The List Week 49

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Well, friends, we’re inching closer and closer to the big day!  Are you enjoying the season?  Feeling festive? I’ve been trying hard to not get overwhelmed and just really embrace the spirit… this means a little shopping trick I’ve employed over the last few years… I’ll share with you… I never used to like shopping online for Christmas because I like to go to our outdoor mall and get a cocoa and see the lights and really get into the spirit.  BUT it is really hard to be positive through all the crazy (parking, oof!) when you’ve got a list to fulfill…

Now, what I do is shop online for all the main gifts, then save stocking stuffers and little special somethings for in-person shopping, so I can be more leisurely and less stressed about finding the right thing.  The right thing is already wrapped under my tree.

In the spirit of gift giving and online shopping, (and since I didn’t do any big gift guides this year) I’m doing tiny little roundups this week and next to get you well on your way!  Here we go!

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No. 1 THE ENTERTAINER – If the entertainer in your life is anything like me, I love special little linens to play with when I have people over.  Make her day with these gorgeous chambray dot napkins!

No. 2 THE GIRL WHO HAS IT ALL – I got this modern initial necklace for a few people on my list and I just love it!  I wish they would have had an E… but then again, I shouldn’t be shopping for myself!

No. 3 THE DIY-ER – guys… this chunky arm-knit blanket is so so beautiful.  If you have a die-hard DIY-er in your life, this blanket kit would  Or, if you’re a DIY-er yourself, you can make it for someone you love!

No. 4 THE STYLE MAVEN – Isn’t it always the little fun things that make gift giving great?  Who wouldn’t like to receive this stylish black candelabra?

No. 5 THE NEW NEPHEW – Ok, I’m biased… I have a week-old nephew in my life and this adorable ‘le lait’ onsie is the cutest!  Perfect for the modern kid in your life!

Enjoy the picks, guys!  Have a happy happy holiday weekend!


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The List Week 48

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I cannot believe it’s December! Can you?  Although it’s come so quick, it is welcome.  We’ve had a kind of crazy year and I am really really ready to just settle down a little bit, take a breather, and soak in some quiet time around the fire.

This weekend, I am hosting Friendsgiving! We’ve spent the last few days cleaning and preparing for our 13 guests! Since the house was a bit of a wreak due to the kitchen renovations, it’s been all sawdust and tools covering our dining table for the last two months. But last night we cranked up the tunes and really got all of the cleaning knocked out.  Today, we’ll set up the Christmas tree, brine a turkey, and finish the necessary shopping (and I might sneak some Christmas shopping in!).  What is on your weekend agenda?

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No. 1 BLESS OUR HOME – I am not usually a fan of homey sayings, but I thought this stainless steel ‘Bless Our Home’ Tray was elegant and pretty… and would make a great gift at only $34…

No. 2 STIR IT UP – I love a good cocktail accessory and these brass geo stirrers are quite cute!  Another good gift idea (I hope you’re taking notes!).

No. 3 FAUX FIR – I’ve had lots of questions about my tabletop Christmas tree from Wednesday’s post and I am happy to report that it also was a steal at just $15 from Ikea.  It looks shockingly real in person (as long as you cover the stump with some creatively draped fabric!

No. 4 PATTERN PRETTY – Everyone loves a good throw pillow.  This black and white lumbar cushion with a small geo pattern would go well with other larger patterns and solid textures… my kind of cushion! And, for $88 it’s quite large at 15″ x 35″.

No. 5 LISTEN TO THAT FIREPLACE ROAR – We don’t have a wood burning fireplace, but I always love the look of some well placed logs!  This firewood carrier is quite cute and sturdy looking too!

Have a great one, friend!

The List Week 47 – Black Friday Deals!

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Happy (belated) Thanksgiving!  I spent the day with my family eating, playing cards, and chatting.  I especially loved the hour I spent with my grandma talking about our family history (I’m a closet junkie) and discussing how we’re related to Abraham Lincoln (he’s a distant cousin).

Today, and all weekend really, you don’t even have to leave your house to get in on some of the amazing black friday deals out there.  My favorite shops are all offering great discounts, so I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite selections – holiday & everyday – to get you in the shopping spirit!

