A New Kind of Snowman!

0ccacf234536d721e02d10329ffddf9bAnd so now we put away all things Fall and unto all things Winter! Of course, that also means all your pumpkins; unless your pumpkin is in excellent shape and like me, you feel a little guilty for throwing out a perfectly good un-eatable pumpkin! Last year our pumpkin lasted barely a week before it started rotting, this year I decided to try the “Soak in Clorox Water” method. Our mini pumpkin still didn’t last more than 2 weeks, but our “bigger” pumpkin is as good as new! And so there lies the dilemma, throwing it out would be wasteful, but eating it, is completely out of the question! …Crafting it is, and since in Florida there’s like zero possibilities of making a snowman, my pumpkin seemed like the next best thing!

Let’s go back a bit, this is our pumpkin back in October:

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And this is our pumpkin now! Or, should I say snowman!

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It’s actually fairly simple, all you need is: white craft or acrylic paint,  permanent black marker, and black paper (cardstock or construction paper would do). You can decorate the hat anyway you want, my advice is: look in your Christmas ornament bin and use those pieces at the bottom of the bin, something always falls apart no matter how careful you placed it last year! Need a little more help?! Here are some helpful tips/ideas:

Snowman Face:

You can actually go all out and paint a beautiful vintage face or choose a more simple look, either way I warranty you, it will look beautiful. With so many faces and styles to choose from, you can’t really go wrong, and if you make a mistake, just paint over with white and start again! Here are some ideas to inspire you!

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Nose:

Anything will work: a small carrot, button, felt, stick, etc. Search around your house and have fun!

Hat:

Making the hat is pretty easy, I got the idea from this Pinterest Post

If you prefer, you could use the same pattern and stich together a felt hat instead of a paper hat. I would’ve gone that route but I honestly didn’t think of it until after I was done with my paper hat, by then Jaden had woken up from his nap, and that was the end of “Craft Time” for me! It shouldn’t take you more than 5 to 10 minutes tops to stich it together, plus, you can put it away and re-use it next year!

In case you are wondering why does it seem that my snowman’s hat has plastic around the edges, I can’t explain why it looks like that on the picture (lack of time didn’t allow me to take another one!) but I can tell you that in real life he has fake snow on his hat and it actually looks pretty cute!


Here are some inspiring ideas for those pumpkins!

Beautiful! Felt hat and bow tie!

Beautiful! Felt hat and bow tie! by Angelina Berg

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Got more than one? Make a Snowman Centerpiece!

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And of course Olaf has to be a pumpkin snowman too! He seems to be everywhere these days! by Crystal Owens

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Simple is still nice!


After this, I will be more than happy to throw again my pumpkin guilt free! Enough with the pumpkins until next year! Don’t forget to post pictures of your projects in the comment section! Next post: “A Trip to the North Pole!”

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Ready, Set…Cook!

“I am thankful for the mess to clean after a party because it means I have been surrounded by friends.” 

Nancie J. Carmody

By now, you might be deep into your Thanksgiving dinner preparations, and maybe your Black Friday shopping plans to! Last night after Jaden went to bed, we seasoned and stuffed our turkey and tomorrow I’ll bake desert. We always strive to enjoy and relax on Thanksgiving day rather than spend hours on the kitchen. In the spirit of the upcoming Holiday I will share with you some of my favorite recipe’s for the weekend. I have tried them all and I can say they are keepers and worth your 5 to 20 minutes of prep time, so, if you get tired of Turkey sandwiches, soups, casseroles, etc. give them a try!

Breakfast: Quiches to Go

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If you are thinking: “Not another quiche!” you gotta’ try this simple recipe, the great thing is you can make it in advance and leave it in the fridge for a couple of days. Trust me, it takes about 5 minutes to prepare and you’ll love it! Plus, you probably have everything you need on the fridge already!

Side Dish: Crashed Roasted Potatoes

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This is actually one of our sides for Thanksgiving this year. My husband has to have roasted potatoes on his Thanksgiving Menu even at the expense of Sweet Potatoes! I know… so sad! (I really wanted sweet potato casserole this year!) Anyways, this is very simple: boil, crash, season & roast! Yummy!

