Friday, October 9, 2015

The Best Part of Waking Up

It's Friday and we're embarking on a 3-day weekend.  My boys couldn't be more excited :)  I couldn't be more excited because in exactly a week from today  I'll be kidnapping my husband and taking him here...

Colorado has been on my bucket list since forever!!!  I really wanted to take the Mr. and get him out of town.  He never has a bye week in October, but this year's break in football comes at the perfect time and I'm taking full advantage of the break in schedule.  We're staying Friday night in downtown Denver.  My husband loves Denver.  Several people on IG recommended we eat at Snooze for breakfast so that's what we plan on doing Saturday morning.

Then we'll head to Breckenridge and stay there Saturday night.  I couldn't be more thrilled!  Adam LOVES Breckenridge.  We were planning on staying in Estes Park on Saturday because neither of us have been there, but we waited too long to book a room and so we'll just have to come back a different time :) There's a fall festival in Breck on Saturday and I'm dying to drive through the Boreas Pass.  Aside from that, I don't know what else we'll be doing, but just being in Colorado will be enough!!!  HELLO FALL COLORS!!!  And maybe some snow capped mountains, too?!?!

Have you ever been to Denver or Breckenridge?  Are there any "must-do's" while we're there?!?

Before I share one of my favorite breakfast recipes, I wanted to say 'thank you' for the haircut suggestions!!!  I ended up going in yesterday and getting it cut shorter with a little touch of ombre.  I forgot how much I love short(er) hair!!!  My stylist went with the same light brown on the top layer and then black on the bottom that we always do, but she added some caramel to the bottom to give it some dimension. Next time we'll go a little lighter with the ombre and add a little more.  For now, I'm in love!

PS...I hate selfies.  SO awkward.

When my oldest saw my new 'do, he started crying.  Not full blown bawling, but he teared up and his voice started to quiver.  " look really beautiful all the time, but I prefer you with longer hair.  How long will it take to grow back???"  I was NOT expecting that at all!  LOL!!!  My husband didn't cry, so I take that as a win :)  Bless. I guess the whole "men love long hair" starts at a young age.  SMH.

Now let's move onto something more interesting.  And appetizing.  How about breakfast?!

I'm not a huge breakfast person.  I usually drink my large Sonic Red Button Roast until about noon and then go straight for lunch fare.  When I am in the mood for breakfast, I usually stick with my favorite PBJ Oatmeal. When we're hosting overnight guests, breakfast is a must.  The most amazing cinnamon rolls will likely be on the menu paired with something a little more savory for good measure.  I pinned this savory breakfast recipe on Pinterest months ago and couldn't wait to try it out and jazz it up.  Now Mr. Spouse is requesting it on a weekly basis.  Looks like we won't be waiting for overnight guests to make a delicious breakfast anymore!


7 large eggs
1/4 C. half & half (milk or cream would work, too)
Tony Chachere's, to taste (optional)
1 (16 oz.) tube of refrigerated flakey biscuits
4-5 green onions
1 medium yellow onion
1 red or green bell pepper
1 pkg. Jimmy Deen or Owens sausage
1 C. shredded cheddar cheese

Let's start by preheating your oven to 350.

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, half & half, and your Tony Chachere's.

If you're not a fan of Tony's, I'm sad for you.  Just kidding...sort of.  But seriously...if you're not a fan of that seasoning, you can omit that altogether.  We like a little spice in our life and this particular seasoning is our favorite.  It definitely adds another layer of flavor and it pairs really well with this dish!  It packs a little punch, so use it sparingly if you like things on the milder side.  I think I used about a teaspoon, give or take.

Now take your biscuits and cut each one into quarters.  Kitchen shears are perfect for this task!  

While you have your kitchen shears out, cut up your green onions, too.

Toss the cut biscuits and green onions into your egg mixture and set aside.

Brown your sausage and toss in the yellow onion and bell pepper to soften those up...unless you don't mind crunchy veggies.  REmove from heat and drain.  

Now take the sausage/onion/pepper mixture and combine it with the biscuits and eggs. Stir well to combine.

Toss the cheese into that same bowl and mix again.  

At this point ALL of the ingredients mentioned above are mixed together in the same bowl.

Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish and pour in the sausage/egg/biscuit mixture.  Cook at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until the eggs are no longer runny!  Ours cooked for closer to 30 minutes.  While it sounds like the oven won't work it's magic, I assure you it will.  You'll end up with a delicious and savory breakfast that resembles the likes of this ....


This was the perfect savory breakfast and SO easy to prep!!!  Bacon would be a great addition, too.  I've even toyed with the idea of adding in some shredded hash browns, but that's just crazy talk ;)  
This is a perfect meal for a crowd and isn't too bad served as a leftover breakfast the following morning.  We had a little bit leftover when we originally served this, so we popped it in the fridge and pulled it out the next morning to reheat (in the oven at about 250 until heated through).  Of course, it's the most amazing when served fresh out of the oven the first go 'round, but it reheated really well and tasted pretty darn delicious the next morning, too.  

And as my husband has requested, this will be served again SOON!! 
I just need to figure out a way to get my boys to try it, too.  #thestruggleisreal

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

What the Teacher Wore Wednesday

I'm linking up with The Pleated Poppy today for a little What I Wore Wednesday action :)

The weather sure has been fickle in my little corner of Texas.  It can't decide if it wants to cool down or stay hot.  When it comes to getting dressed in this kind of weather, I usually pair a long-sleeved top with some shorts.  That's been my go-to uniform this past week!  

I headed out to Round Top for Antiques Week with a girlfriend on Saturday.  Sadly, we didn't see Chip or JoJo ;)  When we left the house that morning, it was a chilly 60 degrees. I knew it would warm up a bit, so I threw on the Target plaid I posted about a couple of weeks ago and then some plain ol' black shorts.  I ended up in my black TOMS because I knew I'd be walking a TON that day.  What that outfit lacked in "style" it made up for in comfort.  My legs were on FIRE after an 8-hour shopping day!!! But I did score some pretty great "junk", so it was worth it ;)

Top:  Target
Shorts:  Old Navy (a few years ago)
Fringe Crossbody: Two Bar West
Shoes:  TOMS

I was doing some work at my first grader's campus last week and while I was there I popped in to have lunch with him.  I mean, bless.  Does he EVER get any food in his mouth?!?!? ;) Hahaha.  My Texas blood was COLD that day.  I'm pretty sure the temps were in the 60's (cue the laughter from all my friends who REALLY know what cold is ;))  Old Navy has the CUTEST popovers and plaid shirts right now.  I was excited to wear this one and absolutely LOVE it.  SO comfy!!  I paired it with my favorite skinny jeans and some casual booties.  And pigtails for good measure...because nothing says "mature adult" quite like pigtails ;)

Booties:  JC Penney (y'all..Penney's has some CUTE shoes right now!!!)

I found this vented sweater at Forever 21 last month and absolutely LOVE it.  It's lightweight and drapes just perfectly.  When it gets cooler, I'll be pairing it with some of my favorite vests and sweaters.  For now it's great with shorts :)  

Top:  Forever 21
Shorts:  Old Navy, a few years ago
Necklace: Sam Moon (THIS ONE is similar)

In other news, I'm getting my hair done tomorrow because these grays are officially out of control.  In a terrible, terrible way.  I usually get the bottom layer of my hair dyed black and then a lighter brown on top.  I'm thinking about changing things up and going for some ombre.  I just want a change!  Here are some colors I'm loving right now...especially the colors on the far right and far left.

I've had long hair for a long time.  I really do love it.  But every now and then I want a change with the cut, too.  I went super short about 9ish years ago.  Like, right below my ears short.  I personally loved the cut, but a co-worker at the time told me my face was "too fat" for a short cut.  That's stuck with me for all these years, so I don't want to go too short.  I need something that compliments my chipmunk cheeks :)  I'm thinking about an angled cut like the one on the right.  Katie's ***might*** be too short, but I'm loving the choppiness and the bangs.  And the cut on the left is sort of perfect.  Not too long, not too short.  My husband tells me not to cut it at all.  What is it with men and long hair?!

I'll probably come back from the salon with the exact same black and brown color I usually get and then just a trim to top it all off.  Dangit!!!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Nostalgia in a Pie Shell

If I could go back in time to any era, I'd go back to the 50's.  The poodle skirts.  The saddle shoes.  The music.  Oh Lord...the music (my favorite!!!)  The simpler way of life.  I'd go back in a heartbeat.

