November 30, 2015

Cyber Monday Deals

boots regular & boots wide calf  ($200, now $104) | sweater ($69, now $34 with code CYBER50) | jeans similar ($148, now $88 with code MONDAY)  | watch similar ($225, now $101) | earrings
*prices good until 11/30

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I loved having the time off to enjoy time with family.  We hosted here on Thursday with my husband's family, then drove to my sister's house on Friday to celebrate with my side, and then back home on Saturday to have the weekend to relax.  Today I wanted to quickly pop in with a few Cyber Monday Deals I found.  I love this outfit above!  I'm all about comfort this winter and these boots and this sweater are some of my favorite clothing pieces currently in my closet.  And they are both on sale! 
Here are a few other things that caught my eye...

One-button fleece wrap cardigan ($58, now $29)  12 colors and 3000+ reviews!
I'm finally getting this one-button cardigan.  I've admired it for way too long and the price is so good.  So as soon as I finish this post, I'm ordering it.  I just need to decide which color.
Wedge Booties ($148, now $52)
These wedge booties are such a great deal as well.  I have a different pair of Franco Sarto booties and love them!  Really thinking hard about these though as my others are not wedges :)
Cowl-Neck Sweater Dress ($39, now $29)
I also love this sweater dress, especially in this color (barnswallow).  It also comes in black and two other colors and in regular, tall and petite sizes.  It looks like it would be so cute and cozy with tights and boots.
So are you shopping on-line today?  I plan to spend some time today doing some of my shopping.  With so many stores offering free shipping and free returns, it's hard not to, right? 
You can also find lots of gift ideas for all your loved ones on your list under my 2015 HOLIDAY SHOPPING GUIDE.
Happy Shopping!

November 24, 2015

My Thanksgiving Table 2015

Thanksgiving week is upon us, so it's time to set the table and get ready to prepare the turkey.  Honestly, it's all about the sides for me, but if I have room, I'll have a little turkey. We are hosting my husband's family on Thursday, so I put my Thanksgiving table together yesterday.  Really easy.  I already had the chargers, plates and napkins, so all I had to pick up was the garland, fresh flowers and fruit.  The planter in the middle I also had and it's from Birch Lane.  Love the rustic touch it adds to the table. 


I love this time of the year.  From the scrumptious food, pretty decor and family gatherings, I love the cozy feeling the holidays bring.  Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving! 

November 19, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide | For Her
Finishing up this week of gifting ideas with a shopping guide "for her."  I would be more then happy to receive any of these :)  I love the Kate Spade insulated tumbler for teacher gifts.  I purchased six for the kids' teachers and plan to add a Starbuck's gift card with it.  When I curate each of these gift guides, I really try to recommend gifts that I would consider buying for my loved ones, so I found several gifts that I will be purchasing.  I hope they have been helpful for you too.  Grab a beverage and find a comfy spot with your computer and do your shopping from your home.  It's the best way for me!
 I have also created a button on my sidebar called "Holiday Shopping Guide" that I will keep up throughout the holiday season so you don't have to search for these posts once they get pushed down in my feed.  I plan to add to this list of ideas if I come across other gifts I think would be great.
Have a wonderful day!
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November 16, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide | For Boys

Tabletop Air Hockey
Fort Making Kit
Make Your Own Super Hero Cape
Magformers Magna Tiles
Personalized Tool Box
Play Tent
Pokémon Cards
Harry Potter Box Set Books 1-7
Razor Scooter
Light Up Frisbee
Hoverboard skateboard
Lego Storm Trooper Alarm Clock
Yoshi's Woolly World for Wii U
Pajama Pants

 Have you started Christmas shopping yet?  I like to do most of mine on-line, but I did head to a couple of stores last week and I could already see the increase in the number of shoppers.  So, I'm sure this week it will pick up and then be full on craziness after Thanksgiving.  If you're looking to avoid those crowds or need a few ideas, I rounded up several gift guides that I'll be sharing this week starting with "boys."  And I plan to create a link on my side bar and add to them if I find new ideas through the holiday season. 

Stop back all week to see more gift ideas for your loved ones. 

Tis the Season!

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November 13, 2015

Thanksgiving Table Inspiration

Can you believe we are now less than two weeks from Thanksgiving Day?  I know I keep saying it, but these weeks are flying by.  Trying to soak it all in and not get too crazy with commitments, so I can enjoy it all too. 

