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Holidays + hosting + home

by | Oct 25, 2018 | Decorating Inspiration, My Books

Holidays + hosting + home

Can you believe we are basically in holiday season right now? I don’t feel ready, ha. My house is definitely not ready. But luckily there’s still time! To get in the GIVING frame of mind, I have GIVEAWAY below, by the way ;-).

Speaking of the holidays, who is hosting Thanksgiving this year (my U.S. friends) or who HOSTED Thanksgiving (my Canadian friends?)? I am hosting this year and am excited to start preparing the menu. I am actually a little curious what our menu will look like! I am on my gluten-free diet now (I’ve had thyroid issues for years and was finally diagnosed with Hashimoto’s…I’m feeling GREAT, though! I will be sharing more of that journey soon).

Holidays + hosting + home
Besides the addition of gluten-free options, my daughter Kylee and her husband Lance have been vegan for years now and several of our family members are “often” vegetarian and dairy free, too. I am thinking this year will be the most unique (and hopefully delicious) holiday meal yet! I’ve been pinning up a storm on my gluten-free dairy-free board here. Accepting all suggestions. :)

While we are no strangers to offering a fresh-twist on a traditional menu or ingredients, we keep food pretty simple. We try to keep the focus on the gathering of people, not stressing out over meal prep.

Embracing simplicity in so many areas of our home and how we celebrate the holidays has made all the difference for me as a hostess.

Holidays + hosting + home

Ever since my kids were small I’ve loved the opportunities I’ve had to host Thanksgiving and bring our family together in our home. Our rickety nearly-antique dining table isn’t big enough for all of us, so we always bring up a card table to extend the surface out to the living room. We toss a tablecloth over it and make one big happy table! It’s not fancy, but it brings together what matters the most. Lots of memories, good food to nourish us, and the people we love.

Isn’t that our goal in creating a home? That we can freely open the door wide and invite people in to a warm and welcoming space? No apologies, no fears, no stressing out trying to outdo ourselves or impress anyone for the holidays, just creating a home where we can truly care about people!

Do you enjoy hosting? Whether you’re the hostess with the mostess, or more hesitant to host…my book Simple Gatherings will inspire you all year long with encouragement, tips, inspiration, and ideas for hosting with simple creativity and ease.

What’s your hosting style?

Take this fun quiz to learn which party hosting style is right for you!

Holidays + hosting + home

Holidays + hosting + home

Today I have a fun giveaway to help us kick off the season of GIVING (and home and hosting!)! Besides these books making great hostess and Christmas gifts this time of year, I’m giving away A SET of my Inspired Ideas series (all three Simple books!) plus some other super awesome goodies :).

Find out about the giveaway and read about each of the three books below. Plus, find some helpful tips and free downloads for home and hosting!

Holidays + hosting + home

Order Simple Decorating at Amazon or Barnes and Noble

Jump-start your style and refresh your home with budget-friendly and practical ideas from my book Simple Decorating! You’ll learn to embrace your style, reimagine your spaces, and transform hard-to-love areas into favorite destinations.

Holidays + hosting + home

Holidays + hosting + home

Order Simple Organizing at Amazon or Barnes and Noble

Getting organized can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Bring order and purpose to every room when you create an orderly vision for your home, design organizational systems to inspire you, and focus on progress, not perfection.

Holidays + hosting + home

Holidays + hosting + home

Order Simple Gatherings at Amazon or Barnes & Noble

Welcoming loved ones into your home doesn’t have to be intimidating when you discover your authentic hosting style, focus on what guests remember most and celebrate people as the centerpiece of any gathering. You can check perfection and intimidation at the door because this book isn’t hosting a Pinterest-worthy party…Simple Gatherings is about creating an experience that will draw people together.Holidays + hosting + homeWe hosted a giveaway awhile back and the winner never claimed her prize! So, first of all, don’t let that happen to you, always check your emails and promo folders if you enter giveaways or subscribe to my blog :). But the GOOD NEWS for YOU is that we have brought together a few of those pretty organizing elements to create a NEW giveaway!

So if you are the winner of this giveaway…you’ll receive a beautiful basket, a handy file box, pretty file folders, a notepad, drawer organizer, and hangers PLUS all 3 of my Simple books!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below! I’d LOVE to send this prize to you! :)



Holidays + hosting + home

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  1. Julie

    I love your table setting – I never would have thought to use different color napkins – it adds more color depth!

  2. carol huff

    I always host a Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving that a grown and evolved over the years. Simple food, good people make it memorable. Would love to win you books!

  3. Shannon

    We’re moving into our new home on Saturday & so excited to start hosting!

  4. Kela Nellums

    I love everything about this post and giveaway!! THANK YOU!!!

  5. Karen Bransky

    Love the twinkle lights on your little tree-and the furry face peeking over the table top!

  6. Edie

    Melissa you and the girls are so cute!! Thanks for this opportunity to help us get organize for the holidays.

  7. Anna Z

    I have passed a quiz and I am a perfectionist : )

  8. Alli

    Your style is so beautiful, classic, and comfortable.

  9. Bobbi Cullinan

    Have to adore the treasures you provide us with your blog, books, and now an opportunity to have ‘you’ in our homes/work via your giveaway. Getting the holiday season off to a GREAT start!

  10. Angela

    Thanks for sharing all the lovely thoughts and photos all year long!

  11. Karen W.

    Your simple approach is so inspiring. The giveaway package is exciting!

  12. Eileen

    What a great giveaway! I would love this!

  13. Lori Pritchard

    Always enjoy your blog postings. You have a beautiful home and lovely decorating ideas. Only have one of your books so this would be an awesome prize to win?

  14. Trish

    I would love to win your books. I already hosted Thanksgiving in Canada. We eat simply and enjoy everyone’s company. This year we had four generations at dinner. I love getting my family together.

  15. Melany Dallas

    I am all the way in South Africa, so not expecting to win :( But really REALLY love every single blog post and devour them eagerly :)

  16. Kathryn

    I like the idea of minimizing the stress in order to maximize the enjoyment!

  17. Betsy

    what a great giveaway! your blog posts always leaves me feeling motivated and encouraged.

  18. tammy pitts

    Beautiful!! I ordered 3 of your coloring books for gifts. Love them. I really love the idea of your Gatherings book too!!! Thank you for this opportunity!!! <3

  19. SheilaLovell

    Thanks for the inspiration. We are just getting chilly in Georgia and that makes the holidays so exciting!

  20. Teresa S

    Woohoo! I love this season because of all the gatherings!

  21. SheilaLovell

    Thanks for the inspiration. We are just getting chilly in Georgia and that makes the holidays so exciting! We were going n Seattle about a month ago at the Market Place and I wondered if you lived across the inlet. It was fun imagining:)

  22. Lila Piercey

    Very simply, I love your blog!


    How do you manage to control all of the clutter that comes with obtaining Christmas gifts and all the wrapping supplies? I always get overwhelmed.

  24. Lauren

    Love your simple approach and the table setting is amazing.

  25. Emma

    Love the patterns on the folders!

  26. Suzi

    I always look forward to seeing your posts in my inbox. Everything about your blog is cozy…your house, your writing style…all of it!

  27. Linda

    So enjoy reading your blog –love the pictures. It is insprirational!

  28. Kristi

    What a great giveaway! Your home is beautiful. I always feel so calm when I read your blog : )

  29. Jessica Fernandez

    Wonderful giveaway! Thank you so much!

  30. Anne Marie

    Love your wonderful blog and would love to win these books.

  31. Kathy Isaacson

    I NEED simple, but my durn personality loves more… more deals, more pretty… what if I need that later, or one of my 7 children… ARGH! I can upcycle that roadside ‘treasure’. Organizing or downsizing doesn’t come easy for me.. I need help?P.S. my daughters are begging me not to leave them with all. This. STUFF!

  32. Ginger

    What a fabulous giveaway, thank you!

  33. DeNeal

    Melissa, I have all of your books and would love to share them with others. I am thankful for the way you have shared your gifts. Your approach to home has inspired and blessed me!

  34. Sophie

    Oh How i love your blog! I just finished a 4 month Reno project, adding a bedroom, doubling size of bathroom, remodeling two other bedrooms and closets. You were definitely a big source of inspiration for me. Whenever I felt stuck, I would go back and search for posts. I never copy straight out of images I see, but it sure helps solidify the vision I have for my house. Thank you!

  35. Vicki B

    I love your books, already own them all, but would love to surprise my newly-married daughter with a treat,! So excited each time I see your blog in my inbox! Thanks for bringing wonderful, normal, doable joy to so many lives!!!

  36. cathy reilly

    I would love to fill the basket with furry and fluffy throws!

  37. jill

    One of the best, down to earth blogs around. Simplicity really is the new black. Keep it coming!

  38. Sherry

    I love that your dog is poking his head up on the other side of the table. I am ? forward to hearing your final menu selections. Blessings on your day.

  39. Ellette

    Thank you for a chance to win such a wonderful giveaway!

  40. Isabel Zito

    Reading this post made me happy–thank you. And after listening to the news this morning on the drive to work, I needed some peace and calm.

  41. Jessica Phillipi

    I would love to win this giveaway! I am always needing more organizing ideas. I have a huge family and everything is chaos. Lol. Anyway, I hope your books help. P.S. I love reading your blog.

  42. Kelsey G

    Yay! This is so exciting!

  43. Susan Callan

    Have loved following you for years now. It’s such s blessing to read from someone who shares the love of home and creating a space that is warm and inviting❤

  44. Angie

    Your blog is a favorite; always inspiring! I’ve been itching to get your books!

  45. Vanessa

    Aww, everything is so beautiful! I think I may host Thanksgiving but we are not sure this year! I adore cooking so I kinda always hope I get to host. ? It’s also so fun to me to adjust recipes or find foods that everyone can enjoy plus don’t make them feel bad later! Best wishes on your menu, I’m sure it will be delicious!

  46. Julia

    Thanks for a chance at these wonderful prizes!

  47. Liz

    Thank you for always being so giving and inspiring! Love your books! Love your blogs! Happy holiday gatherings to you and your family!

  48. Caroline

    Hooray! Love your giveaways! Love your desire to simplify and focus on the people and gratitude to the Lord for all His good gifts! I annually host about 20 for Thanksgiving and have vegan and gluten free family members to cook for, too. I highly recommend Sarah Bakes Gluten Free ( for recipes that are always winners! Many (most) of them are also vegan. I’ve never had a “crash and burn” recipe bomb result from any of her recipes.

  49. Jennifer

    Thanksgiving is the one holiday we always offer to host! I just love that time of year and it lets me share our home, and my favorite foods, with all the people I love. Since we live far away from family, our Thanksgiving usually turns into a Friendsgiving and I love it! Bring on the pumpkin pie!

  50. Donna

    Love Thanksgiving and the foods! Can’t wait but not ready either. Would love to win a book. Tanks for the chance. Have s great day and love seeing your pictures!

