birthday wish list!

Hi, everyone! I’m sorry that I missed connecting with you last Sunday. I’m back now and have lots going on that I am looking forward to sharing soon. My house is fully decorated for Christmas and I will be bringing a full decor detailed post to you a little bit closer to Thanksgiving.

This Friday (November 16th) is a big day in my house – it’s both my birthday AND Luna’s birthday!! I will be turning 26 and Luna will be turning 3! When I visited Luna as a puppy at the breeder’s farm and I learned that she had the same birthday as I did I knew I was meant to be her dog mom πŸ™‚

Each year my parents ask for a birthday and Christmas wish list from me and I thought it would be fun to share the things I have on my list with all of you this year. A few things I have had my eye on for awhile and some are newer interests but it’s a good variety of items. Since my birthday is fairly close to Christmas it’s easy to make a bigger list with lots of ideas as some of them could become Christmas gifts next month!

Fitbit Charge 3

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I had the original Fitbit charge when it came out a few years back and really loved it. Here is a link to the newest version that is on my list! With my eczema I can’t wear metal-based watches because they really irritate my skin and cause a rash. Wearing something like this with a rubber-based band is a good option for me. I also like that this style of the tracker is a thinner style so it’s not as chunky of a watch. It can blend in with other jewelry/bracelets because it almost looks like a bracelet itself! I also love that all of the Fitbit products now come with the ability to change out the band. That was one of the downsides before when you had one color and one color only. I love the rose gold accent on this one and know it would look great with a variety of bands that I can buy to change up the style depending on what I’m wearing that day.

Oh Joy! Calpak confetti luggage

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This confetti designed luggage set might be one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. Joy Cho is the blogger and name behind the Oh Joy! brand and she combined with CALPAK to design this luggage set. I love that it’s got the hard outer shell making it more durable for travel. The gold accents on the handle and 360-degree wheels makes it look extra classy and chic. I am a big fan of colored/patterned luggage because it always makes it so much easier to spot your bag – not to mention it helps you travel in style! This set is definitely a little bit on the pricey side but I have a feeling the quality holds up that price point. Here is a link to check it out! You can buy as a set or separate pieces in the different sizes.

Yellow Accent Arm Chair

This yellow arm chair from Houzz.com has been on my radar for the last couple of months and I have always thought it would be fun to have an accent chair in my living room. You all know the fairly recent obsession that I have developed for yellow and I’ve enjoyed working it in in small ways in my living room. This chair would pack a big punch and I like that it looks really stately but comfortable at the same time. The chair I currently have in my living room doesn’t have arms so it’s not very inviting or comfy to sit down and curl up in to read or watch a movie. I’m thinking of treating myself and buying this for a birthday gift to myself so stayed tuned for that πŸ˜€

Camel high neck dress coat

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I have a really heavy duty black winter jacket that is dressy and nice to wear for both work and casually. I have wanted to add another lighter colored option so that I have two different choices of jacket for during the winter season. I always want to make sure that what I buy is dressy enough for work but not so stuffy that it isn’t warm enough for our nasty winters. I spotted this high neck camel coat at Old Navy and I love how it’s simple but really classy at the same time. You really can’t beat the price either! Here is the link for it on the website.Β 

Matching Christmas pajamas!

There is no such thing as too many pajamas – especially no such thing as too many Christmas pajamas! Target has so many great matching pajama options for the whole family that would be fun to wear on Christmas morning all together when you’re opening up your gifts. Luna surprisingly doesn’t mind wearing dog sweaters so I thought it would be cute for her to have something matching with me for this season. Here is a link to this whole family collection of this set of pajamas but as I mentioned there are more than 10 styles of family pajamas.

I know that other than the pajamas I didn’t list any specific gifts for Luna on this list but not to worry – I will make sure my pup gets a good peanut butter treat on Friday along with a new bone and toy from me to celebrate turning three! I’m looking forward to sharing some photos from our big day with all of your on Instagram and probably here on the blog sometime soon too.

