Monday, November 17, 2014

My Favorite Things 2014

Favorite Things List

First, thank you to Melissa from 320 Sycamore for including me in
her Favorite Things blog tour this year!  I loved doing this -
I even asked my family what they thought my favorite things were!
I wanted this list to be authentic….things I really love, use
and were a part of my life in 2014!



I have included some explanations and links if you
are interested in making MY favorites YOUR favorites!

Volcano Candles
These candles meet my 'candle standards' in many ways -
They smell good, are in a pretty container and are long lasting.
If you want your home to smell like an Anthropologie store, these are your candles!
I tend to burn a candle every day - I find it calming and it instantly cozies up any space.

BM Revere Pewter
I would define this neutral paint color as my 'go to' neutral.
Revere Pewter is painted on the walls of many satisfied 2014 clients, enough said.

iPhone 6 Plus
I recently upgraded my old iPhone 4 and chose the biggie, iPhone 6 Plus.
Despite my children's complete embarrassment and teasing….I love it.  Since I am 40ish,
my eyes have a hard time reading small print and this phone is a great help!

Ugg moccasins 
My days have been busier this year with my business and my
momma duties….when I come home after a long day, I switch into these fluffy
moccasins and instantly feel cozy and comfortable!  Uggs can be pricey but
last forever - totally worth the investment!

Hang and Level Tool
I hung many a gallery walls this year and I could not have
done it {without putting a million holes in my client's walls} without this tool.
It's an 'As seen on TV' product which cracks me up.

21-Day Fix
I am not really overweight but last spring I was feeling
'soft' and really wanted to do something to tweak my eating.  I already exercise
regularly but felt like my eating could improve and I desperately needed some
discipline.  I joined Marta's group and did the 21-Day Fix.  I stuck with it and
ate NO flour and very little sugar for 21 days.  I have continued to really
eat very little flour and have definitely increased my fruit and vegetable intake.
My jeans are looser and more importantly, I feel better!

Noonday Jewelry
I don't remember when I first learned about Noonday,
but I have purchased pieces over the last couple years from my friend Paige and
wear them often…..This year, I hosted my first in-home Noonday party with
a local Noonday Ambassador and definitely increased the number of
pieces in my collection.  I love knowing that my jewelry is handcrafted by
artisans that receive a living wage in return for my purchases!  Noonday is
changing lives and bringing hope to impoverished countries all over the world,
that is something amazing that I am happy to be a part of!

Starbucks Green Tea Lemonade
This was included at the urging of my teenager……who describes my
love for this drink as an 'obsession'.  I can't help myself….
Admittedly, I drank many of these over the summer.

Beauty Aids
I am a pretty simple girl when it comes to beauty products.
I try to spend as little time as possible getting ready in the morning….
I love Smashbox's Camera Ready CC cream!  It evens out my skin and
gives it a healthy, dewy glow.  It's really forgiving an application is super easy.

I recently went pretty short with my hair but will never give up my
Kerastase products!  Now, these products are on the pricey side
but I have learned that better products are more concentrated so you
don't need to use as much in your hair.  I highlight my hair often and this
product leaves my hair looking healthy and smooth!

Now you can head to over to Elizabeth at Fresh Plate to see what
are her Favorite Things!

** Also - Melissa is hosting a link-up on Thursday and would like all
of you to post and link YOUR favorite things if you would like!
Please do - inquiring minds want to know!

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

A winner…..And Favorite Things!


A rare Saturday post to announce the winner of the
$150 shopping credit from Minted……
Theresa!!!!
*I sent you an email so check your inbox darling!

Also want to alert you to a fun bloghop {is that a word?}  I am participating in
 - all next week Melissa from 320 Sycamore is 
asking a group of bloggers to share their "Favorite Things"….
I am one of the blogs sharing on Monday!

I can't wait to share….but don't get your hopes up,
It's not the Oprah "you get a car, you get a car" kind
of Favorite Things…..but it is always fun to discover 
new products and services, books, beauty products
etc….that others love…..


Seriously, head over to Pop Sugar to see these hilarious Oprah reactions!
Random fact….I grew up in Chicago and attended many
Oprah tapings, saw many version of the Oprah over the years…
….but was never lucky to be at one of these shows!
Lord knows I probably would have cried and hugged/kissed all those
around me too…..

Please come back on Monday and visit ……..

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Gallery Wall {re-FrEsH}…and a giveaway from Minted so you can do yours too!


My gallery wall posts still bring this blog the most Google search traffic -
the trend doesn't seem to be ending anytime soon!
I know this because I feel like I am installing
gallery walls at just about every other local client I see!

I originally installed our gallery wall shortly after our move
into our home almost four years ago - my first attempt was ok
but I tweaked it a bit soon after that first installation.
You can see those posts HERE and HERE.
My wall was even featured on CNN.com - I talked about
that HERE.

While I am still pretty much in love with my wall - especially 
the precious photos of my babies, I was ready to make it a tad less
busy, more monochromatic…..UPDATED!  


I started by removing some of the more 'vintage-y' art and signs.
I also spray painted some frames white to 'lighten and brighten'….
Because the wall was feeling crowded to me, I added
some more space in between the frames by rehanging and readjusting 
the overall layout a bit.


My love for vintage flea market art will never fade, but
I felt like my wall needed some modern pieces 
added in for balance…..
I went to Minted.com to find a couple graphic,
modern art prints to add to my wall.

Minted.com never disappoints - their options just
keep getting better and better!


It's important to mix up the shapes of frames in your
gallery walls so this square print was a fun Minted find!

I chose the print below for a hint of color and it's
modern, on-trend hexagon print.


Minted.com is once again offering a generous $150 credit to 
ONE lucky Forever*Cottage reader!

Whether you need a couple pieces to complete your gallery
wall or you want to start a gallery wall in your own
home - the gorgeous and varied prints from Minted
will really get you started!

TO ENTER:

1.  Visit Minted.com and browse the art prints!

2.  Come back here and tell me which TWO were your favorites
in the comments!

** Enter by Friday at MIDNIGHT PST.
** I will announce the winner on Saturday, November 15.


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Monday, November 3, 2014

I promise…….


Hello lovelies….

Here I sit, on November 2nd, and dang if it 
isn't SO dark out at 6:30 pm…..I sorta like it
and I sorta don't……I feel indifferent.

November is a one of my favorite months.

Thanksgiving is really one of my top
two favorite holidays….I vacilate between
Easter and Thanksgiving. Both holidays are
pretty low stress and who doesn't like turkey
and/or ham…..and pie!

I personally am NOT a fan of the rush 
to Christmas…..so I am making a promise
to all of you……. You will not see a single
post relating to Christmas until AFTER
we have all filled up on turkey, stuffing and 
pumpkin pie AND enjoyed the company
of our friends and family.
Counting our blessings…..let's do THAT first, ok?

******************

The winner of the LoveFeast Shop giveaway is
Shannon from Upon a Dream blog.
Congratulations!!!!



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