Thanksgiving Food

Thanksgiving Turkey Treats

It’s almost Turkey Time friends!!  So in honor of the big day I thought I’d share a couple Thanksgiving Turkey Treats that I thought would be perfect for the whole family!  They’re fun and adorable, and if you’re lucky, the cuteness factor will even convince the kids to help you make them!

Turkey Day Snacks


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The Prep

Alright so before we get started, I recommend gathering all the goodies.  I used two different cheese boards/serving trays for the ones I made, but the great thing is, you can really personalize these to your family’s taste.  I’ve shared the boards I used below but I also linked a few others that I thought would work GREAT!


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As I mentioned, these trays can be totally customized to your taste but I used lots of veggies, some different fruits my kids love, a few nuts, meets, and cheeses.

Thanksgiving Charcuterie Board

I do love how fresh and colorful everything turned out!  Thanks to my Walmart+ Membership I was able to get all my produce and snacks delivered FRESH, FREE, and SAME DAY from my local store!!  I know I tell you guys this on Instagram all the time but our Walmart+ Membership has MORE than paid for itself over the last 2 years.  The Unlimited Free Delivery benefit ($35 order min., restrictions apply) makes our lives SO MUCH EASIER!!

In this case for example, I didn’t have to skip a beat! I’m at home playing with kids, while doing laundry, and prepping dinner….I place my Walmart+ order and a few hours later, it shows up at my door!  Now instead of listening to my kids complain about running errands, they’re laughing at how funny our turkey face is as they help me make our adorable Turkey Treats!!  It’s just so convenient!  And it’s allowed me the opportunity to slow down, enjoy the little things, and really spend that quality time that we all need!

We all know how crazy this time of year can be!  Do yourself a favor, get yourself the Walmart+ Membership this season and give yourself the gift of time!! And if not for you, give it to someone you love!  It literally is the gift that keeps on giving!

Turkey tray #1

Thanksgiving Charcuterie Board

Thanksgiving Tablescape

Thanksgiving Food

This board is so simple and full of yummy snacks!  Everything is pretty self explanatory but if you’re looking to get a little more festive and add these cheese shaped leaves, you’ll need these pie/cookie stampers to do it.


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Thanksgiving Tray #2

Thanksgiving Charcuterie

Thanksgiving Veggie Tray

Thanksgiving Appetizers

Thanksgiving Turkey

What do we think? So cute right?  Well hopefully you guys enjoy them as much as we did; because they were a huge hit at my house this year! ☺️

And don’t forget to consider finally getting yourself (or a loved one) a Walmart+ Membership this holiday season! Worth. Every. Penny!

Talk soon Buddies!

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Holiday Gift Guides

The holiday season is upon us my friends!  And per ushe, I’m so FREAKIN’ pumped! Believe it or not, this year I’m actually ahead of the game too (which never happens)!  Not only have I made my shopping lists, but I’ve actually already started buying gifts and crossing things off!  Can I get a high five?! Now I know not everyone is a naturally gifted gift-giver like me (sarcasm), so I thought I’d put together a few holiday gift guides to help get those lists goin’ for y’all.

I broke them down into categories for y’all too in the hopes it makes things even easier!  Now if you follow me on Instagram you already know my philosophy on shopping—IT SHOULDN’T BREAK THE BANK!  So, having said that, everything I’m sharing today is from Walmart Home!  The great thing about that is that you’ll have a great selection of gift ideas to choose from (from traditional to nostalgic and everything in between) plus you know you’ll be getting a great deal!  Oh, and you can even grab a few things for yourself if you’re the one hosting this holiday season!  They really have great, affordable options for everyone on your list!

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Halloween charcuterie board

Halloween Charcuterie Board

It’s spooky season y’all (one of our favorites in this house)!  So you know what that means.  Tons of themed parties and dinners for kids and parents alike!  Now, we’re not showing up to these gatherings empty handed, are we?  Heck no! (Enter the Halloween Charcuterie Board 😂)  Well at least you better not be!  Even if someone says “No! Don’t worry about it, no need to bring anything!”  They’re just being polite….still bring something 😂.  Having said that…charcuterie boards are all the rage right now.  And understandably so!  There are endless ways to get creative with your boards!  So many fun themes and layouts!


BEFORE WE JUMP IN, AS ALWAYS, I JUST WANNA SAY REAL QUICK, THANK YOU SO SO MUCH FOR ANY AND ALL AFFILIATE LINKS THAT YOU MAY USE THROUGHOUT THIS POST.  I APPRECIATE MORE THAN YOU KNOW WHEN YOU SUPPORT THE BRANDS THAT HELP TO SUPPORT THIS LITTLE BLOG & OUR LITTLE FAM!!
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So this year, I decided to put one together for my friend’s annual Halloween Party.  I wanted one that would be both great for adults, but fun and kid friendly as well!  This is what I came up with.  What do y’all think? (Also, if you follow me on Instagram, I did some close up videos so you guys can see what it looks like live!)

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Travel

Travel Accessories for Your Next Vacay

We’re finally off my friends!  If you follow me on Instagram then you know we are headed to Spain today!!  I know I don’t speak for myself when I say I AM SO READY TO TRAVEL AGAIN!!

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shark cakes

Shark Week Party with Homemade Shark Cupcakes

Guess what?!  It’s SHARK WEEK!!!  Do you guys celebrate it like we do in this house??  Maybe you have a summer themed party coming up?  Or perhaps just a little shark lover at home looking for some shark shaped treats for their upcoming birthday?  Well I got you, Girl!  Or Boy! These shark cupcakes are adorable and are sure to WOW the crowd!  I’ve also included some adorable shark-themed party decorations and favors to help make your bash a hit!

Two things to note before we start:

  1. I am not a Baker. 😂
  2. This is not my recipe, and I just followed the instructions of the New York Times Best Selling Book Hello, Cupcake! 

I say those things for you to know that I am just an average joe trying to make some fun summer cupcakes.  And if I can do it….you can DEFINITELY do it!

Tutorial

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Patio Inspiration

Patio Inspiration & Outdoor Decor

Howdy Ho Friends!  Thought it would be fun to play a little game of THIS or THAT with you guys! So I put together some “mood boards”, if you will, with some patio inspiration to see which styles y’all like better!  Make sure to vote in the comments!  Or, if you follow me on Instagram, you can vote there in my stories too!

Hope you have fun and find some inspiration along the way!

Patio Inspiration Looks 1 & 2

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Summer Tablescape Ideas

Sweet Summer Tablescape

I feel like it’s been a minute since I’ve shared any fun tablescape ideas with you guys!  But as more and more of us are hosting family and friends this summer season, I wanted to make sure we all had plenty of sweet summer tablescape inspo to wow our guests and provide the perfect centerpiece for our gathering.

So….here’s what I came up with!  What do we think?!

Summer Party Ideas

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Playroom Storage Solutions

Super Easy Minimalist Wall Decals

And just like that the small update in the kids’ playroom is COMPLETE!  We added a few super easy minimalist wall decals, moved some furniture and some toys around, and voila!  Big changes on a tiny (and I mean next to nothing) budget!!

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Plants

My Plant Picks from Target

Well hello there plant moms and dads (or maybe soon-to-be plant parents)!  I’m so glad you’re here! My guess is you stopped by because you, like me, love what plants do to brighten up your home and connect you to nature!  Now, while I have been trying my hand the last 2 years or so at real plant care, I’ll be honest, GOOD faux plants can be just as beautiful and a HECKOFALOT less work!

That said, I took a little stroll through Target this morning (shocker I know), and happen to come across the launch of Hilton Carter’s new line in collaboration with Target.  Y’all.  Show stoppers!!!!  They had real and faux plants mixed in together and I couldn’t tell them apart!!! It was AMAZING!!!  I have never seen such real & BEAUTIFUL looking faux plants!!  So naturally, I had to share them with you guys!  I picked up two new live beauties myself, but of course the live plants can’t be purchased online.  Soooo…instead I’ve rounded up my favorite faux picks, as well as one or two gardening accessories that I love! You guys, I saw these plants myself in-person today.  They are BEAUTIFUL and the quality is amazing!!!

