Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fall Décor and A Yummy Soup

I’m not sure what person doesn’t LOVE Fall, but I’m right there with everyone else!  It’s just a wonderful time of the year.  Perfect transition into the “MOST wonderful time of the year.”  I wanted to share some SIMPLE things around our house that make it a bit more seasonal. 

I don’t decorate for Halloween, but more Fall.  Perhaps I’ll decorate more when the kids are a bit older.  I also needed to keep it REALLY simple and easy to put up this year.  First up, our mantle.  Just decorating your mantle can make a big change.  I simply added a Fall garland from Hobby Lobby, which instantly changed the look.  I added some sparkly sticks in that vase that was already there.  The candles were already there too.  I scored that Fall subway art at Michaels for $6!!!!  Then I made a banner on the fly after making one for my friend Erika for a 60th birthday party.  It’s glittery!  I like it! 


This is the buffet table right when you walk in the front door.  Can you tell I love mirrors?  I believe each room should have at least 1 mirror!  It’s a great way to open up a room, especially if you have a small house.  I added one of my Fall signs, leopard wood pumpkins, some Fall leaves I used for B’s Fall themed party last year, and a small Fall garland to go around that lamp.  I bought all that at Hobby Lobby.  That place is amazing!  This “buffet table” is actually an old dresser.  I would love to refinish it one day…one day :)

If you want a sign to add to your house for FREE, click HERE to download it (link is in that post).  Just print from computer and stick in a frame!

Okay, so this picture is so bad and really doesn’t display what it looks like in real life, but I have a few Fall items on tp of this small book shelf across from our dining room in the entry way.  I found this owl piece at Michaels for $12 and it has candles in it, but you can't really see them (they’re lit).  I put last year’s Halloween picture in this leopard frame each year.  And that glass pumpkin usually holds tons of candy…it was running low.  Somehow B hasn’t discovered it yet, otherwise he would totally be in it.  My decorations have totally changed since having kids.  Surely I’m not the only one whose kid pulls stuff down or colors on it or thinks it’s a toy???

I add this little pumpkin piece over our garage door.

And this little guy sits on top of our bar…it’s really pretty when lit.

If you want to impress your guests this year at Thanksgiving, prop THIS beauty up on an easel or in a corner.  You can find the printable HERE.  Check out below how one of my customers displayed her sign.  I just love the green frame and garland around it.  This is a 16x20, but you could do any size.  An 8x10 would be great on a table.  
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Speaking of, here is how another customer displayed her Happy Fall Y’all sign

Just some simple touches in our house.  A great way to decorate your house on a budget is to focus on one big area (usually mantle) and make everything else simple.  Also, spend money on one area each holiday and slowly add to your decoration stock so you can afford nice décor over time and not all at once.  Easier said than done. 

Oh and if you haven’t tried one of my favorite Fall recipes, you must make THIS SOUP.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Mom Honesty

I thought I'd share some honest pictures of what's going on in our house today. If you're like me, you compare yourself to other moms who "have it all together" and strictly on their pictures/blog. There is nothing wrong with posting picture perfect moments in your life...we all do it! But I thought I'd make you feel better about yourself today or at least reveal the "mess behind it all."  

It's been a busy day as I'm getting ready for a craft show tomorrow...my first ever. I went to bed last night at 3:15AM and will probably do it again tonight. I slept through my 7:30am alarm today which totally threw off my day. Maddox decided not to take but a 20 minute nap this morning, just enough for me to blow dry my hair. So I worked and let B watch cartoons and completely mess up the house. 

That's just the living room. Have you ever seen that photo of a mom sitting in her kitchen with complete mess and chaos going on around her and the husband comes home and just stares at the mahem. The mom looks at him and says, "You know how you ask me what I do all day? Well today, I didn't do it."  It's so funny because it's so true. 

That would be my kitchen.  We did hit up Chick-fil-a before errands so I totally take good mom credit for that. The boy needed to burn some energy. 

Now we're back home and I still have a lot to do. So our house will continue to look like this until Ryan gets home tonight. To which I will tell him I didn't do what I spend hours doing every day. And gladly accept his help cleaning it up. 

How did I blog this? On my phone in the play room while B played and M laid on the floor. 

