It’s October! This is when the leaves start to change, cuddling under blankets becomes a must, and things get spooky, festive, and fun! This is one of my favorite times of the year – it’s a great excuse for parties, baking, and crafting. This year, I’ve become a little obsessed with finding new ways to decorate pumpkins. Of course, I won’t do away with the traditional carving – I just couldn’t not carve a pumpkin, that would be ridiculous! So instead, I intend to buy several pumpkins and choose a few new things to try out on them…which I’m sure is going to drive my boyfriend crazy when he’s down to visit and I drag him to a pumpkin patch to load up on pumpkins (Sorry in advance, Jim).
I’ve linked most of the pictures below to the site where you can find directions on how to create that type of pumpkin. There were a few that I couldn’t find, but they should be similar to the other pictures within that category. Just click on the photos to find out how to execute each design. Happy decorating!
Glitter – You can make glitter polka dots, glitter shapes, glitter covered pumpkins, use colored glitter, and so much more.
Rhinestones – With rhinestones there are endless possibilities. You can vary the shapes, make a design, make abstract art – let your creative side go wild!
Ribbons, Tulle, & Buttons – These embellishments are a very classy way to upgrade your pumpkin decor. My mom always taught me that tulle can be a girl’s best friend when used correctly.
Black Paint – By using black paint, you can give your pumpkins a different vibe. Be creative, make them spooky or goth-esque, ad stripes or dots, or just paint on a jack o’ lantern face!
Paint – Paint in general is a great way to make your pumpkins stand out exactly how you want them too. Use different types of paint, paint on designs, or let your kids go free and make their own pumpkin designs without the mess of pumpkin guts.
Lace – Simple and elegant Use tights or lace fabric. I actually found some Martha Stewart lace pumpkin covers at JoAnn’s Fabrics a few weeks ago and snapped them up to try this year. I looked online and couldn’t find a link, otherwise I would’ve posted it to show you.
Polka Dots – This can be done in many different ways. I’ve already shown you how to do it with glitter and paint up above, but this is creative in a different way.
Chalkboard – Super fun for kids or classrooms. Totally cute and simple.
Sequins – Here’s where your crafty side would need to find some patience. Using sequins may take a good amount of time, depending on your design. But doesn’t it look adorable?
Stencils – This is an easy way to get the design that you want without all of the fuss.
It’s fall y’all! I went through a bunch of recipes to decide what I wanted to put in this post (hence it being late…sorry about that). I couldn’t settle on just 10, so there’s an extra one to make 11. I’m lucky I got it down to that number! These are some really fun recipes that look absolutely delicious. Hopefully, I’ll get to make at least some of these this season! Let me know if you guys try any of the recipes and let me know how they turn out!
Spice Cupcakes or Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Homemade Caramel Sauce – Get the recipes here, here, and here * You can also use a boxed spiced cake mix for a quicker cupcake fix.
* Instead of using the bottle Magic Hat #9 for the sauce, try using Blue Moon Caramel Apple Ale (seasonal) instead!
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread – Get the recipe here
Skincare is very important. It’s important not only for your looks, but for your health too. Here are ten ways you can help keep your skin healthy and looking good.
Wash your face regularly. You should wash your face at least once a day with a gentle face wash. Depending on your skin type, you may want to do this twice a day, but be careful not to dry out your skin.
Exfoliate. At least once a week, wash your face gently with a face “scrub”. The little beads in these types of face washes help to get rid of dead skin and keep your pours clean. If you don’t want to spend money on a separate kind of face wash, you can easily exfoliate with warm water, your regular face wash, and a warm, wet washcloth. Just scrub your face with the cloth, but be careful not to scrub too hard. Some magazines tell you not to use a washcloth because it may be too harsh for your face, but I’ve spoken to a friend of mine who is a skin care professional and she says that’s not true. If done correctly, exfoliating with a washcloth shouldn’t hurt your skin at all.
Use a moisturizer. You want to keep your skin hydrated and looking fresh, so finding the right kind of moisturizer is essential. Do some research, try a few out, or talk to a skin care professional to find the best moisturizer for your skin. I use Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 for sensitive skin.
