A Change of Seasons

Living in Southern California, and not having a change of seasons in this part of the country, I’ve never had to move out the fall/winter clothes for spring/summer clothes in my closet.  Recently, I was talking to a friend on the East Coast who has to do just that.  She explained how she loved changing her closet for the seasons because it made her feel like she was getting a new wardrobe.  Her makeup choices changed with her wardrobe changes, which made her feel like she was getting a make over.

Then I started thinking about my home. (As some of you know, my home experienced a large slab leak right before the holidays and the downstairs area of my home is pretty torn up.}  After speaking to my friend, I decided to give the areas of the home we are currently living in a bit of a sprucing up.  A mini make over of sorts.  Then I started thinking, wouldn’t is be great if all our homes had a different “wardrobe” for the change of seasons?

Here are some of the items I will be adding.

A Change of Seasons

1. Wayfair Magnolia Leaf Wreath $139.00 What a perfect way to welcome guests.

Pottery Barn Kendra trellis Duvet Cover $39 – $135 Navy is the perfect winter color.

Anthropologie You Cook, I’ll Clean Dishtowels $42.00 How cute are these?

Pier 1 Cotton Velvet Runched Pillow $ 34.95 I want a few of these.

Restoration Hardware Luxe Faux Fur Throw Wolf 50″ X 60″ $99.00 For the cool nights.

L.L. Bean Ultra-Absorbent Monogram Cotton Towels $14.95 – $34.95 Love!

There is nothing like a few quick changes around your home to make it feel new.

Until next time…

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Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas

Wishing all a very Merry Christmas.  

May the love and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ fill your home this holiday season.

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Stocking Stuffers…for her

 Stocking stuffers usually are small gifts, but with these adorable gifts ranging in price from  less than $5.00 to over $400.00 don’t be surprised if your stocking stuffer gift turns out to be her favorite gift this holiday season!

Stocking Stuffers 2014


Stocking Stuffers for her 2014

1.  Forever 21 Ceramic Roses Jewelry Dish $4.90

2.  Jo Malone London Christmas Cracker $45.00

3.  24-KT Gold iPhone 6 Case $50.00

4.  Barbuzzo Heart Handle Mug $10.00

5.  Diamond Bottle Stopper $12.95

6.  ANTHROPOLOGIE Nettle Wisp Drops $58.00

7.  Waffle Stitch Infinity Scarf $49.00

8.  Lilly Pulitzer Large Cosmetic Bag $68.00

9.  Louis Vuitton Press It Bracelet $405.00

 Happy Holidays! 


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Stand up, on this Thanksgiving Day, stand upon your feet. Believe in man. Soberly and with clear eyes, believe in your own time and place. There is not, and there never has been a better time, or a better place to live in.   ~ Phillips Brooks ~

May you and yours have a safe, happy, and blessed Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Easy Fall Centerpiece DIY

There is a lot going on for several days before Thanksgiving, if you are hosting the Thanksgiving meal.  The last thing you need to think about is the Thanksgiving table centerpiece. This easy Fall centerpiece is so simple it will come together in about 5 minutes, really, 5 minutes and it could be made days, even weeks ahead!

Thanksgiving DecorHere is how I made this easy Fall centerpiece!

  • Mini orange pumpkins
  • Dried fruit ~ See how I made mine, here ~ This must be done days ahead
  • Indian corn
  • Fall gourds
  • Pinecones
  • Branches
  • Glass bowl or any type of vessel you have.

Step 1. Decide what container you will be using.

Step 2. When you go to the grocery store for your weekly shopping, pick up a few gourds, mini pumpkins, and a few pieces of indian corn (the indian corn will keep for years if stored in a plastic container with a tight fitting lid).

Step 3. Go outside and clip a few branches off a bush.  If you have a rosemary bush, that would be a wonderful mild scent to bring into your centerpiece.  If you have some pinecones pick several of those up too.  If you are like me, and have none around, go buy yourself a bag like I did at any craft store.  WARNING: Don’t. I repeat, DONT buy the scented ones.  You don’t want that strong scent competing with the wonderful aromas of a Thanksgiving meal.

Step 4. It’s time to assemble your centerpiece.  If you have a large low bowl, fill the bottom up with several pinecones as filler and then arrange the other items on top. Use whatever items you have access to that are the look of Fall, such as acorns, any nut in it’s shell (walnuts, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, etc.), and Mandarin Oranges spiked with cloves to name a few.

This is a fast and easy Fall centerpiece decor item that would look great on the Thanksgiving table if the vessel is a low bowl or on a buffet table if the container is a taller one like mine.  Have fun with this arrangement, whatever you put together will look great!

Happy Thanksgiving!


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Links I Love ~ Thanksgiving Edition

Thanksgiving Edition of Links I Love…

Links I Love 6 stress tips

We all strive to have a stress free Thanksgiving.  Here a 6 tips to get us through the day!

Links I love Southern Living

Need a fresh take on how to set your Thanksgiving table?   Southern Living has several idea’s for you, from Warm and Rustic to Dramatic, and everything in between.

Links I Love Virgin Mary

Not sure if you are going to say a Thanksgiving prayer or Thanksgiving toast.  Maybe these links will help you decided.  You could always do both, the prayer prior to dinner, and the toast prior to dessert.

