Happy Thanksgiving!

Good morning!  I was at the grocery store at 5 o’clock this morning.  Anyone else doing any last-minute shopping?  That’s the time to go!  Before the pandemonium begins…  Just me, my coffee, and my sanity.  😉

Grey and I ran out to a few places last night in search of some of the finishing touches I wanted for our Christmas decorations.  It’s so fun to be out and about together this time of the year!  I mean, it’s fun all year, but especially right now.  I’m so excited to put up our tree on Friday…  we are doing something kind of different with the lights on it this year so I will keep you posted about that!  Looking forward to sharing our decorations soon.

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There have been lots of changes going on around here behind the scenes!  More on that in the next couple of weeks or so.  I have been busy working on creating more intentional spaces all around our humble home.  I’m getting really excited about a project that I hope to be embarking upon soon — our current office (aka dumping ground – ha! Just keeping it real…), which we plan to turn in to our “cozy room.”  Stay tuned!

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We have been feeling especially blessed to live in this little nest lately.  We both agree that we need to take more time out of our daily life to really give thanks to God and revel in that gratefulness.  Last Monday was our second year anniversary in our house.  This time of the year is so special for so many reasons — and that anniversary is one of them!  This was the house that waited for us, the house that we waited for.  This is the house where we have experienced some really hard things, and some really magical things.  The real ebbs and flows of life.

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This Thanksgiving, I am definitely going to be actively giving pause to the joy in my heart and noticing all of the beauty we are surrounded by.  Our little pup, our families, our friends, more than enough, food in our kitchen, dreams in our souls, love and forgiveness, new beginnings, opportunity, hope, faith, beliefs, goals, the Lord, and the love of an incredible man — these are the things I am thankful for this year.

Happiest Thanksgiving to you!  I will see you back here next week!

I’m Breakin’ Out the Spode

Hey there!  Thanks for finding your way here today.  🙂  I have a confession to make… I put up our Christmas decorations last night!  Grey and I will do the tree together on Friday, but the other decor is mostly finished.  I have a few things that I want to add.  It was so fun to work on it last night, with the Christmas music blaring and all of the inspiration flowing.  I kept my promise to myself this year, which was that whenever the mood struck me, I would decorate the house — not before, and not holding myself to a day on the calendar that I deemed “appropriate.”

I am a firm believer that you can celebrate Thanksgiving and all that is wonderful about it and still have your Christmas decorations up.  Both holidays are about love, joy, family, creating memories…  This is the first year I have had our decorations up before Thanksgiving and they are already making me feel so happy.

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Back in May, we started organizing our house a bit and we purchased this hook set from IKEA.  Even then I was so looking forward to hanging up our little Spode mugs.

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Spode is a big deal in our family.  Every Christmas Eve, my whole (huge!) family gathers at my Grammie and Gramps’ house and we have a big dinner and celebrate together.  There are Spode dinner plates for every person.  We even have clip-on candles that get lit so everyone has a tiny candlelit dinner plate.  I remember as a little kid I felt like this was super special — a very sweet way to make the place setting feel extra personal.  Christmas Eve is truly the best night of my entire year because of my incredible grandparents and the traditions that they have instilled in all of us.  It’s a night I will never take for granted.

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Grey and I have two larger cafe mugs that we keep in the cupboard for morning coffee and, of course, hot cocoa.  We like to buy one container of specialty hot chocolate each year that we savor.  We make it over the stovetop and I make homemade whipped cream, and then sometimes we even shave chocolate on top!  Gotta thoroughly enjoy the good stuff.  😉 The rest of the time it is just Swiss Miss around here, which, let’s be honest, is so good, too!

I’m working on my Spode collection little by little each year.  Our families have been so sweet to gift us so much already!  When we bought our first home two years ago, I received some Spode as a housewarming gift, and then more for Christmas.  Some of it is vintage, too!  I love that.

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My mom has Christmas dishes that she pulls out each season, and I love them so much.  Christmas morning brunch is always served on her special dishes and it’s part of the tradition that warms my heart!  I love collecting the Spode dishes in hopes that someday when we have kids, I can keep the tradition of special dishes this time of year alive and help to create some more wonderful family memories.

Do you have any seasonal traditions?  What are they?  Do you collect holiday dishes, too?

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Happy Thanksgiving Week, friends!  I know that this season can be bittersweet for so many.  Although there is much time to be spent with family and loved ones, there are usually people that we miss at this time, too.  This can leave us feeling tender and raw, and a mix of emotions.

