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Decocrated, a NEW Home Décor Subscription Box Company

 

Have you started to decorate for the holiday or season yet? My family and I are all done. Since we have a lot of holiday and seasonal decorations, we decorate the weekend before Thanksgiving. The day after Thanksgiving we put up our tree. I know that seems early to a lot of people, but we enjoy our holiday decorations and we want to enjoy them as much as possible before packing them up and putting them back downstairs in our basement storage area.

I do have some seasonal decorations that I will keep up all winter. I tend to pack those away in March.

I’m one of those crazy people who love to decorate for all the holidays and seasons. I decorate every part of our home including the kitchen, bathroom, hallway and even outside on our balcony.

I’m sure you are well aware that there are many subscription boxes these days (they make great gifts too!). You can get a subscription box for books, movies, crafts, goodies for your pet, pop culture and so much more. Did you know you can also purchase a subscription box for home décor? You can! It’s called Decorated. Here is some additional information.

Decocrated (pronounced DECO-CRATED), a unique home décor subscription box service. 

Each Decocrated subscription box includes interchangeable items from tabletop décor to textile elements and wall accents that can work together as a “seasonal look” in one room or can easily be distributed around your home for a greater purpose. 

Decocrated cares genuinely about their subscribers and every item they choose carries the deepest of consideration and love.  Subscribers enjoy the home refresh every season and often gift a subscription to friends and family for birthdays, holidays and weddings.

Decocrated also supports local artists from across the nation and includes a curated, exclusive art print in each box. Their art also inspires the design and prints that are incorporated into many of the items such as wall art, pillows, etc.

If you read my blog on a regular basis, you might recall a recent post I did for Decocrated’s Fall box, which contained beautiful pieces for fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving. You can read that post here – Decocrated – the Home Decor Subscription Box.

Decocrated does a lot of research to make sure that they match what is in stores at the time, so that you can buy complementing decor. Also, the fun of this subscription is trying new things. Decocrated wants you to venture outside of your comfort zone for a season or two. Décor is always changing, and they want to help you grow and be comfortable with it.

The Decocrated box includes 2-3 interchangeable items per box. This ensures that you can get the maximum usage out of each piece. For example, their art work often has a seasonal message on one side and an “everyday” message on the other.

Decocrated was kind enough to send me their winter box. I say “winter” because the contents are more so winter related than Christmas related. I think that is a fabulous idea since not everyone celebrates Christmas. No matter what holiday you celebrate this time of year (or no holiday at all), this box is still a great purchase.

This box’s featured artist is Katerina Fonte.

Katerina Fonte is back at it again. Designing all the cozy art for Decocrated’s Winter box. She is the visual heart (AKA Senior Graphic Designer) for Decocrated and our featured artist for Winter. Kat used her talents this season to craft a cozy winter tale through her
colorful illustrations.

Let’s see what’s in the box…

Everything about this box is perfectly done. I love all the words on the box to get you super excited about the contents (I’m already excited to see the box arrive). I’m sorry that I neglected to take a photo of the outside of the box.

Once the box is opened, you’ll find several boxes inside. Everything is so neatly packed inside. It’s almost like a puzzle the way they put the boxes inside the shipping box. I’ve tried to put the boxes back the same way (after removing the contents) but I can never do it.

Sometimes you’ll find pieces of cardboard that you might think contains something, which is why Decocrated will label those in a way that you know they are just fillers to keep stuff from bouncing around during shipping.

So what is in the winter box?

This is a beautiful, lightweight throw blanket. I love the color! I also love how soft it feels. Our cats enjoy this blanket too. LOL!

I love how the blanket is wrapped in a lovely ribbon. If you wanted to, you could give this away as a gift. This would make a wonderful hostess gift.

Often Decocrated sends covers for standard size throw pillows (I believe 8″ x 8″). Sometimes they are double sided too.

This is probably the only item in the 2019 winter box that could be seen as Christmassy (if that is a real word). It does say “Fa la la…” on it (in reference to the holiday song). It also features ugly holiday sweaters, which tend to be more about Christmas as well. None the less, I intend on keeping this pillow cover on our throw pillow all winter long.

This is a beautiful, and exceptionally well made, wooden serving tray. The inside almost has a bit of a texture to it as well.

This would be great for serving appetizers, finger foods and snacks at holiday parties. You can use this year round too.

You could also use this tray as part of your holiday décor. I plan on using it both ways. 

