have been an AVID follower of Downton Abbey until the end of season 2 and are eagerly anticipating season 3, keep reading.

Well, everyone…

Season 3 is here!

That is, season 3 is happening right now in the UK and all of us in America have to wait for the premiere in January 2013.


You want me to wait until 2013?

No, you don’t really have to wait.

I’m thankful to have found such a wonderful source for watching in the U.S.!

Go to my A Golden Afternoon facebook page to get updates for new episodes.  Thanks to watch-TVseries.net, we have choices!

Season 3 is here!

Links are below…


Click on the above image  to like my FACEBOOK PAGE so you can get the updates for NEW episodes!!

Also, check out my other Downton Abbey related  posts:

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