  51. carol matanda

    Hi Melissa
    Iam really enjoying your blog posts and would very much like to win a giveaway. I have your books on my christmas wish list.
    Keep up the inspiring posts.
    Carol Matanda

  52. Cathy Gunn

    Thank you so much for the giveaway ? Reading your books and blog is like asking your dear friend for advise. So helpful, warm and kind!

  53. Muriel

    I love your way of doing things – thank you for sharing so generously. I have spent so much time outdoors preparing bee, butterfly and bird gardens for the spring of 2019 that the home has been neglected and this giveaway is the inspiration I needed, thank you.

  54. Lisa Thoreson

    What a great giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity. I love your posts, tips – and positivity!

  55. Karenann S.

    What a lovely giveaway, thank you for the opportunity!! I love your entertaining and decorating ideas. The holidays are always a wonderful time to have over your friends and family!

  56. Lori Rowland

    So much fun to host (especially when you share the cooking duties with your lovely daughter-in-law)! Thanks for getting me in the mood to start planning!

  57. Colleen

    Love your blog! What a great giveaway!

  58. Suzannah

    I always love reading your uplifting blog. Helps me to dream and imagine what I can do with our house. I love your sense of style!

  59. Barbara C

    I probably try too hard to make everything “Hallmark perfect” and would love to explore your ideas! Thank you!

  60. Debbie

    I love the simplicity. I too am paring things down this season. Thanks for all your great writing!

  61. Leigh

    I love all of your tips to help those of us who are hosting-challenged. ? I’m learning how to host in our small home now. It’s been easier to accept that any space is host worthy. Thank you!

  62. Kendra Paabo

    I am so excited for Thanksgiving this year: the first one we get to host in our new home as husband and wife! We are keeping it small, but will be enjoying a (hopefully) tasty meal on the new live-edge dining table my wonderful hubby spent the last 6 months building himself. We are still in the process of building our home (still lots of boxes around and many furniture pieces we still need to buy – dining chairs anybody?) and this site has been so helpful in helping us make a house our home. I look forward to keep learning and make the best home we can to hopefully raise a family in!

  63. Lori

    I love the beautiful tablescape in the post above! What a wonderful giveaway!

  64. Sandy

    I Love your decorating ideas. I love the coffee mugs I found on here. drinking out of one now:)

  65. Angela

    I’ve been encouraged and inspired by your posts for years now. Thank you for sharing your home, lessons learned and ideas with us!

  66. April Spolnicki

    I too like to stick to simple. We always cook the family’s favorite classics for big dinners and I stick to my usual decorations without overdoing it.

  67. Starr

    Love your blog post!

  68. Mimi

    Simplicity seems so hard to achieve, but I am determined! Thanks for the opportunity to win such a helpful prize.

  69. Andrea S.

    Thank you so much for this great giveaway! I adore your Simple Decorating book and would love to try the other two!

  70. Carole

    Love the simplicity of your decorating. You make it all look so simple. I would love to win!

  71. Mikayl Raber

    Love your blog! It inspires me to keep my house clean and uncluttered and have fun while doing it!

  72. Linda R

    Love that tree! And I’m ALL in for anything that gives me an organizational boost!

  73. Kari mcmillan

    I have enjoyed your blog for a year. Your style and attitude in life is refreshing. Thanks for all your great ideas.

  74. Lynn

    What a fun giveaway!

  75. Colette J.

    What a generous giveaway. Yes please! xx

  76. Laurie C

    Thank you for all your beautiful inspiration for a drop dead dining table for Thanksgiving. The special touch was your sweet “photo bomber”! Thank you for the opportunity for the giveaway. Fingers crossed!

  77. Astrid

    Thank you for hosting a lovely and generous giveaway! [I’d like to know where to get that pretty leaf print towel/napkin in the first photo.]

  78. Becky G

    You inspire me. I’m on a journey to more simple-and healthy-living and your blog is always my go to. Thank you for sharing!

  79. Delisa Wegner

    Just got your new book! Can’t wait to read it. :)

  80. Bonnie Stoltzfoos

    What a fun giveaway! :) we aren’t hosting thanksgiving this year but I get so excited In October about the upcoming family time at my parents’ house. ? I am sure your feast will be delicious! :)

  81. Holly F.

    I’m really excited for the holidays. Both my daughters were married this year and we are having Thanksgiving at my house, not the crazy extended family gathering at a church, which I have dreaded every (other) year. With my own kids it will be about the gathering and not the food. I’m gluten and dairy free too for health reasons!

  82. chris

    Everything is lovely. Where did you get the blue pie dish?

  83. Chantal Rogers

    Where are those gorgeous black/white canisters from?!

  84. Abby K

    What a great giveaway!!

  85. Deidre Hopkins

    I love your table setting! So simple yet chic. :)

  86. Desiree C

    Thank you for the reminder to simplify. Somehow I always need that. And as mom to three young kiddos with food intolerances, thanks for sharing the gluten and dairy free ideas!

  87. Ann

    I’ve never been a “fall” person, but your blog has really made me excited about this season!!

  88. Gwen H.

    What a wonderful giveaway! You have such a calmness about you especially when talking about hosting gatherings that gives confidence to those like me that aren’t comfortable in those situations. I have followed you for years and love your blog.

  89. Chrissy

    Beautiful prize package! Thank you!!

  90. Missy Johnson

    I would love all of this! I am hosting Thanksgiving this year for the first time ever and I am pretty nervous.

  91. Pam

    Thanks for the gluten-free and dairy-free Pinterest board! Our family needs those types of recipes and we’re on the search for more.

  92. Iris Dondlinger

    Awesome prizes. Would love to win.

  93. Linda Rubin

    What a lovely giveaway. I agree with you, making things simple is my motto. Happy Thanksgiving.

  94. Terryjane Velasquez

    I am currently recovering from back surgery, so have had lots of time for introspection. I just turned 64, and it is time to finally get organized!! I love your books.

  95. Liz (OK)

    I have been enjoying your blog for many years…. I’m starting to get in to the fall mood and have started to slowly decorate my home for the season.

  96. Meg S

    These books look wonderful! Especially Simple Gatherings.

  97. Michelle L

    Fantastic giveaway! I agree…it’s the people coming together and the relationships more than the food that makes holiday get togethers so special.

  98. Janice McFadden

    Love the simple way you inspire me – I use your suggestions to make my home more cozy and inviting! You have made a wonderful giveaway package that I would love to have – no exactly what I would do with each piece. Thank you for your wonderful posts!!!!

  99. Jill Hochstein

    Thanks for all the tips and inspiration. I have used many of your ideas in my home and continue to de-clutter!

  100. Ann Becker

    What a wonderful way to get the holiday spirit started. Any opportunity to win your books is a plus for me.
    Ann Becker

  101. Deborah S

    Having downsized considerably in the past few years, I am all about simplicity in decorating and entertaining. This is a lovely giveaway – thank you for the chance!

  102. Becky

    Enjoy your blog and love the idea of simplicity in decorating and hosting. Less stress is best! : )

  103. sharon

    These are really nice gifts! I know they would help in getting me organized.

  104. amy white

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  105. Saba

    Beautiful ideas and beautiful books.truly inspirational

  106. Kim

    I am hosting Thanksgiving again this year. I do enjoy having everyone here, but I have to admit that I get a little stressed. I would love to win a copy of Simple Gatherings. Also, any gluten free Thanksgiving recipes you try and like, please share!

  107. Katie

    Thank you for this opportunity! I am working on getting my house/life organized and put together after moving, so these prizes would be wonderful to help with that!

  108. Erin Young

    I have a love/hate with hosting – hate the stress and work leading up to it by so glad I did it after!

  109. Lynette

    Yes, I’m hosting Thanksgiving this year too. I’m also gluten-free and my husband is on a low saturated fat diet, plus I’m trying to watch carbs. Oh my, what a challenge! I too have already begun to plan my menu and look forward to the time with family. That’s what Thanksgiving is all about, being thankful for all that the Lord has given us and cherishing the moments we have together. I’d love to win the giveaway. Thank you.

  110. Marisa

    I love to decorate and organize and I have been inspired many times by you and your girls! I will be hosting Christmas and I have been struggling to decide on a more simple or casual theme than in the past, hope I can pull it off!

  111. Gloria

    Your blog is so inspiring – and I’m thankful for the organizing tips!

  112. Alicen

    Thanks for all the wonderful ideas and encouragement to invite others in!

  113. Beth

    I have been wanting to get your books! What a great giveaway!

  114. Lin

    A wall of fear goes up when I hear the word party! We have just moved to a new community for 55+. I have never given a party in all my years and I know I will need to learn how to do so. Your book would be my first step in learning how to have new friends over and to gain self confidence in doing so.

  115. Kate

    Absolute perfection, as always!

  116. Maureen

    We live in a condo townhouse and the ideas that you have in your blog have given me ideas as to how to go about doing certain areas. One of the issues we have is storage space. (there isn’t any). I am thankful for the ideas that you put forth.

  117. Brenda Brockman

    Learned so much from your books and look forward to each new post! Thank you for all you do and P.S., LOVED that lighted tree!!!!!

  118. Carolyn Carsley

    Just want to say thank you for sharing your home! The pictures, the suggestions, and ease of links to shop are always appreciated and SO helpful. I check in to your blog at least once a week and leave with an idea, an inspiration, or a reminder…most recently, taking the plunge to finally paint my brick fireplace white! So transformative and simplifying! Thank you again!

  119. Amber Hollowood

    My color scheme of my home is a mirror of yours. Thank you for all the inspiration! I love to host because it makes me get things on my to do list done. I have read two of your books but would love to win this giveaway and get one book and give two as gifts.

  120. Jo Jo

    I love to host and will be hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas! I’m so happy you are doing well, Melissa, eating gluten free and feeling the results. Prayers for you as you continue. I’ve embarked on a new eating lifestyle ( Ketogenic) and am feeling great myself! I’ve lost 38 lbs in a few months. Thank you for your inspiration to keep things simply beautiful in our homes as we share our homes with others. This is my favorite and busiest time of year for hosting and I love it! ?❤️?

  121. Kristen

    Hi Melissa,
    I would love to read your other books, since I loved your first book. I’ve been following your blog for several years, and what I like the most about it is that you are real. You live in a real house, with real dogs, and real issues. I love that you work with your daughters, and that you just embrace simple, beautiful living. It’s refreshing.

  122. virginia

    I love your blog and design and organization suggestions. Thank you for the giveaway!

  123. Shanda

    My family enjoys the simple meals too. Best way to enjoy the food and company!

  124. Nancy

    My kitchen remodel will be started in a few weeks. I’m using you beautiful kitchen as my inspiration. I love your style Melissa. I’ve already purchased Simple Ideas to Love the Home you Have. Would love to add these books and the other items to my collection!