I love these modern looking winter trees. They are made of ceramic (or porcelin).

You can’t really tell from the photo, but all three trees are a different shade of green.

You can use these as a group, or spread them up to decorate different areas of your home.

Our holiday/seasonal decorations tend to be a bit kitschy and whimsical, but I think these will fit in nicely with our things.

I initially thought these were ornaments. They are actually pretty wooden gift tags. If you used these as gift tags, it would really take your gift wrapping to a whole new level.

You can also hang these up around your home, or lie them on a side table for a touch of seasonal decorating.

This is a fun idea. It’s a metal “envelope’ that you can hang on your wall to house your keys or incoming/outgoing mail. You can also use it for other trinkets or supplies.

This is “different” and not something I would purchase in the store if I saw it. However, now that I have it, I really like it and it’s coming in handy.

The above two photos are of the same art print. The print is double sided with a lovely quote on one side, and a cute winter hat on the other side.

These types of art work can be hung up or left standing on a table top or shelf. I love that you can enjoy them without hanging them up, as wall space is limited in our home.

I’ve already started to incorporate these fabulous décor items in my home. 

I have the metal envelope hanging on the wall next to our keys. We’ve been using it to store incoming/outgoing mail.

I am currently using the tray and trees on our hallway table. I just happened to have the small deer from a Playmobil set. I think them, combined with the trees and the snowy-look on the inside of the tray make it a cute, little winter scene.

I am using the wooden gift tags as ornaments on our tree. I didn’t even need a hook. I simply tied the ends of the twine and used that as the “hanger.” I think they look really cute.

I have the art print on my kitchen counter, near my son’s coffee pot (I use a Keurig, he prefers a regular coffee pot). The Santa and Mrs. Claus salt and pepper shakers belonged to my grandparents. I put them out every year because they bring back wonderful holiday memories from my youth.

Once we un-decorate for the holiday I am going to put this art print on the hallway table.

I haven’t take a picture of the throw blanket and pillow together because every time I try and set up a nice picture, one of our cats “photo bombs” it. Once I can finally get a photo without a cat trying to curl up on the blanket, I’ll update this post with it.

As you can see, you get a lot of wonderful pieces with each Decocrated subscription box.

Decocrated boxes come out each season (quarterly). You can purchase the boxes individually, or you can sign up for a whole year. Quarterly is $79.99 and yearly (4 boxes) is $287.99. If you opt to do it quarterly, make sure you order the box ASAP because they sell out quickly. Each box has $200 worth of products in it.

When you break it down, each piece cost roughly $10 each. Where else will you find such beautiful pieces for that price? You are also enjoying a a service that sends a cohesive home decor collection that takes the guess work out of decorating.

The winter box is still available. If you use my special code, SHESCRIBES10 to save 10% on the quarterly option, or SHESCRIBES30, to save 30% on the annual/yearly option.

This would make a GREAT holiday gift!

Decocrated also has three online communities for subscribers. This gives everyone that subscribes a connection to a community that shares the same love of decor that they do!

  • The Decocrators is a community that showcases how people use the product in their homes.
  • DecoHacks are for those that love a good DIY project and like turning pieces into their own.
  • Decocrated’s marketplace is a great place to buy, trade, sell any item.

If you are interested in learning more about Decocrated, visit Decocrated.com. Be sure to look for the brand on social media as well. Their links are on their site.

Which is your favorite piece from the winter box?

Do you think you’d be interested in subscribing? Why or why not?

Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

*I received a free box in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Decocrated – the Home Decor Subscription Box

 

I’m not a big fan of cleaning (it’s a “necessary evil”), but I do love to have my home to look and feel the best way possible. I want everyone who enters out home to feel welcome. I want my home to be warm and inviting.

I take pride in how my home looks, right down to the littlest detail.

I love to shop for my home, more so than myself. I also like to switch things up a bit and swap out decorative pieces from time to time (or move them to different spots in our home). My husband is the first to notice when I change things up. He thinks I do it out of boredom. I don’t. I just like to keep my home looking nice, so if that means I need to move a clock from one wall to another, or swap out my red vase with my blue vase, so be it.

I love shopping at home decor stores because I never know what I’ll find. In addition, I often come across pieces that I didn’t think I’d want or need for my home, until I see them. This is why my husband jokingly says I need “adult supervision” when I shop. Ha Ha.