Comfort Food: Carrot Soup

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I was a skeptical when it came to carrot soup, coming from Puerto Rico we really don’t include this type of dish on our dinner table. Why? well, we mainly fill our table with let’s just say lot’s of starchy food!! My husband in the other hand (being half British) loves this type of meal, so I gave it a try and I will tell you I’m in love! Its creamy (without the need of cream!), healthy and easy to make. And though it is filling, it is soothing as well, definetily comfort food, and who doesn’t need comfort food after Thanksgiving or Black Friday?!

Desert turns into Snack: Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies

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They might sound heavy and overly sweet but these are surprisingly great! I will tell you that I added the Caramel bits “to taste” (more like 1/2 a cup rather than 1.5 cups), and I think that made the difference. They where just perfect with just the right amount of sweetness! Out of all these recipies , this one would be the most time consuming, about 15 to 30 minutes.


I wished I could have added a Real Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe for this cold weekend (it would have gone perfectly with those cookies!), but I can tell you that so far I’ve tried 3 different recipes and let’s just say they’ve all ended up on the sink. I haven’t given up yet, I’m still searching, I have another recipe pinned on my fridge, we’ll see how that goes! Have a great Thanksgiving  surrounded by those you love and enjoy the Season!!

“Not what we say about our Blessings, but how we use them is the true Measure of our Thanksgiving” 

W.T. Purkiser

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“Autumn is the Season to find contentment at Home by paying attention to what we already have.” Unknown

It’s undeniable that Autumn brings us closer to that feeling of thankfulness and appreciation; the year is almost over and though it has been a tough one, we’ve made it through another Thanksgiving dinner. With just a month to go until we stuff ourselves with enough turkey we feel we are about to pup, it’s time to start planning! If one thing we both love and miss about Fall is the beautiful display of colors, specially in the leaves. They are the epitome of the Season and you can find them everywhere you look, they are versatile and elegant, and make great table displays.

We often see them as place cards in Fall weddings, and they never look the same since you can spray paint them, layer them, write on them…

For more details on these check my Pinterest Autumn Board

For more details on these check my Pinterest Autumn Board

Here are a few extra ideas you can incorporate to your table display:

  • Monogram

If seating arrangements are not an important factor in your Thanksgiving table, switch the individual names on the leaves for a family Monogram. It can be a one to three letter Monogram and it can be as formal or as casual as your family affair. The following method works best for paper leaves since you will be tracing your Monogram unto them.

∗∗If you happen to already have a family Monogram on a stamp; skip these steps, gather natural leaves, clean theme and stamp ahead! Your guess will be impressed!

1. Start by designing your Monogram. Use your Microsoft Word WordArt tool. Play with fonts and styles until you find a  combination that works for you.

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2. Make sure you measure the area on the leaves where the Monogram would go, that way you will have an idea of how big your Monogram should be. I used a line (from the Shapes tools) to more accurately measure the size of the font, since you can’t really go by the Text Box size.

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3. Print your Monogram and verify it fits on your leaves.

4. Trace your Monogram with your choice of Sharpie, Gel or Metallic pen.

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If you like a more personal touch, consider letting the kids help out making paper leaves. Here are two cute tutorials that you can follow:

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  • Inspirational Words

Now why stop at names or Monograms?! Leaves have 2 sides, let’s use them! Find a verse, rhyme or Seasonal saying that you like, and write it on the back of the leaves or skip the name or family Monogram all together and stick to a good old “Gobble, Gobble!” Don’t like the idea of writing on leaves?! How about stamping a message or figure?! You can find many choices at the craft store for very little and with stamps your work its as simple as choosing the ink color! You could even use the stamp on the napkins or take home boxes!

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  • A Gift

This could be a warm personalized touch to your get together or a playful one. Days before your dinner, take some time and search for inspirational quotes or Bible verses for each of your guest. Make sure they are individual and with the person in mind. Write the Bible verse or the quote in the back of the leave as your family’s gift to them. Once you all sit down for dinner, inform everybody of your heartfelt gift.

