Classic Fall Thanksgiving Table Decorations

November 20, 2018

 

Classic Fall Thanksgiving Table Decorations

This is one of my favorite Thanksgiving Tables we have done. The idea started with the colors dusty turquoise and burnt orange. And it quickly spiraled in to this!

For this table top, we laid a runner of burlap down and layered a narrower runner of dusty turquoise on top. Both pieces of fabric we purchased at Hobby Lobby. Then the fun part begins – scavenging for candles, fruit, nuts, candle holders, leaves in burnt orange, rusty red, yellows.

Classic Fall Thanksgiving Table Decorations

We gathered leaves and branches from my parents’ yard that we placed in different vases and urns. As you can see, we used some antique brass and some turquoise sea glass for vessels.

Classic Fall Thanksgiving Table Decorations

Classic Fall Thanksgiving Table Decorations

Apples made an appearance too! We filled bowls and scattered pretty apples all across the table. Then we included burnt orange candles and cream colored tapers to set the mood.

Classic Fall Thanksgiving Table Decorations

We decorated each place setting with a real, fall leaf from outside. You could even write each guest’s name on the leaf with a ball point paint pen.

Happy Thanksgiving!

xo,
Kate

Check out our other Thanksgiving ideas through the years:

Moss green + cobalt blue Thanksgiving table decorations

DIY Gratitude Quote Place Cards

Thanksgiving Fall Wreath

Thanksgiving  Appetizer “Turkey” Veggie Tray

DIY Thanksgiving Table Place Cards: Gratitude Quotes

November 19, 2018

 

Thanksgiving Table Decorations

Did you see our “how to” for this gorgeous Moss Green and Cobalt Blue Thanksgiving Tablescape decor? It’s so rustic and home-y feeling!

As we said then, candles and colors aside, it’s important to remember why we all come together on Thanksgiving. Last year we tied quotes of gratitude and thankfulness onto sprigs of rosemary and stems of pears and set one on each plate. Every quote was different – some funny, some serious, some famous, some unknown. Each person read their quote out loud during dinner. It was a lovely way to celebrate the season and be ever mindful of the spirit of Thanksgiving.

Gratitude Quotes DIY

Google “thankfulness quotes”, “thanksgiving quotes”, “Gratitude quotes” or any combination of the above and pick out your favorites.
Hand write or print out the quotes (in small text) on paper.
Roll up quote in a scroll-like fashion.
Tie scroll onto a sprig of rosemary or a stem of a piece of fruit with colorful ribbon.

We are celebrating Thanksgiving all week long – check back for more inspiration!

xo,
Kate

Also, take a peek at our Classic Fall Thanksgiving Table Decorations and this adorable Thanksgiving “Turkey” Veggie Tray, too!

Moss Green + Cobalt Blue Thanksgiving Table Decorations

 

Thanksgiving Table Decorations

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.  ~Meister Eckhart

Thanksgiving.  A day to reflect on all the blessings we have in our lives and be grateful to God who makes it all possible.  It really is such a beautiful holiday – one I wish I lived more consciously every day.

Our Thanksgiving table has always been a fun project that my whole family creates together.  Each year we try to top the year before, or at least come up with something completely different.

Behold – our moss green and cobalt blue inspired Thanksgiving tablescape! This table top is super rustic and colorful. The deep blue and green compliment all the Thanksgiving food so well! We scavenged for anything blue or green: candles, vases, candle holders, napkins, plates. Then we added in some rustic wood elements in candle holders and chargers. We purchased a couple bags of green moss from Hobby Lobby.

But candles and colors aside, it’s important to remember why we all come together on Thanksgiving.  Last year we tied quotes of gratitude and thankfulness onto sprigs of rosemary and stems of pears and set one on each plate.  Every quote was different – some funny, some serious, some famous, some unknown.   Each person read their quote out loud during dinner.  It was a lovely way to celebrate the season and be ever mindful of the spirit of Thanksgiving. CLICK HERE to see how to make these DIY Gratitude Name Cards.

We are celebrating Thanksgiving all week long – check back for more inspiration! Like our other table idea: Classic Fall Thanksgiving Table Decorations

xo,
Kate

Thanksgiving Table Decorations

DIY Fall Thanksgiving Wreath

November 5, 2018

 

Fall Thanksgiving Wreath DIY

This DIY fall wreath is perfect for Thanksgiving. Welcome your guests to your home with a festive first impression! Not only does it look lovely on your door, it also makes a gorgeous centerpiece for a table…just lay the wreath flat and position candles and food around it.

