Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I'm Co-Hosting at Fluster's Creative Muster Link Party!

Fluster's Creative Muster #94
Always full of great ideas and inspiring links!

Carrie from Curly Crafty Mom has done it again, inspired me to bring the ordinary to a new level. Apple pie is my most favoritous pie on the planet, warmed with a scoop of vanilla ice cream makes all of my fluster's just melt away. I have to say though this Candy Apple Pie might top the list of my all time favorites!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Fall Porch and Home Tour - 2014

Today I am excited to share a Fall Home Tour with you! I feel as though every year our home looks a little different as I add new pieces I've purchased or crafted. I also arrange my fall pieces differently around the home each year for visual interest. 

Every fall, I enjoy planning out how to decorate our front porch. I feel this is the part of the home that EVERYONE sees, where only a select few friends and family members (and all my blog readers!) get to see how I decorate the inside of the home. This year I added some colorful and personalized throw pillows to our bench, added more color to the chalkboards (thanks to colored chalk!), made a candy corn tassel for the chalkboard easel (see post HERE) and I found a small rustic wheelbarrow at our local grocery store and painted it white.

The colored chalk really adds some richness to the leaves on this chalkboard.

I have been wanting to add some throw pillows to our bench to spruce it up and these personalized pillows have really done the trick! They are made out of a really thick and resistant material and I can remove them from the insert and wash them easily.

I got this wagon during the spring at a grocery store by me for $12. It was sort of an ugly green color and I repainted it with white paint. I really love how it has chicken wire on the sides, metal wheels and a metal handle. I purchased the mini hay bales at Hobby Lobby for it and placed a small pot of mums and some pumpkins in it. The jack o' lantern pot I purchased last year at a local farm called Eckerts. 

I only used white chalk on my chalkboard easel last fall, but I am in love with how I drew candy corns on it this year to go with the candy corn tassel garland. 

You may or may not remember my DIY ombre fall door mat that I made last fall (see post HERE). Are you ready to come in to see the inside fall decorations of my home?

On the door that opens to our kitchen from the garage, I have hung this candy corn felt wreath. I took a photo of it on the door, but the lighting is better in this photo. You can see the DIY instructions for this wreath HERE.

I created a new centerpiece for our coffee table this fall by purchasing a gold mirror tray from Hobby Lobby and adding ceramic pumpkins that I spray painted in white and gold to it. I also added a burlap banner that says fall in white stamped letters. See the entire post HERE.

I bought this new sign while I was out shopping on Main Street in St. Charles with friends. Isn't this just me all over?! ;) And, I put a mini burlap candy corn next to it.

I don't have a mantel in my home, so I always decorate the buffet rack for the holidays.

We went apple picking really, really early this fall and I decided to make a fun collage with the photos. I put all my favorite photos on this 5x7 easel collage from our apple picking adventure.

This is another purchase from Main Street on St. Charles. As I have said in other posts, I have a big candy corn crush this fall. I really had to have this candy corn brush tree!

I also put up a Halloween tree every year! The tree was clearances down after Halloween from PBK and the ornaments are store bought and hand made. And, I KNOW... I put presents under it this year. My kids are so spoiled! I must add that Grandma helped add to the present pile under the tree... I didn't buy all of those presents for them! ;) I already had the black wrapping paper with white polka dots downstairs from when I did their Mickey Mail a couple years back and the purple paper was old, too. I made up the bows from leftover ribbon and burlap that I had on hand. I really love making handmade bows for presents when I have extra time in the day!

I decided to make a new bow with this plaid ribbon I found at Hobby Lobby. I love how it turned out! All I did was wrap the ribbon around my fingers several times, then I tied it in the middle with a piece of matching ribbon. That's it!

We still haven't made our homemade ornaments for the tree yet this year (every year we make a new ornament for it), but this metal ornament from Tiny Prints is new to the tree this fall (see ornament HERE). I personalized the ornament with a photo of the kids on one side and a photo of me and Brian on the other side. It came with a red ribbon, but I decided to use the plaid ribbon that I had used on the tree's pot for the ornament, too! 

I also love to have fresh flowers around the house, here is a shot of some fall flowers that I had on our table, complete with a cutting of some fall colored leaves.

I also decorated our fairy garden in our bird bath in the back yard for the fall. Here is a ghost holding a pumpkin next to the fairy house.

Little candy corn stakes.

And, a tombstone!

I hope you enjoyed the tour of our home! I also enjoy decorating for Thanksgiving and have an entire bin of Thanksgiving decor to put out once Halloween is over... I know, I just love holidays! I hope you are enjoying the fall, too and I wish your family many cool crisp nights with lots of hot cocoa and s'mores!

See our 2013 Fall Home Tour HERE.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

2014 Balloon Glow and Meal Plan Week 32

On our way to the balloon glow with friends!
SO, almost a month ago we went to the Balloon Glow in Forest Park (can you tell I am a little behind on blogging about our fall outings?). It was a beautiful day, in the eighties and I am not sure WHY I decided to wear a scarf, I guess I was hoping I could wear my fall clothes in September... but, September was a H O T one here in St. Louis and that scarf was taken off quickly. I still haven't felt it has been cool enough to wear a scarf here and it is now October! We always take the Metrolink to ride to Forest Park, because it is almost impossible to find a parking spot during the Balloon Glow. While at the Metrolink station, we ran into my moms neighbor.

