Saturday, November 30, 2013

Simple Saturday

Love hosting parties but need a new idea?!?! Last week I attended a Pampered Chef Party at my Long -time friend's House. Mary has been a Pampered Chef Consultant for 11 years and always has the Best Parties. She had a Wine Tasting and Appetizer Party! It was so much fun because each guest was asked to bring their favorite wine and put it in a bag so the Labels couldn't be seen!

We labeled the wine with our name and the Type of wine. Then the tasting began. We put an M&M in a cup in front of each of our favorite Wines. The  people who brought the Top 3 favorites, won a Pampered Chef Product.

Then of course, there was the food and Fabulous Holiday Displays.

I love the Prep Bowls stacked as a Christmas Tree. I am slowly transitioning from Plastic storage to these glass bowls! They are Fabulous! You will want all 3 sizes!!

And how easy and elegant is this? Fill the Trifle Bowl with ornaments and tie with a Pretty Bow! Gorgeous.

One of the Favorite Apps was the Artichoke tapenade.  See the Recipe Here.

The cutest thing was the Savory Cheese Truffle Snowman!!!! Love this! And the Cheese Truffles were so good. I snacked on these to cleanse my palate during the wine tasting!

The Buffalo Chicken Dip was gone before I get a Picture!!! 

And here is the Reveal! Which wines won? No one remembers! Ha ha!!

So whether you call Mary Norsworthy or your own Pampered Chef Consultant, I Highly Recommend Hosting your own Wine Tasting Party!  Perfect for the Holidays!!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Friday's Finds

Well I Braved Black Friday and found some great things to share!!!

Kiehl's Creme de Corp is THE Lotion for very Dry skin. You won't be sorry! I've been using it for years in the winter! 

My new Favorite Lip Pencil - Nars Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil. It stays on, it's creamy and it's Beautiful!! 

Need Silver Jewelry for a special Someone? Pia in Perimeter Mall is a small, Intimate Boutique with all Silver Jewelry. Pia has Great Service - ask for Melissa!! They also carry Sara Blaine's Retail Line! 

Birmingham does not have a Trader Joe's so I had to run in today and pick up a few things! A friend asked me to get her several Jars of the Cookie Butter! I haven't had it yet but looking forward to trying it! Apparently it's addicting!! 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Wishing you all a Beautiful Thanksgiving Day from my family to yours!! This year means new Traditions and we decided to let someone else do the cooking. We ate ourselves silly at Chequers in Atlanta!!!!! Oh so Fun!

Did someone say Oysters and Shrimp??

The Buffet!

And of course the Chocolate Fountain - plus Pecan and Pumpkin Pie, Creme Brûlée, Bread Pudding, and Carrot Cake!!

The Best Photobomb Ever!!! Can you see it??

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Wednesday's Wisdom

2013 has Been the worst year of my life - (more on that next year) but it has also Been one of the Best. I have to focus on why it's been so good - It's Thanksgiving, I'm approaching 50, and the Blessings that have poured down on me are too Great to Ignore. The best thing about this year has been my Friends. True friends - some I've known since 2nd grade and some I've only known for a few months. There are even people I've never even met in person that I know are there for me - many here in the US and in Australia, England, and Egypt. Having had the amazing 11 year experience of Working for Southern Loving at Home/Willow House/Sara Blaine, has given me lifelong friends from California to Buffalo, NY and so many places in between. I couldn't ask for a more spectacular group of sisters including my Sisters-in-laws Rebecca and Pat. Everyday someone is checking on me. I love you all and thank you - I can't even put into words what you mean to me.  So to look at the one tragic event of this year compared to the love and support from all these people around the world-I have a new perspective on #mynewlife and if it weren't for each and everyone of you ~ I wouldn't be where I am today. Much love and Happy Thanksgiving - count your Blessings   There are Many!!

A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.
Arnold H. Glasow

Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
Anais Nin

Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

Outfit of the Day #ootd

Cold and rainy and lots to do but that doesn't mean you can't be cute! I chose this pretty Blue printed shirt from Old Navy and added the Gorgeous Azure Blue Agate Necklace and pearls!!! These pieces make me Happy on this Dark and chilly Day!!

