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Thursday, December 3, 2020

A CASUAL DINING SETTING FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITH ALL MODERN


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As we are all knee deep prepping our homes for the holidays, we tend to want to refresh everything in our homes. With holiday gatherings being small and intimate this year, things look a little different but that doesn't mean we can't give our spaces a little love even if they won't see a lot of people this year. I wanted to create a fresh new look for this family gathering space which is the heart of the home. The perfect space to create gingerbread houses and decorate Christmas cookies with the kids and to gather in our pj's on Christmas morning for some mimosas and brunch. 

As an modern farmhouse spindle chair. These spindle chairs are not only kid friendly, but they're comfortable too. I love how the black pops against the gray floors and creates a statement for the space. Paired with a sleek tulip style table, it's a great mix of modern with a little twist of that modern farmhouse that everyone loves. The chairs visually keep the space open with the spindle backs and don't overwhelm the space.  A large globe pendant light works well above the space and we topped the table with large ceramic vases filled with seasonal greens which make it look festive. 










Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Holiday Photo Cards Sale & My Favorite Place to order them from

 I just received my first Christmas cards yesterday and I couldn't believe it! Sending and receiving Holiday cards is one of my favorite things. I love seeing how everyone's kids are growing over the years and since most of our family lives farther away, I love being able to send them cards with pictures of how quickly our own boys are growing. 

There are so many great options online for cards but one of my favorite places to order Holiday cards is Minted. Their cards are beautiful, from foil printing to letterpress, there is a style for everyone. They offer unique designs that are completely customizable from their community of over 15, 000 independent artists. You can even upload your picture and it will give you a preview of what it will look like on each card which helps you narrow down your favorite. They also make ordering cards a little less stressful with their free address printing. It leaves us a little more time to focus on the more important things this holiday season, like cooking baking and that pile of laundry. Right now Minted has extended their Cyber Monday deal through today which includes 25% off your order. Even better, if you join the minted more program, you get 30% off plus a free welcome kit which includes cute gift bags, tags, ribbons, a coloring book and colored pencils and discounts for future orders. This has paid for itself many times over the last year so personally I think it is worth it.





       

A little holiday tip to keep in mind, deliveries are taking a lot longer because of covid and so you may want to take advantage of this sale and get your cards out earlier this year. Not yet ready? They give you the option to order your cards with the discount and you can go back and add addresses in your contact list later. The good news is, once you upload them, they remain on their site for next years cards. 

Here is a look at our previous year Christmas cards with Minted and some of my favorite for 2020! 









Here are some of my favorites for 2020














Sunday, November 22, 2020

GIFT GUIDE FOR HIM

 The men in our lives always seem like the hardest ones to shop for but this year I found so many great gifts ideas for the guys! 


Socks that save dogs: I love gifts that give back and this sock company gives back to everything 

Wireless showerhead speaker: Dance party in the shower


Truff hot sauce: for the hot sauce lover

Fit track scale: This tracks 17 different body measurements and you can track them on your phone

Winter skin kit: help keep that winter skin in check 

Hypervolt Massage Gun: I got this for Rob last year and a favorite in our house. We both get really tight traps and I swear this is the only thing that helps to relieve the pain. This is a must have!

Beer of the month club: I like this gift for this year because it keeps on giving and let's be honest, a nice refreshing beet is a great way to unwind from these stressful days. 

Leather slippers: the new work from home shoe (these are 40% off right now with code NUT)

Portable espresso maker: take your coffee on the go

Portable charcoal grill: take your grill on the go too 

Digital meat thermometer: Rob got this after he got his smoker and it's pretty cool that it tracks it on your phone

Movie Projector: it's all about the outdoors and outdoor movies bundled up by the fire may be the only way to get us through this winter


Solo stove: the #1 purchase of 2020! This put off so much heat and is a smokeless firepit and it truly is, you don't have to change your clothes and wash your hair after sitting next to this all night. We absolutely love ours and plan on using through the winter







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Thursday, November 19, 2020

THE BEST PUMPKIN BREAD RECIPE

 One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving was looking forward to all the desserts on the table and the pumpkin bread was always the first one I went to. It's not a fancy recipe by any means and loaded with all the sugar but if there is a day we ignore that, it would be Thanksgiving, right? I love this pumpkin bread because it doesn't have an overly spice like some pumpkin breads. I like to make this as a loaf or in my pumpkin muffin pan. If you make them into smaller muffin sizes, you will need to adjust the baking time. I baked mine for around 25 minutes and they came out perfect. For the whole loaves, I will bake them for an hour. I finish it off with a little dusting of powdered sugar and they're the perfect little addition to your Thanksgiving feast. 





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