Friday, November 15, 2019

Friday Favorites from Damn Delicious, Grandbaby Cakes, Julie Blanner and More

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Good morning! I hope that you had a great week. I don't know about you but I am ready for some turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. It seems strange to have Thanksgiving so late. In the meantime I am enjoying all the Christmas and Thanksgiving posts as well as the pre-Black Friday sales and gift ideas.

I hope that you enjoy my finds this week.

Food 

Damn Delicious

One Pot French Onion Soup! What a great idea from Damn Delicious.


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Chicken Stuffed Shells from Grandbaby Cakes looks like a delicious and comforting meal. 

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I had beef stew before but I have never had a One Pot Chicken Stew. This one from Little Broken looks delicious and is now on my list of soups to make this winter.


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Isn't this Snowman Dessert Cheese Ball  from Julie Blanner cute? I think it would make a great addition to your Thanksgiving and Christmas table.


Articles

With the holidays coming I found this article, Candle and Centerpiece Etiquette  interesting. But at the end of the day I say, life is short, do what makes you happy.

The ‘doomsday’ vault that protects the world’s biodiversity is expanding.

The impeachment hearings are costing American businesses $2.1B an hour in lost productivity.

Police Foil A Brazen Thief Who Tries to Steal two Rembrandt's. 

Books 




Have you ever wondered why we stop to watch the orange glow that arrives before sunset, or why we flock to see cherry blossoms bloom in spring? Is there a reason that people -- regardless of gender, age, culture, or ethnicity -- are mesmerized by baby animals, and can't help but smile when they see a burst of confetti or a cluster of colorful balloons. 

We are often made to feel that the physical world has little or no impact on our inner joy. Increasingly, experts urge us to find balance and calm by looking inward -- through mindfulness or meditation -- and muting the outside world. But what if the natural vibrancy of our surroundings is actually our most renewable and easily accessible source of joy? 

In Joyful, designer Ingrid Fetell Lee explores how the seemingly mundane spaces and objects we interact with every day have surprising and powerful effects on our mood. Drawing on insights from neuroscience and psychology, she explains why one setting makes us feel anxious or competitive, while another fosters acceptance and delight -- and, most importantly, she reveals how we can harness the power of our surroundings to live fuller, healthier, and truly joyful lives. 




he cheer of a crackling hearth fire. Colorful cards from friends and loved ones. An evergreen tree festooned with ornaments.The golden traditions of Christmas—gifts, wreaths, stockings, carols, mistletoe, and more—infuse our celebration of the season with meaning and glowing memories. And, in ways you may not realize, they point us to the birth of Christ.Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas reveals the people, places, and events that shaped the best-loved customs of this merriest of holidays. Here are spiritual insights, true-life tales, and captivating legends to intrigue you and your family and bring new luster and depth to your celebration of Jesus’ birth. Discover how• after eighteen centuries of all but ignoring the event, churches began to open the door for believers to commemorate Jesus’ incarnation.• the evergreen tree, once a central theme in the worship practices of pagan cultures, came to represent the everlasting love of God.• the magi’s three gifts—gold, frankincense, and myrrh—are filled with spiritual symbolism.The traditions of Christmas lend beauty, awe, and hope to the holiday, causing people all over the world to anticipate it with joy. The stories in this book will warm your heart as you rediscover the true and eternal significance of Christmas.





This beautiful, giftable Christmas collection features old-fashioned works from classic authors who invite you to a feast of holiday nostalgia.  
Stories and poetry have been part of the Christmas season for generations, reminding us that the heart of the holiday never changes. A Vintage Christmas is a unique collection of lesser-known Christmas tales, reflections, and poems from beloved authors across the centuries and makes the perfect gift for the reader in your life.  
Discover the charming story from L. M. Montgomery about love and sacrifice in a little log house. See Christmas through the eyes of a child in a New England colonial village with Harriet Beecher Stowe. Remember the reason Christ came to earth in the poetry of Anne Brontë. Share with your family the delightful letter Mark Twain wrote as Santa Claus to his three-year-old daughter.  
This beautiful treasury takes us back to the firesides, simple gifts, and warm family moments of Christmases past as we cherish the timeless truths and joys of the season. 
A Vintage Christmas includes stories from Louisa May Alcott, Charles Dickens, Ralph Henry Barbour, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mark Twain, L. M. Montgomery, and William Dean Howells, as well as poems from Eliza Cook, Christina Rossetti, William Makepeace Thackeray, Joyce Kilmer, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. 


