Wardrobe Style Board: Keeping it Fall Casual

Wardrobe Style Board: Fall Finds | Dolman Sweater, Black Cotton Leggings, Black & White Plaid Scarf, Ballet Flats, Cognac Leather Backpack, Gold Statement Necklace, Turquoise Ring | PepperDesignBlog.com

plaid infinity scarf | black cotton leggings | dolman sweater | turquoise ring
feathered pendant | leather rucksack backpack | black ballet flat (similar high/low)

As the weather turns cooler, there’s something about leggings and oversized sweaters that suddenly becomes incredibly appealing. I especially appreciate this combination while pregnant thanks to super stretchy elastic waistlines and generous amounts of sweater fabric for my belly to swim in :). I have been waiting for seven months for leggings + sweater weather, even junior is turning flips! Speaking of leggings, I’ve just ordered my first pair of maternity Storq leggings that I hear so much about. I was a little bummed about their customer service and their return policy, but I’m looking forward to road testing on this humungo stomach of mine.

I love the plaid scarf in the above roundup most. It looks cozy and inviting, and like an accessory that you could stay bundled up in all day long. When it comes to jewelry and comfort, there’s something equally awesome about a single statement necklace – the sort of piece you can throw on and forget about, but one that makes you feel a bit more pulled together.

It was in the 60s today in San Diego (yesterday I just shared that it was in the 80s last week – it’s been all over the place!), and 60s in general around here = fall crisp weather. Hope you are enjoying a beautiful day wherever you are!

PS More fall finds, giant bauble necklace roundup and a favorite $10 vintage wooden hat rack.

Kid’s Craft: Fall Leaves Milk Art & Thanksgiving Place Cards

Kid's Thanksgiving Project Idea: Fall Leaves Milk Art & Place Cards | PepperDesignBlog.com

Part of my Thursday routine with Liv and Taylor this school year has been to co-host a ‘co-op preschool’ with four of my girlfriends and their kids. We swap who will lead each Thursday and this talented lady set up a curriculum based around arts and sciences.

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This last Thursday was my turn to lead an art lesson and I’ve been meaning to try out milk art for a while. It’s really rather a simple process but because of the unconventional art style, such a big hit with kids. I tied our lesson all together with a nature walk, a discussion on why leaves change color, and a scavenger hunt to find ‘inspiration’ for our craft project. Then we came back to the house to create.

Kid's Thanksgiving Project Idea: Fall Leaves Milk Art & Place Cards | PepperDesignBlog.com

Considering that milk is such a staple in our home (the girls love milk to a crazy degree, especially T), I thought that this project would be an ideal one for our collaboration with Got Milk and on sharing creative ways to incorporate milk (beyond a big cold glass of it) into the everyday. Milk keeps these girls strong and it’s one of the few consistents in our daily lives that I know I can rely on for a balanced diet (Liv is a great eater, T is a little more difficult, but without resolve she’ll walk up to the fridge and ask for ‘malk’ several times a day).

Kid's Thanksgiving Project Idea: Fall Leaves Milk Art & Place Cards | PepperDesignBlog.com

Using milk as the base and food coloring as the dye, milk becomes kid-friendly marbling on a grand scale (like, cookie sheet grand scale). This is such a great project whether you have 30 minutes or a couple of hours – Liv has already asked to recreate it multiple times.

Back to that Thursday morning lesson… we started our day off with a little nature walk around the neighborhood. As a group, we observed the tall trees and the fallen autumn leaves along the sidewalk (though they were a little scarce – did I mention it was in the 80s? crazy.)

Kid's Thanksgiving Project Idea: Fall Leaves Milk Art & Place Cards | PepperDesignBlog.com

We do have a row of maples that change color with the season and that’s where we found most of our treasures. How I adore those three trees! We talked about why trees are important for our environment, why they change colors as the days get shorter and what role ‘chlorophyll’ and ‘photosynthesis’ play.

Kid's Thanksgiving Project Idea: Fall Leaves Milk Art & Place Cards | PepperDesignBlog.com

The scavenger hunt side of our nature walk meant finding beautiful fall leaf inspiration. There were a few red and yellow leaves, but mostly brown!

Kid's Thanksgiving Project Idea: Fall Leaves Milk Art & Place Cards | PepperDesignBlog.com

Leaves in hand, we laid them out on our craft paper-covered table (they sell awesome rolls of brown paper at home improvement stores for so cheap) so that everyone could observe their shape and colors as we continued.

Kid's Thanksgiving Project Idea: Fall Leaves Milk Art & Place Cards | PepperDesignBlog.com

Then using pre-made templates, the kids traced leaves onto watercolor paper (key that it’s watercolor paper) and cut out their drawings. Older children might want to sketch their own leaf shapes by observing what they’ve found in nature. …

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Thanksgiving Tip: Create Prep Stations for Guests

Thanksgiving Tip: Create Prep Stations for Guests | PepperDesignBlog.com

Cooking our Thanksgiving dinner is always sort of a communal project. Different family members take on different recipes while we all prep together chatting in the kitchen. I tried something new earlier this year with Liv’s 3rd birthday, and before everyone arrived, created prep stations for the giant meal we were having that day. Some family members had offered to arrive early and as they filtered in, I set them up with a station. It was a success.

By setting out the necessary ingredients, tools and equipment to create each recipe (sometimes family members will have to share the tablespoons, that’s okay) it cut down on a lot of the ‘where can I find…’ and ‘do you have a…?’. I also provided a print out of the recipe itself just in case. Everyone wants to help, no one wants to get in the way, and sometimes passing out jobs while you’re trying to oversee a giant gathering makes the project feel more stressful. This solution has really worked out well for me, that is, when I have the foresight to put it all together! For Liv’s party, everyone cleaned up their own stations, too. Bueno!

The above is a sample prep station of my very favorite breadcrumb-coated roasted pumpkin slices – recipe to come.

PS two ideas for Thanksgiving place cards: thoughtful paper downloads and gold pumpkins + sharpies.

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