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Gold fall decor you can make yourself

With Halloween nearly behind us and Thanksgiving still weeks away, we have a bit of a lag in our fall decorating schedule, don’t we? Spruce up your home with some of these gold fall decor DIY ideas from our favorite bloggers. They’re the perfect excuse to ditch the Halloween decorations and they will easily transition to your Thanksgiving table in November.

Gold Fall Decor DIY Ideas

12 Gold fall decor DIY ideas to try

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DIY Painted Acorns from Bliss at Home
If the acorns are falling off of your trees at home, have the kiddos go acorn hunting, then get your craft on! You can scatter these on your Thanksgiving table or fill Mason jars with handfuls of them for around the house. No acorns? Grab some at your local craft store!

Gold Polka Dot Studded Pumpkins from Brit+Co
Such a fun and easy way to re-purpose your un-carved pumpkins from Halloween, we adore that these gold studded pumpkins are completely mess-free gold fall decor.

Gold-Dipped Log Candle Holders from Lifeovereasy via the Etsy UK Blog
A project for the more advanced DIYer, you can also simply be inspired by these gold-dipped log candle holders and create something similar at home… minus the power tools.

Golden Doily Pumpkins from 17 Apart
How pretty are these pumpkins? This gold fall decor DIY project is perfect for all of those little round pumpkins that are now on clearance at your local grocery store. Grab a bunch!

DIY No-Sew Burlap Table Runner from Inspired by Charm
For those of us who might be a little crafty, but who aren’t brave enough to venture into sewing, this DIY no-sew table runner is an ideal project for gold fall decor. Pick up the already-printed fabric, or add the gold polka dots yourself.

Gilded Leaf DIY Place Cards from Polka Dot Made
Coming straight from a wedding blog, you know this DIY for gold fall decor is going to be good! We love her use of a gold leaf pen and can’t wait to send our kids outside to find the perfect leaves.

Gold-Painted Pumpkin with Bling from Lacquer & Linen
So, maybe you like your gold fall decor with a little bling on the side. We can’t hate you for that! Get inspired with this gold-painted pumpkin and other no-carve pumpkin options, all in her post.

Glitter-Dipped Mason Jars from Lilyshop
We all need some of these in our home for fall: glitter-dipped mason jars. These will last you far beyond your fall decor and will also do double-duty for upcoming girl birthday parties!

Do It Yourself Glittered Pumpkins from Yesterday’s Sweetheart
Getting glitter to stick on pumpkins isn’t as easy as you might think, but Yesterday’s Sweetheart walks you through exactly how to do it.

DIY Fall Centerpiece from Place of My Taste
Instead of putting those wine bottles from last weekend’s pumpkin carving party in the recycling bin, give them a good scrubbing and turn them into your gold fall decor!

Studded Chalk Paint Pumpkins from Cuckoo4Design
These could possibly be some of our favorites when it comes to gold fall decor. We love the edgy look and feel of these studded pumpkins… literally. Keep these gorgeous, sharp, pumpkins out of the reach of your toddlers!

DIY Gold Leaf Pine Cone Garland from The Sweetest Occasion
Withsuch a pretty, delicate touch of gold, these pine cones can be turned into a garland, as shown, or used in decor around your home for fall.

Which gold fall decor idea is your favorite?
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project nursery-logoSurprise! Melisa, co-owner of Project Nursery, the ultimate children’s design resource website, is having a baby girl. Project Nursery was launched in 2008, and has grown significantly these past few years. They have an engaging and informative community using the Project Nursery platform to solve the challenges of nursery design. Melisa’s surprise baby shower took place in the penthouse of the trendy Mondrian SoHo hotel, on Monday, October 20, 2014. The guest list included seasoned bloggers, magazine editors and top children’s brands.

Project Nursery, Project Baby Girl

Melisa and Pam Project Nursery Baby ShowerRosie Pope, parenting and maternity guru, was the sweetest host, giving Melisa hilarious real life advice on having a third child, and her first baby girl. Her best tip was, learn the art of dip and dry, your third child rarely gets a full bath, just a fast dip in the tub. Melisa even wore one of Rosie’s must have maternity dresses, and looked as beautiful as ever.

Rosie Pope was a perfect baby shower host

Rosie Pope Host Project Nursery Baby ShowerMelisa’s baby shower was styled by Natasha Lawler from Minted and Rock Paper Scissors Events, every detail was thoroughly thought out. From pink tinted water glasses to chic spotted fabric runners to glittery garlands and baby bottles holding drink straws. The decore was pure perfection with icon New York City as the backdrop.

