What I’m Pinning: FALL Edition

Fall is easily my favorite season out of the entire year. Yes, call me basic as I wear the term with pride. I count down the days for Pumpkin Spice everything, breaking out my scarves, boots and sweaters, and begin appropriately decorating my home around September. It’s taken me some time to get used to the fact that central California doesn’t necessarily get a ‘fall’ like I’ve been used to all my life back in Virginia. There’s no changing colors of the leaves, the temperature tends to stay pretty mild at about 75 degrees (or sometimes warmer) in the afternoons and there’s not much in the way of pumpkin patches or other fun-filled fall activities I can drag my husband to. However, I do make the best of it by surrounding my home with the scents of the season and this year I plan to invest in proper fall decorations that can be easily stored for years to come. Because if I can’t make it feel like fall outside I’m damned determined to make it feel like fall inside.

So with that in mind, here are my favorite pins for getting your home ready for fall. Your husband will thank you for it.

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1 // DIY Pumpkin Mason Jars via The 36th Avenue

These super adorable centerpieces, candy jars, or otherwise just adorable decorations can be easily made at home with just a few materials. Besides, who DOESN’T love a good use of a Mason jar? Not only do these make cute home decorations, for all my teacher bloggers out there they could also be a fun take-home project at the end of fall. Mason jars have all kinds of uses so it’s always helpful to have a few on hand. Don’t forget Christmas is just around the corner 😉

Ball Mason Jars (pint): Set of 12 | World Market | $17.99
Ball Mason Jars (pint): Set of 12 | Michael’s | $15.99
Kerr Mason Jar (pint): One | Michael’s | $1.99

2 // Autumn Floral Centerpiece
Whether you’re hosting a dinner party with family or friends or just looking for a beautiful piece to tie all of your decorating together, this beautiful floral centerpiece is perfect for just that. Simply find a tall vase, fill with your favorite fall items (pumpkins like in the photo, leaves, or even candy corn) and decorate with fresh flowers and accents. Fresh is always the best in my opinion, but invest in fake autumn colored flowers so you can recreate this piece year after year.

3 // Autumn Wreath
No home is complete without a fabulous wreath that shares the excitement for the season. I love this autumn themed wreath with its colorful florals and the burlap bow is just the perfect touch. I’m not sure who is the original owner of this photo, but it’s absolutely beautiful. If you’re not too much of a Do-It-Yourselfer, Etsy is a great resource if you’re looking for handmade wreaths like this one.

4 // Trisha Yearwood’s Fresh Apple Cake with Caramel Glaze via The Recipe Link
What doesn’t scream fall like a fresh cake made from the season’s favorite fruit? This apple cake bunt looks absolutely delicious and that caramel glaze drizzle has my mouth watering. I can’t wait to try this recipe because, come on, Trisha knows a thing or two about good food.

5 // DIY Mantle Decor via Unknown
I fell in love with this idea the moment I saw it on Pinterest and again I wish I could find the original owner of this photo/idea! Create this simple, yet adorable, decor piece by fixing vinyl letters to tea lights or small vases. THANKS (as seen in the photo) is perfect for Thanksgiving, CHEERS for Christmas, and even a simple FALL for, well fall!

4” Glass Candleholder: Dollar Store | $1.00
Vinyl Letters: Hobby Lobby
Tea Lights: Set of 50 | World Market | $6.99

6 // Homemade Butter Beer via Jet-Setting Mom
This classic drink from your favorite book series/films can now be a reality in your home without a trip to Universal Studios. Or at least it comes pretty close. All you need to whip up this delicious and festive drink is cream soda, imitation butter flavor (apparently that’s a thing), heavy whipping cream, vanilla, and sugar. All components are homemade, which leaves this drink extra tasty!

Have you found some fall pinspiration? I’d love to check it out so link it in the comments to share! Or do you have your favorite fall decor go-tos year after year? Let’s connect over our love of this season!

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A New Home

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Successfully make a move from Blogger to WordPress

OMG I need to first say to anyone looking to transfer their blogs from one platform to another be prepared to spend hours along with your blood, sweat, and tears trying to do just that. And for the record, I think it’s very important for WordPress to make it obvious that there’s a clear distinction between their WordPress.COM and WordPress.ORG sites and the benefits of both. I probably spent the last three days figuring how to transfer my blog to WordPress.com to then realize that in order to use custom plugins I needed a WordPress.org site…mainly for the use of Disqus for commenting. After going back and forth with my hosting I finally figured out how to do just that but then quickly ran into the trouble of getting my domain name to properly link to my new WordPress site. Talk about FML. Seriously.

But, with some determination (mainly being the money being spent on this whole process) I FINALLY made a successful transition from Blogger to WordPress. Hopefully I’ll never have to go through this experience again…and a huge thank you to all of the tech bloggers out there as your tutorials and videos were a HUGE help for a newbie like me who has no idea what she’s doing. I also want to thank my readers for being patient with me as I made this transition and I hope in doing so I’ve somehow created a more user-friendly site.