There are a lot of subscription boxes on the market these days, from beauty to horror collectibles, and from kids boxes to boxes for your pets. But did you know that there is a subscription box for your home? There is! It’s called Decocrated – the home decor subscription box.

Every three months (quarterly, or as the seasons change), Decocrated sends subscribers a box full of timeless, high quality, home decor.

Since their boxes arrive when the seasons change, it’s the ideal time to switch up your home decor to match the season (or a “seasonal refresh” so to speak).

Decocrated subscription boxes feature full size products, and their combined value far exceeds what you pay for the box. You would also have to shop at many different stores to get similar pieces, but with Decocrated, these wonderful goodies come directly to you.

Each box comes with approximately 7-8 pieces. Many reflect the season, and other pieces can be enjoyed year round. It’s totally up to you.

Here are the actual boxes from this past year (Fall 2018, Winter 2018, Spring 2019 and Summer 2019).

As you can see, you get a lot of wonderful products with each box. Each box geared towards a specific season.

These boxes can be enjoyed no matter where you live. For example, just because you live out West where you don’t have the same type of Autumn as people in the Northeast have, doesn’t mean that you’ll like the fall box any less (and vice versa). Each product is meant to be enjoyed no matter where you live in the country.

You can utilize all of the decor items in each box when you receive the box, or wait until you are ready.

As you can see, many pieces can be enjoyed year round. It’s totally up to you.

I was sent to review Decocrated Fall 2019 box.

In the first photo you can see two of our cats are just as excited about the Decocrated box as I was – except they wanted the EMPTY box to play with, and I wanted to goodies that were inside. Ha Ha.

The box is really big. That is because it contains full size products. These are not miniature or sample sizes. These are the same types of products you would buy in a store. 

The box is very well presented. Decocrated took time to make sure you enjoyed opening the box, as much as you did opening the product boxes.

Inside the box I found an assortment of smaller boxes. These are the boxes the products are in. They are not labeled on the outside, so it’s a total surprise as to what is inside. It’s like Christmas morning!

Decocrated makes sure that your products arrive to you safely and in one piece. For that reason they prevent the interior boxes from bouncing around with empty boxes and cardboard. They are labeled as such so you know which box is which.

I like this idea. I think it works better than bubble wrap, and the cardboard can be recycled too.

Once I opened the box up, I was able to retrieve seven boxes that contained the products. These are nice size boxes too.

Now for the fun part… opening up these boxes to see what’s inside.

The first item is a large, woven, wicker tray. The sides are about 2″ high (give or take, I cannot find my ruler).

I am not sure what I plan on doing with this yet. I know it’s a tray, but I’m honestly thinking about hanging it up on the wall in my kitchen. I think it would make an equally as nice wall decoration as it would a try.

I was going to use it on my coffee table, but right now our kittens are still in that phase where they will sit and sleep in anything they can fit in. I know if I put this on the table they are going to sleep in it. So for now, I think using it at wall decor would be best.

Inside the box was a really cute letter board that came with many letters to create different words. Right now I have it set as “Boo.” After Halloween I am going to use “Fall.” After that I’ll change it to “Love.”

The letters easily slide on and off.

This is one of those products that I didn’t know that I “needed” in my life until I finally received one. I really love this letter board. I would love to get more tiles for it so I can create even more words.

This is a pedestal tray or stand. Again, I can’t find my ruler, but I’d have to say this is about 7″ across each way (approximately) and about 2″ high (approximately). You could use this as a tray or a pedestal for a vase, photos or a piece of artwork.

The photos do not do this justice. My apologies for the low quality of the pedestal photos.

I have not found a place for this yet. I know I can use this on my dining room table during Christmas time. I have a centerpiece that could use some height on it to be seen better over the high back chairs. I have been wanting something like this just for that purpose, so I know this will be put to good use for the holidays.

This is a double sided piece of block art. One side is perfect for Halloween, and the other side is great for Thanksgiving. You could also keep “Thankful” up year round, because we should all be thankful no matter what the holiday or season.

I love that this piece has a dual purpose. You are getting two decorating pieces in one.

Currently I have this on our television stand. I look at it every night when I am watching T.V.

Inside the fall Decocrated box was two pillow cases that fit 8″ x 8″ throw pillows, which we happened to have for our couch.

One pillow is white (front and back) with blue triangular-like shapes on it. The other pillow features a pumpkin with some succulents on one side, and a reddish color on the back side (see above pictures), so this pillow is reversible.