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Slow Sunday

#mynewlife Monday

Nov. 17 - got a nice surprise in my inbox! Willow House assigns orders to Reps that come in through the Corporate web store and today was my Lucky Day! And thanks to Diane, whoever you are!! 

Nov. 18 - Don't you Love Groupons for Starbucks? Monday's are a little bit nicer with a Salted Caramel latte! A rare treat for myself!

Nov. 19 - went House Hunting with a Friend - the House was very Weird but the view was Incredible! 

Nov. 20 - my youngest and I have been searching for the Best Pizza in Birmingham.  Close to home, we love Joe's Italian but we now crave Mafiaoza's in Mountain Brook. Fabulous menu of other Italian goodies too! We can't wait to go back!

Nov. 21 - Great Day getting ready for Christmas! Had such a good time at the Junior League's Market Noel! 

Nov. 22 - Happy Happy Birthday to my Dear Friend - the monthly meeting of the Flying Fork Club was very special!! 

Nov. 23 - One of my new Favorite Dinners. Hibachi Shrimp, broccoli sautéed in sesame and olive oil with Ginger, garlic and soy sauce, and Brown Rice. I love the frozen Publix brand rice. I'm all about simple and easy dinners!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Simple Saturday!

Nothing like Tacky Sweater Shopping with a Bestie!! We found Stocking Stuffers, Slippers, Funny gifts, and lots of Laughs at Urban Outfitters!! Stephanie Found the Perfect Sweater for a Dirty Santa Ornament Party. I am not showing which one she chose! Stay tuned for the reveal!! She had to try on 4 before we found the perfect sweater!! We were laughing so hard I'm amazed we weren't kicked out!! 

After so much fun, we had to have lunch. My first time at Billy's Bar and Grill in Liberty Park. I will be going back. I had the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich with Onion Rings!! Perfect end to a Perfect Day! So next Saturday, grab a Bestie, laugh a lot and then "do lunch!"

Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday's Finds

If you are in Birmingham, AL, there is still time to check out the 

A friend and I had a great time at the Market shopping for Christmas Presents and Hostess Gifts! I'm always amazed at the talent I find! I have come to accept the fact that I don't have this kind of talent - and I'm ok with that! 
Here are some of my favorite Finds!! Enjoy!! 

AHHHMAZING Honey! Visit Cloister Honey from Charlotte, N.C.
I've never done a Honey tasting so this was a real treat. The owner, Randall Clark, is passionate about his bees and his honey and we tried just about every blend. Try the Ghost Pepper Honey!! It's Hot but oh so Good. I bought some Bourbon Honey for nights when I have a cough or cold! Another amazing fact, the Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte has several of his hives on their roof! 


Need a Fun Ornament as a Gift or a Dirty Santa Party?? Haviland House has a huge booth with something for everyone. We LOVED these! Lots of really fun Merman Ornaments. Check out this website for more - December Diamonds

I fell in love with the Bee Print from 
Sophie's Shoppe out of Chattanooga. Hint if you need to get me a Present!! 
Really cute rustic Decor, ornaments, art and Candles! 

If you live in Birmingham, I am sure you know about Millie Ray's Famous Rolls. I tried the Orange Rolls and they Melt in your mouth. You can't eat just one!!

I hope you have a chance to Visit the Junior League's Market Noel. Something for everyone and it's not so big that you become overwhelmed! Happy Shopping!!

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Trend Thursday

Be brave and bold this fall in our gorgeous Merida and Rania pieces. Rich earth-toned agates, gold citrine and vermeil lend luxury to any outfit. 
Safari Teardrop Earrings, Merida Necklace, Ring & Bracelets, Rania Necklace, Cuff & Ring, Enchanted Wrap Bracelet: Fern

Hand-painted emerald and bronze enamel glimmers heroically over etched brown mother-of-pearl, beautifully accompanied by enchanting faceted green, olive and amber earth-toned dragon stripe agate beads. All are adorned with brass wraps and links.

RANIABold gold! Glorious 18-karat vermeil and gold citrine with a modern, hammered matte finish, these regal treasures are ones you'll cherish for years to come.


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