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Deck the Halls

Happy Friday! I have been collecting little bits and pieces of holiday decor and cannot wait to start putting it all up! We are hosting Friendsgiving this year, and having our formal Thanksgiving dinner at my parents house, so really nothing is holding me back. This weekend’s freezing cold temps might just be the push I need!!

Rounding up all of my favorite holiday decor favorites for you as you prepare to deck the halls, and the best part is? Almost all of it is currently on SALE!!

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One // Frosted glass ornaments are always my favorite, I buy a few new ones every year and this year went straight for the vanilla wafer, the cotton candy & the gingerbread house! Also obsessed with these tinsel balls!!

Two // My favorite holiday mugs of the season, currently on SALE!! Also still in love with these Santa mugs from last season.

Three // I am a sucker for Christmas stockings, I love the chunky knit poms on these!!!

Four // Whimsical santa plates that aren’t glass?? Yes please! These melamine plates had to come home with me, fun for the girls to use but also look so cute set out on display. They are dishwasher safe too!!

Five // These nostalgic mini ornaments are my favorite year after year, I love them in a vase or an old bread board. They are small but make a big statement!

Six // Tree collars are such a great alternative to a tree skirt, I love that they hide the base of the tree and look so chic! This one has a great price point and looks even better in person!! If you prefer the more traditional route, this pom tree skirt wins at life, and this is another one of my all time favorites.

Seven // One can never have too many festive holiday pillows, yes?! Had to grab this fun lettered one by Rifle Paper. Now to decide which bed or couch it will go on?!

A few more faves worth noting:

LOVE this fun letters to santa mailbox! Would be so cute in any room of the house, especially in an entryway or playroom!!

These matte latte bowls are SO fun and the easiest way to swap out colorful holiday decor throughout the seasons!!

These Santa measuring cups are also the cutest, they’re both practical and darling to set out on open shelves!!

Ok, so tell us, are you decorating already or waiting until after Thanksgiving?! Happy weekend, friends!! XO

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Fall Fun

I can’t wrap my head around the fact that Halloween is only two weeks away. Fall always seems to fly by faster than any other season. Our weeknights are filled with gymnastics, soccer, homework, cooking, reading, baths and the bedtime routine that never ends. So getting in all that Fall fun on the weekends is a must! This weekend we took the girls to a local pumpkin patch, we had apple cider donuts & they picked out a few pumpkins we could carve. I live for these moments with our family!!

I’ve held onto a copy of an old Martha Stewart Living magazine since before Brandon & I were even married with these super fun carrot nose jack-o-lanterns on the cover. I’ve been wanting to make them for so long and we finally did it, they are my absolute favorite!! Trying to keep them going for as long as we can until Marvin gets ahold of them! Do dogs eat carrots? Also, do you go for pumpkins with the longest stems? Because I most certainly do!

Hope you are all having the most magical Fall season, friends! Don’t let it pass you by. XO

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Fourth of July Entertaining

Tomorrow is the Fourth of July, we are hosting family for the weekend & looking forward to all of the festive fun!! I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite foods & entertaining ideas for the holiday weekend.

We love to do fruit & cheese boards for every holiday, especially if we are entertaining. They’re easy, festive & fun for kids!! Anytime I am out shopping and find fun crackers, I will always buy them knowing I will find a way to use them in a platter later on. I thought these sourdough strip crackers were so pretty for this board!! I used red & blue fruits, and then just cut regular white sharp cheddar into star shapes using a small cookie cutter!

Our favorite Summer dessert is always Jell-O cake!! It is so yummy and refreshing, we usually end up just eating it out of the pan with a fork!

DIRECTIONS // For Jell-O Poke cake (in the simplest directions possible because that’s how we roll): make a white cake according to directions (I use a box cake mix). Let the cake cool, and then using a toothpick, poke holes in the entire cake, the more holes you can make, the more the Jell-O will be able to seep through to the bottom. Once your holes are poked, make your Strawberry Jell-O (one cup boiling water + one cup cold water) and then pour the mixture over the cake very slowly allowing Jell-O to penetrate the cake. Put in the refrigerator for 4-5 hours to chill, and then frost with whipped cream! I usually decorate with strawberries, but also add blueberries or blackberries for the Fourth! (more detailed recipe here).

A few other fun ideas that I have had saved:

These DIY patriotic popsicles.

The prettiest, most festive ice cubes of your life.

Mini pancake stacks, a fun breakfast idea!

Wishing you guys the happiest Fourth with your families & the ones you love!! Let’s hope our kiddos all stay awake til fireworks!! XO

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