The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

L. Frank Baum’s The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus was first published in 1902, two years after his Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Drawing on the attributes of Santa Claus from Clement Moore’s 1822 poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (“The Night Before Christmas”), Baum chronicles Santa’s life from his childhood in an enchanted forest—the same forest that is the source of all magic in the land of Oz—to his destiny of sharing gifts and spreading love to his fellow man. Along the way we witness him making his first toys, learn the origins of the Christmas tree and Christmas stockings, and discover the stories behind many Christmas secrets, like why Santa slides down chimneys, how he picks his reindeer, and how he delivers all his toys in one night. Later adapted into multiple animated films, and published here with the original illustrations from the first edition, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus evinces the charm, warmth, and fantasy that made L. Frank Baum’s Oz stories American classics.

Finds 

On sale $45.00

I love velvet at Christmas and these pants from the Gap are perfect for parties, and outings. 


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Plaid dress for kids . Perfect for holiday photos. If you are mad for plaid like me the Gap has tons of plaid dress, shirts, lined jean and more for kids. 



I love Williams Sonoma lotions and soap for myself and to give as gifts. Winter Berry and Spiced Chestnut are two of my favorites. 

I hope that you have a great weekend! As always please share your finds, books, podcasts, movies pr whatever else you found and enjoyed. 

Thursday, November 14, 2019

10 Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas with Natural Finds

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Good morning! Although I already have my trees up and my house decorated for Christmas I am still enjoying Fall and the lead up to Thanksgiving. I am looking forward to trying some new recipes and enjoying old family favorites. 

My tablescape last year. 

This week I am looking for inspiration for our Thanksgiving table. After searching Pinterest I have narrowed my favorites down to 10 which all include natural elements including pumpkins, fruit, pine cones and even a little plaid. 


Nora Murphy Country Home

White pumpkins and berries look beautiful paired with vintage napkins and dishes. 


Image Pinterest via West Elm
This tablescape from West Elm pairs vintage plaid blankets, pumpkins and tree branches.


Cheirished Bliss

Ashley from Cherished Bliss created a beautiful tablescape using a plaid blanket from Walmart, some greens, apples, pumpkins and pines cones.


Southern Living

Fall foliage, apples, burlap and mismatched plates and chairs. Gather your favorite vintage plates, the chairs from every room in the house a few apples and  foliage from the yard and you can replicate this cozy tablescape easily. 


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Although this is actually a wedding tablescape there are so many great ideas for your holiday table, twigs, trailing ivy, pears, apples and pomegranates. 


Image Frauherzblut via Pinterest
Isn't this tablescape gorgrous? Fruit, candles, bottles, collected vases and a pop of color from grocery store flowers.



This tablescape looks beautiful and so easy to make; a plaid blanket or scarf, everyday dishes, vintage candle holders and a dough bowl filled with pumpkins.


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Le Cultivateur  created a diy tablescape with a riser and candlesticks that she made with simple items from Hobby Lobby and nature. Then she added mini pumpkins, crabapples and some greens. 


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A magnolia garland running down the middle of the table and that is! Snippet & Ink has an easy tutorial if you want to make one for your Thanksgiving table or to use for Christmas. 


Julie Blanner

Simple is sometimes easier and better. Add a pumpkin to a bed of greens and you have a beautiful and easy tablescape. 

I hope that you find a little inspiration here to create a beautiful table to celebrate a wonderful day wit your family and friends. 

Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Daily Finds H&M Dresses

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Good evening! I hope you survived the frigid weather that swept across the country. It was 33 here and I did see a few snow flakes,  nothing measurable but they still made me happy. 


Cotton Poplin Dress, black and red

I love dresses and skirts and in fact prefer them to pants and am always on the lookout for dresses that can be dressed, no pun intended,  up or down. This week after perusing the H&M website I ordered a few to try this season.  

Dress with Beaded Collar

If you are looking for a dress here are a few more that you might like.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

53 Lessons in 53 Years~Happy Birthday to Me


Happy Birthday to me, happy birthday to me. 



Today is my 53rd birthday, some would say "that's old" but the funny thing is I don't feel old. In my mind I am still 28. I have a few more wrinkles and gray hairs but otherwise I feel pretty good, although not when a having hot flash or night sweats. I can't wait until those are over. 

They say with age comes wisdom, so today I thought I would share 53 things I have learned in 53 years.  These nuggets are not in any particular order, and many I am sure that you have heard before. 

