Make My Monday Pretty — Free Halloween Printables

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween my Lovlies!!!! Since today is Halloween I thought I'd share a trick-or-treat gift with my awesome followers.

I've got some great free Halloween printables for you. 





I lve this cute free trick-or-treat Halloween printable sign over at 


This adorable Halloween party circle came from 


This clever Halloween party favor treat cone and boo circle printable came form HGTV.com.


Aren't these free Halloween printable mini Hershey candy bar wrappers by 
Love the Day just adorable?

Okay my Lovlies, there's still time to make your Halloween festive and fun with these (and other) free printables. 

Have a fun and save Halloween!!!!! 



Spiritual Sunday — What is Halloween and Should Christians Celebrate It?

Sunday, October 30, 2016




Hello My Lovlies.  Since it's the day before Halloween my crazy brain was thinking should Christians even be celebrating Halloween.

So, what did I do — I went straight to my favorite place (Google) to see what I could find that makes sense to me.   I found the following article on Bibleinfo.com®.





What is Halloween and should Christians celebrate it?


What is Halloween?
The popularity of Halloween is growing exponentially. Americans spend over $5 billion dollars annually on Halloween, making it the country’s second largest commercial holiday. In addition, a quarter of all annual candy sales occur during the Halloween season in the United States. What is it about Halloween that makes October 31 so popular? Perhaps it's the mystery--or just the candy? Perhaps the excitement of a new costume?
Whatever the draw, Halloween is here to stay. But what does the Bible say about it? Is Halloween wrong or evil? Are there any clues in the Bible as to whether a Christian should celebrate Halloween?
What Does the Bible Say About Halloween?
First of all, understand that Halloween is mostly a western custom and it has no direct reference in the Bible. However, there are Biblical principles that directly relate to the celebration of Halloween. Perhaps the best way to understand how Halloween relates to the Bible is to look at the meaning of Halloween and its history.
What Does Halloween Mean?
The word Halloween literally means the evening before All Hallows Day or All Saint’s Day, celebrated on November 1. Halloween is also the shortened name of Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Evening and All Saint’s Eve which is celebrated on October 31. The origin and meaning of Halloween is derived from ancient Celtic harvest festivals, but more recently we think of Halloween as a night filled with candy, trick-or-treating, pumpkins, ghosts and death.
The History of Halloween


The origin of Halloween as we know it, began over 1900 years ago in England, Ireland, and Northern France. It was a Celtic celebration of the new year, called Samhain which occurred on November 1. The Celtic druids revered it as the biggest holiday of the year and emphasized that day as the time when the souls of the dead supposedly could mingle with the living. Bonfires were a large aspect of this holiday as well.
Samhain remained popular until St. Patrick and other Christian missionaries arrived in the area. As the population began to convert to Christianity the holiday began to lose its popularity. However, instead of eradicating pagan practices such as “Halloween” or Samhain, the church instead used these holidays with a Christian twist to bring paganism and Christianity together, making it easier for local populations to convert to the state religion.
Another tradition is the druidic belief that during the night of November 1, demons, witches, and evil spirits freely roamed the earth with joy to greet the arrival of "their season" - the long nights and early dark of the winter months. The demons had their fun with poor mortals that night, frightening, harming, and even playing all kinds of mean tricks on them. The only way, it seemed, for scared humans to escape the persecution of the demons was to offer them things they liked, especially fancy foods and sweets. Or, in order to escape the fury of these horrible creatures, a human could disguise himself as one of them and join in their roaming. In this way they would recognize the human as a demon or witch and the human would not be bothered that night.
During the Roman empire there was the custom of eating or giving away fruit, especially apples, on Halloween. It spread to neighboring countries; to Ireland and Scotland from Britain, and to the Slavic countries from Austria. It is probably based upon a celebration of the Roman goddess Pomona, to whom gardens and orchards were dedicated. Since the annual Feast of Pomona was held on November 1, the relics of that observance became part of our Halloween celebration, for instance the familiar tradition of "dunking" for apples.
Today costumes take the place of disguises and candy has replaced fruits and other fancy foods as children go door-to-door trick-or-treating. Originally trick-or-treating began as “souling,” when children would go door-to-door on Halloween, with soul cakes, singing and saying prayers for the dead. Over the course of history Halloween’s visible practices have changed with the culture of the day, but the purpose of honoring the dead, veiled in fun and festivities, has remained the same. The question remains, is celebrating Halloween bad or unbiblical?
Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

