Halloween Home Tour 2016

As promised my Halloween tour is here! You guys I am obsessed with decorating for Halloween. Last year was the first time I did anything other than Fall decor so when the time came I of course went out and got some more objects and I can promise you, it’s only going to get bigger and better from here. Halloween has become my new Christmas!  

Let’s start with the outside and then in. I kept it very simple this year outside mainly because I went a little nuts on the Fall decor.
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And now the inside…

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I don’t think I’m going to want to take any of this down! On top of making the house ghoulish I’ve also started having some fun with myself! If you follow my accounts on Instagram then you’ve seen some of the fun work I’ve been up to like my face lift gone wrong..Halloween Home TourAnd then the cleaner version of a face lift…
Halloween Home TourSo fun right!? Anyone else enjoying the Halloween season as much as me?

Thanks for stopping by! xo

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Fall Pumpkin Centerpiece

Fall 2016 is in full swing and I will say I am pumped for it! I am definitely a summer girl but once the temperatures start to cool the attic boxes come down, if you know what I mean 😉 There are pumpkins spread all around the house and yummy smelling candles burning. This season always gives me the push I need to get my creative juices flowing and that didn’t change when I decided to create a little centerpiece for our kitchen table. I always keep fresh flowers on this table but I wanted to do a little something different for the new season. 

If you’ve been following for awhile you might remember when I threw my best friend her Fall themed baby sprinkle. You can click that link to check it out or view the photo below.  I had purchased some pumpkins at the orchard and carved them out and used them as planters on the tables.Fall Pumpkin CenterpieceUsing this as some inspiration I hit up Michaels and purchased a faux pumpkin along with some floral pieces and floral foam.

Fall Pumpkin CenterpieceThe first thing I did was cut out a circle at the top of my pumpkin. Just like I were carving an actual pumpkin, I used my carving tools. 

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Next, I measured my foam to make sure it fit inside. I had to trim the sides and shorten it a bit.

Fall Pumpkin CenterpieceAfter it was all measured I took it out and placed my flowers in it. The arrangement and flowers are up to you of course. I’ve kept Fall pretty neutral this year. 

Fall Pumpkin CenterpieceOnce it was all done I placed it back inside the pumpkin and made any fixes that were needed. Fall Pumpkin CenterpieceAnd that’s it…super easy! Now I know you could probably find these arrangements already done in your local craft store but trust me when I say, nothing beats being able to look over and say, I made that!
fullsizerenderLove the way it turned out! Here are a few photos of some other items of fall scattered around the house starting with the outside.
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Exterior Home

We’ve been itching to get cracking on the exterior of our house and this summer we finally did! Our plan initially was to redo our walkway because it was pretty much a hazard to walk on.  Of course like every project, you start with one idea and before you know it, you’re stoning the house!  Our whole plan started when we replaced our front door and thought, “Wow, this looks good and everything else is just, eh.” 

On top of redoing our walkway we also wanted to do something with our foundation and decided to stone it. Our mason was amazing! It’s pretty crazy to watch him carve and shape each stone to fit like a puzzle. We also chopped down a tree that was not very safe and since we were also purchasing new garage doors we continued the stone work along the side of the house! That was not in our initial plan but I’m so happy we did! Here are a slew of before, during, and after shots!

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Thanks for stopping by! xo

Thanksgiving Ideas

Happy Monday all! It’s a short work week and I’m ready for the mini break! I wanted to stop in today to share some Thanksgiving crafts from years past if anyone is looking for some inspiration for their tablescapes! Enjoy and I hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving! 

thanksgiving3 Try using burlap as runners for your table. In the photo below I grabbed some branches in the yard and spray painted them gold.

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Add a few gold polka dots on small white pumpkins..instant decor! thanksgiving1Add some candle holders and artificial flowers to a wine box.
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Happy Thanksgiving!!

Fall Makeup Eye Look

Hi everyone! I’m here today to share a fun Fall eye look that I recently filmed. Every once in awhile I like to step out of my comfort zone of neutral colors and add a little something different to my look. This eye uses a beautiful olive green color that is subtle enough for anyone to pull off! DSC04172 2Head over to my YouTube channel to check out the video! 

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xo

Halloween Home Decor

I’ve always loved decorating for Fall! Once the cool air hits it’s all pumpkins and acorns and cider galore! This year I decided to mix in some Halloween decor and I’m so happy I did! I am seriously obsessed! What took me so long?? I have always decorated my classroom for Halloween and maybe I have convinced myself you only decorate if you have kids but not anymore! Here are some fun shots starting with the outside! Don’t mind the gagillion leaves everywhere. I was too lazy to remove them for the photos. #lazybloggerfail! 

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M2S in the Kitchen: Minestrone Soup

It’s Fall ya’ll!! Ok I’m not sure if I can really pull off saying ya’ll being the New Yorker that I am but I am so excited for the cooler temps! Although these days it’s more like sweater mornings and tank top afternoons! Either way there is a lot to look forward to and one of my favorite things about the Fall is Fall cooking! Mainly lots of soups, stews, and hearty food! 

Today I wanted to share with you one of my absolute favorite recipes and is pretty much a staple in this house. Minestrone soup! It’s chock full of veggies and so incredibly tasty! I’ve seen minestrone cooked a few different ways but this is a fool proof way to get a delicious warm bowl of goodness in your hands.  Now every once in awhile I like to be naughty and add some bacon. I mean why wouldn’t you add bacon to it? Bacon is an extremely flexible ingredient and often can be a major part of a recipe. In this case the bacon creates a beautiful base that saturates all of the veggies and gives it the perfect kick that it needs! 

The beauty of this recipe is that you can throw just about any vegetable that you have in your fridge into it! 

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I’m cooking for a crowd tonight so I’m doubling the recipe but here’s the normal one! 

2 cloves of garlic
2 large onions
2 celery stalks
2 large carrots
2 large potatoes
2 large handfuls of green beans
1 zucchini
1 yellow squash
2 tbsp butter
1/4 c. olive oil
2 strips of bacon
6 c. vegetable or chicken broth
2 tbsp. tomato paste
3 1/2 oz. small pasta (I use Ditalini)
salt and pepper
freshly grated parmesan cheese
Remember, you don’t have to use these specific veggies.  If you wanted to throw in some kale or white beans you absolutely could!

Instructions:

1. You’ll want to chop the garlic, onions, celery, carrots, potatoes, green beans, zucchini, squash and bacon.
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2. Heat the oil and butter together and then add the bacon.  These three work beautifully together to make a coating for all the veggies. Cook for about 2 minutes.Minestrone Soup I Made2Style

3. Add the garlic and onions and cook for 2 minutes.
Add the celery, carrots, and potatoes and cook for 2 minutes.
Add the beans, zucchini, and squash for 2 minutes.
Make sure you are mixing the veggies you add into the bacon butter goodness!
Cover the pan and cook all the veggies for 15 minutes.
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4. Add broth and tomato paste. Bring to a boil the lower the heat and simmer for 1 hour.

5. Add your pasta to the pan and cook for 15 minutes. Add salt and pepper.

6. Serve in a large bowl, because you’ll want a lot, and sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan cheese.
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Here are some links to some other favorite soups I love!

White Bean and Kale Soup
Carrot and Ginger Soup
Hearty Lentil Soup
Butternut Squash Soup

Let me know what you think if you give it a try!