  125. Mary Huff

    We keep our celebrations simple as well, just enjoying being together. I’m sure it is planned on your part, but I love how your beautiful dog seems to always “photo bomb” a few of your photos. I have a cat like that as well, who loves to be part of whatever I am doing.
    I love your blog.

  126. Molly B

    I would love to simplify and organize, but I definitely need the help and ideas from your books!

  127. Debbra L Weber

    I love you decorating style. It gives me inspiration to make small changes in my home. Thank you for sharing your talents!

  128. Lori Howard

    Oh how I wish I could bring my family together for Thanksgiving. It’s in my mind and heart but no going to happen sadly. BUT I didn’t know you had recipes on Pinterest, gluten free, vegan and dairy free! Hard to find good tried and true recipes with all 3 factors coming into play..thank you so much! My motivation to make my home a “home” is so prodded along with all your blogs from you and your family. My home will feel like a warm hug…even if just for me my husband and the pups:0) Bless you.

  129. Gail

    Simple Gatherings sounds amazing! I need these books!

  130. Terri Lea

    Settling in with your yummy books and a hot cup of tea sounds delightful!

  131. Amy

    Your blog is always so beautiful and inspiring..I’m starting to get excited for the holidays already!

  132. Sandy

    I am hosting this year and so excited to be the gathering spot for my family. Thanks for all your wonderful tips!

  133. Marianne

    Thanks for making all of us readers feel like we are part of your “family”. I especially look forward to seeing silly Jack and sweet Lily! Have an enjoyable holiday surrounded by family and friends.

  134. Claire Faulkner

    Such a good reminder about what hosting is really all about!! I’m in need of whole house organization, so this is timely! ?

  135. Jill Stroud

    Thanks for sharing all your great tips on Simplicity! Love your blog.

  136. Carrie Bannister

    A woman after my own heart, I love to be organized!!!

  137. Linda

    I think one of the greatest challenges is limiting the number of gatherings or activities we go to or host. Too many and it’s a whirlwind I don’t really enjoy or appreciate.

  138. Nancy

    Love your kitchen, Melissa. I’m using it as inspiration for my kitchen remodel. Would love to add these wonderful gifts to my decor!

  139. Dawn Summers

    Thanks for all the holiday hosting ideas!

  140. Becky

    Great time as we are preparing for the holidays! Love to learn more about organization

  141. Zoe Zelda

    Your blog is such an inspiration! Having your books would also be an amazing inspiration, especially as we head into the holidays! Thank you for hosting the giveaway and having such inspiring content!

  142. jan

    LOVE your blog!

  143. Dede

    Thanks for inspiring the need for simplicity in my life!

  144. Alissa

    Who doesn’t love a giveaway! I am always inspired by your ideas and your blog…thank you for being you!

  145. Laura

    I look forward to your blog postings! The giveaway looks amazing! I look forward to hearing about your holiday menu and meeting everyone’s needs. Thanks for sharing all your ideas:)

  146. Diane Akin

    Thank you for the great blog! I can’t wait to see your menu (and copy it for our Thanksgiving), .No pressure!

  147. Cindy A.

    An organizing giveaway?! You are speaking my love language. Haha! ;)

  148. GrahamGal

    Man, I need to get organized! I feel like when I had 2 kids, I had a good handle on things. Then, at 8 months pregnant with our 3rd son, we moved and I feel like I haven’t been able to catch up (and my “baby” is now 2)! I’d love to get organized before the holidays!!!

  149. Tessa Hauglid

    I’m hosting Christmas and a 60th wedding anniversary party for my parents. The same week. :) I’d love some new ideas.

  150. Sea

    Love your books! I’m working my way through your Cozy course. Lots of inspiration to simply and still have elegant gatherings. Thank you

  151. Sonja Stouffer

    I’m really in sync with all the color choices for your home, as blue is a favorite of mine. Thanks for sharing for so many years. You are inspirational!

  152. Debbie

    I love how your dog photo bombs your pics

  153. Becca Payton

    I love this! Those folders are just lovely!

  154. Nancy R

    Oh my goodness, I’ve had my eyes on these books for a while, love to have them! I’m hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the family and I’m already feeling anxiety over the menu, I need suggestions and recipes!

  155. Laura Frazier

    I’m from Portland, OR and follow your blog. We moved into our final house about the same time you moved a few years ago. I really appreciated your blogs about that journey.

  156. Marilyn

    What a fun give away! Thanks, Melissa!

  157. julie kolln

    I’m in Portland, so I love that your house is ‘local’. I appreciate your blog and love your cozy home.

  158. Donnamae

    I’ve reached the age where I should know what I’m doing regarding the holidays…but I am always eager to learn something new. Your blog inspires me…can’t wait for more! ;)

  159. Traceyq

    I love your page. It is so warm and inviting and always makes me feel like I am enveloping myself in a big warm sweater when I read it. Thank you.

  160. Nicki

    I just discovered your blog through an amazon advertisement for one of your books. Can’t wait to begin browsing through your content. Love your kitchen door!

  161. Tracey

    I hope it wasn’t me that didn’t claim her prize! I’ve been known to let the inbox slip into the 1,000’s of unread messages zone.

  162. Jeanine Evans

    Thanks for the great content, Melissa!

  163. Pat M.

    Thank you so much for the chance to win your giveaway. I’m a big fan of your simple decor style and your way of living with a less than large home and one that welcomes your beloved pets. I’ve been following your posts for years and take something away from each and every one.

  164. Karleen Miller

    I am moving to a new apartment soon and would love the have your books to inspire me. Thanks.

  165. Valjean Merkel

    I’m with Tracey–I also hope it wasn’t me that erased too many messages without looking! So much for trying to simplify without thinking first!

  166. Katy

    Wow – love that basket! Would love to win this giveaway!

  167. Barb Langham

    Agree wholeheartedly that the most important thing is gathering friends and family around your table!

  168. Laura

    Love your simple approach to decorating and entertaining! Glad to hear you’re feeling great after going gluten free!

  169. Margaret Armour

    Eeeee!! I love all of these things. Rifle Paper is life! Thanks for doing such a great job sharing beauty and function. Your emails brighten my day.

  170. Jennifer

    Love this giveaway. Your books are darling!


    What a generous offer to share your genius with others! Thank you for the opportunity to glean from your wisdom.

  172. Ann Banks

    The holidays will be different for me this year as I’m single now (by choice). I’m thinking Friends-giving is the answer and will be SO much fun.

  173. Bridgette Morrison

    HI there- I love the white, paper snowflakes on your tree! did you make those? or did you buy them? and are they paper?

  174. Heather f

    thank you for the give away! My elderly parents are likely moving in with us this fall and I need inspiration on how to keep the house simple and inviting but also combining the homes of 2 families in a way that makes all of us feel connected and at home

  175. Cayce Carter

    I love reading your tips! You have a beautiful home. Thanks for sharing it with us and for this giveaway opportunity.

  176. Lisa Moody

    This would be perfect for my daughter who is about to move into her 1st apartment. Love your blog!

  177. Donna

    Melissa, your quest to simplify and focus on people is a style I want to emulate! I want to bless people with comfort and sweet quality time when they come into my home, rather than focusing on “fancy things”. I’m working on “loving the home I have” and coming up with new ways to fit my growing family into our home (we’re adding another new daughter-in-love soon). Your insight is refreshing and helpful! Thank you for sharing :)

  178. Heather

    Your house is so beautiful and I love all that you do!

  179. amber M lafata

    I love your house and you are my go to girl when I need some inspiration!

  180. Julie P

    What a great giveaway. I love your style!

  181. Michelle

    I would love to have your books. I always host for the holidays and I am looking for inspiration!

  182. Alissa

    wonderful giveaway! would love to win these books!

  183. Patricia Jensen

    Wow! We’re hosting family Thanksgiving this year – for 25 people. This will be a bit of a challenge, however, you’ve given me lots of food for thought on how to make it easy. I love your style!! Thanks.

  184. Debra Schramm

    Love your table setting. The room looks so relaxing, peaceful and calm. I need more of this atmosphere in my home! What a wonderful giveaway! I’l really like to have all of the giveaway items.

  185. Heidi Walkush

    this is sweet. thank you for inspiring all of us. i just bookmarked your posts on white and gray paint colors yesterday…getting ready to paint my LR/DR…i want a fresh clean look this holiday season (and always.) i am a “home body” for sure and work towards my home reflecting who i am. thanks for helping me on that journey~

  186. Teresa Ann Harral

    Your blogs are truly inspiring! Beautiful give away!

  187. Yelle TK

    What a cozy giveaway – just in time for the holidays! Would love to read your books :)

  188. Kristie Stephens

    Thank you for all of the inspiration through the years! I know my home and life have been blessed and shaped through your influence!

  189. megan g

    What a great giveaway! I promise to claim my prize if I win:)

  190. Regina S.

    What a great give away! I love your table setting.

  191. Kristie

    I live your blog! Thanks for all the inspiration through the years!

  192. Louise

    Perfect post to remind us of what is most important not only during the holiday season, but all year long.
    Thank you!

  193. Wehaf

    I love the idea of making everything simpler – things are so overwhelming in the world around us; paring things down at home and in life is so restful.

  194. Amanda

    Well that’s just the prettiest giveaway. I’d love to win. We share Thanksgiving with friends each year – not sure if it’s my turn to host or not. But I appreciate the gf/df recipes!

  195. Michelle W

    I could definitely use the books to improve my hosting and organizing abilities.

  196. Julie

    I would love to win this giveaway! We’re hosting Thanksgiving for the first time this year, and I could use all the help I can get!

  197. Rebecca


    Thank you for the helpful-hostess post and the chance to be entered in your giveaway. I have enjoyed discovering your blog because I felt so grateful to hear there was another person out there challenging herself to find contentment in her own house rather than delaying for the dream. This fall I am trying to organize and really discover what I can do with my house. I did your “fall in love with your home” challenge. Thank you, again!

  198. Scarlette Chapman

    I’ve really been enjoying your Fall themed blog posts since Fall is my favorite season too.

  199. Debbi Shahabian

    I too, have Hashimotos! Looking forward to following your health journey, to learn more about ‘our’ medical issue…ugh! Love your blog, your home and fur baby too! Would ❤️ to win your generous giveaway as well…thanks❣️

  200. Sally

    Your blog inspires me! Thank you.

  201. Mary

    A basket with a lid!! Such a great idea for tucking away last minute toys before guests arrive!

  202. Paula Britt

    Melissa, I love your simple style. Organization is what I need right now! My daughter has moved out on her own and I am suffering from ’empty nest’ syndrome. AND she left a lot of “stuff” for me to clean up. I could really use some of that organizing. Very nice giveaway, thank you.

  203. Kelly

    Thank you for reminding us that holidays are about throwing the door open and bringing people together in love, not a stage to present the cleanest house, the most extravagant meal, the best homemaker! I’m so glad this can steer me in the right direction as the festivities come into sight!

