DIY Pumpkin Painting

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DIY Pumpkin Tea Light Holders

Made my own pumpkin tea light candle holders for our uncles 60th birthday party last night!

Spring Life Makeover

How much stuff can we all actually have or need?  As the weather gets warmer, I start to think that all I actually need is a pair of flip flops, a sundress and my aviators.  Stick me under the sunlight and I am a happy lady. 

But in all seriousness, what is it that actually makes us happy?  Things? People? Money?  For me, it’s my people.  We need to create moments and not collect things.  My husband Russell and I have been talking about this a lot lately.  He actually sent me an email with a list of things he wants to do less, things he wants to do more and things we can keep the same.  I think we were having the same thoughts at the same time, because when he sent that email, I was driving to the dentist having the same exact thoughts!

He calls it the “Spring Life Makeover”

More of:
Exercise, Talking, Reading, Walks, Intimacy, Sitting Outside, Exploring, Photography, Music, Healthy Eating, Saving $, Throwing away/selling/Donating

Less of: TV, Bad Food, Spending necessary $, Buying, Stressing, Phone time

The Same: Drinking, Bowling, Sleeping, Family time, Friend time

I completely agree to all of these-all in all it will just make us better people.  Here’s to the Spring Life Makeover!  Thank you hubby for always being so inspiring to me.

My first time as a Thanksgiving Hostess

This year, because we are living/housesitting in a fairly larger house than we are normally used to…we offered (or as my husband would say, I offered) up the house to have Thanksgiving.  16 people.  I can swing that.  Luckily, I had the help of my mother-in-law, my mom, my new sista, Russell’s aunts…they all contributed a lot to the day.  Liz (russells mom) and Lauren (my new sista) came over Thursday morning to pop the turkey in.  I had mimosa’s and cinnabons waiting for them as we prepped some other food items.  Always need a mimosa to start your holiday! 

A couple days before Thanksgiving I made the flower arrangements and put the table settings out.  I picked up some white hydrangeas and tall purple flowers from the local Produce Junction (5 packs of flowers for $9, can’t beat it).

We used the dining room table in the formal dining room which opens up to the foyer area where I placed our dining room table from our previous apartment.  I like to have a seat for everyone.  I used some of my burlap runners and white votive candles from our wedding for the tables.  Something else I have been doing lately…and for some reason I have a large supply of curtains…I threw a couple of my curtains on one of the tables and placed one of the burlap runners down the middle to cover the gap…no one ever knew they were curtains 🙂

The day came together and it was fab.  It was a crazy mess in the kitchen, everyone bumping into each other, music playing.  We had about 6 pies for 16 people.  My dad played air hockey against 2 teenage cousins..boys watched football in the man cave, I sipped on some warm spiced red wine in my mason jar wine glass that I didn’t get to use at my wedding because for some reason I couldn’t read the box they were labeled in..maybe I had been sipping wine when searching for them…anyways, what made this day truly special to me was that this was the first Holiday with bringing our 2 families together since being married 🙂

my little helper…Mystic