Fall is in the air…

I’m not as obsessed with fall as a lot of people, however, I do enjoy pumpkin everything, the beautiful colored leaves, and the cooler temperatures with the sun still shining!

What do you love about fall? Do you have favorite fall recipes? We’d love you to share them with us! 

Today, I’m going to share some of our family favorites. I hope you enjoy them! 

What’s a fall gathering without Apple Cider?!

Apple Cider Pot | all3sisters.com

My brother-in-law, Josh, ensures we have this classic at our gatherings! And why not? It’s so easy. Just add some cloves and cinnamon sticks to bottled apple cider. Heat on the range and wa-lah! Warm and delicious! If you’re feeling extra fancy add in some orange slices or cranberries.

Apple Cider | all3sisters.com

And then there’s pumpkin bread. This is my favorite pumpkin bread recipe!

Pumpkin Bread Recipe | all3sisters.com

Pumpkin Bread Ingredients | all3sisters.com

Bread Loaves | all3sisters.com

I add chocolate chips, but you may choose raisins or your favorite nut. Pair with a cold glass of milk or PSL and you may have entered fall heaven!

Bread and Milk | all3sisters.com

Our Mom has gathered many of our favorite family recipes throughout the years and designed recipe cards for us to have in a book! I love it! One place for all our cherished family favorites!

Looking for another delicious recipe to include at your next family gathering? Look no further! White Chicken Chili is another favorite! You won’t be disappointed!

White Chicken Chili | all3sisters.com

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Mounting your TV, cord-free!

Alright, I’m back for another post about our bonus room. I know, its not near as interesting or adorable as that new nephew of mine! But its all I’ve got. I apologize. I’m sure there will be many more pictures of Cooper coming soon!

So once I convinced Josh we needed to start utilizing our bonus room more, what did he do??

Seriously, I bet you can guess…

He bought a TV. Told you. Men, they’re predictable. Apparently my circa 2009, 37″ Vizio wasn’t good enough. And a new TV brought more changes.  We lived with it on the media console for awhile, even though it was longer than that piece of furniture! But then decided we should mount it on the wall, we prefer that look and we thought it might help it look less awkward with the media console. Plus, there was also a toddler & screwdriver incident; but we won’t talk about that. #theremayhavebeentearsinvolved #fromdaddy

Needless to say, getting it up on the wall, out of the reach of little hands, jumped way up on the priority list. 

Our living room TV is also mounted but the builders took care of that setup, so this was our first time figuring it out. In the bonus room we needed to add an outlet to the center of our wall so that we could mount it without any ugly cords hanging down. Enter this $40 kit from Home Depot. All there is to say is that this kit is awesome. It comes with everything you need. Even the drill attachment. 

Drill Bit-TV Mount | all3sisters.com

Now that’s manly.

Mounting your TV | all3sisters.com

This task can be intimidating…I mean putting even nail holes in my walls makes me think twice, let alone holes I can fit my arm through! But, don’t worry, this kit makes it so simple. Once you drill your holes, you place a tube inside your wall that connects to the outlet covers at the top and the bottom. This makes it easy to slide all your cables and cords down the wall, without them getting caught in insulation,etc. 

Once you have your holes drilled and your cables in the wall, all that’s left is mounting the TV. There are holes on the back of the TV for securing the mounting hardware. And then just make sure you secure the wall side of the hardware on your studs. No one wants their TV to come crashing down!

There are a zillion options for mounts and depending on what you want your TV to be able to do (swivel, tilt, turn, etc.) you might want a more sophisticated one. But if you don’t need any of that fancy stuff you can get a mount for $20! Seriously, can you believe $20 will secure your 55+ inch TV to your wall? We used this mount from Amazon.  $20! Go ahead, order it for yourself. You won’t regret it!

After a couple hours labor you’ll be left with this view:

Mounted TV | all3sisters.com

And we can tell you from personal experience that having that tube inside your wall really helps you later. We thought we planned well and had even added an extra HDMI cable on installation day, for the unforeseen extra device we might someday want. But we never could’ve guessed what we’d eventually need.

We use a computer to stream sporting events frequently and had always just plugged in our laptop temporarily, as seen below. (you guys, I’m embarrassed by these pictures, but I just keep telling myself it’ll make the finished room look that much more polished! 😉 I promise this wall is already looking way better!)

Mounting your TV | all3sisters.com

But then Josh secured an old computer from work. Seriously, you know its old when the School District can’t even use it. And so we decided to add it to our permanent media setup – no more cord hanging down for the laptop! No more using the laptop for streaming when I’d really like to be working on my laptop AND watching TV!

But anyways, the moral of the story, we have this old computer to hook up. And yeah. Of course it doesn’t have an HDMI port. That would’ve been too easy. Thankfully Josh knows this stuff, because I would’ve given up right there. Thanks to the tube in the wall it was easy to add another cable after the fact. With this kit you can change up your configurations as often as you’d like. Or just when the next big thing comes out. Er, wait, or when you go back to using ancient computers too. Whatever.

If you’ve been thinking about mounting your TV or hesitating because you don’t know where to start, I hope this helps give you the motivation you need to go for it! You can do it!

