If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you know I’ve been complaining (A LOT) about how COLD it is here lately!! Unseasonably so! The temperatures have hovered around 0 almost every night for a week now! One night last week it was -9 when I went outside to unplug the Christmas lights and -18 when I woke up in the morning!!! I felt like I’d slipped through some time warp and was back in North Dakota! I wouldn’t be quite so dismayed if we were talking January or February…but this is just way too early for these shenanigans!
A few days earlier I had asked on Facebook for your best ideas for dealing with cold, snowy days when everyone is stuck indoors. There were lots of great ideas (check them out!) but in light of the subzero temperatures here lately, when Amanda Raney shared a recipe for the BEST hot chocolate she’s ever had, I simply had to give it a try!
Back in October I was invited to attend the Click Blogger Retreat in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I learned more about photography in that weekend than my entire life! I also had the honor of planning the closing party for this group of amazing bloggers from all over the country. Have you ever planned a party for 70 people from 2000 miles away? lol. Neither had I! But with the help of my trusty assistants, Kaitlyn and Britta, we somehow pulled it off!
Since Avery (the label king!) was the generous sponsor of the party, we wanted to incorporate some of their nifty products into the party decorations, which wasn’t very hard because they have so many cool things to work with! Here are just a few!
Good Monday morning everyone! Welcome to DAY 8 of Jillee’s 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways! Over the last week we have given away some pretty amazing stuff! A KitchenAid, a Mini iPad, a Canon DSLR camera, a $500 IKEA gift card….just to name a few! And we still have 5 awesome giveaways to go! But more about that in a minute…………
Over the last couple of months I have been heralding the benefits of a new essential oil blend called “Dream“ that has been helping me (and many, many others) get a better night’s sleep!
The first time I experienced the magic of this blend was when my sister Rebecca made me some of her Dream-y Sleep Salve. I’d been having a hard time sleeping, so one night I slathered it all over my feet, put some socks on and slept like a baby all night long! I was sold! I made up a batch for myself and have been using it ever since!
Friday night my husband Dave and I went out to dinner to a local steakhouse and were surrounded by several large groups that were having Christmas parties! Tis the season for holiday merriment! I personally went to two parties last week and have 3 more THIS week, including one I’m hosting for my family this coming Saturday!
Since most of us will be attending some sort of holiday party this season, I thought it would be fun to offer a festive holiday hairstyle tutorial for your consideration. And since I am no hairstyle expert, I turned to my stylish friends at Small Fry Blog for some help.
I really admire Emily, Nicole, and Jenna’s fun and easy going style (Emily actually helped me put together outfits for a big conference last year that I posted about HERE.) That style translates to their blog as well. If you have littles ones, or are a Grandma, Aunt, or surrogate Mom to some…..you definitely will want to check out their blog for all things “small.”
Take it away gals!!!
Our home turned 17 years old this year and it was time for a change. We didn’t necessarily want to move, because we like our house and where we live, but after more than a decade and a half, the old domicile had seen better days. We weighed our options and decided that for US “improving” vs. “moving” was the way to go. It turns out the economic slump has actually made renovating your home a bit easier. The construction-industry slowdown has lowered the cost of building materials, and many contractors are charging less for labor, to compete for the smaller pool of available jobs.
Of course, you’ll still need to come up with cash to pay for the project, but as a general rule, improving costs less than moving.