As a logical thinking person, consider for a moment what you are celebrating and what Halloween is all about. Is the holiday uplifting? Is Halloween pure? Is it lovely, praiseworthy, or of good report? Philippians 4:8 says, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Is Halloween based on godly themes such as the idea of peace, freedom and salvation or does the holiday bring to mind feelings of fear, obsession and bondage?
Additionally, does the Bible sanction witchcraft, witches, and sorcery? On the contrary, the Bible makes it clear that these practices are an abomination to the Lord. The Bible goes on to say in Leviticus 20:27 that anyone who practiced witchcraft, soothsaying, sorcery should be killed. Deuteronomy 18:9-13 adds, "When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you...one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord.”
Is it wrong to celebrate Halloween?
Let’s look at what the Bible adds to this topic in Ephesians 5:11, “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.” This text is calling us to not only have no association with any type of dark activity BUT ALSO to shed light upon this topic to those around us. As stated earlier in this article, Halloween was not exposed by the church for what it was, but rather was incorporated into church holy days. Are Christians responding in the same way today?
As you think about Halloween—its origins and what it stands for—would it be best to spend time dwelling upon its themes or to shed light upon what lies below the surface of this holiday's celebration. God is calling humanity to follow Him and to "come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing” (2 Corinthians 6:17).

So, my Lovlies based on this article I am comfortable celebrating Halloween by exposing it for what it is. And incorporating it, like my Christian ancestors did, into church holy days. 

How about you — as a Christian do you celebrate Halloween?  Let me know by commenting below. 

Surprise Saturday — Best Halloween Pumpkin Bet

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Hello my Lovlies.  It's only 2 days till Halloween.  With that in mind, my hubby (Chuck)and I have a bet on who can carve the best Halloween pumpkin. 
Mind you our high-stakes bet is the looser has to pickup the check at Starbucks (aka/:Starguts) lol. 


Shhhhh, don't tell my husband but I've got a few tricks up my sleeve on how to win our bet. 

As usual I searched my favorite place — the internet and good old Better Homes and Gardens has some cool free  


(yes I said free) pumpkin stencils that I may use.

Here are a few of my favorites. 

Meet Mr. Shy Guy. Click here for your free shy guy pumpkin stencil pattern. 


This is the Jumbled Face pumpkin.  Get your stencil here



I lve this skull and crossbones stencil it's kinda cleaver for Halloween don't you think? Get the stencil here.

I am including this Sugar Skull Pumpkin Stencil in Cynthia's Surprise Saturday post because it's sooooo darn cool.  Albeit is way beyond my pumpkin carving capabilities I just had to include it.  Click here for the sugar skull pumpkin stencil. 

Anyway, my Lovlies I will keep you posted on what pumpkin I am going carve to win the bet with my husband. 

If you've got any ideas please share them with me by commenting below. 

Make My Monday Pretty — Painted Pumpkins

Monday, October 24, 2016

Hello my Lovlies.  With Halloween only a week away I thought I'd share some pretty painted pumpkins as an alternative to carving a pumpkin. 

Don't get me wrong I love the look of a glowing carved pumpkin on Halloween night.  What I don't like is the mess it makes when you carve the pumpkin.  

With that in mind, I thought I'd share some pretty painted pumpkins that you can make for your Halloween celebration. 

These great looking painted pumpkin ideas (and photos)  all came form Martha Stewart.  

I lve this autumn-inspired falling leaves painted pumpkin.




If you're like me a non-artist here is something that may be right up your alley.  Abstract expression art pumpkins.  

Wouldn't these be GREAT for kids to help out on.  Who says a painted pumpkin has to be perfect to be pretty?

Wouldn't a skeleton pumpkin with a devilish grin be just the thing your front porch needs this Halloween?

Isn't this jewel-toned, geometric masterpiece pumpkin different and oh so funky?  Why not try something different this Holloween. 

Alright my Lovlies, have I inspired the creativity in you?  I hope you get out your Martha Stewart craft paints and make hand painted pumpkins for yourself. 

Your Turn:  Share your Halloween pumpkin ideas with me and I'll post them on my blog for my followers to see. 

Spiritual Sunday — Failure Need Not Be Fatal

Sunday, October 23, 2016


Hello my Lovlies.  Yes it's Sunday again and for Cynthia's Spiritual Sunday I am going share with you Lovlies how failure isn't necessarily failure.   

My post today comes from House to House |  Heart to Heart.  Do yourself a favor and check out their website. 

 I've mentioned before in one of my blog posts their website is filled with answers and information surrounding life's everyday situations. 