As I mentioned in the beginning I have lots of holiday content coming soon – Christmas decorations, Christmas music, and some winter fashion trends. Thanks so much for reading and I’ll be back with more soon! Have a wonderful week ❀

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xoxo Jen

diy yarn wall hanging

Happy Sunday, everyone! I’m happy to be back on a Sunday night and I’m also happy to share this fun DIY project with you πŸ™‚

Kelly Mindell (aka @studiodiy) is one of my favorite bloggers and she and her family live in LA. She has a big appreciation for bright, bold color and recently she posted a yarn hanging tutorial. After I saw the pictures of the masterpiece she made for her newly renovated office space I knew I needed to make a version of my own!

Here is Kelly’s post that I followed along with and used as inspiration. I knew I wanted the piece I made to go in my bedroom in the place of a much smaller yarn hanging I bought a few years ago. I used my bedroom’s color palette to build on my yarn choices when I went to the store.

I bought all of my yarn from Michaels when they were having a buy-one-get-one-free sale on yarn skeins so I saved a lot of money that way! Micheals also has great coupons on their app and sometimes you can get 20% off your whole purchase so I would look to score a deal when you buy the yarn in order to keep the costs down!

You can tie the yarn on to lots of different things – a wooden dowel is a great option but I chose to use a piece of decorative driftwood that I bought at Picks a month or two ago in preparation for this project. I like the visual interest is adds with the texture.

I estimated the number of skeins of yarn I would need for the project – my mindset was I’d rather over-buy and have to return some than get started and not have enough. I ended up buying 9 skeins in a variety of textures and colors (which is key!) but two of them I didn’t use at all and returned.

Mustard yellow, burnt orange, and two different shades of blue were my colorful choices and then I mixed in white and gray as neutrals. As I mentioned above, buying yarn in a variety of weights and textures makes it more appealing to the eye and even if you want to do a lot of the same color you can add variety and interest with yarns that are more or less bulky. I also bought one fun multicolored skein that had beautiful oranges and blues in it and it ended up being my favorite one I used!

Here is a photo of the finished product. It looks so great on the wall with all of my jewelry in my room and nothing beats having pieces in your home that you know you created yourself!

All in all this project took me about 2-3 hours to complete and all of my supplies for the project were less than $50. My hanging is quite large so if you’re looking to do something smaller it would be even more budget friendly!

I took a few photos of each of the different types of tie or braiding I did up close so you can see more clearly

A couple sections of yarn I didn’t do anything to other than looping them through the top. I made sure to use multiple strands together so that it was chunky but the colors made it pretty enough to not have to do anything fancy with some of the sections.

In the photo above the mustard yellow was just a simple twist. I cut about 10 strands of yarn total and once they were looped around the top I split them in half and twisted all the way down to the bottom before tying it off with a knot.

The blue yarn is looped around the top and then the whole set of strands is just knotted in a few different places down the strand to add texture

The orange multicolor yarn is done in a standard braid. Once the yarn was looped I just split into three sections and braided all the way down before knotting off the end

In the gray yarn above this was the most unique textured one of all – very soft and shiny, and felt a lot like human hair. I cut a few strands of this and then let them hang individually after looping through – then I tied some knots in each individual strand, spacing them out and doing them at different points on each strand

The large orange twist took the most yarn of all the ones I did. I cut lots (probably 20-22) loops of yarn for this. Then once it was hung through the top I split in half and twisted each of the two strands all the way down and knotted off. Then I took the two twisted strands and twisted them together for one big strand.

The bright blue is another standard braid but it’s a little bit easier to see with that color than it is with the multicolor yarn!

One last thing to mention is that I liked keeping a variety of lengths at the bottom of the piece. This adds interest to not have it all lopped off at the same length.

As I mentioned in the beginning this is one of my favorite projects I’ve ever done and I’m so glad I took the time to invest and work on it yesterday. I also got to do this project alongside my friend Brittany who made a version of her own. Crafting with someone else always makes it more fun πŸ™‚

I’m hoping to make another one of these in the future and something on an even bigger scale. I dream of making a HUGE one one day the could be used as a headboard over my bed!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and that you have a great week ahead. Thanks so much for reading!

