Easy Fall Decorating Via The Pampered Mom

Saturday, October 3, 2015
I am such a strong believer in EASY decorating.  It can be very time consuming getting out all your seasonal décor, let along trying to re-invent the wheel every single time.  I love decorating as much as the next person, but the problem is I just don't have the time.  So, I make it super easy with these simple tricks. 

For one, decorate with items that can be easily changed out.  I do this with Pillows, Frames, Bowls,  and jars.  You'll notice that I use the same pillows throughout the year, but I will change one out to make it go with that particular time of the year.  See my oversized push plaid pillow behind the small pony?

I leave these books out year round, but I add different pieces to the top that goes with the season.

My entry table and décor is SO easy to change.  Usually I have tree branches in my large blue vase, but for Fall, I add warmer Autumn Leaves.

My go-to for this bowl is usually lemons, but for Fall - scented pinecones.  How easy is that?!

The point is to make it easy, because otherwise it gets added to our "list" and just never gets done.  We've all been there.  Start by getting 3 or 4 tubberware bins and marking them "Spring/Summer," "Fall," and "Winter."  I have one large bin for Spring|Summer, One for Fall and then about 10 for Winter with all my Christmas Décor.  Then each season, bring out the next bin add simple touches to items you are already using for home décor and put the past season away for the next year. 

Good luck getting organized and using the décor you already have in your home season-to-season!  You'll never look back!

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It's FALL - a Pampered Mom Tablescape

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
It's FALL, the most wonderful time of the year!  Cooler, seasonal weather, Football, WARM hot cocoa, Pumpkin Everything, Apples, Apple Cider, Layers, Leaves, ohhh I could go on and on.  I absolutely love it!  Here's what our table looks like for the Fall.  Interested in the pieces?  Follow down below!

The Pampered Mom's Fall Tablescape:

Items Include:
Table: Restoration Hardware, Chairs: Ethan Allen & Ikea, Place Settings: Pottery Barn Emma, Flowers & Votives: Target, Napkins: Pier One

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Happy 1st Birthday Murphy

Sunday, August 30, 2015
It's MURPHY'S BIRTHDAY!  He is now 1 years old!  Our sweet, sweet Murphy the kindest, most gentle and loving dog I have ever had.  He is also the pickiest eater EVER, unaffected and unmotivated by food at all!  You could place a piece of bacon or steak on the ground and he would look at you like you have two heads.  He would literally just turn up his nose and walk away.  Therefore, unmotivated = no new tricks for this little doggie.  That's fine with us though, he just wants to love and be loved.  Who could ask for anything more than that!

Happy Birthday Murphy!

For those of you who knew our puppy Tank, this is also the day 1 year ago, the very day Murphy was born, that we had to put him down.  I miss him SO much.  He was my buddy, my protector and my survivor.  We decided to let the balloons go in memory of him.  Love you Tank!

I truly believe that there is a greater plan and some things are meant to be.  I never would have believed that the day we had to say goodbye to our beloved dog Tank, that a new life would be born, and would join our family?  Although we didn't get Murphy until November, I still believe there was something greater than us pulling us in the same direction.  It was fate.

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Three Ingreident - Vicks Vapor Disks

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Second day of school in and my child comes home sick ... yuck!  Just thinking about all those germs at school makes my stomach churn.  [Insert gag reflex here].  So no time like any to bust open our DIY at home Vicks remedy.  It doesn't get easier than this people.  So we have been doing this for a number of years now.  Probably since our oldest was 2 or 3.  Just about the time they start getting all those sickies from other kids at day care, and our pediatrician actually told us to go out and purchase these.  Years ago Vicks actually made these Vicks Disks as I call them.  You just plop them in the shower with you and they help to clear all of your sinuses.  Genius.  Until they stopped making them.  SO, I made them at home. Only I used to use eucalyptus oil, which I still do from time to time, but I have found using this one single ingredient speeds up the process. 

Three ingredients are all you need ...
1. Baking Soda
2. Water
3. Vicks Vapor Inhalant

Two parts baking soda, 1 part water.  Add Inhalant TT.   Stir and place in muffin tins.  You can either leave these out over night, or if you're impatient like me, then put them in the oven for 23 minutes!
** in this particular batch, I added one drop of lemon to add some citrus in the mix, turned out great, but they do not come out as white as these babies.

The kids think they are fun, they actually don't mind taking a shower with them and little do they know, they are helping them tremendously! 

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Back to School :: Fun Instagram Sign

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
It's back to school for these boys.  I seriously can not believe that Summer is over.  We had so many plans and dreams and oh ... where did the time go!?!?  I am so thankful that I was able to stay home with them over the break and create memories.  I love these two so much, it pains me to be away from them.  My oldest is now in Second Grade and my baby in Kinder ... so grown up.  I am praying they have a wonderful year full of  learning and friends.  

So I made these cute little Instagram boards in about 5 mins yall!  SO easy!  You should totally do them for photo booths or events you have coming up in the future!  Basically I just used a white board from Michaels and cut out a square in the center.  That was IT!  Then I added the fun Instagram stuff in Photoshop so I could change it out if I needed to.  And, thank goodness I did, because yesterday we found out that Breaden moved classes and has a new teacher now.  Super easy fix!

Here's to a brand new school year!


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