DIY Fall Wreaths


Can you feel the crisp and cool air now? It’s officially autumn! And it’s a beautiful time to enjoy the great outdoors and the ever changing colours of nature’s foliage. It is fun to dress up our doors too with budget Fall wreath decors you can make.

Below are easy DIY Fall wreaths you and your family can make to save money on decors. Materials are everywhere and if you are crafty, you can use some of your craft supplies too. All you need is a big imagination, some wires or even cardboards to use as base for the wreath, twines, fine wires, glue gun, glue and some glitters to add spark! Now, the rest of the materials can be found around you.

Creating the base of the wreath is easy. If you prefer to use a wire, make sure you add a mesh so it is easy to attach the leaves and other decorations. I would prefer to use a thick cardboard so I can just punch holes on the base directly rather than cutting a wire mesh to attach to the wire base. Here’s a tip when you can’t find a wire deco mesh – use an old metal clothes hanger.

Decide on how large you want your wreath to be. You can be playful by going out of the normal circular wreaths. You can make a square, rectangular, oblong or any shaped wreath base you like.

Cut out your base to the desired dimension and start layering. I would normally not glue or attach the decorations right away. I will just practice on layering and placing them around the base to give me an idea of how it would look like when done.  You can start attaching when you are satisfied with the mock wreath.

If you’re using lots of dried leaves and other natural materials, you can use small amount of glue gun on the base of the leaf. Just dot the hot glue and be careful not to burn yourself. You can use hot glue on twigs and other small fruits like berries.  Use a small wire to attach the dried pine cones or small pumpkins onto the wreath.

If you will use cloth/fabric or burlap as layers for your wreath, then a wire mesh is best to use for the base so you can intertwine the fabric between the wires.

Add glue glitters on the leaves to make them look sparkly.

Complete the finishing touch with bows.


These are great ideas to help you with your DIY fall wreath project. (Photo credits: to their owners and taken from Pinterest)

Leafy wreaths





Burlap wreaths





Corn husks wreaths



Dried fruits, flowers, pumpkins, acorns, pine cones wreaths










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Great Mattress For A Good Night Sleep

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I value sleep like a diamond. It is very important to me to get my 8 hours of sleep. If not, I unleash the “monster” in me. I prefer to have a quality sleep every night because it is very difficult for me to make sleep. My daughter even calls me the Queen because I am fussy and I have to have the right room temperature, well-dimmed lamps and an absolute silence before I can fall asleep. Disturb that and it will be chaos.

So, it is very important for me to have a good bed too. It is one of the many reasons why I try to avoid sleep overs or travelling with friends on shared accommodations. I can be very nit-picky.

If you’re like me, it is paramount to ensure that you are sleeping in a good bed with a high-quality mattress like Tuft & Needle.

There are several types of  mattresses. What’s interesting is that the most popular mattress is actually the least-liked. It turns out that innerspring mattresses are the most sold mattresses. However, they have the lowest overall satisfaction ratings! If you have a spring mattress, you probably know exactly what I’m talking about. Perhaps it’s time for a mattress change?

While not necessarily sold the most, memory foam mattresses have the highest overall satisfaction ratings. However, these types of mattresses tend to be so expensive that you wonder if they are made from some super rare, magical material (spoiler alert: they’re not). The reality is that they are just really, really marked up — 6-12 times from manufacture to point of sale.

A great bed needs a great mattress. If you want a mattress that’s universally comfortable (i.e. not too soft, not too hard) then you should absolutely try out a Tuft & Needle mattress. There are no springs and the foam mattress adapts to your body weight, distributing it across a large area to create that float-like sleep. This is such a bliss!

They even let you try it out for 100 nights so you can get acclimated to it and ensure that you love it before you buy. And I would be remiss if I didn’t share that the price of these high-quality mattresses is unmatched. You’ll save so much money that you also could go by new 1000 thred count sheets, pillow cases, pillows, blankets and still not spend anywhere near what you would if you bought a memory foam mattress as a conventional retail store. And, did I mention that Tuft & Needle also gives you free shipping? Very true! They’ll actually be able to help you sleep like a royal.


Get the perfect mattress at Tuft & Needle now.