#sugarspiceandstylethatsnice

xoxo Jen

burlap wreath diy

Happy Sunday, everyone! A few weekends ago I made another simple wreath for my front door to have up during this fall time of year before I replace with something fun for winter/Christmas.

The supplies and cost of making this wreath was really low and it would be another easy DIY for your own front door πŸ™‚ here are the only things you need:

  • A wooden wreath ring – I got mine at Micheals for about 6 or 7 dollars
  • A large roll of burlap! – I also got this at Michaels for $6
  • Greenery or florals of your choice – you can get these supplies anywhere! I got both of my pieces of faux greenery at Target in the saver spot at the front of the store.
  • A pair of scissors
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  • When choosing your wooden wreath ring, in my opinion thinner is better. That way you can measure and cut shorter pieces of burlap. To begin just trial a piece of cut burlap and then tie around the wreath form. I wanted my pieces to be a little bit longer to create fluffiness and texture, but to each their own!!
  • I used pieces that were about 8 inches long. Then I also cut each strip in half the long way because the roll of burlap was really wide. You can cut a few pieces at a time and then take a break to tie. That way you only cut as many strips of burlap as you need. For this wreath I used exactly one roll of burlap which was pretty good estimation on my part!
  • After you’re done tying the burlap in knots all around the circumference of your wreath ring, then you can work to weave in pieces of greenery. There is no right or wrong way to do this step! Add what you think looks good. I bought two different kinds of greenery and both were long garland style which made it much easier to wrap around. I would suggest this style versus loose flowers/stems.
  • The greenery garland I bought was much longer than I needed to I decided to make a loopy bow out of the ends of mine in the lower middle of the wreath to use all of it rather than continuing to wrap around the wreath. I then hung it on my front door as usual! All year round I keep my gold “home” on the front door attached with command strips to the pane of the windows. I got it in the dollar spot at Targe more than a year ago and it always makes the perfect backdrop for every wreath because there is no place like home πŸ™‚
  • After your wreath is hung where you want it to be don’t forget to do a healthy amount of “fluffing” in order to get it looking just right. Tightening pieces of burlap, adjusting the greenery, etc. so that it looks just how you want it to!
  • I have no doubts that I’ll have some fun DIYs to share with you as we get closer to Christmas, so be on the lookout!! As always, thanks so much for reading. Have a wonderful week!
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  • xoxo Jen
  • blogger adventure (part 2)

    Hi, everyone! Those of you that have been following along with me for awhile might remember back in May when I took a really exciting blogger adventure to St. Louis, Missouri with an amazing group of 15 other bloggers from around the Midwest….but if you don’t not to worry because you can read all about it by clicking right HERE!

    Part two of this really exciting project that the 15 of us are a part of happened during the last week of September and we had the opportunity to travel to Louisville, Kentucky together! We had such a blast being all together and working together again so I wanted to recap the trip along with some fun photos! I always love packing up my bag and getting prepared for a trip πŸ™‚

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    The day we arrived was a fun reunion and we got to spend some quality time together over dinner and drinks. You all know how much I enjoy trying new food so I didn’t let you down…I was sure to take photos of the meals I tried so I could share them with you! At the restaurant we enjoyed supper at the first evening I enjoyed a delicious “Hot Brown” sandwich that was a big open face turkey sandwich smothered in different cheese, bacon, pico de gallo, and green chile sauce. It had such good flavor and I dove right in after being hungry from a full day of travel!

     

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    Since we all met one another for the first time in May it was so special to be together again since we have been able to follow along with each other’s blogs and Instagram pages for the last 4 months and know so much more about each other now. Each day we fit in some fun time for photo shoots with each other and so here are a couple of good shots from the first night enjoying a drink together and having a little “Sex and the City” style shoot on the sidewalk in front of our hotel!

     

     

    One of the most exciting parts about the trip was getting to experience the unique hotel that we stayed in. It was called The 21c Museum Hotel – Louisville. The 21c brand has other locations in the US and all of them are boutique museum hotels. The lobby and meeting areas of the hotel are literal art galleries and filled with beautiful art to admire and read about. We had our project meetings in one of the galleries and one each floor of the hotel there was also pieces of art to enjoy.Β  Here are two of the pieces that were displayed in the lobby!