And…I picked out the paint color for the other side of this room yesterday, so stay tuned for that update!

<3 Michelle

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#babycoop

He is here!! 

Cooper Dennis Slonaker made his grand entrance into the world on Tuesday, October 11th, at 9:16 pm. He was 7 lbs. 10 oz. and 19.5 in. of pure perfection! 

Cooper

 I woke up Tuesday morning having contractions a few minutes apart, but not very strong. I was thinking that if this goes anything like my birth with Bradley then we were going to have a baby before noon!  Well, that wasn’t Cooper’s plan. After 14 hours of labor he was finally here! My contractions throughout the day were manageable and they were spread apart. So I spent the day going for walks, watching Netflix and splashing around in my birthing pool. #netflixandcontract. I can’t take credit for that hashtag. My husband is a clever guy!  

We decided to work with a midwife and have a home birth. I am so thankful that everything went as planned and we have a happy, healthy baby. The experience of having my baby at home was amazing! The best part was that there was no sleepless night at the hospital. I was already home, in my own bed, with my own pillow. It was glorious! The only downfall was no “free” room service. 😉

Bradley and I even got to have a little swim session in the pool!

Pool time  

I loved having that time with him. Holding on to every last second of my only baby! My heart breaks a little with the thought that Bradley is not my one and only anymore. But, I am looking forward to the challenges and joys of having two little boys to love! I have already fallen head over heals for my sweet Cooper. I know that loving both of these sweet babes will only better me as a mom and as a person. 

Mommy and boys

Can you tell I am a little sleep deprived?! 😉

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Cooper

I love this view!!

My boys

Brothers

My heart is full of love for my boys! I am so thankful that they are both happy and healthy. I am excited to take on the role of a mother of two! #momofboys

God is so good! 

<3 Justina 

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Chloe’s Dedication Day

We celebrated a special day last weekend in our family! 

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Cody and I committed to raise Chloe in a Christian home and to love the Lord.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” 

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How cute is she?! Chloe wore the exact same dress and headband Ember did 2 years ago for her dedication! Can you see a resemblance??

Ember's Dedication | all3sisters.com

We were blessed to be joined by so many family and friends! Chloe has so much love and support for her life! And we are blessed as her parents to raise her in this circle. 

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This is my friend Tori and her gorgeous kids! They watch Chloe on Monday’s for us, I am so grateful for her and her willingness to love on Chloe! So glad God brought us together this summer!

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My parents were gracious enough to host a brunch immediately following the service in their home for our family and friends to celebrate! It is always fun to have everyone together.

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Brunch was followed by the other thing we enjoy on Sunday afternoons… watching football! Go Niners! 

It was a day to be remembered. 

-Jaclyn 

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It’s Polling Time!

Nope, not those polls! Let’s be honest, no one wants to talk about that day looming…at least, I sure don’t.

On a much lighter note, Josh & I have slowly been making over our bonus room this summer. Here’s where we started; although technically this was after we’d already updated our seating. I’ll see if I can find a picture pre-sectional – which is how this room existed for the first 3 years we lived here. 

Before Bonus Room | all3sisters.com

You’ll notice I didn’t even bother to clean up before I took these pictures for you. That’ll just make the transformation that much better! Right?! 

Bonus Room Before | all3sisters.com

We had done very little to this room, we simply placed our previous home’s furniture in it and went on our way. To be honest, we hardly ever used it either.

And then one day I FINALLY convinced Josh that our living room couch is just not comfortable for TV watching! Gorgeous leather? yes. Comfortable for more than an hour? no. Especially since its at an odd angle from our TV because of the layout of our room. So we started watching TV in our bonus room. Finally!

And then, coincidentally Josh’s boss moved and had to get rid of his sectional. We couldn’t pass up such a great deal on a full reclining sectional and decided to go for it. This sectional is about the complete opposite of our living room couch. The most comfortable couch you’ve ever sat on? yes. Gorgeous? definitely not. In fact it may be my least favorite color ever! Which really makes it hard to decide what direction to take this room. How do you complement ugly??

But we are determined. We will find a color that makes even this couch look good!!

So we decided to paint. And though we went back and forth on what color, we ultimately decided on 2015’s color of the year: Coral Reef.

Painting Process | all3sisters.com

Luckily, we only did one wall. Because…well this. Not great :/

Helper Ember | all3sisters.com

That cutie in the corner though? She’s great!! 🙂

Coral Reef | all3sisters.com

What do you guys think? Could you live with this color on your walls? We actually had this pretty watercolor painting in our living room and brought it up after we painted to try and help. I love the painting and we’d kind of like to keep it up here. So maybe we should try green?

Watercolor | all3sisters.com

We’ve (read: Josh) put together some pictures in photoshop with different greens and I’m really hoping you can help us make a decision!

Which one would you choose? All paint colors are by Sherwin-Williams.

ShamrockShamrock | all3sisters.com

Country SquireCountry Squire | all3sisters.com

SeaworthySeaworthy | all3sisters.com

Kilkenny
Kilkenny | all3sisters.com

Hunt Club
Hunt Club | all3sisters.com

Derbyshire
Derbyshire | all3sisters.com

Thanks for your help guys!

<3 Michelle

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