Fall Wreath with mini White Pumpkins

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This wreath is great from September until December 1.

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White Pumpkins

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Ok ladies. These pumpkins are for you!
You know who you are.
So after you have decorated for Thanksgiving grab your pumpkins and get creative. I like these pumpkins because no carving is involved. Grab a stencil and some black paint or even a thick black sharpie will do.
Don’t ever think you are not loved my friends who love to decorate this month!

White Pumpkins…

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Ok, so it turns out that some people take decorating for Thanksgiving and Halloween seriously and did not appreciate the fact that I jumped straight to Christmas.

To be honest I do not think much about decorating for Thanksgiving because we keep it simple at the cottage and usually let the natural tree colours be our decor.

If I was to decorate I would for sure go the white pumpkin route. They are just a great look and then can be used for a very cool Halloween display afterwards. Now some people paint their pumpkins white but you can buy them this way from our local Zerhr’s and certain nurseries.

Happy decorating with white pumpkins!

Christmas is nearly here!

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I know some of you are already rolling your eyes and saying we haven’t even had Thanksgiving yet! This is true but last week I got in the mail my first magazine decked out with a Christmas tree. Style at Home was making me sing falalalala. That paired with the Sears Wish Book that my youngest has had under her pillow for weeks now and the decorations filling the big box stores makes me think we are rapidly approaching the holiday season.

In my family home we have a couple rules/ traditions surrounding Christmas.

1. Christmas music starts Nov.1 unless you are rehearsing for a Christmas music production which my hubby normally is. We however ask him kindly to wear ear buds because he starts in September.

2. The only Christmas decoration that can adorn the house before Nov.11 is a wreath on the front door. Remembrance day is important to us. Both my grandfathers served in WW2 and I like to show as much respect as possible.

3. The first weekend after Nov.11 is pull out all the boxes weekend and get organized. If the children are helping we can normally get about four or five trees assembled and fluffed. Through out the next could weeks any spare time is put towards decorating the ten trees of varying themes. My favourite tree is always the one that houses my black angel collection.

4. We try every year to have one big party for friends to come by and hang out but the best get together is reserved for family. Every year we host a family brunch on Christmas day. We serve Belgian Waffles with strawberries & whip cream, bacon, sausages, ham, hash browns, cheese strata, fruit platters and of course a sweets platter.

5. One of our favourite family traditions is attending a candle light Christmas Eve service. This is not really a rule but a dare not miss on the list of Christmas fun

6. Lastly, as much as we all love Christmas we strive to have Christmas all packed up by January 7th. I tend to leave outside decorations up but inside the trees are packed up and the house goes thru that stage where it feels a bit empty and sad.

I can barely wait to get started on all the Christmas fun!

Reducing Allergens in the Home

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Here are five ways to keep the sneezing at bay.

1. Dry Out Your Dwelling.
Dust mites and mold thrive in moisture. Keep humidity in your home lower than 50 percent with a dehumidifier, air conditioner, or heating system. Be sure to change your air filter every three months.

2. Check Your Curtains.
Allergens collect in places like carpet, curtains, blinds, and upholstered couches and chairs. When you can, choose furnishings that are washable or made from materials such as wood or leather. Otherwise, look for cleaning products that say they’ll denature or deactivate dust mites and animal dander.

3. Go Carpet-Free.
Choose hardwood floors, vinyl, or linoleum instead of wall-to-wall carpeting. If you can’t shake your shag, clean it regularly with a vacuum using microfilter bags or a HEPA filter. Steam clean carpets every few months; a study showed that when followed by vacuuming, such cleaning reduced dust mites for eight weeks.

4. Disrupt Dust.
Clean your home frequently. Vacuum, dust, and wipe down flat surfaces with a damp cloth or mop.

5. Clear the Air Naturally.
No sense in masking smells It’s better to use natural ventilation: Open windows or turn on exhaust fans that vent to the outdoors. I like to open my windows for ten minutes a day even in the middle of winter!