First things first, I hope your Thanksgiving was chock full of family, food and good times.  I got up this morning and ran the dishwasher to do the second load of dishes and started to DE-Fall my home, but I did it joyfully.  Each dirty dish or pot was the result of all 6 of all six of us, in cheerful chaos, cooking individual elements of our meal together in our kitchen and then sitting down to a relaxed and delicious meal.  Exactly what Thanksgiving should be.  

It’s been too long since I’ve shared what has caught my eye or made my mouth water from the internet, but there is so much good stuff out there that it’s time to share it again.  HOWEVER…before we begin the eye candy segment of this program, just a little piece of housekeeping.  The month of January will be largely dedicated to the Unclutter Your Nest: January Bootcamp.  We will go room by room and streamline and declutter our nests and I will be giving you more information as we get closer to January.  Our mantra will be one penned by William Morris, the English Architect and Artist, who over 100 years ago embraced and promoted the uncluttered environment many of us seek.

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”

by William Morris

To that end, as you put away your Thanksgiving and Fall decorations and bring out your Christmas decorations, look at each item carefully.  Is it still something you enjoy?  Is it still useful?  If you’re like me, the bottom of your Thanksgiving or Christmas Rubbermaid totes are littered with items that you haven’t used for years, but you still keep because it’s easy to toss them back in the box and put them in your attic or basement for 11 months out of the year.  As long as you don’t see them, you aren’t reminded that you’re holding on to these items that you don’t ‘believe to be beautiful.’  From reading Marie Kondo’s book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I realized that these items in the bottom of my boxes will be much happier being donated to Goodwill and finding a home that will really use them.  And my home will be that much lighter for having sent them on their way.  

And now on to the internet eye candy!

 If you haven’t prepared your advent calendar, it’s not too late, but you need to get busy!  My friend Katrin at KreativK has a charming, yet simple, idea to help your wee ones count down to the big day.  

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  • Because I have a list of cookies to bake and because baking these cookies will take so much time that I won’t be able to go to the gym for the foreseeable future, it’ll be all that more important to eat well and relatively light.  These Winter Bliss Bowls from Pinch of Yum sound like they will fit the bill perfectly.  And I’ve never made falafel before, so all the more reason to put these on my menu plan.The-Ultimate-Bliss-Bowl-1
  • There are ‘recipes’ for stove-top potpourri all over pinterest right now, but I’ve got my sights set on this one by Half Baked Harvest because of the suggestion of the pine branch!  So when we buy our tree on Friday I’ll make sure to grab some extra branches for my potpourri.  And BTW…that copper pot is covet-worthy!Homemade-Holidays-Lets-Make-the-House-Smell-Like-Christmas-1
  • And because it’s ‘that time’ and I can play Christmas music all day long for the next month, here’s Pentatonix performing “Mary did you know?” to get you started.

So get your stove-top potpourri simmering and get your music playing and let the Christmas season begin!

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit today.  I really appreciate your company and hope you’ll stop by again soon.  If you want to make sure you don’t miss future content, pop your email in the beige box up on the right.  I usually send out 2 emails a week, so I won’t inundate your inbox. 

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Until next time, 

Lynn Script

 

 

 

 

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5 Comments

  1. [email protected]

    November 27, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    You’re just the sweetest Lynn! Thank you so much for the feature! And it’s great to hear that you enjoyed your Thanksgiving Dinner so much! I’m excited to be finding out more about the Bootcamp! I am the declutter queen, I love it , I need it, I just can’t go without! It makes me feel free and light! Crazy, right? so I’m IN! Lynn, enjoy the Thanksgiving weekend, a big hug to you!

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  2. Mary-the boondocks blog

    November 28, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Lynn, I’m so happy that you had a great Thanksgiving. I’m also in the process of getting ready for Christmas and this year I’ve decided to be deliberate in my decorating. For years now I had been accumulating things to decorate with, without really paying attention to the overall look. Well this year, I’m paring down and paying attention to what I display. And like you said there will be plenty of stuff on the bottom of my boxes. I’ve got the Nutcracker on my playlist so I know it’s Christmas time in my house!

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    • lynn

      November 29, 2015 at 1:14 pm

      Hi Mary, we did most of our decorating over Friday and Saturday and I have three good size bags of Christmas items to go to Goodwill tomorrow. I’m confident that these Christmas tchotchkes will find a new home and will be loved and admired there. I am chomping at the bit to start my Declutter bootcamp though. It’ll be good to wait until after Christmas as I love to have something exciting on the horizon and January can be a wee bit of a letdown after all the Christmas hoopla.
      Have a great week Mary!

      Lynn

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  3. Eilis

    December 1, 2015 at 8:27 am

    I will be joining your January Boot camp for sure. I need lots of inspiration!
    [email protected]

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    • lynn

      December 1, 2015 at 9:14 am

      Hi Ellis…so glad you’ll be joining me! I’m all about diving in and having something to show for my efforts…so we’ll get it done!
      Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

      Lynn

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