Saturday, September 29, 2012

Rainy Weekend

"Rain drops from the clouds and onto trees,
Down the tree trunks and off the leaves.
Down a mountain, into a brook,
Past a chipmunk in a nook.
Into a pond, off a log.
On top of a turtle and onto a frog.
Onto roads, onto the grass,
Onto trains and trucks that pass.
On top of bridges, cars and boats.
Even onto people’s coats.
Onto houses and my windowpane.
I just love to watch the drops,
The drips and drops of rain.?"
~ 'Raindrops' by E.B.





 The forecast is calling for a rainy weekend here in Houston.

And, guess what?

I'm really looking forward to it!

It'll be nice to have a chance to catch up on all of those little things around the house that get pushed aside, work on some home improvements I've been meaning to tackle and to just spend time with all of my boys. :)

What are your plans for the weekend?

P.S. Be sure to check out my awesome giveaway- a Vintage Tweet necklace from Mama's Nest Designs!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

A Fun, No-Mess Fall Decorating Project for Toddlers

My boys really enjoy helping me around the house. You know, the usual things... "unloading" the dishwasher, "folding" the laundry and "picking up" toys.

So, when it came to decorating for Fall this year, Aidan was all hands on deck. 

But, Mommy wasn't sure she wanted his "help." That is, until I found these super cute wall clings in the Dollar Spot at Target. (Also known as my not-so-secret heaven!) 

How adorable is that little scarecrow?


At a dollar a pop, I grabbed three, and also picked up two more with a Thanksgiving motif to use in November.

Once we got home, I told Aidan that he could "decorate" the windows. This little guy was SOO excited!

First we decorated the window in his room.

Just look at that concentration...

 

My little guy wanted to help, too!

 Then we moved onto Connor's room. Connor insisted on supervising... .it is his room after all! :)



Aidan was so proud of his work! He used a "layering" technique, so his designs were pretty contained to one small area on the window.


Every morning he goes from room to room and says, "Beautiful window!" I have to say that I had a wonderful time watching him concentrate so hard on his decoration.


I will be the first to admit that I am not a huge fan of messes. My type-A self rears its ugly head and freaks out at the first signs of mixed playdoh colors, broken crayons or finger paint splatters. Aidan also has an extremely short attention span and usually loses interest after about 10 minutes into a craft.

So this project was great for both Aidan and Mommy!

Happy Fall, y'all!

Do you let your little ones "help" you decorate, too?

P.S. Be sure to check out my awesome giveaway- a Vintage Tweet necklace from Mama's Nest Designs!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Adding your own touches to pre-made decor {DIY}

I found this plant at JoAnn's over the weekend. It was 50% off, so I snagged it and dropped it into my cart. 


Once I got home  I realized it was very bare around the base of the plant. I shopped the house and found this little Fall decoration that would be perfect to use as a filler in the plant.


I bought it a few years back at Garden Ridge and wasn't using it, so I decided to chop him up. 


Then I started fiddling around with the staging until I found a setup that I liked! Voila!


I set the plant up on our breakfast counter and laid some assorted mini gourds at the base of it.


 Quick. Simple. And great results! I love when I'm able to add my own touches to pre-made arrangements.




Have you decorated for Fall yet?

P.S. Be sure to enter my giveaway for a Vintage Tweet necklace from one of my favorite Etsy shops, Mama's Nest Designs!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Mini Pumpkin Croissants

A few months back I pinned this delicious looking picture on Pinterest. Due to a "bad pin", it took me awhile to track it down online. But, I finally found the original recipe here, at Shake Together. Apparently this has been floating around the blogosophere for almost a year!



At the time, I was in a Fall kinda mood and needed to escape from the 100+ degree weather lurking outside our closed doors.

Since it's not September (and only 85+ degrees!), I thought it was time to put some of my fabulous Fall-inspired pins to the test! This guy was the first one that I tested out.

I tweaked it a bit to better suit what I had on hand, as well as my taste buds, and it came out just right. :)

 Here's what you need to get started:

 

I used whipped cream cheese, instead of the traditional block variety. It was a convenient swap, as I didn't even need to use a mixer to get the right creamy consistency for the filling.