It is all about the details with Project Nursery

Beautiful Baby Shower Project NurseryThe baby shower game was totally what you would expect from Project Nursery. Magnetic boards were passed out, and each team designed a nursery using magnet photos of products from Amazon, Minted and The Project Nursery Shop to create a dream baby girl nursery.
Baby Shower Games Project NurseryMelisa’s “must-have” Amazon Baby Registry was also on display. She is an experienced soon-to-be third time mom, and her registry clearly reflects that, no tutu’s or wipe warmers in sight. If Melisa’s baby shower was not perfect enough already, she was then gifted everything on her registry from Amazon and top children brand sponsors. The guests also walked away with a gorgeous Skip Hop diaper filled with products from the sponsors.

All of your baby registry needs can be bought on Amazon

Baby Registry Project Nursery

Thank you Project Nursery for including Savvy Sassy Moms in your special celebration. You can find Project Nursery’s recap from Melisa’s perspective here.

Photography Credit: Charlie Juliet Photography

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GapKids meets kate spade new york and Jack Spade

In a kids’ style collaboration that is a dream come true for fashionable moms, GapKids has teamed up with kate spade new york and Jack Spade for a Holiday 2014 collection that is full of bright colors, whimsical prints and cheeky sayings. But, if you want in on this, you’ll need to mark your calendars… and mark them fast. The collection will only be available for a short time — in select GapKids stores and online at Gap.com — from October 30 through November 14, 2014.

Here’s a sneak peek at a handful of our favorites from what GapKids and kate spade new york have been working on. We’ll update this post with even more favorites when the collection goes live on October 30! Stay tuned!

GapKids + Jack Spade: What’s hot for boys

GapKids and kate spade new york

The boys’ collection from GapKids and kate spade new york teams up with their mens’ brand, Jack Spade, and goes far beyond just holiday looks. We love these cool, easy, fun picks from the line that our boys can wear all year round.

GapKids + kate spade new york: What’s hot for girls

GapKids and kate spade new york for girls

The girls’ collection from GapKids and kate spade new york leans much farther into the Land of Holiday, with dressier pieces that scream to be worn at your family’s upcoming holiday bashes. If you’re a fan of kate spade new york for your own closet, these looks for girls will easily compliment your look.

 What do you think about the GapKids and kate spade collaboration?

 

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Chili makes your fall a little warmer

Chili is the ultimate fall food. Whether you’re simmering it in the crockpot for dinner after a busy day or throwing it together for a football tailgate, finding your signature chili recipe makes meal planning and entertaining easier. We’ve rounded up different versions of the fall favorite and know you will find the best chili recipe for your family. 

chili recipes

Chili recipes bursting with fall flavor

From Calculus to Cupcakes has the perfect equation for a vegetarian chili bursting with flavor. Her Pumpkin chili has an adorable presentation, and the pumpkin provides a rich texture for this meatless chili.

Slow cooker pumpkin, turkey, kale chili from Recipe Runner combines the quintessential fall flavor with the hearty, healthy veggie powerhouse. Turkey adds a boost of protein to the chili, making it a complete meal for even your hungriest eaters.

Add a little sweetness to your chili this fall with Easy sweet potato apple turkey chili. Oh, Sweet Basil used a baked sweet potato as inspiration for this hearty fall soup, and the recipe is sure to please.

Vegan and vegetarian chili recipes

Eggplants take center stage in this Aromatic vegan chili from Sprouting Healthy Habits. The fresh ingredients are hearty, but healthy, so you’ll feel absolutely no guilt about having a second helping of this chili.

This meatless chili takes advantage of a favorite fall vegetable — the sweet potato. With a 7-hour cook time, Lexi’s Clean Kitchen’s Slow cooker sweet potato chili can be prepped at night and ready in the morning or prepped in the morning and ready for dinner.

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Pumpkin Chili
Pumpkin Turkey Kale Chili
apple turkey chili
Vegan Chili
Sweet Potato Chili
BBQ Chicken Chili
Green Chili with Chicken
Creamy White Chicken Chili
Chicken Ratatouille Chili
Chili Con Carne
moms green bean chili
Chicken chili recipes

A sweet twist makes BBQ Chicken chili a slightly new take on a favorite fall recipe. The recipe from Skinny Taste definitely needs to make its way into your chili rotation — and we love that Gina’s recipes include nutritional information!

You only need one pot for this delicious Green chili with chicken from Kim’s Healthy Eats. The green chills add a bit of a kick, and the lime brings a fresh flavor to this chili.