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Summer Activities for Kids

Summer Activities for Kids {Educational & All Under $25}

BEFORE WE JUMP IN, AS ALWAYS, I JUST WANNA SAY REAL QUICK, THANK YOU SO SO MUCH FOR ANY AND ALL AFFILIATE LINKS THAT YOU MAY USE THROUGHOUT THIS POST.  I APPRECIATE MORE THAN YOU KNOW WHEN YOU SUPPORT THE BRANDS THAT HELP TO SUPPORT THIS LITTLE BLOG & OUR LITTLE FAM!!
ALSO, A HUGE THANKS TO WALMART+ FOR SPONSORING TODAY’S POST AND for helping get us primed, prepped, and ready for summer!

Well.  It happened.  My baby officially graduated pre-school today and will be heading into elementary school in the fall.  😩😭  I know they have  to grow up, and trust me, I love watching it, but man, I’m gonna miss these years.  **Cue the tears,  bring the tissues, save the children bc right now I’m squeezing them extra tight.**

Summer activities for kids

Okay, now that we got the sappy part over with, I can share the real reason behind this post.

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Decorate my planner

My Planner Organization & Planning Go-To’s

This blog post has been a loooong time coming!  You guys have been asking me FOREVER to share my planner organization faves and I’ve FINALLY had the time to sit down and gather it all together for y’all!  Also, the new Life Planner launched from Erin Condren TODAY and I’m LOVING IT!!!!  Y’all know that is my absolute go-to to keep my life in order (well, somewhat in order 😉)!  I can’t remember things without it, seriously.

Anyway, this new launch gives even more options for personalizing and customizing so y’all be sure to check it out!  I’ll be sharing everything I got from the launch here so you’ll get a sneak peek!

Alright, so enough chit chat, let’s jump right in here!!

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Travel Makeup

Travel Makeup Capsule: Lightening the Load

Alright.  Let’s talk travel makeup.  Who here is guilty of overpacking? 🙋🏻🙋🏻🙋🏻  This is a judge-free zone, so it’s okay, you can admit it! In fact, admitting you have a problem is the first step,😉.  I’m kidding of course, but my guess is, you probably consider yourself to be an over-packer as well since you’re here with me!  Well let me tell ya, I used to be TERRIBLE! I mean, it was borderline embarrassing how much I would pack.  So unnecessary; and let’s be honest, when you’re traveling, the lighter the load the easier it is to get around!!

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Healthy Oat Muffins

Healthy Oat Muffins (No Flour, No Sugar, and Only a Few Ingredients)

So apparently I missed the boat on sharing the recipe for these Healthy Oat Muffins with you guys a couple weeks ago!  My bad!  I took all the video and could have sworn I shared it on my Instagram page…but apparently…I did not.

Healthy Oat Muffins

So instead, I figured I’d throw a blog post together so you can see the video of me actually making them!  The best thing about these (besides how healthy and delicious they are) is that they only require a few ingredients, are super easy to make, AND can be customized with your favorite toppings.

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Spring home decor

Easy & Affordable Spring Home Decor Refresh

BEFORE WE JUMP IN, AS ALWAYS, I JUST WANNA SAY REAL QUICK, THANK YOU SO SO MUCH FOR ANY AND ALL AFFILIATE LINKS THAT YOU MAY USE THROUGHOUT THIS POST.  I APPRECIATE MORE THAN YOU KNOW WHEN YOU SUPPORT THE BRANDS THAT HELP TO SUPPORT THIS LITTLE BLOG & OUR LITTLE FAM!!
ALSO, A HUGE THANKS TO WALMART+ FOR SPONSORING TODAY’S POST AND making our Spring Home Decor Refresh that much fresher! 

Well I don’t know about you guys, but after the crazy winter storm we just had in Texas this past week, spring just can’t come soon enough!  I’m usually in support of the snow, but I’ve had my fill for a while!  So.  In this house, we’re moving on!  Even if the weather chooses not to join us (thanks groundhog) my house is jumping ahead into spring! Continue reading

Discount Codes

Discount Codes & Links

Hi guys!

As promised, here is a round up of all my current discount codes and affiliate links.  If for some reason any of the codes/links don’t work, please just let me know and I’ll get it fixed for y’all! (Occasionally one of my codes will end up on one of those stupid discount sites and then I have to be issues a new one 🙄).  So please be sure to let me know if something isn’t working!  Thanks buddies!

Also, the most comprehensive place to find links to things I’ve shared is my LikeToKnowIt page.


BEFORE WE JUMP IN, AS ALWAYS, I JUST WANNA SAY REAL QUICK, THANK YOU SO SO MUCH FOR ANY AND ALL AFFILIATE LINKS THAT YOU MAY USE THROUGHOUT THIS POST.  I APPRECIATE MORE THAN YOU KNOW WHEN YOU SUPPORT THE BRANDS THAT HELP TO SUPPORT THIS LITTLE BLOG & OUR LITTLE FAM!!

CODES

Beddy’s Beds: RUSTICRETREAT

Boutique Rugs: RUSTICRETREAT55

The C Shop Jewelry: RUSTICRETREAT10

DaxEyewear: NICOLE30

OlliMarie Boutique: NICOLE15

Reef Rain Aria jewelry: NICOLE10

King of Christmas: (code currently inactive)

Affiliate links

Abercrombie & Fitch

All Modern

Antique Candle Co.

My Amazon Storefront

American Eagle

Crate & Barrel

Erin Condren

Joss & Main

Kirklands

Pier 1

Pottery Barn

QVC

Target

Tarte Cosmetics

TJ Maxx

Victoria Emerson

Walmart

Wayfair

World Market

Great gift ideas

Give The Gift That Keeps On Giving


BEFORE WE JUMP IN, AS ALWAYS, I JUST WANNA SAY REAL QUICK, THANK YOU SO SO MUCH FOR ANY AND ALL AFFILIATE LINKS THAT YOU MAY USE THROUGHOUT THIS POST.  I APPRECIATE MORE THAN YOU KNOW WHEN YOU SUPPORT THE BRANDS THAT HELP TO SUPPORT THIS LITTLE BLOG & OUR LITTLE FAM!!
ALSO, A HUGE THANKS TO WALMART+ FOR SPONSORING TODAY’S POST AND making our holiday season that much brighter

It’s officially crunch time y’all! Christmas is just days away.  Have you checked everyone off your list yet??  Are you still looking for great gift ideas?? My guess is if you’re reading this, you might still have that “impossible to shop for” name that you haven’t successfully crossed off yet.  Well I’m here to help!

Gift Ideas

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Thanksgiving Camping Trip

This Year’s Very Unexpected & Not So Traditional Thanksgiving

Before we jump in, as always, I just wanna say real quick, THANK YOU SO SO MUCH for any and all affiliate links that you may use throughout this post.  I appreciate MORE THAN YOU know when you support the brands that help to support this little blog & our little fam!!
Also, a HUGE thanks to Walmart+ for sponsoring today’s post and Our wonderful thanksgiving holiday!

Well y’all, Thanksgiving 2020 is in the books!!  And I have to admit, I have NO IDEA why I was so surprised when it went NOTHING according to plan! 😂. I mean, that’s just the kinda year it’s been, am I right??  We couldn’t let Thanksgiving get away with taking it easy, it just wouldn’t have been right (has me a little worried about what Christmas has in store but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there).  😂 Seriously though, different doesn’t always mean bad!  We still had an amazing holiday even though it was NOTHING like we expected!

The Original Plan

If you follow me on Instagram then you already know we had intentions to rent a cabin in the woods and spend time with my immediate family for the Thanksgiving holiday.  My family is INCREDIBLY fortunate to live here together in the metroplex.  And because we are so close, we’ve been able to quarantine and remain socially distanced in the community while still being together. I thank my lucky stars for that because I know how rare that is in today’s climate.  Anyway, like so many others this holiday season, we decided it was best for all those involved to cancel our plans and spend Thanksgiving with our own respective nuclear families.  HARDEST DECISION EVER, but definitely the most responsible choice.