 

I also decided to omit the pumpkin pie spice in the topping and switched it up with a cinnamon/sugar combination. My inner Snickerdoodle lover was very pleased with the results. ;)


Now for the recipe:
Mini Pumpkin Croissants

Ingredients
Croissants-
4 oz. whipped cream cheese
1 cup canned pumpkin (not pie filling)
1 Tbs pumpkin pie spice
3 Tbs sugar
2 cans crescent rolls

Topping-
4 Tbs sugar
1 Tbs cinnamon

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Mix together cream cheese, pumpkin, sugar and spice until creamy and fluffy.
3. Unroll crescent rolls and slice each in half lengthwise. Top with cream cheese mixture.
4. Roll crescents starting with the wider side, into small croissants. Roll in cinnamon and sugar mixture until completely coated.
5. Bake for 16 minutes until lightly browned.


You can find a printable version of the recipe here.

Go on, you know you want to rush to your kitchen and whip up these little bites of Autumn goodness. ;)

 P.S. Be sure to check out my awesome giveaway- a Vintage Tweet necklace from Mama's Nest Designs!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Giveaway {Vintage Tweet Necklace}

Since it's my favorite season, I thought I'd treat my readers to a giveaway to celebrate!

*insert ecstatic applause here*

My lovely friend (and former high school classmate) Tricia, started her own Etsy shop a little over a year ago.... and it's simply fabulous.

Not long after her shop opened, I ordered myself a Vintage Tweet necklace. When I went up to Ohio for a visit last year, my necklace disappeared. I'm assuming one of my sisters "borrowed" it and conveniently never returned it to the rightful owner.

Lucky for them, huh?

I recently ordered a new one for myself and decided to go ahead and get another one to giveaway to one lucky reader of  Texas Life!

Gorgeous.  And perfect for Fall, isn't it?

 Lucky for you. :)

This giveaway, for U.S. and Canadian residents only, is open until 12:01am on Sunday, September 30th. I will announce the winner on Monday, October 1st. 


Good luck!

Did you happen to notice anything new around these parts? I got a makeover! I'd like to give a big thank you and *high five* to Lindsey at Designer Blogs for perking up my blog. Thank you!

Friday, September 21, 2012

It's almost the weekend!

The weekend is almost upon us!

Daddy has been away all week, so we can't wait to see him. And, for the first time in a long time we have NO plans!

 someecards.com - This family needs to start spending entirely too much time together

I'm envisioning an afternoon at the pool, evening walks around the block in the wagon. Perhaps an ice cream cone or two. Mornings spent on the back porch watching Aidan play in the yard. I also have a few projects up my sleeve that I'd like to get a start on... And then there's football on Sunday- we'll all be watching in our Texans jerseys, of course!


Sounds all perfect and stuff, right?

I'm sure there will be a sprinkling of timeouts and a few temper tantrums thrown in for good measure, too.

Keepin' it real.

Oh, and I'm also in desperate need of some special "Mommy" time. This Momma needs a break from her kids. As much as I love spending my day with them, I need a break every once and awhile. So, the following also pertains to me this weekend:

someecards.com - You're the man I want our children to spend their weekends with.
Love it!
  

Do you have any big plans this weekend?

P.S. Be sure to stop by Monday and enter my awesome giveaway!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Our Wedding {The Details}



I've finally finished rounding up all of our wedding details in one place. This was no easy feat, let me tell you!

As I mentioned earlier, we had both our ceremony and reception at the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake in northeast Ohio. It was a fabulous place to get married, especially for an out-of-town bride. As part of your wedding package, they offered a wedding planner to help with all of the details. My planner, Natalie, was out of this world and guaranteed that everything went off without a hitch on our big day!


Our ceremony was held outside in a gazebo on the lake. We opted out of  decorating the aisle and instead chose to let the simply decorated gazebo and the still waters of the lake take over as our beautiful focal points for the ceremony. 

 

Our florist, Blush Custom Weddings, wrapped grapevine around two columns and stuck in white and yellow gerbera daisies for a simple, yet beautiful backdrop.


I made our programs myself. I ordered three boxes of Fan Favor Kits made by Wilton.






















 I chose these because they were easy to customize and you were able to put writing on the front and back. I found a template designer online that I downloaded onto my computer that made designing the fans a cinch! Once I was done, I simply printed them off on my home printer and put them together myself. I found the flower image online and used it on the fans, as well as our invitations and table cards to tie everything together.

 

 We placed them in a basket at the entrance to our ceremony site, so that people could grab one as they walked in. They proved to be extremely useful, as it was fairly warm outside that day! The basket happened to coordinate perfectly with my DIY flower girl baskets that I made. I spruced it up with a large clip-on gerbera daisy and yellow and white ribbon.