I love the stories my grandma and grandpa tell about growing up in that era.  They were just the cutest...and still are :)  They married young and raised a family when times were so much simpler.  I love the way my grandpa's eyes light up when a Frank Sinatra song starts to play.  "My Way" will always be his song.  Such a precious man.

It's hard to picture their black and white memories in color, but I imagine they'd be akin to scenes from that movie Blast from the Past.  Did y'all ever see that?!  You know, the one with Sissy Spacek, Christopher Walken, Brendan Fraser, and Alicia Silverstone?!  I LOVE that movie!!!  Such a cheeseball thing for me to say, but it's true.  I love it!  I imagine them sitting around the table...grandma in her apron and pearls, grandpa in his police uniform (he was a LEO before he retired several years ago), and the kids in their Sunday best...eating a home cooked meal from scratch and finishing it off with something like this pie.  This is definitely a dessert that evokes a bit of nostalgia.

I made this one to take to grandma and grandpa's a few weeks ago because I knew they'd love it.  Especially grandpa.  What I didn't take into account was the 45 minute drive it had to survive.  It's made of ice cream.  I'll let you guess how that turned out.  Once the pie finally re-froze, it was time to dig in.  And I was right.  Grandpa loved it.  He practically devoured the entire thing :)

1 pint of vanilla ice cream, softened
1/2 cup of chocolate malt balls, crushed (whoppers)
1 TBSP. chocolate malt powder
1 (9-in. ) graham cracker pie crust, pre-made
1 C. whipped cream
3 TBSP. chocolate malt powder
1 TBSP. marshmallow creme
Crushed chocolate malt balls (whoppers), for topping

This is a REALLY easy pie to prep and requires no baking on your part which means it'll end up in your mouth that much faster :)

In a large bowl, combine ice cream, 1/2 cup of the crushed malt balls (we used Whoppers), and 1 tablespoon of the chocolate malt powder and mix well.  Empty the contents of the bowl into the pre-made graham cracker pie shell.  You could, of course, make your own pie crust, but I'm all about the shortcuts so I cheated.  

Place the pie in the freezer until firm.  While the pie freezes ,mix the whipped cream, 3 tablespoons of malt powder, and the marshmallow creme in a small bowl. 

Remove the pie from the freezer (when firm) and spoon the whipped cream mixture on top of it.  Sprinkle with the additional crushed whoppers/chocolate malt balls.

This is definitely best served right outta the freezer and NOT after a 45 minute drive across town.  Just sayin'. ;)  HOWEVER, should you make the same mistake I did, you'll be happy to know that it re-freezes quite beautifully and tastes AMAZING anyway ;)  

This is definitely a dessert that will evoke a bit of nostalgia and have you running for the vinyl records and poodle skirts :) DELICIOUS!!!!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Made From Scratch

When I was little, I loved baking with my mom.  I remember standing on a tiny little step-stool in our TINY little kitchen, rolling cookie dough, and dredging it through a mixture of cinnamon and sugar.  When I'd have friends over for after-school playdates or to stay the night, we'd bake with my mom for fun.  Her cinnamon sugar cookies are still my most favorite.  Just biting into them brings back a flood of memories.  I love that.  

Mom made almost every baked good from scratch.  From her cookies to her cakes, she put a little touch of love into everything she made. And she still does.  Only now, it's all gluten free ;)  I think there's something special about baking sweets from scratch.   Sure, they take a little more time and little more elbow grease, but the end result is always worth the time spent in the kitchen.  Don't get me wrong.  I'm not knockin' the slice & bake cookies or the boxed cake mixes (Lord knows I love those, too!!!), but I just think there's a little something special about spending time making things from scratch.  

One of my favorite "from scratch" recipes is this sinfully decadent chocolate buttercream frosting.  Like I said earlier, there's nothing wrong with buying it pre-made,  I just happen to REALLY love this homemade version.  And I really think you'll love it, too!!!
This recipe pairs really well with a regular ol' boxed cake mix and really amps it up a few notches and it's absolutely sinful with cupcakes (or cakes) made from scratch! YUM!!!


2 3/4 C. Powdered Sugar
6 TBSP. unsweetened cocoa powder
5 TBSP. heavy whipping cream
6 TBSP. butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla

Whisk together the powdered sugar and cocoa in a small bowl.  

