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Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charity

I was thrilled to announce yesterday that I have partnered with the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities for this giving season. After touring one of the houses and meeting with the team twice, this partnership will extend past the giving season. This house and this organization have imprinted my heart in a big way. During my husband's hospital journey in 2019, the nurses, the doctors, the people at the hospital, and my friends and our families carried me during those days.  It was the hardest thing we have faced as a family and will not be a part of my life.  The people, the love, the support, and the endless prayers offered to us by every single person who touched us made every moment bearable.  If there had been a Ronald McDonald House connected to Northside, I would have used it daily for showers, breaks, naps, and a refuge from the grueling days and nights. I have always thought I would find a way to pay it back, and when the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities digital content creator asked if I would like to be involved, I responded in all capitals.  


Barrington Gifts - Gift Ideas

Before I go any further, I need to share that from here until the week or so before Christmas, there is a possibility that I will have two posts in one day.  Today, for example, is the last day of the crazy good sale happening at Barrington, AND it is also Giving Tuesday.  I have two posts for that, and they both need to go up today.  So, you aren't crazy ... there will be more than one post in one day and quite a few days just like that. 


Cyber Monday Sales To Note

How are you
?  Are you happy it's Monday, or are you like me and could have used one more day this weekend?  I am beginning to put our house back together after six weeks of construction, and it feels fantastic to have some normalcy.  We woke up in our bedroom this morning, and I felt so good to be back in a routine.  Oh, and to use our new bathroom!  


Small Business Saturday

Happy Saturday loves; I hope your weekend has been filled with family + festivity.  Today is one of my favorite days of the year, as today is the day we support all of those incredible small businesses. Today is the day the shop owners live for as it is an excellent way for them to jump ahead in sales ... and I am here to help them do so!  I have been updating my Black Friday sales post from last week but today the small businesses get their own shout-out.  Let's make some shop owners do some happy dances!!


Black Friday 2022

The sales are
happening, and I have already seen some crazy good ones.  I will start this list now and then update it as they come in and change.  I will also keep changing the date of the post, so it is current for you. I hope you will see this as a great resource to come back to time and again throughout the weekend of sales. All I can say is, it is time to get that shopping done!


Bespoke Gift Giving

Of all the beautiful pieces we own in our home, the custom and bespoke pieces are one of my favorites.  There is something about the extra details and unique additions that make them stand out.  I will never forget when my friend Emily McCarthy offered to create a custom couture monogram for me in 2015.  I was blown away, and when she delivered it to me stitched out on a pillow, I shed tears of love and joy.  I knew she had taken time to sit and think about me and our relationship and created something that she knew would be special. 


The Crew is 50% off

Is anyone else slightly excited about shopping this weekend?  I save so much of my Christmas shopping for after Thanksgiving to get some excellent sale prices. I have a list of things to purchase and will be ready to shop the second I see the prices and details. I am excited about my list of items to share with you after the busy sale weekend, as this year, I have partnered with a list of small businesses I will spotlight in detail.  You will love these people and their inventory and hopefully knock some dents in your shopping lists.  Just wait; it will be so good. 


Thanksgiving Punch

As I mentioned, we are going to my brother-in-law's for Thanksgiving.  I am thrilled to see them and to enjoy a home without mess, dust, and construction.  I plan to take a batch cocktail, as I always do, so we can have something yummy to sip, with or without spirits, all day.  My go-to for fall is the same punch recipe that never fails.  It is so yummy every single time I serve it!


Better Homes & Gardens

I am beyond excited to share our home decorated for Christmas is featured in the December issue of Better Homes & Gardens.  I have been sitting on this little tidbit of news for 11 months, and I finally get to share! We are thrilled, genuinely honored, and absolutely without thoughts over the gorgeous feature and stunning images. 


Bathroom Details ...

As we are thinking about the next two weeks of the bathroom renovation, I am really thinking about the details. This part is my favorite; I love all the tiny details. To keep my mind focused on something other than the dust and mess, I am visualizing moving into a new (and clean) bathroom. I am mentally ready.  I am prepared to sleep in our room, use our bathroom, and, most of all, be able to sit in the den together and watch TV.  With the holidays just around the corner, this is the perfect time to finish up these weeks of construction. I am unsure which movie will be our first together as a family, but I am ready to make it happen. 


Chappy Wrapped

Last year I purchased my first ChappyWrap, the coziest blanket I have ever owned.  From the second I took the wrapping off, it became the most fought-over piece in our den.  It is a perfect size, so warm and soft, and the patterns are really darling.  After purchasing one for myself, I snagged two more for gifts, one for a best friend and one for our girl.  A year later, it is still our favorite blanket, and the item I reach for the second it gets chilly. This year I purchased a second for our den in the prettiest green pattern.  With all the construction in the house, I took it to bed with me last night and slept well. Hands down, the ChappyWrap is my favorite blanket. 


Thanksgiving Edit

Don't fret; we have agreed to attend Thanksgiving with my in-laws; there is no way my house will be dust free and ready to host on time. Praise the Lord, my brother-in-law invited us; we will have the best meal with family and can forget the mess at my house while we are there. I love Thanksgiving as it is the perfect time before Christmas to sit and be thankful before the crazy hits.  It is also the time I remember most when traveling to my aunts; everything would feel so festive and warm. My parents will be with my aunt and uncle, and we will be back together at Christmas when my house is again ready for viewing. 


A Bigger Redo

Remember last month when I shared we were doing a Little Redo?  As I sit amongst stuff everywhere in my house and tarps galore, I realize that this redo is anything but minor. Holy dust and stuff, every place the eye can rest.  I am so ready to start cleaning and organizing again, but yet I think we have about three more weeks. I recommend a repipe or a bathroom redo, and maybe not both at the same time.  However, I would not want to do all this again later, so there is that. 


It's Plaid Weather

The second November 1 arrives, I am all about wearing plaid 24/7.  Let us all welcome plaid season as it should be ... all day, every day!  Every year about this time, I share my plaid favorites, and today is no different.  Not all the retailers I shop at have released their plaid, but we can start with this edit.  I am so happy it is a plaid season; it may be one of my favorites of the year. 


Team Shutters Or No Shutters


I am in the final phase of choosing our new door and shutter color, and then the conversation began about keeping or removing our shutters.  I am telling you, I don't feel anything is safe now with all the construction.  My mother and I talked about shutters on Saturday, and she reminded me they removed theirs and love it. Our conversation extended, and we started talking about proper shutters on the house, which mine are not.  And then I began to think ... do we want to remove ours?  We can always replace them later with proper ones when we aren't spending so much money.  


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