Finding Time For It All

I’m sure many of you can relate to this post just from reading the title. Our lives are constantly being pulled in 1,000 different directions. We all want to end each day feeling accomplished, but without the burnout. When I left my job to be a stay-at-home mom I had grand visions of all that I could accomplish during nap time. I imagined a picture perfect house and a garage brimming with DIY projects. I saw myself making the bed every morning, showering and fixing my hair. All of this while keeping up with my favorite shows and regular exercise. Now, I’m laughing at myself. Maybe some women can pull all of that off, but that is not me. Most mornings I drink my coffee in an exhausted stupor and don’t get going until Baby Girl goes down for her morning nap around 10.

I’m usually overcome with guilt in regards to my lack of “Productivity” but one of my personal goals for this year is to get over myself. There are more important things than being overwhelmingly busy. Like spending a relaxing evening with Jesse. Or taking the time to crawl on the floor with my baby. And they mean so much more than being productive. For my own satisfaction, I do have small goals for each day, they are just less lofty. Bringing Up Bebe

I’ve been reading a book about French parenting, Bringing Up Bebe, and the author (who is an American living in Paris) talks about the amount of guilt that American moms carry. She shares a story about visiting an American friend who proclaimed over and over again “I’m a bad mom.” These proclamations were for things like not feeding her child an all organic lunch or not involving him in enough extracurricular activities. While reading those words makes me roll my eyes and think that lady needs to take a chill pill, I have to admit I say those words myself way too often. Just after New Year’s Day I had an awful cold, possibly a sinus infection (I never went to the doctor) and spent two days in bed. As I coughed up a lung I kept thinking that I was failing as a mom. I wasn’t paying attention to my child enough and she needed me. Mara could have cared less. She was happy spending time with Jesse. I know not every mom can relate to “taking a sick day” for many that’s not an option, but the point still remains that we are often too hard on ourselves. Jesse has gotten in the habit of saying “You’re a good mom” or “You’re a great wife” instead of I love you. He thanks me for all I’ve done around the house or for dinner. And I can hear him in the other room say to Mara “You’ve got the best mom”. These words mean so much to me. They make me pause, and think about the fact that I am a good mom. My child is loved and her basic needs are met. I’m doing pretty good.

So to all my mom friends out there, YOU’RE A GOOD MOM! Thank you for all that you do. Even if your kid wore mismatched socks to school today, or you had fast food for dinner last night. That doesn’t matter. Tomorrow is another day. Today you survived and so did they. Great job! Mama insta

And even if you aren’t a mom, this applies to all women. It’s ok if you don’t cook or skipped the gym today. As long as you are trying, that’s all that matters. You can do it, you just may not be able to do it all at once.

I’d like to encourage everyone to give themselves a break this week. Carve out 30 minutes somewhere for yourself. That can be 30 minutes at the gym if you’re one of those crazies that relaxes while working out. It can be 30 minutes in the bathtub with a glass of wine. Or my personal favorite, 30 minutes laying on the couch watching tv. It’s only 30 minutes and you deserve it! You can’t make time for it all, but you can make some time for you. Treat yo self!

Creativity is Catching

One of the best things in life is good friends. It’s even better if those friends are super creative and they inspire you when you aren’t feeling very inspired. Seeing my girlfriends out there hustling and embracing their talents just lights a fire in me. I come home from hanging out with them or seeing their latest works online and it pushes me to embrace my creative side. I have four good friends in particular that are inspiring me lately.

First, is Ashley, owner of The Humble Penguin. Ashley and I met online via blogging and have stayed in contact via social media over the years. She has a cutie just a few months older than Mara. The Humble Penguin is her awesome Etsy shop where she creates and sells adorable baby clothes and mugs/tumblers. The Humble Penguin

If you follow me on social media then The Humble Penguin should sound familiar to you. Mara is a brand ambassador for the shop because of how obsessed I am with the clothes. I seriously don’t know where Ashley comes up with some of her ideas, but I love them! Mara and I’s latest swag are these matching Mean Girls t-shirts that say “On Wednesdays we wear pink.” The baristas at our local Starbucks freaked out the last time we wore them. IMG_4010

Follow Ashley of The Humble Penguin on Facebook, Twitter & Insta: @humble_penguin. And shop here.

