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Fall Produce: Décor From Your Local Grocery Store

Fall Produce: Décor From Your Local Grocery Store

As the season of harvest, fall provides us with wonderful sights, scents, and flavors. With the abundance of colors and textures that fall brings, it’s not difficult to find inspiring ways to decorate your home. In fact, it’s as easy as stepping into your local grocery store! From pumpkins and acorns to fresh fruit, fall produce is a great way to bring the natural beauty of fall into your home.

Pumpkins

A beloved symbol of the season, the pumpkin is a colorful and versatile item that adds striking visual interest and texture to your home design. A trip to the produce section yields a variety of pumpkins of all types, shapes, and sizes.

pumpkins of different sizes and colors stacked atop one another
    Create a warm, welcoming sight by stacking graduating sizes of pumpkins to create a simple yet charming sculpture. Surround them with smaller decorated pumpkins or potted seasonal flowers for a picture-perfect front porch.

    Make your pumpkin display more graphic by choosing different colors of pumpkins and embellishing them in creative ways. A wood-carving chisel or vegetable peeler can be used to create swirls and fancy designs on the pumpkin’s skin. Use black vinyl decals, beads, or craft paint to monogram a single pumpkin or to spell out your family name, your house number, or a cheerful message.

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    white pumpkins, pine cones, tealight candle, and a flower on top of an ikat cloth

      White or albino pumpkins are gaining increasing popularity as a unique and stylish piece of fall décor. For an elegant look indoors, place small white pumpkins on a white platter and decorate the stems with jute string. Line them up on your dining table, or put them on your mantel along with other décor accents.

      Acorns

      acorn pins

        Acorns come in many interesting shapes, colors, and textures, making them a cute and creative material to decorate or craft with. Whether you pick up acorns from the backyard, a local farmer, or the grocer, you may want to bake them at a low temperature for several hours first to remove any insects.

        There are dozens of ways to incorporate acorns into your home decorating. You can place a scented candle on a plate, in a clear vase, or in a mason jar, and surround it with acorns. This décor item can be put on your mantel or on the patio to keep you company on chilly fall evenings.

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        Make rustic and charming napkin rings by drilling tiny holes through some acorns and stringing them onto a wire in alternating top-to-bottom fashion.

        With a square glass vase, some lentils, acorns, and fresh chrysanthemums, you can create a simple yet stunning centerpiece that brings a burst of warmth and color to your dinner table.

        Apples

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        apples of different colors

          With their vibrant colors, cozy scent, and sweet taste, apples are easy to fall in love with. Likewise, it’s easy to use apples to brighten up the look of your home.

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            For a quick and easy centerpiece, arrange a few red and green apples in a basket along with dry lavender or some wheat stalks. Simply replace the apples if the urge to munch on one or three overcomes you.

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            It really doesn’t take too much work to bring out the beauty of apples. Simply fill three large clear glass vases with varying amounts of water and float four or five green apples in each for an instant, edible decorative piece for your kitchen counter or dining table. Alternatively, you can fill a rectangular glass vase with water and green apples, and top it off with white hydrangeas to sweeten up the dessert table.

            The great thing about decorating with produce is that it tends to last longer than flowers and leaves. Best of all, it can be eaten afterwards. So visit your favorite grocery store now and create bountiful fall displays that are truly a feast for the eyes.

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            Last Updated on December 2, 2018

            How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

            How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

            Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

            The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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            The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

            Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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            Review Your Past Flow

            Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

            Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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            Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

            Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

            Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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            Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

            Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

            We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

            Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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