How To Decorate For Fall On A Budget

How To Decorate For Fall On A Budget


I’m just slightly obsessed with finding a good deal, especially when it comes to seasonal home decor. I started decorating our house at the beginning on September, even though it’s basically 100 degrees here in SWFL. If you know me, you know I am an early decorator. So, I have to get my fall décor up early because it comes down the second Halloween is over and up goes the Christmas Décor!  I hope you guys enjoy these tips for decorating for fall on a budget.


Pillow covers from Amazon

Throw pillows are the quickest way to get your home ready for fall. If you have extra throw pillows that you don’t use you can put a fall throw pillow cover over them. But if you don’t have extra throw pillows you can buy a pack of four from Amazon for around $20. All of the pillow covers above are $10 and under!

Big Lots fall decor

I love Big Lots! I don’t think Big Lots gets enough credit for it’s adorable seasonal home decor. Every item above is $11 or less and year round you can find affordable home decor from Big Lots. A lot of their fall decor selection has a farmhouse vibe this year and I’m obsessed!

Hang string lights 

Source: photo by @viktoria.dahlberg

We hung string lights in our living room and I just feel like it adds the perfect cozy feeling. String lights aren’t necessarily a fall decoration, but when I think of fall I think of cozy, cuddle weather. So, adding string lights to any room will just give your home a cozy ambiance.

Add cozy throw blankets to every space 

Add a fun orange blanket to your living room for a nice pop of fall color. If you prefer a neutral color palette at all times add a fuzzy white, grey or brown throw blanket for added coziness.

Add fall flowers

fall flowers
Source: photo by A Pop of Pretty Blog

My last budget friendly tip to decorating your home for fall is to add fall flowers. If you go to Publix or any grocery store this time of year they have a beautiful selection of fall flowers to chose from. Put them in a vase of your choice and voila!

I hope you enjoyed my budget friendly tips for decorating for fall! What are some ways you have decorated for this fall season that are budget friendly?



The Ultimate Road Trip Playlist

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I am currently sitting in the car as I type this, with my sweet hubby headed north towards Tallahassee, FL. Ever since we started dating we have religiously gone to the Florida State/Miami Football games, in our 7 years together we have only missed one game. We are die hard Florida State fans and even though they aren’t doing so hot this year we will still make the 5.5 hour trek up to Tallahassee to watch our Seminoles play. I love road trippin’ with my hubby and we always seem to have fun even though being stuck in a car can be boring. Our ultimate road trip playlist is a mix of gangsta rap and pop to country music. I hope you guys enjoy our road trip playlist as much as we do.

Take a trip down Memory Lane..









Let’s Get to what you came here for! The playlist, duh. 😉

  1. Ask Me How I Know – Garth Brooks
  2. Wild Things – Alessia Cara
  3. Round Here Buzz – Eric Church
  4. That’s What I like – Bruno Mars
  5. Every Little Thing – Carly Pearce
  6. Sorry Not Sorry – Demi Lovato
  7. Any Ol’ Barstool – Jason Aldean
  8. Issues – Julia Michaels
  9. Heartache on The Dancefloor – Jon Pardi
  10. Focus – Life of Dillon
  11. Strip it Down – Luke Bryan
  12. Glorious – Macklemore (Feat. Skylar Grey)
  13. Good Old Days – Macklemore (Feat. Kesha)
  14. Greatest Love Story – LANCO
  15. Alone – Marshmello
  16. Drinkin’ Problem – Midland
  17. Congratulations – Post Malone
  18. Everyday We Lit – YFN Lucci
  19. Call on Me (Ryan Riback Remix) – Starley
  20. Yours – Russell Dickerson
  21. Look What You Made Me Do – Taylor Swift
  22. Ready For It – Taylor Swift
  23. Tin Man – Miranda Lambert
  24. Love Galore – SZA (Feat. Travis Scott)
  25. My Girl – Dylan Scott
  26. Despacito – Luis Fons & Daddy Yankee (Feat. Justin Bieber)
  27. My Church – Maren Morris
  28. I Could Use A Love Song – Maren Morris
  29. Friends – Justin Bieber & BloodPop
  30. What Ifs – Kane Brown (Feat. Lauren Alaina)
  31. Location – Khalid
  32. The Fighter – Keith Urban (Feat. Carrie Underwood)
  33. You & I – John Legend
  34. They Don’t Know – Jason Aldean
  35. Unforgettable – French Montana (Feat. Swae Lee)
  36. God, Your Mama, And Me – Florida Georgia Line
  37. Wild Thoughts – DJ Khaled (Feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller)
  38. Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton
  39. Ocean Eyes – Billie Eilish
  40. For Her – Chris Lane