Take off your makeup at the end of the day. Sleeping with your makeup on can be damaging to not only your skin, but your eyes and eyelashes too. Make sure you use a gentle makeup remover to take off all of your makeup before calling it a night. I use Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover or Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes – Night Calming (lavender scented).
Stay hydrated. Make sure to drink lots of water throughout the day. This will keep your skin looking healthy, feeling hydrated, and decrease chances of stretch marks by keeping your skin’s elasticity intact.
Use sun protection. This is not only important for beauty purposes, but also for your health. Sun protection is a very important step in our daily routines that is most of the time, overlooked. Sunscreen is always best (For my face, I like to use an oil free sunscreen that is specifically made for your face), but if you don’t have the time for that, moisturizers and face powders can serve as a mild substitute. Many moisturizers these days have a SPF of 15, but it is possible to get higher. Also, there are some powders out now that have sun protection in them. bareMinerals has an entire line of powders, moisturizers, and foundations that help protect your skin from the sun. Check those out here.
Don’t pick at your pimples. That will only make them worse, spread them, and leave scars. The best thing you can do when you have breakouts is keep your skin clean, and use a medication or acne treatment. Lately, my favorites are Clearasil Vanishing Acne Treatment Cream and Noxzema Triple Clean Anti-Blemish Pads.
Get enough sleep. Sleep allows your body to heal and rejuvenate. Getting at least 8 hours of sleep a night will increase your chances of having healthy, clear skin.
Take a multivitamin. Vitamins help give your body the nutrients that it needs, but doesn’t get enough of. Taking a multivitamin can help your skin be healthier overall, and give you that extra boost you need to look your very best.
Have a healthy, balanced diet. Making sure you get the nutrients you need can’t just be left up to vitamins. Your eating habits are a big part of your skin’s outcome. If you’re constantly eating junk food with a lot of grease, you’re more likely to have breakouts. Eating a balanced diet will help to keep your breakouts more in control. Also, there are some foods that are absolutely great for your skin – avocados, mangoes, and almonds are just a few.
I love quotes. I love advice from wise people. And I love sharing these things. There are a lot of people out there that can make sense of what you can’t, or who can take the thoughts in your head and turn them into what you’ve wanted to say all along. Some people are just good with words. Here is a list of ten of my most favorite quotes. These quotes speak to me – I believe in them, and they’ve either helped me through some things in life, given me some direction, or been exactly what I’ve felt or thought at some point in my life. Hopefully you can take some wisdom from these as well.
“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love)
“Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith.”
— Margaret Shepherd
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
― Steve Jobs
“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”
— Henry Ford
“Finish your day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Life is short, live it. Love is rare, grab it. Anger is bad, dump it. Fear is awful, face it. Memories are sweet. Cherish them.”
“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”
― Audrey Hepburn
“To me, “FEARLESS” is not the absence of fear. It’s not being completely unafraid. To me, FEARLESS is having fears. FEARLESS is having doubts. Lots of them. To me, FEARLESS is living in spite of those things that scare you to death. FEARLESS is falling madly in love again, even though you’ve been hurt before. FEARLESS is walking into your freshmen year of high school at fifteen. FEARLESS is getting back up and fighting for what you want over and over again… even though every time you’ve tried before, you’ve lost. It’s FEARLESS to have faith that someday things will change. FEARLESS is having the courage to say goodbye to someone who only hurts you, even if you can’t breathe without them. I think it’s FEARLESS to fall for your best friend, even though he’s in love with someone else. And when someone apologizes to you enough times for things they’ll never stop doing, I think it’s FEARLESS to stop believing them. It’s FEARLESS to say “you’re NOT sorry”, and walk away. I think loving someone despite what people think is FEARLESS. I think allowing yourself to cry on the bathroom floor is FEARLESS. Letting go is FEARLESS. Then, moving on and being alright…That’s FEARLESS too. But no matter what love throws at you, you have to believe in it. You have to believe in love stories and prince charmings and happily ever after. That’s why I write these songs. Because I think love is FEARLESS.”
― Taylor Swift
“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
— Joseph Campbell
“You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”
— Steve Jobs (2005 Stanford Commencement Speech)