Next is my best friend and college roommate Lindsey. She has always been super artsy and creative, and now she’s finally started an Instagram account for some of her stuff. I can’t wait until she has a full out shop filled with her creative ideas. I have quite a few paintings and handmade cards from her that I’ve kept over the years. It’s great having friends that can make homemade gifts. Littletown Letters

Follow Lindsey on Insta: @littletownletters

Another good friend of mine, Caitlin, recently started her own fashion and beauty blog called Stone Style. Caitlin is the friend that always looks so freaking cute and you want to buy all of their clothes so you can also look cute. But that ends up making you just look like a creeper, so you buy similar stuff instead. Since a lot of you don’t see Caitlin all the time or have mutual friends, you can buy her exact clothes without being creepy. 😉 Seriously, check her out and show her new blog some love! StoneStyle

Follow Caitlin on Insta: @_stonestyle and check out her blog.

Last, but certainly not least, is Tori, owner of Tori Watson Photography. She is an amazing photographer, and you’ve seen her work here on the blog before. Her photography business is thriving and she is just a #girlboss. I love the way she can capture little details and turn them into exquisite art through the lens. She also is incredibly trendy and makes me jealous of her vintage shopping skills. Tori Watson Photography

Follow Tori on Facebook and Insta: @toriwatsonphoto. Plus, check out her blog!

Sorry for the shameless friend plug, but these girls are basically why I’m still giving this blog a go. I’ve spent time with them (or chatted via the web in Ashley’s case) over my long blog break and their enthusiasm for their projects has me excited about mine again. Their enthusiasm for their businesses and creative projects made me miss the days when this blog did that for me. So, here I am trying again. The blog has a bit of a new spin to match my new life, but the whole point is to have a fun, creative outlet.

Have a good weekend y’all! It will be warm and sunny in VA again, so I’m super excited to get outside. Also, dining room update coming at ya next week. Still need to finish painting!

Getting Back in Shape Sucks

Friends. I have fallen off the bandwagon. And I’ve fallen hard. In fact, as I type this I’m eating taquitos, orange soda and Midnight Milky Ways (which is seriously the best candy ever. Dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla nougat. OMG yum!)  why are midnight milky ways so damn good

I let the holidays knock me off track, and then I was sick and then it was my birthday. Blah blah blah. Excuses, excuses. I have decided no more! Well, after I finish my delicious, wholesome lunch that is. Then no more! I have goals that I set for this year and I’m not going to reach them without some motivation and self-control.

To help get me back in the mood to work out I bought some new running shoes and tops with clever sayings on them. The color combo of black and hot pink has always seemed kind of badass to me, so when I spotted these Nike running shoes on sale I had to have them. You can find them here, but the sale is over. Boo!nike running shoes

I got this fun “Gym Hair Don’t Care” top at Old Navy for super cheap. (Find it here) They had a few others, but they weren’t as clever. I still need to find one that says “I run for wine” because telling the truth is important. “I run for tacos” would also be super appropriate. If you see one, let me know so I can snag it!fun fitness clothes

I’ve also downloaded a new fitness app, called Jillian Michaels. It’s $4 a month and it has a ton of workout plans to choose from. There’s even one called “Bounce Back Baby,” which is what I signed up for. I’m hoping the exercises help me tighten my core and pelvic floor muscles back up. The workouts are only 30 minutes, so it’s definitely something that I can pull off. There is also a meal plan guide. I’m not sure how much I will use that because the meals are super specific, but I will keep you posted. Jillian Michaels fitness app

