House updates – May 2017

Hi, everyone! I hope your Memorial Day weekend was full of family, friends, and food. We had a few thunderstorms on Sunday, but overall, the weather was GREAT in Akron. I had Friday and Monday off of work, which made for a lovely, wonderful four-day weekend. Ryan’s family came into town because….he was promoted at work!! He’s now officially a lieutenant at the Lorain Fire Department. We couldn’t be prouder of him – and I couldn’t be more nervous about having to learn to spell lieutenant now (thank heavens for auto correct!).

I’ve been slowly incorporating what I like to call “farmhouse prep” into our house. I love the simple, rustic details of a “farmhouse” style, but my hearts also flutters for the clean stripes and hints of gold found in a “preppy” style. It’s an evolving style, and I’m having so much fun with it.  Continue reading

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Happy Tuesday! How was everyone’s weekend and start to the week? We had BEAUTIFUL weather in Northeast Ohio this weekend (66 degrees and sunny!), but the cold has returned. Sigh. At least the sun has stuck around.

I’m definitely feeling like I have a case of the Mondays…a day late.  L is not sleeping the greatest after around 1:00 pm. He sleeps great for this morning naps, but he can’t seem to settle down for an afternoon one. And don’t even get me started on 4:00 am. I know L will get in the swing of things (he turns three months old this weekend), but until then, we are going to be downing a lot of coffee in this house. I’m trying not to freak out, since I don’t go back to work until the beginning of May, but we have been so spoiled with J, our little champion sleeper.

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Literary Pumpkins

We’ve had a few days of fall food posts, so I thought today would be a good time to sneak in another fall decor post. If you follow my blog, you know I make no secret of my love for the written word. This idea for decorating pumpkins is so original – and so cute!

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How sophisticated do these look? Some variations I think are worth trying:

1. The author of the blog uses fake pumpkins to make these, but I think they can just as easily been done with real pumpkins.

2. She uses an old dictionary for her pages, but really anything with words will do. I’m thinking I may try to get my hands on an old ghost story book . Spooky 🙂

3. Personalize them! Check out what the author of the blog did:

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Ah – love! I’m not sure how easy it will be to get the cooperation of my dogs and (almost!) seven-month-old, but I’ll sure try!

4. Have some fun! Try adding a monogram, or adding seasonal embellishments:

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One word of caution – I would not put these outside uncovered. Mod Podge won’t hold up well in the rain or – gasp! – snow. Here are some tips for using Mod Podge projects outdoors.

With love,

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Decorating with Burlap

I love burlap. There is just something so rustic and chic about it, and fall is the perfect time to use it in your decor. I can’t think of another material that screams fall more than burlap.

Below are my favorite ways to decorate for fall using burlap. Hopefully you get to the Akron area craft stores before I do – or you’ll find some empty shelves were all the burlap should be. Oops. 🙂

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Another burlap pillow I love! Source

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Check out her other fall candle ideas – so cute! Source

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I have this table runner. And let me tell you – GORGEOUS. Source

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With love,

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Monogrammed Pumpkin

Looking for a fun and different way to decorate your pumpkins this year? Try a monogram!

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This is from a blog called Mom4Real – and I am so in love with the idea. However, since I have neither have a Cricut nor the intention to buy one, I plan on doing mine the old fashioned way:

Print a “b”.

Cut it out.

Trace it onto a pumpkin and paint within the lines to the best of my ability.

Sounds simple enough. Can’t wait to try this!

With love,

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin.Spice.Latte. Those three words send us into a frenzy every fall. The pumpkin. The spice. The latte. Ahhhh.

(Side note from Whitney – before we get back to pumpkin spice latte heaven, I have a confession to make: I really don’t know what a latte is. I throw the word around and confess my love for the drink, but I haven’t a clue what I’m talking about. So, in order to write this post, I had to look up the definition. According to the dictionary, a latte is “a type of coffee made with espresso and hot steamed milk.” Ok, easy enough.)

Now, back to the important stuff. Starbucks has made the pumpkin spice latte famous, and even though the beverage has become “the company’s most popular seasonal beverage of all time”, there has been a lot of scrutiny over its ingredient list lately. So if you want to skip buying your lattes (and all the fake junk in them) this year, we’ve gathered a few DIY versions for you to try. Even though two of the three recipes don’t truly fit the definition of a latte, that’s fine by us. As long as they taste like fall, any “latte” is welcome in our mugs.

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1. “Better Than Starbucks” Pumpkin Spice Latte. Best part about this recipe: you probably have all the ingredients at home already. So what are you waiting for?! Get latte-ing!

2. Crock Pot Pumpkin Spiced Latte. I’m not sure making a pumpkin spice latte can get any easier than this.

3. Katie’s Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte. This recipe comes courtesy of my dearest Katie. If you don’t have vanilla Shakeology, just use whatever vanilla protein powder you have.

– 1 cup almond milk

– 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology (or whatever vanilla protein powder is your favorite)

– 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

– 1 tsp cinnamon

Blend all ingredients. Add 5 ice cubes and blend again.

For some vegan omega-3’s and extra protein, add some chia seeds before you blend. And I always like to add a half frozen banana to mine. This treat is yummy enough to enjoy any time of day – and healthy enough that it doesn’t count as dessert!

Anyone have a pumpkin spice latte recipe they’d like to share?

With love,

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