A Christmas Village

christmas_villageIn a previous post, I mentioned that every once in awhile my town has an event that reminds me of the Gilmore Girls’ Stars Hollow. Last night was one of those events. Thousands showed up for a little event called “Christmas Village” that was held at our local fairgrounds. As I was driving over to the event, I kept wondering to myself how on Earth they were going to transform the county fair’s stinky, dirty buildings, used for showing of 4-H stuff and farm animals, and make it into a quaint “village.” To my surprise, they were able to “flip” the space into something quite lovely.

They decorated the roof of each building with white lights and had thetall_christmas_trees doors surrounded by holly and evergreen with lights mixed in. There were also big bows and ribbons adorning little Christmas trees around the area. The centerpiece of the event was the magnificent tree. It was absolutely beautiful with the lights that changed color on it periodically.

There were several local food vendors there selling cider, cocoa, kettle corn, and other seasonal items. Many tradesmen were there selling crafts and creations. For the kids, they had a giant, inflatable slide (40 ft high), a cookie decorating station, reindeer food-making station, and train rides around the fair grounds. On the loud speakers, they played Christmas music and the occasional song from Frozen.

lights_on_treesThe only down side to the event was the number of people attending and the chilly temperatures. I’m not one for crowds or cold weather! I don’t know how many times someone either cut me off while walking or decided to take a Sunday stroll right in front of me. Both of these things drive me crazy!

After we got home, my mom and I warmed up some tea and cider while settling down next to the tree for a Christmas movie marathon. All in all, it was a lovely night!

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Warm and Cozy Spaces

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With it being a wintery, cozy climate in my home state here recently, I thought it would be appropriate to create a post featuring some of my favorite things. These things are somewhat seasonal or geographically specific.
Can I just say that I’m loving the antler chandelier though? It makes such a statement and really defines the space you’re in. The two candle stick holders really feed off the vibes from the chandelier as well.
When thinking of warm, cozy places I want to be I think of nice reading chairs, warm jacket and blanket, and a beloved cup of coffee or cider. I added these elements for a homey feel that everyone relates to during this season.
Finally, as more decorative pieces came to my attention, I settled on the gold vase and blue-colored rock formation. They add so much ‘pop’ and excitement to the room. I want to feel happy when I walk into my kitchen and these little touches really make me feel that way!
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Fall Haul featuring Seasonal Sale Items

Shocking report ladies and gents- I’ve been shopping. Alright, maybe not so shocking. I’m the poster child for shopping addiction. Really though, I have some great finds to show you! My number one rule of shopping is never pay full price. Nothing is ever worth the sticker retailers put on their items. I have the best time finding great deals at all of my favorite stores. I’m going to share my latest finds with you today.

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During a short trip to Marshall’s, I was browsing the clearance and came across this gold candle votive holder for 30 cents. I was stoked because I had seen it a few weeks earlier for about $3 and determined that I didn’t need it and wouldn’t pay over a dollar for it. Turns out, I didn’t have to.

Literally everything else in this haul is from Bath and Body Works. Both candles I got for half off and I was sent in the mail a flyer for a free body mist with any purchase. The Mahogany Teakwood room spray was also half off coming in at $5.

I absolutely love the scents of each product. The Sea Salt and Maple candle smells so good and welcoming for any home. Unlike other candles, its very potent! You can smell it all over my house when its burning. Warm Caramel Cider is similar but has a spicier smell.

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Probably my favorite purchase recently is this adorable jewelry tray. Another find at Bath and Body Works for $6. The gold and white detailing with the cheetah print is just too cute and I couldn’t pass it up. The lipstick sitting on the tray is from Color Me Beautiful in Cinnamon in case you were wondering. It’s a really deep shade of red. Sometimes I have a hard time pulling it off but it sure looks cute on my jewelry tray!

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Hope you enjoyed this little haul. Let me know if you’ve found any good deals recently!
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Bar Cart Style!

Bar Cart Style

Trending recently is the age old bar cart. The only bar cart I had ever seen was in Gilmore Girls and it was Emily’s so I assumed it was something only the elite had or needed. Well, turns out I was wrong! The bar cart is for everyone and I’ve created a cute one for your viewing pleasure! Here’s a few things you might want to include in yours:

-A framed work of art like the gold “amazing grace” one above for added glamor factor.

-A candle for decoration (it doesn’t need to even have a scent if you prefer it as a neutral element.

-Paper napkins for those spills that are inevitable. You can find really cute ones at places like Marshalls or TJ Maxx to save money.

-Bottle stopper for that wine you just couldn’t quite finish.

-Adorable straws

-Lemons for garnish and color

-Cocktail shaker

-Bottle opener

Add whatever you fancy and fits your needs! Just enjoy the styling portion of these cute little pieces of furniture!

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Fall Bucket List

Hello Fall

A little fall inspiration for today! Its a lovely day outside and I can’t help but want to decorate everything and drink a million pumpkin spice lattes. So instead of doing all of that I’ve made a fall to-do list!

1. Corn Maze– Isn’t this a necessity of every kid who grew up anywhere near the country side?

2. Make Apple Crisp- I have an amazing recipe for this yummy, crock pot warmed dessert that I made last year. I’ll try to post it later because you will fall in love.

3. Carve a Pumpkin– I haven’t done this since I was a kid and I never did it very well. This year I think I’ll try a little harder. I’m thinking of doing a Tinker Bell pattern! Thoughts?

4. Make my Own Pumpkin Spice Latte– I went into Starbucks last week and got my first latte of the season… and it cost me $4.35. Yikes. Prices went up from last year. I’m going to be looking for a way to make my own at home.

5. Have a Campfire– Snuggle up in a flannel blanket and sit by a cozy fire outside while drinking apple cider. Sounds good to me.

6. Find the Perfect Fall Coffee Mug– I have an obsession with coffee mugs and I don’t have a cute one for autumn!

7. Rock a Puffer Vest– Ok, so I don’t have the coveted J Crew herringbone vest but I have a few other cute ones I have to wear. Watch for a post!

8. Watch a Football Game– Football bores me but I don’t understand it either. So this fall I’ll try and sit through a game to see if I can figure the darn thing out.

9. Go Hiking in the Mountains– I live near the Blue Ridge mountain range and I have to visit at some point. It’s so gorgeous when the leaves are changing!

10. Organize my Fall Wardrobe– For once I’ll pack up my summer stuff and put it in the attic and exclusively wear the warm, cozy clothes I’ve spent so much money on. Lord, help me.

What’s on your bucket list?

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