DIY: 12 Days of Christmas Craze!

Hello December!
Writing books, working at home, babies (Holli Anne, not me), wedding planning, car things, juggling EVERYTHING, and NOW THE HOLIDAYS?!
Yeah, the Annes have slowed posting.
But don’t think we’re finished here. We love Almost There and will come back with a fierceness you’ve yet to see with new ideas and even new people (YOU’LL SEE)!
Until then we’d like to refer you to one of our favorite projects since it’s relevant again!

12 Days of Christmas Craze

12 Days of Christmas Craze has 12 holiday DIYs that are fun, easy, AND affordable! Check out the recap by going here!

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Inspiration: DIY Halloween Costumes

I love Halloween. There are just no two ways about it. For some reason it was the only holiday when I was younger that my Dad’s side of the family all came to visit us so I’m sure that helps the love. As I’ve gotten older that fondness hasn’t receeded. In fact, I believe it’s gotten stronger! One of my favorite memories of college even happens to be a Halloween party we (me + some awesome roomies) threw my senior year.

The Nanny Halloween Costume

That’s me as Fran from The Nanny! (The comparison picture is actually of one of the more tame outfits she wears in the show but hopefully I at least matched the hair!)

It was an easy costume to DIY since I was a flat broke college kid, which brings me to the point of this post. I want to link up a few sites that have wonderful Halloween costume ideas that can be done last minute! I’m going to try and pull off a homemade Poison Ivy costume this year (a post on that after this weekend) to try and save money while also enjoying some costume parties!

Enjoy these two mini roundups and GET INSPIRED!

PopSugar101 Cheap DIY Halloween Costumes
PopSugar Halloween Costumes

HelloGigglesHalloween costumes for the lady who loves a good pun
punny halloween

What are YOU going to be for Halloween?


Recipe: Butternut Squash Apple Soup


It’s one of my fall bucket list items to learn to make more soups. Honestly, that’s just one of my general life goals.

So when I got a butternut squash from my CSA veggie share this week, I knew it’s future would be soup.

Anyway, enough blabbing. Here’s how to make this comforting, yummy fall food. I adapted this from THIS recipe.

Butternut Squash Apple Soup (Makes 3 cup size servings)


  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • 1 tart apple (I used Golden Delicious. Granny Smith would probably be awesome)
  • 2 tiny red creole onions (could also use 1 medium yellow onion)
  • 2 tsp. rubbed sage
  • 1 & 1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 almond milk
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 2 dashes cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 350. Cut squash in half & scoop out seeds. Place in pan, inside facing up.

2. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter and brush over uncooked squash. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Cook until soft, about 45-50 minutes. Take out and cool on wire rack.

4. Dice apple and onion into small chunks. Melt the other tablespoon of butter in a saucepan and add onions, sage and apple. Cook until soft, then set aside.

5. Once squash is cool enough, scoop insides out into apple and onion. Add chicken broth and seasonings and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer about 15 minutes.

6. Add milk and use immersion blender to cream all ingredients together. Add brown sugar and stir together.


-Holli Anne


Inspiration: Yellow Brick Home

House To Home
Note: All pictures in this post belong to Yellow Brick Home and, if clicked, will take you to their original posts.

It is no secret that I harbor some mad love for home/DIY blogs. I mean, it’s one of the reasons I first came up with Almost There. Through the past few years I have created a list of blogs that I believe are fantastic yet reasonable. Why follow blogs that post nothing but expensive content that I can’t relate to?

So, if you’re like me and love interesting people that work hard to make houses into homes for themselves and their readers, then you definitely need to check out Yellow Brick Home!

Following a husband and wife duo from Chicago, Yellow Brick Home has a myriad of DIY and inspiration posts that bloom from home renovations and decorating. (More on the couple here.) I could break down every aspect of their blog that I love (like their first Chicago home and their current home) but I’ll let you browse and make your own opinions instead of rambling. However, I do want to spotlight a few of their posts that are on my favorites!

DIY Giant Frames for Your DinosaursDino Print

Greenery in the WorkroomGreenery in the Workroom

It Just Keeps Going and GoingWall Gallery Art

Dino Battle! (and Building a Terrarium)Dino Battle

The Workroom, Ready to Work!Workroom

There are a lot more wonderful posts so go forth DIYers and browse Yellow Brick Home!


To do: Fall Bucket List


Alright, ever since I felt the first hint of fall weather in the air, I’ve been completely useless in anything that doesn’t include daydreaming about fall related things.

Fall is my favorite season, and I could go on and on about all that’s great about it, but do I really need to? You know why it’s so great.  All you really need to know is I fall HARD for it. (Yeah, that was cheesy).

I’ve been seeing all these people making fall bucket lists, and as an avid list maker myself, I love the idea.

So, without further ado, here’s my fall to-dos:

  1. Buy new boots.
  2. Baby’s first Halloween (We aren’t actually HUGE Halloween people, but you better believe some themed costumes are coming your way!)
  3. Visit a pumpkin patch (I’ve never done this, but it sounds so fun!)
  4. Carve said pumpkin
  5. In fact, pumpkin everything (Like this cake, would be a good start.)
  6. Get in a giant leaf pile (mostly, get that baby in one!)
  7. Wear comfy sweaters
  8. Eat a caramel apple & a whole bag of candy corn
  9. Be outside as much as possible
  10. Fall TV shows
  11. Diffuse cinnamon in my house (I have a new essential oils diffuser and I love, love, love that thing going all day!)
  12. Read books in sweatpants while drinking hot tea and snuggling with my husband
  13. Make Apple Cider (I’ve never made it myself!)
  14. Creative time with my family (My husband is participating in #inktober and it’s crazy inspiring me. Shameless plug, go check out his stuff on Instagram @melancon_joseph)
  15. BONFIRE!
  16. Try new soups & bake as much as possible
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