On the playful note you can add numbers to the back of the leaves for a family raffle for the last piece of pie or a special gift! You could make it into an after dinner scavenger hunt around the house. Be creative and have fun, anything from riddles to questions like “Why are you thankful for Grandpa?”. The purpose is to make it more intimate and fun.

All these ideas can be made using the front or back of the leave or by simply printing them on a sheet of paper and creating tags or scrolls that you can attach to your leaves. I’ve attached a link to some Tags Templates that are ready to use.

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You can make them ahead of time so you can focus on the planning and control of chaos, then is just a matter of setting the table!

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It’s a simple touch that will just reinforce how much you care.

Time to gather up those leaves!! See you next week!

Costumes that Work!

Whether you call it Fall or Harvest Festival or just plain old Halloween, it’s the time of the year when we all get a “Hall Pass” to dressing up in silly or  cool costumes! With so many choices out there, you can dress up as anyone and pay anything from $10 to hundreds of dollars. In most cases a nice adult costume can be as expensive as a cocktail dress; and good luck convincing your child to get that $10 deal costume while she has her eyes on that other pricey costume!

Remember how much fun it was making your own costume when you where growing up? I know, I know… no time, but how about if you could make a costume in 1 hour or less?! Why would you pay so much money for something you are only going to use once?! All it take is a web search for DIY Costumes and the possibilities are endless, but that sometimes can be overwhelming on it’s own. That’s why I’m sharing with you some simple, time and money saving ideas that are worth considering! While not all of them have step by step instructions (some of the links to the websites did not work), they are simple enough to figure out, and if you have any questions feel free to ask!

Family Ideas

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Glue or sow on lace

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Remember the 90’s?!

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Flowerly PJ top and homemade Tutu! Go Mom!

Little black dress and Dollar Store table cloth!

Little black dress & plastic tablecloth!

Got a trench coat?!

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Kids & Teens

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Any hat will do, is the makeup that makes it cute!

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A garbage bag full of balloons!

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Anybody can be Superman!

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Remember those Overalls?!

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Recycle & Microwave some Popcorn!
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You know you got a sweater for this!

Infants & Toddlers

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You can do wonders with a Onesie!

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A tutu can make a white top into anything you want! Click for tutorial

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PVC, boxes or overalls, they are all too cute!

Have a great weekend! See you next week!

(For the links to the Infants & Toddler costumes check out my Pinterest Board for the Instructions)

Pumpkins Galore!

Nothing gets you in the mood for the Holiday Season better than the present one. Pumpkins, hay, scarecrows and Halloween costumes are only a sign that Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner! Last weekend we took a trip to the pumpkin patch, my little guy had big ambitions and went straight for the big pumpkins, after pushing them around a bit he realized he couldn’t carry them, so he grabbed hold of a tiny one and didn’t let go!

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We knew we couldn’t choose a big pumpkin since we are under our realtors “no clutter rule”, so we kept it simple. Carving pumpkins can be messy, but now a day’s carving can be substituted for so many fun ideas! While soaking our pumpkins in Clorox water, I was looking at all these neat ideas, I was eager to start decorating. Unfortunately it dawned on me that I had to keep it clean and simple because we might not be able to take the pumpkin with us when we vacate the house. So, I  didn’t spend more than 30 minutes on it. Next year I’ll be able to go crazy with decorations, right now all my Autumn décor is tucked away in a bin ready to move.

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Our humble Pumpkins! byLisandra

None the less I’ll share with you some of my favorite ideas so you can start crafting!

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Bedazzle with Rhinestones or Glitter!

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Wrap them in see through fabric!

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Create funny characters!

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Paint them!

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Add modern design!

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Give them some personality!

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Toile your pumpkin!

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Go Chick & Elegant!

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Use Clear Glitter & Have Fun!

For inspiration & tutorials check out my Pinterest Autumn Board!

See you next week!