FAILURE NEED NOT BE FATAL


The first President of the United States—the father of our country—lost two-thirds of the battles he fought during the Revolutionary War. But George Washington won the war, founded a nation, and succeeded brilliantly in spite of those failures.
Who failed more than Babe Ruth? In a baseball career that
spanned 21 years, the immortal slugger hit 714 home runs, but he struck out 1,330 times. Until he retired in 1935, this famous failure was baseball’s biggest attraction.
Just because one fails at some point in life does not necessarily mean he or she is a failure.
After Edison had experimented 10,000 times with his storage battery and still could not get it to work, a friend tried to comfort him. “Why I have not failed,” Edison replied. “I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Nearly deaf and with only three months of formal schooling, Thomas A. Edison patented more than 1,000 inventions. During his 60 years of reaching toward the unknown, Edison failed more than he succeeded. But who would call Edison a failure?
Is it a sin to fail? The answer is both yes and no. It is a sin when failure is due to moral or spiritual laxness or to laziness. But it is not a sin to fail when one has done his best, within the will of God, and the results were not what he wanted.
One must not be so afraid of life that one refuses to try. We don’t have to succeed, but we do have to give life a run for its money.
A faithful old preacher felt he had failed miserably when he reported to his congregation that only one new member—and just a boy at that—had been added to the church during the year. But that boy went on to become a missionary in Africa who brought the gospel to tribes that previously had never heard the name of Jesus.
Take heart! If life has put you on the canvas and pummeled the breath out of you, it is still too early to quit. If you feel you must quit, then do it the day after tomorrow. You may have lost the battle today, but you could win the war tomorrow.
As Grantland Rice, America’s first great sports writer, put it, “When Jesus comes to judge us, He will not be so concerned about whether we won or lost, but how we played the game!”
The world will measure you by your success, but God will measure you by your faithfulness (1 Corinthians 4:2).



So my Lovlies how great is your faithfulness to God today?


Surprise Saturday — Halloween Cupcake Ideas

Saturday, October 22, 2016






Surprise my Lovlies!!!




Since Halloween is rapidly approaching I searched the internet to find some of the cutest Halloween cupcake ideas just for you. 

While I was scouring the internet  I noticed there are a lot (and I mean a lot) of cute Halloween cupcake ideas out there. 

The ones I am going to share on Cynthia's Surprise Saturday post all came from Woman's Day.

BAT CUPCAKE 

These cupcakes are anything but plain  once they're decorated with blue frosting and sprinkles, dark chocolate wings and sugar-spun eyes and of course fangs.

Get the recipe.

COURTESY OF MIKE FERRI 

SKELETON FRAME CUPCAKES



How clever are these skeleton frame cupcakes?  They are comprised of a marshmallow skull and yogurt mini pretzel ribs supported by a lollipop stick.


COURTESY OF KATE SPEARS 

DIRT PUDDING CUPCAKES

These ghosts rising from the chocolate dirt will be sure to spook your guests.  Fill cake mix with chocolate pudding and top with crushed Oreos and ghost Peeps to create these cupcakes. 


COURTESY OF MY BAKING ADDICTION


CANDY CORN CUPCAKES

Transform the tiny Halloween staples (candy corn) into full cupcakes.  Use food coloring to get the shades just right, add some candies and sprinkles on top for good measure.


COURTESY OF JERSEY GIRL COOKS


Well my Lovlies, I hope these cute cupcake ideas have got your Halloween creativity piqued.  

Your Turn:  Share some of your cute Halloween cupcake ideas and I'll post them for my followers.

Friday Favorites — Instant Pot®

Friday, October 21, 2016

Hello my Lovlies — thank God it's Friday!!!!  I haven't been this excited about Friday since last Thursday (lol). 


Okay, last night I was looking all over the internet for a countertop appliance that was easy to use, cooks food fast, and is easy to clean up.  Pretty big order don't you think.

Well, after an hour or so of searching I came across something call the Instant Po


So, What might you ask is an Instant Pot®.  According their website (instantpot.com) this is what they have to say about the Instant Pot®.

First, here is a picture of the Instant Pot® (see below).


So, back to what an Instant Pot® is according to their website.

"Instant Pot is the latest 3rd Generation Programmable Pressure Cooker designed by Canadians with the objectives of being Safe, Convenient and Dependable. It speeds up cooking by 2~6 times using up to 70% less energy, and, above all, produces nutritious healthy food in a convenient and consistent fashion."

What I read that really piqued my interest is that it's a 7-in-1 multi-cooker that works as an electric pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, warmer, and sauté pan. Plus, it's available at a reasonable price. 

Once I read all that I had to find out more.  So, I decided to look at the the customer reviews on it.  I couldn't find one review (out the hundreds-of-thousands) that wasn't a 5-star review. 



Here are some of the other things I like about the Instant Pot®.

•  There are lots of cookbooks out there for the Instant P
ot®. 



•  There are tons of free recipes online. 

•  There are a lot of YouTube videos with step-by-step cooking instructions. 

• There is a large Instant P
ot® Facebook community that shares ideas, FAQ's, recipes, and much, much more.

• Instant P
ot® comes with a wide range of replacement parts and accessories.

Okay my Lovlies, have I at least convinced you to take a look at the Instant P
ot®?

Your Turn:  If you've used the Instant Pot® please comment below and let me know what you think.