Monthly Archives: September 2015

Add A Little Glitter To Halloween! #TrickOrSweet

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Can you guys believe tomorrow is the first day of October?  On one hand I am alarmed at how quickly this year is flying by and on the other I am psyched because October = HALLOWEEN!  Halloween is not only my jam but it is also my daughter’s favorite (which makes it even more fun for me).  She has already gotten her costume and it is epic.  I cant share it yet but keep your eyes peeled because I will post it at some point.

Taylor has always been a Halloween lover.  She takes great care in selecting her costumes and enjoys trick or treating but the best part for her is definitely giving out candy to other kids.  She gets so excited when the doorbell rings!

Last weekend when I was at Walmart (I know – I should just live there already) I could not help but pick up two giant variety bags of Hershey’s candy.  

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That was probably not the best idea because the assortment I got is amazing and I can picture myself eating at least one of these jumbo bags throughout the next month and having to re-buy but I couldn’t help it.  They are perfectly sized to satisfy the massive amount of trick or treaters we get at my house and there was a huge aisle of it right in front of the register.  #sorrynotsorry

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Anyway, when I got home and unpacked this gorgeous candy, it inspired me to create a fun DIY for my little girl.  I figured she should hand out candy in style, so I broke out the glitter!

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For this project I used a glass bowl that I had lying around.  (It is a little dinged up from years of use so it could use a makeover anyway.)  I also used a jar of Modge Podge, orange glitter and a foam brush that I had lying around.  (How nice is it when you can complete a project without having to shop for any additional items?!?)  

I started out by spreading a thin layer of my Modge Podge over the interior portion of the bowl. 


Then, I sprinkled on glitter and rolled the bowl around in my hands to get it coated evenly.  Afterwards, I gently tapped the side of the bowl over some paper to let the excess glitter fall out.  (Hint: The bowl may look streaky at first but it will dry clear.)

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I let my bowl cure over night and the next day I decided to do one more layer of Modge Podge and glitter to make it totally opaque.

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I let it dry for about 48 hours and was left with a beautiful and very sparkly candy bowl!

Finished Bowl

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Are you guys doing any fun crafts for Halloween?

Asian Chicken Salad With Soy Ginger Dressing

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Is anyone else super stressed lately now that school and activities are back in full swing?  My daughter has soccer practices and games, CCD and piano lessons on weeknights and they keep us running all over the place.  

For the first few weeks I gave in to the ease of the drive-thru more often than I care to admit but I quickly realized I had to figure something else out.  I like to eat dinner with Taylor every night at the table.  I think that is important bonding time and in order to make that happen I knew that I would need to be better prepared.  I started meal planning, making things in my slow cooker (that I can set in the morning so they will be ready when I get home) and also implementing meal hacks to create some effortless meals.  

One of my favorite tricks for reducing cooking time is to buy a rotisserie chicken and use it to create other easy meals.  I can run into Walmart on my way home, head over to the deli department (which thankfully is right near the front of the store) and grab a Marketside rotisserie chicken meal which comes with a 2 lb side of potato salad, macaroni salad or cole slaw along with a 2 liter of Coca-Cola.  The signage at Walmart makes it easy for people to find what to make for dinner with little effort.  They also have pizza meals that come with a 16″ pepperoni pizza or cheese pizza with  a 2 liter of Coca-Cola.  I will definitely be buying that one in the future as well.


This past week I made a delicious Asian Chicken Salad and it was totally delicious.  I stopped at Walmart on my way back from Taylor’s piano lesson and picked up everything I needed in order to get a quick and tasty dinner on the table.   This included the Marketside rotisserie chicken deal and the ingredients I would need to make my salad and dressing.


I began by rinsing off my lettuce.

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Next, I separated the meat from the chicken.

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Then, I added matchstick carrots, scallions, chow mein noodles and the chicken to the top of my lettuce.  (I like to wait until I am seated at the table to stir everything up and add dressing so nothing gets soggy.)


For the dressing I took a clean and empty mason jar and added 2/3 cup of rice vinegar, 1/4 cup of soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of freshly grated ginger, 2 tablespoons of honey, 2 tablespoons of sesame oil, 3/4 cup of olive oil and a teaspoon of sesame seeds.  I love how pretty it looks with the oils are all layered.  When you are ready to use it just make sure the cap is on tight and give it a few good shakes.  

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Thanks to Walmart I was able to put a decent meal on the table in under 10 minutes. 

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What are your tips for avoiding the drive-thru?

Be sure to check out more delicious effortless meal inspiration here.

I Heart Fall TV!

