Preparing for Christmas at Thanksgiving

Yep, I know it’s a debate. Truthfully I don’t think there is a right or wrong answer. I’m talking about the topic of decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving Day.

Let me start by saying, it’s all about the traditions and what makes your heart happy.

For this reason, my halls are already decked for the season on Thanksgiving.  In my mind, Nov 1 bErin’s the whole season of Jolliness. Part of this is because it’s how I was raised, so it’s tradition. Growing up, our home would already be decorated for Christmas on Thanksgiving Day. It felt so festive!

This week I’ve been asked several times if it was okay to start decorating for Christmas even if you host Thanksgiving. I say TOTALLY! We’re hosting Thanksgiving and the house is already very festive for Christmas!

I’m styling my table with classics such as gold metals, candle sticks, and ironstone to blend Thanksgiving with Christmas decor.

Just wanted to write this blog to say if it makes your heart happy to begin enjoying the Christmas decor, go ahead. On the other hand, if it makes you’re heart happy to wait, that’s okay too!

As for me, I’ll be enjoying my Thanksgiving dessert beside the Christmas tree.

PS – These pics are from Thanksgiving last year!


One Final October Weekend

So we’re approaching the end of October, sadly! No worries – more fun months are to come. However, I want to embrace every last moment of the month and all it’s fun festive charm!

Since Aaron and I don’t have children yet, this post is geared to those adults who are without kiddos yet still wanna be festive! There’s no way we can fit all of these ideas into the next remaining days but this will hopefully get your festive mind going!!

To Do

1- Go to The Pumpkin Patch  

Yep, there’s still time!

2 – Binge watch scary or not really thaaaaaat scary movies. 

Aaron and I LOVE doing this! 

3 – Bake a Fall treat

4 – Hand out treats to all the trick or treaters 

Being out in the country we don’t get many of these but I always have a bowl of candy ready!

5 – Drink a warm mug of apple cider

Good news – you can do this into November too!!! 

6 – Splurge on a Fall scented candle and burn it ALL weekend long. 

I’ve been doing this all month but it’s not too late!

7 – Carve a pumpkin

Adults can do this too! 

8 – If your town is hosting a grave yard tour, GO!

We did this last year and really enjoyed the weirdness while learning the history of our community. 

9 – Make chili

10 – Enjoy another pumpkin spice latte

Our Beach Vacation Recap

Feeling refreshed, motivated and ready to take on the WORLD! Ha, it’s amazing what a little R&R can do. Aaron and I really enjoyed our trip to Orange Beach, Al.

Some people have asked what we did while we were there and the answer is sit by the water with books and shades. (Thank the Lord I married someone who loves to read while on vacation) I read The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager and it was a good beach read( (if you like phycological thrillers).


Aaron and I visit the same vacation towns over and over and we also eat at the same places in those towns over and over. I’m serious.. we hit our favorite pizza place on highway 59 every day for lunch. We adventured out and tried a “new to us” place called Cosmo’s in Orange Beach. (Thanks to an Instagram buddy for the suggestion) It was so good that we ate there two nights in a row.. told ya, we eat at the same places over and over.

All in all, it was a wonderful mini vacation. Surrounded by books, water, my bff and food. What more can a girl ask for?! Always remember taking time off is good for the soul!!

Summer Bucket List

It’s June so Summer time is pretty much here! I want to share my Summer bucket list with y’all!!

1 – Eat lots of watermelon.

2 – Watch fireworks.

2 – Go to the beach.

3 – Finish working on the powder room project.

4 – Read a “beach read”.

5 – Go out for ice cream.

6 – Make fresh homemade lemonade.

7 – Have a picnic.

8 – Go to a movie.

9 – Decorate our home for the 4th of July.

10 – Have a board game night.

Week Vibes

It’s Memorial Day weekend! Wow, Summer time is nearly here. I’m so thankful for those who gave their lives for my freedom. We’re already enjoying our long weekend.

Let’s get to the highlights this week! 

• We sketched out a rough drawing to remodel our half bath down stairs. In fact, Aaron is working on it now!!

• Over the weekend, I ordered pumpkin seeds. (Don’t kill me for already talking about pumpkins.. you’ve got to plant them within a few weeks in order to have some by Fall.

Here’s the pumpkin seeds we ordered – CLICK HERE

• Aaron planted some watermelons. Yay!!

• Remember the liquid lip color I was razing about last weekend? Well, I bought another one called Pure Hollywood.

• My current weekly read is called YOU THINK IT, I’LL SAY IT. It’s a book of short stories.

• The little cat, Georgie, who hangs outside our house came back from the vet on Tuesday and she’s recovering well.

It’s been a great week, y’all! Thanks for stopping by the site today!!

Flowers & Flags – Memorial Day

Let me start by saying, I’m so very thankful for those who have given their life for my freedom. In honor of Memorial Day weekend, I wanted to add a little red, white & blue around the house.

I was going to do a patriotic table scape but truth be told we’ll be around the grill and very laid back. So I just added some patriotic touches here and there..

Simple enough, I grabbed some fresh flowers from the grocery store and little flags from a thrift store. (You can find these little flag just about anywhere)

The bright red, white and blue on the flags are great contrast in a bundle of flowers. I added a flag to a bundle of Baby’s Breath & also to the potted herbs in the kitchen.

You’ll see flags throughout my vintage bottle rack which is currently holding terra cotta pots.

So simple enough, there are flags throughout our home! If you or a member of your  family have served our country, thank you for your sacrifice. Hope everyone has a great Memorial Day weekend.

Stay tuned for July.. We’ll have more red, white & blue then!!