Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sunday Confessions V8





Hey peoples! I took a little hiatus last Sunday, but I'm back and better than ever! I'm linking up with the lovely Alyx for Sunday Confessions, get ready to get your socks rocked.  Or not really.

I confess that:

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- I have never, ever had a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. [insert gasp here] I know, it's blasphemy for all of you PSL-lovers out there, but every time I go to Starbucks, I just want my mocha. #sorryimnotsorry

- I am so thankful for my awesome guest posters for my Fall Series. You guys rock and I loved your posts! Fall is the BEST!

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- I'm excited to share an announcement from me and the lovely Kim from The K.O. Jewelry very soon.  Hope you guys will stay tuned. :)

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- My 5 year wedding anniversary is tomorrow.  5 years is the "wooden" anniversary.  What in the heck am I supposed to get Charlie as a gift? A 2x4? I was browsing Etsy, looking for wooden gifts for inspiration, but haven't really found anything that struck me as Charlie-worthy. Sigh. I'm going shopping in a bit, so maybe I'll find something when I'm out.  If any of you ladies out there have any ideas, please leave me a comment, I would be forever grateful!!

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- I can't wait to go apple-picking with my daddy!  And I can't wait to have the same fake argument we have every year - red vs yellow/golden apples.  Red is obviously the better choice, am I right? :)


Happy Sunday, you crazy people!  Go forth and prosper.  Or something.

Ciao!


Saturday, September 29, 2012

Falling For It


Hello lovelies!  My friend Heather from The Life Unexpected just moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, how exciting! And today she's here to tell you why she's fallen for Fall! Heather, the floor is yours, madame! :)

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Hey everyone!




I'm Heather from The Life Unexpected! I am a Respiratory Therapist, a mommy to a fur baby, and a wife. (not necessarily in that order!) I was excited to get an invite to guest post here! I have been horrible with keeping up in the blogging world lately so this is a good start back in the right direction for me. Anywhoo, on to the real story...



Fall is 100% my favorite season. I am ok with spring, not a HUGE fan of summer, and I can make winter work for me, but fall just seems right. Beautiful colors, cooler temps, and the perfect excuse to snuggle in a blanket for by a campfire, what could be better?? Not much I tell you.

I just moved to Jackson Hole, WY for my new full time respiratory job, and I am SO excited about the coming season.

There is a valley just outside of town that has all sorts of trees and shrubs that are just going to explode with color! The colors are already coming close to home, that top window there is my new living room window, with those gorgeous trees just outside.




Jackson is a touristy type town and fall is a slower time of year so there's another great reason to love on fall! I want to explore my town without all of the craziness around lol. People flock here in the summer for Yellowstone National Park, and in the winter for the world class skiing, so spring and fall are mostly for the locals.

I think everyone in my little family loves fall! Tyler and my pup Cooper are avid bird hunters and the seasons all open up in early-late fall. As I'm typing this, hubs and the pup are out scouring the sagebrush to find partridge. It's great exercise and it's yummy to eat :) (they taste a lot like organic chicken... Probably because that's pretty much what they are!) I am pretty sure hubs is counting down the heartbeats until duck season opens though, since thats the most important bird to him of all lol.




Temps in Jackson are already hovering around 30 at night so it's safe to say our summer season is coming to an end. Bring on the cute boots and adorable jackets! I guess I've fallen for fall :)


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Thanks so much, Heather! Isn't Cooper the cutest?!  And I must say, I'm a little jealous at the beautiful scenery that she'll be seeing in Wyoming!  You can visit Heather at The Life Unexpected and tell her Mia sent you! :)

I really hope you guys have enjoyed our little mini-series about Fall.  Kim from The K.O. Jewelry and I will have a cool announcement for you in the next few days.  Guess you'll just have to check back and see what it is!! :)


In case you missed it, check out the previous Fall Series posts here:

Fall with a British Twist
Fall Traditions
Trick or Treat!
A Joyful Fall Wedding
Thrifty Decorating with a Fall Flair
**Fall Weather is Coming, Are you Prepared?  **Giveaway!! Click to enter. :) 


 






Friday, September 28, 2012

Fall Weather is Coming! Are you Prepared?


