Holiday

October 26th, 2010

Right now, I have pumpkin pie and harvest menus on the brain, plus the excitement of the Halloween weekend is just days away!   My kids have finally settled on their costumes (a black cat and Stormtrooper) and we’ve even made our plans and travel arrangements for Thanksgiving.

But I have a confession to make.  It’s absolutely true that I have already fondled and nearly purchased admired a few sparkling Christmas baubles on display at local retailers, and I may or may not have made the decision to deck my halls with mostly blues with mixed metallics this year.  Yes, it’s true, I was quietly humming a holiday tune earlier today.  So it goes without saying, I’m definitely looking forward to my copy of ‘Holiday with Matthew Mead’, which will be mailed to my doorstep next week!

  

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"Holiday with Matthew Mead is a book-azine that encompasses all that I love about the holiday season: the traditions, celebrations and magic that is the holiday season. The pages of ‘Holiday with Matthew Mead’ are filled with fresh, easy ideas that can be achieved in two or three steps. It’s a novel approach to almost everything holiday, and I hope you take a chance to pick it up and see how these updated ideas might inspire you.

With 144 pages of holiday inspiration – featuring well-known and admired designers, bloggers and top-notch stories – and printed on beautiful paper (while not drowning in ads!), we consider ‘Holiday with Matthew Mead’ part book/part magazine – a publication that you will keep from year to year and add to your collection of holiday decorating, crafting and cooking magazines and books."

~  Matthew Mead, author and stylist

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Matthew Mead is a expert stylist and regular contributor to Better Homes & Gardens (I always look for his table settings and seasonal vignettes!).  He is also a co-editor of Flea Market Style.

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Want to win yourself a copy of the book-azine ‘Holiday with Matthew Mead’?

Well I have two copies to giveaway!

All you need to do is leave a comment answering this question:

What is your most prized holiday decoration?  Is it your inherited vintage ornaments, your nativity, or your novelty Santa doll that shakes his booty to the tune of "Jingle Bell Rock" ?  (Our family has one of those.)

Eligibility to win one of two free copies of Holiday with Matthew Mead:

1)  Leave a comment naming your most prized holiday decoration.

2)  Want a second chance to win?  Either tweet or post about this giveaway on Facebook, then leave a second comment telling where you linked (FB or Twitter).

Giveaway ends Thursday October 28th at 8 p.m. PST (so the winners can be included in the first mailing).  If you simply can’t bear to wait, you can purchase a copy here and it will be in the mail to you next week!

Tomorrow, I shall return to my autumn state of mind.

See you then!

 

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HomeGoods ‘Mom Cave’ Contest

October 24th, 2010

Greetings lovelies!  I do hope you all had a fabulous fall weekend.  It was pouring down rain all weekend around here, so the paint on my lovely credenza is still drying due to cold temperatures.  I soooo wanted to get all my files organized this weekend, but it was not meant to be.  My office is a straight up disaster zone, so I’ve got absolutely nothing for ya!  But who cares about that because today is all about YOU!

It’s time for the ‘Mom Cave’ Link Party, sponsored by HomeGoods!  The top prize is a $250 gift card to HomeGoods, and there will also be four runners up, each winning their own $50 gift card to HomeGoods.

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Here’s how to enter:

Write up a post* under 200 words in one of the two categories below with images of your space, and link your post to this party to be eligible.

A) Describe your ‘Mom Cave’ and get creative!  It can be your home office, your craft corner or closet, your reading nook, your vanity, or your favorite getaway spot.  Wherever it is that YOU take time to recharge, create, get organized, or just relax.  Why is it special to you?   How does your existing ‘Mom Cave’ help you stay organized, unwind, or simply be a better Mom?

B) OR, answer this question in your post:  How would a $250 gift card help you create your own ‘Mom Cave’?  Don’t forget a picture!

*If you do not have a blog, please submit your written entry (with at least 1 picture) to [email protected] on or before October 26th by 11p.m PST.

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Finished Staircase!

October 22nd, 2010

Oooooooh happy Friday friends.  Guess what?  I finally finished our staircase!  Let me tell you, with two little monkeys running around, I was forced to take this on late at night after they had gone to bed.  So for the last ten days, yours truly has been up late sanding, staining, priming and painting, plus polyurethaning (is that a word?) in order to get our staircase to look like this.

Hello gorgeous!

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Remember the before from last year?  The blonde oak banister and the carpet?  Last year, you’ll recall we redid the banister and primed and painted the oak base white as a first step.  This year, we finally have wood steps at last!

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I LOVE MY STAIRS!

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