i should be mopping the floor: October 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014

Free Facebook Timeline Covers for Thanksgiving

These free Facebook Timeline Covers for Thanksgiving are
the perfect way to dress up your profile for November.

Free Facebook Timeline Covers for Thanksgiving | Six Designs to Choose From | Instant Downloads
 Tomorrow begins a month of all things Thanksgiving. I'll be honest, in the past, I never have made it past days two or three on the posting of what I'm thankful for on Facebook. It's not that I'm not thankful...I'm just forgetful. I thought this might be a fun way to participate without actually participating. I'm, indeed, very thankful for so much.

Download yours below. Six styles to choose from.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

One Bookshelf Styled Three Ways

This one bookshelf, styled three ways, is such a great piece.
I'm sharing some shelf styling tips along with details of these three looks below.
One Bookshelf Styled Three Ways
I love double duty pieces...but triple duty? Yes, please.
This versatile bookcase has made its way around our house. See how we've really put it to the test. And let me know which way is your fave! 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

My Day at Bigelow Tea Headquarters

This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Bigelow Tea. All opinions are mine alone.

I just love Bigelow Tea. I'm so happy to have had the chance to spend some time at their headquarters immersing myself in everything Bigelow. 
It. Was. Awesome.

My Day at Bigelow Tea Headquarters | A special glimpse into the inner workings of America's favorite tea company.
Bigelow is America's classic, family-owned tea blender. Tea is their passion. It started in 1945, when Ruth Campbell Bigelow created America's first specialty tea, "Constant Comment", and continues today with that same level of commitment. Bigelow is American made by an American Family; an American Company for the American consumer.

I was absolutely honored to be on this trip, both to New York and Connecticut. I'm now in love with the Bigelow Tea company more than ever...it was such an amazing experience seeing firsthand how this company operates. I was beyond impressed. Check out the details below>>>

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Orange and Spice Pound Cake

Thanks so much to Collective Bias, Inc. and Bigelow for inspiring this deliciousness. 
All opinions are mine alone.

This Orange and Spice Pound Cake was inspired by Bigelow's Orange and Spice Tea blend. 
It's the perfect holiday (or anytime) treat.
Orange and Spice Pound Cake | Infused with tea and butter...and deliciousness! | The perfect holiday treat of breakfast.
Not only does this Orange and Spice Pound Cake have Bigelow Tea in it...it also has an entire orange, pureed into it and is topped off with a yummy glaze. Check out the recipe (and its super fun inspiration) below>>>

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Inspiration Monday

Who is ready to be ridiculously inspired? From recipes to projects to FUN, we're constantly amazed by all of the awesomeness linked up here every week. Thank you all for partying with us week in and week out. It just wouldn't be a party without ya! 

This week, here at I Should Be Mopping the Floor, one of my posts was filled with some delicious fall pasta dishes...all of which were linked up to last week's party. Check them out here

To search all of our features and faves, use hashtag #InspirationMonday,
and feel free to follow us all on social media via our blogs. AND, be sure to tweet your links using our #InspirationMonday hashtag, as well. We LOVE retweeting your awesomeness! When you par-tay with us, you're always seen on all seven blogs...but only have to link up to one!

Redhead Can Decorate| | Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom
twelveOeight | What Meegan Makes | Your Homebased Mom 

This weeks features were chosen by Kristi from I Should Be Mopping the Floor.
Check them out below>>>

Friday, October 24, 2014

Free Printable Leftover Labels

This post contains affiliate links.

These free printable leftover labels are sure to put a smile on your Thanksgiving guests' faces! Fill them up with all of the leftover deliciousness of the special day. Because what's Thanksgiving without yumminess to enjoy later?
Free Printable Leftover Labels for Thanksgiving Yumminess | Two Designs & Two Sizes Available for Instant Download.
I'm not going to lie. For the last five years that I've hosted the big day, my go to leftover receptacle has been an old Cool Whip container or butter tub. It got the job done. No disrespect to plastic tubs everywhere, but, I've decided to step up my game a bit this year. I created these circular free printable leftover labels to jazz up foil containers. And my foil pans were only four for a dollar at the Dollar Tree {wha, wha!}. Although, if you can't find them at Dollar Tree, Amazon has them here on Prime. I'm stepping up my game without spending much moolah...that's how I roll {wink}. Download your own free printable leftover labels below. They come in two designs and two sizes.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fall Color Trends for the Home

There are so many ways to transition decor between seasons. Check out my Fall Color Trends for the Home below, along with some fantastic decorating ideas from Hunter Douglas and Décorview.

