Cozy Autumn Home

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I love when the seasons change, don’t you? The cool, crisp whisper of autumn in the evenings and all the cozy sweaters, football games, and campfires! Fall is a great time to update your home too. With a few easy changes you can create a cozy home that’s the perfect gathering space for your family!

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Creating layers is the perfect way to think about having a cozy home. Think horizontal, vertical and depth. Adding a new piece of art to your wall can create a lot or just a pop of drama. I adore this print by COLLEEN KARIS! It’s the inspiration to the rest of the autumn pieces I’m sharing for updating your home for Fall!

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Home Sweet Home Doormat | Buffalo Check Doormat | Wheat Grass Wreath

 

 

Fall Mug | Boxwood Wreath | Buffalo Check Pillow Cases

 

 

Welcome Sign | Hello Pumpkin Mug | White Pumpkin with Gold Pumpkins

 

 

Ceramic Pumpkin Cocotte | Twinkle Lights | Wooden Coasters

The last two layers to consider are item which adds an extra layer of cozy. A fluffy throw blanket and pillow are an easy way to update a space for the season. They pull together all the colors in a space because there are so many options!

 

 

Thankful Pillow | Embroidered Pumpkins Pillow | Linen Wheat Grass Pillow

 

 

Chunky Knit Throw Blanket | Plaid Faux Mohair Throw Blanket Hamilton Trail Check Bed Blanket

 

You don’t have to spend a fortune to update your home for cooler months. A few key pieces of layer can make it the perfect gathering space for your family!

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And if we left out anything you’d add, please comment below. And be sure to check out our other autumn themed posts including Our Autumn Book Haul and Fall Bucket List 🍂🍁

xo,

Christine

 

 

Our Autumn Book Haul

We love reading stories at our house. Reading aloud to children is so important.

“Reading builds brains, fostering early learning and creating connections in the brain that promote language, cognitive, and social and emotional development.

By reading with your child, you also help cultivate a lasting love of reading. Reading for pleasure can help prevent conditions such as stress, depression and dementia.” (University of Liverpool)

Our library is a great place to pick up all our favorite autumn themed books! Check out what is in our current reading basket:

 

Goodbye Summer Hello Autumn | Ten Apples Up On Top! | The Apple Pie Tree

Apples and Pumpkins | Blueberries for Sal | Apple Countdown

Leaves |The Complete Tales of Peter Rabbit | Curious George Apple Harvest

 

These are some of our very favorite stories to read when the weather starts to cool down. What are your favorites? Do you have a story you love to read every autumn?

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My current outfit is on major repeat!! Raise your hand if you love a good workout outfit! These shorts are my very favorite pair! They’re great for everything from downward dog pose in yoga to running after cute kiddos! The waistband is wide and sit at a very comfortable mid-rise position. They also have full pockets! How awesome is that? The top is one of my new favs as well! It’s long enough to tuck and can easily be worn with shorts or leggings! Linking my favorite sneakers too! For reference, I’m wearing a medium in the top and bottoms. Hurry only a few sizes left and marked way down!!

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Today’s top was a nursing friendly find from my favorite online store! I love how cool it is in the summer with its waffle weave, and button front! It’s a little hard to tell, but I tied the bottom into the cutest knot! These shorts are also a favorite. High rise and you’ll definitely want to size up one since they run a bit small. My slides are super comfy, and super affordable! I love how they give just a little sparkle to my outfit! My ring sling is sold out, but I’ve linked other options for you as well!

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Top | Shorts | Slides | Ring Sling

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My favorites:

 

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Covey (Chambray) 

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Northern Mockingbird (Chambray)

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Honeybird  (Chambray)

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Kolea (Modal)

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Lava Gull (Modal)

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Roseate (Modal)

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If you have any questions about the fabrics, feel free to send me a message! Happy Shopping!

 

xo,

Christine

Dresses for Spring!

The weather has finally warmed up here, and we’re heading to the beach soon to celebrate the end of busy season! So that means its time to start looking for dresses! Many of these would be great for weddings, bridal showers, Easter, Mother’s Day or just to take on vacation!

I’ve tried to select reasonably priced dresses, all of the dresses are under $100, most are under $50! I love all of these dresses and rompers, they remind me of winter melting away with their bold colors and fresh floral patterns.

 

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Floral Dress | Nude Pumps | Bamboo Bag | Statement Earrings

 

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Side Plunge Halter Dress | Pump Sandals | Statement Earrings |Neutral Clutch

 

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Romper | Sandal | Earrings | Clutch | Earrings

 

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Striped Maxi |Neutral Clutch | Earrings| Slip on Sandals | Earrings

 

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Romper | Caramel Sandals | Hat | Bag | Earrings

More fun spring dresses…

 

Floral | Stripes |Purple

 

White Floral | Blue Stripes | Green

White mules and sandals are perfect for this time of year, here are a few fun styles.

Greece Sandal|Bay Cutout Slide Sandal | Mule | Clara Mule

 

I love these neutral handbags to pair with the bold stripes and lots of pops of color of the dresses and rompers this spring. I’d recommend a liner with the bamboo clutch.

 

Leather Clutch | Small Round Bag | Larger Round Bag | Bamboo Clutch

There are so many affordable statement earrings to choose from, its so hard to pick only one! Which is your favorite?

 

I hope you’ll enjoy being outdoors this spring! If you try any of these outfits, be sure to tag us and use the hashtag #delightfulsouthernmoments

 

xo,

Christine

 

My Favorite Homemade Chocolate Covered Strawberries for Valentine’s Day!


