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Don't you think winter is a wonderful time to curl up and get cozy with a good book?  I do!  I have several books on my wish list ready to download for the upcoming holiday break; however, I've recently read a few books as well.   From time to time (like here) I try to share recent reading to help you find a new book.   So today,  I thought I'd share a quick review of my most recent reading.  Maybe you'll find one here that sounds good. First up on my list is this one, A Man Called Ove.  SO, a friend recommended this book 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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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.  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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Hey there friends!  We've made to the half way point in the week!  It's now a downhill slide into the weekend.  So, what's your week been like?  I went out to grab some fun things to "boo" my neighbor with for Halloween.  I ran into Home Goods (#favorite) and got totally side-tracked by all the Christmas stuff.  Honestly, the thought of decorating for the holidays makes me so excited.  How about you?  Anyway, today is not even remotely holiday related.  Today's What's Up Wednesday is all about some cool new finds that I thought I'd share with you. First, let me begin by saying I ...
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Here's my fall wish list using this season's top 5 trends.
So, it's no secret that I love to collect new clothes.  I have a love affair with shoes.  And, I adore new handbags.  I feel the need to update and add a few new things whenever the seasons change.  Do you ever feel like that?  No male in my house understands this.  Anyway, I've been keeping my eye on some of the fall and winter trends and have come up with my fall wish list.  I am sharing my fall shopping list with you today.  And, since I want to make your life a little easier, I am including links to some of my favorites ...
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We took a family road trip and found some great games to pass the time.
Hello friends!  How are you?  We are settling into a new year's school routine around here.  That means we are much shorter on time.  It also means I am fondly remembering our summer vacation.  If you don't know, we took a family road trip this year.  you can read more about that here.  I smile whenever I think of how much fun we had and all the games we played.  If you're anything like me, then you are all about making special memories with your family and sometimes it's the smallest things that do that.  Like playing some games. Have you ever done a family ...
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An honest review of Boxycharm, a beauty subscription service.
Hi there.  How's your week going?  As per usual, mine is busy, busy, busy.  I am missing the freedom of summer.  However, fall is approaching and I do love that season!  I love the cooler temps. and football season.  So, have you noticed how many subscription services have been popping up the last couple of years?  I have.  You can subscribe to services that send you everything from clothes to scrapbooking supplies.  I've never really been interested in trying them, but maybe that's because I live near two big cities where I can find anything I want pretty easily.  However, if you live farther away ...
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love to read books
Hey there!  I am so glad you decided to stop by today.  I am already mourning the loss of summer.  It's time for me to start getting ready for a new school year.  I hate to lose my free time, having no schedule, and getting to read as much as I like.  On the other hand, I like having routine - I seem to be more productive that way, and I have missed my friends.  Anyway, I have had time to do some reading this summer, and I'm here to share with you my summer reads - and they are ALL good!  So, if you ...
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A handbag is not only your personal workhorse, it is also the way to a better life.
Hi friends.  Are you a handbag girl like me?  Does the thought of a brand new bag make you almost giddy?  Do you, too, have a collection of bags that you will not part with?  If you answered yes to any of these questions then you and I are soul sisters. 🙂  I have been a purse carrying girl since I could walk, and I'm not even exaggerating.  #askmymom  I'd like to think I have a good eye for bags as well.  Maybe a handbag is my spirit animal.  I know for sure that a handbag can make your life better.  Let's chat about it ...
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Don't you think winter is a wonderful time to curl up and get cozy with a good book?  I do!  I have several books on my wish list ready to download for the upcoming holiday break; however, I've recently read a few books as well.   From time to time (like here) I try to share recent reading to help you find a new book.   So today,  I thought I'd share a quick review of my most recent reading.  Maybe you'll find one here that sounds good. First up on my list is this one, A Man Called Ove.  SO, a friend recommended this book 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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Hi there friends.  I'm so glad you stopped by to visit today.  First of all, it's Wednesday ~ which means we are half way to the weekend!!  So, there's that.  Also, it's time for this week's Hodgepodge questions.  If you've been around then you know the drill  Joyce from From This Side of the Pond throws out some random questions and we bloggers answer them.  It's kind of fun because you never know what the questions will be and, it's fun to get to know other people. 1. What title would you give this current chapter of your life? Seriously.  I am wracking my brain ...
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Hey there!  If you're a frequent visitor, you have no doubt noticed that it's been hit and miss on Wednesday posts.  I haven't been able to find something I love EVERY week.  Well, a couple of the blogs I follow share a What's Up Wednesday once a month.  I fully intend to link up with them later this month, but thought I'd try it out this week to see how we like it.   Make sure to let me know what you think! What We're Eating This Week So far, it's been a lot of salad and turkey.  HOWEVER, with temperatures finally cooling off I see ...
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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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Hey!  How's your week so far?  Right now I'm feeling pretty good.  My to-do list feels manageable and I'm not stressed out.  Did you grab any good deals on Black Friday or Cyber Monday?  I did.  Are any of you able to really just think of gift giving or do you mainly shop for yourself?  I lean more to the grabbing a good deal for myself category; however, I did snag some gifts.  So, today is Wednesday and that means it's time to link up with From This Side of the Pond for this week's Hodgepodge questions.  You know the drill.  Joyce asks the questions ...
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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.  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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Hey there!  How are you?  I'm good and SERIOUSLY looking forward to next week.  A week away from school and a week that includes a lot of Christmas decorating!  Honestly, it's so close I can almost feel it.  However, today is Wednesday and that means it's Hodgepodge day with From This Side of the Pond.  You know the drill.  It's random questions that some blogger buddies all answer and share with each other and our readers.  So, maybe these will help you get to know me a little better.  Ready? 1. What takes you out of your comfort zone? Walking in to a room full ...
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