We use the throw pillows on our couch. I have always thought about mixing it up for the holidays and seasons, but I never got around to looking for pillow covers. I am so glad Decocrated sent me some. Now that I see how great my dark couch looks with a pop of color added to it, I want more throw pillows to reflect the different holidays and seasons.

Also included in the 2019 Fall Decocrated box is a two sided metal sign. On one side it reads “Gather here with thankful hearts,” which is ideal for Thanksgiving. On the other side it reads “Welcome to our home.”

This sign is made of metal and the sign swings around to reveal the other side.

What a wonderful decoration to keep up year round (which I plan on doing). Right now I have the “thankful hearts” message displayed. After the holidays I’ll change it to the “home” message.

Doesn’t it look great on the table in our hallway? I love it! It’s perfect!

I don’t know much about succulents, except they are cute and they require little water.

Inside the fall box is metal wall art of a succulent.

At first I wasn’t sure if I’d like hanging this (it didn’t match with our current decor) but after I hung it up in the hallway, I think it looks great!

I love that it’s three dimensional, and that it’s made out of metal. It’s a unique piece that I have received several compliments on thus far.

This wall art doesn’t necessarily express fall/autumn, so we can keep it up year round. I like that it also matches one of the throw pillow covers that came in this quarters Decocrated box.

As you can see, Decocrated gives you a lot for your money. I love how they match the holidays/seasons so perfectly.

You can subscribe to an individual box (Winter is the next box), or you can subscribe for the entire year so  you don’t miss out.

A subscription would make a wonderful gift idea. Even one box would be perfect to give someone for the holidays.

For more information about Decocrated, visit Decocrated.com. The brand can also be found on social media. Their links are found on the bottom of their website.

What do you think about Decocrated? Does it look like something you would be interested in trying out?

Kimberly

*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

It’s time to get “scary” with fun decorations and costumes from WholesaleHalloweenCostumes.com

 

Some of our Halloween decorations.

When it comes to decorating for the holidays, I tend to go “all out” when it comes to Christmas and Halloween. Some people might argue that I tend to decorate more for Halloween than I do Christmas. I don’t necessarily agree with that, but I do know that when it comes to decorating for Halloween, I have a blast.

When my kids were little, I tried to keep my Halloween decorations kid-friendly (even though I wanted to be as scary and creepy as possible). The older they got, the scarier my Halloween decorations became. Now that my kids are adults, I can decorate any way I want, much to the dismay of my husband. He thinks it’s weird and keeps joking that he wishes he had a “normal wife.” He doesn’t share my appreciation for things that are scary and gory.

I collect horror memorabilia. Needless to say, there is no Halloween decoration too creepy for me.

Even though we have a nice collection of Halloween decorations, there is always room for more. I love to rotate between decorations so that we’re not displaying the same ones over and over again.

Normally we are decorated for Halloween by mid-September (just about the time stores are putting out their CHRISTMAS decorations, ha ha). Sadly, my cousin took ill with cancer, and passed away. He was my best friend growing up. We lived next door to one another and we share the same birthday (he was three years older than me). I’ve just been too “down” to decorate. This Halloween is going to be unlike any other Halloween in the past, because this year we are not decorated. I have a few things here and there, but 99% of our decorations are still packed away in the basement, including my beloved life size Michael Myers (Halloween) mannequin.

Our Michael Myers mannequin that stands on our balcony and totally freaks out the neighbors.

When it comes to purchasing decorations, I love a good bargain. That is why I love shopping at places like WholesaleHalloweenCostumes.com. Not only do they have a great assortment of Halloween costumes for both children and adults, they also have plus sizes, which is great for a plus size lady like myself.

Don’t let the name fool you. Just because they have the word “wholesale” in their name, doesn’t mean that they don’t have popular, trending costumes. They have popular costumes like Descendants, Legend of Zelda, Pokeman, Paw Patrol, Marvel and The Joker, which I have a feeling will be a very popular costume this Halloween season.

My kids are adults now, so I don’t need to shop for Halloween costumes for them. I also have a costume I’ve worn every year for the past few years (a butterfly). I don’t think it’s necessarily to buy a costume that I’m only going to wear for three hours, then have to worry about finding a place to store it for the next 365 days. My butterfly costume consists of lightweight wings (silk scarf like material that fold up into a tiny square) and a headband. I wear them with black pants and a black top, which I always have in my wardrobe to begin with.

