Hello Autumn, Welcome Fall Printables

In two weeks, it will officially be the first day of Autumn. Fall is the time of year when the trees make a grand exit in preparation for winter. Color abounds, a nip is in the air, and fall harvest brings us apples, artichokes, arugula, broccoli, cauliflower, chard, pomegranates, maple syrup, nuts, pumpkins and so many winter squashes.

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Natural Ways to Make Your Home Smell As Good As It Looks!

We can spend a lot of time finding the right furniture, making the perfect accessories, and overall creating the right atmosphere for our homes, but if there’s a bad smell,  then our humble abode is far from perfect. While a pleasant aroma can’t make a home beautiful, a bad odor can turn even the most beautifully decorated home into a place to avoid.  Below, we take a look at the reasons our houses might have a bad smell, and things to do for a fresh scent. As usual, I love using natural remedies as much as possible. Some simple home remedies use plants and basic cleaning with baking soda, vinegar, salt, and other natural cleaners. 

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Vintage Lace & Roses Table

For the last few months, I’ve had my vintage lace tablecloth on the dining table many days.  It reminds me of my mother who nearly always had a lace tablecloth on our dining table.  Recently, I got a wonderful find in vintage American china by Homer Laughlin. One plate is in the Homer Laughlin China Virginia Rose E 37 N 8 pattern. There are several patterns with the name Virginia Rose – it’s the designation E 37 N 8 that tells you it was a pattern introduced in the 1930’s.

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Naples Botanical Garden, Amazing Landscape Architecture

Besides the silver sandy beaches, Naples, Florida is home to an opera, an orchestra, a beautiful art museum, and a world-class tropical garden.  Naples Botanical Garden is a 170-acre tropical  garden paradise that features the plants and cultures of the tropics and subtropics between the latitudes of 26 degrees North & South.  Well designed and well-kept, it is a delight even for non-plant lovers. There are so many unique outdoor environments to explore on the sprawling campus with helpful free maps to guide you around.

 

 

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DIY Tray From A Frame

For the last few years I’ve been collecting inexpensive frames from thrift stores.  Some I have an immediate plan for use while others I put aside.  There are so many creative bloggers who inspire me.  One of my favorite upcycles I’ve seen is a frame to tray.  Today is my simple DIY tray from a photo frame using milk paint and adhesive contact paper.

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Tropical Salad, Mixed Greens With Mango, Kiwi & Lime Vinaigrette

Recently I was making my salad for lunch and remembered I had bought mangoes and some kiwi.  I simply peeled and sliced both and added to my mixed greens and grape tomatoes.  I believe in being adventurous and trying new combinations in salads. Makes it healthier and much more fun too!  I topped the salad with a lime vinaigrette.

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7 Ways To Have Fabulous Feet!

Are you treating your feet right?

For most of my life I’ve had trouble keeping my feet happy.  I have a wide foot with a small heel which usually means many shoes hurt or fall off. I inherited toe nails that want to grow down into my toe.  I have dry heels which can crack. Need I go on?  I know that feet need to be strong, flexible, and healthy.  Dare I hope that my feet can be pretty? Today  I’m discussing 7 practical, simple things we can do to keep our feet happy.  
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