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Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, filled with delicious food and scintillating conversation.

We spent a very quiet holiday.  We went to see The Book Thief and then enjoyed a very quiet dinner at the hotel.  We were supposed to travel to Sista's in Connecticut, but unfortunately something came up so we stayed here.

I positively adored The Book Thief.  Usually, when I fall in love with a book, the movie is never as good.  Not in this case.  The screenplay was written beautifully and the casting was genius. 



Tomorrow, we are planning a "drive by" at the new very old house so #1 can see it in real life.  We close on the 16th - a mere week before Christmas.  This will be the second year that I will not be decorating because last year we were on a cruise. I do admit that I always loved the decorating part - it was the taking all of it down on a gloomy day in January that will not be missed.


Here are some pics from Thanksgiving.





Another pretty planter in Beantown.


I have spent most of my free time scrolling through every category of Christmas on Pinterest.  I am very thankful for many things this year, but I have to admit in my own shallow way, Pinterest is definitely one of them.

One of my favorite pins! 

Hope your Black Friday is full of great buys!




Gypsy in her new sweater, compliments of Sista.  
She enjoys the chilly weather about as much as me.













   

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A New Recipe for Cooking A Turkey


I have never had the pleasure of cooking a turkey, but when and if I do, this will be my recipe of choice.



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Hope your Thanksgiving is filled with a heaping serving of love and laughter drizzled with an extra dash of gratitude.






Sunday, November 24, 2013

hostess gifts under 50 buckaroos!

I did some research and put together a list of  some fun hostess gift suggestions for the holidays.  Obviously, the monogrammed ones will not be ready in time for your Thanksgiving hostess but if you put your order in now - a monogrammed gift should make the perfect statement for the holiday season. 


Brookstone
bar10der
10 Bartender tools in one sleek design!!
Who needs a man when you have one of these!! 

Love the shape of this carafe.  
Maybe because it's shaped like me.


This would be cute with a book of Bloody Mary recipes.  Everyone can use a little help the day after the big holiday!

This is so cute... "this is where our story begins..."  Better yet... "this is where my journey to Weight Watchers begins..."


The Enchanted Home

One of my favorite bloggers in the whole world is Tina from The Enchanted Home.  I have followed this gorgeous blog chronicling the construction and decorating of her awe-inspiring home since day one.  Tina has impeccable taste.  Another wonderful thing about The Enchanted Home is the fact that she also has a shop online.  The treasured items are offered at a lower price than you would find in the stores. 

I think this soap set is so elegant and such a treat for a hostess.  Of course if I had these sumptuous soaps in my guest bath, I would have to write a big sign to remind my family:  FOR GUESTS ONLY!  

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Another fabulous gift to spoil your hostess. 
  
If you are interested in ordering from The Enchanted Home's shop, you've got to act quickly; it closes for the holidays on December 15th!



A blackboard table runner.  Could be used for a number of things, like drawing a pic of Grandpa after he falls asleep at the table. 

Love the cover, love the subject!  


Great to put flowers in for the hostess.  I like this pitcher so much I think I would be an Indian giver and ask for it back. She's welcomed to keep the flowers.

Quirky

The Mocubo is a one stop chop.  Guaranteed to change your cooking game.  Given the OCD tendencies of the Mister ... he would probably love this.  "A place for everything, and everything in its place,"  the Mister's mantra.

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The Grill Wrangler is tongs, spatula, and fork all in one!



Great gift - great packaging.  Green thumb not included.



Brie warmer.  What hostess wouldn't love this idea?

For the furry children in the hostess' family.


Love these bowls!!

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This book makes a great gift.  I won this from another one of my favorite blogs You May Be Wandering. The Mister enjoys this book as much as I do.

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Gosh, I love this lady. The photos are as great as the recipes. And I love the name of the book - Foolproof.  Obviously, Ina hasn't met moi.


Hope this week is filled with lots of  laughs and much love!





Sista on a hike with 12 year old Mr. Max; one of her 4 thankful rescues.


Friday, November 22, 2013

Favorite Things by #2

I asked my #2 to do a Favorite Things post.  And just like the perfect daughter that she is, she happily complied.  You're perfect too, #1, and I will spread the word if you write a post for your old Mama too!

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Warby Parker eyeglasses. The only lenses I want to look through. These are beyond cute.  They're even cuter in person.  We visited the shop on Newbury Street.





If you can't tell, I have a bit of a fetish for tortoise shell glasses.

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Two things: Tory Burch and home. Never before has Tory designed for the home; until now. The new line premiered this week. 






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Of all the things on my list, this is the one that I truly gotta-have.



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This is my favorite time of year for one reason: sweet scented candles. If I could fill my room with Bath & Body Works scented candles I would. Then again, I would also set fire to my apartment. And that wouldn't be good.






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I'm including this scarf  just to drive my mom a little crazy. No, I am not a cat person, but I love the idea of them and their adorable pictures, therefore, this scarf is my first obsession. It is an adorable scarf all wrapped up and, as if it couldn't get any better, when unraveled there's a lovely cat portrait. 





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This Patagonia pullover. 
I live in Virginia. Virginia is cold. Therefore, I need to get this. Right?

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Phillip Lim for Target sweater, now in stores. And, yes, that is a bedazzled collar. But in the most perfect way possible.



Because I definitely don't have enough purses… this is one of Phillip Lim's for Target. It's $55. That's basically like giving it away.


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One of my favorite stores, Madewell,  that has lots of my favorite things.

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Thanks, #2, for a fabulous list of your favorite things!!


This is my new view from Blog Central for the next 3 weeks.  It looks so much prettier at night!





Hope your weekend is filled with all of your favorite things!!





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