Hey there, peoples!  I do love Fall weather.  Have I mentioned that?  Maybe just a few times?  :)  But sometimes, the weather during Fall can take a dangerous turn.  My awesome friend Jennifer from Survive the Odds is here to tell you how you can prepare... and if you stick around to the very end, you might just win something!  Take it away, Jennifer!

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My name is Jennifer and I believe I have the opposite of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). I literally jump for joy when I see that the temperatures will be dropping and do the running man when I hear that snow is in the forecast. I know I am not alone in this but everyone around me seems to despise the fall and winter weather.

[Mia edit: OK, you guys, I just have to do it.  Please join me in doing the running man for a minute. You know you want to.  And it's Jennifer's fault for bringing it up! haha! Here's a video if you don't know how (but I might talk about you a little).




OK, sorry Jennifer... please continue! :)]


This may be exciting to me as I grew up in Savannah, Georgia where we had extreme heat and humidity for summer and mild heat and a breath-like breeze in the “winter”. We could very easily wear shorts on Christmas morning and not once did I ever get a snow day. The only time we got let out of school early was if the air conditioners went out. Boring!


Bring on the fall, bring on the winter! If I had to choose though, my favorite is fall. Long-sleeved shirts, light jackets, a whip of cold breeze in the air, open windows, the smell of burning leaves ahhhhh it just fills me with delight. A lot of people consider it fall when Starbucks has their Pumpkin Spiced Latte, but I consider it fall when I can open my windows and take a nap on the couch with a slight breeze coming through. HEAVEN!


So other than the temperatures I cannot hide my real love for this time of year. It is the perfect combination of weather events. Hurricane season is still in full-effect and will shortly be followed by blizzards and power outages. Why in the world does she like that you might ask? Other than my being crazy, I also love weather events. Ever since I was a young child I would track weather events and school my whole family on how to prepare and ultimately survive the possible disasters. This did not fade as I grew up. If you want to know what to do in a potential disaster, not only weather-related, then I am your girl.


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Let me make it clear, I do not enjoy the actual disaster and devastation disasters can cause, but I enjoy the preparation aspect and getting people prepared. So much so that I even have my own side business selling emergency preparedness gear. I am a huge advocate for emergency preparedness and not just because I sell the stuff. Living in the world we live in today it is paramount to be prepared for anything. I’m not saying go all “Doomsday Preppers” or anything, but take responsibility for your own survival. Unfortunately the government would take days if not weeks to get to people in the event of a large-scale event, take for example Hurricane Katrina.


So all in all I love love love the fall. I’m going to give this blog back over to Mia (hee hee, it’s funny to call her that because I know her as Maria). But before I leave, I am going to give away a free Survival Mini for Children.  Leave a comment below about how your family prepares for disasters and I will randomly pick a winner. Once a winner has been announced I will have you send me your mailing address.


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Survive The Odds
And woohoo follow us on Facebook here and tell us Mia sent you). :)

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Thanks so much, Jennifer, and sorry to hijack your post for an impromptu dance session, but I believe it was necessary. :)  Hope you guys visit her shop and check out the awesome survival gear she has for sale, as well as preparedness tips for emergencies.  And stay safe! Ciao!










Thursday, September 27, 2012

Pen Pal Exchange


Hi all! I recently participated in a Pen Pal Exchange (big surprise!) hosted by Aimee at Fancy Little Things, Nicole from The Tape Diaries, and Kristin from Echo Cafe.

You could sign up for $5 or $10 exchanges and send each other little trinkets, nail polish, etc.

