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Friday, January 10, 2020


The Christmas decorations are officially packed away... I'm super late this year but it feels great to have that not-so-fun task done!  Cleaning up and getting everything fluffed back up today.  Do you go straight to Valentine's Day decor or wait until it's a bit closer?  We're celebrating a birthday boy this weekend so I'll put up some party decorations, but then I think I'll work on the mantel and porch for Valentine's Day.  It will be here before we know it!  Here are my Five Friday Favorites for the week, you all seemed to read and enjoy these posts last year so I'll keep them coming this year!  (*This post contains affiliate links, including Amazon.  As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Read my full disclosure policy here.)

Martha Stewart Organizing was just released this week and it's such a beautiful book!  But more importantly, helpful!  I've said it before here, but organizing is not my strong suit so I'll take all the help I can get.  This book covers it all, from organizing your calendar to your routine to your home to your life.  And if the tips are coming from Martha, they must be worth considering, right?

The first section suggests ways to organize your life and activities by calendar month.  It includes a monthly calendar with daily suggestions of some type of activity that I remember enjoying seeing in her magazine.

Then it delves into organizing each aspect of your life, going beyond just organizing your "stuff" in order to make your schedule and routine more streamlined and effective.   Very nice book!

This relaxed turtleneck sweater is my latest Amazon purchase.  Mine is a deep forest green and was perfect to wear on Christmas Day to the grandparents' house.  It comes in several colors, is relaxed without being bulky, and I like the side slits so I can tuck the front a little if I want to.  Great reviews too!

I shared a quick DIY on my Instagram stories this week.  I got this planner to use this year but didn't like the little "2020" label that was on the front, so I dressed it up with some scrapbook paper and monogram stickers (there's a clear protective cover and I added my monogram on the cover paper under it).  I picked up the monogram stickers several years ago at Hobby Lobby and am not sure they have them any more, but these custom vinyl monogram decals would do the same job and they're pretty inexpensive.  Also, I used this paper trimmer  that I've had since my scrapbooking days.  Even though those are woefully behind, I still use the trimmer all the time and my kids do too for various projects.  It's a handy tool to have!

I bought this oversized cozy sweatshirt just after Christmas, as well as the pink one (there are tons of colors) and have been living in one or the other just about every day, the ultimate "leisure" wear!  There's a split hem and the back is slightly longer than the front, just long enough to wear with leggings.  The fabric is super soft and I love the oversized fit (but it's not sloppy).  I'm wearing a Medium which is my regular size.  Also tried on the Small which since it's relaxed totally would have worked too.  I also picked up the same style in this leopard version and know it will be on heavy repeat too!

Lastly, Gap is offering 50% off of markdowns and I couldn't resist these pink wide leg crops. They are high waisted (which is taking some getting used to after wearing mid-rise for so long) but I've wanted to try out the wide leg crop trend and what better way to do it than with these pink cuties??  Sizes are getting slim but there are other colors available with more variety.    Lots of great deals in the Men's sale too!  Side note- I was overdue a new one and this is the best chambray shirt that I just found, the fabric is the perfect weight and color.  On sale for $15 today!

A few other markdowns that caught my eye, and I actually own and love several of these things...  I bought the denim crops too and really like them, my daughter is loving the tunic length split hem sweatshirts that we got, and that creamy funnel neck sweatshirt is this year's version of my favorite jacquard funnel neck sweatshirts that I wear often (although mine from previous years are a little more heavy-weight, I still like the style and the size zippers are cute on this one).  The dark blue one is a slightly shorter version with a hood, it's good too!

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  1. I'm going to have to check out the new Martha book. I love perusing pretty books on organizing. Also love the relaxed turtle neck. Turtle necks that are too close to the neck really bother me for some strange reason, but I love the look. Anytime I see a relaxed neck, I take a second look for sure. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  2. I think you'd love the book and the sweater, Kathryn!


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