pomegranate and pear fall salad

fall salad recipe_jsorelle

The colors and flavors of this salad remind me of fall…and it’s so yummy and healthy, you will probably want it year-round.

Fall Pomegranate and Pear Salad
recipe adapted from Dr. Oz


  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 3-4 oz. fresh crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1-2 pears, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups kale, stems removed
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1 romaine heart torn into pieces
  • 1 avocado, cut into small pieces {optional}

Dressing Ingredients

  • 1/2-3/4 small shallot, minced
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoons sea salt and pepper, or salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • 6 tablespoons Olive Oil


  • Add shallot, apple cider vinegar, yellow mustard, garlic, honey and salt and pepper in a small bowl, then whisk in Olive Oil.
  • Prepare salad with lettuce and toppings, then add dressing.
  • You may only need half the dressing for the salad. You can store the remainder of the dressing in the refrigerator for up to one week.

pear and pomegranate fall salad

{images via j. sorelle}

fall harvest party

fall harvest_astrobrightspapers

For us, fall is a time for football, family, crisp air, colorful leaves, scarecrows and fall harvest food such as apples, pumpkins and squash.

And, just like Anne of Green Gables, we, too, are so glad we live in a world where there are Octobers. So, we decided to celebrate all the things that make fall special…and we did it with Astrobrights Papers.

Honestly, {even with Jenna being obsessed with paper} we often overlook paper when it comes to party decor. We think about it for invitations and labels, but we forget that color paper can add creativity to every aspect of a party, from invitation to decor and table settings to favors. After our Fall Harvest party, we’ve come to the conclusion that…
1. We love Astrobrights Papers.
2. Color paper is a quick and cost-efficient way to customize and add color to any celebration.
3. Everyone needs to #ColorizeYourParty.

Here’s how you can #ColorizeYourParty for fall.

Fall #ColorizeYourParty Activity

  • Keep kids busy with a Dress Up the Scarecrows Activity. Find a scarecrow and clothing template like this, print on colorful Astrobrights Papers, then cut. The kids will feel so proud when their ‘art’ is on display too, so make sure to glue the scarecrows to a wooden popsicle stick, and stick them in a bale of hay.

DIY scarecrow dress up_astrobrights papers

DIY scarecrow dress up_astrobrights papers

scarecrow dress up_astrobrights papers

Fall #ColorizeYourParty Favors

  • Find a cute way to display the favors. We found that the best way to display our favors was a rotating card holder, of course colorized with cut-out images of harvest foods and labeled with cut-out paper letters.
  • Spread the love, and harvest food with seeds inside DIY pumpkin, apple and squash seed packets. Here’s a free seed packet template and how-to instructions are below.
  • Share the beauty of fall by printing seasonal photos of fall on white Astrobrights Papers, and add your favorite quote  to make it a piece of art.
  • Share your most delicious fall recipes with DIY pumpkin, apple and squash recipe cards designed by one of our own, Jenna. Print the fall recipe cards with this free template.

DIY seed packets_Astrobrights Papers

DIY seed packets_Astrobrights Papers

DIY seed packets_astrobrights papers

DIY seed packets_astrobrights papers

DIY recipe cards_astrobrights papers


Fall #ColorizeYourParty Decor

  • Create a colorful background. Since we loved the quote “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers” so much, we wanted it to be a main focus. We used our Silhouette electronic cutting tool to cut words from the quote out of yellow Astrobrights Papers, then taped an orange piece of paper behind it for a pop of color in the background.
  • A fall party wouldn’t be complete with colorful leaves, so make sure to layer and scatter paper leaves everywhere.
  • For a full harvest effect, create a Fall Market sign. Cut out paper pumpkins, squash, apples, letters and numbers and tape them to a vintage window pane so guests feel like they enjoying a stroll through a lovely fall market.
  • Incorporate seasonal crops such as apples, pumpkins, squash, sunflowers, lanterns and bales of hay.

diy fall market sign_astrobrights papers

fall harvest party_astrobrights papers

fall harvest party_astrobrights papers

Tell us, how will you Colorize Your Party? For inspiration, check out Astrobrights Papers on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram.

Colorize your party_astrobrights papers{images via j. sorelle}

j. sorelle received products and/or payment for this post, however we love Astrobrights Papers even if they didn’t send us product, and all opinions are ours, we promise. View all of Astrobrights vibrant colors here


diy monster halloween cups_jsorelle

Sully and Mike Wazowski made their way into our homes as our kids watched Monsters Inc., but these DIY Monsters Cups will make their way into our kids hands and hearts this Halloween with this easy, DIY tutorial. Our kiddos loved it!

You and your kiddos can make 1-eyed, 2-eyed and 3-eyed monster cups this Halloween with minimal supplies and lots of creativity. This would also make for a fun ‘favor’ to bring to school, or a creative activity for the kiddos at a Halloween party. Each cup comes pre-packaged for each child with pre-cut eyes, mouths, teeth, etc in a cellophane bag attached to a blue Solo cup.

monster cups before and after_WITHTEXT

You’ll Need

  • Blue Solo Cups
  • Colorful Craft Felt Stickers
  • Scissors
  • Cellophane Bags
  • Clothes pin
  • Colorful cardstock

Here’s How

  • Use everyday household items to trace different size circles onto the Felt. We used a mason jar lid, a paint lid and a spice bottle for our circles. As for the lips, mouths, teeth, etc, we did it free-hand.
  • Cut the shapes from the felt.
  • Place shapes inside cellophane bags, and make sure each bag has monster ‘parts,’ including eyes, teeth, mouth, etc
  • For the labels, we used our amazing Silhouette Electronic Cutting Tool to cut out the letters. If you don’t have a Silhouette, you can print labels by hand or use stamps on the cardstock. Fold the cardstock and use a stapler to attach your labels to the cellophane bags.
  • Attach to the cup with a clothes pin.
  • For assembly of the cups, just peel the sticker paper off the back of the felt, and stick to the cup where your little monster heart desires. For the eyes, where there are layers of felt, we needed a tiny bit of hot glue to adhere.

