November 2019 - Dimples and Tangles

PERSONALIZED FAMILY PHOTO CHRISTMAS CARDS FROM MINTED


Are you gathering the family for your Christmas card photo this weekend?  We recently received our custom Christmas cards from Minted, and I'm thrilled with them!  I haven't sent cards out in several years but knew I didn't want to let one more pass without doing that.  I saved a few photos from our big family trip to Hawaii this Summer, and when I saw this black and white plaid design with gold foil accents I immediately knew it was the right one for us!  (And if you're family or a friend who receives this in the mail, will you please act surprised?  Ha!)


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JEN'S GREEN BEANS- THE PERFECT MAKE AHEAD GREEN SIDE DISH!


I can hardly believe that the holidays are upon us!  As you're planning your menu for various gatherings through the season, why not shake up the usual green bean casserole for something a little different?  Last year we had a recipe swap at church where everyone brought one of their favorite dishes and everyone else was able to sample it.  One of my friends brought this recipe and we all loved it!  I took it to a family gathering a few weeks ago and they all said how delicious it was too, so it's now on the menu for Thanksgiving as well. My friend sweetly allowed me to share Jen's Green Beans recipe with you, and although it's not named after this Jen, it still works!  ;)


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DECORATE FOR CHRISTMAS WITH AMAZON PRIME!


Today I thought I'd share a few goodies I found while poking around on Amazon Prime to help you decorate for Christmas.   I grouped several items into 4 categories- general decorations, things for the tree, helpful supplies, and things for setting the table.  I selected things that interested me or are similar to things in my own home.  You might see a thing or two to add into your own Christmas decor this year! (I've listed and discussed each item, then there are photos of them below.)


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OH WHAT FUN! MERRY AND BRIGHT! TWO CHRISTMAS TREE REVEALS


Well I've been so excited about this day for months... I'm thrilled to share not one but TWO Christmas tree reveals with you today!  This year I've partnered with At Home Stores to decorate two different trees in our home, just in time to give you plenty of inspiration as you prepare to deck your halls!  And yes, it may seem a bit early, but let me tell you... I just walked the Christmas aisles a few days ago and all of the best stuff is going fast!  (Early Black Friday Decor-Buster deals are already going on!)

I'm also so happy to be joining in the My Home Style Blog Hop: Christmas Tree Edition hosted by Stephanie at Casa Watkins Living this week.  There are over 30 trees in the line-up this week, be sure to check them all out for loads more ideas and inspiration, today's tours are linked at the end of this post. 

We'll begin with the tree in our Living Room.  I'm calling this super colorful beauty our "Oh What Fun" tree, see if you can spot the reason why!


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FIVE FRIDAY FAVORITES


Happy Friday everyone!  Excited to share a few of my favorite recent purchases and finds with you today.  I hope you all enjoy your weekend, and if you follow me on Instagram be sure to check in over there for a great giveaway I'm posting today!   (*This post contains affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)

You all know I'm all about a great deal.  I've been frustrated with the bluetooth earbuds that I've been using (the kind that has a cord that connects the two earpieces), but I was not willing to shell out the $$$ for a pair of airpods.  My sister is the savviest shopper around that does thorough research before she makes a purchase, so when she approved of a pair of Knockies for my nephew that was good enough to give me confidence to try them!  Since then, my daughter bought a pair for herself months ago and absolutely loves them.  They both won me over, so I just got my own pair of the newest model available (I've heard rumors that they're even better than airpods!) and I've been 100% pleased with them.  I also bought the silicone travel case for a few dollars more (in hot pink of course!).  There are often discount codes available, but use my tips here to install the Honey savings app on your computer and make it super easy to get the best price!  Even without a discount, they're at least half the price of airpods and have excellent reviews... great for a teen's Christmas list if not for yourself!



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NEUTRAL (ISH) THANKSGIVING TABLE


Can you believe that Thanksgiving is 2 weeks from today?  I can't but I'm already dreaming of all the yummy treats and the family being gathered.  Today I'm sharing this year's Neutral (!) Thanksgiving Table and hope it gives you some inspiration for your own! 

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50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY PARTY IDEAS


Last month my parents celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary.  Although they told us much earlier in the year that they did not want a party or reception, thankfully they changed their minds a few months before the day and agreed to a very small party.  We were so happy to be able to mark this milestone with a celebration!

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HOLIDAY COOKING AND ENTERTAINING KITCHEN ESSENTIALS


As the holidays draw closer, I'm starting to think about one of the best parts other than the family gatherings and the decorations... the FOOD!  As I was making a dish a few days ago I used something that I wanted to share with you all, and that turned into this full blown post of things I consider holiday kitchen essentials for cooking and entertaining.

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FIVE FRIDAY FAVORITES


Thank you for your comments and feedback on yesterday's post!  We're working hard this weekend to knock all we can off of that remaining to-do list.  In the mean time, here are a few things that have landed in my cart recently...  (*This post contains affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)

It was hard, but I waited until Halloween was officially over until I mentioned Christmas!  :)  I'm not going to be rolling out the Christmas content quite yet, but DO NOT WAIT until Christmas is closer to pick up these adorable Pom Pom Christmas Trees, I'm predicting they'll sell out quickly!  The sisal bottle brush style trees are available here as well, but you'll probably have better luck finding them in store. Both styles are 1/2 off!



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