Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Fall and Halloween Graphic Tees Under $18

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Graphic tees have always been a weakness of mine, and I especially love seasonal and holiday-themed ones.  The other day I was browsing Amazon for fun (I mean, doesn’t everybody?) and I saw so many cute graphic tees for fall that it made me want to share them all with you.  And here we are! 

All of these tees are less than $18, they all come in tons of different color choices, and some even come in different styles (long-sleeves, baseball tees, sweatshirts, etc.).  They all qualify for free two-day shipping for Prime members, so you can have them on your doorstep by this weekend.  :o)

1 – Basic Witch

This tee with the spoofed Starbucks logo is perfect for all of you scarf-wearing, apple-picking, PSL-loving, basic girls like me.  ;o)


2 – Leopard Pumpkin

I love pumpkins and I love leopard, and you can’t go wrong when you combine the two!  This tee is great because you can wear it now while it’s warm, and you can continue wearing it through Thanksgiving with a cardigan since it’s more fall-themed rather than Halloween.


3 – I’m Just Here for the Boos

Loving this tee for Halloween!  Bottoms up, bottoms up! 


4 – Bad and Boozy

This Bad and Boozy tee is another catchy option that’s perfect for Halloween.


5 – Buffalo Plaid Truck

Buffalo plaid is the pattern for fall, and I love this tee with the buffalo plaid truck.  This is another one that can be worn all season long.


6 – Momster

I think this option would be so cute for all of you ladies who want to wear something fun for trick-or-treating with your kiddos, without the worry of having to find an actual costume. 


7 – Sanderson Sisters Brewing Co.

Attention, Hocus Pocus lovers (so basically everyone?)!!!!  This Sanderson Sisters Brewing Co. tee is soooo cute!  I love that it’s understated and not so over-the-top Halloween-ish, and I LOOOOVE that it’s from my favorite Halloween movie ever! 



It’s a Monica-Chandler-Rachel-Ross-Phoebe-Joey Friends logo tee, but with the silhouettes of all of your spooky friends.  ;o)


9 – Pumpkins Hayrides Apple Cider & Falling Leaves

It’s so many things to love about fall, all on one cute tee with a cute font!


10 – Drink Up Witches

This tee is another catchy option, and it would be perfect to wear to a Halloween party in lieu of a costume. 


11 – Squad

This is another cute option for all of you Hocus Pocus Lovers!  I absolutely cannot wait until the sequel comes out next fall!


12 – It’s Fall, Y’all

This is another option that can be worn all season, from now until Thanksgiving. 


So many cute choices!

Happy Wednesday, y’all!

*Linking up with Slices of Life for Encouraging Hearts and Home.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Our Week - The One with Disney Decisions and the Return of Sunday Lunch

We had a rainy, but very cozy, week and there wasn’t much exciting going on, but by now you all know that I enjoy recapping the mundane weeks just as much as I enjoy recapping the exciting ones, so here’s a little peek at what we did last week.

Monday, September 13

Monday morning, I headed straight home after dropping the kids and I got in a run.  Temps were in the mid-sixties and the humidity was a bit lower than it usually is in the morning, and I found that my run was SO much easier.  It was actually, dare I say, enjoyable?  I typically have a love/hate relationship with running.  I always dread the thought of going for a run, but then I love it once I actually get out there and get in the zone.  I also love the way it challenges me and makes my body feel like it gets a genuinely good workout, but I also hate when my SI joints and/or toes are in pain afterward.  And it’s always waaaay less enjoyable when my asthma flares up, too.  See?  Lots of love, lots of hate. 

Anyway, after my run, the rest of the day was spent in my office working on blog posts, updating some old links, paying some bills, and scheduling a couple of appointments.  B and I finally talked over lunch about our Disney trip and we decided to postpone it once again since things are so dire here right now with Covid.  The southeast is a hotbed right now for the virus and every single ICU bed in our city has been full for weeks. 

One of my friend’s sons works at one of our three local hospitals and he said that they are currently treating people in hallways, ambulances, and even hospital closets because there is simply not enough room for everyone.  The staff is overworked, and they are mentally exhausted from watching people die every. single. day. 