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Happy Fall Y’all!  Can I just tell you guys that I have not been this excited about a TV lineup ever?  All my faves are back and some new shows have been added in that I am LOVING!  I cant wait to curl up on the couch in my sweats and indulge in some quality programming!  Here is what I am watching:

SCREAM QUEENS.  This just premiered the other night and I am already obsessed.  This is a WINNER.  It is HILARIOUS, full of slick one-liners, fabulous fashion and celeb cameos.  It is like Mean Girls meets Pretty Little Liars meets Clueless.  I could not stop laughing and texting quotes to my best friend.


EMPIRE.  I am so excited for Season 2.  I never watched these live and caught the whole first season during a massive one-day binge.  Taraji P. Henson’s character, Cookie, makes the whole show.  She is amazing!

THE MIDDLE, MODERN FAMILY, THE GOLDBERGS AND BLACKISH. This is what my Wednesday night is going to look like pretty much.  It is like one favorite after another.  I love them all but the Goldbergs is MY JAM!

THE MINDY PROJECT.  Mindy is back, with a baby and she and Danny are engaged!  Crazy!  I cant wait to see her as a Mom!

THE BIG BANG THEORY.  I am so excited that it is back but I am not going to lie…I didn’t love the first episode.  Penny and Leonard’s wedding was totally disappointing and the premier fell flat for me.  Hopefully it was just a one off and the rest of the season gets better.

THE GRINDER.  I have not watched this one yet but it is on my list.  Fred Savage and Rob Lowe seem like a winning team and the commercial is so funny.  Hopefully, it doesn’t disappoint.

What are you guys tuning in to?  Any good suggestions for me?


How To Style Your Shelves For Fall

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I tend to get pretty excited about each coming Season and jump the gun with my decorations.  Each year I am the first neighbor with my Christmas lights up.  As soon as Labor Day was over I was anxiously anticipating Autumn decor.  I am sure you can imagine my glee last weekend when I noticed that they put it out in the Seasonal aisles at Walmart!  I immediately starting loading my cart up with leaves, gourds, candles, burlap and sparkly pumpkins.  Nevermind that I have a ton of this stuff from previous years.  I obviously need more.

My favorite place to decorate is the set of shelves in my living room.  They are the first thing you see when you come in the front door.

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I take everything off and start with a blank canvas.

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Then, I put on a few larger things to see how they look together.  


I play around, arrange, move things, step back and see how it all works as a whole.

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I continue adding, taking away and changing things around until I feel like the shelves look symmetrical and I am satisfied with the overall look.


 Then I add in finishing touches (like leaves, acorns and candles).

I never spend too much money on decorations.  Everything I used for this arrangement was purchased (inexpensively) at Walmart or I already owned it.  


Some tips to keep in mind when decorating shelves are:

Stagger the heights of the objects you are using.  I do this by elevating candles with holders or putting out baskets that I fill with seasonal items.  I also make sure I put some taller things (in this case I used signs) on the top shelf to draw the eye up. 


Include a signature fragrance.  I read recently that our sense of smell is 10,000 times more sensitive than our other senses.  I am a HUGE fan of candles and I think fragrance plays a large role in how we perceive our surroundings.  

I was recently introduced to a new line at Walmart called American Home by Yankee Candle® brand and I am OBSESSED!  You can find them right in the home and candle section and there are tons of fragrances to choose from.  

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Not only are they super affordable, (the larger two wick tumbler I bought was around $15 and the smaller ones were only around $5) but it is so convenient that they are sold at Walmart.  It saves me from having to take a trip to the mall to buy my candles.  As a Mom, I am CONSTANTLY at Walmart for something, so if I can also pick up some fabulous Yankee Candle® products during one of my many monthly trips I am all about it.  

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For this project I picked up Banana Walnut Bread and Buttercream Frosting because I wanted my living room to feel cozy and the deep Vanilla-based fragrances remind me of home.  I really wish I had the ability to let you smell them through the computer because they are heavenly!

Sparkle and Little Touches.  Remember – everything’s better with a little glitter!  After I am done with the main pieces of decor I like to sprinkle around some added touches (little heart candies for Valentine’s Day or ornaments around Christmas).  I think they add a little something to a display.  For Fall I sprinkled faux colored leaves and pinecones around.


I have shared how I like to style my shelves for Fall using pumpkins, gourds, candles and colorful leaves.  What tips do you have for creating a beautiful Autumnal display?  Leave them in the comments section!  xo


Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Giveaway!

Happy Hump Day!  It is also the official first day of Fall!  What better way to celebrate than with a giveaway?  Today I am teaming up with a bunch of my best blogger gals to bring you the chance to win a $75 Starbucks gift card!  You can enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.  Good luck!  xo

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