Fall Color Trends for the Home: easy ways to switch out seasonal decor throughout the year.
Fall is just the best, dontcha think? I got to experience real fall last week on my trip to New York and Connecticut. Down here in Texas, we have to truck in fall by the pallet-load (AKA: our make-shift pumpkin patches). Our leaves just don't quite have the punch of a northern fall. But man...last week, I was in autumnal paradise. Some of the other ladies on my trip giggled at me taking photos of trees and leaves...but, y'all, WOW. Just gorgeous. When decorating for fall, I love to take my cue from nature...and let those beautiful colors just glow amongst the neutral backdrop in my home. Below, I'm sharing some simple ways to incorporate seasonal decor as well as transition between the seasons in your home.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Perfect Pasta Dishes for Autumn

There was some delicousness linked up at this week's party
I found lots of perfect pasta dishes for autumn and thought I'd share them with you today in one spot. I've truly never met a carb I didn't love.

Perfect Pasta Dishes for Autumn | 10 of the most carb-a-licious dishes to grace your fall menus.
 Do you love carbs as much as me? A couple of years ago, I went on a low carb plan...it totally back-fired on me. I think I love them even more now! And pasta is my favorite carb of all! Check out all these ooey-gooey, saucy, and comforting pasta dishes...perfect for your fall menus! Thanks to all of the bloggers who linked these amazing dishes up to this week's Inspiration Monday party! Check them out below>>>

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Spinach Brownies with Pumpkin Frosting (And other ways to get kids eating veggies!)



Yes. Spinach Brownies. You read that right. Spinach. Brownies.
Sounds weird...but you will LOVE these {and so will your kids!}. 
And everyone will get a nice dose of Vitamins K, A, and more...
wrapped up in a deliciously moist brownie!
Nobody will know your super secret ingredient in these moist and flavorful spinach brownies. They're a great way to sneak veggies into your family's diet.

According to the State of the Plate report, 9 out of 10 people in the United States do not get the proper amount of vegetables today. Adding veggies to unexpected places is one way to ensure your family will get their daily dose. See this recipe, along with other tips and tricks for getting kids to eat their veggies, below.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Inspiration Monday

Welcome to the party! Hoping you're having a great weekend...or start to your week. I've been resting up after an amazing trip to NYC, sponsored by Bigelow Tea. I can't wait to tell you more about my trip...from delicious TEA-riffic inspiration to lots of fun in the city, there's so many memories and inspiration that I'm still just overflowing with!
#BigelowVIP #cbias
{above: me on The Highline in NYC}

And speaking of inspiration...this party is where you can find boatloads of it! Join all 7 of us every week right here…where we search for our favorites and feature through out the week on all social media outlets.

To search our features, use hashtag #InspirationMonday,
and follow us all on social media via our blogs.
And you're always seen on all seven blogs...but only have to link up to one!

Redhead Can Decorate| | Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom
twelveOeight | What Meegan Makes | Your Homebased Mom 

This weeks features were chosen by Debbie from Refresh Restyle!
Check them out below>>>

Friday, October 17, 2014

Free Printable Fall Mini Banner

Not only do we have a Free Printable Fall Mini Banner in this post, but also a giveaway for five hundred big ones! Hello, holiday shopping.

Free Printable Fall Mini Banner | Perfect for wreaths, cakes, mirror corners and more!
This mini banner is perfect for lots of fall fun...wreaths, cakes, or just draped over the corner of some artwork or a mirror. I put these things everywhere, y'all! Download yours below {and enter to win $500 in Paypal cash for even more fun!}>>>

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Free Thanksgiving Fonts

These Free Thanksgiving Fonts are full of deliciousness and fun!

