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Fall Care Package Contents

September 27, 2017
Fall Care Package Contents

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I hope you all had a great start to fall last week, even if it still feels like summer in lots of spots! Even though the temps are still a bit too high to break out sweaters and everything pumpkin spice, you can’t help but notice all the good fall care package contents in the stores. There’s no shortage of fall spirit when you stroll through the grocery store aisles!

I’m not sure what it is about fall care package contents, but I just absolutely love shopping for them! Actually it’s probably because there’s so much orange, but even if you decide to send non-fall themed items, a little wrapping paper makes everything fit the theme.  I used that in A’s last fall care package and couldn’t be happier with the way that box turned out.

Fall Care Package ContentsFall care package contents can quickly slip firmly into the junk food category.  Every cookie/brownie/snack cake out there seems to come in a limited edition pumpkin spice flavor. And for some folks, that’s totally fine, but if your loved one is anything like my husband, a box of junk food isn’t going to fly, no matter how well themed it is.  So when shopping for fall care package contents, I tried to put together a mix of healthy and not so healthy items, plus a few non-food items.

Items like granola, pumpkin seeds or flavored nuts can still say fall while not adding a ton of calories. Apple flavored items are under appreciated when it comes to fall care package contents.  Consider sending apple chips or even apple flavored granola or oatmeal to give your loved one a break from pumpkin everything.

To me fall goes beyond just pumpkin-flavored foods; things like fall scented candles and snuggly blankets really make the season. And while you can totally ship a nice snuggly blanket, a candle probably isn’t the best idea. Oftentimes open flames aren’t allowed and the candle could definitely melt en route.  Instead, I recommend a fall-scented air freshener to add that touch of homeyness.

Depending on weather, items like hand warmers or cold-weather clothing (like extra warm socks!) may be good additions to your fall care package.  I also love the idea of cutting out paper leaves and writing little notes on them.  You could also try sending fall leaves from home, but they may crush and turn to dust during shipping.  However, little ones could color or decorate paper leaves.

Fall care package contents are everywhere right now and the only real limit on what you can send is your imagination. What kinds of things will you send in your fall care package?

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Care Packages

Fall Care Package

November 21, 2016

Happy Monday, everyone! How was your weekend? Mine was filled with lots of crafting in preparation for my store launch next week. So on Sunday evening, when I was a bit care packaged out, I was very happy that I’d already sent A his fall care package (and not just because I love how it turned out).

But for realzies, I love how it turned out. From the gold letters to the little leaves to the cute saying, I think this could be one of my favorite care packages yet (this one is a close second). When planning this box, I knew that it would likely be almost winter before A got it, but I couldn’t just skip the month of November either.

I opted to skip designing it for Thanksgiving and instead decided to send a fall care package. I do a lot of boxes in orange, so even though it’s the perfect fall color, I went with paper that was more neutral. I loved that the paper I found had almost a burlap pattern on it so much that I covered the entire box with it!

Fall Care Package

My gold letters and felt leaf stickers were $1 section craft store finds and I definitely got my money’s worth. They were just so cute! The letters stood out really nicely on the paper I selected. Pro tip for you: decorate your flaps and then attach them to the box. Trying to decorate them once they’re on the box is a lot more work.

Fall Care Package

The other two flaps and bottom got paper leaves that, while pretty, were a pain in the you-know-what to cut out, especially with Ruger laying on top of me. Luckily, they came out really well and I think they make the box.

I chose to wrap all of the box’s contents in a combination of brown kraft paper and orange tissue paper to continue the fall color scheme. Those felt leaf stickers made another appearance to dress up the top layer of the contents.

Fall Care Package

This fall care package contained:

  • sheets
  • t-shirts
  • soap
  • shampoo
  • nut snacks
  • Nutella
  • mouthwash
  • magazines
  • shortbread cookies
  • peanut butter crackers
  • Reese’s peanut butter cups
  • Mio

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Cinnamon Apple Coffee Cake Recipe

October 12, 2016
Cinnamon apple coffee cake

You know who makes you feel good about your cooking abilities? Boys, specifically my husband and his two brothers. I had all three boys in my house this past weekend and by bedtime on Sunday, I felt like Julia Child! Everything I put in front of them was gone almost instantly and they continued to rave about it long after the dishes were done.

Seriously. It was enough to make a girl blush!

Of course they immediately ruined it by telling me that they eat just about anything, but I chose to ignore that.