Links I Love Pie

Don’t have time to bake pies this Thanksgiving?  Do you want to order one, but don’t know from where? Bon Appetit has tasted 75 Mail-Order Pies to help you choose the one (or two, or three) that would be perfect for your Thanksgiving dinner.

Links I Love Menu

To help you decided on which scrumpious sides dishes to make, Whole Foods has a Thanksgiving Menu Recipe Guide for a Classic Thanksgiving Dinner.

Links I Love football

Find out how Football became one of our Nations favorite Thanksgiving Traditions.  NFL ~ Why we play on Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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How To Make Your Guests Feel At Home

With the holidays fast approaching chances are your having a guest or two spending a few days with you.  Are you wondering how to make your guests feel at home?  It’s time to start preparing now for your out-of-towner to have a 5 star experience.

Here is a surefire way to make sure they do!

How to make your guests feel at home

1. About 3 to 4 days prior to their arrival, wash the sheets, make sure there is closet space with extra hangers, and a drawer or two for their clothes. Place clean towels where your guest have access to them for their entire stay.

2. Provide extra pillows and both light and heavy blankets.

3. Place a basket of sample size toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush & toothpaste, body lotion, a disposal razor and mouthwash) in their room or bathroom they will be using.  Just in case they have forgotten something.

4. Purchase a few of their favorite magazines and bottles of water.  Place these items on the night stand in your guest room for them to enjoy while they are staying with you.

5. Welcome your guests with fresh flowers and a note welcoming them to your home.  Place these items in their room.

6. If you have a photograph with your guest(s), place the photo of you and your guest somewhere in your home.

7. Make sure your guest can access your wifi, set them up with a guest password.

8. Place self-serve snack trays in your refrigerator and on your kitchen counter.  Your guests might not want to bother you when they are hungry for a snack.

9. Contact your guests ahead of time to see if they have any dietary restrictions.

10. Set up a breakfast station in the kitchen.  Provide coffee, tea and other breakfast items, just incase they are early risers.

Most importantly, treat your guests as part of your family!

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Color mine a…Blue Bedroom

Looking to change the color of your bedroom?

How about going for a blue bedroom?

The older I get, the more I like the color blue.  It seems to have a calming affect on me and that is exactly what Handsome and I need at the end of a long day.

Blue Bedroom


Linen Navy Nail Button Bed King $699.00 + free shipping

Knotted Wool Rug by ZARA HOME $799.00

Olivia Salon Chair Design by Aidan Grey $1950.00

Verona Home One Drawer Accent Table $203.00

Ulysses Pendant Lamp $1575.00

Haley Table Lamp $293.00

Streamline Blue Throw Pillow 12X20 $60.00

Mary Ann Leff, Dream Beach art work Williams-Sonoma $2800.00

TAG Indigo Glass Votive Holder $16.95

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Favorite Buys

Sometimes my favorite buys are not things I bought at all.  In fact, they are items I received as a gift {somebody bought them, right?}!

Here are a few of my most recent favorites…

Favorite Buys 2 On our most recent trip to Napa, Handsome and I stopped in to the most adorable olive oil store, Lucero, located in downtown Napa.  The manager took us around tasting all the different olive oil and balsamic vinegars they produce.  We ended up buying this gift pack with several flavors.        Gift Pack $36.00

Favorite Buys 2 Ipad camera connection (1 of 1)When iPad’s first came out, I really wanted one.  The only thing stopping me from purchasing it was there was no way to download pictures directly from an SD card on to the iPad.  That has all changed thanks to this little device.  It is a Camera Connection Kit.   $29.00
Favorite Buys 2 Ipad  (1 of 1)

What can I say…I know, iPad’s have been out for more than 4 years and I just got one!  But, like I said earlier, I was waiting to be able to download my pictures to it when I was away.  iPad from $499.00Favorite Buys internet password logbook I love my new Internet Password Logbook.  I know people are always saying to never write down passwords. But, how does one keep track of them all?  If you keep this little book in a safe and secure place, when those little brain freeze moments happen you won’t have to redo your password…again!  $12.59Favorite Buys Mike's Hot Honey (1 of 1)Do you like food with a little kick?  Then have I got something for you!  The other day my favorite son brought me home some of Mike’s Hot Honey.  We have been trying it on all sorts of things.  My favorite so far is a crostini with goat cheese, thinly sliced apple slices, with the hot honey drizzled on top. $10.00

What are your favorite recent buys?

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Sharing Love

In my never-ending quest to find all things new {and not so new}.  Today, I’m sharing my most recent internet finds.  Hope you enjoy what I am highlighting today, in this edition of Sharing Love.

Real Simple has these Smart Tips From a Home Fragrance Expert.

 Get your house smelling beautiful for the Holidays!

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See how changing your password should change your life.

Things you never thought about, but should!

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Take a look at 18 of the world’s most beautiful gardens according to buzz feed.com.

Oh, the beauty!

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Very clever!

Sharing Love 2-4How 6 pretty trays help me hold it all together by Susan from Your Home Only Better.

Now I know what to do with all those trays I have in that small drawer under the ovens.

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