I was paired up with Michelle from {So Wonderful, So Marvelous}. Check out what she sent me:


I have a pen pal program, so I of course love the stationery, monogram stickers and the Sharpie! How cool! And I'm really digging the Nicole by OPI Kardashian Color nail polish.  The shade is called "Rainbow in the S-Kylie". :) I haven't tried it yet, but I'm super excited about it. Unfortunately, the candy bar she also sent didn't quite make it and melted while the package was sitting in my mailbox. But I really enjoyed doing this pen pal exchange with Michelle, so a BIG thank you to her! And go check out her blog, people! :)

Stay tuned for the next post in the Fall Series tomorrow morning.  We'll be talking about Fall Weather! Meet you back here tomorrow. xo.



Thrifty Decorating with a Fall Flair


Hi all!  One of the BEST things about Fall is getting to decorate your home for the season.  I can't wait to do this.  Today, Jodi is here to talk to you guys about decorating for Fall - without breaking the bank!  Take it away, Jodi!

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Hi!  I'm Jodi from Blue Skies and Apple Pies!

First of all, I want to give a big thanks to Mia for allowing me to guest post!  I absolutely LOVE The Chronicles of Chaos.  So naturally, when Mia asked for volunteers to guest post I was more than glad to volunteer.

In honor of the changing seasons I'm going to share with you one of my greatest passions in life... decorating!  Specifically, thrifty decorating.

Fall is my favorite time of year.  There are so many wonderful things to look forward to during the next few months.  I love the colors, I love the weather, I love the warm cozy feeling you get when you're snuggled up in a blanket with a cup of cider.  And for me, the thing that sets the backdrop for the whole season are some great decorations.  And because I find decorating so much fun, I tend to go overboard so I decided I had to set some rules for myself.  Or rather, my wallet decided I had to set some rules for myself...

Blue Skies and Apple Pies Top 3 Decorating Rules

1. Maximize items that you already own.  The first thing that I do when I'm coming up with a decorating scheme is to scour my house for items that I already own that can be used.  I look for books, dishes, linens, and other items that have similar color schemes.  

These vintage wooden boxes were perfect for Fall and match well with the wheat in the jar and the cream pumpkins.


I gathered up some scrapbook paper in Fall colors and framed it in some IKEA picture frames that I had laying around.  The flowers were left over from my Grandpa's Birthday party and I used my favorite copy of Gone With the Wind to add some interest.

 2. Check Dollar Tree first.  My fave place to find decorations is The Dollar Tree.  Although the selection is limited, you can often find some great items.  These small white pumpkins came from The Dollar Tree.  The white linen is also from Dollar Tree {ignore the fact that it desperately needs ironed!!} and I have several that I use in different rooms throughout my house.




3. Keep it simple.  Sometimes less is more.  I've found that adding a few key pieces in a room can really have a big impact.  Most of the pieces that I own are neutral colors, but adding bright pops of orange can add a lot of interest.  In the dining area I added these ceramic pumpkins on a white cake stand.




These mini orange pumpkins created a great focal point in my living area.  I'm sure you have all seen similar ideas on Pinterest where you fill a glass vase with pumpkins and sticks.  The total cost for this vinette was around $5.00.  I used a glass vase that I already owned, sticks from the yard, and some mini pumpkins from the grocery store.




There you have it!  Follow these three rules and your festive house and your pocket book will thank you!  I would love for you to stop by Blue Skies and Apple Pies and share some of your Fall decorating ideas!

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Thanks so much, Jodi! These were great tips.  I hope you guys enjoyed them and please drop by Blue Skies and Apple Pies sometime and tell Jodi hello!

P.S. If you've missed the previous Fall Series posts, you can check them out here:

Fall with a British Twist
Fall Traditions
Trick or Treat!
A Joyful Fall Wedding

And don't forget to go enter my giveaways here and here.

Ciao!