Before I head off I wanted to share some tips that have helped me make this big move into our new home with WordPress:

  1. Research. Do your research about hosting (since you’re paying for it) and what benefits they offer you and don’t be shy about asking questions or getting in touch with their customer service department.
    1. WordPress.COM is a free basic hosting platform with many upgrades available for purchase. Plugins not available.
    2. WordPress.ORG is hosted through another hosting site (mine is GoDaddy.com) and allows you more control and customization of your site using Plugins.
  2. YouTube and other blogs will be your friend. Unless you’re a seasoned webmaster and know HTML and other codes like the back of your hand, transitioning your blog can be a huge, and frustrating, undertaking. Use free resources like YouTube for demonstrations or tutorials to help you step-by-step. Also, contact other bloggers to see if they’d be willing to give you advice or simply look up your question in the Google search.
  3. Have patience. This is by far the hardest, but most important, tip I can give you. It’s easy to pay someone to do all of this for you and there were many times where I thought to just quit and have someone else deal with the headache. However, once you begin figuring things out and finally get your site moved it’s such a rewarding feeling. Besides, your blog is your baby and after an experience like this you’ll have such a deeper appreciation and ownership for it.

Have you transitioned your blog from one platform to another? What advice would you give to other beginner bloggers who may be considering the same?

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An Exciting Announcement

WE’RE PREGNANT!
11 weeks to be exact and it’s been quite the surprise to keep on the DL. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m pretty horrible at keeping secrets, especially when it comes to surprises or exciting announcements like this one.

Our road to pregnancy…
After we miscarried back in March the husband and I made a decision that we would officially be trying to conceive. At first, and to be totally honest, the first few months afterward were very stressful for both Philip and I. Once we green lit trying to conceive I went crazy. I began tracking my ovulation, pretty much scheduling intimacy with my husband, and going through hundreds of dollars worth of pregnancy tests. Just to feel disappointed when Aunt Sue came at the end of all that effort.

After a few tough conversations and realizing my relationship was being strained by this need to get pregnant, I finally snapped back to reality and reflected on what I was doing wrong in attempts to see so badly those positive lines across a pregnancy test. We wanted to know that if we got pregnant it would happen naturally and be out of love, like all babies should be.

We found out we were pregnant shortly after our 4th of July trip to Las Vegas with our friends. It just so happened that the very same weekend Aunt Sue was to arrive and I was eager to see if I would be late or not. Luckily she never showed up and it was then I knew somehow, deep down, that we brought home an unexpected souvenir from Hawaii.

To see that we were pregnant brought on all kinds of emotions. We were so excited but yet nervous too. Our miscarriage caused us to approach this pregnancy with caution as we didn’t want to get too excited too quickly in case something were to happen. However, I got to the point where I wasn’t going to censor my excitement because of fear. If we were to lose the pregnancy I was determined to love and cherish every moment I had. Luckily everything has been perfect and we made it to our first doctors appointment at 7 weeks, got to see our baby and hear its heartbeat at 8 weeks, and learned we were having a boy after our genetic screening test.

And not to mention, this was a huge reason behind why I’ve been so absent these past few months on the blog. The first trimester brought on nausea and extreme tiredness to the point where even the thought of putting my thoughts to words was exhausting. But, now that we’re marching right into our second trimester and I’m getting my energy back I’m looking forward to sharing our pregnancy journey with you all!

xoxo

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Dusting off some cobwebs…

Hello and look who is dusting off some cobwebs around here. I know, I know, it’s been long overdue to get on here and share with you all what the hell has been keeping me so busy and away from this here little blog of mine. I promise it’s not all that exciting, but yet very exciting all at the same time.

I know, that doesn’t really explain much does it? Well, there are multiple reasons I’ve been away from the blog.

One of which just happens to be an overall feeling of uninsipiration (insert made-up word) to write. I never knew this was something that was going to last longer than just a few days and yet it somehow turned into months. I’ve been uninspired before and I realize it comes with the territory of writing a blog. I mean, thousands of others are doing the exact same and it slowly becomes an inner monologue with myself about whether or not what I have to say is all that relevant. I mean, there are hundreds of thousands of blog posts daily, almost an over-saturation of sorts, and every now and then I debate whether or not to hit the publish button. For more on my feelings about such a topic, read my post about Blogging: How We’ve Lost Sight & 3 Ways to Regain It.

Two, I’m currently experiencing a season of life where I find it is more important to get out from behind the screen of my laptop and cell phone and truly be present. When you begin blogging, just like with anything new, you dive right in. You’re spending hours customizing, adding, or sprucing up your sidebar, scheduling in your blog planner posts and post ideas, and reading/commenting on other blogs. Once you finish making your blog just the way you want it (meaning hours of learning HTML codes on YouTube and tutorials and finally figuring out how to get that darn plug-in to work properly), you spend another few hours crafting your posts, pre-scheduling them out on all your social media outlets, and not forgetting that perfect Instagram shot. I mean, seriously. If you were to clock in all of those hours how much of your life are you missing by not being present in it? Needless to say, I was happy for a bit of a break and I’m not ashamed of it (even if that means I’ve lost page views).

And third, well this is one I can’t quite share just yet. Overall, my absence from the blog has been for a good reason and I cannot wait to share what I’ve been up to all these months! Just another week or so and it will be ready to reveal so stay tuned….you know, if you want 😉

I do plan to get back into the swing of things around here, but be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram as that’s where I’ve been most active lately. See you around soon!

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