Nathan with Brian

Here they all are again outside the train. It was funny, because we ran into them again on the way home from the Balloon Glow. Small world!

The Balloon Glow is held the night before the Balloon Race, they play music and have food... and, all of the balloons are lit up! You also get to see them put the balloons away and there are fireworks later in the evening. We usually leave before the fireworks to avoid huge lines at the Metrolink. Don'tcha just love the Goldfish Cracker balloon?!

Here are some more balloons, including the Shane Co. balloon... where my rings are from :)

We always buy the kids some sort of overpriced cheap toy junk, this year they got light up wands.

Some of them will let the kids in the basket. You can feel the heat from the flames, too!!

Dark selfie of me and Brian :)

We had a great time at the balloon glow, except it was REALLY crowded this year due to the nice weather. I am not sure if we will keep this up as a tradition every year, it would be neat to go and see the actual race on a Saturday morning sometimes instead of the balloon glow that takes place on Friday night. We'll see what we're in the mood for next year.

Here are some balloon glow recaps from years past, it is always fun to look back and see how much the kids have grown. I don't think we went in 2012, because that was the month Brian and I were planning our wedding... so, we had our hands full that year! ;)

Balloon Glow 2013
Balloon Glow 2011

Are you ready for the meal plan for this week? The meal plan isn't the most exciting this week, mainly because I thought Brian was going to be in Seattle for work... BUT, they canceled his trip last minute. I was really happy to hear he'd be at home, but it kind of threw a wrench in the meal plan that I had already planned and shopped for... ;) Anyway, quick meals aren't all so bad, right?!!

Menu Plan for Week of October 19, 2014:

Sunday - Order In
We are going to church in the morning and then the pumpkin patch... so, we will probably order something in and watch it with a relaxing movie. Maybe we'll find a nice Halloween flick to watch?

Monday - Swedish Meatballs, recipe HERE 
This will be an easy, easy dinner... because, thanks to my freezer stash, this one just needs to be thawed and warmed up!

Tuesday - Frozen Pizza
I thought Brian was going to be out of town for several days this week, so it kind of messed up my meal plan for this week... so, we are going to eat a frozen pizza tonight that I have in the freezer.

Wednesday - Spaghetti and Meatballs 
We have dance tonight, SO... I am going to keep it simple with spaghetti and meatballs. I had actually planned on having this last Saturday, but we landed up eating out. SO, it is on the meal plan for today.

Thursday - Red Chicken Chili (my favorite chili!), recipe HERE 
This is my absolute favorite chili (after my pumpkin chili), hands down.

Friday - Chili Leftovers
We have Trunk or Treat tonight, so leftovers will be perfect!

Saturday - Dinner Out

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What Wives Wear Link Up #24 - Anniversary Edition!

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Week 24
Brian and I went shopping at the outlets during our day date over a month ago and I am finally able to wear some of it. It has been so hot this fall, that I've been wearing shorts and tees well into October! We had a little break from the rain this weekend and now its been pouring, spitting and just dreary since Sunday. Yuck. Luckily, Saturday night I was able to wear a light burgundy sweater with leather elbow patches that I found (and fell in love with) at J. Crew Outlet. I have been looking for a sweater with elbow patches for awhile and when I saw it... I knew I hadda have it. It was even on sale! 


Here is a back view of the outfit, this gives you a better look at the elbow patches. I really can't wait to style this sweater all kinds of way this fall, I will be wearing it at least once a week... THAT is how much I am in love with it. :)


I also got my hair done on Saturday! I decided to go darker and she added some caramel highlights and also some chocolate highlights. I really love what she did with my hair and she did a great job straightening it, too! I also found it so funny that they use The Wet Brush at my hair salon now!! I just bought one for Autumn a few weeks ago and now I just have to get one for myself! 

Recently I purchased several pairs of gold earrings from Charming Charlie and this was the largest gold pair I purchased. I love their size, but I wouldn't wear this large of an earring for the day-time... but, for going out they were perfect!


I paired this sweater with neutrals... a black fitted skirt from Express and brown wedge boots. For a necklace, I wore a BR tassel necklace that has some green... I didn't want to look like Christmas, so the green necklace was the only green I added. 


I really love how the arm patch shows up in this photo... ahhh. :)


It seems tassels are even more the rage this fall then they were last year this time when I got my first tassel bracelet. I really need to learn how to make some tassel jewelry for myself,  I think it'd be fun. :)


In this photo you can see some of the highlights in my hair and also how this fitted skirt flares out a bit at the bottom.



My camel Tory is my go to bag during the fall.



What I'm Wearing:
Burgundy Sweater with Arm Patches - J. Crew Outlet
Black Skirt - Express
Purse - Tory Burch
Wedge Boots - 
Watch - MK
Bracelets and Earrings - Charming Charlie
Tassel Necklace - Banana Republic
Nail Color - Essie's Dress to Kilt (a cranberry red)

This was such a great outfit to wear out to dinner with my love for our anniversary!

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