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The winner of the Yankee Candle & Mini Pumpkin Bowl Fillers is…

Michelle Sloniker Kabdi!!!

Please contact me so I can get you your candle and pumpkins!


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 As I’ve mentioned before, fall happens to be one of my favorite seasons.  
I love fall for many reasons…the delcious desserts of spiced pumpkin and
apple, warm soups, hot mulled ciders, harvest smells, bonfires, hayrides,
beautiful vibrant colored leaves and mums…the list goes on.  Fall also
happens to be one of my favorite seasons to decorate for, topped only
by Christmas!  Since I love fall so much and love to decorate for it, I
thought I’d share my fall home decor with you…
I think of my porch as the first place of my home that welcomes
my guests so I like it to be warm and inviting and a reflection of what’s to
be seen on the inside…
My porch is adorned with mums of all hues and I pick limbs with leaves
on them to stick here and there.  Corn stalks are tied to pillars and placed in an
old milk canister near the door.  This year I put my children’s red wagon on my
porch and filled it with old dried gourds along with new fresh ones, some primitive
sunflowers and crows I sewed a few years ago.  There are also a couple of wooden signs
with fall sayings and a wooden pumpkin with a grapevine “S” on it for Schroeder.
Closer to Halloween we’ll add carved pumpkins on the stairs beside the mums.  The kids
and I made the ribbon wreath on the door a couple of weeks ago
(thank you, once again, Pinterest)!
 A place to enjoy the company of my friends and family outdoors…
Love my table that my husband made me from part of an old door…
Love even more it still has the rusty old knob on it!
Inside I have even more fall decor to make our home warm and inviting and to bring the beautiful fall hues inside for our enjoyment.  What you will see first upon walking into my home is…
Our Dinning Room
 It’s very simple this time of year but I add a touch of fall with a table runner I made years ago and a little rusted tin village, candles, and more…
You may notice the small bowl of candy corn fillers, those are my Candy Corn Sugar Cookies that got burnt.  These are actually from last year and after they cooked just a bit too long, I used them as decoration and then stored them away for this year.  I was surprised they were still good this year (I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or bad thing).  They make an adorable filler…
Our Living Room
The dark rich walls of our living room are perfect for fall weather.
The corner fireplace is my favorite part of my living room, and maybe even my favorite thing in my home.  I love my fireplace for its age, beauty and the warmth it blesses us with.  This year I kept it fairly simple with an old game and sign standing font and center in front of an old window.  Primitive candles, a stitching, an old wagon that my grandpa helped me make for a fifth grade project, orange berries and a few other fall accents help to bring out the warmth coming from with in our fireplace.
Above my couch I have a section of an old barn door hanging above my couch, most of the year it stays blank but for fall (and Christmas) I like to dress it up…
Beside our couch is an old sewing machine with a primitive style lamp that I loved because of the old candle stick bowl bottom that I can fill with different things for different seasons.  This year it holds little fabric balls and mini pumpkins…
Along side my rocking chair and on an old night stand is  a clear vase full of some of my primitive fabric sunflowers set in spanish moss and white lights, with a little fall sign tide around it.  Next to this is a scarecrow I made a few years ago that holds a bouquet of sunflowers and his friend crow.  This set is lit more with an old candle holder filled with more mini pumpkins and mini gords and pumpkins along side it.
Our entertainment center (that my husband and I made 3 years ago) is kept very simple because we never want anything to block our view of our television.  It holds an old table runner set with an antique bread bowl that is filled with mini pumpkins and gourds and a candle.  Beside the entertainment center are stackable boxes and a tiny little lantern filled with more mini pumpkins (I love those tiny, little, miniature pumpkins!).
The last place that I have fall decorations in our home is…
Our Kitchen
In one corner of our kitchen I have an old black door that has a stick and berry wreath and a “Harvest Thyme” sign hanging on it.  At the base of the door is a quilt I sewed that holds a ladder with a wooden box full of white lights covered in skinny vines and mini pumpkins, cinnamon sticks and nuts.  There are also mini fabric candy corns and a pumpkin on the ladder rungs.  A basket of colored corn and a fabric crow also sit on the quilt along with another wooden pumpkin (similar to the one on the porch).
Up against another wall in our kitchen is a skinny long stand that my great grandpa made that holds more of my homemade goods…a fall stitchery that says “The seeds you sow today, are the harvest you will reap tomorrow”, a raggedy doll, a little box with berries and painted fabric candy corns.  On the bottoms are stackable boxes, a wooden bowl holding a white gourd and a “Pumpkin Patch” sign.
I hope you enjoyed my Fall Home Tour as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you!
You may have noticed in the pictures above a couple of my Yankee Candles.  I love Yankee’s fall scented candles.  And I know you noticed all the mini pumpkins!  Well now you have the chance to enjoy some of my fall favorites also in this giveaway of…
Apple Cider Yankee Candle & Mini Pumpkin Fillers
To enter for you chance to win…
1) Follow Life Exquisite 
2)  Like this post
3)  Share how you like to decorate for fall.  I might get some new ideas!
The winner will be announced next Monday.  Good Luck!

