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Countdown to Christmas!

Well ho-ho-ho-hello there! Can you believe we’re in the “final countdown” to Christmas? Only 2 more weeks to Thanksgiving and then it’s right around the corner! We are officially embarking upon my absolute favorite time of year! Yes, the Brown household is already decorated. Last Sunday was extremely chilly out so hubby and I popped in Elf (favorite movie ever!) and brought the Christmas decorations down from storage. I figured I’d wait on the outside for this weekend so our neighbors didn’t think we were THAT weird for decorating the first weekend in November… ha!

Another thing that I’m absolutely looking forward to is CHRISTMAS CARDS! I get down right giddy about sending and receiving cards every year. I love to see peoples pictures and what they’ve come up with and how they have changed over the past year. Shutterfly is an amazing place to order your photo cards among MANY other things… I’ve used them for photo calendars, photo books, mouse pads, coffee mugs personalized with whatever photo you want. And they don’t disappoint… everything turns out first class!

How cute would these invitations be if you were hosting a cookie exchange. I’ve never done one but who doesn’t love cookies?

Or how about this invitation for a Christmas “dine-around”.

Me and some girlfriends hopped in a few cars last year and made our rounds from house to house and had appetizers at one house, dinner at one house, and dessert at the last. It was so much fun! And it’s such a great way to be “nosey” and see everyone’s Christmas decorations!

Now hubby, pup, and I need to start thinking about our Christmas card picture! I can’t wait to dive into Shutterfly and get our cards picked out and ready to go! Picking from their new enormous collection is going to be hard!

And ATTENTION ALL BLOGGERS: Shutterfly is giving away 50 free Christmas cards to YOU. Go here for details.

Thank you Shutterfly! I can’t wait to get my cards and spread the cheer to all of my friends & family 🙂


if you’re pinterested…

Just when you thought social networks couldn’t get any better… I think I have found my new favorite!

It is still in beta testing so there are a few kinks here and there but it’s so amazing I can get past those kinks until it runs smooth as a baby’s bottom.

If you haven’t heard of Pinterest, now you have… and be thankful all of you blog readers out there! If you’re like me, I have tons of blogs that I follow on my Google Reader and quite often there are those things that make my jaw drop in awe. I “star” it and then forget whose blog I saw it on, when I saw it, yada yada yada. Pinterest (pronounced pin-ter-est… it bugged me for a while on how to say it… ha!) lets you “pin” things as you see them to put them in any category you find! So you have your own pin boards that are easy peasy to come back to and find what you want! Mine is still a teeny tiny collection because I just got my invitation to join last night… but this gives you a jist of how the pinboards work…

It’s like a new toy! 🙂 Because it is in beta testing, they are working on an invitation only basis. I can send out 5 invitations so let me know if you’d like to join! You’ll be glad you did!

happy anniversary, my love

I love today. I love October 6th. Today is the day I married my best friend 3 years ago.

This is the day that I can remember just as clear as if it was yesterday…
…waking up and eating a delicious breakfast
…watching the rain clouds move on out so i could have a perfectly sunny wedding day
…getting ready with the girls i love with all my heart
…walking down the aisle {way too fast… ha!} with my first love, my Dad
…our first kiss as Mr. & Mrs. Brown
…dancing our little hearts out all afternoon
…eating super yummy cupcakes after a delicious pig pick’n
…being whisked away on a boat to start our new life together

I remember thinking one year of marriage went by in what seemed like a month! Then two years passed… and this is still only the beginning 🙂

I love you, Philip Brown!

Hembakat är Bäst

So I have heard rumors that Raleigh may be getting an IKEA. I cannot tell you how exciting that would be if these rumors were true.

On a totally opposite topic (yet totally related)… do you remember when the only book you would read would have to have pictures? Even still now I love it when a good book has pictures! Ever since getting married and being “forced” to cook (which I love to do!) I am always on the lookout for fun, easy, new recipes (in no particular order.) Last year I found one of my favorite cookbooks… and it was complete with pictures! I mean pictures all the way through from prep to finish. If you don’t follow The Pioneer Woman‘s blog, you should! She came out with her first cookbook last year (“The Pioneer Woman Cooks“) and it’s amazing!

So coming back to my IKEA topic… lately in my Google Reader list, a lot of people have been talking about IKEA’s new cookbook, “Hembakat är Bäst” (Homemade is Best). Can I just tell you that these pictures are total works of art and I simply just can’t look away. Who thinks of this stuff?!!? Unfortunately it has only been released in Sweden. I hope it’s available in the U.S. soon! I can’t promise I wouldn’t rip it apart and frame the pictures for kitchen art 🙂

I just wanted to share how awesome these pictures are…

Here’s the cover:

Pretty awesome, right? Yea I know!!

there’s a new “Bloodworth” in town!

During dinner tonight I got some crazy exciting news!

My beautiful cousin, Kristen, and her awesome hubby, Steven, are expecting! I’m so excited for you guys! Love you both and you are going to be amazing parents… and Dozer and Kasey are going to be happy big brother and sister, too 🙂

hello fall… oh, how i have missed you…

Can I just tell you that we have officially entered into my favorite season of all! Hellooooo fall!

I just wanted to compile a few pictures of why I love fall so much. There’s really nothing I don’t like about it but these are my FAVORITES 🙂

Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice (yum… if you haven’t had it you need to!)

Pumpkin Muffins – which by the way is a SUPER easy and scrumptious recipe. All you do is combine a box of spice cake mix with a can of pumpkin pie filling (no other ingredients). Line your cupcake tin with paper liners and bake a little longer than the cake box asks you too. You’re gonna love ’em… I know you will!

Fun trips to the pumpkin patch (Hill Ridge Farms to be exact – SO much fun!)

Crispy, cool nights sitting by a bonfire (smores are an added bonus)

The changing (and falling) leaves (and walking around with my hubby and pup of course).

Until next time 🙂

Cheetah-licious :)

For as long as I can remember there have been these two amazing chairs that keep moving from place to place in storage (the garage, the attic, my parents old office mud room, etc.) They never quite had a chance to fit in anywhere. These chairs were my great grandpa, Harper’s. And I was itching to do something with them when I had the chance.

About a year ago when hubby and I moved, I finally had to space to use them! Now the task was to cover the retro-fabulous green pea colored tweed cushions. The job kept getting pushed back and pushed back… until this past weekend (yay!)

I tried to salvage some of the old piping to use in the new covers but that idea got scratched when it started shredding in my hands. Oh well. Maybe one day soon I’ll add the piping. Now all that’s left to do is make a pillow with a punch of color but for now… This shall do 🙂

For your viewing pleasure (if you like this sort of thing… ha!):



Yes, blame the photos on the iPhone if you may… it’s just so quick! Can you blame me?

On a side note: these chairs were made in the 50s by the original company that is now called Ethan Allen. I spotted the (almost) exact same chairs in my Anthropologie catalog for almost $1500 (for one)!! YOWZA!

Have a fabulous Tuesday, everyone!

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