I love the holiday season! It’s a time for yummy drinks, gorgeously festive home decor, and lots of time with friends and family. And speaking of friends and family, raise your hand if you’re hosting some (or all) of them in the next month or two. Now raise your hand if you also live small and have absolutely no idea how to squeeze more people into your house. If this is you, I totally feel your pain. Ever since I bought the tiny bungalow, I have hosted a Christmas brunch for a few of Sean’s family members… last year we squeezed 8 people into 640 sqft! Fear not, though, for it can be done! You just have to be a little bit strategic about it. Follow these tips and your holiday hosting will be a cinch!
What a week it’s been… I’ve been totally immersed in my overwhelming feelings of gratitude here on the blog this week with the giveaways and with thinking about Thanksgiving next week. I don’t want to only reflect on and practice gratitude during this time of year, but it does fit in nicely with how so many others are feeling right now. I make it a point within my life to practice gratitude whenever possible — that can mean thanking the mailman at the gate for the mail, picking up someone else’s coffee order, or volunteering my time at a local shelter. So I wanted to share a quick list with you about ways to practice gratitude in your own life, both big and small.
And for the last day of Reader Appreciation Week, I present… everything ever! Haha, but really… I wanted to end this week of gratitude and fun prizes on a really high note and share the biggest prize yet. Today’s giveaway is a massive prize pack with some legit brands: Local & Lejos, Old New House, Lightwell Co., Chronicle Books, RT1Home, and Bloomscape… and has a total value of over $1000! Seriously, this is a big one, so let’s just get down to business and talk about the prizes, shall we?
I can’t believe we’re over halfway through Reader Appreciation Week! I hope you’re enjoying it as much as I am. It’s Day 5 of these incredible giveaways and today is a reallllly good one: Schoolhouse! Purveyors of casual, stylish hardware, lighting, textiles, and gifts, I have been a huge fan of this brand for years. I love how each piece feels classic, yet modern. Honestly, no matter your decorating style, Schoolhouse has you covered. Today they are helping me say thank you to readers like YOU with a gift card to shop to your heart’s content!
Alright, let me start by saying I know Brussels sprouts can be a very polarizing vegetable. Truth be told, I wasn’t always a fan. If that’s you, too, I get it! I also think it really comes down to whether or not they’ve been cooked properly. Technique here makes all the difference… crispiness is the key! Getting the outside nice and crispy will not only create a more pleasant and addictive mouthfeel, but will also caramelize the natural sugars and deepen their flavor. In other words: DELICIOUS. Trust me when I say once you taste these Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Caesar Dressing, you’ll be craving those little green morsels all season long!
Happy Day 4 of Reader Appreciation Week! These giveaways have been so much fun for me to host for you, mostly because I just finally feel like I’m able to sort of express my gratitude for my incredible blog readers like you. Maybe it’s because life has been been throwing a lot my way lately, but I’ve been extra-sentimental about how damn lucky I am. So, thank you very, very much for allowing me to live my dream! Today you can enter to win from 3 incredible brands: DBO Home, Pom Pom At Home, + Hand in Hand.