Cinnamon apple coffee cake

One of their favorites was this cinnamon apple coffee cake that was our dessert on Sunday. I wanted something easy that tastes like fall, but wasn’t pumpkin flavored. And then I thought about my ridiculous obsession with going apple picking at the many (non-existent) orchards nearby. Clearly, apples needed to go into this bad boy as well.

So I went into the kitchen and got started. About an hour later, this cinnamon apple coffee cake came out of the oven and I was in love. I wasn’t the only one! I actually had to fight the boys off the last few pieces in order to have any left for photos!

Cinnamon apple coffee cake

This cake is so stinking good that I don’t really blame them. The inside is all soft and chewy with just a hint of apple throughout. The apple was cut fairly fine so it almost melted into the rest of the batter, but if you like bigger chunks of apple, then feel free to cut the apple into larger pieces. But the best part is probably all that tasty, crunchy, sweet crumble on top! I’m legit going to have to fight A for the last piece of this cinnamon apple coffee cake, I can already tell.

Cinnamon apple coffee cake

I opted to serve this like bar cookies which was good because it maximized my servings, something that’s necessary with all those guys around. Then I really blew their mind and plopped a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. All hail the dessert queen!

Cinnamon Apple Coffee Cake Recipe

You’ll need

  • For the crumb topping
    • 1 cup flour
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 stick cold cubed butter
  • For the cake
    • 2 sticks of butter
    • 2 cups brown sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    • 2 1/2 cups flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 Gala apple, finely chopped (you could certainly add more if you’d like!)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 x 13 baking pan with tin foil. Spray tin foil lightly with cooking spray.
  2. Combine dry ingredients for the crumb topping. Cut in cold butter with a fork or pastry blender, until large clumps form.
  3. Melt two sticks of butter and let cool slightly.
  4. Combine brown sugar, eggs and vanilla using a stand mixer.
  5. With the mixer on low, slowly add the melted butter and mix until combined.
  6. Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and then add to wet ingredients.
  7. Fold apple in gently.
  8. Pour batter into baking pan and top with crumble.
  9. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  10. Allow to cool completely before slicing and serving.



Fall Home Tour

October 10, 2016
2016 Fall Home Tour

Oh my heavens, what a crazy weekend. Did everyone come through Hurricane Matthew ok? We were very lucky, but many of our neighbors are still without power and dealing with closed roads. When Sunday dawned completely gorgeous, all crisp and clear, I knew it was time for fall decorating and that’s just what I did.

I’m not a huge Halloween person so I prefer to decorate for fall only, but that doesn’t mean pumpkins are absent. I’ve accumulated quite the collection (it doesn’t hurt that they’re usually orange) and love adding to it each year. This year, I added some clear glass and solid white ones as well as a few more rustic options.

Many of my decorations come from the highest class home decor stores: Target and HomeGoods. Seriously. You can’t go wrong with those places! There’s a big selection that’s constantly changing and the price can’t be beat (I’m sharing a mini Halloween project on Friday that came in at under $15!). If you haven’t checked out Target’s $1 Spot, you have to go soon because they have some fantastic seasonal stuff!

So without further ado, here we go!

2016 Fall Home Tour

2016 Fall Home Tour

2016 Fall Home Tour

2016 Fall Home Tour

2016 Fall Home Tour


2016 Fall Home Tour




2016 Fall Home Tour


2016 Fall Home Tour

2016 Fall Home Tour
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My Unique Fall Bucket List

September 23, 2016
Fall Bucket List

Happy fall, y’all! If you’re anything like me, you didn’t need a calendar to tell you that yesterday was the first day of everyone’s favorite season. That’s what Instagram is for! While it may be far too warm in NC to break out the scarves and chunky sweaters like some of my InstaPeeps, it’s the perfect time to put together my fall bucket list!

Normally, my seasonal bucket lists are full of couple activities, but this year, that’s not quite the case. Unless something miraculous happens, A won’t be here for much of the fall, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t take advantage of all the pumpkins and crunchy leaves that the season has to offer.  So this year, my fall bucket list has a mix of things A and I will do together and things I will do on my own.

2016 Fall Bucket List

  • Do something creative with pumpkins
  • Do yoga every week
  • Make caramel apples
  • Go leaf peeping
  • Find coordinating costumes for B and Ruger
  • Run a fall-themed 5k
  • Go to a college football game
  • Visit the state fair

What’s on your fall bucket list?