{friday 5}

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December 1st!  The final chapter of 2017.  31 days left to make it a great one.  Who else is planning to finish it off with a bang?  It’s been one of those weeks, and I’m so, so ready for the weekend.  Lots of fun things planned.  One of those weekends where you’re looking forward to everything on your calendar.  Don’t you love it when that happens?  Have a good one peeps!

 

But first, I’ve got 5 things on my mind…..

 

ONE – Elf on the Damn Shelf // Today, December 1st, our Elf on the Damn Shelf, Holly arrived.  It’s bittersweet.  On one hand, I LOVE the tradition.  The anticipation of where Holly may be hiding each morning.  Or what kind of mischief she’s gotten into in the middle of the night, while we’re all fast asleep.  On the other hand, it’s a royal pain in the ass to move the elf on the damn shelf every. single. night. for 25 days.  Being that I am a seasoned elf on the shelfer, I’m going to share a week of Elf ideas each Saturday morning.  For the next 3 weeks to get you though the agony.  Including supplies needed.  Promise, promise, promise…they will all be easy and with minimal items.

Come back tomorrow morning for {elf on the damn shelf // week 1}

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TWO – Christmas Place Setting // This may not look like much more than a place setting to you.  To my Mom and I, this is the place setting from hell.  Ha.  Not really.  It was a pain in the ass to make happen.  In case you haven’t heard me say it before, I’ll say it again, My Mom is THE SHIT.  I called her Wednesday and chatted with her on the phone for about an hour.  I told her everything I could think of.  From ideas to current events to real life shit.  She’s a fantastic listener.  Then when we were ready to hang up, I remembered 5 more things I need to discuss with her.  One of them being this table…lol.

I’ve been wracking my brain to come up with something I LOVE.  Also something that’s different from what I’ve done before.  Without spending a shit ton of money.  After 3 trips to the Dollar Tree, made by the one and the only….My Mom, I finally have a place setting I love.  She originally went for the gold chargers.  Then sent me a pic of the gold-rimmed plates.  My love for gold will never die. Then went back to get the matching salad plates.  Then yesterday, went back AGAIN for 2 more place setting.  I can’t even make this shit up.

THANK YOU MOM!!!  I’m going to buy you something really great for Christmas ♥

 

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Table Runner: World Market

Gold Charger: Dollar Tree

Gold Rimmed Dinner + Salad Plate: Dollar Tree

Plaid Linen Napkins: Target (Hearth & Hand)

Gold Flatware: World Market

Plaid Ribbon: Target (Hearth & Hand)

Garland Clipping: Trader Joe’s

I’ll share my full Christmas table soon!  Just a couple more finishing touches.

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{gift guide bff + hostess + teacher}

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Today I’ve rounded up some of my tried + true favorite things.  Everything on this list would make for a great bff + hostess with the most + teacher gift.  I’m always on the hunt for the perfect little something for the chicks in my life.  You know, the ones that you want to put some extra thought into.  The ones that a Starbucks card or bottle of wine just wont cut it.  Don’t get me wrong, I like all those things!  Ha. 

There’s something for the lady who loves to entertain.

The friend that loves to cook.

Or the girl who just loves pretty things.

Oh yeah, and did I mention they are all under $25?  Yep.  Love my peeps, but I’m also on a budget.

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{tip for hosting a stress-free holiday}

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T (urkey) minus 2 days!  Ha!  I had to.

Okay guys, I was thinking last week….

People get so stressed out about hosting.  I honestly LOVE it.  Weird?  Maybe?  I think I’ve done it so much that I’m really comfortable opening my home just about anytime of the year.  But, Holidays.  Holidays are my jam.  #holidaywhore.

I wanted to share some tips for stress-free hosting that I think might just make you chill the fuck out a little bit.

Here we go…..

 

Prep!