DIY halloween monster cups_jsorelle

DIY halloween monster cups


DIY halloween monster cups

DIY halloween monster cups

DIY trick or treat bags

DIY halloween trick or treat bag

I’m not sure we could get our children to agree to floss, visit the dentist, go to bed early and eat their green leafy vegetables without some sweet and sugary bribery. Halloween is no exception – it s a sugar-high holiday for kiddos – so why not have ‘fun’ with the kids and talk to them about what you expect of them after they consume of all that addicting sugar…oh, and get their commitment in writing!

How To
Buy a monster or pumpkin tote bag from the Dollar Section at Target
Use the Silhouette Electronic Cutting Tool to create a fun contract. Be sure to mirror the image before printing.
Place the text face-up on the tote bag, and cover it with a thin cotton cloth.
Iron on the image with an iron on medium heat. Press down firmly for 45-60 seconds, let cool for about 30 seconds, and peel off. You will likely have repeat the iron step several times – I know I did for all the letters to stick.
If you don’t have a Silhouette, another option is to use Sharpies or even stencils.

target trick or treat bag

DIY trick or treat bag_jsorelle

diy halloween trick or treat bag

We shopped around for other fabulous DIY bags for you too!
1. Pillowcase Ghosts, Martha Stewart
2. Duct Tape Bag, Dukes and Duchesses
3. Silhouette Bag, Uncommon Designs
4. Witch Hat, So You Think You’re Crafty
5. Wild Things Tote, Bloesem Kids
6. Graphic Tote, Country Living

DIY halloween treat bags_jsorelle

{images via j. sorelle, Martha StewartUncommon Designs, Dukes and Duchesses, Country Living, So You Think Your Crafty, Bloesem Kids}

Book Page Wall How-To

Kerri Cole entry_DIY book wall

from guest contributor: Kerri Cole

My inspiration came from the blog, Jones Design Company. Like me, Emily is willing to pick up a paint brush, rip up carpet, and change up the feel of her home on a whim. I love the freedom of being able to create and try new things knowing that if I don’t like it, I can change it back. Emily’s book page wall looks something like this…

JDC book-page-wall

JDC book-page-wall-close

My book page wall was created the day before the crew from 5280 Home Magazine came for a photo shoot – as if there wasn’t enough to do to get ready!  Our home was featured in the summer 2014 issue, and you can see it here. It was so exciting to see the finished product! I created my book page wall so that it could come down easily – kind of a temporary art exhibition, but we loved it so much it has remained up even though the pages have begun to yellow from sunlight and the corners have begun to curl.

I’d love to take you through the process so you can create your own book page wall.

  1. PICK YOUR SPACE – I chose an entry stair wall to make a big first impression for my guests. You could choose a powder room (but not near any plumbing fixtures), a kitchen nook, a boring hall, etc. Even using children’s book pages with wonderful drawings in your child’s room would be great!
  2. GATHER YOUR MATERIALS – You will need four things: books, drafting dots, an exacto knife and an adhesive tape runner.  Select a book you don’t mind tearing pages out of, it can be hardcover or paperback depending upon the page size you want to use. Since we are a family of four, we each chose our favorite books in paperback to give our wall a more personal feel and then we also had a great story to share!  (These were: Romeo and Juliet, Anna Karenina, Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird) I used round drafting dots because, one, I had them available since I’m an interior designer and need them for my drafting floor plans, and two, they are easy to use and removable.  You can find these at any art, office, or craft/hobby store along with an adhesive tape runner.
  3. PREPARE YOUR SUPPLIES – Open the books and break the spine of the book in a couple of places, this helps to make a clean cut with your exacto knife near the spine. Once you have a decent stack of loose pages you are ready to begin. You might consider if you want just text, or if you want to have as many pictures or chapter start pages as you can.  I used a little of both. This adds even more character to your wall by adding these in.
  4.  BEGIN! – Starting along the base of the wall, begin by lining up the bottom of the page with the top of the base. Attach each page with a drafting dot at the top. Finish the bottom line and then start on the row above.

Book Wall Page start_kerricole_theentertainingshoppe

You can either line them up so the bottoms are aligned (this works best if your book pages are the same size) or you can stagger the bottoms of the pages as I did. Remember to stand back every once in a while to make sure you are covering your wall and that your book page sides are remaining vertical and not wonky (this is where those removable drafting dots come in handy!)  Keep working up the wall, row by row.

Book Wall Page_kerricole_theentertainingshoppe

When you get to the top of the wall attach the top of these pages with a strip of the tape from the tape runner on the backside of the page so that you cannot see it.

          5. ENJOY THE OOHS AND AAHS – because that is what your friends will do when they come over and see your amazing handiwork!

Many many thanks to Jessica, Jenna and Jodi for inviting me to be a guest on their fabulous blog! Thinking about doing a book page wall in your home?  We would love to see it!

guest author kerri col

{images via Jones Design Company and 5280 Home Magazine,  Kerri Cole with The Entertaining Shoppe.com}