10 Delightful Hot Drink Recipes for Cold Nights

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The nights are getting colder and colder and that means it’s time to break out the hot drinks! After a long and busy day, there’s nothing better than sitting back and relaxing with a steaming hot drink and good conversation or a good story. Here are 10 delicious hot drink recipes that you’ve just gotta try for the coldest of nights.

1. Caramel Apple Cider

This is a comforting drink that’s pretty easy to make. All you need is apple cider, caramel topping, whipped cream, and a few minutes to whip up this sweet hot beverage.

caramel apple cider

2. Coffee with Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has many health benefits, so this hot drink is both healthy and delicious. Make it with a immersion blender, a counter-top blender, or a milk frother to better blend the coconut oil into the drink. You could drink this in the morning, but I love a good cup of coffee after dinner.

Coconut Oil in Coffee

3. Hot Toddy

A hot toddy is a traditional remedy for a cold, but it’s truly a good hot drink to enjoy in cold weather. This recipe combines your preferred alcohol with honey, lemons, apple cider, earl grey tea, and cinnamon sticks.

Hot Toddy

4. Pumpkin Spice Steamer

This hot drink requires only two ingredients and is so simple to prepare! Try this one if you’re a fan of pumpkin but you don’t really like pumpkin lattes, or if you just want to flop on the couch already and want something easy to make.

pumpkin spice steamer

5. Hot Pumpkin Pie Cocktail

This is another pumpkin hot drink, but it’s a little more involved than the previous one. But it’s so good! And it’s perfect for fall parties or a delicious hot drink after a big Thanksgiving dinner.

Hot Pumpkin Pie Cocktail

6. Crock Pot Cranberry Cider

Here’s another hot drink recipe that will work great for a big party. The best part is that all you need to do is put in the ingredients, which include cranberry juice, apple cider, and fresh cranberries, in the crock pot and let it get nice and hot. It’ll make your home smell heavenly and your guests can serve themselves–the drink will always be hot without you having to do any extra work!

Crock Pot Cranberry Cider

7. Hot Coconut Cream Pie

Forgo the dessert after dinner and enjoy this sinful hot drink instead! It’s pretty easy to make as well; you just toss in all the ingredients into a mug and pop it in the microwave. If you’d prefer not to nuke your drinks, you can just as easily heat it up in a pot.

Hot Coconut Cream Pie

8. Wassail

Try this exceptional holiday drink and you just might add it to your list of favorite hot drink recipes for parties and special guests. A combination of apple cider, orange juice, lemon juice, cinnamon, and spices make up this unique version of hot apple cider.

Wassail

9. Khmer (Cambodian Coffee)

Hot coffee with sweetened condensed milk is so good. If you haven’t tried this combo yet, you’re in for a treat. It’s easy to make and fun to drink.

Khmer

10. Hot Tang

Love citrus and hate coffee? Try this unusual hot drink recipe that includes the Tang we all know and love with cinnamon and cloves.

Hot Tang

Warm up your winter nights with these great hot drink recipes. What other hot drink recipes do you love for cold nights? Oh, and don’t miss these 25 Great Hot Chocolate Recipes!

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“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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15 Mouthwatering Soup Recipes

Feeling cold during the fall and winter seasons? Warm up your tummy with a delicious soup! Try all of these 15 great soup recipes during this cold season via @tipsaholic #soups #recipe #soup 15 Mouthwatering Soup Recipes

One of the best things about enduring a cold and windy day is warming up your tummy with a delicious soup! Try these 15 delicious and satisfying soup recipes throughout the cold season.

1. Crock Pot Zuppa Toscana

This is a great soup and so easy to make. Best of all, you’ll have plenty of leftovers to freeze and save for lazy winter days.

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2. “Creamy” Crockpot Chicken and Tomato Soup

Just throw frozen chicken right into the slow cooker when you make this soup and it’ll come out moist and easily shreddable. Enjoy it on a bed of spinach and a few slices of avocado on top.

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3. Paleo Sweet Potato Soup with Bacon

You’ll use a lot of bacon in this soup recipe and you’ll enjoy every spoonful that comes with crispy bits of delicious bacon. This thick soup recipe is also really good with sausage if you prefer that.

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4. Roasted Corn Chowder with Lime

If you like the taste of roasted corn, you’ll fall in love with this soup. You can make this soup recipe with chicken or tofu, but just don’t forget the lime or the cilantro.

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5. Black Bean Soup

This soup recipe could be just another black bean soup if it wasn’t for the sweetness of the sweet potato, along with the cocoa and honey, that gives it an unique flavor.

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6. Cauliflower Soup with Blue Cheese and Walnut Toasts

Try this soup recipe that combines cauliflower with butter, onions, cream, and parmesan cheese. The blue cheese and walnut toasts elevate this soup into a fancy meal.

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7. Lasagna Soup

Yes, this soup recipe is really lasagna in soup form, complete with a dollop of ricotta cheese on top. Don’t skip this one!

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8. Creamy Tomato, Basil, Parmesan Soup

Tomato and basil soup is a classic, but this soup recipe also includes carrots and celery for even more veggie power.

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9. Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

This soup recipe includes all the goodness of chicken enchiladas, only in soup form. I love to top my bowls with a squeeze of lime and a few shakes from my favorite hot sauce.

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10. Shrimp Bacon and Corn Chowder

Shrimp and bacon in a soup sounds kinda fancy, but this soup recipe is so simple to prepare and so good to eat.

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11. Creamy Tomato Orzo Soup

Make this healthy soup in less than 30 minutes and make it creamy with Greek yogurt instead of heavy cream.

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12. Italian Wedding Soup

Assemble the meatballs while the soup simmers and make it simpler by cooking the meatballs right in the soup.

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13. Hearty Beef Soup

Red wine, chunks of beef, and hearty vegetables all combine to make this beef soup recipe that’s perfect for the coldest of winter nights. Enjoy it with a glass of wine and a crackling fire!

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14. Spicy Thai Coconut Soup

This delicious and exotic soup takes only 15 minutes to make. If you can’t find lemongrass stalks at your grocery store, try this lemongrass paste.

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15. Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

If you’re feeling a bit under the weather, try this lemon chicken orzo soup recipe instead of the usual chicken noodle soup. It’s perfect to make when you’re not feeling well, since it only takes 30 minutes to whip up.

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All this soup talk has me thinking about my next big bowl of soup! What are your favorite soup recipes?

For more recipes that are perfect for fall and winter, check out 10 Flavorful Acorn Squash Recipes and 8 Cranberry Inspired Dessert Recipes!

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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14 Easy Thanksgiving Tablescapes

Thanksgiving is a time to be with family and to enjoy a wonderful meal together. Help to set the mood with a beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape. Here are 14 Easy Thanksgiving Tablescapes ~ Tipsaholic.com #thanksgiving #table #tablescape

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Thanksgiving is traditionally a time to join together around a table and share in the color, tastes, and textures of some of our seasonal favorites. All of those things can be enhanced with a classy Thanksgiving dinner tablescape, but after all that cooking, what host has time to come up with fancy table decorations? You do! Take a look at these inspiring, beautiful ideas for easy Thanksgiving tablescapes and put one together for your holiday meal.

