Spring Decor Fresh and Beautiful + HM #224

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Spring Decor Fresh and Beautiful + HM #224

Spring is knocking on the door? Are you ready to open it? The gals of Home Matters are bringing you some lovely ideas to help you with your spring decor. Decorate your home with the fanciful beauty of spring. Enjoy!


DIY Tulip Wreath from Kylie The How-to Mom


10 Pretty Spring Vignettes from April House by Hoff


18 Spring Mantel Decorating Ideas from MarlyA Brick Home


Gorgeous Spring Printable Art for the Home from KimMade in a Day


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Tailgating or Homegating This Fall With Coleman

Tailgating or Homegating This Fall With Coleman

Ready for tailgating? Football season is almost here. Get your tailgating or homegating needs from the Coleman Collection. #TailgatingWithColeman


Tailgating or Homegating

This Fall With Coleman


Are you ready for football? We can’t wait to hit the Friday night lights when our alma mater plays. It’s such a fun time gathering around and tailgating with old friends and cheering on our favorite high school team.

We thought we’d give our new Coleman products a trial run with a preseason kick-off and a little homegating to get us in the mood. Walmart has an entire Coleman collection. You can find things in the store, but there is even more available online. You can have your Coleman products delivered to your home or pick them up in-store and SAVE!



Coleman 4-in-1 Mosaic Table

We ordered the Coleman 4-in-1 Mosaic Table and the Coleman Party Ball. It was easy to run through our local Walmart and pick these up. I could even text the store when I arrived, so they could get my packages ready for me. How easy is that? I love anything that saves me time.

We love the Coleman 4-in-1 Mosaic Table. It has a thoughtful and well-planned design. It is compact to carry and store, and all of its pieces snap inside the closed table. There is even a handle. The table consists of two tables that you can configure in a multitude of ways — two side tables, one square table, one long table. The table also features adjustable legs for differing heights and adjustable feet for stability, awesome. You could even make a two-level table for serving. Strong, sturdy, stable.

Watch this video on how easy the table is to set-up, tear-down, and configure.


Coleman Party Ball – Charcoal Grill

The Coleman Party Ball is a small charcoal grill that features foldable legs, lid latches, and a handle for transport. The grill has a removable charcoal tray for easy clean out of ashes. The lantern shaped draft holes are pretty cute. We easily fit four hamburgers on the grill, and we had to toast our buns in two batches. The Party Ball is great for on-the-go.

All in all, we had a fun time with our homegate. We had some great food and even laughed it up with some crazy antics. So, whether tailgating at the game with friends or homegating in the backyard with family, Coleman is there to help you enjoy the outdoors!

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Good Day Sunshine Printables And Gift Tags

You’ve heard the old Beatles song, Good Day Sunshine. You smile, you think of warm days and happy times. Get the inspired free printable decor and gift tags and share summer! #GoodDaySunshine


Good Day Sunshine

Free Printables and Gift Tags


When my kids were little, we used to do lots of singing in the car. One of our favorite songs was Good Day Sunshine. When summer comes along, I always think of this song with fond memories. I love summer. Gorgeous skies, great weather, ocean breezes, it all makes me happy, and I like to share that feeling with my family and friends.

Have a listen…


So, I thought I would create something special for you to celebrate the warm, happy feeling of summer inspired by that old carefree song. These printables come in two sizes — 4 x 6 inch and 5 x 7 inch — and are perfect for framing as home decor. I also designed some gift tags, which make it easy to share with family and friends. Add the gift tag to a bunch of flowers, a mason jar of goodies, baked goods, gift cards, or more.

This display looks gorgeous on our Mantel Makeover! We are thoroughly enjoying the summer sunshine in our living room.

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Available in two sizes.

5 x 7 inch printable

4 x 6 inch  printable


Share the good days and the sunshine with a friend.


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Four tags per sheet.

Gift Tag Sheet


Isn’t this beautiful? It just makes me feel good inside. Print one up for yourself and put a smile on your face and a song in your heart. I have been humming, whistling, and singing this happy little tune since I first thought of this fun printable idea. Share Good Day Sunshine with your loved ones and friends.