I have no doubt that so many of you reading this are in the exact same boat.  And as sad as I was to spend my first Thanksgiving ever without my extended family, (and here comes the silver lining…y’all know me, there HAS to be one) me and this little quartet of mine had the BEST time just enjoying each other.

Thanksgiving 2020

Getting your dog to look at the camera when it’s set on a timer is impossible 😂

24 hours leading up to our trip

The 24 hours leading up to our trip were kind of a whirlwind!  Plans were cancelled and then changed and then changed again, and then cancelled, and then changed again.  It was pure chaos.  I had already packed the kids for a week long trip and I had all my clothes ready to be rolled into the suitcase.  Now if y’all are anything like me, you think unpacking is the WORST!  Well, unpacking WITHOUT having even gone anywhere, not an option for me. 😂

So Matt and I started brain storming…and where do you think we landed?? Yep!  Of course.  The camper!!  This was EXACTLY why we bought the camper.  So in these volatile times, we could just pick up and go and still stay safe and socially distanced!

the new plan

Also that was it…camping!!  The new plan!  Matt got online and started frantically searching for campsites (we knew we still wanted to go to Arkansas since we’d already packed for that weather) and I immediately logged into our Walmart+ account and started planning and buying all the supplies for our trip.  If you guys haven’t heard of or signed up for a Walmart+ membership yet, I’m telling y’all….GAME. CHANGER!!!  It‘s truly what made our Thanksgiving trip possible!

Even though I had done a lot to pack clothes and incidentals for the trip, I didn’t have food, cleaning supplies, entertainment, cookware, etc.  Basically, I had nothing ready to prepare for a trip to the woods. 😂. So, I started adding allllllll the things to our cart and made sure to select “DELIVERY” because there was NO WAY I was going to have time to run to the store before we left for our trip in under 12 hours.

Walmart+ Delivery

Of all the benefits Walmart+ offers (mobile scan & go, member prices on fuel, etc) the free unlimited delivery is HANDS DOWN my favorite!  I can place as many orders as I need to and they’ll all deliver FOR FREE!!  As long as I hit my $35 minimum (restrictions apply) (which let’s be honest, when do I NOT hit that 😂) then they’ll bring it right to my doorstep!  Or anywhere else I need them to bring it, as long as the benefit is available in that zip code!  (More on that once we actually arrive to the campsite…yes, they delivered to us there 🤯).  Seriously though, I DEFINITELY encourage y’all to head over to the Walmart+ page and learn all about the benefits available in your area!!  They were a LIFE SAVER for us on this trip!

Campsite #1

Camping at Thanksgiving

So because Arkansas is quite a haul from where we live in Texas, we decided to break the trip up and stopped in a KOA Campground in Mount Pleasant.   We arrived  at the site, unpacked, and immediately realized all the things we forgot to bring amidst the chaos over the past 12 hours.   That’s just how it goes though, right? 😂.   Toothbrush? Forgot it.  Shampoo and conditioner? Forgot them.  Games for the kids?  Nope.  Camping chairs?  Still in the other car from soccer.  What about our coats and hats for sitting around the campfire in 40º weather?  Of course not….why would we remember those!! 😂 You know what though.  I swear, my usual semi-anxious self didn’t panic at all!  Know why?  Well one, I was on vacation and I was NOT about to let anything ruin it for a 2nd time…but two, because I had already checked the campground address and Walmart+ would deliver anything we had forgotten!!  Thank God, cuz we forgot A LOT! 😂  So we ordered the essentials (plus a few fun extras, duh), they delivered (FOR FREE), and it was smooth sailing from there! (Honestly, I still can’t believe they delivered TO OUR CAMPSITE!!!  I’m a Walmart+ member for life!!!) Thanksgiving camping trip

Staying busy

The next morning we made breakfast and the kids actually helped!  The meal of choice was pigs in a blanket (which is a super easy camp food by the way)!  If you haven’t made these with your kiddos, I highly recommend it!  They’re super easy and the kids love rolling them up!  Plus it got us through the early morning hours where it was just a little too chilly to play outside.

Thanksgiving Camping Trip

Once we had full bellies we spent the rest of the day outside!  Playing games and laughing and crafting and telling stories!  It was exactly what Matt and I envisioned when we said we wanted to buy a camper!

Thanksgiving Camping Trip

Once night took over (which as we all know happens pretty early these days), I was so thankful I had purchased coloring supplies in our Walmart+ order.  Boy did they come in handy!  We also bought some board games, but as every parent knows, you can’t show all your cards at once so we decided to save those for another night. 😂

Thanksgiving Camping Trip


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campsite 2: the ozarks

It was a pretty quick turn around in Mount Pleasant because our real goal was to get out to the Ozarks.  By this time, (thanks to Walmart+) we were finally prepared to make the trek out there!   So we made the 4.5 hour drive, set up camp, and relaxed our week away!!

Thanksgiving Camping Trip

We spent as much a time as we could outside but with rain in the forecast, we had the board games prepped and ready!  We’re definitely a family of gamers so when it didn’t rain, we took the games outside! 😂  I mean, it’s not “glamping” without board games, am I right?

Now, possibly Matt’s most BRILLIANT idea of the trip: adding an Apple TV to the Walmart+ list so we can watch Christmas movies Thanksgiving night!!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼  Some of you may be thinking…TV…that’s not camping!  You’re right.  It’s glamping! 😂  I’m kidding of course, but seriously, once it got late and we were done with the campfire for the night, we came back inside, got under the blankets, fired up the Apple TV, and watched Christmas movies by the faux fireplace.  It may not sound Iike much, but for us it couldn’t have been more perfect!

Thanksgiving Camping Trip

Feeling grateful

So.  Was Thanksgiving everything we had dreamed of?  Technically…no (but I did order these awesome paper Thanksgiving platters in our Walmart+ order so we could still be festive 😂.

Thanksgiving Camping Trip

So, no, it was not at all what we had originally wanted, but it was EVERYTHING we didn’t know we needed!  Time for the 4 of us to stop, think, and reconnect with each other!  I’m not gonna go as far as to thank COVID for this, but let’s just say, there’s ALWAYS a silver lining…you just have to find it!

Now that we’re home

Ya know that the funny thing is?  Now that we’re home, we’re still chalking it up to being one of the best Thanksgivings we’ve had as a little family!!  I hope my kids always remember it that way! ☺️

And you know what MY most valuable lesson on this trip was?  Don’t freak out about forgetting stuff on your trip because chances are, there’s a Walmart around to deliver it to you! 😂 No joke though, I was so spoiled with all my Walmart+ FREE unlimited deliveries ($35 minimum, restrictions apply) on this trip that I scheduled one for the minute we got home!!  Now, rather than heading to the store, I have the luxury of staying home, unpacking, and getting the kids ready for the week!!!  Win win y’all!!

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(these are just some of the items we needed & were able to get delivered for free through our walmart+ membership)

Now I’d love to hear all about y’all’s 2020 Thanksgiving!!  What was it like?  Did it look like every other year? Or was it drastically different??  Did you also get to use Walmart+? 😂  Let me know in the comments below!!

Talk soon buddies!

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Target Christmas Decor

My Target Christmas Decor Picks

Morning guys!  We’re headed to our last soccer game of the season today (it’s so bittersweet) but before we head out, I finally wanted to share my Target Christmas Decor picks for this year!!  Per usual, they have some adorable things!  My favorites being those somewhat neutral finds that you can use year after year, AND even keep them up after Christmas to use them as “winter decor”!

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Black Friday

Target Pre-Black-Friday-Sale & My Top Picks for This Week

Hi guys!  So as I shared in my IG stories earlier, Target is launching new Black Friday Sales every week this month leading up to the actual day!  I LOVE that!! It’s exhausting trying to beat the crowds on Black Friday.  This way you have a full week to take advantage of the sales and you can do it from the comfort of your home!  Win!