  204. Susan Elliott

    Would love to win
    Love your style & posts

  205. Hillary Stevens

    Wahoo! I’ve totally got the decluttering bug as I’m making the house cozy for the colder months. It’s so true that the key to organization is all about every item having a home, isn’t it?

  206. Fern

    Love your blog and your style!

  207. janis monachina

    Love your eye for color and I am in love with your kitchen!

  208. S. Engel

    Been a fan of yours for years…winning would be awesome!

  209. Jennifer C.

    What a great give away! I love your table setting.

  210. Hilda Adams

    Such a lovely giveaway! I love seeing everything you post.

  211. Deanna Popielarz

    We do a family potluck dinner for the holidays. Easier. Love your giveaway items!

  212. Katerina

    I adore your home and your decor. You are still one of the only blogs I follow. I love hosting for the holidays and bringing everyone together. You have the best style. Thanks for all your advice.

  213. Deborah Sloan

    Love the blue you incorporate in your design style

  214. Wanda

    Oh wow I’d love to win all those beautiful things!! :) I love your style of décor. Blessings.

  215. Tamara

    I love your style and the colours you choose. You inspire me to make my home the happy place I see in my heart. XOXO

  216. Rita Williams

    We go to my in-laws for Thanksgiving however my daughter cooks the whole dinner for her grandparents. Love your blog and all your ideas!

  217. Heide

    The last couple of years Thanksgiving has been pretty low key, which has been nice! Once someone starts something with the extended family you are kind of stuck with it forever! So we hosted Thanksgiving for 10 years. Finally we eased out of it, we were ready for a break! My sister and I are hoping everything will work out to go visit our sister and bring a couple of pies!

  218. Amanda

    Would love to win some books. Could use all the help I could get.

  219. Leslie Blair

    I always love reading your posts Melissa! You have a wonderful simple style that really reflects what’s most important to you – your people! I am the same. Thanks for taking the competition and stress out of making my home a refuge. <3

  220. Jane R.

    I’ve moved forward this year with opening my home to friends. Despite my home’s imperfections, I’m learning to embrace what God has blessed me with and to show others love through good food, a beautiful table, and quality time. I would love to win!


    I always enjoy reading your posts. Your fall home tour soothed my soul. I really like your style. Thank you.

  222. Christy Kullman

    I enjoy your posts and would love to use some of the giveaway items for upcoming gatherings!

  223. Joan

    I love your blog and have followed it for years! I ordered the Daltile you used in your kitchen for my sunroom and foyer. It arrived today, and it is beautiful! Thank you for sharing your style sources! I would love to win the giveaway!

  224. Sharon

    Love all of your books. You have been an inspiration to my daily life and I always enjoy reading your blog and ideas to lead a more simple and hopefully less stressed free life.

  225. TLI

    Great post. I’ve been encouraged as a somewhat shy host to get out my comfort zone and share the spirit of hospitality with my friends and family. Thanks bunches!

  226. Jenelle

    I can’t wait to host Thanksgiving this year. It’s my favorite holiday. My in-laws hosted last year and it just didn’t feel the same.

  227. Deb

    I may be hosting Thanksgiving this year, AND we’re trying to update and make our home office more useful, so this would be a perfect giveaway. Plus, I’m here in Kirkland, so we’re practically neighbors!

  228. Lisa M.

    Oh thank you for the chance at the giveaway, Melissa! I have followed you for many years and love your style! I am not hosting Thanksgiving (someday maybe!). My mom hosts every year and I get to bring a side dish and a dessert. I always look forward to that day…probably one of my favorite of the year. I get to go “home”, even though she only lives 10 miles from me :)

  229. Valerie Weiss

    Your ideas, thoughts and design style always motivate and center me. I love the doggies too! Looking forward to following you as we go through the upcoming holidays!

  230. JoAnne

    Have followed your blog for years – love your style! Looks like a great giveaway! Thanksgiving was a miss for me this year as I had a couple of sick pets, but they’ve since recovered so it’s all good :)

  231. Patricia L

    We just moved last weekend and after all the unpacking is done…I am hosting family and out-of-state friends for Thanksgiving. I would enjoy some tips from your books and give aways!

  232. Gina M.

    Great giveaway! Thanks for the inspiration and consideration! Happy hosting!

  233. MiChelle Reese

    I LOVE and enjoy seeing your post and info shared! Definitely inspires me to decorate!

  234. Kendra Ayton

    Hi! Just a couple quick questions…where do you store your seasonal items? and when you do decide to “get rid” of something (decorating items, furniture) that you are replacing with something else, how do you do it?
    I really love all of your books and look forward to getting your letter in the email!
    Also, glad you are feeling better!

  235. Cherri

    I love this time of year and the opportunities it brings to have more family gatherings.

  236. Katrina

    I just love your style – so inspiring!

  237. Deirdre Zimmerman

    Love the sense of warmth and welcome that you bring to your blog …… I have a couple of your books and thoroughly enjoy them and have gone to them many times for inspiration, color pallets and that cozy feeling I get just looking at the pictures !
    Enjoy Thanksgiving, I’m sure your family will leave with feelings of love and gratitude !!

  238. Debbie Angevine

    Love your blog! It is easy to use your decorating ideas as well as affordable.

  239. Becky

    I’d love to win this great giveaway!!

  240. Karla

    I would love to win this great prize!

  241. rig

    Everything looks beautiful. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  242. Nancy

    I love your attitude about hosting a gathering. It really is about the people and not the food!

  243. Kelsey Ensz

    Thank you for giving us a week into your life and for yor generosity. Have you tried the chocolate cake made with quinoa? My most favorite gf/dr treat!!

  244. Natosha

    love the beautiful style and look it’s got some excellent ideas, which I so would love to try for my home! ☺

  245. Helene

    Love your blog, what a great giveaway!

  246. Shawn Bartz

    I already have all three books (LOVE them!!) but would love to give a set to my daughter! What a great Christmas gift that would be!

  247. Tamara Wheatley

    WOW!! I haven’t even thought about the holidays yet. My daughter is getting married in less than 2 weeks and that has been my priority. With a new son-in-law, I guess how and where to celebrate will be different from now on. Thanks for helping me to start to plan.

  248. Judy Sivia

    This is one of my favorite blogs! I love the no-pressure attitude and your beautiful ideas.

  249. Regina

    I enjoy your blog so much. Great giveaway!

  250. Beth Burleson

    I have your book and just love your blog. Some many ideas. I am looking forward to your holiday decorating tips.

  251. Kathleen

    I long so deeply to gather family into our home. Running two businesses from our home, it’s a disastrous jumble and I need help getting it together!
    With aging parents and a new granddaughter on the way, I need it to happen now!

  252. Abby

    I love your books (and your blog of course) and would love this! Thank you for the opportunity!

  253. Donna H .

    Thank you for all of your lovely blog posts they are so inspiring . I am at a point in my life where the idea of simplifying is very calming to me .
    I am someone who stresses far too much during the holidays and slowing down to really spend time with my loved ones is what I want most !
    Thank you for all of your ideas and wonderful books !

  254. Abby

    I love your books (and your blog of course) and would love to win this! Thank you!!!

  255. Sue Davies

    I could certainly benefit from all three books but the one that speaks to me the most is Simple Gatherings. I still have a problem being able to relax when I entertain. I don’t do it as often as I’d like because I can’t help feeling everything has to be perfect. I love how you always have a knack for keeping it simple.

  256. lynda s

    wow! so many comments…all lovely..i live in a small apartment and can only take ideas of some of the homes I read on all the blogs I go to…love yours everyday something new…but everyone seems to have such big homes…but love the white tree w/lights…I have tried to only have white in my apt…thanks so much..

  257. Anne B

    Happy fall to you.

  258. Jenna

    I have bought ALL your other books and love using them and telling others about them!
    You have helped me see decorating with new eyes and I am so appreciative. Thank you!
    I have looked for these little books of yours at Barnes and Noble but have not seen them in stock. We are hosting both sides of the family for the first time this year! I would love to receive your sweet books!? ??.

  259. Patty

    Your home is so lovely and comfortable – which makes me want to visit! Of course, my favorite is any photo that has a dog(s) in it – our pets add so much joy and laughter to our families. Thanks so much for sharing yours!

  260. phyllis henry

    Each of your posts inspires me to try something new or different. Thank you!

  261. Karen

    Hi Melissa, Love the chance to comment on this post and I’m hoping the awesome prize will be mine! I love your work and have followed you for years…maybe since 2012 or so? I should take the time to comment! I appreciate your simple, balanced, sane approach to creating a warm and inspired home. Love the idea of smaller topical books. So smart and more easy to digest and implement. Keep them coming!
    As for GF Thanksgiving…we have mostly gluten intolerant people in our home (and one celiac), so our meal is now 100% GF and you’d never know. Whole Foods is a great option for things like stuffing and even pie shells if you want a traditional pumpkin pie. We make apple crumble and have an incredible GF cheesecake recipe. Our favorite Thanksgiving bread is actually Krusteaz cornbread! We do a mix of “easy prep” and gourmet so the kids can all own portions of the meal.
    Thanks for the time you put into posting for all of us every week. Blessings, Karen

  262. Sandra Marshall

    I really enjoy your blog and especially your holiday tips. Your giveaway is great and I would
    Love to win!

  263. Margo Morgan

    Where did you get that round tray basket??

  264. carol clark

    i love the white tree

  265. Kathryn Carpenter

    What a great giveaway! Always enjoy your posts.

  266. Rose Boccella

    Yes!!! Count me in, this sounds great.

  267. Nancy

    My one desire once we move into our renovated 1926 farmhouse is for our home to be a place where our neighbors and friends can come together “just as they are” to relax, enjoy a good simple meal, and to reconnect with one another. Thank you for all you do to encourage hospitality and thank you for the great giveaway!

  268. Karolyn K

    I can’t wait to entertain during the holiday season. To be a little different this year we are having movie days with friends, hosting the youth Christmas party, etc. The best part of all is now my daughter is wanting to create some of her own traditions for family and friends. This makes it all extra special for me.

  269. Vanessa

    I love your ideas! I already have one of your books and would love to win this giveaway.

  270. Julia Foy

    How fun! I would love to win ❤️

  271. Elizabeth Auch

    I love your blog! You are so inspiring! Thank you for all you do for us!

  272. Dana

    Love seeing the dog at the table peeking over it! Please add my name for the give away!!!!

  273. Mary Edgerley

    Yours is the first blog I check into each day…….and I always look forward to views of your (or others) beautiful spaces! Oh, my, I would LOVE to win your drawing! <3

  274. Ursula

    Here’s hoping you share your Thanksgiving menu and how the meal turns out– it sounds like you’re relishing the challenge of something for everyone! The Thanksgiving feast is certainly not a “lowest common denominator” meal and i’m sure yours’ll be tasty AND lovely.

