Gearin’ up for Thanksgiving

With Christmas right around the corner, I thought it was necessary to get in a few last Fall décor projects, before Thanksgiving.

DIY Monogrammed Pumpkin

I love anything monogrammed…and these monogrammed pumpkins are one of the easy-to-create DIY projects and can be completed with ordinary items around the house in less than 15 minutes.

You will need the following:

~Pumpkin (choose one that has a flat side)

~Sharpie Marker (thin tip marker for tracing and a thick tip marker for coloring in the initial)

~Painter’s Tape

~Initial Stencil or Computer Paper “Monogram” Print Out

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When working with the Sharpie, be careful to trace/color in the pumpkin from Left to Right, if you are a Right handed person or vice versa if left handed. Otherwise, you may get marker all over the side of your hand and smear the pumpkin….not that I’m speaking from experience or anything. 🙂

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Secondly, I wanted to add our family “established date” to the bottom of the pumpkin for extra character and personalization. The hubby and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary this year. OH MY WORD time flies when you are having fun!thanks 3

Here is the finished product on a shabby chic vintage chair by my back door for everyone to enjoy as they enter or exit our home.  I even had some time left over to plant few seasonal mums in my galvanized bucket planters.thanks 4

Another small and easy way to decorate inside the farmhouse is with these mini pumpkins…I threw a few into my antique dough bowl and around the candy dish tray.

Hope everyone enjoys their “Turkey Day” and instead of shopping during Black Friday…my hubby (who is obsessed with Christmas) will spend the day feeding my leftover pumpkins to the cows and pulling down all the Christmas lights from the attic. Our country farmhouse turns into the crazy Chevy Chase house from the Christmas Vacation movie.  Stay tuned for more holiday fun!

Attention all MOMS

To all my mommy friends, please check your cupboards and inspect your PLUM Organics Baby Food.  They are having a voluntary product recall for spoilage.  These are my munchkins favorite baby foods and snacks… Unfortunately, I had to throw all of my pouches away because they fell between the spoilage dates and from the production plant labeled “AT”.  However, they are offering an online replacement voucher.


Happy Halloween

Hope everyone has recovered from there sugar highs, due to the candy overloads from Halloween.

Well one small drawback to living in the country is Halloween. We have never had a trick-or-treater come to the house, I think the candy hungry dogs and dark long driveway may not be so inviting?  The country is not really cut out for optimizing your candy haul, with the wide distances between neighbors. Therefore, we load up and travel over to my cousins to visit the suburban streets, with all our little munchkins decked out in their costumes.

Last year, Cason wasn’t really sure what Halloween was all about or why his mama was forcing him to wear a crazy costume with the most adorable “baby legs” socks. He was the cutest Itsy Bitsy Spider.  Cason the Cat 6

Finding the perfect Halloween Costume for a little boy is a struggle, especially when he wants to be a “kitty cat”…and not just a regular ol’ kitty cat but one that looks just like his cat, Pixie!  Cason and I got on the IPAD one night to search for Cat Costumes.  Well the majority of costumes were extremely girly with ruffles and tulle tutu’s or leopard print.  Not going to cut it for my little guy. Finally, we found this adorable corduroy cat costume in brown and cream and the hubby decided it needed to become authentic, therefore he made a personalized Pet ID tag to add to the zipper. Cason the Cat 5 Cason Loved it...until it was delivered by out sweet UPS guy, who tolerates the dogs barking and jumping aboard his delivery truck (EVERY SINGLE DELIVERY). We promptly tried the costume on Cason…he Hated it! The week before Halloween, we would play dress up with the Cat Costume and Cason.  Still hated it after several attempts…so much so that he would flop himself to the ground and refuse to get up until we removed the cat costume (made me laugh and think about the little boy in the snowsuit from the movie Christmas Story). I even got desperate and tried to bribe him with candy. Granted, Cason is at this lovely stage where he really doesn’t want to wear clothes at all, especially pants.  At this point, I began to stress and stress some more over this situation and how we were going to conquer Halloween WEARING a costume.  The morning of October 31st, Halloween, Cason decided, out of the blue, he would wear the costume and it was actually bearable to him…therefore this mama jump up and down with joy and even snapped a picture of her two favorite “Kitty Cats”! I think the match is pretty dang good if I say so myself.Cason the Cat

“Cason the Cat” had a blast trick-or-treating and was determined to race up the driveway (or lawn…oops!) after his two older cousins at lightning speed.Cason the Cat 2Cason the Cat 3

The struggles over wearing the costume were forgotten early into the night and we were enjoying the new struggles of how once you take piece of candy you can’t enter into the house you are trick-or-treating… and stay awhile. Towards the end of night, we knew it was quits when we went from Happy Cat to crashed out on the sidewalk Cat.Cason the Cat 4…another memorable Halloween in the books.