Halloween Decor Ideas – Spooky Elegance

 

Decorate your home in spooky elegance. Find easy Halloween decor ideas to create a ghoulishly delightful atmosphere. #HalloweenDecor #Halloween

Hello, friends, welcome to our home. I’d love to take you on a little home tour of our Halloween decor and all its spooky elegance. I hope you will be enchanted and beguiled and find inspiration.

Halloween Decor Ideas

Spooky Elegance and Ghoulish Delight

 

Our fireplace mantel is so fun to decorate since we did our DIY Mantel Makeover. It was an easy home improvement project for under $50! This year’s mantel is a mix of  Halloween and autumn decor. I love combining the holiday and season as it makes for such an elegant feel, and bonus, I’ve got a start on my decorating for Thanksgiving once I remove the Halloween items.

Halloween Fireplace Mantel in detail…

A garland of fall leaves entwined with a strand of mini white twinkle lights lay along the mantel with miniature pumpkins placed atop black candlesticks. The black and deep purple wreath has fall leaves tucked inside to give the wreath some pop. Halloween tinsel garlands hang behind the wreath and fall across the mantel to the sides. And. black gauze lends a spooky touch draped across the front of the mantel.

Our glittery black cat hisses next to the colorful postcard of the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow chasing Ichabod Crane and the spider candelabra with our DIY Halloween Candles.

Candy Corn is a favorite for easy Halloween decor. You will see I have used it in several places. I have my frame that I swap out seasonal/holiday printables. This printable is a Halloween Quote.

When Black Cats prowl and Pumpkins gleam, may Luck be yours on Halloween.  ~ Author unknown

The awesome black cat postcard is the famous Tournée du Chat Noir from Paris. Rory sent this to us from her study abroad trip to France this summer — perfect for my Halloween mantel.

Halloween Decor around the house…

Oh, I am in love with our latest project. I really like the versatility of vinyl art, but unfortunately, the space by my front door where I want to use it most has too much texture on the wall to allow the vinyl to adhere well. So, Luke and I put together a DIY Float Frame to make my dreams come true. This idea is even better than just simply placing the vinyl art on the wall — it provides the opportunity to add dimension and layers. I am excited to change this float frame up for the seasons.

My black lanterns with battery operated wax candles are perfect with candy corn. And a few little pumpkins add a nice touch.

A simple ribbon thread with glittery Halloween shapes decorates a plain lampshade.

 


Little mini pumpkins adorn the end table with the adorable placard signifying The Black Cat Pub in England — another of the treasures brought home from Rory’s summer trip to England. She couldn’t resist since we have two black cats of our own, Jinx and Josie.

A string of purple lights with black gauze and my Happy Halloween sign with an orange chiffon ribbon adorn my hutch with spooky style.

And, my favorite Halloween pillow.

Never Laugh as the Hearse drives by… for you may be the next to die.

I actually carved a pumpkin with this scene a few years ago. I love how it turned out, what do you think?

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I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour and my take on Spooky Elegance. Have a Happy Halloween!

 

 

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Bringing Home A Cat – Tips to Make Kitty Feel Welcome

This post, Bringing Home A Cat – Tips to Make Kitty Feel Welcome, is sponsored by Cat’s Pride but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Are you bringing home a cat? Find great tips to make kitty feel welcome and safe in your home. Plus learn how you can help save millions of cats with the Litter For Good initiative from Cat’s Pride. #CatsPride #LitterForGood

 

Bringing Home A Cat

Tips to Make Kitty Feel Welcome

 

Adopting a cuddly and fluffy kitten or an adult cat can bring joy and companionship to your family. But just like bringing home a baby, you need to be prepared. I have some great tips for helping your kitty adjust to its new home, and help you keep him happy and safe. And, learn how to help save millions of homeless cats one jug of litter at a time!

Essentials

  • Carrier or Crate

Be sure to take a carrier or crate with your when you go to pick-up your cat. Place a soft and cozy blanket inside for kitty to snuggle into. Not only will it provide a sense of security, it is also the best and safest way for your cat to travel in a car.

  • Appropriate Food

It is important to feed your cat a healthy and nutritious diet that is appropriate for its age. Kittens have different nutritional needs than fully grown cats or older mature cats. Be sure to ask your veterinarian for a recommendation if you have questions.

