This Is Halloween!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Happy Halloween, friends! This morning we surprised Greer with a giant jack-o-lantern balloon, and she hasn't put it down since. She is a lover of all balloons, so her "Haw-o-ween bawoon" has made her entire day. She knows we're going trick-or-treating for "more candy" later this evening. And yes, those are her exact words; I don't know where she comes up with a lot of the stuff she says, but she's always dead on and uses it in the right context. I'm thinking it might stem from our little trick-or-treating adventure in Target on Saturday. As we walked around the store, different stations were set up handing out various items. One of those stations had candy, and we explained how to say, "trick-or-treat" and then she could pick a piece of candy. I think it stuck :) She also had her very first bite(s) of candy bar over the weekend, a Snickers bar, and girlfriend was in heaven.

Speaking of the weekend, we spent a lot of time prepping for Halloween, think making a candy run and getting our holiday festiveness on. We spent time outdoors enjoying the crisp and cold weather, then warmed up inside by the fire while pumpkin carving. Greer was not a fan of the pumpkin guts, and would not touch them. But she did love stirring up the pumpkin seeds we tossed in a bowl for baking later. She has loved seeing the jack-o-lantern lit up, and I imagine she is going to love the magic of tonight! We finished our weekend by baking Halloween cookies, and to my utter delight, Greer loved baking them. Aren't holidays just so much more fun with a little?

I hope you all have a ghoulishly good time tonight! xo

Layering Up With Cuddl Duds For Cooler Weather

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Who else loves this time of year for the chilly temperatures and crisp air? With the cooler weather comes the need for all the layers, which makes me terribly happy. Over the years, I've found that I love versatile layering pieces that can be taken from the comfort of home to the outdoors for winter days spent in the snow. But my absolute favorite way to wear layers is at home, fire crackling, book in hand, and hot cocoa or tea just in reach. I love lounging in comfort clothes, and Cuddl Duds gives me just that!

Confession: I live in love leggings. Give me a long tunic + leggings and I'm a happy camper. From the comfort to the flexibility, I can't get enough. And y'all, these leggings have the most amazing waistband, which I can't rave about more. They lay so nicely across my waist, creating no "stuffing" effect. Can we all say amen to that?

Let me give you a little history of me and these leggings, because we go way back. During my freshman year of college, I happened upon a pair of Cuddl Dud leggings, that became my very favorite. So much so, that I bought two more pairs and still wear all three to this day. Most of the time, you can catch me in my Cuddl Dud leggings at home with a long tunic or an over-sized sweatshirt. But, I also found they make great leggings for layering under pants. They are thin enough so as not to be bulky, while also providing the warmth you need while out and about. Maybe you're cheering on your favorite football team or tubing in the glistening snow, whether it's snow pants or jeans you're sporting, the Cuddl Dud leggings fit under both. It's a dream!

I grabbed up these Soft Knit Marbled Charcoal Leggings to pair with a Softwear Cowlneck Tunic (that has thumb holes!!) for comfy days at home. And I couldn't be more pleased! Be sure to grab $10 off of a $40 or more purchase from 10/27 - 11/7 at Kohl's! 

And to get a little glimpse of how we get cozy and comfy at home on a fall weekend, check out the short video below!

One More Pumpkin Patch Adventure

Monday, October 23, 2017
After nap time on Saturday, we snuck off to the mountains for one last pumpkin patch adventure before it closes for the season. The next time we're here, we'll be chopping down our Christmas tree! I can't believe how quickly time is moving; it's the best time of year, from here through December, and I'm all for soaking up every little bit. This time around (see last time), we spent the last hour or so browsing through the pumpkins as the sun started making its descent. The light was perfection and made everything feel extra cozy.  

Instead of the hayride to and from the patch, we opted to walk both ways and make our way through the corn maze on the way back. While the hayride is a lot of fun, I think walking is my favorite. I have mentioned before, but my family has been coming here for our Christmas trees for years. And that means, we've walked the Christmas tree farm up and down looking for the perfect tree. The views are stunning and the memories run deep. Now that there is a pumpkin patch, I love another reason for a visit. Most of all, I love sharing old traditions and creating new ones with husband and our sweet girl. 

Y'all, these pigtails. I can't get enough of them! She looks so grown up wearing them too. And can we talk about that little propped up foot? This age is so much fun, and every day she is doing/saying something new. Speaking of age, my sweet baby turned 22-months-old on Saturday, which means we are in the two-month countdown to her birthday. I can't believe we are nearing her second birthday already. 

My mom and sister joined us too. Greer loved having them come along and share in all of the pumpkin goodness. The more people, the merrier, after all! 

Do you see why I love this place so very much? Sweeping mountains, changing leaves, a patch full of perfect pumpkins, and Christmas trees waiting to claimed. I don't know that I'll ever visit another patch that makes me swoon more. 

And speaking of things I love, these two are at the tip top of the list. I'm so glad they enjoy the seasonal activities and holiday fun as much as I do. I wouldn't want to share them with anyone else. We're already planning a date for the great Christmas tree hunt late next month!

Cardigan (similar) || Peplum Top || Jeans || Sneakers

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Halloween Home Tour

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
The countdown is on! Two weeks till Halloween, and we are making sure to get extra festive as the first holiday of the best time of year, approaches. After all, Halloween is the official gateway to all the holiday cheer, and I couldn't be more excited. Y'all, I think I exist for the festivities of the holidays! 

Once October, arrived I swapped out some of our fall décor for Halloween decorations. Because what is a holiday without all of the decorations? It makes our home feel extra cozy at this time of year, which makes me smitten. And I love how much husband and little miss love it all too. We're a holiday loving bunch, that's for certain. 

Come on in, grab your favorite cup of iced coffee, tea, or hot cocoa and settle in for some Hill House Halloween touches!

p.s. there is a source list at the end of the post!

Little pops of Halloween décor make a big difference, from bat cut-outs and books to small market pumpkins on candlestick holders, you can transform your home for this festive season. Texture, height variation, and some color consistency are my best tips for achieving your best decorated look!

This "Toil & Trouble" garland is my favorite for Halloween! I love the pops of pink combined with the whimsical swirly balls. You can grab one of these beauts from Wooly Sheep Dots, and be sure to use my code: DARLINGDO10 for 10% garlands! 

If you're wondering how to keep your home decorated year round, even for the holidays, with littles running around, check out my post just for this topic for some encouragement and tips!

S O U R C E S : Family Room Paint Color is Mindful Gray by Sherwin Williams || Foyer Wallpaper || White Armchairs || Child's Chair || Velvet Pillows || Curtains || Curtain Rod || Ginger Jar || Ottoman || Coffee Table Book || Wax Tart Warmer || Wax Tarts || Rug ||Entryway Console || Lamp (similar) || Glass Dome || Mirror || Cake Stand (similar) || Apothecary Candle || Rain Boots || Anything else just ask me!

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