Fall Decor Roundup

fall favorites roundup maggie maysFall is my favorite time of year but it always goes by too quickly. Since there would never be enough time to do all of the fall projects that I would like to, I thought I’d share what others have done.

Here’s a little roundup of some of my favorite fall ideas from Pinterest. The photo/project source is listed below each image. Click on the image to visit their site and learn how to do the project!

Nice Elegant Polka Dots

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Source: A thoughtful place blog

 

Such an adorable way to serve ice cream or sorbet.

orange pumpkin maggie mays fall roundup

Source: mom.me

 

Great idea for keeping kids busy during dinner..one huge coloring pad!

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Source: Apartment Therapy

 

Cute name place settings.

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Source: Bright Settings

 

This would be fun to give with a gift of pumpkin pie! Give a pie with a pumpkin sharing the recipe. Or display in the kitchen for a recipe you make a lot in the fall!

recipe maggie mays gifts fall roundup

Source: sheknows.com

 

I love my Mod Podge. You can do anything with this idea…fabric, pretty paper, photos, etc.

mod podge maggie mays gifts fall round up

Source: Confessions of a plate addict

 

Pretty way to serve snack mix!

cone maggie mays gifts fall roundup

Source: temp-tations

 

And finally, a creative way to display tea lights.

apple Maggie Mays gifts fall roundup

Source: temp-tations

Happy fall!!!

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Dairy-Free Chocolate Icing

Dairy Free Icing

I hope you all will trust me on this one because I know how it is going to sound. Even if you don’t have an intolerance to dairy, this is worth trying because it’s definitely a heathier and more nutritious version of icing.

I recently read that avocado makes a great replacement for butter in recipes. I don’t use butter too much except when I make icing. Since the icing recipe is only butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and a tiny bit of milk, I knew this was going to be risky.

I decided to try it anyway just to see. I am so glad I did! This icing recipe certainly isn’t “healthy” as it is full of powdered sugar, but it’s definitely much better than the version with a stick of butter.

To make a delicious chocolate icing, all you need is:

1/2 Ripe Avocado
4-5 Cups Powdered Sugar
3/4 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
3-5 Tablespoons Vanilla Almond or Soy Milk
1 teaspoon Cocoa Powder

Blend everything together until it is the consistency you want. You will need to play around with the amount of sugar and milk to get the consistency and flavor you want. Thinner for a glaze and thicker for icing cookies or cupcakes.

I did it at first with just avocado, sugar, vanilla and almond milk and my icing looked like this.

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This would be great for St. Patrick’s day, but for everyday use it needed another color. Rather than use food coloring, cocoa powder make the perfect addition. It also gave it a chocolate taste, which made it even better.

Here it is with just bit of cocoa powder.

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Spread it on just like icing and there you go. I personally think it tastes just like my regular icing. Tons of powdered sugar and cocoa powder will do that!

No one in my house knew there was anything different with the icing.

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Some people may have liked it a little too much.

dairy-free chocolate icing

dairy-free chocolate icing

dairy-free chocolate icing

So if you have a dairy intolerance and don’t want to miss out on yummy icing or if you just want a healthier version, give this a try!

 

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Make Your Own Glitter Knobs

Every time I go to Anthropologie or World Market, I always have to check out their dresser knobs. They have some of the coolest hardware.

Since this dresser in my kids’ room is a cheap, older one that I’ve had forever, I wasn’t afraid to play around with it. I wanted to see if I could give it a little face lift without spending $100 on knobs.

Here is the dresser before.

DIY Glitter Knobs

For this project, you’ll only need Mod Podge, glitter, and a paintbrush.

DIY Modge Podge

I started out using my homemade version of Mod Podge but forgot that this version leaves a matte finish. For this project I wanted a gloss finish so I used store bought Gloss Mod Podge instead.

To begin, remove your knobs with a screwdriver.

Then paint a layer of Mod Podge on the knob and immediately dip it in a pile of sparkles dabbing it all around until the knob is completely covered.

DIY Mod Podge

DIY Glitter Knobs

Let dry. Then paint another layer of Mod Podge on top of the glitter. It will look white but don’t worry, it dries clear and glossy.

DIY Glitter Knobs with Mod Podge

After that dries, you can do one more layer of Mod Podge just to make sure it’s all sealed down. Since it’s a frequently touched item, you don’t want glitter coming off on your hands.

Let dry.

Your knob will look shiny and glittery but the glitter will be completely sealed down.

DIY Glitter Knobs with Mod Podge

Now you are ready to put your knobs back on your dresser. At first, I thought it would be fun to have each drawer have its own color. Here’s how that turned out.

DIY Glitter Knobs with Mod Podge

I changed my mind and wanted to see how it would look with all one color so I just glittered over the finished ones with the glitter I wanted.

DIY Glitter Knobs with Mod Podge

These pictures don’t show off the knobs very well, but here is the final dresser with all the knobs in the same glitter.

