Monday, September 3, 2018

Fall Decor Reveal

Happy Labor Day, y'all! I hope everyone is enjoying their extra day off. I'm excited today to share my fall decor with you all. One may say I've jumped onto the fall bandwagon way too early but in my mind once September hits, it's socially acceptable to change things up. I'm also realizing, now that I have my own home, decorating is such a fun little hobby that doesn't cost too much and adds a little spice to the space. I'm discovering that I have such a passion for interior decorating. It makes my heart skip a beat. 😍
I spent about $75 to decorate my downstairs. I went for simple pops of color and didn't buy anything not on sale or with a coupon, so that's my trick of the trade. As much as orange is traditional, I absolutely love neutrals and muted colors. For those of you that know me really well, know that adding bright colors is not my thing. So I decided to go with muted neutrals and add a pop of orange in the pumpkins.  I made a little diagram for those of you that decide you may want to copy this look. This will help you get the vision. Focus on those three colors and adding pops of orange, whether that be in pumpkins or something else. 

Before I break down where everything is from, here are the sales that are going on at each of the stores I purchased items from:

40% off fall decor with an additional 20% off the entire purchase. (expires 9/3)

Hobby Lobby:
40% off all fall decor

JoAnn's Fabrics:
60% off fall decor 

Download the Spin to Win app to get a coupon for the day and it can be applied to your purchase in-store or online. Also, a Labor Day coupon is below! 

Let's start with the porch and work our way inside. The base of this wreath is the one I've had on my door since I moved in but I decided to just add to it. Hobby Lobby has amazing wreath additions, I've linked the ones that I purchased. The only thing on the wreath not from Hobby Lobby are the little peach flowers, those I got from Michaels. 

Cream PumpkinsPeach BerriesSunflowers (you'll have to go in store to get the cream color I have), Green Gourd

The ribbon is from JoAnn Fabrics. The pumpkin is from TJMaxx.

My adorable N flag is from Kirkland's. For Labor Day they have a coupon for an additional 25% off your purchase. Use code: Labor25

Alright, now let's move inside. My mustard euro shams I sewed myself. The fabric is from Hobby Lobby and it cost me only $14 to make them.. #cantbeatit.

My little wreath on my mirror is the same base as I had before, I just added items to it. The ribbon is from JoAnn Fabrics. The little velvet pumpkins are from Hobby Lobby and so are the mustard yellow flowers.

Another super fun idea I saw on Instagram was taking candlesticks and putting pumpkins on them. It's a cute little touch and is so simple. The packs of pumpkins I purchased were all from Michaels. These are the two sets I purchased: Small Set | Large Set

I took my dough bowl that I had in another spot of the house and made it the centerpiece for my coffee table. I used leftover velvet pumpkins and a pack from Michaels. The large white pumpkin is from the Target dollar spot!! Only $3!! 

I showcased this darling wreath on my Insta as a sneak peek. I used the white flowers I already had and just added the velvet pumpkins and mustard flowers. I love how whimsical and fall it is! 

Let's move into the kitchen. If you notice, I took the centerpiece that was on the coffee table and moved it to the kitchen table. I added the amazing Scentasional candle to the display and just some little pumpkins. It's crazy how just adding a few here and there does a world of difference! 

Next are some pumpkins on my shelves. These two cute green ones are from the Target dollar spot. (The one that is harder to see is inside the little silver lantern) They are glass and I paid $1 for each of them. #steal

Lastly, we move to above the fridge. I took some pumpkins and put them in my sugar mold and then took the glass candy jar from the Target dollar spot (only $3!!) and put it on the cake stand. 

That's about it! All very simple items but together make it feel like I'm living in a fall wonderland. 

What colors do you gravitate towards for fall? What's your favorite fall scent?! 
You'll find me watching Grey's Anatomy on the couch today and burning a fall candle. 

 Have an amazing day and thanks for reading!! 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Nowlin Honeymoon!

The honeymoon was one for the books! Amazing, relaxing and wonderful are the words I would use to describe it. We enjoyed being able to escape reality and REALLY spend time together with no outside distractions. It was hard when Zach first came back because life still felt as though it was pulling at us.

 The Excellence El Carmen is the resort we stayed at. We had a very positive experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great honeymoon spot. It's very humid there but the temps were in the high 80's and the skies were clear every single day. The only downside to the beach was the crazy amount of seaweed. The resort told us August and September are the worst for this because the winds are changing as the seasons do..

Zach and I's favorite thing to do was head to the beach every morning and enjoy the sound of the waves under an umbrella with a book in hand. (One thing that we will do during future vacations that my aunt and uncle do is get the same book that's spiritually encouraging and read it together. It prompts great conversation and really helps foster your marriage.) After a few hours at the beach, we'd head to lunch. We personally loved The Kitchen's buffet, Oregano, and The Lobster house. The attire is casual and they have great food. After that, we would head back to the room, take a nap or just relax and then walk out to our pool right off of our room. We personally loved this luxury because it gave us the ability to be away from the crowds and enjoy a quiet atmosphere. The main pool was great but we weren't feeling social and wanted to just spend time together. If you're considering whether to get the Swim Up Suite, I HIGHLY recommend it if you want a more relaxed (non-party) atmosphere. After that, we'd shower and clean up and then head to dinner. We tried almost all 12 of the restaurants except The Flavor Market which is Spanish food and Basmati which is Indian. Our personal favorite was The Grill and Chez Isabelle. After dinner, we'd go to the balcony over the pool and sit and listen to the waves before heading back to the room and getting room service. 😂 It was amazing! We basically repeated this routine every day. LOL 

My Recommendations:
  • Get the Junior Swim Up Suite if you want a calm, more private atmosphere for swimming
  • Bring long pants for the guys so you can go to the restaurants. There is a dress code. Girls, you need at least capris in length for bottoms. Dresses are obviously acceptable too.
  • Go to The Grill. Get the Rib Eye or New York Steak and be sure to get the mashed potatoes too as your side.
  • I loved the Strawberry Frozen Margarita, The Pineapple Martini, and The Kiwi Mojito. 
  • Definitely go on the Bike Tour at 9 am one morning so you can go off of the resort and explore a little. 
  • I definitely would say that our excursion was not a great experience and I wouldn't recommend it. It was a waste of money and we didn't feel that we were given what was advertised. The excursion we did was to Catalina Island. The way that the country does tours and excursions is a little nerve-wracking and the language barrier was very difficult making it not as enjoyable. (This is obviously just our experience and my opinion. I know other people have gone on them and had a fine experience.)

All in all the trip was amazing and we absolutely loved our time together!! Share where you honeymooned/favorite vacation spot below! I'm curious. 👇

Thanks for reading friends! Have an amazing day! 

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