book club, home and garden, reviews

Design books from Better Homes and Gardens

Two new books to get your creative juices flowing! Both of the books have so many great ideas, it makes me wish for more than one house so I could try them all out!

In Color (Better Homes & Gardens Decorating), you will find tips for choosing paints, fabric, and accessories that work well together. Full of photos and examples showcasing the latest in color pallet trends, this is a great book for anyone who wishes to add more color to their home. No need to be afraid of making a color mistake, the book will walk you through the entire process.

Next, start dreaming of that beach house or cozy cottage you have always wanted! New Cottage Style: Decorating Ideas for Casual, Comfortable Living (Better Homes & Gardens Decorating) will show you all kinds of cottage styles that you can incorporate into your own home. Again packed full of color photos that will have you itching to redecorate, this book is a real treat to read! Featuring homes in all kinds of settings, the book shows that it is possible to have cottage style no matter where you live.

*These books were provided to me for review, as always my opinion is my own. Links are Amazon affiliate links.*

holidays, home and garden

A lot like Christmas!

How can it be December already? This year has flown by so quickly, and I am trying to get into the holiday spirit, but part of me is still stuck in summer (or rather, wishing it was summer). With everything that has been happening, I want to call this the “missing year”! But I am decorating our home for the holidays even though I’m not in Christmas mode yet. Our decorations even include some “major awards” here and there. For example:

Yes, that is indeed a leg lamp from the movie Christmas Story! And the leg base lights up too. Right now it is waiting to be placed in the perfect spot, someplace where we can see it often and enjoy it.

We love doing puzzles, we finished an entire puzzle on Thanksgiving, and it’s a fun tradition for New Year’s in our home too. Last year for Christmas my parents gave us a Christmas Story leg lamp puzzle! It comes in a crate marked fragile and everything. We are so excited to do it this year.

And a very long time ago, I bought some little leg lamp lights that go into our garland. They are so cute. Yes, we might be a little leg lamp crazy! But we do regular decorating too, the tree, the gingerbread kit that my mother in law gives us each year (another fun tradition), and of course stockings hung by the chimney with care.

Do you decorate for Christmas? Have you already decked the halls?

home and garden, kitchen adventures

Fall is for baking!

Something about fall makes me want to bake. Especially pumpkin, and even more so thanks to my Pinterest addiction. I haven’t been baking lately (I’ve been sick with a cold, and my hubby has been on a very restricted diet to help heal his ulcers). However, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been filing away great ideas for fall baking. Here are some of my favorites:

S’mores cookies from Martha Stewart.

Funfetti Fudge. Confession: I love Funfetti cake mix, and my favorite thing to do with it is to make cake mix cookies. I really want to try this fudge.

Jalapeno cream cheese crescents. These sound really tasty.

Bacon and egg cups. This would make a perfect weekend breakfast. Oh how I love breakfast foods.

Does fall put you in the mood to bake too?

DIY, halloween, holidays, home and garden

Hungry Halloween Terrarium

Terrariums are always a lot of fun and are something that I have loved for as long as I can remember. Also something that I have found interesting for as long as I can remember? Venus Fly Traps! So of course I knew exactly what I wanted to do in my terrarium for Halloween this year!

Luckily Venus Fly Traps are easy to find this time of year. And yes, if you don’t have bugs in your home, you do need to feed them a little meat from time to time. They are also perfect for terrarium living because they like humid, bog like conditions.

I just added a bit of spooky looking moss, and of course, a bunch of eyeballs, to make the scene complete.