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Hoot Owl Craft – DIY Centerpiece For Autumn

This shop, Hoot Owl Craft DIY Centerpiece For Autumn, has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CoffeeCreamerCombos #CollectiveBias

Hoo’s ready for Fall? I am, that is for sure, and I am so excited to share with you one of the ways I celebrate this amazing season — Coffee with friends and fun decor like my Hoot Owl Craft Centerpiece.


Hoot Owl Centerpiece

A Fun and Easy DIY Craft  for Autumn


Fall is such a wonderful time of year. I love the rich colors, the crunch of leaves beneath my feet, pumpkins, the cooler weather, and holidays denoting autumn. Here in Southern California, I don’t get much of the traditional fall, so I have to create my own glorious autumn atmosphere with fun decor and tasty holiday flavors.

I love have friends over for coffee, and it is so fun to offer them a variety of holiday flavored coffees and creamers. One of my new favorites is the Dunkin’ Donuts Caramel Coffee Cake from their Bakery Series with the International Delight Pumpkin Spice creamer. Ooh, yummy! It’s like a pumpkin caramel latte…so good.

Several years ago, I saw a really cute craft in a magazine, making hoot owls using cardboard tubes and cupcake liners. So, I thought I would put together an adorable centerpiece using this idea.

Hoot Owl Centerpiece


For crafting the Owls —

  • Cupcake Liners – (I used regular and mini sized liners.)
  • Cardboard Tubes – (Paper towel and toilet paper tubes work great.)
  • Paper – (cardstock or construction paper – I used yellow and white cardstock.)
  • Glue – (glue stick or regular glue)
  • Hot Glue Gun with Hot Glue Sticks
  • Markers – ( I used black and orange.)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • 1 – Quarter
  • 1 – Nickle

For making the Centerpiece —

  • 1 – Terra Cotta Pot
  • 1 bag – Marble Stones
  • Ribbon
  • Fall Decor Sticks (optional)


For the Owls:

  1. Cut the Cardboard Tube to the height you want.
  2. Fold the top of the tube so the flaps meet in the middle. This will create a swoop, forming the top of the head and ears of the owl.

  1. Cut the Cupcake Liners into quarters, and trim off the flat part of the liner (what would be the bottom of the liner).

  1. Make your owl eyes. Using the yellow paper, trace around a quarter with your pencil making six circles. Then, do the same with a nickle on the white paper. Cut the circles out, just to the inside of the pencil line.
  2. Using your black marker, color in the center of the white circles, leaving a slight white mark somewhere in the black, so the owl’s eye will shine. You will have three owls, so create three PAIRS of eyes.
  3. Use the glue stick or tacky glue to adhere the whites of the eyes to the yellow circles. Let dry.

  1. Starting at the bottom of the tub and work your way toward the owl’s head, add one quarter piece of regular size cupcake liner at a time. Hot Glue the underside of the flat edge and stick it to the tube. Overlap the layers. I started on the front sides, and then placed a cupcake liner of the center area. You will also do the back side bottom of the tube.
  2. On the front, I tucked in a row of my mini cupcake liners; and then, topped that with a row of my metallic mini cupcake liners.
  3. Fold two regular size cupcake liners in half, do not cut. These will be the wings for the hoot owl.
  4. Hold the wings on the back, checking to be sure they are where you want them, and mark the cardboard tube with a pencil to denote wing location.
  5. Add quartered cupcake liners to the back to cover where the wings will not.

  1. Hot Glue eyes to the front of the owl. The tops of the eyes should stick up slightly above the cardboard tube, but not above the ears.
  2. Cut small long triangles out of the yellow paper and color them orange with your marker. This is the hoot owl’s beak.
  3. Hot Glue the beak on the lower center of the eyes.
  4. Hot glue the wings on the back side of the owl.

Voila! You’re finished making your owls. Now, it’s onto creating the centerpiece.