Creamy white chicken chili is filled with favorite foods that even picky eaters will love. The recipe, from Whole and Heavenly Oven, is a creamy, welcoming comfort food for fall — and who doesn’t love a recipe that includes avocado?

Perchance to Cook has a chili recipe for clean eating enthusiasts. Her Shredded chicken ratatouille chili is gluten-free, paleo-friendly and all sorts of flavorful. Squash adds a fall twist to this healthy chili recipe.

Classic chili recipes

The Chili con carne from Kitchen Sanctuary is the perfect chili recipe for Saturday tailgates and football Sundays. It’s the type of recipe that tastes even better the next day, when all the flavors have really fused, which means you can prep it the night before and enjoy every minute of your party. If you’re headed to the game, check out these athletic-inspired fall fashions.

When you’re looking for a comfort food, most of us don’t go much farther than our moms’ kitchens. With this recipe from NeighborFood, you can get a taste of her mom’s kitchen with Mom’s Green Bean Chili.

Now that you have dinner planned, browse our fall fashion favorites.

Keep up with these fabulous food bloggers on social media

1. From Calculus to Cupcakes , 2. Recipe Runner, 3. Oh, Sweet Basil , 4. Sprouting Healthy Habits, 5. Lexi’s Clean Kitchen, 6. Skinny Taste, 7. Kim’s Healthy Eats, 8. Whole and Heavenly Oven, 9. Perchance to Cook, 10. Kitchen Sanctuary, 11. NeighborFood

Do you prefer chili in the slow cooker or on the stove?

 

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Five Fabulous Handbags under $100 Savvy Sassy Moms

Adding a new purse to your collection is the easiest way to update your wardrobe and these inexpensive black handbags under $100 are some of the most fashionable right now. Hitting on all of our favorite trends — from bucket bags to a hint of fringe to studded details — we’re having a hard time deciding on which one to take home with us for fall!

From MANGO handbags, we’re loving their mix of classic and trendy handbags under $100, including their Studded Bucket Bag, which is a fun and funky way to change-up your typical black handbag and add something fresh to your collection. If you’re looking for more of a staple, take a peek at their Pebbled Tote Bag. It’s on the higher end of these price points, but its shape and the ability to switch back-and-forth between a tote bag and a shoulder bag make it worth every penny. Lastly, we can’t miss chatting about MANGO’s Zip Shopper Bag. This is the handbag for the moms who carry everything under the sun in their purse!

Another one of our favorite sites to grab handbags under $100, Sole Society is home to these two sassy, inexpensive black purses. If you don’t already have a purse like the Marlena Vegan Foldover Clutch in your closet, this one is a must-have. It’s simple, and chic, and big enough to hold more than just your credit card… and, it’s also available in red! On the other hand, the most trendy black handbag of the bunch is Sole Society’s Maxine Fringe Crossbody Bag. At just over $50, they’ve taken out all of the stops on this purse, using a classic bag as a base, then adding fringe and scallops and even a touch of suede. This is not your mama’s purse!

1. Pebbled Tote Bag, MANGO, $90
2. Marlena Vegan Foldover Clutch, Sole Society, $40
3. Maxine Fringe Crossbody Bag, Sole Society, $55
4. Studded Bucket Bag, MANGO, $80
5. Zip Shopper Bag, MANGO, $70

Which black handbag is your style?
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Athletic Inspired Fashions Score Big Off the Field

Athletic inspired fashion looks fabulous this fall. From banded-cuff pants that feel as cozy as sweats (but look perfect with heels), to mesh inserts on tops, the best touches from gym wear are popping up on outfits decidedly dressier than the treadmill. We love luxe terry tops, varsity jackets, perforated leather sneaks, dressed-up headbands and purses that evoke slouchy sport bags. Here are 9 athletic fashion all stars for fall.

1. Glam Joggers with Side Stripe $17 ASOS

2. Vans Perforated Leather Slip-Ons $60 J. Crew 

3. Jordan Banded Pant $60 Stylemint

4. Color-Blocked Fleece Baseball Jacket $40 Old Navy

5. Double Headband $10 ASOS 

6. Stella McCartney for adidas Yoga Sweatshirt $110 adidas

7. Serevina Carry-All $60 Athleta

8. Oak Power Tank $110 Revolve Clothing

9. Pretty Gritty Jock Shirt $30 Under Armour 

Which athletic inspired fashions for fall are YOUR fav?
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The fall season is upon and us and boots are once again in the spotlight as we return to wearing our jeans, leggings and perhaps a maxi skirt here and there. This year there are three boot styles for fall that are catching the most attention — ankle boots,/booties, knee-high boots and lace-up boots. I had a blast searching for the most happenin’ ones for this season and there really are SO many styles to choose from!

