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DIY | Pretty Fall Leaves Wreath

Wednesday, October 16


The Fall wreath I created two years ago popped up in my photos over the weekend and upon seeing it and remembering how much I loved it, I was inspired to create another one this year. 

I especially loved the simplicity of it and that's the vibe I'm trying to create on my front porch this year - with hopes of setting the stage for calm + cozy during a month that historically tends to be associated with chaos for our family. (three birthdays, Thanksgiving and prepping for Christmas makes for a crazy November). 

We, (Ella, myself, and a friend of hers), collected beautiful leaves together over the weekend and then yesterday I grabbed my glue gun and created this beauty.

The leaves were gorgeous on their own and I could've left the wreath alone. However, I  really wanted to add a softer element to it and remembered I had some leftover dried florals I had picked up at Fresh Market earlier this month.  I added the plumes and love how it turned out.







It's simple.
It's natural.
It's beautiful.
And it does a fantastic job representing fall in all of its splendor.

I sure hope you'll try this fun, easy, pretty fall wreath.
It took me longer to collect the leaves than it did to put it all together.


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MATERIAL NEEDED:
1 - grapevine wreath - here's one similar to mine 
     but don't shy away from local craft stores - take advantage of their 40 + 50% off coupons.
1 - glue gun w/glue sticks - similar to mine...simple + tiny
Armful of Fall leaves - quantity really depends on the size of the your leaves + wreath
Dried Fall Florals - I used something like this reed grass
Ribbon, Twine, fishing line, or a wreath hanger - for hanging. I used THIS. 

INSTRUCTIONS
Heat up your glue gun.
Lay your grapevine wreath on a flat surface.
Place larger leaves on wreath to determine placement before gluing. 
Start hot gluing the leaves to the wreath.
Use smaller leaves to fill in any gaps - securing with glue.
Cut the reed grass stems until you've got maybe 1-2 inches of the stem to work with.
Tuck dried florals into the wreath, stem side first, along the outside and inside of wreath.
Use grapevines to continue tucking dried plumes into the wreath to your liking.
No need for gluing if they are tucked well in the grapevines - and will allow you to reuse them.
Use ribbon, twine, fishing line or a wreath hanger to display.

NOTES + TIPS
1. Face your leaves up, down, and sideways to create more character and dimension.

2. Be sure to allow some of the leaves to lay on the inner and outer sides of the wreath to add more
   interest. 

3. Stand your wreath up (or better yet, hang it on something), after you've got most of the leaves glued on. This will provide you with a better view of what it will look like when it's actually hanging and will help with placement of the remaining leaves. 

4. When gathering leaves, don't shy away from the "imperfect" ones. The rips, holes, curls and discoloration adds to the authenticity of your fall wreath.

5. I used raw muslin to hang my wreath by using three flat tacks to secure it at the very top of my door. Tacks cannot be seen and door still closes. Yay!

6. Although it may have been easier to start with the dried fall florals since they are the largest element of the wreath, starting with the leaves allowed me to fill in where necessary and avoid getting hot glue on the dried florals I'm hoping to reuse. 

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KEEPING IT REAL
I was super busy with a Harry Potter Classroom transformation last week. (you can see it in my Instagram stories "HP Reveal" saved in my Insta highlights). 

So...I didn't get my Ranch Dressing or Taco Mix Recipes posted yet. Those are coming - and then so is the Chicken Ranch Tacos recipe! Although I'm seriously tempted to skip all of them and get straight to the pies! #pieismyfavorite

RECIPE | Slow Cooker Pot Roast (Whole30 approved)

Friday, October 4


Hello delicious, clean-eating, easiest pot roast recipe on the planet.
Yep! Looking for a super easy, healthy, comfort meal that will more than likely end up on your weekly dinner plan?

I'm sharing my family's favorite today and hope you'll try it!
I've made the recipe over and over in my favorite slow cooker and have perfected the seasoning and scaled down the prep and ended up with this fantastic, family-friendly and even whole30 approved slow cooker pot roast!

No browning the meat.
No peeling carrots or potatoes.
And no store-bought beef stock or broth.

Just pure, deliciousness using only 3 ingredients, (aside from spices), and soooo easy to prepare.

Enjoy the images and then grab the recipe at the bottom of the post!!