It has been worse here these last few weeks than any other point in the pandemic, and we just can’t bring ourselves to take the kids out in crowds right now since they’re not vaccinated.  Especially since things are supposedly worse in Florida right now than they are here.  Which is hard to imagine.

We decided to ask our travel agent to move our trip to Spring Break 2022.  That will give things some time to die down again, and by then, hopefully there will be a vaccine available for the kids.  That also means we will actually be able to stay at the resort we want (right now, the one we want to stay in is closed), we can hopefully dine where we want to dine (we weren’t able to get a couple of the restaurants we wanted for the October trip), and the kids won’t have to miss school like they were going to if we went in October.  That also means we won’t have to be there during the 50th anniversary celebration either… we know it’s going to be insane, so we weren’t excited about being there that week anyway.

Although, I’m sad we’re having to push it out yet again, I’m feeling at peace with the decision.  And that also means that we’ll be able to go on our annual mountain trip instead.  We had originally decided to bump it for Disney, and we weren’t sure we’d end up making it.  Thankfully, we’d booked a backup Airbnb months ago just in case, and I’m so glad we did.  Otherwise, there’d be no place to stay in the mountains.

I picked up the kids from school at 3 and we headed straight to dance.  Olivia changed in the car, and then once she was safely inside, Jacob and I headed home.  I got him dropped off there so he could do his homework, and while I was there, I got lunches, thermoses, masks, snacks, etc. prepped for the next day, and then I headed back out.  On the way back to the dance studio, I made a quick stop by the library to pick up and return some books (I was super excited because my hold finally became available for Malibu Rising after months of waiting!), and then I had about 30 minutes when I arrived back at dance to catch up on emails while I listened to a podcast. 

Olivia’s class was over at 5:45, and then she and I headed straight for the Chick-Fil-A drive-through to pick up dinner.  Then we met up with Brian and Jacob at the ball field to watch Jacob’s 7 PM game.  All of the grandparents joined us, and Jacob’s team got a win!  Jacob had a great game getting one single/RBI and scoring a run, and he was walked for his other at-bat.  Last game, he played at third base and a little at second, and in this game, he played center field. 

We were up towards the end of the game without the possibility of the other team pulling ahead, so they called it early, and we were able to get out of there by 8:30, which was nice!  B and I had taken separate cars and the kids requested to ride home with him, so I got to ride home solo in the dark with the sunroof open and my music blasting which is one of my favorite things in the whole world!  I’ll never not have a sunroof.

When we got home, the kids got showered and in bed, and B and I had just enough time to spend a few minutes with Maui before calling it a night and heading upstairs so I could start my new book.

Tuesday, September 14

Tuesday morning, I stopped by Target and Fresh Market after I dropped the kids and, as always, Target’s seasonal section sucked me right in.  Y’all, just look at all of those Halloween-themed snacks in my cart.  SMH.  Haha.

I spent the rest of the day working in my office and then I grabbed the kids from school at 3, and then we headed straight to the doctor’s office where Jacob had an appointment.  Olivia wasn’t able to go in, so B met us there to pick her up and take her to dance.  Again, thank goodness for B’s flexible work schedule!

After Jacob’s appointment, we headed home, finished homework, cooked and ate dinner, and then played wiffle ball in the back yard for a while.  When the kids went inside to shower, I laced up my tennis shoes and headed out for a nice, long, solo walk around the neighborhood.  It was super cloudy and cool, and so enjoyable.  I ended up walking until it was almost dark, and I got back in just in time to tuck the kiddos into bed.  B and I started season two of Trying, and then we headed up to bed.

Wednesday, September 15

Wednesday was National Dot Day, so the kids celebrated at school by wearing dots.  Jacob didn’t have anything with polka dots, so we had to improvise with this soccer athletic shirt that just so happened to have one large dot (the soccer ball) and a bunch of little dots in the background.  Olivia ended up twinning with her school principal, and the school posted this picture of the two of them in their Instagram stories.  So sweet!