We are so ready for Valentine’s Day!

One of my very favorite gifts I received when my husband and I first met was a box of chocolate covered strawberries from one of those fancy retailers! How could he already know me so well to pick such a wonderful gift? I felt like such a lucky girl.

Fast forward years later, chocolate covered strawberries might still be one of my favorite treats. I’m sharing my super easy recipe so you can make them at home too!

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

  • 12 Large Strawberries
  • ½ Package of White Chocolate Chips, Carob Chips, or Dark Chocolate Chips; plus 1 tbsp of contrast shade for decorating
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • Sprinkles, Edible Pearls or other Edible Decorations

 

  1. Wash strawberries, patting dry or allow to air dry
  2. Reserve 1 tbsp of chocolate chips (for drizzling)
  3. Combine chocolate chips and 1 tbsp vegetable oil in a microwave safe bowl
  4. Heat in microwave on melt or 50% power for 1 minute, and mix; add additional 30 seconds until melted (can also add more vegetable oil for carob chips)
  5. Dip Strawberries, one at a time into the melted chocolate and place on cookie sheet or parchment lined tray

Repeat until all strawberries have been covered in chocolate

  1. Melt the reserved contrasting color, and drizzle onto the covered strawberries, or sprinkle on edible decorations
  2. Place strawberries into refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving

 

Consume within 3-5 days for best taste!

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These would go really well with our favorite Valentine’s Day date ideas, espeically a cozy night in with your significant other!

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We love to hear from you! Share with us your favorite treats for Valentine’s Day, is it something you buy, or something you make?

 

xo,

Christine

10 Budget Friendly Date Night Ideas for a Memorable Valentine’s Day

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Before we started a family, and before we got married, my husband and I dated. We went on a wide variety dates including a few very special trips overseas. These days our dating budget is a little more limited. But having a family budget, doesn’t mean couples shouldn’t stop dating!

I’m sharing a few of our very favorite budget friendly date ideas, just in time for Valentine’s Day! I hope these inspire you to enjoy the company of your significant other, no matter what your budget!

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1 // Cozy date night in: Discover Your Love Languages

I wouldn’t recommend this as a first date, but if you’ve been seriously dating your significant other, engaged, or married for any number of years, you can’t go wrong with this cozy date night in idea. The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts is such an amazing book, but you don’t have to purchase the book to have a cozy date night in together! You can take the quiz here and talk about your individual love languages. It’s a great way to get closer.

2 // Classic Date Night: Wine and Art Museum Tour

We love our local art museum, it’s such a treasure. On Friday nights they have a wine bar, and once a month do a docent lead tour of the permanent collection. Even if you can’t catch a tour, most museums have options for self guided tours, and visiting exhibits!

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3 // Twist on the Classic: Champaign and Chocolate Tasting

You can stick to a budget, and still enjoy a high end date. Often smaller, local restaurants will let you bring your own bottle of wine, including sparkling wine. With a small corking fee you can enjoy your favorite bottle of bubbly with your restaurant dinner! We have a local Chocolate Factory that offers bean-to-bar chocolate, delectable sipping cocoa, and silky ganache! Its the perfect place to enjoy a date night!

4 // Volunteer Together at a Food Pantry

Volunteering at a food pantry is a great way to spend time with your significant other! If you’ve never volunteered before, give it a try. My hubby and I use to spend a lot of time volunteering at our local food bank, and I always felt like we grew closer together after our time volunteering. We enjoy volunteering at this food pantry.

5 // Take a Cooking Class

If you’ve never taken a cooking class, it’s something you should try at least once. Learning a new cooking skill can be fun and challenging. You can learn to cook with wine, or date night meals from Paris, French desserts or even brunch meals! There are so many options to choose from! Check to see if you have a class near you!

6 // Head to the Batting Cages

Looking for a different kind of date night? Guys love to do activities with their significant others, including hitting the batting cages. Even if you’re not a Babe Ruth, it’s still a really fun way to get out of your comfort zone and connect with your partner.

7 // Compete in your own Go-Kart Race

Ready, set, go! Are you and your sweetie the competitive type? Reve your engines and let loose at closed course go-kart racing track! We love this track.

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8 // Plan a Hike at a Local Park

One of our favorite ways to spend time together while we were dating was to go on group hikes. Spending time outside in nature is such a great way to relieve stress and get some much needed fresh air for those of us stuck inside all day! When the days are shorter, like in winter, parks tend to close a little earlier than in the longer summer days. As long as you plan around this it should a a really fun date! Bonus points if you pop into a local brewery after to share a beer!

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9 // Picnic in a Botanical Garden

Another favorite date of ours that never gets old is visiting our local botanical garden! Bring along snacks, or even a meal for dining alfresco, or eating outside to linger a little longer in the gardens! We’ve been enjoying a bit of a warm spell in the south and now’s the perfect time to take your meals outside while there are no bugs!

10 // Game Night

Did you have game nights in college? How about during camp, or on retreats when you were younger? Why not do it again? Many of us met our significant other while in college, or shortly after. Dates don’t have to be expensive to be fun, pull out a pack of cards and play poker or Blackjack. There are tons of great two player games too that you can play while the kids are in bed for a date-night-in!  We love to play this quick and easy game, this one that’s a bit more challenging or even this classic one that always brings on the giggles!

 

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We LOVE hearing from you! Comment below if you tried any of these date night ideas, or if we missed one of your favorite ways to spend time with your significant other!

xo,

Christine