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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

    Photo by Alana Sise via flickr. CC BY 2.0

    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
      Photo by Justin Snow via flickr. CC BY-ND 2.0

      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

        pumpkin painted with swirls
          Photo by Mathematical Association of America via flickr. CC BY-ND 2.0

          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

              Photo by meg via flickr. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

               

              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 20, 2018

              10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

              10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

              A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

              Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

              1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

              Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

              If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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              2. You put the cart before the horse.

              “Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

              3. You don’t believe in yourself.

              A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

              4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

              The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

              5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

              If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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              6. You don’t enjoy the process.

              Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

              The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

              7. You’re trying too hard.

              Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

              8. You don’t track your progress.

              Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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              9. You have no social support.

              It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

              10. You know your what but not your why.

              The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

              Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

              Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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              Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

              Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

              Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

              • The more specific you can make your goal,
              • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
              • The more encouraged you’ll be,
              • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

              I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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