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays of the year. It kicks off that “most wonderful time” of the year, right?  I love when Fall hits, and every month is full of festivities, decorating, cooking, and celebrating.  Thanksgiving is such a great holiday – there’s no pressure to buy presents, just getting together with family and friends to celebrate all that we are thankful for.

DIY Thanksgiving Fall Wreath
you’ll need:
*Wreath frame (12 – 14″ depending on how big you want 
the wreath to be; we used a cardboard frame)
*burlap ribbon
*approximately 30 small indian corns
*hot glue and gun

1.  Wrap burlap ribbon around wreath frame to hide cardboard. Hot glue ends to frame.
2.  Position corn around wreath first – don’t glue yet.
3.  Slowly hot glue the corn to wreath, trying to keep the opening circle in the center as perfectly round as possible.
4.  Hang your wreath!  Once it’s up, you can judge if any of the corn needs to be repositioned to make the center circle more perfectly round.  It’s very simple to pop off the corn, reposition, and re-glue.

What are some of your Thanksgiving traditions? Decorating the table is a big one of ours. Honestly, this wreath may be the shining star of the table this year. You could even make 2 smaller ones to sit on either side of this big wreath on the table. Add a little height with candles and food, but as you know, you don’t want anything that blocks eye sight or conversation. So these flat wreaths would be ideal!

Stay tuned for more fun Thanksgiving DIY’s and table decoration ideas – like this adorable Thanksgiving “Turkey” Veggie Tray that will steal the show at any party you arrive at!

xo,
Kate

Check out our Thanksgiving tables:
Cobalt Blue + Moss Green Thanksgiving Table Decorations 
Classic Fall Thanksgiving Table Decorations
DIY Gratitude Quote Place Cards

DIY Fall Thanksgiving Wreath

 

Allergy Bomb Roller Ball Recipe

September 24, 2018

 

Allergy Bomb Essential Oil Roller Ball Recipe

I love this essential oil allergy bomb roller ball recipe!

Especially because my allergies are OUT OF CONTROL right now. Anyone else struggling? I used my Young Living Oils to make this allergy bomb roller ball recipe – and I’ve been using it every day!

Most importantly, the peppermint helps open up my nasal passages. And the lavender is so soothing…just the first whiff of lavender can relax me more than anything else! Perfect for when I’m trying to reset my day or change my mindset quickly!

I actually roll a little of the oil combo on my finger and rub it inside my nose when I can’t breathe at all. Then I roll some on my forehead, over the bridge of my nose, temples, pretty much everywhere. Can I bathe in it, too?

#ACHOO!

Allergy Bomb Roller Ball Recipe

15 drops each of essential Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint Oil
Carrier oil

Carefully drop your oils in your roller ball. Then fill the rest of the way with a carrier oil of your choice – I used grapeseed oil, but fractionated coconut oil is a winner too.

Here’s to sneeze free days!

xo,
Kate

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Cinco De Mayo Sombrero Craft For Kids

April 30, 2018

 

It’s almost Cinco De Mayo, so obviously it’s time to do a kid craft!

We all remember this fun holiday well…pre kids.

Margaritas and tacos for lunch at your favorite local cantina followed by some Coronas on a patio with all your best pals. Not a care in the world, and if you had a few too many it was alllllll good because you could nurse your hangover in bed, or on the couch, or maybe even with the hair of the dog at brunch the next morning 😉

Because…no kids. LOL

Cinco De Mayo Kid Craft

I realized that I haven’t really celebrated this day since my sweet little babes came along, so this year I wanted to them to get in on the fun as well…a different kind of fun perhaps, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Wait, who am I kidding…I could still go for the old kind of fun too.

Anyway, I ran into Michaels after school drop off this week and grabbed a few supplies to create these fun Sombreros to hang up while we have our little fiesta on Cinco De Mayo! No party is complete without decor, right? Depending on what time you start your crafting and if you need a little liquid courage to craft (there is glitter involved), you could definitely grab a Corona or a Marg (see our skinny Margarita Recipe here!). It might get your creative juices flowing! Just saying.

xo,
Kara
(See craft instructions below!)

Cinco De Mayo Kid Craft

Gather up all your decorating supplies:


1.) Construction paper, poster board, or foam paper will all work to cut out your Sombrero

2.) Scissors
3.) Mini pom-poms, tissue paper, stickers, glitter (if you dare), pipe cleaners, sequins, beads.
4.) Glue stick – because who has time to use actual glue that gets everywhere and takes a year to dry.