One way to narrow it down is to think about what you like as “extras” on your boots. This fall many of the styles come with either buckles, straps, cut-outs or laces (and occasionally more than one of those!). Lace-up boots are definitely back in! The heel that is making the most noise (get it, making the most noise?) is the chunky, stacked heel. And no matter which texture you like, there is something for everyone as well — suede, textured leather, smooth or weathered.
boot styles for fall

1. Madewell, The Perrie Boot – $228
2. Madden Girl Mistley Stone Lace Up Boot – $70 (side note: these boots do NOT have to be laced every time since there is a zipper in the back. How awesome is that?)
3. Crown Vintage Wendy Bootie – $80
4. Steve Madden P Kamby Boot – $100
5. Anthropologie Latigo Peace Boot- $160
6. Fergalicious bootie – $47
7. Target Mossimo Jessica Suede Strappy Boot – $50
8. Payless Tanner Lace-Up Boot- $40
9. Crown Vintage Louvina Boot – $140

Here I am wearing my new pair of Jessica Simpson ankle boots. I just love the color, the buckles and the price was great too ($60 at T.J. Maxx)
boot styles for fall

Which style of boots do you want to add to your collection?

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leopard fashion

10 Leopard Finds with Class and Sass

Forget all your preconceived notions about leopard print fashion. This pattern is a classic and can be totally classy…when used sparingly. A single leopard accessory or clothing piece will add interest and beauty to a neutral outfit, and it pulls together blacks and browns like nothing else. Here are 10 leopard finds for fall and beyond that will make your ensembles soar and roar.

1. Sleeveless Dress $26 Zara

2. Leopard Print Converse All-Star Lo $55 Journeys

3. Leopard Print Reading Glasses $6 Forever 21

4. Winter Simba Printed Skirt $40 French Connection 

5. Leopard Jaquard Jacket $169 Ann Taylor

6. Steve Madden Galleryl Pump $100 Piperlime

7. Leopard Print Crewneck Sweater $78 C.Wonder

8. Merona Leopard Print Skinny Belt $15 Target

9. Pieces Asymmetric Leopard Print Clutch $23 ASOS 

10. Kate Spade Leopard Ikat Phone Case $40 ShopBop

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The Fall fashion season is in full swing and I love seeing all the colors that are trending, I like to update my wardrobe with a little something from each trend. I always like to update my undergarments a little bit as well, I just can’t resist new bras and underwear that go so well with Fall clothing. Vanity Fair Lingerie has a variety of bras that fit every shape and size but their designs are right on trend for Fall too. I love the classic warm fall colors but I also love the sleek sophisticated silver, grey and blues tones that have been popping up this Fall.

So here are three fashionable looks for your week ahead!  I’ve paired them with a Vanity Fair Bra – because they really are the most comfortable bras ever!

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Momday Mornings

For those grey mornings when getting out of bed might be a little more difficult, Moms can throwon this casual outfit and be in style for the morning drop off. Metallics seem to lighten things up a bit or add a little bit of shine to your day. Leggings and cozy boots are a must for chilly fall days and for winter getaways. We also like this easy grey tote for for the everyday mom on the go. Vanity Fair’s Beautiful Benefits Zoned-In Support Full Figure Bra in Tiffany Silver is not only gorgeous but is a wire free bra that has age defying lift and gives full support for all day comfort, when you are running those errands.

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Board Meeting

For the Mom that has to attend a board meeting, meet a client for dinner or attend a special event this shade of blue makes a powerful statement!  Blue is one of the hottest colors for Fall and it looks so sophisticated and classy when you pair it with black. This blue is definitely a classic jewel tone and it’s one of my favorite colors for a manicure and pedicure. We paired this look with the Vanity Fair Smooth Breathable Comfort Full Figure Underwire Bra which has light airy pads for breathable comfort, has a simple sophisticated style while still giving full support.

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Casual Friday

I like charcoal grey because it’s not as dark as black but can be be very sexy or very casual depending on how you wear it. Chunky knit sweaters and wedge ankle boots are both hot trends for Fall and dark grey nails seem to be the perfect match. Skinny jeans in different washes of grey are also still on trend from last year and when you mix them with a white t-shirt, grey scarf or cardigan it’s simple, casual and cool. We love the Full Coverage Body Shine Floral Underwire Bra from Vanity Fair for this look because it’s sweet and sassy at the same time.

