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September 12th, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Fall Burlap Wreath

The onset of fall weather and the smell of apples cooking makes me want to start bringing out my fall decorations. This year, I decided to make my own wreath out of burlap. It was really easy and very customizable, so it can be used year-round.  I love the way it turned out with a couple of fall additions.

wreath final

First you need a Metal Wreath Ring. It’s only a couple of dollars and is sold in many different sizes.  You also need a couple spools of wired burlap ribbon, which come in all kinds of patterns, colors, and textures. I used the 2.5 inch x 7 yard spools and went through 2 of them. At our local hobby store they sell 30 foot spools which probably would have been a better option in hindsight…it depends on how many wreaths you want to make. When I looped my burlap I did smaller, tighter loops, so if you like it more loopy then you will want more feet of ribbon.

The first step is to tie the ribbon onto the wreath frame. I looped it through the wire and then tied a knot to hold it. Every time I added a new spool of ribbon I repeated this step.


The next step is to pull the burlap up through the first space. Pull the burlap through to make a loop. Once you complete a loop, take the end, twist, and do it in the next slat. Once you have finished the first row, weave and loop in the other direction to make a second row. I used this video to help to demonstrate the process.


You keep this process up until you go all the way around the wreath. At the end, I tied another knot (just like I started), and concealed it under the loops.


Then I picked up some decorative pumpkins and fall berries on sticks to weave into the wreath, and made a bow with some fall ribbon that I had on hand. I didn’t want to glue anything on the wreath so I can change out the decor for different holidays, but feel free to make yours permanent. I am thinking about adding a painted “R” in the middle at some point for our last name initial.

Here are some other wreath inspirations for you to make one all your own!


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November 21st, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Nontraditional Thanksgiving Recipes




Like many holidays, Thanksgiving is usually a time of tradition…same old turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes etc. For some of you, that might get a little stale year after year and it’s nice to change things up a bit. For those of you looking for some unique recipe ideas this year, check out some of these delicious dishes!

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Photo Credit: Parents Magazine

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October 25th, 2013 at 5:00 am

A Simple Jump in a Leaf Pile

fall-leavesI’ve said it before, I LOVE all thing FALL! One of my favorite Fall activities requires a little work though.

The raking of leaves leads to my all time favorite activities and this year my boys actually raked a large amount of the leaves up. How could the little boys shown in the picture actually get big enough to do the work. Every year, once we accumulate enough leaves off our big maple trees in the front yard, we create a big leaf pile. It’s been pretty rainy around here lately so this years pile was a little wet and muddy. That didn’t stop the fun.

First it started with a couple of jumps into the pile. Then there was hiding under all the leaves. It concluded with the boys having endless hours of Fall fun. They couldn’t re-rake the pile enough. Its the simple things…

I usually start with some pictures. Then I retreat inside… where I secretly watch them from the living room. I love to soak in the pure fun they have with those leaves. This year I loved to watch the brother bond. In the past it was more fighting… No, I get to jump first. This year I smiled while I watched them grab each other’s hands and run into those leaves together.

It’s times like these that I wish they would never grow up.

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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October 24th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Pumpkin Recipes



‘Tis the season to enjoy all things PUMPKIN. Pumpkin lattes and baked goods are all over right now, but this ingredient is great for many different kinds of meals. These big orange things we all love to carve at Halloween are rich in fiber and low in calories. They promote good eyesight, can boost your immune system and can even help prevent some types of cancer due to the rich amount of beta-carotene. Even dogs benefit greatly from pumpkin… it helps calm their stomachs and aids digestion. Besides all that good stuff, pumpkin is the ingredient in some really delicious recipes! Here are a few classics and a few you might not have considered but should try soon!

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October 17th, 2013 at 5:00 am

DIY Autumn Decor



In my opinion, fall has the best seasonal decor. There’s just so much you can do with the colors, holidays and seasonal pieces (pumpkins/gourds, leaves, etc.). While the stores take advantage of this great opportunity, there are so many options for DIY home decor that is fun to make and just as (or more) beautiful than anything store-bought. Here are some great projects to spice up your home with autumn accents.