Free Thanksgiving Fonts | Twenty delicious and free turkey day fonts for all of your projects!
As you probably know, I'm a font geek! From all of the collections on this site, I think the fall ones are my absolute favorite. This collection of free Thanksgiving fonts has the perfect mix of everything...perfect for your placecards, printables, vinyl, crafts, and more. Check them all out below (and they're all FREE!)>>>

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Glazed Pumpkin Spiced Bundt Cake

This Glazed Pumpkin Spiced Bundt Cake will make you want to throw on a scarf and zip up your boots...it's all kinds of fall! This cake is made super moist and autumn-y with International Delight Pumpkin Pie Spice Creamer. So, you know it's good.
#PumpkinDelight #Idelight

This Glazed Pumpkin Spiced Bundt Cake will make you want to throw on a scarf and zip up your boots...it's all kinds of fall! This cake is made super moist and autumn-y with International Delight Pumpkin Pie Spice Creamer.
I just love bundt cakes! My mom made them for years and I think they're a southern staple on a dessert table. And who can forget the movie, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" with the BUNDT cake gift?!? Cracks me up every time.

I have been tinkering with bundt cake recipes for Thanksgiving and I think I've found the perfect one. This cake was inspired by the pumpkin bundt cake over on Heather Cristo's blog, here. I put my own spin on it to make it more to my family's taste preferences. I love having a cake amidst pie central on turkey day...not everyone is a pie person! Check out the recipe below>>>

Monday, October 13, 2014

DIY Halloween Treat Bag

This DIY Halloween Treat Bag is a simple craft that will 
bring a smile to your little ghost or goblin's face!

DIY Halloween Treat Bag | Simple jazzed up bag for all that candy!
 This little bag was so fun to put together...and a nice little alternative to the plastic pumpkin head {plus, hey...lots more room for candy in this thing, y'all}! See how I created it below.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Inspiration Monday

It FINALLY feels like fall here in Texas, y'all. It took awhile...but autumn has arrived! And I couldn't be more excited to experience the east coast version of fall when I head out in the morning to NYC! I'm super excited to head up there with some bloggy friends as well as the amazing folks from Collective Bias and Bigelow Tea. Follow along on the fun this week via my Instagram feed here.

Back to the PARRRR-TAY! Join all seven of us every week right here…where we search for our favorites and feature the fun throughout the week on all social media outlets.
To search our features, use hashtag #InspirationMondayParty,
and follow us all on social media via our blogs.
Did we mention you will be seen on ALL 7 BLOGS? You only have to link to one!

Redhead Can Decorate| | Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty MomtwelveOeight | What Meegan Makes | Your Homebased Mom 

Last week, I rounded up some fun Halloween printables from last week's party (along with a few from some other talented bloggers out there):

This week's party features were chosen by Julie from Redhead Can Decorate .com
Check them all out below>>>

Friday, October 10, 2014

Ultimate Free Halloween Printable Round Up

I love me a good free Halloween printable! I rounded up some of my faves...both from last week's Inspiration Monday party and from my bloggy friends (and from me!). 

Ultimate Free Halloween Printable Round Up | 30+ Awesomely Spooky Free Printables
Are you a printable fanatic, too?! I love them (you can tell be the many that are in my archives...I collect them and I make them). Below you'll find a boat load of free Halloween printables...ready to print and enjoy! BOO!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Halloween Mini Banner: Five Minute Craft

I've used this Halloween Mini Banner in the photos of several posts. A few of you asked where I bought it. It was actually a quick five minute craft! I thought I'd share the tutorial for it below>>>

DIY Five-Minute Halloween Mini Banner | Simple and fun to hang anywhere and everywhere!
I love a good mini banner. I put them across wreaths, on the corners of mirrors, on top of chalkboards...pretty much EVERYWHERE! And this one was so simple to make. Here's how I did it>>>

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Adopt a Dog and Bring Home the Love

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. 
All opinions are mine alone.