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Keep Musical Instruments Well Maintained

If you play an musical instrument, it is also your responsibility to take good care of it like it is your child or your most prized possession. Musical instruments are not cheap. They are made with precision and high-grade materials to ensure their performance is not substandard and that they can produce sounds that are beautiful, and crisp.

A guitar is one of the musical instruments that require cleaning and maintenance. It has to be free from dust so its performance is not compromised. And to make it very presentable and pleasing to the eyes while in use, it is best to buy a kit use to polish guitar and keep it from the elements.

A piano will require fine-tuning regularly to ensure that the sounds of each key are how they should sound like.

A drum set will also require thorough care so that it does not get pricked.

There are many ways to maintain musical instruments. What ever is the type of instrument you have must be treated with utmost care. And if you are not familiar on how to care for your preferred choice of musical instrument, you can always check the internet for plenty of tips and resources.

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Top 10 Kids Costumes of 2015

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It’s here! Costume Express has pulled together their list of top 10 kid’s costumes for 2015! It includes Disney’s Descendants, Star Wars, Paw Patrol, Big Hero 6 and more. Check out the full list below to see if your child’s costume is included. Additionally, Costume Express is offering 15% off sitewide with code AFCCXP15 at checkout. Whether your child’s costume is on the list or you find another great costume on the site, be sure to use code AFCCXP15 to save 15%.

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Top 10 Kids’ Costumes of 2015

Disney’s Descendants: Kids Mal Isle of the Lost Deluxe Costume

Halo: Kids Master Chief Muscle Costume

Disney Inside Out – Classic Disgust Costume For Girls


Batman The Dark Knight Rises Muscle Kids Costume 12-14

Paw Patrol – Chase Toddler/Kids Costume

Jurassic World Indominus Rex Costume For Kids


Star Wars Darth Vader Child Costume

Avengers 2: Age of Ultron Deluxe Iron Man Mark 43 Kids Costume

Big Hero 6: Deluxe Baymax Muscle Costume For Kids


Avengers 2 – Age of Ultron: Deluxe Kids Captain America Costume


These costumes are simply cute and amazing! Don’t wait until last minute to buy them. Get them even before Halloween and let the kids enjoy trying them out!

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The Advantages of Hosting an Au Pair

Childcare options are something that almost every parent will need to make an important decision about. If you are a working parent, you will need to ensure that your child receives adequate care whilst you are unable to be with them. There are a range of different childcare options available, and it really is down to the individual parent and child which one is chosen. More and more families are opting to host an au pair as it’s affordable and convenient. We’ve listed just a few of the main advantages to hosting an au pair in your home.

Personalised Service

Many reputable au pair agency services such as will work hard to pair a family up to an au pair that’s perfectly suitable for them, meaning that as a family you will benefit from a truly personalised service. If you have older children you may be more suited to an au pair who is coming to your country in order to learn the language and get work experience, but if you have toddlers or a young baby you will probably benefit more from a more experienced au pair who has qualifications in childcare. The agency will take all this into account when finding an au pair who is suitably matched to you and your individual needs.

Flexible and Affordable Childcare

If you’re getting tired of doing the school run in your pyjamas or without having chance to dry your hair, you will benefit from having the services of an au pair. Au pairs live in your home, meaning that you have around the clock access to help with housework and childcare. Many au pairs don’t ask for much in the way of pay – room, board and an allowance will usually suffice – making them more affordable than a live in nanny. If you use a reputable au pair agency you will be able to have peace of mind knowing that your children are being looked after by an experienced au pair in the comfort of your own home.

Cultural Exchange

Another unique benefit of hiring an au pair is that you and your family will be able to learn about another culture and language, and you will also be able to teach the au pair more about your culture and language as well. Many au pairs are young people who are looking to learn and broaden their experiences, and together you can learn a lot about each other’s cultures. If your children are learning languages in school an au pair can often come in handy for helping with homework, and it’s also a great way to start introducing your children to different cultures and a different way of life from other parts of the world.

Have you hired an au pair to help with childcare? How did hiring an au pair benefit you and your family? If there is anything that you’d like to add to our list, we’d love to hear all about your experience in the comments below.

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