 

 

1. Natural Wood

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If you have access to some natural wood, this may be the tablescape for you. The simple cuts taken from 2-3 sizes of stump provide the perfect rustic base for the entire table. They can be used for holding place cards, candles, dishes, and even some of your Thanksgiving foods. A simple pinstriped fabric is used as a table runner and looks great beneath the colored pumpkins.

 

 

2. Natural Pieces with Bronze and Copper

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A mix of natural and metallic elements can be the perfect pairing for your Thanksgiving table. Here, bronze and copper rest on straw and twig-type mats. The copper vase in the center also holds natural branches. Pears and a nice pop of color on the classic white dishes pull the whole look together!

 

 

3. Golden Thanksgiving

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Dip or spray paint the natural decorations of autumn to get this metallic look. A simple strip of burlap down the center of your table can be topped with golden pumpkins, gourds, pinecones, and branches, dotted with candles to really set the mood.

 

 

4. Fall Flowers and Rich Brown

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Rich, chocolatey browns in the napkins and table runner bring the true feel of autumn to this table. Use live flowers in fall colors, tall candleholders filled with gourds, and mood-setting candles as your centerpieces.

 

 

5. Black and White

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Although this tablescape was put together for Halloween, black and white can be a great look for your Turkey Day table too! Mix the bold contrast with a simple combination of gourds, pumpkins, raffia, and pinecones to bring things down a notch. Striped napkins and plain tags as name cards are a great addition.

 

6. Wheat and Acorns

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Dried wheat bunches make fabulous centerpieces, and this table’s focal point is boosted by the wicker place mats under the plain white dinner plates. Burlap and artificial acorns (or real, if you live where they’re available!) add more natural elements. Use candlesticks of various heights to create dimension.

 

7. Metallics and Berries

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Metallics really are a fabulous place to start when it comes to your Thanksgiving tablescape, and as you can see, there are many ways to use them. In this design, gold chargers and faux berry sprigs brighten the room, complemented by gold-trimmed napkins, tapered candles, and a platter of gourds.

 

8. Decorate While You Wait

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Don’t forget the kids’ table! This one is covered in kraft paper and features seasonal fruit and crayons for decorating the “tablecloth.” Personalize each child’s plate with a name card just like the adults. They’re bound to love it!

 

9. Backyard Centerpieces

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Take a walk in your own back yard if you need some last-minute centerpieces like these! Cut a few branches with colorful leaves for vases and gather pinecones to place at each plate setting. Natural colors like creams, browns, and leafy yellows make a great combination.

 

10. All Fall

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There are many little treats to uncover with this tablescape. Start with an autumn plaid tablecloth and follow the directions on Celebrations.com for the creative leaf table runner. Candleholders in various shapes and sizes can be filled with acorns and topped with fall flowers, and pear place settings are once again a winning feature.

 

11. A Throw “Tablecloth” and Nature

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Sweet Something Design calls it a “Charlie Brown” tablescape, but we call it simply fabulous! A plaid throw is used as a tablecloth and natural décor like twigs, pinecones, wicker, and acorns are all that is needed to dress things up. Play with colors and patterns in your dinnerware and napkins to make your settings pop.

 

12. Simple Elegance

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This design uses things you might already have in your kitchen! Overturned pie plates are covered with autumn leaves to hold up candles anchored in miniature pumpkins. Tartlet molds become holders for place cards with the help of small magnets. Keep the rest of the table simple with plain tablecloths, dishes, and napkins for a simple, classic elegance.

 

13. Plank Tablerunner

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A plank serves as a unique kind of table runner on this table. A couple of burlap strips and a centered basket of pinecones and greens top things off and the same greenery is a perfect way to tie up place cards. Give guests something to do while waiting for the meal with a paper on which to write statements of gratitude.

 

14. Crossed Burlap and Feathers

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We’re making a return to metallics here, but with some great additions. A cable-knit throw makes a clever tablecloth and is criss-crossed with strips of burlap. Napkins are printed with gold feathers to match the feathers used as part of the centerpiece arrangement. Make your silverware settings unique by tying them up with twigs and sprigs of rosemary or other greens.

 

 

Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

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Autumn Cleaning – How to Clean Your Home for Fall

It's starting to cool off. Don't let it get too cold before doing some deep cleaning. Cleaning isn't just for spring, do some Autumn Cleaning! Check out these How to Clean Your Home for Fall Tips ~ Tipsaholic.com #autumn #fall #cleaning

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You’ve heard of spring cleaning. You’ve probably done some spring cleaning yourself. But a once-a-year purge and clean just isn’t quite enough to keep most homes really shining. So this year, why not treat your home to a little fall season TLC before the cold weather sets in and the holidays sneak up on you? Bring out the buckets, brooms, and sponges – it’s time for some Autumn Cleaning!

 

 1. Clear out the summer stuff

Toys, clothes, sports gear, lawn chairs, etc. can be packed away. It’s a big task, but storing these items over the winter while they’re not needed means they’ll still be in good shape when it comes time to use them again next summer. Use airtight, sturdy containers whenever possible to avoid dust, insects, and mice.

 2. Clean your upholstery, rugs, and carpets

Do this early in the fall and preferably on a warm day so that windows can be left open to circulate more air as things dry. Hire a service or rent or buy a machine that can do the job properly. Treat stubborn stains by hand first.

 

3. Start prepping your heating system

It may still be too early in the year to turn up the heat, but when that first cold morning strikes, you’ll be glad you thought ahead. Filters need to be changed and ducts may need cleaning. Start maintenance on small heating units and schedule a chimney cleaning.

 

4. Organize the garage

You’ll probably be storing a lot more inside the garage during the winter. Lawn mowers, bicycles, tools, and more do best when kept out of the rain, snow, and extreme temperatures. Make a space for everything and make sure you can quickly and easily reach the things you might still need to use over the winter.

 

5. Wash your exterior windows

Chances are they’ve been collecting cobwebs and hard water all summer. Take the time to clean them now, while temperatures are still reasonable, so that you don’t have to worry about them while trying to hang the Christmas lights in a few months!

 

6. Pressure wash your siding and porch

Before you give your windows a good wash, consider pressure washing (or at least spraying down) the exterior of your home to get rid of dirt, cobwebs, and insects.

 

7. Bring out the warm bedding

The nights are going to get cold in a hurry. Put the flannel sheets on now and fold heavier blankets at the bottom of the bed in case they are needed.

 

8. Consider switching out your curtains

Trading your lightweight curtains for a heavy set of drapes can help to insulate your home. You might also switch window screens for storm windows while you’re at it.

 

9. Check outdoor lightbulbs

You probably won’t want to be changing bulbs in freezing temperatures, so do it now! Rid your light fixtures of insects and grime at the same time.

 

10. Vacuum everything

We’re talking the corners of rooms, windowsills and tracks, baseboards, underneath furniture, inside the couch cushions, air vents, under the refrigerator, and more. Summer (and its bug population) can be tough on these areas of the home. And if you have pets – the odds are you’ll be cleaning up quite a bit of hair that was being shed during the warm months.

 

11. Clean out your pantry

The foods you enjoyed in the spring and summer will soon give way to soups and holiday goodies. Use up your summer staples and take inventory of your other basics so you have a better idea of what you’ll need to add to your stock.

