Do You Want to Build A Snowman?

The time has come for snow, snow, and more snow! Up here in the Northeast US, at least. What better way to spend a snow day than building a snowman? (That and I recently saw Disney’s Frozen!)

First, and most importantly, we need snow.

Lets give him some eyes and a cheeky smile!

A carrot nose…

And a nice red scarf to keep him warm!

What’s your favourite snow day activity?

Frenchie

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Date Night

Maybe it’s a bit too cold to go dancing in the square, but even with the craze of the holidays ahead of us, every couple needs a night out to themselves.

A map and a wallet all in one, we can ensure that Mr. right won’t forget his money at homeWe also won’t have to worry about stopping and asking for directions, which you know he won’t!

Nail polish is one of the most resilient accessories a girl can have. You can’t leave it at the restaurant, you needn’t worry about the wind mussing it up, and there is zero risk of it wearing down or smearing on your face should things with your date start to heat up a little bit!  So go on, girl. Paint the town. And those pretty nails.

The fairy tale says that at the stroke of midnight, all the good things disappear. Luckily for us, we don’t live in fairy tales. Let that clock tick on past midnight and toast to being masters of your own time over a cozy late night coffee.

Happy Dating!

Frenchie

Fruits of the Harvest

It’s harvest season! The weather is getting colder and colder, and even though we don’t have to hide nuts in our cheeks for hibernation, November is a time of preperation for the holidays ahead, and what better way to prepare for the winter than with good foods?

Pumpkins that were once for carving are now for eating! How do you take your pumpkin? Mashed? Stuffed? Just the seeds? Or my personal favourite: in a cheesecake? Pumpkins are one of the most versatile bounties of Autumn so don’t be deceived by that slimy goop you scooped out! It’s the heart of the feast!

My favourite harvest accessory:  the cranberry! I mean, lip balm! I don’t know about where you are, but here in New England, November brings on the bitter winds and it is crucial to carry at least three tubes of lip balm with me at all times. Complimenting the pumpkin, or really any harvest food, is cranberries. How do you cranberry sauce? Jellied or whole berries?

We’ve been through the pumpkin patch and the cranberry bogs. We’ve battled near freezing temps and blustery winds. Now it’s time to sit with our family and friends around our favourite table. The chairs are mismatched; squeeze in where you can fit, but mind the dogs sleeping underneath at our feet! The host cuts the roast and as we’re scooping our potatoes onto our plates, several voices rise above the chatter.

“Can you pass the gravy?”

Happy Harvest!

Frenchie

Witching Hour

With Halloween quickly approaching, chills are in the air, blustery winds are sweeping up the leaves left on the ground and swirling them around midair, before carrying them off to a place no one knows. Things creep in the bushes at night and a thick fog lays itself on the field behind the old farmhouse up the lane.

The Witching Hour approaches.

First you catch the aroma in the air, the scent of the witch. A rich pumpkin lager mixed with a sultry rum and exotic spices hangs thick in the air as women clad in black hang by the potion shops before seemingly disappearing before your eyes.

The moon is high in the sky as nightfall approaches. It is full and bright. Shadows fly across it and you blink. Was that a broom? No, your eyes must be playing tricks on you. It was a cloud. Moving so quickly? Couldn’t be. Perhaps they were just some bats.

Weren’t they?

It’s probably best to be heading home now. It’s been dark a while, the air is thick with mystery, and the animals are on the prowl. You flip up the collar of your black wool coat to keep the wind out and your boots click down the sidewalk. Thoughts of witches are tossed from your mind with the flick of your head. Nonsense. Waiting for you on the stoop, however, a slinking black cat.

You don’t own a cat.

Happy Hocus Pocus!

Frenchie

Hey Pumpkin!

Autumn is upon us and I think it’s safe to say the majority of people start thinking right away of one thing: pumpkins. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin carving, pumpkin seeds, and of course, pumpkin spiced lattes. So what better way to kick off October than with a whole post dedicated to pumpkins?

Happy Halloween Smiling Pumpkin Potholders from helenasnest

Happy Halloween Smiling Pumpkin Potholders from helenasnest

Decorating for the fall is always fun because there is so much that can be done. Why not go the extra step and snazz up your kitchen table or counter with cute festive potholders? Or maybe you do what I do and hang them against your backsplash and forget to take them down until the 4th of July.

Pumpkin Spice Soap Handmade Soap from Comfort and Joy Soap Co.

Pumpkin Spice Soap Handmade Soap from Comfort and Joy Soap Co.

Have  you ever loved something so much you wanted to bathe in it? That’s how I feel about pumpkin spice and I know I’m not alone. Luckily for us, we can! Quite literally, with pumpkin spice soap, you can smell like your fall favourite all day long. Not a pumpkin fan? Lisa has a vast array of other soaps for you to lather up with!

Stacked Pumpkin Thanksgiving Decoration  from PumpkinTreeLane

Stacked Pumpkin Thanksgiving Decoration from PumpkinTreeLane

While searching for pumpkin themed items, how can I pass up a shop called Pumpkin Tree Lane? These mini stacked pumpkins stand just under 2 inches when stacked together, but display individually as well. Perfect for someone decorating a small space, or those like me who simply enjoy tiny tiny things.

Happy October and Stay Inspired!

Frenchie