I love decorating for fall. The colors are amazing-the different shades of orange, yellow, brown and burgundy. Who knew that such colors could cause such a stir of emotions. To see them outside is breathtaking and then to bring them inside causes the same reaction. It’s beautiful. I’m sad that it goes so quickly and that I don’t enjoy it as much as I should. I feel that winter comes too fast.

To bring the colors indoors, I knew that I wanted to create my own fall centerpiece with a table runner and fall flowers. To start, I was excited when I saw these painted mason jars. To create the fall colors on my mason jars, I mixed different food coloring together. For the light brown I did 6 drops of red, 2 yellow and 1 blue. For the yellow I added 7 drops of yellow and 2 orange. For the orange I did 7 orange and 2 red.

I was able to pick up all of my supplies for the table runner and flowers at Hobby Lobby. I was excited since all their fabric was on sale and so were their fall flowers. I also filled the mason jars with acorns and they were in the fall section (also 40% off). It was a great day to be at Hobby Lobby!

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For my table runner I cut my fabric strips to 4 3/4X13 and cut out 2 of each pattern. It ended up being 77 inches long. I did a seam around the whole thing and then ironed it flat. It was so simple and easy and I really loved the end result.

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It was such a fun project and one that anyone can do. Be sure to share your favorite fall crafts with us. We love hearing from you.

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Leaves are falling all around,
On the rooftops, on the ground.
Leaves are falling on my toes, on my head and on my nose!

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Photo credit: John Blacker

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again we LOVE Fall!! There’s just something about the season that makes us happy! My personal favorite is watching the leaves change. It’s so magical and colorful and bright! So I set out to find some crafts using leaves or that have a leaf theme so that I could bring a little bit of the outdoors inside.

Here is my “Fantastically Fall” decor list:

The Easiest, Cheapest, Quickest Fall Table Runner Рvia Dreams & Midnight Jabber

Misty made this last year and it seriously is so cute! I wanted to make one after she shared her post but I ran out of time and so this year, it’s on my to-do list. ūüôā

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Leaf Mason Jar Candle Holder – via Spark & Chemistry

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Leaf Printed Linens – via Funtober

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Clay Leaf Bowls – via Urban Comfort

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I have seriously enjoyed reading Marie and Michelle’s get-to-know you posts. I actually learned a couple things about them! Now it’s my turn for you to learn about me!

1. What’s your middle name?¬†Dawn, yeah, yeah, my name is Misty~Dawn

2. What was your favorite subject in school? When I was little I used to say recess lol, but I actually really enjoyed History when I got older.

3. What are 3 things you can’t leave home¬†without?¬†My phone, Melaleuca¬†Lip Balm and a Diet Coke

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4. What is your favorite song at the moment?¬†Definitely Move by Luke Bryan, it has¬†such a great beat and it makes me want to break out my cowgirl boots and dance. And let’s not forget what a joy it is to watch Luke Bryan perform ūüôā

5. What is your favorite food?¬†It’s no secret that I LOVE carbs! So breadsticks, pasta, french fries, rolls, I love it all. Continue reading

If you haven’t figured out by now I love the fall and I also love food. One of the wonderful things that happens in the fall — that happens only in the fall — is corn on the cob. My family could eat it year round if there was a way to have it year round. We love it boiled and loaded with butter, salt and pepper. Or our favorite is the Mexican-style corn where you grill it in the husk, shuck it and load it up with mayo and parmesan cheese. It’s¬†messy but delicious!

So the next best thing to corn on the cob is freezer corn since you take it right from the cob and use it whenever you want. It’s so much better than store bought corn. Before you get started, I will warn you it does take some time. Usually a whole day. It took me a couple of years to train my kids to shuck the corn properly and to get all the silk off but now they are master corn huskers and can actually do it faster than me. I made the mistake of doing freezer corn this year while they were in school and that was not smart. I was still doing it when they got home from school. A lesson learned for this mom.

There are a bunch of recipes out there on how to do freezer corn but today I will share what husband’s family has been doing for years and we continue to do in our family. I must add that I have cut the recipe in half, not the corn just the other ingredients. It seemed I had too much liquid by the time the corn was boiled. I’ve been much happier with the results and the flavor is the just the same, in my opinion. In fact, I haven’t told my husband that I’ve changed it and he hasn’t even noticed. img_7944 This is my set up for shucking corn. I usually do enough corn to last 2 years but we apparently ate more last year than we normally do so I did 20 dozen this fall. I get a big tub for all the husks and a small one for the corn. I was told by the lady that I buy corn from to start at the top and pull the husk down in 2 stripes, silk and all and it will come off very easily. Continue reading

If you are looking for something to do this weekend, have about two hours to spare and feel like putting your woodworking skills to good use this is the project for you!

I’ve been wanting to put a shelf in my laundry room for awhile now but I didn’t want to spend a fortune on buying one and I couldn’t find one that would work for the space. Soooo…I decided I’d put one together that WOULD work. I’m pretty happy with this little shelf not only because it turned out pretty similar to what I had in my head (that never happens) but I did it ALL. BY. MYSELF. No lie! All the cutting, nail gunning and painting was done by me. Oh yeah!