 



Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A Joyful Fall Wedding


Hey everybody!  Today we're talking about Fall weddings. Can't you just picture it?  A beautiful backdrop of autumn leaves, perhaps a pumpkin or two, gorgeous fall colors, crisp autumn weather.  Sigh! If anybody is getting married this Fall, please let me crash your wedding! :)  Anyway, Allie (one of my FAVE bloggers!) is here to tell you more about this great topic.  And she had an October wedding, just like me! Take it away, lady! :)

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Hey Chronicles of Chaos readers! I'm Allie and I blog over at A Day in A Joyful Life and I am so excited to be guest posting here! Mia was one of the first people I connected with when I started blogging and I've had a great time getting to know her and building a bloggy friendship-- thanks for having me, Mia!

I'm thrilled to be writing on a topic that marries two of my favorites: autumn and weddings {yes, that pun was intended}. This is particularly close to my heart because last year at this time I was planning my own October wedding and believe it or not, I really miss the planning process! By nature I'm a type-A, super organized lady so wedding planning was right up my alley. I picked up some of tips and tricks for planning a fall wedding that I would love to share with you all.

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I imagine that if you're having an outdoor wedding in the fall that at least part of the appeal is the promise of a gorgeous backdrop of fall foliage, which is actually only around for a short period of time.  This is sometimes difficult to remember, especially when stores and bloggers alike have had fall fever since August, but just because Pumpkin Spice Lattes are readily available doesn't mean that Mother Nature will cooperate. Look for resources that will tell you the peak foliage time in your area, like this website for New Jersey/the Northeast when you're setting your wedding date.


If you can't arrange your wedding around the orange, red, and yellow leaves don't fret-- you can still get awesome outdoor photos! Look for a nice tree with naturally dark or red leaves for that autumn-y feel. 


Weather Preparedness

While you can try to predict the changing of the leaves, you definitely can't predict the weather. However, you can certainly prepare for it, at least to an extent. I was lucky enough to be married on a gorgeous {but windy} day in October last year, but just two weeks later we had a freak snowstorm hit the east coast. I'm not saying you have to pick up a ton of ice-melt or have a snow plow on stand-by to lead your guests to your venue, but be realistic. Think ahead and remember that autumn weather can be tricky! Do your research and find out if your venue can have tents and/or space heaters available in the event of a cold front, rain, snow, etc., because of course you want your guests to be happy and comfortable.

Having a cozy basket of pashminas for your female guests is never a bad idea, and they make a lovely favor! 



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On a chilly day, offering your guests a beverage to sip on as they wait for the ceremony to begin is a really nice touch. Who among us wouldn't appreciate some warm cider, hot cocoa, or even coffee for a morning wedding?



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Stay Local

Small, local farms and markets are some of the greatest resources for your fall wedding needs. If you're buying a ton of pumpkins, mums, jams, etc., you may even be able to work out a deal with the owner for a small percentage off your purchase. Even if you can't swing that, you can't beat the prices. Take a few weekends leading up to your wedding to scour farms within driving distance to your home and venue to see what you can find-- you may even come across something you wouldn't have thought of on your own! When I purchased my large mums and pumpkins from a farm market I discovered these gorgeous dried hydrangeas which I used to adorn my aisle. 



Farms are also awesome places to find your favors; small jars of jam or honey make a perfect take-away for guests!



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Keep it Simple 



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If you're a bride who loves fall almost as much as you love your future husband it's a slippery slope from an elegant autumnal affair to looking like the silk floral section of your favorite craft store is having a blow-out sale in your venue. While it's tempting to throw a bale of hay adorned with pumpkins and fake leaves around every corner, resist! A little goes a long way. What is it you really love about fall? Pick a few of your absolute favorite things and add them as personal touches. You can achieve an elegant feel with a nod to the season, and you won't have to hide your wedding album in embarrassment from your future children.



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Using small pumpkins and gourds as place cards, or even having a decorative "pumpkin patch" is a really popular idea with guests who will love to take them home to decorate with.


And have you met some of my besties, ghost pumpkins?! They lend themselves perfectly to decor that says "it's an autumn wedding," not, "OMG YOU GUYS, IT'S AN AUTUMN WEDDING!!!" 