  • Litter Box and Litter

Have a litter box ready to go for your new feline friend. They will thank you. Cat’s like to use a litter box. If you are bringing home a very young kitten, good news, litter training will be easy! Kittens that are 10 to 12 weeks old may come to their new home already trained. If you buy Cat’s Pride® Fresh and Light® litter in the GREEN JUG, one pound of litter will be donated to a shelter for those kitties less fortunate than yours.

  • Other Necessities

Some other items you will want to have for your cat or kitten are a Scratching Post, Food and Water Dishes, Grooming Tools, Collar and Tag, Safe Toys, a Bed.

  • Visit the Veterinarian

Take your cat or kitten to see the veterinarian within the first week of bringing home a cat. At that visit, your kitty will get a wellness check, any shots or tests they may need, and you can have them microchipped as well.

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Tips for Helping Kitty

  • Kittens

Kittens are sometimes adopted as early as six weeks old. This is a little early and can be hard on the kitten. Ten to twelve weeks old makes for a much easier transition. Kittens may be lonely – missing their mom and siblings. The will also be confused and maybe scared. Soothe your kitten by holding it gently, keeping it warm, providing pets, and playing with it. Take cues from your cat as to what it may want or need, or how much to provide.

  • Adopt Two Cats

Bring two kitties home is a win-win for both you and the cats. Your cats won’t be lonely, they’ll have a feline buddy to cuddle and play with. This will not only be easier on you, but it is twice the entertainment watching the cats frolic and play together. Jinx and Josie are brother and sister from the same litter. They are definitely a bonded pair. They love each other so much, take care of each other, snuggle and play — super cute.

 

Help SAVE Millions of Cats! CLICK HERE

You can help homeless cats living in shelters across the country when you buy Cat’s Pride litter for your cat. Be a part of the Litter For Good initiative — purchase the Fresh & Light litter in the GREEN JUG and Cat’s Pride will donate one pound of litter to an animal shelter.  You can also help by signing up for the free Cat’s Pride Club and nominating your favorite local shelter to receive a litter donation. Find out more about the program HERE.

 

Jinx and Josie thank you for helping save other sweet kitties like them! Check out more from Jinx and  Josie…

Kitty Cakes – A Birthday Treat For Jinx And Josie

Kittens – Hijinx and Josette

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Keep Pets Healthy and Your Home Clean – Tips

This post, Keep Pets Healthy and Your Home  Clean – Tips, is sponsored by The Libman Company but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. #EmbraceLifesMesses #CelebratePetsWithLibman #coupon

 

Keep Pets Healthy and Your Home Clean

Get helpful tips on protecting your pets

 

It’s National Pet Month! So, in celebrating our furry friends, I wanted to share some tips on how to keep pets healthy. Part of keeping your pet healthy is maintaining a clean home.

We’ve been pretty lucky with our cats, Jinx and Josie, they don’t spit up furballs or throw up often, but when they do, we can embrace life’s messes with the help of the Libman Wonder Mop®. It has Microfiber GRIPSTRIPS that lift up to 20% more dirt and a power wringer to remove more water from the mop head. Best yet (as far as I’m concerned – LOL), you can toss the Wonder Mop mop head into the washing machine! Now, that makes for easy cleanup. The mop head can go through 50 washing cycles before it needs to be replaced. Awesome, right?

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Here are some other ways we keep our pets healthy:

  • Pet Medical Binder

It is important to get your pet regular veterinary care to keep their health at its best — shots, flea/tick treatments, spay/neuter, worming, etc. Pay attention to your pet and if something seems off, don’t hesitate to get it checked out. Keep track of your pet’s health records and microchip registration. Jinx and Josie have a binder with a record of all the shots they have received, the surgeries, antibiotics, and so forth. This way, if you need to change vets, or are on vacation with your pet, you have their history easily accessible.

  • Wash Food and Water Bowl Daily

Would it be healthy for you to eat off dirty dishes? No, and neither is it for your pet. Make sure to wash food and water bowls daily. Provide fresh food each day, and make sure to refrigerate leftover wet food properly.

  • Clean Litter Box Daily

Cats are very particular about their litter box. They like it and want it to be clean. This is also something that is super important to your cat’s urinary health. Cats get urinary infections easily, so be sure to scoop out the box one to two times per day — more if you have multiple cats. Completely wash the litter box and provide fresh litter at least once a week.

  • Brush Fur

Brushing your pet’s coat helps them get rid of excess fur. Not only does that help keep your home cleaner, it helps keep your pet from swallowing fur as they lick themselves. Cats are especially susceptible to furballs.