In addition to the Jillian workouts, I’ve got to get back to running! We’re having an unseasonably warm winter and I have barely taken advantage of it. I did go out this week for a walk at one of our local parks. They have a nice paved trail through the woods and it was in the 60’s so it was a no-brainer. We got halfway through the trail into the middle of the woods and Mara decided she was just done. I couldn’t take her out and carry her (she’s heavy) while also pushing the jogging stroller (also heavy), so I started to run. Well, Baby Girl loved that so every time I stopped to catch my breath or walk up a giant hill she’d start crying loudly again. That girl should just be my personal trainer, she was vicious! I was dying by the time I got back to the car and I barely ran a mile. That does not bode well for someone that’s already registered for a 10k in April. Yikes! If anyone has any tips for getting back into running, please share! I’d love some suggestions.

I’m also getting rid of the rest of the junk food in the house! I do pretty good at eating well, but only if there is zero temptation readily available. I’ve got a few ideas for healthier dinners, so I will be sure to share those after I make sure they actually taste good.

Wish me luck!

*I linked to my shoes and top in case anyone was interested. Those are NOT affiliate links. Just FYI ;)*

Dining Room Going Blue

Heyo! Nobody probably remembers this, but several months ago I did an “updated” tour of the house. I showed some pictures from 2013 (the last time I did a post like that) and then some photos that were more current. I cheated and didn’t actually take any new photos because the house has been at a standstill for awhile. Ok, the downstairs has been at a standstill. We did finish remodeling the upstairs bathroom and did Mara’s nursery in 2016. Well, in that post I said that one of the more simpler projects on my list was to finally paint the wall below the chair rail molding in our downstairs hall. But I had no idea what color I wanted to do. I have finally, after almost 5 years in this house, decided on a color. It’s Olympic’s Turqouise Mist. Turquoise Mist

This color is a lighter version of the color I used for color blocking my farmhouse style dining room chairs. Which brings me to my next part of this painting project: repainting the walls in the dining room. I painted them green pretty early on, and I still LOVE the green color, but it just doesn’t work well with many of my other choices in this room. Or the house. Colorful dining room

I wrote a post not too long ago about how I’m starting to discover my specific style or “design voice” more and more lately. I attribute that to three things: stepping away from the blog for awhile, not reading other design blogs as much, and listening to design podcasts. I think I was bogged down by all of the gorgeous styles that other bloggers showcased and I thought that if I loved something someone else did then I should work it into my house too. That is so, so the wrong way for me to decorate. Instead, I should be working with a cohesive style that I love and making my house flow. I think it’s why I’m not always over the moon about some of my rooms. Anyway, now I have a vision for my traditional home, with it’s bright colors and a few modern elements. Since the dining room is the space (even with the non-jiving green walls) that I love the most, I figured I’d start there. It’s also my “jumping off point” for making the downstairs more cohesive.handbuilt-dining-room-furniture

First thing I do will be paint! Woo! Then, find some art for down the hallway and in the dining room. I’ll also swap out the rugs and eventually, replace the chandelier over the dining table. I really, really hate that thing. I also need to finish my plate walls! I used to get plates at HomeGoods/TJ Maxx but I’ve been striking out there for months now. I know the thrift store is a good spot, but it’s also super hit or miss. The rule for the plates is that I won’t spend more than $4 or $5. handbuilt-dining-room-bar

I’m hoping to start painting next week. Actually, I WILL start painting next week. It’s supposed to be warm so I can open a window or two… Mara and I will hang out upstairs in my bedroom and I will paint while she sleeps. Fingers crossed for some good naps next week!

 

Welcome 2017!