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October 13th, 2013 at 11:07 pm

What I Love about Fall

DSC03901Do you ever take the time to just stop and enjoy the season? Fall is my favorite season and it is filled with so many things I love. Take this weekend to enjoy the pleasures that the Fall season provides…

  • Caramel apples
  • Layers of clothing
  • Football
  • Vibrant colors in nature
  • Jeans with boots
  • The crinkle of leaves under your feet
  • Smell of crisp, cool air
  • Hay rides
  • Chili
  • Snuggling under a blanket
  • Pumpkins
  • Pumpkin flavored treats
  • Sweaters
  • Hot drinks
  • Apples
  • Fall sunsets
  • Scaves
  • Flannel
  • Fires in the fireplace

Need some inspiration to enjoy Fall? Check out this past post with fun fall activities!

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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October 10th, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Leaf Crafts for Kids


One of the best aspects of the fall season is the beautiful, color-changed leaves in browns, reds, oranges and yellows. Not only do they give you a chance to teach your kids about nature, they also make the perfect base for a fun crafts! On a nice day, make it an outing and take your kids to collect a variety of leaves (oak, maple, etc.) in as many different colors as they can find, and use them for these great projects.



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October 7th, 2013 at 9:16 am

Getting the Fall Wardrobe Ready

It has still been summer weather here in Wisconsin, but in a week or too fall will be in full swing! It’s time for me to make sure the kids and I are ready with our fall wardrobe. You may remember reading how I dread changing the closets over. So, this year I am going in prepared. That is why I’ve created this checklist to use in their closets. That way I don’t end up buying more than I need.

Kids Clothing Checklist 

Underwear – 10 pairs

Socks – 10-14 Pairs

T-shirts – 6-10

Sweaters/Sweatshirts – 2-3

Pants/Skirts/ Jeans – 10

Dresses – 2

Pajamas – 4 pair

Shoes – 2 pair (one dress and one sneaker)

Boots – 1 pair

Coats – 1 winter, 1 spring/fall

Hats and Gloves – endless supply (in my house these disappear all the time)

The Process

  1. Pull everything out of closets and drawers.
  2. Sort out things that are wrecked, don’t fit, or they just don’t wear
  3. Separate by clothing type (i.e. put all the sweatshirts together)
  4. Look at how much clothing you have in each category
  5. Write a list of what you need to buy including what size and possible colors you are looking for
  6. Check for coupons and online deals!
  7. Go shopping! (This is usually the fun part)

I hope your changing of the clothing gets done in an organized fashion and if you want to be super organized use this excellent Clothing Inventory Printable.

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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October 4th, 2013 at 8:53 am

Childrens Books about Fall

It just can’t be said enough – reading with your child is important!  It becomes more fun when you mix up the book selections. You can only read that copy of Green Eggs and Ham so many times. A great way to mix up the book selection is by using the seasons. The colors of fall come to life in books. These are some of our favorites.

Fall Leaves Fall by Zoe Hall

The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

Autumn Leaves by Ken Robbins

Biscuit Visits the Pumpkin Patch by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

How many seeds in a Pumpkin? by Margaret McNamara

The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis

I Spy a Pumpkin by Jean Marzollo

Duck & Goose, Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills

Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat by Dorren Cronin

The Night before Halloween by Natasha Wing

Remember, your local library would LOVE to help you find these on the shelves, along with suggesting some new ones! Does your child have a Fall favorite?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.


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September 26th, 2013 at 11:42 am

Favorite Fall Recipes



Fall is here and to me, that means I can start making my favorite cold-weather meals again! Stews, chili, casseroles, roasts and pies are perfect, especially when you use seasonal ingredients like pumpkin and apple. There’s nothing like returning from a fun fall activity and enjoying a delicious meal to warm you up. Here are my favorite fall recipes:

Traditional Chili

Beef Stew

Pot Roast

Chicken Noodle Soup

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Chicken Pot Pie

Apple Pie

Pumpkin Pie

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Cinnamon Sugar Apple Cider Doughnuts  (They’re BAKED!)

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