Tuesday, October 8, 2013

38 "Fall"ing for the Little Things

Hiya friends!  I missed you today.  My littlest had caught a head cold like none other {in fact, we are all passing it around, yucky stuff}, so he was home with me today snuggling, playing Battleship and coloring pages and pages of his doodles.


I planned on taking a quiet day away from the computer, in fact, I didn't check in on things once the whole day and it was blissful.  As I enjoyed the peacefulness of our house, I took some time to enjoy the sweet little random moments that make our home feel like, well, home.  And since I have been spending every spare hour battling sicknesses and working on our storage room projects with nothing exiting to report {yet}, I thought I would stop in quick and share some of those happy little home moments.


Fall is here!  Leaves are changing and beginning to cover the ground and the air is getting crisp.  I typically fight the autumn season with all my being because I know what is right around the corner {six more months of harsh wintery snow?}, however, I decided this year I needed a new attitude.  I am really embracing it with fall colored clothing, endless apple cider and pretty yellow mums.


Don't they just look AMAZING next to our freshly painted front door?  And yes, that is a gold stemmed pumpkin.  Thank you Rub-n-Buff!


And for those that were hoping for a view of the beautiful front the door from afar, here you go! 


You can see the front porch up close and personal here.

Loving the pretty green grass out front so much, now that it has gotten a bit cooler and the rain has been falling, we also started patching in the grass out back.  And it is starting to grow!  Whoop whoop!


Up until recently, the only thing I could grow well was my kids.  But something must be in our water, because I have had success with a couple of things above and beyond the new grass seedlings out back.  This summer I purchased a dwarf lemon tree, and as of today I noticed itty bitty lemon blooms!  Sweet!


Succulents.  I should have figured these out loooong ago, they survive most anything!  That means they have been popping up all over our abode.


It has been my goal to bring in more home accessories and furniture that contain beauty, character and love, which means that I have been keeping my eyes peeled for vintage and thrifted goods.  I recently found this sweetly old magnifying glass.  It is the perfect example of how the little things can really make an impact.  Just charming.


That beautiful little glass sitting there is also a recent fab find.  I have been on the hunt for gold rimmed glasses for ages, however, thanks to their steep prices at most fine home stores, they haven't found their way home.  Until eBay shined a little light in my direction.


Inside that darling glass you will find my new favorite drink.  I have been cutting soda out of my life for awhile now, but every once in awhile I like to indulge in something bubbly and sweet.  This Sparkling Georgia Peach juice is delish {found at World Market}. 


Last but not least, I stumbled across a Craigslist piece I couldn't resist, and couldn't be more excited about.


For the last year now, we have been on the hunt for a hutch {similar to this}, to place on top of our current sideboard cabinet in our dining area.  Finding something with the right measurements has proven to be a no win battle and led us to believe we would be stuck trying to build something instead.  Not knowing how all of that would pan out and if we would be able to create something that was what we envisioned in the end, I finally gave in to the fact that finding this entire unit so inexpensively priced on Craigslist was the right route for us to take.  I am counting the seconds until we can bring her inside and fall in love with her.

Now I would love to hear your happy home moments?  How about amazing thrifty finds that are making your home more YOU?  Or even favorite fall drinks that we all must try...


38 comments:

  1. We missed you too! I hope you all feel better. Great photos!

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  2. Thanks for sharing. How did you do your grass in the back? I have a big dead zone from our summer swimming pool out there. Would love to hear what worked for you! I love the mums. I bought some early on, but they are dead to the world already. I kill plants like no other! Succulents...definitely looking into succulents. :)

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    1. Hi Sue!

      We purchased a few bags of soil from the home improvement store and spread that first. Then sprinkled in seed and lightly raked and watered. The rain and water brings the seed back to the top of the soil, but it still seems to be taking. We are also walking our dogs and keeping them off of the grass until we can get it to grow in. Fingers crossed it works! :) Best of luck with your pool spot!

      xo!

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  3. Your front porch is so beautiful! Also, I've had it on my mental list to purchase some succulents because I've heard that they can survive my lack of a green thumb. You've inspired me to add them to my list. :)

    Something that I consider thrifty is that I kicked my daily Starbucks habit and instead drink hot or cold teas at home. It was super hard at first, but now I have grown to love it! Btw, I used my customized grocery list that you created for me on Sunday for the first time and it was a-mazing! Anyone who hasn't bought one should right this minute!

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    1. Way to kick that habit! I still head to one on days I am out and about, luckily the closet one for me is 30 minutes away!

      And thank you for purchasing the grocery list! So excited to hear you love it! :)

      xo!!

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  4. I just added a little spray paint to a vintage desk that I found at the thrift store a few months ago, that was fun. That Georgia Peach juice sounds delish...I'll have to remember to try that next time I am in World Market. I hope your crew feels better soon!

    ~Sarah

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    1. Thanks Sarah! I have been wanting to try spray paint on a piece of furniture as well. I just pinned one that looks AH-MAZING! Congrats on the thrifty find!

      xo!

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  5. Your front porch looks great, I hope you all feel better soon!

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  6. Omg! That polka dotted pumpkin is sooo cute!

