Win It: Mary Kate McDevitt.

Mary Kate McDevitt’s Mini Goals Chalkboards were first introduced to me a few months ago and I fell in love. Not only is the idea of accomplishing a few things a day easier to digest than a lengthy list, but it’s also much more palatable when written down on something as lovely as one of her chalkboards. Do you see that beauty of a chalkboard sitting above? Mary Kate made it just for us and it could be all yours.

To Enter, Tell Me:
1. What are two things that you need to cross off your To Do list today?
2. Your email address, to be notified should you win (those who do not will be disqualified)
3. Do it all before Monday, December 7th at 9am CST

Check out the full range of Mary Kate’s Mini Goals Chalkboards on her flickr site, right here!


Wish Gift List: Dilly Dallas.

Let the holidays officially begin! Starting today it’s my pleasure to play hostess to some of my favorite bloggers and their dream Wish Gift Lists. These are the gifts that they’d love to buy for some of the people on their own shopping lists. Pay attention because there are tons of amazing finds that I’d never have come across on my own!

First up, Dallas Shaw from Dilly Dallas

1. Good Clean Dog by Seattle based body-care company, Sweet Petula. This natural line of canine skin care gives the most sensitive (and stinky!) pooches a chance to smell sweet.
Gentle yet effective, all of our products are made with vegetable oils, herbal infusions and pure aromatherapy grade essential oils. Perfect for pampering your four legged friends.

2. Bonpoint. The French children’s couture house and online fashion boutique.

3. Alice Chocolates.

4. Lambretta.

5. larimaloom. Handmade clothes for women.

PS: Dallas will be posting her favorite holiday picks through December and also running a month-long giveaway, so hop on over to get the details!


Win It: Vivi Dot Winner.

Congratulations to our winner, Rhianne! Thanks to all who entered the giveaway as well as Vivi Dot for putting together such a fun giveaway to help get everyone in the holiday state of mind.


Monday Goodness: Keyboard Cat.

First, a little keyboard cat for your enjoyment. Ahhh, that makes Monday better, doesn’t it?

Second, that certainly didn’t feel like four days of vacation, but I am feeling a bit rejuvenated. Thanksgiving was delicious (I three-peated in the dessert contest!) and Black Friday shopping was wildly successful (only a few gifts left on my list!). I put my Christmas tree and decorations up Friday evening and wrapped gifts for a good part of the day Saturday. I’m feeling ahead of the game and hoping to have some time to sit back and enjoy the season!


Happy {Thanksgiving} Weekend.

I’m thrilled for Thanksgiving this year. Not just the food, food, FOOD or the mad dash shopping on Black Friday (which I really do love, by the way), but the tradition. I’ve never missed a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in my lifetime, so that’s first up. Then I’ll be making cranberry parfaits to enter into our family’s yearly Thanksgiving Dessert Contest. Sometime in the early afternoon I’ll head over to my mom and stepdad’s house. My mom and I will cook and browse the sales ads to formulate our plan of action for Friday. There will be lots of football watched and maybe even a little bit of Christmas decorating done since we’ll all be together. Finally, that evening I’ll roll myself to my car and home, with a bag full of leftovers to sustain me throughout the weekend. What’s the best part of your Thanksgiving Day?

Lots of good stuff floating around this week…

The holidays can be a bit stressful to say the least and I love this Keep Calm and Drink printable to keep things light and funny :: Whisker Graphics

Sweet Paul kicked off his crafty holiday countdown today!

Love these vintage photos from the 1932 Macy’s parade :: bad banana blog

I like this idea for Thanksgiving Blessing Snack Mix – it would make a great hostess gift or take-away for guests and could be packaged up so sweetly! :: The Kitchn

Cute bird bookmark download – great idea to tuck one into a book you’re loaning out or returning from having borrowed as a little surprise :: How About Orange

Getting ready to start decorating for the holidays? Here’s a great roundup of DIY wreaths :: marta writes

Mrs. French is now selling her photography as little Polaroid collections in her shop! :: Bliss

A pretty place setting practice template to help kids learn the ropes of table settings (free labor!) :: Blonde Designs

Rachel’s doing a great set of posts – Holidays, Managed – to help keep the stress at bay and the end goal in mind :: Heart of Light

A great selection of one of my favorite parts of a wedding: the seating chart :: Pretty Little Things

Happy {Thanksgiving} Weekend!

Don’t forget – you have until Monday at 9am CST to enter the Vivi Dot giveaway for a haul of fun holiday accessories!


On the Rocks: Pomegranate Mojito.

I love pomegranates. In anything really. But put in a pomegranate cocktail in front of me and it doesn’t stand a chance! This one makes the Thanksgiving Day Cocktail List cut for sure.

Pomegranate Mojitos
• 1 Tbs granulated sugar (superfine sugar mixes in more quickly)
• 1 Tbs fresh lime juice
• 10 mint leaves
• 6 Tbs white rum
• ¼ cup pomegranate juice
• soda water and 2 additional mint leaves

Combine sugar, lime juice, and mint leaves in a tall glass; mash leaves with the back of a spoon. Mix in rum and Pom juice. Fill two martini glasses with ice. Divide mixed mojitos between the two glasses. Top with a splash of soda water, and garnish with an additional mint leaf. Serves 2.

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