What I’m after at WholesaleHalloweenCostumes.com is their Halloween decorations. This year I’ve added some really cool ones to our ever growing collection.

Mystic Oil Slick Crystal Ball Prop Accessory – Item #SEW80708 $21.90

It’s hard to tell from my photo, but the “glass” (actually plastic) globe has a crackle appearance to it.

By day, the crystal ball has a crackled mirror-like appearance (as you can see in the above photo). When the evening approaches, flip on the switch on the bottom of the crystal ball and watch it come alive with changing lights (mostly green and blue) which give it a super creepy vibe.

This would be a fun accessory to use in a mock seance. It also looks really cool on the coffee table or on a bookshelf. The every changing lights draw your attention to it.

I like the base of the crystal ball and how it has an antique look to it.

This is a decent size. I don’t have a ruler handy, but I’d have to say it’s about 8″-9″ tall, and maybe 6″ round.

WholesaleHalloweenCostumes.com has other crystal balls worth checking out too.

Stranger Things Alphabet Tapestry with Lights Hanging Decoration – Item #R200145 $44.90

I love Stranger Things. I am a HUGE fan of the series. I watched all seasons in the matter of days (binge watched multiple episodes each day). I love the show so much that I have numerous collectibles and figurines from the series.

I have always wanted one of the “lights’ decorations for my home. I think they are really cool. When I saw that WholesaleHalloweenCostumes.com had one, I was thrilled.

I was so excited that I was getting one to review. I wish however the size of the tapestry was listed on the website. This is huge. It measures 68″ x 46”. I’m 5’3″ (63″), so this is longer than I am tall.

Sadly, this won’t fit where I wanted to hang it. The only place I can thin of is the hallway, but it’s not an area that is seen that much (unless you are coming/going from our home). I really wanted to see this every day during Halloween season (and perhaps beyond). As of right now, I have been unable to hang this up.

This is a really nice, well made cloth. It comes with the Christmas lights that you have to put in when you hang it up (it doesn’t come assembled). That is easy enough to do. It also requires batteries (not included).

3D Head in Jar Decoration – Item #F53282 $21.90

I have seen heads in jars decorations before. I always thought they were really cool. I think that they would go great with my horror memorabilia collection, as well as for Halloween. Yes, I would actually keep one up year round. Trust me when I say there is a reason why my husband calls me “weird.” LOL!

WholesaleHalloweenCostumes.com has a fun Head in Jar prop that is sure to gross out your Halloween visitors (or even yourself).

The jar is made out of plastic. I have no open the jar yet, but I can only assume the head is made out of plastic too.

It’s hard to tell from the photo, but this is a good size jar. I actually thought it was going to be smaller, so I was pleasantly surprised when I saw it’s true size.

I do wish the sticker found on the bottom of the jar (as seen in these photos) was easier to remove. I eventually got it all off, but I had to soak the jar for a bit in order to loosen up the sticker.

I am seriously considering leaving this out year round.

18” Wooden Spirit Board – Item #SI79172 $23.90

I love this! I didn’t think I would love it as much as I do. When I saw it on the brand’s website, I thought it was cool. When I saw it in person, I fell in love with it. I am seriously considering leaving this out year round as well. I just need to find a place where I can hang it up.

This spirit board is made out of wood. I love the slight imperfections it has because it gives it an aged look. With something like a Spirit Board, you don’t want it to look perfect. You want it to look old because it gives it a much more creepier vibe.

This Spirit Board does not come with the apparatus that you use to make it like a Ouija board (the thing you lightly rest your finger tips on). This is meant as a decoration/prop, not as an actual board that you use. I suppose you could use it if you have the other piece, but personally, I wouldn’t. I’ve had some crazy experiences with Ouija boards when I was younger. I steer clear of them as an adult.

Bloody Cleaver – ITEM #: 63058F $3.90 and Bloody Axe – Item #63060F $4.90

The Bloody Cleaver and Bloody Axe can be used as accessories with your Halloween costume, or you can use them as decorations/props. I am currently using them as props.

I have an actual cleaver and axe that are autographed in my horror collection. Thankfully they are not bloody looking like these props.

Each one is made out of plastic, even though they appear to be the real thing. Each one also has a decent splattering of “fresh blood” on them to make them look even more scary.

I was going to use one of them in the hand of our Michael Myers mannequin, but in the films he didn’t use these tools. So I’ll just leave the fake knife in his hand, if we decide to bring up our Halloween decorations this year.

