Entertaining

Merry Christmas!  It has been my pleasure to start this blog this year and to take you along as I attempt projects, decorating, and entertaining.  I am so thankful for you and that you come here each week to see what I've been up to. I am full of new ideas for the new year, but for now, I am signing off.  Hopefully by reading my blog, you know that my heart and soul lies with my family.  They are the MOST important thing to me.  And, son #2 is home for one week and I want to fully enjoy family time while he's home ...
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Hi there!  I am so glad you're here.  Welcome.  Are you enjoying this holiday season?  Or are you swamped with to-do lists and worrying about how to get something for everyone on your list?   Hand-made gifts could be the answer for you ~ especially as Christmas is quickly approaching.  As for me, I have become totally hooked on all the Hallmark Christmas movies this year.  I love every predictable moment of them.  Amazingly, they never seem to get old either! Now, back to today's topic.  I have really mixed feelings about hand-made gifts. On the one hand they can be less expensive allowing you to ...
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I'm not sure where I first saw the favorites party idea.  It was probably Pinterest as it is the database of all great ideas.   I decided this was the year to give it a try.  After much debate, I decided to host a party over the holidays.  Although, I do think there are other times of the year that might work even better.  I reached out to my trust online invitation source and threw together an invitation and sent those off.  I wanted to give plenty of notice to my guests so that they could fit this into their schedule and their budgets. On my ...
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Welcome to my home! Since I love to take a peak into other homes ~ especially at the holidays, i thought it was only fair for me to open my home to you.  I love to peak in and get inspired to try new things or I see an idea that I simply must do in my own home.  Maybe a peak inside my homer will do that for you.  I hope so!  So, welcome to my Christmas Home Tour. As you walk into my home, you're greeted by this tree.  I've covered it in green and gold with touches of burlap and red.    ...
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Hi y'all.  If you've been following along, then you know I wrote here about some things that would make great gifts for all the ladies on your list.  However, let's be honest, the men are the hardest to buy for.  Right?   The things they really want are either things they have to select on their own or they go out and buy them for themselves.  So, to help you out I've come up with a few ideas that might just help you with your shopping this season.  These are some fun things that are great wish list items and maybe some ideas you haven't thought ...
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Hey friends.  Are you in the same boat as me?  Your kids are older now and all of those "magical" Christmas activities and traditions you once did just aren't age appropriate any more?  Your teens are no longer wanting to visit Santa or decorate cookies? Well I've come up with a new, fun and meaningful Christmas activity for my family.  A family Advent calendar ~ a new and improved version. Over the last few years as my boys have gotten older I've had to say goodbye to some of my favorite holiday traditions.  So long elf visits.  Goodbye cousins sleepover.  Farewell matching pajamas and The ...
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It's time....the Christmas season...time to deck the halls and put up a tree.  I have always loved putting up our Christmas tree.  In fact, as newlyweds, we ventured out in an ice storm just to save 50% of a HUGE Christmas tree.  I didn't have near enough to decorate it properly, but year by year I added to it.  As our family and house grew, so did my collection of trees. 🙂  What can I say?  It's just always been 'my thing.'  However, I realize not everyone feels the same as I do about this task.  I've even heard that some people don't enjoy putting ...
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Hi there!  It's the holiday season!  And for some of us, it's also elf season.  Do you have elves that visit your home over the holidays?  Elves came to our house for several years when my boys were young.  It was so fun.  Because I loved this tradition so much, I wanted to share it with you.  I 100% believe that everyone should start this tradition.  That's why today I am sharing lots of ideas of what Elfcapades your elves can get into this year.  So, grab a glass of wine or cup of coffee, sit back and read on. This post is full of ideas ...
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Hey y'all!  How are you?  Are you eagerly anticipating the holidays or are you already drowning in to-do lists?  I look forward to this time of year just like a kid.  And for me, the holidays start with decorating our home.  I can hardly wait until the day after Thanksgiving when it all starts.   When my children were younger my goal was to make our home feel magical.  Well, the boys are past those innocent years now.  Still, I guess I want a bit of magic even now.  I want our home to feel festive and be memorable for my family and any of our friends ...
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Hey y'all.  Are you in full holiday mode yet?  I am busy making my list....make that lists... and checking them daily trying to get things done.  Between the decorating, party planning, and gift giving my mind is always going.  Well today, while I'm out celebrating my birthday, I thought I would help you (and Mr. LouiseMarie) with some things that are on wish lists of the women on your gift giving list.  These are sure to make your Christmas shopping easier or maybe you should share this post with a loved one. #senditotohubby First up, how about a new fragrance?  I have been hearing all ...
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