Wednesday was the first of many rainy days last week, so I snuggled up in my office for the first couple of hours, and I had a nice, long phone conversation with one of my old coworkers.  He and I try to catch up once a month or so and we were a little overdue since he’s been working a ton due to a huge project at work.

As much as I’d hoped to stay in and enjoy the coziness of the day, I had to leave the house around 10 to run a few errands.  I stopped by the bank, made a quick stop at Kohl’s to grab a birthday gift, and then I had a hair appointment at 10:30.  I had to get those roots taken care of since Olivia was coloring them all dark on her pictures of me.  Lol.

After my hair appointment, I swung by Chipotle to pick up lunch for B and me, and then after lunch, I worked until it was time to pick up the kids.  We had nothing going on Wednesday evening, so we spent the evening at home.  I’d hoped to spend some time outside, but it rained all day and all night. 

We had dinner, I read while the kids got ready for bed, and then we watched the Lego Masters finale.  Our team won!!!!  You may remember that my friend Jeannine and her fam challenged our family to a friendly bet, and our team ended up winning.  The kids were soooo excited!

We finished up with Lego Masters just as the SpaceX launch was starting, so we let the kids watch a few minutes of that, too, while I wrapped up my stair stepper workout, and then we got them off to bed.

Thursday, September 16

Thursday was another super rainy day, so I cozied up in my office again after I dropped the kids at school.  I had to put my coziness on hold at 9 AM to leave for my annual skin check at the dermatologist.  I have always loved laying out in the sun and I used to spend one month each year laying in a tanning bed in high school and college, so I started getting my skin checked a few years ago.  Just a friendly reminder to get yours checked, too! 

I got a clean bill of health for another year, and then I headed to Publix to grab some treats for Olivia’s class to celebrate her teacher’s birthday on Friday.  The rest of the day was spent working in my office, and then I picked up the kids from school at 3 as always, this time in a very rainy car line.

Jacob’s baseball game was canceled from all the rain, so we made breakfast for dinner at home, and then afterward we went for a walk around the neighborhood since the rain had finally stopped.  We went about a mile with the four of us and Maui, and after they headed home, I continued the walk solo for nearly three more miles.  It was breezy and cool again, and I was treated to a partial sunset in between cloud formations.  Perfect way to end the evening.

By the time I got back, the kids were all showered and ready for bed, so we snuggled up on the couch and started America’s Got Talent before getting them into bed.

Friday, September 17

Friday, I had nowhere to be and it was yet another rainy day, so I skipped the workout and snuggled up in a blanket in my office aaaallll day.  I turned on Friends, got some cinnamon and clove going in my diffuser, turned on the twinkle lights, and drank several cups of hot tea throughout the day while I worked.  Gosh, I love days like that and I’m so looking forward to fall and winter so I can be cozy all the time.

Olivia’s class was celebrating their teacher’s birthday on Friday, and her teacher’s assistant posted this sweet picture of the whole class on Facebook celebrating.  When I picked the kids up from school, Olivia was just gushing about all of the fun they’d had.  She had a classmate celebrating a birthday, too, so they got to have twice the fun!

When the kids and I got home from school, we spent the whole afternoon outside because the rain had finally let up for a bit.  I sat and read for a long time because I have to get this book back to the library since there’s a long wait behind me.  And for the record, I am loving it.

B was on call until 4 AM because he was backing someone up on a big project, so I left to pick up barbecue from our favorite place for dinner at 5:30.  When I pulled up in the pickup line, I just so happened to pull up right next to my parents!  Crazy!

The rest of the evening was spent watching the season finale of America’s Got Talent with the kids, and then B and I watched the new episode of Ted Lasso, and the first episode of the new season of The Morning Show in between B’s work calls.  Random thought, Ted Lasso was really weird this week and not my favorite.  It seemed like such a waste of an episode!  I ended up going to bed around midnight, but B had to stay up until the project was done, and it didn’t end up finishing until 2 AM.  Yuck.