In a separate, large bowl cream the butter until smooth.

Slowly add the powdered sugar/cocoa to the creamed butter and alternate with the milk (add a little powdered sugar/cocoa...mix...then add a little milk and mix...and keep alternating until combined.)

Finally, add in the vanilla and mix well.

Now frost your cupcakes (or cake) and dig in!!!

I always have piping bags and various sized icing tips on hand because I like to pretend I'm a contestant on Cupcake Wars from time to time  :)  Again, it takes a little bit more effort (not much at all) and looks so very pretty.  

Wouldn't you agree?!

If you're on the hunt for a "made from scratch" chocolate frosting, look no further!!  You'll be happy you stopped here!!!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

It Tastes Like The First 3 Years of Marriage

When Adam and I were first married 11 years ago, I knew nothing about cooking. 

Wait.  I take that back.  

I could scramble the heck outta some eggs and I could toast a pretty decent piece of bread.

The first three years of our marriage really proved how much my husband loved me for me.  Lord knows he didn't love me for my culinary prowess.  We dined on lots of taco salads, fiesta chicken (gag), chicken squares (can't even say those two words around Adam without causing bouts of nausea), and Hamburger Helper.  Oh dear...we loved us some Hamburger Helper (of the beef stroganoff variety, of course).

When I found this recipe in my little recipe box, the ingredients didn't make me think about stroganoff in the least.  But as soon as Adam walked in the door, he said it smelled like our first few years of marriage.  "Are you making stroganoff???"  Then he took a bite.  "This sure tastes like stroganoff smells.".  I'm going to take that as a good thing because this one pot dish was delightfully tasty!  And he went back for seconds.  Always a sign of a good meal!!!


1 lb. ground beef

1 tsp. Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning.

1 C. Water

1 (15 oz.) can beef broth

1 beef bouillon cube

1 (20 oz.) pkg. cheese tortellini

1/2 C. shredded Italian Blend Cheese

Shredded Parmesan cheese, optional

All you'll need to prep for this dish is one pan.  One large-ish pan/skillet.  Es todo.  

In a large skillet, brown the beef. 

Once the meat is browned, remove from heat and drain.  Return meat to skillet and add the Montreal Steak Seasoning.  Stir to combine and heat on high.

Add the water, beef broth, and bouillon cube.  Stir well.  

Bring to a boil and add the package of tortellini (I used the refrigerated Buitoni 3 cheese tortellini).  Cook until tortellini is heated through...about 6-10 minutes.

Turn off the heat and drain the tortellini and beef mixture.  Return to skillet and toss in the shredded Italian blend cheese.  Cover with a lid until the cheese is melted (2-3 minutes).

You could also serve this with an additional sprinkle of shredded parmesan cheese if you so desire.  We sure did :)  Is there really such thing as too much cheese?!


A delightfully delicious one skillet supper!!!  My FAVORITE kind of meal!  
Easy prep, easy clean-up.  And tasty to boot.

And apparently reminiscent of our first three years of marriage ;)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

What the Teacher Wore Wednesday - PONCHOS!!!

Happy Wednesday!  I'm linking up with The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday! 

I've been wearing this top on repeat since buying it a few weeks ago.  I love it.  Super lightweight so it's perfect for the warmer temps.  Looks great with shorts (loosely tucked), leggings, and jeans! 
Wore it just the other day for lunch out with the family.  The color is really off in the pic on the right and I'd say it's truer to the way it looks on the left.  You'll be seeing this one A LOT more in the months to come!  

Shorts:  Old Navy, last year
Necklace:  Forever 21

Took the kids to the movies the other day and wanted something that would keep me warm in the theater. Why do they keep those rooms so cold?!?!  I probably have one too many plaid shirts to count, but they're so easy to wear!  You can dress them up or down...wear them with get the gist ;)  (Do you love the newest addition to our bedroom decor?!  "Fluffy" the giant bear.  My 6-year-old decided the bear would be more comfy in our bed than in his.  Bless.  It has taken up residence on the floor. Anybody want a giant stuffed teddy bear?!?!? ;))

