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Toby the French bulldog dreams of turkey

Time has been flying by so quickly that having a few days off to loaf around with friends and family sounds like absolute heaven. And as you can see, Toby’s been dreaming of this day ALL month :-) Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with lots of love and buttery mashed potatoes!

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DIY pumpkin pie treat box

Remember those printable pie boxes I created for my guest post over at A Thousand Threads a few months ago? Well I’ve given them a little makeover so they’ll feel right at home at your Thanksgiving get-together! There’s always more room for pumpkin pie, right? We’re not hosting Thanksgiving this year, but if we were, I would stuff these babies with caramel and cheddar popcorn (so addictive!!) and give them out as fun party favors!

DIY pumpkin pie treat box

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • some white card stock
  • color printer
  • scissors
  • glue stick or double sided tape
  • X-acto knife

DIY pumpkin pie treat box

  1. Load up the printer with white card stock, and print the back of the box first – we’re doing some double sided printing, y’all!
  2. Re-insert the same sheet of paper into the printer, printed side up, and print out the front of the box
  3. Cut out the template, and fold along the sides (a bone folder makes nice crisp lines and save your fingernails)
  4. Glue the marked tabs, and press the edges together to form the box
  5. Use the X-acto knife to make two slits for the tabs
  6. Stuff in your goodies, and tuck in all flaps and tabs
  7. “Pie” is served!

DIY pumpkin pie treat box

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DIY leaf napkin rings

Kitchen space in our apartment is pretty limited, so buying non-essential decorative or “special occasion” items often involves a full scale “Do we REALLY need this?” debate with myself before any purchases are made. The answer to that question, sadly, is usually “no”. As a result, I’ve been pulling out the same set of napkin rings for holiday dinners and gatherings for the past 5 years or so. Luckily I still really love them, so it’s not much of a #firstworldproblem at all, but sometimes you just gotta switch things up a bit. The solution? Leafy paper napkin rings that’ll add cheerful pops of green to a table without taking up any precious storage space at all – wahoo!

DIY leaf napkin rings

To make a set of your own, you’ll need to get your hands on some light green cardstock (I used this “Terra Green” colored one by Astrobrights). Print out the template provided below, and cut along the solid lines. Wrap the paper ring around a folded napkin, and interlock the two cut “notches” to snuggly hold it in place. Step back and admire your fine lookin’ table!

Download the leaf napkin ring template here (PDF)

DIY leaf napkin rings

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30 days of thanks printable

“The secret of happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles.” – William Penn

I came across this quote a few weeks ago, and it really resonated with me as I’ve been stuck in a rut of negative thinking for a while. Social media has made it much too easy for me to get caught up in other people’s perfectly styled homes and families, their incredible careers, and all the other things that make me think “If only I had X, Y, and Z, I could be that fabulous too!” The problem, of course, is that X, Y, and Z never quite ends at Z, does it? It’s an unending list that only gets longer and longer the more you chase it, and you won’t be accomplishing it all in this lifetime, that’s for sure.

So instead of wallowing over what’s out of my reach right now, I’ll be redirecting my energy towards all the awesome things I DO have in my life by writing down something I’m grateful for every day this month. If you’d like to join me in celebrating all the good in your life, I’ve created a printable PDF that you can download right here.

PS. I attended a calligraphy workshop taught by Mon Voir a few weeks ago, and this is my first attempt at lettering! I obviously have a long ways to go, but I’m having lots of fun practicing and learning my way around pens and inks.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Toby has been reading up on food blogs, pinning delicious recipes, and watching extra episodes of Chopped in preparation for turkey day. Wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving!

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Photo from the land of uber cuteness, That Cute Site

My family used to make us go around the table and say one thing we were thankful for before digging into our Thanksgiving feast, which was just torture as a child. I could never concentrate with the mountain of delicious food on the table, and thus always parroted whatever my cousin came up with, even if it made no sense whatsoever (oh yes, I am also thankful for that super fun Boy Scout trip).

As an adult, I can show a bit more appreciation for this tradition, so here are a few things I’d like to toast to this year:

  • Finally learning the lesson that “If you change nothing, nothing will change”
  • Best friends since elementary school, living right up the street
  • The opportunity to work at a fashion magazine where I can check out celeb photos and clothing online all day and NOT have to frantically minimize the screen when my boss walks by
  • That every season of The Hills is on Instant Play in Netflix – the drama’s still entertaining the second time around!
  • Friends and family holding onto great jobs in this tumultuous economy
  • An amazing year with my husband, our health and our happiness

I’m out for the rest of the week, but get excited for gift guide posts coming very soon :-) Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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