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Week in Review: August 28 – September 3 | This week we’ve turned our attention to fall! We shared how to make a simple fall floral arrangement, update a dollar store pumpkin, build a simple addition for a desk, and how to tailgate in style.

We’ve been having so much fun doing some more crafting this week!

There are so many times we see things we want to make but never seem to have time to actually do it.

Time is one of those tricky things, and sometimes the only way you find the time is to actually schedule time.

Our projects took us a little longer than we anticipated because we had to let some things dry overnight before moving to the next step.

Three orange ceramic Jack o'lanterns sitting on stone steps.

However, these orange ceramic pumpkins look pretty amazing now!

We’ll be sharing the different methods we tried to duplicate these sold-out (and expensive!) pumpkins next week.

Screenshot of Pottery Barn digital catalog

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AnnMarie’s Week

After a week of crafting and working, it was a welcome break to head to the mountains for the long weekend.

Yesterday was the first home game at Appalachian State University so we took advantage of it and booked a place up here for the weekend.

Gavin is a senior this year so we’re going to try to make the most of his last year.

Although we love the NC mountains and since it’s less than 2 hours from our home we’ll always be visiting this beautiful part of the state even after he graduates.

We had a great time tailgating with friends and family.

Emma’s boyfriend is also a student at App so she came up with us this weekend too.

It was great to have 2 out of 3 of the kids here. Jake stayed home with the dogs.

We won the game (well not us but the App football team…lol) so that’s always more fun even though it was so darn hot sitting in those bleachers.

Today should be a refreshing change after such a hot day yesterday because we’re going tubing on the New River in Boone.

Hope you all have an amazing long weekend doing something fun!

Anne’s Week

Last weekend, I was inspired to get back on track with my healthy lifestyle.

I’ve been frustrated the past year because nothing seems to be working and the scale has been creeping steadily higher.

Unfortunately, I’ve ended up making some less healthy choices because of it, leading to a vicious cycle.

I’ve committed to tracking what I’m eating again which always helps me to avoid eating out of boredom.

I’m also waking earlier to give myself time to begin exercising again.

Listening to audiobooks helps me to look forward to the exercising, or at least to not dread it as much…

This week I’ve been listening to a fantastic historical fiction novel called Beneath a Scarlet Sky, about a young Italian man whose courage helps him to lead Jews out of Italy and over the Alps into Switzerland.

The book is a Kindle Unlimited title that includes a free audiobook version.

Next up on my listening list is Who Not How, a title that will (hopefully) give us some tools to help Simply2Moms continue to grow.

If you’ve never tried listening to audiobooks, you can get a free Audible trial membership that includes one free book title to see if you enjoy it too!

Speaking of books, I’ve stayed awake way too late nearly every night this week reading another psychological thriller: None of This is True.

It was hard to put it down and go to sleep!

Family sitting together at a Virginia Tech football game.

This is our third year with season tickets for Virginia Tech’s football games, and we were so excited to get up to Blacksburg for the season opener on Saturday!

We got there bright and early and made both brunch and dinner while we reconnected with people we’d met in our parking lot the past two years.

The Hokies had a rocky start but came out strong in the second half to pull out a decisive win.

I’m already looking forward to next week’s game and getting to see Katy again.

This Week on Simply2Moms

This week on Simply2Moms we’ve changed gears to share some fall inspiration and ideas.

You’ll learn how to make a simple fall floral arrangement, update a dollar store pumpkin, build a simple addition for a desk, and how to tailgate in style.

small metal shelf under hutch on desk in bedroom

Learn how to make your desk more functional with this simple DIY project!

Adding a hutch to a desk provides a place for decorations and office supplies.

Whether you’re updating a work-at-home space, dorm room, or teen bedroom, AnnMarie shares how you can build a simple hutch.

Large pottery bucket with quatrefoil cutouts holds a fall floral arrangement of gold flowers, wheat, and greenery. Two vintage wood spools sit next to the bucket.

One of the easiest ways to decorate for the seasons is with realistic faux florals.

Anne shared how to choose the best stems and simple tips for making an arrangement.

Man grilling bacon on a Blackstone griddle under a popup canopy at a tailgate.

After years of tailgating, we’ve learned lots of things to make it easier!

We shared all our favorite things for tailgating, plus some insider tips in this weeks’ Friday Favorites.

Learn how to prepare and serve amazing food, fun activities, and how to stay comfortable, regardless of the weather.

close up of dollar store pumpkin transformed to neutral fall decor with yarn

Have you ever seen the styrofoam pumpkins in the Dollar Store?

They don’t exactly go with our decorating style, but it’s so easy to transform them into something beautiful!

AnnMarie shared step-by-step instructions for this braided Pottery Barn dupe.

More Ideas and Inspiration From Our Friends

Do you ever find great ideas that are so amazing you just have to tell someone about them?

We sure do, and we love sharing them with you!

Like this beautiful color palette for fall decorating.

An easy dinner idea.

These tips for using a common tool.

An ingenious Pottery Barn dupe.

Some beautiful fall decorating ideas.

A totally tubular themed party.

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Leslie Watkins

Tuesday 5th of September 2023

So much inspiration shared! Love seeing all of the fun and projects in your life. Thank you so very much for sharing my recipe. Makes my heart so happy!


Tuesday 5th of September 2023

You're so welcome, Leslie! It looks so delicious!


Tuesday 5th of September 2023

Ladies, I love the braided pumpkin. So cute. Looks like a fun week. I appreciate you for sharing my basket tray!


Tuesday 5th of September 2023

Thanks so much Rachel! We hope you had a great long weekend.