Top:  Old Navy, last season
Bracelets:  Target;  Forever 21

A night out called for a shift dress and I adore this floral number.  I'm all about the florals and this one will be worn a lot when it comes time for me to start presenting again.  However, when I wear this to my conferences, I'll pair it with leggings or opaque tights and booties or flats.  I think it would be perfect paired with a light vest, too.  I love dresses and I don't think it's possible for a girl to have too many :)  

Dress:  Forever 21 (sold out) that about does it.  Other than those "outfits", it's been plain white & gray tees with my ripped jeans and jorts :)  

We're not totally done yet though because I really wanted to share some amazing deals with you!!  I have a tiny obsession with ponchos right now.  I love the versatility and how they can dress up the simplest of outfits.  I have several, but I wanted to share with you two I recently found and had to add to my collection.  

This poncho was a steal from Target!!!  GAH!!!  The cutest buffalo plaid poncho!!!  And I just noticed it's on sale right now!!!  I wasn't able to find this at any of the Targets in the area, so I ordered mine online.  I was even more excited about it when it came in the mail!  It's lightweight, but not too light. A great transition piece for sure!  
I'm always looking for easy travel outfits since I'll be out of town quite a bit from November - March.  I love layers....especially when I'm on a plane.  I love anything comfy and cute that I can wear while standing for 8 hours and then hopping on a plane to head back home.  I have a feeling I'll be living in ponchos in the months to come!  
I know there are tons of different ways I can wear this one, but here's what I've got so far.  Definitely great for both presenting and traveling!

2.  Poncho, skinny jeans, white tee, black wedge booties, J. Crew crystal & tortoise necklace (exact necklace on Ebay, this one is similar also)
3.  Poncho, black piko, skinny jeans, black wedge booties, J. Crew crystal & tortoise necklace (exact necklace on Ebay, this one is similar also)

 Wal Mart for the win with this poncho!  For $14, I couldn't pass it up.  And y' looks so much nicer than a $14 poncho.  I had to come home and immediately try it out with a few different shirts/pants/shoe combos.  It's perfect for everything!  Great for wearing when I present...perfect for night perfection...girls night appropriate...just all around a really versatile piece!  And for $14 you just can't go wrong!!!  I'm obsessed!!!

1.  Poncho, black piko, skinny jeans with ankle zipper, these booties, bib necklace
3.  Poncho, maroon trapeze top, black leggings, black boots
6.  Poncho, skinny jeans with ankle zipper, white tee, these flats , KS Rayne necklace

I think flare leg jeans & booties would be cute paired with this poncho, too!!!  

If you're loving ponchos like I am, get on these before they sell out!  You know how quickly that happens at these stores!!  

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Home Tour Tuesday - The Halloween Edition

If you've been reading this little blog for any length of time, you know that Halloween is my absolute favorite time of the year.  It's such a fun and playful holiday.  Lends itself to so much creativity and imagination...and it brings back such great memories of my childhood.

We don't get into the "evil" of Halloween.  I personally don't think there's any evil to it, but that's just me talking crazy I guess.  I see Halloween as a time for costumes, candy, hayrides, trick-or-treating, and FUN.  (Did I mention candy??!?!?)   And that's just how we celebrate it in our little family. anything else...are what you make of it :)  And we love to have fun with this one.

Being that I love Halloween as much as I do, it only stands to reason that the house is decorated and ready for all of the October festivities...and it has been since mid-September.  I decorate way too early, but doesn't take the "special" out of the holiday.  It just lets us enjoy it a little longer :) While I do love Fall decor, I love Halloween decor thismuchmore.  And knowing how much my boys love it makes me that much more excited to decorate!

So welcome to Home Tour Tuesday...the Halloween Edition!

Let's step in and take a peek at how we decorated for Halloween this year.

First up let's talk about how my house smells this time of the year.  You can guarantee that one of these two candles will be burning when you walk in the house.  The Circle E Apple Strudel candle is one of my favorite scents by that company and those candles smell the entire house.  You can pretty much guarantee that my Candleberry Hot Maple Toddy will be burning ALL year long.  It's a warm scent though and perfect for this time of the year.  Hands down, BEST candle there is.  I get more compliments on that candle than anything else!  The entire house is filled with it's fragrance when it burns.  DELICIOUS!

