Evan & Company Fall Mantle Decor

Hey Y’all! Happy Wednesday. Can you believe it’s starting to actually feel like fall outside. I have to admit, I’m a horrible person when it comes to decorating for the holidays. I guess I’m always busy helping clients I tend to neglect my home and office. So this year, I decided I was going to jazz up our office mantle for the fall. It’s the focal point of our consultation space, so it need to POP.

I used a collection of pumpkins, pinecones, greenery and taper candles. Most of these things I had around the office, minus the pumpkins of course. I’m still trying to figure out what I used the gold candles for.  Maybe it will hit me soon. I know I collected the brass candle holders from different thrift stores around the area.

The pumpkins came home with me from my visit to Niceville, FL. If you’re in the area, stop by– the students at Crosspoint United Methodist host a pumpkin patch as a yearly  fundraiser. Of course if you can’t make it there, you can also check your local farmers market.

It’s a pretty simple set up. I promise anyone can do it.  Since it was going to be a focal point in our office, I wanted to keep with our brand colors; Grey and White. Luckily I had first dibs on those pretty grey pumpkins. They’re PERFECT. I used seeded eucalyptus and Italian Ruscus to soften the harsh lines of the pumpkins. I added some pinecones for texture and contrast. I also found some faux dusty miller laying around the office that I pick up from our local craft store and those it was another great touch of grey.

If you haven’t already pulled your fall decor out of the attic, hop to it. I had a blast being creative for a minutes yesterday morning. I Can’t wait to see what you come up with– If posting on social media use the hashtag #EGCfallmantle, I’d LOVE to see what you create.

Pizza, Instagram, Comparison and what I’ve learned

This past weekend I packed my bags and went to hang out with my long time friend Brandon and his family—  They live Niceville, Fl.  The change of scenery was just what I needed.  Who knew there was such a place.  Ok, Ok! I know what you’re thinking because I thought it too… “Are the people of Niceville really nice?” I mean, they not mean. LOL

During my 4-day adventure, we spent a lot of time eating— Pizza, Hibachi, seafood, and even Chick Fil A. I’m stuffed thinking about it. By the way, If you’re in the area, you have to try the buffalo chicken pizza from Domonics. SO YUMMY! We even threw in some Alabama football too (he’s a HUGE fan). Y’all know I could care less, but I watched with a smile. You’re welcome, Brandon. But I think what I loved most about my time there was our conversations. It’s always fun to catch up and reminisce on old times, but it’s also fun to meet new people.

Greyson, Brandon and Amy

While in Niceville, almost as soon as I arrived, I met this sweet gal that attends their church. The following day we met again and it was as if we had been friends for years. Ok, not years, but months. Haha. She introduced me to her group of friends, but it was the way she introduced me that made me stop and think. “This is Evan. He has 5,000 followers on Instagram and a Youtube Channel.”  At first I laughed, thought it was comical and cute, but the more I thought about it, I couldn’t help but think, “is this what our world has come too?” Living in what people call the “Millennial Generation (myself included), we too often define our lives by the number of followers we have or the amount of likes we get.

Social Media has created this idea that “it’s okay to pretend to be okay.” We post only the pretty stuff.  The stuff that makes us look good. The stuff that makes people think we’re living a perfect life, but the reality of it is, we aren’t. We’re humans. We struggle. We hurt and most days we don’t have it all together.

As most of you know, over the last few years, I have been through some pretty rough patches in life. I never in a million years thought I would see the day my parents called it quits on their marriage. It hurt and it hurt deep. I’m known as the funny guy, the guy who makes people laugh, the life of the party if you will. It was during the darkest hours of my life, I lied to people. I pretended to happy, but deep inside I was hurting. I needed someone to talk to, but instead, I turned to the internet where I pretended to be ok.

During that time period of my life, one of the most important things I learned was that “Comparison is the Enemy of Self-Worth”. I realized that I was too worried about what others thought of me. I used social media (“Likes” and “Followers”) to validate who I was. I was more focused on my image being tarnished.  I learned the hard way that comparing myself to others and their accomplishments made me feel inferior. I let the disease comparison burry itself in me.  It destroyed who I was— my self-worth and my confidence.

Comparison will eat you alive if you let it, yet so many of us do. We compare our success, talents, job titles, relationships, looks and even our cars and house.  Genesis 1:27 says, “God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”  No one can take this away from us. We were created in the image of God and that alone is something to be proud of. Be who God created you to be.

 

Halloween Party Decor

Halloween is just a few days away– I know everyone is running around like crazy people trying to pull all the last minute decor together. Have no dear, we’re here to save the day. We’ve come up with some pretty cute, easy and affordable party decor ideas. Wether you are throwing a party for your kiddos class at school or one for your adult friends, these ideas can be executed for either.  2016-10-24_0004

2016-10-24_0006 How cute is this little spider pillow we picked up from the “Dollar Spot” at Target?! Certainly kid friendly. 2016-10-25_0002 No party is complete without cake, right? We are DYING over these spooky creations from Simply Sugared. They’re the perfect addition to any party. 2016-10-25_0010 If budget doesn’t allow for a cake, there are some pretty snazzy cupcakes out there too. In a hurry we picked these cute yellow cake cupcakes up from Winn-Dixie. Shhhhh, don’t tell my bakery friends.  2016-10-25_0003 2016-10-24_0007 2016-10-24_0005 If you’re looking for some of the most perfect paper goods, we’ve got covered. From plates, straws and even cups. The links are all below.

