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Friday, November 30

Christmas touches {round 2}

I'm back at it!  Adding little decorative Christmas touches to the house.  This is really the only other holiday that I decorate the house for (if you count pumpkins on the porch for Halloween as "decorating the house").  This year I decided to just do things little by little, here and there when, whenever the mood strikes me.  Some things I take pics of, others may not be so worthy of blogging about. But whatever.

In the event that you care :)  here is another minor update on what we've been doing to get ready for the holidays (and when I say we, I mean me - ha!)

Remember the post earlier this week referencing the red glitter snowflakes that I hung on the pussy willows?  Well today, I added a little something else to that console table.  A decorative bowl with scented pine cones and a few ornaments placed throughout (smells so good!):

Simple holiday bowl set up

Here is a picture of both newly holiday-ized projects together on the console - simple and easy just like I like it.

Next up I decorated our plain pre-lit wreath with colored ornaments for our front door.  I've had this wreath for about 5 years.  I purchased it at Macy's during on of their after Christmas sales years ago for $10, normally $60!  A girlfriend and I grabbed the last 2 and it has held up beautifully for the past 5 years.  Anyway, here it is:

Approaching the front door.....

Opening the front door....
In the background is the buffet that I just set up for Christmas - loving it!

Check back for more touches....the tree still needs to go up!

Wednesday, November 28

Christmas touches 'round here

It's not December yet, but we are getting ready for the holidays 'round here!  I love decorating for the holidays and it's so much more fun now that my 4 year old can participate and get into the holiday spirit and really understand what's going on. We play Christmas music and drink wine (me) and hot cocoa.  It's all about creating memories & tradition for the kiddos!

The tree is going up this weekend and we will also be decorating our front porch!  So far though, I managed to decorate the buffet table in the dining room. 

Here is what I did:

  • Added red ornaments to a large hurricane vase
  • Hung ornaments from the candle holders (that were already there)
  • Placed the lantern that used to be in the living room on the buffet and draped red holiday beaded garland around to make it more festive
Simple and un-cluttered.  There is nothing worse than a cluttered holiday set up.

Here is what the buffet looks like normally (non-holiday)

In the pic above do you can see our console table with the vase and pussy willows?  To dress that up a bit, I added red glittery snowflake ornaments to a couple branches.  At night when the lamp is on, the snowflakes glisten, its pretty subtle but I'm happy with it.

So that's what we've done so far.  Be sure to come back for more holiday themed pics and posts.

Tuesday, November 27

Spring & Summer Vacation Pics {Photo Dump}

I can't believe Thanksgiving is over! Where did the year go?  As I started un-packing from our trip to my home state of Connecticut for Thanksgiving, I realized I never posted pics from our vacations this year.  This post serves no decorating and design purpose.  It's simply a photo dump.  Good for me to keep in one convenient place and in case any readers were interested :)  First on the photo dump list NYC and CT!

I'm from the northeast, born and raised, Connecticut girl.  Living in the south is nice, but there is nothing like living in the northeast - I miss it sometimes, so we went to visit my family in July and while we were there we had to spend a night in NYC.  Manhattan is about a 45 min drive away from my hometown so we spent the night in Times Square - right on 39th street, 2 blocks from all the action of 42nd street.  Hot, congested and loud - just like I like it!

The brick city. View from our hotel room.  We stayed at a boutique hotel called The Element -it's  a Westin Hotel.

Think this was from the hotel roof-top - our hotel overlooked Time Square and the Hudson River and you can see Jersey city across the river too. 
Us being silly in our hotel room
Kitchen area of our room - I was impressed with the fully stocked cabinets and backsplash. There was a full size fridge in there too.

 Times Square pic

The Empire Sate! View from our hotel room window

This is the bottom of the new World Trade Center, its 1 of 5 buildings, it is HUGE.  Impossible to get a pic all the way up from the ground looking up.  We attempted to go to the World Trade memorial but the wait was too long and it was too hot that day to just stand in line baking.

Here is the building from few blocks away, heading towards the NYC Financial District

Then we headed back home to CT forthe 4th of July and BBq's and of course we had to have lunch at The Cove one day -- it's a little seaport set along Long Island Sound..the food is fresh and delicious!

Mmmm - you can't get this in Atlanta!
My mom and my daughter posing for me at The Cove play area

Next up - we went to the beach house in FL for a little Summer getaway with the kids...we stayed in Clearwater, FL

Beach House!

The dock
Rental boats at Beach House

View from boat - very relaxing

Next up, Mr. Show Off and I headed to Los Angeles and Vegas for an adult only vacation! Just him and I....it was nice!

The first thing we did when we landed in LA was get food - a friend of mine told us we had to try the Fish Tacos from Wa-hoo's - glad we did, they were soo good!

Wahoo Fish Tacos

View down a nice tree lined street

Hollywood sign
Wilshire Boulevard

Rodeo Drive

Laguna Beach - the water was freezing!

Laguna Beach from the road.  The homes that are built into the hills are amazing!

After 3 days in LA and we packed up and drove to Vegas for 2 nights.  The drive was long but very scenic.  Here is a shot of our loooong desert drive.  Parts of the drive were a little spooky (passing all the abandoned trailer homes)...other parts like in this shot were just relaxing.  Last summer we stayed in Mexico for a week.  We wanted to try something different this year and while the trips were very different, they were both good bonding time getaways.  I think next year we will try Europe - I hope!

Mojave Desert heading towards Vegas.
The end!

Where we stayed:
While in LA we stayed at The O Hotel.
While in Vegas we stayed at The Palms Resort & Casino.
While in Manhattan we stayed at The Element - a Westin Hotel.
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