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

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1 of each – Pine Board (1/4 x 1/2 x 2, 1/4 x 1/2 x 4, 1/2 x 8 x 4)
3 – 7″ x 7″ Wooden Shelf Brackets
Sander/Sandpaper
Miter Saw
Nail Gun
Wood Glue
Clamps
Paint
Paint brush
Caulk
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Now that school is back in session I think I may actually have time to curl my hair, paint my nails and spend a little more time on my makeup…haha who am I kidding?! I’ve got a baby!!! But seriously, over the past few months I’ve discovered some great beauty products that I simply can’t live without. And as an added bonus none of them are more than $20!¬† Continue reading

Yesterday morning was a fun morning at our house. There was no power, for about 7 hours. Usually I would think this would be a good excuse to sleep in and enjoy the day but I had kids to get off to school and things to do around the house. Needless to say my morning did not go as planned. I did get the kids to school, not knowing whether they would be returned to me later and mowed the lawn at 8 o’clock in the morning. That was epic! But then my 4 and almost 2-year-old wondered what to do, which is funny since the only thing I needed power for was my treadmill and shower.

Then I remembered that I had signed up for to share Toddler Busy Bags with some other moms a year ago. I had received the package, opened it, let my kids mess with some of the things in it then put it up in a closet to be forgotten about. Let me just say these things are so great for kids ages 2-5. There are some amazing ideas on Pinterest for Busy Bags. When I signed up to do it the idea was to put together two different Busy Bags that cost under $1 and put it in a gallon size bag with the instructions. Some of the things that came in the box are great learning tools and can really help younger children learn their colors and shapes. Also, they work¬†extremely well for hand/eye coordination. For example, my 2-year-old especially loved putting plastic toothpicks in a toothpick holder. IMG_9337 If you have kids that aren’t quite old enough for school, Busy Bags are a great way to pass the time all while having fun. Here are some ideas that came in my box that my kids loved:

Heads and Tails¬†– This one I love. It’s so good for learning colors, animals and identifying heads and tails. This website also has a counting Busy Bag that I have. I LOVE IT!

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A few weeks ago, I experienced what every mother experiences when they sent their first-born to Kindergarten — pure heartache! I can’t believe my little boy isn’t so little more. He’s now riding the bus to and from school and is gone for most of the afternoon. When did this happen? And why does it happen so quickly?

Now that our schedule and lives have been altered forever, I’ve been on the lookout for some good ol’ after-school snacks for my now big boy. He’s use to snacking on and off during the day so the minute he steps off the bus, he’s STARVING. I’ve compiled some of my favorites here:

Peachy Keen Pops from Family Circle

After School Snacks

Ingredients
1 package unflavored gelatin (1/4 ounce)
1/4 cup peach juice
2 tablespoons agave nectar
1 10 – ounce bag frozen peaches, thawed, or 2 cups peeled and sliced fresh peaches
4 6 – ounce container low-fat peach yogurt
1 ice pop mold (10-pop capacity)
10 wooden Popsicle sticks

For directions, click here. Family Circle has some more great ideas here, on the their 26 Healthy After-School Snacks.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls from Six Sisters’ Stuff

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Six Sisters’ Stuff always has great ideas and their list of 100 after-school snacks is no exception. Their pumpkin cinnamon rolls look heavenly and comes from Compliments To the Chef.

Ingredients

Dough
1/4 c. warm water
2 1/2 tsp yeast
1 tsp sugar
1/2 c. milk
2 eggs
1 c. canned pumpkin puree
1/3 c. margarine, melted
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
1 tsp salt
5-6 c. flour

Filling
1/2 c ‚Äď 2/3 c. canned pumpkin puree (to your preference)
1/2 c. butter, room temperature
1 c. packed brown sugar
2 T cinnamon
*optional: 3/4 c. raisins, 1/2 c. chopped walnuts or pecans

Cream Cheese Frosting
4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
3 T butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 ‚Äď 2 1/2 c. powdered sugar

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If you’ve never heard of PicMonkey I might just ask you if you’ve been living in a hole?! …Just kidding,¬†I won’t. In fact, if you haven’t heard about it I’m actually SUPER excited to introduce it to you. It’s AMAZING!!!!!!! It’s basically online Photoshop, quick and easy photo editing that’s fast and simple to do. I have Photoshop and I simply don’t get it so I’ve been using PicMonkey for a few years now and I absolutely LOVE it!¬†

PicMonkey Home Page
Besides offering photo editing, the website also offers a variety of features including collages and Facebook cover designing. I’m just going to focus on my favorites of photo editing.

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This is actually a post I have been looking forward to sharing with our followers. I love learning about bloggers that I follow and today is my turn to share a little about me with you. Without further ado…

1. What’s your middle name?¬†Marie. I know, it’s the name I go by. Opal is my first name. A family name and one that no one has ever called me.

2. What was your favorite subject in school?¬†I feel like I should say recess, but that wouldn’t be true. In high school it was English and in college it was History.

3. What are 3 things you can’t leave home¬†without?¬†It’s sad to say but a snack, my cell phone and usually a kid.

4. What is your favorite song at the moment?¬†It’s hard to pick just one. When we turn on some music every kid gets to pick a song and we tend to jam out¬†and we acquire quite a few favorites. Right now I love Juicy Wiggle, Humble and Kind and Girl Crush.

5. What is your favorite food?¬†I love ALL food — except seafood, not a fan. Continue reading