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No. 1 BOTTLE OF CHEER – Carafes are so great for entertaining because you can have a gorgeous table or bar without all the labels (because some aren’t pretty!) or you can premix your cocktails so that you aren’t spending time making a new one for each visitor.  This white bottle with a cork topper is gorgeous and on sale for the holiday! REGULAR $59, NOW $29.  See the whole collection or shop other Macy’s goodies all for an extra 20% off with Promocode THANKS

No. 2 PRETTY UNDER FOOT – This black and white reversible rug runner is SO cute and it’s quite large at 2.5 x 6′ (although there are smaller sizes)!  And it’s a 50% off! Get it now for $25 or shop all of the cozy and cheery home deals at H&M with free shipping using promo code 3265

No. 3 SIMPLE HOLIDAY – I love a simple understated tree.  Usually good looking faux trees are pricey, but this one is 20% off with free shipping, so get it today for just over $30 and you’ll be holiday ready in no time! OR shop the entire giant sale at Nordstrom and get an extra 25% off certain sale items!

No. 4 COZY ON THE MANTLE – I have to stop myself each year from buying new stockings because they just keep getting more and more adorable! Isn’t this chunky knitted cream stocking just the cutest? and TODAY ONLY every single item at Anthro is 25% off with promo code SHOPTOIT

No. 5 POM WONDERFUL – ok, because the 25% off everything sale at Anthro is so good, I’m going to throw in a throw pillow. This grey and cream pom pillow has been on my wish list for a while, so today might just be the day to make it happen.


Guys!  These sales are only good for a limited time, so get out there and take advantage today! Happy Shopping!

The List Week 45

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Are you as glad about it being Friday as I am?  It’s been a long week for us.  Long nights of work and lots of gym time mean that I’m tired, sore, and ready to relax this weekend!  BUT all that work paid off and a ton of great stuff happened on the business front this week, so I’m glad I burned the midnight oil a few times.

This week, I pretty much love everything on the list.  I am definitely buying the lamp, door mat and blanket.  I’m 50/50 on the art and the bag is too pricey for me right now, but beautiful none the less.  Let’s dig in, shall we?

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No. 1 BRIGHT IDEA – isn’t this lamp everything you dream of?!  I saw it on pinterest and thought, “oh that’s lovely, but must be $300…” Nope.  This marble and brass beauty is from Target and it’s $55. Score.

No. 2 COME IN! – I love how sweet this ‘gather’ doormat is!  Perfect for the holiday’s and just $12.

No. 3 CARRY IT ALL – I think a really stylish carry-on speaks volumes.  If you’re in need of one, this laser cut leather and suede bag is not only gorgeous, it’s hand made.  $309

No. 4 CHUNKY COZY – I could use another throw in my life.  This chunky cozy plaid blanket would be perfect for the Christmas changes I have cooked up for our living room. PLUS it’s only $34.

No. 5 TORCHED – I have been looking for some art for my dining room and this ‘Torched’ art by Kaydi Bishop just might fit the bill.  I wanted something abstract, but not too out there.

Which is your favorite?  Tell me below and have an awesome weekend!


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The List Week 44

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It’s FRIDAY! Are you excited?  It’s been a jam packed week over here, but such a great one too.  Some projects were completed with others just launching, so it was a wonderfully fulfilling week.  Of the projects that are complete, I have spent the last 6 months working behind the scenes in web development and social media on a local mayoral campaign and I’m happy to say that my candidate WON, so I am finally relaxing a bit. That was a load of stress that is hard to describe and I wasn’t even the one running for office!

Of the new projects, I am launching a new e-course for people who want to design their own product lines and the big kick-off for the launch is today! Head over here to get my new video, The 10 Step Product Line Jumpstart.  It’s geared toward creatives who have always wanted to design/launch a product but just don’t know where to start.

Ok, onto this week’s list!

The List Week 44

No. 1 HANDMADE BRILLIANCE – It’s hard to describe how beautiful the tiles are from Fireclay.  I’ve got a big soft spot for this star and cross design in a deep chalky gray and the hand painted styles are NOT to be missed.

No. 2 PAY IT FORWARD – I received the sweetest tea towel in the mail this week from my friend Kelly.  I got to reading the attached tag and realized that it was a style she herself had designed for FashionABLE, a brand devoted to empowering women through creating jobs locally and around the world.  Read up on the brand and get Kelly’s towels here!

No. 3 LEATHER POWER – this leather bound mirror is so pretty!  I love leather anything, so I was drawn to the simplicity and the warmth of this piece.

No. 4 I’VE GOT A PROBLEM – I love buying mugs.  My mug cupboard overfloweth, however.  These stoneware beauties from Crate & Barrel actually have me considering getting rid of some old ones so that I can buy these!

No. 5 REPLACEMENTS – I lost my little garden snippers like a year ago and still haven’t surrendered to the fact that they’re really lost.  I just need to get over it and get some new ones.  I love this adorable little twine and scissor bundle from (local Ohio!) shop Frog Goes to Market.


Other bits of amazing…

Around here:

Kale, Sausage and White Bean Stew

Gold Octagon Name Card Holders

Around the web:

Movie Night!