Harvest Hues

Halloween accessories are sprinkled upon our households, but when November 1st hits, the spiderwebs, skeletons, clowns and bat decor all disappear. With the spooky decor gone, we’re back to basics of the harvest hues. Having the foundation of the harvest tints and colors are a great base for Halloween decor; which is one main reason why I stray away from the Halloween purple and black tones.

Once the goolish day is celebrated, having the easy transition back to Harvest themed decor is perfect passage to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Harvest Hues can start with base colors:

  • Apple Cider
  • Arizona
  • Satchel
  • Fire Orange
  • Lion’s Mane
  • Caramel Toffee
  • Mississippi River
  • Cutrus Zing
  • Peach Glow
  • Walnut
  • Ripe Pear

You’re probably reading these colors halfway in, saying “Tiffany, what colors are these?” These colors are from the BHG Paint Color Collection, which are commonly used throughout Pinterest, and other home and style sites. Just the sound of “Arizona,” already reminds of deep spicy oranges. I love it!

Fall season decorating is all about making your space cozy yet modern and sophisticated. Obviously, we all have different styles for our homes, my style is bohemian farmhouse, but you may be Hollywood Glam, or Scandinavian, or Shabby Chic. But having the base fall color hues for your home unites the seasonal theme to any interior style.

From bold patterns to soft neutrals, glossy metallics and using matte color, fall decor colors are across the board, gives you lots of options to make your space your own. Some like to experiment with colors, patterns and my favorite — textures. If you prefer a space that’s a little more toned down, there’s something for everyone using harvest hues.

Take for instance, my dining area. I don’t host Thanksgiving, nor even use my dining table as a dine-in table. It’s currently being used as a work desk for my husband, and myself. I don’t have a Pinteresting centerpiece, but I do style my buffet table which is located right next to the dining table. By adding a pop of burnt or spicy oranges against wood is one of favorite harvest trends.

Also, using greenery helps bring in the outdoor feels into the home. I just just using the classic faux fall garlands, and some DollarTree foliage around the home.

 

What are your easy harvest themed trends? Do you put away your Halloween decor, and start from scratch for Thanksgiving? Or is it an easy transition? Let me know! Comment below!

DIY Thanksgiving Table Runner

Before you put away all you Thanksgiving harvest decor, perhaps squeezing in one final craft, and what also might be a new family Thanksgiving tradition! What was first to be just a regular canvas table runner, ended up transforming into a easy DIY craft to the end the Thanksgiving holiday season! Check out my oh-so last minute Thanksgiving DIY Table Runner!

What You’ll Need: 

Acrylic Paint | Thanksgiving/Autumn Colors

(Yellows, Mustard, Spicy Orange and Red)

Sponge Paint Brunch

Canvas Colored Table Runner

-I purchased mine from Target for $3 (DollarSpot)

++Permanent Marker/Sharpie

…..And don’t for get your kiddos!!

Directions:

  1. Have your little craft assistant’s know exactly where they will place their handprint before the paint. In the photo below, I have the boys arrange their hands with one above the other. (Youngest then oldest, above.)
  2. Have each child pick their Thanksgiving colored paint, and paint one (palm up) on each hand.

  3. Using your sponge paint brush, paint the palm with the paint.
  4. “Stamp,” the palm of each child one at a time, on the desired spot, which they practiced in step one.

    I noticed, as we placed our first palm print, the canvas did retain much of the paint, so a second application of paint was needed.

  5. Apply, another application of paint on the palm, if canvas did not pick up all the color.
  6. Set to dry.

After each child as painted their handprint, and as been sitting dry, grab your sharpie.

I used red and black thin tipped sharpies.

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Names:

  1. Using your sharpie, simply write your child’s name on the canvas beneath his/her handprint.
    You can add in his/her age id you’d like to.
    OR even the date/year.

And viola!

This was such an easy craft to do. But it appears as my older son is aging, this craft will no longer be enjoyable for him come next year.

(INSERT ugly cry face. My kids are growing so fast!)

Happy Belated Thanksgiving everyone!

Happy HOLIDAY crafting!!

Let the Christmas decorating and shopping begin!!

