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Fall Outdoor Decorating: Window Boxes

Over the weekend, I finished up our Fall Outdoor Decorating and just had to share with you. The Front Porch turned out so good, as well as the new Fall Painted Shutter, I knew the Window Boxes had to be just as spectacular! And if I do say so myself…they are simply gorgeous!

Even though I loved the Fall Window Boxes that I decorated last year, and kept them similar, this time I added more Fall Mums {and larger}, more pumpkins and gourds and the ivy is different as well.

Fall Window Box Decorations

  • Mums – these are from a nearby market, they were 5 for $25 and can be planted in the garden as a perennial
  • Pumpkins and Gourds – I love the greenish/gray pumpkin, it’s called Ghirardelli
  • Grasses from the yard and local county park
  • Ivy from the yard
  • PeeGee Hydrangeas from the neighbors yard and green Hydrangeas from our yard

Decorating Tips

  1. Begin with the largest items first, I added the 3 Mum plants
  2. Group together items, like the gourds
  3. Be sure to use different colors, all the colors of Fall blend really well together
  4. Add some height with tall grasses
  5. Fill in small openings with grasses, ivy or items from your yard or county park

Along with the Window Boxes, the wooden bench was added with another Mum plant, and an antique toolbox filled with small gourds and mini pumpkins.

The Front of our Home and yard are bursting with beautiful Fall Colors!

I’d love for you to follow my Fall Decorating Pinterest Board for more inspiration!

 

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Feeding America’s Backpack Program

We’ve all seen those commercials. The ones that say “donate a quarter to help save this starving child”. The sad part is that these commercials are necessary, and sadder still, our own children here in the states need help. According to the USDA, at some point during 2012, one in six Americans won’t know where their next meal is coming from. That’s nearly 49 million people, including more than 17 million children.

But certain programs, such as Feeding America’s Backpack program and Walmart’s Fighting Hunger Together program, have taken steps forward in helping starving children.

These backpack programs help children by sending packs of food with them when they go home for the weekend, in case the free or cheapened price meals at school are all that they’re getting. More than 18 million children in the United States qualify for free or reduced price meals through the National School Lunch Program, but that still doesn’t cover them when they’re out of school.

Feeding America’s backpack program sends bags of food to nearly 230,000 children each year, and Walmart’s Fighting Hunger Together program has sent 594 million pounds of food to communities since its conception. For more stories about Walmart’s commitment to solving the hunger crisis, check out the Walmart Foundation. These programs are growing more and more each year, but not without the help of wonderful volunteers.

Well maybe you’re a good samaritan, perhaps you’d like to do your part to help; but how would you go about that? Turns out there are several different ways, all of which are helpful.

  1. The simplest of these is donating. Just find one of the charities you like and donate some money so that they can continue to do their work.
  2. If you find you have a little extra free time, you could find a local foundation and volunteer your time by packing up the food, delivering it to the kids, or whatever else you can.
  3. There are plenty of other ways you can help; most of them are detailed here. Just remember: every bit of help counts. And as those commercials say, “you can make a difference”.

Learn more about how you can help at these great resources…

 

 

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