 My bouquet consisted of yellow asiatic lillies, white gerbera daisies, yellow poms and white and yellow alstroemeria flowers. The maid of honor's bouquet was similar, just smaller. I LOVED my bouquet. :)


 Our reception was held in the grand ballroom. (So fancy sounding, huh?) I thought the large chandeliers really set the tone for the beautiful room.


 We chose white chair covers with white tablecloths and napkins for our tables. They all had a yellow runner to brighten things up.


 Every other chair was wrapped in a yellow sash with a white gerbera daisy stuck in the center.

 

 I found plain white place cards at Michaels and printed each guests name on their card. I used Monotype Corsiva font. Then I simply glued a piece of floral confetti to each card for a punch of color.

 

The favors were set at each place setting. I bought small favor boxes, filled them with a bit of local nostalgia (Humphrey's Candy kisses, served for years at the now defunct Euclid Beach Amusement Park) and wrapped them in yellow ribbon. And keeping with the DIY spirit, I bought customizable favor tags, used our computer to design them and printed them off at home.


The centerpieces were just right. I bought these lanterns at IKEA and placed four flameless tealights in each. (There were many young children present, there was no way I was going to take a chance with real fire!) They were surrounded by little bunches of alstroemeria flowers. I used leftover RSVP cards from our invitations for the table cards. I used Monotype Corsiva font to type out each number, added a sweet yellow flower image (which was also used on our programs and invitations) and set them in holders that I found on eBay.

 

Instead of having a large head table, we opted for a Sweetheart Table. I loved sitting with Jason and watching over our friends and family as they enjoyed themselves!


Our cake was out of this world! The baker, Cakes to You, created a delectable cake know as 'Black Tie and Tails.' It's a combination of white and chocolate cake with fudge in the middle. Divine! The florist decorated it with lillies and poms.


One of my favorite additions to our reception was a table filled with wedding photographs from various family members. It was fun to check out all of the photos from years gone by... the ones from the early nineties and eighties were especially entertaining! Our florist decorated this table with lilly petals and a large yellow and white alstroemeria ball.


Our guestbook is amazing! We didn't want to go for your usual run-of-the-mill guestbook that everybody signed and then was promptly put in a box and left unseen for years. After searching Etsy for awhile, I stumbled upon the PERSONALIZEDprints shop.They created our beautiful guestbook. 


 There were enough leaves for our guests to sign, with a few left over to boot.


 Two sweet little owls sit on a branch above our names and the date we said "I do." I bought the frame at IKEA and decorated it with a bit of yellow ribbon. The sign reads, " Please sign your name to 'leaf' your mark on our wedding tree." I can't wait to frame this keepsake and hang it on our wall. :)

 

I stumbled upon this cardbox at Martha Stewart Weddings, and I'm so very glad that I did! It easily unfolds and tapes together into a snaredrum-like contraption. I dressed it up with ribbon, more floral confetti and some fresh flowers. The frame is from IKEA and I used some leftover cardstock to print out the sign, then jazzed it up with some more flora confetti.


And finally, a gorgeous shot of our rings! :)


And with that, my little Wedding Series has come to a close! If you'd like to check out my previous posts you can find them here, here, here, and here!

Linking up with Serenity Now.
*** (Almost) all photos courtesy of Corey Ann Photography ***

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Fall Mantel {and a Sunflower Wreath}

This year I decided to stick with decorations I all ready had in my Fall bins. It's amazing how much stuff you accumulate over time and then forget about!


 The wreath I made a few years ago. You can find the simple tutorial for it here. The twine pumpkins were a Target dollar spot find from last year. I'm not sure where the candles came from.


 The lantern is a leftover from our wedding centerpieces. I slipped in a few artificial leaves and gourds to give it a bit of color. The fall picture was a Goodwill find from a few years back. My only decorative splurge for the season was the bundle of wheatgrass that I snagged at Home Goods for $12.99.


The framed "N" was a quick DIY project I made last fall, while the candlesticks were something I had on my mantel from this summer. The ceramic pumpkins that are perched on top are from Garden Ridge a few years back. I absolutely love the pinecone cluster. Aidan and I found it on a nature walk last summer.

 

I made this Fall Sunflower Wreath last Fall. I found a bunch of different colored sunflowers at the Dollar Tree, cut off their leaves and stems, then glued them to a wreath form.

 

It brings a lovely, bright pop of color into our breakfast room!

  

And a few more pictures....

This angle really shows just how bright this wreath is.




 Do you have your home decorated for fall yet?

Thanks for stopping by.  :)


P.S. Have you entered my giveaway for a Vintage Tweet necklace from one of my favorite Etsy shops, Mama's Nest Designs? It's open until September 31st! 


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