  • Play with your Pet

Play with your pet. Not only is it great bonding time and lots of fun, but it also provides exercise to keep your pet trim and healthy.

 

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You can find more fun and helpful ideas for your pets on the blog. Check these posts out…

Kitty Cakes – A Birthday Treat For Jinx And Josie

Kittens – Hijinx and Josette

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Morning Routines Make Great Day Starters

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I love the quiet, early (but not too early) morning hours of the day. My family is still asleep, and I have those moments all to myself. My morning routines restore my body and soul, refresh my spirit, and set me on a great path for a happy and productive day.

 

Morning Routines

Make Great Day Starters

 

There is some thing comforting about having a routine. It provides a sense of security and calm. My morning routines are important to me, and they make me feel better as a whole person. Each day brings new challenges, but with my routine in place, I know I can meet whatever lies ahead.

5 Morning Routines I don’t like to miss:

 


1. Morning Walk with Audiobook

I love to go walking in the cool crispness of morning. Whether it is at a park or along the beach, the scenery, scents, nature, and wildlife always put a smile on my face. Sometimes life can be stressful, and these walks help alleviate the pressure bringing serenity and tranquility to my life. One of my most favorite things about my walk is enjoying an audiobook. I love to read, especially cozy mysteries, and reading via bluetooth while walking is fantastic. It is also a great motivator to walk each day, as I can’t wait to hear more of my story. I listen to my audiobooks while doing chores as well, it makes everything go faster, and I don’t mind having to do the boring work as much.

2. Coffee and Reflection

There is nothing like the aroma of fresh coffee brewing in the morning. I may have a slight coffee addiction, okay, it’s a big coffee addiction. I love to have several cuppas while I relax, do a morning devotional, or just have a few moments of self reflection. And, then, I may have a couple more cups for good measure.

 


3. Breakfast and Vitamins

With my coffee and reflection, I am often times fixing my breakfast. I know you have all heard it before, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It is true, even if it is just a bowl of cereal. Perhaps, you may want to try my Cracklin’ Oat Bran Vanilla Buttermilk Pancakes or Peanut Butter Raspberry Smoothie. I find that when I have a good breakfast, I have a much more productive day. Everything runs more smoothly and timely. Part of my breakfast ritual is taking my vitamins, they are quick and easy to take, and help make living a busy, healthy lifestyle easier. I recently found Centrum’s NEW Vitamints and MultiGummies at Walgreens. They taste great and  have no overpowering and horrible vitamin aftertaste. Blech! I hate that awful aftertaste. The MultiGummies are easy to chew and have nice fruity flavors. Centrum’s Raspberry Vitamints are my favorite! They are essential vitamins you enjoy like a mint, and they do leave your mouth refreshingly minty.

 

I was also happy to discover that Walgreens has a partnership with Vitamin Angels, an organization that gets vitamins to kids in need around the globe. Walgreens makes a donation to Vitamin Angels with every vitamin purchase, “Get Vitamins Here. Change Lives Everywhere.”

4. Organizing My Day

Every night, I think about what needs to be accomplished during the next day. So, in the morning, I like to take everyone’s schedule into account, and any last minutes things that have cropped up (this happens quite often with Luke’s business, his dad, and Rory). I love to make lists, and scratch items off as I get them finished. I find the accountability of a list motivating and a completed list satisfying.

 


5. Cuddle and Playtime with Jinx and Josie

Ah, my two adorable kitties, Jinx and Josie, are the sweetest little things. Jinx likes to get up early. He thinks his stomach is always hungry. And, if I try to sleep in just a little, he will jump up on the bed and purr in my face (his whiskers tickling me), nudge the door so it makes noise, and finally resort to irritating and waking up Josie to join in his plight. He is a drama queen. That big boy needs to be held and cuddled every morning first thing, and of late, he needs to be walked to the kitchen to his food bowl–he doesn’t want to go alone…geesh, the whimp. LOL Josie patiently waits for her loving cuddles. The cats run amok and play, while I’m off for my walk and make my way through the rest of my morning routine. Then, they know it is cuddle and playtime with mom. Jinx and Josie are so much fun, and give so much love, they are definitely restorative and energizing. You can follow all the cute cat antics of Jinx and Josie on Instagram with their hashtag: #JinxandJosie

 

From there, it is onto my list of things to do for the day. I hope you can use my routine as inspiration to create your own daily habit if you don’t already have one. If you do, what morning routines do you enjoy?