Hey there! Happy New Year! I’m popping in to do what every other blogger in the universe is doing, reflection and resolutions! I felt totally unmotivated to blog over the holidays, but something about the start of the new year always has me itching to spill my guts out on the internet. Plus, one of the things I love about this blog is being able to look back on past seasons of my life. Despite 2016 being a rough year for what seems like the whole world, this will always be a happy year for me. This year we welcomed our beautiful daughter into our lives. She has been a challenge, but also a greater joy than I could have ever imagined. I’m definitely looking forward to a new year with her and making more memories as a family. But first let’s reflect on what went down in 2016 for our fam:

January

We had a fairly large (for our part of VA) snowstorm and were snowed in over my birthday. Jesse ventured out in the snow for cookie dough so he could make me a cookie cake for my birthday. fullsizerender

February

Jesse turned 30 and I threw him a big birthday bash. This was quite a venture for my 8 months pregnant self, but with the help of friends it was a big success. (Also I took zero pictures of that night…)

March

Our little princess was born and forever changed our lives for the better. fullsizerender-1

April

Baby Girl had her surgery and scared the crap out of us. Jesse and I also celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary. img_2560

May

I got a new car! I always hated commercials for the Kia Soul but I have fallen head over heels for this little car. fullsizerender-2

June

My college roomie and I took a road trip for a baby shower. This was my first out of town excursion without baby girl since she had been born. I also went back to work and gave my two weeks notice to begin my life as a stay at home mom.img_3206

July

We finally paid off my college loans! Also my bestie came up from Florida for a visit. img_3311

August

I finally got back to blogging home stuff a bit. That’s literally the only thing I have to show for that month. Way too much Pokemon Go was happening in our house. img_3463

September

I knocked another item off my bucket list and dyed my hair purple. Ok, part of my hair. img_3487

October

It was Baby Girl’s first Halloween! Our family costume was inspired by our Pokemon Go obsession. Mara was Squirtle, I was Ash Ketchum and Jesse was a member of Team Rocket.img_3717

November

Baby’s first Thanksgiving. img_3772

December

I think Jesse and I finally got back in the groove of things this past month. We enjoyed our time with Baby and getting ready for her first Christmas, but we also made a lot of time for each other. We spent a day in DC watching Jacques Pepin cook (part of Jesse’s Christmas gift), went to Christmastown at Busch Gardens and saw the Star Wars movie with friends. img_3848

I’d say that’s not a bad year for having a new baby! And though the thought of my baby growing up makes me want to cry, I am looking forward to a year of more adventures with her.

Now, for the resolutions! Being at home 24/7 has been great and a huge learning curve. I’ve found that creating a routine and being productive is way more challenging than I thought it would be. I also miss the feeling of accomplishment that completing tasks at a job can give. So this year I’d like to find a way to feel more accomplished and productive. That’s kind of the broad resolution, but I also have a list of goals that tie in with that.

  1. Cut out screen time before bed. Everything I’ve read about sleeping better says that being on your phone in bed makes it harder to fall asleep, so I need to cut it out. I’m going to try to swap my phone out for a book 30 minutes before lights out.
  2. Run another 10k. I ran a 10k in 2015 and would really like to do it again. I actually signed up for an April 1st race last night, so no turning back now! This should also help me with my journey to get back in shape postpartum.
  3. Set a “work” schedule for the week. I need to be more intentional about my day-to-day activities. I’m a horrible procrastinator which means that my basic tasks, like meal prep, laundry, and cleaning, get put off until the later part of the week. I would have more time for myself or other activities if I just set more of schedule to follow.
  4. Get creative. Those other activities I mentioned above could include house projects, crafts, photography or blogging. These are all things I enjoy (mostly) but don’t make time for. Now, I know that redoing an entire room in a week while chasing an almost toddler around isn’t going to happen, but I can make time for being creative weekly.
  5. Figure out this blogging thing. I love what this blog has given to me over the years. It’s provided a creative outlet, introduced me to some great people, inspired me to pursue opportunities I never would have thought myself capable of. But, over the past 2 years it’s really taken a backseat to other parts of my life. At a time I would have loved to turn this into my full-time gig, but now my full-time gig is my kid. And I want to have more kids, sooner rather than later. This means that next year I could have even less time to blog, which raises the question, is it worth the money for hosting and domain registration? I’d like to get to a place where I can make the blog self-sufficient, but this is going to require a lot more effort on my part. I’ll have to work harder and smarter. I don’t want to give up without trying, so this year I’m trying, and we shall see where we end up. I’m not going to neglect my child or my daily tasks for the sake of page views or features, but I can give up some tv time 😉

If you’ve made it this far, congratulations! You should reward yourself with a cookie or glass of wine! 😉 But seriously, thanks for reading. Cheers to a new year!

