0 In DIY/ home decor

Easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin

Easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin

I am so excited to share my latest DIY project with you all! It’s super easy, cheap and cute for fall. Fabric pumpkins are all the rage this season. I’m sharing this easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin I made for $5!

You will need:

– A small pumpkin (I used a small faux one I got in the dollar bin).

– Twine

– An old sweater (I used one I had in my closet that I didn’t wear anymore but you can also go to Goodwill and get one. The tighter the cableknit or weave, the better.)

– Ribbon

 

Directions:

1.) Start by taking your pumpkin and inserting it through the bottom of your sweater, feeding through one of the sleeves until the tip of the stem is sitting right at the ribbing of your sleeve.

DIY Sweater Pumpkin

Easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin

2.) Twist the sleeve tightly around the stem of your pumpkin. Take your twine and start wrapping around the covered stem, from bottom to top. Then go back down and work your way back up again. Cut the twine and then hold in place with either a hot glue gun or some Modge Podge.

Easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin

Easy DIY sweater Pumpkin

3.) Next cut the sweater at the bottom of the pumpkin. You can tape to hold to the pumpkin or throw a couple of stitches in to hold it together but this part is not going to show.

Easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin

Easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin

4.) Finish it off by tying a bow with a ribbon around the base of the stem.

Easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin

 

Super cute right? These are adorable on some shelves, in a little corner or lining your stairs.

Easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin

See one of my other favorite holiday DIYs, Dehydrated Fruit Garland

 

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1 In Birthday/ DIY/ Events/ parties

How to throw the best 30th birthday party

Thirty AF Birthday Party

My middle sister Michelle just turned 30. She is the biggest party girl I know and is always there to celebrate all of her family and friends no matter what the occasion. So we knew we had to throw her a surprise 30th birthday party to remember. I’m sharing all the details on how to throw an epic 30th birthday party. (And I’ve included links throughout so that you can shop some of my essentials to recreate the look yourself!)

Theme

How to make balloon garland

With any party, you have to first choose a theme. We wanted the feel to be a very intimate gathering, relaxed but yet a little upscale. And it had to be special because you only turn 30 once! My mom and sister got the great idea to have a private chef come in and cook dinner for our guests. If any of you guys are local to the Capital Region, you have to check out Ryan O’Shea from Suburban Kitchen. Not only did he prepare a delicious meal from farm to table, but he handles everything from bringing all the ingredients to even doing all the dishes afterwards so that you can truly just relax and mingle with your guests. (Side Note – Ryan did not pay me for this plug, I just highly recommend him!)

How to throw the best 30th birthday party private chef

Decor

Table setting

Since it was a dinner party, the table was going to be the focal point of our evening. We did a very simple yet tasteful table setting with white linens and greenery. Trader Joe’s is a great spot for fresh, seasonal stems. Or if you want to go the faux route, I love Joann’s or Michael’s.

simple white table setting with greenery

Balloon Garland

How fun is this balloon garland? We had it set up right behind where our party girl would be sitting. And it made a great prop for photos!

How to make a balloon garland

To make a balloon garland, you will need:

  • Balloons (a few different colors)
  • Balloon pump
  • Balloon garland decorating kit – includes balloon tape and sticky glue dots. Click here for the one I used

You’re going to want to have a few different colored balloons to add variety to your garland and make it stand out. Our color scheme was white, greens and gold.  You can get the exact ones here if you want to duplicate – clear with gold confetti // sage green.

Start by blowing up about 30-40 balloons. Use your balloon pump (I like this one on Amazon) to inflate them as much as you can (you want them big here) as this will be the base of your garland. Next you’re going to take your balloon tape and you will notice that it has holes, some larger than others.  One at a time, insert the balloon into the large holes, leaving a few empty holes in between.

Hang the balloon garland wherever you plan to have it displayed.

Next finish blowing up the rest of your balloons in varying sizes, from medium to small. Using the sticky glue dots included in your balloon kit, attach the balloons to fill in the gaps and give your garland the dimension you desire.

To really make it pop, we added this rose gold “THIRTY AF” Balloon banner underneath.

 

The Food/Drinks

Charcuterie Board

I once heard a saying “I’ve never met a charcuterie board I didn’t like” and honestly I’ve never agreed with something so much in my life. I personally love cheese and I’d rather pick on a bunch of little bites than have a big meal. They’re also great for entertaining and fun to assemble. You can include whatever you want. (Tip – assembling charcuterie boards can be expensive. Aldi’s is a great place to pick out affordable yet signature cheeses, meats and crackers.)

how to make a charcuterie board

Here’s what I like to include on mine:

  • Cheeses – something hard (cheddar), various soft and spreadable cheeses (goat, brie, herbed cheeses).
  • Meats – Salami, Prosciutto and Sopressata are the ones I like to add.
  • Crackers
  • Fruit – I like to do grapes, berries, and dried apricots
  • Nuts – For a nice combo of sweet and salty try pistachios, cashews and candied pecans.
  • Olives
  • Chocolate – little bites of chocolate with sea salt or dark chocolate covered almonds are a great pick.
  • Jams/Spreads – My personal faves are fig jam and pepper jelly.

Signature Cocktail

Having a special signature drink on display is a festive and personal way to celebrate your guest of honor. We deemed this one the “Minerv Swerve” named after her signature dance moves.

Signature Cocktail for 30th birthday party

My decorative beverage dispenser was a gift to me at my bridal shower and is unavailable but here’s another one I like on Amazon.