53 Lessons in 53 years

1. Getting old is out of your control as is most everything else. 

2. Aging is a privilege

3. The simple little things become the big things.

4. Be thankful for at least one thing everyday.

5. Never say never.



6. Even though I might think I’m right, it doesn’t mean I always am.


7. Take the time to do things with families and friends - the memories will fill your heart for years.

8. Experiences are better gifts than things. 

9. Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death. ~Unknown

10. Everything you want is on the other side of fear. ~Jack Canfield. 

11. Do what is hard. In the long run it makes life easier. 

12. Manners count, say please and thank you. 

13. A handwritten letter or a card is always a treat to receive, especially on days that aren't holidays or birthdays. Send a few and hopefully you will get some in return. 

14. Don't waste your time with people who treat you badly.

15. Time waits for no one. 

16. Treat everyone the way I want them to treat my mother.

17. Treat yourself well; take care of you, and once in a while, splurge because you deserve it. 

18. Self care is more than getting a massage, it is taking care of your physical, mental and emotional health. 

19. Use it or loose it. 

20. Yoga works your body and mind. 

21. Be truthful or be quiet. Lies are hard to keep track of.

22. People do not change as they get older; they just become more of what they already were.

23. Fear is a liar.

24. You are not responsible for anyone else's behavior. 

25. You control your mind, it does not control you. 

26. Pick your battles.

27. Always be kind. 

28. Love doesn't conquer all and time doesn't heal all wounds.  

29. I’ll never get to read all the books I want to read.

30. Anything posted on the internet is up for public consumption. 

31. Own your mistakes. 

32. It is never a waste of time to stop and listen. You never know what you may learn.

33. There is nothing wrong with admitting you don’t know something.

34. Never stop learning. 

35. Never underestimate the power of trying something new. 

36. Always smile when you answer the phone. 

37. You are never too old to make a new goal or dream a new dream. 

38. Don't compare yourself, or your journey to others. 

39. Don't be judgmental, you don't always know the whole story. 

40. People don't really want your advice, they just want you to listen. 

41. You don't need a lot of friends, just one or two who are there for you through thick and thin.

42. Call your mom and dad. 

43. There are not many things in this life you can control. 

44. Every relationship in your life takes work. 

45. Time doesn't heal everything. 

46. Believe in miracles, they are all round us. 

47. If you don't ask the answer is always no. 

48. Say yes, more than you say no. As an introvert this is a huge challenge for me. 

49. Simplify your life. 

50. Stop worrying. 

51. You have amazing talents, share them with the world. 

52. Set your priorities and keep them straight. 

53. Count your blessings EVERY DAY. 

And a bonus: Always eat the cake!

Have a great day!


Monday, November 11, 2019

Veterans Day



Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to ALL those who have served our country. For one day we celebrate and thank all of the men and women who have served our country and made it a safer place. Thank you for your sacrifice and for that of your family. You are in our hearts and prayers and we are forever in your debt. 

Thank you to my dad, brother, step-father, many cousins and uncles who have served in the military. 


Holiday and Winter Bedding

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Good evening. Did you enjoy your weekend? Mine was great! On Saturday we took a road trip to see the Fall colors, visit an oyster farm and a few antique shops. Sunday I spent the day putting up my Christmas trees. I know there are a lot of people who wait until December but not me, we have too much stuff coming up these next few weeks and I want to be able to enjoy my decorations and the holiday. 
Speaking of decorating for the holidays, I am curious do you have winter bedding? I add winter sheets, often flannel to the beds and extra down comforters. 
If you would like to change up your bedding, or the bedding in your guest rooms here are a few winter patterns that and you and your guests might like. 

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Advent Calendars for Kids

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A couple of days ago I shared advent calendars for adults so today I thought you might like a few choices for your kids and grandkids. 

Chocolate Advent Calender

You can never go wrong with a traditional chocolate filled calendar. 


Fisher Price Advent Calendar Nativity

My grandkids have this nativity calendar and love it. 


Advent Story Book

I like this book calendar, how wonderful to sit each night of the holiday with your kids or grandkids and read a story. 
British Royal House Doll House Advent Calendar


The little ladies in your life might enjoy this British Royal house calendar. 




Burlap Bag Calendar

My grandkids and I have something similar to this but ours is little mittens hanging on a line. Both are perfect for small treats and toys. 

Do you celebrate the season with an advent calendar? Do your kids prefer edible treats or little toys?

Here are a few more you might like. 