 

12. Do a home safety check

Change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, check fire extinguishers, look for mold, and do some maintenance on your plumbing. Some areas of the home may need to be better insulated to keep pipes from freezing. Make sure there are no plumbing leaks, especially outside.

 

13. Take care of outdoor maintenance

Which outside chores will be more challenging in cold weather? Cleaning garbage cans, clearing rain gutters, and treating grills and outdoor furniture are all things that can be a bit more pleasant if done while the weather is still mild.

 

14. One last purge

Even if you had the chance to clear out some clutter and hold a yard sale earlier in the year, do one last clean sweep of your home as you put away summer clothing and sort linens. Take one more load to your local donation center and store or toss whatever else you won’t need for the next few months.

 

15. Everything else

Clean your indoor light fixtures, flip mattresses, reorganize closets after filling them with cold-weather clothing, clean blinds, wash walls, wipe down door knobs and switchplates, and dust chandeliers and ceiling fans. These are great things to do quarterly and the start of fall is a serves as a good reminder that it’s time to take care of them again!

 

If you need a few more cleaning tips to get started, try these Cleaning Tips from Organization Pros.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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10 Fun Family Activities for Fall

Fall is a great time to enjoy your family. For lots of ideas check out these 10 Fun Family Activities for Fall - tipsaholic, #fall, #familyfun, #autumn, #family

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As the air gets crisp and you don sweaters and boots, you may be lamenting all the fun your family had last summer!  Trips to the pool, beach days, afternoons at the park, running through sprinklers and fun in the sun dominated your summer days; it may be that family fun seems a thing of the past.  Rest assured, there are plenty of ways to enjoy fall as a family!  You may not be jumping into the lake, but don’t let the chilly weather bring you down.  Here are 10 fun family activities for fall.

 

1. Pumpkin picking.  It may seem like a no-brainer, but there’s something satisfying about finding that perfectly shaped, perfectly colored pumpkin.  Running through the patch with your kids and helping them haul their treasures back to the car can create lasting memories.

 

2. Apple picking.  Much like pumpkins, picking your own apples is a fun and satisfying treat.  Find an orchard that will allow you to pick your own from the tree, rather than simply buy them by the bushel.  Show kids how to find the best apples, decide which varieties you all enjoy, climb and hunt for the perfect specimens, and most importantly make apple pie when you get home!

 

3. Bike ride of colors.  Look on the internet or on local maps to find the best public forests – try state and national parks.  Look for areas with many different trees so you can enjoy the various turning colors.  Pack your bikes and helmets and take a bike trail through the falling leaves.

 

4. Fall picnic.  Picnics can be just as fun in the fall as they are in summer!  Pick a spot that gets a lot of sun so you won’t be too cold.  Dress everyone in layers for warmth, so they can remove clothing if they get too hot.  Be sure to pack all your favorite fall treats – you can use a thermos for hot chocolate or soup, take along pumpkin or apple pocket pies, and find fresh produce like pears, apples, squash and sweet potatoes prepared in a variety of ways.  Don’t forget to pack the flannel blankets!

 

5. Make your own cider or apple sauce.  It may take a bit of prep, but you can buy a cider press or check your local listings for options to rent one.  You could also call around to local orchards as some offer cider-making as an activity.  Making apple sauce is quite a bit easier, as you only need a stove and blender or food processor (try this recipe from The Pioneer Woman).  Cooking together can bring everyone closer and kids love to help creating in the kitchen.

 

6. Corn mazes.  This is likely only available in certain areas, but if you live within driving distance a good corn maze can’t be beat!  It’s a fun, lively activity they’ll love running through, and young ones will be amazed at the height of the corn!  It’s also a great way to get their brains moving as they try to solve the life-sized puzzle.  Plus, they’ll work on interpersonal skills like team work and cooperation.  Check out these famous corn mazes.  Or check online for corn mazes in your own state.

 

7. Leaf pressing.  Go on a leaf hunt with your kids.  Take them to a particularly treed park, or a state forest.  Find leaves of different colors and shapes and collect them gently in a box.  Be sure to collect leaves that are still pliable, not dried and crunchy.  Don’t crumple them in a bag or pocket.  When you get home, place the leaves individually between the pages of a large, heavy book (like a dictionary).  Keep them this way for for a few weeks, then take them out and use them for a mobile or other fun craft.

 

8. Leaf jumping.  Turn a boring chore into piles of fun!  Give everyone a rake and make a giant pile of leaves.  Take turns jumping and throwing.  Have a contest to see who can jump the farthest or fanciest!

 

9. Have a campfire.  If you’ve got a fire pit in your yard, now’s the perfect time to roast marshmallows or sing some camp songs!  A campfire is a great way to get cozy and warm on a chilly night.  Don’t have a fire pit of your own?  Visit a friend or family member with one – or spend the evening or weekend at a nearby campsite!

 

10. Make garlands of dried fruit like apples and oranges to string along the mantel, windows or doorway.  You can find directions here.  Or make pomanders with citrus fruits and cloves, as shown here.  It’s fun to create together, and it will make your house smell delicious!

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterestBloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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What to Plant in October

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The fall season isn’t exactly known for gardening, but you can actually plant some vegetables in your garden during the month of October. Depending on where you live, you can sow or plant certain vegetables for a winter or early spring harvest. So don’t hang up your gardening gloves just yet; here’s what to plant in October!

Garlic

If you love to add garlic to your food, you’ll love the taste of fresh garlic that you grew yourself. Plant garlic in October and it’ll start coming up in the early spring. Harvest your delicious garlic in June or July. Here’s some more information on how to grow and harvest garlic.

Broccoli

Broccoli actually tastes better when it’s grown in cold weather. If your area has really cold winters, you can cover your garden with cloth. Plant broccoli in October if you live in a warmer climate. Find more information on growing broccoli here.

Spinach

Live in a colder region? Try sowing spinach seeds in October and use fleece covers or winter lights during especially cold winter days and nights. The power vegetable will be ready to harvest in spring. Some really great information on growing spinach can be found here.

Kale

Kale is another power vegetable that will be a nice addition to your garden. Depending on where you live, kale should be planted between July and October. If you live in the south, October is a great time to plant kale. You want your kale to mature in cold weather for best results. Learn more about planting kale here.

Carrots

In the deep south, extremely hot summers mean that carrots don’t grow well during their usual growing season. Thus, October is a better time to plant carrots for a late winter harvest. Get some great tips on growing carrots here.

Since the growing seasons of vegetables and other plants can vary so much from region to region, the best way to figure out what to plant in October in your garden is to use this great website tool. Plug in your zip code and you’ll get a nice chart with a variety of fruits and vegetables and which months to plant them in your garden. Best of all: it’s free!

Other than planting vegetables in your garden, here’s what you should be doing in your garden in October. Find your region and complete the checklist for a well-maintained garden.

What are you planning on planting in your garden this month?

For more gardening tips, check out 10 Edible Plants to Grow Indoors and Tips for Winterizing Your Summer Garden.

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Halloween Sewing Projects – 37 Simple Decorations to Sew

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Halloween is fast-approaching, and what better way to get the house ready than with a few great sewing projects? If you’re lacking in the free time department but still have the “urge to serge,” take a look at these 37 ideas for decorative (and simple!) Halloween sewing projects.  Choose one, two, or a few and start decorating and celebrating the spooky time of year!

