The Stuff I loved: August Favorites

“By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer’s best of weather And autumn’s best of cheer”

Helen Hunt Jackson

I have come to the realization that I may need to make a post solely for the Twitter status’ I like for the month.These monthly posts have become increasingly Twitter filled with a little bit of Instagram and some other random stuff.

Anyway, here are the internet things I’ve been liking on this month.

The Stuff I Loved: August Favorites











































Yea, I hate almost anything Pumpkin! The only pumpkin flavored thing I like is Pie and MAYBE cheesecake but that is where I draw the line!





































39 Tweets!!! I need a life 🙂


Moving on…







A post shared by Jessica Young (@jessicalillianyoung) on







So true. Via @mamasdoody – go follow her!

A post shared by Kate Hall (@katewhinehall) on


I do this ALL of the time! Can’t be good for the bladder :/







Now, a few Facebook pages I’ve liked this month.



Shay it ain’t so

Mrs. New Mom MTL

Motivation for Mommy


Next, I have some great Pinterest boards for the coming Fall season that I just love. Also, check out this post I did last year around this time on some great Fall decor using Gourds. Gourd Crafts and Recipes


Fall Decorating

Fall Y’all

Fall Tips & Tricks

FALLING for Autumn

Holiday – Halloween & Fall Crafts and Decor

Seasons: Fall Crafts and Decorating Seasons: Fall Crafts and Decorating




So this has been the list of my August favorites on social media and beyond.

I hope you have enjoyed these posts as much as I have.

Let me know what social media you have been loving this past month. I love to see what everyone likes these days.


Have a wonderful week!


August favorites

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

30 Incredibly Fun Fall Activities for the Whole Family


Every year around this time we start to get a little antsy. The season is changing, summer is ending, the air is getting a little cooler, and the kids are starting/going back to school.

It’s a lot to take in all at once, so we don’t really think about what to do as much.

I have put together a list of things to do that the entire family can enjoy doing together.

31 Fall Activities for the Whole Family


  1. Take a drive in the country
  2. Plant bulbs in the garden for next spring
  3. Go apple picking
  4. Get lost in a corn maze
  5. Go for a hike
  6. Go on a hayride
  7. Collect colorful Fall leaves to use in an art project (ideas)
  8. Make a pine cone bird feeder (directions)
  9. Jump in a pile of leaves
  10. Buy something from a bake sale
  11. Borrow a book from the library
  12. Watch geese fly south for the winter
  13. Learn to knit (tutorial)
  14. Go antiquing for the day
  15. Listen to the sounds of leaves crunching under foot
  16. (Adult) Tour a Winery (Winery List)
  17. Breath in the cool crisp air
  18. Carve your own pumpkins (directions)
  19. Give out candy to trick or treaters in costume
  20. Throw a Halloween Party (see link at the bottom for ideas [affiliate])
  21. Make your kids Halloween costumes or pick a family theme (check bottom of post for my”find costume” link [affiliate])
  22. Get spooked at a haunted house/walk
  23. Eat a slice of warm pumpkin bread (recipe)
  24. Drink hot spiced cider (or cold) (recipe)
  25. Bake an apple or pumpkin pie (Apple recipe) (Pumpkin recipe)
  26. Make butternut squash soup (recipe)
  27. Make and eat a caramel apple (recipe)
  28. Collect pine cones and display them as a decoration Tutorial
  29. Go to a Fall Festival in your town
  30. Go around the table telling each other what you are thankful for


When we think of our little ones going off to school it can be a bittersweet feeling. We are so glad they are growing and learning but, we miss them being with us all the time.

To lessen the blow, pick a few, or all of the activities from the list and spend some time together as a family.

Our kids grow up so fast, it’s like we blink and they are 16, talking back and trying to spend as little time as a family as possible.

How do you spend time with your family? Do you have any special activities that you like to do each year?

Let me know in the comments 🙂


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Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Gourd! Oh my gourd! 15+ crafts & recipes using gourds

Oh my gourd…

There are so many things you can do with gourds

*some of these links are affiliate*

Gourd have been used in homes for a very long time. From recipes to really cool crafts. They have so many useful applications.

I’ve always been interested in doing crafts with gourds. I figured a few other moms wanted to do the same. So, I thought it would be nice to gather some information on how to do some great stuff with gourds so you don’t have to. I have found some really fun things you can do that are fairly easy to accomplish.

Here are some great ideas I found all over the blogosphere to help you become inspired to decorate your home with these beauties. I hope you enjoy some of these crafts.

The beginner’s Guide to Gourd Crafting (Click this image if you would like to buy the book)

Check out my pinterest board “Thanks and Giving where I pinned the ideas I researched for this post Thanks and Giving Board


Basics of Crafting with gourds


How to clean a gourd and basic decoration

How to craft with gourds
The pulp inside your gourd will have dried either as a solid mass or as a dusty mixture of seeds and pulp pieces. It is fairly easy to determine the kind of dried pulp inside the gourd by shaking it. If you hear a thunk inside, the pulp is a solid mass. If you hear a rattle, you have loose seeds and pulp

If you plan to make a birdhouse from your gourd, then you may want to drill a hole to install a skewer as a perch. You can easily punch holes in your gourd with an awl-just apply gentle pressure and twist the awl a little until it passes through the wall of the gourd.

Colored pencils provide a softer look and are also good for children. However, since the surface of the gourd is uneven, it can be harder to get good coverage. To work the pencil pigment into the little pits of the gourd surface, try cutting a cotton swab stick in two, and rubbing the cut end of the stick into the pencil marks.


