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COLORS OF CHRISTMAS

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Before heading off to Florida, we spent Christmas with my family up in NJ. As you can see, we baked a lot and ate a lot more. Every year my Dad rounds the troops and we make homemade struffoli. It’s a special treat every year and for 3 days we eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. (it’s that good!) Some other treats include decorating sugar cookies, spiked warm apple cider & homemade bread made by my grandma.

When pulling together images, I was immediately drawn to all of the warm colors. They evoke a cozy, winter Christmas – just how we like it!

DOSE HOLIDAY MARKET GIFT GUIDE

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Hope you all had a great weekend! Instead of Weekend Snapshots today, I wanted to show you some of my favorite gift finds from the Dose Holiday Market. My friend and I went yesterday and it was so much fun! We got to try so many delicious samples and discovered so many amazing local vendors. What I love about all of these products is they make great unique gifts, since they are all made in Chicago and the surrounding areas. One of the best things I found were these flavored bitters and cocktail cherries. Those along with a nice bottle of scotch would make a killer gift. I brought some home for my husband and he loves them. Enjoy!

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WRITE & WRAP ROUND 2

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Happy Friday!

Today we are featuring the holiday card that I designed and Rashi’s inspired gift wrap! We both went the snowflake route without even knowing! It’s nice to see how our different styles portray the same theme. Hop on over to Rashi’s blog to see her holiday gift wrap and download my card!

WRITE & WRAP & FREE PRINTABLE!

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Happy Wednesday! I’m super excited to introduce this mini series to you. Rashi Birla of Bucket of Squash and I decided to do a little holiday collaboration, and it includes FREE printables! We each designed a holiday card, sent it to each other, and then we wrapped a gift inspired by each other’s design. Today we will be featuring this lovely card that Rashi made with my inspired gift wrap. Friday will be opposite, my card with her inspired wrap! There is a link at the bottom to download this card – Happy Holidays from us!

holiday-gift-wrap-diyWhen I saw Rashi’s card, I fell in love! Those snowflake illustrations are awesome aren’t they? Playing off of her design, I knew I wanted my gift wrap to feel like a sophisticated winter wonderland. I went to Paper Source and found some awesome paper snowflakes and stickers, navy blue wrapping paper, ribbon and silver twine. I think the end product does a great job of complimenting her design without over-powering it. This gift wrap would be perfect for any winter or holiday festivity!

wrap-3Grab Rashi’s beautifully designed FREE PRINTABLE right here! Enjoy, and be sure to check back Friday for round 2!

08 / THANKSGIVING SNAPSHOTS

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. I certainly did, I’m still full from all of the eating. Instead of my normal weekend snapshots, I wanted to show you a little peak into our Thanksgiving Day. After all of the planning and prep, I have to say, the day was definitely a success! It was so great having my family in town for the weekend; we relaxed, ate, relaxed and ate some more.

Decor / I wanted to buy objects that were festive but that I could also get use out of after Thanksgiving. Nick and I got to use our Kate Spade dinnerware for the first time – it’s a great set because it has a little silver edging to make it feel fancy but it’s still neutral and classic so we know we won’t get sick of it. I picked up those great chevron napkins and the pine cones from West Elm and the tablecloth from Target. The fresh flowers I showed you from the florist last week were split up and put into small little medicine jars. I was so happy they lasted all week!

Family / Like I said, it was awesome having the family out here. Thanksgiving Day was surprisingly SO warm, we decided to take a little pre dinner walk over to the lake. Not having to wear jackets was sweet, however the rest of the weekend was freezing!

Food / I have to say, this whole time I told Nick that he got WAY too big of a turkey. But it actually is almost gone! We ate delicious cold turkey sandwiches all weekend, my favorite. I attempted baking some mini apple pies for dessert; they weren’t the best looking but they were delicious. I made apple, pumpkin and cherry ones. Some other highlights were my grandma’s homemade empanadas, broccoli soup, and our stuffing. Usually I’m not a huge stuffing fan but we cooked it inside the turkey this year which made all the difference.

How was your Thanksgiving weekend? Any favorite recipes or moments?