The 2016 Fall Holiday Shelf!

Well, it’s been a while, folks! I know it’s the first day of Fall, and I’ve been pretty quiet. No worries, I’m still around – my days are simply full of poop and formula and naps and…BABIES!

The girls are doing so well! They actually just moved off the preemie charts onto the “regular baby” charts, and their pediatrician (and their mom and dad, of course) are thrilled with how well they’re progressing! We are so thankful!

But another thing I’m thankful for is FALL. If you’ve been around the blog at all, you know I LOVE FALL! It’s my favorite season, and I really talk it up. Especially in Florida. Where it’s still 90 degrees during the Fall, I HAVE to talk it up, right?!

Sooo…Happy FIRST DAY OF FALL to everyone! In honor of this blessed season, I wanted to share with you nothing less than my 2016 Fall Holiday Shelf! (Because giving birth to twin girls one-and-a-half-months early is no excuse for NOT decorating for Fall! At least around our house!) When this time of the year rolls around, it’s still #myreason for jumping into the season of decorating!

And I’m totally stoked to share this particular shelf design because the elements came from the awesome folks of At Home!

Now, if you’ve never been to an At Home store, stop right now, head over to www.athome.com and check it out! It’s like an enormous warehouse full of all things wonderful for your home, inside and out! Check out what I found for the shelf…

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Don’t you LOVE the “coastal” look? (I mean, kinda paying tribute to the lovely state where I live with these Fall accents, right?)

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On the Road in July

Can you even believe that it’s August 1? That means 4 months until December!!! (I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist!)

Moving on, moving on… let’s not think about Christmas just yet! How about a peek at the top posts here on the blog in the month of July?

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1. Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with Graeter’s! – The giveaway is over, and heck, the month is over, too, but there’s NEVER a bad time for ice cream! Especially Graeter’s! 

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A Decorator’s Guide That Will Refresh Your Home Completely

Many times, when I post something new that I’ve done around our house, people respond to me in excitement and then disappointment. Excitement because they like what I did, and disappointment because they want to replicate it, or do something else in their home, and they just don’t know how to get the results they’re dreaming of.

Trust me, I know the feeling! I’m NOT an interior designer! I have no training at all along those lines! If there are 3 hard and firm rules of decorating, I sure don’t know them! But I stick close to the folks who DO, and I try to learn as much as I can from them, and apply it in my own way. So when Katleen Brown contacted me regarding a post full of ways to refresh the home, I knew it needed to be shared with all of you!

A serene home is what most people long for. After a tiring day at work, you want to go home and have a moment of relaxation without disturbance from the outside world. Wendy Wonder once said, “The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave and feels even better to come back.” This is, by all means, true. However, this will only happen if you are going back to a clean, tranquil environment; otherwise, you won’t be eager to go home. Something else that often happens is that we get so used to a certain environment that it no longer offers the satisfaction it once used to. That is why you need to refresh your home once in a while. Below, we look at ideas you can incorporate in your home, that will make it feel new and refreshed once again. They include:

  • Rethink the Colors

Most times, the colors in our homes are influenced by our tastes and preferences. However, it is not always that we choose the right colors. Psychologists say that certain shades trigger emotional responses in people. That is to say that some colors will make your home feel peaceful while others will make it a bit chaotic. The different shades of color gray, for example, have been seen to make the house look more spacious. On the other hand, soft blues and greens colors have been shown to be more relaxing. Don’t forget to refresh and choose light colors for the curtains.

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  • Rearrange the Furniture

In life, it’s the little things that make the whole world of difference. Before you go ahead and buy unnecessary things in a bid to make your home livelier, you may need to reconsider the arrangement of your furnishings. According to Joseph Ferrari, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at DePaul University, the kitchen is a great place to start. Eco-friendly home decor ideas for this include a refresh by repainting the cabinets and using attractive knobs, rather than having new ones altogether.

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The Summer Holiday Shelf!

According the calendar, it’s now summer! Well…it’s been summer for a while now – but I’m not as quick on the draw as I used to be, that’s for sure! All I know is, school is out, the temps are rising, and I am officially the hottest pregnant-with-twins-woman who has ever been on the face of the planet pregnant with twins. I really am. In fact, what’s the hottest planet? Is it Mars? Maybe THAT’S the face of the planet I’m on. I’m HOT, y’all. I KNOW it’s summer!

So, if it’s summer, then of course, it’s time for me to reveal my Summer Holiday Shelf! Here we go…

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The more shelf designs I do, the more I think that simple is best. But I love how this one pops with the yellow, black and white!

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How to Feng Shui Your Bedroom in 3 Easy Steps

First of all, Happy 4th of July, everyone! I hope you have a wonderful and SAFE celebration with your family and friends!

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I’ve been working on finishing up the redo of our Master Bedroom; I want to make sure it’s all done and set for the two tiny people who will be invading our house later this summer. In my mind, that’s ticking off all the things I had on my little to-do list, and making sure when I walk into the room, I feel a sense of peace and accomplishment. 

So when Sadia Suhail contacted me regarding feng shui tips for a bedroom, I was intrigued! I know a tiny bit about feng shui, but nothing to write home about. I was interested to see how accurately “peaceful” our master bedroom was turning out. (News flash: looks like I need to do some work on it! HA!) Check out Sadia’s REAL feng shui tips!

Your bedroom should be a sweet haven where you can relax and recharge your batteries after a stressful day. Feng shui can help you create an amiable and tranquil atmosphere in your bedroom where you can revitalize or get romantic with your partner. Feng shui your bedroom with the following steps to improve the flow of positive energy for a harmonious and a balanced environment.

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A bedroom is a place which doesn’t require a lot of active energy. Hence, it should be located at the back of your house away from the noisy and highly energetic areas. This will aid in laying the foundation of a peaceful and serene retreat. The bedroom shouldn’t be too large as it makes you feel less in control of your surroundings. It shouldn’t be too small either to hinder the flow of positive energy.

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