What colors are you loving for Fall? Do you change up your undergarments depending on the season?
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Slow cooker recipes for kids make dinner prep simple

Slow cooker recipes don’t have to be bland. As extracurricular activities start and dinner-prep time turns into driving time, these eleven slow cooker recipes for kids will find a place onto your weekly meal plans. With fresh ingredients and a little planning ahead, your slow cooker will help get a kid-friendly meal on the table no matter how busy your evening might seem. While you’re planning meals, check out these five fabulous freezer meals — easy and homemade is every mom’s favorite combination! Slow cooker recipes

Slow cooker comfort food

Macaroni and cheese is a perennial kid favorite, and the version found at Spicy Southern Kitchen adds a punch of flavor adults will love, too. The Slow Cooker Bacon Mac and Cheese is cheesy, delicious and comforting after a long, busy day. Breakfast for dinner is a quick way to put a healthy meal in front of your family, and making it in the slow cooker saves even more time. Your kids will love the Slow Cooker Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole from All Day I Dream About Food.

Super slow cooker soup recipes

If your family loves Mexican food, don’t miss the Crock Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup from Your Cup of Cake. You can adjust spices and toppings to personalize this delicious recipe to your family’s tastes. Chili is a slow cooker favorite, but chili powder can often be too spicy for children’s tastes. The Slow Cooker Tex-Mex Soup from This Gal Cooks is a lot like chili, without the heat of chili powder, so it’s full of flavor instead of heat. Blue Crab Martini offers Fresh Tomato Soup in a Crock Pot, and it will make your kitchen smell amazing. Tomatoes are packed with antioxidants, and this soup is healthy as well as delicious. Try one of these ten — yes, ten! — amazing grilled cheese sandwich recipes to pair with the tomato soup.

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Bacon Mac and Cheese
Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole
Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup
Slow Cooker Tex Mex Soup
Crock Pot Tomato Soup
Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken
French Dip Slow Cooker Recipe
quinoa chicken broccoli and cheese
Crockpot Chicken Tikka Masala
asian chicken crock pot
Crockpot Carnitas

Tried and true slow cooker favorites

Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken from The Magical Slow Cooker combines the sweetness of pineapple with just a bit of spiciness. You can serve alone or over rice for a complete meal. Using your slow cooker for sandwich fillings is a fantastic way to transition to fall dinners. The Slow Cooker French Dips from Dixie Chik Cooks are a rich, flavorful meal. Quinoa is a wonderful addition to any meal, with the protein-packed grain taking rice’s role in many recipes. The Slow Cooker Chicken, Broccoli, and Quinoa Casserole from A Zesty Bite is packed with nutrition and comfort flavors.

Add ethnic flavors to your slow cooker recipes

Tikka Masala is an Indian dish that tastes a little different depending on the cook. The Wanderlust Kitchen’s version uses fat-free yogurt to lighten up the recipe just a bit for an easy-prep and Healthy Slow Cooked Tikka Masala. Crock Pot Asian Chicken from Fit Foodie Finds is a tangy chicken recipe that provides a bunch of flavor in a simple recipe. The Stir Fried Sesame Pea Pods aren’t cooked in the crock pot, but they only take a few minutes and are the perfect way to add fresh vegetables to your meal. If taco night is a favorite in your home, add the Crock Pot Carnitas from Eat. Drink. Love. to your meal rotation. With minimal prep and maximum flavor, the carnitas can be used for tacos, nachos, or salads.

Kid-friendly slow cooker recipes

For even more ideas, follow these food bloggers on social media 1. Spicy Southern Kitchen 2. All Day I Dream About Food 3. Your Cup of Cake 4. This Gal Cooks 5. Blue Crab Martini 6. The Magical Slow Cooker 7. Dixie Chik Cooks 8. A Zesty Bite 9. The Wanderlust Kitchen 10. Fit Foodie Finds 11. Eat. Drink. Love. slow cooker meals for kids

Bonus tip for quick kids’ meals

One of the toughest parts about crafting a quick kids’ meal is getting it warm enough to eat without making it too hot for sensitive mouths. Slow cooker recipes are definitely warm when they come out of the pot, but even on the “warm” setting, kids might find the food too hot. Try the COOLIT bowl to make sure your pre-planned meal isn’t stalled while you’re waiting for your child’s serving to cool (The COOLIT, $10). Store the COOLIT bowl in the freezer, and the food will be ready to eat in less than a minute. Bonus for savvy moms: the bowl is BPA-free and phthalate-free.

Do you use your slow cooker for quick dinner prep?
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