Do as much prep as possible ahead of time.  This is probably the biggest NO BRAINER!  It’s also is the one thing that makes the biggest difference.  Stay up late if you have to.  Run all your errands on your lunch break.  Make shit happen.  Groceries + paper products.  Grab an extra pack of TP.  And definitely DON’T forget lotttsss of wine.  That way the day of, you will be smooth sailing!

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You don’t have to make everything from scratch!

Cut yourself some slack sister.  I guarantee not a single person at your table is going to give a fuck that your rolls came from Nugget.  Shit, they might even be better than the 5 hours you could have put into making them from scratch.  Don’t chance killing the yeast!  How about pies?  You think guests aren’t going to smother that Costco pumpkin pie in cool whip and lick their plates clean?  Trust me….you’re gonna to be just fine.  And if they do mention somthing, then remove them from next years guest list.  You don’t want a jerk at your table anyway 🙂

 

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Set your table in advance!

The day before, or maybe even….the week before, take your time.  Set a pretty table.  Admire it.  Pull out all that fancy silverware + china you never use.  Have fun with it.  Then the night before or the day of, all you have to do is add some greenery or fresh flowers and you’re set.

I went with my forever favorite, eucalyptus.  It’s timeless.  Goes with everything.  You will always find a vase of eucalyptus in my home, year round.

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Ask your guests to bring a favorite dish!

Everyone likes to contribute, well except for lazy assholes..Ha.  It can get fun to see what your peeps sentimental dish may be.  Doesn’t each family have that one weird/odd item they HAVE to have on turkey day?  You get to try something new and hear a fun background story as to how this dish became so important.  Ours would have to be pretzel jello salad.  Every time a newbie comes to Thanksgiving they never know what to think.  But you better believe they ask for seconds.

 

{Anna’s beautiful charcuterie platter}

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{friday 5}

 

Happy Friday.  The 3rd Friday in November.  You know what that means?  We are inching closer + closer to Thanksgiving and Christmas.  It’s truly the best time of the year.  Peeps get all festive AF and happy.  It’s magical.  I love it.  Full disclosure, I’ve already started decorating for Christmas.  I swore I’d wait, but I just cant help myself.

 

ONE – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas // I narrowed down my color scheme and I’m ready to decorate.  Our new home is pretty small compared to our old house.  This years Christmas decor goals: minimalist Christmas.  All the feels without it being overwhelming or too much.  Subtle. White + splashes of plaid + silver + gold.  What do you think?

ps…we’re also getting our tree this weekend.  Fuck it.  Christmas before Thanksgiving.  I guess that’s breaking the rules.  But you know what they say about rules?  They’re meant to be broken!

Tree Collar // Table Runner // Plaid Napkins // Tree Candle // Wood Bowl // Reindeer Baskets

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TWO – Target // Speaking of Target…..Spend $50 on food + beverage get a $10 giftcard.  Plus K-cups are buy one get one 1/2 off.  I did my grocery shopping for Friendsgiving + Thanksgiving yesterday sitting at my computer.  Walked in Target last night and went straight to the Customer Service desk.  Picked up my shit.  And I was on my merry way.  I didn’t buy a single thing that I didn’t need.  Record-fucking-breaking!  Try it!  Saves money + time and I think we could all use a little more of that around this time of the year!

Click here to shop: Free $10 gift card when you spend $50 on food & beverages.*

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THREE – Conference // This week was parent teacher conferences at Bay’s school.  They do it a little different in the 6th grade though.  They do student lead conferences.  It’s really cool.  The kids are given a list of items to show the parents.  We went through the whole list, then it said…..

Have your parents do a math problem on the white board.

HOLY FUCK!

I got so hot.  I was straight up panicking.  Bay is GREAT at math.  Her favorite subject to be exact.  Me, not so much.  I’m terrible.  I use my calculator for ev-ery-thing!

I think Bay could see the fear in my eyes…lol.  She offered to go up and help me out.  I wanted to bust out my phone a couple of times.  But, together we solved the math problem.

