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12/17/14

New House, New Needs

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Settling in to a new house during the Holiday season absolutely has it's challenges...if we had the chance to do it over, moving during this busy time of year would probably not be our first choice. As I'm quickly learning, with a new house comes a list of new things you'll need.  So, the upside here is taking advantage of all the great "end of year" and Holiday sales going on! Here's (another) round up of the things I've been scouting for our new digs...

1. I can't get enough of these fluffy as a cloud pillows, especially the lumbar ones.

2. Still trying to figure out the best way to style the new kitchen, one item that looks good and makes practical sense: these chic cutting boards.


4. New powder rooms call for new accessories. Finding pretty new pieces for our pretty new bathrooms is my new favorite thing (sad, but true!)

5. Looking for the perfect little settee for my oldest daughter's room, and I think I found it here!




12/16/14

Celebrating The Festival Of Lights


Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah. While I've been to my share of lovely Hanukkah parties in my life, I've never seen one that even comes close to this very inspirational spread from Style At Home.

We'll be having our own low key celebration here tonight, complete with Latkes (potato pancakes). For a traditional and delicious potato pancake recipe click here and for a hilarious "Shake It Off" parody that explains the history behind the Festival of Lights, click here. Happy Hanukkah!

12/15/14

Gift Guide: Food Gifts


A huge part of the traditions surrounding the holiday season is based on food.  Today I thought I'd share some of our favorite food gifts to give and to get.  Most of these we simply repeat every year...no need to fix it if it's not broken!

1. Several years ago we received one of these giant caramel apples as a gift. It was so over the top delicious that I've been ordering one for us all to fight over enjoy ever since, these are jumbo apples that easily feed 4-5 people when sliced up. SO good!

2. Confession, I've never actually tried one of these Assumption Abbey Fruit Cakes, but we sent one to my Dad on a whim about five years ago after hearing him reminisce about fruit cakes from his childhood.  This was such a big hit with so many compliments that now both Grandpas get one every season.

3. Peppermint Bark! This is a personal fave of mine, we give it and we always get extras for ourselves. SO GOOD!

4. I love to send little treats from some of my favorite NYC places to eat, FRED'S at Barneys fits the bill perfectly, with these sweet little gifts of chocolate pretzels and graham crackers.

5. When all else fails, you've run out of ideas, etc....there's always Starbucks, right?

6. We've gotten both the Neiman's famous chocolate chip cookies AND the chocolate chip cookie mix as gifts and I can tell you first hand, it's really only all about the mix. Easily makes a perfect batch, and this way you get to decide between crispy or chewy, we always go chewy...

What are some of your favorite foods that you like to give and get this time of year?


This wraps up the gift guides for 2014. For more gift giving inspiration check out HOSTESS GIFTS, BOOK GIFTS, GIFTS FOR TEEN GIRLS, GIFTS FOR HIM, GIFTS UNDER $50., STOCKING STUFFERS and my own little WISH LIST

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Monday's P.O.P.

plushiest purple

Image via: Elle Decor

12/12/14

9 Great Books To Give and To Get

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Nine great reads to give and to get, you could also call this group my own personal book list (add that to your cheat sheet Santa!) Books always make great gifts, and I plan on indulging in a little "one for you one for me" shopping mentality this weekend.  Such a hectic, busy time of year for all, I can't wait to slow down and cozy up with a good read come January! Please leave books recommendations of your own in the comments, I've gotten some great ones here through the years...thanks and Happy Weekend!


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