Before we jump in, as always, I just wanna say real quick, THANK YOU SO SO MUCH for any and all affiliate links that you may use throughout this post.  I appreciate MORE THAN YOU know when you support the brands that help to support this little blog & our little fam!!

This Week’s Top Deals

**Up to 50% off kitchen appliances 

**Up to 40% vacuums and floor care

**Up to 50% off holiday decor and trees

**BOGO 50% off boots for the whole family

**Buy 2 Get 1 Free board games, video games, books, movies, music, etc.

**20% off Men’s, Women’s, Kids’ Clothing

My Picks

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Foyer Decor

Entryway Refresh & Kitchen Update

It’s done y’all.  I finally have an entryway that I LOVE.  It only took one year, one month, two weeks, and one day to do it! 😂😂😂.  Better late than never though, right?

I should have known when it finally came together that it would be all thanks to Wayfair! LOL!   If you’ve followed me on Instagram you know that I’ve always been a HUGE fan of Wayfair.  They have the BEST selection of decor at some of the BEST prices.  They’re easy to shop, affordable, and have a gigantic selection of products to fit any and all styles.  Not to mention their customer service is BOMB!!!  They are seriously the ULTIMATE destination for all things home decor! So when they reached out and asked if I wanted to take on a little styling project with them, I COULD NOT PASS IT UP!!!  I can’t wait to show you guys what I came up with!


Before we jump in, as always, I just wanna say real quick, THANK YOU SO SO MUCH for any and all affiliate links that you may use throughout this post.  I appreciate MORE THAN YOU know when you support the brands that help to support this little blog & our little fam!!
Also, a HUGE thanks to WAYFAIR for sponsoring today’s post and our fun ENTRYWAY & Kitchen Refresh projects!!

Per usual… we have to first take a look at the before!

Entryway Decor

 

Not bad, but not great, right?  It’s been enough to get by, but it just didn’t make sense.  You could totally tell that I just stuck an extra coffee table in the entryway and called it a day. Sadly, the entryway wasn’t high on my priority list when we moved in.  In retrospect, I definitely should have prioritized that differently.  The entryway/foyer is the first impression of your home!  It should really be the introduction for your guests.  It should be welcoming and encourage guests to come in and make themselves at home!  I think I’ve accomplished that now!!

Entryway Decor

Change #1

First things, first.  The rug!  We HAD to add one!  Rugs bring such texture and warmth to a space!  Not to mention a break for those barkin’ dogs, lol.  But seriously.  You can get so creative with rugs and truly let your personality show. This rug (the Jodi Geometric Handmade Flatweave Cotton Gray Area Rug) is absolutely stunning and PERFECTLY fits both the space and our style. I love the fringe detail on the ends as well as the darker weave pattern that perfectly compliments the light greige tone of the rug!  The other thing I really love about it, and this is HUGE….is lays completely flat!! Yes! I can’t stand rugs that curl up at the ends.  Y’all know what I mean.

Foyer Decor

Change #2

Second. The table.  I had to get a new one.  Something that made sense for the space.  Storage was preferable (for function), and of course it had to be pretty, because, duh…and lastly, I wanted it to fit nicely into my decor without being too matchy.

Entryway Decor

What do we think?? I COULD NOT believe how affordable this table was!  And it even looks better in person!  I know I’ve mentioned affordability a few times but that it one of the things that is HUGELY important to both me and my husband.  Yet another reason we are constantly sourcing our home decor from Wayfair.  They offer home updates for as little as $39!!!  Thirty-nine dollars, y’all.  That is INCREDIBLE!

Now, believe it or now, that pretty much wraps up the entryway refresh!  Two new pieces of decor and this space looks completely different and sooooo much more put together!

Change #3: The Kitchen

Here we have the before:

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And here we have a little revamp!

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How amazing are these counter stools?!?  Also from Wayfair, of course!  They come in different heights and different colors and are so comfy!  In fact, I’ve been sitting here in this middle one all day writing this post! 😂.  Again, no major overhaul here, just a few decor/furniture updates and voila!  Totally different space!

Now it’s your turn!!

The whole point of today’s post was simply to encourage you guys (and show you how easy and affordable it is) to do this in your own homes!!  People ask me ALL THE TIME to come decorate their houses, and as much as I’ve love to come and help each and every one of you, I literally can’t 😂😂😂😂.  But YOU CAN!!  You can transform ANY space in your home and it really doesn’t take much!

Wayfair has over 10 million products you guys.  10 MILLION!!!!  I know for a fact you can find something you love that IS within your budget.  Plus, shipping is free over $35 so there’s the icing on the cake!!  Don’t wait as long as I did! Start loving your space now!

Talk soon buddies,

My Rustic Retreat Signing Off

 


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Amazon Prime Days

Amazon Prime Days!!

Amazon Prime Days is finally here!!  If you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s basically the ONLY two days out of the year that Amazon offers some AMAZING sales and deals.  I do about 75% of my Christmas shopping during these two days.  I know it sounds crazy but you really can SAVE SO MUCH MONEY!!

Having said that, I rounded up what I think to be the best deals (or basically what I would recommend or am buying myself) in each category.  Hope it helps!!

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Girls Room Refresh

Girls Bedroom Makeover

Hello My Friends!!

Well, if y’all have been following along on Instagram you know that I’ve been working on this Girls Bedroom Makeover for my daughter over the last few weeks.  I”m SO HAPPY to say that’s it’s finally DONE!!!  Both Ava and I are over-the-moon pleased with the results!!  She just loves being in her room now!  And the best part…she’s even been keeping it clean (well, cleaner, lol) so she can enjoy it more!!

I love every detail in her room, from the wallpaper to the chandelier, from the bedding to the rug!  Each element has made such a statement in her room and I love the way everything came together!!

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Kirklands Fall & Halloween Decor

It’s finally that time of year, y’all!!  Fall and Halloween decor have arrived at Kirklands!!  And this year, they have SUCH A GREAT LINEUP!!! I’m sharing my faves here but I also did a store walk through in my Instagram stories so you can head over there next to see the “live” version of most of these goodies!!

There are a few online only items below but if they had it in store I shared it over on IG. ☺️

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My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks


Before we jump in, as always, I just wanna say real quick, THANK YOU SO SO MUCH for any and all affiliate links that you may use throughout this post.  I appreciate MORE THAN YOU know when you support the brands that help to support this little blog & our little fam!!

Good morning my dears!  As promised I’ve rounded up all my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale picks for 2020.  My favorite all around categories this year were shoes and comfies (both athletic wear and comfy casuals).  There are a few really great sweater options as well if you’re shopping for those.  I have plenty still in great condition from last year’s sale so I won’t be snagging too much in that arena.  If you are planning on splurging a little this year, I HIGHLY recommend the Barefoot Dreams cardigans (you really only need one).  They are a DREAM, literally.  The most comfortable, cozy, warm and snuggly sweater I own!

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3 ways to update your space

3 Simple Ways to Refresh Your Space & Start Loving It NOW!

Could it really be that easy?  3 simple ways to refresh your space?  Yes!  It can!!  I’m not talking major overhaul here either.  There are, in my humble opinion,  3 things you can add, or change, in a space that will completely change the look and feel of the room.  Can you guess what they are?  As I share them with y’all, I’m going to give you examples of each so you can see what I mean.

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DIY Boy Bedroom Makeover

Boys Bedroom Makeover & Refresh


Before we jump in, as always, I just wanna say real quick, THANK YOU SO SO MUCH for any and all affiliate links that you may use throughout this post.  I appreciate MORE THAN YOU know when you support the brands that help to support this little blog & our little fam!!
Also, a HUGE thanks to eBay for sponsoring today’s post and our fun bedroom makeover project!! 

Yay!! It’s FINALLY finished!!! We wrapped up E’s bedroom makeover today and he couldn’t be happier with the results!!!  (See my Instagram stories for his reaction 😂).  I have to say y’all, this was one of the EASIEST projects I’ve ever done!  Probably because there was very little paint or woodworking involved, lol.  The “hardest” part was the peel and stick wallpaper I added, but even that wasn’t hard…just sticky 😂😂.   Seriously though, this project now has me motivated to knock out my daughter’s bedroom next!

