Inspiration for Fall Porches

Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year.   The colors are beautiful and I wish they would last all year long.  I have been gathering ideas for my porch.  Here are ideas that got me to thinking about dressing  my porch for fall.
Home and Garden
This wheel barrow with the welcome friends pumpkins is an awesome idea. I love pumpkins so much that my husband grew a field of them one year. 
 Our children were  young and I think this started their love of pumpkins too.  Their dad wrote
their names on a pumpkin.  It was so cool watching their names change as the pumpkins grew.   
  I also remember my sister and I  gathering our pumpkins in a wheel barrow. That was one of my favorite fall memories ever.
House of Hawthornes
 I love this fall arrangement  with the basket and  mums. And the cabbage in the tin bucket is just too clever.  This definitely says fall season is here. And how cute is the vintage truck with pumkins in the back.  It's the little things that make a difference.

Found on Pinterest
 How do people come up with all of these awesome ideas?  I don't even like roosters and I love this.  Oh my goodness, I will be looking for roosters the next shopping trip to Hobby Lobby.
 Love, love, love this entrance with the candles and pumpkins.  Two of my favorite things.  You can check out this very talented lady at Rattlebridge.

My Weight Loss Journey

I don't know why but I seem to be more successful at dieting when I start in the fall.  For 3 months I have been  the same weight.  This is both good and bad.  Good because I haven't gained weight and bad because I haven't lost weight.

This week starts another round of dieting and paying extra attention to what I eat.  I know that I will never be able to eat like I used to and I don't want to.  The thought of fried foods is nauseating, and sweets are too sweet.  These are positive signs that your eating habits are changing for the good.  

I have a beautiful dirt road to walk on,  but passing vehicles in  rural  areas make me very nervous, so I haven't been walking like I used to (and I haven't been losing like I used to).  Yesterday I decided to  walk a circle around my yard.  I timed myself for 30 minutes.  My pet babies always walk with me and sure enough they walked in circles with me.  They love running in and out of the woods as we walk.  It's amazing how motivated they keep me.

I've lost 43 pounds but it is time to move forward and get the rest of the weight off.  I just found a site with great recipes for weight loss.   They have a huge  section on salads, which I eat alot.  Their site is I Don't go to the Gym. I don't go to the gym either but I do believe in exercise and good eating. They have some very good tips to include movement in your day.

Hunting Season Widows

I can feel it in the air, Hunting Season is almost upon us ladies.
  How do I know? The hunting channel stays on all day, and hunting buddies   start hanging around your house. Now your husband is pulling out his hunting clothes and gear, and the conversation around the dinner table consists of how do you want the deer packaged this year....burger or stew.

The other day my  husband asked me, "you wouldn't like to sit in a deer stand with me this year would you?" My thoughts were, well you just asked and answered that question in one sentence. 

Even though I feel like a widow during hunting season I totally support his passion but sitting in a tree stand with no conversation  for hours does not sound like fun to me. 

 I would rather design hunting products than to hunt.  I have designed a series  of funny quotes for hunters. I have heard my husband say this many times (I'm a slave to the season). Deer hunters are sure to relate to this humorous saying.

This is my favorite mug.  It is black until you put hot liquids in it, then the image appears.  Pure magic. 

Funny Deer Hunter Mug
Funny Deer Hunter Mug by cooltees

Here is a great dart board that will give him hours of entertainment in his man cave.Darts included.
Funny Deer Hunter Dartboard With Darts
Funny Deer Hunter Dartboard With Darts by cooltees

Great apron for your favorite chef.  It will look great as he cooks the big buck he bagged. 
Funny Deer Hunter Aprons
Funny Deer Hunter Aprons by cooltees

Here is a great sweatshirt to keep your man warm while he's hunting.
Funny Deer Hunter Sweatshirt
Funny Deer Hunter Sweatshirt by cooltees

Cool pullover hoodie to keep him warm and in style.
Funny Deer Hunter Pullover
Funny Deer Hunter Pullover by cooltees

Fun cap for hunting 

Funny Deer Hunter Mesh Hats
Funny Deer Hunter Mesh Hats by cooltees

Spill proof travel mug
Funny Deer Hunter Coffee Mug
Funny Deer Hunter Coffee Mug by cooltees

This flask is a great gift for a deer hunter.  My husband keeps water in his, but any beverage can be easily transported.  
Funny Deer Hunter Fask
Funny Deer Hunter Fask by cooltees

Links to all of the Slave to the Season Products:
Deer Hunter Slave to the Season 

Duck Hunter Slave to the Season

Fisherman Slave to the Season
Turkey Hunter Slave to the Season
 Hope you and your family have a prosperous hunt this year.

Modern Accent Pillows

Modern Decorative Pillows are an inexpensive way to update the look of a bedroom or living room.  Cozy pillows that make it easy to curl up with a book and relax.  Easy way to add a splash of color to any room.  They make a great Christmas gifts for family and friends.

Elegant Santa Claus Christmas Pillow Pillows
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Blue Chevron Baby Lion(Zig Zag) Pillow
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Personalized Ornaments

Customized Ornament that can be personalized for girlfriend, wife, mom, parents, grandparents, aunt & uncle, or any couple you want to celebrate.

World's Greatest Daughter In law Christmas Ornaments
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Personalized Rn Nurse Ornament
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Owl Fruit Tray

My niece Krista has loved owls as long as I can remember.  I wanted to do something owl related for her wedding shower so this is what my son and I came up with.
 I owe him most of the credit because I wanted to leave the top on the pineapple and he talked me out of it.  He had a point when he said owls don't have all that going on, they just have two ears.  So he made ears with strawberries.
 I wanted to cut the watermelon into heart shapes but we couldn't find a small heart shaped cookie cutter anywhere. We ended up cutting the strawberries into hearts.
I found it works better to stick the toothpicks into the pineapple first instead of of sticking the fruit.  When you get the owl to his destination, you can easily add the fruit for the face. (I made the mistake of putting all the pieces in the same bag and the strawberries  bled on the lime).
I wouldn't take anything for Krista's reaction this this dish.  Her sweet smile made it worth every minute.