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Fall favorites

November 13
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The heat is finally starting to subside here in Florida and so I figured it was time to talk about some new favorites.

I kind of have a thing with houseplants. It is kind of a love hate relationship. I love them, they hate me. I have been keeping my eyes out  for a fiddle leaf fig and a split leaf philodendron for some time, but hadn’t run across any that worked for me. This month I ran into both of them at Home Depot and was super excited to take them home. I just love the way a houseplant can add life, greenery, and warmth to a room. (They also make a great place for the lizards that sneak into my house to live.) Also, since they are INSIDE my home they are a little easier to remember to water as I see them every day. I also have a majesty palm and a corn plant.

I have never been a big tea drinker, however this fall I have started to get into drinking tea in the evenings. My husband and I enjoy having a cocktail or beer to unwind in the evening, but I was starting to feel that the unneeded alcohol and calories were starting to catch up with me. I knew that I still wanted a nice treat for the evenings and tea seemed to fit the bill. I have been enjoying herbal tea both at home in the evenings as well as in the afternoons at work. Usually around 3pm I want a little something but don’t want coffee anymore. I have been drinking this english breakfast tea at work. It has a higher caffeine content, but still lower than coffee.  I have been enjoying this herbal tea variety pack at home.


So, if you haven’t heard, Stephen King is kind of in right now. “It was super popular in theaters and everything eighties is great. Although I never read his older titles, I have enjoyed King’s newer works. They are more on the thriller/suspense side instead of horror. Anyways, his newest title, Sleeping Beauties came out back in September and is a great read. If you’re looking for a book to get lost in over the holidays, this is your book

Lastly, I am in love with these loafers from DSW. I used to be all about ballet flats, but when loafers started being a thing again a few years ago I was all in. I bought them in black but am probably going to go back for the taupe. They are the perfect blend between a work and casual shoe and super comfy.

 

Ok, that is it for today, what are you crushing on right now?

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Fall fashion in warm climates

September 27
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As a resident of Florida and a basic girl I have the same problem every fall. I want to wear all the cute clothes but I also want to not die from overheating. Everyone on Instagram is going around sharing all these cute sweaters and boots and scarves and I am just sitting here hoping I can make it through the day without sweating through my tank top. I want all the cute things, but I always have to ask myself if it is really practical. Over the last few years I have learned some ways to make fall fashion work in florida.

Lightweight layering pieces

Skip the heavy sweaters and go for light, open sweaters. These can be paired with a tank to give the illusion of layers and fall color but without dying.
Here are a few I like:

 

Skip the boots for booties or mules

I know those mid-calf boots are adorable but they just don’t get enough fall wear around here. Try simple booties in a light color or mules. Although I have not yet jumped on this new mules trend I plan to get a pair soon, maybe in leopard. The best part? They are slip ons!

 

If you must wear a scarf, pick a thin breathable option

I opt for light cotton options. These are a little harder to find in the fall, but keep an eye out year round for scarves in fall and all-seasons colors.

 

Skip the tights

Tights are all the rage with skirts and dresses this time of year, but just skip them and go bare. A denim skirt with booties is a super cute fall look and your legs will thank you. Now that denim skirts are back I am just wishing I still had my old ones from high school.

 

 

 

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stay positive

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Decoupaged Dollar Store Pumpkin DIY

September 21
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Dollar store pumpkin DIY

 

So, as we have already realized, fall is here.  Although I have plenty of fall decor, I wanted to try something new this year with these foam pumpkins I found at the Dollar Tree.  They are super bright and really quite ugly on their own, but I felt like they had some hidden potential.  (And hey, they are only $1!)

 

After getting them home I decided that I wanted to decoupage them old book pages to display on top of my card catalog.  I found some old books that were going t0 be recycled and grabbed them for this project.

 

Decoupaged Dollar Store Pumpkin DIY

 

Supplies needed:

Foam pumpkins

Modge Podge  Recipe Here

Paintbrush

Cut up old book pages

Newspaper to cover your workspace

Decoupaged Dollar Store Pumpkin DIY

 

Start by placing Mode Podge on your pumpkin.  Place a strip of book page on the Mode Podge and add more Mode Podge on top.  Press down so that the paper contours to the pumpkin.

Decoupaged Dollar Store Pumpkin DIY

Repeat this step all the way around the pumpkin, covering all of the orange.    Note:  Different thicknesses of paper will work differently on the pumpkin.  Thick pages will cover the orange color well, but won’t contour the pumpkin as well.  Thinner sheets, like from a paperback, will contour better but won’t cover the color as well.

 

Repeat this step all the way around the pumpkin, covering all of the orange.

After you have covered your pumpkins lets the dry.  Remember to move them every few minutes as the drying process starts so that they don’t stick to the newspaper.

DIY pumpkins from old books

After they have dried review and see where you want to do another coat.

I did’t love the green stems so I covered them in black tissue paper from my gift supplies.  You could keep it green, cover it in book pages or do whatever you think.

 

Here they are dry and on top of my card catalog.

 

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Painting Craft Pumpkins

September 21
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Painting craft pumpkins

In case you live under a rock, fall is here.  Even here in Florida we are getting into the spirit of the season.  I decided that this year I wanted pumpkins on my front porch but was worried about them rotting as it is still pretty hot out.  So I had these lovely pumpkins for my front porch but they needed something.  I din’t have the time or energy to do a lot, and I wanted them to look real, so I painted them.  After glancing around the internet I realized I wanted to do something with chalkboard paint to give it a nice matte finish.  So I headed back over to my favorite place, Michael’s, and bought some paint.  I grabbed acrylic chalkboard paint as well as orange and gold.

 

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I decided to mix the chalkboard paint with the orange  a a little gold for my all over color.  I then did some accent strokes with the gold and orange and then just the gold.  These were to give the pumpkins some dimension so they looked real.

Easy craft pumpkin painting

The whole painting project took only 15 minutes and I left them to dry.

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Here is my finished project.

 

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Overall I am happy with the results.  My craft pumpkins look realistic and won’t rot in the hot Florida sun like the real thing will. I love the matte finish given by the chalkboard paint. The best part? This was so simple that if next year I want to do something fancy I can just paint over this and not feel bad about it.

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