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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

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Hello, dear friends.  I hope you are having a good week.  All is well here.  We've laid low but have ventured out to less crowded places on occasion.  

One such place is called Blue Print.  On my last visit here, my #1 couldn't wait to bring me to this breathtaking interior design shop.  It was love at first sight.  So we stopped in to browse, and I met Anne, who is so lovely.  It turns out that she is dear friends with Susan, the author of Sophistication Is OverratedI've been here for less than a month, and already I have a small world story.

If you find yourself in the Dallas area, treat yourself and stop by and feast your eyes on all the luscious furniture and accessories. Don't forget to ask for Anne - she's a delight.

 Over the weekend, we spent over an hour at our #1 choice of house prospects.    It's a beautiful house in a lovely small gated community in Dallas tucked into the end of a cul de sac.  It has a huge formal living room and a very large kitchen which needs a major renovation.  It has a pool and a very small patio.  It does not have a study, which the Mister wants, or a family room, which I would like.  There are many wonderful things about the house, but the floorplan is not one of them.  It is very quirky.  So after giving much thought, we decided to cross this one off our list. 

So now we are back to square one with a few maybes left on the list.  We are very comfortable in our little pad, so we will take our time in finding the perfect house for us.

In the meantime, I have been working on another gift guide.  Can you tell that I don't have a lot to write about?  I do miss the holiday house tours and fairs that I usually attend during November.  So bare with me while I tackle my addiction to gift guides.  

Lastly, I want to take a minute to thank all of my readers and loyal followers for your support.  Through the years, you have been at my side during the wonderful times, as well as the sadder days.  I appreciate all of the thoughtful emails as well as every comment that you write.  And if you don't leave a comment, don't worry, I still like you.

So this Thanksgiving, I am grateful for you and your friendship.  Although it is a difficult time, I hope your day is filled with love and laughter, whether it be in person or on facetime.

Next year, when I am decorating for Christmas again, I am ordering this pillow. 

And maybe these, too.

What's one more?

Oh boy, I better start making a list.

Love these too!


These darling melamine plates are channeling the old fashion paper plate, but they are so much prettier.
Oprah thinks so, too because they are on her 2020 Favorite Things list.

This beanie with speakers is great for the buddy who likes to walk and listen.  The sound quality of the earphones is phenomenal.  I own two of these.

For the friend who wants to step up her leggings game.

A woman can never be too thin or have too many totes.

For the pal that is always forgetting her mask.
This sweater has one that is built-in.

No size worries... one size fits all.

My #2 has one like this, so of course, I had to order this one.
Now everyone will think we are sisters.
Btw... it is so comfy!

So cute.
I think I need this in black.

My buddy, Jane, over at Blondie's Journal raved about this water bottle.

On sale.

I can't wait until we can start entertaining again!

I had some monogrammed napkins made up about three weeks before this nightmare of a pandemic began.
Needless to say, they are still in the package somewhere in the boxes in storage.
Hopefully, by the time I see them, we will be able to celebrate the vaccine.


I consider a planner an optimistic gift, especially this year.
Hopefully, it will be filled with lots of fun things to look forward to.
Don't forget to write in your birthday! 

It's the little things that I forgot to pack for our temporary nest.
Like a spoon rest.

I put this pitcher on my post last year.
Isn't it sweet?

Cute gift for the friend who is a ginger jar fan.

A candle is always a good idea.

Sweet sentiments.

Fancy jams!

This was on my #1's Christmas list.


I also forgot my ironing board, so I am borrowing #2's steamer.
I like it a lot better than ironing.

Cute idea for the pal who is doing over her office.

I had to order one of these, so I never forget this year and always appreciate the good times.

A sweet moment for the friend that you used to meet at Starbuck's maskless.

Do you want to get the scoop on your new neighbor?
Forget Bunco and have her over to play this game.
Be sure to serve plenty of wine.

I gave a few of these as gifts last Christmas.

Another brand that my girls are crazy about.
I'm game.
I want dewy skin.

This is a game-changer for my once frizzy, dry hair.

I'm a big fan of It cosmetics.
If you've your friend wanted to give it a whirl, this is a good gift set, and it's on sale.

This is my favorite neck cream.
It was sold out for a while, and now it is on sale.
So if you have a friend like me who hates her neck, this might be a good gift since it's on sale.  

It has a little color which I like, so I apply it with this.

Makeup brushes are always a good idea.

My girls love these!

Bloggers are loving this book.

Since I'm not decorating this year, I'll order this for the Mister's bathroom.

For the girlfriend who always shows up well-equipped.
Ahem, KTG.

Need some more gift inspiration?

I have some herehere, here, and here.

Stay safe.

Until next time...

Our little Diva had her first Dallas haircut yesterday.
Can't you tell how thrilled she is?

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  1. You always have the best gift lists. Thanks.

  2. I always love to see what you find for us! I call you my personal shopper!! :)

    Keep us posted on the house hunt and good luck with your starting over.

  3. I love your gift list, Katie! Yes, I imagine there will be some big vaccine parties, when the time comes! Good luck in your continued house hunt. -Jenn

  4. Well I put two of the Amazon choices on my wish list Katie...thanks for curating. You would think in a pandemic you would find a house at a song but again this is crazy pants times in all areas of life. I have a friend here who sold her house and is considering renting while waiting for the right house. So you are not alone. Believe me, in retirement you want the husbsters to have his own place preferably with a recliner and a tv.lol Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  5. Katie, I love your new webpage look. Very southern prep.
    Great suggestions as always.

  6. A good list of gifts! I agree with your daughters about Tatcha skin care products - love them. I have the small melamine "paper" plates and I use them everyday (but not in the microwave). Happy Texas Thanksgiving

  7. What a great selection of gifts - - for me - lol! Hope the house hunting gets easier for you!

  8. Wonderful gift list. Love your adorable fur baby. Happy Thanksgiving my dear friend. Thank you for much for the kudos.

  9. Always enjoy your gift guides. Your are so in the know! 🤗
    Hope your Thanksgiving was fun. Happy Holidays ahead!

  10. Katie, what a fun gift list. I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful and filling. Best wishes on your house hunting!

  11. Great gift ideas! Love that beanie for myself! That Santa ornament with the mask feels like a must for our 2020 tree!! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Your sweet puppy dog looks adorable with the fresh cut.

  12. SO many good ideas! My daughter received her coffee/books/dogs tshirt today. She said it will pair perfectly with her yoga/coffee/naps mug. 🤣❤ Have a great weekend.

  13. IS AMAZON paying YOU yet?
    Do you know about SMILE AMAZON?AMAZON will give 0.5% to your CHARITY PICK!
    I was told that OPAPLEX is for BLONDES!I gave mine away after reading how happy you were with yours BEFORE!It did not do much for me but I do not have the frizzy hair........soon I will have NO HAIR!Good thing I stockpiled TURBANS in all colors and sequins too!Off to call SISTA!We have been emailing!!!!!!XX

  14. Great ideas! In fact, I clicked on the link and bought two of the beanies with built in bluetooth for my daughters!! I'm so excited!

  15. What wonderful ideas! Thanks for sharing such good suggestions.

  16. I hope Santa has not finished my gifts yet as I am adding several of your suggestions. Chili's cut looks great!

    Annie g

  17. Thanks so much for linking up ALL your gift guides today!


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