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(I apologize for not listing where these clothing articles/shoes/accessories are from.  There are too many to list but if you have a question feel free to ask in the comments area.)

These are outfits I’ve been contemplating wearing for 4th of July.  Yes, I always wear red, white &  blue on the fourth!  Call me Miss America! LOL  

Since I’ll be camping I wont actually be wearing any of the dressier outfits so I will probably wear something more casual like in the cuffed jeans and stripes or the red with the blue tee and denim jacket.  I actually plan on wearing the last outfit to the Spooner Rodeo on Saturday. 

I am so excited to be heading out for our first camping trip of the year!  It’s been so hard this summer, not camping as much as we usually do.  I really miss it.  So excited for s’mores, swimming, games, fireworks, bonfires, the rodeo and so much more!

Oh, and I thought I’d share the little skirt I made for my Elizababy.  I did not tell her to pose this way she was just dancing but it just so happens I caught her looking like Lady Liberty…too funny!


4th Of July Giveaway!

Enter to win this patriotic  hair clip for the little cutie in your life by…

1)  Following Life Exquisite

2)  Like this post &

3)  Comment on what you’re favorite thing is about the 4th of July!

I’ll announce the winner next Monday, when I’m home from camping!  “Til then good luck and Happy 4th of July!!!

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Food!  You know I love it!!!  So I thought I’d serve up some of my families favorite summer treats!  These are just a few of our favorites, we have lots more, but these are the ones we’ve enjoyed so far this summer!

Strawberry Shortcake:

Freshly picked strawberries and a large dollop of Cool Whip over still warm shortcake…yummy!


Bisquick Shortcake Recipe (I also sprinkle sugar on top of my shortcakes before baking.)



Cool Whip


Pre-heat your oven and make your shortcakes according to the Bisquick recipe above.  As your shortcakes are baking, wash and cut your strawberries and put them in a medium sized bowl.  Add 1/4 of sugar per lb of strawberries to sweeten.  Once your shortcake biscuits are at a desired temperature (we prefer ours warm) cut them in half and scoop desired amount of strawberries and Cool Whip on top!  Enjoy!

Pudding Pops:

As a child I loved Bill Cosby’s pudding pop commercials and the pudding pops were pretty good too!  I’ve created my own recipe for the timeless treat that my kids are constantly asking for during the summer months.


1 – 6.5 serving size box of desired flavor instant pudding

3 3/4 C milk

*You’ll also need a popsicle mold


Mix your pudding and milk together for about 3 minutes then pour into popsicle molds and freeze.  Once throughly frozen serve and enjoy!

As you can see in the picture above we have bananas in one of them.  We’ve also done strawberries in our chocolate ones and adding these fruits is really good!  You can also make a couple different flavors of pudding and keep alternating spoonfuls of each flavor to your popsicle for another fun way to make pudding pops!

*This recipe will yield 6 pudding pops


Ice Cream Bar:

When I say the words, “ice cream bar,” in my house it is promptly followed by excited cries, clapping and joyful leaps.  My kids love ice cream bar nights!  Most of the time its impromptu (like the one featured below), but sometimes I plan it and buy all sorts of delicious goodies to go on top of our ice cream.  There are no specific ingredients or directions for this treat except to think of your families favorite ice cream and toppings, set them up buffet style and let your kids pile their ice cream high with what ever they want!


One of the things I love about summer is that my kids often request smoothies as a meal and I’m happy to comply.   It’s a completely healthy breakfast, lunch or treat that’s packed with lots of vitamins from yogurt and fruits, plus they are delicious!  Below I’ll share two of my kid’s favorite recipes with you.

Cinnamon & Sugar Peach Smoothie:


1 C vanilla yogurt

8-10 ice cubes

1 whole peach

1 1/2 tsp sugar

1/4 tsp cinnamon


Cube your peach and add it and all other ingredients to blender.  Blend thoroughly and pour in to glasses.  Top with Cool Whip if desired and enjoy!

Banana Split Smoothie:


1 C vanilla yogurt

8-10 ice cubes

1 1/2 C whole strawberries

1/2 banana

1/3 C cubed pineapple

1 1/2 – 2 TBSP Hershey’s Syrup


Add all ingredients to a blender and blend thoroughly.  Poor into glasses and serve.  We always add Cool Whip and mini chocolate chips on top!

*Both of these recipes make two servings (two full) glasses or 6 smaller servings.

** We sometimes substitute yogurt with frozen yogurt for a sweeter treat.

And now to celebrate that LE has reached 100 followers and this will be the last week of the “Summer Fun” theme, a…

 Treat-tastic Giveaway!!!

In keeping with the “Summer Fun” theme and today’s posts theme I went with strawberries!!!

To enter to win these stuffed strawberries:

1)  Follow Life Exquisite here at wordpress

2)Like this post

3) Comment below on what your favorite thing about summer is!

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