Saturday, September 18

Saturday morning, I made homemade waffles for the kids with our new spiderweb waffle iron.  We already had the pumpkin waffle iron from last year, so I made a combo of pumpkins and spiderwebs, threw some Halloween sprinkles on top, and they turned out so adorable.  The kids were so excited.

The rest of the morning was lazy as always on Saturday football weekends.  B and I curled up on the couch and watched ESPN College GameDay for a couple of hours, and then I finally got off my butt to work out while we watched the last hour.  B left for tennis just after noon, and the kids and I had lunch, did the Saturday laundry, and spent some time outside together.

The rest of the afternoon was spent indoors because it rained yet again, and I did some work in my office while the kids played video games.  Right now, they’re obsessed with MarioKart and Minecraft, but they only do Minecraft in builder mode.  All Jacob wants to do is build stuff!  Between that and his Legos, I’ll be shocked if he doesn’t end up doing something with architecture of some other kind of engineering.  He LOVES to build and figure out how things work.

Saturday was a huge day for college football, so between all the football and the fact that it poured down rain all afternoon yet again, we spent the rest of the day watching the Alabama / Florida game, the Georgia / South Carolina game, and the Auburn / Penn State game.  We had pizza delivered so we didn’t have to leave the house, and it was another cozy day indoors.  As much as I’ve been loving the coziness of the rain, I’m ready for some sunshine later this week!  We are ready for some fall outdoor activities and we need baseball to stop getting rained out!

Sunday, September 19

Sunday morning, we watched Mass virtually with our cinnamon rolls for breakfast, and then I planned the week ahead, meal planned for the next two weeks ahead, made my grocery list, watered all of our plant babies, and got the house in order for the week ahead.  I always spend a little time on Sundays getting prepped for the week ahead and it sure does make things easier all week!

Sunday afternoon, my mother-in-law and step-father-in-law cooked lunch for the first time in six weeks (since before school started), and we were so happy to be able to see everyone.  We’ve seen my MIL and step-FIL at baseball games, but we hadn’t seen my SIL and BIL and nephews since the last Sunday lunch.  Since we’re all coming from different jobs and schools, we still aren’t sitting around the same table just to be on the safe side, but it was nice to be able to enjoy a good meal and then spend some time with them after we finished eating.

Sunday evening, my Momma, Daddy, brother, and Mama Cass all came over for Sunday dinner.  I made my Momma’s baked ziti recipe that we’ve been eating since I was little (I need to share it on the blog sometime… it is so easy and so dang delicious), and we had a Caesar salad, garlic bread, and of course, wine.  We sat around on the back porch all evening under the twinkle lights and that was the end of our week!

Happy Tuesday, y’all!


Monday, September 20, 2021

Fall Home Tour 2021

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Y’all!  It’s one of my favorite posts of the whole year!  There’s not much that makes me happier than a cozy home all decorated for fall… well, except for maybe a cozy house all decorated for Christmas.  ;o)

It’s a little too early for Christmas just yet, though, so today I’m sharing all things pumpkin!  Last year, the kids begged me to put our Halloween decorations out at the beginning of fall (like September 1 – LOL) and I obliged because – 2020.  Well, this year, I decided I wasn’t quite ready for bats and ghosts, and I just wanted to be able to enjoy my pumpkins and fall leaves first, so today I’m going to be sharing our traditional fall home tour, and then I’ll share all of the Halloween touches again sometime in early October after I add those. 

As always, it’s a little too hot here to decorate the front porch with real pumpkins just yet, so I haven’t decorated out there aside from the same fall wreath and fall door mat that we’ve used for the past few years.  Since the porch isn’t done yet, we’re just going to skip that area and head on inside. 

Come on in, y’all!

Last year, you may remember that I spruced up our living room with some new artwork over the mantle, but the artwork screams spring and summer, and I found it really hard to decorate around for fall and for Christmas.  The traditional oranges and reds of fall clashed horribly with the pink and green of the florals in the painting, so I ended up decorating in very neutral tones last year.  While I loved that it was different, I missed my fall leaves and orange pumpkins terribly, and I knew I didn’t want to go that route again this year. 

