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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Halloween In New Orleans 2018

Happy Halloween Everybody! I always enjoy taking a day and looking at the Halloween decorations in the area. I've been doing it since 2013 (2017, 2015, 2013) and there's never a lack of creativity. New Orleanians always get into the spirit. This post has always been a favorite for both my readers & I. You can view all of my Halloween-themed posts here. I cover an array of Halloween-themed topics each year. Enjoy and have a Spooktacular Halloween!

Do you remember these guys? They have a new table filled with new Halloween treats & goodies :D

This house is decorated beautifully year-round! It's won a number of awards.

 I loved the costumed skeletons (especially the Mardi Gras one) and pumpkin theme for this house. 
They also had skeletons hanging from the trees.

I thought these ladies were so funny (and impeccably costumed HaHaHa)!
They were sitting with their Corona's, treats and colorful outfits were just too cute.

This pirate boat was so beautiful! The craftsmanship and detail was absolutely amazing.

Love Jack Skellington "aka Pumpkin King" (character from The Nightmare Before Christmas)

Beautiful Art Installations

Do you guys remember The Skeleton House (2017, 2015, 2013)? They have some NEW additions :) Love their take on The Beverly Hillbillies Television Show, Beauty and the Beast, Louis Armstrong, Twiggy (the popular 60's model), Gone With The Wind, Tiger Woods, Hamlet, Drew Brees (NOLA Saints Quarterback), Otis Redding and ET.

Monday, October 29, 2018

How to Bring Festive Cheer Into Your Home This Winter

Winter is right around the corner and as the clocks are turning back this weekend, the days are getting shorter and the temperature is dropping. Before you know it, Christmas will be here! Christmas is a favourite holiday for many and there is always much Christmas cheer to be spread around the festive season. If you are planning on setting the winter and Christmas mood in your home very soon, then you have come to the right place. Below, you can check out our top tips as to how you can bring festive cheer into your home this winter season.

Put Christmas Music On
There is one sure fire way that you can bring some festive cheer into your home and that is by blasting your favourite Christmas music. There is nothing like hearing a soundtrack filled with the classic holiday music to put you in an amazing mood and filling your home with festivities. There are plenty of options to do this including buying a Christmas CD, finding a playlist online or finding Christmas music on one of your local radio stations.

Play Christmas Movies
Getting tired of hearing the same Christmas songs? Why not switch things up, pop on the television and have Christmas movies playing in the background. Most television stations will have Christmas classic films playing throughout the winter period and this can really help to set the mood in your home. Some movie channels will even be playing Christmas films all day long, so make sure you watch out for them playing your favourite Christmas films.

Enjoy Christmas Baking
While your Christmas music or films are playing in the background, another brilliant way to add some festive cheer to your home this winter is to fill it with the gorgeous smells of baking. Winter is the perfect time to indulge your sweet tooth and forget about the diet for a few weeks to enjoy all of your favourite baked treats. Gingerbread houses are a staple when it comes to Christmas baking and you can make them pretty easily from scratch. Pop some icing and candy on them and create a sugary roof and pathway. Cookies are another great option over the winter season as they can be enjoyed warm out of the oven. Make a batch on Christmas Eve and have the children decorate them with icing and sprinkles to leave out for Santa. We’re sure he will appreciate it!

Display Your Presents
If you want to enjoy the winter festive period and remove as much stress as possible, make sure you start shopping for your Christmas presents early. As you start buying your presents, wrap them up and pop them under the tree to bring some Christmas spirit into your home. There are lots of amazing wrapping option to choose from now, so why not go all out with gorgeous wrapping paper, bows, tags and ribbon. Presents under the tree will instantly make everyone who comes into your home feel much more Christmassy, however, if you have young children then leaving presents lying around may not be the best idea.

Transform Your Bedroom this Winter
Don’t forget to update your bedroom this winter season! While we tend to focus on creating a warm and cosy environment in our living areas, we can often forget to update our bedrooms too. While many people like the lighter bedding over the summer months, once those colder months hit there is nothing better than updating your bedding with some wintery designs and putting some throws over the top for the ultimate cosy bedroom that you won’t want to leave. If you’re looking for more inspiration, these bedroom transformation tips from Fishpools will give you some great ideas as to how you can make your bedroom cosy for the winter weather.

Put the Fireplace On
If you are lucky enough to have a working fireplace, now is the perfect time to get that fire roaring. This is an easy way to set the tone for a cosy holiday gathering and it will encourage family members and friends to gather around and enjoy some quality time together over the winter period. Add a few festive scented candles to your fireplace and you will have the perfect Christmassy display.

Set the Table
If you don’t often eat at your family dining table, why not set it for Christmas to help transform your home over the winter season. This is super easy to do and all you need is some holiday table runners, festive placemats, glasses, silverware and other fun festive ornaments for the table. This will instantly add some festive feeling to your home.

Spread some festive cheer this winter season by trying out some of our top tips.
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