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My Gramma’s birthday is this Saturday.  I miss her so much.  I know my mom misses her so much, too.  We all miss her!  She had a giant personality that filled the room.  During the holiday season I miss her even more than usual.  There are so many funny things that she did that were uniquely ‘her,’ and there were so many traditions that she was a part of that I miss like crazy.

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She loved Thanksgiving.  I remember so many turkey dinners with her.  Sometimes Thanksgiving would even fall on her birthday.  🙂  She was a force, that’s for sure.  I was drawn to these gladiola flowers at Trader Joe’s and I bought them, not knowing that they were one of her most favorite flowers.  My mom told me later when I told her about this little vignette on our buffet.  No wonder I was drawn to them!

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I like to use a lot of my Gramma’s silver for decorating and entertaining this time of the year.  It makes me feel lots closer to her and I know that it would bring her joy to know that I am using her fancy things.

Hold your people close!  We should do that all year long, and this time of year is a great reminder to reach out to someone you’ve been meaning to, lend a helping hand to someone in need, do acts of service, etc.  And to all of you who are missing someone this season, sending you lots and lots of love.

My Favorite Simple Ways to Nest For the Season

Good morning, friends!  Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend.  It’s been a while!

I always find that I have so much to share this time of the year, but not enough time in which to share it!  Halloween came and went and I never posted about our decorations… for the second year in a row!  They were fun this year.  *Sigh* – maybe next year.  😉

Grey and I are trying a new philosophy when it comes to decorating for the season this year.  We both have felt in the past couple of years that we don’t like only having about four weeks with our Christmas decorations.  They just feel so cozy and wonderful to us and we never feel like the month of December is enough time!  So instead of putting up Fall decor once our Halloween decor was put away, we started with a clean slate.  Over the past couple of weeks, we have been adding some Christmas touches slowly and whenever the mood strikes.

I was first inspired by Melissa from The Inspired Room to decorate in this way.  This is how she does it and I wanted to try it this year.  I am loving it so much — it has taken away that pressure that I have put on myself in years’ past of needing it to be perfect or a certain way.  Now my only goal is to feel perfectly cozy in our space and make it intentional for how we want to live and make memories this time of the year.  So thank you to Melissa!  ❤

That being said, there are a few tried and true ways that I love to nest this time of the year, and I wanted to share them with you.  🙂

Add A Cozy Teapot

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I always like to have a decorative teapot resting on my stove throughout the year.  This one was a gift a couple of Christmases ago when we first moved into our house.  I love it so much!  But this time of year I crave warmer tones and metals, so for the Fall and Winter months I switch it out with a copper teapot.

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I love the wood handles on both of these teapots.  🙂 I’m sure I could make tea out of this one but I prefer to have a different teapot that I use for boiling water purposes only.  😉  These two teapots serve the purpose of bringing me joy.

Switch Up Your Dish Towels

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I love to add a couple of new dish towels to my collection during this time of the year, too.  I’m not too crazy about themed towels — I am more focused on bringing in texture or patterns that remind me of this cozy season.

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These came in a pair from the Target Dollar Spot.  🙂  My favorite dish towels are these from Williams Sonoma — I have at least one of those hanging from my oven throughout most of the year.  But switching up towels is a simple way that I get to nest and our house feels fresh for the season on a tiny budget.

My Favorite Stovetop Scent

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I have been wanting to share this with you guys for so long.  This is my absolute favorite way to cozy up our house and give it the most beautiful, fresh smell throughout our 1,050 square feet.  😉

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Ingredients:

Water

Fresh rosemary sprigs

2 Lemons + zest

Vanilla extract (a couple of tablespoons)

Pumpkin pie spice (or any other cozy spice that suits you — cinnamon is amazing, too!)

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Zest your lemons and then slice them…

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Put all of the ingredients in a pot with water and set to high heat…

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Stir the ingredients together…

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Bring the mixture to a boil and then immediately lower the heat to simmer — really watch it!

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Refill the water every little while when it gets low.  This is something that you don’t really have to babysit, but the water does evaporate, which is what makes the most amazing smell throughout your house!  It really is heavenly.  When you refill the pot, bring it back to boiling again and then down to simmer.  I find that I can use this mixture for two days before I have to throw it out.  It really and truly warms my heart — I hope you enjoy it!  🙂

How do you nest for this season?

Have a great day, friends!