Now I have to go change a dirty diaper of an almost 3 year old. Ugh potty training! Hope you enjoyed some mom honesty. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

#oliviaeveryday2014 Week 41 – State Fair visit

It has been super busy around here lately (more on that later), hence  my lack of blog posts!  I have a Fall festival this year that I’m participating in as a vendor.  It will be my first time ever to sell “in person.”  Since my products are digital, I’ve had to do a lot of prep, research, and printing, but hopefully it will pay off and I’ll earn some new customers before this holiday season.  Here was our week with a pic a day (via Instagram) as well as our visit to the Texas State Fair!

Day 281: “Please don’t disturb me while I eat.”  B took his bottle the exact same way.

Day 282: Maddox was watching big brother play with trains, but soon he will be in on the action. 

Day 283: I came in the kitchen and found him with my coffee cup.  It was cute, but I was slightly annoyed…quit drinking my coffee dude!  That’s the LAST thing this boy needs.

Day 284: Brotherly love!  Probably my favorite picture of these two.  Beckham really is sweet towards Maddox...most of the time.

Day 285: The State Fair of Texas!  Getting our picture with Big Tex!  We took just Beckham…it was good to spend a little time with just him.  Our trip in details is below.

Day 286: Dinosaurs and puzzles on a rainy day!

Day 287: After school on Tuesday, we swung by a pumpkin patch on the side of the road to grab a pumpkin to carve…yep, we still haven’t carved it.  Maybe we’ll color our's this year.  He had so much fun checking out all the pumpkins...and throwing them.

I don’t know about other states, but here in Texas, the state fair is a big deal.  They have the BEST food and a ton to do.  We decided to lave Maddox home with Gramma, so we could enjoy some time with Beckham at the fair.  The weather was PERFECT for us.  Usually it’s pretty hot, but it was cool and slightly overcast.  Pretty much winter :)  We’re excited on our way in the car…

First up was a trolley ride to the gates.  We had to park so far away, even at 10am, that they drive you to the fairgrounds.  B loved this.  It might have been just as fun as being at the fair. 

We stopped by the small animals first.  He sat here for a while just staring at the bunny.  We all know bunnies are special to him (check out pic above…Buppy goes everywhere with us). 

Then we headed into see all the big animals.  As we were walking in, a girl gave us her animal food so we didn’t have to purchase any.  This was probably B’s favorite part of the entire visit.  You get to put the food on a shovel and feed the animals.  Some of the animals were turning their head away from food…I’m sure they’re so badly overfed!

Then we stopped for our first taste of fried heaven.  I forget what this was called, but it was basically a corn dog with powdered sugar and chocolate sauce drizzled on top.  Sounds disgusting, but it so wasn’t!!!  This is the ONLY time I eat a corn dog during the year.  Who knows what's in those things.  We also got this tropical “adult” beverage.  We won’t do that again…B kept asking for sips and it was getting annoying saying no every 2 minutes. 

However, they tore up the pineapple after we drank it.  Ryan saw a woman eating the pineapple from her drink, so he tried it and said it was the best pineapple ever.  Beckham does EVERYTHING daddy does.

Afterwards, we headed into the Kid’s Zone and stopped to take a pic!  Check out the Farris wheel in the background.  I’m too scared to ride it.  It’s like THE ride at the fair, but I’m afraid it will break.  Now that I'm thinking about it, I think there was a year it got stuck and people were on it for hours.  

Right across from the sea creatures photo prop, was this elephant and Beckham probably would have played on this thing for hours if we let him.  There was lots more down the road to ride/play but Ronald McDonald was putting on a show and he was too scared to pass him to get to all the other stuff.  So we headed to go get a picture with Big Tex (aka, “Big Cowboy” according to B).

BIG TEX!  2 years ago, he caught fire, so they had to build a new one.  It was a sad day in Texas and all over the news, but I think they rebuilt a good one.  He says “Howdy y’all” as you walk by.  B was enthralled with him and literally just stared at him.

We also tried fried s’mores and root beer while we were there.  The fair is known for the Fletcher’s corny dog.  The lines for them are crazy.  Check out this line.  The little roof with the triangles is where you buy the corny dog and the line was all the way back where I was.  We went on a Sunday and it was crowded...annoyingly crowded.  We didn’t eat as much as we normally do this trip.  By 2:00 I was really needing to pump, so we had to leave.  The fair is going to get even better as the boys get older!  And I’m sure we’ll spend four times as much.  

