Inspired Holidays {Day 27}:: Sweet Gifts for Giving

via Sunset Magazine – Peppermint Stick Cocoa in a jar

YUMMY! Time to start thinking about making some sweet treats and gifts for friends and neighbors this holiday aseason! I love making gifts in a jar! Peppermint Stick Cocoa sounds delish right now, don’t you think?

What are your favorite sweet gifts?

Inspired Holidays {Day 25 & 26}:: Holiday Dishes & Tables

Pottery Barn

I wanted to ask you all if you have holiday plates! You know I’m a mostly white or neutral dish girl, but I have always loved mixing in some special holiday dishes. It just seems more festive!

Even if you don’t have a whole set, mixing and matching can be really fun!! I love looking through HomeGoods for their holiday dishes. Even just some fun salad or dessert plates can make a holiday meal feel extra special.

If you need ideas for how to set a table, the ultimate table setting blog award has to go to Between Naps on the Porch.

Here are a few Thanksgiving Tables for inspiration! I’m getting on a plane to Relevant! Woo hoo!!


Do you set holiday tables?
Do you use festive dishes or stick to your everyday dishes?

A BIG thank you to Jennifer at Studio JRU, my sponsor for The Relevant Conference, 2011! Check out Studio JRU’s amazing and inspiring art! I love that Christmas piece!

Inspired Holidays {Day 24}:: Nesting in Your Fall & Winter Bedroom


It is time to cozy up that bedroom for fall and winter, girls!

Let’s do a little pre-holiday bedroom nesting.


So I was thinking today about how much I enjoy cozy-ing up the bedrooms this time of year. I just love this time of year, period, but I really love the cozy-ing up part.

I change my son’s sheets to flannel, add our quilt as an extra layer to our bed, and switch extra pillows from our more summery versions to warmer fall & winter pillows. I just love that ritual!


You might not have a fall or winter style bedroom, but I loved that these Better Homes & Gardens inspiration rooms transitioned to fall effortlessly with simple touches.

Here are some great ways to bring a little fall and winter to your home:

  • Fall & winter pillows & pillow covers
  • Layers of quilts
  • Fall & winter duvet covers
  • Warm colors and textures for pillow shams
  • Match stick blinds (inexpensive & always chic)
  • Throw rugs, even if they are small rugs you can put them at the side of your bed for cozy toes!)
  • Cozy art or tapestries to walls for added layers of warmth.
  • Lamps keep a room from feeling cold and dreary in the winter months.
  • Change or embellish lampshades for warmer look.
  • Curtains always add so much warmth. Drop cloth or sheets work great for inexpensive alternatives to drapery! Here are a bunch of DIY curtains and ideas.

For more bedroom decorating ideas, check out these bloggers amazing bedrooms!!


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