Tis the Season to Give

Hello there everyone! I hope you all have been having a great December and are all ready for Christmas this weekend! I’ve been soaking up every minute of the season with my baby girl. We’ve taken pictures with Santa, played with Christmas lights, baked cookies and listened to Christmas music. In fact, her new favorite song is Jingle Bells. She rocks back and forth and flaps her arms if she hears it. Adorable.

In the midst of all our fun, she has also tagged along with me to make a few donations and she went with me on a trip to our local Ronald McDonald House this year. img_3786I’ve been to the Richmond Ronald McDonald House before, but this year felt a little different. After having stayed in the hospital with a sick child myself earlier this year I felt a bit more of a connection. The Ronald McDonald House Charities provide families a place to stay for free if they have a child in the hospital. In most cases, the families live many hours away and their local hospitals are not equipped for their children’s conditions. The RMHC houses give them a place to stay, shower, eat and to feel a little more at home. They have volunteers that come and prepare meals for the families and there are snacks for families throughout the day. The houses also have onsite laundry so the families can wash their clothes during their stay. There is no limit for how long these families can stay, so on my tour I learned about families that were there for months at a time. The RMHC in Richmond also have rooms within two of the local hospitals for families with a critical situation that don’t want to leave for the night.Richmond Ronald McDonald HouseThere are many ways to donate to RMHC, whether it be a direct monetary donation, gifting them with food/toys/supplies for a local house, or donating time in the form of preparing a meal. During the holidays Southern Living creates a cookbook (available exclusively at Dillards) and 100% of the proceeds go to your local Ronald McDonald House. The cookbook is only $10 and in addition to holiday recipes there are also ideas for hosting year-round events, like brunches and barbecues. If any of you are procrastinators like me and are still looking for a few little gifts I definitely recommend picking up a cookbook or two! Plus, it’s for a great cause! rmhc-christmas-cookbookI cracked open my cookbook recently and made some delicious Shrimp and Gouda Grits.southern-living-shrimp-and-grits

It was the perfect “comfort” meal for the cold weather that finally hit Virginia recently. Because there’s nothing more comforting than warm grits filled with cheese. shrimp-gouda-gritsI’m not usually a big fan of following recipes, but this cookbook has plenty of simple ones. If you are a little more adventures in the kitchen, or just a better cook than me, there’s plenty to test your skills!rmhc-southern-living-cookbook

Chef Jesse will be home all next week and he wants to roast a duck for us following one of these recipes. There’s also a recipe for homemade cinnamon rolls that I’d like to try during our family time. We made a chicken pot pie using the cookbook from 2014 that was amazing. We’ve also done plenty of the desserts like classic chocolate chip cookies with a chocolate bourbon glaze. Southern Living Chocolate Chip CookiesThe cookbooks will be available through the end of the month, so there’s still time to pick one up at your local Dillard’s! Happy Holidays!

Holiday Fitness Challenge

Hey all! Words can’t even describe how happy I am to be in the throes of the holiday season now! The decorations, the time with family, the food! With all the delicious food and drinks flowing this time of year it’s easy to gain a few pounds or to lose all of the fitness progress you’ve made. One of my tricks to help avoid that is to do a diet and exercise routine through the holidays. I will still bake cookies, drink wine and eat up but a challenge helps me avoid stuffing my face until I can’t move. 