First Half Marathon

Just two days after my Thanksgiving Nitro Trail run, I had my first ever first half marathon. After a 10K, without any major training besides the casual neighborhood runs one and twice a week, my body was already completely sore. Coming into a half marathon after my Thanksgiving run, being sore was a struggle. If I had the body 2 days ago on Thanksgiving besides running a 10K I would have preformed well, but that just wasn’t the case. This was a great example for myself to learn off of mistakes, hanging onto youth, and acquiring a sluggish, slow, stagnant routine what I thought would help me get through the race. I was so wrong, and it totally bit me in the ass.

The morning started calm and bright like any usual race day. Chilly, cold, windy, but always beautiful. The cold wind, is never really something to complain about on race days. Take a look at that morning sunrise. My half was held at Quarry Lakes. Basically my backyard. A flat terrain, trail perfect for beginner half marathoners, and runners. That’s a major reason why I signed up for this half. Flat and oh so local.

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I woke up the morning feeling terribly sore, and in discomfort. I knew had to complete this half marathon. As much as I was in pain, and was not in my 100% tip top shape, it was only myself to blame for my flat and lax attitude towards a hefty challenge. The 13.2 miles, was going to be a challenge  for me. I knew I gad  to complete it. Weather walking, light jogging, or running…Whatever my legs were capable of doing. My main goal was to finish. At the beginning of the start line (corral) I tried my best to stretch, warm up, and get my legs ready for the upcoming miles. A simple leg lift was difficult for me to accomplish. I knew I was in trouble.

As the gun went off, the light jog began. I knew I had to reserve my energy, and not only that — but gage exactly what my legs were able to do. The pain was horrible. Throbbing, stiff, IT bands hard, and just heavy. No sugar coating, but my mile 1 I was worried. The MC made an announcement before the gun went off, that at 10:45a if you are no wear near mile 9, you may just need to call it a day. I refused to there. I told myself, if its one thing, I need to finish this half marathon at a good time, under the 3.5/4 hour max point. There is no need to walk this whatsoever especially in my condition.

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Mile 8 arrived and I was still a bit worried. Typically, I never look at my phone while I run at races. I have my own mental clock, because I know a current pace I can withhold. But since my body was in a worry-some condition, and performing at my usual normal pace was such an unknown. I had to repeatedly take a look at my phone every 30mins or so. Thats about every 3.5 miles for myself.

At every Aid Station, I took advantage of the aid. I drank water, snacked on a few things, get in some sugar, and salty snacks. Just a nibble on one potato chip made my energy spike up just a tad. I knew I was going to finish. Not at my ultimate best time, but I knew I was going to finish. Every mile after mile 8 was such a struggle. The sun got hotter, the distance seemed longer. The turn around point was shortly after mile 8, and reaching mile 10 was torture. The race was extended to Alameda Creek Trail, with connects Fremont and Union City, and crosses along the 880 freeway. The turnaround was around the freeway underpass, and you’d have to make your way back to the Quarry Lake Regional Park. It felt so far during the time coming back to the regional park. At one point, I did feel like giving up, and going to my parents house. (They live quite close to Quarry Lakes, and was only a block away from one of the aid stations.) As tempting as it was, I didn’t. I needed to finish.

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About 3 hours since the gun, I crossed the finish line. In pain, but relief, I couldn’t believe I finish. A part of me felt like crying… I received my medals (medals because I completed both Thanksgiving runs hosted by Brazen Racing), and I downed a water, and ate as many orange slices as I could. I finished. I can’t believe I did it.  13.2 miles done. It wasn’t easy. It never really is. But I was disappointed. With myself, and careless, overconfident self. I spent about 30 minutes relaxing, on a bench reflecting on my performance, and also people watching.

 

Here are my (poor) results of my first half marathon. It kicked my ass. I didn’t really want to post this, being in embarrassment, but you know, this is a document, and memory of my performance. Good or bad, I this is my Journey To 30It’s life, and this is how life is. It throws you curve balls, and obstacles. God won’t throw you anything you can’t handle. I knew I was capable of this half marathon. Although, I approached it with a careless, casual, and lackadaisical way….I was able to finish it. I’ve learned from my mistake of taking training lightly, and now I know how to approach these half marathons.   