Are essential vitamins part of your daily routine? Don’t forget to purchase vitamins at Walgreens, and be a part of donating to Vitamin Angels. Learn more about this philanthropic program in this video.

 

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Fresh Step Of A Litter Master + A DIY Cat Toy

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Fresh Step Total Control with the Power of Febreze. All opinions are mine alone. #YouGottaBeKittenMe #CollectiveBias

 

 

 

 

The Litter Master Recommends

Fresh Step Total Control with the Power of Febreze

 

 

They call me, The Litter Master.

Cats are known for having unique and quirky personalities, and honestly, my adopted family finds me a little on the wacky side. But, they cannot argue with my superb selection in litter, Fresh Step Total Control with the Power of Febreze.

Some may say I am obsessed with litter. Just because I monitor the litter box, investigate when anyone is nearby, and have to jump in and check things out when people are messing with my box, does not mean I am obsessed. Can I help it if they don’t rake the new litter like I want it, and I have to climb in and rearrange the granules to perfect feline specifications? I take my litter seriously, don’t you? Do you like to use a dirty, smelly bathroom? Of course, not. So, go ahead, call me obsessed, call me The Litter Master; after all, I have a doctorate in litterology.

 

 

When our family adopted Josie and me as cuddly little kittens, we had a regular plastic litter box with no lid. Josie was so tiny she had trouble climbing into the box, but she did manage. I, on the other hand, thought that box was a great place to play. The litter box was my personal sand box—especially if it was freshly cleaned and filled with new litter. Such fun I had doing flips and somersaults, scratching and throwing about the litter. I was in heaven playing in my sand box. But, all that my family saw was the so-called mess. Was it really a problem to have litter strewn everywhere?

That constant mess led to the purchase of a deeper litter box with a lid! I was told my shenanigans had to be contained. The new higher-sided box meant the revival of Rory’s childhood step to reach the sink. Josie needed a boost to get in and out of the new litter box. LOL I have to admit, watching her try to get in or out before we gave her the step was hilarious, take it from a brother. Josie was a trooper, and she was determined to use the litter box and not go anywhere else.

Kitty life went along just fine, until one day when we had a litter change…

My family had me neutered! Think of all the litterology prodigies I could have spawned. Now, I must focus on sharing my expertise with humans to help better the lives of my fellow felines. But, I digress, when I returned home to recover (and believe you me, I worked the sympathy ploy to be royally pampered), the veterinarian recommend we use shredded paper instead of litter for the 10 days of my recovery. My precious Fresh Step Total Control with the Power of Febreze! Did he realize what he was asking? BIG MISTAKE! Neither Josie nor I was happy, and it led to this…

 

 

Skeptics may say this was a diabolical plan to get our favorite litter back, but Josie and I are tight—we will never admit to it. So, mission accomplished… I mean, mom and dad decided to give us back our litter, and just take extra care of me, when I had to use the facilities. The next problem at paw was how to clean the couch! Well, the doctor is in; let me help.

 

 

What is the Best Way to Get Cat Urine Out of Your Couch?

Well, let’s learn a little science, so we can best understand the issue. Cat urine is waste fluid of protein metabolism. Its color and staining potential may vary with dietary habits, age, health, and sex of the cat. Since cat diets are typically richer in protein than that of dogs, cat urine can cause harsher odors, and are more likely to stain. See, cats have good reason for being finicky.

But, there is some good news. You can get the smell out of your couch. It is all in the science. Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2), will damage the protein and lipids in the cat urine that lead to bacteria and odors. (There goes the vet’s plan to boost sales at the family sofa factory).

Keep in mind that cat urine can easily penetrate and saturate absorbent materials such as, carpet, upholstery, padding, etc. In fact, Josie’s accident soaked all the way through the couch and onto the flooring. The sooner you find and take care of the accident the better–while it is still wet is best.