     

    The second day of the trip was a long day of hard work (but it included a couple hours of shopping so I will take that kind of work ANY day!!) We paused at lunch time to take some great photos of each other right outside of our hotel in downtown Louisville because the architecture of the buildings made for fun and exciting backdrops. My friend Gaonou snagged my favorite picture of me ever and it’s now my new profile picture on Instagram!! I also included a blooper so you can see that we obviously don’t have any fun together at all….about 5 other girls were behind the camera cheering me on and giving me some good laughs while I was getting my glamour shots taken πŸ™‚

     

     

    The second (and final) evening of the trip we enjoyed a really special meal at Decca restaurant. We arrived to a four-course menu on each place setting and the food was all so delicious. We shared a collection of appetizers together along with our choice of wine. Then I selected the ribeye steak for my main course and it was so heavenly. The plating of it (which you can see in the photo below) almost made it too beautiful to eat. We shared some sides along with our main courses and then I selected a chocolate cake with coffee ice cream (no surprises there!) for dessert. I think my favorite part of the meal was the after dessert cappuccino with the brown sugar cube. Coffee with dessert is one of my favorite things in life and the folks at Decca did it just right!

     

     

    Only getting to spend 2 and a half days together is the only downside to these trips. All of the girls I have met through this project are so unique and fantastic and I’m beyond grateful to have this opportunity. We have one final trip together that will occur in either late January or early February. The 15 of us are anxiously awaiting getting to see each other one more time and also can’t wait to hear where we get to travel to this time! I have a feeling these friendships from this project will last well beyond our final trip and I look forward to seeing how all of these women grow in their brand and lifestyle.

     

    It wouldn’t be a travel day without grabbing a Starbucks at the airport. On my trip home I had a considerably amount of time at the airport between when we got dropped off and when my flight left so I got lots of time to enjoy a blended cacao protein cold brew. It basically tasted like a coffee milkshake and I was 100% on board with it. I also had plenty of time during my second layover in Minneapolis to dive into myΒ  new book.

     

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    I hope you all have enjoyed learning about my travels and I’m looking forward to sharing the third and final trip with all of you in a few months.

    Have a wonderful rest of your week!

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    xoxo Jen

    humankind with kittsona || be a kind human

    As I was brainstorming what to write for this week’s topic it all dawned on me this evening. With the turbulent week we have had in national politics (really the turbulent year…) I was spending some time reflecting on the lack of kindness that can be felt. I feel that the understanding of others and their experience and emotions is lacking across the board and I think it’s fair to say that we all (myself included) could find ways to do a better job of treating everyone around us with kindness.

    My partnership with Kittsona as a brand babe makes me proud proud because the mission and values that they reflect as a company are things I strive for in myself. They recently launched a new line/collection called Humankind. All of the products in this line reflect their values of kindness to others (and animals!).

    The collection includes T-shirt’s and sweatshirts, as well as toddler clothing and onesies for the little ones in your life! Below are photos of some of my favorite items from the collection. All are between $32 and $36 dollars!

    This simple statement – grl pwr – shows the strong conviction Kittsona has behind empowering women and making them feel beautiful and heard and important in every aspect. This tee would be a great piece to add to your closet and can be dressed up or down very easily!

    This shirt goes without explanation!!! I think this needs to be my next Kittsona purchase. I couldn’t love dogs anymore so this one really speaks to me β™₯️

    Radiating positive vibes is easier said than done some days but it’s always amazing to notice the difference in my mood and the mood of those around me on days where I choose to stay positive and upbeat. Positivity always wins and this shirt is the perfect reminder 😊

    Two words but so much meaning behind them. Kindness matters and it matters to everyone. One of my favorite quotes is “be kind for everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about”. The way you show up and how you treat others on a day to day basis can make sure a lasting and immeasurable impact. Make sure the way you’re choosing to do that is a way you’re proud of!

    If you are interested in any of these T-shirt’s or the message behind spreading Humankind follow This link to check out the whole collection on Kittsona’s website! Any time you check out online at Kittsona.com or in store don’t forget to use my discount code for 10% off your entire purchase!! SUGARSPICESTYLE10

    I hope you all have a wonderful week. I’ll be back again soon! As always, thanks so much for reading!!