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Take a look at these results. I plan to improve. Drastically. This is a promise I’ll give to those readers who follow my JourneyTo30. And also a promise to myself. I have plans for 2016. And completing a Half Marathon isn’t one of them. It’s stabilizing my health and fitness regimen, and  immensely improving. I plan to crush is enter my 30’s. And just not in my 30’s……Forever on as I’m alive. To me, overly exceeding in being happy with yourself, including family and health is success. And….boy, oh boy, do I already feel rich in it. I’m only getting richer.

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My next half marathon is 2 days after Christmas. I’ve been training pretty hard. I don’t ever want to flatline, and fall into a sluggish mode during training ever.

Aim to improve. Everyday. And learn from your mistakes………….

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(Sorry for the split notes. Side tangents. And motivation “go-getter” attitude. It’s my mind telling me to type it for myself. And to re-read and engrain into my head. #GetIT)

Being Grateful

With Thanksgiving here, I’d like to dedicate this post to my three boys. These boys are my what keep me waking up every morning with a smile, to tackle each day willing to grow, and improve.

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Instagram: @helladapper

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Derrick

Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of time on self-improvement basically so I can be more like you. You’re really good at living life. I’ve watched you grow since we were 15 years old, and every obstacle, milestone, and curveball life has struck towards you, you’ve managed to overcome it. You’re really good at living life that just isn’t vacationing, and spending money on the coolest electronics. You’re good at living the daily grind. The fixed routine, a custom lifestyle – and for that I’m grateful.

Jaeden

My 8 year old, and first born. A spitting image of his dad. I see so much of me in you, but more of daddy.  I encourage you to work hard, make mistakes, and then achieve success. I am the lucky one who watched you persevere to crawl, walk, read, and make friends. You are so naturally athletic. You come for challenge, and can make a game out of anything. You make me grateful for life, and look at it as fun playground.

Tristan

My little boyfriend. He just turned 5. I love him more than life. Someday Tristan, you will become a very lucky girls Prince Charming. As much as I want that girl to be perfect for you, I want you to be prepared for her. Just know that I Iove you now, forever and always. And know that someday I will love her too.

Happy Thanksgiving to you my fellow readers. I am thankful for you. I create content in a reflection of parts of my life and interests, can inspire. From the stay at home mom, a woman looking to get healthy and happy, or maybe a mother looking for her creative outlet. I made this blog in no way to proclaim a Pinterest perfect life. That’s not what I have, nor claim to be about.

Tiffany’s Tidings is an outlet for me, to be on the internet, besides platforms like IG, SnapFish, Twitter, and Facebook. It all boils down to being real, and happy. No filters, no special effects, no collaborations to make myself better.

This is me, and my family I am thankful for. My number #1 subscribers.

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B.T.W!

Stay tuned for my Thanksgiving runs recap!! I have my first Half Marathon Saturday!!

Stay tuned! 

Thanksgiving Runs

Turkey Runs

While some may be preparing themselves for Thanksgiving, my main focus this week are my two upcoming Thanksgiving races!! Earlier this year I signed up for a back to back Thanksgiving runs –The Nitro Turkey, and Quarry Turkey hosted by Brazen Racing. As I’ve sticking with my new years resolution of becoming a healthier and happier me, I like to put my new evolved body to the test. Pushing it in something performance wise, in a community of others with similar goals. I love the atmosphere and energy races bring. It’s a great positive gathering who are all running for something or another.

I’ve strategically planned out my races all of 2015. The turkey races are the third and second to last races of the year, and I plan to crush them completely! I’ve been pushing myself so hard this year to keep a healthy mind and body, and I’d like to thank my success to that to my dedication and focus to running. The planned out runs holds me accountable to my fitness goals, and training. This Thanksgiving will mark my last 10K before entering the world of Half Marathons. I can’t be anymore excited. I’ve ran 10Ks well enough everyday that I know my body is able to handle the entire 13.2 miles.

If you’ve embraced a healthier lifestyle this year I applaud you in your achievements!! It’s very hard to stick with your fitness goals because of all the temptations of sweets, carbs, and all naughty foods out there! Especially now, during the holiday season — which is the primary reason I planned out my races during this time!! Once you block out all the temptations of naughty foods, stress, and control a strict sleeping schedule, you have everything in the bag..

Good luck to those who have upcoming races this holiday season! I digitally cheer you on, your focus to a healthier and happier lifestyle!

