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Halloween Week Hell and A Free Printable

This week has been a rough one, with everything from cleaning vomit off of our car seat (multiple times!), missed doctor’s appointments, packing/preparing for a trip, then add Halloween on top of it, it’s just been difficult.  Funnily, the most difficult thing has been trying to find a Halloween themed shirt for my daughter.  You’d think that a week before Halloween there would still be pumpkins, candy corn, and goblins found everywhere, but that has not been the case.  I went to five different stores to try and find something, but all I could find were things that were either too big for her or too small or nothing at all!  It’s been frustrating, luckily, the trusty old Wal-Mart came through for me and I grabbed the last Halloween shirt that would fit her at about 9:30 p.m. the night before I needed it.

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I was surprised that stores are making it so difficult when the holidays roll around because if you’re not planning weeks, dare I say months, in advance, they will just get rid of what you’re actually looking for and move on to the next holiday.  In my attempts at finding a Halloween shirt, I of course could find a million Christmas things.  I get that Halloween is only a couple days away, but why can’t we just enjoy it then move on to the next holiday?

Because it’s been so frustrating being forced to fly through the holidays, I’ve reluctantly decided to get on board with what the stores are doing.  There’s no other option, really.  I created a simple Christmas gift planning printable for you.  Hopefully, if we both start using it we’ll be (somewhat) ahead of the stores and be able to get what we really need when we need it.  I always have a goal to get all the Christmas shopping done by the end of November, but it usually doesn’t work out that way.  Hopefully, with a little planning I can actually accomplish that goal this year.

Christmas Shopping List PhotoJust click on the image above to download your copy of the printable.  Print off as many as you need to plan for all the gifts you’ll be giving this holiday season.  Hopefully, it will help all of us stay ahead of the game and get what we need before the stores decide it’s time to start celebrating Valentine’s Day, gheesh!

Do you have everything you need for Halloween?  Frustrated with the rate stores rush us through the holidays?  Is your Christmas shopping done, or at least started?

I wish you all a Happy Halloween and may your child trick-or-treat for your favorite candy to steal from them!  I’m looking forward to our little hula girl getting to experience her first time trick-or-treating because she was too little last year.  Have a great weekend! Don’t forget to “fall” back into daylight savings time this weekend.

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2015 Fall Home Tour

How was your weekend?  I thoroughly enjoyed mine mostly because my husband had a four day weekend this weekend, but also because we did so many fall activities.  We went apple picking, picnicked, and picked out our pumpkins for the year (how do you like that alliteration?).  It was a lot of fun; it only could have been better if it weren’t 90+ degrees outside, but eventually fall temperatures will get here….maybe…..I’ll believe it when I feel it.

I hope you’re prepared for a lot of fall themed photos because today’s post is a Fall Home Tour.  So, go get a cup of hot apple cider, grab a cozy blanket and enjoy!

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Welcome to our front entry!  I think this set up just screams fall.  How funny is it that our door mat is the same one that was here when we first moved into this house five years ago?  You’d think that I would have replaced it with something that represents us a little better.  I’ve looked at door mats in the past, but just haven’t found one that I love, and at this point, if it isn’t broken don’t fix it.

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I purchased the mums at Lowe’s and got them in colors that would coordinate with our fall wreath on the front door.  Hopefully they last through the entire season.  I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you how passionately my husband feels about knowing the difference between hay and straw; and how quickly he corrects me if I mix the two up.  We are using a straw bale that our local pumpkin patch was selling, either will work for a set up like this.  As they say though, “hay is for horses,” because hay has nutritional value for horses to eat and straw is the stalk of various grains and has minimal nutritional value.  I guess you get passionate about these things when you grow up on a farm.

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This cute little wooden box was found during a Saturday morning garage sale session.  I knew I wanted an old box like this but didn’t have a specific idea for it and this fall set up is the perfect place to use it.  My husband sprayed it with a little Thompson’s water sealant to help keep it protected.  Don’t forget to spray the inside of the box too, to protect it from potential water damage when watering the flowers inside.

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Once you enter our house you are directly in the living/family room.  I’ve added small touches throughout the room to spread the feel of fall.

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I love these mercury glass pumpkins and gourds, which I think I found at Marshall’s a couple years ago.  They add a touch of fall with quite a bit of a shine factor.  DSC_0475

We don’t have a lot of wall space in our house, which is a catch-22, because I want to hang things up, but love all of the natural light we get from the numerous windows we have.  To create a gallery wall effect without an actual wall, I use this bookshelf.  By placing our photos and treasures up and down the shelf it’s like a vertical gallery wall.

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To bring fall to the bookshelf I used pine cones and a fall scented potpourri.  We are lucky in that our neighborhood has a ton of pine trees so we get free decor anytime we take a walk outside.  I used this tutorial to make all of our collected pine cones smell like cinnamon.

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I also used some fall decor on our sofa console table.  Disregard the baseball game on the TV and the amount of cords hanging down under the table.  Here is a great way to hide cords if you need to.  This table usually holds our remote controls and coasters for drinks, and the lamps add some much needed light in the evenings.

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In case you’re wondering Bowditch is a really motivating nautical book.

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To offset the height of these fall topiaries I propped one on top of some ceramic coasters to raise it up a bit.

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If you’ve been following the blog recently these dining room pictures will seem familiar.  Check out how to make that “fake” chalkboard here.  Again, I am using free pine cones as part of the table scape.  I love the neutral and gold themed fall table.  Using natural elements like the pumpkins and pine cones makes the whole thing feel a little more authentic than faux colored leaves or decor that is too seasonally specific.

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I even brought in some touches of fall in the kitchen, again using natural elements like pumpkins and apples.

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I love the look of these IKEA open shelves.  They not only look great, but provided us with some much needed storage.  Before we put them up this wall was bare, these shelves definitely better utilize the space.  I sporadically take everything off and dust them, but they actually don’t get too dirty.

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That’s a look around our house decked out for fall, thanks for stopping by and taking a look around.  I just love this time of year, don’t you?  Have you gotten your pumpkins picked out yet?  Not to freak you out, but since it’s fall that means that Thanksgiving and Christmas aren’t too far away.  Is your heart beating faster just thinking about that?  Mine is, yikes!

I’ve linked up to the Pretty Preppy Party hosted by Life on Virginia Street, 11MagnoliaLane, Being Bianca, Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss, and Southern State of Mind to show off our pretty and preppy projects.  Be sure to take a look at all the awesome projects this month.

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Celebrating everyday!