50” Fuzzy Spider Decoration – Item #F81922 $7.90

For about the past 10+ years we’ve had a giant spider on our balcony. He looked as if he was climbing up on to our balcony. Sadly, time and the weather took it’s toll on him and we had to get rid of him. His once black fur was light gray from being out in the sun. His fur was also coming off of him. I knew it was time to replace him.

WholeSaleHalloweenCostumes.com had the nearly identical spider to the one we had to get rid of. The only difference is that the one from WholesaleHalloweenCostumes.com had red eyes that glowed (if you chose to put a battery in him and turn him on). I don’t think we’ll do that if we decide to put him outside. No one would be able to see his eyes from how high up we are, and I don’t like the idea of batteries out in the elements. If we opt to keep him inside, I will utilize his eerie red, glowing eyes.

This fun spider has legs that can be bent into a variety of positions, making it easy to find a way to “hang” him.

I love big spider decorations like this. They are fun to work with.

Bloody Hanging Foot – Item #63053F $6.90 and Bloody Hanging Arm – Item #63277F $6.90

For many years we’ve attached a leg to our balcony, so that it looks like just that one body part is hanging off (where is the rest of the body?!). When I saw that WholesaleHalloweenCostumes.com had not only a hanging leg, but also a hanging hand, I knew I had to get them to add to our balcony.

Below is a photo of the leg that we have (not from this brand). This is an older photo. Our balcony decor has changed (improved!) over the years.

I have not hung up these props yet. As I explained earlier in this post, due to my cousin’s illness and death, I wasn’t in the mood to drag up our decorations. Thankfully there is still time, so I might just get them up after all. We’ll see… In the mean time, these are super cool props that I hang from my shelving where I keep all my horror memorabilia.

Even though these are made of plastic (including the chain), they do have a realistic look to them, which I love.

Sorry We’re Dead Sign – Item #BB78958 $1.99

This one is a mystery to me. I have no idea where it went! When I first recieved these goodies from WholesaleHalloweenCostumes.com, I put everything in the closet for safe keeping. For the life of me, I cannot find it. I’m sure it’s in my closet somewhere. It probably fell behind something.

This is made out of a strong cardboard-like material and comes with a hanger so you can hang it up right away. I was going to hang this from our door when we run out of Halloween candy. I thought that would be funny.

Bloody Unrestroom Sign – Item #BB75038 $1.99

This is a really funny wall/door STICKER. This is not a window cling. This will stick to any smooth, clean, flat surface, like a bathroom door.

I’ve actually used this exact one a few times over the years. I forgot where I initally got them from, but I purchased several of them so I could have one year after year. I used the last one last year, so I was thrilled to find that WholesaleHalloweenCostumes.com had them.

I’ve never had any issues with these. They peel off quickly and easily. I have had wall stickers actually take paint off the wall, but honestly, I have not had that happen with THESE stickers. That doesn’t mean that it can’t happen, so I would use caution when removing them. Just take it slow and easy and it should peel off just fine.

Sadly, this is a one time use only sticker. You can try to safe it, but I doubt it would stick as well. But for $2, it’s a fun addition to your home’s eerie decor.

Bloody Removeable Stickers – Item #BB75039 $1.99

Just like with the bathroom wall sticker, I have not put these stickers out yet. These are also a “one time use only” type of product. I am holding off using them to see if we’re going to put out all our Halloween decorations or not. If not, I must just save them until next year.

I have used these before as well. The same time I purchased multiple of the door sign, I also purchased multiple of these to use each year. I also ran out of these last year as well.

If I remember correctly, these stick a bit more than the bathroom sticker. I would definetly take it slow and easy removing these from your wall, just to be on the safe side.

These are fun to add those “finishing touches” to your scary Halloween decor. Add some to the top of doors, your toilet tank, or any where that you want people to think there could be a slaughtered body or monster lurking about.

I love decorating, and WholesaleHalloweenCostumes.com has plenty of great decorations at budget friendly prices. I’m looking forward to many great years with these awesome decorations.

If you would like to check out what else WholesaleHalloweenCostumes.com has, visit WholesaleHalloweenCostumes.com. Also, check out their “sister site,” WholesalePartySupplies.com for all your party needs.

Both brands are also found on social media. Their links are found on their websites.

Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Stress-Free Guide To Hosting Your First Dinner Party

 

If you love to cook, then having a dinner party can be a great way to hone your love of cooking, and having friends over for a meal and entertaining. Dinner parties can be really fun, and for parents, they can also be great as you don’t need to get a babysitter; just set the start time to when the children will be in bed.

Your first dinner party, though, can be something to serve many purposes. It might be how you can play out the dream of being a restaurateur, or be a way to celebrate something fun like a new house or a new job. You might just want it to be a time when you can invite your friends over and get a little dressed up and fancy. Whatever the reason for having a dinner party, here are some tips and tricks showing you how you can make a dinner party as stress-free as possible.

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Guest List

It is such a good idea to decide who you want to invite to your dinner, and then throw out some potential dates. When looking at dates, make sure that you look at some with notice, as that is usually going to be best. When you are trying to get a group of people together, then some notice will help them prepare and get things like a babysitter for themselves. Then, once you have confirmed your guests, you can start to plan out your menu and looking at any specific dietary requirements. You could then choose a vegetarian meal if needed, as well as making sure that you have some non-alcoholic wine in, if teetotalers will be there. So guest list is a must to start with.

Plan Ahead

Being able to plan ahead, and make things ahead of time, is going to ease the stress of the whole situation in a massive way. You won’t be feeling stressed out and uneasy if you have planned well in advance and know what needs to be done and when.

Set the Ambiance

There are a few things that spruce up the house that can make a massive difference to the setting of the dinner party. Something as simple as decorating your dinner table with fresh flowers can make the space look pretty and elegant, and set the mood for the night. You could use things like lightly-scented candles, or even stringing fairy lights in the room, or perhaps even using lamps to dim the lights and create a mood for the room. One other thing to not forget about is music. Getting some powerful small speakers is something that would be ideal, but really, anything like a computer can work too; you just don’t want there to be silence. Gentle music playing in the background can be great for a dinner party.

Go Easy on Yourself

If you will be hosting your very first dinner party, then don’t be too hard on yourself. It can be such a good idea to set your own expectations low, but then don’t apologize. If you just keep saying sorry to your guests, then it will diminish all of your hard work.

Save up to 78% off with Zulily’s Thrill Fest

 

I purchased this plus size “cold shoulder” top for only $9.99!

I am an avid shopper when it comes to Zulily. I love Zulily!

I am a plus size lady. Until I started shopping on Zulily I had to either pay outrageous prices for plus size clothing, or settle for boring or unattractive pieces. With Zulily, not only am I able to shop from a plethora of gorgeous, trendy, plus size clothing, but I also get to save money. Most of the the clothing I buy from Zulily are $20 or less. I’ve picked up beautiful tops for as little as $7.99. This is brand new clothing too.

I also shop on Zulily for home decor, gifts, toys and games for my “work kids” and seasonal items. There is literally something for everyone on Zulily!

I recently made some purchases from Zulily (a few tops, some decor for our balcony and toys I am gifting to someone).

Right now there is the Zulily Thrill Fest going on, and during Zulily Thrill Fest, you can find AMAZING deals, up to 78% off! 


Zulily launches new stores every day (which is why I use their app and I check their site every day – year round). There are thousands of products at brag-worthy prices, but during the second annual Zulily Thrill Fest, they are amping it up so you’ll l find amazing deals for yourself, your family, and your home. Shop and save from these different categories:

  • Kitchen – up to 60% off
  • Toys – up to 56% off
  • Women’s – up to 78% off
  • Home – up to 70% off
  • Men’s – up to 77% off
  • Baby Gear – up to 60% off

There are plenty of great finds from popular brands including KitchenAid, NYDJ, Crayola, Ergobaby and more.

But wait! There’s more!

The fun doesn’t stop there, thrill-seekers will have the opportunity to shop:

  • Dash for the Thrills: Unbelievable offers only available for a few short hours (including some items for only 99 cents!)
  • 24-Hour Thrills: “Say what?!” steals available for that day only
  • Social Exclusive Deals: For-the-thrill-of-it items only available to Zulily social media fans

In addition to saving money and finding great products during Thrill Fest, shoppers can also win great prizes, such as a $5,000 Zulily Shopping Spree or a Cuisinart 18-Bottle Compressor Wine Cellar, valued at $1,170, through Zulily’s App-Only Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes is new this year.

Thrills Fest is from June 18th – June 20th.