 

Buntings, banners, and garlands

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1. Penant bunting – A penant bunting can fit any holiday with the right fabrics, and the Halloween colors used for this one make it a perfect addition to the holiday decorations you already have.

 

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2. Burlap ghost banner – This simple banner requires very little sewing and just a bit of paint. Perfect for a quick craft during the kids’ naptime!

 

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3. Candy corn ruffled garland – This garland is inspired by the candy of the season and will bring some color to any room!

 

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4. Witchy banner – Fashion a few of these witch’s feet (and some spiders, if you please) and craft a banner to walk your guests to the door.

 

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5. Candy corn banner – Hang this tasty banner anywhere you please – it’s reversible!
Pumpkins

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6. Fabric pumpkins with ruffles – This basic tutorial for these cute fabric pumpkins is easy to follow. Add ruffles to your pumpkins for extra fun!

 

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7. Fabric pumpkins with video tutorialThe Alison Show has a great video tutorial you can follow for more fabric pumpkins. Her video also includes instructions for adding yarn accents that give the pumpkins defined sections.

 

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8. Burlap pumpkins – These pumpkins are basically the same as the fabric variety, but this tutorial includes a few extra tips for working with the burlap.

 

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9. Hand-sewn upcycled shirt pumpkins – If you’re interested in trying a sewing project but lacking a sewing machine, follow the directions for these hand-sewn pumpkins made from old shirts or sweaters.

 

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10. Primitive pumpkin characters – these little fellas are meant to be pincushions, but they’re so cute, why not display them instead? Fill a bowl or line a mantel with these whimsical pumpkin heads.

 

Pillows

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11. Witch graphic pillow – Give any room a vintage holiday feel by adding a pillow with one of these fun graphics attached.

 

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12. Pumpkin pillow – It’s a pillow and a fun stuffed pumpkin, versatile enough to rest on the couch or anywhere else you choose!

 

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13. Fun felt bat pillow – The fun flapping bats on this simple felt pillow will bring a smile to the faces of your Halloween visitors.

 

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14. Glitter striped pillow – Make a basic pillow form using drop cloth fabric and get crafty with some glitter paint and a fun iron-on.

 

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15. Glitter sprayed “Trick-or-Treat” pillows – A plain drop-cloth pillow is made glamorous when finished off with glitter spray paint!

 

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16. Iron-on pumpkin pillow – Pick some fun patterned fabrics to make the iron-ons for this pumpkin patch pillow. Use a contrasting thread to sew around the pumpkin edges and make them really pop.

 

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17. Dish towel pillows – Grab a couple of seasonal dish towels and you’re half-done with this project. And don’t tell anyone, but… you don’t actually have to sew these pillows!

 

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18. Felt pillows – White paint + black felt and outline stitching = quick, easy, and awesome pillows.

 

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19. Halloween face pillows – Play with different kinds of spooky (or smiley!) faces and pile these friends on your sofa for a cuddle.

 

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20. Mummy wrapped pillow – Take a peek at this clever mummy pillow inspired by one seen at Pottery Barn! Start with a basic pillow form and start wrapping!

 

Table runners and table décor

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21. Ribbon table runner – You may have seen this table runner floating around Pinterest – and it’s because it’s so easy! Use up your ribbon ends and put together this tabletop treat.

 

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22. Burlap table runner – A little spray paint goes a long way to style this burlap table runner for a very classy Halloween.

 

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23. Scrappy table runner – Got a few black and orange fabrics lying around? Use them up by making this scrappy table runner.

 

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24. Ruffled table runner – Choose some fun black and white fabrics for this runner and add a pop of orange with a sweet ruffle on each end.

 

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25. Halloween place mats – Use a creative stitch and some fun stencils to whip up a few of these Halloween place mats.

 

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26. Pumpkin chair backers – Another great project to try when you don’t have a sewing machine, these pumpkin chair backers can be stuffed with goodies and customized for all of your Halloween guests.

 

Dolls, plushies, and other decorations

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27. Giant felt porch spider – Replace the same-old shlumpy plastic bag spider with a fabulous felt one this year. The kids will love making friends with this friendly arachnid.

 

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28. Hanging witch’s legs – This clever décor will be the talk of the party! Just stuff a little here and sew a little there and you’ll have this pair of witch’s legs done in no time.

 

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29. Bat plushies – Stash a few of these bat plushies around the house to brighten even the darkest corner!

 

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30. Ruffle Halloween trees – Create a spooky forest for your mantle or as a centerpiece for your next costume party with these ruffle trees.

 

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31. Happy hanging spooks – They can hang from just about anywhere! Try bring in some small tree branches and placing them in a vase, then hanging your spooks on their “Halloween tree.”

 

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32. Hand towels – Try these two fun ways to style a pair of plain hand towels and dress up your bathroom for your spooky festivities!

 

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33. Kooky primitive cat plushies – Just freehand a crooked cat form, cut two, and stitch it together (like a pillow) to form the base for these crazy kittens. Follow the tutorial for some great ways to add their fun features.

 

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34. Sweet stick ghosts – This project is simple enough even the kids can pitch in. Sew a few of these friendly ghosts to dress up a tabletop.

 

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35. Son of Frankenstein doll – He’s sure to become a fast friend sitting on your shelf this Halloween!

 

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36. Sock skeleton – Create this cute Halloween softie using a single pair of white socks!

 

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37. Candy corn door hanging – This super simple candy door décor can be easily crafted from canvas, fabric paint, and a bunch of fun ribbons.

 

Looking for more fabulous Halloween décor ideas? Try these Spooky DIY Halloween Decorations!

 

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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30+ Simple (and frugal!) DIY Fall Decorating Projects

 30+ Simple (and Frugal!) DIY Fall Decorating Projects ~ Tipsaholic.com #fall #autumn #diy #decorating

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The internet is swirling with brilliant ideas for your home during the fall season. Every blog is brimming with inspiration and you’re probably pinning like mad! But how many of those ideas will you really use this year? You’re busy, and the time you have for crafting and creating is probably very limited. So how about this: rather than trying to tackle big projects that require time and money you may not have, take a few of these fabulous but simple DIY fall decorating projects and take pride in a homemade home this autumn!

1. Easy glitter pumpkins

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A quick spray of glue and some glitter are all it takes to give these faux pumpkins a makeover. Look at your local dollar store or Target for the pumpkins, or order some online.

 

2. Patterned bean pumpkin

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This little project can be as complex or simple as you choose. Start with a few basic shapes and begin gluing, then add variations in color and make your pattern more elaborate if you like.

 

3. 5 minute fall garland

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Fast and frugal, this leaf garland is sure to dress up any space! Use a sewing machine to string the leaves together to make it your fastest fall decoration project.

 

4. State decal pumpkin

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Show a little state pride on your porch this fall with this fun decaled pumpkin idea. If you’ve got the time, go one step further and add a house number pumpkin to the mix.

 

5. Pumpkin shaped berry wreath

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This pumpkin wreath looks a lot more complex than it is! Follow the easy layout for the berry stems and hang your pumpkin for all to see.