The effects of the state fair on a 2.5 year old!  I could not wake him up!

Hopefully things will slow down after this weekend.  Can’t wait to share how it goes.  I have a million post ideas/pictures to share.  I know many of you started following my blog based on my financial posts and I have some updates and more tips to share, but obviously things have been crazy!  Have a great weekend!

Friday, October 10, 2014

#oliviaeveryday2014 Week 40

October is turning out to be a SUPER busy month and it’s not going to slow down until after Christmas.  I have my first business function as a vendor at a Fall festival in a week so I’m prepping for that and trying to fit in all the fun Fall activities (pumpkin patch, fair, Halloween).  Here in Texas we have approximately ONE month to enjoy the nice weather.  Just kidding…kind of.  Here are my daily photos I post on Instagram (@olivia_snyderstellall):

Day 274: Real life!  Messy desk, always a snack on it, coffee at 6 pm, working because I had a babysitter…aka my husband.  But working is just too hard right now during the day.  So, I save it for after they go to bed, which means I usually get into bed between 2-3am!  Yep!  This is even late for me.  Such is life right now.

Day 275: He’s like a big sack of sugar.  He’s over 16 pounds now!

Day 276: The day I concocted the perfect iced caramel macchiato at HOME!  You can find the recipe HERE.

Day 277: We have the best conversations.  I talk talk talk and he just listens!  Winking smile

Day 278: We had a relaxing Sunday with church and grocery shopping.  And I finally found a meat Beckham likes…at least for that day.  Trader Joes chicken sausage, sun dried tomato.  #toddlersarepicky

Day 279: My little chunk is about to gain an accessory that will fit his football build.  He’ll be getting a band/helmet to help his plagiocephaly. 

Day 280: Beckham LOVES movies but I try to limit them.  I now reserve them for the nights Ryan isn’t home and is reffing.  This night I grabbed a $5 pizza and we watched Monsters University!  He thought I was the best ever!  Going from 7am to bed time (which is after 10 sometimes with M) with both boys by myself is exhausting, so a movie it is!

More pics…

On WEDNESDAY, we played in the playroom…this kid can tear up the room in a matter of seconds!

He also likes to color a lot lately.  And by color, I mean rip all the paper off the crayons.  Hey, it keeps him busy!  I don’t mind buying more crayons for that purpose.  I’m talking 30 minutes of busy!  He wanted to show daddy his “work” in this picture.

On THURSDAY, Maddox and I hung out while B was at MDO.  We are working hard on tummy time, but this poor little guy has the hardest time.  A lot of this is due to his plagiocephaly. 

We picked up an ice cream cone on the way home during Sonic happy hour!

See, peeling crayons.  At least he was sorting colors!

My cute little shark after bath time!

On FRIDAY, we had a play date at Chick-fil-a.  Then home for naps.  Maddox and I hanging out while brother sleeps.

And this was the only way I could get him to take a nap.

That night we all (Ryan too) went to Blue Goose for dinner.  We scored some FREE sopapillas they were giving away!  I love sitting outside with kids…they’re much calmer!

On our way home, I dropped Beckham and Ryan off at the park down the street from our house for a “movie at the park!”  They were playing Frozen, one of B’s favorites.  Ryan said he sat through the whole thing on his little chair.  I stayed home in case Maddox woke up, plus I had to pump.  That’s when I made the iced coffee.  We’re going to another one of these soon!

After I picked them up, we came home and did baths!

On SUNDAY, I woke up to a package on our doorstep…my business cards came in.  I designed them and love how they turned out!

Then we headed to church with coffee mug in hand!  I love personalized coffee mugs.

This was the grand opening of our new Allen location.  We used to be in Plano.  We are a satellite campus which means our pastor (who preaches in Grapevine) is streamed through video for all other campuses to hear.  We have a ton of locations, even one in England.  But our pastor, Ed Young, was at our location last Sunday.

Dinner…chicken sausage, spaghetti sauce, can of diced tomatoes, and noodles!  So good!

On MONDAY, I had an appointment with Maddox, but didn’t take any pics other than the daily one above. 

On TUESDAY, bath time was combined since Ryan was gone.  B discovered it sounds funny when you lay in the water.  And Maddox loves bath time!

We are still all over the place in the joint, but enjoyed the week!