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Turkey Thumbprint

Create this fun and festive Thanksgiving thumbprint turkey this Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving break is next week, and I’m already planning out my weeks worth of playdates, downtown exploring, museums visits, and also crafternoons!! Check out my PINspired (Pinterest Inspired) craft by The Charmed Mom’s: Finger Print Turkey Card!!

Paint

Supplies Needed:

  • Temepra Paint (Colors: Brown, Yellow, Red, Orange)

  • Googly Eyes

  • Orange Construction Paper

  • Scissors

    This low effort craft can keep the kids busy during the Thanksgiving holiday break! Create small turkeys with the cute little fingers of your infant, and keep the tradition going of creating thumbprint turkey keepsakes every year!

Directions:

  1. Take your thumb or child’s thumb and place into desired paint color. I did an ombre orange gradient. From light to dark.

  2. Create a rainbow motion while stamping your thumb.

  3. After 4-5 different shades, using brown paint stamp 1 thumbrpint in the middle, creating the turkey’s head.

  4. Glue 2 googly eyes to the middle of the brown thumbprint.

  5. Add the orange or yellow beak, and wattle turkey flap.

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Have fun with this craft, as this can also be a cute keepsake for the holiday season. You can continue to create these thumbprint turkeys as your child grows. Seeing their tiny thumbs get larger and larger over the years!

 

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90’s Popsicle “Stick-Stickly” Turkey

If you were between the ages of 9-11 during 1995-1998, watching Nickelodeon after school, I’m sure you’ll know exactly who Stick Stickly is. Here’s a craft that made me drop to to my knees in awe when it brought me to my childhood. PINspired by Formula Mom’s: Craft Stick Turkey Craft. Combining  a festive craft I can enjoy with my kids, and while bringing up old childhood memories of my favorite TV shows is one of the many best parts of parenting.

Thanksgiving Turkey

Enjoy this stick-stickly craft with your children and create more pals, as well as creating a popsicle stick turkey “muppet show.” This is 90’s Nickelodeon reference. Stick Stickly is from Nickelodeon’s Nick In The Afternoon. This cool little popsicle stick figure was the TV host to my childhood afternoons after school!

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Supplies Needed:

  • Craft Colored Popsicle Sticks (Colors: Yellow, Orange, Red)
  • Goggly Eyes
  • Glue
  • Construction Paper (Colors: Orange & Red)
  • Scissors
  • Feathers

Supplies

Directions:

  1. Glue the goggly eyes towards the tip of the popsicle stick (colored craft stick)

  2. Parent: Cut out a tiny triangle for the turkey’s nose & wattle (skin flap of turkey)

  3. Glue nose & wattle flap cut outs.

  4. Glue feathers behind the popsicle stick.

 

Adore these fun popsicle influenced puppets! Create a puppet show, have the kids play with these simple turkey’s at the table, in the car, and place in your busy bags! What’s great about these popsicle puppets, is its so easy to create different characters every season!

Happy crafting!

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Fall Leaf Turkey

I’m currently the class mom for both of my boys classrooms. The month of November I plan to share a couple crafts with both classrooms. Here’s one fall craft I plan to share. It’s a fall leaf turkey! How fitting for Thanksgiving right?! What’s great about this craft is, it gives your child time to collect leaves outside, during the fall season, then use the leaves they collected in a craft!

PINspired by:
Marie LeBaron from the Baby Center Blog

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Leaves

Construction paper
(Colors: Red, yellow, brown)

Glue

Googly eyes

Scissors

Home items of circular shapes as a stencil.
(I used a small cup, and a candle cover.)

Circle


Directions:

  1. Using brown construction paper, trace out a large and small circle. This will be your turkeys body, and head.

  2. Using yellow construction paper, cut out legs and toes for your turkey, using stick like rectangular shapes.

  3. Glue down your turkey body, head, and legs.

  4. Take your leaves, and cut off the stem.
    (This makes its easier to glue down your leaves.)

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Remember to remove stem off leaves.

This helps glue down the leaf easier, without the body cut out off the turkey having bulges.

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Reverse Step: You can glue down your leaves first and set to dry before gluing down the turkey body.

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If you had already glued down the body of the leaves, simply slip the fall leaves in behind the body.

This is only if the glue is still fresh and not yet set dry.

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5.  Glue down the toes of the turkey.