 

6. Burlap tin can candle holders

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Save a few soup cans to make this great wallet-friendly decoration. Use high-texture fabrics like burlap to wrap the cans and nestle your favorite candles (apple or pumpkin scents, perhaps?) inside.

 

7. Pumpkin topiary

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Use wooden skewers to hold pumpkins and gourds of different sizes together to create this fun outdoor decoration.

 

8. Leaf monogram

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A monogram on the front door makes home just a little more homey for fall visitors. Make this one even easier by skipping the moss frame and simply hanging the monogram with a pretty ribbon.

 

9. Scrap wood pumpkins

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Do you have a bit of scrap wood lying around from a previous project? Recycle it by making a set of these colorful pumpkins. Tap a nail into the top of each board and wrap it with jute twine for a rustic touch.

 

10. Fall leaf vase

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Dress up your plain-Jane vases by wrapping them with leaves! Fresh flowers placed neatly inside make a perfect table centerpiece or mantle decoration.

 

11. Hanging leaves

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Use fishing line and a simple hot gluing technique to create these clever hanging leaves. Hang them from ceilings, doorways, light fixtures, and anywhere you want to create a “falling leaves” look.

 

12. Leaf decorated candles

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A little bit of decoupage goes a long way in this autumn décor project. Gather leaves of similar shapes and sizes from the area around your home in order to form basic patterns.

 

13. Easy “Fall” blocks

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Stain a set of four wood blocks (pick your favorite size!) and paint each with a letter from the word “fall.” Or, if you’ve got a few minutes more, the word “autumn!”

 

14. Sharpie pumpkins

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Spray paint a set of lack-luster dollar store pumpkins and go crazy with a Sharpie! Take inspiration from a few of these designs or create your own, and maybe even let the kids get involved.

 

15. Hanging pinecone door décor

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Pinecones abound this time of year and gathering a few for a DIY decoration couldn’t be easier! Choose your favorite color of ribbon to make this hanging door décor.

 

16. Indian corn candle holder

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Indian corn is a fall décor favorite that lasts for years. Use a few ears in this fun candle holder project and light up your autumn dining table.

 

17. Mason jar leaf luminary

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If you’ve searched for fall décor ideas before, you may have seen this leaf luminary. But did you know how simple it is to make? Dry some leaves from the front yard and Mod Podge them straight onto a mason jar. It’s that easy.

 

18. Autumn framed printed burlap

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Use the free printable from Domestically Speaking and follow her video tutorial for printing on burlap. You’ll have this craft done in a snap!

 

19. Simple gourd garland

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Check craft stores in your area for faux gourds or grab some here to get started with this fabulous gourd garland. Jute twine or maybe even a bit of ribbon will string them up.

 

20. Free fall frameable subway art

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It really doesn’t get any easier than this! Print this subway art on sturdy paper, pop it in a frame, and voila! Five minute décor.

 

21. Leaf ornaments

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Turn a few of those leaves in your yard into ornaments by adhering them to cardstock and tying ribbons to the tops. You can also collect (and perhaps spray paint?) some branches to place in vases and hang your ornaments.

 

22. Fall twig wreath

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Tie a few bunches of twigs together to form the wreath base in this project, then use a few squares of burlap and some paint to create the cute mini-bunting for a focal point.

 

23. Leaf wall art

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A DIY decoration for the true nature-lover, this wall is created simply by gluing leaves to cardstock and adorning whatever wall in your home needs a little love.

 

24. Paper bag luminaries

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Paper bags are easy to come by, and with a quick spritz of paint over top of some personalized leaf patterns you can turn them into these pretty luminaries.

 

25. “Fall” mason jar vases

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These plain jars become fabulous fall vases with a little paint. To make this craft even easier, try spray painting the jars after applying the letters.

 

26. Leaf placemat pillows

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These simple pillows are a fantastic project even if you’re not confident in your sewing skills! Just pick apart a few inches of the seam on a set of leaf placemats, stuff them, and sew them back up. Instant autumn throw pillows!

 

27. Painted twine pumpkins

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There seems to be no end to the crafts you can try with foam pumpkins! This version uses jute to dress up the stem and create fun, defined lines.

 

28. Twig coasters

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Twigs are another natural (and free!) craft material that can give your home that fall feeling. Cut some gathered twigs down to size and tie them together to make these clever coasters that are both decorative and useful.

 

29. Easy faux hydrangea wreath

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Hydrangeas can be a beautiful fall flower, but if you haven’t exactly used your green thumb this year, a bunch of faux hydrangeas will do! Select a few in some autumn colors and make this pretty wreath to adorn a front door, window, or mirror.

 

30. Mason jar leaf “chandelier”

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Colorful fallen leaves are everywhere and using them to make a few fabulous decorations just makes sense. This mason jar chandelier becomes quite the conversation piece with the use of rope and leaves.

 

31. Simple Indian corn wreath

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This Indian corn “sunburst” wreath will look great among your other autumn décor, whether inside or out. Look for the mini-sized corn at dollar stores, craft stores, or even local farmers’ markets. You can also buy some here .

 

32. Acorn mirror

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Send the kids out to gather acorn tops and give an old mirror some autumn flair. Use a mirror with a narrower frame if you don’t have time for multiple acorn layers.

 

33. Leaf and book page banner

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An old book and some more of those wonderful fallen leaves are a perfect match when it comes to this easy, beautiful autumn banner.

 

34. Twig candle holder

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Another great twig project, these naturally rustic candle holders would look fabulous on a mantel, porch steps, or as part of a decorative tablescape.

 

Looking for more autumn décor inspiration? Take a look at these 25 Best Fall Tablescapes at Remodelaholic!

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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10 Front Porch Decorating Ideas for Fall

Get creative with your porch for fall. I can't wait to try some of these awesome and easy ideas. 10 Front Porch Decor Ideas for Fall via tipsaholic.com
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The weather is getting crisp, the wind is blowing through your hair, and you’re wearing a jacket more and more these days. Yup, it’s finally the fall season! Get your home ready for autumn by adding a few things to your front door and porch. Here are 10 easy yet beautiful front porch decorating ideas for fall!
1. Swap out the plants in your planters with fall plants. Emily of Emily A. Clark put in Petra Croton plants and they look great with the pumpkins and gourds she’s got scattered around her front porch. Other fall plants you could use include Mums, Heuchera, Verbena, and more.

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2. Make fall-themed pillows for your bench or chair on your front porch. Diana at Our Vintage Home made a couple of burlap pillows and painted silhouettes of crows on them. Perfect for Halloween! She plans to flip them over and stencil something different in time for Thanksgiving when Halloween is over. How about making silhouettes of leaves, pumpkins, corn, or deer on pillows for your front porch?

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3. Add a chalkboard to your front porch and write (or draw!) down a saying or greeting that is perfect for the fall season. Shannon of AKA Design + Life used clear chalkboard coating and black craft paint on a piece of MDF to make her chalkboard. The great thing about this front porch idea is that you could continue to use it throughout all four seasons!

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4. Put down an outdoor rug to define your front porch. Sure, you could always use a door mat, but why not get a slightly bigger rug to give your front porch more warmth and beauty? If you don’t have that big of a front porch, a 2×3 outdoor rug would still bring a lot of character to your front door. Try looking for outdoor rugs in green, orange/red, and other autumn colors. Jen of Tatertots & Jello used a fun orange polka dot IKEA rug for her front porch.