Last January, we decided to adopt a dog...and our lives have been incredibly enriched because of it! October is Pet Adoption Month. There are so many dogs in shelters just waiting to be in their forever homes...it's a great time to make one a part of your own family! #PedigreeGives #CollectiveBias
Adopt a Dog & Bring Home the Love #PedigreeGives #Cbias
We were so happy to welcome our beautiful, five-year-old standard dachshund, Chloe, into our home at the beginning of 2014. She was a rescue dog. We adopted her from a local pet sanctuary where she had been for quite some time. She's been the most amazing addition to our family and we just love her to pieces. This month, Pedigree and Sam's Club are helping dogs in shelters with lots of bowls of food! More about our sweet girl and this wonderful promotion for pets below.>>>

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Pumpkin and Pecan Blondies

Ay-yi-yi. These Pumpkin and Pecan Blondies are a little slice of heaven.
I now think I love blondies more than brownies (gasp!).

Pumpkin and Pecan Blondies | A simple fall recipe with lots of flavor and deliciousness. Easy to make.
Are you shocked? I made another pumpkin recipe but didn't add cinnamon chips! I think they're absolutely delicious...but I really liked the simplicity of these blondies without them. Plus, the pecans are super southern-y and fallish to me. Check out these delicious Pumpkin and Pecan Blondies in all of their glory below>>>

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Inspiration Monday

It's FALL! Time for puffer vests, boots and chili!
'Tis the season for comfort food. Apples, cinnamon, pumpkin and caramel are at the top of my favorites flavors right now. Our love for fall is definitely reflected in today's linky party features!

Are you ready for fall or are you mourning the loss of summer?

We feature lots of your projects during the duration of the party via social media.To search for features, use #InspirationMonday. Feel free to follow along via our blogs below: I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Refresh Restyle

Friday, October 3, 2014

Free Printable Halloween Lunch Box Jokes

Your kids will crack themselves up when they find these 
Free Printable Halloween Lunch Box Jokes in their lunch boxes.
Free Printable Halloween Lunch Box Notes | Your kids will crack up when you stick these in their lunch boxes!
Q: What do ghosts eat for dessert? A: Ice SCREAM!
Bwahaha...my kids just can't get enough of corny jokes!
I love sticking these in their lunch boxes so they can share them with their classmates at lunch time. I *may* be the cause of sending the cafeteria into "Level 0 Talking" on a regular basis. Download your own set of Halloween lunch box notes below!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Candy Corn Recipes and Projects

These Candy Corn Recipes and Projects were all linked up at this week's Inspiration Monday party. Grab your sweet tooth...there's something for everyone!

A Sweet Collection: Candy Corn Recipes and Projects
 As I was perusing the links from this week's party, I noticed a whole lot of candy corn fun! Check out all of these adorably sweet Candy Corn Recipes and Projects>>>

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Pumpkin, Pudding, and Cinnamon Chip Cookies

These Pumpkin, Pudding, and Cinnamon Chip Cookies were based off of my friend, Amanda's, world-renowned chocolate chip cookies. I can't believe I didn't think to do this sooner. Because they are...AMAZING.

Pumpkin, Pudding, and Cinnamon Chip Cookies that are TO DIE FOR! The perfect fall cookie!
So, Amanda makes these chocolate chip cookies that are incredible. I first tasted them on a church retreat about seven years ago. And by that time, she was already famous for them (okay, just in our circles...but you know what I mean). She went on to selling the dough for these every year around the holidays to all of us so we could each get our fix. Funny, before Amanda's cookies, I had always sworn I wouldn't ever love a chocolate chip cookie that didn't have pecans in it (I'm southern...we put pecans in errrrry-thing, y'all). But then, I had Amanda's cookies and they won me over. 

Someone finally convinced her to put the cookie recipe in our church class's cookbook. While I'm not 100% sure Amanda would still be my friend if I posted that recipe here...I finally took the plunge and put my own spin on these. I seriously have no idea why I didn't do this sooner. The fall flavors in this cookie are like cookie nirvana, y'all. And although it has oats, it's definitely not an oatmeal-tasting cookie. You hardly notice the oats...I think they're just for texture. Whatever their purpose, it all just works together. Check out the recipe below>>>