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The Most Creative Pumpkin Designs for This Fall

The Most Creative Pumpkin Designs for This Fall

Autumn provides a lot of decorating inspiration, and one of the best sources for inspiration is the pumpkin. Yes, those wonderful gourds are great for autumn home designs, and since pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes, these seasonal vegetables can instantly embellish your home, from the porch to the kitchen.

 

blue wheelbarrow filled with pumpkins

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    Nothing says “fall” more than these brightly colored gourds. When it comes to using pumpkins as décor, let your creativity flow – there are so many ways to decorate your home with them! For lovely autumn décor, try these quick and easy pumpkin designing ideas.

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    Go Crazy with Typography

    painted pumpkin
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      Putting chic typography on your pumpkins can turn your normal fall décor into something more fabulous!

      Monogrammed Carvings

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        Halloween may still be weeks away, but that doesn’t mean that carving pumpkins is out of the equation. Consider carving a classic monogram onto your pumpkins to add a personal touch to your porch or mantel.

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        How do you get a monogram? Search the web for the font and font size you like, then print it out on a piece of paper. Lay the printed letter flat on the pumpkin, then use it as a guide in carving your letter. Carve these monograms in various font styles on gourds of varying sizes, then display them both inside and outside your home!

        Eye-Catching House Number

        Assert your individuality with your very own customized house number. Grab a big pumpkin and some paint to make a house number that will grab the neighbors’ attention. Similar to the monogrammed pumpkins, you can print the numbers first, and cut them out of the paper to create a hollow space where the numbers used to be. Afterwards, lay out the paper flat on the pumpkin and paint over the cut-out. Peel back the paper to admire your handiwork.

        Welcome Pumpkin Wheelbarrow

        Give guests a warm welcome with a pumpkin wheelbarrow. For this autumn decorating idea, grab a couple of big pumpkins to paint your message on. If you’re feeling extra crafty, you can also carve the message. Afterwards, grab your wheelbarrow and fill it to the brim with gourds. Put your painted pumpkins on top, embellish the entire thing with some twigs and flowers, and your welcome wheelbarrow is all set!

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        Use Pumpkins as Your Canvases

        Decorating for fall can also be enjoyable for your kids with these fun and creative ideas:

        Quirky and Colorful Gourds

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          Give your kids some paint and paintbrushes, and let them design their own pumpkin. You can also print out patterns for them to follow when painting the gourds.

          Decoupaged Pumpkins

          Monogrammed Carvings
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            Grab some leaves outdoors and a jar of mod podge to create your own decoupaged pumpkins. Help your kids press the leaves on the gourds, coat with Mod Podge to make the leaves stick to the shell, then let dry. These decoupaged pumpkins make amazing centerpieces for your living or dining room table!

            Glittering Pumpkins Galore

             

            glitter-covered pumpkins in a variety of colors, set on a cake tray, and used as a centerpiece

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              Another lovely pumpkin decorating idea is to completely cover the gourds in glitter. To make your own glittered pumpkins,  coat a palm-sized (or smaller) pumpkin with glue all over, hold the gourd above a piece of paper, then spread glitter all over it. These sparkly gourds are perfect as a centerpiece for your living room mantel or coffee table.

              Make your fall décor more fun and glamorous with these pumpkin designing ideas! I’m sure there are other pumpkin designing ideas out there—can you send some my way?

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              Last Updated on November 11, 2019

              How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

              How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

              Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

              To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

              Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

              1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

              Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

              Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

              To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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              2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

              Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

              If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

              Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

              3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

              Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

              Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

              4. Feed Your Brain

              Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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              This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

              Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

              Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

              5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

              According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

              Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

              Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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              6. Write it Down

              If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

              It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

              You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

              7. Listen to Music

              Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

              8. Visual Concepts

              In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

              Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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              Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

              9. Teach Someone Else

              Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

              Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

              10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

              Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

              So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

              Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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