Friday, November 8, 2019

Friday Favorites from Alexandra Cooks, My Sweet Savannah, and More

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Good Fall, Friday morning to you! Did you have a nice week? Were you lucky enough to get snow? It was cold and grey but otherwise a beautiful week here. 

Food 

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Butternut Squash Lasagna! Yes, please I will take the entire pan. Doesn't this lasagna from Alexandra Cooks look scrumptious?


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Fleur de Sel Hot Chocolate perfect for a cold day. 


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Easy and Beautiful Centerpiece  from My Sweet Savannah.

8 Foods to Add and two to Avoid to Help Beat Anxiety and Stress

On Being Happy and Jealous of a friend at the same time.

This is so sweet.

100 Greatest Singers of All Time. Is your favorite artist on the list?

Millennial's Face A Much Higher Death Rate Than Gen-X-ers.

7 Powerful Reminders to Focus on What Matters

Books




Nothing is harder to do these days than nothing. But in a world where our value is determined by our 24/7 data productivity . . . doing nothing may be our most important form of resistance. 

So argues artist and critic Jenny Odell in this field guide to doing nothing (at least as capitalism defines it). Odell sees our attention as the most precious—and overdrawn—resource we have. Once we can start paying a new kind of attention, she writes, we can undertake bolder forms of political action, reimagine humankind’s role in the environment, and arrive at more meaningful understandings of happiness and progress. 

Far from the simple anti-technology screed, or the back-to-nature meditation we read so often, How to do Nothing is an action plan for thinking outside of capitalist narratives of efficiency and techno-determinism. Provocative, timely, and utterly persuasive, this book is a four-course meal in the age of Soylent.



Sorry I'm Late I Didn't Want to Come

What would happen if a shy introvert lived like a gregarious extrovert for one year? If she knowingly and willingly put herself in perilous social situations that she’d normally avoid at all costs? Writer Jessica Pan intends to find out. With the help of various extrovert mentors, Jessica sets up a series of personal challenges (talk to strangers, perform stand-up comedy, host a dinner party, travel alone, make friends on the road, and much, much worse) to explore whether living like an extrovert can teach her lessons that might improve the quality of her life. Chronicling the author’s hilarious and painful year of misadventures, this book explores what happens when one introvert fights her natural tendencies, takes the plunge, and tries (and sometimes fails) to be a little bit braver.





With the same incomparable style and warm, inviting voice that have made her beloved by millions of readers far and wide, New York Times bestselling author Fannie Flagg has written an enchanting Christmas story of faith and hope for all ages that is sure to become a classic. 
Deep in the southernmost part of Alabama, along the banks of a lazy winding river, lies the sleepy little community known as Lost River, a place that time itself seems to have forgotten. After a startling diagnosis from his doctor, Oswald T. Campbell leaves behind the cold and damp of the oncoming Chicago winter to spend what he believes will be his last Christmas in the warm and welcoming town of Lost River. There he meets the postman who delivers mail by boat, the store owner who nurses a broken heart, the ladies of the Mystic Order of the Royal Polka Dots Secret Society, who do clandestine good works. And he meets a little redbird named Jack, who is at the center of this tale of a magical Christmas when something so amazing happened that those who witnessed it have never forgotten it. Once you experience the wonder, you too will never forget A Redbird Christmas.

For Kids at Christmas



The Tailor of Gloucester Read for Free Here with Kindle Unlimited. 

The Tailor of Gloucester was first published in 1903 and tells the story of a poor tailor trying to survive in his freezing workshop over a hard winter. He has a terribly important commission to complete for the Mayor of Gloucester's wedding on Christmas Day but is ill and tired, and before long is running out of food and thread, as well as time! How will he possibly complete the beautiful coat and embroidered waistcoat? Luckily, there lives in the dresser, some very kind and very resourceful mice who set about helping the poor tailor with his work. Not only are they exceedingly helpful, but they are also, luckily, far far too clever for the tailor's sly cat, Simpkin. 

Finds


Faux fur Wrap from Anthropologie



Plum Tie Blouse J Crew







Hot Chocolate Pot

I hope that you found something you liked this week here and that you share all of your finds. Have a wonderful and safe weekend. 


Thursday, November 7, 2019

Opalhouse Christmas Finds at Target

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Target is a great place to stock up on new Christmas decor. If you can't find what you like in the dollar section Opalhouse is always an option. 



Pom Pom Garland

Opalhouse Stocking
Opalhouse Candle
If you would like to see more of my daily finds visit My Daily Finds Pinterest Board.

Here are some more Opalhouse finds from Target.