Boys Room Update and Inspiration

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Neutral Summer Decor From Amazon

Morning Friends!  Two posts in one week?!  Who am I, right?!  Well, this is a post I’ve been meaning to do for a while now and just hadn’t gotten around to it.  But! The important thing is,  it’s here now!!  Lol.  I wanted to make sure and get it out to y’all before our first day of summer officially arrives!!  Plus, you guys have been asking for ideas for neutral summer decor from Amazon so I’m happy to oblige!

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The Best Educational Games for Kids

 

It’s #Quarantine2020 y’all and I think ALL of us are doing anything and everything we can to try and keep our minds and bodies as busy as possible.  I know at least for me, when I’m keeping occupied and the kids are kept entertained, it makes this prison-like-sitch a little easier on all of us.

Now if y’all’s households are anything like mine, you have one (or multiple) kids who love school and one (or multiple) kids who do NOT.  That said, I’m always looking for ways to incorporating learning for the kiddos that doesn’t feel forced or overly structured.  Basically, less like school and more like fun.

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Playroom Organization and Makeover

Kids Playroom Makeover & Organization Ideas

Y’all this kids playroom organization and makeover project was looooong overdue in the Cantu household.  Imma be reaaaaaal honest with y’all and let you know that my breaking point was when I realized I was doing waaaaay more yelling at the kids to clean up their mess than I was actually making the mess WITH them!  I was fed up with spending my time cleaning (or begging them to clean) instead of being there, present, in the moment playing with them.  I’ve heard it, felt it, and know it, but sometimes I still need to remind myself….these little years are fleeting and I want nothing more than to enjoy these few years where they actually WANT me around! (I know those teenage years are just around the corner.)  I don’t want to look back and regret the time spent worrying about the mess instead of enjoying it!

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CHEAP & Easy DIY Filing Cabinet Makeover

Oh hey! It’s me! I only completed this cheap and easy DIY project like 4 months ago so it’s totally appropriate to be sharing now, right?  Sorry!!! I know, I’m sooooo bad at this!  I finally got these hideous filing cabinets painted and styled right in time for baby showers, birthdays, and the holiday season and then just TOTALLY bailed on sharing them with y’all.  Well, hopefully y’all don’t hate me and are still interested in seeing how I did it!

Easy DIY Filing Cabinet Makeover to Refresh Office

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The Best Amazon Sweaters For Fall & Winter

I know it’s a little later than intended (thanks so much for y’all’s patience with me over the last few weeks) but here it is!  Finally!  The Best Amazon Sweaters for both Fall AND Winter!! I’ve rounded up not just my faves, but also those that have AMAZING reviews, are super affordable, AND can be worn into the winter, and maybe even spring months!  YAY!

A few of these I already own, and a few are in my cart for purchase!  I’m really feeling the chunky turtleneck sweaters this season. 😍

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DIY Christmas Tree Stand

DIY Christmas Tree Box with Raised Platform {+ Discount Code}

Okay so you’ve found the PERFECT Christmas tree, and you’ve been searching high and low for that box stand that will go with it perfectly…..annnnnnd you come up short again and again.   That’s EXACTLY what happened to me!  I finally found my perfect tree for our foyer in the new house, (it’s the King of Christmas 10′ King Douglas Fir Slim ) and I just could not find the right Christmas tree box to match it.  So, when ya can’t find it, DIY it!!

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Creating a Spooky Halloween Tables Setting

How To Create A Spooky Tablescape—{Instantly Up Your Halloween Game With This Easy Trick!}

Huge thank you to Penguin Dry Ice for sponsoring today’s post!  And an even BIGGER thank you to you guys for supporting the brands that support this little blog and our little fam!  You guys help keep things running around here and we appreciate it more than you know!!

It’s Hocus Pocus time witches!!  I absolutely LOVE this time time of year!!  The pumpkins, the leaves, the crisp smelling air, the spooky, and of course THE WITCHES!  If you’ve been following for a while you know every year I create a spooky tablescape.  Well this year….I wanted to up my Halloween game!  (See last year’s photos below.)

As much as I loved my spooky tablescape last year, I knew this year I wanted to step up the creepy just a bit.  My kids are getting older and they LOVE Halloween as much as I do so I wanted to do something fun and creative for them (and for me lol).

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DIY PHOTO GALLERY WALL, CLEAN & SIMPLE

So I just looked at the date that I originally started this blog post.  April 19th, 2019.  Ha. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Guess I got busy, ya know, with school wrapping up, vacationing in Italy, all while planning and preparing for a move across country! 🤯🤯🤯  (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, or that I even moved, lol, I share all about it in this previous post. ) . Needless to say, lol, life has been a little crazy the last few months.  I’m sorry that it’s taken me soooooo long to share the details of our super simple DIY photo gallery wall!  I updated this wall not too long before we had to move and I absolutely fell in love with it!! I’m going to recreate this exact same look in our new home!  Which we officially move into NEXT WEEK!!!! (Champagne waterfalls everywhere!!)

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Hearth and Hand with Magnolia new fall line

The Best Goodies from the NEW FALL Hearth & Hand Line at Target

Yay!!!!  It’s finally here!!! The new Fall Hearth and Hand line officially launched at Target today!!!  There are so many beautiful items you guys!  I mean duh, would we expect anything less from Queen Joanna?!  I wouldn’t necessarily call today Christmas Morning…but it’s a close runner up!  Haha!

Seriously though, I love the warm neutrals she used with the subtle pops of traditional fall color!  I’m probably loving it so much because it’s exactly what I envisioned when I started thinking through my plans for this year’s fall decor.  That must mean me and JoJo are spirit animals.  #nootherwaytoseeit   Haha okay I’m kidding!  I swear I’m not creepy!

Well I guess we better jump into the goodies here before things get weird.

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Back To School Sales For The Whole Fam!

Hi Friends!

Okay I did it!  I put together a Back to School Sales roundup for those of you who still have shopping to do before our favorite little people (or our once little but now big people) head back out to learn some things.  I decided not to include actual school supplies (pencils, pens, markers, etc.) because I think most of that is pretty self explanatory.  Instead, I tried to focus more on clothing, shoes, larger supplies (backpacks, lunchboxes, etc.), and dorm goodies.

Please note that a lot of these Back To School Sales have expiration dates so you better snag what you need before time runs out!

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Weekly Steals This Week Has Tons of Great Home Decor Items on Sale

Weekly Steals — August Week 2

Howdy ho y’all!  Your Weekly Steals for the second week of August have arrived!! (If you wanna go back and take a peek at Week 1, HERE it is!)  I just can’t believe we’re cruising into Week 2 already!!🤯🤯🤯 I am NOT ready for the school year to start!  I mean, it feels like summer just started! 😭😭😭 My daughter is going into 1st Grade in just a few days and we haven’t even moved into the new house yet! Because of that, we’re going to have to commute for the first 2 weeks, and y’all….I’m pretty sure it’s gonna be downright painful.  Waking up a 6 year old and a 4 year old at 5:30am EVERY. DAY!!!!  Send prayers.  And coffee.  And lots of wine.

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Amazon Prime Days—Best Sales of the Year!!

Amazon fans unite!  It’s our favorite day (or days) of the year!! Today and tomorrow (July 15th and 16th) are Amazon Prime Days!!  WOOHOO!!! It’s finally here!!  What is that you ask?  Well, only Amazon’s two best shopping days of the year!  For these two days only, Amazon has some AMAZING deals!!!  So many great items are deeply discounted making it a great time to snag those splurges you’ve been eyeing, stock up on the necessities, or even begin the dreaded (and often expensive) Christmas shopping!

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Home Design Selections for The New House

If you’ve ever built or designed a new home, you know there’s a TON of decision making that goes into it!  Like, a ton!!  If you’re indecisive like me, it can get to be a little overwhelming.  The funny thing is, I always know what I DON’T like, but sometimes it’s hard for me to decide between things that I DO like.  That said, the more options I have, the harder it is to nail down my final selection.  Soooo….it’ll probably make sense to you when I say that I spent a total of 12 HOURS at the Drees Design Center finalizing all our color and design options for the new home we’re building.  If it wasn’t for their super helpful designers I’d probably still be there right now 😂😂.