  275. Regina

    Your blog is one of my favorites! Thank you for all the heart you invest in it!

  276. Penny

    Melissa, you are truly inspiring. I’m still keeping your kitchen remodel ideas in my head as we have yet to do our remodel. We have a big family Thanksgiving at a grange hall, but we’ll have lots of kids and grandkids coming for the weekend so I will be doing some hosting for all the other meals and activities. Thank you for all of your ideas and tips. So enjoy your blog.

  277. Joan Moore

    I always enjoy your books! Great ideas that are sensible and well meaning! Thanks for the opportunity to read more from you!?

  278. Kathy Weisner

    We are also hosting Thanksgiving this year. I’m looking forward to it because our children/grandchildren always want the traditional favorites. It makes meal planning easy.

  279. Dawn Broadwater

    Love to keep the Thanksgiving table simple. Use the food as decoration!

  280. Mindy

    Your giveaway looks beautiful! What a great way to get organized.

  281. Debbie

    Your blog is one of my favorites! Thanks for all the inspiration.

  282. Susan

    Would love to win this give away, love all the organizing goodies

  283. Sarah

    Good to be reminded that it is not about impressing people with our homes, but how they FEEL in our homes, welcomed and special! Thanks for that reminder and for the beautiful giveaway!

  284. Katie

    What a wonderful give away! Thank you!

  285. Ellen

    Would be so thankful to win this! Simply beautiful!

  286. Diane

    I enjoy your laid back approach to decorating. I think we can all use less stress in our lives!

  287. Mary

    Great giveaway! Love your books and blog,

  288. M

    I need to embrace simplicity.

  289. jeanette sheets

    thank you for sharing with us ,i must say i am in love with how u have the tree thats ligts up in the dinning area,table is beautiful,all looks so inviting and cozy !!thanks

  290. Cynthia

    What a great giveaway! Thanks!

  291. Sarah Gebhards

    I’m hosting Thanksgiving for the very 1st time this year and I want it to be like your vibe – simple and all about what matters most – the people and the memories, warm & welcoming. No pinterest allowed :)

  292. Lynn

    I look forward to your emails each week and the inspiration you give us. I would love to win the giveaway-what great items!

  293. Helena Dias

    You make hosting look so easy. I’m a nervous mess anytime someone covers over.

  294. Chelsey

    I LOVE this blog! You bring into focus what life is all about…family! Creating a warm, welcoming and loving home for our family and friends.

  295. Katherine

    “Nervous Nester” – you totally pegged me! Can’t wait to read how to overcome that!

  296. Pam Cates

    I’d love to win❤️

  297. Eileen

    I love your simplicity-you make everything sound so easy that even I could do it.

  298. Liz B

    I think the tablecloth-covered card table is a staple at so many Thanksgiving celebrations! Thanks for sharing some of your special parts of the holiday.

  299. Melissa

    I just found your blog, and I so look forward to learning from you!

  300. Danielle

    I love the this time of year! Besides the delicious food that is prepared and cooked, it’s a time where my parents and I get to spend time with my sister’s family who we don’t get to see often enough during the year because they live far away. Thanksgiving for me is all about family and there is no greater gift than that. Thank you for this amazing giveaway!

  301. Carla Travaille

    We started hosting Thanksgiving the first year we were married and have carried on the tradition for 39 years! We keep it simple and everyone brings a dish to share. I am so thankful for your blog. People are always more important than things! Thanks for keeping that a priority.

  302. Kristy B

    Such a wonderful giveaway! Thank you!

    I love the big basket you have the books in!

  303. Sue

    I have hosted gluten and dairy free Thanksgiving meals for years. Not vegan, however. That said, there are usually tons of side dishes that work for vegans. My husband bbqs the turkey on the Weber–takes just a couple of hours and is delicious. And, it frees up the oven for stuffing (made with gluten free cornbread), carrot souffle and roasted brussel sprouts.

  304. Kriss

    Love the card table, that was always a part of many happy holidays for our family as well. As a child I used to get excited when my dad got it out because it was the only time we used it :)

  305. Ruxandra

    I have a vegan, a vegetarian and gluten free in my family. My go to is lentils, which can be cooked so many different ways, and polenta. I also have a delish homemade cranberry relish that I’ve made for years and goes on just about anything. ?

  306. Renie Handler

    This year my Thanksgiving meal will be prepared the traditional way, but I will be eating it with healthier mind set. My cholesterol is through the roof, but I am adjusting to being a vegetarian and loving it. I hope I win your books because they are so beautiful all sitting together and I bet a book that is motivational and go-to’s for years of use!!!! Thanks!

  307. Ang

    I am always inspired by your books and pictures you share! Thanks!

  308. Patricia

    Thank you for the giveaway, which I would (of course) love to win. I really enjoy your blog. It is down-to-earth in a way many others aren’t, and I really appreciate that!

  309. Becky McNair

    Love all of your inspiring ideas. Looking forward to seeing your Thanksgiving menu choices as I will have a vegetarian in my gathering!!

  310. Lynn Marie

    I am hosting this year. We always extend an invitation to both sides of the family that whomever has no plans or are alone is free to come and join us. We always have a good crowd and mix of people. Thanks so much for a beautiful blog and ideas that inspire us.

  311. Debbie

    I can’t wait to host Thanksgiving this year! We’ve moved into a new home with an open kitchen/DR/LR, so no more being stuck in the kitchen and missing out on the conversation! Thanks for this blog and the opportunity to win the books.

  312. Maggie

    I love the idea of simple! We always host Thanksgiving and all the special holidays at our home. Such a special time surrounded by people we love.

  313. Kerry

    I have you books Simple Decorating and Simple Gatherings – Simple Organizing is on my list next!!

  314. Paula

    Have so enjoyed following your life’s journey. Thank you for sharing and inspiring so many of us to create a home we truly live in and love. And for the chance to win this lovely collection!

  315. Sara

    What a fantastic giveaway! Love your books and your simple style!

  316. Maryann Horner

    WOW!!! What an awesome giveaway, I can see a place in my home for each of these goodies! Pick me, pick me!???

  317. Jackie Keating

    What a fun giveaway! I would love to win!

  318. Nancy

    Thanks for sharing all your ideas!

  319. Lindsey

    I’ve always hosted Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners at our home. This year, we are keeping it extra simple and going out to dinner. I really want to just enjoy everyone’s company, get dressed up and not worry about preparing lists, waiting in line at the grocery store and preparing the meal. Thank you for sharing simple and easy ways and I will definitely be putting some of these ideas to use when we host Christmas in our home.

  320. Brittany

    Love your style!

  321. Celeste Baumgartner

    Thank you for this giveaway, I would love to win your books!

  322. Debbie

    Thanks for offering this great giveaway. New organizing products are always helpful and your books are such an added bonus. Enjoy reading your blog. Thanks for sharing.

  323. Missy Robinson

    Such a practical post – thank you!

  324. Kathy

    I always look forward to reading your getting your posts in my email. I just bought your design coloring book and love it!

  325. Jeanne T

    Wish I had time to read every post, LOVE your style! What a fun giveaway

  326. Grand Pam

    What a lovely useful give away. Please count me in.
    I get to host all of our family gatherings and love having family
    and strangers. The door is open to all.

  327. Lisa

    Love Thanksgiving – I am hosting this year and it’s been a long time. Excited to plan a menu. Would love to win the books, etc.

  328. manda

    Such a fun giveaway

  329. Michelle

    Still a perfectionist in. Darn, I thought I had moved past that.

  330. Katrina

    Melissa, I find you assist in inspiring me and my home making journey. I have your “Make Room for What you Love” book. I am sure the food and hosting will end up lovely as usual for your Thanksgiving. I am looking forward to some time to organize and create a calm scape for decorating along with my kiddos.

  331. Jewels

    What a dream it would be to win this prize package in time for the holidays. BTW my hosting style is perfectionist…no surprise to me!

  332. Claire

    Love this so much!

  333. Peggy

    Could you jump inside the delivery box?? I would love to have you over for dinner!❤️Love your heart for what you do!

  334. Beth

    What a fantastic giveaway!

  335. Pat

    Love all your books and have learned so much from them. Don’t enter many contests but this would make the best gift to share :)

  336. Leslie

    It’s beautiful! Love all the colors!

  337. Ellie templeton

    Stumbled upon your insta feed. Love it!

  338. Lisa

    Would so love to win this! I’ve been wanting to read these for a while!

  339. Michele Mengel

    I love your blog and simple approach. We close on our first home next month and host our first holiday in December! This giveaway would be SO awesome to win during this crazy time!!

  340. Janet

    Your style inspires me! I’m not a minimalist but I can certainly aspire to it. ❤️

  341. Deborah Hailey

    I love your books as well as your style! I am in the process of cleaning out closets and drawers as I Organize my home. These books and products would be greatly appreciated !

  342. Shelby Johnson

    Your books, blog and feed have helped me so much in finding my person style and making my house work for me today, not when I change this or that or move or remodel. Thank you!! ?

  343. Kisti Huffman

    I love this!

  344. Linda Mongillo

    I love your blog and your home! Very inspirational!! I also love how you make decorating goals seem so easily attainable. Thank You!

  345. Eimear Corban

    Love the inspired room gravies me great inspiration and ideas.

  346. Lanae

    would love to read these books to get our home cozy, organized and inviting for our loved ones this season!

  347. Michelle

    We bought a house, we love it, but have no idea how to decorate the large space and to keep the little kid clutter out of every room. Seriously, every room! I think my 1y.o. little girl is a future interior designer. She has ambitions to decorate every space with her toys. We to clean them up, and she immediately puts them back, oy!
    Would love to win this giveaway!

  348. Carol Schwaerzler

    So love your blog and books! ❤️

  349. JoLynn Hobbs

    Your blog is the treat I give myself!
    Thank you!
    JoLynn Hobbs

  350. Karen Kelly

    I would treasure this package! We moved into our new home two weeks ago and the struggle to segue into the holidays with so many things left undone is not one I’m looking forward to. I’m going to do my best to calmly approach the season with an open heart and open door, no matter if we have unpainted walls, missing baseboards or carpet in the master bathroom!

  351. Sheila

    It’s so much fun hosting family and friends! But it’s hard not to stress over “the house.” Thank you for doing this giveaway for your followers! Someone’s going to very happy this Thanksgiving!

  352. Sarah Gillespie

    How lovely! Thanks for the chance

  353. Britt

    Such beautiful items! Love the idea of simple for everything that can get so complicated and overwhelming.

  354. Josephine

    Your book Love the Home you Have has been a real release for me in the midst of renovations. Styled corners and making sure the sofas are clear at the end of each day so we can relax have become part of my daily routine. And I’ve opened the doors to this beautiful mess to have friends and their children round for coffee/play without apology for our surroundings. Thank you for the inspiration!