Glue-Decorated Gourds Centerpiece

Glue decorated Gourd Centerpiece

Feel daring? Create your own abstract design by lightly drawing it on with a pencil! In either case, you’ll want to practice the design with your hot glue gun.

Let dry by standing the gourds upright in recycled cottage cheese or yogurt containers.

Apply two coats of paint in a color of your choice, allow to dry, and you’ve got a seasonal centerpiece you can be proud of.


Preserving Ornamental Gourds

Preserving Ornamental Gourds

Ornamental gourds add color and interest to fall arrangements and decorations. Children as well as adults take great interest in these odd plants. Gourds, members of the Cucurbitaceae family, come in bell, orange, egg, pear and apple shapes. They may be smooth, warty, colored, plain striped or ridged in pattern.


Fall Crafts with Gourds

Fall crafts with Gourds

These gourds have tough skin so make sure you use a good sharp cutting tool to get through them and be careful.

Stacked Gourd Topiaries. How fun are these! Use larger gourds in all shapes and colors for a front door topiary by simply placing a stake in the center of the pot and pushing it through your gourds.



Decorating with Pumpkins and Gourds

Use thrift store candles and a can of spray paint to make your mini pumpkins the star

organic take of a fall cloche could be used on any style table, or would be really fresh as a coffee table decoration for the season




Some inspiration:

This is a great book for gourd crafts 20 great projects dye, paint, cut, carve, bead and wood burn in a weekend

 (click the image if you would like to purchase this book)


This is a more traditional way to use pumpkins… I like the idea of the layered leaves, and the use of the different pumpkins.



These gourds are the perfect example of how you can make a minimalist look really warm and inviting, and budget friendly, yet still have a clean look




Very beautiful centerpiece



Fun with kids crafts

Exploring Fall colors with Gourds




Fall painting with Gourds




Gourd Fall kids craft

Gourd Fall kids Craft



These are a couple great resource for  Crafting with Gourds  Gourd Craft


Gourd Craft Tutorials



Doing crafts with family and/or friends can be a lot of fun. I find it very relaxing to use something natural like gourds or pumpkins to make something so beautiful.

It takes very little time to prepare and I’m sure you will be very happy with the results.


Here are some gourd recipes just for fun

Ridge gourd Coriander Chutney



Bitter Gourd Fry



How to cook a gourd:

Cooking gourds


Gourds aren’t used so much in American cooking. They are very much used in Indian cooking though. There are a lot of curry recipes using gourds.

Bottle Gourd Curry



Now a bit of information and history:

“A gourd is a plant of the family Cucurbitaceae, particularly Cucurbita and Lagenaria or the fruit of the two genera of Bignoniaceae”calabash tree”, Crescentia and Amphitecna.

The term refers to a number of species and subspecies, many with hard shells, and some without. Likely one of the earliest domesticated types of plants, have been discovered in archaeological sites dating from as early as 13,000 BC. They have had numerous uses throughout history, including as tools, musical instruments, objects of art, film, and food.

Gourd is occasionally used to describe crop plants in the family Cucurbitaceae, like pumpkins, cucumbers, squash, luffa, and melons. More specifically, gourd refers to the fruits of plants in the two Cucurbitaceae genera Lagenaria and Cucurbita, or also to their hollow, dried-out shell. A gourd can also have a hard shell when dehydrated.

There are many different gourds worldwide. The main plants referred to as gourds include several species from the Cucurbita genus (mostly native to North America, including the Malabar gourd and turban squash), Crescentia cujete (the tree gourd or calabash tree, native to the American tropics) and Lagenaria siceraria,

Cultures from arid regions often associated gourds with water, and they appear in many creation myths. Since the beginning of their history, they have had a multitude of uses, including food, kitchen tools, toys, musical instruments and decoration. Today, gourds are commonly used for a wide variety of crafts, including jewelry, furniture, dishes, utensils and a wide variety of decorations using carving, burning and other techniques. 

The Chinese developed a technique of tying a two-part mould around young gourds, or a part of them, so that the gourd grew into the mould and took its shape. Shaped gourds had various decorative uses, especially as boxes, bottles and other containers.

The Luffa, Luffa aegyptiaca and Luffa acutangula, have been used throughout recent history as scrubbing sponge and strainer. This is prepared by removing the skin and pulp from the gourd, and bleaching the fibers.”


The name gourd is applied to those whose fruits have hard, durable shells used for ornament and as utensils, e.g., drinking cups, dippers, and bowls. The Old World genus Lagenaria includes the calabash, dipper, and bottle gourds. Luffa cylindrica is the loofah, dishcloth gourd, or vegetable sponge; when the edible fruit—called California okra in the S United States—is bleached dry, the inner fibrous network is used as a filter or a scrubbing sponge. Among the many other gourds are the serpent, or snake, gourd (Trichosanthes anguina) of Indomalaysia, whose slender fruit reaches 6 ft (1.8 m) in length. Many of the edible members of the family have been cultivated for so long—often since prehistoric times—that a single species may include several quite different varieties. Cucurbitaincludes the pumpkin, the vegetable marrow, and the summer squashes.


Gourd Wiki

List of Gourds and Squashes

Information on Gourds



With all of these ideas for crafts and recipes, I’m sure I will be pretty busy in the next few months. I love doing crafts and seeing the finished product of my efforts and hard work.



Will you try any of these ideas? What is your favorite?


Do you have any of your own crafts for the fall season that you like to do?



Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful week!


Allie’s Mommy






Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.