Cinco De Mayo Kid Craft

Instructions:

1.) Cut out your Sombrero. If your kiddo is good with the scissors you can draw the pattern and let them cut it out 🙂
2.) Decorate!

Our Easter Tablescape

March 26, 2018

 

Our Easter Tablescape

Welcome to our Easter tablescape!

For some reason, the Easter holiday always sneaks up on me.  Thanksgiving, Christmas – we have major build up for those guys.  But all of a sudden, spring has sprung, and Easter is here. So simple is better (these days, that’s true for pretty much everything in my life!) I actually had most of the items for this table – I just rummaged around all of my “hiding spots”….ahem, please don’t tell my husband how many hiding spots I actually have 🙂

This year we incorporated:

Simple White Lenox Tin Can Alley Dinnerware

Gold flatware from West Elm

Anthropologie Horta Champagne glasses

Fantesca Chardonnay!

Pewter Braided Placemats from Amazon

Couleur Nature Batik Bird Printed Napkins from Sur La Table – these would be beautiful too!

 

Our Easter Tablescape

This is a fun DIY project to do with your kids! I mean, they incorporate glitter, sooooooo what’s not to love?

DIY Glitter Filled Easter Eggs
Glitter – (we used this Glitter Pack)
Clear Easter eggs from Michaels ($.99 each!)
Quickie Glue pen

1.) Take off top of clear egg and fill up with glitter about 1/4 full.

2.)  Pop top back on egg.

3.) Using a glue ballpoint pen, write down names for place cards on a thin strip of white paper.

4.) Sprinkle glitter over glue.

5.) Brush off glitter (funnel back into tube to re-use).

6.) Roll both ends of paper for a fancier look.

Each place setting has a slightly different look…

Kara: old wine corks add a festive feel

Kate: dried lavender from the garden

Kacey: small white stones and mini purple carnations

Sorella: A beautiful pink flower

You could also scoop up a whole bunch of these eggs, fill them with coordinating glitter and hang them  together all at random lengths with flowers behind it as a spring wreath.  Or even hang them at various heights from your chandelier over your Easter table.

Our Easter Tablescape

Happy Easter everyone – don’t forget to light some candles, put some flowers in a vase, and use whatcha got!  Get creative, but keep it simple is my mantra. And now you’re ready for the food – who is making these this weekend?
xo,
Kara, Kate, and Kacey
Our Easter Tablescape

How To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day With Kids

March 13, 2018

 

How To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day With Kids

Behold! Our easy “How To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day With Kids” guide. Remember when St. Patrick’s Day used to only be centered around where to find green beer and how not to have a green mouth by the end of the night?

Not anymore, mama, not anymore. I mean, you can still drink a green beer, but you can also make this fun holiday about your kids, too! Aren’t holidays so much better with them around? I mean, sure. Now they are super busy, and you have to craft 4,000 things for school, and God forbid you don’t have the right color clothing! But if we take out all of the pressure and just absorb the FUN and magic these little holiday’s bring to our kids? So much better!

Here’s what we are doing with our kids for St. Patrick’s Day this year:

Step 1: Make a Leprechaun Trap with your child

We decided to try and catch a leprechaun this year so that we can find his Pot O’ Gold. So clearly we needed to make a Leprechaun Trap. There is no right or wrong way to make a Leprechaun Trap. (Guys, I had to google how to spell Leprechaun while making this.) You simply find a small box and let your kid go wild decorating it with green paper, stickers, markers, paint, glitter at your own risk, whatever!

Step 2: Head To The Dollar Store For Some St. Patrick’s Day Treats

This part you have to do solo so you can surprise your kids on St. Patty’s Day. I picked up that green slinky, shamrock necklace, paper plate and cup, and bunny (What does a bunny have to do with St. Patricks Day, you ask? Honestly, she had a fit when she saw it and couldn’t have it the other day, so I decided the Leprechaun would give it to her) at the Dollar Store down the street and spent a whopping $5. The green shamrock balloon is from Vons.

Step 3: Raid Your Kitchen For More Goodies

Now you just go on a treasure hunt of your pantry for green items. I had those green lollipops, green wrapped granola bar, and fruit snacks in our cupboard.

Step 4: Set Up Your Trap

On St. Patrick’s Day Eve, you set out your trap. Add a few chocolate gold coins to try and lure the leprechaun in! Then, after the kids go to bed, put out all the rest of the surprise treats—all of stuff you got at the dollar store. This is what the leprechaun will “leave” them when they escape from the trap. And maybe make green pancakes to go on the green plate!