Moral of the story – I suck at math!  Big time!

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{table talk}

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No more living room floor picnics at our house!  Finally!  Ha.  If you follow along on Instagram stories, then you saw all our fancy floor sitting dinners we had.
Remember back in August when we had our first (and last) garage sale?  I sold my dinning room table.  My Mom was stressed the fuck out.  She was beside herself that I would sale something that I didn’t have a replacement for.  A piece of furniture that was completely in good condition.
She clearly has NO faith in me!
Just kidding, she was being a Mom.  I sold the table + chairs for almost the same price I bought it for back in 2002.  Yes, I said 2002.  The table was one of the first pieces of furniture I ever purchased as an adult.  It came from McMahan’s.  Remember that place?  Where InShape Fitness is now.  Crazy, right?  And chances are, I even financed that $100 table.  They were BIG on financing everything…lol.
Anyway, I just felt like it was time to part ways.
I was ready for a change.  My motto with the dreaded move….
“Sell it”
or
“Toss it”
A week later, as I was deleting all the 837 daily J.Crew, Madewell, Nordstrom, GAP, American Eagle, Pottery Barn emails, I came across…..
World Market 50% off dinning room furniture.
I gathered my Explorer Rewards + promo codes and pulled the trigger.  With a $320 savings (off the original price) I’d say it was meant to be.
Even my Mom agrees!
I love a good deal.
And pretty shit!
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Unfortunately I have to make a trip to Napa to pick up the bench.  Darn it!  I hate the wine country….said no one ever!
Using even more promo codes, I was able to score the bench for $102!
Still not set on chairs.  Stay tuned!
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Honest – I had NO idea how incredibly happy this table would make me.  Not just that it’s a table.  But, our new house is begging to feel like a home.  And a dinning room table is kind of a big deal!
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You can shop or check out my table setting below!!!  Message me or comment if you have any questions at all.  I’m honest AF!
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{weekend notes}

Happy Monday!  The weekend is gone and I already miss it so much.  All I did this weekend was cook + kick it.  Like I kicked it hard.  Like chillin like a villain kicked it.    More than I have all year.  It was so nice.

When I got in my car this morning to drive to work, I realized that I hadn’t left my house in over 24 hours.  That NEVER happens.  I was a sweatpants wearing, couch sitting, tv watching lazy ass and I loved every second of it.

Today is the day – BIG news at our house…..Bailey has decided to fun for the Plainfield Elementary Student Council Treasurer.  I’m so proud of her for wanting to do this and signing-up all on her own.

Bailey said Lauren inspired her which is the sweetest thing ever.

Posters went up today!  Speeches next week.  Followed by the election.  I’m crazy excited for her.  Obviously hoping and praying she wins, but knowing it will be a huge learning experience if she doesn’t too.  Maybe I can sneak into the school and cast 100 votes!?!  Only kidding.  Fair and square is the only way I want her to win!

Thank god Korine was over to help with the posters.   Come on, how cute are these girls and the posters?!?!

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“If it doesn’t make dollars, then it doesn’t make cents”

“Vote for me – Bailey B.”

“123….count on Bailey B for Treasur-y”

I mean, could they be any cuter?

Korine – we have to celebrate after the election, I owe you BIG time ♥

Friends that come over for breakfast and stay for dinner, those are the good ones.  The ones you keep forever!

Bailey’s snapchat was proof of our laziness 🙂

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{wednesday wish list}

M O T H E R S D A Y // edition
I’ve gathered some fun items that I can promise yo mama will love.  Kicker – they are ALL $50 or less.  Most items are from Nordy’s.  Not only is Nordy’s my all time favorite on-line store, but the icing on the cake – FREE SHIPPING.  Always! Sometimes shipping charges are a deal breaker.  Anyone else feel the same?  Plus it’s triple points time now through May 8th.  Take advantage of that shit.

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