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Affordable Spring Home Decor

Affordable Spring Refresh for Your Home {All Available at Wal-Mart!}

Wow, you guys!  Wal-Mart has SERIOUSLY stepped up their game in the Home Decor department over the last couple years.  Every season I’m more and more impressed with the fun goodies they come out with!!  So, of course they were my go-to when I started shopping around for affordable spring decor!!

If you remember, I did a Wal-Mart Holiday Round-Up a few months back.  Well, y’all loved that one so much I thought I’d do another one for Spring!!  Pluuuuusss….I may have mentioned this already, (if you follow me on Insta, you know I haven’t stopped mentioning it 😂) but I’m so sick of Winter at this point that I’m literally trying to bury myself in all things Spring!  I’m trying to will it here with ALL my might!!

So, because I’m already working on Springifying my home, (and bc tomorrow officially kicks of the start of my second favorite season) I thought I’d share some of the inspiration I’ve pulled from, and give y’all some ideas for refreshing yours!

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Perfect unicorn cake for little girl's birthday

Parties & Celebrations {Part 1} — DIY Unicorn Cake

I’ve been promising y’all forever that I was going to start a blog series on parties, events, and cake decorating!  Well, finally, here it is!!  Part 1!!  If you guys follow me on Instagram, then you probably already know that we (my mom, MIL and me) just made my daughter THE COOLEST two-tiered unicorn cake for her 6th birthday.  The amazing response I got after sharing that cake is what finally made me sit down & start this series!! So THANK Y’ALL!!!

I’m so excited to share with you guys over the next few weeks, some of the parties me, my mom, and my sister have hosted together and/or for each other, and for our littles over the last 5+ years!  I hope y’all enjoy!!

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How to Shop for the Best and Most Affordable Farmhouse Rugs on Amazon

The Best Farmhouse Rugs on Amazon, & Tips for Finding The Perfect Rug for YOU!!

Rugs.  I’m not gonna lie y’all.  When it comes to rugs…I always drop the ball!  Not because I don’t know how to pick ’em, but because they’re always the LAST thing I think of when it comes to home decor.  I am so ashamed to say I have like 3 rugs in my house right now!  I know.  It’s basically a crime.  We have so much wood floor in our house and I only have, MAYBE, 5% of it covered.  No wonder my house is cold and my feet always hurt, lol 😂.

Seriously though, I’ve been searching high and low for rugs over these last few weeks and was THRILLED to see that Amazon not only has GREAT options, but they’re SUPER affordable too!!  And because I liked what I saw while I was perusing the infinite webspace that is The Amazon Marketplace (seriously, they have SO MUCH STUFF), I decided it might be helpful to go ahead and round-up my absolute fave farmhouse-style finds to share them with you guys as well!!

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Affordable & AWESOME Faux Floral Finds From T.J.Maxx

Who out there is ready for spring?? 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️

Well, as ready as I am, I can tell you it’s absolutely no where in sight for those of us here in the Chicagoland area.  But, rather than wish away the weeks, I’m actually soaking up these beautiful snow covered views we’ve had the last few days/weeks.  Y’all, I’ve never seen snow so glittery!!  It literally looks like billions of diamonds covering the ground and trees.  It’s absolutely breathtaking.

All that said, I’m still lookin forward to the warmer temps, bright colors, and sweet sweet smells of spring.

I’ve already started brainstorming the aesthetic I’m going for this spring, and while doing that, a light bulb went off! Y’all are always asking me where I get my faux greenery and floral, so as I was shopping around for my spring inspiration, I thought I’d throw a blog post together for y’all to share some of my favorite affordable floral finds!! And the truth is, even though I found these items while brainstorming my spring design plan, most (if not all) of these items would work very nicely for ANY season!! Y’all know I love versatility in my decor!! So the fact that this collection of faux floral and greenery could work all year-round is just an added bonus!!

Because I know the cost of floral and greenery can add up, I made sure to only add items that were super affordable—and where do you think I went to look for these goodies?!  T.J. Maxx of course!!! (No, this is NOT sponsored, I just love that their decor is so fairly priced, super on trend, and AVAILABLE ONLINE!!  I’m a fan of shopping from my couch if you couldn’t tell, lol.

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EC Life Planner to stay organized in the new year

Getting & Staying Organized in 2019

And just like that the first three weeks of the new year are already over!  I seriously can’t believe it!  Although, for us, Weeks 1, 2, & 3  were spent recovering from a wicked stomach bug, strep, and scarlet fever;  so that could be why it was kind of a blur…my memory must be trying to just block it out. 😂

Anywho, Week 4, I see you!  And this week has been dedicated to preparing & planning for 2019! If you’ve followed me on Instagram for awhile, then you already know I’m a planner.  And a list maker.  And an all around control freak (but that’s neither here nor there).  Well, my Holy Grail of planning & staying on track is my Erin Condren Life Planner.

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JORD Wooden Watch Frankie Series

Is Better Time Management On Your List of Goals this Year?? I Can Help You Out!! JORD Watch GIVEAWAY!!!

Before I dive in here, let me just start by saying, YES, one of you lucky readers will be taking home a $100 voucher to JORD watches for whatever timepiece your little heart desires!!  I’m so excited to see who wins!!  (Details on how to enter are included below😉)


Sooooo….with that said, maybe you’ve already heard of JORD watches, maybe you haven’t.  One thing you NEED to know right off the bat….they’re AMAZING!!!  Now, I’d seen these puppies floating around Instagram for awhile, but boy, lemme tell ya, I WAY underestimated them!  Y’all, I ACTUALLY put down my Apple watch to wear this thing.  That’s how much I LOVE IT!!! I can’t even explain the look of jealousy my husband gave me when I told him JORD wanted to collaborate with me!!  Ahh!! 😂😂  He’s a huge watch buff.  So much so that I ALMOST let him pick a watch instead of me.  Sorry Babe, not this time, lol.  Oh, and yes, they also have Men’s Watches too (do I hear “great gift idea”??)! Continue reading

Easy Neutral Holiday Tablescape

One of my FAVORITE things to decorate for the holidays (or any season really) is my dining room table!  There’s just something about tablescapes that make me feel all warm & fuzzy!  Whether I’m hosting for Christmas or not, I still love to dress up my table.  Just makes the whole room feel so warm & magical!!

This year, when I was planning our table setup in my head, greens and garlands just kept poppin’ in there.  So I went with it!  That became the mental (and literal) centerpiece with which I designed everything around.  Now, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel here!  If you plan to replicate or pull inspiration from what I’m about to show, FEEL FREE TO USE WHATEVER GARLANDS YOU ALREADY HAVE!!  No need to go buy more, trust me, I know how expensive they can be!  Just use whatever you have lying around!  And if it’s not full enough or “interesting” enough for you.  I’ll show you some ways to dress it up, without breaking the bank! 😉  That’s actually exactly what I did with mine.

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Cute & Casual Holiday Outfits {Plus Great Suggestions for the Fam}

Any of you guys already planning (or trying to plan) your holiday outfits?? 🙋🏻🙋🏻  My excuse is that I’m traveling for the holidays so I’ll have to plan & pack in advance. 😆

But even if that weren’t the case, I’m sure I’d still be franticly searching Pinterest for ideas.  Lol.  I do it every year!

I noticed, while exercising my thumbs on the Pinterest search page, however, that most of what I was finding was a little too dressy for what I’m going for.  Don’t get me wrong…I love a good sequins skirt as much as the next girl, but for our family Christmas, I thought that might be a bit much.

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Pottery Barn Gift Guide & Great Holiday Steals UNDER $50!!!

Hi Friends!!

