Monday, October 6, 2014

DIY: Decorating Your Home for Fall

Since moving into my apartment, I've been excited to decorate it for holidays. My one rule for fall decor is that it can't be scary. I don't want to decorate my house with something that could scare someone: homes are supposed to make you happy! Pumpkins, cute ghosts, and fall foliage are all right up my alley. Can I just make all of these fun fall crafts?

Glittered Pinecones from Making Lemonade // This is posted as a winter craft, but I think it would work for both fall and winter if you used gold or bronze glitter in addition to the silver glitter. I would arrange these pinecones in a large hurricane vase to make a pretty table centerpiece.

Leaf Garland from Pretty My Party // How gorgeous is this leaf garland? It would look lovely draped over mantles, railings, cabinets, and more. Be sure to use lots of sealant (Mod Podge or spray) on the leaves to keep glitter from getting all over your house.

Chalky Painted Pumpkins from At Home with the Barkers // These pretty neutral pumpkins look straight out of a Pottery Barn catalog! I think painted pumpkins usually look strange (chevron? damask? what?!) but I think I like these because they still look like pumpkins.

Mason Jar Ghosts from Number 2 Pencil // I love anything mason jar-related (#basic) and these ghosts are absolutely precious. Remove the googley eyes after Halloween is over (and maybe keep them in the jars for next year), and you have some pretty storage jars to use all year-round.

Stay tuned for a post about how I decorated my apartment for fall and Halloween!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Easy Alfredo Sauce

I was craving pasta with alfredo sauce last week. I found a recipe on Gimme Some Oven, and adapted it to suit my liking (and what I had in my kitchen). It. Was. So. Good.

I added a pinch of ground nutmeg and used 2% milk instead of 1% milk. I also probably added more cheese than the recommended amount. No shame. If your sauce is too thick, add some of the pasta water to thin it out.

This sauce turned out wonderfully, and to my surprise, it only took 10 minutes to make. It was ready before my pasta finished cooking.

The sauce also reheats very well. Just put some leftover pasta and sauce in a small pot, add a splash of milk, and heat it over medium heat until it's warm and creamy. So good!

Have you tried any good recipes lately? Send me them in the comments... I need some inspiration!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Back to School Essentials

My university starts freakishly late in the year, so I'm just now getting into the back-to-school spirit. Here are some of my must-haves for going back to school!

Large Tote Bag // I use a backpack for class sometimes, but I prefer carrying around a tote if I'll be out all day. I've had my tote since high school so it's not available anymore, but you can find a similar one here. While I love a good deal, I think a quality tote bag is something to splurge on. I carry a lot of stuff in this bag, and it still looks almost as good as new.

Double-Walled Acrylic Tumbler // I LOVE my Marley Lilly tumbler! I fill it with iced coffee or water and sip it on my way to class. It's double-walled so it doesn't "sweat" like most tumblers or water bottles do. Plus it's monogrammed!

Small Travel Bags // I'm out and about most of the day, so I need to keep the essentials handy in my tote bag. I use these adorable bags from SeeDesign by Donna Gorman to hold makeup, pens and pencils. SeeDesign is an apparel, accessory, and lifestyle brand featuring colorful patterns printed in India and sewn into unique items. Donna Gorman hand paints all of the designs herself, and the bags are all 100% cotton with nylon lining. They come in so many patterns, colors, and sizes... it's hard to choose a favorite!
I received the bags courtesy of See Design, but all opinions are my own.

What are YOUR essentials for going back to school?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Favorites: September 26, 2014

I'm jumping on the Friday Favorites bandwagon once again, hosted by ErikaAndrea and Narci.

I love going to football games at my university! So much fun. At the most recent game, both teams shared purple as their colors, so everyone in the stadium was dressed in purple!

Speaking of school spirit, here I am with Willie the Wildcat! I was volunteering at New Student Move-In all day today, and I saw Willie 3 or 4 times throughout the day. He was probably freaked out because I get SO EXCITED when I see him!

How adorable is this Halloween card I found at CVS? I'm all about cute (not scary) Halloween decorations.

I love cards and stationery (can you tell by now?!) and this SomeECard notecard set from Target pretty much sums up my life. But I must confess that usually my funny stories for friends aren't very funny!

Daisy!! I miss this sweet face while I'm away at school. She looks so smug in this photo!

What are your favorite things/places/people/furry friends? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Moving In

Hi loves! I'm moving into my apartment/getting through back-to-school craziness right now, so I won't be posting as regularly as usual for a few weeks.

I've been cooking (if you count making pasta and slice-and-bake cookies and toasting frozen pumpkin spice waffles as cooking), decorating, and becoming friends with the building manager and the Orkin man (we have a small ant problem in some of the rooms).

I can't wait to share my apartment decor with you all when it's finished, but until then, it looks like a Sims house before you use the "Motherlode" cheat. Boxes and small lamps everywhere. But it's cute and homey and has air conditioning. So I'm good.

Here's to a new home and a new school year.

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