It’s officially fall!  Fall is my favorite season: the clothes, the food, the decorating, I love it all!  And nowhere is fall more magical than here in New England.  We’ve been reading a lot of fall-themed books around here, so I thought I’d share some of my favorites for toddlers.  Grab a cozy blanket and some warm apple cider and curl up with the little ones in your life with these fall books for toddlers.

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Meal planning 101 at sweetmaplelane.comMeal planning 101 at sweetmaplelane.com

Hi friends!  I’ve been back at school for a few weeks now, and I’m feeling a little more settled into our routine here at home.  The transition from summer to school in the fall can be hard, but I’ve found one thing that helps me stay organized and keep my sanity: meal planning!  Just a small time investment on Saturday morning and I’m planned and ready to roll for the week.

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Hi friends!  We’re officially back to school here at Sweet Maple Lane, and are starting to settle into a new routine.  I’m missing those lazy days of summer for sure!  I’m excited to share a farmhouse enamelware roundup with you today!

If you saw my recent hutch reveal, you know that I now have a beautiful new hutch to decorate for the seasons.  Yay! I love to change out my decor for each season,

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Hi friends!  Sweet Maple Lane is officially back to school, which means our schedules are busy, busy, busy!  Open house, practice, daycare, cross-country meets, you name it.  I’m always looking for any way to streamline things and make life run a little more smoothly.  One thing I always struggle to organize is the mail and papers in general.  It just seems to pile up so quickly!  I’ve just implemented a new mail organizing system on the hutch (see this post for reveal pictures!) and so far it has been working great!

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I’ve been wanting a hutch for this spot since we bought this house 5 years ago, and I finally found one! I recently scored this solid wood hutch on a local Facebook yard sale group (do you have these in your town too?) and have been eager to show you how I transformed it!

Here is what it looked like before:

Hutch reveal by Sweet Maple LaneHutch reveal by Sweet Maple Lane

Great lines, solidly built, but not my style with the dark wood.  

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As summer winds to a close, Sweet Maple Lane is getting ready to go back to school.  My husband and I both teach high school English and are super lucky and grateful to spend the summer home with our kids.  With two English teachers in the house, we do a lot of reading, both at school and at home.  Here are 10 classic books that are pretty standard in high school English curriculum, but might be overlooked by adults.  

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“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” -Susan Sontag

 

If you know me, you know I love to travel.  I love to explore new cities, eat new food, and immerse myself in a new culture.  I only recently caught the travel bug, so I’ve only traveled internationally a few times.  I’m definitely not an expert, but I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite parts of the places I have been.  

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Hi friends!  I hope you’re all enjoying your summer!  My husband jokes that for teachers, August is the Sunday of months.  HA!  It’s sort of true though.  As soon as August hits, I start thinking about going back to school and feel the pressure to finish my summer projects.  As much as I hate to see summer go, I love to decorate my house for fall.

Last year I decorated for fall at the end of August,

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If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen a pic of the new prints I got for the entryway.  Today I’m going to share my trick for hanging picture frames so they come out perfect every time!

How to hang picture frames perfectly every time!How to hang picture frames perfectly every time!

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Oh these prints.  I heart them.  The faux barn board backgrounds,

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Hi friends! Today I’m sharing an easy makeover I did by spray painting our patio table.

How to spray paint your patio table and make it look fresh and cute for summer!How to spray paint your patio table and make it look fresh and cute for summer!

One of the things I love most about summer is relaxing outside.  We have a big deck that needs to be redone soon, and a big, private yard that needs a little TLC, but I wanted to tackle something I could do by myself in just a couple of hours. So I decided to spray paint our patio table!

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