I hope you enjoy my road trip playlist! What songs do you guys love to listen to on road trips? I love music of all kinds so I would love to hear your recommendations. 😊



Planning The Perfect Romantic Getaway to Gatlinburg, TN

Planning the Perfect Trip to Gatlinburg, TN (2)

Oh my gosh, if you haven’t been to Gatlinburg, TN you need to make it a priority. Gatlinburg was the perfect romantic anniversary getaway. But Gatlinburg could also be a wonderful, fun filled family vacation. We went to Gatlinburg for our one year anniversary in November 2015 and very soon we will be celebrating 3 years of wedded bliss [and by wedded bliss I mean bickering sometimes but most of the time wedded bliss 😉]. If you have a chance to pick what time of year to go I would highly recommend one of the fall months. We went in the middle of November and they already had Christmas décor up [which made my OCD (obsessive Christmas disorder) heart very happy]. So, stay tuned below I’m sharing the “must see” spots for your next getaway in Gatlinburg, TN.

Baymont Inn & Suites Gatlinburg on the River 

Our hotel was so perfect. It was about a half mile walk from downtown Gatlinburg so we could walk to they city everyday and burn off some of those vacay calories. The hotel room had a balcony that we sat on every morning and enjoyed the sound of the river flowing by. The weather was so beautiful that time of year we pretty much had the door open for our entire stay. I would highly recommend staying at Baymont Inn when you come to Gatlinburg, TN.

Sky Lift

I was terrified to go on the Sky Lift the first time because I hate heights, but once we went the first time I was hooked. Being Floridians born and raised we just enjoyed how relaxing it was to watch the mountain scenery from that high up. The temperature was perfect it was low 70’s, high 60’s during the day and it dipped down to the lower 60’s at night and we just ate up every little second of cool weather we could get. The sky lift costs $16 per adult for one ride or $18 and you can ride it an unlimited amount of times a day. We ended up purchasing the unlimited tickets because we were obsessed! Also, once you get to the top they have an amazing lookout where they have picnic tables so you can sit down and enjoy the view some more.

Legacy Mountain Zip-Lining

This was not my first time Zip-lining but this Zip-line Park was amazing. The mountains were even more breathtaking with some of the trees already turned beautiful orange and yellow colors. Our guide was great and seemed to enjoy his job which always makes things more enjoyable! This zip-lining park was also in Pigeon Forge but it was most definitely worth the drive.

Dixie Stampede

Dixie Stampede is one of the coolest shows and it is so well done. Even if you’re not a horse person this should be on your list of shows to see while visiting Gatlinburg. Dixie Stampede is located in Pigeon Forge but one of the things that makes Gatlinburg so great is the proximity of the two cities. If you get bored of Gatlinburg its a quick drive to Pigeon Forge where there is a quite a bit to do. They have a ton of shopping in Pigeon Forge. When you get to Dixie Stampede, before the main show they take professional pictures and then you head into a concert hall. Once inside the concert hall you can order drinks in adorable boot shaped cups and listen to a band play.

Dicks Last Resort Restaurant 

This wasn’t so much a romantic dinner but it was absolutely hilarious. If you have never been to a Dick’s Last Resort restaurant they “serve you with sarcasm”. So just to give you a little insight into what that looks like, when we sat down the waitress threw our silverware on the table and said “what do you want?”. They put these hats on you and try to make them as embarrassing as possible and if you take the hat off they will make fun of you. If you don’t like being made fun of I definitely wouldn’t recommend this restaurant but if you can roll with it I promise you will have a good time!

Gatlinburg Hiking Trails/NC.-TN. State Line

There are quite a few different hiking trails in Gatlinburg and if you want to get outside, get some exercise, and enjoy the scenery that TN has to offer than any of the hiking trails will work. We ended up on the “Gatlinburg Trail Trailhead” and it was beautiful. Once we were done with our walk we just started driving into the mountains deeper because we wanted to stop at some look-out points for pictures and we ended up in North Carolina! The drive was so relaxing after our hike and by the time we made it up to the North Carolina, Tennessee State line it was so cold [40 something degrees] we did not have enough layers to keep us warm, so bring a couple jackets if you go in November!

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Romantic Dinner Idea: Calhoun’s Restaurant  – We enjoyed Calhoun’s Restaurant. The food was yummy and the atmosphere was very romantic. They had the lights dimmed and our table was right beside a fireplace. If you like BBQ and steak than Calhoun’s would be a perfect dinner spot.

Amusement Park: Dollywood  – We [unfortunately] ran out of time and didn’t get to go to Dollywood but I have heard amazing things about Dollywood!