So, as I’m sure you know, over the past few weeks I’ve shared a few holiday round ups from some of our FAVE budget friendly places to shop.  Well, as much as I LOVE those retailers, I also wanted to put something together for y’all that might be a little more “gift giving friendly”.  Not that giving (or getting) gifts from Target isn’t fabulous, BECAUSE IT IS!!!  But I know sometimes, for Christmas we try & step up our game a little bit for certain people in our lives (Moms, Mother in Laws, Best Friends, Sisters, Grandmothers, Favorite Aunts, etc.)

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The Best Target Holiday Decor

Okay so I know it took me a little longer than planned to get this out to you guys (so sorry! Y’all know hosting out-of-town family for Thanksgiving can be a little cray. Fun, but cray).  But anyway, it’s ready now!!  And I’m not gonna lie.  Narrowing this down to just a few items was SO HARD!!! I’m a Target junkie!!  Seriously, I love EVERYTHING in that store.

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Old Navy Sale & Seasonal Faves

Ask & you shall receive!!

You guys wanted me to do a quick round-up while Old Navy was having their HUGE 50% off sale!  So I’ve gathered my faves here in this post for y’all!  I’ve even included mens & kids items too!  Happy Shopping Friends!!

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Affordable Wal-Mart Christmas Finds: Part 2, Neutral Edition

So after a slight delay, I FINALLY finished my Affordable Christmas Finds from Wal-Mart (The Neutral Edition)!!  You guys loved the Buffalo Plaid round-up so much I just knew I needed to put one together for my neutral-lovin’ folks out there.

Most of the items I chose are pretty self-explanatory as far as decorating goes, so I’ll keep this short & sweet today!  However, if you do happen to have any questions about styling them, etc., please feel free to ask me in the comments below!! Have fun decorating friends!! Continue reading

Affordable Wal-Mart Christmas Finds: Buffalo Plaid Edition

If you’re feelin’ the Buffalo Plaid pattern for Christmas this year, boy do I have a treat for you!! I’ve rounded up some ADORABLE buffalo check holiday decor, and guess what….it’s ALL from WAL-MART!!!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼  Cute AND affordable?! Count me in!

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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Ideas: 1 Outfit, 8 Ways

Alright guys.  Today we’re talking simplicity in our wardrobes.

Capsule wardrobes, for those who may be new to them, are all about keeping things simple.  The basic principles are: only have things in your closet that you love, that fit you NOW, and that can generally be paired with anything else in your closet.

You’ll notice that capsules typically consist of lots of basic neutrals with just pops of patterns & colors sprinkled in here and there.  This allows you to mix & match virtually your whole closet without having to spend too much money!  It also makes getting dressed in the morning WAY easier!  Gone are the days of standing in your closet staring for 20 minutes before you just start trying on absolutely anything that will fit!  If you’ve kept up with your capsule, everything fits!

Now even though the idea of a capsule is to keep it simple , every once in a while, it may be helpful to do a little refresh that brings us back into the appropriate style decade (although, if you held on to things long enough, some of your wardrobe choices from the early 90s may very well be back in style right now, lol). The goal of a style refresh is to just add a few key pieces that will update your look but still allow you to continue wearing most of what you already have in your closet.

So, to help you guys visualize what I mean, I put this little style session together for y’all.  This fall I shopped around to see what looks were “trending”, what out of those looks I actually liked, what was “me”, and what would easily fit into my existing capsule.  This is what I came up with!

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1 Outfit, 8 Different Ways

Basic Outfit 1

White Jeans, Plaid Flannel Top, Boots

By incorporating one or two additional pieces from my closet, I was able to create 7 more looks that spun off the first original outfit.

 



Some of the pieces you see here are brand new (they’re the items I bought as part of my fall refresh), and some I’ve had for a while.  I wanted to show you guys here that even with one basic outfit, you can create so many different looks!  You can layer it, add color, change a sweater or a jacket, wear it with different shoes, make subtle changes that not only change the look, but allow you to get the most out of your wardrobe (and your wallet)!  It’s about being smart with your choices when you’re shopping.

Tip: When you are out shopping, before you buy something, think to yourself, “Can I wear this with at least 5 other things I already own in my closet?”  It’s a good way to just make sure that you’re staying true to your capsule’s “theme”, if you will.

I really like the way my capsule came together for fall!! The colors I added in are “in style” & trending, but I of course made a point to stay true to myself & my style! ☺️  The outfits above have been some of my go-to’s this season!  I’m loving the chunky sweater look; especially when you can incorporate a fun plaid in there!  In Chicago, layers are a must so I nearly always have a cardigan handy too!  Again, the point is to you use items you already own to put together some different looks.   But, if for some reason you don’t own some of these staples, or you’re still working on putting together a capsule for the first time, just make sure you’re thinking ahead as you buy.  Get a visual, (kinda like the series I put together above) to help you decided which pieces will make the biggest impact & give you the biggest return.  Can you see several different outfits coming together just by adding one piece?  Or do you need to add a few of the basic staples to allow you to create the looks?  Whatever the answer, just make sure you’re planning things out to help you stay on track!


Well, hopefully y’all found this helpful!  Let me know in the comments below if you guys want to see more of these types of posts!  What are some tips/tricks you guys use to stay on track with your capsule? I’d love to know!!


 

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DIY Crackle Pumpkin Tutorial

Alright you guys, I have to be honest.  I’m probably not the craftiest blogger you follow, not by a long shot…but still, on occasion, I’ll bust out a good (and always easy) DIY that even I can be proud of, lol 😂.

What?🤷🏻‍♀️ I can be hard to please. 😬

Okay, so this DIY pumpkin craft only requires 4 supplies! Soooo easy!! Annnnnd I got all mine in one place. Can you guess where??  Michaels of course!  Lol!  Y’all know I love me some Michaels!

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Autumn Decor Round-Up: Simple Ways to Bring Fall Into Your Home w/out Breakin’ the Bank!

Who loves decorating for Fall?? 🙋🏻🙋🏻🙋🏻  This girl does for sure!! But I also know how expensive it can be decorating year after year, season after season.  Styles change, so do our tastes/preferences; & then add to that the constantly evolving trends…sometimes it feels like we need to spend an arm & a leg to decorate for the season.  Well, thankfully, that’s just not true!! We can definitely give our homes a little seasonal refresh WITHOUT breaking the bank!

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Favorite Fall Farmhouse Signs & Tips On Styling Them

I don’t know exactly what it is about fall, but something about its arrival makes me want to decorate my house like I’m living in my own little personal Hobby Lobby! 😂 I’m talking hours of arranging & rearranging & figuring out where to put my 1,500 fall signs,  350,000 pumpkins, & 2.5 TONS of faux floral.  Okay, maybe those numbers are slightly exaggerated (although if you ask my husband he’ll probably say they’re “dead-on-balls-accurate”— My Cousin Vinnie anyone??).  The point is, I’m obsessed with this time of year, and pretty much remain in design-mode until early January.  Sounds exhausting right? Well it can be, but I LOVE it!

Now, because I know not everyone goes all-out crazy like me, I decided to break up the fall blog posts into smaller (& less overwhelming 😂) chunks.  So, last week I shared my Fall Tablescape, today we’re talking about Fall Signs; & coming soon, I’ll be sharing a fun Fall Round-Up (basically some simple & affordable ways to bring autumn indoors).  Then, after that, we’ll be talking Halloween Table Ideas! So stay tuned for those.

Okay, so on to the main event! Fall Signs!

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Tiered Tray Styling 101

Tiered Tray Styling 101

So the two most common questions I get (outside of “Will you please come decorate my house?” ← huge compliment when y’all ask me that btw) are around styling tiered trays & styling shelves.  So, while I was doing a product shoot for one of our trays the other day, I had an idea to put a blog post together with my tiered tray styling methods.  I figured this way y’all could just refer back to it anytime you need it! ❤️


Tiered trays…super on trend these days as far as farmhouse decor goes.  The great thing about them is, if they don’t look super cute, nobody really cares 😂 (it’s not like you’ll get criticized for having an ugly tiered tray), lol.  BUT…if they’re done well, PEOPLE LOVE THEM!!! They can add such fun, flair, & personality to your space & they’re awesome for parties & entertaining! (Here are a few shots of trays I’ve styled in the past)

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Fall Home Decor

Fall Home Decor

Y’all.  Our favorite time of year is FINALLY upon us!!  I heard on the radio today that it’s only 93 days until CHRISTMAS!!!  But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, lol.  We absolutely CANNOT skip all the fall festivities!  If you follow me on Instagram, you already know how much I love fall.  Literally, everything about it! But one of my favorite things about it is the decor!  #Gimmealllllllthepumpkins!!!!


