Just because it's fall it doesn't mean that your window boxes have to be empty and lifeless. Fall can be very pretty for a few weeks when the leaves are at their peak color, but what about after the leaves have fallen? I wanted to keep those bright oranges and yellows around until at least Thanksgiving because once the snow flies, it will feel like forever until spring is here.
I'm a tad bit embarrassed that I'm just getting my fall decor up now - so "late" in October. Seems reasonable enough, but when I think about how I had everything up at the end of August last year, I feel really far behind. Fall is my favorite time to decorate and I like to keep it around as long as possible since the rich warm colors work so well in our home so I'm surprised I waited so long. But if it's one thing I've learned over the years when it comes to home decor, if you force it, you'll never be happy with it.
This year I needed inspiration to get moving with my fall decor. I wasn't about to just pull out my totes of fall decor from last year and put everything in the same exact place. There is no fun or creativity in that. I just had to be patient and wait for something to come along to get me moving.
Raise your hand if you feel sleep deprived. Yikes, that's a lot of you.
According to a 2016 CDC study 1 in 3 adults do not get enough sleep on a regular basis. I used to be one of those 1 in 3. I had a hard time falling asleep at night, I could never stay asleep, and I never woke up feeling well rested. I considered myself a "light sleeper" and I would almost never dream.
That is no longer me. Now I fall asleep easily, dream every single night, stay asleep all night long, and wake easily in the morning feeling well rested. I'm not telling you this to try and make you jealous, I'm telling you this because if what I share with you below helped me, it might help you too......
This post is sponsored by Enbrighten Café String Lights by Jasco. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
As promised on Instagram, I'm finally getting around to sharing with you all how we hung our deck lights on our newly built deck space. I love the look of cafe lights strung outdoors (and indoors too!) and I have a feeling we are going to be using our deck space right up till winter. Sitting outside during the fall is more enjoyable anyways since you don't have to deal with mosquitos and other flying pests. Now if only burning leaves wasn't hazardous to your health and didn't contribute to pollution. I guess I'll just have to stick with my 100% beeswax or soy naturally scented candles instead. If anyone knows of a beeswax or soy naturally scented candle that smells like burning leaves, let me know!
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I think glass stove tops get a bad rap. I know many, many people who swear by their gas cooktop and would never even consider an electric stove but we had a gas range in our last house for 10 years and I personally didn't find anything special about it. I did however hate cleaning the grates. It's just so involved and you have to take so much apart. Ok, ok, I know there are just two steps to taking apart a gas cooktop, but still.
When we built our new house here in Minnesota, we had the option of "upgrading" to a gas stove, but for a non-cookist (yes, totally made-up word) like me, I didn't think having a gas range was worth the extra cost. Plus, the thought of cleaning those grates again just made me ughhhh.
The biggest complaint with glass cooktops is boil overs. But ya know what? We had our fair share of boil overs with our gas range so it's not like they don't happen on gas cooktops.
So if you have a glass cooktop, this probably looks very familiar. If you have the right tools though, it's actually a breeze to clean up. I swear.
The little bottle of cleaner that comes with your electric range is not part of the right tools. In my opinion it's useless and just makes a big smeary mess.
There is a cleaning paste made by a direct sales company that works awesome. However, it's so stinkin' expensive. Since the ingredients were easy to find and I'm all about DIY cleaners, I recreated the cleaning paste for a fraction of the cost.