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5. Create a house numbers pumpkin topiary to add to your front porch for fall. This really great idea comes from Heather of At The Picket Fence. She made a topiary with faux pumpkins and plastic house numbers. The result is a beautiful topiary with three pumpkins stacked on top of each other, proudly displaying the house number. What a great addition to your front porch for fall!

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6. Build rustic pumpkin decor from reclaimed wood. Laura from Finding Home made several really nice-looking and rustic wooden pumpkins using a jig saw and reclaimed wood. These pumpkins will look great next to any front door and will be able to reused for many more fall seasons to come.

Get creative with your porch for fall. I can't wait to try some of these awesome and easy ideas. 10 Front Porch Decor Ideas for Fall via tipsaholic.com

7. Make a pumpkin flower pot or two. Instead of using a regular flower pot to hold your fall flowers, why not make a pumpkin flower pot from a faux pumpkin like Jamielyn of I Heart Naptime did? This project is so easy that it’ll only take you a few minutes to finish it, but you’ll be able to use them again and again.

Get creative with your porch for fall. I can't wait to try some of these awesome and easy ideas. 10 Front Porch Decor Ideas for Fall via tipsaholic.com

8. Create and hang up a beautiful fall leaf light from your porch. Janis of All Things Beautiful crafted this awesome fall leaf light using real fallen leaves from her front yard and some wire, grapevine, Christmas lights, and branches. The result is amazing and will impress all of your guests AND people who drive past your home!

Get creative with your porch for fall. I can't wait to try some of these awesome and easy ideas. 10 Front Porch Decor Ideas for Fall via tipsaholic.com

9. Add lighted branches with real branches in a pot to add ambiance to your front porch. Jen of At Home in the Northwest bought a couple of lighted branches but decided to stretch out her purchase with a couple of real branches. The mix of real branches and lighted branches makes it look like all the branches are lighted and the result is gorgeous!

Get creative with your porch for fall. I can't wait to try some of these awesome and easy ideas. 10 Front Porch Decor Ideas for Fall via tipsaholic.com

10. Grab a plaid or tartan wool blanket and drape it over a bench or chair, like Yvonne of StoneGable did. This simple addition to your front porch will instantly get the space ready for fall. Plus, it’s functional as well as decorative since it’ll keep you warm while you sit and sip hot cider. Ahh, fall.

Get creative with your porch for fall. I can't wait to try some of these awesome and easy ideas. 10 Front Porch Decor Ideas for Fall via tipsaholic.com

I hope you’ve been inspired by this list of ideas of how to dress up your front porch for fall! Are you planning on trying any of these ideas? What other front porch decorating ideas for fall have you seen or used yourself?

For more fall decorating ideas, check out 6 Tips for Dynamic Indoor Fall Decor and How to Use Nature to Decorate for Fall.

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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6 Tips for Dynamic Indoor Fall Decor

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Autumn is a beautiful time of year that lends itself well to fun decorating ideas.  You may already have a stash of red, gold and orange with numerous gourds and pumpkins that you pull out each September.  But if you have a hard time knowing where to start when it comes to dressing your home for the fall season, your decor can miss the mark and end up feeling flat and drab.  Need some help?  Don’t despair!  The ideas and inspiration are everywhere this time of year, and we’ve got six useful tips for indoor fall decor that you can use for any room.

 

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1.  Draw inspiration from color.  

Fall is an incredibly colorful time of year, so bring the outdoor colors inside!  Reds, oranges and yellows in every warm-toned variation are obvious choices.  Also abundant this time of year: greens with gray or muted yellow undertones – hunter, olive, moss, fern, avocado.  Dark blues or blues with gray or green undertones – navy, blue sapphire, cadet, cambridge, silver lake, dark electric.  Fall neutrals include cream, warm grays, tans, beige, and taupe.  If you’re looking for ideas or exact matches to these color, try Find The Best/Colors.

2. Bring the outdoors in.  

Natural elements are extremely common in fall decor.  Branches, twigs, wood cross-sections and logs of all shapes, sizes and types are used for artwork, in place of flowers, for candlesticks or pedestals and much more.  Leaves are a great choice for vase filler or even sewn together in a natural garland.  There are colorful fall flowers in wonderful, deep jewel tones that are great for centerpieces.  Stones, pine-cones, grains, gourds, squash, hay, straw, and grapevine are all great choices for many different applications.  Almost all of these items are free or inexpensive and easy to find in your own backyard, the park or at farmers markets or nurseries.

3. Don’t overlook other natural elements.  

Other items that aren’t necessarily found in the great outdoors are still natural in construction or feel.  You can use these in a variety of ways.  For example, jute or cotton twine can wrap around glass vases, tie flowers together at the stems, wrap around a wreath form for a base, tie stacks of vintage books together or hang mason jars.  Raffia in natural, neutral colors like wheat, off-white or cream can be used in nearly all the same ways.  Burlap is another natural-type material that is common in fall decor.  Wrap strips around jars, like this arrangement, or create a whimsical wreath.  Other items you may want to consider: natural rope, raw wood pieces (candlesticks, platters, pedestals, plaques, monograms, etc.), moss, cinnamon sticks, wood chips or shavings and yarn.  Consider using faux or real antlers for bookends or mantel decor.

4. Bring in some metal.  

Whether your style is glamorous or more grunge than glitz, there’s a way to incorporate metal into your fall decor that will make it more interesting.  If you like glitter and glitz, try spray painting pumpkins gold, using gold leaf votive holders, or dip painting branches and twigs with gold paint.  You can also add gold or copper glitter to pine-cones, dress up pillar candles with gold glitter tape, or spray paint fake leaves and hang them!  If you prefer a more industrial look, use aged metal wire baskets to hold hay, straw or leaves, create pumpkins from mason jar lids, use vintage castors or wheels in interesting groupings and arrangements, incorporate DIY wooden orbs or metal spheres into your pumpkin vignette, even use golden thumbtacks to create gilded pumpkins!  However you decide to use metal in your fall decor, it will round out all of the natural elements.

5. Don’t forget layers and textures.  

This goes hand in hand with tip number four.  You want your decor to look dynamic and full.  It doesn’t matter if your style is subtle or bold, dynamic means energetic, interesting and much more pulled-together.  Make sure to use a variety of materials in your items – fabrics (in different textures), metals, natural elements, books, and glass are only a few material ideas.  Don’t forget to place things at different heights and depths, as with this fun fall vignette.  Stack books and place items on top, use candlesticks to hold things other than candles, place pedestals of different heights strategically, lay some things flat and hang some things up.

6. Try to take some risks.

Don’t just play it safe with your decor.  Use things in unexpected ways.  If you find an awesome vintage piece you love – say a kitchen scale or typewriter, incorporate them into your fall display by using them as a stand or draping other things over them.  Lay things horizontally that should be vertical and vice versa.  Use old or new fall-colored artwork as a tray instead of hanging as art.  Get creative and step outside the box.  It will guarantee a more aesthetically interesting experience.

