Rambling from the Roost: Volume 16

Hi friends! Happy Tuesday to you. I’m excited to share with you all the comings and goings that have been happening over at the Roost. It seems that September flew by and October is well underway as well, which also means today is the start of Amazon’s Big Deals Day.

It’s the perfect time to get started on your holiday shopping and home decorating ideas for any gatherings you’ll be hosting!

picture of myself and three ladies at the waco achieve conference
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Achieve Conference

Before we get into all that I wanted to share a little bit about my trip to the Achieve Conference last week in Waco. The Achieve Conference is a yearly conference for small business owners and content creators.

It was the second annual Achieve conference which is hosted by Kelly from City Girl Meets Farmboy and Corey Hudson from Hudson Farmhouse.

Women and men travel from all parts of the country and Europe to attend. It was fantastic fun. We learned so many new things. I heard from one of the seven top Google speakers in the country, HGTV DIY home renovators, and many more wonderful speakers.

Getting to Waco isn’t the easiest thing from Upstate New York tho. I got up at two a.m., flew to Baltimore, and then onto San Antonio. My dear friend Traci from My Sympatico Life picked me up at the San Antonia airport, then we drove to Austin to pick up Wendy from WM Design House, then drove on to Waco to meet Missy from Sonata Home Design.

I love being in Texas. I love being with these fantastic like-minded women! I love all the Tex-Mex foods! Texas is just so different from New York State.

It was well worth the long trip to see my friends in person again and to learn so much.

Visiting Magnolia

Getting to visit Magnolia Market is always high on my list. If you have never been I highly recommend it.

I had fun strolling in the shops and came home with fun new ideas and inspiration.

magnolia market with tree branches and faux acorns over table
magnolia market with table of home decor items, white bowls and wicker baskets
silo at magnolia market in waco texas

10-Minute Decorating Ideas

My long-time mentor Karianne from Thistlewood Farm has written her seventh book. If you remember, back at the Haven Conference, I was invited to the book launch for her lastest book. It’s the perfect little decorating book with tons of ideas in it for every season. You can add so much stylish charm to your home with these quick and easy ideas for every room. Plus it makes a great stocking stuffer.

You don’t want to miss out on this one, so hurry before 10 Minute Decorating Ideas sells out!

10 minute decorating book written by my mentor

Things that inspired me this week

Nothing says fall more than pumpkins and delicious pumpkin dessert recipes.

Looking for the best tips on apples? Knowing how to freeze and peel apples properly is all here.

I loved this foraged wreath inspiration by Rachel. It’s so pretty I may have to go walking through my neighborhood for oak leaves.

Bobbing for apples at your next Halloween party? No! That’s okay, I think I’ll pass as well since I don’t really like to get my head wet either. What you don’t want to pass up is this spooky and elegant tablescape for a fun Halloween celebration.

Chloe from Celebrate and Decorate shared this white Fall tablescape. I love this so much! As much color as I have in my home, my favorite ‘color’ is white!

If you are looking for a simple but impactful table arrangement, you’ll love this easy pumpkin floral arrangement by Missy from Sonata Home Design.

black and white knitwear outfit being modeled

If you purchase one thing this season it should be this sweater set knitwear outfit. (okay maybe two things with the shoes) I wore this outfit at the conference and got so many compliments on it. It is so comfortable. I didn’t want to take it off. I wore the kitten heel shoes all day and they were very comfortable as well. Both of these come in many colors!

Amazon Big Deals Day

To shop for any item, simply hover and click over the photo to see an up-close look! You can add the item directly to your cart on this page and your cart will hold your items until you are ready to check out! You can even shop post to post with ease.

Fashion Finds I’m Loving

Entertaining Ideas for your Fall Tabletop

Bathroom Organizing Best Sellers

Cleaning & Organizing

I hope you have a wonderful new week! See you soon!

Susan Signature with feather pen

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greens and beans on table
Main Dishes

Best Italian Greens and Beans Recipe: Sausage and Parmesan

If you’re on the hunt for a delicious, easy-to-make recipe that screams comfort food and Italian flair, look no further! Our Best Italian Greens and Beans Recipe with Sausage and Parmesan checks all the boxes. This dish is not only bursting with flavor but also a breeze to prepare, making it perfect for busy weeknights or lazy weekends. Plus, it uses only one pot, which means minimal cleanup and maximum enjoyment.

overhead view of giuseppi's pizza and menu
Main Dishes

Best Pizza on Hilton Head Island: Giuseppi’s 15-Year Favorite

Every year for the past fifteen years, our family has packed our bags, and headed to our favorite vacation spot: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. This beautiful island, known for its stunning beaches, lush greenery, and world-class golf courses, has always been our go-to destination for relaxation and family bonding. Over the years, we’ve explored many Hilton Head restaurants, indulging in mouthwatering seafood, savoring fresh oysters, and dining at Michael Anthony’s on our last night. But no trip to Hilton Head would be complete without a visit to our favorite pizza place, and the Best Pizza on Hilton Head Island: Giuseppi’s 15-year favorite.

faux lavender flowers with purple daisies on the face of basket
Easy Crafts | Spring

DIY Lavender Door Basket: Simple Spring Decor 

Spring is in the air, and what better way to welcome the season than with a beautiful lavender door basket adorning your front door? Spring is a season of renewal, a time when nature awakens from its winter slumber, and there’s no better way to embrace its arrival than by infusing your home with the vibrant colors and fragrances of the season. One of my favorite ways to do this is crafting a front door basket to adorn my front entrance. It’s a simple yet impactful project that adds a touch of charm and elegance to any outdoor space. In this step-by-step DIY Lavender Door Basket guide, we’ll explore how to create your own DIY Lavender Door Basket, perfect for adding a touch of charm to your outdoor decor. 


  1. I loved the Achieve conference and seeing you and the girls was the BEST part! I’m so glad we went! I love seeing your photos! Thank you so much for sharing my pumpkin floral arrangements ideas. I always love reading about the “Roost!”

    1. Thank you Missy. Getting together in person is definately the best part. Thank you for being the ‘driving force’ to get us all together in Waco!

  2. What a fun time we had in Waco! loved rooming with you girls. And your outfit is stunning.

  3. It sounds like you had an amazing time in Waco. Just out of curiosity, what’s your favorite part of the fall season – is it the cozy home decor, delicious pumpkin recipes, or perhaps the thrill of holiday shopping on Amazon’s Big Deals Day?

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