So, what to do when your everyday artwork isn’t working with your holiday décor?  Well, take it down and hang a more neural piece in its place!  I found this round mirror at Target and knew it would be the perfect piece!  It was easy to hang, and it covers the nails for the other artwork, so we didn’t even have to remove them.  The mirror will hang September through December, and then in January when we put all of our everyday décor back in place, we’ll take down the mirror and hang the floral print again.  The floral print will also cover the nail for the mirror, so we’ll be able to leave both nails up year-round which will make it easy to swap back-and-forth between the two wall hangings!  It couldn’t have worked out more perfectly and y’all know my OCD heart loves it when that happens!

Anyhoo, after all the neutrals last year, I went a little overboard with the fall leaves this year, but I couldn’t love it more!  The new mirror is probably a little too small for that space, but we couldn’t go with a larger size because of the outlet that sticks out just over the mantle, so I just had to make do.  I figured I would just fill in all of that negative space around the mirror to make up for the fact that the mirror is a little on the small side.  To get the look just right, I added loads of fall leaves, and I placed the pumpkins on the sides on little pedestals to change up the height so they could frame the mirror and fill in the negative space around the bottom curves.  I’m still not 100% sold on the mantle décor (mostly because I couldn’t get the leaves to fluff exactly the way I wanted them to), but I am loving all of the fall leaf goodness!

As always, I placed random pumpkins all over the rest of the living room – on the DVD dresser, the entertainment center, and the coffee table – and I’m also loving how the new everyday pillow covers look with the fall décor.  So, so good!

This blanket is a staple in our living room, and I snuggle under it every night while we’re watching TV.  Its home is in this basket, and I just love the way it looks next to our football pumpkin. 

We already have a basket of candy on the coffee table, but I’m sure I’ll have to refill it before Halloween actually arrives.  I’m sure the candy fairy (ahem, Brian) will have most of it polished off well before October 31 arrives.  ;o)

The bar cart doesn’t change much from year-to-year with regard to fall décor, and this year was no exception.  I just added a couple of pumpkins, a bunch of faux fall flowers, and my favorite Halloween napkins, and boom, done.  I usually change the chalkboard art and the letterboard for the different seasons, but after 2020, I’m leaving these sentiments up for the rest of the year to encourage all the good vibes.

For the table centerpiece, I kept it simple this year – I put out the same wood cake stand that I bought last year at Hobby Lobby and plopped a pumpkin on top, and it was perfect just like that!

The tiered tray is almost identical to last year’s, so not much change there…

And the tray in the middle of the kitchen island didn’t change all that much either.  Last year, I had my Halloween ghosts there, so I put some more fall flowers in their place until the ghosts come back out. 

Fall mugs were all added to the coffee bar area, and I’ve been enjoying drinking out of my pumpkins and buffalo plaid each morning.  ;o)

The tray in the corner of the kitchen counter holds some of our charcuterie board supplies year-round including the board, a few tiny cups that I use to hold jams and dips, cheese spreaders, and that gorgeous Platters and Boards book for inspiration.  I just plopped a pumpkin down on it this year to add some fall flair.    

Dish towels were changed over to buffalo plaid, soaps were changed over to pumpkin and acorn spice, and pink tulips were changed to fall leaves.  Oh, how I love those fall leaves by the kitchen sink!  Those are from Hobby Lobby, by the way, and they look incredible in person.

I added a fall soap and some pumpkins to our guest bath, and that little fall soap is my absolute favorite, because y’all, it says y’all!  It’s leftover from last year so I’m not sure if they still have the same ones this year, but how cute is it?! 

And finally, my office… I always love to decorate with non-traditional colors in there since it’s so pink and rainbow-y, so I brought back the ROYGBIV (or PROYGBV in this case – haha) pumpkins this year along with some more… fall leaves.  Yes ma’am.  You can never have too many!

And that wraps up the tour!  As always, I’ll link as many items as I can below. 

Happy Monday!

*Linking up with My Glittery Heart and The Sirois Family for Hello Monday.