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    Xoxo Jen

    fall footwear

    Hi, my friends! A few weeks ago I asked a question on my Instagram stories about what content you would like to see soon and someone mentioned a post on sneaker/fall footwear would be great as we transition into a new season.

    Here are a few of my favorite picks for this upcoming season in lots of different style – sneakers, flats, mules, loaders, ankle boots….you name it. As always I have picked really affordable options so that you don’t feel overwhelmed by any of the prices and they truly fit into a budget fashionista lifestyle πŸ™‚ All of the shoes are under $40 at this time – the only pair not in that price range is the first pair of sneakers from LOFT but a discount code advertised currently makes them 39.99! Every pair is linked in the description below the picture so follow the links to buy online! All of the shoes are either from LOFT, Old Navy, or Target.

    Sneakers

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    This adorable pair from LOFTΒ is a great option for this season. The mauve/blush color is a perfect neutral for this time of year and the satin finish will dress up any outfit!

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    I found a couple of great options at Old Navy:Β First is this burgundy pairΒ which is the definition of an effortless casual sneaker. They have it in gray as well but this color really pops!

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    It doesn’t get much cuter than these “Oh Hey” slip ons. These are in my own cart for sure πŸ˜€ more color, please!!

    Mules/Loafers

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    The yellow obsession continues with these slide on heeled mules from Old Navy – they are a good “work shoe” and mustard yellow is practically a neutral in my book! You could wear these with pretty much anything and a heel always makes you feel a little bit more dressed up if that’s the look you’re going for.

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    I own these classic non-heeled mules from Target in black but this light pink color would be a great fall neutral. They are really comfortable and the pointed toe is a nice touch.

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    These are currently sold out on my size but I have them on alert for when they restock because yellow AND ruffles….doesn’t get any better than that; especially when they are 22 dollars!!

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    This is a way to have a jazzier black mule. I love the tassel sandals I bought from Target this summer and these are along the same lines. Adds some texture to a classic piece without making it unprofessional.

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    The embellishments on these are way too fun – the sparkles are beautiful and would be great with an all-around simple outfit so that the shoes can stand out.

    Ankle BootsΒ 

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    I love the studs on these, simple enough but they make them unique and different even with a neutral color. They’re so small they are even difficult to see in the picture but they are little tiny gold beads. The mushroom color of the boot is my preference for a neutral color over more brown tones – I think it goes with more and is a softer look.

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    A white ankle boot might be out of your comfort zone but these are so fun!! It would be a nice way to take a risk and they would be really fun to wear going out!

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    If white isn’t your style or too risky you can’t go wrong with a classic all black microsuede ankle boot – this one is trendy because it’s a “sock boot” with the tighter to the ankle top – that will be REALLY big this season

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    These in a fun faux leather snakeskin print would be great with black jeans and any big sweater over the next two seasons.

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    I love a good metallic accent and these boots are so casual and cute. They could be dressed up or down easily and are a fun interest piece without trying too hard. I think they would look good with both denim/jeans and dress slacks. I’m especially picturing them with knee length dresses/skirts and tights for the colder weather coming our way!

    As always, thanks so much for reading! I am looking forward to having more for you all soon πŸ™‚

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    xoxo Jen

     

    fall decorating inspiration :)

    The BEST season is upon us!! Fall is here and I couldn’t be happier! This is the sweetest time of year: I love the colors, the crispness as it comes back into the air, the style and fashion, and the scents of pumpkin and apple cinnamon. Over the last couple of weeks I have prepared both my office and my house for the season and wanted to share photos and details with all of you to give you some inspiration if you haven’t started on your own decorating. If you don’t typically decorate for fall maybe this will convince you! A little bit goes a long way – and as usual, I got all of my decor for great prices from some of my favorite places: Target, Hobby Lobby, Picks, Michaels, and TJMaxx. Here are all of the details!!