For the Centerpiece:

  1. Tie Ribbon around the top edge of a terra cotta pot.
  2. Fill the pot to almost full with marble stones.

  1. Stick twigs and branches into the marbles.
  2. Set hoot owls over the tops of twigs. You can give these a little glue if needed.
  3. Stick in your additional fall decor sticks if you have them.

Isn’t that an adorable autumn centerpiece?


Invite your friends over for coffee and show off your new Hoot Owl Craft centerpiece. Be sure to enhance the seasons atmosphere by serving up your Dunkin’ Donuts Caramel Coffee Cake coffee and International Delight Pumpkin Spice creamer. Rory really loves the Salted Caramel Mocha creamer from International Delight as well. And, the Land O’ Lakes Fat Free Half and Half is amazing–so many uses!

You can find all of these at Ralphs, or your local Kroger Banner store.

How would you mix and match your coffee and creamers? #CoffeeCreamerCombos






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Apples For Everything – It’s Apple Season!

The fall season is a great time for remembering those cherished moments with family and friends. I am sure some of those memories include apples in some way — apple picking, baking with apples, crafting, or even an aromatic body scrub or bubble bath.

I am lucky enough to be a part of the Apple Event for #SoFabSeasons along with many other fabulous bloggers. I’m so happy to be sharing all of the Apple themed posts today from many wonderful members of the Social Fabric community. There is something for everyone. I know you will enjoy!



Home and Garden Cafe – Apple Pie Coconut Ice Cream

Joy’s Life – Apple Pie Dessert Pizza

Kitchen Concoctions – Toffee Apple Pie Cookies

The Bandit Lifestyle – Delicious Apple Fritters Perfect for Fall

Roasted Beanz – Easy Crustless Almond Raisin Apple Pie

Wondermom Wannabe – Clean Eating Apple Crisp with Caramel Sauce

Anti June Cleaver – Mini Dutch Apple Pear Pie to Get You Ready for Fall

Basic N Delicious – Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake

Mostly Homemade Mom – Caramel Apple Pie Fudge

Little Blog in the Country – Pressure Cooker Canned Apple Pie Filling

Diana Rambles – Apple Spice Dump Cake

The Tip Toe Fairy – Apple Plum Skillet Cobbler

Five Marigolds – Sweet and Savory Salted Caramel Apple Dip

Intelligent Domestications – Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake & Apple Cream Cheese Icing

Home Maid Simple – Easy Apple Crisp

More or Less Cooking – Best Apple Fritter Coffee Cake

My Big Fat Happy Life – Skinny Caramel Ice Cream

An Alli Event – Apple Bundt Cake with Praline Frosting

Tobin’s Tastes – Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip

Ginger Casa – Delicious Apple Cranberry Pecan Crumble

Sweet Sensations – Apple Cobbler with Oatmeal Muffin Crust

A Labor of Life – How to Make Delicious Apple Roses

Julie Is Coco and Cocoa – Fried Cinnamon and Sugar Apple Rings

Polka Dotted Blue Jay – Mini Carmel Apple Bites

Finding Sanity in Our Crazy Life – No Bake Oatmeal Apple Pecan Cookies

Being Tazim – Strawberry Apple Crumble Vegan and Dairy Free

Upstate Ramblings – Caramel Apple Cake

Lily the Wandering Gypsy – Fresh Apple Donuts with Bacon, Caramel Pecan Glaze

Rebecca Lately – Baked Apple Recipe

Simple Food 365 – Light and Fluffy Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Mama Plus One – Homemade Apple Cider Donuts