 

Here’s a beautiful natural tablescape that will give you more ideas!  Or check out these fall decor ideas.  And if you’re a fan of metallics in your fall decor, don’t miss these gold home decor projects!

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterestBloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

12 Delectable Fall Desserts

12 Delectable Desserts You'll "Fall" For - tipsaholic, #dessert, #recipe, #bake, #fall

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Fall is fast approaching!  That means cooler weather… and all the scrumptious desserts that come with it!  Pumpkin, pear, cherry, apple, cinnamon; the flavors of fall offer a myriad of dessert options.  That old standby, pumpkin pie, is sure to be a hit with friends and family, but if you’re looking to revamp your fall dessert repertoire we’ve got some great ideas for you!  Don’t dump the old classics – everyone craves a good cinnamon apple crisp with vanilla ice cream from time to time – but slip a new treat into your rotation or try it out for a fall gathering to sweeten things up.  These 10 delectable fall desserts are sure to become fast favorites!

 

1. Pumpkin Pie Cake – bugaboo, mini, mr & me:  If you love the flavor of pumpkin pie but want to try it in a new way this dessert is a must!  All the flavor is there, wrapped up in a moist and flavorful cake and topped with delicious homemade whipped cream.3

 

2. Poached Gingered Pears in Chocolate Sauce – Pham Fatale:  This dessert seriously ups the fancy-factor!  No one will believe just how easy it is to make them.  Lemon, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg create a medley of tasty goodness while a dark chocolate sauce is the grand finale.600

 

3. Cinnamon Caramel Swirl Bars – McCormick:  Though cinnamon is front and center in this super delicious, super easy to make bars, you’ll love the warm, gooey caramel.  Throw in some pecans, vanilla and brown sugar for a completely sweet-tooth satisfying dessert.Cinnamon Caramel Swirl Bars.ashx

 

4. Cherry Kuchen - Food Family Finds:  Speaking of easy to make, try this moist and delicious sweet cherry kuchen instead of cherry pie.  You’ll love how simple it is and how deliciously everything combines.  There’s no competition between flavors – making this a must-try.Cherry-Kuchen-Cake-Recipe

 

5. Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Mousse – Sue’s Nutrition Buzz:  If you’re a chocolate-lover, this dessert is sure to please!   Whip up the light and fluffy semi-sweet mousse and combine with pomegranate juice, topping with whole pomegranates.  It’s fun marriage of fall flavors.dark-chocolate-mousse1

 

6. Pumpkin Cheesecake Tarts - Very Best Baking:  These great mini tartlets are an incredible addition to any fall buffet!  With a crunchy crushed gingersnap base and spiced cream cheese filling you can top these off with whipped cream or sour cream and drizzle on some semi-sweet chocolate for a delectable alternative to pie.28492lrg

 

7. Roasted Pear Dessert – Two a Healthy Life:  If you’re looking for something sweet but still light and healthy, look no further.  Whip this dessert up in a jiff, using fresh halved pears, fig jam and goat cheese.pear001b

 

8. Caramel Pecan Hand Pies – The Cafe Sucre Farine:  It doesn’t take much to make these adorable mini pies!  Pecan pie is a staple of fall, and these little hand pies are sure to be a hit with everyone, especially the kids.  They’ve got all the goodness of the real thing, and they look amazing, too.IMG_9858

 

9. Pear and Dried Cherry Crisp With Walnut Streusel - Once Upon a Chef:  For an easy dessert that takes little time and minimal effort but packs all the punch of combined pear and cherry flavors, this dessert is a go-to!  With an incredible streusel topping, this crisp is a homey comfort food you won’t want to miss.Pear-and-Dried-Cherry-Crisp-with-Walnut-Streusel2

 

10. Pear Right-Side Up Cake – Lunchbox bunch:  Not only is this tart beautiful to look at, but it packs all the flavor you could want in a fall cake.  Mandolin-sliced pears top this super moist cake.  It’s completely vegan.  Even better?  It’s low-fat!pear-cake-1

 

11. Salted Caramel Apple Crumb Bars – Two Peas and Their Pod:  This is not your ordinary apple crumble.  The crumbled crust is moist like cake, while the apples filling combines all the fall favorites – nutmeg, cinnamon, all-spice, vanilla – along with a rich salted caramel sauce.  These bars will turn heads!salted-caramel-apple-crumb-bars

 

12. Spiced Pumpkin Mousse Trifle – Rachel Ray:  Trifle’s not just for strawberries, pound cake, cheesecake and other summery fixings!  This trifle is perfect for your fall table with pumpkin mousse, ginger, and cinnamon.  Layer it up with crumbled gingersnaps and top with cream.  Cloves and dark rum deepen the rich fall flavors.l_R180346

 

Featured Image via Better Homes and Gardens.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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10 Fall Wardrobe Essentials

10 Fall Wardrobe Essentials ~ Tipsaholic.com #fallfashion #autumn #clothingessentials

 

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The weather is cooling down and the bare legs and bright colors of summer are starting to feel a bit of a chill. As summer draws to a close, you may be wondering what items to pull from storage and what you should buy new to transition into a fabulous fall wardrobe. Follow our basic guidelines and start with these 10 fall wardrobe essentials and you’ll be on your way to a stylish autumn season.

 

The basics

Deep, rich colors and pieces for layering on cooler days are essential to the fall wardrobe. Earthy fabrics and knits bring warmth to a cold season, and subtle metallics and leather also make a comeback this time of year.

 

1. Long sleeved tees

Perfect for layering, long-sleeved tees will keep you warm and add depth to a fall outfit. Blacks, grays, and creams are good colors to start with and can be layered under some of your more versatile warm-weather clothes if needed.

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From Merona at Target

 

2. A pullover sweater

A pullover can be a lifesaver when weather suddenly changes. Choose close-knit styles for a tailored look or bulkier knits when you just want to cozy up with a good book and your favorite cool-weather beverage.

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From DKNY at ShopBop

 

3. Boots

This one is almost self-explanatory, but there are many styles, heights, and colors when it comes to boots. Choose a pair or two of favorites like ankle, knee-high, or mid-calf boots and switch things up depending on the weather!

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From Wrangler at Free People

 

4. Leggings and tights

Leggings and tights come in a huge variety of patterns and colors. There really is something for everyone! The bare-legged styles of summer may not be warm enough for the fall months, but a good set of leggings can extend the life of some of your favorites, and tights make any skirt — and even shorts — more practical.

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As seen on Twenties Girl Style

 

5. A scarf

Another accessory worth stocking in many colors and styles is definitely the scarf! You can still wear scarves made of sheer fabrics during autumn, but can also start to introduce bulkier, warmer varieties.

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As seen on Liz Marie Blog

6. Cardigans

Cardis are another versatile essential for the fall. They can be found with or without buttons, long-sleeved, ¾ sleeved, colored, patterned, with hoods, and in all kinds of fabrics. For a staple, go with a neutral color that you can get a lot of wear out of, but if you have the budget for a second cardigan choose something fun!

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As seen on Top Shelf Clothes

 

7. Leather

I could be more specific, but if you choose even a single leather item for your closet this year, you’ll be on the right path. A leather pencil skirt, pants, or a jacket are great additions to any outfit.

