Sunday, October 30, 2011

Apple Paint Cups

I hope all is well and that your week was a fabulous one!

Thank you so much for leaving me sweet comments on my posts from last week! I always read each and every one!
Also, thank you to Devon over at Ironstone and Pine for giving me The Versatile Blogger award and Laurie from The Farmhouse for featuring my Romantic Fireside post. I'm always grateful when ever my blog is featured. I'm truly honored ladies, thank you!

After getting our pumpkins home from the pumpkin patch the girls and I spent an evening painting pumpkins. It's a great alternative to carving pumpkins since they're not old enough yet.

I'll be back soon to share my blue door that I've decorated for fall.

Have a fun and safe Halloween!

until next time,


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Lane Farms Pumpkin Patch

I took the girls to the Lane Farms Pumpkin Patch to pick a pumpkin the other morning.
Love this pumpkin patch for its countryside feel.

It's got hay-rides, a corn maze and a few farm animals.

The farm is over 100 years old and hasn't changed at all, while all around it has matured.

They've got the greatest assortment of pumpkins and even squashes in all different colors, shapes and sizes.

You"ll definitely be in the autumn mood once you leave this place : )

Have you seen this fall bucket list yet?
Isn't it adorable?
Head on over to Loves of Life to meet Katie who was the creator of this list.

Have a great weekend my friends!

until next time,


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Fall Mantle

Hello Friends!

I thought I would share my fall mantle with you this morning..

To create my fall mantle I used items I already had in the house in a different way.
I wanted to keep my mantle clean, simple and add some warmth to give it that fall feeling.

The three baskets were purchased from different places, the top one only cost a few dollars at a garage sale.
I love the way the three of them look stacked on top of each other.
I'm also loving the way the weathered wood frame looks against the white brick and I'm not the artist behind this chalkboard masterpiece.
I have my friend Dalsu to thank!
Thank you Dalsu!

It was so important to me when creating my fall mantle that I did something my kids would love too, and they do!
They love pointing to the characters on the chalkboard and telling me their names.
Together as a family we love to watch the Charlie Brown holiday classics.

The amber glass bottle is new and it's exactly what I needed to bring some warmth to my mantle.

If you missed my fireplace makeover go here.

Enjoy your day and thanks for visiting!

until next time,


Monday, October 17, 2011

Fireside Romantic Shabby Chic Atmosphere

Hello Friends!
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

It's that season where the days get colder, the nights get longer and the fireplace becomes the main focus in our home.
This fall we've had a bundle of cozy fires by the fireplace.
I was looking for a place I could snuggle up and be comfortable so I created this romantic shabby chic atmosphere for my fireplace.
I hope you'll enjoy it!

Have a great week my friends!

until next time


Monday, October 10, 2011

Refreshing the Girls Bedroom with a little Halloween Fun

Hello Friends!
Did you all have a fabulous weekend? I sure hope so!

I've been moving things around, organizing, labeling, and getting rid of stuff lately.
Both my sister and my best friend are pregnant, so I seem to be picking up their "nesting" behaviours.
(haha, just kidding girls!)

I thought I would share some of the changes I've made to the girls bedroom.
I've added a barn star, pennant banner, a few pumpkins in honor of Halloween and re-purposed my French pie safe.

What do you think?

Have a wonderful week my friends!

until next time,


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A Healthy Halloween Treat For Kids

Hello friends and welcome to my new followers!
I hope you are all having a wonderful week!
I'd like to say thank you to everyone for your beautiful energy! I deeply appreciate the kindness that comes through this little blog of mine!

I also wanted to say thank you to Kathleen over at Faded Charm for featuring my blog on White Wednesday and to Kim for featuring my tree stump coffee table at Wow Us Wednesdays!

I have a wonderful healthy Halloween treat I would love to share with you.
It was my daughter's turn to bring a snack to pre-school and
I wanted to do something fun, exciting and healthy that she could share with her classmates.
I picked up a ghost press-and-stamp cookie cutter at Williams-Sonoma and thought I would give it a try on some freshly cut apples.

It's really pretty simple to do:

Cut an apple into thin slices.
Using the cookie cutter, press down firmly to cut the ghost shape out of an apple slice and before removing the cookie cutter, give it a stamp.

You now have ghost apples!

My kids kept saying "More ghost apples, please!" (This could also be a good trick to get your kids to eat healthy fruits!)

Wouldn't these make a healthy and cute snack at a Halloween party?

If you have any left over sliced apples, you can toss them in a delicious fall-inspired dinner salad, leave me a comment if you want the recipe.

Another cute idea is to use the pumpkin press and stamp cookie cutter on cheese.
It makes super cute orange pumpkins--we brought those to school a couple of weeks ago.

It rained cats and dogs here in Santa Barbara today so we broke out the rain boots and rain jackets. I wish it would get cold enough enough here to snow (sigh).
I'm wishing you all a cozy weekend!

until next time,