Bento Lunch (dot) net – Caramel Apple Pudding Parfaits



Broken TeePee – Salmon and Rice Noodles on Apples, Carrots & Zucchini

Revel & Glitter – Autumn Cranberry Apple Pear Salad

Happy Go Lucky – Bacon Cheddar Apple Dip

Honest and Truly – Delicious and Easy Mini Apple Pancakes

Smiling Notes – Healthy Apple Pie Oat Pancakes

Creative Southern Home – Apple Bread

Beyond Mommying – Apple Bacon Grilled Cheese

Momcrieff – Apple Pancake Rings for Breakfast or Snack

Tiaras and Tantrums – Favorite Autumn Apple Snacks

Injenious Life – Gluten Free Applesauce Muffins

Everyday Party – Simple Caramel Apple Cider

A Paper Arrow – Apple Bread for the Fall

Happy and Blessed Home – Delicious Apple Recipes

Mom Saves Money – DIY Dehydrated Apple Rings

Gluesticks Blog – Baked Apple Chips

Life With Lorelai – Caramel Apple Crumbly Bread Recipe

Ava’s Alphabet – Baked Apple Pancake

Life with Lovebugs – Spiced Applesauce and Oatmeal Muffins

For the Love of Crust – Homemade Crockpot Apple Cider

Oat & Sesame – Maple Your Applesauce

Southern Mom Loves – Cheddar and Apple Goldfish Snack Mix Recipe

My Life Cookbook – Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Bread (Gluten Free)



Tales of Mommyhood – Apple Picking Favorite Family Activity

Mama Luvs Books – Apple Picking in Rhode Island

Kori at Home – Apple Tot School Unit with FREE Printables

Jenny at Dapperhouse – DIY Apple Basket Sorting Game

To & Fro – Tips for Apple Picking with Your Family



Little Mama Jama – Apple Stamping Sensory Activity for Preschoolers

Creative Ramblings – Fabulous Fall Wood Apple Sign

Woods of Bell Trees – Quilted Apple Pillow

For What It’s Worth – Apple Themed Party with DIY Apple Craft

The Kennedy Adventures – Paper Plate Apple Craft

Babs Projects – Apple Scented Potpourri Pouches

Great Contradictions – Apple Themed Candy Bar Wrapper Printables



Momerish – Apple Pie Sugar Scrub Perfect for Fall Pampering


Can you believe all these incredible Apple themed posts? Bookmark this page so you can come back and try out all the recipes, crafts and activities with you and your family!

Check back next month when Social Fabric features posts with a pumpkin theme. You can always search the hashtag #SoFabSeasons to find more of what you’re looking for!

How do you plan to use apples this season?








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Pumpkin Season Is Back!

What an exciting day! Not only do I get to share a funny with you, talk about pumpkins, and give you a heads-up on some great upcoming happenings, but Life With Lorelai is

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I Am Adam!

Or So Says, Luke

from: The Orange County Register – 9/16/2013

My excitement has been growing by pumpkin vines and horns of plenty in anticipation of Autumn. The wonderful season that fills your home with warmth, bountiful harvests, and the sweet smelling aromas of pumpkin pie.

Two nights ago, as we watched TV, Luke was reading the paper. Suddenly, he turned to me and said, “You, are Adam!” I looked at him like he was crazy, “What?” He flicked the paper with his fingers and told me to read the cartoon strip, Adam by Brian Besset. As you can see from the cartoon above, I am Adam. We had a really good laugh.

Luke and I have been seeing advertisements and store shelves filled with the beautiful colors of Fall and home decoration ideas. Starbucks brought back their tremendously tasty treat, the Pumpkin Spice Latte. That is my all time favorite coffee drink. Check out more about that at my recent post, Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup! Last week, Luke bought me an Autumn themed floor mat for my kitchen. It features a scarecrow and of course… Pumpkins!

I love pumpkins! Everything about them speaks to my soul, from the vibrant colors to the widely varied uses. Each year I make a delicious Pasta with Pumpkin and Sausage dish as a kick-off to Fall. This year I will be sharing this recipe with you, so don’t forget to check back!

Triple Scene Pumpkin 2011
This pumpkin had three scenes with a “W” spacer between each. Carved for the Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel.

Of course, pumpkins are great in the garden and as decorations in the house, but my favorite thing about pumpkins is carving them. I have many ideas floating around in my head for carving designs for this year. Take a look at some of my previous work on my Pumpkin Carving page.

Over the next few weeks, Life With Lorelai will be offering some Pumpkin Carving Tips & Tricks. We will also be hosting a very special October Contest. Be sure to watch for more details.

Do you believe in Pumpkin Season?

What are some of your favorite things about Autumn?

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