Popping in for a quick Labor Day recap, which consisted of welcoming fall with open arms, and open wallets. But really, I declared Labor Day weekend as the official start of fall in our house which basically means it’s the most wonderful time of the year. There’s something about the last third of the year that restores my soul and makes me believe in magic. SeptembER, OctobER, NovembER, and DecembER, you have my heart!
Of course this weekend didn’t just consist of picking up fall decor and lighting the fall candles, it also consisted of slowing down and noticing just how much Adeline has changed over the summer. Here are a few highlights that come to mind before we chat all things fall decor:
- Loves to “jump” into the pool. It may have taken all summer, but I think next summer she will be a little fishy!
- Parades around places like she runs them. Her confidence has skyrocketed! At church for instance, she’s already running through the halls after worship as if she’s been there for years.
- Her vocabulary is really starting to explode. At the beginning of the summer she was still pretty much just saying mama, dada, and ball. But now she’s putting together two word phrases left or right, and is picking words up quicker than we can count! A few new words include: no mommy, no daddy, mommy seat, daddy seat, thank you daddy, love you, mommy, love you daddy, front door, my ball, my drink, a bike, garage door (kind of), please mommy, please daddy, my booboo, pizzi ball, pizzi, fishy, oh no (and lifts her hands up at the same time), moana, maui
- She is answering commands, pointing to things she wants, pointing to where she wants us to sit, signs “more” and “all done”, grabs our hands and tries to pull us to where she wants to go, throws her trash away in the pantry, loves to wash her hands
- Loves granola bars, but only if she can hold the wrapper
- Loves dancing to what’s on TV, saw Fraggle Rock for the first time and thought it was hilarious
- Loves sliding down big slides but only in our lap. She’ll go down by herself but usually points to it until I sit down by her.
- Insists on sitting in chairs at restaurants like a big girl, and in the main part of the cart when we’re shopping
- At church she likes to clap and sometimes even lifts her praise hands (gasp!)
I just can’t believe she’ll be TWO next month. WHAT.
So back to fall. On Saturday morning, we took a family shopping trip down to our nearest big shopping center for a little field trip into Kirkland’s. Because nothing says HELLO FALL like the first inhale as you walk into a fully fall staged Kirkland’s. In full disclosure I also dragged Adam and Adeline to Hobby Lobby, Walmart, and Lowe’s. Guilty. I’m actually a huge dork and pre-planned my decor this year so I wouldn’t go crazy and overspend too much. I got rid of a lot of our holiday decor when we moved so I needed to stock back up. But, instead of purchasing a cart full of stuff I don’t really love, I decided this year I’d make a list of just a few staple items I really loved, that were good quality, and that would hopefully last for a few seasons. (Or would at least serve as great building blocks!) So on the list this year was a nice wreath, a few small items for the front porch, an entryway piece, a nice centerpiece for our big table, and a garland/fake pumpkins for the mantle. Now, I’m no interior decorator, but thought I’d share my finds!
The wreathe was 20% off, and I love that it’s not a fully wrapped wreathe. I was really drawn to the pinecones and the plaid ribbon, and it seemed like good enough quality to last for at least a few seasons.
On the front porch, I picked up a few super cheap little things at Walmart. The two fake pumpkins were $5 a piece, the mini hay bale was $3, and the sign was also $3. I also grabbed 7 mini assorted pumpkins and gourds for the mantle for $.98 each! SO CHEAP! But, they all feel like good quality, and should last several seasons if stored safely. I had planned to find a table for the porch but ended up just flipping over these old wooden crates we had leftover from our wedding reception. It works for now.
For the entryway table that sits right inside the dining room, I grabbed a cute rustic wooden pumpkin from Kirkland’s. It’s got an easel to prop it up or you can lean it. I think they has several different sizes. It’s simple, and for some reason just screamed “basic fall decoration buy me now.”
And my favorite purchase! My new dining room table centerpiece is everything I’ve ever dreamed and more. Minus the candles that are still missing…they’re on the list! It’s also from Kirkland’s, and was 20% off. It was a little pricey, but I’m glad I invested in it because it’s exactly what I was looking for. I love all of the different colors, and the white accent pumpkins. I just looked and it’s sold out online, so you’ll have to go in store!
At Hobby Lobby, we picked up a leaf garland, and as soon as I figure out how to hang it on our mantle I’ll share a photo. I’m picturing it draped along the top, with the mini pumpkins and gourds mixed in randomly. The garland is mostly red/orange/yellow maple leaves, and will be a really pretty accent in the living room all harvest season. (Does anyone actually say harvest season?)
I still want to find a small white/brownish centerpiece for the kitchen table. But, Adeline likes to climb on the chairs and I can picture her also climbing onto the table and pulling it off. Sooooo that may not happen. Jury’s still out on that.
We’re still working on figuring out what to do with the pack porch, but we did use a gift card to pick up some hanging lights and a fun little outdoor side table this weekend. That’s about the extent of it! If money grew on trees I’d love to buy a whole set of outdoor furniture, hang some nice outdoor curtains, and add a fire pit off to the side. So, when I win the lottery, I’ll let you know how it turns out!
Happy short week!
How was your Labor Day? When do you consider fall to start? Are you happy or sad summer is over? Favorite fall decorative item to buy?