TTD DIY: ‘hey there pumpkin’ front door mat

I’m sure by now you have all seen the ‘hey there, pumpkin’ door mat literally everywhere on social media. Most likely thrown over this buffalo check rug! Etsy is chock full of variations, including this version that I used to fashion my DIY version after.

If you are up for a little crafting, then this simple project is calling your pumpkin-lovin’ name.

You just start with a plain door mat (this is the one I used from Target).


I picked up some black paint in the craft aisle and used a brush I had on hand.

I started by free-handing (you could create a stencil if you prefer) the lettering onto the doormat with a gold Sharpie (guess I was feeling confident?).


Once done, I went back in with the paint.


Pro tip: After you paint the pumpkin, flip it upside down and work on the hey there. That way to don’t smear!

And voila! I’m so happy with how it turned out and can’t wait to get it on our front porch with pumpkins piled around it!


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TTD faves: fall & Halloween books

The first official day of fall was over the weekend and you know what that means? I got to put up the Halloween books on our new reading nook shelves. Guys, I’m slightly concerned at my overexcitement.


I can’t wait to share what the boys and I are reading this season. Get ready for ghouls and ghosts galore! Current fave: Room on the Broom 🙂


Little Owl // Bonaparte Falls Apart // Never Touch a Monster // Goodnight Moon
Sherlock Holmes in the Hound of the Baskervilles // Darth Vader and Son
The Scariest Book Ever // Little Blue Truck’s Halloween
Where the Wild Things Are // Trick or Treat? // Five Silly Ghosts // Ghosts in the House!
You’re My Little Pumpkin Pie // Dracula // Room on the Broom

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Friday faves

Sears_Rider[had to get in a few more rides before Sears closes]

Before fall shows start back up, I’ve been checking out a few of the Netflix original movies. One that I absolutely adored was The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, as it was basically a Downton Abbey reunion.

I popped by my local Wal-Mart this week to snag a runner I had shipped to store. Of course, I got sidetracked and also walked out of there with a few other things that I think you’ll all love as well: this huge candle that smells delicious, another one of my favorite buffalo check throws, wire hampers with copper handles and a cart full of amazingly priced pumpkins for the porch.

If you are in the market for some new throw pillow covers (and happen to love buffalo check as much as I do), then I highly recommend these. My neighbor gave them to me for our couch, and for this price, the quality is amazing!

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Mo’s fall faves 2018

Guess who’s back, back again. Aunt Mo’s back, tell a friend!


I know the new year starts January 1st but there’s something about September that has always felt like a fresh new start. I think it has something to do with new school years (that are non-existent for me now) and my birthday (which comes on the 4th of September whether I want it to or not).

Which is why it’s no surprise – to me, anyway – that I always feel like treating myself to a few new items for my wardrobe and bookshelf. Here’s this year’s installment of: something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read.

Something you want…

Something you need…
  • I have a hand-me-down vacuum (like…late 90’s style) and it’s such a pain to lug it up and down stairs to do a quick vac sesh. I’ve got my eye on this beauty. Fingers crossed it’s a black Friday sale somewhere!
Something to wear…
Something to read…
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Download: Beaverdale Fall Festival 2018

Over the weekend we got to enjoy one of my favorite traditions as a child – the Beaverdale Fall Festival.

On Saturday AM, I got up after a rough night of sleep to hit the brick streets for the Beaverdash 5K. I love running into my grade + high school bestie (and her sister) every year, but this one was even more special because we got to take a pic with Dale!


The weather was very un-fall like, which was a bummer, but the kids didn’t seem to mind! They had a blast collecting bags full of candy and treats.


After a quick cool down and some pizza at Aunt Mo’s house, the older kids decided to check out the carnival rides. As I sat there feeling queasy, watching them spin in circles, I wondered to myself how I was ever able to ride those things!


And now we count down the days until the next Fall Fest is here!

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Friday faves


If your littles are anything like mine, they love themselves some Thomas the Train. When the number one tank engine came for a visit to the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad last year we took Everett and he had a blast! Well, he is back in town starting this weekend and this time around both boys are climbing aboard with their auntie. Choo-choo!

One of my absolute favorite events of the year is upon us – Beaverdale Fall Festival. Kicking off this evening and running through tomorrow night, you can join in on all the neighborhood fun. I grew up with the fondest memories of the carnival rides and bingo games inside my grade school gymnasium, and it is so fun to get to share those things now with my boys!

A fellow blogger posted that she picked up this darling sherpa coat for one of her boys, and now I can’t stop thinking about it. I mean, Everett needs it, right?

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Little looks: Halloween jammies 2018

I can’t hold back any longer. I really wasn’t planning on going live with this post until next week, but I’m too excited for matching Halloween jammies!

Here is this year’s round-up of the spookiest pjs for your little ghouls and goblins:

LittleLooks_HalloweenPJs20181 // Gap Monsters
2 // Old Navy “Boo!”
3 // Gap Donuts
4 // Carters Halloween Ghost
5 // Burt’s Bees Halloween Rugby Stripe
6 // Cat & Jack Skeleton
7 // Burt’s Bees Shooting Star Bee Zip Up Pajamas
8 // Gymboree Petal Pink

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