Valentines Day Fun

Well hello February. I’ve found several awesome ideas for Valentines. Maybe it’s because this is the last year of elementary school for my youngest but I am feeling super nostalgic. I really want to soak up this last bit of parties. This is a holiday that I try and make extra special. I don’t typically do the store bought cards but instead I find something fun via the web (hello Pinterest). There are so many fabulous ideas – some food related, some not. I also found some fun decor. Read on for my favorite 5 treats to share and decorations that inspire.

Creations by Kara is offering up laughs with this fun Valentine.

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Catch my Party created these ‘smart’ Valentines.

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My Name is Snickerdoodle came up with this Kool idea.

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It’s Always Autumn used Starbursts in her Valentines. This one is on my ‘make’ list for sure.

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These sweet heart magnets over at The Connections We Share are a sweet, non foodie treat.

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Now moving on to my 5 fave decor ideas.

I am loving this little tree of hearts over at Simply + Kierste.

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If you follow me then you know that I am a HUGE fan of printables. I love this one at The Cake Blog.

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DIY Beautify created this sweet heart pallet board.

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Lux and Lace shared this neutral burlap LOVE pennant.

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This heart shaped wreath over at Bower Power Blog is unique. I love how they used grey yarn instead of pink, red or white which are so traditional in Valentines decor.

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I hope you enjoyed some of my favorite Valentines finds. If you’d like to see all of the LOVEly things I’ve pinned for this super sweet holiday, click here and you can visit my Valentines Pinterest Board. I hope your February is sweet.

For the Love of Decorating

Yep, I am on a new color obsession kick. Which means that I find things in this color and decorate! Woo hoo!! My husband loves when I fall in love with a new color {insert sarcasm}. I have always been drawn to navy but after using it in some mantel decor before July 4th and then of course for July 4th when I went all red, white and blue, I decided that I wanted navy to stick around for awhile. So I did what I do, I became obsessed with finding things to change up my decor.

Read on for my favorite and quikest ways to change decor on the cheap. Click on the links for photos.

Throw pillows: I recommend either using pillow covers or scouring places like Marshall’s, Ross, HomeGoods, Stein Mart, etc. for pillows. Target often has cute ones but they are usually a bit more expensive. I actually picked up this cutie at Kirkland’s. I am {in love} with arrows and this saying so it had to come home with me. Ikea and Bed, Bath & Beyond have cute pillow covers for a reasonable price. I have also found some on Very Jane and Etsy. Someday I might let you peak at my linen closet. I could start a rental business for throw pillows. I’m both proud and embarrassed by this admission. Pillow covers will free up your linen closet.

Printables: I am all about quotes. They make me happy. They add a touch of whimsy. They are a cheap way to spice up your decor. I almost always have a few of them framed in my house. Guests always comment on them. One of my go to spots for printables is of course Pinterest. Click here to be redirected to my Pinterest boards. This is one of my recent finds. It is over at Etsy. It’s an instant download for cheap! Click here to buy it. Also, I often times download prints to my computer but then upload them to Costco for printing. Ink is pricey and some of these take a lot of ink. I’d rather pay a couple of bucks for one then use all of my own ink. The quality is usually better as well.

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Shop your home: Yep, just like I said. You’d be surprised at what you will find around the house that can be re-homed to change up a different space. I do this with vases, candle holders, frames, plants, flowers. You name it, I’ve moved it.

Paint: OK, this is a semi cheap way to change up space or even to give a refresh but it can be time consuming.

Rugs: I love the small rugs that go in front of a door. I don’t do large area rugs personally. Not because I don’t love them because I really do. I wish I could have them but I have 2 dogs and 1 cat. I sweep often and it looks like I could make a whole new animal with the amount of hair. So rugs don’t do super well in my house. They become dirty and often times my cat decides to throw up on them. Seriously. #catsmakemecrazy The small rugs are easier to throw in the wash.