My fitness challenge is two-fold. One part is diet. I will be keeping track of my calories and cutting back on things like sugar, carbs and processed stuff. Like most of my diets I will use a point system, which means room for cheating with a cookie or peppermint mocha here and there. I also take Thanksgiving and Christmas off. Two days out of a 6 week program won’t undo everything. I also earn points for positive actions, like drinking at least 60 oz. of water each day and taking my multi-vitamin.

The second piece of my fitness challenge is exercise. My goal is to do at least 30 minutes of cardio each day. One day a week, I also let an hour of cleaning floors and bathrooms count as cardio. It totally counts, especially when you’re sprint cleaning to get it in during nap time. I signed up for a 6k that’s in a few weeks so my cardio will mostly be training runs. I also try to do 20-30 minutes of strength exercises or yoga/Pilates each day. Gotta have toned(ish) arms to go with the running legs! 

I know all of this may sound kinda crazy and anti-holiday but it really helps me. I don’t just fall of the wagon when I cheat, I jump off the cliff. I’m talking hitting up Taco Bell, eating chocolate chip ice cream every night, and bathing in queso. It’s so bad. And it just happened this past week. I still have postpartum fitness goals to achieve so I’m not taking the holidays off. 

Now I’m off to eat some celery or something while I keep decorating…

Friday Potpourri – Vol. 2

I’ve been thinking about my design voice a lot lately. It’s probably due to listening to several home/design podcasts. I mentioned listening to Young House Love’s podcast last week, I started catching up on Chris Loves Julia’s podcast this week and I’ve been adding more to my queue. (I will share names as I listen, to make sure I’m sharing something I actually like). I like that podcasts discuss design elements without showing them to you. It leaves a lot more to the imagination.

All of this to say, I’ve been thinking a lot about my home. What does it stay about me? Is it a true reflection of our style and family? I’ve found that a lot of things reflect trends that I liked, but that don’t quite work as a whole. Or things that were heavily influenced by other blogs but aren’t really “me.” There are elements of my home that I LOVE and there are some that I like, and others that I wonder what the hell I was thinking. So I’ve decided to slowly purge what I don’t like and tweek what I don’t love.

I LOVE our dining room. It’s a mixture of southern living traditional and modern patterns. It’s light and bright, yet cozy. It’s the room I really want to echo through the house. I’m starting with paint and then I want to adjust some fabrics and textures in other rooms. There needs to be brighter elements in the half bath and the living room where the couch is, just to really tie it all together. Dining Room Spring 2015

This is going to take awhile to pull off, but for the first time in a long time I have a plan and a vision and I can’t wait to get started! I’m actually starting this weekend by selling the armchair that I painted and a few mid-century pieces I collected that just haven’t found a place after several years. Hopefully, that will give me some funds to work with for buying other elements.

Friday Potpourri – Vol.1

One of my favorite things about this blog is being able to look back at past posts and see what was going on in Jesse and I’s lives at a given time. I used to write a weekend recap almost every Monday and those are some of my favorite posts to go back and read. Now, our weekends are less exciting but we still have things going on that I’d like to document. With that goal in mind, I’d like to start another series called Friday Potpourri. I may not do a post every Friday, but I want a place to document it when I do get the chance.

So first off, I started listening to the Young House Love podcast 2 weeks ago. I love that I can play it while I’m cleaning or cooking dinner or working out. I feel like I’m learning something and being productive. It’s also been a great motivator to get me thinking about design again. And figuring out what the heck I want to do with the blog. younghouselovehasapodcastjohnsherrypetersik450

I really need to get my schedule together to help me with this. I make plenty of time for cleaning, cooking, working out and doing laundry, but I don’t make a lot of time for being creative. I want to set aside more time for that. I think the best way to do that is to set my days up better. I know with a baby it will always be unpredictable but it doesn’t hurt to have better goals. I also need to get the blog organized. I even get frustrated trying to find things on here, which is not acceptable.