I sure hope you'll try this!
And as always, if you do, please come back and share your results with me!

Enjoy!!

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Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast (Whole30 approved)

Yield: 6-8
Author:
prep time: 10 Mcook time: total time: 10 M
Hello delicious, clean-eating, easiest pot roast recipe on the planet. Looking for a super easy, healthy, comfort meal that will more than likely end up on your weekly dinner plan? Only 3 main ingredients, aside from spices, and hardly any prep work!

ingredients:

Ingredients
  • 4 red potatoes, unpeeled, cut in half and quartered
  • 3 cups carrots, unpeeled, washed and cut into 1-inch pieces (see notes)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 - 3lb boneless pot roast (see notes)
  • 2 TBSP fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 + 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • 2 cups water

instructions:

How to cook Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast (Whole30 approved)

Instructions
  1. Place carrots and potatoes in 6 qt. slow cooker.
  2. Mix all spices in small bowl.
  3. Sprinkle spice mix on all sides of the pot roast,  being sure to rub in the spices as you go.
  4. Place pot roast on top of carrots and potatoes.
  5. Slowly pour 2 cups water over vegetables and meat...being sure not to completely rinse the spices off of the pot roast.
  6. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  7. Shred meat in crock pot or remove meat and slice it for serving. (see notes)

NOTES:

My favorite non-leeching slow cooker for even healthier eating: https://amzn.to/2IoZJUt Pot Roast - use your choice of chuck, top blade, brisket, round, - I've even used pork shoulder. Depending on which meat you choose, you can shred it when it's done cooking or slice it for serving. (as shown in recipe image) Carrots - I use the long carrots as they tend to be sweeter. You can of course use the pre-cut mini carrots for convenience.
Calories
392.84
Fat (grams)
12.39
Sat. Fat (grams)
4.55
Carbs (grams)
46.92
Fiber (grams)
6.11
Net carbs
40.81
Sugar (grams)
5.87
Protein (grams)
21.99
Sodium (milligrams)
2647.09
Cholesterol (grams)
54.31
Please note: These nutritional values are based on information contained in a large database. They may or may not be accurate reflections of the ingredients listed here.
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KEEPING IT REAL
I am leaving to head out of town but just HAD to post this recipe for everyone who's been waiting on it! The next recipe coming soon - voted for on my Instagram feed - is Easy Chicken Ranch Tacos! Stay tuned!

FIELD TRIP FRIDAY | Declaration + Co.

Wednesday, October 2


Let me introduce you to Declaration + Co. - the cutest little local shoppe I explored for field trip Friday last week.

If you're local to St. Augustine you're going to want to make some time to get lost in the details of this adorable retail store filled with thoughtful gifts, deliciously fragrant hand-poured candles, pretty clothing, lovely jewelry pieces, and so many more treasures.

The best part is, just walking into this charming uptown St. Augustine store itself is a gift...with inspiring words and encouragement tucked into unexpected places just waiting to be found in the coziest of corners.

I'll let the images do the speaking but I highly encourage you to take some time to find out more
about the story behind Declaration + Co. and how Lara, the creative mind behind this annually re-envisioned "gift concierge", pours her heart and energy into exceeding the expectations of her customers every time they step inside.






You can feel the heart and energy of this whimsical brick and mortar as soon as you walk through the door. Here are some pretty little things I went home with...





And just when I didn't think it could get any better...
as I was leaving the store, I was given a surprise goodie bag from Lara, filled with these fun little tidbits. 



I'm telling you what...this little storefront is a gem.
I'm thrilled to have been able to spend some time there last week and look forward to checking out their Jacksonville location as well. (that's right!! They have 2 locations)!

And did I tell you they offer creative make + take classes in what they call the "Homeroom"? Sign me up!!

I hope you feel as inspired from this blog post as I did during my visit to Declaration + Co.
If you need more convincing, here's a fun Instagram video I created during my visit:
Declaration + Co. Field Trip Friday video. - you may have to open the Instagram app for sound?

Love you friends!!

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KEEPING IT REAL
I also bought a shirt from Declaration + Co. but didn't take a picture of it before I wore it. lol
I LOVE it and will point it out in stories the next time I have it on.

AND...if you want to see something embarrassing I did yesterday at Ella's school yesterday, check out my "Oops!" highlight bubble on Instagram.



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