  355. Betty P

    With this library,I would never need another book again! ? I’ve been following you since my mother gifted me Love The Home You Have two years ago when we bought our first home. Your posts are always a day brightener! Looking forward to more from you as we enter the biggest entertaining season of the year!

  356. Mandy

    I love your blog and your simple, welcoming style. And that cake server! Where did you find that? Love it!

  357. Desirea Scharenbroich

    What a great contest, good luck everyone!

  358. Choice

    I can’t believe the holidays are right around the corner and excited about this giveaway! I actually have all your books on my Christmas wish list. ?

  359. Janet Crouch

    What an awesome giveaway!! I love your books!…and your blog…and Instagram…?

  360. Angela Pleune

    Love this Melissa! I’m hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas this year?

  361. Miranda

    I love Simple Gatherings!

  362. Erikka

    My hosting style is “Perfectionist”. Wasn’t sure I agreed with the term but reading the description that’s SOOO me lol!! Love this article, the giveaway, and this overall blog and mom and daughters team! Hope you have a wonderful day:)

  363. Rachel

    We just this year made big changes to our diet as well. I’m going to try to pull off a gluten free, sugar free Thanksgiving meal! Good luck on your holiday meal, it sounds like a fun challenge!
    I have a couple of your books, I absolutely love them!! Winning your giveaway would be awesome, but if not – these ones are on my Christmas list!

  364. Deborah Simatic

    Thanks for this opportunity to help the organizationally challenged – ME! I have several of your books, and would love another!

  365. Eve Lewis

    Oh, would love to win!?
    I have done Thanksgiving dinners at our home for probably 25 years. Love it! But our oldest daughter and hubby moved to Oregon, and our oldest son and wife and 2 grands went be able to come, so it’s getting harder to get them all together. But I think it’s really a favorite time. The last few years we would get the Christmas tree on Saturday after Thanksgiving and decorate it before they left. That was fun for them to do and nice for me to not have to worry about.

  366. Cara Montebianco

    I am enjoying your blog so much! You are very inspiring and I love your style! I am hosting Thanksgiving as well and I like to keep it elegant but simple!
    I hope I win your giveaway – it looks amazing!!
    Cara M

  367. Cara Montebianco

    I am enjoying your blog very much and Insta posts! You are so inspiring and I love your style!
    I am hosting Thanksgiving and I like to keep it simple but elegant.
    I would love to win your giveaway – it looks amazing!
    Thanks for your inspiration!
    Cara M

  368. Tiffany C

    Hi Melissa. I found your books and blog about a year ago and really enjoy your take on creating a welcoming home you love to be in. It helps keep things manageable as I try to find my own style & preferences. This year my family is visiting family away for Thanksgiving, which I’m looking forward to as we haven’t travelled to see this part of my in-laws family in quite a while. We’ll be hosting for Christmas though and last year I felt like I was run ragged, so I’m enjoying your tips as I really want this year to be more enjoyable.

  369. Ginny

    I enjoy your blog. We are having Seattle weather in NC today – raw and rainy.

  370. Mary

    Melissa, I love your blog, your style, your ideas, your family, your books…. you have been for a long long time definitely one of my FAVES. Oh the lucky folks who get to live right there in your neighborhood with you!! Keep up the truly inspired work!!

  371. Elizabeth

    I just discovered your blog and have been reading “Love the home you have.” It’s exactly the messages I’ve been needing to hear! Thank you!!

  372. Pam M

    Lovely give-away!

  373. Janet in Kansas City

    Would love to be a better hostess, but I need help!

  374. Rowena Graham

    Would love this!

  375. Brittany W.

    I love that table setting. My goal for this holiday season is simpler, more intentional hosting. I want to create an atmosphere that sets people at ease and one in which they will remember the time they spent together.

  376. Brianne

    Love this!! Gatherings are always first and foremost about the people you’re with.

  377. Diane Beaton

    Melissa you are awesome and real. Please keep inspiring!

  378. Ashley Saylor

    I work part-time at Lifeway Christian Store, & I had been keeping my eyes on your book Love the Home You Have. We had a very good sale on bargain books so I finally decided to get it. I wasn’t familiar with any of your other books or blog at the time, but wow, that started a new journey for me! It has brought so much inspiration & helped me to pray more for contentment. We lived in the evangelistic quarters in our church fellowship hall for 2 years (with only one bathroom and two small bedrooms between me and my husband and three boys, then we had to take the tables out of the fellowship hall and use that space as our living room area, so that was pretty trying). Then we closed on our new house that we bought LAST December, and we agreed to allow the people to still live there while they built their house and we would live in a local two bedroom apartment since we are pasting a different church now that doesn’t have an evangelistic quarters. Unfortunately, we had no idea that we still wouldn’t be moved in. I’ll be honest and say my heart has been becoming very sad knowing that the holidays are around the corner and we may not be in a house for the 3rd year in a row. But I keep referring back to your book, and it really brings some encouragement my way during these challenging times. If we’re still here for Christmas, I’ll just do the best I can to make it feel warm and special since the circumstances are something that I cannot change. Thank you for being an inspiration and sharing your life with others!

  379. Carmel Welch

    Yay for giveaways! How exciting and what a perfect trio of books! I have your The Inspired Room book and Love the Home You Have and like always, your books and blogs are truly inspiring.

  380. Heather

    Looks like a great selection of gifts!

  381. Krystina Alfano

    We just bought a new home and I can’t wait to finally give my parents a break and host the holidays for the first time!!

  382. Karen


    You wrote something that struck me like a bolt of lightning…..namely, that we each have an entertaining style. That never occurred to me, and it may explain why entertaining stresses me out, even though I want to see and spend time with my guests! Need to know more!

  383. Hannah Gallagher

    Oooo, I’d love to win this! Organizing and entertaining are two of my favorite things!

  384. Wendy

    I enjoy reading your blog and following you on Instagram. You’re definitely an inspiration to me! ❤️

  385. BF

    Love these!

  386. Kari

    Beautiful ideas!

  387. Charisse Ballard

    I love your decorating style and posts! I’m a Dog Mom, so I also love seeing where Jack & Lily are gonna show up : )

  388. Ami S

    I love your blog ! It is such an inspiration to me.

  389. Melissa

    I LOVE hosting, but so far, this holiday season feels a little crazy for everyone so we haven’t made ANY plans, lol.

  390. Mary Baker

    Hi Melissa,
    Thank you so much for your posts. You have inspired me to make my home comfortable and cozy for my family and friends

  391. Anne Jones

    Just reading this post makes me excited for Thanksgiving! The countdown is on… ??

  392. Bethany Ardente

    Wow! What a fun giveaway! I like to host, but with family out of town, we are often traveling.

  393. Aino-Kaisa Lahtinen

    I really like your home and style.

  394. Cloence

    I always host Thanksgiving but easily get caught up in the frustration of not having everything “perfect”. I need to relax and just enjoy the holiday and welcoming people into our home. Thanks for the reminders!

  395. Anna

    Love this! We host a lot and would love these books. :)

  396. Debby

    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday to host. We make the same traditional foods every year, no variations allowed. No matter who the guests may be each year, they’re family. And having lots of people in the kitchen helping me prepare and chatting and laughing is better for my soul than anything.

  397. Katharine Terrill

    Simple Organizing is an amazing book! Loved every page.

  398. Anne

    Melissa, I love it when God gives me confirmation in surprising ways. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s 4 years ago. I’ve “played around” with gluten-free eating several times since then. But my new nurse practitioner recently said, “You need to be on a gluten-free diet.” So . . . here we go, in earnest. I’m afraid some people might scoff at me for joining the “fad” ~ but now I’ll just say, “Hey, I have Hashimoto’s!” That sounds official, right? Looking forward to enjoying some gluten free items at Thanksgiving (and blessing my sister, who has Celiac disease). Thanks for the encouragement!

  399. Paige Mackie

    Absolutely love the concepts in your books. They will never ever date, and inspire me to do with my place what makes me feel good :)!

  400. Denise Crowther

    Love hosting and having our home as a place friends and family can spend time together and build memories. Thank you for sharing all your helpful tips. Love following you

  401. Colleen

    I love this prize package and your Blog. I am in Canada so I am hoping that I am eligible if not I can still enjoy everything you post!

  402. Lisa C.

    Those are really nice prizes! I would love to win!

  403. Lisa van den Brink

    Thank you for the chance to win these great gifts! I love following your blog! You always have interesting topics!

  404. Brett

    Great giveaway! Thanks for the reminder of focusing on what really matters – the people!

  405. Patti

    Love your blog! Would love to win the giveaway.

  406. Wendy Henerlau

    I would certainly claim this prize! Love your ideas and your Doodles!!

  407. Donna H

    Would definitely claim this awesome prize if I won!!

  408. Lynn M

    We’re lucky that my sister, who moved back home from Arizona, is hosting Thanksgiving this year. One of your books would make a fantastic hostess gift for her. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  409. Sonya

    I love following you! You have great ideas that are simple yet charming. Thank you!

  410. Lauren

    I’m really trying to embrace more simplicity both in decorating and hosting. These books sound amazing! Thank you for the chance to win!

    Also, I’m gluten and dairy-free and love Danielle Walker’s blog Against All Grain! Her cookbooks are wonderful too and the Thanksgiving recipes are always a hit with my whole family (even my picky dad with no dietary restrictions haha)!

  411. Carrie Vandlen

    I love your blog! Thank you for the chance to win this amazing giveaway!!

  412. Abby Lovett

    I would love to win this beautiful giveaway. The idea of giving the books as gifts is a great one!

  413. Julie

    Hosting our first holidays this year as a married couple an be could use all the help we can get!

  414. Linda

    I’m a beginner hostess, but get by without too much stress with great tips and hints.

  415. Rose

    I enjoyed the quiz and agreed with the results that I sometimes run myself ragged. But I really enjoy party planning. I am already planning a Christmas party no stress involved

  416. Judy Lancey

    I’m new to your Instagram account and I adore your decorating style. It’s cozy, welcoming and never dull. Thank you for the inspiration.

  417. Barbara

    My son and his wife are looking for a house and I would love to give this to them!! Of course I would have to flip through the pages first!! Thank you for the opportunity!

  418. Toni Burton

    Love your page & would love to win!

  419. Valerie

    We have always traveled back to our hometown for Thanksgiving. Two of my three kiddos have left the nest so I Am considering keeping the holiday at home.

  420. Karla

    I have simple organizing and loved and implemented several tips from it. It would make a great gift!

  421. Kim G

    I love your simple approach and focus on opening your home and enjoying time with family and friends. I am working on managing stress during the holidays and being more simple and organized. Need to read what you shared in your books!

  422. Nicole Gibson

    Our table from our last house doesn’t really match the wood tones of our new house but your post inspired me to try a table cloth! Using what I have already. I have your very first book and it’s a favorite.

  423. Kim @IrishmanAcres

    All of this! I love you and your whole team (daughter’s) style… My own daughter and I own and operate an event venue and love to be INSPIRED by all you do!

