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Sunday, September 30, 2018


Hey there!  

Welcome!  Come on in, take off your shoes, grab a beverage and some snacks and cuddle up in a blanket and get cozy!  Today I am discussing simple ways to add a Fall touch to your home.  As someone who doesn't want to spend a lot of time and money on decorating, I wanted to share with you some ways that I personally decorate for the fall season.  Enjoy!

1. Light a pumpkin or apple scented candle
2. Scatter mini pumpkins in various places around your home (you can pick them up at your local grocery store - white and orange ones give your home a nice autumnal feel)
3. Hang a fall dish towel on the oven handle
4. Add a cozy throw blanket to a couch or bed (It can be plaid, fall colors, fuzzy, etc)
5. Toss an autumnal pillow on a couch or chair to add a pop of color
6. Hang an autumn wreath on your front door
7. Add a fall kitchen rug or front door mat to add a cozy, homey touch
8. Buy a couple of medium - large pumpkins to place on your front steps or balcony
9. Fill a large vase with fall-colored flowers as a centerpiece on your table or kitchen island
10. Display cute fall related pictures or artwork on your walls or sitting on a shelf

Do you decorate for Fall?  What is your favorite way to celebrate the changing season?

Happy Fall!


Sunday, September 23, 2018


Hey everyone!  Happy Sunday!

I just got back from a nice, relaxing weekend up at my parent's house.  My boyfriend was coming back from a trip to Connecticut for work, so I was all by myself this weekend.  So instead of staying home alone, my mom invited to come back and stay in my old bedroom for the weekend.  On Friday, as soon as I got home from work, I quickly packed up my suitcase with enough clothes for two days, and then packed up the car and headed out.  Traffic was bad as usual, but I'm happy I got going when I did because it would've gotten much worse if I would have waited any longer!


I finally pulled into my parent's driveway and my dad was outside fixing up the front door.  Later, my mom came home from work and brought pizza with her...YUM!  Then we went for a walk around the neighborhood.  And I am sure glad I packed a sweatshirt because it was COLD out.  It is definitely not summer anymore.  I was pretty tired, so I called it an early night.


We got up nice and early to get ready to head out to the apple orchard.  Normally we go to Pine Tree Apple Orchard (which is still my favorite), but we decided to try out Aamodt's Apple Orchard in Stillwater, MN.  I brought my camera and took a couple of pictures.

I bought some apples to make apple crisp later this week (I'll have to make a recipe blog post!), and some apple cinnamon muffins which were DELICIOUS!

Then, we headed to visit a couple of Parade of Homes houses.  If you are unfamiliar with it, during Parade of Homes, you can visit new houses to see how they are designed, and a lot of times they are really, REALLY nice and expensive houses.  Being a HUGE fan of interior decorating and HGTV, I love the time of year when Parade of Homes is happening.  We visited 5 different brand new homes, and it made me excited to maybe buy my own house one day!  I also really enjoy looking at the huge kitchens and master bathrooms - so fancy!

Then we came home, and my dad grilled some burgers and we had a salad on the side - it was delicious!!!
After dinner, my mom wanted to put a movie on, and she was surfing the channels to find Fiddle on the Roof on, so she made the executive decision to watch that.  I didn't realize that the run time of that movie was 3 hours and 1 minute, so that basically took us to bed time.


Breakfast was the apple cinnamon muffins I bought at the apple orchard.  Then I packed up and headed back to my apartment.  So this afternoon has consisted of errands/chores: getting gas in my car, running to Target for a couple of groceries, doing loads of laundry, sweeping/mopping the kitchen floors, and putting out my Fall decorations.  I even found time to head to the gym earlier this afternoon.  Now I have a face mask and a hair mask on, and I am writing this blog post with Bob's Burgers on TV, sipping a hot chocolate with a pumpkin scented candle burning in the kitchen.  It smells SOOOO good! 

What a nice weekend!

What have you been up to this weekend? ☺️


Thursday, September 20, 2018


Hey there!
Just last week it was a steamy 90 degree F in good ol' Minnesota, and this weekend marks the official start of Fall.  Ahhh my favorite season.  Sweater weather, cozy blankets, flannel, hot cocoa,  Halloween, football, leaves changing color, pumpkin patches, apple orchards.  I love it ALL.

Here's some Fall nature appreciation.  I hope you enjoy it as much as me!

What's your favorite part of Fall?

Let me know down in the comments or shoot me a message on Twitter/Insta both @emilyciernia :)

Monday, September 10, 2018


Hello there!

So I just spent the last 48 hours traveling to San Diego and back....


Sunday, September 2, 2018

Let Me Introduce Myself...| NEW BLOG

Hey there!

You may have noticed that there have been a few changes since the last time you visited here...well you would be right!  What used to be Emskeeso. has morphed into Emily Ciernia.  This has been a result of thinking and reflecting about the future of this blog and other future endeavors, and I have decided that I wanted to change the site to reflect my whole self ( not just as Emskeeso, but as Emily).  I think that this is a good time to kind of close the Emskeeso chapter and move forward into the next chapter as myself....

Hi I'm Emily!  

I am 24 years old and currently live in Minneapolis, MN.  I love living in Minnesota!  The fall time, the outdoor activities, the food, the people (and I can't forget my favorite ALL TIME coffee place @CaribouCoffee!!)

I graduate college with a degree in computer science.  I originally started out as a degree in biology, but quickly followed my passion for technology and entered a career in technology.  I am currently working as an IT Project Manager.  I am an avid learner, and am always looking for opportunities to grow professionally and individually.  

I have also cultivated a passion for photography.  I have been taking photos on my phone and then I used my first paycheck on a camera to start learning how to create more creative photos.  I am definitely not the greatest or anything, but I really enjoy getting to be creative and sharing my passion with whoever is willing to listen.  If you would like, check out my instagram page @emilyciernia to see more :)

I am going to continue to use this place to talk about things that interest me, which could include a wide array of topics!

I hope you catch up with you again soon :)

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