DIY Glitter Knobs with Mod Podge

Make your own glitter knobs-kids dresser

DIY Glitter Knobs with Mod Podge

This is a fun, cheap way to add a little color and sparkle to any piece of furniture.

 

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DIY Glitter Knobs with Mod Podge

And the Pattern Lives On…A Kid’s Clothing Update

The beautiful thing about having your last child is that when he is done with an item (high chair, clothes, etc.) you can get rid of it. No more storing!

The only time this is sad is when they outgrow something that you love.

There was always something about this crib sheet of my daughter’s that made me happy. Once she moved from her toddler bed into a twin, it was time to say goodbye.

Upcycling kids clothes using outgrown items

But I just couldn’t.

Since its life as a sheet was over, I grabbed some scissors and started cutting.

Upcycling kids clothes using outgrown items

I loved the pattern and thought it would look cute on clothes. I just found some solid clothes from my daughter’s closet that could use some lovin’.

Upcycling kids clothes using outgrown items

Then I pinned some small cut outs from the sheet onto the items and sewed them down using a zig-zag stitch (twice around).

Upcycling kids clothes using outgrown items

Upcycling kids clothes using outgrown items

And now my beloved pattern lives on.

Upcycling kids clothes using outgrown items

Her tank top had bunched fabric in the front so I had to sew the design on the back. I was afraid it would be weird but decided to try it anyway.

Upcycling kids clothes using outgrown items

It ended up being my favorite.

Upcycling kids clothes using outgrown items

Upcycling kids clothes using outgrown items

Upcycling kids clothes using outgrown items

This idea would also work to add a fun design to curtains, pillowcases or even to frame it for decor.

Sometimes you don’t have to say goodbye. :)

 

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Upcycling kids clothes using outgrown items

Guilt-Free (mostly) Carrot Cake Doughnuts

carrot cake doughnutsI would normally never think to make my own doughnuts but this pan was half off in the checkout lane and I couldn’t resist. 

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I couldn’t figure out exactly what to make but then when I had a bunch of leftover carrots one day, I had my answer. I love carrot cake, but I never think to make it. These aren’t really official doughnuts, more of a carrot cake in a circular shape, but I prefer to call them doughnuts. 

It’s actually pretty easy.

For the cake, you will need:
2 Eggs
1 Cup Sugar
3/4 Cup Applesauce (guiltfree version). Otherwise, use 3/4 cup Vegetable Oil
1 1/2 Cups Fresh Carrots, grated
1 Cup Flour, all-purpose
1 tsp Baking soda
1 tsp Cinnamon, ground
1/8 tsp Nutmeg, ground
1/2 tsp Salt

You can add a few tablespoons of ground flax seeds or chia seeds into the batter if you want a few extra nutrients. You could also add some raisins if you like.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, sugar and oil using an electric mixer. Beat at medium speed until mixture is smooth and creamy (about 2 minutes). Fold in the grated carrots and mix well.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Mix well.

Whisk the dry flour mixture into the wet egg mixture until smooth. Using a small spoon, spread batter into sections of the doughnut pan.

Bake at 350 degrees F until doughnuts are done. Since the molds are fairly shallow, check on them often as the bake time may be quicker than usual. They are done when a toothpick comes out clean.

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Let doughnuts cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting, you will need:
2 oz Low fat or fat free cream cheese (guilt-free). Otherwise, use full flavor
1 Tbs Butter (room temperature)
1/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract

This recipe makes a small batch with a light layer of frosting. Feel free to double recipe if you need a larger batch.

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I’ve found that sometimes just changing the shape of a food item can make it more fun to eat. Plus, I love calling them doughnuts to my family when I know the non-fried truth!

Enjoy!

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Combining Bedrooms with a Boy and Girl

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As soon as we found out we were going to have a third baby, I began worrying about the sleeping arrangements. I knew the most logical thing would be to move our two year old son into our four year old daughter’s room, at least for a while.

I immediately began imagining them talking, giggling, and throwing things all night. I admit I was expecting the worst. We went back and forth for a while about when to make the move and we finally decided to just do it and get it over with.

To distract me from worrying about the sleeping part of the room share, I decided to focus on the actual room. That was more fun.

We really didn’t change much as far as the decor. Here was her room before.

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We just moved her bed by the window and put his crib by the wall.

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We hung back up the second shelf that had come down a while ago to give them each their own shelf.

shelves kids room

We kept the tissue paper flowers and added a pink sparkle twig headboard for her side of the room. We also kept her jeweled mirror on the wall and got her a larger twin bed (after I took these pictures).

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For his side, we kept it baby blue with his sheets and framed fabric decor over his crib.

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Then we just swapped out the large glider for a smaller one we had and moved it to the other side of the room.

Easy.

As far as the sleeping, it’s gone about as expected. After the third night we learned to put our sound-sleeping boy down first, let him fall asleep, and then take our daughter in. So far, so good. Sometimes.

 

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