BEFORE WE JUMP IN, AS ALWAYS, I JUST WANNA SAY REAL QUICK, THANK YOU SO SO MUCH FOR ANY AND ALL AFFILIATE LINKS THAT YOU MAY USE THROUGHOUT THIS POST.  I APPRECIATE MORE THAN YOU KNOW WHEN YOU SUPPORT THE BRANDS THAT HELP TO SUPPORT THIS LITTLE BLOG & OUR LITTLE FAM!!
ALSO, A HUGE THANKS TO Walmart FOR SPONSORING TODAY’S POST AND HELPING US create The coziest fall home

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Now, full disclosure here.  This year I had a harder time getting motivated to get up in that 100º attic to pull down all my pumpkins.  Call it age, call it laziness, call it I was too busy binge watching my latest Netflix addiction.  I honestly don’t know, but this year I decorated later than I ever have!  Usually I’m done before August is even over.  This year, halfway through September and it still looked like summer up in here.  All that to say, I finally got my butt in gear and found my motivation.  Wanna know where??  Walmart Home! They have some great Fall Decor this year, but as strange as this sounds….the bulk of my motivation was found inside the jar of a perfectly smelling fall candle!  Crazy, I know, but it always blows me away how smells can evoke such feelings!

Fall Home Decor



So, of course, I bought the candle and the inspiration just rolled on from there!

You guys shared with me the other day that many of you were also struggling to get motivated to decorate for the season so I decided to share some of my favorite fall decor picks from Walmart Home in the hopes it gets you guys motivated the way it did for me!  The fall home trends Walmart Home is offering this season are so warm and inviting!  And of course because it’s Walmart, it’s all affordable and can be found both in store and online!

My fall Favorites

This is an interactive image so just Click on any item to shop it ☺️



Happy Fall-ifying Friends!  Hope this helps get those autumn-lovin’ wheels a’turnin’!


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By the way, below is a Pinterest friendly pin-able image so you can save this post for later!

Oh and if you’re looking for more inspo, check out my other post Autumn Decor Round-Up: Simple Ways to Bring Fall Into Your Home w/out Breakin’ the Bank! ORRRRR if you prefer something spookier, I also have this post, How To Create A Spooky Tablescape—{Instantly Up Your Halloween Game With This Easy Trick!} where I share some fun Halloween decorating ideas!

 

Talk soon buddies!

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Homemade Ice Cream

Homemade Ice Cream + Fun Bonus Tie Dye Projects

Summer is in full swing at the Cantu Household and it seems like I’m constantly scouring the internet for fun, hands-on ways to entertain the kids.  This year, for the first time, we created a summer bucket list!  That has definitely helped me in my attempt to keep the boredom at bay!  So this week we’re tackling 2 items on our list: making HOMEMADE ice cream, and completing a tie dye project!  (And thanks to our Walmart+ Membership, I didn’t even have to leave the house to prep for them! 😂) You can probably guess which one was my idea ✌🏼🎨. Oh, and don’t forget, I always share more close ups and details in my Instagram stories so you can head over there for more cray too 😉.

Our summer bucket list

Summer Bucket List


BEFORE WE JUMP IN, AS ALWAYS, I JUST WANNA SAY REAL QUICK, THANK YOU SO SO MUCH FOR ANY AND ALL AFFILIATE LINKS THAT YOU MAY USE THROUGHOUT THIS POST.  I APPRECIATE MORE THAN YOU KNOW WHEN YOU SUPPORT THE BRANDS THAT HELP TO SUPPORT THIS LITTLE BLOG & OUR LITTLE FAM!!
ALSO, A HUGE THANKS TO Walmart+ FOR SPONSORING TODAY’S POST AND HELPING US create these summertime memories

Homemade Ice cream

Making homemade ice cream has been on my personal bucket list for awhile now…ever since a friend of mine made buttered rum ice cream.  SO GOOD!!  But I knew this was a little project that the kids would love too, so we decided to add it to our Summer Bucket List!

Buuuut…unfortunately, we didn’t have anything we needed to actually MAKE the ice cream, so what did we do?  Logged into our Walmart+ account and ordered alllll the things!  That’s one of my favorite things about our Walmart+ membership….you can get same-day delivery from your local store (for groceries and such, $35 minimum & restrictions apply so just check out the benefits in your area), or you can order your goodies from Walmart.com, get FREE SHIPPING, no order minimum (excludes freight & Marketplace items) and super fast delivery!  It’s the best of both worlds!
Homemade Ice Cream

So that’s what we did! We got our creams, milks, fruits, toppings, etc. delivered and ordered our brand new ice cream maker (this is the one we chose, the reviews are AWESOME) from Walmart.com with FREE shipping.  And then we got to work!

Mix IT UP

By the way, if you’ve ever not your own homemade ice cream because you were afraid of how much work it would be (guilty 🙋🏻‍♀️), rest assured, this contraption does all the heavy lifting for you!  It’s so easy to use!  You just dump in the ingredients, mix it up, and stuff your face!! If you’re looking for a slightly more affordable option, here’s another really cute one!

See!  So easy! (Well, except the one little strawberry pouring mishap 😂).

Serve it up

And because it was so easy, we each made our own favorite flavor and then served it up buffet style!  This little ice cream board is the perfect setup up for a party, get together, or even just movie night!  We had so much fun with this one!

Homemade Ice Cream

And yes…it is ice cream and it does melt so you have to be quick about it! Lol.  I set up my whole board and just left the ice cream out of the bowls until I was ready to serve.  Then you add the ice cream and your guests (or in my case my little minions) can build their own sundae!

Homemade Ice Cream

 

And as you can see, E wasted no time digging in! 😂


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Bucket List Item #2: Tie Die All The Things

I’m not gonna lie, this bucket list item has been something my kids have been asking to do FOREVER….and I’ve been putting off because of the cleanup 😂.  It actually wasn’t bad though!  Just make sure you have a tablecloth and gloves and you’re golden!

My son and daughter both chose to do shoes!  They saw the idea when I shared my Summer Activities for Kids {Educational & All Under $25} post just a few weeks ago.  They loved the idea of being able to design their own shoes! So we ordered some plain white ones through our Walmart+ membership (gotta love that Free Shipping) and went to town! (If you wanna see the video, go check my Instagram stories—you can see the whole process there)



Didn’t they do a great job?!  If you’re wondering how we kept the white parts white….painter’s tape!  Here’s what I mean:
Tie Dye Shoes

Made all the difference!

I will say, some of the dye still leaked below the tape in places but all we did was take a cleaning spray and a paper towel and wipe them clean! Came right off!  I’d suggest doing this while the shoes and dye are still wet though.

We also got some leakage down into the shoe but that didn’t bother any of us at all because you’ll never see that when the kids are wearing them.  If that bother’s you, you may want to add something inside to the show to protect the sole before you get started with the dye.


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Checking Things Off!

Well that’s it!  Two more items crossed off our summer bucket list!

Homemade Ice Cream

We had so much fun with these projects because they were so hands on!  The kids had such a blast and were entertained for ours!

Oh, and don’t forget to check out Walmart+ like I mentioned before!  Our membership has just made life so much easier! I didn’t even have to leave my house to get everything we needed for these projects!!  Plus, I get all my groceries delivered straight to my house (same delivery at that, from my local store!), and I get free shipping on SO MANY items online.  Not to mention the mobile scan & go streamlines the shopping process in-store, and the member fuel prices save us money each week!  Make sure to check out the benefits in your area when you sign up! You WILL NOT regret it!

What’s on your summer bucket list??  If you complete either of these projects make sure to tag me!

Talk soon buddies!

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