MOTIVATION MONDAY:

Happy December! Well this first weekend was pretty busy and I still managed to get holiday decorations up while trying not to feel that holiday pressure. But Monday definitely has rolled in too fast! And also, I forgot about outside and I still have pumpkins by the front door :o

December is the month when I feel like there is so much to get done before the end of the year, but I also want to enjoy the holiday festivities, relax and get excited about 2018! Sounds like a tall order right? But not impossible if you remember to make time for two very important things. Good holiday movies and a great cup of hot chocolate. So here's my list of favorite holiday movies and you can find a healthy yummy hot chocolate recipe on our family blog Off The Grid In The City. And of course a little Motivation Monday.

Holiday Films ~ My Favorite Romantic Comedies
  • Serendipity
  • The Holiday (the Kate Winslette, Cameron Diaz one)
  • Love Actually
  • Bridget Jones
Comedies
  • Elf
  • The Grinch (Jim Carrey version)
  • Miracle on 34th Street (the original)
TV Favorites
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Rugrats Chanukah (hilarious)
HAPPY MONDAY...



DIY FOR YOUR THANKSGIVING TABLE:

Happy Thanksgiving week! I LOVE Thanksgiving!  And we host it every year, we all love to cook so it's a team effort. I try to change it up a bit every year and this year we will be having Thanksgiving alfresco in our vegetable garden. Inspired by Joanna Gaines and my Instagram addiction to farm house chic. It's a great holiday to take your table from drab to fab for very little money and very little effort with this DIY. So Sunday morning we took to the hills and foraged. (My new favorite word). We collected lots of pine cones, branches with holly berries, and sticks. The buckets were $1.99 at our 99 cents store. (Yes, our 99 cent store sells things for more than 99 cents, eye roll). Still, how could you go wrong with a galvanized bucket for $1.99! I may or may not have bought all they had. When we got home we arranged them into beautiful Thanksgiving center pieces. Perfect for the rustic look we're going for this year. I also asked everyone coming to bring a few things they have collected from nature so we can arrange a few more buckets together. So much fun, so simple, and so cheap :)
Here's a few other ideas and pics from our past Thanksgivings.
 Lots and lots of candles.
Keep your Halloween pumpkins and paint them for Thanksgiving.
 I like to mix up my dishes.
Move it outside if you're in a warm climate. Hang lights from the trees.
 
Mix up textures and patterns.

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with home, heart, love, blessing, over eating, and a fabulous table.


FAB FINDS FRIDAY:

Happy Fab Finds Friday! I've been on a self imposed shopping moratorium for quite sometime now. And I recently released myself with a trip to TJMaxx where I scored a pair of Karl Lagerfeld (yes, that Chanel Karl) slip on sneaks and these gorgeous Nine West Pumps. $22 for the sneaks, it was the only pair, and $29 for the pumps plus an extra $3 off because I pointed out that one of the pearls was about to jump ship, cause why not ask? Nothing my trusty glue gun can't handle. I give you my split personality as reflected in shoes.
Switching gears to fab finds for the home to all you Chip and Joanna Gaines fans out there. Their Hearth & Hand Magnolia line is out at Target, so no need to take a trip to Waco Texas to get your fix of Joanna's farmhouse chic. And just in time for the holidays.

More from Magnolia here.

Happy Shopping!


FALL TREND REPORT:



GRENADINE
TAWNY PORT
BALLET SLIPPER
BUTTER RUM
NAVY PEONY
NEUTRAL GRAY



SHADED SPRUCE
GOLDEN LIME
MARINA
 

AUTUMN MAPLE