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  • Fall Home Tour

    Before you get too inundated with Christmas, let's take one last look at 

    the fall home decor for this year.

    So, come on in!

     

    You'll first be greeted by this gorgeous fresh evergreen wreath by Lynch Creek Farm.

    The smell is divine and the pinecones and magnolia leaves add such a pretty touch!

    (pssst - I'm giving one away! See details at the end of this post!)

    After you enter, feel free to throw your keys and phone on the entryway.

     

    Enjoy the inside scent of Candelle's Toasted Marshmallow.

     

    And notice the ever changing phrase on our Felt Like Sharing Letter Board.

    Now come on into the dining room and sit down, and hopefully I'll have coffee and cinnamon rolls ready for you.

     

    Let me put a record on for us while we chat. You like Adele?

     

    Let's take our second cup of coffee into the living room, shall we?


     

     

     

     Take a seat! I just made a new pillow for this chair, so it's the best seat in the house. :)

     

    That was fun! Thanks for coming over.

    Wanna come again for dinner sometime?

     

    Want some more place setting ideas? Check out this post!

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    Did you love that fresh evergreen wreath from Lynch Creek Farm on my front door?

    Go find me on Instagram (@shelbygoodman) and enter to win one straight to your own front door!

  • Budget Decorating: Hearth + Hand Placemat Pillow Hack

    Have you checked out the new Hearth + Hand line from Chip and Joanna Gaines at Target yet?

    It's such a beautiful, well designed collection.

    I went on the release date and I loved so many things. AND my Target was passing out dark chocolate.

    It's like you know me, Joanna.

    But I'm on a budget. Womp, womp.

     

    Maybe you are too? Well here's a way to get $20 extra dollars to spend and still go home with the same stuff! It's not everyday you get to have your cake and eat it too!

    You buy this placemat ($4.99)

    instead of this pillow ($24.99)

    (images via Target.com)

    and you make the placemat into a pillow and save yourself $20!

    I shared this DIY placemat pillow idea a few years ago but this is definitely my favorite one I've done. The embroidery stitches just make it look so finished. 

    Simplest hack ever. 

    1. Just seam rip a hole big enough for your hand in one corner of the placemat.

    2. Option 1: Fill it with stuffing (a whole bag is only a few bucks) and stitch it closed by hand as seen in this tutorial

    OR Option 2: Open up one whole side and stick in a pillow (one you're not using anymore if you're like me)

     

    3. Then just run it through the sewing machine for one straight line.

    (You could also hand stitch the whole side closed if you're without a sewing machine)

     

     

    That's it. You just made something with your hands and saved $20!

    Here's a few other things I got on my small budget that I think add cute touches!

    I got the 3 house cookie cutters for $2.99 and I think they add a fun silhouette when lined on the windowsill with a plant or added to a shelf with pictures.

    I also got the $2.99 brass bell that has a little slit on the top. These would be super cute place card holders for a dinner party or just a cute way to prop up a picture or phrase.

    And lastly I got this place card holder for $3.99 that acts as a perfect mini picture frame.

    I just cut a fun phrase out of a book and placed it right in. 

    Sky's the limit for changing this out with different things.

    So there you have it, I got a pillow and 3 small decorative pieces for just $15. 

    That's $10 less than just the price of the pillow.  #winning

  • Video Tutorial: Shelf Styling Tips

     Today I'm sharing a little video to show you some of my best tips for styling shelves! 

    1. Start with an inspiration piece

    This is always so helpful for me when I'm trying to style shelves to look cohesive. I start with an art piece or an object that I reeeally love and then build everything else around it.

    2. Gather Coordinating Items

    Based on my inspiration piece, I look for pieces with similar styles, tones and colors to go with it.

    3. Use varying heights to add dimension

    It adds interest and dimension when your eye has varying heights to look at. Take a step back after you add things in and see if it looks right to you. Most people prefer a little symmetry. So just find the balance that looks right to you.

    4. Style with everyday items

    Don't go out and buy a bunch of new stuff to style your shelves. Shop your house. Glasses and pretty dishes make for great fillers.

    5. Add in texture pieces

    To me, items that have some texture really help add visual interest.

    6. Make it your own design with personality pieces

    Prop up that heirloom piece, find a place for that quirky pottery your kid made in art class, go get that unique thing you got on vacation hiding in a box somewhere. Your house should tell your story so add in items that are unique to you.

    Hope you guys found these tips helpful! Let me know if you have any suggestions for other mini tutorials or style questions!

     

  • Fall Traditions

    I love having traditions. To me, they're a huge part of the makeup of our family.

    They're things we always do. Things that our kids can count on us doing.

    Admist everything that changes each year, these are things that are constants. 

    The stuff memories are made of. 

    One of our favorite fall traditions is going to pick apples.

    There's just something about the light in the apple orchards. About rows of trees.

    About picking something to eat right from the source. 

    This tradition started when we lived in Virginia and every year we would go with my brother and his wife.

    I always took my nice camera and I always smiled when a picture I took of them turned out to be their Christmas card. 

    Indiana doesn't have quite the selection of apple orchards that Central Virginia does and we miss the company of my brother and his wife dearly, but we continue to keep the tradition alive.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The other part of the tradition that I love is coming home and making us a dessert to share with our apples. A shared experience and shared food are the most bonding experiences in my book, so this one's a double whammy. 

    If you've been around here at all, you know I love to make a pretty pie. And this year I tried something new. And I got a lot of request for the recipe so I'll do my best to remember cause this one I made up on the fly. 

     

    First off, I use store bough crust. Cause if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

    I put the first crust on the bottom and then use the second one for decorating this particular pie.

    I used an apple slicer to cut the apples evenly and then from there I used a paring knife to cut each slice even thinner.

    Then I just started layering the apple slices on top of each other going around in a circle until I'm back where I started.

    Grady used a leaf cutter to cut out the border for the crust and then I made a pie crust rose to fill in the center of the circle.

    For the filing, I melted 3 TBS butter in a sauce pan and combined some sugar and cinnamon and boiled until it was a little thick and then I just poured it over the apples.

    I put an egg wash over the crust and topped with sugar in the raw. 

    I baked it at 350 for about 30 minutes watching to make sure the crust didn't get overdone.

     

    We enjoyed this as a family.

    And I also ate if for breakfast 3 times. IT'S FRUIT, don't judge me.

    Nothing about a tradition needs to be fancy. It's just a story that you get to write and re-write and add to every year. One year it might be filled with whiny toddlers and one year might be filled with eye-rolling teenagers but that's just a part of something bigger you're building. 

    Where hopefully one day you'll all think back and say, 

    "This is where some of our best memories have been made..."

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    Does your family have a fall tradition? I'd love to hear about it!

  • Festive Halloween Treats

    Life should be celebrated. That's my motto.

    And I'm always looking for little ways to show my kids that.

    For that to be apart of my legacy.

    It doesn't have to be expensive or elaborate. Just a small effort on my part to make their day a little special is so huge I think.

    So here are a few super easy ways to make some festive Halloween treats for your kids that I've done over the years and get rave reviews from the Goodman boys.

    Get some Ghost Peeps and top them in some hot cocoa...

    Or prop them up in some pudding snacks!

    Buy some edible Googley eyes to stick in some whipped cream topping...

    Or to make Rice Krispie Monsters with!

    Just dip the tops of rice krispie treats in colored icing and let the kids add eyes!

    Turn an apples + pb snack into a funny mouth treat with a few marshmallow teeth!

    Or make classic apple nachos with caramel, nuts and chocolate chips!

    Happy Halloween week snacking!

    (Also don't forget to enter the giveaway going on this week! See yesterday's post!)