Fall

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

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I have been meaning to sit down and share some festive photos for a couple weeks now. October has just proven to be the busiest month ever. Between Thanksgiving, Hallie’s second birthday, Halloween, and doing al of the usual Fall things like pumpkin patches, holiday baking and crafty playdates, there was simply no time. For anything. Having two small children adds to the busy-ness immensely! In fact maybe they just make it that way. One thing that I did discover during this chaotic month was that busy also equals FUN! We certainly had a lot of that over the past couple weeks.

So what is in store for the spookiest day of the year? We are going to get all dolled up and do some trick-or-treating at the mall. It’s going to go one of two ways. Hallie will either get a kick out of all the costumes and run around having a blast with the other dressed up kiddos. OR (and this is the more likely option) she will have an epic meltdown as I try to get her into her costume and being at the mall will consist of tears, me sweating as I try to contain her and possibly a very early glass of wine for mom. We will give it a whirl though. Tonight we will also try trick-or-treating for the first time. Like proper door-to-door trick-or-treating. Much like this afternoon, I really have no control over how these events will go down. We have to try though! I am sure she will love it and Jackson will just observe as he does so well at the ripe age of 4 months. So! Costumes! The best part of Halloween really… Hallie, myself and Gramma are dressing up as only our favourite ladies ever, The Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus. Jackson is going as Thackery Binx, the cat, and I know we are all wondering it… what the heck kind of name is that anyways. So with that thought in mind I would love to share this link which is full of logical questions we have all asked ourselves as adults (Adults who love this movie anyways).

Hilarious Hocus Pocus Thoughts

I also wanted to share some fun decorative photos from our house as well as the great pumpkin hunt at the patch. Or maybe lack there of. We went way too late and all the good ones were gone so store-bought it had to be. Always next year right?! Hope you are all enjoying your Halloween festivities and having a ton of spooky fun.

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A Day On The Farm

I didn’t have time to get these pictures posted when we went, which was a couple weeks ago, so I thought I would take the opportunity now. One of the things I love most about living in Kamloops is the seasons and experiencing all they have to offer. In this case, Fall is absolutely stunning here with all the changing colors and there are a ton of activities happening. The Agricultural Fair was recently and we headed on over to the farm for some fun. Hallie has visited the odd petting zoo but she is only just really getting into them. Such an animal lover! Jackson was his usual mellow self and slept or observed most of the time. He may be slightly inactive but damn does the kid look good in plaid. The farm had a ton of animals including horses, donkeys, cows, ducks, chickens, baby chicks and pigs. There were bounce castles too which Hallie was slightly unsure about. The first time was a fail and she froze like a statue and wouldn’t venture in at all. Round two and three were much better and she jumped around for ages. She even cried when we had to get her shoes back on. I think one of her highlights though was the clown who gave her a balloon – the balloon more so than the clown. He made her a bunny rabbit and I am so heartbroken I didn’t get a picture taken of her expression. When he handed it to her you would think it was made of glass and the most beautiful and precious thing she had ever seen. I think she was speechless for a solid two minutes. Thank goodness she was distracted by the baby chicks when the darn thing popped. All in all it was such a fun event and I highly recommend getting your babies out on the farm as early as possible. The smell of manure is good for the soul!

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Decorating The Front Porch For Fall

If you read my last post, well then you know we have been in full force around the house with decorating for fall. I am a little worried as we have yet to make our annual trip to the pumpkin patch. This means more pumpkins are coming! I will need to do some strategic rearranging no doubt of the already existing decor! We have completed the finishing touches on our front porch though and that is what I am sharing with you today! I have always wanted a porch. We had a small one in our townhouse last year however it was tucked around the side of the house and it was rare that anyone saw the display. My house now has a stately front porch which is the first thing you see when you look at the house. Naturally I had to put together some fun ideas in honour of having that space. When we got married, I invested in four vintage crates as our wedding theme was quite rustic. These crates are perfect for repurposing during the fall and winter season. I started with those and a few fall mums. I am not sure if I was luckily to pick the bad bunch or I simply killed them but my  mums have died. A sad, dry and lonely looking death. So I moved on to gourds (big surprise), a couple of craft pumpkins from Michaels and small cooking pumpkins from the grocery store. Like I said, we still need to visit the pumpkin patch. We will absolutely be getting some larger, warty and witchy looking pumpkins to join in on this space. The sign was built by my husband and with some spray paint, stencilled letters and your standard burlap garland, it added the perfect touch to a very lonely looking corner. Lastly was the wreath. It is not my usual style when it comes to wreathes but it adds some festive color to the door and seems to work well with everything else.

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No holiday decor is complete without a little chalkboard art either. I can’t wait to come up with some spooky sketches in honour of Halloween as well. It’s also time to break out Hocus Pocus and watch it on repeat!

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I couldn’t resist sharing this picture. My tiny baby was a week old and we squeezed in a pumpkin patch visit with her. It will be so fun to compare this to this year’s pics and see how much she has grown. I also might cry a little!

Hope you are enjoying the start to this festive time of year!

Fall Decorating With Our Friend Gourd

It’s here; October! Well tomorrow is the first of October but it doesn’t really matter in this house as we started Fall decorating the day after Labor Day. I drive my husband a little crazy with my overzealous and early decorating tendencies but he knew all about this when he married me so no complaints. My number one decorating tool this time of the year is the ever so precious gourd. I LOVE gourds. What can you not love about a miniature pumpkin or relative of that family. In my opinion, the warty-er the better too. This year however I have leaned towards your calendar mini orange pumpkin and of course, the white ones! The key I find every season is no to go overboard. There is a fine, sweet line between tastefully decorated and just plain cluttered. Today I am sharing a few spots of our home that have been highly dusted with holiday festiveness. I am working on our front porch and will be sure to share pictures of that area as soon as it is done.But for now, please meet our friend Gourd, and all of his buddies.

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Couldn’t resist…. does this face not say ‘come on mom…’
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Please share what your favourite decorating go-to pieces are!

Getting Out Of The City

Well we did it! We made the big move. It was a long and arduous summer including full home renovations, the stressful experience of selling a home in the Lower mainland (hello bidding war, hope we never meet again!) and finally, a tedious house hunt for that perfect, or close to perfect fit in Kamloops B.C. (more…)