So, are you hosting Thanksgiving?  We are hosting my husband's side, so I need to get on it!  It's going to be a little tricky this year.  Even though it's my favorite holiday and birthday month, I still like to give Thanksgiving it's turn and not décorate until after.  But usually the next day or the weekend after my Christmas décor is up!  This year I have a couple of blog commitments for Christmas home tours, so I might be decking the halls next week.  But in the mean time, I thought I would share a few of my Thanksgiving tablescapes I've done in the past...


Interesting to look back at this last table as it was a few months after I first started blogging.  My pictures are not that great but it's still a nice simple table if that's your style.
Have a wonderful weekend!

November 9, 2015

My Favorite Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

Happy November!  Wow, this year...where has it gone?!  It's been a great year and I'm really looking forward to the holiday season.  I love November and Thanksgiving is one of my most favorite holidays.  Among all the day to day craziness, it's sometimes easy to forget how blessed we are.  I love that Thanksgiving and the month of November helps remind me about all the I have to be grateful for. 

Keeping all my blessings in mind, I also love traditional Thanksgiving dishes!  I hosted my family for the first time last year and plan to host my husband's side this year, but usually if I'm attending I love bringing a dessert!  So today I thought I would share a few of my favorites.  And I noticed a couple of common ingredients in these recipes...cream cheese and pecans...they all have one of these and some have both.  Yum!!
First up and probably my favorite of these five recipes is this pumpkin roll.  Complete with gooey cream cheese filling and covered with pecans.  It is really so amazing!  It's a bit of a messy recipe, but still really easy and the results are worth the mess!  It has actually be repined over 1000 times on Pinterest!

If you're looking for easy, these salted chocolate pecan bars are it.  Supper easy and so, so good!
You may already know that my most favorite cookies are peanut butter blossoms.  I turned them into spiders for Halloween, and now this recipe is similar, but switched up a bit with cheesecake pudding and pumpkin spice Hershey kisses (which are seasonal).  
These are very similar to the salted chocolate pecan bars above.  This was my original recipe and then last year I added the salt and chocolate.  So again super easy and they remind me of a mini pecan pie.
This was a new recipe I tried last year and it's a keeper.  Shortbread crust, cream cheese in the middle and a pecan layer on top makes for delicious combination.
All the full recipes are linked below each picture. 
What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving foods?
Have a great day!

November 5, 2015

Favorite Fall Outfit and Nordstrom's Fall Sale

gingham shirt and similar | scarf | pufferjeans and similar | booties (almost 700 positive reviews on these) and similar

Hey there!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  We had a yucky, rainy day on Saturday, but it cleared out and left us with gorgeous Fall weather both yesterday and today.  It was nice to finally pull out some of my Fall pieces and wear them without sweating :)  This outfit above is one of my favorites!

Did you happen to check out Nordstrom's Fall Sale?  40 % off lots of cute items.  I finally had a little time last night after we got our very tired kiddos tucked in bed, to browse their sale.  Below are a few pieces that caught my eye.

Seems like everything I liked that was on sale was either boots, jackets or sporty/lounge wear.  I did pick up a couple of things for myself including this striped scoop neck pullover for $20.  Love that it covers in the back and it looks really comfy.  And this cowl neck tunic on sale for $39.  Again looks so comfy, but still put together. 
I also wanted to mention that I have the tall riding boots and actually wore them for the first time on Saturday to the UT football game.  And I have to say, with all the walking you do at a college football game (parking, tailgating, up the ramp, to your seats and then repeat after the game)  they were so, so comfortable.  So if you're looking for a new pair of riding boots I highly recommend them.
And last, but not least this little black dress.  I've shared before that I love it's flattering fit, and now it's on sale for the first time ever for $28.  Lots of sizes sold out, but I saw that small was still available.  I have a small in the this dress and I'm 5'5" and normally wear a size 4 -6.  And here it is full price for $48 in five other colors.  I bought mine a few months ago and it wasn't on sale.  But I loved it so much that I bought a second one in pink.  It packs so well too.
Prices good until November 15th!  And what I love so much about Nordstrom is their free shipping and returns all the time on everything.  I don't like to pay shipping and especially on a return.  Happy Shopping!
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