11.08.2017

Our Home: 2017 Fall Home Tour


The holiday season is approaching and I love this time of year! In the past, I've waited until after Thanksgiving to start decorating for Christmas, but the last couple of years, I've started a little sooner. Maybe my best friend Ashley has finally inspired me since she breaks out the Christmas totes as soon as she can! ;)

But around our house, pumpkins and mums are still in full swing and we will enjoy them a little while longer before the Christmas decorations come up. I thought I would share with you how I incorporated fall touches around our home this year.

Eddie jokingly refers to 2017 as "the year of the white pumpkins" And...he may be right! :) We took Charlie to a local farm in October for all kinds of fall fun. I was SO happy to find out they also sell locally grown pumpkins at the most affordable prices! I decided to use them in my fall decor this year.

Here are a few snapshots of our home decorated for fall this year!






Because I was using the white pumpkins as inside decor, I wanted to make sure they would last as long as possible. After bringing them home, I soaked them in a bleach/dish detergent mixture for about 10 minutes. So far the majority of them are still going strong! 


I love these pictures of Charlie from fall time last year. He has changed so much! Baby Charlie in a pumpkin costume will forever be one of my FAVORITE things.



I found this wreath at a vintage/antique fair with my best friend Megan. I love how versatile it is and I also plan on using it for Christmas decor too :)




This is one of my favorite quotes and used a chalkpaint marker to pen it on the chalkboard that hangs in our kitchen.

I hope you enjoyed our fall home tour! We will still be enjoying the pumpkins for a little while longer before the Christmas decor starts making an appearance :)
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11.01.2017

Snapshots of Halloween 2017

The month of October seemed to fly by! A great Halloween capped off one of my favorite months of the year. Last year was special since it was Charlie's first Halloween, but this year he really knew something special was happening. He had such a blast! Eddie and I truly had so much fun watching him enjoy the day.

Here are a few snapshots of our Halloween celebrations this year!


A little Halloween celebration for Charlie's toddler buddies, complete with festive snacks (thanks to Pinterest for the easy ideas that I could do during nap time ;)


Boo cheese, applesauce with eyes, and Charlie especially loved the orange cuties that looked like mini pumpkins!


Time for trick or treating with the CUTEST little puppy I ever did see! I loved this little dalmatian costume the moment I saw it. The little dog house on the wagon turned out so cute and incredibly functional. Eddie designed and made the little house out of cardboard and Charlie loved it!

He surprised us both by staying in the wagon the whole night and he even barked for several of our neighbors! ;) We also face-timed both of our parents so they could be apart of the evening too even though we aren't close by.



After a walk around our neighborhood, puppy Charlie enjoyed handing out candy and treats to all the trick or treaters :)




Last weekend, we got in the Halloween spirit with a Trunk-or-Treat with our dear friends! Charlie loved exploring with Cinderella and Prince Charming ;)


The cutest Bat Girl and her cousin/sidekick Dalmatian puppy ;)


We had a great Halloween with family, friends, and neighbors, and we are already looking forward to next year!
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12.21.2016

Christmas Home Tour 2016

It's the most wonderful time of the year :) I love decorating for Christmas, and this year was extra special since it was our first year decorating the new house! I was interested to see how Charlie would be with the decorations and for the most part, he's been great! We do have a baby gate around the tree in the living room and I kept decor off of the floor in the main areas of the house. He absolutely LOVES Christmas trees and lights! He is constantly pointing to the Christmas trees and wants to admire from close up. It is SO adorable! I love how he is starting to feel the magic of the season.

Here are a few snapshots of our home decked out for Christmas this year :)
















Thank you so much for stopping by! From our family to yours, have a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year! :)
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12.06.2016

Holiday Front Porch 2016

Hey friends! We've been having so much fun decorating for Christmas lately, and I can't believe it is three weeks away. This year, I have the privilege of teaming up with Home Decorators Collection and several talented bloggers for the #HDCholidayhomes blog tour! Throughout this week, different bloggers will be sharing their homes dressed up for Christmas so be sure to check back each day for new inspiration for your home. Today, I will be showing you a few quick and easy ways to make your front porch look festive and welcoming for the holiday season. And at the bottom of the post, you will have the chance to win one of TWO $250 gift cards to Home Decorators Collection!

Let's get started! I traditionally use neutral colors to decorate indoors for Christmas, but outdoors I love to incorporate brighter colors. With a few essential holiday items from Home Decorators Collection, I was able to pull together a festive and welcoming space both quickly and affordably (win-win!).

Check out our red and green front porch all decked out for Christmas!


Not only is this space festive and welcoming, but it was also easy and quick to put up. To keep things simple, I opted for faux greenery that is pre-lit and came with ornaments already attached (so easy!)

Home Decorators Collection has so many beautiful greenery sets, but I instantly fell in love with the Martha Stewart Magnolia and Ornaments Garland and coordinating Magnolia and Ornaments Wreath and Magnolia and Ornaments Entrance Tree because of the gorgeous magnolia leaves and classic red ornaments. They are so striking in person. But the best part is they all pre-lit with the ornaments attached so when they arrived, they were ready to go!



One of the best parts of this pre-lit wreath, garland, and entrance tree is that after I put the batteries in, I have not touched them again AT ALL! They have a simple timer to ensure the lights come on in the evening and then shut themselves off. It's so nice to pull up in the driveway and see the porch lit up! I don't know why I didn't go this route sooner ;)




I added red and gold shatterproof ornaments in outdoor lanterns to give the space a cheery and festive feel. One of my favorite tricks for decorating with lanterns during the holidays is to add a little greenery to the top of the lantern using floral wire. It's a simple (and free!) way to add a pop of color. 


I've always loved the vintage look of antique sleds, so I was giddy when my father-in-law gave us this sled from his childhood. I still have plans to sand and paint it, but for now we are enjoying it just as it is :) To add a little Christmas pizzazz, I added a medium-sized green floral swag from Michaels and three gold bells that I found in the ornament section at Target.


The seating area on the porch also got a Christmas makeover with a pair of red and green plaid pillows and ornaments and the Martha Stewart Magnolia and Ornaments entrance tree and matching wreath. I hung the wreath with a command hook and was done! :)





Thank you so much to Home Decorators Collection for inviting me to participate in this year's #HDCholidayhome tour! Be sure to check out these other talented bloggers to see how they are dressing up their homes for the holidays. 
Here's this week's lineup!
Monday Erin Spain | The Frugal Homemaker | Chaotically Creative 
Tuesday Designthusiasm | The Rustic Boxwood | House of Hargrove
Wednesday Duke Manor Farm | The Cheerful Home | Rachel Elizabeth Creates
Thursday Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss | Southern State of Mind | Effortless Style
Friday Cuckoo 4 Design | Maggie Overby Studios | Seeking Lavender Lane | Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body

I hope you enjoyed the tour of our Christmas front porch! Later this week, I'll be sharing more of the interior of our home dressed up for Christmas. You can also find me on Instagram and on my new Facebook page too!

Thank you again to the wonderful team at Home Decorators Collection! Have a very merry Christmas!

This post is sponsored by Home Decorators Collection for the HDC Holiday Homes blog tour. All choices and opinions are 100% my own.
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