 

Here’s a Recipe for Cleaning Cat Urine:

NOTES:

  1. DO NOT mix this until you are ready to apply it. Hydrogen Peroxide stays active for only 15 minutes.
  2. DO TRY this on a small, inconspicuous area to be sure it is color safe on your upholstery, carpet, etc.
  3. USE gloves to protect your hands.
  • 16 0z – 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (if using 6% H2O2, dilute 50/50 with water)
  • 1 Teaspoon mild Dishwashing Liquid
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda

How to Clean and Apply:

  • Remove as much stuffing or padding, upholstery coverings, etc., as you can.
  • Completely Soak the saturated areas (plus a little more for good measure) with cold water.
  • Use clean white cloths or paper toweling to pat dry the area. Use deep pressure to draw as much of the urine out as possible. Do not rub or scrub.
  • If your padding is removable, soak with water and squeeze it out good.
  • When you have removed as much cat urine as you can, Mix the cleaning solution (H2O2, liquid soap, baking soda).
  • Wearing gloves, immediately saturate the areas with the solution. Use a white clean cloth to help you squeeze the cleaner into hard-to-reach places. (Place your padding in a large sink or tub, and soak thoroughly).
  • Once everything is fully soaked through, allow the cleaning solution to stand for a minimum of 15 minutes before sopping up as much liquid as you can.
  • Let air dry completely. This may take a while, maybe even a day or two–do not rush the drying.
  • Then, vacuum.

This works great! It has been nearly two months since our little accident, and we have had no recurrence of odor, and no staining.

 

Here is a Printable Recipe for you:

 

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Cat Urine Cleaning Solution
 
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Type: Cleaning
Ingredients:
  • 16 0z - 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (if using 6% H2O2, dilute 50/50 with water)
  • 1 Teaspoon mild Dishwashing Liquid
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda
Directions:
  1. Remove as much stuffing or padding, upholstery coverings, etc., as you can.
  2. Completely Soak the saturated areas (plus a little more for good measure) with cold water.
  3. Use clean white cloths or paper toweling to pat dry the area. Use deep pressure to draw as much of the urine out as possible. Do not rub or scrub.
  4. If your padding is removable, soak with water and squeeze it out good.
  5. When you have removed as much cat urine as you can, Mix the cleaning solution (H2O2, liquid soap, baking soda).
  6. Wearing gloves, immediately saturate the areas with the solution. Use a white clean cloth to help you squeeze the cleaner into hard-to-reach places. (Place your padding in a large sink or tub, and soak thoroughly).
  7. Once everything is fully soaked through, allow the cleaning solution to stand for a minimum of 15 minutes before sopping up as much liquid as you can.
  8. Let air dry completely. This may take a while, maybe even a day or two--do not rush the drying.
  9. Then, vacuum.
Notes
1. DO NOT mix this until you are ready to apply it. Hydrogen Peroxide stays active for only 15 minutes.

2. DO TRY this on a small, inconspicuous area to be sure it is color safe on your upholstery, carpet, etc.

3. USE gloves to protect your hands.
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So, why does The Litter Master recommend Fresh Step Total Control with the Power of Febreze?

 

 

For one thing, Red Fox and Mr. Mouse give the new 42lb. bag, found only at Sam’s Club, a thumbs up! Jinx, The Litter Master, is a huge fan of the antimicrobial agent that inhibits the growth of odor producing bacteria, and the Borate Technology for superior ammonia control. Josie loves the odor controlling power of Febreze with the fresher aroma of the lemongrass citrus scent and lower dust.

 

 

Mom and dad like the resealable bag and stretchy handle that make handling and storing so much easier. PLUS, be sure to check the May Instant Savings Book – $3.50 off at Sam’s Club 5/11-6/5. This offer is already loaded to the member’s card. Remember, Fresh Step Total Control with the Power of Febreze is only available at Sam’s Club

As The Litter Master, I have fully inspected this cat litter, and am confident your kitties will approve!

 

 

Jinx and Josie give Fresh Step Total Control with the Power of Febreze a 5 Meow Review!

 

Pamper your kitties with easy to make DIY Yarn Balls Cat Toys!

 

 

 

Josie and I are so excited to share with you something that our sissy, Rory, has made for us, Yarn Balls! They are great fun, and Rory says they are pretty easy to make. She and mom put together a little video tutorial to walk you through making these amazing Cat Toys for your kitties. There are written instructions for download available here.

 

 

Caring and Sharing with other Cats in Our Community!

 

As much as we LOVE this kitty litter, it was an even greater thrill to donate $100 to our local pet charity, Second Chance Pet Adoptions, as part of this campaign on behalf of Fresh Step Total Control with the Power of Febreze. It makes us happy to help other kitties find loving homes like we did. We hope you will be inspired to donate to a local charity of your own!

Get your Fresh Step Total Control with the Power of Febreze NOW! It can be purchased in store or online. Take it from me, The Litter Master, your cats will thank you!

 

 

 

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