While we're talking all about Halloween decor, I'm celebrating National Coffee Day today with my daily cup of Sonic's Red Button Roast.  Best coffee there is.  And it's best when served black.  Nothing extra needed.  Trust me. I can't drink coffee any other way anymore!
(In other news, I'm almost finished with my She Reads Truth study of Galatians.  Such a powerful study and beautiful reminder of God's promises to us!!  I highly recommend this one!!!)

Speaking of coffee, here's my (Halloween-ish) coffee bar set-up.

I switched out my other mugs for this collection and so far I've been able to find the BOO, TRICK,& TREAT mugs for October. I found them at Home Goods/Marshall's 
(the brand is Magenta).

Right next to the coffee bar is my little skull on a platter with a little chalk art I did on a mini-board from Michaels.  We set our keys on the platter when we walk in and "Skully" reminds us to pick them up before we head out the door every morning ; )

I added a simple little door hanger to the pantry door.  I found it at At Home for $8!  Sold!!

While we're in the kitchen, we'll take a peek in the breakfast room since it's attached.  Here's what's to the right of our breakfast table...

I took out all of my cups and creamers in this little display case and switched them out for these ridiculous skulls.  The boys got the biggest kick out of this when they first saw it!

The skulls are from Wal-Mart and they make for some really fun and playful pops of decor :) The Happy Halloween wooden sign was a find from Home Goods last year.  I think.  The skull pinwheel was .75 cents at Target in the party section a few years ago after season.  I'm glad I finally have somewhere to put it!

Here's the table set-up right below the display case.  It's a hodge-podge of randomness, but perfect for the space.  I'm sure you can guess what my boys love best here :)  #candycornforthewin
I found the countdown blocks at Marshall's (this year) and picked up the skeleton hands at the Dollar Tree.  I think they're actually serving tongs, lol!

I need to add some ribbon and a label to the candy corn jar.

Moving on...

On the wall to the left of the breakfast table is a buffet and shelves.  I usually take down all the decor on the shelves and put up all things Halloween.  This year I decided to keep it simple and save me a little bit of work.  I kept up most of what is usually displayed on the shelves and then added to it with pumpkins and other fun pieces. 

I found the "Eat, Drink, & Be Scary" sign at Marshall's this year and our scary little pumpkin boy had to make another appearance.  I love walking into the kitchen and seeing him turned backwards.  Mr. Spouse HATES that thing!  He turns him around every time he walks by it.  Makes me laugh.

This year our Martha Stewart bats moved from the dining room to the breakfast/living room(s).  They wanted a change of scenery, I guess :)  I know I could've cut my own, but I'm too lazy for that.  These have lasted me 4 good years and they're in great condition still!!

I switched out the decor on the table behind the sofa in the living room.  SUPER simple  Just added some spiders, webbing, and a table runner to the set-up.  Since the table runner is black I layered it on top of a lighter runner I already had to make it pop.  I got the black runner from Dillard's about 5 years ago.  The pumpkin is from Pier 1 (10ish years ago) is sitting in a little bed of Spanish Moss which I think jazzes it up thismuch ;)

While we're in the living room, let's peek at the built-ins.

I removed the decor from the two bottom shelves and just added a couple of simple things to the two shelves on top.  The Trick or Treat sign is from Marshall's (this year) and the two black pumpkins flanking either side were a steal at Kirkland's about 5 years ago.  They have a glow-in-the-dark picture on one side of either pumpkin, but I didn't like it so I turned them around and put them on a bed of Spanish Moss in little planters.  

I placed little orange berry stems in the wire jars on one of the top two shelves.  The very bottom shelf holds flameless candles sitting on top of Spanish Moss and those darling pumpkin/cat statues (Marshall's, this year).  I think the pumpkin was missing his head piece when I bought him, so I filled the cavity with Halloween straws :)  

The BOO sign was from Wal Mart last year and the Trick or Treat black cat sign was a fun find last year from Marshall's.  Overall, the built-ins were kept really simple this year. 

I changed out the mantle...again...this year and I know I say this every year, but I think this is my favorite!  I brought back all my "31's" to display together and then added some fun jars and pumpkins to decorate around them.  I love adding the cheesecloth to finish it all off and give it another texture/dimension.

