Workin' It--Keeping Sane During the Holidays

Today I am linking up with Shay & Erika for their Workin' It series. December's topic is "Keeping Sane During the Holidays." Anyone else really need this right now?

We all start the holiday season so ready, so excited, feeling like this year we are going to have it all under control.  

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Friday Favorites: Wine Exchange, Hallmark Movies, Scottish Walk and MoroccanOil

This has been a Good week, but a busy week and I am flat out tired. So as I link up with ErikaNarci and Andrea for Friday Favorites, this is going to be a quick one about just some things that bring me Joy.  And it's the season of Joy isn't it? Here we go:

1) Holiday Wine Exchange:

Cookie exchanges are very popular this time of year and there are even recipe exchanges, but my friend Miss K hosts a wine exchange...yes a WINE EXCHANGE! This was the first year I was able to make it because Running Daddy and I typically attend another party on this night. There is a different theme every year and this year was Star Wars. The basic premise is that you decorate your bottle in the theme and then there is an old fashioned Yankee Swap. 

TBB--The Blended Blog Asks Holiday

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Today I am linking up with the Blended Blog for The Blended Blog Asks -- a Good way to start a Monday. Let's jump into these Holiday Theme questions.

1) Real or Fake Tree?

Real all the way. We always buy from a church around the corner from our house and they have the Best customer service.

2) Favorite Christmas Cookie?

This is hard for me because I am gluten free, but Santa is very fond of the printed sugar cookies from Pillsbury!

3) Home on Christmas Morning or Travel?

We are always home.

Friday Favorites: Holiday Hostess Gifts

We are about to get in full swing for holiday party season. So today as I link up with ErikaNarci and Andrea for Friday Favorites, I am going to share some of the Best ideas for hostess gifts. I try to not bring a bottle of wine as a hostess gift. I don't know about you, as a host, I have no idea who brought what wine but I can tell you who brought which hostess gift. Hostess gifts do not have to be expensive, just a lovely token of appreciation for a nice evening. So here are some Good ideas for hostess gifts to make things merry and bright.

1) Christmas ornaments

I love receiving Christmas ornaments as a gift. When I look at my tree, I can tell you who gave me every ornament on my tree.  Can't you? That's why ornaments make such a sweet gift. You can even add them to a bottle of wine to use as your calling card.

Here are some ornaments that I really like this season.

Camper               Moose Sweater         Snowflake 

2) Cocktail Napkins

I also love fun cocktail napkins and it's always fun to have a cute set to put out. Here are some paper options as well as a Lilly options to make the season bright.

Bubbles                      When you are drinking             Llamas 

Woody Wagon                               Lilly Flamingo                       Lilly Seahorse

3) Breakfast

One of my favorite hostess gifts to bring, no matter what time of year, is breakfast for the next day. Muffins or croissants for the family to enjoy are usually my go to. After a late night of partying and the dreaded cleaning up, it's a nice little treat to have waiting for the next day.

4) Hot chocolate

Who doesn't love a Good cup of fancy hot chocolate? A quality hot chocolate mix is always a Good idea and something the whole family can enjoy all season long. Choose something like salted caramel, peppermint or white chocolate for nice twist.

5) Paperwhite kits

Paperwhite are truly one of my favorite things about the holiday season. I love that you can grow flowers, basically in water, indoors that smell so beautiful. You can make a simple paperwhite bulb kit with a pretty vase, some rocks or decorate stones and the bulbs. You can also purchase these kits such as the one below. As the flowers bloom, your hostess will think of you.

So I hope I inspired you today for some really Good hostess gifts at  really Good price points. Feel free to share your Best hostess gift ideas in the comments below.

Now get ready to party!

Show and Tell: Want, Need, Wear, Read

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It's been a few months since I linked up  with Andrea from MomFessionals who hosts a link up where we show and tell you something. This month the topic is Want, Need, Wear, Read. I am using this as sort of a Christmas list and gift guide.

This one is a little tough for me, because I don't really know what I want or need this holiday season. We literally just got the furniture into our basement renovation this weekend, through the window after a failed attempt to get it down the stairs, so I feel like so much is focused on finishing this level of house. Now it's time to take a break and have a little fun with this post.


Candle Lanterns

I love led candles and they have come a long way in the last ten years. So many of them look so real. When I was coming up with ideas for the family room design elements, Running Daddy and I decided we would do a greige paint with soft blue accents. There is currently a lot of blue/grey in our house, but I don't care because it is such a Good color combination. I thought some silver accents would add some fun to the room, so I am currently looking for some very tall candle lanterns to add to the floor area around the fireplace. I would like to add some similar black lanterns to the living room fireplace area.

Here are some options I like:

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I also want some new blankets for the family room. We are such a blanket family. While the ones we had from before the renovation are sill fine, I think a new one would Better pull the look together. Here are a few that I like and both happen to be on sale:

Chevron Plush Throw (sale alert)                                   Barefoot Dreams Heathered Throw (sale alert)
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I think I need a new robe. I pretty much only wear a robe when I get out of the shower, but mine is several years old and it might be time for a new one. I have a summer robe that is cute and still in Good condition. Here is one that I like that might be Better for the cooler months.

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This is going to be a mix of things that I am currently wearing and then a few things that I have seen lately that I really love.  

Casual looks can be a little tricky this time of year but here are a few things that I am wearing on repeat on the weekends.

I wore this to a party a few weeks ago when I knew we were going to be outside for a bit. This faux fur vest is just the Best as it provides warms but it is also so fun. This total look is all on sale right now if you want to add it to your Santa list or wear for a holiday event!

Jeans                                       Similar Vest                          Boots 
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I also just bought these cords in boysenberry and a similar pair by cAbi in the same color as below. I think they are going to be a Good alternative to jeans on the weekend. These are also on an amazing sale.
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This skirt may end up on my Christmas list as it is so fantastic and I think it could even be a Good business look.

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If you are looking for a Good read, or have a friend that could really use some encouragement during this holiday season, go ahead and pre-order If You Only Knew by Jamie Ivey. While the book will not be out until the end of January, you can pre-order right now, right here. I am so happy to be part of the launch team and this book is so Good. While I read it over a month ago, there are parts that are still resonating with me.

Ok, now it's your turn! Tell me in the comments what you are going to Want, Need, Wear and Read this holiday season.

Friday Favorites: Thanksgiving Wines

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I am sure you are all aware that Thanksgiving is next week. Who else is excited? Because of the array of spices in the traditional Thanksgiving meal, the wine pairing can be tricky. Today as I link up with ErikaNarci and Andrea for Friday Favorites, I am going to give you five Good ideas for Thanksgiving wine. I think it is safe to say, we are all thankful for wine.

1) Cava

What could be Better than greeting your guests at the door with a little bit of bubbles? Cavas are a sparkling wine from Spain that are typically at a really Good price point. One of the Best Cavas that I have had is Dibon Brut Reserve

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Sausage and Pepper Pasta

I made this pasta last weekend in preparation for our school's big cross country meet. It's so Good but mostly it is easy and a whole meal in a bowl. This is a dish that I can also pull together in about 25 minutes or less on a weeknight. What could be Better than that? I posted this photo to Instagram and there were a lot of requests for the recipe, so here you go!
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