To learn more about Zulily Thrill Fest, download the Zulily app on iOS and Android, or visit zulily.com/thrillfest and Zulily’s social pages: FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

Be sure to check Zulily daily, as they are always featuring new shops.

Are you a fan of Zulily? What are your favorite things to shop for on Zulily? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

*I will be receiving a Zulily credit in exchange for my participation. There is no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. I literally do shop at Zulily often with my own money. 

Upgrade Your Home Décor With Zulily

 

The new flooring in our living room. I love it!

We recently had new flooring put down in our living room. For the past 15+ years we have had carpeting in the living room (an ugly beige color). Over the years spills, mud, cat puke and dog “accidents” have left their mark on our once clean carpet. We tried numerous times to get the stains out, but to no avail.

In addition to the stains, we knew our carpet was filled with years of pet dander, dirt, dust and debris. Don’t get me wrong! I keep a clean house. It’s just that there are times that no matter what you do, you just can’t “fix” something.

About a month ago we finally had new flooring put down (laminate that looks like wood). WOW! What a huge difference that made. Keeping the floor clean is so much easier now. We just get a “dust mop” (for lack of a better description) to sweep it every day and once a week we fully clean it. It’s so much easier! Not only that, it looks amazing! No more stains!

For my birthday, my husband also bought me a shelving unit (similar to one I already have) so that I could organize my collectibles on them.

My husband bought me another shelving unit for my collectibles (I collect horror stuff in case you didn’t notice – ha ha).

Between the new floor and the new shelving unit, and the weather being a lot nicer, I have been in the mood to purge our home of unnecessary clutter, clean and organize. We’re also going to get our balcony replaced, which means I’ll have a whole other “room” in our home to decorate (currently the balcony is riddled with splinters and spit wood). I already have ideas of how I want to decorate the balcony – lights, wind chimes, flowers…

For me, the living room is my #1 focus on making it look the best it can. I think that is because when we have company, the living room is where people hang out the most. It makes perfect sense to want the living room to look it’s best at all time. I’m not alone in my thinking either. A recent survey by e-tailer Zulily, found that whether renting (42.5%) or owning (40%), the majority of Americans agree they would spend the most money on home décor for their living room (over other rooms in their home).

Zulily knows a thing or two about designing spaces. They launch a new store every day, featuring thousands of products, and their in-house creative studio team builds 100+ different “scenes” or “sets” every day, across 54 photo sets, to help showcase these products to their millions of customers (me being one of them). They have expertise styling and staging of hundreds of pieces of furniture, ranging from chairs to vintage tubs, as well as a huge assortment of home décor merchandise. They are an excellent resource when it comes to revamping any room.

If you are looking to change up your home décor, here are some tips from Ashley Bowen, Zulily’s Lead Editorial Stylist for Home, on creative ways to decorate a home cost efficiently and effectively:

  1. Freshen up your home with plants – living or faux, plants can add color and life to any space!
  2. Bold colors and patterns are in! Spruce up your space with an accent wall- choose a bold color or wallpaper that speaks to you.
  3. For a cost effective seasonal or holiday update, switch up your throws and accent pillows with on-trend prints and textures!

Check out a few examples.

I love the above “looks,” most especially the one in the first picture (I MUST HAVE THOSE KNOT PILLOWS!).

Zulily has also released a trend report analyzing how today’s Americans are prioritizing and designing “Home” – to give you all the information you need on the booming “fast furnishings” industry.

I shop at Zulily often. Most of the time I shop for clothing (they have some great plus size clothing), but I do shop for home décor as well, most especially holiday and seasonal pieces.

I have a few items in my Zulily shopping cart that I plan on buying for our balcony.

I love the colorful flowers. I want some color on our balcony. Since I can’t keep flowers alive on our balcony, and I worry about the cats eating something potentially toxic, I prefer non-real flowers. Those colorful flowers are perfect!

The solar powered flower lights (I plan on getting 2-3 of them) are a fun and beautiful way to bring some light to our space.

The coloring changing wind chime is also a delightful way to add some color.

I really like the Buddha water fountain. I love the sound of running water. This is a good size for our small balcony. Plus it lights up, so it will also look very pretty at night.

All of these products and more can be found at Zulily.com. You can also find the brand on social media.

Be sure to check back every day for more great products and deals.

Are you a fan of Zulily? What is your favorite thing to shop for? Are you looking for some new ideas to add to your home’s décor?

Kimberly

 

*I will be receiving a Zulily credit in exchange for my participation. There is no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.