P.S. – Happy 7-year anniversary to my sweetie!  I love you!  ❤

Cozy Fall Mugs

Good morning to you!  I hope you had a productive start to your week.  🙂  Grab a cup of coffee and step on into my kitchen

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This buffet from Walmart (of all places!) has been so great since we purchased it almost two years ago.  It stores cookbooks, serving pieces, houses our coffee station, and holds our seasonal mugs.  Which brings me to…

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I love this little coffee station of ours.  It brings a little bit of joy into my day.  I’m a big fan of creating zones in my small kitchen and I treat this buffet as an extension of my countertop space.  We recently purchased some Fall mugs at HomeGoods to update this a bit for the season.  More on that soon…  🙂

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We buy these espresso pods from Amazon.  We used to buy Nespresso but we don’t always have the budget for those pods.  These are almost as good, in my opinion!  😉  I love using the Duralex glasses for the espresso.  Makes me feel all French – ha!  This is the season where we drink a lot of hot coffee and beverages, too.  We were just talking the other day about how we need to make time to head to AJ’s in the coming weeks to pick out a fancy hot chocolate for the cold weather.  On cozy nights at home we like to make it on the stove with homemade whipped cream and shaved chocolate.  Fun mugs make this tradition that much better!  I’m all about the little things!

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Have a great Tuesday!

Fall Nesting: Adding Cozy Layers

Good morning!  I hope you had a great start to your week!  Let’s talk about adding cozy layers…

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We took our slipcover off to wash it a week or so ago and I tried on the underneath brown sofa color for size.  I have to say, it looked just fine in here!  But I missed the crisp casualness of the white slipcover, so back on it went!  I let my husband do the honors… I have a really hard time being patient with the process.  He’s the best — he takes care of it and then I swoop in at the end to zhush.  😉

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I saw some sweater-type pillows at HomeGoods last week and I knew I should have picked them up because, of course, when I went back, they were gone!  Number one HomeGoods rule — if you see it and you think you might be able to use it, buy it and you can always return it later!  I learned that from my mom-in-law and, let’s be honest, I’ve also learned it the hard way.

But these blue check pillows are flannel!  So that’s a fun texture for Fall!

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I love the pop of blue — I have blue accents all over our living room.  Blue just makes me happy.  It’s a soothing, cozy color to me.  It just goes to show you that you don’t have to deck out your space in orange or brown for Fall if that’s not your style!  You can add the same warmth with visual or tactile texture.

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The pillows are super soft which will make them great napping pillows.  😉  We love napping on our sofa!  It’s been a bit since I’ve done that but we always judge sofas by their ability to be napped upon – ha!  We’ve been blessed with some good napping sofas thus far.

One of the pillows had a little hole in it that I could repair myself but anytime I see something like that on something from HomeGoods, I always tell them because they will usually give you a couple of dollars off, depending on the price.

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This is just the way I love to nest for the season… layer, layer, layer.  I added another blanket to my blanket ladder and can’t wait to cozy up with our faux fur one once the temperatures drop!

PS: Seeing that view into our bedroom makes me think I should add some dark blue accents on the bed!  What do you think?  😉

How do you add layers into your space this time of year?

Have a great Tuesday, friends!

PPS: Happy first-date-anniversary to my sweet husband!  11 years has gone by so fast — I love you tons!

Fall Nesting: Enjoying the Simple Things

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Our house is small but mighty at just over 1,000 square feet.  Nothing could have made me happier than having a cozy little nest as our first humble home.  🙂  It’s a sweet little place that we have been so blessed with — I hate to leave it for the day and love coming home to it — what’s better than that?

Because of its size, I only have room for the things I really love.  And a lot of the stuff I love is really old stuff!  Adding antiques and vintage items to our home is something that brings our space unique character and warmth — and I love when these special things find me.

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Fall is the time when I “bring out all my cozies” – A.K.A., bring out all of my beautiful treasures that may have been in hiding for the Spring and Summer months.  Typically beginning in January, I like to create a ‘clean slate’ for us with minimal excess decor and I enjoy that quiet in our space.  But right now…?  Right now I crave warmth and the familiarity of so many of my favorite things…

Right about now is the time that I become a putterer…  Is that a word…?  I think it should be if it’s not.

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This is the time of year when I spend my mornings moving from small task to small task in our home.  Maybe I wipe down the kitchen, or water our rosemary outside, or make a new stack of books…  Maybe I add some pumpkins to our decor, or bake some bread, or organize a drawer or two…

Puttering is why I love Fall so, so much.  And arranging my special things is the perfect puttering activity to do on a Fall morning.  🙂

Do you like to putter?  What kind of puttering do you like to do?

I hope you have a wonderful Monday!