Venus Flytrap Halloween Terrarium

The Venus Flytraps got a bit of an upgrade recently into a beautiful apothecary jar. I found the jar on sale at Tai Pan Trading (a local favorite) for just $15! It was during a half off sale so I was really happy. This is a large jar, which I had seen other places for closer to $50!

Venus Flytrap Halloween Terrarium

Venus Flytraps are the perfect Halloween plant, with their carnivorous ways and spiky mouth like flowers. The addition of a few plastic eyeballs really sets the mood. And of course, when the haunted holiday is over, the eyeballs come out and all is back to normal in the terrarium!

Interested in Venus Flytraps? Read my care tips here. You can find them at most home improvement stores during this time of year, so it’s a great time to give them a try!

Beautiful oil painting reproductions for your home

I was given a painting in exchange for my review. As always my opinions are my own.

Art has always been a big part of our lives. My husband and I even met each other while studying art in college! When we moved into our home, like most people, artwork wasn’t high on the list. Things like furniture and appliances took precedent, which meant our walls were somewhat sad. That is why I was so excited to learn about 1st Art Gallery.

1st Art Gallery gives you the chance to own beautiful oil painting reproductions of your favorite works of art. Of course I chose one of the lily pad paintings from the series by Monet. He has always been my favorite impressionist because of his love for nature. This is the area where the painting was to be hung, and as you can see, the print isn’t exactly the right size, even though it’s a lovely painting.


When the painting arrived I was thrilled with the vibrant colors and how the paint stood out from the canvas. This is a real oil painting friends, not just a print, and it makes quiet a difference on the wall.


I also really loved the frame that was chosen, the gold inlay matches the gold accents we have in this room so well. The detailing on the frame is also a nice touch. And of course, it looks amazing in the space! The size is wonderful for the height of the wall. The website gives you a lot of options for sizing, from small to very large.


Doesn’t it fill the space well? I am so happy with it. Like I mentioned, 1st Art Gallery creates oil painting reproductions, and there are so many choices on their site too! They create the painting after you order, so it does take some time, but it is worth the wait. You can see how the process works in the video on their website.

What do you think of the result? Doesn’t it look great in the space?

Popcorn Box Blog Party (and a tale of a fail)

It started out innocently enough, a popcorn box from World Market, some adorable paper from AdornIt, washi tape from Scotch, and even the cutest lollipop you ever did see!


The plan was simple, make something super cute for Halloween using the popcorn box and what else was on hand. My mind’s eye thought of a cute haunted house decoration to go next to a Halloween popcorn snack (recipe below). Oh but my mind’s eye and what my hands make have two very different visions. The result is a bit of a fail.


Why a fail? Well, it wasn’t meant to be what it is. At first I was going to do something quiet different, but it just didn’t work. I was running out of time to finish by the deadline, and my mind was blank. After all, we only had one box to work with, if it got messed up, well, that was just too bad.

Then I was inspired at the last moment possible to do something a bit like these houses from Pottery Barn. If you click over there you will see why mine is a fail. Sure it’s black and covered in glitter, but that’s where the similarity ends.

At least it glows (use a LED votive only, lest you burn down your popcorn box house).

Fun and easy Halloween Popcorn:

1 bag of sweet microwave popcorn (you can also use regular)
1.5 cup white chocolate chips
Halloween sprinkles

How to:

Pop the popcorn according to package directions. Melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave at 30 second intervals until smooth, stir in between. Empty the popcorn into a large bowl, then pour the melted chocolate over the popcorn. Mix well, and let it cool for 2 mins before sprinkling with the Halloween sprinkles.

Luckily you can see what other, more talented bloggers, came up with!

And, because it wouldn’t be as fun without a giveaway, be sure to enter for some amazing prizes!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Fall apple wreath

Fall is officially here, and October has come in with rain and cooler weather. This is the perfect time for a favorite treat of ours! The apple wreath. It’s like a giant apple turnover!!

Apple Wreath

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Using a round pizza pan, arrange triangle shaped crescent roll dough (for a quick wreath, we use Pilsbury Crescents) with the bottom of the triangle in the center. Spoon apple pie filling along the circle where the dough is the thickest, then fold over the tips of the triangles to create the wreath. Bake for 20 mins, or until golden brown.

We use powdered sugar and a bit of milk to make a light, frosted, drizzle on the wreath when it is out of the oven. I like to make a lot of drizzle, because it is so yummy! We have even added little Christmas themed decor to the wreaths in the past and have given apple wreaths as gifts.

I have to warn you though, the wreath disappears really fast! :) Do you have a favorite holiday treat?

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