Mid-Calf Boots for Under $35

Kohls // K-Mart // Target // Old Navy
Forever 21 // JC Penney // H&M
Mid-calf boots are totally on-trend right now. Search Pinterest for them and you'll end up pinning cozy fall outfits for hours. I put together a list of seven places where you can buy mid-calf boots for less than $35. A lot of these are on sale right now so if anything catches your eye, jump on it!

I bought the K-Mart ones almost 3 years ago because of this brilliant idea from A Beautiful Mess. However, my fashion savvy husband would never let me wear them out of the house because, well, I wear a size 10 and they're not the most feminine thing I've ever worn. Fast forward three years and now they're all the rage. I dusted those babies off {literally} and proudly wore them downstairs for approval. Apparently they're "sooooo cute" now. That's my problem I guess, always ahead of the trends :)

Happy fall ya'll!

P.S. None of these are affiliate links. I just really love this trend. Happy shopping!

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Mixed Media Tags

I'm not really even sure what to call this post. I'll go with "Mixed Media Tags", but they could also be cards or labels depending on what you do with them. The most important point I want to get across with this project is that... did you know there is a tool that can help you make your own doilies?! Yes it's true. People think I'm super crafty, but really it's because I've discovered tools like this: 

You're welcome. That can be our little secret :) 

So back to that card/tag/label thing. I got the idea from Amy Lou Hawthorne's Instagram. If you aren't already following her, you must. She's super cute, crafty and has a huge heart. I always get excited to see her name pop up on my Insta feed. After I saw her post about these I had the urge to throw a whole bunch of random things together to create art. And so I did. 

I used: hand punched doilies, cupcake liners, ribbon, buttons, paper tags, wooden letters, washi tape, a clothespin, a brad & my hot glue gun to get it to all stick together. This was actually a very peaceful and rewarding project. I'm not sure what to do with them now, but it sure was fun gathering all of the random items to create art! 

If you ever have crafters block, but are dying to do something creative, I would definitely recommend this project. Super simple and most importantly, no rules. 

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Pottery Barn Townsend Coffee Table: Halloween

I'm officially a slacker. It's November now, but I'm still going to post about the Halloween decor that I set up mid-September. mmmkay?

Have I shared how much I love this coffee table yet? Ok, maybe I have. (Valentine's Day & Christmas) I actually think I might nominate this as one of my most favorite pieces of furniture in our home. 

I actually had all of these items on hand already. I went on a massive shopping spree at Michael's while everything was on clearance after last Halloween. The best part? That "massive shopping spree" only cost about $30 because everything was 70% off. 

In my table you will find: 
- Michael's Crafts: Metallic green spider, glitter pumpkins, skulls & eyes, fake moss, Boo! sign
- Scrabble tiles
- World Market: Skeleton plate/spoon holder
- Mini glass viles from Pick Your Plum
- Large glass vile from the Dollar Spot at Target
- Pumpkin painted Christmas ornaments from here
-Trick or Treat printable from here

Stay tuned for some more Halloween posts coming up. Because if stores are allowed to start selling Christmas decor in September, why can't I post about Halloween in November? 

Follow Hilary Richards's board Holiday | Halloween on Pinterest.

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Today's post is all about presentation. Do you ever get more wrapped up in the presentation of something than you do with giving the actual gift? I feel like that happens to me a lot. I just love cute things so much.

I was thinking the other day about how if I were a mom, I would spoil the crap out of my kid's fellow students (I know that's easy for me to say now). So then I came up with this little project, strictly based on cute presentation. I figure baked goods are always a cheap and thoughtful thing to hand out to people, so I realized that even if I'm just handing someone a single cookie, I could distract them with cute packaging and it would be a lot more meaningful. 

So here's the plan: 

1. Bake a batch of medium to large sized cookies.
2. Put them into cute treat bags.
3. Fold the top of the bags over and punch two holes into them. 
4. Tie some twine through. 
5. Slap a cute label on. 

But first, procure the supplies:

Bags & Twine
I got these bags & twine, in many colors, from Pick Your Plum. If they aren't available on that site when you need them, you can also find the bags here and twine here.

I found these Avery round kraft labels on Amazon for only 10 bucks for 225 labels. That's a lot of treat bags! I downloaded the free template, downloaded some free fonts from dafont.com & printed them out. The hardest part of this was trying to think of something witty to write on the labels.

Now go wow the socks off of your fellow room moms or co-workers.

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Now that I'm married to a teacher, I'm always thinking of cheap gifts he could give to his colleagues {ok fine, something I can give his colleagues}. I have been hoarding these black & white striped boxes for a while now, originally purchased from Pick Your Plum. I designed and printed off some labels, slapped them onto some boxes and intend to fill them with homemade cookies. 

Similar Boxes: Black Striped Favor Box

How cute are these Halloween Spider Chocolate Chip Cookies? We'll see how well I can pull these off...

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