5 simple ways to make your house cozier for fall.

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I embrace holidays completely. I LOVE to decorate, it just makes life that much more exciting when you feel like you are celebrating. However, after Halloween feels like a waiting period, because Im just dying to get to Christmas! I do love Thanksgiving and this cozy time of year. I like to make the house feel cozier and festive for this chilly season in small ways that do not really require holiday specific decorations.

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I think that every single home needs to have flowers at all times. I view flowers as the life in a room. Have you ever seen a living space with no life? When you think about this concept, it totally makes sense. A big room filled with furniture and no life just looks like it’s missing something. A simple bouquet is all you need to give your space more depth and personality. I love the idea of holiday-appropriate flowers without being completely cheesy. Here are some fall appropriate arrangements that will bring the perfect amount of drama that fall requires.

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I love the drama that fall brings in all ways, like burgundy lips and dark colors and contrasts. I love love love dahlias for fall floral arrangements; they come in a gorgeous dark burgundy hue that just makes me quiver with excitement! Sloppy wide arrangements with dark dahlias add drama and endearment. I am currently loving adding vegetables because it adds a sort of heartiness that I think matches what fall represents. How gorgeous are these deep purple artichokes!?

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How beautiful and dramatic are these!?

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Fall is about feeling cozy. I am the biggest believer that lighting is everything. To be honest, lighting completely changes my moods in a way you could not understand. If I am in a overly, brightly lit room I feel uncomfortable and I just cannot relax. However, when a room is properly lit I feel relaxed and comfortable. Candles add extra sparkle and ambiance to a room that makes a chilly night feel special.

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Textured throws and cozy blankets make your space more welcoming. On cold fall lights, cozy blankets are the perfect touch to make things feel more intimate.

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This one may seem silly but fall is all about intimacy. And like I said before, living spaces need life. Having some sort of greenery in your home makes for a cozier setting and filling that empty corner with life makes such a change you would not believe.

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This comes with a rule though: you need to find an indoor plant that matches the flow and style of your home. I am obsessed with the indoor olive trees, they are just gorgeous.

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Finally, always keep a fresh baked treat around during the holidays. Their is nothing better than the smell of fresh baked goods out of the oven. Not only is this hospitable for guests, it makes things feel more special and festive!

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What do you do in your home to make things feel cozier around the colder holidays?

TuTu cute! How to make an adorable tutu!

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Every little girl needs a tutu. This is non-negotiable. Tutus, however, can be enormously expensive. Search no further; making a tutu is super easy and now a new hobby of mine! My mind is going crazy thinking about all the fun tutus I can make in the future!  Follow these steps to get this adorable tutu! Image

Absolutely crazy about my gorgeous model miss Molly Jane!

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Pumpkin patch soup – so good you won’t want it go out of season!

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Today I visited the pumpkin patch! Visiting the pumpkin patch is one of my favorite traditions that I get stupidly excited about each year. I love the vibrant colors, interesting variations, and the creepy corn mazes. However, I have never had the desire to eat pumpkin in any other way than desserts. I like toasting the seeds, but I could not say I love them. This year, my pumpkin patch had a bin labeled, “cooking pumpkins.” I love this sort of thing….obviously. I decided I wanted my dinner to involve a pumpkin or two, so I bought them. Nathan quickly suggested pumpkin soup, which kind of freaked me out but, I agreed. I am forever thankful I agreed because what I came up with happens to be one of my new favorite soups! How could it not be with all my favorite ingredients, including garlic, onions and basil? I will be making this soup for years to come, and I am sure it will quickly become a classic in my family!

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Nathan’s kitty Daisy wanted to help. She got into some chalk – that is why she has lovely pink highlights.

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Hearty tomato sauce with three cheese zucchini ‘lasagna’ !

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Today is the first gloomy day we have had in California in what seems like years (but it has probably been more like months). This of course means dressing like I live in Antarctica, and fully embodying gloomy weather activities. Part of these activities meant making a warm hearty dinner and looking through the horror section on Netflix in anticipation for tonight’s movie selection.

I cannot stand, I repeat, I cannot stand when people try to imitate classically delicious things and make them healthy. I am all about being healthy. Believe it or not, I have a very healthy diet. However, I think if you are eating healthy, eat healthy. Don’t eat tons of fake imitation things that resemble non-healthy things you crave. I think its just annoying. Like come on that does not taste good, quit trying to fake yourself into believing you enjoy all those cardboard tasting mimickers. I regret calling this fake lasagna, “lasagna,” however that’s pretty much what it is. I love a hearty tomato sauce with vegetables. It is so yummy, and dare I say, the taste always kind of reminds me of pizza, gasp! I just totally contradicted myself, but that is is the point I’m trying to make. This faux lasagna is the exception of that faker rule I stand by because it is genuinely tasty. I am not kidding myself into believing this is healthy, It has loads of cheese, however it is packed with vegetables. Make it, it’s a perfect weekday meal and way to get your kids to eat the loads of veggies packed inside!

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The most mind blowing sticky buns of all time!

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Thank goodness it is finally the season of big sweaters and dark colors, because this is about the most unhealthy thing you could possibly make. But, for your tastebuds, it is the best. These are  sort of like cinnamon rolls recipe, except these rolls are soaked in caramel and butter and sprinkled with cinnamon and apples – they’re caramel apple cinnamon rolls! This is perfect comfort food, a sweet treat to surprise a friend with, or just a way to make your family really, really happy. I promise, you will love these even if you are not a fan of caramel. Enjoy!

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