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Candy Corn: Yay or Nay?

Posted by Andie on October 31, 2013

 

 

 

 

I believe there are two kinds of people in this world:

 

1. Those who LOVE candy corn.

2. Those who HATE candy corn.

  

I honestly think there are very few who don't have a {passionate} opinion on the matter.  It's either a deliciously addicting guilty pleasure that takes you back to your childhood, or a disgusting, waxy, high fructose corn syrup nightmare.  

 

So where do you stand?

 

Have a safe & happy Halloween!!

 

 

P.S.  I may or may not be devouring my 7 lb. "decorating stash" of candy corn tonight.

Don't judge.  Calories don't count on Halloween:)

 

 

 

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Caramel Popcorn Recipe

Posted by Andie on October 29, 2013

For me, Fall is all about pumpkin patches, cozy sweaters, crisp piles of leaves, and most importantly yummy eats!  Caramel Popcorn is one of those recipes you just have to make this time of year, or else it wouldn't be right.  I've tried a lot of different Caramel Popcorn recipes over the years and this one is hands down my very favorite.  I honestly believe it's one of the reasons my husband first fell in love with me.  It's that good!  

 

Caramel Popcorn

 

2 bags microwave popcorn (the more buttery, the better!)

1/2 cup butter

1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup white corn syrup

1 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla

 

 

 

 

In medium saucepan mix together butter, condensed milk, corn syrup, brown sugar, and vanilla.

 

 

 

 

Bring to a boil, STIRRING CONSTANTLY (watch out here- I've burned many batches of this stuff because I got carried away doing other things.  this requires careful attention!)  Stir mixture until it reaches soft ball stage.  (8-10 minutes)

 

 

 

    Pop popcorn and pour into large bowl.  Pour hot caramel over popcorn and stir until well coated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENJOY!!!  I dare you to try not to eat the entire bowl in one sitting.

It's pretty much impossible!!

 

 

 

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9 Ways to Transition your Home from Summer to Fall

Posted by Andie on October 23, 2013

Now that we're in the middle of October, Fall has come and it's here to stay.  Does the inside of your home reflect the season change, or do things still look summerized?  Try incorporating a few of these simple ideas to help prepare for the cool, crisp Fall that is upon us....

 

1. Sleep Warm

Pull out your thick down comforters and warm bedding- Summer is over and you're going to want more than a simple sheet to keep you warm!

 

 

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2. Lighten Up

One of the most noticeable changes from Summer to Fall is that it gets dark outside a whole lot earlier.  Embrace the darkness by adding more lamplight to your home.  Most importantly, turn the lamps on to keep things bright & cozy.  

 

 

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3. Wrap Up

One of the easiest ways to make your home feel more snug is to pull your thick and warm blankets, quilts and throws out of the closet and make them easily accessible.  Try filling a basket full of blankets in your family room, or draping a quilt over your sofa.    

 

 

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4. Pile on the Pillows

Time to store away your bright, summery prints and swap them out for pillows with warm, deep fall colors & rich textures.  The more pillows, the better!

 

 

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5. Cover Your Floors

Now is the time to bring out your heavy area rugs and cover those floors!  There is nothing worse than bare feet on a cold wood floor!  Try layering area rugs to create a little more visual interest, texture, & warmth.

 

 

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6. Don't Forget the Umbrella Stand

Place an umbrella stand or a boot tray in your foyer so that you're ready for cold, rainy weather.  This makes it easy to leave prepared when you are on the go, and helps you from tracking mud into your home after a storm.  

 

 

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7. Curtain Call

Switch out light summer sheers for heavier, thicker draperies.  Not only do they warm the room up and look like Fall aesthetically, but they also really help to keep the heat inside!  

 

 

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8. Scent is King

You can make a dozen updates in your home for Fall, but they will all be for naught if you don't incorporate delicious scents! Pick up some Autumn scented candles and light them to create a warm, cozy ambiance.  Who doesn't want their home smelling like cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice?  

 

 

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9. Bring the Outside In

Finally, incorporate nature into your home decor.  Display pumpkins, gourds, nuts, leaves, pinecones, chestnuts, twigs, and seasonal vegetables throughout your home to make things feel like Fall inside!  

 

 

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Orange Rooms

Posted by Andie on October 15, 2013

Nothing says fall to me like the color orange.  Isn't it fabulous?   From the changing leaves in the mountains, to hot apple cider, to the pumpkins sitting on my front porch-- it doesn't get much better than a deep, rich autumn orange.  It's warm, cozy, inviting-- and the perfect color to assist in the transition between summer and winter.  And so, today we have some burnt and pumpkin orange interior design inspiration for you to enjoy...... Happy Fall!

 

 

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Trend Alert: Colored Glass Chandeliers

Posted by Andie on October 9, 2013

These days chandeliers aren't just for the entry way and the dining room.  No, it's a new world you guys.  Chandeliers are HOT, and they look great in kitchens, bathrooms, hallways, and heck, even laundry rooms!  As far as chandelier trends go, 2013 is all about glamorous, bejeweled, sparkly and pretty!  Beautiful colored glass chandeliers are huge right now too- and the brighter, the better!  Here are some gorgeous examples.....  

 

 

 

 

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 Would you hang a colored glass chandelier in your home?

 

 

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DIY Halloween Decorations

Posted by Andie on October 4, 2013

It's October, which means it's time to bring out the Halloween decor!  If you're one of those people that are cringing just reading this because Halloween decorations aren't really your cup of tea, keep reading.  Rest assured, Halloween decor doesn't have to be disturbing, gory and tacky!  In fact, it can actually be super cute and surprisingly, even classy!  So forget the fake blood, roaring chainsaws, and deranged clowns, and embrace the prettier, sweeter side of halloween.....

 

 

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Happy Decorating! 

 

 

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How to Store Perfumes

Posted by Andie on October 1, 2013

 

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I love everything about perfume.  The different scents, the pretty bottles, and adding to my ever growing collection.  But I hate hate hate those times when I go to spray on some perfume, only to discover that the scent has been altered by time and it smells rancid.  Talk about a money pit!  

 

It's no secret that perfume's chemical makeup changes over time, causing the scent to weaken or change.  The good news is that depending on how perfume is stored, it can retain its original scent for 1-15 years. So how can you get 15 years out of one bottle of perfume?  Here are some of the greatest perfume storing secrets I've come across.......

 

- Keep your perfume bottles stored at room temperature.  If they are exposed to extreme hot or cold temperatures the balance of the perfume may be affected. 

- Keep bottles away from direct sunlight.  Store in a dark place (like a linen closet or a box) if possible.

- Don't keep your perfume bottles in the bathroom or the refrigerator!  Excessive humidity is known to break down perfume and degrade the scent. 

- Don't shake perfume bottles.  Shaking can incorporate air into the bottle which can break it down.

- Opt for spray perfumes over non-spray perfumes because they are sealed better, which makes the perfume last a lot longer.  

- Transfer perfumes from clear bottles to opaque bottles because they keep perfume safe from sunlight.  

 

 

 What are some of your perfume/cologne storing tips?  Please share!

 

 

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