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We have been decorating our home for Halloween within the last couple of weeks.  Holidays are just so much more fun with kids, right?

Halloween was just another day for many years for me.  Now?  I can’t get enough of all of the fun activities, decorations, and I’m even dressing up for a Halloween party this year.  Something I haven’t done in over 10 years.

Today, I’m taking you on a little tour of our Halloween decorated home:

Halloween Decorations

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Hey there! Linking up again with Darci, Christina, Liz, and Natasha for Five on Friday.



01.  Homemade pickles I had been complaining all summer that my cucumber plant wasn’t producing anything.  And then, suddenly, within the last week I was able to harvest five cucumbers!  So I made a batch of homemade pickles.

Here is the recipe I used:

1-1/2 cups distilled white vinegar

1/3 cup granulated sugar

4 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon mustard seeds

1 teaspoon coriander seeds

3/4 teaspoon dill seeds

2 cups hot water

2 pounds cucumbers

3/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh dill

3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped


Combine vinegar, sugar, salt, mustard seeds, coriander seeds, and dill seeds in a heatproof bowl.  Add hot water and stir until sugar dissolves and liquid is clear.  Cool to room temperature.

Place cucumbers, garlic, and dill in a large bowl.  Toss to combine.  Pour brine over all and turn to coat cucumbers.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight, stirring once or twice.  Transfer to an airtight container and store for up to two weeks.

02.  Formal dining room update — My husband bought me this console table for my birthday to help finish out the formal dining room.  I still feel the styling needs tweaked (iPhone photos).  Help Holly!

03.  Workin on my fitness — I started working out again this week.  Which means I most definitely need this outfit, right?

In all seriousness I am so sore that I can barely walk.

04.  Craving fall — now that school is back in session for the big kids (mine still have a couple of weeks until their first day) and the end of pool season is in sight I am craving cooler temperatures, fall scents and decor, and fire pit nights. How yummy does this Apple Cider Sangria look?

05. Vlog — I posted my first vlog yesterday.  For those of you that have vlogged before…isn’t it so hard to watch yourself?  It makes me so uncomfortable!  I hope the whole vlogging thing gets easier as I have committed to doing a Q&A series to get your questions answered!

Anyway, a fun and busy weekend for us here.  Ashley’s bridal shower, a baseball game, and a roller derby bout.  Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Our home office is coming along with the help of Holly Mathis.  We still have a few touches left like adding more art above the bookshelf.

At our old house our loft was our office which only had room for one desk with my husband’s computer.  I love having a shared space that we can work while our littles can color or play on the floor.

Home office by Holly Mathis Interiors

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Linking up again with Darci, Christina, Liz, and Natasha for Five on Friday.




1.  Sugarboo Art – Designer, Holly Mathis, has helped us with five spaces in our home.  We are in the midst of finishing up our office by adding some art (will share images of the rest of the room soon).  We also purchased the “Remember when” piece for the little nook as you enter our bedroom.

2.  Console Table – The console table that my hubby purchased for me arrived this week.  Holly is in the midst of picking out some lamps, baskets, and other pieces to help me style it up.

Formal Dining Room with console table, farmhouse table, chandelier, white wingback chairs, and refinished china cabinet

3.  Hall of Fame – A little bit of a back story first…my husband I met through the world of skating.  Makes since now as to why we would own a roller rink, right?  My mom and Aunt skated competitively growing up so my sister and I skated competitively as well.  The same with my husband’s family — his Dad, Mom, Sister, and him.  We relocated from Kansas to Oklahoma so that my sister could take from his parents after I had quit skating.  Although my father-in-law has retired from coaching my mother-in-law still does.  They came to visit us from the national championships where they were inducted into the Coaches Hall of Fame.  It is definitely deserved!


4.  End of summer sales – The end of summer sales have been so dangerous but useful in stocking up for next year’s items.  Can’t beat 40% off the sale price of J Crew Swimsuits for Ella.

Buy it

Buy it

5.  Wedding Planning – The trip to Rosemary Beach is on hold until next year.  My friend is still getting married, however, has decided to go the local route so that more of her friends & family could join in on the celebration.  Went location scouting with her this week and the place she has picked is kind of amazing.  It’s a rooftop that is typically used as an outdoor yoga studio.  Dying over the double sided fireplace and also the bistro lights that they have recently strung (not pictured).  She is a fantastic party planner (see her 30th birthday party here, her son’s birthday parties here and here) so I can’t wait to see what she does with the space.

Have a great weekend everyone!