Color

Don't feel like you have to stay in a fall foliage color scheme just because it's autumn! I personally do think that deep, rich colors to lend themselves nicely to the season, but girl, it's your day so go with what you like! You might be surprised how many colors compliment orange.

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Incorporating some corals or peach hues is a nice way to bring in the colors of the season with more pastel or muted tones.



Textures like canvas, linen and {my personal favorite,} burlap give you the warm and cozy feeling of autumn sans the orange/red color palate. 



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I could go on and on {and on and on and on}, but I don't want to overstay my welcome! I'm having so much fun sharing some of my favorite fall wedding tips and ideas that I have a feeling this may turn into a short series, so I hope you'll stop by my blog to check that out! Thanks again for the opportunity, Mia!

xo Allie


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Thank you so much, Allie!  Makes me want to get married all over again. If you haven't already checked out Allie's blog, A Day in A Joyful Life, go do it! She's a great writer and keeps me entertained every day! :)


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Trick or Treat!


No, I'm not crazy, I know it's not Halloween yet.  But I can't help thinking about the awesome holidays that happen during the Fall.  Don't you just love Halloween?  I love the excitement in the air, from kids and adults alike.  The costumes, the candy, the crisp Fall weather... eeekk, I can't wait! :)  My friend Tori from The Chaos Which is my Life [gosh, what a GREAT blog name ;)] is here to tell you more about her favorite holiday.  Take it away, Tori!

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Hey There Chronicles of Chaos readers! I am so excited to be writing a guest post for Mia! My name is Tori, and write over at The Chaos Which is my Life, and I was especially excited to write about the fall, which is let's face it the best season ever. (In my opinion any way.) 

Fall has always had a special place in my heart, even growing up.  My Mom always made a big deal of two holidays Halloween and Christmas.  Having a love of fall herself, she always went above and beyond, making every day leading up to Halloween exciting.  My brothers and I would be contemplating our costumes in August (my mom always made them).  Even now as an adult when Augusts comes to a close, I feel giddy and can't wait to pull out the fall swag and dress up my home in a spooky Halloween fashion. And if I don't sound crazy enough now, I married the man of my dreams on October 30th, our reception was Halloween themed, friends and family arrived at the reception decked out in the spookiest and silliest costumes I have ever seen.  Promptly leaving Halloween my most loved holiday of all time.

But it's not just Halloween, it's settling into a new routine and enjoying the cool nights by the fire, curling up under my favorite quilt watching movies.  Baking, and making comfort food you only really enjoy in colder weather. Beautiful scenery, I live in the Northeast so the leaves are filled with colors of fall, oranges, yellows, reds.  May I also mention the fashion?  Tights and boots, sweaters, your favorite hoodie, scarves, I could go on forever.
With fall also brings lots of family time.  Seeing as how my entire family has a love for Halloween (Thanks to our Momma) we usually make it a point to get together on the weekends leading up to Halloween, watching horror movies, going to the pumpkin patch, craving pumpkins, sitting out back by the fire with a beer and laughing.  Two years ago we all gathered religiously to plan my wedding, over apple cider donuts and pumpkin everything.  And when Halloween night finally comes around, we all go out in a large group with all of our children trick or treating, followed by a midnight viewing (after the kids are asleep of course) of Halloween.  Yes, I love the fall it reminds me of being a kid, and I love watching my children enjoy it as much as I did.


My Niece last Halloween

Pumpkin Picking

Fall nights.

So seeing as you all probably think myself and family are crazy, I will stop babbling about my favorite time of year, but if you can try some new ways to enjoy this time of year, because before we know it it will be winter and freezing, trapped in your homes by snow or below freezing tempters.  Yes, I'll hold on to the fall, I hope you all do too!  Happy Fall Everyone.  Thanks for reading!

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Thank you so much, Tori!  How awesome that she had a Halloween-themed wedding, I love it! :) I hope you guys will check out her blog, I love reading about her family, especially her beautiful girls! 
I'm so ready for Halloween now! 

If you missed the previous Fall series posts, you can check them out here and here.

Ciao!