    At the Office

    Those of you that have been following along with me for awhile now know how much I love to change up small things in my office for each season of the year. I added some new pieces that go great with my black, white, and gold theme and it adds the perfect touch of fall to my space that I get to enjoy during the week.

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    Two pumpkins and a new faux floral arrangement on the corner of my desk pack a big punch with minimal changes. The black and white striped pumpkin is glass and I bought it at the end of the fall season last year when all of the fall decor was 90% off at Hobby Lobby. If my memory serves me right I think I got it for less than 5 dollars which is wild!! The smaller black and white polka dotted pumpkin I just got last week from the dollar section/saver spot at the front of Target. The polka dots and black stem are glittery and this cute little guy was only $3! There were multiple other styles and colors in this size of pumpkin and it’s lightweight material.

    The glass stemmed jar I dressed up for fall by wrapping twine around it in a wide band. A very easy and inexpensive “makeover” for any vase or jar. The two different versions of beautiful faux floral blooms in the fall colors (golden yellow and a pretty coral orange) are from Michaels. All of their fall decor is 40% off this week so head in to check it out!

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    I laughed outloud at Michaels when I saw this sign so I knew I had to get it for my office. It was only 5 dollars so it was a no-brainer. I put it on the windowsill with all of my plants. It’s the perfect “fall humor” and I DO drink a lot of coffee….

    At Home

    Since I am such a huge Christmas decoration fan in past years I haven’t done as good of a job of adding fall pieces to my house. This year I decided to be intentional about getting some nice fall-themed decor to have out for September through November before the Christmas decorating begins. I went to all of my favorite stores once the fall decor was out and found the perfect pieces to create a nice fall ambience at home without changing much or going over the top!

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    I changed out my normal dining room table picture for this sweet black wooden sign from Hobby Lobby. The message about togetherness is the perfect one for this season πŸ™‚ It looks great with my favorite dollar store mirror and the metal basket from the Magnolia-Hearth and Hand collection at Target that are mainstays in this space. Inside the metal basket are 4 different fall scented candles. 3 of them I just bought this past weekend at Michaels as they are having a sale all week on their fall large jarred candles – 3 for 10 dollars which is INSANE!! So if you have a Michaels in your town I highly suggest making a trip there this week to snag that great deal. The black and gold “give thanks” sign is also from Hobby Lobby. Their fall decor should continue to be 40% off for a little while longer I’m imagining so you should have time to score these things (and others!) if you’re interested.

    My favorite thing from my table ended up being this fun pumpkin and floral bouquet that I created with inspiration from one of my favorite bloggers. I bought this white pitcher from the Threshold collection at Target for less than 15 dollars and it will be perfect to change out with different things for each season. I placed a foam floral block inside the pitcher and then added a mixture of twine, white, and orange mini pumpkins on sticks that I got at Hobby Lobby. Then I also added two stems of cotton blossoms and some fun yellow faux florals – all from Hobby Lobby as well! Such an easy DIY project that looks so festive and beautiful!!

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    The only other space inside that I added some fall flair to was my side table in my living room. The gold hashtag light sign is an all year round stay and that was bought at Target last year. The orange and gold glittered larger pumpkin is from TJMaxx last year and then the rest of the pumpkin were just purchased last week at Target – also in the dollar spot/saver section. The largest pumpkin that is black is sprinkled with fun silver and orange sparkles/confetti. All of the mini pumpkins came in a set (2 black, 1 white, and 1 orange – all glittery!) and were only $3. There were lots of other items in the dollar section that would be so cute for fall but I didn’t want to go overboard! Your budget can go a long way if you stick with shopping in that section!

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    The last touch of fall at home was to buy some mums to enjoy outside over the next few months. I got both of mine at Menards this weekend for $4.98 each and went with a pretty muted orange color and then deep purple – one of my favorite colors! My jade plant has been thriving these last few weeks and looks nice alongside the mums. My cute white metal “Fresh Cut Flowers” sign was a Picks purchase at the beginning of the summer and I love it so much!!

    I hope that these pictures give you all some ideas and inspiration of your own as we embark on this season of change. As always, thanks so much for taking the time to read and connect with me. I appreciate each of you so much! Be back soon with more ❀

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    xoxo Jen