Decorating Your Home for Fall on a Budget + Teal Pumpkin Project

Did you hear that screaming? I confess it was me! It is no secret that my favorite seasons are just around the corner. If I could bottle up the fall and winter season, I would be a happy camper all year-around. The decorations, the holidays, the joyful attitudes, and special family events make days so cheerful and positive.

This past weekend, we had the opportunity to collaborate with At Home Stores and decorate the entrance to our home on a budget. This was our first shopping experience at an At Home Store. At Home provides a full solution of decor for your home, with a massive selection of specialty products for Halloween. You do not need any coupons as the prices are very affordable, especially with us on a strict budget.

We wanted to spruce up our front door entrance for the upcoming Halloween holiday. Halloween has brought a new meaning to us since L was diagnosed with her rare disease, eosinophilic esophagitis in January 2016. We want to have fun celebrating but keep it safe for L so we definitely had to incorporate teal pumpkins into our decorations.

Have you heard of the teal pumpkin project? The Teal Pumpkin Project was inspired by a local awareness activity run by the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee (FACET) and launched as a national campaign by FARE in 2014. We hope you will help spread the word about this project and maybe even put out your own teal pumpkin to participate in your neighborhood.

The At Home Store we visited had teal pumpkins starting at the $5.99 price point. We purchased a large one and a small one.

Halloween Doormat

The door mat ($12.99) has all the colors we wanted to use with our decor. Aren’t our witch feet ($16.99) the winner of the night? L was laughing so hard when she saw them lit up. Mr. Jack-O-Lantern ($14.99) helps give a nice glow to our mini teal pumpkin.

Halloween Doorway Entrance

As guests come to visit us, they will have to walk the scary sidewalk ($9.99) and beware of those scarecrows. You never know how they will welcome you to our house.

Halloween Sidewalk

Outside

The whole family got in on the fun with decorating and we were able to not break the bank. Now, we have a festive entrance that is sure to have our neighbors enjoying the holiday cheer with us.

After all the decorating fun outdoors, we headed indoors to unwrap the fall goodness in our living room. At Home had fall and Halloween pillows starting at $12.99. I was able to grab two fall pillows for $14.99 each. I’m so in love. Then my oldest daughter, M, was able to find a light brown fleece blanket for only $9.99. The color combination works perfectly in our living room. We capped off the decor with a welcome “S” burlap sign ($7.99). The sign is even a better deal because I can keep it on the door until Thanksgiving!

Inside

inside door decoration

The smiles are spreading across our faces and we cannot quit looking at our decor. I’m so grateful for At Home Stores for having every day low prices that let you decorate on a budget.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with At Home Stores. As always, all thoughts and opinions are of my own. 

We are Doing a Disney Vlogmas!

We are so excited to announce, this year we’re going to participate in vlogmas. We will be posting a video everyday until Christmas! Check out the video for full details.

Dog Can’t Stop Barking at Television

Christmas time is a coming…..

This is my favorite time of the year. I have been playing Christmas music since September. Yes, I am that person.

Today, we are spreading Christmas cheer to your screen. This past weekend we decided to turn on the Hallmark “fireplace” on the television screen. Our dog, Kingston, went crazy when he saw another dog on the screen. As you can see, the other dog is not amused. Click on the picture to see the video on YouTube!

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Starbucks Holiday Drinks Buy One Get One Free Nov. 10-14

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! This Thursday will bring even greater joy as Starbucks is offering their holiday drinks buy one get one free. The offer is valid each day between 2 pm and 5 pm from 11/10 – 11/14/16 at participating locations. The free drink will be of equal or lesser value. The offer applies to hot, iced and blended holiday beverages.

Since I am gluten free and dairy free, I tried a gingerbread latte this past Saturday night with almond milk. Friends, it was delicious. I highly recommend it to everyone even if you do not have a dairy intolerance.

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After a public outcry, the red cup is officially coming back this year! Here are the available holiday drinks:

Chestnut Praline Latte, Peppermint Mocha and Skinny Peppermint Mocha, Caramel Brulée Latte, Gingerbread Latte, Eggnog Latte, Teavana Joy Brewed Tea, and Spiced Sweet Cream Nariño 70 Cold Brew.

Enjoy a Happy Halloween {Teal Pumpkin Project}

The day has come where many kids all across the country will visit their neighbors to say “trick-or-treat” and get a sweet treat in return. Kids will be jumping, skipping, running, and walking with no worries in the world to see how many treats will fill their bucket.

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There will be also be kids that want to skip or run to their neighbor’s houses but are scared of not being able to get a treat. These kids have food allergies. They are not being picky or selfish, they are just wanting to feel “normal” and enjoy an activity like other kids. L falls into this category. Ever since she was diagnosed earlier this year with eosinophilic esophagitis, she has had a hard time going around other kids because she feels like she is not “normal.” We are working through this issue. A couple of months ago, we were in Michaels Craft Store and saw a teal pumpkin. As soon as we got home, we had to google about the teal pumpkin project. L explains this project in her short video.

Isn’t this a great idea? All because a fellow allergy mom wanted her kids to enjoy Halloween. The Teal Pumpkin Project was inspired by a local awareness activity run by the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee (FACET) and launched as a national campaign by FARE in 2014.

We are hoping to find lots of teal pumpkins during our trick-or-treating outing. We wish you all a wonderful, happy, and safe Halloween!

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