Our Thanksgiving Guide (What to Wear, Bring, Eat & Drink)

Today I wanted to share some of our favorites for the Thanksgiving holiday along with our usual Friday Favorites for this time of year. The holidays are fast approaching, and we’ve even had a snow day already in Virginia (not at all typical for us) but it made things feel all nice and holiday-ish around here.

What to wear, bring, eat and drink (not necessarily in that order!) for Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving table for four | 11 Magnolia Lane

See Christy’s Thanksgiving Table Post HERE.

We aren’t hosting this year, I had a huge Thanksgiving last year and since we’ve been on the road three of the last three weekends for lacrosse tournaments I decided it wasn’t the right time to take on a major event. We’re going to my lovely brother-in-law’s house and I couldn’t be more grateful for the invitation. I wrote a post about how I handled the huge crowd (30+) we had last year HERE if you are interested.

Here are some of my favorite hosting tricks. For a simple pre-meal spread, I set out crackers, nuts and some fruit along with some fruit water in a serve yourself dispenser. My letter board set the tone for the evening! Click Here to Read More

New Paint in Our Kitchen (Finally!)

  This post is sponsored by HomeRight.  All opinions are my own. One of the things that's been on my to-do list at the MCC House for at least a year is painting the kitchen.  The reason that it's been on the list for so long is that the paint in the kitchen really isn't that bad, so other … [Read More...]

Popular + Affordable Flocked Christmas Trees

    Even if you are a decorate-after-Thanksgiving type, now is the perfect time to get your Christmas tree plan in place. Today we've got four great flocked trees to share with you in all price ranges.     Our primary tree used to be a fresh tree that we would … [Read More...]

Holiday Decorating: Dining Room and Bedroom

  This post was sponsored by Home Centric.  All opinions are my own.   Christmas decorating is going on in full force around here!  I used to be a diehard never-decorate-until-the-day-after-Thanksgiving person, but a few years ago I realized that it actually allows me to have a more … [Read More...]

A Christmas Bar Cart Hop

Today we have our first official holiday post of the season (well, I suppose the launch of The Holiday Planner last month counts) but this is our first Christmas decor post of 2018. This is the best time of year for so many reasons, but as bloggers we get to join in all sorts of fun collaborations … [Read More...]

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Our Thanksgiving Table (for Four)

  It's just a little over two weeks until Thanksgiving (what?!) and unlike most years, we're going to be guests rather than hosting a big group at our house.  Part of the reason is that we're still living in our temporary rental cottage, and while it's darling, the dining room only seats … [Read More...]

Favorite fall puffer vests: on sale! | 11 Magnolia Lane

My Favorite Fall Puffer Vests – On Sale!

  So, I have always loved vests.  Part of the reason is because we are in the south and often a vest can get me through an entire winter (no overcoat needed), and part of the reason is that I love to layer and a vest is obviously perfect for that purpose. I've spent quite a few hours … [Read More...]

One Room Challenge and Flocked Christmas Tree Sale

Hi! Did everyone have a very Happy Halloween? All of our kids had plans or parties, so my husband and I actually wound up having an impromptu date night. It was really fun, though I did miss the festivities just a little. There is always next year, right?   Before I get to the tree … [Read More...]

Saying Goodbye to Our Nashville House

  I mentioned briefly in last weekend's post that we just put our Nashville house on the market.  We moved away in 2013 and have lived in Savannah, North Carolina, and Kansas since then, and while we have had really amazing tenants (a few of them were even "famous," as my daughter says), we … [Read More...]

Our Favorite Ideas for Halloween

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Laundry Room Closet with DIY Sliding Barn Doors

  My very talented friend, Ashly, has graciously shared her home with us twice in the past on our holiday home tour. If you missed those posts, here is her 2016 tour and here is her 2017 tour. When I shared her 2017 tour, she had just completed this project in her laundry room, but since I … [Read More...]

The Best Sheets for Your Bed or Guest Room

So today's post was scheduled to be all about the One Room Challenge, I need to catch up with an update about my daughter's room makeover. My plan was to grab some photos of our progress this morning, write up a post and share them today. Unfortunately, my daughter came down last night with a nasty … [Read More...]

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How to Clean an Area Rug or Carpet

  This post is sponsored by Spot Shot® Pet Instant Carpet Stain & Odor Eliminator.  All opinions are my own. If you've followed us for any length of time, then you know that Amy and I are both pet moms. She has two labs and I have a rescued golden retriever and a kitty, and while … [Read More...]

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