    I need one!!!!

    http://reuschinteriordesign.blogspot.com

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  7. All of these things are such happy little details of life. I bet you enjoyed your sons day at home, even though he wasnt feeling too good, poor thing. Sometimes sick days are great days to bond and take a break from life:)


    Beautiful, loving everything! I especially love the door!
    Aesthetic Lounge

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    1. Couldn't agree more! I savored every second. :)

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  8. I am loving your vintage finds & the behind the scenes and also step by step blog moments. The hutch makes too excited for words- I cant wait to see you bring it to new life. Im forever appreciative of old furnitre pieces - they do not make that quality of furniture anymore. Happy fall!

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  9. I'm really impressed with your son's drawing. I have two boys, 5 and 9, and let's just say their talents lie elsewhere! ;-)

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  10. I love your fall front porch! How do you keep your mums alive in the colder temperatures? I live in one of the northern states as well, and it gets down to almost freezing or freezing every night already, which I am sure is similar to where you are. Do you bring your mums in at night or cover them?

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    1. So far I have done nothing and have just been lucky. But if I know that an overnight freeze is heading our way, I use an old sheet to cover them. Hoping we have a few more weeks before that happens. :)

      xo!

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  11. Glad to be the bearer of good news, Jen: Those little green bumps aren't lemon blossoms -- they're lemons! Your tree has shed it's petals (at least on that area of the tree) and the lemons are already forming!

    You can decide now if your young tree can support that many lemons, or you want to thin out one or two lemons in that cluster to give the remaining lemon(s) a better chance.

    Is that a Meyer lemon? What do you plan to do with it in the winter?

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    1. You can bear all the good news you want! I was hoping that was the case {goes to show how much I know about anything green}. :) And thank you for the tips!

      In the winter I just hope to keep it in the planter inside. I don't believe it is supposed to get too big since it is a dwarf tree. They sell them locally so if it does continue to grow, we will eventually transplant it out into the yard. Only time will tell. :)

      xo!

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  12. I hope your littlest is feeling better. I love your mums. County Market had a bunch and I grabbed a purple one. :) (and a hay bale.. adding in the corn stalks from the corn we grew this summer and the pumpkins we also grew to my mini porch).
    No vintage finds. Been trying to find reasonably priced apothecary jars though. I got the deck stained yesterday... that was fun in that wind!! NOT!

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    1. Thanks Michelle! I will have to check out County Market as I wanted to pop a couple more mums into a flower box on the side of our garage.

      And congrats on getting your deck stained! That is a HUGE accomplishment, especially on a windy day!

      xo!

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  13. Where are the planters from? I love!!!!!!!!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! They were unfinished planters from Home Depot about two years back. I gave them a few coats of paint and now they really smile for us. :)

      xo!

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  14. Hope the little guy (and everyone else) is feeling better! Love the yellow mums at the front door!

    The leaves have just all of a sudden changed around here, haven't they? I wasn't really prepared, since we are knee deep in the trenches of the school year. My happiest home moment happened just this morning at my son's school morning program drop-off. My son (a big second grader now) actually gave ME a hug before I could even finish the sign-in sheet. He accented that big hug with an "I love you!" Melt a mother's heart!

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    1. Thanks Nicole! I wasn't prepared for the changing seasons either. Came really quick since summer came so late this year.

      And such a sweet moment. We call those "surprise hugs", and they really are the best!

      xo!

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  15. Love the glimpses you shared with us! I am behind on my Halloween decorating considering I usually have it DONE on the first. I just haven't been motivated to start yet! I am starting a pretty big painting projects with some built ins in my basement. I'm hesitating because the colors are bold and out of my comfort zone a little as well as out of the flow of the house a little. But I figured I could have a little fun in the basement. We'll see! Lastly I love your door! We have a brown house and I updated the door last year to match out cushions on the porch to a maroon. I love it but and ready for a medium teal door next spring! Thanks for the motivation Jen!

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    1. Oooh! Have fun with your bold paint colors! It is always worth the risk, worst case is that you have to repaint it {that has been me from time to time but it always works out in the end}.

      xo!

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  16. Hope everyone feels better soon! I've been fighting off a cold for a few days now! I think it's always good to take some time away from the technology once in a while. I actually did that yesterday too, spending the day just enjoying some time with my fiance. Thanks for sharing these little moments with us!

    Jamie @
    The Growing Up Diaries

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    1. Thanks Jamie! So hard to turn of technology completely, but I am always grateful when I do. :) Glad you had some time with your fiance!

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  17. I love all of the sweet moments you shared, Jen....and hope that sweet little man feels better soon!

    We have our house on the market right now, so I didn't want to go all out with fall decorations....but a few potted mums greeting visitors in the front yard and just a couple of my favorite pumpkins that my mom got for me a few years back are giving me enough little fall moments to enjoy this season in the midst of an uprooting move.

    Fall drinks....for the Starbucks lovers, it's not on the menu but you can ask for a pumpkin chai latte. Oh MY.

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    1. Thanks Deme! Good luck with your home! And thanks for the drink tip! :)

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  18. love seeing little bits of your everyday sweet girl ♥ happy wednesday

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  19. where did you find the pot for the lemon tree and your indoor plants?

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  20. Beatiful door! :)
    Greetings from Poland :)

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  21. Hope your little guy is feeling better!

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  22. Hope all is well in your household now! I keep checking back to see if you've got updated news of your storage project... I think I'm hooked on it. I find myself thinking about it throughout the day too. Yikes!

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