2016-10-25_0007 Shop This: Pumpin Plates | Eat, Drink + be Scary Plates | Bat Cups | Orange Flatware | Black and White Striped Napkins 2016-10-25_0006 Shop This: Skull Plates | Spider Web Plates | Black Paper Cups | Straws | Cat Napkins | Black Flat Ware  2016-10-25_0005 Shop This: Skull Plates | Happy Halloween Napkins | Plastic Spider Rings | Black Flat Ware  2016-10-24_0002 Shop This: Orange Plates | Spider Web Plates | Ghost Napkins | Wooden Spoons | White Paper Cups | Straws halloween_fb_cover

DIY Halloween Costumes

When my publicist booked our Halloween segment on WSFA’s “Alabama Live” I had a minor freakout moment. He said, “it might be fun to do halloween costumes or something”. “Excuse Me”, I thought to myself. “Halloween costumes?” Then he said, “What about costumes for kids”? All I could visualize in my head was children running around a TV studio breaking things, climbing on cameras, tripping over cables and not cooperating. Well, it wasn’t quite like that, but close….

We started the segment with some Quick Tips for throwing the perfect Halloween party. If you’re the “Room Mom”these ideas are perfect  for you kiddos class at school. If you missed the tutorial on those cute monster doughnuts, you can read it here 2016-10-25_0023 We quickly transitioned from party ideas to costume ideas. Sometimes you can get so caught up in making sure the party is perfect (because you want to show up all the other moms) that you forget you have a kid that needs a costume too.

A few last minute touch ups and a quick pep talk, our cosalmost ready to go live! 2016-10-25_0018 2016-10-25_0017 I mean, look at them have you ever seen anything cuter? I die over that Chocolate Chip Cookie and Milk Man. It’s the PERFECT sibling costume pair.  2016-10-25_0015 2016-10-25_0016 If you’re thinking about making the Strawberry Costume for you little one its super simple. You’ll need a few things:

Red Dress | White Felt | Strawberry Hat Template | Green Poster Board or Cardstock |Small Cup or Small Round Box (I used one a small Pringles can) | Ribbon or Stretchy Head Band | Hot Glue Gun | Velco Dots | Scissors

1. Cut out a couple of size leaf shapes from your poster board.  | 2. Run your fingers over the leaves multiple times to give them a curved look. | 3. If using ribbon instead of stretchy headband,  poke a hole on each side of your can. Cut two pieces of ribbon, long enough to tie around your head and string one through each hole, tying a knot to secure.| 4. Starting at the front of your can, overlap the leaf pieces around pringle can and secure with hot glue.  | 5. Glue a second leaf right next to it, and continue gluing leaves on (one by one), working your way around the can until it’s covered. |6. Cut a tall stem shape out of your poster board/cardstock. | 7. Fold over about 1.5″ to form a tab at the bottom and glue to the top of your cup. If your stem needs support, cut a small strip of poster board and glue it to the stem and to the cup, letting it curve in the middle to stabilize the stem |. 8. For the dress, cut out a bunch of tear drop shapes from white felt. If you are looking for a non-permanet attachment, Attach to dress with velco dots.

2016-10-25_0019 and if you’re looking to make that adorable Orange Soda costume you’ll need:

Orange Dress | Letter Template’s  | 8″ Aluminum Pie Tin | Silver/ Gray Cardstock | Hot Glue Gun | Headband | White Felt | Temporary Hem Tape 

1. Cut two 2-inch wide strips of silver cardstock. Accordion fold each strip in about 1/2″ sections. | 2. Hot glue the ends of both strips together, forming one circle shape. | 3. Hot glue the folded cardstock around the edge of the pie tin. | 4. Hot glue a stretchy headband to the bottom of the pie tin. | 5. Cut out the soda label letters of your choice. Then, cut a “stripe” of felt, a few inches shorter than the length of your label. | 6. If the adhesive felt you bought has a strong enough adhesive, you can just adhere it as-is to your dress If not, I recommend applying hem tape to the back for extra security and/or tacking each letter on with a needle and thread. 2016-10-25_0014 Of course, WSFA’s Amanda Curran couldn’t pass up a photo op with the cutest orange soda bottle in town.  2016-10-25_0020 HUGE THANK YOU to producer Shelia and the WSFA team for always welcoming me with open arms and not giving me the eye when I roll in with all my extra baggage, balloons and confetti.

Oh, while headed to the airport after our segment, I heard my voice as I turned the corner and looked up and saw those little cuties on the screen. 2016-10-25_0021