Curtains: These can add up but if you search, you can find them at a decent price or if you are super crafty, you can sew your own. I am not ‘sew crafty’. Ha ha. I am witty though 🙂 I recently found a deal at West Elm. I wanted these curtains. They are not cheap and I need the 96′ length which is not standard. Warning – Long story ahead: I decided I wanted to see them in person so I went to West Elm. They had the mustard chevron ones on display and on clearance. I asked if they had the blue in the back. The had one panel but called another store and had a second one shipped to me. They cost me a total of $30 for the two {which included the shipping of the one} when they would have cost me $100 on-line. For whatever reason, they cost more on-line and were on clearance in the store. I don’t know why and I don’t care. I got them for a phenomenal price. Another place that I have shopped for curtains because they have the size I need and the price is right is Ikea. I’ve also found some lovely prints at World Market.

So there you have it, my personal tips on redecorating. Also, a can of spray paint can change up things you already have.

Here is a peak of what I used in my re-do.

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Rug – Marshalls – $10.00
Table Runner – HomeGoods – $9.99
Hello Sign – Hobby Lobby – it was a gift
Frame – Michaels – $7.99
Flowers – Michaels – $6.99
Curtains – West Elm – $11.97/each + $6 shipping

Happy re-decorating 🙂

 

New Year — New Goals

I prefer to call them goals and not resolutions. Resolutions seems so predictable and are often {OK, almost always} broken. I’m also trying to come up with my word of the year. I was torn between two but starting this post gave me the clarity that I needed to settle on one. The two I love  are ‘breathe’ and ‘focus’. I love them both but I have chosen breathe as my 2014 word. I might have to repeat it to myself a million times but hopefully I can get it to stick.  Both apply to my main goal of being more present and less stressed. If I can remind myself to just breathe in stressful situations then the focus comes. Or so I have been reminded by some of my super smart Facebook friends 😉

I’m playing over at Pinterest {and this is where focus or the lack of comes into play} and I found this great list of goals. I think it’s a great way to assess goals and by writing typing them out, I can maybe be a bit more accountable. I love this quote that I found on Pinterest. Little things are much more achievable and can still make us feel like we succeeded.

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I also found this list over at Run Lucas Run. I think we will wrap up our Winter Break tomorrow as a family by having a yummy dinner and then we can each fill out these lists. There are actually two lists to download, one is for grownups and the other for kids. The kids version is so much more simple. Lucky kids.

2014I’m getting a jump start on mine to share with you.

A BAD HABIT I’M GOING TO BREAK: Getting so worked up about things that really aren’t worth it.
A NEW SKILL I’D LIKE TO LEARN: Canning 
A PERSON I HOPE TO BE MORE LIKE: This is a loaded question, there are so many people that inspire me.
A GOOD DEED I’M GOING TO DO: Dedicate more time to Hands 4 Hope
A PLACE I’D LIKE TO VISIT: The Oregon/Washington Coast.
A BOOK I’D LIKE TO READ: Fly Away by Kristen Hannah
A LETTER I’M GOING TO WRITE: Be more consistent in the letters I write to my boys.
A NEW FOOD I’D LIKE TO TRY: Eggplant — it kinda freaks me out.
I’M GOING TO BE BETTER AT: Using my time wisely/Gardening more/Being patient/Exercising and eating better  for my mental and physical health {not aiming for perfection but being better}/spending less and saving more/blog more

There you have it. My 2014 goals. Do you set goals or resolutions? I’d love to hear them and how you stick to them as well.

Cheers to a New Year. I hope 2014 is a good one for you!

 

 

Little Pieces of Fall

I know, I go on and on and on about how I heart Fall. I even have a hashtag for it on Instagram. #iheartfall. For real. I’m literally sitting here eating apple crisp while apple coffee cake bakes in the oven. At 10pm. #issues. I know I am not alone so I’ve compiled some of my favorite Fall things to share here with you. Your welcome and happy Fall ya’ll.

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Felt leaves at 5 Orange Potatoes

Chai Pumpkin Spice Thumbprints at Pass the Sushi

Sweater Pumpkin at Confessions of a Plate Addict

Heart Shaped Leaves at The Berry

Fall Collage 2Cider Spiced Donut Holes at Honeybear Lane

Free Fall printable at I Should Be Mopping the Floor

Spicy Pumpkin Soup at A Spicy Perspective

Chevron Wreath at Crafty Texas Girls

Last year I shared all of these yummy pumpkin recipes and these free printables. Is Fall your favorite season or are you all about the hot summer days?

