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Autumn is well-known for its captivating aromas—the sweet and spicy scent of pumpkin pies, the crisp fragrance of fallen leaves, and the warm and comforting smell of a crackling fireplace. These are just a few things that make falltime feel as magical as it is. I absolutely love a candle o’clock moment, but sometimes you […]

Top 12 Fall Scents For Your Pura Smart Diffuser —2023


I’m not exactly sure when or how it happened, but somehow, seemingly on accident, I’ve accumulated a burgeoning collection of one of my favorite home decor elements—coffee table books. My love for beautiful visuals and inspiring reads had unintentionally blossomed into a full-fledged collection. And lately, they’ve evolved into one of the most versatile home […]


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This post is sponsored by Party City We used to go all out for Halloween. Year after year, we would throw a big annual Halloween party — with costumes and themed snacks and prizes. It’s been a few years, but we’re feeling… bewitched this year and ready to host again. Chris and I really want […]


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Inspiration is a crucial element in the creative process. However, finding inspiration can be challenging at times. Wouldn’t it be nice if it could be summoned on command? Lately, I have been feeling particularly uninspired, struggling to come up with new ideas as my creativity has been in a bit of a lull. But, I […]


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If you’re anything like me, the mere mention of a French Dip Sandwich makes your mouth water. Juicy beef soaked in aromatic braising jus, all bundled up in a toasted ciabatta roll—it’s everything you want out of a French dip sandwich. This recipe is made with a slow-braised chuck roast for a melt-in-your-mouth experience. Shop […]


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Fall has arrived, and there’s no better way to embrace the cozy vibes than with the perfect seasonal scent. This year, we’ve gone all out on a quest for the best fall candles of 2023. We first ordered a bunch of highly-rated fall candles, but after testing them all, only 17 were worth mentioning. As […]


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The next project we’re checking off our 2023 project list is the mudroom! This used to be the laundry room until we built out a much bigger, better laundry room upstairs. So, in the meantime, this space has been exclusively Cricket’s room. Cricket will still have a special space here, but we’re transforming this dingy […]

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