Have you ever been to Gatlinburg? What did you enjoy while in Gatlinburg? We will most definitely be returning to Gatlinburg again one day, so if you guys recommend any places that I missed comment them down below! 🙂

Enjoy your romantic getaway to Gatlinburg, TN!


Planning The Perfect Day Trip to Waco, TX (2)

This summer my mom took me to Waco, TX for my birthday. We flew into Dallas, TX from Fort Myers, FL and we then drove to stay with friends in Austin, TX for the night. We woke up early the next morning so we would have the whole day exploring Waco before we drove toward Louisiana to visit family, and see my cousin get married. We got our Jesus chicken, thank you Chick-Fil-A for always coming through, and then we headed toward Waco. Our first stop in Waco was Magnolia Market!

Magnolia Market 

Surprise, surprise my number one favorite place we went to on our day trip in Waco, TX was Magnolia Market. I have been watching Fixer Upper since their first show on HGTV so to be at Magnolia Market was so surreal. I watched them on TV buying the Silos and even remodeling the bakery. I was so excited and it did not disappoint.

Pro tips:

  1. Skip the cute shoes. Because honey you will do some walking, some standing, and some more walking and I promise your feet will be hurting!
  2.  If you have a chance to go in the Fall or Winter time, do it. We went in August and this FL girl was HOT in that Texas heat.
  3.  While shopping in Magnolia Market look for workers walking around with iPad’s they can check you out if you don’t have too many items and you can bypass the huge line to the registers.
  4.  Make sure to check out the yummy food trucks! We had “Summer Snow” which was a snow cone food truck…YUM. To read about more of the food truck options you can click here.

The Bakery 

We started at the bakery (for obvious reasons) and they have that backed up line moving quicker than a line for a ride at Disney World! Seriously, do not look at the backed up line and think it will take too long, if you do pass up the line you will be missing out on some delicious cupcakes that are well worth the wait. We were only in line for probably 10-15 minutes at the most. Most of your wait is outside under a pop up tent and they have fans blowing on you. Once you reach the area where there is no more shade they have adorable umbrellas for you to use to block the hot sun.

Pro Tips:

  1. Buy more cupcakes than you think you’re going to eat-I mean DUH! We only bought one because we had just eating Chick-fil-a but they were so good we wished we would’ve gotten more.
  2. Avoid the flower drink in the glass bottle. In the coolers at the Bakery they have two options: water or some type of flower drink. We thankfully bought both but unless you know you like flower tasting drinks I would not purchase it, even though the bottle is SO cute.

Magnolia Seed + Supply 



Neither my mom nor myself have gardens so this wasn’t super exciting but we went inside anyways just for the full Magnolia Market experience. If you love to garden you will love this cute little gardening shop, but for us it was just alright. I will say the garden outside of the Seed + Supply shop is beautiful and totally #gardengoals.

The Findery


After Magnolia Market we walked across the street to a design/decor store called The Findery. They have some amazing furniture and decor pieces. If I didn’t have to fit my purchases into a tiny suitcase I probably would’ve bought the entire store.

Pro Tip:

  1. Don’t spend all your money at Magnolia Market. The Findery has some amazing decor pieces that you will definitely fall in love with!

Harp Design Co. 


Harp Design Co. comes in third on my list of places to visit on your day trip to Waco, TX. Harp Design Co. is just a short 10 minute drive from the silos so it definitely is worth a stop in, just so you get the full Waco/Fixer Upper experience. The whole entire store is almost pictured in the second picture above, so it is TINY! They didn’t have a ton of decor selections to choose from but it was still a neat place to see. Also, right next door to Harp Design Co. is Clint and Kelly Harp’s home that Chip and Joanna Gaines remodeled, so freakin’ cute.

Jimmy Dons Iron Designs


We ended our day trip to Waco at Jimmy Dons Iron Design Shop. Jimmy Dons shop was unfortunately in the middle of nowhere, about 45+ minutes from Magnolia Market. We wanted to at least go take a look to see if they had more sign options than what was available at Magnolia Market. Honestly, if you are running out of time or don’t feel like making the 45+ minute drive than I would recommend buying one of the JDH Iron Designs from Magnolia Market. Magnolia Market definitely had the best options for Jimmy Dons Signs!

If you get the chance to go to Waco, TX even if it is just for a day I highly recommend it! If you’re worried about not having enough time in Waco, I promise you can see all the “famous” Fixer Upper spots in one day without feeling rushed. If you have any questions about my trip to Waco please don’t hesitate to ask!

P.S mom if you’re reading this, I love you and thank you for making my dreams a reality by taking me to Waco. The only thing I am disappointed about is that you didn’t set up a meet and greet with Chip and Jo…next time. 😉