 

 

 

 

Free Halloween Printables

Ah yes — Halloween Printables as found across the web. Click on the picture and it will take you to the original site where you can say thank you and print away 🙂

These chevron printables from Two Twenty One are super fun!

 

I love this version of Keep Calm from Craftily Ever After. Very clever!!

You can also find this Eat, Drink and be Scary at Craftily Ever After.

 

Crafts & Such created an If the Broom Fits and there are several colors to choose from.

I think Subway art is such a fun way to be descriptive about seasons. How about this one over at Eighteen 25?

 Party Box Designs has several free printables for a Halloween Party. I really like this one as it looks sketched.

Another subway art over at It Works For Bobbie.

 

Craft Gossip offers this one.

Fall Decorating

Hi ya’all! As I sit here in my cozy sweater with the windows open I am thinking FALL! I’m also thinking that my house is so quiet with everyone at school. I’m kinda digging this quiet after a busy weekend.

Last week I did some purging and Fall decorating. It was a productive week. I wanted to share my Fall decor with you. I love orange. It is one of my favorite colors and I think it adds a fun ‘pop’ to any space.

I tried to add little touches of Fall throughout the house. I added a wreath to a wall leading up the stairs, the front door inside {made by me — a yarn wrapped wreath with fun flowers} and out {outside wreath was made by my amazing sis in law and she found the tutorial at Jones Design Co}. The mantel has a few fun touches as well. I bought the #4 for the four of us that live here and I really like that you can add it in at any season. The ‘fall’ tea light holders are from Michaels years ago. I just bought the Leaves candle from Bath and Body Works. It smells like heaven cider. I think it’s probably my most favorite smelling candle ever!! My buffet table has my Target pumpkins that I adore as well as a fun colored table runner that I think came from HomeGoods. I also found the bright orange frame for $7 at Marshals {I love these discount home decor stores!!} The Pick Your Pumpkin pic is from Eddie Bauer Home from many moons ago. On my kitchen counter {next to the cookie jar with homemade snicker doodles, shameless plug} is a fun FREE print that I found over at Hopscotch Studios. I also updated my guest bath with some Fall bling. It’s subtle but there! I had the shower curtain and hand towels that are Fall inspired. I added the cute owl {Marshalls – last year}, the print {found here) at The Letter 4. My kitchen cabinet has an adorable orange owl. I actually have several owls in there. A friend got me owl bookends that hold my cookbooks up and I bought the pencil holder at Target for $3.00!!

There you have it  – The Local Honey Fall Extravaganza!! 🙂 Do you love Fall? Do you decorate? I’d love to see what you do!!

 

Free Fall Printables

I love words, quotes, etc — that being said, I have a little Pinterest board for printables and fonts. I’ve started my Fall decor and with that, I wanted to add a fun printable or two or three – you get the point! I am sharing a bunch of links with you for your own Fall decorating. Oh, just click on the photo or blogger name and you will be taken to the site to download your own prints. I’ve gotta send you back to the original creators <3 Enjoy!!

 

How to Nest for Less has two fun printables — one is a bucket list for the season. How cute!!

Lovely Little Details created this fun spin on Keep Calm in three colors.

Blooming Homestead created this in an array of colors. I love the words she chose.

How about these two matchy ones from Adventures of a Betty Crocker Wanna Be? Adorable!!

This is the one I printed for my own use. I just love all of the bright colors. You can find it over at Hopscotch Studio Designs.

I like that this one from the Pink Ink Doodle incorporates all of the months of Fall.

I used this one from Craftily Ever After for Thanksgiving last year. I <3 it!

I like that this one from It is what it is specifies September for all of us eager to get Fall going ASAP 🙂

Another favorite — I love the fun colors and fonts. Head on over to Antsi-Pants for your own printable.

The Letter 4 offered a very different take on showing love for Fall. I HAVE TO find a place for this one in my home. It is so true. I am all about this time of year.

 

I hope you enjoy these fun finds.