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Hey everyone due to some unanticipated complications in my week (being sick) I decided to go with an easier and more fun video for this weeks post. I hope you like the whisper challenge that we did today!

Advent 2015 | Thanks Be To God

I hope you all enjoyed this video and will enjoy this series celebrating the holiday season and the season of Advent. A season of expectant waiting and longing as we wait for the coming of Jesus Christ.

Thanks be to God.

Thanksgiving-invokes a feeling of gratitude and contentment…right? Well sometimes during the holidays we find ourselves caught up in the stress and the season starts to feel more like a burden rather than an opportunity to express our thankfulness. This week as we dive into the first waves of Christmas I want to be reminded and to remind you of where we should direct our thanksgiving. “Enter His gate with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise his name” Psalm 100:4

We also must remember the gift that was given and the reason that we even celebrate this season in the first place. As we head into the craziness of red, green, hot chocolate, silver bells and candy canes we must remember at the center of it all is the priceless gift of the Lords one and only son.

“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift.”
2 Corinthians 9:15

Pumpkin Patch Journal Entry No. 3

Fall sweetness on this Saturday that included cheering on my sisters at their soccer games, picking out pumpkins and eating pizza. We started off the morning by packing a picnic lunch, bundling up and grabbing blankets and chairs for the soccer game. Then we ran out the door, late, which is typical for us, into the cold October morning.

We had a crazy morning driving from game to game, Sammie lost and Ella won. After that we headed to the pumpkin patch to pick out our pumpkins and grab some fresh squash. Sammie spent the most time looking for the biggest pumpkin she could find. Eventually she decided on one that was the farthest from our wagon and because she couldn’t lift it she rolled it across the entire patch and dropped it in the wagon. Once everyone found their pumpkins we loaded them into the car and headed home.

It was a beautiful autumn day and it was spent in some of my favorite ways.

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Do It Yourself Fall Candle Decor

October has rolled around and the seasonal craziness has ensued, everything is pumpkin and spiced, everyone has leaves hanging on the walls and Bath and Body Works has once again relaunched all their fall candles.  I am a huge sucker for the fall and winter candles, not only the smell of them but the ambience of having them burn around the house. As I have not been able to purchase and BB&W candles yet this year  I decided to stop by Walmart and pick up some two dollar fall candles. They may not be as strongly scented but they work quite well in small spaces such as my room. The big downfall of these candles is unlike the BB&W candles they aren’t very pretty. Which leads me to today’s DIY, Do It Yourself Fall Candle Decor. These super simple candles don’t even look like they are from Walmart and are an easy way to decorate your space.

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Removing the Stickers:
You are going to want to start this DIY by removing all the stickers from the candles. The ones from Walmart came off without too much of a fight but if you are having trouble all you need is baking soda, warm water and a sponge. This will remove the sticker and any of the residue it leaves behind.

Twig Candle

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First you are going to collect a bunch of twigs from my yard and cut them all down in to even lengths. This DIY works best if you use sticks of varying thicknesses and heights to give it that organic look. Now, one by one, you just hot glue the twigs on to your 2 dollar candle. You can do this with multiple candles or on empty jars to create a super cute vase. Voila your Walmart candle now looks like you spent at least 5 bucksIMG_1754IMG_1756

Gold and Black Candle

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This DIY is pretty straight forward but I love the way this one turned out. You will need gold paint, black paint, a paint brush and a sponge. I started by painting the candle with the gold, i made sure it wasn’t opaque because I liked that look. After the gold paint dries lightly sponge on the black building it as you go to create this ombre black/gold candle. I can see this one loking super cool when it burns down.
And thats it! You can do this with most cheap candles you buy from Walmart or Rite Aid or wherever and it is quick and easy and so FALL.

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Thanks for reading

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Blessings

-Hanna Caroline

$20 Thrift Haul

On a recent thrifting adventure I somehow managed only spending 20 dollars. The fact that Thrift City was having a 50% off day might have had something to do with that, but as I was really impressed with everything I got I thought I would show you just how much I got on my thrift trip.

The first place we went on this thrifting day was Thrift city and as I mentioned it was 50% off day so everything I got was under $2 and I spent a total of $7. First up is this American Eagle Outfitters tank top. It is a dark grey with sheer and lace along the neckline. I thought this would be good for all seasons and it was basic, good quality and in good condition so I decided to grab it.

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The second thing I got from Thrift City is this Ann Taylor sweater. It is an older sweater which you can tell by the tag and by the fact that Ann Taylor is know better known as LOFT. But despite its age it is in very very good condition, no holes or stains and it doesn’t smell. I really liked the color and the neckline of this sweater, I especially love the cabling down the center. It is super cozy and I am looking forward to wearing it in the Fall.

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This little bracelet from Thrift City seemed super cute and a great accessory it was super cheap and it is really beautiful.

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The next piece from Thrift City is this blanket/shawl/scarf. Really I just like the embroidery on both ends of this and it works as many different things. I thought this would be a great blanket scarf for the fall and also when I get my own apartment or house it would make a great throw for the couch or end of the bed.

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Now on to my goodwill finds. All I ended up getting at Goodwill was books and I spent $13 dollars there. The firs book I picked up was this amazing Robert Frost poetry book. I couldn’t even believe I found it. Not only does it contain my favorite poem but the photography is amazing. It was such a great find and I can’t wait to spend forever going through it.

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The next 3 books I got are all Barbara Kingsolver books. I really love her writing style and just finished reading her book The Poisonwood Bible. I was super excited to find three of her books on this goodwill trip. Pigs in heaven is one of her novels, High Tide in Tucson is a collection of essays and Homeland which is a collection of short stories.

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I was also really excited to find a copy of Great Expectations, my all time favorite book. Until now I had only had a copy on my kindle and its so nice to have the actual physical book.

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The last book I got was Schindler’s List. I saw this book and was actually suprised because I though it was only a movie but I decided to pick it up because it seemed interesting and a good addition to my library.

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So that is everything in my haul. All together it cost me approximately $20 and I feel like I definitely got a lot of good stuff for that much.Can’t wait to wear all my new clothes and read all of these books.

-Hanna Caroline