I love the way our house looks in the fall. I personally don’t think you can ever have too many pumpkins or mums. Below I’m sharing some photos of our fall front porch and giving you some tips on how to make your pumpkins last longer.
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This year I chose to add lots of heirloom pumpkins in muted tones along the stairs. If you are local, Kleinke Farm in Delmar is a great small family owned farm and spot to snag some of these beauties. (Be sure to watch my video below showing you how to make these gems last longer!).
I also got traditional cornstalks and placed them in some black urns. (Tip – put some rocks in the bottom of the urn to add weight so they don’t tip over).
Instead of doing a traditional fall wreath, I opted for this door basket from Lauren McBride’s QVC line. I added in some faux flowers and some of my own dried hydrangeas. I love that you can keep this up year ’round and just switch out the flowers with the change of the seasons. This basket is currently unavailable (I’m hoping it comes back soon!!!), but I’ve linked a similar one on Amazon at the end of the post.
Every year I get mums for our front porch and every year they’re dead in two weeks time. This year I switched up my game and got these faux mums from QVC. They are a little more on the expensive side but I look at them as an investment you can use year after year. They come in a variety of colors and are super easy to put together.
I had found these solar powered lanterns at Aldi in the beginning of summer. We had them on our back deck but I brought them out front to add a soft glow to our steps. I’m linking a smiliar set below.
Here is a quick video showing you how to make your pumpkins last longer
Several of you asked for an Amazon fall haul so here it is! The season of comfy leggings or jeans layered with comfy tees and cardigans, it’s my favorite time of year! Here are some of the things from my latest Amazon fall haul.
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This outfit is quintessential fall! I’m obsessed with this “Basic Witch” tee and the cardigan reminds me of candycorn. And I can’t even tell you how obsessed I am with these build your own leggings! I opted for the high waisted capri length and I plan on buying a few more!
I bought this leopard colorblock long sleeved shirt last year and I love it! It comes in a variety of colors. Looks cute with the leopard mules!
Jeans, a basic tee or tank and comfy cardi is my go-to outfit! I love this pocket t shirt layered with this deep pocketed cableknit cardigan.
I received sooooo many questions about this tee when I wore it the other day. I love the floral print! I layered my favorite Amazon cardigan to transition it to fall.
You can shop the quick links to some of my favorites below
This post is sponsored by Else Nutrition but all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Eating a plant-based diet can be really good for you! Rick and I are really trying to be more healthy about our food choices for our own personal goals and to set a good example for the kids. And while we haven’t gone fully plant-based (everything in moderation), we are trying to be more mindful. Our behaviors are trickling down to our kids and it’s been great because not only is it healthier, but I don’t have to make 3 different meals at mealtimes. Below I’m sharing my tips on transitioning your kids to a more plant based diet.
What is a plant-based diet?
Plant-based eating means eating foods that mostly come from plants such as fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, seeds and nuts. Eating a whole food plant based diet gives your body nutrients from natural minimally processed foods. There are a few types of plant based diets, the most common being a Mediterranean diet (which also includes fish, poultry, eggs, dairy, a few times a week) and vegetarian, which there are many different versions of.
Benefits of plant-based eating
The benefits to going plant based are well documented. Plant-based diets have been shown to reduce or reverse chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers, metabolic diseases and depression. There is also evidence to support that plant based eating helps with weight management and obesity. In addition, it is also more sustainable so better for the environment.
Tips for transitioning your family to a more plant-based diet
Now I am of the mindset “everything in moderation”. So do we still eat chicken, eggs, meats, cheese, etc? Yes we do. However with that being said, we’re being more conscientious and making an effort to incorporate more plant based meals into our diet. Here are some of my tips to help your family transition to a more plant based diet.
At least one night a week, have a vegetarian meal for dinner. In our house we try to do “Meatless Mondays”. Our favorites is Zoodles with tomato sauce or chickpea pasta.
Fill the majority of your plate with veggies and healthy grains. This is my tip for my husband who is a big meat eater. It’s all about changing your perception. Instead of making meat the focal point of your meal, make it about the plants with a side serving of meat.
Incorporate a nutritional drink for the kids – Recently, we tried Else Nutrition. It’s a complete clean-label nutritional drink for kids ages 12-36 months made with whole foods. Endorsed by leading pediatricians, it’s a great alternative for children with lactose intolerance, sensitivities or families looking for options free of dairy or soy. My kids love their “breakfast smoothie” – almond milk, Else nutrition, a banana and some fresh berries, but it’s also great by itself. Scroll to the bottom for a special offer for my followers/subscribers.
Have fruit for dessert – If you’re like me and have a sweet tooth, you probably crave something sweet after dinner to cleanse your palette. Instead of my usual ice cream, I have a bowl of berries or I make “nice cream” – blend a frozen banana with a splash of almond milk and add in some nuts and a few chocolate chips.
Start small and be kind to yourself – When making any change, it’s normal to want to go full out and give it all 110%. But start small. Instead of cutting out meat and dairy completely, try just doing 1 meal a week or 1 meal a day at first. For your little ones, you can also try incorporating Else Nutrition a few days a week. Recognize that you are making a conscious effort to be better to your body and give yourself a pat on the back.
Fall is by far my favorite time of year! This past week I started adding some fall decor throughout our home. One of my favorite places to switch out the seasonal decor is our fireplace and mantle as it is the focal point of our family room. (You can see my post on how we whitewashed our fireplace here). I am in love with the way my mantle decor came out featuring this easy DIY fall garland. It was super inexpensive to make too as most of the things can be found at the Dollar Store.
Below I’m sharing my DIY fall garland and mantle decor so that you can
recreate the look too!
DIY Fall Garland
You will need:
faux leaves (I got mine from the Dollar Store)
Whatever else you want. Wooden beads would be cute too!
Thread the twine through the eye of your needle and tie a knot at the end.
Using your needle, puncture a hole through the leaf and thread the twine through. Next do the same with your foam pumpkins and acorns. You will need to exert a decent amount of pressure to thread the needle completely though the foam pumpkins and acorns.
Continue with whatever pattern you choose.
Once finished, cut the needle off the twine and tie each end.
Hang on your mantle, windows, doorways, or wherever you’d like.
I chose to go with more of a fall/harvest theme with pumpkins, leaves and flowers vs Halloween since I can keep it up throughout Thanksgiving but you can do whatever you like. And most of my mantle decor was $30 or less!
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The farmhouse window panes and boxwood wreath stay up all year long and then I usually just switch out the other pieces as the seasons change.
I got the glass vases and faux flowers from the Dollar Store.
I love these black tapered candlesticks which you can leave up throughout