Simply on Sunday

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I hope you’re having a great Sunday so far.  I’m writing from a hotel on the boardwalk in Virginia Beach, and this is my view:


My daughter and I are here with her dance team for a competition (think “Dance Moms” but without the drama and botox, just the dancing!).  The girls competed Friday night and placed first in their category, and yesterday and today they are taking a combined sixteen hours of class–I’m exhausted just thinking about it.  They even gave up Halloween and trick or treating to be here–that’s dedication!

We lived here in Virginia Beach for a year, before we started blogging, and so we still have some great friends in town.  I’m meeting some of them for church and a visit before we hit the road for home this afternoon.


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If you follow us on Instagram, you might have seen a few photos of this stunning fall table set by the incomparable Shirley of Housepitality Designs.   She was kind enough to host a welcome -to-North Carolina brunch for me and invited several other local bloggers.  It was so fun to talk shop with these ladies–some I already knew and a few are new friends–and Shirley’s menu (all homemade, of course) was outstanding.  I rolled all the way home and wished I had worn an elastic waist!

Thank you, Shirley!


Left to right: | Me |  Susan- This Makes That  |  Richella- Imparting Grace  |  Kristen – Sophia’s Decor  |  Shirley (in front) Housepitality Designs |  Lauren – The Endearing Home |  Brittany – Pretty Handy Girl

I also want to share two quick shopping ideas as we head into the holidays.

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First, maybe you saw my post on Facebook where I was regretting that I gave away my mom’s blue willow dishes, because I’ve been wanting a set for awhile now.  I found some online for a great deal and wanted to share:

Johnson Brothers Blue Willow

| Johnson Brothers Blue Willow 20 piece set |

These are actually really handy to have for decorating a holiday table; look no further than Heather at Southern State of Mind and her beautiful Thanksgiving table:

Southern State of Mind Thanksgiving Table Setting


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Or her equally beautiful Christmas table:

Christmas Table | Southern State of Mind

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Heather is a pro at mixing colors and patterns; I’m not quite that good, but she inspires me to give it a try with my new blue willow plates!

My next share is a great deal on personalized or monogrammed Christmas stockings.  I love matching stockings, but they’re usually so expensive…these are only $9.99 each, so you can buy one for everyone in the family for what you’d normally pay for one!  I love the natural ones with the white stitching, but there’s really something for everyone.

Burlap, natural monogrammed stockings

|  Personalized Stockings |

OK, I’m off to make a bun and shellac it into place.  Have a great Sunday, and thanks for stopping by!

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  1. What a beautiful day in Virginia Beach and hope the dance competition went well! We just found your beautiful blog from Shirley and are thrilled to be your newest followers. We too are fellow North Carolinians and so hope you are enjoying your new home – welcome!!

  2. Welcome to Virginia Beach!!! My hometown! I actually have the same view every morning when I wake up. I live at the oceanfront just north of the boardwalk. Hope you have a great visit and good luck to your daughter!

    • Thanks, Janet. We had a great visit–it was so good to be back! It took me a few minutes to remember how to get everywhere (we moved away in 2009), but by the time we left it felt like home again. What a beautiful view you have!

  3. Such a beautiful view! I’m sure it was fun catching up with friends. So very nice of Shirley to host a lunch ~ she’s a pro at decorating! The Blue Willow dishes are beautiful ~ I know you will enjoy having this pattern again. Great shopping ideas ~ thank you!

    Hope all went well for your daughter and safe travels home.

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