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8. A loose blouse

You just can’t go wrong where a blouse is concerned, no matter the season. Plus, they’re perfect for pairing under a cardi or pullover if it turns extra chilly.  For fall, choose darker, rich colors (try jewel tones) or creamy neutrals.

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9. A sweatshirt/hoodie

There are going to be gray, drizzly mornings this autumn when you wake up and think one thing – comfy. Those are the mornings to don your favorite hoodie and jeans. But a comfy outfit doesn’t have to be a frumpy one! Go for a more fitted sweatshirt that flatters rather than covers your curves.

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As seen on Arrows and Apricots

 

10. Metallic accessories

If you’ve got your other essentials hanging in the closet it’s time to add some bling! A little bit of metallic jewelry will go a long way in jazzing up your basics and you can start to look for clothing with built-in sparkle as well. Keep it subtle at first – bronze, gold, brushed metallics – then slowly kick things up by adding in more silver and sparkle as the weather cools.

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Other items to consider:

  • The sweater dress

It screams retro, and retro is in. Pair it with leggings or some fun patterned tights.

 

  • Boot socks

They’re not really socks, but that’s what makes them so great! A boot sock is a cozy little band, often knit, that rests around your leg, just inside the top of your boot and peeps over the top. This gives the illusion that you are wearing a long sock, but you don’t have to deal with all the bulk in your boots!

 

  • A blazer

Blazers in neutral colors or preppy plaids are a great way to add fun to an outfit and they work well with scarves. Pair one with a blouse and a pair of jeans for a classy casual look.

 

  • A vest

Keep things on the slim side (save the really puffy vests for winter!) and layer a vest with your favorite tees, button-ups, or sweatshirts.

 

  • A good pair of sneakers

Remember those mornings we talked about where comfy will be your go-to? Sneakers are another perfect fit for those mornings. Consider all the options – chucks, high-tops, classics… there are plenty to choose from, whatever your style!

 

Looking for more ideas to amp up your style? Try these tips for Winter Hair Care!

 

 

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 Featured image via Top Shelf Clothes.

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

5 Natural Home Remedies for Fall Illnesses

5 Natural Home Remedies for Fall Illnesses from @tipsaholic

5 Natural Hom Remedies for Fall Illnesses
Every fall and winter, people flock to doctors’ offices to get treatment for common fall illnesses, like the common cold and the flu. However, many of these people leave the doctor’s office without a prescription, because their doctor told them to simply rest, drink lots of fluids, and wait for the cold or flu to pass. Before you run out to the nearest drug store to stock up on over the counter medicines, try a natural home remedy. Here are five natural home remedies that you can try at home to reduce your symptoms and to speed up your recovery.

1. Honey and Cinnamon

This natural home remedy is sure to be a hit with the kids. Simply mix 1 teaspoon honey with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. And then consume! You could also add it to a hot cup of tea or serve it with sliced fresh fruit.

WHY IT WORKS: Cinnamon is anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial, and it also helps to relieve congestion and encourages circulation. Honey has anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties.

2. Salt Water Rinse

Reduce nasal congestion with a homemade salt water rinse. Warm up 8 ounces of distilled, sterile, or recently boiled water and add 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda. Mix until blended and then pour it into a bulb syringe. Lean over a sink, put the bulb syringe into a nostril, close the other nostril with your finger, and slowly squeeze the bulb syringe. Let drain and repeat two or three times. You could use a Neti Pot instead of a bulb syringe.

WHY IT WORKS: A salt water rinse breaks up nasal congestion and pushes out bacteria and virus particles that are hiding inside your nasal passages.

3. Salt Water Gargle

Get a glass of warm water and dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of salt in the water. Take a sip and gargle for a few seconds. Repeat at least three times a day. For a better tasting gargle, try using lemon juice and honey instead of salt. Gargle and then swallow.

WHY IT WORKS: Just like putting salt on eggplants will dry them out, salt water can remove excess fluid from the inflamed tissues in your throat. Less inflammation means less pain. Also, the act of gargling can loosen up mucus. When you spit out the salt water, you’re also removing bacteria and other irritants from your throat.

4. Hot Packs

For congested sinuses, put hot packs on your sinus area. Store-bought reusable hot packs are always efficient, but you can use what you already have at home. Dampen a washcloth and put it in a microwave and heat it for around 30 seconds or when it is adequately heated for you.

WHY IT WORKS: Heat helps to loosen congestion. Drinking hot fluids, such as tea, coffee, and chicken soup, will also reduce congestion to give you some relief.

5. Hot Toddy

This is one of the oldest natural home remedies that is used to treat nasal congestion and sore throats. Make a cup of hot herbal tea and add 1 teaspoon honey and 1 ounce of whiskey or bourbon. If you prefer, you could use lemon juice instead of honey. Enjoy your tea late in the day to have a good nights’ sleep!

WHY IT WORKS: The alcohol helps to slightly dilate the blood vessels, which makes it easier for your mucus membranes to fight against the infection. Also, the steam that comes from your hot toddy will help reduce congestion. Just limit yourself to one, since too much alcohol can be counterproductive.

Want more all-natural life solutions that you can make yourself? Try this non-toxic bug spray and these 25 natural cleaner recipes.

SOURCES:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/28/health/28real.html?ref=health

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/12/08/cold-remedy-cocktails-do-they-work/

http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/cold-guide/cold-remedies

http://www.healthhomehappy.com/2010/09/honey-and-cinnamon-a-simple-cold-home-remedy-that-kids-love.html

Title Image and Featured Image Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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How to Use Nature to Decorate for Fall

The kids are back in school, there’s a chill in the air and the leaves are beginning to turn beautiful colors – it’s time to decorate for fall! Celebrate the change in the weather by decorating your home and yard with natural, seasonal decorations. (featured image via Better Homes and Gardens)

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Wreaths

With just a hot glue gun and a premade wreath from from the craft store, you can design a gorgeous wreath using leaves, nuts, twigs, acorns, dried flowers or other objects found in your yard. From whimsical to fanciful, these ideas from Better Homes and Gardens can help make your front door the envy of the neighborhood.

 

Gourds

Group pumpkins (the white ones are particularly striking) and other fall gourds at your front door or on your fireplace mantel for a colorful display. Feeling more ambitious? Try spray painting mini pumpkins all one color and clustering them in a festive basket or bowl to create a budget-friendly, one-of-kind tablescape.

 

Pumpkin Planters

If you’ve ever carved a jack-o-lantern, you’ve already got all the know-how necessary to create cute pumpkin planters. Choose pumpkins that, with a hole cut into the top and insides removed, will be large enough to hold a small pot of mums from the garden center. Line your front steps or porch with these fresh, seasonal planters that can also be composted when you’ve finished with them.

 

Welcoming Entry Vignettes

Why not combine all these ideas into a vignette at your home’s entryway? Try adding some bales of straw and dried corn stalks for height. Take a look at these gorgeous ideas from Shelterness (90 of them!) for inspiration.

 

Julianne Puckett is the creator of Yankee Kitchen Ninja, a blog about what she calls “stealthy homemaking” — healthy recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, DIY gardening tips and the occasional craft project. A designer, writer and former suburban-dwelling IT professional, she lives in rural Vermont, where she struggles to balance the siren call of her inner farmer with her love of cute shoes and cocktails.