  424. Lisa H

    Thanksgiving Ian my favorite holiday to post. I love that the focus is on gathering together and eating good food! It’s time to start getting my house ready, I barely have anything Fallish out yet!

  425. Ginger

    I just recently discovered your blog and fell in love immediately. I come here to find a cozy place of inspiration.

  426. Erin Davis

    Currently building our forever home on our family farm-would love to learn from your books! Crossing fingers!

  427. Lauren

    Such pretty books!

  428. Debra

    I love your blog and all your tips. What a great giveaway?❤️

  429. Cindy

    I love your decorating style and I look forward to reading your blog. Thank you.

  430. Angela R

    Like you, I can’t believe we are already on the holiday season. The table setting looks warm & inviting. Thank you for all the great ideas to make our homes special.

  431. Alycia T

    Saw these books on your Instagram page and they immediately got put on my Amazon wish list! Such a great giveaway!

  432. Chrisy

    Love your blog! What a great giveaway!

  433. Melinda Smith

    Thank you for being such an inspiration?

  434. Jody Pohlman

    Organizing is my jam! ? My sister and I have been inspired and encouraged by your books, and I would share these inspirational products with her as she is my best friend.

  435. Stephanie Olson

    I’m hosting Thanksgiving this year for the first time ever and would love to win your books! You’re so inspiring and I love reading your easy and fun tips :)

  436. Shelby Wagner

    I love following your brand! It’s so lovely. I’ve been asking for a few of your books for Christmas :)

  437. LaNae STOUT

    Thank you for sharing such great ideas!

  438. Beth

    I am especially enjoying your Fall posts. I love making our home ( and lifestyle) cozier. Thanks.
    Would love to have those books!

  439. Joy Houglum

    Our family became gluten free after learning that our youngest daughter has celiac disease and the rest of us are gluten/oats/almond intolerant. We have had a lot of success with Namaste flour (baking, thickening).
    I really love your style and encouraging tips!
    We have been (slowly) working on the inside of our home…decluttering, mainly. Now that we’ve made space, I feel stuck and limited…we can’t redo everything at once, yet it looks weird to just complete a task at a time (new wall colors, flooring, furnishings). So, we haven’t yet begun the updating…
    ? joy

  440. Leanne Wight

    This is so exciting! I always feel like I need to do an organizing blitz right before the holidays so I’m ready to host holiday gatherings without feeling stressed!?

  441. Crystal

    It looks like we’ll have a visit from each side of the family this year! The biggest challenges for us are sleeping space and competing diet and house-climate needs, but we love the time together :)

  442. Kelly D

    I would love to win these great organizational tools.

  443. Sandy

    Nice giveaway. Would love to win those books!

  444. Susie Butterworth

    While I’m not hosting this year, I’ll be decorating the tables at my sister’s home! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  445. Rachel

    I’ve been following your blog for some time now, but this is my first comment! Your design style and color palette really speak to me, thank you for the inspiration!

  446. Kate Hollingsworth

    What a perfectly timed giveaway! Just in time for the holiday season ?xx

  447. JulieAnn Smith

    Thank you for always having such incredible photos and ideas! You really, truly do inspire!

  448. Laura Sharp

    Thank you so much for sharon your words and decorating skills with us! I’m such a bad decorator, I need all the help l can get!

  449. Nicole Ransley

    Thanks for the great giveaway! Would love to learn from your books and the accessories are pretty cute too! ??

  450. Melissa S.

    I could definitely use some simplicity this holiday season! There’s always so much that needs to be done in addition to all the things I WANT to do to make this time special for my family. So hard to strike a good balance without getting carried away!

  451. Annette

    Oh what a great collection. Just last night I was thinking I needed a hanger upgrade.


    Thanks for the reminder that a ho looiday gathering isn’t about everything being perfect but about the people sharing time together. Looking forward to family getting together and the memories that will be made.

  453. Annie

    So generous! We usually host Christmas for both sides of the family. Would love to learn some new tips for hosting!

  454. Susan

    We love hosting, and always host both Thanksgiving and Christmas. ?

  455. Hannah

    What a fun giveaway! Would love to own the books!

  456. Sara Dugan

    I can’t wait to see what you come up with for thanksgiving dinner! Our family has found that we really enjoy trying new dishes the past few years rather than sticking to what was always our traditional sides. One of our favorites has been trying out different Mac& cheeses with half-cauliflower and with different sauces (think four cheese, butternut squash, and even cashew “cheese”!) It’s so fun to get together in the kitchen & figure it out! I am definitely going to check out your Pinterest board, too!

    Love following along and always love entering giveaways! We just moved and know that we are going to be moving again in 10 months, trying to organize & let alone decorate different spaces…overwhelming doesn’t even cover it! I look forward to the chance to read all three books!

    Sara D.

  457. M. Heise

    Newly purchased cottage in No. Wisconsin to plan. I hope to replicate many of your ideas (especially the kitchen) with my own “twist”. Thanks for the perfect “inspiration”.

  458. Sara Kleeman

    I really enjoy the tips you have to offer. Your home is beautiful. ?

  459. Krissy

    What a fabulous giveaway! Thank you for all your inspiration!

  460. Debbie Burke

    Me please! I’m a nervous hostess so need all the help I can get!

  461. Amy

    What beautiful and timely giveaway!

  462. Terry

    Am I too late?! Enjoy your blog and your books – already own Simple Gatherings – and envy you working with your girls!!

  463. Shirley

    I would love to win these great books!

  464. Rachel Hayes

    I won’t be hosting this year, the family has scattered but I used to love hosting and plan to do some hosting in the future. Thanks for the chance to win!

  465. Britzie

    What an awesome giveaway!

  466. Tinamarie

    I need that prize, we just moved into a new home and while a clean slate is great. It can be overwhelming to get each room not only furnished but organized! Also I love your idea on how to hang a wreath. I was worried about hammering nails into my new doors, but your suggestion is Perfecto!

  467. Anna Daugherty

    Ooh I have loved both The Inspired Room and Love the Home You Have. I would love to read even more of your books! They’re so refreshing and encouraging!

  468. Jennifer Roy

    I love your books! And that basket is amazing! Thank you for this giveaway!

  469. Taylor Pulliam

    We’re going to throw our first “Friendsgiving” this year and I’m so thankful we simplified our home! You’re right, It makes it so much less stressful and easier to focus on what’s important.

  470. Jane Finck

    I love your decorating style! You inspire me daily! I like to keep things simple too … less stress! I am also gluten-free due to many autoimmune diseases. I make or adapt vegan recipes, as I do not eat wheat, dairy or eggs. I would be thrilled to win this prize!!!

  471. Emily

    What a great giveaway! I just starstarted reading Love the Home You Have and I’m loving it. Fingers and toes are crossed for this giveaway!

  472. Antonya Fransen-Pruden

    I cannot believr this season is here already! I am not hosting this year, but I would love to in the future! I also am so excited about the giveaway, I am hoping to win and share with my sister who is hoping to leave the nest and purchase her own home this summer!

  473. Lisa Showalter

    I just recently bought your book Love the Home You Have!
    Looking forward to reading it. I host most all of our family get togethers and holidays. Thanks for the lovely giveaway opportunity!
    Lisa ???

  474. Jenny Matlock

    I took the quiz and I’m a perfectionist party planner. I think my result was spot on!

  475. Heather Tuck

    I love this content! I have recently gone gluten free, as well, due to thyroid issues. Looking forward to holiday and hosting ideas.

  476. Jamie Busch

    My oldest sister is hosting this year. I have 3 sisters. We are usually apart for thanksgiving, but over the last few months my mom has suffered 2 heart attacks and a stroke. She’s the reason we have seen each other so many times this year. That we have grown closer. That’s we are going home for Thanksgiving. I’d love to gift my sister this set. She’s the one who introduced me to you.

  477. Jane Range

    Hello! I’ve just finished reading Love the Home you Have and Simple Gatherings. I absolutely loved them both and am recommending them to my daughters that are newly married. ?

  478. Laura

    Working on my perfectionism and learning to be content in the moment. Looking forward to your books!

  479. Laura

    Working on my perfectionism and learning to be content in the moment. Always enjoy your books!

  480. Debbie

    I love your blog! Thank you for all of your inspiring ideas and sharing your beautiful home. Happy holidays!

  481. Christine Martin

    Your home and your blog are so beautiful! I’d love to have your books!

  482. Angela Pazurek

    I’d love to get more organized!! I have two of the three kids out of the house now but don’t know what to do with a the stuff I’ve collected from over the years… storage totes of special papers, dolls, and stuffed animals, etc. This sounds like it’s right up my alley!!

  483. Noemi Ray

    Thank you for your simple yet impactful books. I currently own Simple Gatherigs and look forward to using it, especially for tea parties inspiration. Whoever wins this is going to have lots of inspiration in their life! Thanks for your your gift/calling with us!

  484. Mary Cheney

    Yes, I am also already playing with menus ideas, thinking of how I want the flow to be at our gathering! I host each year, and always plan a few extra plates, as I encourage my grown up kids now, to invite any of their friends who need a home during the holidays. Great books and ideas!

  485. Kim L

    I would love tips for decorating and entertaining as well as organizing. I love your blog!

  486. Debbie

    I love your blog and your style. I’d love to win the awesome gifts!

  487. Dana

    Love your books, they have been very encouraging to read and have helped me make decisions in my own home.

  488. sarah k

    I really like how you styled the table and especially like the tree with the lights.

  489. Allison

    I would love to win this giveaway! I own your book “The Inspired Room”, but don’t have any of your other books, though I have read your book on organizing. Great Stuff!

  490. Tammy

    Great give away!

  491. Dinelle Hunsberger

    I’m a carefree and laid-back hostess. I do like decorating my table. Our dining room is small but we all squeeze in together and enjoy conversation. Would LOVE to be the lucky gal to receive these books.

  492. René

    I would love to win! Pick ME!!!

  493. Maile Gowing

    What a great prize! I would love to win—some beautiful books to enjoy and share with friends.

  494. Kay

    I have followed your blog for YEARS and just love your style! I’ll be hosting the holidays this year and just moved into a home in July so things need to come together!

  495. Kelley M

    Thank you for the fun giveaway! Love the idea of gathering but keeping it simple.

  496. Tracie Cooper

    I love your sweet blog and would love to win!

  497. Portia

    You are such an inspiration, I have been following you since 2011 all the from Botswana.Your simple ideas inspired me to
    1.Keep my decor simple on a non existent budget.
    2. Keep most parts of my house clutter free and organised.
    3.Above all open my home and host weekly home cell for the body of Christ.

    Your are a blessing to those we do life with.

  498. Tiffany

    Hi Melissa! Long time reader! There are actually spiritual roots to diseases, and Hahimotos is no exception. Here’s what I mean:
    Hopeful for a complete healing!

