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DIY fall garland and mantle decor

DIY fall garland and mantle decor

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

DIY fall garland

You will need:

  • Twine
  • a needle
  • faux leaves (I got mine from the Dollar Store)
  • Foam pumpkins
  • Foam acorns
  • Whatever else you want. Wooden beads would be cute too!

Directions:

  1. Thread the twine through the eye of your needle and tie a knot at the end.
  2. 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.
  3. Continue with whatever pattern you choose.
  4. Once finished, cut the needle off the twine and tie each end.
  5. Hang on your mantle, windows, doorways, or wherever you’d like.

 

Mantle decor

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.

DIY fall garland and mantle decor

I got the glass vases and faux flowers from the Dollar Store.

I love these black tapered candlesticks which you can leave up throughout

most of fall and winter.

DIY fall garland and mantle decor

 

 

DIY fall garland and mantle decor

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Faux boxwood wreath

Farmhouse window panes

Muted faux pumpkins

Candlesticks

Fall book stack

 

For more fall inspiration check out

My Best of Fall DIYs, Decor and Recipes

best of fall diys, decor and recipes

 

Amazon fall haul

Amazon fall haul

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0 In fall/ Fall fashion/ fashion

Old Navy Fall Try on

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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 health/ parenting

How to keep your kids healthy during cold and flu season

How to keep your kids healthy during cold and flu season
This post is sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Cold and flu season is upon us and the Coronavirus pandemic continues to surge. Typically, the peak of it happens during the coldest of winter months December-January, right around the holidays. As a nurse and mom, I’m sharing some things you can do to keep your kids and your family healthy.

How to keep your kids healthy during cold and flu season

  1. Get your flu shot! And any other vaccines your children may need.  With the pandemic, us parents are stretched thin. Working from home, homeschooling, maybe you’re caring for elderly parents and with that, many kids have fallen behind on their preventative care and vaccinations. Or you may be afraid to take your kids to the doctors out of fear that may contact COVID-19. I know I myself have been trying to limit their exposure everywhere I can. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that keeping up with your child’s immunization schedule and preventative care is one of the easiest ways you can keep them healthy. Trust your pediatrician’s office to have safety measures and precautions in place to help prevent the spread of any viruses or disease. I encourage you to call your pediatrician to make sure your children are up to date or caught up on all of their routine immunizations. For more information visit https://bit.ly/HealthyChildrenAAP.
  2. Remind your kids to practice frequent handwashing, cover their mouth when sneezing/coughing and avoid touching their face. Germs are spread by touching surfaces that are contaminated and then touching your face, or coughing/sneezing and then touching another object. Instill in your children washing their hands after going to the bathroom and before meals. Have them wash with soap and water for 20 seconds. Make it fun and choose their favorite song and have them sing it while they wash their hands.
  3. Maintain a healthy diet and move your body often – This may sound simple and like something you already know but during the holiday season I think this gets forgotten. Eat your fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of water and take your vitamins. Teach your children to fill their plate with a rainbow of colorful fruits and vegetables as they contain the healthiest nutrients for your immune system. And if they fill up on healthy foods, they’re less likely to binge on the unhealthy stuff like sweets and treats. Make it a point to exercise for 20 minutes a day, whether it be walking, biking, dancing or just playing outside. Exercise has been shown to keep inflammation at bay and promotes circulation of the blood, including white blood cells which are your body’s defense against germs and disease.
  4. Stay well rested – The holidays are a busy time of year with getting together with friends and family, and no one wants to miss out. I know I get FOMO. But if you’re feeling under the weather, stay home. If you feel tired, listen to your body and rest. Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep a night to keep your resistance up and help you fight off any infection.
  5. Limit stress – I know, easier said than done, especially during a pandemic. But research shows that stress and constant release of the hormone Cortisol weakens your immune system. Make it a point to take care of your mental health. Find one thing that you enjoy and do it for yourself each day whether it be having a cup of coffee in peace while everyone else sleeps or partaking in your favorite hobby.

 

Hoping you and your family stay healthy this cold and flu season! And if you haven’t already, call your children’s pediatricians to ensure they are up to date on their vaccines and well care!

4 In food

Sweet potato casserole and other Thanksgiving recipes

Sweet Potato Casserole and other Thanksgiving recipes

Thanksgiving is probably one of my most favorite holidays ever! For me, it’s all about the sides and the leftover sandwiches the next day.  This sweet potato casserole is my favorite and something I look forward to all year long. I’ve lightened this recipe up, and it’s perfect for those who are dairy free or vegan. Scroll down for my sweet potato casserole and some other Thanksgiving recipes to bring to your table.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 sweet potatoes cubed
  • 2/3 cups milk of choice (I used oat milk)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup Dandies vegan marshmallows (optional)

Directions:

  1. Start by peeling and chopping your sweet potato. Place in a pot of boiling water and cook until tender (can pierce easily with a fork).
  2. Remove from heat and strain the water from the potatoes in a colander.
  3. Place your potatoes, milk, vanilla extract and cinnamon in a bowl or your Kitchen Aid and mix until pureed.
  4. Transfer the sweet potato puree into a prepared baking dish and put to the side.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix together your pecans, brown sugar, flour and a dash of salt.
  6. Add in your melted butter to the nut and sugar mixture and combine. This will be your topping.
  7. Spread the nut topping over the top of the sweet potatoes. Cover with aluminum foil and bake on 350 for 20-25 minutes.
  8. Optional – before serving, add some marshmallows. (I found these vegan ones!) I make a few strips on top with the marshmallows so that way those who don’t like them can have without.
  9. Bake in the oven before serving uncovered for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the tops of the marshmallows and pecans are golden brown.
Sweet Potato Casserole and other Thanksgiving recipes

Vegan, dairy free sweet potato casserole

This sweet potato casserole is my favorite Thanksgiving dish! Sharing my recipe below and it's perfect for those who are vegan or dairy free.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Side Dish
Servings 8 people

Ingredients
  

  • 4-5 sweet potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 2/3 cups milk of choice (I use oat milk)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans chopped
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup Dandies vegan marshmallows optional

Instructions
 

  • Start by peeling and chopping your sweet potatoes. Place in a pot of boiling water and cook until tender (can easily pierce with a fork).
  • Remove from heat and strain the water from the potatoes in a colander.
  • Place your potatoes, milk, vanilla extract and cinnamon in a bowl or Kitchen Aid and mix until pureed.
  • Transfer the sweet potato puree into a prepared baking dish and put to the side.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the pecans, brown sugar, flour and a dash of salt.
  • Add in the melted butter to the nut and sugar mixture and combine. This will be the topping.
  • Spread the nut topping over the top of the sweet potato puree. Cover with aluminum foil and bake on 350 for 20-25 minutes.
  • Optional - before serving, add some marshmallows. I make a few strips on top with the marshmallows so that those who want to have without can enjoy.
  • Bake in the oven before serving uncovered until the tops of the marshmallows and pecans are golden brown.
Keyword dairy free, sweet potato casserole, Thanksgiving, vegan

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Sweet potato casserole and other Thanksgiving recipes, vegan dairy free

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Thanksgiving place setting idea for your table!

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