On Monday we took Mara out for her first Halloween. We only went next door and to my mom’s house, but it was still so much fun. I jumped on the culturally relevant bandwagon and created a family Pokemon costume. Jesse was a member of Team Rocket, I was Ash Ketchum (get it, Ash -> Ashley) and Mara was Squirtle. We picked Squirtle because when she was smaller she would headbutt us a lot and that’s one of the Pokemon’s attacks. I didn’t document the creation process because I literally used felt and hot glue on a pair of blue pajamas and a tan onesie. But she looked so adorable! 947027_10158011578815144_2370769746112367181_n

Speaking of Mara, last week she had her first cold. Which she gave to Jesse and I. Being sick with a baby is no joke. And then her first two teeth broke through. It’s been exciting in babyland lately. And exhausting. But mostly exciting.

I hope everyone has a happy Friday and a great weekend! Jesse and I are planning on having a little at home date night after Mara goes to bed. We’ll probably have a drink and watch Bad Moms. Exciting times over here! :)

Trick or Treat

It’s not Halloween yet, which means it’s not too late to share my Halloween decorations! I decorated at the beginning of the month, but never got around to taking photos. Plus Mara got sick and then got Jesse and I sick, so we’ve kinda just been in survival mode. She’s on the mend, so I’m hoping we will be too soon.

I’ve been super excited for Halloween this year because it’s Mara’s first! She wont be doing anything special, but I’m still dressing her up. I can’t help it! I hope that my kids love all the holidays and always have fun decorating with me. If not, at least I enjoy it. halloween-trick-or-treat-signThis year I wanted to take home everything in the Target Dollar Spot. They really stepped up their game for Halloween decor! This trick or treat sign is glittery and super cute. The book page background really ties in nicely with my usual Harry Potter book decorations. My mercury glass votive is from Hobby Lobby a few years back, but they did have gold, orange and brown ones at Target this year. halloween-mantle-2016I used books and my “Spooky” sign on the mantle again this year. I also switched out the usual grey rectangular mirror out for this silver one. I thought the silver went better with the black accents, plus it’s fun to mix it up sometimes. 2016-halloween-mantleI left my lights up again. At this point why take them down? Christmas is right around the corner! To fill in the mantle and make it look more Halloween-y (totally a word, right?) I used some black mesh ribbon and loosely wrapped it around the lights. Then I threw in some fake spiders and foam bats for good measure. harry-potter-halloween-vignetteSidebar. I am SO FREAKING EXCITED for the new Harry Potter movie. The previews look amazing. All the excitement, and bringing my HP books out to decorate, makes me want to re-read the series. And drink butterbeer. Ok, back to the post. halloween-living-roomI swapped out the usual pillows on the couch for some with a black herringbone pattern. They are usually on our bed, buuuuttt I don’t make the bed fancy right now so I put the pillows to work elsewhere. trick-or-treat-halloween-decorA little known fact about me. I’m a card hoarder. I have cards from when I was in Kindergarten. They are all in a box, sorted by holiday. I go through them every now and then in an attempt to downsize, but that usually doesn’t happen. Sometimes I find some that would look fun framed for holiday decor, like this trick or treat Halloween card. It’s cute, it’s free and unique. halloween-candelabraI also added a few fun touches to the dining room. This candelabra looks spooky with the spiders and webs. I got it at my friend Cassie‘s barn Sweet Clover a few years ago. If you live near Frederick, Maryland I’d definitely recommend checking Sweet Clover out. Cassie doesn’t own it anymore, but they still have a ton of great things. halloween-dining-room-vignetteThe new bar was perfect for a little vignette too. I made the “BOO” jars a few Halloween’s ago and I still love them. They’ve gotten a tad beat up in storage though, so it may be time to make some new ones. I also love the bats in the plate wall. So fun!halloween-dining-room-decorNow I need to get to work finishing our family Halloween costumes! I can’t wait to see Mara all dressed up. Plus, I love passing out candy to the neighborhood kids. Do you have any fun Halloween plans?

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