6.  Continue to glue the goggly eyes, a nose with construction paper, and the turkey wattle with extra leaf scraps

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Enjoy your craft with your children and display around the house!

Happy November! And happy crafting! Stay tuned as this month I have many more harvest Turkey crafts to share with you!

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Frugal In Fall

It doesn’t make much to style a home for fall. Honestly, decorating for fall is easier than decorating for Christmas, in my opinion. Here’s a quick example of a style coffee table that isn’t so Pinterest Perfect, but fabulously frugal. Everything currently on my coffee table was all less than $10 each. All you need is time, and willingness to check out for local thrift stores, weekend flea markets, Dollar Trees, and clearance sale days at your favorite retailers (My Fav Spots: Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, and also Bath And Body Works!)

Here I’ll list a few items I purchased at my local favorite shops, that didn’t cost me an arm and a leg. These items can be styled so easily with any style you have that suites the personality of any home, willing to add in the touch of fall!!!

(Above photo, leaf candy dish, Thrifted @Savers)

 

What’s on my coffee table:

(My current living room coffee table)

  • -Pumpkin Candle Holder
  • -Leaf Candy Dish
  • -Faux Pumpkin
  • -One Wick Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Candle
  • -Decorative Skeleton

 

Pumpkin Candle Holder

Purchased a thrift store last year for $4. Every fall I go on a seasonal decorative hunt strictly for pumpkins. Last year, I collected quite a few, but a great beginning to a tradition I plan to continue every year for fall decorating. The metal bronze like pumpkin candle holder had enough space to fit in a decorate pumpkin which I added.

Leaf Candy Dish

Also thrifted, purchased at a Savers for $2. A Better Homes and Gardens brand (Originally sold at WalMart) this candy dish sit’s perfectly next to my pumpkin display. It usually contains bobby pins I take off at the end of the night, car keys, sunglasses, or misc. tiny toys I find on the carpet through the day. OCD Me usually clears out the leaf dish, and placing the random items back to it’s proper place.

Faux Pumpkin

I purchased a bunch of these faux pumpkin’s during a visit to a flea market last year. Faux pumpkin’s are usually scattered in different corners of my home. Bookshelves, night stands, coffee end tables, they add that simple decorative harvest touch to the home. Easy to style. Easy to decorate.

One Wick Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Candle

A one wick candle purchased at Bath And Body Works. Stay alert with those coupons, and special clearance days. These babies usually cost $12! So expensive, but when you can buy these candles on those special days when its a buy 2 get one free, or 50% off days, it’s nice to capitalize on those sale dates! Candle buyers know. Sale dates are IMPORTANT!

Decorative Skeleton

(A simple Halloween touch!)

This is one of the easiest ways to decorate for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Pumpkins throughout October and November are a no brainer. Adding a simple Halloween spooky skeleton takes literally no effort. I purchased a garland of skeletons from the DollarTree, and took them apart. Easily adding them wherever it seemed right. The skeleton man, sits aside from the faux pumpkin. Easy styling made simple, and simply remove it the day after Halloween, and there your styled pumpkin arrangement is still presentable for Thanksgiving!

I hope these simple festive fall decor tips helped!! Thrift stores, flea markets, and DollarTree spots are my home. My holy grail spots to shop before settling with Target! If you are frugal budget friendly stylist like me, comment below, and let me know how you style for the fall harvest season on a dime!

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Thanksgiving Kids Cups

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and while seeing friends and family, I have to make sure my children are we behaved in each household we visit. Having a 7 & 4 year old behave only consists of a couple few things. An electronic tablet or snacks………

Here I present to you, harvest trail mix cups.

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These individual sized cups I purchase at my local Smart & Final.

Cups & lids sold separately.

I’ve also seen these cups with lids at the DollarTree, but the size is a bit smaller, and is only sold in a pack of 6 for $1. I actually use the DollarTree brand for my son’s ketchup case for his school lunch, but I purchase a large amount of cups and lids for my son’s birthday party last week, as well as for the holiday give aways.

Whats great about these cups, are they are the perfect sized serving for children, and include a cap. To make it a bit more festive, I added foam harvest leaf stickers which I purchased from Target. You can also find the foam stickers at the Dollar Tree.

Enjoy these great harvest snacks for class snacks for your children, a playdate treat, or even as a favor during a fall themed birthday! Happy Thanksgiving ya’ll!

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