Monday, November 24, 2014

Christmas Shopping for My Man

Don't hate me but......... my Christmas cards are getting ready to be addressed and the shopping for the kids is just about completed. Last December when I was completely crazed and running around like a wild woman, I told myself that December was going to be a month of enjoying everything that makes the season so festive...... and I meant it.



And one more thing....

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Weekend Wow's

If you listen to anything this weekend, let it be this. I promise, Amazing!

This is for all you pumpkin loving, wine drinkers. Now you know what to do with any leftover pumpkins. Idea from here



Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Table Ideas

Little did I know ....

How pretty my table runner made out of brown craft paper here would look on this years thanksgiving table.


Or how the 'fancy' gold chargers that I bought 15 years ago when I hosted my in laws for the the first thanksgiving dinner....only to find out they were really were more like chinette paper plate people, could look pretty darn good with my everyday white dishes with mismatched plates on top.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Keep Warm....and Drink Cocoa


I will never forget the first Christmas that I spent away from my family with my then boyfriend, who would later become my husband, and his family in Lafayette, Louisiana. And as I was missing my family and our own family traditions, I was creating new ones as the entire gang of them , the siblings, spouses and 20 kids, made sure to make me feel welcomed and loved while we laughed hearing family stories, played games and....drank cocoa.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Stepping Up My Cooking Game..... A Holiday Snack

If you follow my blog regularly, you know I have professed my less then marginal skills and desire to be in the kitchen. Sure I have the basic's down for feeding the kids and packing school lunches, but my husband gets all the cooking kudos in this house.


So imagine their complete and utter surprise when I put this Pumpkin dip with ginger snaps and apples on the counter one day followed with a  "Mom, did dad make that"?  Very funny kid, very funny.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Dresser Makeover....and how I saved $1,143

Oh, how I loved it when gas was $1.50 ( BTW last time was Nov,2008), a good Buy One Get One Sale, which I always seem to spend more then I normally would have,  clipping coupons that I remember to bring with me to the grocery store instead of the bottom of my handbag, using my Kohl's bucks before they expire and....... when I don't have to spend $1,143 on furniture. 

The savings story began when we were working on Lily's bedroom makeover and my husband suggested we look for a dresser and nightstand that were bigger then what she had in her room and something that she could use for a long time. She was actually 'borrowing' the guest room dresser for the last few years and I knew that she would eventually outgrow it...she is a girl after all.