I found the white pumpkins at Wal Mart (this year) and the labeled jars are either from Ross or Marshall's.  I would just snag them when I found them.  The black and white 31 sign was a fun find at Marshall's last year and I made the other two.  I also made the music sheet wreath.  You can see how I did that HERE.  The banner is a Martha Stewart special I found at Michaels several years ago and it was worth the $8 I spent on it. It still looks brand new!!!

I love adding books to any kind of vignette because I love how they add height and more dimension.  I typically turn the spines to the back for a more uniform look .  All of my books have the most randomly colored covers.

Here's what sits on our little hearth.  A lantern filled with random pumpkins and a basket filled with a blanket, pillow, and birch logs.

Our coffee table sits right between the couch and the fireplace and here's how I decorated it this year.

I decorated the tray as an ode to Edgar Alan Poe's "The Raven".  It's my NEVERMORE tray :)  
I absolutely love that skull/raven combo. The skull has an imprint of a map imbedded onto it so I used globes to decorate around it to play off that little motif.  I switched out the greenery in my jug for some bare branches and added another raven to the display to finish it all off.

Since the coffee table is pretty long, I decorated with this little set-up next to the tray.  I found the pumpkins at Target a few weeks ago (a tube of 8 for $6).  The bowl is from Tuesday Morning.  

Right behind the couch is our little sofa table and I really changed it up this year.  I haven't liked it a whole lot the last couple of years and knew I wanted it to look completely different this year. I found that table runner at Marshall's (this year).  I made the chalkboard and between that and the runner I had my inspiration for this year's set-up.  I like it SO much more than what I've done the last couple of years!

This is my black and white display :)  I just took my skulls and crows and arranged them as best I could, lol!  My boys requested the spider webs and I thought that was the perfect suggestion for this space!  I really do love it!  

The "mystery room" sits right next to this sofa table and here's what I did to it.  Not much :)  
SUPER simple!! 

I removed most of the decor from the shelves and replaced it with different Halloween signs, statues, and pumpkins.  I found the white pumpkins at Wal Mart and the rest is just a hodge podge of stuff I've collected over the years.  The pumpkin banner is from Wal Mart ( a few weeks ago) and I covered the boxwoods with more spider webs and added some little glittery spiders for a fun touch.  Simple and easy!

The dining room table looks a lot different than it has in years past, too.  I kept out the vase and candleholders like I normally do throughout the year, but I switched out the greenery for bare branches, added some black rock and baby skulls for filler in the vases, and then removed the candles and added white pumpkins to the candleholders.  Then I draped cheesecloth through my chandelier. I also switched out my table runner for this darling one I found at Marshall's last month. 
I need to move the wall of plates, frames, and my buffet all to the right (eventually).  Nothing in this room is centered and it drives me batty.

I didn't do much to my buffet, but I did take away some of my decor that usually sits there and added my mercury glass poison bottles and a few skulls instead.  To add more texture I set the bottles on top of a wood slice (found at Ross for $10).  I collected the bottles from a few different trips to Ross & Marshall's and I think displaying them together makes more of an impact.  I really love this little vignette!!

This little table sits in my dining room as well and it's simply decorated, too.  I love collecting globes and found this one a few months back at Ross for $10.  Sold.  The cloche and skull/raven are both from Marshall's.  I found that fabulous Trick or Treat serving tray at Home Goods a few weeks ago!!! 


The hallway table is super simple this year, too.  It's really not big enough for much more anyway.   I took my hydrangeas out of the planter box and filled it with pumpkins instead.  I found the planter and boxwoods at Ross this past spring.

Last but not least is our little powder bath in the hallway.  I covered the window with spider webs and added some glittery spiders for fun.  I filled the shelves with our leftover decor and a picture of my boys from about 4 years ago at the Dallas Arboretum in October.  I LOVE that picture of them and it fits in perfectly with the decor :)

Whew!  I think that about covers it!  I still need to add our silhouette mice to the stairs going to the media room.  The boys have a few little Halloween cutouts in their room, but nothing to write home about.  I usually don't decorate our room for Halloween, but you can bet I will for Christmas this year.  I'm getting ahead of myself ;)  

I'll post some pictures of the porch next's almost there!!!

If you wanna take a peek at how our Halloween decor has evolved over the years, you can check out those posts below.  That's actually scarier than Halloween itself, lol!