I am absolutely loving that it’s October. The past week has been gorgeous and cool here in Western KY and all of the fall festivals are getting started. In another week, all of the leaves will be changing color and in just a few more weeks, Halloween will be here! This year has really flown by.
If you are already on the hunt for some fun Halloween treat ideas, you are going to love these 10 recipes! (Links and credit below the pictures).
I am so excited to share with you that I have teamed up with a great group of bloggers to bring you 19 outdoor decorating ideas for fall! Whatever your style, there is something here for you. Ready to get the fun started?
Welcome to my front porch! Jewel tones were the inspiration for this year’s porch decor. I love traditional fall reds and oranges but I wanted to take it a step further and give my porch a pop of color. Adding teal and purple was exactly what it needed. Take a look!
What’s great about being part of a group like this is that there is something for everyone. For more inspiration, click on any of the links below!
Fall Outdoor Hop
It’s almost October! I feel like I blinked and the year was gone. How are your fall decorations coming along? Honestly, I’m behind. Once I finished the front porch, I took a break and am just now getting back at it. How about you? Need some ideas? Check out what these 10 great bloggers came up with! (Links below the pictures.)
Decorating with pumpkins is so much fun and it doesn’t have to be messy. Here are some of the no-carve pumpkin projects I’ve done that I still love! The best part? They’re easy to do and they can be used year after year. Below each pumpkin is the link to the full tutorial. Enjoy!
I don’t usually talk about the business side of blogging because I figure the majority of people don’t care. But, you should know that there is a business side (and an editing side, PR side, writing side, tech side, networking side, etc…) and one person trying to manage everything only works to a point.
For 4 years, I’ve been a one-woman show. Managing every aspect of this blogging business on my own. My husband, Ryan, has offered for probably two years now to help and my response has always been the same…’I got this.’
Until now. I don’t got this. I’m pregnant with our 4th child and I’m past the point of trying to be superwoman. I need help. I need a business manager. I’ve needed a business manager. My blog has suffered for probably a year or so now by not having a business manager. And he knows business. Even though Ryan still works full-time as the president of Economic Development in our town, he offered to help me with the side of blogging that I’m least passionate about and this time, I said YES!
We have staff meetings. We devise plans for the week. We have office hours. And finally, I can get back to just content. Creating crafts, DIY projects and home tips. Everything that got me excited about blogging before it became a full-time business.
So if you want to advertise with me, or have any questions about the business side of blogging, feel free to holler at Ryan (email@example.com). He’s really nice! I will still be responding to all comments and emails related to content and the fun creative stuff!
We’re already on to week 3 of the Freezer Meal Friday series, can you believe it? Life was pretty hectic last week so it was really nice to just open the freezer, pick from the meals I already assembled and dump them in the Crock Pot. Since I work from home, I smell the food cooking all day and don’t really notice it. But I remember when I worked outside of the home and walked in the door to the smell of a home-cooked meal after a long day and stressful commute. It was instantly relaxing.
So, what did you think about last week’s meals–did you have a favorite? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments! Here’s what is on the menu this week:
Hawaiian Chicken (Making Our Marx)
Tatertot Casserole (Slow Cooker Gourmet)
Chicken Fajitas (The Humbled Homemaker)
French Onion Crusted Pork Chops (Recipe Book and More)
Chinese Beef and Broccoli (Mommy Savers) *gluten-free/dairy-free
For more great Freezer Meal recipes or to see the first two posts of the series, visit the Freezer Meals page! You can also find a ton of freezer meal ideas from around the web on my Freezer Meals Pinterest board.
Welcome to my front porch! Of all the porches I have decorated and shared with you, this has to be my favorite so far. The colors, the foliage…I seriously love every element that went in making this porch happen. I tend to stick with traditional colors and textures in my fall porch decor, but this year I added some pretty jewel tones to the mix and they worked out perfectly.
I’ve included the entire source list for you down at the bottom of the post. Ready to see the porch?
It’s hard to see the tiered tray underneath the decor, but it’s the cutest little metal and wood tray that I found for $20 at Cost Plus World Market. The ceramic pumpkins were from Hobby Lobby and they fit in perfectly with the other colors.
Did you try the freezer meal recipes that I shared last week? I’m making them along with you so I’m interested to know how they turned out for you. My family loved them! I thought the kids would be a little skeptical about the Curry Vegetable and Chickpea Stew but they really liked it! You’ll have to let me know what you thought about them.
One of my favorites is on the list this week–Cream Cheese Chicken Chili. I’m telling you, I haven’t made a bad batch yet. Even my pickiest eater loves it.
Ready for this week’s freezer meal list? Here you go!
Cream Cheese Chicken Chili (Fun Home Things)
Maple Bacon Pork Loin (Stockpiling Moms)
Banana Pepper Shredded Beef (New Leaf Wellness) *gluten-free/dairy-free
Lemon Pesto Chicken (Frugal Living Mom)
Sausage Lasagna (A Mom’s Take)
If you have a freezer meal recipe that you have posted or you love, please leave the link in the comments! I would love to try it.
Fall is right around the corner! I know some of you wish summer would never end. Here in Western KY though, it has been such a hot and humid summer that just about all of us here are ready for cooler fall weather.
Ever notice that there are some people who have the natural ability to find the cutest fall decor and create gorgeous vignettes with no problem at all? Believe it or not, that wasn’t me. Crafty, yes. But decorating didn’t come naturally; it took me a few years to develop that skill. The great news–if you are challenged in the decorating department but really want to add some cute fall touches to your house, I am here to help get you started. The best part–8 of these items are under $20!
Here are a few of my favorite fall decor items this year including the current price and link to the items. (FYI–This post is not sponsored. I am not earning any commission by sharing these links and items with you.)
My favorite: Assorted white pumpkins
Price: $15.99 (package of 6)
My favorite: Happy Pumpkin Spice Season Wall Block
Price: $17.99 (sale)
My Favorite: Burlap Teal, Black, and Natural Chevron Wreath