  499. Edwina Orban

    Simple is best-in hostessing and in entering contests! Thanks for this opportunity to win!

  500. Katherine

    Long time reader. I love your site and I also started using Young Living EOs from following you and your girls. Thanks for all you do.

  501. Jane North

    I’m turning our kid rec room area into a study suite for our high school, soon to be college, student. I could really use some great organizing and design items to help the space be the best study area ever! #gogoodgrades

  502. Amanda Whitley

    i have been on an organizing spree the last few weeks but starting to lose some motivation and love reading your blog during these times.

  503. Susan

    I’m hosting Thanksgiving in my new home this year, after taking a few years off. It is a lot of work and preparation, but the end result is worth it!

  504. meghan

    These books all look great!

  505. Ilem

    This Book set is Amazing! Took the quiz, love it! Would love tips from your books on organizing, decorating for the Holidays Gathering! ❤️

  506. Katherines Corner

    thank you for the giveaway opportunity. I invite you to stop by and enter giveaways throughout my Season of Giveaways. Hugs!

  507. Charisse Chiba

    OOOHHH!!! What a fantastic giveaway! I would be blessed if you picked me. :)

  508. Anu Kumble

    This is a great giveaway. I would love to throw a party this Season without stressing about it because I have a plan! Love your style too!

  509. Kim

    Love your books and your blog!

  510. Casey

    I am hosting Christmas this year and just found out that my sister’s family may also come. 11 people in my small house is going to be one cozy and memorable Christmas. I cannot wait! (Also, thank you for hosting the give away).

  511. Katie

    Love your decorating ideas and seeing how you have made your new house your own!

  512. Janet hines

    Looking forward to more inspiration

  513. Julie

    I love this post!

  514. Nikki

    I’m hosting thanksgiving at my house this year, but my mom does most of the cooking. My job is setting the table and having my house clean and ready for guests. Win, win!

  515. Ashley

    I love your open-handed, open-hearted, laid-back attitude toward hosting. I need some of that!! THANK YOU! :)

  516. Portia

    Just browsed through the decorating books at the library and found younfor the first time. I am excited to start adding a personal touch in my new home ?

  517. Bunny

    We’ve had four grandbabies join our family in the last four months so I decided to not make Thanksgiving so much about the food since I didn’t want to ask the new moms and dads for help. We ordered in KFC and I supplemented it with some salads and pumpkin pie. Our six-year old grandson said, “Grandma, you should make this chicken again!” Obviously he didn’t miss the turkey!

  518. Tricia Bender

    I’m not sure about thanksgiving yet. It is a year of change for our family. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  519. Cati Nelson

    I love your blog and your books so much! I am a vegetarian and my brother is a vegan. I love thanksgiving and always fill up on yummy veggies and pie. It’s not exactly healthy, but it is yummy!

  520. Jane Finck

    I love your decorating and hosting ideas! I’m always looking for inspiration! I would love to win your prize give away!

  521. Emily Crawford

    My hosting style is “make too many things and work by myself in the kitchen while everyone else hangs out in the living room until dinner is ready and then sit down to eat, exhausted and sweaty.” Also I love that basket!

  522. Katy

    Love love your ideas and style! Your kitchen has inspired my new kitchen, in progress. I look forward to all your posts!

  523. Heather Anne

    I loved the Simple Gatherings Quiz – really made me think! I love to share our home with others and look forward to a less busy season of life when we can do it more often!

  524. Dale

    I look forward to each of your posts and always find helpful information and loads of inspiration! I’m slowly copying your beautiful kitchen. ❤️ I return again and again to the ‘reveal’. Thank you!!!

  525. Alissa Andrews

    loved your first three books and would love to read these next.(:

  526. Fiona Rongo

    Hi Melissa, I’m joining the conversation all the way from New Zealand. I’ve followed your blog and read your books these last few years. Your style is casual yet elegant, and the simplicity of the spaces really shines through. I appreciate the honesty and integrity that comes through in your writing. Very very inspirational and aspirational… Best Kiwi wishes to you at Thanksgiving (something we do not celebrate here). In New Zealand we are all looking forward to Christmas! :)

  527. Debbie Goss

    I would love to receive your books.

  528. Sydney85

    I enjoy your decorating style so I will keep my fingers crossed for this giveaway. Definitely looking forward to your Christmas styling.

  529. Kristen

    I love everything you do. Your new book is in my wish list for my birthday!

  530. holly

    Love your blog and Instagram feed. Always stop in my Insta-Scroll when i come to your posts. A treat always awaits. Love that kitchen of yours the most. I am a bit of a kitchen stalked (only on line and in dreams!). Thank You for the opportunity to get some treats but Thank You more for sharing your gift.

  531. Karenann

    Your new book looks amazing! Your blog is always so helpful and inspiring!

  532. Cheryl

    I’m hosting 13 family members for Thanksgiving (and Christmas, too)! And three dogs!
    Would love to win the gift package, especially your books. I have two of your others already.

  533. Teri Garner

    That table setting! Simplicity, elegance, beauty…and an adorable dog:)

  534. Heather Strohl

    What an awesome giveaway! Your books have been on my want list for awhile now. This would be perfect! Thanks for all the inspiration.

  535. Barbara Jones

    I would love to win the giveaway. We just
    did some minor remodeling after the kids
    moved out. This will be my first time hosting
    Thanksgiving since then. I love your style and would so love to win your beautiful gifts!

  536. Amber Braun

    Ooh!! I would love this!!! Am moving soon and would love some new ideas!?

  537. Amber Braun

    Ooh!! I would love this!!! Am moving soon and would love some new ideas!?

  538. Kim

    Thank you for the inspiration and sharing your talent. I look forward to your blog posts and would love this prize ?

  539. Monica

    I love everything thing about your posts…such great ideas! Just read the Christmas preparations ideas and that is exactly what I need…a clean slate before the “more” comes I in the house! Thank you for sharing!

  540. Julie

    Melissa, Thanks for making the idea of creating a beautiful space “do-able”.

  541. Patricia

    Would love to win!

  542. Kaye Waters

    Thank you for inspiring me over the years to start hosting family and friends for the holidays. It is not in my nature to do so but you give such creative and simple ideas that I certainly cannot go wrong in entertaining. Thank you for extending grace to us all :)

  543. latanya

    Thank you. I love seeing your pictures and how you decorate. It is always so beautiful.

  544. Jamie Klunder

    What a fun giveaway! I love your books. I would love to win!

  545. Kim McMichael

    This looks like it would be right up my alley! I love books and decorating and organizing and sprucing up my house.

  546. Jennifer Nagelkerke

    Wonderful giveaway…happy holidays!

  547. Rosanna

    Amazing group of items…I would love to win them!!!!!!!!!!!
    I’m usually hosting both Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings. Thanksgiving will probably be 16-18 people. Christmas on the other hand gets crazy with way more extended family! We still aren’t sure how many will be coming;it could be as many as 45+ ..

  548. Linds

    I love hosting at the holidays! Thank YOU for hosting such a lovely giveaway!

  549. Shirley

    I’m a “nervous nester.” Your blog helps make me a little less nervous :)

  550. Denise

    You have so many great ideas! Thanks for all the tips.

  551. Theresa

    Thank you for all your advice! Love your home.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  552. Mandy B

    I really like following your blog! You have great ideas.

  553. Andrea

    I host my husband’s side of our family for Thanksgiving. I love to host, but need to learn to simplify….I always make it more complicated than it should be…which make me nervous! maybe someday I will learn!!!!

  554. Olivia

    I always love seeing all your pictures on my Facebook feed! Fingers crossed! :)

  555. Janna C

    Such a great giveaway!

  556. Diane

    That lidded basket is cute – it reminds me of a beehive or a honeypot :)

  557. Shannon

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to win this giveaway! Love your blog and your cozy decorating style!

  558. Cindy

    I also host Thanksgiving for gluten free, vegan, vegetarians and meat eaters. It was actually much easier than i expected. The gluten free family members so appreciated not having to worry about meal ingredients and being able to eat anything at the table. Looking forward to hearing more about your Hashimoto’s journey when you are ready to share.

  559. Lori

    My Mom also has Hashimoto’s. I look forward to sharing your blog post with her.

  560. Leona

    Hi Melissa – I love how you simplify your approach to everything, including hosting for the holidays. Thanks for helping me think through the ways that we can prepare our house better for holiday decorating.

  561. Michelle B

    Love the basket

  562. Lisa

    I would love to have you suggest paint colors and budget style ideas for my house across the pond in Southworth! But alas, your books and kind heart may have to be enough! Thanks for the reminder that “dying to self” doesn’t mean We have to ignore our surroundings!

  563. Kathleen Heckman

    Moving to a new home shortly. Very limited housing here. Ordered your book on How to Love the Home You Have Hoping it will help me to adjust to whatever housing we end up in. Enjoy your stylings, Cleaning, organizing, and decorating are all integral to moving so would love to win your books. Thank you.

  564. Mandy Campbell

    I love your books, they are so practical and helpful.

  565. April

    Beautiful post. Looking at the new book now. ☺️

  566. Regina

    Your home is so welcoming and cozy! Just what I aspire to, so thank you for all your tips and ideas!

  567. Tammy-Lee Clouthier

    What a lovely gift!

  568. Rosanna

    I would absolutely love to receive this gift!! I took the quiz and discovered that I’m a perfectionist…?..and that I get burned out fast..? Yep! Guilty!!? I need more calm,more rest n relaxation,n definitely more “go with the flow”…can’t wait!!

  569. amy white

    Very pretty!

  570. Sharon

    My favorite time of the year!

  571. Mary Stewart

    Both of my daughters have their own homes so we rotate holiday gatherings. It takes the pressure off of me and I enjoy seeing the new holiday traditions/decorating they are making in their own homes. We’d definitely share the books!

  572. Nancy Swecker

    I enjoy all your posts and glean something I can use from each one. Right now I am reading Simple Organizing and working on my kitchen.

  573. Kimberly Somers

    You’re so inspiring! I found while searching for plantation shutter inspiration for our Harbor Cottage Houseboat!

  574. Mary J

    This is my first visit to your beautiful and inviting blog! I’m inspired already!

  575. Cassandra E

    I’m not sure if the contest is over, but I just clicked over from Facebook on your new buffet post. I think I need that basket to put all my littles in so I can decorate for the holidays!

  576. Lisa Matarazzo

    Hello – for the past many years I have a Thanksgiving gathering with my 2 kids and parents and friends on Wednesday. For me it just takes the pressure off. My kids get to see my family and then get to spend Thanksgiving Day with their Dad and his family on Thanksgiving Day. It’s my favorite holiday.

  577. Diana Cortez

    I just bought your simple organizing book kindle edition and I’m loving it. It will be awesome to have your books on the printed edition as well as the other gadgets of the giveaway. I love hosting gatherings at home, its so enjoyable having the house full of family and friends but I do need help to finish up some touches on my house.

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