Now for the really cute part. Of course, Sloane will be wondering if her trap worked right!? Did she actually catch her Leprechaun!? Well…..let’s see what happens when we open the trap!

She is going to LOVE the little note her Leprechaun leaves her (and all the treats he leaves behind). She still carries around the note that Santa Claus left her last Christmas. So it’s all fun and games—nobody is trapping any small and kinda creepy elf. And said elf is leaving your kid a few fun St. Patrick’s Day goodies!

These memories are the ones that stick with our kids. The projects we do together, the whimsy we sprinkle on any random holiday. It’s worth it, mama. It makes everything so much more magical.

Tag your leprechaun trap picture on Instagram with @thedailysoulsessions – I want to see them!

Top O’ The Mornin’ To Ya,
Kate

How To Get Your Toddler To Listen

June 7, 2017

 

Getting Your Toddler To Listen Without Yelling…

Getting my 3 year old to listen without threatening (and following through with) time out every 5 seconds is an all day long challenge over here. WOW. Who is with me?? (raise hand emoji.)

And that gets so old, doesn’t it? Between finding activities that will keep her occupied for a while, and creating fun adventures out of simple activities like nature walks—I’m running out of energy to feel like I’m constantly disciplining her. I’ve been talking with my husband and friends and sisters and we all agree. No-one likes the daily toddler fight of not listening.

I bring you our solution!

 

How to get your toddler to listen without having to threaten time out every 5 minutes! Make this DIY Toddler Listening Sticker Chart for motivation. www.TheDailySoulSessions.com

The Listening Toddler Sticker Chart!

This has worked really well for us so far! Reminding her that she gets a sticker every time she listens and does what she’s asked the first time has been extremely motivating for her. And threatening her with taking away a sticker when she is behaving poorly works too.

CLICK HERE to download a free printable Sticker Chart – already made!

When she gets 5 stickers, she gets a treat.

Sometimes that is half a graham cracker, sometimes it’s an m&m. The real treat is that she’s happier, I’m happier, and we have a craft project to make together at the start of each week that takes up a whole 5 minutes of the day! ha. OR you can download our free already made Sticker Chart Printable HERE.

Here’s how to make your chart:

1.) Get out a big piece of paper. Divide it into each day of the week.

2.) Pick a different color marker or paint for each week day. Color the column of that day in its respective color. That way your child can ask you  which color to put the sticker on. If it’s Tuesday, I’d say, “put the sticker on the orange paint!”

3.) Find some stickers she likes and place them in a spot accessible to her. Then when she listens well, you tell her “GREAT JOB! Go get a sticker!!” And when she gets to 5 sticker—BOOM! Treat.

Nothing is a magic fix when it comes to toddlers.

But this chart has been extremely helpful for us! I hope it brings you a little bit of peace and success, too!

cheers lady 🙂

 

DIY Speakeasy Costume Feather Headpiece

October 17, 2016



DIY Speakeasy Costume Feather Headpiece

This DIY Speakeasy Costume Feather Headpiece is the perfect addition to a flapper girl costume or a Great Gatsby theme party this Halloween. You should definitely make this easy DIY Speakeasy Costume Feather Headpiece because it’s a showstopper! As I’m sure you’re aware of, Halloween is just around the corner. It’s time to finish up your costume and your toddler’s costume and your teenager’s costume and your husband’s costume! I made this DIY Speakeasy Costume Feather Headpiece for a Great Gatsby themed wedding photo shoot a few years ago, and it seriously never goes out of style for these types of holidays. Plus saving a little bit of money by making your own hairpiece is always a win win, right?

DIY Speakeasy Costume Feather Headpiece
for a Speakeasy or Flapper Girl Halloween Costume
4-5 Peacock Feathers (mine are from Hobby Lobby)
1 plastic haircomb
scissors
hot glue and gun
brooch
bobby pins

1.) Cut the stem of each feather about 1.5″ below the main bloom with scissors.

2.) Then arrange the cut feathers on the hair comb.

3.) Next, glue the stem of the feather to the top of the comb.

4.) Allow the glue to dry, and then weave the comb into your hair.

5.) Using bobby pins, pin the brooch to the top of the hair comb and your hair to secure in place!

If you pin the brooch to the comb and your hair, as opposed to glueing the brooch to the comb, you will have the ability to easily change out the brooch at any time! This is a really fun DIY project you can do with your older kids. And the hairpiece goes with so many different costumes. Be sure to check out our other fun DIY projects – adorable painted shelves for your baby’s nursery.

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Photo of model by Mike Wootton