The Cake

These gorgeous number cakes have been floating around my Pinterest feed. My talented mama created this one by making two large sheet cakes and using a cardboard to trace and cut the cake in the number you want. Layer the cakes with dollops of frosting in between and top with color fruit, macaroons, meringues and flowers.

how to make a number cake for birthday

We were able to pull it off and needless to say, my sister was shocked when she walked in and saw her family and friends there to celebrate her.

Surprise birthday party

 

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Click for both her Skirt and Top

Click to see one of my earlier posts on how to throw a WILD ONE first birthday party

 

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0 In fall/ Fall fashion/ fashion

Old Navy Fall Try on

This post contains affiliate links meaning I make a small commission.

I recently popped into Old Navy to do a little fall try on session for you all.  They had some great basics for layering for this season.

Here are some of my favorites from my Old Navy fall try on.

You can shop the links by clicking the thumbnails below.

Outfit 1

First up, I tried a pair of their wide leg jeans. I like that these are a high waist to tuck in that mom pooch. I would definitely wear these with a heeled boot or wedges to give some height.

Old Navy Fall Try On

Outfit 2

I paired my basic jeans and top with this utility jacket. I love that it has a cinched waist for a more fitted look.

Old Navy Fall Try On utility jacket and wide leg jeans

Old Navy Fall Try On Utility Jacket and Wide Leg Jeans

Outfit 3

This corduroy skirt would be super cute with some brown tights or leggings underneath and a chunky scarf as the weather gets chillier.

Old Navy Fall Try On Corduroy skirt

Outfit 4

So you all know my love for pantsuits runs deep and so obviously this one had to come home with me. It was on sale leftover from the summer for $16 in store. I paired it with a burnt orange cardigan for a fall look. I think it would look super cute with a white jacket or cardigan for spring/summer as well.

(As I sit here putting this together I realize I may be obsessed with burnt orange)

Old Navy Fall Try On

Old Navy Fall Try On

 

Outfit 5

I fell in love with these distressed boyfriend jeans! I loved them so much, I went home and bought them online for $24.99. (They came to $45 in store).

Paired with a graphic tee and cardigan it’s a cute casual look.

 

Old Navy Fall Try On boyfriend jeans

 

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0 In Baby/ Motherhood/ postpartum

New Mom and Baby Essentials

New Mom and Baby Essentials
This post is sponsored by Babbleboxx

As a new mama to two little boys, I was thrilled when Babbleboxx wanted to send me their New Mom and Baby box. It’s filled with so many amazing goodies that can make pregnancy and motherhood a little easier. So whether you have one on the way or are a new mama, I’m sharing some of my favorite products below.

For mama

Ginger Chews from Prince of Peace

New Mom and Baby Essentials

Morning sickness is no fun. I was lucky with my first pregnancy and didn’t have any at all. My second pregnancy however, that boy did a number on me.  Before I realized I was pregnant, I actually thought I had the flu. I relied on alot of crackers and ginger to help ease my tummy.

Ginger has been used for over a thousand years as a natural remedy for nausea and stomach issues. These Ginger Chews from Prince of Peace are convenient to keep stashed by your nightstand or in your purse for when the queasies hit.

Anti-Aging Moisturizer from Vichy

New Mom and Baby Essentials

Motherhood can cause many skin changes from dryness, to breakouts, to uneven skin tone and even wrinkles (thank you to stress and all those sleepless nights). Vichy’s LiftActiv Peptide-C anti-aging moisturizer helps correct the visible signs of collagen loss on your skin.  This moisturizer is packed with tons of peptides for your skin to strengthen it’s structure, as well as Vitamin C to help brighten and firm your skin. It’s a great way to pamper yourself and look brighter and more energized!

Click here to get 10% off and free shipping when you use code “BABBLE19” through 9/30/19.

The best undergarments

I didn’t truly appreciate comfortable undergarments until I became a mother (#momlife). Playtex’s Nursing Bras and Maternity Panties are soft and breathable and offer full coverage making them great for postpartum.

For Baby

New Mom and Baby Essentials

Phillips Avent Soothie Snuggle and Natural Bottle

When I was pregnant with my first and it was time to make my registry, I was so confused with all the various types of bottles and pacifiers there were to choose from. Ultimately, I relied on good old fashioned trial and error to find which ones my baby preferred. Phillips Avent was one of the brands we loved.

I love Phillips Avent Natural Bottle because it’s great for moms who are breast and bottle feeding. The breast-shaped nipple makes it a smoother transition for baby to go back and forth between the two or transition from breast to bottle. It also features an air valve to help reduce feeding issues such as colic. If you’re looking for a versatile bottle I highly recommend you try this one from Phillips Avent.

I also am a big fan of the Phillips Avent Soothie Snuggle. It combines a soothie with a soft plush toy which makes it easy for your little one to grab and hold onto. What I love best about it is that the snuggle can be easily detached for cleaning the soothie.

First Aid Kit

The Medipro Baby First Aid pod is great for the mama who is always on the go. I keep this compact kit handy in my car so that I’m always prepared. This kit contains a variety of bandages of various sizes, a cold pack, tweezers, antiseptic, and more for your basic first aid needs.

Click here to get yours.

And when you use code BABBLE2019 you can get 25% off through 12/31/19.

Bedtime Story

Guess How Much I Love You has been a beloved story for over 25 years selling over 43 million copies worldwide. This book was given to me at my baby shower and it is one of my favorites. This 25th Anniversary hardcover edition makes a great gift for the new mama as it highlights the special bond between parent and child.

Click here to purchase your copy

Use code CANDLEWICK at checkout for 25% off your book order (U.S. purchases only).

 

What are some of your must haves?

 

New Mama and Baby Essentials